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ast month I spoke about inspiration, and that theme continues into August. Here at the office we call Cheshire, we were lucky enough to chat to a gold medal-winning Olympian, a leading fashion designer and the head of sport at BBC Radio Manchester (p.34). We also have Collette Roche, who takes some time out of her busy schedule running Manchester Airport Group to speak with Jan Clarke about what makes her tick (p.28), and Deborah Davies of Todhunter Davies shares some of her favourite things in our new segment, Life in Design, on page 126. Our style section is bursting with ideas for the summer – from jewellery to hair treatments and skincare – and, if you’re looking for some travel ideas that are that little bit unusual, I’d highly recommend turning to page 80 for our bucket list. Cheshire is full of amazing people, places and events, so do take a look at our Notebook (p.21) and Local Scene (p.97) pages to see who you can spot and what’s coming up – then check out Natalie Anglesey’s chat with the legendary Hooky, who talks luck, life and upcoming performances on page 40. We’ve also spent some time in Altrincham, on the food trail and tracking its mini-regeneration. For those of you who haven’t visited in a while, we recommend heading to the Market House for a generous slice of culture and cake! Wishing you a happy, sunny August, wherever it takes you.


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Contents August 2017







028 | The sky’s the limit Acting managing director of the Manchester Airport Group, Collette Roche, on the perks of flying high 034 | Inspiring women of Cheshire Now it’s the ladies’ turn – following last month’s male round-up, we chat to the county’s brightest stars about work, life and girl power 040 | Dreams never end Peter Hook, of legendary Joy Division and New Order fame, talks Manchester, children, love and loss 062 | The glow guru Nutritional coach and author Madeleine Shaw on the release of her third book, impending motherhood and the secret to feeling fabulous

046 | Meeting with Mr Parmigiani A timepiece that points to the bright future of watchmaking 048 | Jewellery news A full round-up of all the latest in style and sparkle

088 | Food & drink news 090 | Spotlight on... The Galloping Major at Oddfellows on the Park 092 | Destination: Altrincham The people behind the incredible regeneration 097 | Local scene All the local glamour and gossip from our fair county

fashion & beauty 050 | Fashion news From essential accessories to new trends, it’s all here 052 | Fine print Accessories with brashly bold embellishments and on-trend tassels with prints that pop 058 | Beauty news New treatments, products and all the latest news


068 | Motoring news All the latest news and views from the automotive world 070 | Emergency assistance regulars Land Rover reveals Project 010 | Editor’s letter Hero, specifically designed to 014 | Contributors help with search and rescue 019 | My life in Cheshire 072 | Wheels of fortune In the hot seat this month is The Bugatti pushbike that’s director and owner of as exclusive as the Chiron Nantwich’s striking Wrenbury Hall, Davinia Mullock 021 | Notebook Travel This month’s local events, 078 | Travel news news and best new products 080 | The unusual suspects 027 | As I was saying... Six exceptional trips to get Melissa Porter on why it’s excited about in 2017 your uniqueness itself which 084 | Weekend away is often your greatest asset A literary wonderland at when it comes to success Amsterdam’s Hotel Pulitzer

FAMILY 104 | Kids’ news 109 | The classroom

homes & interiors 113 | Interiors news News, products and advice on making the most of your home 118 | The edit Our top picks for adding a bit of design mastery to your home. This month: vintage telephones 128 | Life in design Meet Debbie Davies, owner of bespoke Wirral-based furnituremakers, Todhunter Davies 132 | Breaking the rules Rewriting the rulebook with this year’s best floral trends 136 | How does your garden grow? Jardin Majorelle: the world’s greatest botanical masterpiece 144 | Hot property 150 | America’s most expensive house A peek inside 924 Bel Air Road 154 | Overseas property These stunning properties will have you yearning to emigrate

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Brings us the latest news from the motoring world, from new releases to fun design features, page 68 WHO Kobe Bryant for his work ethic and commitment WHAT Anything techie! WHERE Tokyo, for its awesome history and – you guessed it – technology

Turi Løvik Kirknes Photographs the latest trends on page 52 WHO Irving Penn, my favourite photographer of all time WHAT Travelling to new places WHERE The countryside in [her homeland] Norway, by the fjords and mountains

Melissa Porter Gives her take on achieving success by harnessing your uniqueness on page 27 WHO Albert Einstein, my son, anyone living their passion WHAT Learning, reading and embracing spirituality WHERE Alone somewhere quiet, meditating

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Ready For The Good Life Now in its fourth year, The Good Life Experience has announced it will be returning to the Hawarden Estate in North Wales on the 15-17 September. This incredible three-day event embraces the good things in life and celebrates music, literature, craft, design, food and the great outdoors. The brain child of Cerys Matthews, the event plays host to an amazing and varied line up including: Stompin’ Dave & His Blue Grass Band; columnist and writer India May; wildlife presenter Kate Humble; and Masterchef winner and Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers. With wild swimming in the estate’s lake, talks on foraging, sushi workshops, bread-making or learning the art of calligraphy, this event will leave you feeling inspired and appreciating the good in life. (

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Soul Sisters Ladies, treat yourself to some much-needed self-love with a wonderful day of pilates classes, meditation, and an inspiring ‘Make your dreams a reality’ workshop. The Equilibrium Clinic in Bowdon has organised a Sanctuary for the Soul, Ladies Day Retreat on 23 July, in aid of the fantastic CAFT charity. What better way to feel good and do good for this great charity? (

Investment management company Quilter Cheviot is to return as headline sponsor of BBC Countryfile Live. Hosted within the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace, the event will again showcase the very best of the British countryside across four days from 3-6 August. And this year will include two new activities: the Quilter Cheviot Theatre – with speakers including the likes of adventurer Simon Reeve and Olympic medallists Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh – and ‘Capturing the Moment’, a photography competition across social media, focused around capturing unique British wildlife, landscapes and weather. ( 21

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England v South Africa Test Match at Lancashire Cricket Club, Old Trafford South Africa will visit Old Trafford in the fourth Investec Test Match. The last time the two teams faced each other in Manchester was back in 1998. ( 22

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Royal Academy of Arts, London Dedicated to the appreciation of art, The Royal Academy at Burlington House is home to the first British art school and has trained artists from William Blake to Turner-Prize nominee Yiadon Boakye. With academicians giving work to the academy, it has amassed everything from Constables to Queen Victoria’s paint box. The annual Summer Exhibition has been held without interruption from 1769 and runs this year from 13 June to 21 August, covering painting, photography, film and performance.



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The Palazzo Pitti, Florence Florence is well known as the Italian capital of art and culture and has galleries and museums aplenty, but a trip to Florence is not complete without a visit to the Pitti Palace. This beautiful building was the townhouse of a wealthy Florentine banker and later came under the ownership of the Medici family. It’s now the largest museum complex in Florence and houses a priceless collection of Renaissance paintings, silver, porcelain and lavish furnishings and objets d’art. Highlights include a visit to the Galleria del Costume which is the only national museum in Italy exclusively dedicated to the history of fashion. top tip

This gallery is much less crowded than its more famous cousin, The Uffizi, as it’s situated across the city’s river Arno and has the benefit of beautiful gardens behind, which are an ideal picnic spot. ( 23

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Inspirational You Being different, being you is your unique USP and the secret to your success. Be kind to yourself, suggests Melissa Porter


here are record numbers of depressed people around the world who choose to take medication to deal with their negative emotions. Depression is principally linked to not having your emotional needs met and can be matched to your expectations not aligning with your reality. The thoughts and beliefs driving a depressed person’s behaviour and choices are not congruent with – well, they don’t know with what, but something isn’t sitting right inside, and the effect is feeling sad and having low energy, as if you feel your life has no purpose or meaning. Scroll through Instagram and Facebook, and you’ll find a visual candy store of what we perceive as ‘successful and inspirational’ types, all showcasing their toned bodies and get-rich schemes. This can be demotivating for many, and might bring forward feelings of jealousy and self-loathing. You might be asking yourself ‘How can so many of these people have their ducks in a row when I’m unable to?’, ‘How come they have the answers to feeling inspired and happy and I don’t?’. This social media movement has contributed to record levels of depression and numbers of people medicating. Comparison aids depression. From this day forth you are NEVER allowed to compare yourself to another person. There’s a bazillion differences between you and the entire world population, so comparing yourself on one aspect – such as your body or amount of money in your bank account – is plain dumb. It’s not a fair comparison as there are a

trillion variables. Stop. Instead, choose to focus on you. If you feel jealous, there is unhealthy behaviour at play and ultimately your choice to judge others sees this unresolved within yourself. I’ll bet if you judge others, you’re mean to yourself. Dig deep and unearth all negative, limiting self-talk that goes on within, about yourself and others. Jealousy, judgement and self-loathing are not inspirational. Designer clothes, shoes and handbags are simply the direction in which some people are choosing to allocate their finances. Wearing a trendy bag does not make you inspirational nor a success – unless you designed it, earned it or are wearing it with some outstanding and unique energy and style. Stop idolizing these designer clothes-wearing types of people. Most of them are unfulfilled, despite appearances to the contrary. These days I consider myself an inspirational success when I sit through the most boring of meetings without insulting someone with my naturally direct manner. I’m a success when I allocate time each day to eating healthily, meditating and doing some form of exercise. Inspirational is the one who lives their day feeling fulfilled and full of energy. It is not inspirational to brag, shame or seek to humiliate others. This reveals only your unresolved limiting, fear-inspired behaviour. Love, kindness and compassion are inspirational, however that shows up for you. Melissa is a professional, certified transformational life coach (

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Collette Roche talks to Jan Clarke about Manchester Airport Group, her involvement with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and being an inspiration to her daughters


admit, I had a few ‘pre-flight’ nerves before my meeting with Collette Roche, the Acting Managing Director of the vast machine that is Manchester Airport Group. I’d somehow imagined stern, cool and sharp-suited. However, on a recent Saturday morning, Collette welcomed me to her beautiful Cheshire home; there was not even a hint of reserve and the kettle was soon on. We joined her husband, Graham and their two girls, Megan and Isobelle, in the family kitchen, where talk centred around the girls’ social timetable for the day, as is the norm with teenage girls. Obviously, weekdays are extremely busy for Collette and weekends are a precious time. Collette says, “Life is hectic and for me it’s

very important that we spend quality time as a family.” So, with calendars synched and plans made for their afternoon together, I took the opportunity to chat with Collette. From the outset, Collette lists her appointment with the Manchester Airport Group as her best job ever. The executive team has doubled the size of the business and established Manchester Airport as the true gateway of the north. It’s clear she’s proud to be a member of this successful team. Her position today is testament to an impressive career path which began when she graduated from Lancaster University in the late 1990s and started her working life as Employee Relations Manager for the Ford Motor Company, in Dagenham. Collette explains, “The role was a real baptism of fire as I was straight out of University. It was gritty and challenging. It was there that I quickly learnt that knowledge and skills are important, but that drive and building relationships are what make the difference.” And drive is something Collette has plenty of. After a few years spent working in the south and travelling up and

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down the country to see her then fiancé, Graham, they decided to set a date for their wedding. Collette was already climbing the career ladder with Ford but, boldly decided to take this opportunity to relocate back to the north. In August 1999, she moved back to the north west, got married, bought a house and embarked on a new position with Siemens. So, not someone who does things by halves. For Collette, this move was born out of her desire to achieve her life goals of being able to have a family, as well as build a career. Speaking of family, Collette tells me, “I’m very fortunate that I have a close family and most importantly, an incredibly supportive husband, who has helped me achieve my goals.” Her job at Siemens saw her being responsible for bidding, winning and transitioning business from the public to the private sector as part of the Government’s Private Finance Initiative. Collette says, “It was this position that taught me so much

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about leadership, operations, client management and culture exchange.” All vital skills for her role today. While working at Siemens, Collette’s ambition to start a family was realised and in 2002, on the day she was due to finish work for maternity leave, she gave birth to their first daughter. Without taking her foot off the gas, Collette adapted to life as a new mother and tells me that, between cuddles and breast feeding, she attended interviews to secure her next career move. She was soon developing overseas business for United Utilities, along with developing her parenting skills at home. She is inspiring: where many women compartmentalise working life and motherhood, Collette sees it as one big picture and her two roles co-exist. Collette laughs, “For me, it doesn’t matter if it’s work or home, everything just goes on the ‘to do’ list.” This is some very impressive list-writing skills. After seven years at United Utilities and the birth of their second daughter, Collette made the


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move to Manchester Airport Group. The ambition of the Group is the perfect environment for Collette and, for her, there’s never a dull day. Collette tells me, “Managing one of the busiest airports in the UK and ensuring the 26 million plus passengers who come through the door each year, arrive at their intended destinations safely, is definitely a challenge. The airport works in partnership with 70 airlines together with government bodies such as Border Force, GMP,

and CTU.” She continues, “But, it really is the most amazing job. We provide over 22,000 jobs and the airport has a huge impact economically on the region. It’s extremely rewarding to be a part of something so great.” With the airport continuing to expand, there’s no sign of her slowing down any time soon. If this wasn’t enough, Collette is also committed to several other roles in addition to her day job, including being a Non-Executive director at JW Lees, a governor on the board of Manchester Metropolitan University and has more recently been appointed to the board for the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), chaired by George Osborne. Collette explains, “The NPP, is essentially about bringing together business, civic and educational leaders across the region to maximise the sum of our parts and grow economic prosperity.” This is something Collette is extremely passionate about. She says,


“I was born and educated in the north and have worked in almost every city here.” She’s also particularly excited to have also been asked to become involved with the Airport Group’s ‘World of Work’, a work experience and community outreach programme. This is a great opportunity for her to be involved in a scheme which is on track to provide support for 50,000 children by 2020 and is currently striving to raise £500,000 in charitable donations. Collette comes from a working-class background. Her family constantly encouraged her and, growing up, her parents always told her, ‘The sky’s the limit’. She is now a ‘powerhouse’ in her own right and her work has led to her being nominated in the top 100 inspiring females. Supporting and cheerleading her daughters and other women is important to her and something she tries to do constantly. She says, “Work hard, do your best and women can have a career and a family.” (;

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Amanda Wakeley Fashion designer

The 25-year history of fashion house ‘Amanda Wakeley’ could be the plot for a gripping film. Starting off as a twenty-something fashion model in 1980s New York, it was in 1990 that she launched her signature line in London with a £20,000 loan from her father. Having built the brand from a single studio in London’s Chelsea into a global fashion label dressing the world’s most famous women, a bitter divorce in 2000 left the Chester-born designer just a minor shareholder in the business that bore her name. Amanda found herself at the mercy of men whose focus was fixed on money not fashion. When the business was sold to a Deutsche Bank distressed debt trader in 2008, she resigned. Not one to sit back and watch her dreams and hard

“Women are presented with endless possibilities and their choices have a huge impact” work stripped apart and sold off, she rallied. Just a few months later Amanda acquired the brand name as intellectual property and began the buy-back of her business. She was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the fashion industry, and has won numerous accolades – including three British Fashion Awards. “I realised at a very young age that clothes could be empowering,” she says. “I was lucky to have a full and varied dressing-up box, thanks to two glamorous grandmothers, and it was amazing how different items could ignite different emotions and feelings. A bad hair day or an ill-fitting garment can really affect how you feel about yourself, and I think women understand this better than men. Some men have quite a limited wardrobe – a uniform, if you like, of suits and ties. Women are presented with endless possibilities and their choices have a huge impact. “Clothes allow you to present the very best version of yourself. When the cut is right and the fabric and colour are flattering, they can give you

an amazing confidence. You feel relaxed, you feel good and you walk just that little bit taller.” Her professional success would be inspiration enough, but more admirable still is Amanda’s vast amount of women-focused charity work, in the course of which she has co-chaired the committee for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer appeal and become an advocate for international organisation Women for Women, which helps female survivors of war. It is always intriguing to learn who garners respect from influential figures – and, for Amanda, it is women everywhere. “I think my mother has always inspired me,” she explains. “But I’m also inspired by many of my customers. They’re so varied and I love that – it’s not just one type of woman, yet they all seem to be multiskilled and multi-talented, super busy women on the run who want to look effortlessly chic.” (


Sarah Collins

Head of Sport at BBC Radio Manchester Sarah Collins has been at the BBC for over twenty years. It’s her dream job. “I’m not saying it’s not challenging – there’s a story breaking every other day – but it is an amazing job, and an amazing patch to cover. Not bad for a girl!” With a love of sport and a desire to be in radio, it’s the perfect combination for success. That, and a lot of hard work. “I began as a broadcast assistant at the lowest level and really got the bug. I spent two years in London for BBC 5Live, returned, and have been sports editor here for nine years, heading up the sport department. I do have a great team around me, for which I’m grateful.” Clearly proud of her team and her home region, Sarah continues, “As a region we have so much to offer when it comes to sport with seven

Sam Quek

Gold medal-winning hockey player Born in Liverpool, 28 year-old Sam has already achieved more than many sportsmen and women do in a lifetime. Playing for the Great Britain hockey team since the age of 17, and also finding time to study sport and exercise science at Leeds Metropolitan, she’s already racked up an incredible 128 international caps and medals. Among this long list are a bronze medal, three silver medals and gold medals at the 2015 EuroHockey Championships and – her greatest achievement to date – at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. But that’s not all – in addition to being a role model and extolling the benefits of hard work, Sam is now also working with charities, clubs and companies with the goal of promoting women through sport. One of these is local hair salon brand Andrew Collinge, for which she fronts the new ‘CO by Andrew Collinge’ range campaign. “When the opportunity to work with Andrew Collinge arose, I jumped at it, because not only was it local and a quality product, but we also shared similar attitudes towards empowering women,” she explains, adding that she also tries to keep a healthy balance between her personal and professional lives, making time to do things totally separate from work, and having ‘me days’ – “by which I mean days spent in my pyjamas, totally dedicated to what I want to do, watch and eat!” (;


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local football clubs, from Oldham to Man City; Super League; Sale Sharks in Rugby Union; and Lancashire Cricket. I don’t know many other regions that have this much to offer, and I very much believe that we need to celebrate it.” Away from MediaCity, Sarah coaches at Dominoes Netball Club and has just come back from a trip to Prestatyn with 25 girls. “At the club we’re mentoring the next generation, but also providing a safe environment to empower them. I’m a feminist, and seeing the girls who come to us grow and believe in themselves is what it’s all about.” Sarah is also responsible for the BBC’s partnership with the North West Football Awards. “We got involved about five years ago after one of our reporters was nominated. I was blown away by it and immediately got in touch with Laura Wolfe to see how we could support it.

“We live in an amazing region and sometimes we can forget this” Today, we’re the broadcast media partner. What I love is that it’s not just about all the fluffy stuff. It’s about the whole region and celebrates all that we are doing at all levels and fields. So, for example, we created an award for the Neville family one year, for their contribution to sport. Most people just think of the brothers, but forget dad Neville Neville, mum Jill who basically runs Bury Football Club and Phil’s twin-sister Tracey, who was capped at 19 for England netball and is now head coach. This is what it’s all about and I feel strongly that we need to celebrate this. I’ll say it again: we live in an amazing region and sometimes we can forget this.” Back to Sarah though, I have to ask if she has any spare time and what that entails. There’s a knowing laugh. “Beyond radio and netball, I love quality time with my eight god-children. And the odd glass of Prosecco! In the future I’d love to do something with disadvantaged children, too.” For now, though, her passion and pride are directed to inspiring the current and next generation of sports fans and players. (;;

Jennifer Atkinson CEO at ITC Travel Group

The week before I interview Jen the company unveils a new look for the luxury tour operation arm of its business and annouces the appointment of Mal Barritt as COO. It’s an exciting time. Thirteen years ago Jen joined ITC as marketing manager and, aged just 34, became CEO. “I took over at the worst time, in 2009. We were a luxury travel company in a credit crunch and we’d experienced our worst ever trading year. Our chairman and owner, Drew Foster, was also sadly diagnosed with terminal cancer. “My attitude has always been to look forward, so I was the first to say ‘I can turn the business around, let me have a go’. I have always been an optimist. In business and in life, I believe it is better to seek forgiveness for something you have done, rather than wait for permission and live with regrets.” The company has grown ever since, so much so, that in 2014 Jen undertook a management buy-out. “I was on holiday with my husband Dave and son Billy, taking some time to reflect. I was toying with the idea, but what I knew about an MBO you could write on the back of a stamp. Fortuitously I met one of our clients out there, Paul Pindar, who’d not long retired from Capita, where he bought and sold companies. He said he’d back me. “This gave us the means to grow the business, and in 2015 we expanded, bringing Western and Oriental Travel Ltd’s four tour operators under our name, and then in 2016 receiving a multi-million pound investment from NorthEdge Capital in a private equity deal. The investment gave us what we needed to grow sustainably and successfully. “While all this was going on, the business was being filmed for BBC2 documentary The Millionaires’ Holiday Club and Dave and I had welcomed a daughter, Belle. Believe me, private equity deals and MBOs are a walk in the park, compared to just going for a walk in the park with two toddlers in tow!” (


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Emma Nawaz

Managing director at Blackstone Solicitors In 2010, Emma set up a law firm with £15,000 and a secretary. Today, Blackstone is a commercial boutique law firm with five salaried partners, an office in Hale and another in Mayfair, boasting countless awards, a record turnover of just over £1million last year and the added accolade of Emma being chosen as the only UK lawyer to join the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business programme. “My vision for Blackstone Solicitors began with two things,” Emma explains. “I was already unhappy in my position as a lawyer in Manchester, but the second push came when my husband received a letter from a local lawyer chasing for a payment (which had already been paid). The letter was so aggressive and peppered with bad grammar, that I thought, ‘If this company can do it, badly, and make a living, what could I achieve?’.” Determined to keep her life balanced from the start, Emma recalls she and her husband initially “disagreeing on the expense of an office”, but that she remained adamant that “Work is work and home is home” – and it’s clearly an ethos that’s gone hand-in-hand with her success. “The offices are in Hale because it is home for me, but as soon as I am in the house, it’s all about family,” She says. “I even have a regular hour-long appointment at the local salon where I can just switch off completely and not be rushing to the next class or activity with the kids. We have three – Arabella (10), Felix (7) and Conrad (6) – our little Tasmanian Devil – so although my professional life is demanding, my home life is too!” (


Tracy Lavin

Founder and CEO at Tracy Lavin Events Born in Manchester before returning to the family’s ancestral home in the west of Ireland at the age of five, Tracy spent her childhood helping out on the family farm, also finding time to be on the county’s basketball team. Having finished her schooling, Tracy trained at one of Ireland’s top catering colleges then – after a stint in France – worked in 4- and 5-star hotels across London and the north, soon rising from restaurant manager to sales manager and, eventually, general manager. “I started to feel restricted working in just one venue, and wanted to be able to offer corporate and private clients more options, so I decided to set up my own business,” Tracy explains. “Now we have marquees at private houses, book exclusiveuse castles and unique venues for weddings and themed parties, organise corporate events and graduations, and attract many high-profile clients.” “Kensington Palace and Soho Farmhouse are just some of the venues we’ve used, and one of our greatest challenges recently was organising a Glastonbury-style festival for 650 guests, managing everything from the glamping tents and musicians, bars and food stations to fun fairs, beauty parlours and fireworks. Afterwards I thought: ‘What a great, talented team we have, and I just love my job’.” “When it comes to balancing work and life, it’s important to make time for family and friends. I have friendships that go back to my school days, and we try to meet up often. Of course it’s hard sometimes, as this industry involves weekend work, long hours and last-minute events, but they know what I’m like – might be the final one to confirm, but I make up for it when I get there!” (

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The day after the shock of the Manchester bomb, Natalie Anglesey meets with musician Peter Hook of legendary Joy Division and New Order fame


ut for some time now Peter has been making a mark with his own band, The Light, which recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall. As we discussed the tragedy, his eyes darkened. “The first we heard was when our 18-year-old daughter Jessica rang from inside the Arena to say there’d been a loud bang and someone shouted 'It's a bomb'. Fortunately she was three rows from the front so it took much longer to get out as the exits were packed. “As a parent you can imagine our panic until friends brought her safely home. Now I have dad-guilt about letting her go without me and she has survivor-guilt which is only to be expected. It’s definitely a day Manchester will never forget.” Sitting in the sunshine in Alderley Edge, with his beloved dog at his feet, it’s difficult to reconcile Hooky’s old hard-man image with this contented family man. “Those who ask why Manchester has proved so resilient, coping with this horrendous tragedy which killed 22 young people and injured 59, just don’t understand the spirit of Manchester. We survived two World Wars and an IRA bomb and that survival instinct is part of our DNA. “Watching television footage of people, from different backgrounds and beliefs, helping the victims and offering free food and transport to


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safety – you realise that basically we’re all the same. My heart goes out to all those families who’ve lost loved ones.” As we reminisce, it’s clear Peter is proud of his children. From his first marriage there’s his daughter Heather and son Jack, who plays bass guitar in The Light. “Jack thinks he’s better than me so I have to remind him who is boss,” he smiles. But he speaks sadly about his marriage to comedian Caroline Aherne which ended after three years. He subsequently married Rebecca with whom he had Jessica. “Becky saved my life and now I’m fit and healthy and running my eleventh marathon!” Hooky, as Peter likes to be known, recalls that normally he would pick his daughter up after a concert. “I’d chat to the ticket touts at the entrance – so I’m lucky to be here. I also escaped the Japanese earthquake and the Thailand tsunami so somebody up there must like me!”

“The rich and famous had to mingle with ordinary clubbers and we thought that was democratic” Born in Ordsall in 1956, Peter’s parents divorced when he was three and when his mother eventually remarried he took his stepfather’s surname, Hook, and eventually the nickname Hooky. Because of his stepfather's work, he spent part of his childhood in Jamaica. “As you can imagine, it was an idyllic childhood swimming in the sea every day and private schooling before returning to Ordsall and Salford Grammar School. I had a couple of jobs when I left but I was only passionate about one thing and that was music.” Now the singer, songwriter, composer, multiinstrumentalist and record producer is best known as the bassist and co-founder, with Bernard Sumner, of rock band Joy Division in 1976. But when fame was at its height, the tragic suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis shocked everyone. “Ian was a lovely, charming and very funny man. Nowadays his mental health problems may have been properly treated, but back then it was never openly discussed. His daughter Natalie still keeps in touch and comes to our gigs. We always pay homage to him and it’s always great to see her.” Eventually the band reformed as New Order and Hooky played bass with them until 2007. In spite of success there were tempestuous times. “We’d row, break up and reform, row, break up and reform. So over the years I also worked


with lots of other bands like Inspiral Carpets, Stone Roses and the Durutti Column. I also recorded with lots of bands.” Hooky co-owned the Suite Sixteen recording studio in Rochdale where a blue plaque marks the site as they were major studios in the history of punk music. He played a special concert in Rochdale that day, with proceeds donated to the Back Door Music Project for youngsters. In 2007, Hooky announced that he and Bernard Sumner were no longer working together. “In the end I formed my own band The Light. The following year we performed a selection of Joy Division and New Order songs in Paris and Brussels and compiled The Hacienda


Acid House Classics. Eventually we performed them in concert which has proved popular. “But the first time on stage I was nervous. One hundred musicians from the Manchester Camerata turned to look at me for guidance and, as I can’t read a note of music, I just started to play and they joined in! Now we’ve played in big venues all over the country and will be playing this summer in Castlefield and the Bridgewater Hall in November.” In 2009, Hooky wrote a book about his time as co-owner of The Hacienda, along with friend and Factory Records’ supremo, Tony Wilson, entitled How Not to Run a Club. “The Hacienda was sold in the end but I loved the fact that there was no VIP

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“One hundred musicians from the Manchester Camerata turned to look at me for guidance and, as I can’t read a note of music, I just started to play and they joined in!”


area. The rich and famous had to mingle with ordinary clubbers and we thought that was democratic,” he grins. In spite of that, in 2010 Hooky opened a new club in the old head offices of Factory Records in Manchester and on opening night of FAC 251 – The Factory, The Light performed. To mark the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death, on 18 May, the band played a set of Joy Division songs. It was the start of many popular recordings. Two years later Hooky helped launch a new master's degree in Music Industry Management and Promotion at the University of Central Lancashire. A chance encounter prompted him to criticise existing programmes which lacked hands-on experience. “Now students combine academic studies with a placement in a commercial music industry institution” In return he was awarded an honorary fellowship. Hooky also became an author writing Unknown

Pleasures: Inside Joy Division in 2013, an autobiographical account of the band’s brief existence abd rhree years later his book Substance: Inside New Order was published. Two films have also been made about that heady period in Manchester music. 24 Hour Party People, focused on Factory Records, while the 2007 film, Control, focused on the life of Ian Curtis. “Control was the nearest to the truth and it’s sad that we lost Ian, and Bernard and I are still embroiled in legal battles. If we could just meet and talk, it may have been resolved by now. In fact it was he who suggested I buy a house here in Alderley Edge. “I enjoy the café culture and the restaurants and after the rock ‘n’ roll days I feel calm here. Manchester is a cosmopolitan city and I'm a multi-culturalist.” Looking fit and healthy, Hooky ran in the Manchester Marathon and now he’s looking forward to the Rewind Festival at Capesthorne Hall. “It’s great meeting up with old mates like Rick Astley and seeing all those happy families enjoying themselves. It’s a constant wonder to me that after 41 years in the music business, I’ve still got passion for it and my music is still being appreciated. I know how lucky I’ve been.” Rewind Festival, 5-7 August, 2017 (


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MR PARMIGIANI Parmigiani Fleurier is developing a timepiece that could point towards the future of watchmaking. Richard Brown talks pushing the boundaries with company founder, Michael Parmigiani


he 1990s was the decade of the eponymous rock-star watchmaker. Franck Muller kicked things off when he established the original off-the-wall watch marque in 1991. Industry enfant terrible, Roger Dubuis, joined the party in 1995, before Richard Mille exploded onto the scene four years later. In between, another self-styled, albeit less shouty watchmaker announced his arrival – Michel Parmigiani launched Parmigiani Fleurier in May 1996. Along with Muller, Dubuis and Mille, Parmigiani would help usher in the age of the avant-garde indie when, a decade later, brands like De Bethune (2002), Hautlence (2004), Greubel Forsey (2004), Maîtres du Temps (2005) and MB&F (2005) all came to market. In the ensuing years, horologic discourse has tended to centre around the fevered attempts of watch houses, large and small, to verticalise their production processes in a bid to make as much of a timepiece as possible ‘in house.’ The

more of a watch you can manufacture without the assistance of third party suppliers, the notion goes, the more accomplished a watchmaker you are. Thanks to his proximity to one Monsieur Pierre Landolt, president of the Sandoz Family Foundation, an organisation established in 1964 to promote Swiss entrepreneurship and innovation, Parmigiani achieved autonomy quicker than most. Having started out as an independent clock restorer, Parmigiani was, by the 1980s, the principle custodian of the Sandoz collection – an assortment of Fabergé eggs, pocket watches, mechanical singing birds and other animal automata amassed by Swiss artist, musician and philanthropist, Maurice-Yves Sandoz, in the early 20th century. In 1996, with the Sandoz Foundation as patron, Parmigiani gained the means to create his own company. Over the next six years, the brand established a centre capable of producing almost every aspect of a mechanical timepiece by

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opposite page, from l-r: Tonda 1950 White Meteorite, £14,900; Tonda Métrographe, £9,600; Tonda 1950 Galaxy, £18,900; Tonda Métrographe, £9,600; Bugatti Aerolithe Performance, £18,300; Both Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, £100,000. this page: The Parmigiani Bugatti Type 370

itself – from dials, cases and movements, to screws, pinions and spindles. It comes as no surprise, then, to hear that Parmigiani considers sovereignty fundamental to serious watchmaking: “If you buy a movement that already exists, you cannot have any influence on the form, the components, the characteristics. When you verticalise, you can do everything your own way; if you want to create a component that’s shaped a unique way, you can. You can create things in a much shorter time-frame, too.” The Kalpa Hebdomadaire, Parmigiani Fleurier’s debut wristwatch, arrived in 1999. Two years later, the brand announced a partnership with one of the world’s most revered supercar manufacturers. “Bugatti was looking for a new watchmaking partner,” says Parmigiani. “The company it was looking for had to have a verticalised production process, the founder had to be alive, and it became obvious we were the right choice.” The subsequent Parmigiani Bugatti Type 370 featured a pioneering lateral time display, which enabled someone holding a steering wheel to tell the time without tilting their wrist. Inside, a regulating organ, gear train, power reserve and two barrels were set across five different oval-shaped mainplates. Housed in a tubular rose-gold case, the watch resembled a mini engine block.

The future of watchmaking? In January 2016, Parmigiani announced a timepiece that forced the entire watch world to sit up and take note. The most talked-about wristwear from the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, one of the industry’s two major trade shows, may have still been in the concept stage, but if the ‘Sefine’ could make good on the promises Parmigiani was making,

it would become one of the most significant footnotes in modern horologic history. Like most timepieces, the Sefine would be powered by a mainspring, gear train and balance wheel. Unlike most timepieces, which typically oscillate at a frequency of either 18,000 or 28,000 vibrations per hour, and measure their power reserves in hours, the Sefine would beat at 115,200, and run for 70 days. The bold claims were the result of a new type of escapement, a mechanism that has remained, for the most part, unchanged since its invention in 1754. Whereas the balance wheel in most watches swings through an arc of somewhere between 260 and 320 degrees, the arc of the Sefine’s balance wheel is just 16 degrees. Add an escape wheel with extremely small teeth, a lever consisting of extra long and flexible silicon pallets, and other low-friction materials, and you get a watch that beats at an incredibly high frequency while using far less energy. Since its announcement, we’ve heard relatively little about the Sefine’s progress. So where are we now? “We’re still working on it,” says Parmigiani. “We have completed the fundamental research, the physics, and now we are in the application phase. We’ve mastered the technology, the materials, and are looking at applying this technology to a timepiece. We’re able to deliver it in a large format, and now the idea is to make it smaller.” At the start of this year, Parmigiani Fleurier lowered its entry level price point by presenting the first ever steel version of its ultra-thin (7.97mm) Tonda 1950. It’s now possible to become a Parmigiani punter for £7,950. In the warped world of luxury watches, where a brand of this pedigree is concerned, you can consider that a bargain. (

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Lily of the Valley “Luxury is meant to be lived” is Indian jeweller Nirav Modi’s motto – which is why the brand’s new campaign sees its spectacular jewels displayed in full glory. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stars alongside actress Priyanka Chopra and models the Water Lilies necklace and earring set. From a selection (

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Sword in the Stone The debut jewellery collaboration by Brazilian jeweller Ara Vartanian and Kate Moss combines the pair’s rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic. Inspired by old English legends, pieces feature medieval emblems, such as the sword of St George, as well as sickle moon symbols and amulets carved into pendants, earrings and rings. From £700, available at Harvey Nichols


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Chopard once again took centre stage at Cannes, where it has been official jewellery partner since 1998. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the film festival, co-president Caroline Scheufele went all out with a 70-strong collection featuring coloured gemstones and a selection of pieces set in titanium with an arabesque motif. (

A Drop of Sunshine The Diamond Store recently unveiled one of the most unusual engagement pieces we’ve seen to date. The Katarin yellow diamond halo ring is everything a wearable work of art should be – extravagant, opulent and sophisticated – with a cushion-cut yellow diamond solitaire, white diamond halo and sidestones, all hand-set on fine heirloom platinum. This is certainly a proposal we wouldn’t turn down. GK 1.08ct, £2,965; 1.32ct, £3,989; 1.65ct, £5,315 ( 48

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ONE TO WATCH CAZ2015.BA0876, £2,100 “The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Automatic Chronograph, featuring the newly designed blue dial offset with the silvered sub dials. With a hardy 44mm case in stainless steel and bracelet with its secure over locking clasp and 200m water resistant, it’s sure to survive the toughest of conditions.” Alexander Martin-Wright, Horology and Diamond Specialist at David M Robinson’s Liverpool ONE Showroom

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eddings and summer social engagements positively filling your calendar this month? But of course they are. Wondering how on earth you’re going to manage to make a true fashion statement at each one when you’ve hardly time to RSVP, let alone shop? Well, never fear – Molly Bunce, founder of award-winning bespoke milliner Good Golly Miss Molly, is your sartorial summer saviour. Launching her company in 2010, Molly first gained international acclaim after taking first place in the professional category at the Decade Parade, Stockport’s Hat Works Museum’s 10th anniversary competition. Since then she’s become one of the UK’s foremost milliners, creating stunning hats for private commissions, as well as an exquisite range of ready-towear hats, each one a true sculptural work of art – bold yet elegant, and perfect for adding a touch of statement style to your social season ensemble. ( Model: Kennedy Mary - Jane Elise


New Wave A decade has passed since swimwear specialist Orlebar Brown was launched and – quite rightly – the brand isn’t going to celebrate quietly. Starting with the unveiling of its first collaborative collection with Bodyism earlier this year, jubilations are in full swing as the label opens its sixth UK store. Along with the latest SS17 men’s and children’s collections, the newest boutique will even house the first Bodyism café, where healthy shakes and snacks will be on offer. (

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Art Attack Jeff Koons is following in the footsteps of fellow artist Damien Hirst, partnering up with Louis Vuitton to design a collection of accessories. Inspired by the artist’s Gazing Ball project, the statement bags and scarves sport some of the greatest artworks in history, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s A Wheatfield with Cypresses. Koons has also added his own personal twist to the classic Louis Vuitton monogram logo, instead using his own initials to brand each design. (


Now is the time to head over to Manchester’s Belstaff store and get fully involved in the brand’s beautiful SS17 collection. Boasting all the classics the brand is known for – including some of our favourite biker jackets they’ve ever produced – and a few little surprises (the floaty, feminine off-white Carissa and sheer black Jasmine dresses, in particular), the range skilfully shows off the brand’s fantastic strength when it comes to stylish diversity. 76-80 King St, Manchester M2 4NH (

Casual Classics If you haven’t yet taken the plunge and added a cool pair of espadrilles to your wardrobe, now is the time. With the high summer collection from Daniel footwear rounded out with some truly gorgeous sliders, mules and heels, it’s the lovely pastel-hued espadrilles that really steal the show. They are one hundred per cent elegant, super comfortable and excellently made – and the colour of the San Antonio mint suede studded pair reminds us of swimming pools and sorbets. Everything that’s great about summer. Prices from £89 (

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Haart and Soul Her recent Pepsi blunder may have left her feeling flushed, but Kendall Jenner looks nothing if not cool in the latest campaign by La Perla. The model sports the debut collection by new creative director Julia Haart, whose aim was to explore the liberation of women through modernised silhouettes and bold prints. New for this season are silk pyjama sets in boy short styles, macramé babydolls and lingerie in alluring lace prints. (

The Power List Massimo Dutti has raised the bar for daywear this season with its smart, summery collection that ticks all the trend boxes. Pastels? Check. Stripes? Check. Statement sleeves? Check. This cotton shift dress is a go-to garment for when temperatures soar, and will make sacrificing a sense of style and sophistication in sticky, humid weather a thing of the past. We’ll take twelve. (

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Moc the Week With the tennis season in full swing, The French Open’s accompanying fashion brand is turning 30 years old – and, to mark the occasion, it has collaborated with French footwear label J. M. Weston to create a trio of leather shoes. The orange court, blue sky and white uniforms associated with the event are represented in the Weston Moc collection, which comprises three suede and calfskin leather moccasins in shades of navy, ivory and ochre. (

Launching in stores this month – and online from September – is the wonderful AW17 collection from one of our favourite game-changing brands, Cocorose. Featuring new styles such as the Clapham leopard, Wimbledon burgundy velvet and Richmond garnet, the new range is all lux fabrics, rich colours and pretty embellishments (mirrored gems, anyone?), perfect for dressing up autumn styles and sitting neatly folded in your handbag until called upon. ( 51

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fine print Toughen up your summer look with our pick of statement accessories. Mix and match bold embellishments and on-trend tassels with prints that pop P h o t o g r a p h y: T u r i L ø v i k K i r k n e s Styling: Victoria Wright


Shirt, £1,030; Trousers, £815; Shoes, £565; Bag, £1,510, all Prada (; Rings, £2,200 and £2,500, both Shaun Leane (


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Charlotte Gainsbourg takes the lead in Nars’ new 2017 summer makeup collection. Marking her first foray into the beauty industry, the actress and singer collaborated with the French brand on the 18-piece range of products for eyes, lips and cheeks. Given Nars’ historic use of bold colour and Gainsbourg’s pared-back, minimal approach to makeup, the partnership appears on first sight a surprising one, but it was precisely Gainsbourg’s gamine French girl beauty that inspired creative director François Nars. The collection comprises a range of natural shades, and debuts Lip Tint – a subtle lip gloss in three shades – and a sheer version called Multiple Tint. (

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Blooming Marvellous

The newest limited-edition release from Jo Malone London is everything we love about summer – pretty, playful notes that perfectly reflect the lady behind the collection – the ever-chic Poppy Delevingne. Entitled Poptastic, the new fragrance duo features the sparkling Orange Blossom and rich Tuberose Angelica scents. In the words of the lady herself, just like her, the two fragrances are “a little bit floral and a little bit devilish.” Available exclusively at Selfridges and

We are always fans of anything which helps us glow from the inside out, so naturally we’re addicted Bloom Absolute Matcha. Simply add a spoonful to water, juice or coffee and drink, then let the powerful antioxidants work their magic, rejuvenating skin, reducing tissue damage, neutralising destructive free radicals and flushing toxins from your whole system. Staying fresh and youthful has never been so easy (or, indeed, tasty). (

Let The Sun Shine If there’s one summer beauty range that always delivers, it’s the one from Tom Ford. The brand’s latest Soleil 2017 collection is certain to make you smile with its new range of lipstick shades, ranging from sun-hued orange for daytimes spent by the pool to deep plum for balmy evenings out. Complete the look with the Sheer Highlighting Duo palette comprising rosy gold tones for a sun-kissed glow. £58 for Sheer Highlighting Duo ( 58


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Liquid Luxe


Between pool chemicals, sun damage and all the hairspray required by a full calendar of glamorous events, the summer can be truly brutal on your hair. If your locks are starting to feel the negative effects, it’s important that you set about limiting and reversing the damage immediately – and, for this, you’ll need a touch of luxurious expertise. Enter Aldo Coppola – one of the most respected brands in the hair industry, as well as the owner of a string of acclaimed salons and a line of renowned hair care products, amongst them the new, fully organic (and utterly heavenly) Aquamare range. The result of a collaboration with CELLCOSMET – a super scientific cellular skin care brand – and specifically designed to keep hair nourished and healthy throughout the summer, trust me when I say they do the job. You start off by applying Aldo Coppola Aquamare Dry Oil to your hair prior to sun exposure. Don’t be put off by the name: it’s not in the least bit oily once it’s on, and keeps your hair nice and hydrated, protecting against the harmful rays and avoiding that brittle, dry feeling while you’re out. Next, wash your hair with the Aquamare Shampoo and apply the Aquamare Mask, both infused with Algae Bruna extract to deeply nourish and repair the hair after it’s been in the sun. And voila – fabulous, glossy, healthy hair to see you right through to autumn. Take that, summer. Aldo Coppola Aquamare Shampoo, £26; Aldo Coppola Aquamare Dry Oil, £29; Aldo Coppola Aquamare Mask, £29 (

Heir to a long line of cognac makers, Kilian Hennessy decided to take up the torch of family tradition and create his very own luxury brand. The result was ‘by Kilian’, a collection of elegant fragrances aiming to do away with the idea of ‘disposable luxury’. We’ve all lamented having to dispose of a beautiful empty perfume bottle, but by Kilian’s gorgeous multi-use packaging (bottles come, for example, in a beautiful black clutch rather than a box – a favourite of Rhianna, we’ve heard) and refillable atomisers make this a thing of the past. We love the brand’s bright and exotic Moonlight in Heaven scent, not least for the stunning mother-of-pearl Art Deco travel spray atomiser it comes in. 50ml spray, £215, 50ml refill, £110, 250ml mini-carafe, £440 (

Facing Facts If you like the sound of proper, scientifically based skincare in the comfort of your own home, you’ll want to invest in the Tone, Glow & Go Collection from NuFace. A limited-edition microcurrent treatment set designed to help give your skin a natural, defined look (and perfect for travel), the collection includes the NuFACE gel primer, the Prep-N-Glow 5 pack and FACE vegan leather bag, as well as the star of the show, the NuFACE mini device in pinktini. It’s this petite, portable, and powerful device that gives you a natural and non-invasive facial-lift with just five minutes’ use each day – what’s not to love? Nuface, Tone, Glow & Go Collection, £300 (

Midnight Oil In 1927, Coco Chanel created her first essential range of skincare products, which included facial oil Huile de Jasmin. Fast-forward nine decades and the house has reintroduced this now-timeless product, which promises to maintain and restore skin’s youthful radiance. It can be applied on its own, using a massaging technique, or blended with a moisturiser in the morning and/or evening to nourish and protect skin, leaving a soft and non-shiny finish. ( 59

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Summer Daze Innovation abounds in the world of sun care today. Katy Parker reveals the brands breaking new ground


hether it’s due to health concerns or merely wanting to prevent the signs of ageing, we are more aware of the importance of sun care than ever before. Fortunately for us, this is arguably the most exciting category in beauty right now, with groundbreaking new formulas and innovations on track to change sun cream as we know it. No more sticky, oily-textured formulas that give you breakouts and need to be reapplied every 15 minutes; today’s offerings are lightweight and fuss-free, with most offering added extras. Promising ‘sun care with benefits’, Eau Thermale Avène offers sun protection specifically targeted to ageing and acne-prone skin. Its Cleanance Solaire is the only cream on the market that promises to actively fight blemishes while protecting against sun damage, using an ingredient called monolaurin. Likewise, the new Anthelios Anti-Shine promotes a matte complexion while bringing the ease back into sun care with its spray bottle and mist texture, meaning it can be applied under or over make-up. If you want indulgence from your sun care, then look to Sensai, whose sumptuous formula for body and face offers protection while also counteracting the existing signs of ageing through its use of koishimaru silk, which stimulates hyaluronic acid and collagen production within the skin. And if you’re up for sampling something a bit more revolutionary this summer, try cosmetic surgeon Dr Russo’s eponymous range, which recently launched the industry’s first Sun Protective Day Cleanser, promising SPF 30 protection with an exclusive ‘wash-on’ technology that stays on the skin once the cleanser is washed off.

#1 Photoderm Bronz Dry Oil SPF 30, £19.50, Bioderma ( #2 Cleanance Solaire SPF 50, £16, Eau Thermale Avène ( #3 UV Bronze Mist SPF 50, £29, Filorga ( #4 Eight Hour® Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50, £15, Elizabeth Arden ( #5 Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Mist, £14, La Roche-Posay ( #6 SPF 30 Sun Protective Day Cleanser, £52, Dr Russo, ( #7 Cellular Protective Cream for Body SPF 30, £71, Sensai ( #8 Sun Care Cream UVA/UVB 20, £21, Clarins ( 60


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glow guru Madeleine Shaw talks to Jan Clarke about the release of her third book, impending motherhood and the real secret to feeling fabulous


adeleine Shaw is a trained nutritional coach, author and absolute internet sensation. The self-made guru has a very impressive social media following, a YouTube channel, an inspirational blog, her own app and three books to her name. With a 270k following on Instagram alone, she’s one of the top names creating a healthy lifestyle revolution – even though she’s not always had a healthy approach to food. I rushed into Manchester on an exceptionally warm day to meet Madeleine, arriving with a rather sad, pre-packed sandwich and more of a ‘flush’ than a ‘glow’. As I waited for her to join me, I checked her Instagram feed. The latest posting declared she too had, “just prepared something quick before heading out to the book launch event”, but hers was a

Her story began when, aged eighteen, she moved to Australia as part of a gap year and fell in love with the Australian lifestyle and approach to healthy eating. “The Australians have an amazing attitude to health and food,” she tells me. “I learnt so much during my time there, including how to cook the right foods.” Back then, Madeleine had the usual eating habits of a an eighteen-year-old girl: snacking on-the-go to fit around a hectic social life and being a slave to all things low fat.

“I learnt so much during my time [in Australia], including how to cook the right foods” visually appealing and nutritionally magnificent selection of rye crisp breads with guacamole, salmon, tomato and pumpkin seeds. I definitely needed to learn a few things. In the flesh, Madeleine is exactly as her photographs and book covers appear. She has perfect skin, glossy hair and an infectious smile. She arrives flawless, in an elegant sundress and a complete picture of health, complete with a 29-week baby bump.


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“Like most people, I thought that the way to stay healthy and slim was to eat low-fat products. I spent my life eating low-fat yoghurts and drinking diet cola, thinking I was making a good choice.” Today, she will tell you, the notion that low-fat products are the answer to staying slim is very outdated. They’re full of sugar and left her suffering from energy dips throughout the day. She gradually learnt to adopt a way of eating that nourished her from the inside out: a diet full of wholefoods, fresh ingredients and healthy fats. These foods provided her with more energy, stopped the daily dips and resulted in clearer skin and an overall vitality. Madeleine now combines healthy eating with regular yoga and meditation, living proof that this way of life is the secret to feeling fabulous. She has now written three books; Get the Glow, Ready Steady Glow and her latest, A Year of Beautiful Eating, a call to arms to eat fresh, seasonal produce. “Understanding the nutrients foods contain goes hand in hand with seasonality,” Madeleine explains. “You need to boost your vitamin D level in winter, protect your skin with SPF-rich smoothies in summer and eat healthy fats to combat dry skin, whatever the season.” Thoughts of my soggy sandwich are long forgotten. I can’t wait to sit down with her and enjoy the three-course meal which has been prepared by the chef at the Harvey Nichols Brasserie as part of her book tour event. The menu comprises some of her favourite dishes from the book, starting with a summer lovin’ salad bowl with humus, buckwheat, beetroot, cucumber and mango, a main course of tray-roasted cod then a delightful rhubarb and coconut rice pudding. Finally, we round off the meal, appropriately, with freshly baked madeleines, served with strawberry chia jam. Everything is fresh, full of flavour and packed


with nutrients. It’s a revelation to me that tucking into rice pudding and madeleines can be deemed to be healthy eating. Madeleine smiles, saying “This is not a restrictive diet. It’s a long-term lifestyle choice.” Excited about the prospect of becoming a mum, she’s planning a short maternity leave followed by an expansion of her blog, further nutritional exams to progress her coaching work and then possibly writing another book. Her fan base already includes mothers keen to instil healthy eating practices in their children. “My recipes are quick and easy and use foods which are readily available,” she tells me. “And this makes them perfect for busy mums, too.” As for me? I leave with her book in hand, excited to try her recipes and, hopefully, find my own long-lost glow. Madeline’s book is available at Harvey Nichols stores nationwide or through her website (

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We round up the best of the British brands ready to style you for summer #1 Peep-toe boot, Belstaff, £298 #2 Pastel shirt, French Connection, £25 #3 Floaty dress, Belstaff, £375 #4 Shirt, Joules, £29.95 #5 Raincoat, Belstaff, £998 #6 Shoulder bag, Lulu Guiness, £191.75 #7 Bright shift, Paul Smith, £225 #8 Sleeveless dress, Hobbs, £89 All available from Cheshire Oaks (


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fter a Favourbrook creation made a cameo appearance in Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994, Oliver Spencer’s waistcoat shop in Piccadilly Arcade began to enjoy a steady stream of loyal customers. More than two decades later, it still specialises in flamboyant formal wear as well as tailored classics. With the summer season upon us and no doubt a few wedding invitations flying through the letter box, now’s the time to start measuring up for the summer season. We recommend the Kristina print dinner jacket (pictured, £1,100). Wary of upstaging the bride? Opt for a patterned waistcoat beneath traditional suiting. (


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race car on the road... Punching well above its weight, the new Lotus Elise Cup 250 is here


upercharged, lightweight and distilled from Lotus’ extensive motorsport know-how, the new model packs 243 bhp into a chassis designed to deliver the benchmark in responsive handling. The car’s enhanced aerodynamics come from a number of additions including a new lightweight rear wing, front splitter, bargeboards and rear diffuser contributing to 125kg of down force at 140mph. As the latest car to receive the Cup treatment, the new Lotus Elise Cup 250 bridges the gap between road and track to offer race car capabilities in a package that can be used every day. Dry weight has been reduced to just 884 kg and the adoption of advanced lightweight materials including carbon fibre, titanium and aluminium has helped to cut kilos from crucial areas. The Elise’s all-alloy 1.8-litre engine with chargecooled supercharger, allows the Cup 250 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.9 secs before reaching its top speed of 154 mph. £47,400 (

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Less Weight, More Power! The new R8 Spyder V10 Plus is capable of 0-62mph in a mere 3.3 seconds and a top speed in excess of 200mph, spurred on by its significant 70 bhp advantage, and by a significant 25kg weight reduction, versus the standard V10 Spyder. Set to become available to order in the UK later this month, the R8 Spyder V10 Plus will feature a standard specification list. Highlights include R8 bucket seats, liberally applied carbon fibre-reinforced polymer components inside and out, ceramic brakes, the R8-specific Audi Virtual Cockpit and the option of an exclusive micrommata green paint finish for an even more cutting-edge look. £147,470 (

Ferrari 812 Superfast #1 The title of the car is enough to know what it is all about, it is the fastest road-going Ferrari ever built – 780 bhp! #2 The new “Virtual short wheelbase” system doesn’t just mean it is fast on the straight, it is also fast around corners.

Hot Dogs The current heat wave has seen temperatures soar high into the 30s – that’s good news for residents of the UK but it can make family dogs feel very hot under the collar. Great Britain is a dog-loving nation, with over 8.5 million kept as pets, but a countless number of dogs die every year after being left alone in hot cars. To help raise awareness, Skoda has teamed up with the RSPCA to support the ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’ campaign. The campaign aims to show families they should never leave a dog alone in a vehicle and always keep windows open, or use air conditioning while driving, to keep pooches in maximum comfort. (

#3 It certainly looks the part and takes me back to when I was a child and admiring the old style Lamborghinis and Ferraris. #4 Economy and emissions have also improved, with Ferrari’s new cleaner injection system – 19 mpg on a good day.


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Heavy-duty sliding floor in the rear load space

Equipped with multiple frequency radio equipment enabling contact to be made in a variety of situations

Live footage can be transmitted from the drone


obbyists use them recreationally, militaries employ them for airstrikes and the Fire Brigade utilise their aerial capabilities to save lives. Now, the unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, is being used by Jaguar Land Rover. The company’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit has designed and engineered a bespoke version of the new Land Rover Discovery for use by the Austrian Red Cross. ‘Project Hero’ was presented to the world’s media for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show ealrier this year. It’s hoped the vehicle will help the Red Cross save lives by speeding up response times. With the drone airborne, live footage can be transmitted to the Red Cross’s emergency response teams, allowing them to assess emergencies faster. (



FORTUNE If you have the means, you can buy a Bugatti pushbike that is almost as exclusive as the latest Chiron car. Just not as fast. Matthew Carter reports


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word ‘average’ in connection with a Bugatti owner – has 83 other cars, three jets and a yacht. And to that you can add houses, art collections, jewellery and goodness knows what else. Pity the poor old Bentley owner who can only stretch to having eight cars in their collection. What you might not have in your collection, though, is a Bugatti bicycle. But thanks to a collaboration between the marque and PG, a German bicycle manufacturer, you can now put that right. The PG Bugatti bike was, in true new-car fashion, launched at the recent Geneva Motor Show. It was designed – and named – by Bugatti, but engineered and built by PG, which stands, rather charmingly, for Pimp Garage. As you might expect, the bike is at the cutting edge of two-wheel design. It is made, almost


o, you’re ready to splash out €2.4 million on your brand new Bugatti Chiron. You’ve visited the UK’s only Bugatti showroom, on Berkeley Square, and been flown over to the atelier in Molsheim, in Alsace, where the cars are built by hand. You’ve chosen your colours, your optional extras, your trim materials and you’ve had a test drive – though you didn’t quite manage to get it to its top speed, which is limited to 260 mph (yes, really). But now you have a nine-month wait before conception turns into delivery. How can you fill that hole in your garage? Well, it won’t be with another car, that’s for sure. According to the urbane Wolfgang Dürheimer, the CEO of both Bugatti and Bentley, the average Bugatti owner – and it’s not often you can use the


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The frame is also unusual in that it has just one seat stay and one chain stay – on opposite sides – while there’s a toothed-belt drive rather than an oily chain to turn the back wheel. It’s a single-speed affair, no fancy 24-gear set here. Comfort comes courtesy of handlebars equipped with shock absorbers and, being a Bugatti, personalisation is the name of the game. An owner can specify special colours for the frame, coloured carbons and different leather types for the saddle. But don’t expect to use this bicycle to nip to the pub. According to its maker, this is a ‘piece of sports equipment that is not intended for use on public roads’.

And what does this all cost? Well, if you have just ordered a Chiron to squeeze into your packed garage, the price tag of around £39,000 – rising to £69,000 if you want to go for the full custom treatment – won’t be too troubling. That said, you might be worried about how common it’s going to be. Bugatti is going to make a mere 500 examples of the 1,500 hp Chiron (and 200 of those were ordered within days of the car being launched), but PG plans to make 677 examples of the one-person-power Bugatti bike. Just think, 177 people will be given access to the machine without having to own a Chiron first.

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entirely, of high-strength carbon fibre, with a smattering of titanium and aluminium used for mechanical parts. As a result, it weighs less than five kilograms and is said to be the lightest urban bike ever made. All the carbon components, which together account for 95 per cent of the bike, are handcrafted using techniques found in the motorsport and aeronautic industries. The aim is to provide a light-weight design with rigidity. This high tensile fibre performance material is used for the frame, fork, wheel rims, seat, crank and brake (note, just the one brake). The cross-sections of the frame are oversized for additional strength and then ‘optimised for the aerodynamic demands of high speeds’. High speed is clearly a relative term, bearing in mind Chiron’s maximum velocity.







The luxurious new 1903 lounge at T3 Manchester, will give you the opportunity to indulge yourself in a comfortable, cosy environment whilst soaking up an intimate atmosphere that will leave you feeling completely prepared for your onward journey. 1903 is an adult’s only lounge, ideally suited to couples and solo travellers, offering guests all-inclusive food, drinks and Wi-Fi.

Designed exclusively for 1903 and freshly cooked by the 1903 in-house chefs, the all in-inclusive hot and cold food menu is carefully prepared using the best ingredients. With treats such as the 1833 vintage reserve cheddar from the world’s oldest cheddar makers Barbers, and real dairy ice cream from Cheshire Farm – your tastebuds will thank you!

The bar is stocked full of complimentary alcoholic drinks including; champagne, Tanqueray gin, Absolut Vodka and Glenfiddich Special Reserve alongside Twinings tea, Amokka coffee, soft drinks and fresh juices. Manchester Pale Ale and Manchester Gin, including the special Manchester Pink Raspberry infused gin, provide the local touch to the drinks menu with seasonal specials throughout the year.

Travel news Whiter than White Those planning a weekend break to the south of France this summer, take note – we’ve recently discovered the dazzling Boscolo Exedra Nice; a five-star Italianate hotel from the ever-chic Autograph Collection. Nestled on one of the city’s most elegant boulevards, the gleamingly white hotel is a whirlwind of Belle Epoque-meets-modern, with 112 rooms and a spa so effortlessly plush you might find it hard to prize yourself outdoors (the location is excellent however, so do try). There’s also a fantastic bar and gorgeously rustic restaurant, La Pescheria – though our favourite finishing touch by far is the hyper-lux white pool table in the lounge. (


In the Summertime Visiting the capital and being caught out by a sudden rash of beautiful weather can be stressful if you’re not up to date on your nearest rooftop bars and terraces. Luckily, the Mondrian Hotel now offers both – and they are utterly splendid. Its rooftop bar, Rumpus Room, has recently undergone a facelift and offers some of the best views across the river Thames and city itself, while its Sea Containers restaurant at ground level has just launched its wrap-around, Riviera-inspired summer terrace. Open until September, it’s available for private hire and boasts sumptuous seafood-filled menus of light summery bites and Grey Goose cocktails. It’s worth a trip to London all of its own. (


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A Traditional Twist If you are a fan of tapas and of the insitution that is afternoon tea (and particularly if finger sandwiches are really not your thing), you’ll want to nip along to the Halkin’s new Belgravia High Tea. Served Monday to Sunday from 2.30pm until 5pm, this is an afternoon tea with a Spanish twist, created by the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, and including such Basque delights as duck and shallot skewers, Idiazabal sandwich, broken eggs on waffles, rose-petal tempura, quince balls and dropped rice pudding cone, complemented by a chilled glass of cava or cocktail. £32 (£36 with cava or cocktail) (

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Following an 18-month renovation, Hotel Eden is back in full Italian style. The hotel now has 98 rooms and suites, delicately blending timeless Italian furnishings with modern luxuries. High ceilings and large windows feature throughout the hotel, allowing in natural light and incredible views across Rome’s skyline. A dynamic food and drink concept has also been introduced, along with Hotel Eden’s first urban spa, featuring a brand-new blow-dry bar to try out. (

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Name Changer Chester’s luxury tour operator and ‘Millionaires’ Holiday Club’, ITC Luxury Travel, has just unveiled a fabulous new name – Inspiring Travel Company – as well as announcing the appointment of Mal Barritt, who will be joining the business later in the year from his current role as managing director at Bolton-based Destinology. “Our mission to strive for better and to keep our business forward-thinking in a world of fast-paced change is what has placed us as one of the UK’s leading luxury tour operators for more than four decades,” explains ITC Travel Group’s CEO Jennifer Atkinson. “I don’t believe there’s another travel business around that offers a programme as comprehensive as ours, and it’s our breadth of choice and experience makes us stand out to discerning travellers in a crowded market place.” (

The perfect balance of bustling city and peaceful retreat, São Paulo is the ideal setting for Oetker Collection’s latest hotel: Palácio Tangará. Located in the sanctuary of Burle Marx Park, guests receive a real taste of Brazil’s tropical forests, with each of the guestrooms offering stunning views over the park. Food is provided by Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who offers a choice of dining options, including a signature restaurant, the chef’s table, the lobby or the lounge bar. (


Written in the Stars The night skies in French Polynesia are particularly clear, thanks to a lack of ambient light and pollution. A local guide can come aboard for an evening of astronomic observation with dinner on deck under the stars




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The sky – or indeed the sea – is the limit with any Y.Co superyachting itinerary, and chief of all might just be a trip from Tahiti to Fakarava on board Big Fish: a 45-metre, five-cabin motor with a 22-foot video wall. Spend ten days island hopping the world’s largest coral atoll chain, taking underwater expeditions to shipwrecks, visiting pearl farms and enjoying the onboard chef’s barbecues on private islands with Tahitian dancers. And that’s just for starters. From $245,000 per week ( 81

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Norway, Montana and Morocco The most intrepid travellers will delight in IGO’s quadrathlons. Teams are put to the test in four marathon-length stages over four days, within the depths of the world’s wildernesses: be it Moroccan desert and mountain biking, kayaking and canyon running; or snow running, fat biking, cross-country and downhill skiing through Norwegian mountains. Extreme it may sound, but entrants undergo intense bespoke training in the ultimate preparation programme. From £3,495 (


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If the closest you’ve come to being 007 is buying an Aston, it’s time to take your wildest dreams to the next level. A team of ex-SAS and Secret Service operatives can set up a secret mission that might include abseiling out of a helicopter, hostage rescue, evasive driving or capturing and relaying sensitive intelligence. One-to-one training ensures safety is paramount, including handling weapons while explosives detonate in every which direction. Expect a dose of Bond-worthy glamour, too. From £2,850 (

finn lough bubble domes Enniskillen, Northern Ireland Rising with the dawn takes new meaning when there are no curtains to shield you from it, and such is the wonderful novelty of sleeping in a bubble dome hidden in a pictureperfect forest. Supremely well-insulated from the winds – and Irish rain – on Lough Erne’s shore, these inflatable suites with just a radio for company are pared back yet utterly modern. An adjoining bathroom is concealed from view, but in a double bubble, a tub puts guests truly at one with nature. From £195 (


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Weekend away … Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam WORDS: BETHAN REES


oseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-American newspaper publisher once said: “Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest moral factor and force in our public life.” A man of journalistic integrity, his legacy lives on through the Pulitzer Prize, and now in the form of Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam. To write a review in the name of one of the leading figures in publishing is a little daunting, to say the least. Pulitzer’s grandson, Peter Pulitzer, an American farmer-turned-businessman, bought 12 dilapidated canal houses in 1960, and converted them into a hotel – the first of its kind. The now-connecting 25 canal houses underwent a renovation last year, overhauling the 230-guest rooms and suites and adding the Tuinzaal, the hotel’s elegant meeting and event space. The Pulitzer presence is felt as soon as you enter the hotel, with its mini-library in the lobby which includes a book from each winner of the esteemed literary award (and a vintage drinks trolley with a bottle of Johnny Walker Gold Label Reserve as its centrepiece). South African interior designer Jack Strauss led the renovation, and the result is a playful harmony of history and modernity. Every piece of furniture in the hotel has been carefully curated, and none are obvious bedfellows – but it works so well, reminding me of a Wes Anderson film. The colour palette is pastel pink and dusky blue, with emerald green and muted yellows dotted around


– it’s an assault on the senses of the best kind. We stayed in one of the loft rooms – be warned, if you have a 6ft 8 partner like myself, you might hear some bumps in the night (their head on the historic beams) – with a seating area, giant bed, marbled bathroom with Le Labo products, retro-style phone and a cafetière and little packets of Dutch coffee and delicious stroopwafels. The hotel’s main restaurant Jansz (there’s a more casual option called Pause, too), serves beautifully crafted modern classics with an easy-going Dutch attitude. I like a breakfast buffet where there is no judgement when I pour my second glass of Champagne pre-11am. Jansz is just such a place. By night, it’s graced with candlelight and dishes such as beef tartare with quails egg and Dover Sole Meunière. If you can drag yourself out of the hotel, head to nearby W Amsterdam for rooftop cocktails. A different vibe to Hotel Pulitzer, the Amsterdam outpost of this esteemed chain is the spot to be for pre-dinner, sunset drinks and a little boogie. Also, if you’re craving a little extra relaxation, as the Hotel Pulitzer doesn’t have a spa, head to the Akasha spa within the Conservatorium hotel. Pure zen ensues upon entering, and if you’re travelling with a partner, I recommend the couple’s massage which is followed by Champagne and a platter of fresh fruits. Total bliss. (

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affron is the 24-karat gold of the culinary world. It’s the jewel in the crown of spices and has been used for more than three centuries, valued for its rich earthy flavour and the distinctive golden hue it brings to dishes. Saffron comes from the stamens found within the mauve blossoms of the crocus bulb; wispy threads divided into the fragile saffron strands which must be painstakingly picked by hand from within the delicate blossom. Harvesting can only take place in early morning from October to mid-November and it takes some 75,000 blossoms to create a single pound of saffron. Originally cultivated in or near Greece, it’s now generally grown in the sunny climes of La Mancha in Spain. However, in Delamere forest, a family company has put its passion and scientific expertise together to create the finest English saffron. Since 2015, their labour of love ensures the product is vibrant, aromatic and worth its weight in gold. (


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28 September – 9 October sees the return of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. This nationally acclaimed event is celebrating its 20th anniversary and the line-up is definitely a cause for celebration if you’re a foodie. The festival culminates with the legendary Food and Drink Festival gala dinner, where the most prestigious food and drink awards in the city are announced. Among the delights on offer this year, Ella Mills of Deliciously Ella fame will be hosting pop up banquets; several celebrity chefs will be coming to town; and Aiden Byrne is hosting a festival banquet six-course tasting menu; plus Fever Tree is creating a gin garden; and the hunt is on for the creator of the finest Manchester Tart. (


Sweet Move After five years located at the front of the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester, the exquisite and award-winning Rococo Chocolates has moved to a beautiful stand-alone store at 118 Northgate Street, Chester. With a wider selection on offer, a café and a garden terrace, the new premises are sure to be a sweet success. There’s even a chocolate classroom which will be hosting events, tastings and workshops. The space is also available to hire for private birthday parties, corporate days and hen parties. ( 88


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...with ANDY JACKSON, Development chef at Manchester Airport Group Lounges What is your favourite ingredient? Barber’s 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar. It’s a powerful, intense cheese with an exceptional depth of flavour. Cheese is so versatile and it’s a great store cupboard basic, as well as being perfect on its own with a glass of wine. 1833 is my favourite as the Barber family have been making their cheddar in the west country for nearly 200 years and have a true passion for their product. I make sure the chicken burger sliders in the 1903 lounge are finished with a slice of 1833. What is your favourite food? To be honest, I have many favourites. I love Asian cuisine but I’m also very influenced by American-style dishes too. I enjoy the use of herbs and spices in Asian dishes and their combination of flavours when added to simple ingredients. But I also love American boldness, especially BBQ flavours and smoked meats and, of course, the fact that they also love cheese!

have limitations and restrictions due to space and security so I have an ‘Ovention Matchbox’ oven, which provides us with highly efficient impinged air-cooking and operates without an oven hood. What is your desert island recipe? I like experimenting with flavours and techniques to create new dishes, many of which are a twist on old classics. But I’d have to go with the classic steak. It’s got to be a T-Bone steak with eggs and chunky chips. (

What is your favourite piece of kitchen equipment? I’m like many chefs in that, first and foremost, it’s my knives. But working in a kitchen at the airport is different from a typical restaurant kitchen. We

Calm Waters Luxury wellness brand, Conscious Water, has created the perfect way to clear your mind and de-stress, and all in a glass of water. Combining the power of hydration and the natural energies of flower essence, the natural aspirations rebalance mind and body when added to water. Many luxury spas provide guests with these wonderful little refreshments, and they are also available to buy online, so escaping the stresses of the day has never been easier. (

Nantwich’s Winning Noisettes It’s BBQ season and, in readiness for this yearly outdoor cooking pilgrimage, the Q Guild of Butchers recently announced the winners of the annual BBQ competition, which aims to find the UK’s best butcher for BBQ products. After much deliberation, H. Clewlow of Nantwich in Cheshire took home the title of supreme champion after winning the Speciality BBQ Product category for their nutty lamb noisettes. 89

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SPOTLIGHT ON... The Galloping Major at Oddfellows on the Park

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he Galloping Major is the fine dining restaurant at the boutique hotel, Oddfellows on the Park, set within the grounds of Bruntwood Park, Cheadle. The restaurant’s namesake is James Edward Platt, who ran a private equestrian stud at Bruntwood in 1883. He was the second owner of the hall and it was under his ownership that it was extended to become the gothic mansion it is today. James was a flamboyant chap, known as the ‘Galloping Major’, with a signature handlebar moustache, and often found astride a horse. The hotel itself is a luxury haven where grand Victoriana now sits comfortably aside design-led chic, impeccably restored with true respect for its original architecture. As we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted warmly and shown to the restaurant, located in the former ballroom of the house. Under the stunning canopy of a fully restored ornate plasterwork ceiling, the room feels opulent and retains the original fireplace and door casings. A stylish interior design scheme ensures the room is bright and modern and, while not opting for a fully open-kitchen concept, the owners have nonetheless created an opening which allows diners a glimpse of the chef and his backstage antics. Our charming and very knowledgeable maitre d’ talked us through the menu and an amuse bouche was presented: a fresh heritage tomato salad served with an intriguing ‘tomato cloud’. Head chef Ian Moss was already working his magic, and this seemingly simple dish was full of tricks. To begin, I chose the salad of baby beetroot with spring vegetables and a beautiful goats cheese curd. My plate was as pretty as a picture, with vibrant spring colours and precise plating. My dining companion opted for the crab ravioli with Wye Valley asparagus and a

“Served with lobster, silky celeriac purée and broad beans, it’s a real treat of a dish”


grapefruit foam, which was delicate and seasonal with a zingy hit from the foam. When it comes to mains, there’s a mouth-watering selection to choose from, although the suckling pig is already making a name for itself as a ‘signature dish’. We’d heard it spoken about by guests in the bar before we’d even entered the restaurant. Served with lobster, silky celeriac puree and broad beans, it’s a real treat of a dish. Roasted monk fish with curried salt, lentils and wild mushrooms was also beautifully presented and spiced, yet perfectly balanced so as not to overpower the flavour of the fish.

Last but by no means least, we moved on to our desserts. With delights such as frozen clotted-cream parfait with strawberry macaron and white chocolate panna cotta with a passion fruit curd, you can understand our excitement. We chose the lip smacking sugared donuts, filled with custard and served with rhubarb, and the salted caramel parfait, which was light and creamy with an intense caramel hit, served with a crunchy raspberry granola. We finished with a selection of cheeses, including the smokey French Tomme de Savoie and a chunk of Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire, then loosened our belts. Unlike the Galloping Major himself, Head chef Ian Moss, formerly of Northcote and trained by Marcus Wareing, is quietly spoken and unassuming, but his food is another matter. He uses simple, quality ingredients and then takes guests on a culinary ride. His skill and creativity make him the ideal chef to be in the saddle, and this dining destination is set to be a major success. (




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Altrincham Altrincham has been undergoing a regeneration. It’s getting its bustle back. Penelope Warde chats to some of the local businesses to find out more


here's no doubt that this re-invention began with the vision of Altrincham market – I still meet people who rave about it and make it their new go-to weekend visit. Completed in 2014, the market and market house are putting the town on the map as a foodie destination. The 19th-century covered market offers quality butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers alongside art and crafts stalls, while the Grade II-listed market house next door provides some of the region's best artisan food and drink outlets with a


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thriving retail channel, surrounding a 180-seat dining area, which is child and dog friendly as well as accessible. It has breathed new life into what was a tiring market town. The success of the market house and market has led other independent businesses to open in the surrounding streets and thrive. I, for one, am loving having to use the word ‘independent’ so freely. The boutique Sugo Pasta Kitchen is just one of these businesses. Run by Alex De Martiis, the idea was cooked up with partner Jonny Marcolgiese, as they were frustrated at the Anglicised Italian restaurants in the UK. With good, honest, South Italian cooking, pasta and oils are imported from Puglia, as is the earthenware; new partnerships have formed with Manchester Veg People and Reserve wines to create new dishes and experiences. The Altrincham Conservative Working Men's Club adjacent to the market on Greenwood Street has also been transformed. David and Jo Vanderhook, who already own The George Charles in Didsbury and Lime bar in Salford Quays, have created a contemporary industrialist restaurant/bar, complete with

“The local residents are feeling more upbeat, there’s more of a community feel” Altrincham's first ever micro-brewery. Named Federation, after the brewery that used to provide beers for Britain's working men's clubs, it’s capable of producing up to two brews a week offering customers “great tasting beer brewed especially for them”. Having said that, it's not just the high quality independents that the re-energised town is attracting. National chains are also joining the resurgence. JD Sports has opened in the

Stamford Quarter as part of an ambitious expansion plan, as has the home of the stationery obsessed: Paperchase. Then there's French restaurant group Bistrot Pierre, which has 16 bistrots across the country. Co-owner Robert Beacham comments, "Altrincham is fast becoming known as a food destination since the historic indoor food market opened its doors again. “The local economy has been struggling, but now greater investment into Altrincham has encouraged people to spend more time in the town, and we saw it as the ideal location for us to open our latest bistrot. “There is a big independent scene in the town and, as an independently-owned group, we are passionate about maintaining that environment and experience throughout our bistrots.” As we go to press, the town has just finished its first Food & Drink Fortnight, complete with Sri Lankan barbecues, healthy eating, a tapas trail, cookery classes and essential Bake Off, and is planning the return of Goose Green Summer Festival. The event forms part of the wider



Altrincham Soundbites festival throughout August, which promotes and celebrates Altrincham's music scene, attracting up-andcoming as well as established local names, not to mention over 4,000 visitors. These events are put on by Altrincham Unlimited, Altrincham's Business Improvement District (BID) which was launched in April 2016 to improve the trading environment of the town centre. And it appears to be working – not just as you walk down the street, but in the pocket. So far, a positive trend has seen visitor numbers to the town centre up 8.2 per cent on the previous year, despite many of the UK’s other high streets seeing a fall of 0.3 per cent, and the vacancy rate in Altrincham town centre dipping below 10 per cent for the first time since records began. “Altrincham is definitely back!” says Hugh Pottle, manager of the prestigious David M Robinson Jewellers, which has been in the town since 1989. “Two things are happening: there’s more of a community feel and we are seeing more and more visitors coming into the town to enjoy the market and the restaurants. I think it makes a difference to your lunch or dinner when you can walk into town.” David M Robinson as a business is a classic example of the new positivity. A stalwart of the Cheshire retail scene, the showroom attracts customers from all over the north west, but Hugh notes that Altrincham itself had the highest number of new VAT registrations for any town in 2016. “Altrincham people are resourceful and resilient,” he says. “And the re-birth of the town is driven by people with the town’s best interests at heart”. The BID has also just launched Altrincham Hosts, which is modelled on the successful Knutsford Hosts scheme. It aims to bring together enthusiastic local people and match their skills, talents and interests to the needs of Altrincham organisers, community groups and charities. Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West, comments at the launch of the initiative, “Altrincham has been on a real journey over the past decade, from a low point of negative national press coverage and high vacancy rates


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to the vibrant, confident town we see today. This was due in no small part to the dedication and vision of Matt Colledge who, as leader of Trafford Council, championed the regeneration that has well and truly put Altrincham back on its feet. People now feel a real pride in their town, and the Altrincham Hosts project gives them a chance to get involved and make a contribution to its continued success." Beyond the market house, other major projects include the replacement of the old hospital with a new development – including a health and wellbeing centre, pharmacy, tourist information centre and the relocated Altrincham Library – with completion scheduled for summer 2018. The first phase of the £70m, 4.5-acre Altair project is underway, with the demolition of the former ATS centre on Oakfield Road and the launch, by developers Nikal, of a 59-apartment development with ground floor retail and roof garden, that should also be ready by spring 2019. Further phases will include 91 more apartments, 44,000 sq ft of leisure retail space, 20,000 sq ft of Grade-A office space, a 200-space basement car park and a new leisure centre. “It's an exciting time for Altrincham," says Nikal managing director, Nick Payne. "The town centre is evolving and it has already become a popular place to live, work and socialise. We’re excited to be sharing our vision for Altair as a dynamic and thriving new quarter in modern Altrincham, providing high-quality, affordable new homes where values will appreciate, as well as creating exciting new opportunities for retailers, leisure providers and businesses, with unrivalled transport links and amenities." Deputy leader, Cllr Alex Williams adds, “To see developers, new and relocating businesses and increased numbers of shoppers all choosing Altrincham as their destination of choice, is testimony to the high quality opportunities and prospects the town centre offers. “By working together, we are all ensuring that Altrincham once again shines as the region’s premier ‘go-to’ destination.” (

customer* experience Best Pub/ Bar Winner: The Cheshire Tap Runners-up: Riddles, The Cellar

Best Restaurant Winner: Sugo Runners-up: Bistrot Pierre, Cholaas

Best Cafe Winner: Velo Espresso Runners-up: EAT:kaizen, Burrito Picante

Best Beauty/Well-being service Winner: Runway Pilates (100% score) Runners-up: Toni & Guy, Shop4Supplements

Best Professional Service Winner: Jameson & Partners (100% score) Runners-up: Tax Assist (100% score), RMS PR (100% score)

Best Independent Retailer Fashion/Jewellery/Home Interiors Winner: Randalls Jewellery (100% score) Runners-up: Diadem Jewellery (100% score), Wells & Hewitt

Best Specialist Retailer Winner: Amplifon (100% score) Runners-up: Dawsons, Riddles Emporium

Best Multiple Retailer Winner: Monsoon Runners-up: House of Fraser, Barclays

Best Leisure/Tourism Service Winner: Cresta World Travel (100% score) Runners-up: Art with a Heart, Licensed Black Cabs * according to independent mystery shopper programme, Storecheckers for Altrincham BID Awards


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Bold Flavour Housed in one of Altrincham’s most fascinating buildings, The Con Club has hit the Cheshire dining scene with an impressive splash. We meet general manager Adam Whitworth to find out what sets it apart


tanding in the heart of Altrincham since 1887, home to Altrincham Working Men’s Conservative Club for 120 years but lying unused after its closure, it was David Vanderhook – restauranteur, local resident and former private chef to such palates as King Hussein of Jordan and the Aga Khan – who finally came to the rescue of 48 Greenwood St in 2016. He undertook a full restoration and, in November 2016, opened The Con Club: a thriving bar and restaurant, focusing on simple, highquality dining in a buzzing food-hall setting, renowned for fantastic sushi and fabulous local meat cooked on the charcoal grill, as well as a wide range of fine wines, cocktails, beers and even an on-site microbrewery, on show behind a glass wall. It’s already a hit, and it’s easy to see why. “The original Working Men’s Conservative Club was established as a venue for staff of the gentlemen that were attending the Conservative Club, which is still going strong and located on the other side of the market square from The Con Club,” explains general manager Adam Whitworth. “It’s a really unique venue – from its location at the heart of the town and the beautiful, historic building we operate from, to the look and feel of the venue and the way it has been designed like a New York-style warehouse.

“Everything is cooked from fresh ingredients in an authentic manner, so the food we offer is a real fusion – we have a Japanese and Asian influence in our sushi menu, alongside some Asian flavours in our à la carte menu, plus a focus on grilled meats from local suppliers. We are very much a bar, too, and we have a buzzing evening drinking trade alongside the restaurant, which lends great atmosphere to the venue as a whole. We have an upstairs bar area in addition to the main bar downstairs, and we have DJs upstairs on Friday and Saturday evenings, then live music in the bar downstairs on Sundays. “We have a really great team,” he adds. “The head chef Dax Gee, bar manager Conor Williams, assistant GM Suzi Gee and I have all worked for David previously – at Lime, Salford Quays and The George Charles, West Didsbury – so we have a great working relationship.” The restaurant is soon set to open a terrace at the back of the building, and launched a new menu in mid-June which is already being met with much approval – so it seems Altrincham’s latest arrival is certainly one to watch. (

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Unparalleled Luxury The Old Engine Works, Manchester For nearly three decades, Kevin Glancy and Jonathan Fawcett have provided exclusive products to private residences, superyachts and private aircraft. Unveiling a luxurious 8,000 sq ft showroom, they welcomed guests over three days to fully immerse themselves in luxury. Guests were taken on private tours to experience all that the showroom has to offer, including an unparalleled offering of fine tableware, linen, glassware, lighting, accessories and bespoke one-off pieces. With a number of artisans demonstrating their craft, coupled with fine wine, food and live music, guests were treated to a truly unique occasion. The celebration, organised by Kate Park Events, was a great success, receiving a wealth of positive feedback, and is hopefully the benchmark for future events at Kevin Glancy and Jonathan Fawcett. (;

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Exclusive Exhibition Liverpool Town Hall As the largest independent retailer of Rolex timepieces in the north west, David M Robinson hosted one of the first exclusives previews of Rolex Baselworld 2017 collection in the UK. In the stunning surroundings of the Liverpool Town Hall, guests were able to try on and view the highlights from this year’s fair, including the anniversary Seadweller and expanded Skydweller collection. DMR’s friends were also introduced to an exciting selection of vintage Rolex references from the personal collection of Mike Wood, accompanied by champagne and canapés from Restaurant Bar & Grill. (

Claudia Brown, Event Sales Manager, Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool, Helen Bamford, DMR Events Ambassador; Kate Keyes, General Manager, Restaurant Bar & Grill Liverpool

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Linda Lin, GM of Bank of China Manchester, Nathalie Gaujard CBBC, Dr. Sun Da Li, Consul General of China, Sheona Southern, Marketing Manchester Director, LV Xiaomei, Chinese Consulate

Jeff Shang, Hainan Aircraft Engineer, Wilaiwan Clarke Hainan Customer Service & Leo Liu, Hainan Duty Manager

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William Liu, hainan cargo manager & Stuart Holland, euro cargo aviation

David Smith, MCFC, Loic Gao, gm Hainan & Rhys Walley, Manchester China Forum

Helen Ho, Director of Wang Dinasty Travel Group & Yang Baoshen, Chinese Consulate

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Tattu, Manchester Hainan Airlines celebrated a year in Manchester in style, inviting key partners and friends to a stunning banquet at Tattu Restaurant in Spinningfields. The party marked the first anniversary of the Manchester to Beijing direct route and thanked those individuals and partners who have supported the company in the north west. (

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Fox Restaurant, Hale Barns Melissa Porter and Alex Thompson invited friends and family to share a fun Friday afternoon of great food and fundraising. Beginning with tempting The King of Soho gin Foxtails, followed by two fabulous courses from the team at Fox and cupcakes from The Cake Crew, guests were also entertained with a stylish fashion show from Black White Denim and Boodles. Hale Beauty Bar and Margaret Dabbs were also on hand to indulge and celebrity make-up artist, Armand Beasley shared his summer beauty tips. The afternoon raised over £7,000 for Cornerstone day centre in Manchester, providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged adults and Flourish Foundation, a UK-based art therapy charity working with disadvantaged children globally.(;


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Celebrating Northwest Football El Gato Negro, Manchester The 2017 Northwest Football Awards launched in style, celebrating ten years of recognising the region’s brightest and best in the game. With champagne and tapas flowing, nominations were officially opened as well as the announcement that this year Offside Trust will be joining the charity Football Gives Hope as beneficiaries of the event. The North West Football Awards will be taking place on 13 November, 2017. (

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The HQ The Colony, Wilmslow A new boutique, exclusive, business members’ club launched to the local business community to acclaim this month. Offering inspirational design inside and out, The HQ at The Colony is an artful blend of business practicality and stylish indulgence over two floors. From occasional workspace to formal boardrooms with floor to ceiling windows and all the latest generation technology, the exclusive address also offers a fullylicensed bar and specially created food menu from Colony residents Pepshed. Guests and members at the launch enjoyed the summer sun on the fabulous outdoor event space with views across the Cheshire countryside. (

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Coronation Day

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Chester Racecourse Over 170 guests enjoyed the Lady Taverners’ Royal Ascot Coronation Day, raising funds for children with special needs. Over 170 guests sipped Champagne, entertained by Clara Bloom, followed by lunch, raffle and auction, raising over £14,300. The event was sponsored by Elegant Resorts, Excello Law, Smiths Honda and Boodles. (

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Manchester’s fine dining Italian institution, Rosso, has undergone a transformation for 2017


anchester’s Rosso restaurant sits majestically at the top of King Street and Spring Gardens. Housed in the Victorian grandeur of the former Yorkshire and Lancashire Bank, this 19th century architectural gem is a fine representation of the city’s longevity, making it the perfect home for Rosso, for when it comes to the city’s Italian establishments, Rosso is the ‘Nonna’, the Grande Dame. Rosso has embraced the Italian philosophy of taking simple, quality ingredients to create joyful dishes with authentic flavours. Combined with an incredible wine list and bar offering, Rosso also captures the Italian love for the good life. It’s this philosophy that led to the restaurant being named Best Restaurant in the North West and Restaurant of the Year at the Food Awards England in 2016. Building on these achievements, the team has set about transforming Rosso for 2017 with a new, uber-chic dining experience. Starting with the restaurant itself, the dining space has had a stylish refurbishment, which sees a


stunning, all white, stripped back look. With highlights of gold and glamour, it’s overall simplicity still lets the magnificent Listed building with all its beautiful original features, domed ceiling and marble columns, shine. To accompany this fresh new look, talented chef, Sanky and his team have created a fresh new menu. Using their carefully sourced ingredients and trusted suppliers, this menu offers everything you would expect from a fine dining Italian, and more. The transformation ensures regulars and new customers alike are spoilt for choice as fresh light flavours sit alongside more hearty, meaty dishes. Impressive seafood dishes laced with truffle sit confidently with home-made pasta and hand-made pizzas cater for the busy lunchtime crowd while luxurious platters including grilled beef fillet, sirloin and lamb cutlets or sharing Chateaubriand, are perfect for guests looking for a dining experience. Beautiful classics and stylish flavour combinations are the order of the day, all served up in the new chic surroundings which ooze opulence. The transformed space now also offers an expanded bar area with exclusive club lounge feel, where guests can enjoy impressive, extensively stocked bar featuring many tipples not typically found outside of London. Perfect for a lunchtime catch-up, night out with friends or full on special celebration. Rosso, 43 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BG (; 0161 832 1400)

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he Life Tree is a stunning piece of children’s artwork – created by Nantwichbased art publishers Blutulip – which aims to help stimulate children’s imagination. Each painting is personalised with the child’s name or a message hidden within the design, encouraging children to interact with the picture, creating endless stories and adventures for the characters they find there. Every picture comes with a book of verses, each one depicting a scene from the tree, and there’s even a free-to-download Life Tree app, a fantastic addition which uses touch-screen technology to bring the picture alive. In a world where kids so often rely on screens to imagine for them, this creation is truly a breath of fresh air. From £99 (




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While there are some Americans feeling less than content with the state of their country of late, Little Marc Jacobs nevertheless pays homage to the USA with its summer collection, designed in the national colours of red, white and blue – perhaps in a bid to spur patriotism among younger pre-voters. Classic bomber and varsity jackets have been reworked with playful badges, while boyshorts have been branded with gold stars. From £32 (

When not working as creative director for both Fendi and Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld is offering up his fashion credentials to the next generation with his childrenswear label, Karl Lagerfeld Kids. Now launching its third season, the brand’s latest range offers relaxed pieces, such as slim-flit tracksuit bottoms, chino shorts and signature graphic T-shirts, which feature silhouettes of Karl and his beloved cat Choupette. From £27 (

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When we heard the news that 101 Dalmatians’ Pongo, Perdita and their litter of puppies were to be featured on a new range of accessories, we were initially concerned that Cruella de Vil had finally got her mitts on them. Fortunately, the hounds are instead starring on five different prints for the latest collaboration between Cath Kidston and Disney. The designs see Kidston’s classic polka-dot print replaced with Dalmatian spots and styled with pink roses. A selection of clothing and accessories for adults and children is available, including pyjamas, dresses and backpacks. With the 101 Dalmatians film spin-off all set for 2018, it couldn’t have come at a better time. (

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Fit for a Prince A firm favourite of Princess Charlotte and her big bro Prince George, Pepa & Co certainly gets the royal seal of approval. The latest collection is perfect for the summer season, bursting with candy stripes, floral prints and Peter Pan collars – suitable for both boys and girls aged up to eight years. Highlights include a dusty pink floral smock dress for baby girls, and a smart mandarin collar shirt for older boys. From £19 (

Change Your Stripes If the internet gave us anything, it’s the revelation that cats love to sit in boxes – and there are plenty of YouTube videos to prove it. Combining this with their love of high places, is the new Cat Nest by Danish brand Studio Tigerstripes. Offering a spacious chill-out zone for your feline friend, the nest can be mounted to give your pet an enviable vantage point – and a space to hide from the dog. Handmade in Denmark, the quirky nest comes in black or white to match your interior. £279 (

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Summer is here at last, and with it the paddling pool is filled then unfilled as the British weather tests Anji’s patience. Luckily for me, summer started early this year as I spent six weeks lying on the beach in Marbella. I may have had the puparrazi on my tail, but it didn’t stop me hanging out at festivals and taking the concept of siesta to a whole new level. But don’t worry, even when soaking up the Spanish sun I was still on the hunt for the perfect place to be seen in Cheshire this summer – and I have found it. Trying to keep your little ones entertained can be a full-time job, so you’ll be pleased to hear my paws have come across a real little treasure who goes by the name of Peanut. He is super gentle, super furry and super funny – and he lives in his own little stable. Like me, he loves rolling in dirt, getting treats, having lots of walks and plenty of kisses. Have you guessed what he is yet? Peanut is a lemon and white American miniature horse – just 28 inches of trouble, but to Aston and me he is still huge. He lives at Holly Tree Riding School, surrounded by the lovely Cheshire countryside in Lower Peover. All the horses are happy and eager to say hello: some of them are very, very big, but there are also five miniature ponies – Sweetie, Panda, Simba, Dude and Bandit – who make up the mini pony parties where your children can meet them all. Why not let your little ones enjoy a riding lesson, then head on over to the miniatures for a bit of grooming and pampering – they love being dressed up with bows and ribbons in their manes and tails, and each pony enjoys tonnes of fuss, cuddles and attention. It’s a perfect way for children to experience an up-close-and-personal approach to the care needed to look after these little ponies; and afterwards they can enjoy face painting, go crazy on the bouncy castle and indulge in home-made party food (including a stunning unicorn cake). This magical experience in beautiful surroundings will leave your children with memories to last a lifetime – so here’s to a summer filled with love, laughter and adventure! Until next time, Love & licks

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Out of this World

We took the harshest critics we could muster – a group of children from Guilden Sutton Primary School – to try out the all-new Freedome Trampoline Park in Ellesmere Port


ur evening at the park started out with a safety talk, followed by all the children receiving some rather fetching luminous yellow socks with grips on the bottom to help grip as you bounce. Needless to say, these went down a treat, and it was clear we were off to a promising start. Our host Betty was on hand to watch over the kids as they bounced around on the many different trampolines across the various zones – with special mention going to the dodgeball section, which includes the world’s first padless trampoline court, specially designed for an intense game. Meanwhile, the adults headed to the café upstairs to indulge in a fabulous array of freshly made cakes, refreshments and sandwiches, intermittently visited by thirsty children making trips to the all-important cold drinks station where cups are refilled and bouncers refuelled. We chose the party package, which offers ten children an hour’s use of the park followed by food and drinks in the balloon-festooned party room upstairs, where we enjoyed a mix of hot dogs, burgers and nachos served with Slush Puppies with glow in the dark straws (which, again, went down very well with our miniature critics), followed by ice-cream for dessert. At this point, all their shoes were also brought upstairs and lined up against the wall – a nice touch. All the children loved their time at Freedome and so, too, did the parents – mainly thanks to the hours of bouncing which rendered their little ones fit for an early bedtime. The party package is such good value and a fabulous idea for a birthday party or as an after-school treat. But don’t take our word for it – let’s hear from the real reviewers. Parties start from £13pp; to book, call 0151 356 7494 or visit 106

“We had so much fun.” Hanna, aged 7

“Freedome is lots of fun, I want to come back tomorrow.” Elsa, aged 7

“Everyone would love Freedome.” Ava, aged 8

“I love this place and will definitely be back.” Emily, aged 9

“There is a really good mix of everything so you don’t get bored.” Joe, aged 10

“Ten out of ten, I would Freedome again.” Lewis, aged 10

“There is something for everyone and the food is great.” Morgan, aged 11

“I would love to come back again.” Jeremy, aged 10

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International Success Thirteen year-old Queen’s School pupil Gemma Owen, from Northop in Flintshire, and her horse, Der Kleine Lord, recently saw off competition from around the world with a win at the Lier CDIP international in Belgium. Gemma won in the under-16 category with a first place in the ponies’ team test and ponies’ freestyle competitions. She also secured runner up in the ponies’ individual test to put her at the fore of GB Dressage selectors. Keep us posted. (

Great Lengths Satellites Swimming Club member Reece Grady smashed an extraordinary eight Satellites records in the ASA North West Region Summer Championships, held at the Manchester Aquatic Centre. The talented King’s School 12-year-old won the individual 400m individual medley, five silver medals and four bronze medals in a competition which featured the leading swimmers from the region’s top one hundred clubs. Reece, who is now coached by Ric Howard and Craig Yates at Satellites, first learnt to swim under the expert eye of his mum, Sarah, a former top flight swimmer in the USA. His performances at the event were stunning and included his gold win in the 400m IM, with an impressive time of five minutes 29 seconds, two minutes 30 seconds in the 200m IM, and he completed the 50m fly in a time of 31.20 seconds. This time ranks him seventh in the UK. (;

Designs On A Win Five savvy students from Abbey College in Manchester have spent the last six months designing a brand-new leisure centre as part of a national engineering project. They worked alongside a team Left to Right: Will from ARUP Manchester to solve a McConchie, Sandy Deng, real-life engineering problem and Jehaad Khalid, creating a detailed proposal for a splash Mekhdi Alier pool at the leisure centre. This Engineering Education Scheme, set up by the Engineering Development Trust, pits students against the engineering problems put forward by real companies. It is designed to give the students real experience of a career in engineering and the process of working through a project. The students are now eagerly awaiting the results for the best team of the scheme. ( 109

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Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts were launched by the Government in April 2017 to help 18 to 40-year-olds to save and invest flexibly for the long term. Tristan Hartey explains further


he aim of Lifetime ISAs is so that people do not have to choose between saving for their first home and retirement – they can use some or all of the money to buy their first home or keep it until they’re 60.

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Individuals can save and invest up to £4,000 each year, and receive a government bonus of 25 per cent – that’s a bonus of up to £1,000 a year. In fact, any savings put in a Lifetime ISA before a person’s 50th birthday will receive an added 25 per cent bonus from the government. There is no maximum monthly contribution – someone can save as little or as much as they want each month, up to £4,000 a year, with the total amount they can save each year into all Individual Savings Accounts being £20,000.

After their 60th birthday, they can take out all the savings tax-efficiently. If they withdraw the money before they turn 60, they will lose the government bonus (and any interest or growth on this). They will also have to pay a 5 per cent charge.

Any time from 12 months after opening a Lifetime ISA, the policy holder will be able to use their savings and a bonus from one of the accounts towards a deposit on their first home worth up to £450,000 in the UK.

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“As the need for green spaces in urban areas increases, it is more important than ever to inspire people, communities and businesses to plant up, upcycle and do what they can to get greening. RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2017 is full of horticultural ideas and inspiration, as well as thousands of plants to buy, so come along in July and get gardening!” – Nick Mattingley, director of RHS Shows

Big Hedge Co As a company founded by gold medal winners at both RHS Chelsea and Tatton, it’s no surprise that the Big Hedge Co is taking on a starring role at this year’s Tatton show once again, providing a bespoke range of instant hedging and topiary at the eagerly anticipated Cholmondeley Castle Back to Back Show Garden. This double space, created by the Cholmondeley team, is separated by a sandstone wall and linked by gravel and grassed pathways. One half shows Cholmondeley’s more formal silver garden, the other a woodland garden with a more natural style. “This years RHS Tatton is a challenging build for us, but the key to success will be in the planting and our ability to do our garden justice,” explains head gardener Barry Grain. “It’s also a pleasure to be teaming up with Big Hedge Co, and I hope it proves to be an award-winning partnership”.

Horseradish For the second year running, Horseradish Catering – who are based at Chester Racecourse – will be providing all the food and drink at RHS Tatton, so be prepared for some absolutely first-rate grub and tipples. Using ingredients from the best of Cheshire and the north west’s local producers, Horseradish will be creating a selection of glorious bespoke menus. With this year’s show designed to showcase new and innovative ways to ‘green up’ grey spaces and create happier, healthier and more sustainable cities, Horseradish’s dedication to using local produce and supporting the region’s growers and makers is the perfect complement – so it’d be darn right rude not to get well and truly stuck in, wouldn’t it? (;;


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The Golden Afternoon Inspired by a trip to luxury department store Liberty’s in London, The Flower House boutique has moved front of house at furniture business Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield, meeting customers with a burst of colour and fragrance as they arrive at the store. “It’s great to see people’s reactions”, says co-director, Megan Palmer. “Everyone at the store has been so supportive and we feel very much a part of the Arighi family!” “The Flower House is all about giving our customers a new experience and it’s been a great addition to the store,” adds Arighi Bianchi director Robert Bianchi. “The flowers look beautiful and we host lots of celebrations in our café bar too, so having a florist on site is ideal.” (;

Anniversary Antics In celebration of garden furniture brand Bridgman’s 40-year anniversary – and to mark its 27th year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – the company has worked with Chelsea Flowers of Wilmslow to create their very own celebration in the Wilmslow showroom. Within the stunning display is the floating table decoration ‘Jungle Botanics’, as well as 40 white roses (one for each year) and beautiful hanging baskets awash with cascading colours – but why look at photos when you can go and see this extravaganza with your own eyes? (


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“Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There’s more to life than decorating.” – Albert Hadley, Interior Designer

Zoom In You don’t always need a fancy camera to capture the beauty of something, as interior designer Ashley Hicks proves in his latest book, Details. After getting snap-happy with his camera phone, Hicks has compiled a selection of his best photographs of historic homes and buildings, which have been published in a new tome by Idea, alongside work by other photographers. “This book reflects my Instagram mixture of old fragments and new things,” says Hicks, whose snaps include Montacute House in Somerset, Holkham Hall in Norfolk and the residences tucked between Piccadilly and Savile Row. No filter necessary. £45 (


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Elections and property value – it’s not what you think! W ORDS : C r i s p i n H a r r i s MR I CS


ecent history has demonstrated that the political uncertainty surrounding general elections has only a momentary effect on property prices. It’s very much business as usual shortly after any election or referendum. The press would have you believe that it’s a terrible picture for homeowners after a general election but, whilst there is historically a dip in the month after an election, homeowners and their property values have nothing to fear after an election. What’s more influential on property value is the introduction of new taxation rules. Tax trumps change when it comes to value. Pre-2017, our most recent general elections took place in 2010 and 2015, and data from Which? shows that the political uncertainty that often surrounds elections has had little bearing on property value. Values took a slight hit in the run up to and immediately after both elections, but by the end of June were again stable. Property prices have remained firm during times of political change or uncertainty. In 2015, average property prices rose steadily each month in comparison to the previous year and the year after. As for the recent snap election, the fact that it was called only seven weeks beforehand means that there was little time for wavering from either purchasers or vendors. Taxation changes have a more adverse effect on market confidence than political uncertainty: for example the recent stamp duty for buy-to-let landlords. Speak to your estate agent for up-to-date advice on the property market, and remember that political uncertainty has little bearing on the value of your home.

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Power Shower No space in the house for a cast iron bath? Then Thurso, the latest version of Drummonds’ classic Severn free-standing shower, makes for a great bathroom alternative. The new design is available in a variety of finishes, including nickel, brass, polished chrome and antique bronze, which is bang on trend for SS17. The cast iron shower tray can also be primed, painted, or polished and lacquered to order – so you needn’t let room dimensions rain on your interior design parade. From £22,740 (

Bright Spark Rug specialist Stepevi is bringing glitz and glamour to your living space with its new Sparkle collection. The seven-strong range comprises printed floor fillers, which have been jazzed up with a subtle shimmer effect, made using a unique blend of silk and lurex threads. Update your home with a floral design for a classic and feminine look, or opt for a neutral, linear pattern to appease your inner minimalist. From £1,950 (

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Cheshire Nr Tarporley A unique opportunity to create an outstanding country house in a spectacular position. Proposed: • House (9,825 sq ft) • 4 reception rooms • kitchen with breakfast area • orangery • 6 bedrooms • 3 dressing rooms • 5 bathrooms Existing: • Leisure suite (4,020 sq ft) to be fitted out • 3 cottages • flat • formal gardens • estate yard • farm buildings • in all about 54.60 acres • further 39.10 acres by negotiation to include Bath Wood

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• drawing room • study • kitchen open-plan to living/dining room • 6 bedrooms (all en suite) • swimming pool, gymnasium & spa areas • cinema room • wine store/treatment room • garaging • gardens • in all approximately half an acre • EPC – C Guide Price: £2,750,000

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Swettenham An exemplary historic Victorian country house nestled in 3 acres of superb gardens.

• 2 reception rooms • music room • library • garden room • orangery • leisure room • media room • billiard room • 6 bedrooms (1 en suite) • 2 bathrooms • 2 bedroom annexe • garaging • planning permission for outdoor swimming pool • gardens • about 3 acres • EPC - E Guide Price: £2,295,000

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Prestbury An outstanding, impressively proportioned, modern family house with a bespoke state-of-the-art finish, sitting on a prestigious road.

• 2 reception rooms • study • media room • kitchen/breakfast room open-plan to dining room • 5 bedrooms (4 en suite) • bathroom • garaging • gardens • hot tub • approximately 0.73 of an acre • EPC - C Guide Price: £2,195,000

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Prestbury An exceptional five bedroom family house with an exquisite interior, built in the Georgian vernacular, on the outskirts of Prestbury village.

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Somerford Booths A stunning country house with annexe, staff flat and wonderful equestrian facilities, nestled in approximately 5 acres (TBC).

• 2 reception rooms • garden room • study • kitchen/breakfast room • 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) • bathroom • 2 bedroom annexe • 1 bedroom flat • folly • garaging • 9 stables • manège • 4 post & rail/hedged paddocks • ornamental koi carp pond • in all about 5 acres (TBC) Guide Price: £1,790,000

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An impeccably finished detached property set in stunning private grounds. • 4 reception rooms • 5 bedrooms (4 en suite) • gym • sauna • games room • potential for separate annexe • just over 1/2 an acre • EPC - C

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Manchester An award-winning detached residence in a tranquil oasis. • 2 reception rooms • 4 bedrooms (all en suite) • leisure complex with pool • garaging • private lake • Japanese style gardens • about 2 acres • EPC - C

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An imposing property standing on a good sized corner plot. • 2 reception rooms • study • 7 bedroom suites • galleried library • leisure complex with pool & gymnasium • garaging • in excess of 1/3 of an acre • EPC – C

Hale A superb family house with magnificent gardens close to Hale village. • 2 reception rooms • study • 5 bedrooms (3 en suite) • bathroom • garaging • just over half an acre • EPC - D

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A stunning detached Edwardian house with flexible accommodation.

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1. Something fabulously creative you made as a child. When I was at school in Guernsey I won top prize for a creative writing competition. I was about eight, I think, and it was wonderful because I was rubbish at maths and I thought PE was a form of cruelty.

2. Your proudest moment in your career to date. That has to be being asked to craft the recently launched Jeremy J Lewis guitar. It’s the most exclusive and expensive production guitar in the world and is cutting-edge technology and art combined. The tone and sound is second to none. It is carved from one piece of Honduras mahogany with no neck joint, a carbon fibre chassis, titanium bridge and exquisite veneers inlaid with silver. I’m so proud of everything we’ve done, but this just tops it all.

3. The people who inspired you to pursue your current profession. My husband. He is the most talented, passionate, slightly eccentric craftsman

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local, Pollards Inn, and have supper in the garden there, which is the prettiest garden in South Wirral. We would move on to the other village pub, The Nags, and all the locals would be there for a giggle. The local singer, who also happens to be the village barber, would sing and entertain us all and we would dance until midnight, then totter home.

7. Three items you always take along when you travel. My husband, mascara, mobile phone. Not necessarily in that order. you could wish to meet. I thought: he’s working non-stop crafting all this beautiful furniture with sawdust in his hair and a pencil behind his ear. I had better stop going out for lunch and go and help him with the business.

4. Your go-to song for while you’re working. Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl. I have a little dance if no-one’s watching.

5. The last book you read. Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood.

6. Your idea of a perfect day off. Well, the sun would be shining and the skies would be blue with a light breeze. Husband would bring me breakfast in bed, poached egg on a toasted muffin with coffee and cream. We would take our dog Stanley for a walk in the meadow then go to North Wales for the day in my little MX5 with the roof down, enjoying the beauty of rural Wales (there would be little or no other traffic on the country lanes). We would stop at Conwy for a late lunch and meander home. With our children and their partners we would go to our

8. The best thing about working in a creative industry. Getting to see the end result. Tree trunks get delivered to our workshop and lots of drawing and making and crafting and finishing and shouting later, the end result is always perfection.

9. The signature dish you would cook for friends. I make a nice curry with all fresh ingredients and lots of chillies. It’s probably a little hot for some! I also make a lovely roast for the family with the biggest, fattest Yorkshire puddings and lots of gravy.

10. The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given, and the personal motto you live by. I am very bad at listening to advice and reluctant to give it, but I would say: live in the present, work hard, strive for excellence, keep calm and carry on. Oh, and be kind, laugh every day, be generous, use your loaf, turn off the iPhone, turn off the computer and read a book – enjoy the little things. (

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Breaking the Rules Caroline Gardner guides us through the floral trends of 2017, and gives a crash course on rewriting the rulebook


lowers lift spirits, communicating the frivolity or importance of an occasion, and present at all the main events in our lives. Fashion trends are influenced by political, economic, social and technological factors, and floral art is no exception to this rule. The colour, pattern and texture aspects of the 2017 flower trends have drastically changed from previous years: colours are more complex, composed of multiple layers reflecting the complexity of our lives. Homes (and work spaces) have always been sanctuaries of personalities and showcase our desires to demonstrate the extent of our status, brand, culture and travels. We increasingly adorn our homes with an eclectic mix of artefacts reflecting our experiences and successes. However, in 2017, style trends also reflect the desire to instil a sense of simple tranquillity and fun when life is increasingly chaotic and sometimes illogical. So it’s no coincidence that The Pantone Institute has nominated a refreshing and revitalising shade of yellow-green, ‘Greenery’, as its colour of 2017. Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings: a fresh New Year; healthier food resolutions and


growing vegetarian trends; grass and the outdoors during spring and summer. Greenery can be paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels and metallics to create fashionable colour combinations.

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Five key trends for floral arrangements this year

#1. Harmonise Natural, round shapes and patterns typify this trend. Green is at the heart of the colour palette, alongside calm colours such as pale yellow and pink and lilac accents. Don’t be afraid to add a little metallic flair to the arrangement.

#2. Big is Beautiful Wispy blooms in a row of small vases or large single head flowers for example Hydrangeas, Peonies, Dahlias. Dahlias can be so versatile. “Cafe au Lait”, “Labyrinth” and “Peaches n’ Cream” will be some of the most popular varieties this year.


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#3. Jungle Fever

#4. Rebel

#5. Beautiful Simplicity

Colourful, exotic picks are making a comeback in bouquets and arrangements. Expect to see plenty of designs featuring orchids, tropical palm leaves, banana leaves, birds of Paradise and lilies.

Mixing old and new with colour clashes and wispy rustic wildflowers. Create your own oil painting-inspired arrangement with a rainbow of colours and different textures.

Simple table arrangements featuring budget-friendly smaller flowers and foliage are popular for wedding events. This combination looks fresh and elegant arranged in glass vases, or styled as a runner with candles.


lower etiquette has also changed dramatically for 2017 and this year you are permitted to break all the rules! Carnations and Chrysanthemums do not need to be the boring orange or pink varieties we used to associate with grandmas! Grandmas are far too cool these days to go for anything so dull. New varieties such as Anastasia Star Pink chrysanthemums and Funza Green carnations are simply stunning and create a contemporary feel in any house. As for arranging flowers as per all the traditional rules and ‘allowing space for the butterflies to move between each flower head’ – so last year darling! Either a single bloom that stands alone in a large, quirky ceramic vase, or a very loose rustic arrangement of wild flowers with plenty of greenery, demonstrates a much needed rebellion.


In fact, if you decide to abandon colour altogether and go for an all-green foliage arrangement, you will be right on-trend, so don’t be intimidated by all the variety of flowers on offer at your local florist. Dare to be different, go with what you like – clash colours, harmonise colours or don’t use colour at all – the choice is yours, so enjoy the rebellion, for 2017 at least! Caroline Gardner owns Wild Eve Floral Design (

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GARDEN GROW The cobalt blue walls of Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle are synonymous with Marrakesh and the tulips of Keukenhof with the Netherlands, but who are the gardeners behind them? Ellen Millard discovers the green-fingered mavericks who sowed the seeds of the world’s botanical masterpieces


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This page and opposite, images courtesy of: Jardin Majorelle

ondly known as the Red City in homage to its terracotta walls, Marrakesh is, in fact, a metropolis of myriad colours, where riads are peppered with mosaic tiles and market stalls piled high with rainbow displays of spices, crockery and lanterns. But the biggest colour wheel of them all lies in the Jardin Majorelle, a garden of hypnotic hues first built in the 1920s by French artist Jacques Majorelle. It took the painter 40 years to perfect his most complex masterpiece; during this time he planted more than 300 species of plants, decorating the space with greenery from five continents and dyeing the walls in mesmerising shades of blue and yellow. It was opened to the public in 1947 and, following Majorelle’s death, was acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, who sought to preserve the artist’s vision. Now, the space is as much associated with the late fashion designer as it is with its original creator, so much so that the urn in which Saint Laurent’s ashes were kept is on display in the

garden and the ashes themselves were scattered there. But while Majorelle was the original mastermind behind the botanical beauty and Saint Laurent its saviour, the garden as we know it today was crafted by the nimble green fingers of another creative. In 1998, the fashion designer commissioned Abderrazak Benchaâbane to restore the space to its former glory, providing the Latin names for each of the plants and adding a further 25 species to the mix in a process that took a decade to complete. “I realised that it was not a catalogue of plants that the garden needed, but a real restoration or even a rescue and a resurrection,” Benchaâbane tells me. “At that time, the garden was declining and suffering from a great lack of maintenance and organisation. I obtained carte blanche and the adventure lasted 10 years.” A childhood spent exploring the public gardens of Marrakesh stood Benchaâbane in good stead when he embarked on a career refining the



great outdoors. He grew up watching his father working in the fields and his mother cultivating their patio garden, occasionally helping by weeding or picking fruit and vegetables, and when he went to university, he spent his spare time working in the institute’s botanical garden. His time at the Jardin Majorelle led him to develop a career in perfumery, spurred on by Saint Laurent, who commissioned him to create a fragrance for the garden’s gift shop. Naturally, he speaks fondly of the designer. “After the garden was closed to the public, he would pass long hours walking and meditating in his garden, listening to the songs of the birds, which returned every night to


sleep on the branches of the trees,” the ethnobotanist recalls. “His taste and sense of colour have profoundly marked the aesthetics of the garden, without ever altering the design of its creator, Jacques Majorelle.” It’s no secret that design and botany have long gone hand in hand, and the significance of the world's urban landscapes nurturing the environment is not lost on Andrew Grant, director and founder of landscape architecture firm Grant Associates, and the mastermind behind Singapore’s striking Gardens by the Bay project. “In the context of climate change, mass urbanisation, biodiversity loss and depletion of resources, including

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food and water, we see it as our duty and opportunity to promote more landscape-led projects, such as Gardens by the Bay, across the world,” he tells me. Those who haven’t heard of Gardens by the Bay will no doubt recognise it by the lofty Supertrees that tower over the park, the highest sitting tall at 50 metres. These vertical gardens mimic photosynthesis through solar energy and collect rainwater for irrigation, acting as a tool for the rest of the garden. The space is split into three – Bay Central, Bay East and Bay South – and then divided into a children’s garden, a flower dome, a horticultural garden and a cloud forest. “We thoroughly researched the cultural agenda and history of Singapore before coming up with the orchid as the key reference point. It is a cosmopolitan species, but is also the national flower and resonates deeply with Singaporeans,” Grant explains of the inspiration behind the design. As Singapore champions the orchid, other cities from around the world fly the flag for their nation’s favoured bloom, too. The Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands, for instance, is famed for its annual rainbow display of tulips, first devised by landscape architect Jan David Zocher, who was commissioned by the garden's owners to show off the nation’s extensive collection of flowers. Now, it is famous for the 800 different species of tulips which it grows, and visitors flock to see the colourful exhibit each year. For Benchaâbane, orange blossom reigns as the floral champion –

unsurprising, given that it lines the gardens and streets of Marrakesh. “There is all the sunshine in the scent of the orange blossom,” he says. “Its nectar has a tonic: soothing, sweet and an intoxicating wake.” No longer working at the Jardin Majorelle, Benchaâbane instead dedicates his time to the Musée de la Palmeraie, home to calligraphy and artwork chosen by the gardener himself and, of course, a collection of themed gardens that house spectacular displays of roses, aquatic plants and cactus. A lifetime under Morocco’s intense sun has clearly served the 58-year-old well and, when he speaks of his craft, it’s clear that retirement won’t be on the cards any time soon. “The botanist is in dialogue with plants and nature,” he says. “Every day he tries to break through the secret life of plants and marvel at nature and creation. The greatest gift that gardens and plants offer is their ability to push us to wonder.”

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verlooking the fairways is a beautifully crafted five-bedroom detached residence that has been skilfully extended to a considerable size to create a comfortable, yet modern family home. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Prestwick Close, this larger-than-average property displays spacious living accommodation throughout, with high-quality fixtures and fittings within a generous sized plot with an extensive garden, and views over the golf course. To the ground floor there are four generous-sized reception rooms alongside a bespoke fitted traditional kitchen with living space, utility room, office and WC. To the first floor there is an impressive gallery landing that provides access to five great-sized bedrooms – the master and second bedrooms with en-suites – and a further family bathroom. Externally the house is set back

behind a substantial paved driveway with well-tended gardens to the front and rear, the latter also having a substantial summer house with bi-folding doors, a contemporary elevated two-step decked hot tub with lighting and a raised patio area. Available at a guide price of ÂŁ850,000 with Harvey Scott Independent Estate Agents. 29 Palmerston Street, Bollington, Macclesfield, SK10 5PX (01625 576222;


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best of the rest 60 Carrwood Hale Barns


eveloped by the award-winning team at Aboda Living and carefully constructed by Mason Lord, this contemporary home with stunning views across open countryside features four reception rooms, five en-suite bedrooms, a bespoke kitchen, and a separate utility and study. To the front of

the property is a triple garage, extensive driveway and modern-style gated entrance, as well as a terrace and landscaped gardens with magnificent views to the rear. On the market for £2.95 million. For more information please contact the agent, Gascoigne Halman, Hale (0161 929 8118)

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2 Old Hall Gardens Hoole, Chester

Forming part of an exclusive cul-de-sac, the four-bedroom property occupies a highly prized location ithin walking distance of the railway station and thriving heart of Hoole, and has been tastefully extended. The detached property includes two bathrooms (one en-suite), a conservatory, sitting room, dining room, entrance hall, breakfast room, cloakroom, utility room, useful double garage, pebbled driveway, mostly double-glazed windows, gated exterior storage area and a gas-fired


BEST FEATURE: WALLED GARDEN central heating system. On the market at a guide price of £695,000 with Matthews of Chester, 15 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RS (01244 346226;

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A truly unique Country Home maintained to the highest of standards and beautifully presented offering wellproportioned versatile accommodation to include 4 Double Bedrooms and 1 Single, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study, Large 23’8 Kitchen Breakfast Family Room, Utility Room and Shower Room. In addition the property boasts an immaculately converted 2 bedroom Coach House which provides ideal ancillary accommodation. All set in attractive gardens, with adjacent paddock and stabling extending to approximately 1.6 acres.

A Detached Five Bedroom Family Home in Oscroft Nr. Tarporley set in a total of approximately 4.5 acres offering delightful views and conveniently situated for the local amenities and villages of Kelsall and Tarporley as well as Chester. Spacious Reception Hall, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen Breakfast Room Open Plan to Family Room, Conservatory, Utility and Cloakroom. Externally Three Bay Clad Dutch Barn, Two Single Garages, Two Adjoining Paddocks extending to approximately 3.75 acres.

Orchard House, Kelsall £975,000

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A truly magnificent Four Bedroom family home built to a modern contemporary design extending to in excess of 3,800 sq. ft. (gross internal) offering far reaching views, set in generous gardens and within convenient walking distance to Kelsall village facilities. Accommodation includes a large Living Room, versatile second Sitting Room/Formal Dining Room, Study, Magnificent 39’ Open Plan Kitchen/Dining/ Family Room, Versatile 24’ attic room. Underfloor Heating throughout; 10yr NHBC certificate. Double Garage.

A truly delightful property offering beautifully presented accommodation, Grade II listed, thought to date from the early 18th Century. Recently modernised and interior designed (using Horton & Co Interiors) to an exceptional standard with considerable skill and attention to detail. The result is a stunning versatile 4 Bed Family Home with attached barn incorporating a magnificent open plan 36’ x 17’6” Cinema/Games Room. The Barn extends to in excess of 1300 sq. ft. and could be utilised as a 1 bed cottage.

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he latest property in Bel Air is enough to make even the Fresh Prince blush. It was recently put on the market for $250 million (ÂŁ198 million), making it the most expensive property ever listed in the USA. Designed and developed by real estate giant Bruce Makowsky, the 38,000 sq ft estate includes 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars, a massage parlour, a 40-seat cinema, two wine cellars, and an 85 ft infinity pool. It also comes with seven staff, paid in advance for two years. (


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Palazzo Sacchetti, Rome Set in the heart of the city, this late Renaissance building was constructed in 1542 and is one of the most important historic buildings in Rome. The noble floor, or main house, is 2025 sq m in total, and features a large terrace, four balconies and a beautiful courtyard. There are also 12 noble halls which contain marble statues, ornate ceilings and stained glass windows. There is a utility room, kitchen, an independent flat and multiple bedrooms. In addition, the estate features separate units, including a building comprising five apartments, a two-storey unit and a three-storey office. Available at a guide price of €57 million (£50.146 million) through Italy Sotheby’s International Realty (+39 055 0751888;


Darlington, New York Darlington is a 50,000 sq ft property boasting over 12 acres and sweeping views of the surrounding hillsides. Inside, there is a great hall which has 30-foot-high ceilings and a 1906 Aeolian Player Pipe Organ. There is a library with a 15-foot-high ceiling painted by muralists James Wall Finn (other works include the New York Public Library) and dining room, tea room and restaurant-style kitchen. Amenities include a theatre, billiard room with bar, poker room, games room and luxury spa which comprises a lap pool, steam room, sauna, massage and exercise rooms. The grounds boast a tennis court, two fountains, two pergolas, a gazebo, outdoor pool with cabana, eight-car garage and staff quarters with five suites and lounge. Price on request, available through Christie’s Real Estate (


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Beautiful villa, Florence Situated in the most prestigious hills of the city of Florence, at the highest point of Costa San Giorgio is this luxury detached villa. The property is set on two levels with a total area of 600 sq m. It features six bedrooms, and eight bathrooms, as well as a main dining room, living room, pantry, large kitchen and a staff apartment. The first floor boasts unbeatable views of the city, and there are also several outbuildings, including an annex with a gym and massage area. The surrounding 3,500 sq m park is designed in beautiful Italian style with a large swimming pool. Available at a guide price of €15 million (£13.2 million) through Italy Sotheby’s International Realty (+39 055 0751888;


Quinta do Lago

This superb property boasts a contemporary finish while retaining some traditional features, and has flowing gardens to the rear that offer complete privacy. The ground floor comprises a large living area, open plan to the kitchen with a dining area, and large surfaces for entertaining and dining, and three en-suite bedrooms. Ascending the glamorous staircase, there are two more generous suites, the master offering extensive wardrobes, a luxurious bathroom and a huge terrace overlooking the gardens. For entertainment, the basement is equipped with a bar, cinema room, a sixth bedroom with exterior access and a double garage. The exterior features a full outdoor kitchen, heated pool with electric cover, and vast lawn and private gardens. Available at €7.5 million (£6.6 million) through Quinta do Lago (+351 289 392 754;


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Montauk, East Hampton, New York Montauk Paradise is a five-bedroom modernist retreat located in the exclusive enclave of Montauk Point, surrounded by a private reserve. Offering 7,000 sq ft of living accommodation, the tea house-inspired creation was designed by architect Frank Hollenbec and includes Asian-influenced features. The property includes a state-of-the-art movie theatre, elevator and steel reinforcement to withstand 150-mile winds. The stylish and ultra-modern residence provides easy access to secluded beaches and commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean. Available at a price of $48 million (£37.7 million) with Christie’s Real Estate (


West Creek Ranch, Colorado West Creek Ranch is a spectacularly diverse private retreat boasting one of the finest residences in the world. The main residence features exquisite craftsmanship and more than 22,000 sq ft of indoor living space, that includes eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms on four levels, an 800-pound capacity elevator servicing all four levels, a great room, formal dining room, breakfast room, chef’s kitchen, spacious study with panoramic views, art studio, theatre room, game room, gym, staff quarters, pool and spa, four water fountains, six fireplaces, a two-level circular stone library, interior marble archways and columns, geo-thermal heating and cooling, an emergency power generator, a five-car garage, a helipad and all furnishings. Also included are irrigated equestrian and bison pastures, ponds, a grass airstrip and helipad, stables, observatory and trout stream. Available at $149 million (£117 million) through Sotheby’s International Realty (+1 3039536640;





No.1 Northgate Place, Warwick An elegant Victorian townhouse in the centre of historic Warwick, this four-bedroom house has undergone extensive development while retaining the period style. The property comprises a spacious hallway, cloakroom, a beautiful drawing room with an impressive semicircular bay window, dining room and large open-plan kitchen with French doors opening onto the garden. On the first floor, the house has an expansive master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom. On the second floor, there are three further bedrooms and a bathroom with the south side of the house benefiting from glorious views to Warwick Castle. The property comes with a terrace and gardens and two designated parking spaces. Available at a guide price of £1.2 million through LREA (+44 (0) 203 327 2750;

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The Cheshire Magazine is the leading luxury lifestyle title for the North West of England. Combining interesting and aspirational editorial...


The Cheshire Magazine is the leading luxury lifestyle title for the North West of England. Combining interesting and aspirational editorial...