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ASIS TOP PICKS FROM THE HIGH STREET DIZZY’S DINER THE BIG BARBECUE A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF FOXBURY BALL WIN TICKETS L’OCCITANE ARRIVES AT THE GLADES STAR SCENE AUGUST’S HOROSCOPES

ROWLING FIND OUT WHAT REALLY INSPIRED THE LADY WHO WROTE HARRY POTTER, THE BOOK THAT CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF ALMOST EVERY CHILD ON THE PLANET

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chools out for the Summer! Well for some of us but at SCENE HQ we have been working round the clock to deliver our very latest August issue…

Join us this month as we attend some of Kent’s premier summer social events from the Vegas inspired Bang and Olufsen Casino night to Beckenham’s first ever Dizzy’s Diner fun day at Croydon Road Recreation Ground. As the final Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows part 2 hits cinema screens this summer we catch up with the lady who has truly made magic happen literary genious JK Rowling. Meanwhile My Scene talks art, brands and studio life with John Watts, owner of the accessible and friendly art gallery, Studio 61, in Lee Road, Blackheath. There’s no chance of you missing a trick or a trend as our resident fashionista is back to scour Kent’s best boutiques, salons and interiors stores to bring you this month’s must buys in As Seen in SCENE and be sure to check out this Summers fashion must haves in our Most Wanted fashion guide. We test drive the luxurious Bentley Continental GT and then stop off in Tatsfield to dine at The Bakery for an incredible meal Plus all your usual favourites including: Interiors, Health & Beauty, SCENE in Kent and My SCENE

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SCENE Publishing Directors James Green James Nicol

Editor Alexander Heron alexander@scenemagazines.com

Design Editor Jackie Newton jackie@scenemagazines.com

Senior Writer Frankie Cooper frankie@scenemagazines.com

Writer Luke Harman luke@scenemagazines.com

Food Critic Gary Verby gary@scenemagazines.com

Accounts Wink Aviss accounts@scenemagazines.com

Sales Manager Sammy Bicheno sammy@scenemagazines.com

Distribution SCENE Magazine is distributed to selected homes in Kent and the South East, including Bromley, Beckenham, Chislehurst, Petts Wood, Orpington, West Wickham, Bickley, Hayes, Keston, Blackheath & Sevenoaks It can also be found in hotels, local restaurants, cafes, spas, hairdressing salons, retail outlets and private health and golf clubs. You can also follow SCENE on twitter and become a fan on our facebook page. twitter.com/SCENEMAGAZINES facebook.com/SMAG1 Scene Magazine is a monthly lifestyle publication of Scene Publishing Ltd. Registered office Cambridge House, 27 Cambridge Park, London, E11 2PU. Company number: 07125177. Whilst every effort to ensure that everything we print in Scene Magazine is factually correct and up-todate, we cannot be held responsible if factual errors occur. Please check any quoted product specifications with your supplier before purchase. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. Published by SCENE Publishing LTD 107-111 Fleet Street London EC4A 2AB Tel: 020 7936 9464 Email: info@scenemagazines.com Web: www.scenemagazines.com

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SCENE In Kent The August update from local businesses, news, what’s going on and gossip across the Kent county this month. Casino Night Bang & Olufsen arranged a fantastic night of gambling, food & prizes all in aid of raising money for charity. A Game Of Footie The Tottenham All Stars played a charity football match in Ebbsfleet earlier this month in aid of raising money for charity. We Love Dizzy’s Last month DIzzy’s Diner arranged a fantastic family day out with great activities for kids, and of course they sorted out the food

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L’OCCTAINE L’OCCITANE, the Provençal beauty company, is delighted to announce the opening of their new boutique in Bromley.

Is it witchcraft? What will JK Rowling do now she has finished her books, and the last film has been made? The world is her Oyster. As Seen In SCENE When it comes to fashion, Kent has it all! So we sent our fashionista out on to the High Street in search of new trends Women’s Fashion This month it is all about wearing white, you will be looking cool on the outside, whilst keeping cool on the inside. Women’s Style So you’ve got the outfit, all that’s missing is the accessories, here’s our top picks for August.


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Hand It Over A fantastic selection of handbags to match your outfit. Shoulder bags and clutches, we’ve got them all

Men’s Fashion Fashion, accessories everything you fellas need for looking sharp this August. With a special dedication to the polo. Property Portfolio Your property and Interior design section, including properties for sale, furnishing and interior design ideas.

Interiors We catch up with Michael Copp, the man responsible for Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs beating the recession. The Gatehouse East The Gatehouse East is an attractive converted property set within a secure gated courtyard, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

SCENE Eats Ferrari’s, Chapter One & Cinnamon Culture are the places to be this month and all feature in this month’s SCENE eats.

The Bakery This restaurant proved to be a massive hit with our office, we have now all been to eat there, find out why we loved it so much! Motors The much loved Bentley Continental GT had just had a facelift, and so now it is even better than before. Star SCENE The stars for the month of May provided by international clairvoyant, Jenny Ayers. What will August bring you?

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Pack... A revolutionary new lunch box. More like a ceramic bowl than your standard food container and with better functionality. The ‘glass like’ lid locks to the body for a water tight seal and has an ingenious sauce dipping area (good for sushi lovers). A sauce pot is ideal for salad dressing (or ketchup), so you can dress your salad just before you eat it. An inner dish allows you to split different foods so you can microwave a hot dish, but keep other foods cold. Also included is a fork / knife for easy one handed eating.

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When it comes to providing the ultimate 3D viewing experience, the new BeoVision 4-85 really does dwarf the competition! BeoVision 4-85 is the Danish manufacturer’s first television to include 3D technology using active shutter glasses and it makes a big impression in every sense, its 85” plasma screen also qualifying as ‘Full HD’ and the set having an integrated BeoLab 10 loudspeaker that delivers a mighty sound. What’s more, with the screen displaying razor sharp details and elevating to the optimal viewing position at the touch of a button. Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath, 155 Broadway, Bexleyheath, DA6 7EZ 0208 303 2760 bexleyheath@bang-olufsen.co.uk Bang & Olufsen of Bromley, 62 High Street, Bromley, BR1 1EG 0208 466 8080 bromley@bang-olufsen.co.uk Bang & Olufsen of Tunbridge Wells, 66 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RB  01892 527 525 tunbridgewells@bang-olufsen.co.uk

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Eat... Ever wondered how Millie’s Cookies makes soft and chewy giant iced cookies look as good as they taste? This summer, you can watch the experts in action, as Millie’s Cookies is bringing its fantastic live icing competition, the ‘Ice Off’ to The Glades. The competition will see Millie’s Cookies top icers from stores across the UK, compete for a place in the final of the brand’s search for the ‘Creative Iced Cookie Designer of the Year’. The star icers will show how Millie’s Cookies unique personalised icing service can bring to life the Giant Celebration Cookies by letting their creative side go wild before your very eyes, with some awe-inspiring designs. The overall Ice Off champion will not only win an iPad 2, but also have the chance to get involved with some exciting special projects in Millie’s magical cookie development kitchen. Visit The Glades Bromley or you can join Millie’s Cookies cookie club or find other stores in your area at www.milliescookies.com

Watch... In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local sheriff’s deputy tries to uncover the truth -- something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. Super 8, In cinemas from 5th August

Win... The Foxbury Ball is back for 2011 and they are giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win a pair of tickets worth nearly £200. All you have to do is answer this simple Question: For how many years has the Foxbury Ball been running? We can’t tell you the answer... But here’s a clue, if you check out The Foxbury Ball advert in the magazine and if you read carefully you might just be able to work it out, if you do, send your answer to info @foxburyball.com by Friday 12th August 2011 SCENE  13


Read... The saga continues… March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier? Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn’t she really want to find the killer? The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it marks a turning point in Reacher’s career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn’t, will the army be able to live with him? Is this his last case in uniform? Avaliable from Waterstones Bluewater rrp £18

iPlay... Playing retro arcade games on the world’s most advanced touchscreen tablet is a bit like using a Space Shuttle to pop to the corner shop: daft but immeasurably entertaining. And that’s precisely why we love the iCade for iPad. This arcade-style cabinet features a reassuringly chunky joystick and eight full-sized buttons that wirelessly integrate with your iPad’s internal jiggery pokery, allowing you to play various retro titles downloadable via the Atari Greatest Hits app. Mum, lend us 10p. Available at firebox.com

Listen... 4 is the fourth solo studio album from Beyoncé. The album was recorded over a year between the spring of 2010 and the spring of 2011, while Beyoncé took time away from the spotlight. She engaged in what she describes as simple things, including listening to every kind of music she truly enjoys. The title signifies not only the artist’s fourth solo offering and the day of her birth but it is also a personal gift to her fans who took to their social media pages urging her to name the album for her special number.

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BANG & OLUFSEN RETAILERS CHIP IN TO HELP LOCAL CHARITY

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ang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath, Bromley & Tunbridge Wells hedged its bets on a customer casino night and the gamble certainly paid off for Kent’s CHYPS children’s charity – the evening raising over £1,500 for the cause. Looking for a fun way to introduce the latest Bang & Olufsen products and help a local charity at the same time, the retailers recently hosted an innovative casino night at the Thistle Hotel, Brands Hatch. Over 160 visitors chanced their luck on the tables with ‘play’ money, enjoyed entertainment from a magician, a delicious buffet and the chance to win a host of prizes in the Bang & Olufsen charity raffle. First prize in the raffle was a BeoSound 8, the opportunity to win the

acclaimed iPod speaker dock seeing over £1,000 raised for CHYPS, which enables children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions to receive full hospice care in their own homes. As well as supplying the raffle prizes, the Bang & Olufsen stores made a cash donation to take the total raised to over £1,500. Further excitement was provided with the UK unveiling of the BeoVision 7-55 3D, Bang & Olufsen’s first ever television to use the manufacturer’s highly advanced 3D technology. Such was its impact on guests that a number of customers immediately placed orders for the impressive set. “The night was a fantastic success and the roulette tables were very popular, especially as visitors were gambling

with play money and could throw caution to the wind with their bets,” explained Paul Blake, Dealer Principal of Bang & Olufsen of Bexleyheath, Bromley & Tunbridge Wells. “In fact, the lady who made the most won her first ever Bang & Olufsen product – a BeoTime alarm clock – and a bottle of champagne through placing all her chips on the number 13, so it certainly proved lucky for her!” Paul continued: “Feedback to the night has been very positive and I would like to thank our customers and their friends for getting into the spirit of the event and their support of CHYPS, which helped to significantly exceed the target that we hoped to raise for the charity.” SCENE  17


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TOTTENHAM LEGENDS LOCAL CHARITY, DEVELOPMENT OF PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH (DPCR) HELD A VERY SPECIAL TOTTENHAM LEGENDS CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH AND FAMILY FUN DAY ON SUNDAY THE 17TH JULY AT EBBSFLEET UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB. DESPITE THE TORRENTIAL RAIN THE EVENT PROVED TO BE A HUGE SUCCESS AND HELPED TO RAISE THOUSANDS OF POUNDS FOR CHARITY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING DPCR VISIT WWW.DPCR.ORG

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WE LOVE DIZZY’S! WE JOINED DIZZY’S DINER AND BROMLEY LOCALS TO CELEBRATE AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE AT THE FIRST EVER DIZZY’S DINER FAMILY FUN DAY AT CROYDON ROAD RECREATION GROUND. WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, ACTION PACKED EVENTS AND OF COURSE DIZZYS WORLD CLASS AMERICAN GRUB ON HAND THE FUN DAY PROVED TO BE A HUGE SUCCESS. BRING ON NEXT YEARS CELEBRATIONS…

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L’OCCITANE OVER 35 YEARS OF EXPERTISE IN CREATING PRODUCTS OF EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY CAN BE DISCOVERED IN THE NEW L’OCCITANE BOUTIQUE.

L’OCCITANE, the Provençal beauty company, is delighted to announce the opening of their new boutique in Bromley, making this the 51st branch in the UK! The Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley, Councillor Reg Adams, was there to open the boutique last month at the Glades Shopping Centre, Bromley. L’OCCITANE is a unique brand loved by all across the world, sharing the colours, scents and traditions of Provence. Combining the pleasure of the senses with inner balance, L’OCCITANE focuses on the well-being of men and women. Products include skincare, body care, fragrances, bath and home – manufactured in the traditional Provençal way, using the finest ingredients and according to strict ethical and environmental policies. Discover an irresistible collection of gifts and scented treats that are guaranteed to brighten up your summer. Discover your perfect skin care solutions and receive expert advice through a personal consultation or why not indulge in a relaxing hand massage featuring our award-winning Shea Butter Hand Cream.

This L’OCCITANE boutique in Bromley will offer residents and shoppers a taste of Provence, with all the sights and scents of the Mediterranean – Lavender, Verbena, Olive, Immortelle, Shea Butter, Almond, Cherry Blossom, Rose have and Pivoine Flora been combined into wonderful product ranges. These ranges also tell the stories of the men and women who live and work in these regions, preserving their own traditions and age-old customs.

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HARRY. POTTER. TWO AVERAGE, COMMON AND PLAIN WORDS THAT WHEN PUT TOGETHER MEAN SOMETHING TO MOST ADULTS, CHILDREN, GRANDPARENTS – PRETTY MUCH ANYONE IN THE WORLD WHO HASN’T BEEN LOCKED IN A CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS ANYWAY.

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Harry Potter means magic, wands and spells; an unimaginable adventure in a world we can only dream of. But one lady did dream of it. J K Rowling thought up the most imaginative, extravagant creation – and all while waiting for a delayed train from Manchester to Kings Cross in 1990. Harry Potter has transformed children’s literature and the world of movies and, to an extent, created a culture. It’s amazing how one woman, born and raised in Gwent, Wales, can do all that with just a pen and a bit of paper. Born in July 1965 Rowling studied French and Classics at Exeter University, including one year in Paris, before moving to London as a postgraduate and working as a researcher at Amnesty International. Although a talented and now award-winning author – she has so many, including an OBE, we simply cannot list them all – the Harry Potter series was not magically created overnight. Rowling spent five years outlining the plots for each book and in that time moved to Portugal to teach English, got married and gave birth to a daughter Jessica in 1993. It wasn’t until the determined writer returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh with her sister Di that she finally completed book one: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Researchers, fellow writers, academics will sit for hours deciphering the “code” in each of the books wondering why the author chose this word here and that symbol there. She

has never really set out to explain the books but one thing she has said is that when her mother, a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis, died, her life and Harry’s life changed forever. Every writer’s dream is, after sending off those first few chapters of your special book, you will eventually get a letter through the post from an agent wanting to see more. It was some time after Rowling sent off the first Harry Potter book that she finally got a deal with Bloomsbury.

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Philosopher’s Stone was published in June 1997 and then one more book was published each year until the first four titles had hit the shelves. By 1999, a media frenzy had begun and the series attracted worldwide press attention after the books shot to number one in the adult book charts. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had a first print-run of one million copies – a record-breaking figure that set the mark for it to smash all the records for the greatest number of books sold in the first weekend of publication. One year later and Potter mania, and Rowling, were hitting the headlines regularly as a little boy called Daniel Radcliffe appeared on the big screen. It steam-rolled from there with books and movies being released every year until we had the culmination of the epic tale when the final book was released in July 2007 and now just last month, the last movie. Amongst all the Harry Potter hype, Rowling, managed to squeeze in marrying Dr Neil Murray in 2001 and then giving birth to a son, David, in 2003 and another daughter, Mackenzie, in 2005. It goes without saying that the spectacled scruffy boy who lived in a cupboard changed Rowling’s life. It made the careers of many actors – Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe to name but a few – and transformed the lives of many children who read the enchanted stories.

There have been red carpet appearances after red carpet appearances with film after film being released following the life of “the boy who survived” and the tale of “he who must not be named”. People thought it was a children’s book but there was a time when you would step onto a tube in London’s Underground and see every traveller reading a copy of one of the books. The story is an escape, a magical world where nothing is explained and yet everything happens for a reason. A world in which children can become immersed and adults can become lost in the fantasy of the unimaginable. Not only did Rowling’s talent storm the UK but it took over America with her books taking the top spot in the charts and the films breaking box office records. Last month it all ended as the beautiful Rowling took to the red carpet in a soggy Leicester Square (and many other squares around the world) to say a final farewell and thank you to all Harry’s fans. Three grown adults who have grown up in the spotlight followed in her wake and millions of people bought their popcorn to watch the last chapter of the eightpart epic tale. But what happens now? It is without a doubt that motherof-three Rowling has left a legacy and seven books which will never be left dusty on children’s shelves. But what about all the starved fans who were craving to know more? In the final words of JK’s series: “All was well.” And the fans would just have to be content with that.

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BALLET SHOE CHIC How cute are these ballet pumps! A new range of stylish range of print pumps has arrived in Azzurra’s Epping, Buckhurst Hill and Wanstead branches. Leather-lined and edged in a range of colours from classic black to bright pink, red and purple with matching bow on the toe. Perfect worn with cropped jeans or floaty skirt and tee, these elegant and classic flats are a wardrobe essential. A great alternative to heels, they can be worn day or night. The only problem is just which colour are you going to choose!

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• Wrinkle fill therapy  • Ear piercing  • Anti-ageing facials  • Mesotherapy • Red veins and skin tag removal  • Hollywood & Brazilian waxing Approved for practice at BMI Hospitals - The Sloane and Chelsfield Park

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Summer

THIS SUMMER MAKE SURE YOU DRESS FOR THE WEATHER. DRESSING IN WHITE PROVIDES A COOL AND FRESH FEELING ON THE INSIDE AS WELL AS A COOL FRESH LOOK TO THE OUTSIDE

WHITES DEBENHAMS J BY JASPER CONRAN BLAZER, £80

DEBENHAMS RED HERRING LACE PROM DRESS, £45

HOBBS JASMINE DRESS, £189

DEBENHAMS J BY JASPER CONRAN SUIT JACKET £80, TROUSERS £45, NECKLACE £14, CLUTCH BAG £22

DEBENHAMS PRINCIPLES BY BEN DE LISI, £60

FAITH DORA, £60

HOUSE OF FRASER LINEA WHITE ‘MARIA’ TOTE, £55

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NATURAL HEALTH PRACTICE

Professional laser teeth whitening with the latest, safest and most effective technology available. Carried out by trained technicians, this treatment produces beautiful results in just 1hour!

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Suffering with Aches and Pains?

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Price £149 (normally £199)

Osteopathy could help with:

Back and Neck Pain Headaches Repetitive Strain Injuries Sports Injuries Muscle Aches and Strains Arthritis And many more

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For more information or to book an appointment please contact:

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Specialist clinics also available for pregnant mothers, infants and children www.natural-health-practice.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.

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RING RING

Sagemcom’s Sixty brings together the combination of modern technology and a classic design. Its original design, smooth and shiny finish plus its touchscreen functionality make this phone stand out in any environment. For your comfort the Sixty cordless phone is bursting with features which allow you enjoy your catch-ups even more. The hands-free mode offers your flexibility while staying in touch with your family and friends. Enjoy up to 120 hours of stand-by and talk time of up to 10 hours. Available from Westlake ,£96

PINK PARADISE

Molton Brown Women`s traveller 2011. Contains: Paradisiac pink pepperpod bath & shower 100ml Paradisiac pink pepperpod body lotion 100ml Healthy ziao jao hairwash 75ml Instant Indian cress haircondition 75ml Hydrate desert bloom intense hand rescue 15ml Skinboost 24hr moisture mist 10ml Available from House of Fraser, £40

GO GO GADGET...BICYCLE

The Gocycle is essentially an electric bicycle. It has an electric motor mounted on the front hub which is controlled by a button on the left handlebar. The battery is concealed in the frame and is recharged via a small socket underneath. One charge will produce approximately 8-20 miles of cycling depending on pedal input by the cyclist. The functionality and design elements of this electric bicycle truly make it the future of cycling. When you put them all together you’re left with a commuters dream bike. Gocycle Electric Folding Bicycle with Hard Carry Case, £1,615

CAMPING OUT

The newest addition to the Quick Pitch family gives the user the same space and ease of pitching as the original Quick Pitch SS but with a vastly reduced pack size. The compact design makes it ideal for getting away with minimal bulk when space is an issue. Available from John Lewis, £39.95 SCENE  33


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Hand it Over Michelle’s Boutique Spitalfields

Michelle’s Boutique Spitalfields

The Vintage Store Greenwich

Selfridges Zandra Rhodes

Harrods Zandra Rhodes

Bag it up

£135 £160

For those who have it all check out these fabulous Ambre Babzoe evening clutch bags available from Harrods. The romantic designs are feminine, effortlessly chic and reflect a Parisian cool. Perfect for a summers night out or party!

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Marco Polo

Discover a variety of the famous polo shirts from your local Department Store just round the corner on your nearest High Street.

House Of Fraser Franklin & Marshall £45

John Lewis John Smedley £54.99

Selfridges Hugo Boss Polo £49.99

House Of Fraser Lyle & Scott £55

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Summer

THIS SUMMER MAKE SURE YOU DRESS FOR THE WEATHER. DRESSING IN WHITE PROVIDES A COOL AND FRESH FEELING ON THE INSIDE AS WELL AS A COOL FRESH LOOK TO THE OUTSIDE

WHITES FRENCH CONNECTION CRUMPLED EARTH SHORT SLEEVED SHIRT £42

FRENCH CONNECTION WHITE BLUE STRIPED T-SHIRT

KENZO CREAM GRANDAD COLLAR T-SHIRT £79 PAUL SMITH CREAM DOUBLE BREASTED LINEN JACKET £550 KENZO CREAM LINEN TROUSERS £170 RALPH LAUREN KHAKI CANVAS & LEATHER TRIM TOTE £240

DEBENHAMS JEFF BANKS LINEN SUIT £135

FRENCH CONNECTION FLIGHT HOLDALL GRENSON STANLEY BROGUE SHOE £170

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STAR GAZING Part of Ralph Lauren’s Big Pony fragrance collection, RL Red No. 2 is a spicy and seductive scent with a blend of rich, dark chocolate and musk. Available from John lewis, £34.99

WIRELESS READING

ROCK OUT

The guitar is a Stratocaster-style electric guitar. It has 3 single coil pickups, 2 tone controls and a volume control. It has a 5-way selector switch which lets the player swap between all the pickup configurations for a wide and varied tone. The guitar comes with a tremolo/ whammy bar that screws in to the guitar bridge for a super ‘wha wha’ effect. Available from John Lewis, £149.95

The innovative Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device with WiFi is changing the way we read! This stunning eBook reader comes with a revolutionary high-contrast E Ink screen that delivers 50 percent better contrast and can be read in direct sunlight without glare, eliminating the eye-strain associated with many LCD screens. Available from Currys, £111

WATER GLIDING

GLOVE UP

Be comfortable and protected from the ball whenever you wear the Gray-Nicolls EVO 500 Batting Gloves! Featuring a multi-section design for extra flexibility and square foam finger padding, the EVO 500 men’s batting gloves offer total protection and manoeuvrability. Available from JJB Sports, £24.99

Glide through the water like an Olympic swimmer with the world’s lightest, fastest and compact sea scooter. Amazingly travel friendly, the Bladefish 2000 fits easily into a suitcase, with its Frisbee like dimensions at a compact 38cm x 36cm x 16cm. Take it on a plane with you without any problems and you can even check it through as hand luggage thanks to the state of the art Lithium Ion technology. Available from John Lewis, £324.99 SCENE  39


Rixson & Green

Shortlands Ltd

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IT’S A ROCKY TIME FOR A LOT OF COMPANIES SO DON’T GAMBLE WITH YOUR MONEY “WHEN CUSTOMERS COME TO US THEY KNOW THEIR MONEY IS SAFE”

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he economic climate has been tough on the high street and we’ve recently seen a clutch of familiar brands go to the wall. But while the big retail giants struggle, one of our key local businesses are flourishing. Woodford based Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs has seen an increase in trade over the past two years and survived the recession unscathed. Managing Director, Michael

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Copp, believes his company’s success is down to a winning combination of good service, quality products and a flexible and honest approach to sales. “It’s been a busy couple of years. We have a good reputation so people come to us because of word of mouth or because of a recommendation from a previous customer.”


But when it comes to winning over these new customers, Michael thinks his company’s approach to sales sets them apart from his rivals. “Many companies want to sell at any cost – they don’t listen to the customer; they just want to push products and meet targets. They quote some absurd price and then quickly discount it to create the illusion that they’re giving the customer a good deal. We just don’t play that game. We’re not a target driven company and we don’t have a hard sales approach.”

technical skills are independently checked through on–site inspections.

return of a customer’s deposit if the company ceases trading.

“Value for money isn’t just about the physical product; it’s about the whole service. When a customer hands over their money they have to trust that the company will deliver. We pride ourselves on a 360 degree service – from quotation, to sale, to fitting to aftercare our only goal is to keep the customer happy. A business lives and dies by the service they provide.”

“When customers come to us they know their money is safe. As the old saying goes – ‘Let the Buyer Beware’.”

Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs stocks a range of furniture at different prices but every purchase buys something many other companies can’t provide: experience and a reliable service.

Not every company in the same market has seen the same success as Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs. Sharps and Moben recently went into administration and some customers may have lost their deposits. Michael cautions customers to consider where they spend their money: “It’s important to think about who you’re buying from. You don’t want to leave yourself exposed when you pay a deposit for a kitchen or a bedroom. What guarantees can they offer? It’s a rocky time for a lot of companies so don’t gamble with your money.”

Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs is approved by Trust Mark, a government backed initiative which helps consumers find reliable and trustworthy companies. Every firm’s

Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs is a member of the Consumer Protection Association, which fully vets each company for professional competence and integrity and guarantees the

Some companies have slashed prices to get customers through the door but Michael is quick to point out that getting value for money doesn’t always mean going with the cheapest deal.

With everything going so well, what plans does Michael have for the future of Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs? He’s keeping tight–lipped: “It’s an interesting time and I’m assessing my options. I wouldn’t rule out expansion but the time has to be right.” And with everything going so well for Michael, expect to see new branches of Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Designs opening up sometime soon.

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POOL AND SPA cOmPANy:

Winners of European Retailer of the Year 2010

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t’s a rare person who wouldn’t like That Holiday Feeling all the year round, and why not- It is possible! You may have heard that the world’s best Hydropool Swimspa is the new must have for keen swimmers and triathletes; although for many, a small garden pool or even a comfortable massage therapy hot tub (with very low running costs) can provide just that

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holiday feeling of relaxation... sometimes for less than the price of a holiday or two! “Gosh-I’d never thought of it like that” say many people...”Yes-we’ve always quickly forgotten that holiday feeling too soon after returning home, and wish we could still be soothing our aching muscles in the spa hot tub or sauna, while the youngsters happily spend hours in the pool!” The multi-awardwinning POOL AND SPA COMPANY, based at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre in Sidcup –poolandspaco. com- can happily provide the solution to your dreams, by having a wide variety of top-end products to choose from, and the expertise to fully install your choice. From above ground pools, to in ground pools, plus amazing swimspas- which have the world’s best and most powerful wide-mouth swimjets; (They’re always craned into gardens in case you were wondering, as are many hot tubs!). Then there are superb hot tubs, saunas and accessories, plus parts and spares for their products, and most importantly, service for their customers. Pool and Spa were recently in Athens to receive yet another award for excellence- a best dealer of 2010 European Award from Hydropool Hot Tubs of Toronto, one of the top three brands in the world! The therapeutic qualities of a state-of-the art hot tub have long been known and enjoyed by people in numerous countries. The Hydropool range of hot tubs has always been engineered to be the most energy efficient in the world, its double thermal shield insulation system being designed to easily withstand the very low temperatures of the harshest Canadian winters. The spa industry has revered this excellence for over 31 years! Running costs for the

various sizes of tubs range from 60p to less than £1 a day, that’s based on the average world-wide usage, which is about four hours a week. The exciting Hydropool range of self-clean hot tubs and swimspas are superior in design and world-wide are completely unique. The water in your tub is filtered and cleaned four times every hour by a pressurised system, which is be programmed for unbeatable energy efficiency, safety and cleanliness...great for parties! The water quality from this system is second to none, and the whole Hydropool range are the only carbon neutral tubs in the world. The self clean tubs are the very highest specification range, available in many sizes and colours, with truss supported Cedar or Premium Everlast cabinets. The latest addition to the range is revolutionary new 4-person design with two seats and two S-shaped loungers-“the Self Clean 495”-measuring just 201cmx191cmx99cm. There are also two competitively priced ranges of hot tubs on the site to suit all budgets, the popular Serenity and Lifestyle spas, which use the traditional gravityfed filtration system, as used by all other top end brands worldwide. Water treatment products are available for all spas, including inflatable spas. The Pool and Spa Company’s Hydropool Swimspas astonish with their state-of-the-art design, are available in 14’ 17’ and 19’ lengths, and can be craned into most gardens. They provide an “instant” pool on top of a concrete base, or can even be partly sunk. The 14’ is ideal for even the most compact of gardens, with controllable jets to suit any speed of swimmer. The 17’ and 19’ versions also boast massage therapy seats for relaxation! In addition, you will find stunning Tylo and Helo saunas, traditional and infrared, and for some, bespoke saunas and steam rooms. Poolandspaco.com


HYDROPOOL WORLD’S ONLY SELF CLEANING HOT TUBS AND SWIMSPAS OPEN 7 DAYS

Multiple UK & European Award Winners Hydropool “European New Retailer of the year 2010” Gold Award for “Outstanding Customer Service 2010” UK Award For “Best Non Traditional Pool Construction 2008” Capital FM Radio Interview: As heard on Johnny Vaughn & Lisa Snowdon’s Breakfast Show 18/6/2011 Largest Showroom in the South East of England Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5BQ

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savills.co.uk

Farnborough Park, BR6

Immaculately presented home with huge scope, occupying a most enviable position within this exclusive park • 4 reception rooms • 5 bedrooms • in total over 3,000 sq ft • established gardens • scope to improve & enlarge SPP • established gardens • detached triple garage • about 1/3 of an acre

Guide price £1,595,000 Savills Locksbottom locksbottom@savills.com 01689 860999

Chislehurst, BR7

Beautifully designed Arts and Crafts property, nestled in this sought-after village • excess of 3500 sq ft • 2/3 reception rooms, gym • 4/6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms • PP granted for side extension • enchanting south facing garden - about 0.28 acres • in & out driveway • private road

Guide price £1,785,000 Savills Locksbottom locksbottom@savills.com 01689 860999

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Chislehurst, BR7

Chislehurst, BR7

Guide price £325,000

Price on application

Savills Locksbottom locksbottom@savills.com 01689 860999

Savills Locksbottom locksbottom@savills.com 01689 860999

Chelsfield, BR6

Downe, BR6

Guide price £995,000

Guide price £1,075,000

Savills Locksbottom locksbottom@savills.com 01689 860999

Savills Locksbottom locksbottom@savills.com 01689 860999

Chislehurst, BR7

Farnborough, BR6

Guide price £1,595,000

Guide price £1,995,000

Savills Locksbottom locksbottom@savills.com 01689 860999

Savills Locksbottom locksbottom@savills.com 01689 860999

An executive apartment set in a Grade II Listed house enjoying breathtaking views • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom • communal rear garden – about 0.74 acres • garage • private & premier road • backs onto Chislehurst Golf Course

Superb renovation on this Grade II Listed property, set within An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty • 5 bedrooms • detached 2 bedroom cottage • landscaped gardens • about 0.4 acres in total • semi-rural location

Distinctive home offering stylish and open plan accommodation, set within this exclusive and private road • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • versatile & luxury living • landscaped & split level garden • attached double garage

Charming family home set within delightful grounds • 4 reception rooms • 5 bedrooms • scope to improve • split level garden - about 0.38 acres • detached double garage • set in an elevated position • desirable village location

Beautiful barn conversion with paddock and equestrian facilities, set within the picturesque surroundings of Downe village • 3 en suite bedrooms • approaching 3,000 sq ft of accommodation • landscaped garden, paddock • double garage

A stunning family home located in the heart of this prestigious private park • over 4,500 sq ft • 3 receptions • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms • cinema • landscaped gardens • outdoor swimming pool • pool house • integral garage

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Iconia taylorwimpey.co.uk

Showhome now open!

Homesdale Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 9LZ

1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments from £169,995

Following much anticipation, Taylor Wimpey are proud to announce the opening of their stylish new sales office and showhome at Iconia, Homesdale Road. This stylish new 2 bedroom show apartment is lavishly furnished by celebrity interior designer Derek Taylor from the hit TV show 60 Minute Makeover. We at Taylor Wimpey are confident you will love it, we certainly do... So come along and see for yourself just what can be achieved when you choose a brand new home from Taylor Wimpey.

FirstBuy

For more information visit our Sales Information Centre open Thursday to Monday 10am–5.30pm, visit our website or call

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75% mortgage* + 5% deposit required* + 20% loan government backed equity loan* + 0% interest on loan for the first 5 years* = 100% your home right now*

*Eligible applicants will be offered an equity loan of up to a maximum of 20% of the purchase price (based on the open market value). Applicants are required to fund at least 80% of the purchase price by means of a conventional mortgage, savings and any deposit where required. For the first five years there is no fee charged on the equity loan component. At the start of year six a fee is collected of 1.75% of the market value of the property at the time the loan is entered into multiplied by the outstanding percentage under the equity loan, the annual fee of 1.75% will be multiplied by RPI+ 1% p.a. The equity loan is provided by the HCA and Taylor Wimpey and held as a joint second charge. Terms and conditions apply and full details will be provided on request. This offer is subject and is only available on selected developments and properties in England only. It is not offered with any other promotion. Applicants will need to use a mortgage broker from Taylor Wimpey’s panel, who will act solely for the 48  SCENE applicant. For full details please contact the appropriate marketing suite. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE. July 2011.


THE

East

GATEHOUSE THE GATEHOUSE EAST IS AN ATTRACTIVE CONVERTED PROPERTY SET WITHIN A SECURE GATED COURTYARD, IN AN AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY.

The Gatehouse East is situated in an attractive rural position within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just 2.5 miles from Wrotham, a typical Kentish village with its many period houses, inns, shops and views over the surrounding countryside.

The Gatehouse East is a stunning converted property set within a secure courtyard. It offers a spacious and well presented style of living. The house is principally single storey but with a first floor bedroom and study. The gorgeously green courtyard gardens are perfectly manicured and edged with planted beds and borders. There are two paved terraces offering ideal spaces for outdoor entertaining and perfect spots to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. On entrance the tiled reception hall leads on to the family shower room and then into the spacious sitting room. This features a brick built inglenook fireplace with open fire and exposed wooden beams bringing

a stylishly rustic feel to the space. The room also offers views over the courtyard gardens.

The large dining room has double doors leading out to the terrace, making it ideal for post dinner party entertaining. For those that love cooking and eating there is a spacious kitchen and breakfast room with tiled flooring, integrated appliances and ample base units with granite work surfaces. The centrally set island unit provides seating for informal family dining and gossips over a cup of coffee. The master bedroom is fitted with chic Hammonds wardrobes providing plenty of space to veil a bountiful collection of clothes. Attached is a fully tiled en suite shower room with a double shower cubicle and drench head for an invigorating and SCENE  49


energizing shower experience. There are three further bedrooms all with fitted wardrobes, one with a well appointed shower room and a further walk in wardrobe. A Jacuzzi tub is featured in the family bathroom to spice up bath time and add a sense of luxury and relaxation. On the first floor is a study leading to a second floor bedroom with storage. This would make ideal living accommodation for a Nanny. The external bar and games room really makes this property interesting. The fully fitted mirrored bar with granite work surfaces has a built-in glass washer and there is an incredible ‘star light’ ceiling over the dance floor to create a real club like atmosphere. Air conditioning is conveniently in place to avoid party animals getting overheated. The Gatehouse East is approached over a shared gravel driveway leading to electrically operated double gates with an entry phone system. The gravel driveway leads to a parking 50  SCENE

area and the double garage with electrically operated up and over doors and a gardeners W.C. There are many schools in the surrounding area including, Primary, Secondary and Private. For golf enthusiasts there is The London Golf Club and Woodlands Manor Golf Course. The property is only 32 minutes from Central London and there is direct access to the A20. The Gatehouse East is a truly beautiful property with features such as ornate coving and exposed beams. Its facilities and design ensure a fun and stylish lifestyle for any family that chooses to live there.

For more information contact: Savills Sevenoaks 74 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JR +44 (0) 1732 789 700


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Made Easy Charles Eden is the leading Independent Estate Agent with more than 100 years’ experience in selling residential property.

“The strong values of service and attention to detail combined with the latest technology means that Charles Eden provides its clients with what we believe to be unparalleled customer service whether selling or buying a property” Justin Flanagan – Managing Director

Being Exclusive members of the ‘Guild of Professional Estate Agents’ for Beckenham & Shortlands, gives Charles Eden access to over 600 networked offices throughout the country & an associated office in Park Lane. Wherever you are looking to buy or sell, Charles Eden will be able to help either directly or through one of our Partners. So just one call will set you on the road to a smooth & stress free move.

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SCENE eat s THIS MONTH’S PICK OF OUR FAVOURITE THREE OF KENT’S FINEST EATERIES TO VISIT AND DINE IN THIS AUGUST

Cinnamon Culture

Ferrari’s

This upmarket neighbourhood Italian in Bromley, Kent, is a smart restaurant popular with a stylish local crowd. Step inside the dining room at Ferrari’s Bromley and you’ll find buzzy brasseriestyle space with a down-to-earth ambience, and the restaurant boasts a warm colour scheme, dark wooden furniture and an open-plan kitchen. Ferrari’s is focused on offering authentic, fresh fare, and their wine list offers an amazing selection of Italian wines from boutique

vineyards. Signature dishes here include the roasted suckling pig with balsamic roasted peppers, new roast potatoes and a red wine jus; the gnocchi ai gamberi with crayfish, fresh tomatoes, garlic, chilli and rocket; and the Ferrari pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, smoked chicken and pancetta. 39 East Street, Bromley Kent BR1 1QQ Tel: 020 8464 8877

Chapter One

The splendour of an old Bromley pub is the setting for the surprisingly modern and spacious Cinnamon Culture restaurant, the perfect setting in which to sample contemporary Indian cookery. Here you’ll taste tantalising homemade chutneys, delve in to stunning starters and enjoy the kitchen’s breathtakingly creative plated main dishes, created with one eye on the traditional and another very much on current and up and coming trends. Unusually for an Indian restaurant, Cinnamon Culture places much of its focus on its dessert

menu, allowing for further inventiveness in twisting together Eastern and Western ideas. Cinnamon Culture’s décor makes the most of high ceilings and skylights with modern flock wallpaper, fishhook chandeliers and tasteful photography of Raj artefacts. A chrome and cream bar with its high stools and array of fabulous cocktails extends your evening beyond simply dining while the large garden is the setting for summer barbeques with an Indian flavour. 46 Plaistow Lane, Bromley BR1 3PA Tel:

Behind the charming Tudor exterior is a bright, modern restaurant with top notch modern European cuisine. Chapter One has gained enthusiastic reviews from many major restaurant critics and happy plaudits from satisfied diners. Not to mention that it won AA restaurant of the year 2004 and comes along with four AA rosettes. The dining room is relaxed, spacious and comfortable, and the cooking

superb. Start with something inventive, like homemade roast gnocchi with braised chestnut, pumpkin and lobster. Then do try the braised oxtail with pancetta bacon and parsnip puree everyone raves about it. The wine list shows much care and attention too. You will leave feeling well-fed and well cared-for. Farnborough Common Locksbottom Kent BR6 8NF Tel: 01689 854848 SCENE  55


Bakery

THE Words by Louise Prew

IF YOU PURSUE FOOD EXCELLENCE, TAKE A WINDING DRIVE DOWN THE LEAFY KENT LANES TO THE BAKERY. LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE VERY GORGEOUS AND ENCHANTING VILLAGE OF TATSFIELD, NEAR THE EQUALLY ETHEREAL WESTERHAM, THE BAKERY SITS IMPRESSIVELY AMONG ITS COMPADRES.

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he Bakery is like a good friend you feel happy and comfortable to be around, whom you can shoot the breeze with and not be distracted. This comfortable, brasserie-style restaurant has been owned by the enigmatic Andrew Bond for over 12 years and has done a thriving business since. No surprise then that the local customer reviews are abundant with words like superb and sumptuous complimenting all areas of the restaurant. The menu designed by the Bakery’s chef, John Boreham, delivers a concise array of entrees and dinners to suit all palettes with a nod to modern British and European fare. The Bakery are proud to source their produce locally where possible. Everything is cooked from scratch including the calorie-proud puds to the luscious-tasting ice creams. The latter can even be made to order and taken away! Ideal for a summer soiree but maybe too good for the children’s party, hey?! The awesome meals range from

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Sea Bass in Pesto and Garlic Sauce to Pork Fillet with Prunes and Blue Cheese. Guaranteed, your dinner will be exciting and splendid without being pretentious and you wont leave hungry. Our delectable dinner was made up of an entree of Avocado and Fresh Water Prawns, doused in a spicy sauce and Scallop in a melt-in-themouth garlic infused butter.

140 guests for a finger or fork buffet. The prices start from as little as £10; outstanding value for money for such a quality feed. The restaurant is also licensed to entertain, so perfect for the Kent wedding, christening or special birthday. Friends will be wowed by the taste factor and superb fineness of the food as well as the Bakery’s manicured and pretty surroundings.

The sirloin steaks were Tudor-like in proportion and cooked to perfect spec, smothered in mushrooms and flavoursome seasoning. A truly delicious and satisfying meal, enjoyed with a gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc from the Astrolabe Marlborough region of New Zealand. You can expect to pay between £24.95 for a two-course meal and £29.95 for three courses.

The specialtiy champagne list will not disappoint either as will not the afterdinner libation. Expect to be able to purchase the very best from that neat little bar at front of house, including a slug of Hennessy if you are looking for the good stuff or a bottle of Grand Cuvee to celebrate in mode . This warm-hearted modern taverna offers subtle ambiance and comfortable pockets of seating, so, whether you fancy a drink at the bar, a light bite at the front or a hearty dinner out back, the Bakery will appeal to couples and groups alike. Bon appetit!

Offering an enviable wine list comprising delicious wines from all over the world, ranging in depth and flavour to compliment your food, there is something for everyone here, including cold draught beer if you are stopping through. The restaurant can furnish functions for 90 seated, and can earnestly house

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Great Set Menus Available Monday to Friday Lunch - 2 courses £11.95 - 3 courses £13.95 Monday to Thursday Dinner - 3 courses £17.50

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BENTLEY HAS FACELIFTED THE CONTINENTAL GT REVISED RATHER THAN REINVENTED, PREVIOUS CONTINENTAL GT FAILINGS LIKE A DATED SAT-NAV SYSTEM HAVE BEEN RECTIFIED, SUSPENSION AND AERODYNAMICS HAVE BEEN TWEAKED AND INTERNAL FRICTION IN THE ENGINE HAS BEEN REDUCED TO IMPROVE RESPONSE AND EFFICIENCY. For Crewe’s design and engineering teams, the new Continental GT coupe is an opportunity to set a bold and exciting direction for one of Bentley’s most revered names – the Continental. The seminal and highly successful Continental GT, introduced in 2003, represented the first step in Bentley’s renaissance and defined a whole new market segment. It was a luxury GT offering excellent usability that remained true to the Bentley grand touring spirit. Now the new Continental GT 4-seat coupe builds on the success of its iconic predecessor, capturing that GT spirit but with even higher standards of design, engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance, everyday practicality and refinement. A beautifully sculptured new body gives the GT coupe an even crisper, more defined appearance. The contemporary interior offers new levels of cabin design, comfort and hand-crafted luxury. The seats, for example, provide even greater support and rear leg-room; a sweeping dashboard even more style and modernity. The new touchscreen infotainment system features state-ofthe-art navigation, Google Maps and entertainment, while the latest

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Balanced Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac Dimensions™ digital sound processing deliver enhanced audio quality. Bentley’s acclaimed 6-litre, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged powertrain now has a raised power output of 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque and this is mated to a new Quickshift transmission which enables double downshifts. Thanks to advanced FlexFuel technology, it can also run on both standard unleaded petrol (gasoline) and sustainable bioethanol (up to E85) or any mix of the two. In late 2011 an all-new, high-output 8-cylinder engine will also be available to order. This advanced power unit will deliver a 40 percent reduction in emissions compared with the W12 engine and will offer a class-leading CO2 emissions-to-power ratio with Bentley levels of performance and refinement. Both engines are coupled to an allwheel drive system with a sporty 40:60 rear-torque bias (compared with the 50:50 bias of the original Continental GT), minimising understeer during hard cornering and allowing the experienced driver to control the car’s line and balance via precise throttle control. “The new Continental GT is an automotive work of art, with superb craftsmanship and elegant, contemporary design. It drives like a supercar, but without the usual sacrifices in ride or practicality. It is a car that you can enjoy every moment of every day.” To discover more about the new Continental GT, call Bentley Kent on 01732 453700. 62  SCENE


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Star SCENE is brought to you by International Clairvoyant Jenny Ayers. For a more in depth reading or to arrange a sitting contact Jenny below. Jenny Ayers   Tel: 01892 662 856 jandm.ayers@gmail.com www.spiritualist-guidance.org

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Aquarius

23 Jul-22 Aug It is imperative that you take the bull by the horns now and run with it. A very exciting time in your professional field of expertise will see you make drastic decisions, which will compliment your working life to full advantage. Many things that you have been working towards will culminate in big changes. All must be got through for your advancement.

20 Jan-18 Feb Peace is finally upon you. You needed to know that as the turmoil although hazardous has indeed proved positive to you. Financially you thought you were not going to make it, but as always the safety net was provided and it made a substantial difference to your life. So breathe the sweet air of freedom from the past and enjoy now what is so rightfully yours.

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Pisces

23 Aug-22 Sep Now you should be looking at a career change. There will be opportunities which before were not there and it will be the single most important thing you will do in a very long time. The planetary timing is now perfect. You have wanted this change and have subsequently asked for it. It is only now that the timing is right for the perfect go-ahead.

19 Feb-20 Mar It really can’t get any better than this or so you think. What you once thought was, “Is this all there is?” It’s not what this is all about. You have completely come into your own and have blossomed to a fashion not thought possible a year ago. You go from strength to strength gathering momentum along the way. You really are unstoppable, all credit to you.

Libra 23 Sep-22 Oct Never be afraid to take on a challenge. All is hotting up in your planetary sphere and you cannot ignore this calling, so as more and more challenges start to present themselves feel privileged that you are able to meet them head on and excel. It will ultimately take you on to pastures new, which will have a tinge of excitement about it – all to be revealed.

Scorpio 23 Oct-21 Nov Trust now in your instincts and fly. You are caught up in a difficult two way situation and you cannot get passed the problem. It is not your problem anymore and so must be released for another to work out. You are not ditching the problem, you are getting out before you get burnt. Allow the Universal forces to assist in saving you. You are worth it!

Sagittarius 22 Nov-21 Dec Just feel the power of justice heading your way. An extraordinary chain of events will see you surpass yourself, not only in your professional life but equally in your personal. It has not come too late. It has come just in time and it will allow for full retribution to be administered. Be happy. This really is your time now! See you benefit from every angle.

Capricorn 22 Dec-19 Jan Everything now turns for you full circle and all those uncertainties of yesteryear are banished for good. Your professional life is souring and it is high time you were noticed and came into your own. You have always been there, but the notice is fully upon you. It is both exciting and rewarding at the same time – a life to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest.

Aries 21 Mar-19 Apr Make peace with yourself. You drive too hard a bargain and it will trip you up shortly, that is for sure. You must learn that diplomacy in all things is where lasting achievements lie and then you are able to build from difficult situations to lasting productive ones. It is in your interest. Ignore this advice and pay the penalty over and over again.

Taurus 20 Apr-20 May The time has come to take that giant step into the unknown. You have been well trained for this so it won’t come as any surprise to learn how popular and how proficient you truly are. It is necessary to take on board these challenges, so that you gleam the true value of your worth. No one is laughing now. Take pride in yourself and in your abilities.

Gemini 21 May-20 Jun You are a mastermind that is heading for a fall if you are not careful. Don’t push yourself to the limit. All is in the right format and there is more time than you realise to excel on many fronts. Recognise your true potential. It comes to pass in a most extraordinary way and full complements to you from so many. See you beaming from ear to ear.

Cancer 21 Jun-22 Jul Learn to take life more in your stride and adopt a more positive approach. You will begin to see that life although strange has its many turns and pathways. Yours now is straight and true and what you once thought as being impossible is right there for the asking. Have a go. You won’t regret it. See an impossible situation become possible and live a little. SCENE  65


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THIS MONTH MY SCENE TALKS ART, BRANDS AND STUDIO LIFE WITH JOHN WATTS, OWNER OF THE ACCESSIBLE AND FRIENDLY ART GALLERY, STUDIO 61, IN LEE ROAD, BLACKHEATH.

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Tell us where it all started John... I originally trained as a designer but then I switched to the dark side and went into marketing for more than 30 years. My wife is a hairdresser and we bought a salon five years ago and I have since been running, marketing and looking after the brand. The main part of my working life was brands and brand development but I had always kept up my work in photography. I started producing graphic images from my photographs. I talked to galleries that wanted to take my work and then a property came up which I thought would be perfect as a gallery. So how did the gallery come into existence? It started this year when the perfect property came up a few doors from the hairdressers. We spent six weeks gutting it, stripping and painting it and making it look presentable. Now it’s been open for three months and I love it. There’s something in there for everyone but I was very clear when I started it that I didn’t want to call it a gallery because I often found them a little pompous. I wanted what I did to be accessible. It’s a very different feel – it’s a real working studio.

You must have created some amazing things throughout your business life? One thing I was instrumental in and I’m really proud of was with SmithKline Beecham and my work on Lucozade; it was a product that aides recovery and we turned it into an energy drink and created Lucozade Sport. I have created brands all over; Mars, Dolmio and I’ve travelled to places like the Middle East, Africa, Southern and Northern Europe. So how does it feel to have your own gallery now? It’s great. It gives me an opportunity to showcase my work but also enables me to look to other people’s work and show it off as well. In terms of the gallery’s positioning, our speciality will always be photography based which does give us a point of difference. However, I am planning a week when it can be just local painters work but this will never detract from the main thrust. We’ve got two exhibitions coming up which will be very exciting; one in September, which is the work of a street photographer with images of Bangladesh and Cambodia, and this will be raising money for two schools in Cambodia. Then another in November raising money for Afghanistan Trust. What about plans for the future? I want to clear the gallery for one week so some of the local sixth formers and their parents can see their work in a real gallery. I love being part of the community and this, for me, is about becoming involved.

And what about your work? I always kept the photography going and eventually switched to digital which gave me all sorts of possibilities. My current work is actually a fusion of two things that have occupied the bulk of my life - photography and graphics. When I work on the pieces I’m looking to extract a graphical image that somehow is more powerful than simply a reproduction of what was in front of the camera. Is there anything particular you like to photograph? It’s absolutely anything and everything. The creation of certain images – it’s almost like a voyage of discovery to start with a straight forward photograph and then experiment to see

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You seem to live, breathe and sleep art! What do you get up to in your free time? I don’t have a lot of free time! I love to cook and I

do all the cooking at home – it’s quite a creative thing. I used to have a small business where I would go to cook for people in their own homes – but I ran out of time to keep it going. And where do you live? I live above one of the shops – it means I’ve never got an excuse to be late for work! It’s a nice area just a few hundred yards outside the centre of Blackheath. There’s a real community spirit here - it’s not easy to find that near London these days. There were a lot of closed shops in the area but it’s nice to be part of the regeneration and see it flourish again. And what about at the weekends? I love to socialise, spend time with my family, my son and enjoy interacting with people. Do you have a favourite restaurant? I have two. There’s Villa Moura, which is Portuguese food and Sea Salt Restaurant, in Beckenham. What is your proudest moment? In business it would have to be the Lucozade brand as I explained. But the birth of my son is by far the best moment of my life. He is my world. You’ve accomplished quite a lot. Do you have any more ambitions? I would love to have a piece of my work accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

For more information contact Studio 61: 020 3302 7376 Studio61, 137 Lee road, Blackheath, SE3 9DS


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