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PUBLISHERS’ MESSAGE Welcome to the April edition of Pure magazine - at long last the cold spell is finally over! Here at Pure HQ we’ve got a ‘spring’ in our step and are delighted to be bringing you a cracking edition packed with exclusives, fun features and cutting-edge style tips. As usual, we’ve pushed the boat out to bring you the best celebrity features on offer. Our cover star this month is the beautiful and uber-talanted singer Ellie Goulding. Ellie has been catapulted to stardom since winning the Critics Choice award at this year’s Brits, and we’re pleased as punch to have
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secured an exclusive interview with music’s hottest rising star. Our very own David Kavanagh loves rubbing shoulders with the stars, and he secured a fantastic coup recently by landing an exclusive, access-all-areas visit to the set of award-winning comedy drama Shameless. He’s written a special diary of his big day out, and it’s packed with insider info and celebrity snapshots. And, if that wasn’t enough, we’re piling on the treats, bringing you some sizzling hot pictures of former Skins star Nicholas Hoult, an in-depth interview with Alice in Wonderland star Helena Bonham Carter, plus our
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About a Boy and Skins star Nicholas Hoult is all grown up and looking mighty fine!
Who’d’ve thought the gawky teenager from the 2002 film About a Boy would grow into such a fine-looking man? We all witnessed his fledgling good looks when he starred in smash Channel 4 drama Skins a few years back, but now, at the tender age of 20, English actor Nicholas Hoult has blossomed into a bona fide beau! Bearing a striking resemblance to Tom Cruise (in all but height - he’s a statuesque 6’3”), Hoult has become hot property in Hollywood. Following an eye-catching debut in critically-acclaimed drama A Single Man, Hoult will next hit our screens in April as Greek warrior Eusebio in mythical blockbuster Clash of the Titans. We’ve managed to get hold of some super-stylish pics of young Nicholas for you to look at - enjoy!
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PURE talks to the golden girl of pop Ellie Goulding
Hi Ellie. We know you’re mad busy at the minute so thanks for taking time out to talk to us. You’ve been catapulted to stardon since your Brit award. How did you feel when you won it? I was so engrossed in the tour I didn’t even know I was up for the award! I’d been having a really bad day on a photo shoot I was doing, and then I got this amazing news later on that day, and I just cried afterwards I was so pleased. I felt really honoured to have won, especially since I dodn’t even have my album out by that stage. How was Brits night? Do you have any juicy backstage goss for us? Not really, sadly! I didn’t stay too long. I did get to meet Lady Gaga, though, and we chatted for about ten minutes. She was quite tired, but I have to say surprisingly nice and friendly. Your album Lights has been really well received. What was your inspiration when you were writing it? I was in a place where I’d go from being really happy to really anxious. At times I have a bit of a dark mind, and I let my worries spiral out of control a bit. I’d moved to London and was really missing living in the countryside and breathing clean air. I’m definitely a country girl at heart. The move to a big city was really overwhelming initially, and I used to have really bad panic attacks. Now I’m fine, though, as I spend a lot of time touring and I’m never in the one place for too long.
Previous winners of the Critics’ Choice award include Adele and Florence Welch, who have gone on to superstardom. Do you feel a bit of pressure to keep your success going? Not really. At the minute, anyway, I’m just feeling excited about where I’m at and pleased that I have this amazing freedom to do what I want musically. The tour is what I’m really excited about, as I’m happiest performing live. I love turning round and seeing my band on stage with me - they’re an inspiration.
You played in Ireland recently. Any plans to come back? Definitely. I love playing there. Actually, one of the few places I’ve ever been recognised is in a Belfast pub! My exboyfriend’s from Belfast, so I’ve visited the country quite a lot and I love the people and the accent.
What’s been your best gig so far? I did a gig in Manchester and it was such a great atmosphere. Everyone was buzzing, and afterwards I went out and got really drunk, which is totally not in my nature - I got really ill! My friend was up visiting,, though, and it was just one of those nights.
Have there been any down sides to becoming such a big name in the music industry in such a short time? The only negative thing has been that some people think they have the right to write what they like about me, even when it’s completely unfounded. I accept that everyone’s entitled to an opinion, but at times I feel people have tried to put me down because of the fact I won this award without really judging the music. And there was one article that suggested I’m posh, which is completely untrue - I’m from a council estate, so they didn’t do their research. Things like that make me very sad, as I think music should be about the music and not the politics.
Do you get recognised much? I don’t get recognised that much. Ever. I’ll be on a train and the person opposite will sometimes look at me in an ‘is she or isn’t she?’ type of way, but that’s about it. Are you a style junkie? Not at all. I like looking attractive, and sexy, but fashion isn’t really high on my list of priorities. I’ve got small runner’s legs and I’m not too keen on my hips, so I tend to wear quite a lot of high-waisted skirts and different types of jeans. I tend to be quite casual - except when it comes to my blond hair!
You said ex-boyfriend - is there a new beau in your life? Not at the minute - I’m pretty much married to the music!
You’re playing your first ever Glastonbury this summer. Excited? Yeah! I’m playing the John Peel stage, which is great. I’m doing loads of festivals this year, so I’m really excited about that.
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PURE dropped in with top British character actress Helena Bonham Carter for a chat about her role as the Red Queen in big-budget blockbuster Alice in Wonderland.
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Incredibly, it’s been 25 years since British actress Helena Bonham Carter exploded onto our screens as spirited Lucy Honeychurch in acclaimed Merchant/Ivory classic A Room With a View. In that time, she’s transformed herself from period piece darling to accomplished character actress notorious for her daring and provocative roles. Her collaboration with innovative director Tim Burton in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes led to a fruitful relationship - both professional and personal - and their latest project, the big budget 3D version of Alice in Wonderland, sees Helena excel as the eccentrically cruel Red Queen. As huge fans of the wonderfully weird triangle that is Burton/Bonham/Depp, PURE couldn’t wait to get all the gossip on their latest venture... Hi Helena. The new film looks fantastic. Can you describe it a bit for those who haven’t yet seen it? It’s an original story, I’d say. I think this is what Tim has brought to it. We’ve got all the same characters as in the original story but, genius as it was, it doesn’t actually have a story or plot to speak of. Alice goes from one episodic encounter to another, and meets madder and madder people. What Linda Woolverton (screenplay writer) has done is fashion a story with an emotional context for the film’s events to occur, so there’s a point to the whole story and a journey for Alice. The other thing that’s profoundly different is that she’s 19, and she’s somebody who’s trying to work out who she is. I love the main message, in that it’s okay to be mad - some who are mad make the best people. I also think that the story resonates because, to a young child, everything’s incredibly confusing. I can see that with my son, Billy. As a parent, I’m constantly interpreting. You can see that he and my daughter Nell, who’s now a year old, are in permanent a state of wonder. Describe your character. I play the Red Queen, and I have a really, really big head. She’s got emotional problems. It takes nothing, practically, for her to lose her temper. She doesn’t really rule through any kind of justice or fairness, but through terror. I chop off people’s heads - that’s my solution to everything. Basically, she’s like a spoiled child. She has
“Tim was very relaxed on Alice. I think maybe we’ve matured as people”
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absolutely no compassion for anybody, and is totally oblivious to anybody else’s feelings apart from her own. She basically has no heart, even though she’s the Queen of Hearts. What was your inspiration for putting her together? I looked back at the book. Also, there was one of Lewis Carroll’s quotes that was really useful - that he saw her as somebody who was afflicted with an ungovernable passion, just full of this fury and rage. And Bette Davis was kind of an inspiration again, just as her role as Baby Jane Hudson was an inspiration for Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Her portrayal of Elizabeth I - just a little on the outlandish, cartoony side - was a reference for the Red Queen. Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter. What’s he like to work with? Although I would never flatter myself by saying I’m remotely like Johnny Depp, in a few ways we are quite similar - we never like to look like ourselves. We like to grab every single prop and every single disguise we can. Johnny’s got an amazing look and costume, and he has every accent going on as well. I’m sure Lewis Carroll wrote it for Johnny to play - he had a premonition that in 135 years’ time, Johnny Depp should play the Mad Hatter. It’s really fun to get to work with him again. He’s so brilliant in his choices, and he’s really truly inventive. What makes the work Tim and Johnny have done together so profound? There’s this empathic understanding between them. They’ve got the same taste, the same kind of perverse sense of humour. And it’s not particularly sophisticated, it’s sort of an 8-year-old boy’s sense of humour. So often, they’ll be laughing away, and then they’ll tell me what they’re laughing about, and it’s not so funny to me, but to them, it’s hysterical. Johnny’s always taking risks for Tim, because he knows he’s got a huge safety net, and he knows Tim would never let him fail. And Tim knows that Johnny always understands what he wants, and that he has everything that Tim admires in a performer. Mia Wasikowska seems the perfect choice for the role of Alice... She’s lovely, Mia, and was a real find. She’s a really old soul, but without being precocious. She had such an intelligent way of navigating through the part. She’s on the cusp of being between a woman and a child, and I knew that was important to Tim, to find someone who had a foot in both ages. That emotional stage informs the whole story, the whole dream. Was the make-up process a difficult one? They took my eyebrows away and gave me a high forehead. I had a bald cap that extended from the fold of my eyelids right across my head. And then, on top, I had this glorious red wig, and on top of it, a glorious crown. Both Johnny and I have clown elements as well, white make-up. My lips are perfect, a bow mouth, a little heart. It’s a strong look. It takes about three hours. Then, they’d wrap me in a cocoon, and I’d get to lie down and sleep while they painted me. When I woke up two hours later, I’d be a really unattractive bald alien. Then they’d put my beauty make-up, wig and crown on, and I’d be good to go.
A Room With a View
At a fresh-faced 19, Helena’s breakthrough role as Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View was a revelation. Stood out against acting heavyweights such as Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Daniel Day Lewis.
JOHNNY DEPP Born to do it: Johnny Depp is perfectly cast as the Mad Hatter
Howards End What do you like about Tim’s work? It’s always a surprise to see what he’s had in his head. He’s so private when it comes to his creativity; he doesn’t let on. There’s a superstitious silence around it, so I know now to give him a wide berth and never ask questions. He will let me know the essentials. Sometimes, I feel very privileged, when he actually asks my opinion and wants to discuss things. His taste is impeccable. His eye is impeccable, too, and his sense of humour. Is it difficult to work with your significant other? It’s always interesting, working with your boyfriend. Sweeney Todd was quite stressful, but there was a lot of pressure on us, and I’d never sung before. And he’d never done a musical. But Tim was very relaxed on Alice. I think maybe we’ve matured as people, or not, I don’t know. But it was definitely fun. How do you balance family and filmmaking? I think that it’s definitely made easier, because the job we have is essentially child-like. We’re just pretending, you know? So my son Bill and I are on the same level, really. And Tim’s always been on that level, anyway. It makes it easy to explain to Billy why I can’t be with him. It’s hard work, yeah, but it’s fine, because it’s a finite job. And you have to have understanding children. What has been most rewarding about being in this movie? Working with Tim and Johnny. It’s always fun to work with them. No; it’s a privilege. To be a part of Wonderland, and playing Queen! The fact that we have our own daughter, too, it seems really serendipitous. It was a great part. I had this hilarious moment, reading the script and coming across my character description, something like ‘Queen: small, but has very large-size head.’ So I loved being her. I miss being Queen.
Emma Thompson may have won the Oscar, but Helena’s pitch-perfect performance as headstrong Helen Schlegel was equally impressive.
A total departure from the period roles she was notorious for, Helena’s turn as neurotic Marla Singer in Fight Club marked a new direction and showcased her versatility.
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Tired of spending countless hours trying to keep her unruly hair under control, PURE’S Charlene McFeely decided to put Suede hair and beauty salon’s exclusive ‘12-week blow dry’ treatment to the test... I was nearly electrocuted recently, and it’s all thanks to my kinky, disobedient hair. I spend over 30 minutes on my unmanageable locks every morning, so my straighteners finally rebelled at being overworked at Christmas and gave me a nasty shock.
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The treatment is exclusive to hair salons, and Suede is one of the few in Northern Ireland that offers it, so I hid my wavy mop under a hat and hot-footed it to their Carlisle Road branch in search of salvation. My stylist Amanda Page washed my hair with Keratin shampoo, which opens the cuticles in the hair, dried it off with a padding brush, then applied the protein. You leave it for 20 minutes, and rather than rinsing it out, it’s blow-dried into the hair. Even as it dried, I could see how shiny and smooth my hair had become, and by the time Amanda was finished with her straighteners, it looked poker straight. When she told me the treatment was going to last for at least three months, I have to admit I was a bit sceptical. A new hairdo can look fantastic when you leave a salon, but the magic can sometimes fade fast when the experts aren’t around to help. Well, girls, it’s been four weeks, and since then it’s been a
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PURE caught up with Irish actress Emma Kearney, one of the stars of new BBC sitcom The Gemma Factor, to talk drama, comedy and the joys of Halloween in Derry... Hi Emma. Our readers will probably recognise you as the actress who played Rita Brannigan, Paddy the vet’s love interest in Emmerdale, a while back. How did you find working on the soap? Emmerdale was a fantastic experience. The entire cast and crew are a lovely bunch of people, and I don’t think people realise how hard they work. Domininc Brunt (Paddy) and Mark Charnock (Marlon) were really lovely and helped me get settled in.
“When I sat down to read the script I was in stitches; it’s real belly laugh stuff”
You’ve done quite a lot of television and theatre work. Was it hard breaking into the acting scene? I did my formal training in Manchester and was lucky enough to get picked up by an agent fairly quickly. Like every actor, though, there were quiet periods, and I’ve done every job under the sun. Cleaner, chip shop worker, nightclub assistant - you name it, I’ve done it! You seem to have a natural gift for comedy. Were you a joker from a young age? I grew up in a very funny house. As a family we were always cracking jokes and mimicking people off the TV, so comedy seems to come naturally to me. Having said that, I recently had a guest lead part in Doctors that was more serious, so it was refreshing to step out of the comedy role. You’re a Portglenone girl - are you familiar with Derry at all? Yes, very much so. I lived for a while in Magherafelt, so I used to come down to Derry fairly regularly as there’s a thriving cultural scene here. And of course, I’ve enjoyed your infamous Halloween celebrations a few times, so needless to say I’ve spent a few
memorable nights on the banks of the Foyle!
You’ve strayed back into comedy for your latest role as Janet in new BBC Three sitcom The Gemma Factor. What do you think of the show? I have really high hopes for it. When I sat down to read the script I was in stitches; it’s real belly laugh stuff. A week into filming the crew gave up on telling us off for cracking up during a scene! My character Janet had a Yorkshire accent in the pilot, but the director heard my Irish brogue and asked me to do it like that for the series. The show’s about a young girl’s dreams of stardom, and the mad situations she finds herself in. It’s really funny stuff.
In character: Emma is a hoot as wacky Janet in new sitcom The Gemma Factor
Are you ever worried about being typecast because of your accent? No, I’ve done lots of different accents in my career so I’ve never felt pigeonholed. I’ve always found my accent a benefit rather than a hindrance. I’m proud of where I come from and have learned you have to know who you are and be happy with that to be able to give your best to any role you take on. Best of luck with The Gemma Factor. What’s next for you? I do a lot of writing and directing when I get the chance, so I’ll be keeping up with that. I enjoy doing theatre, and fortunately the TV work is pretty steady. BBC Three is a fantastic forum for new writing and projects. There’s some really good stuff being produced at the minute so hopefully the next thing I’m involved in is something I can really get my teeth into. The Gemma Factor is currently airing on BBC Three, Tuesdays, 10.30pm
at the Belfray
On the last Saturday night of every month, the Belfray Country Inn dusts down the disco ball to host a fabulous night of glitz and glam, cabaret and feather boas – Vegas Style! PURE’s David Kavanagh went along to check it out...
on the door, so take heed, If you’ve not visited the troupe dazzled readers, and make sure you Belfray Country Inn in the the audience last 18 months, you’re book your tickets early to with some great avoid disappointment! missing out. It’s now moves that would under new ownership The meal was delicious: a full-on feast which included and has been completely have the cast of an oven-baked filled vol-autransformed from its previous Strictly green incarnation as the Inn at the vent, creamy potato and leek with envy” soup, an amazing sirloin stack, Cross. The new hotel is luxury personified, decorated to the turkey and ham stuffed dinner with all the trimmings, and a scrumptious highest standards and the perfect peach and apple crumble for dessert with setting for weddings and functions. The monthly gala cabaret night is testament coffee. The venue was full to capacity and to pull this off perfectly is quite a tall order, so well to the Belfray’s culinary and entertainment done. expertise. Seats sell out weeks in advance The entertainment began with a really and if you’re lucky enough to get tickets, then professional musical introduction – all the you’re in for a fun filled night of entertainment and great food! Tickets are £35 a head and stops were pulled out, with water-based haze, projection laser lights and an amazing worth every penny. The price includes a five chandelier that disappeared into the ceiling just course meal with all the trimmings and a great cabaret show with professional dancers and before the show started! John Edgar, one of the owners, is also one great singers. of the stars of the cabaret show. He’s got a I went along last month and couldn’t believe great voice and is a born entertainer on stage how much fun I had. The venue was full to and had the whole audience clapping to his bursting and the management even had to turn away 80 people without tickets that night songs within moments. John and his team put
on a great show and put a huge amount of effort into the programme. I witnessed over ten costume changes throughout the evening and the musical numbers were fantastic, ranging from some great Broadway hits to Grease, Elvis and the Pretenders. The dance troupe dazzled the audience “the venue with some great was full to moves that would bursting and have the cast of the management Strictly green with had to turn envy, and they all away 80 people” ended the show with a great finale that had the whole auditorium on its feet; as if this wasn’t enough there was even a band to play music for guests until the wee hours of the morning. There’s a reason this night sells out well in advance. Partners Brian and John and their team made sure everyone was well catered for, with great food, great service and fabulous entertainment! What more can anyone ask for?
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David Kavanagh went along to local Citroen dealer JC Halliday to take the new DS3 out for a spin...
As a big fan of the popular Mini Cooper, I was keen to check out Citroen’s idea of what a great three-door hatchback should look and feel like. The DS3 is a truly handsome devil of a car, with an aesthetically-pleasing exterior of sleek, sharp contours and a nicely-finished interior complete with hand-stitched leather, a seductively curvy dashboard and some seriously cool and glossy fittings. Thanks to a relatively low body and taut suspension, this model is a really nice, sharp drive, and it handled corners with ease. I went off the beaten track down one of the more rural roads around Campsie to test for sturdiness, and was pleased to note that my body wasn’t bobbling around like a pinball. The sculpted seats were extremely comfortable, and the car itself was fairly spacious; you could get three people into the back seat and there was a fair amount of room in the boot. The DS3 comes in a variety of colours, and all the ranges fall within a reasonable insurance band. For the especially frugal
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This month Mary-Anne McNulty chats to singer/ songwriter John Deery about being back in Derry, his upcoming album and the joys of travelling through New Zealand in a camper van...
bloodlines apply to musicians in the same way they do to racehorses, then John Deery is a thoroughbred. The grandson of the late James McCafferty, Derry’s legendary master of music and song, John hails from an extended family whose name in this city is synonymous with song. “That’s where it all started,” the 28-year-old says, “singing by his piano when I was growing up.” John’s vocal talents ensured he was a regular participant at the Feis in Derry when he was younger, but it wasn’t long before adolescence and the inevitable desire to walk his own musical path beckoned. He formed a band with his cousin and brother when he was 15, cutting his teeth in the thriving local music scene. John has spent the last few years in Glasgow, where he’s emerged as a promising singer/ songwriter. Says John: “Playing in Glasgow has really helped me develop and I’ve made some good contacts. I ran the ‘Quiet Riot’ music night there for two years, and I’ve toured extensively throughout the UK and Ireland, and basically have been putting myself out there and hoping things take off.” John’s dedication looks like it’s beginning to pay off. Having recorded two self-released albums, he has now cropped up on the
radar of respected Irish music producer David Odlum, famed for his work on albums by former bandmates The Frames and Irish songsmith Luka Bloom. “David contacted me and said he heard my stuff on myspace and really liked it,” says John, “and he’s invited me out to his place in France next month to help me out with my new album, so I’m pretty excited about that.” The material for the album is already in place, with John’s recent travels in New Zealand acting as a major inspiration for his new stuff. He says: “I spent ten weeks touring New Zealand in a camper van with my girlfriend. The landscapes out there were breathtaking, and a fantastic backdrop to writing an album. I do quite a bit of painting as well, so it was great being out there and getting the creative juices flowing.” Currently back in his home town, John is getting some local gigs lined up, and hopes to get an Irish tour going in the summer to promote the album with the band he’s getting together. “Things are going really well at the minute,” he says. “I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing, and hopefully the album will open some doors for me over the next 12 months.” *You can find out more about John and listen to his music at: www.myspace.com/johndeery www.johndeerymusic.com
One of the most popular dramas of the past decade, Shameless has become a cherished national TV treasure up there with the likes of The Royle Family and Little Britain. Channel four is currently airing series seven, and - no suprprise - it’s as funny, exciting and hard-hitting as ever. PURE was lucky enough to be invited to the set recently to witness first hand how the show is made, and we’ve brought you an exclusive, access-all-areas insight into the magic that is Shameless. To kick things off, PURE’s David Kavangh reveals why he’s the show’s biggest fan... Like it or loathe it, Channel 4’s smash comedy drama Shameless has become a staple part of many people’s lives over the past six years. The realistic comparisons to modern day life may strike a chord with many, but to me, the most important attribute of all is that it surpasses the viewers’ expectations, season by season, with the most provocative storylines on the box, as well as sticking two well-deserved fingers up to the upper class stiffs for its unashamed lack of regard for the watershed. I love our city - honest I do - but it’s fair to say that, as a proud working-class people, we’re not a million miles away from the familiar cobbles of Manchester’s Chatsworth estate. If you look hard enough you’ll find mobile shops selling six different types of cigarettes, some French and Spanish, some legal, and the rest Russian
David (right) with Gerard Kearns, who plays Ian Gallagher
and unpronounceable - but for £2.25 a box, everyone’s a winner! What makes Shameless the best show on TV? First and foremost, the writing is impeccable. The gritty, deadpan dialogue is strikingly authentic and, refreshingly, a million miles away from the stilted exchanges of the ubiquitous period dramas elsewhere on telly that, while nice to look at, don’t reflect life as many of us know it. Shameless chronicles what happens in a povertystricken council estate, and it’s survival of the fittest in its rawest form. We may all feign shock at what we see, but the far-out storylines actually do occur within our city and throughout many, many more cities across the UK. Secondly, the casting is inspired. The show’s creators picked young, working-class unknowns to play the children comprising the dysfunctional
What the feck? David meets new cast member Pauline McLynn
Gallagher family and, boy, did those youngsters rise to the occasion. There’s no plum-voiced drama-school darlings pretending - badly - to be tough inner city latchkey kids here. The accents are real,and the performances are hugely authentic. Couple this with a team of superb character actors of immense calibre such as David Threlfall (Frank Gallagher), Sean Gilder (Paddy Maguire) and Tina Malone (Mimi Maguire) and you’ve got a show that, seven seasons in, is as fresh and uncompromisingly real as it was from the offset. So, when the call came through to visit the set of my most loved television show on TV, to meet the cast, and to find the inside scoop on the new season ahead, myself and my colleague Sinead jumped at it and had a friggin’ blast in the process! Turn the page to see how we got on...
PURE’s Sinead Melaugh gets cosy on set
David and Sally Carman (Kelly-Marie Ball)
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Organ grinder: Sinead strikes up a tune
We take in the notorious Shameless surroundings. Having visited the sets of many of the nation’s favourites over the years - Coronation St, Hollyoaks, Eastenders - I can safely say that, by far, this beats them all hands down. The show was originally filmed on a council estate in a different area in Manchester, but a few years ago the production team relocated here and built a £200k, purpose-built replica of the original. It’s absolutley massive, and my jaw drops in awe at the scale of this project and the attention to detail.
We’ve just spent the last few hours wandering round the set. It’s such a buzz seeing the Gallagher house with the carvan sitting in the yard, or the Maguire house with mental Mickey’s garish pink limo parked outside . But best of all was seeing The Jockey, the iconic pub that serves as the focal point of the show. It’s really weird, because the outside of it looks exactly as it does on the show, but when you walk through the door there’s nothing there. Oh, the magic of television! The inside of the pub is, like most of the other interiors, in a huge warehouse elsewhere on the set, so we head off to have a look. It’s really surreal being inside it, and I’m convinced Frank Gallagher’s going to stumble in any minute to order the first of many pints of lager!
David becomes the latest mem ber of The Jockey club
We’re ushered into the staff canteen to meet the stars of the show. I have to dig my elbow into Sinead’s side to stop her making the whimpering noise of the star struck fan, but she just can’t help herself. Over lunch we nip out for a sneaky cigarette with Mimi Maguire, played by Tina Malone. She gives us the inside scoop on the cast, tells us some hilarious tales about her time in the celebrity BB house and about her new novel. The vibe amongst the cast and crew seems really relaxed. It’s like one big happy family, and is probably a big reason why Shameless hasn’t gone stale after so many series.
Family ties: Sean Guilder (Paddy Maguire) with on-screen son Ciaran Griffiths
After lunch we head for a guided tour around the set with the press team. We’re amazed at the size of the set and how absolutely everything is made out of fibre glass. In years to come they should definitely keep the set standing as a living museum. We pose for photos in and around the Maguire’s house and ’accidentally on purpose’ stray off set for a sneaky walk around. We stumble across Karen and Jamie’s bedroom and get comfy underneath the covers, pose for snaps in Monica’s camper and Sinead plays a tune on the mysterious organ placed in the Gallagher’s living room … hmmm.
Wheel meet again...
4.40pm Our last chat of the day is with Pauline McLynn (Father Ted’s Mrs Doyle). Pauline has us in stitches with her backstage tales and storylines to come. We go down to the parade for lastminute snaps and take one final glance at this iconic set. After an exhausting day and a long journey it’s time to say goodby e to the team and the set – boo hoo! What a great day, what a great bunch of people, and what an insight into this amazing show! Until next time, Chatsworth x.
Not so scary up close: David with Tina Malone (Mimi Maguire).
Hiraki Sawa Void Gallery, Derry
16th March 16th April
The first installment of Void’s two-part Japanese contemporary art programme shows the work of video artist Hiraki Sawa, a master of lo-tech video animation whose unique poetic dreamscapes have attracted widespread critical acclaim. Worth checking out, if only to watch something on a screen that doesn’t involve a phone-in vote.
Liam Ó Maonlaí Sandinos, Derry, 9pm The charismatic Hothouse Flowers frontman performs a solo gig upstairs at Sandinos on Easter Sunday, where his distinct singing style and mastery of a range of musical instruments is bound to delight.
Easter Eggstravaganza Creggan Country Park, Derry, 12 noon
27th March 6th April
(except Good Friday)
If you’re stuck for ways to occupy the kids this Easter, then the largest egg hunt in town promises to be lots of fun. Can you find the golden egg? A professional photographer will be available to capture the little ones receiving their gift bag from the magical Easter bunny.
Jedward Millennium Forum, Derry, 7.30pm Phenomenal X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes look set to send the pulse of every teeny bopper in Derry racing with this sell-out gig at the Millennium. Expect lots of hyperactive high jinks and spectacular routines from the lovingly gruesome twosome. They’re back on the 27th as well for those who couldn’t get tickets first time around.
A Tribute to Michael Jackson An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, 8pm
10th & 11th April
The award-winning Dynamic Waves dancers show off their considerable skills in this special tribute concert to the late, great King of Pop. Get your feet tapping to all the Jacko classics and enjoy a masterclass in contemporary dance in the process.
1st - 13th February
The Knicker Amy Russell - In SearchLady Of The Other Crowd. Waterside Theatre, Derry, Derry 8pm Context Gallery, Artillery Street, We all 14th love January, a good pants Artist talk: Thursday 2pm.joke, so this comic take on the history of the humble knicker is bound to be ‘blooming’ hilarious (sorry!) Surrounded by old suitcases, boxes and hat stands, Rosemary delves through 250 years of bloomers, briefs and bustles with energetic aplomb.
Departures Nerve Centre Cinema, Derry, 8pm This season’s cinema programme at the Nerve Centre has been an exciting mix of classic, contemporary and foreign. Our pick this month is Departures, a critically-acclaimed Japanese film that won the 2009 best foreign language Oscar. Café Nervosa will be open for business before all cinema club screenings (Mondays and Tuesdays) with a special evening menu, so why not make a night of it? Log on to www.nerve-centre.org.uk for full programme.
WHATS ON An essential guide to the upcoming events not to be missed
Blood Red Shoes Nerve Centre, Derry, 8pm
The alternative Brighton-based duo bring their vibrant brand of punky rock to the Nerve Centre. Lead singer Laura-Mary Carter oozes attitude, while bandmate Steven Ansell exhibits boundless energy on the drums; the White Stripes eat your heart out.
12th - 14th April
Derren Brown Waterfront, Belfast, 7.45pm Master of psychological illusion Derren Brown comes to Belfast for three nights to perturb, confound and amaze with truly mind-boggling acts of mental trickery. Not suitable for under 12s.
Westlife Odyssey Arena, Belfast, 8pm Undisputed kings of the schmaltzy ballad and the favourites of young girls and grannies alike, Westlife return to Belfast to promote new album Where We Are. Adults are advised to wear earplugs to drown out the high-pitched screeching - and thatâ€™s just singer Mark!
2nd - 4th May
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Clash of the Titans (3D)
Set in grim 1980s Dublin, talented Irish author Claire Kilroy’s third novel focuses on a tight-knit writing circle of Trinity College students and their obsession with their brilliant but troubled tutor, the renowned author PJ Glynn. Fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, which has a similar campus setting, will enjoy this tale, which is deftly-written and insightful - though perhaps not as enjoyable as Kilroy’s previous offering Tenderwire.
(Starring: Liam Neeson, Sam Worthington) No expense spared 3D version of the 1981 epic, this star studded mythical extravaganza is full to bursting with butch men, breastplates and battles. With plenty of eye candy for the girls - particularly Sam Worthington as hunky Perseus - and rattling sabres for the boys, this action-packed spectacle is lent a touch of class thanks to the presence of acting heavyweights Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. The story centres on the exploits of Greek warrior, son of Zeus and all round good guy Perseus, who’s on a mission to thwart the evil plan of merciless god of the underworld Hades (Fiennes). Hades wants to seize power from head god Zeus (Neeson), but obviously loyal son Perseus has other ideas. Highly enjoyable nonsense.
Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
Chronicling the events leading up to South Africa’s historic Rugby World Cup victory in 1995, Invictus is a relevatory and engrossing portrayal of Nelson Mandela’s efforts to unite, through the medium of competitive sport, a country polarised by apartheid. Author John Carlin writes with a light touch, taking the reader on an emotional and inspirational journey that’s amazingly gripping for a non-fiction book.
(Starring: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden) Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut is a heartwarming and humerous tale of a young Texan misfit who dreams of making it in the fast and furious world of roller derby. Ellen Page shines as the determined protagonist Bliss, while the rousing finale is worth waiting for.
Successful American lawyer Tim Farnsworth has it all: a thriving practice, a comfortable suburban home and a loving wife and daughter. But he suffers from a weird affliction that strikes randomly: the overwhelming urge to walk long distances for hours at a time. Joshua Ferris uses this quirky premise to explore the complexity of marital and familial relationships and the devastating effects of isolation. At times almost unbearably sad, but beautifully written.
(Starring: Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman) Gentle but engaging comedy starring Jason Bateman as sexually frustrated factory boss Joel Reynolds whose efforts to juggle his complicated personal and professional lives land him in hilarious predicaments. The plot’s a tad thin, but with nice comic turns from Ben Affleck and JK Simmons there’s plenty to smile about.
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (cert: PG)
Carriers (cert: 15)
Spread (cert: 18)
Nine (cert: 12A)
2012 (cert: 12A)
Slightly anaemic but largely enjoyable sci-fi horror about a lethal virus sweeping the globe and the efforts of four young friends to escape it. Nothing too original in the plot, and true gore afficianados will be disappointed by the lack of bite, but engaging and witty nevertheless.
Adult comedy starring Ashton Kutcher as a serial lothario who questions his partying lifestyle after falling in love with attractive waitress Heather (Margarita Levieva). Kutcher carries the film with great charm and demonstrates yet again that his flair for comedy is greater than he is sometimes given credit for.
Cinematic adaptaion of the Broadway musical boasting a stellar cast that includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman. Darker and more sophisticated than the tonguein-cheek playfulness of director Rob Marshall’s previous offering Chicago.
Apocalyptic blockbuster from the director of Independence Day that’s packed to the rafters with explosive special effects and spectacular stunts - and it’s pretty funny too. The strong cast includes John Cusack, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton.
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The latest offering from Damon Albarn’s innovative musical collective is, in a word, outstanding. Albarn’s melodic astuteness and ability to create tracks that are surprising, surreal, hip and exhilarating all at once is simply breathtaking. Serious contender for album of the year. Stand-out tracks: Stylo, Empire Ants
Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker star as a stressed out Manhattan couple on the verge of divorce who are relocated to the country after witnessing a murder, and in the process rekindle their relationship. The gags aren’t too hot, but the likeable performances of the two leads lift this movie out of the doldrums somewhat.
Goldfrapp Head First
The Features Some Kind of Salvation
Ellie Goulding Lights
Sugababes Sweet 7
Nobody does electronica quite like this London duo. They’ve gone all eighties on this one - some of the tunes sound like they could have been on the Karate Kid soundtrack - and the combination of sparse baselines with Alison Goldfrapp’s ethereal vocals works a treat. Stand-out tracks: ‘Rocket’, ‘Alive’.
Released on Kings of Leon’s label Serpent and Snakes, this Tennessee four-piece’s new album is an accomplished gem of indie-pop. Tthe mix of influences (blues, Southern rock, guitar-driven anthems) comes together in a highly effective and sonically impressive manner. Stand-out tracks: ‘Wooden Heart’, ‘Concrete’.
English ‘folktronica’ artist Ellie Goulding has been given the Brits stamp of approval, and for good reason. Possessing a unique singing style and a real gift for writing, the songs on this are well-crafted, melodious, and boast surprisingly mature lyrics given her tender age. Stand-out tracks: ‘Guns and Horses’, ‘Wish I Stayed’, ‘The Writer’.
Sugababes return with a revised line-up (their fourth) and their first album since signing to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation. Raunchier and more electronica-tinged than their usual sound, Sweet 7’s base-heavy tunes are bound to go down a storm in the clubs this year. Stand-out tracks: ‘Wear My Kiss’ and ‘Miss Everything’ (featuring Sean Kingston).
MUSIC Paul Brady plays the Millennium Forum on Saturday April 3, 8pm
Lady Gaga, Belfast Odyssey by Ruairi O’Doherty
PURE dropped in for a chat with acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Brady about his new album, Hooba Dooba, and his upcoming gig at the Millennium Forum... Hi Paul. Your new album’s called Hooba Dooba; where does the name come from? It’s a phrase I’ve been using for some time. When something great’s happening or I’m in high spirits I’ve been known to shout ‘Hooba Dooba!’ I suppose you could call it a variation on Fred Flintstone’s ‘Yabba Dabbo Doo’! The album is a mix of styles and moods, at times upbeat and at others introspective. How would you define the feel of it? I suppose it’s typical of the music I like to make. There’s a bit of humour, a bit of pathos, a bit of passion and a bit of hurt; it reflects how I experience life. The song ‘Rainbow’ deals with love that has been reignited after going stale for a bit. Are your songs autobiographical? Not necessarily. Some draw on my own experiences, but often I take in the situations going on around me and express those themes in a ‘you and I’ context so the listener can relate. ‘Rainbow’ is a song about long term relationships. It may not be a bed of roses the whole time, but I’m a great believer that love can last forever. You co-wrote a song on the album with Ronan Keating, who you wrote ‘The Long Goodbye’ with a few years back. How is he to work with? We first met up at the start of his solo career, when Louis Walsh put him with me and other writers to help him develop his songwriting skills. Ronan and I work really well together, and he’s a lot of fun to collaborate with. Have you a favourite song on the album? It differs depending on what mood I’m in. That’s a hard question - a bit like asking a mother which kid she prefers! Your first album was recorded 32 years ago. Do you find it harder to get the creative juices flowing?
Music flows out of me, so that’s never really a problem. Finding the right lyrics is a bit harder, and sometimes I have to go digging for them. I wouldn’t say I’m hugely prolific; if I think a song isn’t working I won’t finish it. Your songs have been covered by a host of different artists. Do you have a particular favourite? I thought Bonnie Rait did a great job with her version of ‘Not the Only One’. I think there have been around 70 covers of my songs, which has been completely unexpected, but great. Cher covered ‘Paradise is Here’ on one of her albums, so in a roundabout way I suppose that makes you a gay icon! (Laughs) Yeah - you should have heard the dance remix! I think it’s great to be covered by such a range of musicians. My own music is a mixture of lots of different styles, and I like the fact that I can’t be pigeonholed into one specific genre. You’re playing the Millennium Forum on April 3, so I suppose being a Strabane man this is a bit of a home gig for you... I love playing in and around my home area. It can be really special - though it can be quite scary too. You Derry people have a reputation for... well, let’s just say I’m not expecting an easy ride! There’ll be a few nerves because it’s the first show of the tour, but sometimes the first gig can be the best. Have you a support act lined up? Sarah Siskind (pictured below), who did backing vocals on Hooba Dooba, will be opening the show. She’s making a lot of waves in the States, and hopefully if she’s not too jetlagged she’ll come up after her stint and do a few numbers with me. She won Americana album of the year at the Nashville Music Awards last year, and is earning a reputation as a very talented singer/ songwriter.
Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball concert was every bit as weird and wacky as you would expect from this talented artist. From her eccentric outfits to her fantastic set she was everything I expected and more. With a reported one million spent on the production, this lavish evening featured four acts, 15 costume changes and a green Rolls Royce in memory of her recently deceased friend - and designer of some of her most outrageous costumes Alexander McQueen. Supported by Semi Precious Weapons and Alphabeat, the packed crowd was worked up to a nice frenzy by the time Gaga opened her act with ‘Dance in the Dark’. It was thrilling, and things only got better with highly-charged and theatrical renditions of ‘Just Dance’, ‘Love Game’, ‘Papparazzi’ and latest single ‘Bad Romance’. Gaga is notorious for her bombastic, attitude-laden songs, but she showed a softer side - not to mention a fantastic set of vocal chords - with ‘Speechless’. It was just the singer and her piano, and you could feel the emotion sweep through the Odyssey crowd at this moving and stripped down performance. At least, it was ‘stripped down’ except for the fact that there were fire flames shooting out of the piano throughout the whole song! Rumour has it she’ll be back for more gigs here in May/June, and rumour also has it - possibly as a result of her rampant success this year - that the tickets are set to double in price. That, in my opinion, is a bit of a risky stragegy. Without a doubt, her live show was amazing, but she hasn’t yet reached the level of the likes of Madonna or George Michael where she should command such a sky-high fee. So be careful, Gaga. You may be destined for years of superstardom; just don’t that ego of yours get bigger than your headpieces.
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Renovating your property to suit your needs can be hugely rewarding, as these two expert makeovers from Martin Construction show...
Foyle Dental Spa
Trinity Estate Agents
With the right materials and expertise, many properties - both commercial and residential - can be improved to suit your needs. As the two featured makeovers by Martin Construction show, there are distinct advantages to upgrading an existing property. “The most important thing when carrying out any type of building project is ensuring the works are in keeping with the type of the property,” says Gary Martin from Martin Construction. “For the Trinity building (left and below) we wanted to capture the grandness of the Victorian property but with a modern twist. “For Foyle Dental Spa (above) we talked to the clients and they gave us an
idea of what they were looking to create, so we ensured the design was minimalistic to a degree balanced with practicability.” With limited space in a property it’s important to maximise the feeling of space. Painting a property in neutral colours and ensuring it’s clutter free is important, while a simple rearrangement of the position of kitchen, bathroom units or stud walls can work wonders. Says Gary: “Many homeowners aren’t in a position to move due to the current housing climate, but even minor changes can make their current home their dream house. Our clients are often very suprised by the amount of additional space we can create for them.”
A major trend this spring/summer will be bold and vivacious floral prints and soft furnishings. Transform your home into a blissful interior garden with colours and patterns that evoke the warmth and freshness of the new season... With the cold and dreary nights finally over, it’s time to open up your home to the joys of spring. Nothing captures the spirit of the season quite like flowers, which is why furnishings boasting big, colourful blooms are expected to be such a popular trend this year. From bedlinen to crockery, sofa coverings to wallpaper, these rich and colourful prints make a bold statement about your home and your personal sense of style. And the beauty of this look is that you can either spend loads or a little, depending on your budget. If you’re the thrifty type, shop around in the reasonably priced stores for good bargains: this is a strong look so the trend will trickle down to even the cheapest interior retailers. Alternatively, you can splash out on a luxury item: the beauty of floral furnishings is that, on the whole, they will remain a classic interiors staple, so provided you don’t opt for anything too ‘out there’, you’ve got yourself an investment piece that will last for years to come.
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Infamously tagged ‘the city that never sleeps’, New York is one of the most popular weekend break destinations in the world. Boasting top class shops, nightlife, cuisine and tourist attractions, visitors to the city are never stuck for things to do. PURE’s David Kavanagh enjoyed a weekend break there recently, and here he reveals his pick of things to do in the Big Apple.
Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow A little bit of luxury is always a good way to kick off a holiday, so I to flew to the Big Apple first class with Virgin in truly magnificent style. Virgin’s plush upper class suite was luxury personified, with a stunning bar, a seat that stretches out flat at the touch of a button, and an extensive a la carte dinner menu that boasted food far and above the standard airline fare. I had a huge TV screen that had a huge choice of movies, TV programmes and games, and felt really refreshed when we touched down - no cramped leg muscles or sleep-deprived hallucinations for me!
Century 21, Cortlandt St, Lower Manhattan Situated across the street from the former World Trade Centre site, this notorious discount department store is the place to go for outrageous bargains on all the top designer fashions and accessories. Obviously, no trip to New York is complete without doing a little window shopping at the ultra-exclusive designer stores on Fifth Avenue, but if you’re on a budget and want to take home a little cut-price bling, then Century 21’s the place to go. I picked up an amazing pair of Gucci sunglasses for $80, and now I can’t wait for summer!
The Gramercy Tavern, 42 East 20th St, New York One of Manhattan’s most acclaimed eateries, this is a classic American Tavern offering fine, contemporary cuisine in a landmark historic building. Top chef Michael Anthony cooks exquisite food, and his fish dishes in particular are top class. At $86 for a two-course dinner it definitely wasn’t the cheapest option, but I saved a bit in the days leading up to it by having a pizza slice or sandwich on the go for lunch, so I was happy to splurge. My meal was amazing, the staff were fantastic, and the surroundings wonderful.
Radisson Martinique Hotel, 49 West 32nd St, New York This isn’t the creme de la creme of New York hotels, but it’s relatively good value and in a great location it’s on Broadway in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The Martinique has a Travelodge type feel, but the rooms are clean and spacious and I found the staff very helpful and friendly. My friend and I booked for a three-night weekend stay in a twin room, and got a fairly reasonable rate in comparison to some of the other hotels in the area. We spent most of our time out and about, so all we wanted was a clean bed for the night in a handy location.
230 Fifith, Fifth Avenue, New York New York’s nightlife scene is notorious, and there are way too many hotspots to mention here, but a highlight for me was the hip 230 Fifth rooftop garden bar. I had an amazing overview of the city, and felt super cool sipping my cocktail and taking in the New York skyline. It was a really cold night, but the rooftop garden had plenty of heaters and the staff even provided us with blankets and snuggies! The drinks were a little expensive, but well worth it for the magnificent view.
Sex and the City Hotspots Tour This was a hugely enjoyable experience, and $24 really well spent. We were bussed round many of the locations made famous in the smash TV show, including Carrie’s Greenwich Village apartment stoop, the church where Saucy Samantha met the hot monk, and the glorious Plaza Hotel where Big got engaged to Natasha. We got to gorge on cupcakes at the Magnolia bakery and sipped cosmopolitans at Steve and Aiden’s bar ‘Scout’, and were shown clips from the show on the bus in between stops. A great tour, and a must for diehard fans.
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o’s doing what in the local business scene
The tough get going PURE’s partner in website design, Andrew Cuthbert, tells us why getting a piece of the action in the online market is the smart choice for potential investors...
Best wishes to City Centre Traders’ Forum (CCTF), which is sending a delegation to Stormont in mid-April to meet with the North West’s six MLAs to press them on what can be done to tackle the current difficulties facing traders in Derry. Martin McCrossan, chairman of the organisation, told PURE: “We had a very constructive meeting with Sammy Wilson (Finance Minister) up at Stormont recently, and now we’ve arranged a follow-up with our MLAs. We’ll be talking about the plight of the local traders and addressing issues such as rates, parking and planning. We need things to change - and change fast so we’ve really hit the ground running.” Any independent traders wishing to join CCTF can contact Martin McCrossan on 028 71271996.
Investing in an internet website can be a highly lucrative venture. Just ask Pierre Omidyar, the developer of online auction site eBay, who at the tender age of 28 is now the 156th richest man in the world. Or German businessman Andy Bechtolsheim. Just over ten years ago, he invested $100,000 in a project that would come to be known as Google. His investment today for a third share would be worth over $10 billion in assets alone, and continues to generate huge amounts of capital each month. Give or take a penny or two, he’s multiplied his original stake by 100,000. Not bad, eh? In the early days of the dot.com phenomenon, it wasn’t uncommon for the uneducated investor to pour money into internet projects, only to see their hopes dashed becasue they chose companies who, though they had lots of experience in website design and concepts, didn’t have the business savvy to go with it. But if you think that the dotcom bubble has burst for good, think again. Hook yourself up with the right people - those who have both the necessary technical and business expertise - and the net could scoop you some tidy profits. Some major advances in technology,
such as high speed broadband, and access to computers and the internet in general, have expanded the market size and made the internet the premier medium for accessing worldwide markets.The time is ripe for new ideas and new innovation, and in a time when property will take years to recover, online ventures usually show success or failure in roughly two-five years. Sure, some fail, but those that succeed can breed returns of up to a staggering 1000 %. Not a bad return, I think you’ll agree! Traditional investors need to move with the times as IT becomes a way of spreading bets using low value, albeit high risk investments, to bring a steady return. There is little comparison between a £100,000 investment in property which can breed a return of 8% per annum against a £100,000 investment in technology which can breed a £1,000,000 return in 18 months. The web is the new property boom, and with the right delivery partner investing in your own idea or someone else’s, huge returns are there for the taking.
For more information contact Andrew Cuthbert: Andrew@omnisoftservices.com
Best of luck to young Derry entrepreneur Joe Foster. Joe and his girlfriend Clare Brady (both pictured below) have launched a pioneering online business directory, izudoo.com. The website promises to be the number one port-ofcall for anyone looking for information on locally-based businesses. The directory will enhance the search for products, services and entertainment in the region. For more information on izudoo visit www. izudoo.com, phone 028 7122 6130 or email email@example.com.
Clare brady and Joe Foster
Hat trick for Grafton
PURE would like to congratulate recruitment firm Grafton, who have just been awarded Recruitment Agency of the Year for the third year running. Joanne Quinn, manager of the Derry branch, told us: “The Derry branch is run by a successful local team. Working alongside myself are recruitment consultants Sally Campbell from Omagh and Helen O’Kane from Derry, supported by Catriona Campbell from Derry. We’re all from neighbouring towns and understand the North West marketplace and can tailor our recruitment offerings to best suit the needs for our clients and candidates alike.” Go team Grafton!
Everyoneâ€™s talking about......
PURE’s Mark Duncan on the show that’s been going down a storm on both sides of the Atlantic... A new phenomenon is taking over both our telly screens and music charts, and if you haven’t yet heard of it then it’s time to crawl out from under that rock… yes, it’s Glee! The E4 show is an uplifting and addictive American series that follows the lives of students and teachers who attend the William McKinley High School, and their involvement in ‘Glee Club’, a school choir run by music-loving teacher Mr Scheuster. Despite being unfairly dubbed in some quarters (probably by those who hadn’t bothered watching it) as ‘yet another High School Musical’, the show’s popularity has gone stratospheric, and the initial naysayers are likely eating plates of humble pie as we speak. It is littered with genius comedy moments intertwined with real everyday issues. Topics such as homosexuality, pregnancy and bullying arise constantly, yet the comic brilliance of the script serves as a relief and elevates the mood. Kids especially can relate to the show as the moral undercurrent both inspires and encourages you to be who you want to be. The snappy dialogue and postmodern humour echo the groundbreaking teen drama of ten years before, Dawson’s Creek, but what really makes Glee is the music, which blends in seamlessly with the dialogue. The unique musical arrangements of modern and instantly recognisable songs have had such an impact that the Glee cast have entered the UK charts and are set to dominate them for some time. This magic mix of real life dilemmas with comedy and song makes for a truly entertaining watch, and we predict there will be scores of school kids banging down the doors of music rooms across the country demanding their very own Glee Club. As the song goes: Don’t stop believing - hold on to that feeling!
The kids... Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith)
Finn is the star quarterback of the school’s football team. Tries very hard to retain his ‘macho tough guy’ image but risks destroying this by joining Glee club. Dates bitchy cheerleader Quinn but has growing feelings for wholesome Rachel, which gets complicated when preganat Quinn announces he’s the father of her child.
Suffers ridicule from her peers for being part of Glee and her over-enthusiastic dreams and ambitions of being on Broadway. Battles with her unrequited love for Finn and serves as his voice of reality to be yourself and follow your dreams at all costs. Her aura of ruthless ambition belies her lack of confidence around men.
Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer)
Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley)
Kurt is bullied by the football team due to his participation in Glee and his effeminate manner. Comes out as gay to Mercedes but for a time battles telling this to his macho father. Kurt has a crush on Finn and is jealous of Rachel.
The dramatic diva of the show, with a voice style similar to Aretha Franklin. She has a bold personality and is well-known for her trademark quote ‘Hell to the no!’ She develops a crush on Kurt without knowing he is gay and is hurt when he turns her down, but soon after she becomes close friends with him.
Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale)
Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz)
Paraplegic Artie sings and plays the guitar all whilst being wheelchair bound. Like the other members, Artie finds Glee to be an escape from the trials and tribulations associated with high school life.
Tina is a quiet and shy member of the club in the beginning, but she quickly begins to come out of her shell. She has feelings for Artie.
Noah Puckerman (Mark Salling) .
Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron)
‘Puck’ is Finn’s best friend and fellow member of the football team. Initially the premier bully of the school who snubs the Glee club, but later joins up. A womanizer who has flings with older females, he is actually responsible for getting Quinn pregnant.
Quinn is the head cheerleader of the school and president of the celibacy club. She is Finn’s girlfriend and gets very jealous when he starts to pay attention to Rachel. Gym teacher Sue Sylvester’s pawn in bringing down the Glee club from the inside out.
The adults... catch glee on E4, MONDAY NIGHTS, 9PM
Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)
Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison)
Terri Shuester (Jessalyn Gilsig)
In charge of Glee club. A former member, he’s passionate about the group, perhaps to get a little bit of his youth back. Married to high school sweetheart Terri and often struggles between his attempts to provide for his family whilst doing what he loves. Attracted to colleague Emma.
Married to Will. Desperate for a child, she experiences a hysterical pregnancy but keeps Will believing they’re having a boy. Threatened by Will’s commitment to Glee and insists he become an accountant to earn more money and provide for his family.
Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays)
Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch)
School guidance counsellor who has a crush on Will, yet hides this by dating the football coach. Obsessed with cleanliness and is Will’s voice of reality to pursue what he wants to do.
Sue’s motto ‘whatever it takes’ to win is a recurring theme throughout the show. Her snappy sarcastic comments are comedy genius and she battles for control of the school budget. Director of the school cheerleading team, her storylines usually revolve around her conspiring against Glee.
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
“Finally I have the confidence to
Fed up with constant trips to the orthodontist and the inconvenience and discomfort of temporary fittings, Dungiven teenager Orla Boyle decided implants were the solution to the problem of her two missing teeth. Here, she tells PURE about the overwhelmingly positive effect the procedure has had on her life...
Transformed: Orla Boyle shows off
I have a condition known as congenitally missing teeth, so I’ve spent a lot of my life going back and forth to the orthodontist for treatment. Two of my front teeth were missing, so I had to wear a bridge to cover up the gaps. A bridge isn’t the most comfortable thing to wear, and it tends to fall out quite a bit, which can be a real pain.
“I was afraid to smile, and tended to put my hand over my mouth” Because I never felt I had regular teeth like everyone else, I was always a bit self-conscious. I was afraid to smile, and tended to put my hand over my mouth because I was worried people would notice. I’d heard of implant surgery, but was told this procedure can’t be done on people under 18, as their gums are still growing and you can’t do any surgery that would interfere with that. So when I turned 18 last year I was delighted that I would finally be eligible for implants. I was referred to Quayside Dental Care, where Dr
What is an implant? Basically, it’s the modern replacement for a natural tooth, and the best solution to the problem of missing teeth.
asked PURE puts some ‘frequently es of questions’ to Dr Peter Hugh Quayside Dental Care
Peter Hughes got to work on giving me some new teeth. Peter really put me at ease, and explained everything very clearly. After some consultations, the treatment itself was carried out in July. The treatment took about an hour and a half - I was delighted how quick it all was. The implants took a while to integrate with the mouth before they could attach the finishing touches; the crowns. It felt great to look at myself and see a full row of lovely, permanent teeth there. He’d also put veneers on my middle front teeth, as they’d become worn from the burden of doing double the work, and the difference was amazing. Eight months later and I only have to go to the dentist now for regular check-ups like everyone else. Thanks to implant surgery, I can bite into an apple without worrying, don’t have to cover my mouth, and finally have the confidence to smile.
The cost starts at around £2,000. Why so expensive? Implants are made from precision designed titanium and as a result are costly. We only work with highly skilled technicians from around the world to get the end result just right. Then there are several months of planning and after care, which is vital to get the most natural smile. Is it £2,000 per tooth, then? Not at all. If you have a few teeth in a row missing, for example, you can get one implant
“It felt great to look in the mirror and see a full row of lovely, permanent teeth”
Implants: the facts Hi Peter. Orla’s teeth look great. You must be pretty pleased with youself! I’m delighted for Orla. When I first met her she was very reluctant to smile and quite shy, but now she’s more outgoing and is smiling away! As a dentist, I enjoy my work, but my special interest lies in implants. You really get a sense that it’s made such a difference to the patient’s life, and that’s a source of tremendous satisfaction.
her gorgeous new smile
but then put two crowns on it. That’s just one example, but basically the cost is determined by what the patient’s individual needs are. Do you get many people in Derry asking for implants? Each year the demand has steadily grown. I suppose that’s down to the fact that people are starting to get more of an idea of what implants actually are. I’ve done implant treatment for people of all ages over 18, and of both sexes. That said, there are less implants placed in Northern Ireland per head of population than anywhere else in Europe, so we’ve a bit of catching up to do. If I had missing teeth, couldn’t I just struggle on with a bridge or dentures and save my cash up for a holiday instead? Absolutely, but dental implants are the most successful treatment carried out in practice and over time are an extremely cost effective way of giving you back your smile and being able to chew foods you want when you want. Patients who have had implants tell us that it brought them more satisfaction than a holiday.
Known for their hospitality and culinary skills, Carol and Derek Reddin’s dinner paty at their Fahan home was a great night filled with laughter, great food and a plush table setting that had a serious ‘wow’ factor ... Carol and Derek Reddin like nothing more than welcoming their friends into their Fahan home for dinner, lively conversation and a good laugh. The couple, who own design haven Carpet House & Interiors in Bridgend, enjoy kicking back at the end of a hard week at the office with some good food, wine and company. “I really enjoy hosting,” says Carol. “For me, the key is to pre-prepare as much of the dinner as possible so that you can spend plenty of time with the guests. When you’re the host, you want to make sure the conversation is flowing and everyone feels confortable, so Derek and myself always make sure one of us is in the room with the guests while the other is out in the kitchen or preparing drinks.” Carol’s ‘Come Dine With Me’ menu reflected her fondness for simple, yet different, food combinations where a premium is put on quality and freshness. “The monkfish had been caught that day at Greencastle,” she says, “and because it was wrapped in Parma ham it retained its flavour and moistness. I chose the black pudding and salad starter because it was nice and light, as there’s nothing worse than having your guests feel bloated before they even get to the dessert.”
“ you want to make sure the conversation is flowing and everyone feels comfortable, so Derek and myself always make sure one of us is in the room with the guests while the other is out in the kitchen or preparing drinks “
As is their tradition, Carol and Derek set the genial tone early on by serving a champagne aperitif, while interior designer Carol wowed the guests upon being seated with her stunning table setting, which boasted a cut glass candelbra centrepiece, a black glass table top with delicate little aubergine hearts set in, and some quirky little port glasses the couple picked up in Austria. Says Carol: “I always try and do something really nice with the table,” she says. “But while we have the setting very formal, we’re always keen to make sure the atmosphere and conversation is very relaxed - and that’s where Derek comes in. He’s a real entertainer, so there’s always plenty of banter and laughter between all the guests.” Derek and Carol’s dinner guests were three couples: Gerry and Maeve Fearon, Paul and Mary Bradley and Fintan and Jane Connolly. “All the couples are friends with each other, “says Carol, “so the conversation flowed nicely. But even when we have a mix of guests who perhaps don’t know each other very well, Derek and I are always keen to bring everyone together and set a friendly and inclusive tone for the evening.” Having prepared everything to the letter - she even had the black pudding laid out on the grill early on so all she had to do was fire it up! - Carol’s dinner party was a great success. “The only minor disappointment was that my chocoloate puddings shrank a bit,” says Carol, “but they had a lovely taste, which is the main thing. I tend to stick with dishes I’ve made before so there are no hiccups in the kitchen, and that would be my advice to anyone throwing a dinner party. That, and to avoid doing any recipe that requires filo pastry - I’ve tried working with it in the past and it was a disaster!”
Paul and Mary Bradley “The night was absolutely excellent,” says Paul. “The table was decorated like something from a top class hotel, and the food was fantastic. The difficult part now will be inviting them back to ours and trying to match this fantastic evening!”
4 6 Revelry: The hosts and their guests raise their glasses to a good night
MENU Aperitif Moet et Chandon champagne Starter Wild rocket salad with award-winning Clonakilty black pudding, dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, topped with parmesan shavings. Served with thinly-sliced garlic pizza bread. Main course Fresh monkfish, wrapped with Parma ham, roasted and served with lemon mash potato accompanied with a hand-picked selection of fresh market vegetables.
Dessert Mini chocolate sponge with a soft dark chocolate centre, surrounded by a selection of fresh berries, topped with lightly-whipped fresh cream.
Carol gets the main course ready
To finish Selection of Italian and French cheeses, served with bite-sized water biscuits and crimson seedless grapes, with a vintage port digestive.
Carol and Derek have an eye for the finer things in life. This is clear by the standards they set in business, so because of this I knew they would pull out all the stops and raise the bar for future ‘Come Diners’. Carol had the situation well in hand; all their guests were comfortable and seated with a glass in hand, and she and Derek were super attentive - everyone was relaxed, chatting and clearly having fun. She outdid herself in the kitchen, and had the meal organised and cooked like a military operation. It seems to us (and her guests) that Nigella Lawson better watch out as there may be a new contender for hostess of the year. With such high scores from her guests it will be hard for our next contenders to compete, but if you think you are up for the challenge contact PURE HQ and have a go!
Wines White: 2009 Alberice Pinot Grigio Red: 2005 Château Laucaussade St Martin les Côtes Bordeaux
Gerry and Maeve Fearon
Fintan and Jane Connolly
“Carol and derek were brilliant hosts,” says Maeve, “and we really couldn’t have faulted anything. Because we know them we weren’t surprised by the high standard of the food and surroundings, but I can honestly say that even if they were strangers they would still have scored top marks.”
“Carol and Derek’s night was brilliant,” says Jane. “The whole night was just great. The food was absolutely gorgeous and thats typical for Carol as her cooking is always amazing. The presentation of the courses were perfection as well. The night went really well, and Carol and Derek, as usual, were the perfect hosts.”
by Mary-Anne McNulty When a restaurant boasts what is termed an ‘affordable’ menu, there tends to be an unwritten rule that the diner will have to make certain allowances in regard to the quality of the fare. You’ll go, have a reasonably decent meal, but in the inevitable post-mortem that takes place at home someone will say ‘well, the soup could have been a wee bit hotter’ or ‘my lamb was slightly fatty’. But you let the niggly things slide because the meal didn’t cost loads. We’re in Derry, after all, and nobody expects Michelinstarred cuisine. Martha’s Vineyard, tucked away in a corner of the Brunswick Superbowl leisure complex, is the epitome of affordable dining. The dearest bottle of wine on the menu is £13.95, all the starters cost less than £4 and the mains - with the exception of steak - range from £8.95 to £12.95. Yet in the ten years or so since I’ve been coming here, I’ve never once had to ‘make allowances’. The quality and presentation of the food here is always excellent, and could easily justify a heftier price tag. But then, the beauty of the place is that you can go for a really nice meal in comfortable and family-friendly surroundings without breaking the bank, and explains why the place was almost full on a rainy Monday in February a full week before payday. Our starters of spicy tempura chicken and pear and walnut salad kicked things off nicely; they were both fresh, tasty and beautifully-presented. The only qualm I would have about the starters
menu is that all three meat options are Asian-themed, so it maybe would be nice to see something on there that appeals to those with more conventional tastes. Our mains - fillet steak and sea bass fillets - were lovely, with the tarragon sauce accompanying the fish a particular revelation. I’m an absolute fiend for banoffee pie, so my dessert choice was pre-ordained. My dining companion, not as gluttonous as me, was a little disappointed there wasn’t anything a little lighter on the sweets menu - it had sticky toffee pudding, hot chocolate pudding and the like - but in the end was very pleasantly surprised by the lightness and delicacy of the chocolate orange cheesecake. For me, good service is as important as the food. I’d rather sit down to a pot noodle delivered with a smile than a dish prepared by Marco Pierre White himself set down with a scowl. Our server Melissa was friendly and attentive throughout, which was no surprise to me. You tend to see the same faces working here every time you come, which suggests the staff are happy at their work. And if they’re happy, we’re all happy. Our meal for two - including a bottle of wine and coffees - came in at £60, which I consider great value given the standard of the food. If you want your expectations to be not just met, but exceeded, then you really should check out this little oasis if you haven’t already done so.
Martha’s Vineyard, Brunswick Superbowl, Derry Tel: 02871 371999
by David Kavanagh A relatively new addition to the Derry eating scene, the Gaslight Grill is located on the corner of Foyle Street and the Walls and offers a tasty array of dishes with flavours from every corner of the world. I’d only heard the best reports about this restaurant over the past year, so my colleague and I went after finishing work one Friday evening to see exactly what all the fuss was about. I really liked the layout and interiors of the venue, which were very simple and clean in a slightly romantic setting. At first glance, the seating space appears deceptively small, but the Gaslight can feed 40 plus per sitting and it didn’t feel cramped at all whilst we tucked into our meals. As it was Friday, and after a hard week at the office, we decided to share a nice bottle of wine to loosen us up before our feast. There was a great selection to choose from, and all were reasonably priced. In the end we settled on the Vidal New Zealand sauvignon blanc, and just as we had our first few delicious sips, our gigantic-sized starters were presented in front of us - perfect timing! I chose the ribs and my partner an Asian bean salad; both dishes were devoured in no time, great flavours and just enough to keep us wanting more! We were indecisive when it came to mains, as there were too many tasty dishes on the
menu to choose from. In the end I settled on the fillet steak medallions and my colleague the sea bass. My steak was delicious: a great big chunky fillet, cooked perfectly and served with an amazing marmalade and red wine jus – perfection! My partner loves her fish dishes and she commented on how well hers tasted also, it was presented pleasantly and you could smell the flavours a mile off. We somehow found space for dessert - Baileys cheesecake and tart tatin - and washed it down nicely with a coffee. All in all, we had a great night. The food stands up to its reputation; if asked if we would visit again soon the answer would be a resounding ‘yes’. The only qualm I would have about the GG is the location. Personally I feel this restaurant deserves a better post code than some others within the town due to the high standards in taste and quality, but it’s nice to see that this establishment has earned its reputation by serving great food, rather than handy parking or dining promotions. It’s brought a bit of much needed va va voom back to Foyle Street and for that, we are all in debt. We definitely recommend a visit to the Gaslight Grill. Great food, fantastic flavours, reasonable pricing and nice staff – table bookings required to avoid disappointment.
Gaslight Grill, Foyle Street, Derry Tel: 02871 260708
BBC Radio Foyle presenter and champion of alternative and indie music, Stephen McCauley, tells PURE about the things in life that bring him joy...
Stephen presents After Midnight on Radio Ulster,Tuesdays, and Electric Mainline on Radio Foyle,Thursdays.
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS is the first Velvet Undergrund album, the one they recorded with Nico. I say it’s one of my favourites, as it would be impossible for me to choose from a list of around 200. Velvet Underground wrote the rule book on undeground music, and the song ‘Heroin’ from that album is probably one of my favourite songs of all time. For me it’s about love as much as it is about drugs and despair.
Iconic:Velvet Underground’s classic album
Altogether now: de-der, de-der de-der...
The joy of vinyl
Inspirational: the writings of Malcolm X
Idyllic: the Tuscan vill of Cortona
I LOVE LISTENING TO MUSIC ON VINYL. I don’t own an iPod or mp3 player, as I find that kind of compressed computer music always sounds very tinny. I really thought cds were as good as you’d get in terms of quality, but in the last year or so I’ve become a bit of a vinyl head and have come to love the sound you get from records. THE FIRST SINGLE I EVER BOUGHT was Aha’s ‘Take on Me’. I was only ten at the time, so I’m happy enough to admit to that one. More shameful, perhaps, is the fact that I have a Simple Minds album lurking in my collection somewhere, but I suppose the beauty of music is that it’s a journey of discovery, and there’ll always be a few questionable choices along the way. THE BOOK THAT HAD MOST IMPACT ON MY LIFE was Malcolm X’s autobiography. Something about the way he underwent a constant revolutionary process and was always fine-tuning how he saw the world really struck a chord with me. I read the book at a time in my life when I’d just handed in my notice on a job I hated and was dabbling a bit in radio but hadn’t made that leap yet, and his example of being able to radicalise your life and turn the tables round inspired me to do the same. MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION is a little village in Italy called Cortona. I went there for a wedding last year and have been absolutely obsessed about getting back ever since; it’s like something out of The Godfather. I also love going over to London as I have a lot of friends there, but overall I’m not as well-travelled as I’d like to be so I’ve made it a New Year’s resolution to try
and see more of the world. MY FASHION SENSE is, in a word, ‘incoherent’. I get most of my clothes from gigs I’ve attended, and there’s a great t-shirt site called redmolotov.com that I like. I feel very uncomfortable in a suit, and every time I wear one it berings me back to my days at the College, when I very reluctantly wore a uniform every day. THE BEST NIGHTS OUT are always the ones that are unexpected. When things take an impromtu turn it can become a really memorable night. I tend to go to Sandino’s and Mason’s, and I also like the Void Gallery in Patrick Street, which has a nice spirit about it. I LOVE DOING RADIO. Initially, it was because I got to play records for a living, but things have developed since then and the driving force for me now is that it gives me an opportunity to meet some fantastic people. My work colleagues at Radio Foyle are like a second family, and some of the people I’ve come into contact with over the past four years have been really interesting and inspiring. THE MUSIC SCENE IN DERRY is very healthy at the minute. There’s an attitude and energy here that is very unique to this part of the world, and which has thrown up great acts such as Here Comes the Landed Gentry and Teknopeasant. There are a host of great young bands coming through as well like Wonder Villains, Future Chaser and The Q. For me, what defines the whole scene is a wonderful sense of artistic integrity and the emphasis on getting the music out there rather than the thirst for financial success. I’M A HUGE FILM FAN, and enjoy everything from blockbusters like Jaws and Lord of the Rings to independents like La Haine and Fahrenheit 451. I just watched the Robert Flaherty documentary Man of Aran and thought it was fantastic. It was made in 1934, when that subsistence lifestyle was beginning to die somewhat, so to see the islanders almost forced by Flaherty to relive that life by fighting with basking sharks and the like gave the film a real sense of drama.
We’re delighted to be offering one lucky couple an amazing VIP package consisting of superb quality prizes. Firstly, we’ve teamed up with the fantastic Casa Italia restaurant in Queen’s Quay, who are giving away a three course meal (a la carte) and a bottle of house wine to share. The winning couple
will also receive a ‘Month of Sundays’ free cinema pass courtesy of the Derry Omniplex on the Strand Road. And to top it off, our friends at Debenhams are providing a bottle of Hugo Boss White Edition aftershave and a bottle of Stella McCartney Nude perfume so you can both smell gorgeous while
you’re enjoying your sumptuous meal at Casa Italia or holding hands in the Omniplex! To enter, email both your names and address(s) to competitions@ pure-mag.co.uk and mark your entry ‘VIP’. Please note: as this prize includes alcohol, entrants must be aged 18 or over.
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Courtesy of Debenham’s, Foyleside, we’re giving away bottles of the fragrances featured in our male and female product pages. For
men we’ve got Ed Hardy and Prada Amber, and for women it’s Vera Wang Princess and Gucci Flora. To enter, email your name and address to
competitions@pure-mag. co.uk. Mark your entry ‘fragrance’ and state your preferred choice of scent.
Are you an Alphabeat fan? The Danish pop sensations have just brought out their fantastic new album The Beat Is..., and we have five copies to give away. To enter, email your name and address to competitions@ pure-mag.co.uk and mark your entry ‘Alphabeat’.
American Crew Giveaway
We’re giving away a free hair makeover courtesy of Denise at Vixen hair salon in Carlisle Road. To enter, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your entry ‘Hair’.
We’ve teamed up with one of the hottest names in male grooming, American Crew, to give away a whopping 15 Classic Holiday Gift Travel Bag Sets worth £40 each. These super-stylish kits contain top quality shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving gel and lotion, and are a must-have for all you discerning males out there. To enter, email your name and address to email@example.com and mark your entry ‘American Crew’.
Courtesy of Easons, Foyleside, we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win all three books reviewed in this month’s magazine. For the chance to win, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your entry ‘books’.
Margaret Coyle, Derry Laura Love, Eglinton Martina McComish, Derry Caroline Fleming, Derry
Laura Donnelly, Derry Tim Harkin, Derry Cara McCartney, Killea, Co. Donegal Elaine Tierney, Derry
‘Board’ with life? Then why not rediscover your youth by having a good old-fashioned game of Monopoly? Courtesy of manufacturers Hasbro, we’ve got five sets of the world’s most famous board game to give away. To enter, email your name and address to email@example.com and mark your entry ‘Monopoly’.
Jane McLaughlin, Derry Eveline McCombe, Derry Donna Davenport, Letterkenny
Terms and Conditions The entry deadline for all competitions is 12pm on Tuesday April 20, 2010. Winners are chosen at random and will be notified via email. The editor’s decision is final. Unless where stated otherwise, all entrants must be aged 16 or over. Competition prizes must be claimed within 14 days of notification.