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SCENE In Essex The February update from local businesses, news, what’s going on and gossip across the Essex County this month. SCENE In The News The headlines from across Essex, awards, charities, weddings and more have made it into this month’s News.
When Dreams Come True We join local charity The Dream Factory who attend the prestigious Taxi Drivers New Year Party. Iconic Beauty - Audrey Hepburn This month join us as we have Breakfast at Tiffany’s with iconic legend, Audrey Hepburn. Word Of Mouth Ash Parmar of Smile Design by Ash’s feature in SCENE this month is all about bright smile and clean tongues.
As Seen In SCENE There’s no chance of you missing a trend as our resident fashionista scours Essex’s best boutiques in the name of fashion. Best Brides If February is the month of Love, then will you marry me? We step inside the very latest best Brides wedding exhibition. Effortless Elegance The very latest James Lakeland Spring/Summer 2012 fashion designs from Coco Ladieswear in Wanstead. Forever & Always International Psychic, George Valentino shares with us the history and origins of Saint Valentine’s Day. The Best Kept Secret In Film Production The future of film production has arrived, A BAT COUNTRY Productions tell us more.
Property Portfolio Stunning Interiors from the contemporary design company Warendorf to the very latest properties on the market this month. Class Cooking A cooker is arguably the most important appliance in any kitchen, Broadway Music and Vision talk us through their collection.
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The Woman in black Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps
from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost… and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance. Out 10/02/2012
Take this for a spin Brought to you by Austrian company Marchi Mobile, the curiously named eleMMent is high spec, luxe and totally ludicrous beyond belief. Why? Well for starters there’s a pop-up roof terrace measuring 215 sq. ft, underfloor heating and a bar. But that’s only the beginning because this 20-ton beast also boasts a huge master bedroom with a 40-inch TV and state of the art en suite bathroom complete with rainfall shower. Even the driver’s cab has a bunk bed. £1,900,000
Are you sitting stylishly? Pop artist to the stars, Marty Thornton has teamed up with designer Jennifer English to help create an Essex inspired range of cushions. All cushions are available for purchase at punkbosh.com and custom
designs are available too from rugs to cushions and even wall coverings Jennifer can incorporate any name, logo or design. For further information contact Jennifer English at www.punkbosh.com
SMART AND BRIgHT WITH SAMSuNg The Samsung LED Series 8000 Smart TV is all about a transformative, immersive experience delivered with style and intelligence. The integrated and innovative Smart Hub, which allows you to interact with your TV, ensures everything from surfing the internet on your TV to flicking through pics and home movies is effortless and loads more fun. Whether you are watching a movie or listening to music, you will instantly notice the superior 3D Experience, which is ready to re-invent your world of entertainment. With a sophisticated design to match, which puts you right in the middle of the action, and supreme connectivity for seamless streaming you have a very stylish and intelligent TV to enjoy. RGB Electrical Superstore , 543-549 High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1TZ 020 8924 7744 www.rgbdirect.co.uk
vIRTuAl gOgglES Recon Instruments, the award winning innovator of Micro Optics Display technology for action sports, offer head mounted displays that you can retro-fit into select Recon Ready ski goggles. MOD Live, once fitted, provides an amazing visual display showing your altitude and speed amongst other performance stats and boasts four new, industry first applications: Buddy Tracking, Smartphone Connectivity, Navigation, Music Playlist Mode, and Camera Connectivity for use in the future with select wireless pointof-view action cameras. For more information visit: www.reconinstruments.com
SHOP AT THE TOP Every Saturday in January and February Join Gameshow & QVC guest presenter, Paul Metcalfe & Jack Brackstone Brown Live in The Exchange Ilford. Paul & Jack will highlight some of the excellent shops located on the top floor of The Exchange with mini competitions, spot prizes, fashion displays and demonstrations. Lovers of shopping TV and shoppers will not be able to resist a bargain. Live shows are taking place at 12 noon, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm each Saturday. This live shopping and game show experience gives shoppers a chance to win lots of on the spot prizes. To take part in the game show shoppers just sign up for an Indulgence ME card, which gives you offers and discounts from The Exchange shops. As well as being able to take advantage of some of the great offers available on the day, You could take part in â€˜Guess the price rightâ€™ a live game show where you could win some shopping vouchers just for guessing if items that Paul & Jack demonstrated earlier are higher or lower than the item before. So come on down to the The Exchange Shopping Centre every Saturday in January and February and join in the fun. For more information see www.exchangeilford.com SCENE 11
Hypoxi Total Makeover Open Day On Saturday 18th February, Hypoxi Studio on South Woodford’s High Road is hosting an open day which will include the opportunity to have a free trial of the Hypoxi machines, a consultation from a leading Plastic Surgery Expert, and also expert tips and advice from a make-up artist and nutritionist. The event is FREE and open to all. Booking is advisable as spaces are limited. If you fancy a new you for 2012, contact Sylwia at Hypoxi Studio on 020 8989 2700 24 High Road, London E18 2QL (Next to Ho Ho’s Chinese Restaurant)
Smile, it’s your birthday! This month top local dental practice Smile Design By Ash in Chigwell celebrates their first year of being in business. It’s been an incredibly successful and busy year for the dental practice who have gained a strong reputation in the area for their quality of work and service. As well as appearing as the dentist of choice on The Only Way is Essex, Smile Design By Ash has also been featured over the year across Local and National Press. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Essex, Chigwell or Loughton, you will be impressed with how you are looked after at every step in your dental journey with Smile Design By Ash… Smile Design By Ash, 6 Chigwell Rise, Chigwell, IG7 6AB 020 8500 0544 smiledesignbyash.co.uk
Three Fantastic Events At Repton Park It’s a busy, fun-filled, month for the Residents Association at Repton Park as they host three fantastic events. On Friday, 17th February, join the Repton Residents for a Quiz night at Chigwell Convent. Tickets are £10 each and include a fish and chips supper. It’s down to the dogs on Monday 27th February at
Romford dog track. Tickets are £17 each and include a threecourse-meal. Finally, it’s a Murder Mystery Night on Saturday, 3rd March, at Chigwell Convent. Tickets are £25 each and includes a two course meal. If you would like to attend any of the above events please e-mail: email@example.com
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7.00pm promptly. There will also be a raﬄe with some amazing prizes, some of which have been kindly donated by Lush. So please come and support this great cause, tickets are £20 and all donations will go directly to the charity to help fight against this terrible disease, so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment and call Debbie on: 07795 373813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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HEADLINES FROM THIS MONTH’S ESSEX NEWS DO yOu BElIEvE?
SIx suspected UFOs were captured in two astonishing snaps taken in neighbouring counties. The sightings — looking remarkably similar — were just 30 miles apart in the Uk’s UFO hotspot. Close encounter No1 came in Chatham, kent, as Ernestas Griksas, 21, snapped a cherry-picker outside his window.
Close encounter No2 was last Friday at 7am when Josh Cummins spotted four bright objects hovering in pairs as he drove to work through Loughton, Essex. ”I wasn’t a believer in UFOs but this made me think again.” Expert Nick Pope said: “The South East is now the hotspot for UFO sightings.”
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Wanstead based men’s designer store, Santa Fe, has been nominated in Drapers Magazine’s “Inspiring Independents” 2012 poll for the Top 100 independent boutiques in the country, as voted for by their readers. Drapers is the trade magazine for the fashion
industry, delivering the key trends and happenings in the Uk fashion market. Santa Fe will need to wait until later this month to see where they’re placed in the poll. Good luck and good work to Gary Irwin and team!
In January, it was the turn of Woodford Broadway’s Chinese Restaurant, The White Swan, to host the Mayor of Redbridge’s monthly “Come Dine with the Mayor” dinner. As with previous dinners, It was in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis
Society and Newbridge School. Previous Mayor and Mayoress of Redbridge, Jim and Mary O’Shea, joined current Mayor, Chris Cummins, for the Chinese banquet, with proceeds going towards both charities.
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SHE’S the woman at the forefront of the iconic image we have all seen and been mesmerised by. Those big dark eyes, perfectly pinned hair and elegantlygloved hand – Audrey Hepburn was one of the world’s most notable actresses in Hollywood. And today, nearly 20 years after her death, her romantic illustration from Breakfast at Tiffany’s still lives on. 18 SCENE
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She’s the woman at the forefront of the iconic image we have all seen and been mesmerised by. Those big dark eyes, perfectly pinned hair and elegantly-gloved hand – Audrey Hepburn was one of the world’s most notable actresses in Hollywood. And today, nearly 20 years after her death, her romantic illustration from Breakfast at Tiffany’s still lives on. “I have learnt how to live…how to be in the world and of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch.” Hepburn may have been a luminous Hollywood actress but her caring and generous humanitarian work, shaped by her experiences during the Second World War, meant she left behind a lasting legacy. With a career spanning five decades, Hepburn played a variety of roles in nearly 30 motion pictures and her astounding ability to capture the hearts of film directors, writers and audiences landed her 14 awards including a Tony, BAFTA and Golden Globe. But Hepburn wasn’t just an actress – she was an icon for film and fashion of the 20th century. Many of the famous styles she donned back in the 1950s are still around today, on the High Street and still influencing fashion designers the world over. But where did this well-spoken, thoughtful and intelligent woman come from? Born in Brussels in 1929 she spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands. With her mother, she even spent time in Kent, England, before fleeing to German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. A lover of ballet, Hepburn studied the art before moving to London in 1948 where she continued to train before going on to perform as a chorus girl in various West End musical theatre productions.
After being spotted on stage she appeared in several British films and starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi and then gaining Hollywood stardom for her leading role in Academy Award-winning film Roman Holiday. Later performing in Sabrine (1954),The Nun’s Story (1959),Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961),Charade(1963), My Fair Lady(1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), Hepburn became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age, receiving Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and accruing a Tony Award for her theatrical performance in the Broadway play Ondine. But Hepburn wasn’t all work, work, work. She was keen to fall in love and have a family, and it was with American actor Mel Ferrer that she married, just eight months after meeting him. After two miscarriages – one caused after she fell off a horse while filming The Unforgiven – Hepburn finally gave birth to their son Sean. Fourteen years later her marriage ended and she was won over by Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti. Aged 40, Hepburn gave birth to Dotti’s son, Luca, and the pair were married for 13 years. It was over the last decade of her life, before she died of appendiceal cancer aged 63, that she was romantically involved with Dutch actor Robert Wolders. Hepburn’s legacy as an actress and a personality has endured long after her death. The American Film Institute named Hepburn third among the Greatest Female Stars of All Time.
Through her later years and while raising her family, although she appeared in fewer films, Hepburn devoted much of her life to UNICEF. The actress’s war-time struggles had ignited a flame inside her to help others and she actively carried out humanitarian actions, working in some of the most disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She was also the recipient of four posthumous awards including the 1993 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and competitive Grammy and Emmy Awards. Since her tragic death, Hepburn has been the subject of many biographies and the 2000 dramatisation of her life, The Audrey Hepburn Story, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Emmy Rossum, was a clear dedication to the influential impact she had on the industry and society. And her legacy still lives on – Hepburn’s image is widely used in advertising campaigns across the world and having been colourised and digitally enhanced, the beautiful image of that starry-eyed woman staring into the lens continues to depict the romantic ideal that many film stars strive to measure up to today. Hepburn lived a real life– she loved and lost, conquered and achieved while playing the part of one of the world’s most watched glamorous stars…undoubtedly her irrepressible charm, precocious talent and selfless actions will continue to inspire.
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Beauty S py HYPOXI STUDIO ANTIOXIDANT SCAN Hypoxi Studio in South Woodford is offering a new antioxidant scan for clients to show the levels of antioxidants in the body. Based on your score, you are given a category: 10,000 – 19,000 WEAk, 20,000 – 29,000, MARGINALLY WEAk, 30,000-39,000 MODERATE, 40,000 – 49,000 STRONG and 50,000+ OPTIMAL. From this, you are recommended a course of supplements and tips on how to improve diet and general wellbeing. I was a little bit apprehensive about taking the test as I knew I definitely wasn’t eating the recommended 9-13 portions of fruit and vegetables daily, and my “lunch on the go” lifestyle was hardly the most nutritious! The simple scan takes only 90 seconds. My palm was placed on a sensor on the little machine and bingo, my results appeared on the screen. I was within the “Moderate” category which meant I had a relatively healthy diet but was lacking in key supplements (minerals and vitamins). The Hypoxi therapist talked me through the supplement options to boost my antioxidant levels and invited me back for a follow-up scan in 4 week’s time.
Dressing Table kiss dry lips goodbye this Valentine’s Day with the new Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with kokum Butter (£3.69). Proven to offer 4 hours of long- lasting moisturisation, this ultrahydrating lip conditioner is infused with rich kokum, Shea and Cocoa Butters. Ultra soft natural waxes, butters and oils combine to make this formula just melt on your lips. kokum
Butter is rich in essential fatty acids, it helps deliver moisture, while antioxidant-rich Marula Oil absorbs quickly, leaving your lips feeling hydrated and super soft naturally, with no added flavours or fragrances. Burt’s Bees new colourless lip balm is 100% natural and cruelty free. Burt’s Bees is available now from www.burtsbees. co.uk and Waitrose stores nationwide.
Does it Work? There’s a great after-sales service from Hypoxi as I was emailed with all the information I needed about why high antioxidant levels are so important for the body. They protect against disease and make you feel and look healthier on the inside and out. I was provided with a link to purchase my supplements. I opted for a course called “LifePak” which provides a comprehensive array of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals typically lacking in the average adult diet. I’m looking forward to seeing my improved score in 4 week’s time as I now realise the benefits of a diet and lifestyle rich in antioxidants. Antioxidant scan £10. To book a scan and for further information contact Hypoxi Studio on 020 8989 2700 24 High Road, South Woodford E18 2ql www.hypoxiwls.co.uk
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SPRING SEASON AT SANTA FE It may still be winter, but spring has certainly arrived at Santa Fe with their Cruise Collection by Polo Ralph Lauren, new into the men’s designer clothing store in Wanstead. Amongst their classic pieces, Polo has introduced bright and bold stripes into their range for spring, including their iconic slim fit Polo shirt in Newport navy and the deliciously titled kiwi lime stripe. It’s also available in navy with pink stripe. Also new in-store are long sleeve, full zip, hooded Polo Ralph Lauren sweatshirts in summery shades such as cycle green, Winslow blue and Newport navy, adding some much needed colour to brighten up the cold months. These colourful classics are perfect for now and the warmer days ahead. Available at Santa Fe, 119 High Street, Wanstead, London E11 2RL 020 8518 8922
EFFERVESCENCE STAR Capturing the playful spirit and creative energy of Effervescence, Links of London have created a new collection inspired by the stars in the night sky. Fine sterling silver, rose gold and gold vermeil starshaped beads have been strung together to create a special collection that is guaranteed to delight fans of the much loved Sweetie collection and grab the attention of a whole new audience. Drawing on the physical form of the ever popular sweetie bracelet, beautiful tactile bracelets are hand crafted from sterling silver, rose-gold and gold vermeil, complemented by grey and white pearls. Necklaces are fashioned from sterling silver and rose gold vermeil stars, offering a more refined and delicate alternative to the Sweetie chain necklace. Available at Emson Haig 305/307 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1AH and 258 Lakeside Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, Essex RM20 2ZH www.emsonhaig.com
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SUNDARI NIGHTS Sundari Nighttime Nourishing Oil for Dry/Normal/Combination Skin is rich in vitamins, herbal extracts and essential oils to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin’s elasticity is improved and is protected from damaging free radicals. So your skin is left looking revived and smooth. Inspired by the rich history of Ayurveda, and other schools of yoga and holistic practices, the Sundari distinctive collection of Firming, Healing, Supplifying and Nurturing skincare products is designed to inspire balance of mind, body and spirit. Sundari is formulated to enhance what is naturally beautiful. RRP £115 Available at Beauty just Around The Corner, 1-3 Wellington Rd, London , E11 2AN - 020 8530 0555
BRING ON THE BLING Go from bland to bling with these sparkly beauties. The Boutique in Epping stocks a great range of crystal embellished iPhone covers and bangles in a wide range of colours and designs. Protect your phone and flash your fashion credentials with their eye-catching silver crystal case with red bow – a perfect Valentine’s gift idea guys! The crystal studded bangles are set on a stainless steel band and come in an array of colours and widths to be worn alone or stacked for maximum effect. Whether accessorising your phone or your arm, these items will add some serious glamorous sparkle to your look! Bangles from £14, iPhone cases from £20. Available at The Boutique, Boutique, 160 High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4AQ 01992 572 112
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ith February being the month of love what better way to celebrate with your special someone than by getting married. Congratulations to you on your engagement! Now all you need to do is plan your wedding, and what better way to do that than visit a wedding fair! In February Best Brides Wedding Exhibitions will be holding 5 wedding fairs in the South East at venues including Orpington’s Crofton Halls on Sunday 12th, Holiday Inn LondonBexley on Sunday 19th Feb, Bromley Civic Centre and Thurrock Civic hall on Sunday 26th Feb and The Frontline Wedding Fair on Wednesday 29th Feb. On Sunday 26th February, there will be two of the largest local wedding fairs at Bromley Civic Centre, Bromley, kent and Thurrock Civic halls, Grays, Essex. From 11am-4pm. Meet a great variety of local and national wedding suppliers waiting to meet couples to help them plan the wedding of their dreams. At each event there will be a fashion show where you can check out this
season’s hottest bridal trends and fashions, and have a look at a great range of menswear from modern to traditional styles. Stuck for inspiration? Have a look around the styling area for ideas on colours and themes. Admission is free for all and every couple that attends the show will receive a show programme and a goody bag!
On Wednesday 29th February, Best Brides will be hosting The Frontline Wedding Fair at Brands Hatch Place Hotel and Spa from 5pm-9pm, working to raise money for help for heroes and to help couples in the frontline, emergency and armed forces. All the wedding professionals at the show will be offering a minimum of a 10% discount to brides and grooms from these services. Even if you’re not in these services, come down and have a look at all this fantastic show and venue have to offer, and help support those who keep us safe at home and abroad. You can pre-register online for fast track entry to any of our upcoming events.
For more information on Best Brides Wedding exhibitions call 01474 815 463 or visit www.bestbrides.co.uk
dENIm From durAbIlITy To dESIgNEr
oday, jeans are the wardrobe staple; the most versatile item that now not only symbolises comfort, but is a style statement of unrivalled proportions – ranging from the high street’s massproduced, ten-pounds-a pair versions; elevating to the bespoke Udeshi London’s made-to-order Heritage jeans, and Flavio Braviatore’s Billionaire Italian Couture jeans. So how has such a simple fabric, intended over a century ago as a lowly cover for wagons and tent material, reached such fashion heights? It was by accident that Levi Strauss became a fashion entrepreneur and inspiration for decades to come: in 1853, at the age of 24 and a German immigrant during California’s gold rush, Leob (later Levi) Strauss joined his brother’s business , selling dry goods in ‘The Land of Opportunity’. By chance, a prospective buyer asked what he was offering and declared he “should have brought pants!” (as he was yet to find a durable pair) - and from then the iconic jeans brand was born. The denim cloth was first worn by gold miners as waist overalls, but after comfort
complaints, Levi Strauss began to use a more versatile twilled French cloth – ‘serge de Nimes’ - which created the nickname of ‘denim jeans’ known worldwide today.
pair of trousers for our generation and has gone from miners to Mayfair in a century. Denim is a staple, yet in the hands of a few it can be a luxurious product as well”.
Sociological and economic factors also contributed to the extraordinary growth of denim: World War Two made it a mass market, with rivals Wrangler and Lee vying for a cut in the burgeoning market (it was the wardrobe choice for off-duty soldiers).
You’ll know you’re buying into luxury when wearing Flavio Briatore’s Billionaire Italian Couture range; each piece is handmade in Italy in small artisan workshops, in limited numbers, with special attention paid to the ultraluxe fabrics, materials and details. Briatore says that “Luxury is to feel good and comfortable in the item you wear: the cut, the fabric, and the details. I think that in today’s fast paced society, denim is a key element in our wardrobe’s and needs to take us through the day straight into evening”. Accessorised with leather detail such as python, crocodile skin and ostrich, velvet pockets and even gold thread stitching(!), the luxurious Billionaire Couture Jeans are definitely worthy of evening wear status, and prove just how far denim has been transformed over the last century.
Today you can’t move for seeing the next picture of a celebrity wearing the latest style or cut of jeans, but arguably the first person to make it a true style symbol was James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause – giving jeans iconic status and inspiring an entire generation. It was during the 1980’s that jeans became truly high fashion, with Calvin klein leading the way with its notorious advertising campaigns. All the main fashion houses have incorporated the cloth into their catwalk shows and season collections – proving how far denim has come from its humble beginnings. Oscar Udeshi, creative director and founder of Udeshi says “Denim is the
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INTERNATIONAl PSyCHIC gEORgE vAlENTINO SHARES WITH uS THE HISTORy AND ORIgINS OF vAlENTINES DAy.
arly Medieval history portrays St Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, ordering that soldiers remain single. The Emperor did this believing that married men did not make good soldiers. However Valentine preached that falling in love was magical, and that the heart was close to the divine and preformed secret marriage ceremonies. The married soldiers were educated by Valentine’s secret code of placing the left hand over their heart to communicate “I love you” or would draw a love heart symbol to their wives in letters. An infuriated Claudius found out about this and had Valentine thrown in jail and ordered his public execution by a single arrow to the heart. On February 14th Valentine performed a miracle by healing Diana, the blind daughter of his jailer, who he fell in love with at ﬁrst sight, when she gave him bread and water. On the evening before Valentine was executed, he requested parchment and ink from the indebted jailer, where he wrote the ﬁrst recorded Valentine
message addressed to “Diana My Beloved”. Inside it read: “Forever, your Valentine”, with a love heart symbol. The next morning Valentine was publically executed with a single arrow to the heart, as a symbol of a broken heart. Today 14th February is celebrated almost globally as Valentine’s Day, a testament or prompt of love for couples and those who seek it. Cards, ﬂowers, chocolates and gifts are very common practice, but do they really express that special feeling of love? The mere anticipation of your lips connecting is like an exploding rainbow of physical, psychological and spiritual emotions all going off at once, and is the magical gift itself I believe that Valentine preached. The Ancient Greeks believed in the divine myths of plants and ﬂowers and also used their art work on pottery to convey the message of love. Archeologists have discovered Ancient Greek pottery dating back to 500 BC, many with drawings and inscriptions of Gods and Goddesses, one in particular being Aphrodite (Venus) the Goddess of Love. Sir John Davidson Beazley,
a Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology in Art, discovered Douris, an Ancient Greek vase painter, whose pottery paintings are recognised as Renaissance art and are found in museums all over the world. Fresh cut ﬂowers are a living energy and are often severed for our pleasure; plants however last longer and are known too for their positive energy. Love is unconditional respect, trust and soul encompassing. Wishing you a loving Valentines Day George Valentino
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hen Chigwell Film director, Gary Verby, and Cambridge tech expert, Chris Pennington, founded the company, they had one clear vision in mind, Hollywood.
SCENE caught up with the guys to share their secrets…. Head of Film Production, Gary Verby, explains “We spent years of training, filming movies you would see at the cinema, and fell in love with the striking visuals. At the time, the viral video scene blew up and there suddenly became this instant access to films around the world. Everything from weddings to company marketing videos and talking pets were publicly broadcast and yet none were as gripping or striking as a film trailer. Teaming up with the most inventive photographer (Ricardo Pierre Matthews) we had ever met, we found ourselves locked in a bedroom for days with bottles of wine, a stack of paper and a box of dvd’s. We came out with a vision to deliver a truly unique experience, delivering films for everyone from entertainers, brides and businesses that would conjure the emotions, excitement and intrigue of any Hollywood picture. Quite literally, the most effective off-the-charts promotional tool and a beautiful gift for that special day.” In this brand new year and fast moving online world, A Bat Country Productions are the filmmakers leading the charge. But don’t just take our word for it, their list of clients in their first year alone have performed in the most prestigious of events
from the ‘Broadwalk Empire’ Launch to ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’. The Bats even accomplished the challenge of transforming a small club night, held in an attic, into the Uk’s largest No.1 party, and many show-reel clients quitting their day jobs and becoming full time professionals as the response had been so overwhelming. On the other end of the visual spectrum, A Bat Country’s spellbinding approach to weddings has made some incredible waves. They’ve handcrafted what can only be considered a modern spin on the dated wedding videography. Long gone are the wide, lifeless shots of guest’s hats and what seems like hours of cream walls, the Bats are bringing the laughs, tears and memories back. Gorgeous, intimate shots of the bride and groom remind us of ‘Gone with the Wind’, the party’s stream with colours and the environments majestic, the true meaning of a Hollywood love story. Personalising is the key to their success with each wedding reflecting the bride and groom’s dynamic. Head of Post-Production, Chris Pennington, told us “the first question we always ask is ‘What’s your favourite movie” followed by “How did you meet?”. You get a real sense of a couple’s chemistry by those answers and it pretty much determines the visual outcome of their wedding film”. These tidbits all point towards what makes the team’s work so unique and why you’ll never see two of their weddings the same, a compassionate process, and extraordinary outcome. SCENE were invited for an on-set visit, filmed on location in Cambridge, for the Bats latest clients, Show-reel, a trip back to the smoky swing and jazz clubs for a jive experience you won’t want to miss. Stepping onto the closed set what caught our attention was the fun and control from the Director and all the way across to the Production team. A Bat Country Productions make a point stating they “utlise state-of-the-art equipment”. They’re not kidding - with cameras the size of a Dan Brown novel, they’re as low key as they come! 2012 marks the start of a great year for the Bats and they’re launching it with ‘A Bat Country Productions: Cinematic Love Stories’. An exclusive package, giving lovers across the country the chance to have their story cinematically recreated by a professional film crew. One of the most unique and perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved one, watch movie magic happen again and again from the day you met to that first kiss. SCENE are certain this will be the most talked about gift come February 14th. For further information regarding all Film Packages Call: 07891207134 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org visit the Bats over at www.abcproductions.co.uk www.facebook.com/ABatCountry @realbatcountry SCENE 39
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FAlCON - INSPIRE yOuR HIDDEN CHEF lIFE REvOlvES AROuND A RANgEMASTER Rangemaster is Britain’s best loved range cooker brand. They made the first range cooker in 1830, on the very same site in Royal Leamington Spa where they continue to design and manufacture all products today. Rangemaster are the market leaders in range cooking. From the distinctive design of the Elan, to the contemporary styling of the Elite, the Rangemaster is famous for its style and functionality. Whether you want a traditional style or the clean, sophisticated lines of something a little more contemporary, their range cooker will become the cornerstone of your kitchen. Distinctive, efficient, highly versatile and made to exacting standards, every Rangemaster is designed to make cooking a pleasure, not a chore.
Nothing brings people together like good food. Falcon epitomises this and their range continually sets out to inspire the passion in you. From an amazing array of colours to a stylish selection of modern trims, you can pick a cooker that looks the part in any kitchen. You could say that Falcon cookers really are a modern masterpiece for any home. No-nonsense British design and solid engineering all ads up to a product which serious cooks will love, and which will be a real talking-point in any kitchen. Sleek and stylish on the outside, and brimming with the latest technology and features on the inside, Falcon is the choice of caterers and professional cooks. Broadway Music and vision, 31 The Broadway, Woodford green, Essex Ig8 0Hq 020 8504 7500 www.broadwaymandv.co.uk
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Fairfield A Limited Edition,Special Buy Range to kick off 2012. Fairfield in either white or timeless gardenia with light, Natural Oak veneer, will suit any home and brighten any room. Fairfield offers all of the benefits that you would expect from a Dream fitted bedroom, so the little quirks and features of your room such as sloping or low ceilings and chimney breasts present no problem.
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Even though Fairfield is a limited edition range,you can still be sure that it comes with everything that you would expect from a Dream Bedroom & Kitchen fitted bedroom including a full ten year guarantee. T 020 8498 0600 W www.dbkdesigns.co.uk 253 - 269 High Road Woodford Green London IG8 9FB SCENE 49
An Italian Papillon Ristorante in Chigwell is celebrating its first Birthday this February at their Brook Parade site in the High Road. It’s a family run Italian restaurant, run by owner, Nino, and has all the qualities of a good, authentic Italian eatery: Simply prepared food with fresh and flavoursome ingredients. I’d heard good things about Papillon so was keen to try it for myself, particularly as Italian cuisine is my number one food of choice! Words by Jo Fraser Photos by Emma McCann
dined on a Thursday evening and the restaurant already had the majority of its tables filled when my guest and I arrived for our 7.30pm booking. There was a good mix of large parties sat around the bigger round tables, and smaller tables of twos and fours dotted around the room. We were greeted by Papillon’s charming owner, Nino, who welcomed us in with a smile and asked us to choose which table we’d like. We opted for one towards the back of the room towards the bar. Papillon’s interior is understated sophistication. Clean, crisp white linen at the tables and soft lighting creates a calm and formal, yet relaxed environment. Mirrors along each wall work well to create the illusion of a large space and simple artwork also adorns the walls. For the warmer months, Papillon has a pretty little terrace area at the back, ideal to catch the sun in the afternoons or dine al fresco on summer evenings. A large bowl of fresh olives and warm bread rolls were promptly brought to the table along with the menus. I’m a sucker for a good olive and these certainly passed my test! First on the decision list was which wine to opt for from the menu – mostly made up of Italian varieties but with a smattering of wines from other regions. We opted for the house red: a well-priced Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at a very reasonable £13.95.
The food choice at Papillon is authentic Italian and the well-thought out menu offers a good selection of classic and more contemporary dishes. Starters on offer include Calamari Fritti, Insalata Di Mare “Papillon” and Funghi Ripieni: Mushrooms stuffed with veal, spinach and cheese. Mains on the menu are split into easy to read sections: Pollo, Carne, Pesce, Vitello, Pasta and Insalata. There’s also an extensive specials board which changes on a regular basis. I opted for the Melanzane from the Specials board for my starter: slices of aubergine baked in a rich tomato sauce with cheese melted on top. It arrived as a very generous portion in a steaming terracotta bowl fresh from the oven, the aubergine was cooked to perfection and matched its sweet, rich, chunky, homemade tomato sauce well. My guest chose the Capra Insalata as her starter: warm Goat’s Cheese and Walnut Salad. Again, the portion was large and looked like summer on a plate with its crunchy, colourful peppers surrounding the goat’s cheese which “melted in the mouth”. I was torn between the Pollo Pepe (breast of chicken with pepper and white wine) and the Branzino Da Nino (Grilled Sea Bass with herbs and garlic) for my main course. Nino suggested I go for the sea bass – perhaps as it was named after him! I chose a selection of vegetables and sauté potatoes to accompany my fish. My dining partner was also weighing up a few main options including the Linguine Gamberoni from the main menu and the Spaghetti Lobster on the Specials board. She
opted for the former which was deemed a “good choice” by our waiter. My sea bass came filleted and simply presented on the plate with a slice of lemon and small salad garnish, just as I like it. Green beans, broccoli and sauté potatoes were served separately and was an ample portions for two. The Linguine Gamberoni was deemed a success too. Huge, plump prawns with a spicy chilli kick in a cherry tomato sauce, “bursting with freshness and flavour”. Another bottle of the (very good) house red wine was ordered and we tucked into our food, enjoying the ambience in the restaurant from the surrounding tables and the Rat Pack soundtrack playing softly in the background. The waiters were on hand to ensure we had everything we needed and it was nice to see Nino walking around the tables, chatting to all his customers and enjoying seeing a restaurant full of happy diners. After two hearty courses, my guest and I couldn’t eat another thing so decided against having dessert. If you do have room for a third course, or simply fancy something sweet, Italian staples on offer include Tiramisu, Tartufo Amaretto, Pannacotta and the delicious sounding Crostata di Mele: shortcrust pastry filled with apple purée and topped with slices of apple. Instead we had coffee with complimentary biscuits and chocolates and accepted a Digestif on the house – Amaretto of course! Our meal was a resounding success and neither of us had any complaint about the food or service. Food is reasonably priced and a couple would look to pay around £70 for two courses from the a la carte menu with wine and coffee. Papillon also offers a well-priced lunch menu throughout the week and a Sunday Italian Roast lunch at £15.95 for two courses or £18.95 for three. After dining at Papillon it’s easy to see why the restaurant has built up a strong regular clientele of diners of all age groups. The food sways to the authentic rather than the avant-garde so there’s no big surprises on the menu. However, it’s fresh, well-cooked and well-presented and I would have no qualms about recommending it to friends and family. New dishes are being introduced on the menu for February so I’m looking forward to my next visit to try something new. Happy Birthday Papillon!
Visit Papillon 13 Brook Parade, High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6PF Tel: 020 8500 6080
RISTORANTE ITALIANO DA NINO
It’s our 1st Birthday! Try our exciting new menu Lunchtime menu 2 courses £11.95/3 courses £15.95 Available Monday – Saturday Traditional Italian Sunday roast lunches 2 courses £15.95/3 courses £18.95
Valentine’s Day Special 3 Course Menu & glass of Prosecco £39.95
020 8500 6080 020 8500 6977 Open 7 days 13 Brook Parade, Monday to Saturday 12pm – 3pm High Road, Chigwell, 5.30pm – 11pm Essex, IG7 6PF Sunday 12pm-9pm www.papillonchigwell.co.uk
Clairvoyant Medium Jenny Ayers is an international clairvoyant medium and gives one-to-one sittings at her home in East Sussex as well as postal, telephone and e-mail sittings to her large clientele all over the world.
Contact Jenny 01892 662 856 email@example.com www.spiritualist-guidance.org SCENE 53
The new BMW range: more driver enjoyment with even greater
With its three brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce – the BMW Group is one of the world’s most successful premium manufacturers of cars and motorcycles. It operates internationally with 24 production sites in 13 countries and a global sales network with representation in more than 140 countries.
The new BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible Sport Plus Editions offer enhanced standard equipment, alloy wheels and unique upholstery will be available on the BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible. Building on the existing M Sport trim level, this new edition features a package of styling and functional enhancements designed to highlight the dynamic qualities of the BMW 3 Series. All models gain 19-inch double-spoke light alloy wheels, along with a new rear bumper with integrated bodycoloured diffuser and Jet Black mirror
casings. The Coupé also receives the rear lip spoiler, previously only available on the M3 Coupé. Inside, the standard Sport seats in Black Dakota leather now feature M-piping and Royal Blue stitching, other leather colours remain available, matching the edging on the floor mats, whilst aluminium ‘Edition’ door sills distinguish these models from their regular M Sport counterparts. BMW Business Advanced navigation, Bluetooth and USB audio interface are also included as standard, providing
access to BMW ConnectedDrive, freeof-charge for three years. The BMW 3 Series Sport Plus Editions are priced at £1000 more than the standard 3 Series Coupé and Convertible M Sport models. For an additional £750, an optional upgrade package is also available for the new Sport Plus Edition models, featuring an upgrade to BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation and an upgraded Harman Kardon. Increased specification for the BMW 5 Series means it remains SCENE 55
the ultimate drivers’ car in the executive sector. That position is strengthened with the introduction of Drive Performance Control as standard, which allows the driver to fine-tune the ride and handling selecting either Comfort, Sport or Sport+ settings. It will be fitted to all Saloon and Touring variants. All four- and six-cylinder 5 Series models, have the addition of ECO PRO mode, which adjusts throttle sensitivity, engine response, the upshift points with the automatic gearbox, where fitted, and even the power consumed by ancillaries including climate control and heated mirrors. Owners can now open the boot or – on the Touring – the rear window or tailgate through a simple foot movement at the rear of the car. Sensors in the rear bumper detect foot movement and if that person is carrying the correct key, messages are sent to the car’s onboard computer telling it to lift the boot lid, tailgate or rear glass hatch on the Touring. In conjunction with the optional BMW Professional Navigation system, drivers are provided with accurate, instant details of traffic conditions through the RealTime Traffic Information system, while the uprated HeadUp display now shows full-colour road-sign graphics. An extension of the BMW Night Vision system gives better visual and audible warnings of unseen pedestrians or cyclists. September also sees the introduction of M Sport specification to the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Featuring an enhanced standard specification M Sport includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, M aerodynamic body styling, M Sport suspension and other interior and exterior enhancements. Prices for the 5 Series Gran Turismo start at £46,590 OTR for a 530d GT rising to £57,620 OTR for a 550i GT 56 SCENE
Psychic & sPiritualist “The only thing you can change about the past is how you feel. By making the right connection, you can understand where you have come from and how you can shape your journey to a better future.” George has performed readings for royalty, celebrities and entrepreneurs from all over the world, who have been astounded and empowered by their experience, as the experience is a combination of Spiritual guidance, ancient healing, and psychic insight, George will perform one to one or telephone readings. I was born in London Hospital in 1970 and was raised in East London, so I am an “East ender”; my Mum established a good reputation as a spiritualist, she was a specialist in palm, tea leaves and Tarot readings, it was a family tradition since the late 1800’s. Our house always had a spiritual energy flowing with incense, candles and readings were happening everyday. At 12 years old, I would practise 3 card Tarot readings with clients who were waiting there turn to see my Mother. I also developed a passion for music, my Father was a musician and I started to play drums at Greek weddings and parties from the age of 13. When I turned 17 I worked in the Greek Taverna “plate smashing scene”, I had an opportunity to practice my music and also my readings for different people. I became very popular with my readings and people would come back, not to smash plates but to have a reading.
On my 21st Birthday I launched on exclusive west London night clubs as a clairvoyant where I would read for celebrities, VIP’s and many other interesting people. In 1997 I had a serious operation. This created a crisis in my life where I had to draw deeply on my spiritual resources. I came through this fire committed to sharing my insights and had to work from home giving online readings during recovery. I was able to support an increasing number of people through their own journeys by using the spiritual knowledge that ran richly through my family’s history. The need for this operation and my subsequent journey of self-discovery also inspired me to focus on healing techniques. I rekindled an ancient colour therapy to enable aura, chakra balance and self connection. These techniques helped me to swiftly heal psychologically and physically, changing my life for the better. I now apply what I have learned from this experience to help others. Many people have been astounded with the results achieved. Although readings are important; spiritual guidance and self connection are essential! To become a practising psychic and a spiritualist is a responsibility that will take many years of dedication. For me it is has become a way of life.
George Valentino www.georgevalentino.co.uk
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my SCENE Emson Haig AS THE SAYING GOES “DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND” AND IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, THIS IS ALL THE MORE TRUE AS IT IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR MONTHS FOR BUYING DIAMONDS, WHETHER FOR AN ENGAGEMENT RING, WEDDING BAND OR A VALENTINE’S GIFT FOR THE ONE YOU LOVE. 2012 IS ALSO A LEAP YEAR AND FEBRUARY 29 IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR LADIES TO POP THE BIG QUESTION. ACCORDING TO TRADITION, ON THE LAST DAY IN FEBRUARY IN A LEAP YEAR, THE ‘NORMAL’ ORDER OF PROPOSALS IS REVERSED AND WOMEN CAN PROPOSE TO MEN. SCENE SPEAKS TO EMSON HAIG’S DIAMOND SPECIALISTS TO GET THE LOWDOWN ON HOW TO BUY THE PERFECT DIAMOND FOR ANY OCCASION. Tell us about the Four Cs – Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat (weight) For most people, buying a diamond is a new experience, but that doesn’t mean it should be overwhelming. Understanding a diamond’s quality characteristics is straightforward and simple: the four C’s – cut, clarity, colour and carat (weight) Cut: the cut of a diamond determines its brilliance, put simply the better the diamond is cut the more sparkle it will have. Clarity: Almost all diamonds have time imperfections, but this is a natural formulation of a diamond. We then grade the diamonds due to their imperfections. The diamond with fewer imperfections receives the highest clarity grades. Colour: A diamond’s colour grade actually refers to the lack of colour. In
other words diamonds that are white, containing little or no colour, receive higher quality grades than those with visible colour. Carat (weight): The carat weight of a diamond essentially refers to the actual weight of the stone. The larger carat weight, the bigger and more expensive the diamond is. Carats and points measure a diamonds weight. 100 points make up 1 carat (0.01 carat= 1 point). One carat is equal to 0.20grams. What are the most popular diamond shapes today? Classic, Brilliant and Princess Cut are our most popular sellers. As the name suggests, shape (round, princess, radiant etc.) describes a diamond form. All diamond shapes have different attributes, but overall the beauty of the individual shape is a matter of personal taste. How much should I spend on a diamond ring? How much you spend is a personal matter and your engagement ring should be meaningful to you. But the old tradition is said that you need to spend 2 month’s salary. What about settings? Choose the one that fits your everyday life, keeping the shape of the wearer’s hand in mind to select the most flattering styles. Here are some examples of settings – Claw Set, Channel, Pavé, Cluster, Ballerina, Flush and rub over (bezel setting) and Trilogy, otherwise known as a Trinity setting.
What other questions should the customer ask when purchasing a diamond? Other questions can be, how long for sizing up or down? What quality is the Gold, which is better, 9ct or 18ct? Should I invest in Platinum or 18ct White gold? Is it Nickel Free? Does it come with a GIA Certification r in house Valuation for Insurance? Wow, lots to think about! Tell us about Emson Haig’s Diamond service: We offer first-rate service with top diamond graders on site. We excel in design and craftsmanship and are able to design and make to suit your needs. We have an in house workshop and most sizing can be done on site and within a short time frame. Emson Haig has been providing wedding bands & engagement rings for over 21 years and with all that experience we are the ideal place to choose the most important ring of your life. One of the most exciting aspects of a wedding is the hunt for the rings and we pride ourselves on making the hunt as unforgettable as possible.
For further information about Emson Haig’s diamond service, contact them on 01708 890 730 (lakeside branch) or 020 8418 9222 (loughton branch) www.emsonhaig.com
BOLLYWOOD NIGHT FRIDAY 23RD MARCH A GUARANTEED NIGHT OF FUN AND FINE DINING
CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY IN STLYE AT RAZZA
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352 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0XQ www.razzarestaurant.co.uk
Published on Feb 1, 2012
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