issue 03 2010
SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT! introducing the new LOOK select magazine
Five Steps to Self Build / London Fashion Week / Prestige Properties / Gadgets / Valentines Travel Destinations / Makeup with Bobbi Brown
Liverpoolâ€™s No.1 Property & Lifestyle Magazine
Gill Torres, Abi Grogan, Jenny Morris, Paul Cope, Victoria Mountford
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London Fashion Week
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Your Guide to Self Build
A selection of recommended properties for this month, including our new “prestige properties” feature.
RICS forecast this years property prices - will there be an increase?
Five easy steps to building your dream home. Select walks you through the process, from planning to completion.
Vintage hits Liverpool! Lauren McBride tells us about the vintage craze.
Introducing the young property entrepreneurs of Liverpool.
What does your dad drive? Stylish saloons from Aston Martin, Audi & BMW.
Paul O’Hare gives his top tips on creating a sellable home with clever interiod design ideas.
A selection of the perfect valentines gifts for your partner this February 14th.
Health & Fitness
Selects new resident personal fitness expert Matt Ibbs tells us about the benefits of full body workouts.
10 Sellect Lets, 19 John Staunton - My Life In Property, 28 Financial & Mortgage Q & A, 36 Get The Look, 42 Made Up With Bobbi Brown, 46 Gadget Show 2010, 48 Top Valentines Travel Destinations, 52 Review, 57 Whats On.
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• Two Double Bedrooms • Master with En-suite & Fitted Wardrobes • Fully Furnished to High Specification • Secure Allocated Parking • Viewing highly recommended
•17th Floor Two Bedroom Apartment • Wonderful Views of Mersey & Irish Sea • Modern Fitted Kitchen & Bathrooms • Fitted with Complete Furniture Package • Secure Allocated Parking
• Available Immediately • One Double Bedroom • Fully Fitted Kitchen with Appliances • Fully Furnished to High Standard • Viewing highly recommended
• Two Bedrooms • Fitted Kitchen with Oven & Hob • Large windows & High ceilings • Situated in Heart of Business District • Contact the agent for viewing
One Park West
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• Executive Luxury Apartment • Three Double Bedrooms • Luxurious Master Suite • Secure Allocated Parking • Leisure centre with Pool, Jacuzzi, Steam Room & Gym
• Executive Luxury Apartment • Two Double Bedrooms - Master Ensuite • Fully Furnished to Luxurious Standard • Integrated Kitchen with Dining Area • 3 Secure Underground Parking Spaces
• Executive Penthouse Apartment • Three Double Bedrooms • Master Bedroom with Luxurious Ensuite • Living Space with Dual Aspect Views • Luxury Bathroom Suite
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LANDLORDS WANTED! Base are urgently seeking new properties due to a great start for 2010. Contact now for your free market appraisal, we have tenants waiting for your property.
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Prestige property recommendations Showcasing the city’s finest properties on the market. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent check back each month for our best of the best.
The Stables, Crofton Estate, L19 6BT
This stunning third floor apartment has two spacious bedrooms and sits in a prestigious waterfront development at the Albert Dock. It is a corner position apartment that has been individually designed and has many unique features including a solid maple fitted kitchen with ‘Gaggenau’ appliances and black star galaxy granite worktops.There is a walk-in dressing room off the master bedroom and an en suite shower room with ‘Capri’ limestone tiled floor and
walls.There are two secure storerooms. The property has extensive touch control ‘Lutron’ lighting throughout and an integrated sound system. An internal inspection is absolutely necessary.
Sutton Kersh Liverpool City Centre 0151 236 2332
Magnificent detached residence within new exclusive estate of Crofton, a stunning restoration of Victorian mansion and buildings. A truly private estate, with the latest security and specifications. Briefly comprising, entrance hall with hardwood galleried staircase, ground floor w/c and cloakroom, study/home office, extremely spacious lounge with doors to rear garden, spacious dining room also with doors to garden.There are two double bedrooms to ground
floor one with ensuite bathroom, and hallway through to fully fitted dining kitchen, of highest specification with full range of smeg appliances, conservatory and utility room.
304 Aigburth Road L17 9PW www.mwpropertymanagement.co.uk 0151 7271141 / 07546616500
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AGENTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS After a snowy start to 2010 and an end to that dreaded word ‘Recession’ we are now hearing reports of record starts to a year for many agents. Here is a selection of properties that the agents have recommended.
Queens Drive, L4
Higher Road, L25
Zetslets are pleased to offer to let this beautiful, 5 bedroom semi detached property which is situated on Queens Drive. Accommodation comprises to the ground floor 2 reception rooms, a kitchen and a d/s wc. To the first floor you will find 5 bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside you will find a rear garden with space for parking 3 cars. This property is in a great position on Queens Drive. It is situated close to a park and has great access to Liverpool City Centre.
Zestlets 7 Litherland Road L20 3BY
Waterside is the newest addition to Liverpool’s prestigious waterfront, whilst offering a tranquil setting and fantastic views of the Docklands and the Mersey beyond. Situated on Princes Parade it allows resident’s easy access to the City. We are pleased to offer for rental this newly completed, two double bedroom apartment, the fully furnished property boasts master bedroom with en-suite shower room and fitted wardrobes, open plan lounge with fully integrated kitchen and benefits from Secure Allocated Parking, Contact Agent for Viewing.
BASE Property Management, 136 Duke Street, 2 Hudson Gardens, City Centre L1 5BB
This Edwardian Semi Detached property retains many original features and offers bright, spacious accommodation ideally suited to a growing family. With three separate reception rooms, a luxury fitted kitchen with appliances leading into a sunny conservatory which gives access to the 160’ rear garden and four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large loft room, already partially converted ready for bedroom five, this property offers space and privacy with plenty of room for that study, or den, or teenage hang out. Not overlooked at the rear
and with a large driveway with vehicular access for up to four cars, and a tandem garage this super property needs filling with a family – fast.
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Top Childwall Agency Continues Expansion
In 2008 SellectLets opened its doors on Childwall Abbey Road in South Liverpool. Now, less than 2 years since first opening, the successful letting and financial services agency is adding another service to its repertoire as the team begins to offer estate agency services from February 2010. Director Nickie Butterworth tells us ‘We have introduced the new service as a direct result of client demand. We provide property management for an ever expanding list of clients who trust us and
want us to handle all of their property services. This expansion allows us to cater to that requirement.’ In fact, SellectLets was established as a result of demand, beginning life with a solid customer base, due to the wealth of experience provided by its directors. The company has evolved over recent years from a mortgage and financial services organisation, taking on its current form when Director Neil Butterworth teamed up with niece Nickie and experienced local agent Ian Fox to establish SellectLets.
‘We don’t have any employed staff. SellectLets is managed 100% by its directors, who total a combined experience of over 60 years in property and financial services between them,’ says Director Ian Fox. Each of the company directors brought a loyal client base and a shared ethos to the table when setting up the company. Believing that they could provide a higher standard of service than many local agents, they began the company away from the hustle and bustle of Allerton Road to offer a local option to people in the Childwall area but with the ability and reach to cover the whole of Liverpool. Of SellectLets’ keys to success, Nickie says ‘We are all landlords ourselves so we understand the needs of our clients and that fact shows in everything we do. If we meet a potential tenant that we wouldn’t put in one of our own properties, we wouldn’t put them in anyone else’s either. We take pride in every property we let, ensuring that they are professionally cleaned as standard, before we begin to show them,’ It
is likely to be these high standards of service and a willingness to respond to customer demands that has kept landlords loyal and SellectLets successful enough to continue their expansion in a difficult market. If you walk through the door of SellectLets you are greeted by a company director and an expert in their field. As many agents begin to diversify into offering financial services, property development and a whole range of services to give them a competitive edge, SellectLets is standing at the forefront of this movement as a proven example of a one-stop-shop for landlords in Liverpool, with a string of contented customers willing to sing their praises.
For more information or to request a quote tailored to your property needs, visit www.sellectlets.co.uk or contact Nickie@sellectlets.co.uk
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1 - 2% iNCREASE IN PROPERTY PRICES for 2010
ven with credit conditions remaining very tight and finance for loans with LTVâ€™s in excess of 75% both hard to come by and expensive, the increase in the demand for property has comfortably outstripped fresh supply over the course of 2009. And even with an increase in the number of new instructions being registered with estate agents, the inventory of unsold property remains close to historical lows. However, there are a number of factors which suggest that demand for property will grow more modestly as the year progresses. The recent increases in VAT and Stamp Duty will be followed by the tax on banks bonus payments and the increase in the top rate of income tax to 50%. In addition, while the Bank of England continues to emphasize the fragility of the forthcoming recovery in the economy, it is likely that at some point it will want to begin to lift the base rate from its current emergency level as well as exiting from the ÂŁ200bn quantitative easing programme. For the time being, accessibility to the property market is clearly the big issue with at least fourth-fifths of first-time buyers being forced
to rely on parental support in one of form of other to get a foot on the ladder of home-ownership. It is hard not to view this as a worrying development with very real implications for the future of society. That said, for those who are able to access finance in the current climate, servicing costs are not a major obstacle. Indeed with interest rates likely to stay low through the course of the coming year, affordability (providing one can scrape together the requisite deposit) should remain a second tier issue. Yet the fact the house price earnings metrics are rising again is something that should not be ignored. The combination of further increases in buyer enquiries and more supply is consistent with a rise in the number of completed sales over the coming year; our suspicion is that by the final quarter of 2010, the average volume of transactions as measured by the Land Registry will have climbed to around 70,000 from around 60,000 (mortgage approvals data covering the whole of the UK will be broadly similar).
Nationwide Building Society) is likely to edge up a little further before slipping back modestly. Much has been made of the dampening impact of a possible increase in new instructions. Our analysis suggests that despite this, house prices may still be just a little higher in the final quarter of 2010 than at the end of 2009 (1 to 2%). Although it is not difficult to find a justification for a more positive outcome (continued weakness of instructions, lack of new build, a more marked easing in lending criteria), we view the principal risks to the central scenario to be skewed to the downside. A major reason for this is the uncertainty surrounding the economy. While some comfort can be drawn from the improvement in sentiment indicators, the expansion in the economy is unlikely to materially exceed 1.5% in 2010. Simon Rubinsohn Chief Economist
Meanwhile, the typical price on a residential property (as measured on the index compiled by the
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HOUSE OF THE WEEK
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GLENACRES, WOOLTON, L25 REDUCED £109,950 OFFERS INVITED
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• 3 bed town house • GCH; DG; Gardens • Newly refurbished • Brand New Kitchen
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If you’re a first time buyer, with a limited budget who wants to live within walking distance of the fantastic facilities of Woolton Village, then this one bedroom first floor apartment is just the property for you! Situated on Acrefield Road, on a private no through road, the apartment’s front outlook overlooks the Cheshire hills and comprises – hallway, spacious lounge with dining area, modern fitted kitchen, and bathroom and one bedroom with fitted robes. There are communal garden and courtyard areas and private residents parking. With affordable service charges and ground rent and a great location, this is one not to be missed!
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your own home is no small Building undertaking but it is one that has
5 key steps to building your home
1. Plan and Budget If you are planning to self build you are probably starting out with a particular ambition; whether you want to create an eco-friendly home or live off-the-beaten-track, there is a driving force leading you to take this step. Start by recording that to provide your initial direction and ensure that you never lose sight of the reason for the project.
seen something of a resurgence in recent years. In the past many selfbuilders were people from within the building trade but these days that is not necessarily so. With the correct (extensive) planning and the right experts on board, self-build can be a flexible housing solution for the person willing to invest the time, effort and capital in their lifestyle. With a plethora of information available on how to approach a selfbuild project, Select Magazine decided to pull together some of the best advice we could find to produce this 5-step guide.
By Gill Torres
Take these important considerations into account: • How much can you afford to spend? • Have you set aside a contingency fund in case of unexpected delays with planning permission, contractors or even the weather? (10% of the project cost is a realistic figure to set aside) • Have you factored in the cost of connection to drainage, electricity and gas? Particularly in rural settings, these can mount up • Have you budgeted for an architect and a project manager? Again, a figure of around 10% of the project value is a good indication of the cost If you are planning to use a self build mortgage it is a good idea to visit a mortgage advisor as early in the process as possible to begin with a realistic budget.
2. Buy Land In many cases the desire to live in a particular location is the reason behind the choice to self-build; in popular locations, particularly in rural areas, houses can be few and far between, sold quickly and for enormous sums when they do become available. In these cases a well managed self build can be a flexible and often cost-effective solution, saving you up to 30% on the price of your home. Finding land can be one of the most time-consuming and arduous parts of the self build process. You can look in local newspapers and use estate agents to assist you with your search – and if you are seeking a renovation project then befriending estate agents in the local area is arguably the best approach - but these days there are various online database sites that make it easy for you to search for a plot by location.
These are most recommended sites that we could find:
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3. Take Out Self Build Insurance As soon as you take legal possession of a piece of land you could be liable for any accident that happens on that land, even before building work has begun. Ensure that you are completely covered by taking out public liability insurance from day one.
There are a whole host of insurance products that you should consider when embarking on your project, from income protection insurance to structural warranty insurance that protects against structural defects in the years after the build is complete. Self build site insurance is perhaps the most imperative and all can be researched online using specialist sites such as www.selfbuildzone.com. Building your home is a fabulously rewarding but high-risk project so ensure that you speak to a broker who has dealt in this area before and can offer expert advice.
4. Bring in the Experts Whether you are a seasoned professional or this is your first foray into building property, it is essential to surround yourself with a team of experts, to ensure that your build runs as smoothly as possible.
Renovation Show will bring you face to face with experts, as well as providing you with masterclasses and tips on the latest innovations in self build.
Perhaps the most important appointment in the early stages of the project is your architect. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the best way to get the design you want is to do as much as you possibly can yourself. A good architect will work for you, helping you to create your dream home, but their expertise should ensure that your plans are practical as well as stylish. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA www.architecture.com) can help you to find an architect for your project. When finding trustworthy tradesmen recommendations and personal introductions are always the most reliable sources but self build exhibitions like Grand Designs Live and the Homebuilding and
5. Source Materials Your architect and building contractor can be invaluable in helping to source materials for your build.You should certainly shop around yourself and certain large decisions, for instance the decision to build a timber framed property, may have been made earlier in the process but
industry professionals can use pre-existing relationships with suppliers to secure the best deals on materials. You can use online directories like the one at www.selfbuildit.co.uk or www.yell.com to find self build suppliers or, if you are taking a handson approach and undertaking the work yourself then membership to a scheme like Trade Card from www.buildstore.co.uk could secure you trade discounts on thousands of products. Also available on the Buildstore website is information on The National Self Build and Renovation Centre – a permanent centre catering for self builders with over 200 suppliers permanently exhibiting in their Trade Village.
Research, Research, Research • From the channel that brought you Grand Designs, check out www.channel4.com/4homes • For a whole host of public information, including information on planning permission, visit www.direct.gov.uk Two good books: • The Housebuilder’s Bible (Ovolo Books Ltd; Eighth Edition, 2009) by Mark Brinkley • Building Your Own Home (Ebury Press; 18th Revised edition, Mar 2006) by David Snell
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My LIFE IN PROPERTy
JOHN STAUNTON By Gill Torres
John Staunton is one of Liverpool’s most successful property developers. A builder by trade, he was also amongst the first in the city to undertake a self build, moving into his first development with his young family back in the 1980s. Since then John has amassed a portfolio at home and abroad.Today we profile John’s life in the Liverpool property sector. Pay close attention aspiring developers, there are things to be learnt. John raised a deposit and bought his first house 25 years ago ‘It was opposite the house that Freddie Boswell lived in, in the TV series Bread,’ he explains. This area, Dingle, is where John hails from and a place that he has an obvious fondness for. John retains his first property to this day and he tells me that he is a firm believer in that, to be successful, a developer needs to recognise the long-term value of their investments. ‘You shouldn’t go into property if you want to make a quick buck,’ he begins ‘It’s far more realistic to have a 10 year plan. Also, make sure that when you rent your properties out, each one is finished to a high standard - if you would live in a property yourself it will attract good tenants. If you hang on to a place you will see its value rise – even today, if you’re willing to ride it for 10 years the market will improve.’ 22 years ago John saw a notice in a local shop asking for people interested in building their own home. He met with the builder who had put up the sign, as well as with almost 30 other interested parties
with various skills to their name. Together they secured land, each picked their plot and over the next three years they built 30 homes. ‘I was working 8am until 5pm then working on the build in the evenings. The self build was exhausting but satisfying and of course, when we moved into the new place we had our old one to rent out. In hindsight we should have run it so that everyone was in charge of their own plot – getting 30 people to agree on decisions was a real challenge.’
want of a match-day parking space as much as for any other reason. Although these tales, and the many others besides, make for interesting listening, they also illustrate a person with a fantastic intuition, an aptitude for spotting a great deal and, ultimately, the guts to take an educated gamble that it will pay off. Add John’s tendency to hard work, repeat this time and again, and that is as close as you will come to the formula for a successful property development career.
John and his family now operate an extensive portfolio throughout Liverpool and abroad. As well as ensuring the quality of every property he owns and recognising the need to fastidiously vet every tenant, he is quick to say that developers have to be able to ‘jump in feet first’ when they see a good deal. Many of John’s acquisitions have fascinating stories behind them, including his first purchase in Spain which was made despite never having visited the country (albeit on the advice of a trusted associate), the impulsive auction purchases and the properties bought in Everton for
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Tancred Road, L4
Saxon Way, L33
Molyneux Road, L16
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By Gill Torres
young entrepreneurs of liverpool’s property sector Liverpool is a city of enterprising people and the local property sector is home to many entrepreneurs. Here, we profile five business owners all working in this sector, all from Liverpool and all under 30-years-old. We ask them about their careers to-date, their keys to success and their plans for the future of Merseyside’s property industry.
Paul Burgess AND Mark Castley Directors of Select Publishing
OUR Background We both have strong backgrounds in the property sector (Paul graduated from John Moores with a degree in Real Estate Management and Business before working for a local estate agent, while Mark has years of experience working within Liverpool lettings and estate agencies).
We knew the sector and the local area well when we decided to set up Select Publishing and establish Select Magazine as our first publication. We knew it would be hard work, and it has been, but the challenge of being your own boss has so many rewards. OUR Experience The early months of the business have meant insanely long hours and various unforeseen issues, despite our meticulous research and business planning but we set out our goals on day one – we want to run the best local property magazine and we want to provide a top notch service for our advertisers – taking pride in the fact that this business is ours to shape continues to drive us.
We launched Select Magazine in 2009, in a struggling market and an extremely competitive area. We could easily have listened to the people who doubted us and carried on doing well in our existing jobs but we knew we were ready to face the challenge of going it alone. We’re young, passionate and working hard to build a successful business for our futures. As long as you are mature enough to accept and be grateful for all of the advice you are offered, your twenties is a great time to build a business.
and brands continue to show confidence in our publication. Our advertisers are seeing results but we don’t want to get complacent and we’ll carry on dedicating time to making sure that we’re putting out the best magazine we can. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank people who have helped us so far on our journey. Listening to experts from established local businesses has shaped our company and will continue to help us develop in the future. www.select-publishing.com
OUR Future We have big plans for the future of Select Publishing but right now we’re 100% focused on Select Magazine. We’re really proud that so many influential local agents
R e s i d e n t i a l P r o perty Kate Lay
Owner of Merseyside Property Auctions
My Background I began my career as a receptionist at a firm of Quantity Surveyors, moving on to work as an office junior for Sutton Kersh at 18-years-old but I always knew I wanted to develop my job into a career. I trained and worked my way up to the post of Senior Valuer, running
Adam & Daniel Labno
Directors of Opus Lettings, Liverpool Property Meet and Mersey Property Group
the auction department of my company. I built up a client base and established some great working relationships so, by the time I took the step, going into business for myself seemed like the natural progression. My Experience Establishing Merseyside Property Auctions has been a huge learning curve. Getting the big companies to take me seriously was a challenge at first but my results from 2009’s auctions speak for themselves – I achieved an 82% sale rate and I can look back at last year with pride. You learn the true meaning of the term ‘multi-tasking’ when you set up your own company; areas like Marketing and PR hadn’t been part of
My Future Last year I won Northwest Women in Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year and MPA won the New Business of the Year title at the Network She Awards. I want to continue to work hard, perform highly and develop my business.
women in business that seriously and believe that the property world is still for men. However, I have had a lot of support since setting up. I’ve had long-established London auctioneers make contact to offer guidance and support and many local estate agents and solicitors have also shown confidence in my abilities. My hope is that more women will take the plunge and set up their own companies – I would recommend it to anyone. www.mpalimited.co.uk
There are people out there who still don’t really take
Daniel develops the business by cultivating new client OUR Experience relationships. We also like Through building our to surround ourselves with portfolio we have successful people because encountered many obstacles we think doing this breeds including rogue builders, success. That is one of the nightmare tenants and reasons why we established disappointing property Owner of Merseyside Property Liverpool Property Meet; management companies but Auctions having a place where these experiences ultimately investors of all levels can fed our business, leading us share ideas can be a valuable to launch Opus Lettings & forum for learning and Management to provide other development landlords with the benefit of our experience. OUR Future We have a great team Our businesses are all family and we are positioned for run and we have learnt to growth. Over the next few use our team in the most years we’d like to grow our effective way, playing to portfolio through Mersey our individual strengths Property Group, by using and skill-sets – Adam tends creative investment strategies. towards research, innovation We want to continue the and implementing systems development of Opus to keep the businesses Lettings and Management into running efficiently, while
OUR Background We started investing in property four years ago, when we were aged 19 and 22. We bought our first house, using loans to raise the deposit, and have since built a portfolio of positive cash-flow rental properties.
my role previously but these days they’re integral to my business so I need to know how they work. I didn’t contrive it that way but I established the company during a recession, so I have had to know how to budget I’ve kept costs low by doing a lot of admin work myself so I have been hands on in every area of MPA’s activities.
a recognisable brand and take it to the point where we can franchise our business model. Liverpool Property Meet is our main contribution to the future of the local property sector. We’d like to think that investors will come to know our network as a place to come for help and advice. www.liverpoolpropertymeet.co.uk
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R e s i d e n t i a l P r o perty Interior Solutions with Paul O’Hare Create a Sellable Home - At Paul O’Hare Interior Design and Project Management we are often approached by people who are trying to sell their home and want to optimise their chances of achieving their sale value quickly. These are our top ‘design to sell’ tips, to give you a head start in selling your property.
Picture your home through the eyes of prospective buyers. Don’t forget they will want to put their own stamp on their potential new home so, while you don’t need to present a blank canvas, it is preferable to show people around a space that has room for development – neutral walls may not.be your taste, they may not be the buyer’s taste, but they are easy to customise.
A great way of creating the illusion of space is to use mirrors. If you feel there is anywhere that looks dark and small then you are probably right; you know the space better then anyone else. A strategically placed mirror can be used to reflect light and open up a room. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.
2 .Right Shape/Right Space
5. Style to sell
Less is more. Oversized furniture can give a false impression of the space, making it look smaller than it really is. In contrast, smaller furniture will open up a room. Engage with the viewer – chat about their plans for their new place, ask what they would do to the property to make it more like home - encourage them to visualise the space in a way that they would use it.
You probably don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to style your home for sale. Simply add some finishing touches to create that all important first impression. Finishing touches can work wonders within a space by helping to tie everything together. Simple things like cushions and throws can hide any unattractive furniture and give the space more character.
3. A Splash of Colour
A carefully chosen colour can be a perfect way of giving a space identity. A neutral pallet is an ideal starting point but don’t be afraid to bring in accent colours through accessories.
Mrs Rooney, Hoylake (Wirral) “The personal service I received from the team at Paul O’Hare Interior Design & Project Management was second to none. From the first meeting I felt comfortable that I was being looked after by a sophisticated company that delivered fabulous designs and functional building solutions.’” Snow Architects, Dave Cornett “I have known paul for several years, and always found him to be very professional and approachable, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any of my clients or anybody looking for an experienced interior designer.”
Why pay the Earth,
when you can just look like you have? http://WWW.PAULOHARE.COM / DESIGN@PAULOHARE.COM Telephone: 0151 427 7000 / Mobile: 07767778283 / Fax: 0151 427 2757
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Stephen Johns answers your financial questions.
I hear that the rules regarding taking pension benefits at age 50 are changing. Can you let me know what the main changes are?
Yes, the rules are changing. You can at present take your personal pension benefits from age 50. From 6th April 2010 the minimum age for taking personal pension benefits is increasing to age 55. The change in the pension rules will mean those people who are now aged 50-54 and wanting to take their pension benefits early being forced to wait until age 55 to take pension benefits from age 55 – thereby having to defer retirement, or simply access to their Tax free Cash element, for up to 5 years.
Does this just affect people who want to take an annuity from their personal pension plan?
No – it also affects anyone who wants to move into “income drawdown” (see below) before age 55 as well as anyone receiving pension benefits in the form of “phased retirement” – whereby you take a percentage of your pension plan each year and is designed, through a combination of tax-free cash and annuity income, to provide you with a level of tax efficient ‘income’ which allows your remaining pension plans to remain invested and benefitting from taxefficient growth. Any unvested (i.e. pension funds which you have not taken pension benefits from) will have to remain so until age 55.
When does the change come into effect?
This change comes into effect on 6th April 2010. You will need to take action before that date if you’re aged between 50 and 55
and wish to take pension benefits BEFORE you reach age 55. Failure to act could mean that you are prevented from taking your pension benefits from your personal pension until you reach 55 – which could have a serious impact on any change in lifestyle you are planning on making in the next 5 years.
You mentioned Income Drawdown above. What is
With an “income drawdown” arrangement, your existing pension fund is moved into a new contract, tax-free cash (now known as “pension commencement lump sum”) of 25% of the fund value may be taken and the remaining pension fund remains invested and an income may be drawn from it. This income is limited by the Government Actuaries Department and depends on a number of variables – a financial adviser can provide guidance on this should you decide to take your benefits through this route. You don’t have to take income immediately from the income drawdown plan and most pension providers have flexible contracts. Therefore it is possible these days to take out your Tax Free Cash and defer taking income for years to come. You also have the opportunity to move from an income drawdown arrangement to an annuity at any time after commencement (known as vesting?). The one downside is that once you move into “income drawdown” the remaining pot will be subject to tax on death, whereas in the “pre-vested” personal pension plan, the fund might be held outside your Estate through a trust arrangement – you need to check with your specific pension provider to see if your personal pension with them
benefits from this kind of trust arrangement.
Are there any other options?
You could consider taking your pension benefits by purchasing an annuity. An annuity is an income for life – in exchange for your pension pot (after you have taken your tax-free cash – why wouldn’t you?!) the life company will provide you with an income for life. This route offers lower risk – once the annuity commences the life office is carrying the risk that you die before the money runs out. However, annuities are generally inflexible but do suit many people. It is important to take advice before making any decision. Alternatively, like most people, you could simply do nothing – many people are not in the fortunate position to be able to benefit from taking their pensions before age 55 – but that’s a topic for another day!
If I want to do something now, what action should I
f you will be aged 50 or over before the end of this tax year on 5th April 2009 AND you wish to take your pension benefits (cash, income or both) BEFORE age 55, then you should contact an Independent Financial Adviser to ensure that you don’t miss out. If you’re in ”phased retirement” through your personal pension and are currently under 55 then urgently speak to your financial adviser about what actions you need to take as your income could be cut short from 6th April 2010. If you’re aged 50-54 now and plan on retiring in the next few years you should consider taking benefits now to ensure you don’t fall foul of these changes in personal pension
minimum retirement ages. Naturally, before taking any actions with regard to your personal pensions or any other investments you should seek advice from a suitably qualified professional adviser. Act quickly as well – don’t leave it until the last minute – with postal strikes, increasing amounts of work in respect of ISA’s etc before tax year end and the generally slow speed at which pension funds move between companies, you need to ensure that your IFA has a suitable time period in which to discuss and understand your position, advise on the most appropriate course of action and to actually physically move the money into the new arrangement! The whole process can take a month or two months – and sometimes even longer depending on the pension provider. AS STATED ABOVE, ACTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
Stephen Johns Cert PFS Financial Consultant The Matrix Model Group (UK) Ltd 7th Floor Silkhouse Court Tithebarn St Liverpool L2 2LZ Tel: 0151 515 3062 Fax: 0151 515 3063 Mobile: 07940 125 253 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.matrixmodel.co.uk
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Victoria Mountford answers your mortgage questions.
How much will a lender allow me to borrow?
A lender will allow you to borrow on average four times your income. You must also be aware that if you have any commitments such as credit cards, loans or car finance etc these will be deducted from your income. Lender will annualize your monthly commitment, deduct them from your income and use these figure to be multiplied by four. This is a good indication but each individual lender’s criteria are different.
I had a conversation with my current lender and they were talking about ERC’s. What are they?
ERC’s are early Repayment Charges. These occur when you are tied in to a particular interest rate and you want to pay an overpayment on your mortgage or pay your mortgage back in full. Ideally you should remain with your current lender until you are out of
your penalty. If you want to move house, lenders will normally waive these fees as long as you port your current mortgage and property over to your new home.
I have separated from my partner and our mortgage is in joint names. We would like to transfer the mortgage in to my name only. How would we go about this?
I would contact your current mortgage provider and tell then your intention. They will either take the details over the phone or will send you out a ‘Transfer of Equity pack’. The information needed in this pack is to confirm to the lender that you are in a position financial to sustain the mortgage on your own. The lender will process the details and confirm if they are in a position to proceed. If they consent to this a solicitor will need to be instructed and the relevant paperwork completed. This process would be the same if you wanted to
add someone on to the mortgage. My remortgage has been going on for about 12 weeks now. Is this normal?
This does seem like a long time. A remortgage can take as little as 4 weeks to complete. (I have had one complete in 8 days). The time frame depends on the lender, the systems they use and the additional information that they require. I would speak to your current provider and get an update and see if there is anything outstanding. Some lenders are not good at giving you updates or chasing you for outstanding documentation. It may be worth calling the solicitor to see they have an explanation for the delay.
Victoria Mountford Mortgage Consultants 45 Scott Street Wallasey Wirral CH45 7LW E: email@example.com T: 0151 630 1560
Lifestyle - V a l e n t i n e s Chanel Allure Sport, £56 Allure Sport is a timeless classic that is a casual, lively fragrance, spiked with heightened notes of freshness and sensuality. Available from Debenhams.
Beer Keg Chiller and Dispenser, £149
Navy Blue Friendship Serve your beer and mix drinks in style, perfectly Bracelet – Links of London, chilled, with our mini keg beer and drink dispenser! www.paramountzone.com £125 A modern, grown-up take on the friendship bands we made as children.
FOR HIM TOP GIFTS IDEAS FOR HIM THIS VALENTINES DAY New Concept Means Dream Cars Could Be The Ultimate Valentines Gift Thanks to a new concept that launched on January 1, 2010, you could now find that your money can give you access, on a shared basis, to anything from an Aston Martin or Rolls Royce Phantom, to a Ferrari, new Mustang, or Lamborghini.
Luxury Car Timeshare From £5995 30
From £5995 upwards you could become an individual shareholder in a car to make the neighbors’ or colleagues drool. Your New Year could get off to a flying start with a super car, prestige model, or racy little number at members’ disposal throughout the year with access dependent on how many shareholders join you as member-users of the car you opt for. Restrictions will be in place to ensure everyone has an equal time at the wheel. If that sort of budget seems out of your reach, you can join the syndicate from a cost of £1500
upwards. The option of forming your own syndicate, with colleagues, families, friends or fellow motoring enthusiasts is another alternative. At the end of three years, each car is offered for sale to individual shareholders or syndicate members. If not sold to a member, each car will be sold on the open market. The sum received will be shared between members, in line with contractual conditions, providing a welcome bonus to those who have had access to this car for three years. For Further Details contact Kingfisher on: 01253 404575 or visit www.luxurytimesharecars.co.uk
L i f e s t y l e - V a l e n tines Vivienne Westwood Boudoir - Jouy Edition, £50 This interesting twist on the classic ‘boudoir’ scent is guaranteed to be a hit this valentines day.
Ginseng Ebony Ring £61 - www.swarovski.com
Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals Lip & Eye Palette, £48
This sleek compact features a flip top mirror with This lightweight acrylic glass is coated six new and exclusive shades for the Eye and four amazing with an ebony effect to create the perfect new shades for Lips plus a mini Lip and Eye Shadow Brush. cocktail ring.
FOR HER TOP GIFTS IDEAS FOR HER THIS VALENTINES DAY
THE ULTIMATE GIFT FOR HER Diamond Blackberry Vintage The Blackberry Bold just got bolder. Already one of the worlds most established handsets but now with its own unique statement amongst the elite, in the arrangement of its own spectacular dressing which accommodate beautifully set VS1 black & white diamonds .Also the whole rear section furnished by hand with absolute precision in luxurious Python skin giving this handset a more exclusive and arresting finish. Only a limited number of 10 of these are to be made. We use genuine Snakeskin from the Python originating from Indonesia, which we import using the appropriate documents (an expert permit of the exporting country, import approval of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) issued by authorities designated by the Washington Convention. Born in 1971 in our very own city,
fellow scouser Stuart Hughes along with his wife Katherine Hughes started to get the wheels in motion in forming Goldstriker International, which was the backbone for creating these wonderful exclusive new projects. The items had to be unique with very high attention to detail even down to the handmade boxes to house such beauty. Along with Stuart’s exquisite idea for design and Katherine’s sheer eye for beauty the production began. The idea is simple in letting the technology embrace luxury. Stuart is now responsible now for some of the world’s most expensive and unique designs including the world’s most expensive phone which has a total construction cost of £1.93.25 million. View more designs at www. stuarthughes.com
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he streets of London are filled with a myriad of inspiration and they feed the creative souls of the most cutting edge and modern designers in Europe. Fashion week in London has fast become synonymous with the epitome of cool and the most avant-garde of the four main players in global fashion, these being, Paris, New York and Milan. Last year saw LFW celebrate its 25th anniversary and continue developing its legacy of supporting established British designers such as Paul smith, Betty Jackson and Julien McDonald. This AW season is already off to a flying start with the recent announcement from Christopher Bailey, designer of the year 2009, that Burberry will once again be joining the hometown schedule. There are 50 or so catwalk shows on the official schedule where the designers show in one of the main tents, as well as a further 50 that show off-schedule in various locations around the city. There
“London fashion week is where its at!”
is also an exhibition that runs alongside the catwalk shows that showcases over 100 ready to wear and accessories designers each season. In addition to the official and off-schedule events LFW has become a focus for a much broader base of fashion-linked activities with international designers and celebrities, buyers, and media choosing to host their own events during the week. It generates a real creative hype and never ceases to deliver highlights that ignite and enthral even the non-aficionado of fashionistas! LFW is scheduled to host some of the most contemporary designers in the world and I highly anticipate that there will be something for everyone’s taste. One of my favourite events of fashion week is the Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden. It begins as a nationwide search that looks for new sustainable talent that can invigorate British fashion. They aim to nurture undiscovered talent and give it a platform on
the British stage. Previous winners include Basso & Brooke, Erdem Moralioghu and Aminaka Wilmont. London always encourages new talent and there are always new and diverse ways in which up and coming designers can showcase their work. I have undertaken numerous projects during previous fashion weeks and this one will be the same! I very much look forward to seeing what the makers and shakers of the creative industries have to offer for next winter. My ones to watch out for this coming February are two more established designers Marios Schwab and Christopher Kane. Relative newcomers Mark Fast, who showed plus sized models in his figure knitwear, and Mary Katrantzou with her oversized jewellery prints on dresses that could not be worn if they were physical objects, also excite me. I could list a whole bunch more but I will stick with the ones I have chosen as one of the beauties of London fashion week is that some designers who showcase their work may have bad seasons previously, but
many come back stronger and more determined than ever. Lastly, I won’t forget to mention menswear day which is 24th and always proves to be a strong day. Good Luck to fellow Liverpudlian Christopher Shannon, who will show his AW collection as part of NEWGEN MEN sponsored by Topshop. Daniel James Lackey DanielDaniel Creative Consultancy T:07874383525 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
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GET THE LOOK
All items from Next. Blazer - £45.00 bead belted trouse ed top - £30. rs - £35.00 cl 00 utch - £15.00 t-bar sandals - £35.00
loring Blazer, Shirt, Suit & Tai
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With lauren mcbride
Select’s very own avid fashion blogger & style queen takes us through this months trends. Dress to impress with the perfect high street ensemble.
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M&S Blue Harbour Check Shirt Buttoning this check shirt all the way up for a preppy look. The varying hues of navy will suit most skin tones and will serve for a alternative look rather than the contrast collar seen in the Religion model shot.
ASOS Deck Shoes These deck shoes continue the preppy theme. Always a simple look, a good pair of deck shoes is a staple in any fashionconscious male’s wardrobe.
£35 M&S Autograph cashmere scarf These smart simple trousers will go nicely with the checked shirt. Fashion twist: Try rolling them up slightly so you can see the top of your shoes.
Jsen Wintle for Autograph Black Rib Trousers These smart simple trousers will go nicely with the checked shirt. Fashion twist: Try rolling them up slightly so you can see the top of your shoes.
Freedom at Topshop Beaded Collar
Plain White T-Shirt
Add dramatic detail to the plain white t-shirt with this incredible Accessory. Black + white + silver = Perfection.
A plain white t-shirt teamed with black harem pants is the perfect match. A subtly understated top with these satin pants is just the right combination for partying.
£70 Miss Selfridge Black Satin Harem Trousers These black Satin Harem Trousers are key for a black and white capsule wardrobe. One of 2009 success stories, these black pants won’t age because of their classic broad appeal.
HERS Fed up of stilettos or ankle boots? Try these uber-comfy wedges with stretch strap detailing are bound to keep your feet cosy. For a little fashion twist, why not find some silver glittery socks to peep out the end of the shoe?
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hits liverpool By Lauren McBride
he first time I wore any kind of vintage was when I was 13, so about eight years ago now. I remember finding an old red soft leather bag, with a gorgeous gold clasp in the back of my Mum’s wardrobe and I used it to go shopping in town that day. I remember getting a few funny looks from some girls for using a bit of a battered bag, but I loved it, and my newfound love didn’t stop there. I raided my Granny’s jewellery boxes and her wardrobe too, finding all sorts of pearl and sequin encrusted tops, a multitude of the most beautifully detailed velvet clutch bags and amazing necklaces. My Granny went Ballroom dancing when she was younger and kept all the jewellery that went with the extravagant outfits, so there were some absolutely fabulous diamond necklace, earring and bracelet sets, kept at the back of her wardrobe, gathering dust. I adorned velvet blazers with antique brooches, and religiously started wearing a silver locket that my Granny was given by her Mum for her 21st birthday.
Charity shops were raided, much to the dismay of my friends who were just getting into Topshop and Miss Selfridge, but I didn’t care; I was the one with the jewellery and bags that nobody else would have.
probably find it there. The prices are extremely reasonable too, with a lot of vintage stores seeming to completely overprice a lot of items, but in Bullet, you can find a dress for a fiver.
I think that’s one of the main reasons why people wear vintage pieces; you’re almost guaranteed that nobody else will be wearing the same thing as you. There’s also the excitement of walking into an antiques shop, knowing that you will find something beautiful and will proudly show it off, being able to say that it is vintage.
But it’s not only individual stores selling vintage, if you look around the high street, a lot of stores are taking inspiration from styles dating back to every single decade it seems, since the 1930s. We all know how much of a clever man Sir Philip Green is, but he was way ahead of the game when he recognised the trend when celebrities started adapting second hand clothes into their wardrobes, and immediately snapped up Ms. Moss to start designing for Topshop, taking ideas from Flapper girls with sequins and beaded tassels draped over dresses, to 70s style tribal printed kimonos which looked like they would have fitted perfectly amongst the party girls in Studio 54.
It seems that another vintage clothing shop opens up every week in Liverpool, so if you are looking to go vintage, you will be spoilt for choice. The original vintage store, and best (in my unbiased opinion) is without a doubt, Bullet, at the top of Hardman Street. The range of clothing is undeniably one of the most varied you would find in Brick Lane, let alone Liverpool. The shelves are filled with bags of all kinds of shapes, colours, sizes and fabrics; if you are looking for a vintage, rectangular-shaped, patent leather purple clutch bag, you will
I think this trend will be around for a while; it seems some people have changed their entire wardrobe since this dressing vintage came into play, with Dita Von-Teese lookalikes popping up everywhere with the 1940s fashions having a strong
influence over people, and obviously the comeback of the 80s over the past year or so, has had us shouting about shoulder pads and replacing any kind of trousers or jeans with leggings – no matter the weather, or how long our dress or top is. For me, the key vintage pieces to invest into are the following: an ornate brooch to adorn a hat or coat, a statement jewelled necklace and a leather clutch bag. So go, have a rummage through an antique store or a vintage shop and see what you can find!
Lauren Recommends: Bullet, Hardman Street, Liverpool Raiders Vintage, Renshaw Street, Liverpool 69a, Renshaw Street, Liverpool
Lifestyle - H e a l t h & B e a u t y
L i f e s t y l e - H e a l t h & B eauty
maDe UP WITH BOBBI BROWN A lesson in make up excellence from Will Malherbe, Bobbi Brown Beauty Team Artist.
ou’ll know you’ve got it right this Valentine’s Day when someone says you look good, not your makeup. Whether you are spending the day with someone special, or enjoying a night out with friends these quick and simple feminine looks will make you look your best. To get beautiful, glowing skin start with the correct skincare products. Your makeup will only look as good as your skin underneath. “Concealer is one of my all time favourite beauty products. I think this is the secret of the beauty universe. Yellow-based concealers are designed to lighten darkness under your eyes and make you look as if you’ve had eight hours sleep when you’ve only had five.” – Bobbi Brown Instantly brighten up your face with concealer—it’s the makeup product that can change your life and make you romance ready. To make dark circles disappear, begin by choosing a concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation. Using a Concealer Brush, apply a pink based Corrector first then the Creamy Concealer under the eye up to the lower lashes and on the innermost
corner of the eye, making sure to blend gently using the pads of your fingertips. Only wear foundation to even out skin tone and make it look dewy by applying foundation where needed - around the nose and mouth, where there’s darkness, and to even out redness. I would recommend for barely-there coverage Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 or EXTRA Tinted Balm SPF25 for those with dry skin in search of an even glow. For a more “dewy” look, try patting a touch of Extra Soothing Balm to cheeks after makeup - it’ll add that extra glow. Your skin does not need to look like it’s been hibernating in the winter months so enter spring by creating the look of sun-kissed skin. To give your skin this much needed glow smooth on All Over Bronzing Gel SPF 15 after your foundation base, focusing on the areas where the sun would catch you – your hairline and forehead, and the heights of your cheekbones. It gives skin that little extra pick-me-up and makes you look like you’ve spent the day outdoors (instead of the office!).
our solutions to your make up problems... Office to Dinner Date… Problem : You like your daytime makeup but need some quick and easy makeup tips to freshen up your look.
For an instant and easy pick me up use Bobbi Brown’s new Tinted Eye Brightener to refresh your under-eye makeup, teamed with a Pot Rouge on your Lip & Cheek to add a natural blush of colour which can be blended with fingers, perfect for the “back-of-cab” makeup artists. Update a daytime eye by smudging a pencil from the lashline upwards, making sure the lids are smokier than under the eye.
Elegant Beauty… Problem :You want to impress the love in your life and need a pretty modern look that enhances your natural beauty.
Use soft pink corals on the cheeks and lips with Bobbi Brown’s new Cabo Coral Pot Rouge to create a pretty sheen. This great multi makeup product is handbag friendly, and easy to use. To keep this look modern the eyes stay nude with just a touch of natural Cream Shadow in Suede or Malted, a thin liner using Caviar Ink and two coats of dramatic mascara for eye-catching lashes. Bobbi’s Smoke Lash Glamour Lengthening Mascara is perfect for adding extra flutter to your lashes.
Sun Kissed Glow… Problem : You’re fresh-out-of-winter skin needs a pop of colour and an uplifting glow for a romantic day out.
From the new Cabana Coral range choose a soft peach Lip Colour that suits your skin tone on the lips, and pair with a coat of shimmery Golden Nectar Lip Gloss on top for kissable lips. For the sun kissed glow dust Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick high on the cheeks and over the eyelids. Finish the look with a lashings of Black Everything Mascara. Like the name suggests this mascara will cater for everything you need it to do…
“For spring the beauty buzzword is “fresh”. It’s High Fashion… all about smooth, healthy-looking skin, creamy Problem :You want to create a smokey eye for an evening out with colour on lips, and a hint of coral. Coral lips friends, but want your look to be on-trend for this season. and cheeks are an easy way to add a pop of Solution : Apply a bright coral blush to the cheeks using the Calypso colour to your makeup. I developed a wearable Coral Pot Rouge with a dusting of Nectar Shimmer Brick and make a statement smokey eye the focus by layering creamy with shimmery textures formula that looks sunny and fresh, never as seen at the SS10 Fashion Shows. Start with a cream shadow, then smudge chalky. It’s a clean, modern look designed to Creamy Eye Pencil over the lid ensuring the darkest part of the smokey eye make a woman look her prettiest.” is always at the lash line, not the crease of the eye. Set the look with a light - Bobbi Brown
dusting of a browny-grey powder Eye Shadow in Ash. For a beautiful pout use Bobbi Brown’s Lip Balm SPF15 to moisturise and prime the lips, with a wash of coral for an understated bitten lip.
Lifestyle - C o m p e t i t i on !
what does your dad drive?
Aston Martin RAPIDE
Could It be The World’s Most Elegant Four-Door Sports Car? • Accommodates four adults in luxury and comfort • Benchmark levels of driver engagement and refinement • Spacious and functional creating a truly versatile Aston Martin sports car
THE NEW AUDI A8 – WITH GOOGLE AT THE LEADING EDGE OF CONNECTIVITY The last word in luxury and the height of efficiency converge in the all-new Audi A8. The elegant new flagship of the Audi saloon range opened for UK order last month priced from £54,760 OTR. Set for delivery in spring later this year, highlights include new touch screen Multi Media Interface (MMI) incorporating new ‘anticipatory’ satellite navigation with night
BMW 5 Series
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vision. All models feature energy recuperation technology, 3.0 TDI versions also include engine startstop function. Additional 3.0 TDI engine with 204PS and lowest-inclass CO2 output of 159g/km to follow in later this year. In-car information technology enters a new realm in latest Audi luxury saloon. The A8 searches for and retrieves Internet content via the mobile phone network. Online point-ofinterest search powered by Google integrated with the Audi navigation system. Google Earth available for the first time in a production vehicle.
Aston Martin unveiled one of the most eagerly awaited cars of 2009 at the 63rd Frankfurt Motorshow. The elegant Rapide, functional yet luxurious, provides space for up to four adults combined with an engaging driving experience synonymous with all Aston Martins. The Rapide brings Aston Martin to a new sector of the market, demonstrating that high performance and true practicality need not be mutually exclusive. Since the Rapide programme was given the go-ahead in June 2007, following Aston Martin’s move to independent ownership, the car has undergone extensive and exhaustive testing, has been refined and developed into a truly outstanding machine. First customer deliveries will take place early this year.
The price of the Rapide will start from £139,950 in the UK which features an impressive level of standard specification including: Bang & Olufsen Beosound audio system tailored specifically for Rapide, heated memory seats, dual cast brakes and Adaptive Damping System. Each Rapide will take approximately 220 man hours to build and will benefit from timeless craft skills just like the existing range; DBS, DB9, V12 and V8 Vantage do at Gaydon. It is anticipated that +/- 2000 Rapides will be built in the first year attracting a high proportion of new customers to the brand.
The lowest priced car of our selection is the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, a car which combines an understated coupé-like silhouette to the luxurious interior of a BMW 7 Series, while at the same time giving the functionality of a BMW 5 Series Touring or X5. The new, sixth generation BMW 5 Series Saloon offers customers the perfect blend of class-leading powerplants, unrivalled driving dynamics and a sporting yet elegant design to set
a new benchmark in the executive class. As an attractive, future-oriented extension of the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is quite unparalleled worldwide in the upper middle segment, combining the characteristic features of a prestige saloon, a modern, highly versatile Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo in brand-new, unprecedented style.
Lifestyle - W h a t s H o t
THE GADgEt SHOW LIVE 2010 GETS BIGGER Gadget Show presenters announce their must-have gadget for 2010
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The UK’s largest consumer electronics event just got bigger - The Gadget Show Live 2010 at Birmingham’s NEC from 8 to 11 April 2010 has almost doubled in size since its inaugural sell-out show earlier in 2009. The Gadget Show’s presenters have also announced what they believe are the must-have gadgets for 2010:
Jon Bentley’s must-have gadgets of the year are:
Suzi Perry’s must-have gadgets for 2010 are:
Ortis Deley’s must-have gadgets for 2010 are:
Jason Bradbury’s must-have gadgets for 2010 are:
“...still really the must have gadget of 2009 that didn’t happen - full-size OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TVs. Brilliant colours, super-thin, I hope we’ll see some nice big ones in 2010. Of course, if Apple finally launch their long-awaited Tablet and revolutionise the e-reading and newspaper/periodical market in the process that’s likely to be the biggest news. It’ll have all the features that e-readers currently lack - including full interactivity and a colour screen. But there’s also just an outside chance a company like Acer or Asus manage to do something nearly as good a lot cheaper. “
“3D TV will become a consumer possibility, Apple will bring out something gorgeous along the lines of a tablet and everyone will lust after it and the gaming world will continue their quest with more gesture based input, Natal from Microsoft and Sony also following Nintendo's idea of physical gaming. 4G phones will enable high download speeds, or at least that is what has been promised and the green revolution will continue and be taken more seriously. I think the must have gadget though will continue to be the iPhone.”
“The must-have gadget for 2010, I think, will be the Project Natal add-on peripheral for console free, gestural gaming. My favourite gadget of 2009 has been my Sony 32G X-series Walkman. Finally, a touchscreen MP3 player with great extras that gives the iPod Touch a run for its money.”
“Above all, the Project Natal for Xbox 360, the OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV from Samsung - inexpensive with great web TV option – and the much anticipated Apple Tablet.”
A DECADE OF CROSSED WIRES
Wireless router has given us the most trouble over past ten years
The humble wireless router has been named the most confusing gadget of the decade. It has left Brits scratching their heads for the longest amount of time over the past ten years, followed by the iPod. Research carried out by Confused.com shows the top 10 most confusing gadgets of the decade to be:
Wireless Router (27%) 46
Mobile Phone (20%) Digital Camera (19%) iPod/MP3 player (16%)
5 6 7
Sat nav/GPS (14%) Sky+ (10%) DVD Player (9%)
8 9 10
IPhone (7%) Nintendo Wii (6%) Video Camera (6%)
L i f e s t y l e - W h a t s Hot
Top 5 FOR 2010 Our predictions for the must have gadgets of 2010
1.Xbox Project Natal
The guys at the Gadget show have nailed it in one. Project Natal is odds on favorites to change the face of interactive gaming. If you haven’t heard about it yet then check out the videos online. After Nintendo’s Wii, Microsoft had to do something about its own console. And since the Wii was such a big hit, this one has to be bigger. Project Natal will definitely raise the bar for gaming this year and have gamers literally throwing roundhouse kicks at the TV so be sure to hide the crystal wear
3. Dual-Screen Laptop
This MSI dual screen notebook has two 10” multi-touch screens with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels each. These screens can function independently as 2 separate displays as well as a single large display. When working independently, the lower screen can act as a virtual keyboard, and the other panel acts as a screen, just like netbooks. When functioning as a single unit, this dual screen device can be held like a book. Windows can be moved from one screen to the other with a finger, in this single display mode. MSI have mentioned that they have plenty of work to be completed on the dual display device but have plans of making this prototype a commercial one. At this point in time, it seems too early to reveal pricing and availability but keep your eyes and your ears open!
2. 4G Phones
We all know how slow downloads can be to your mobile phone. The real download speed of most 3G phones is not more than 384 Kbps, and sometimes a lot less. That’s because it might have a 3 Mbps announced download speed, but the actual speeds are a lot less. The 4G phones promise data transfers of 100 Mbps, and could reach up to 1 gigabit per second when static. That could mean downloading a full length DVD movie in about a minute! Frightening!
4. 3D TV
From animated films like Up and Coraline, to James Cameron’s year-ending blockbuster Avatar, 3D films were a big money-spinner for Hollywood in 2009 and 2010 could be the year that the 3D revolution is brought to your living rooms. Sky announced last summer that they will launch the UK’s first 3D TV channel later this year, which will require a new generation of ‘3D-ready’ television - which are also expected to launch this year. LG are heavily targeting the 3D TV market, they claim they expect to sell 400,000 of them in 2010 while Sony, Samsung and Panasonic are also betting that 3D will be the next big thing in the television world. As a SilverPAC’s Evolution 5500 universal remote control lets you potential boost the 3Ds aspirations, a deal between watch TV on the couch while also accessing content from your PC. Sony and FIFA means that some matches at the The Evolution 5500 handheld unit uses Windows Sideshow, a Microsoft 2010 World Cup will be broadcast in 3D. technology employing mini-programs known as “gadgets” to show content on secondary displays. From the handheld secondary display, you can see whether your Vista or Windows 7 PC is on or off, read e-mail and Twitter tweets running on the PC, and remotely turn on Media Center. SilverPAC’s universal remote is available now in the US with a price tag of $999, and SilverPAC plans to release a special version early this year for home entertainment system installers priced at $1,499 which will enable customization of the gadgets over the Internet. UK release date and expected price tag have not yet been announced but this is one to watch out for.
5. SilverPAC’s Evolution 5500 universal remote control
Lifestyle - T r a v e l
ion estinat D 1 . o s N lentine this Va
The ultimate city of amour has to be Paris. Hitting all the French capital’s fantastic attractions is a must for all visitors, but they can get especially busy around February 14 as well as at the height of the summer season.
is its convenience. Each comes with its own full-colour 120-page guidebook to Paris detailing all of the attractions included, so you can plan your day’s adventure well in advance.
Thankfully, help is at hand in the shape of the brilliant Paris Sightseeing Pass – a clever electronic swipe card that gives you access to over 60 of the city’s top visitor highlights for one all-in price.
When you arrive at the attraction – be it the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the incredible Palace of Versailles or lesser known treats such as the Grevin Wax Museum – users simply hold their card against a reader to get inside. A number of attractions even give Paris Sightseeing Pass holders fasttrack entry.
A two-day Paris Sightseeing Pass – perfect for a lovers’ break away for Valentine’s weekend – costs £79 for adults, with discounts available for teens and children. The great thing about the Pass
But that’s not all, as well as the savings you can make with a Paris Sightseeing Pass, users also benefit
from a host of special offers, exclusives and discount deals. For example, all your travel on public transport is included since the pass pack includes its own Metro Travelcard – meaning tubes; buses and city trains are free. Users are entitled to a selection of money-off discounts on the great shopping at Galleries Lafayette to great deals at restaurants and even a special free gift of perfume at one of France’s best perfumeries.
The Paris Pass is available for £79 per adult from www.parispass.com
L i f e s t y l e - T ravel
sexy ideas for Valentines Is Venice unoriginal…New York too cold…and our choice of Paris just too easy…? If so then look no further. Try out the following hot Latin ideas from www.visitlatinamerica.co.uk:
Tango por dos Argentina
Take her shopping and tango dancing in uber-chic Buenos Aires; then mix great food and wine tasting, with outdoor adventures in the foothills of the Andes, at the impossibly scenic Estancia Colomé “wine hotel” near Salta.
7 nights from £1074 pp + flights.
Patagonian pleasures Chile
Fancier than fajitas Mexico Discover Aztec sites and museums in Mexico City, staying at the hip W hotel; then wander colonial streets and markets in Oaxaca and learn how to cook like a local with cookery classes (optional) at a hacienda hotel.
Stay on a vineyard near Santiago; then fly south for a few days’ (comfy) wilderness adventure and candelit romance. Stay in a luxury yurt at the new “Patagonia Camp” with day walks in Torres del Paine.
7 nights from £824 pp + flights.
5 Blame it on Rio Brazil
Dirty weekend in Havana Cuba A weekend of salsa, mojitos, Che, rum, revolution and 1950’s classics should hot things up (Fidel celebrates 50 years in power in Jan ‘09). With more time, add romantic Trinidad or barefoot hideaway, Cayo Levisa.
Spend a few days partying in trendy Lapa or Ipanema (Rio), then wind down with a spot of pampering at the luxurious Pestana Angra resort, on the idyllic Costa Verde (Green Coast), close to picture-perfect Parati. 7 nights from £1037 pp + flights.
7 nights from £1631 pp + flights.
Star gazing in the Atacama Brazil
5 nights from £581 pp + flights.
Que Rica! Costa Rica
Stay at Central America’s latest “Adventure Spa”, El Silencio lodge, a “planet-friendly sanctuary for soft adventure and inspired wellness” in the cloud forest; then chill out on a Pacific beach at the awardwinning Punta Islita hotel. 7 nights from £1264 pp + flights.
all prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices include all hotel accommodation with some meals, internal flights where necessary, land transport and guided excursions. International flights are extra – prices can easily be provided if required.
Go horse riding over sand dunes or mountain biking across desert salt flats; then laze by the pool or soak in natural hot springs. Finish off with world-beating star gazing at the Explora’s new observatory. 7 nights from £ 2596 pp + flights.
Lifestyle - F i t n e s s
Full Body Workouts For Maximum Fat Loss Over the years society has changed. We are working longer hours, taking on more responsibilities and spending very little time on ourselves. When talking to new clients about their fitness history one of the biggest complaints is time. The time it takes to drive/walk to the gym, the time it takes to do a ‘full’ workout and the time it takes to shower and get cleaned up. If society is changing then why are our workouts still the same? We seem to be preached about that the way to train is like the holy trinity. 3 workouts per week, 3 1-hour sessions, complete 3 sets of each exercise...........and the truth is this is not the most effective way to train. I was first introduced to full body workouts in 2002 after completing a kettlebell course. At the time I was working in Liverpool Street, London and all my clients were city workers with very little time for fitness due to the stresses of work.
So what are full body workouts and their benefits? Full body workout is exactly what it says.You incorporate all the major muscle groups of the body in to a high intensity workout. The most effective exercise for the biceps is a close grip pull up.Yet people spend countless hours curling dumbbells. By performing a close grip pull up (assisted or free) you are not only working the main bicep muscle, you are also using your Latissmuis Dorsi (back), Shoulders and Core (abdominals, lower back, pelvis). People have the misconception that a full body workout is like a lightweight circuit and it isn’t. As mentioned before Mike Menzter (Winner Mr Universe 1978) used this as the basis for his training. The gains you get from the workout are dependent on your workload (weight) and this type of training is extremely effective for both muscle gain and fat loss. Benefits of Full Body Training
They just didn’t have the time for 1 hour-long sessions. Their goals were simple; Get to the gym, do the quickest and most effective training to get maximum results in minimal time. And since then this has been the substance behind the success of my client’s results. Please do not take this as me saying I started full body workouts. These have been around since the 60’s with people like Ellington Darden, Arthur Jones, Mike Menzter and today you have companies like Cross Fit promoting the benefits and effectiveness of these workouts. We have the perception that a longer workout is a better workout.
Shortened Workouts – Due to the intensity of the workouts and the exercises used the sessions are a lot shorter than ‘regular’ training and will last between 15-40 minutes. You are using a high combination of major muscle groups in each exercise meaning you are not wasting time with exercises such as bicep curls. Increased Calorie Expenditure – With the amount of muscle group’s involved in the training and the intensity of the workouts your body is being forced to burn more calories to feed the workout, MEANING MORE FAT LOSS! You are also working with a weighted load and will be increasing your
muscle mass so your metabolism will be increased meaning a higher rate of calories burnt at rest. Ladies, please, you are not going to ‘bulk up’ or ‘get big muscles’ with this type of training.You do not have the required testosterone levels to increase as much as the men. And for those that are still a little sceptical please Google ‘Cross Fit’ and take a look at the women who train using this method. They are all lifting 50kg and upwards and are no bigger than a size 10-12. Higher increase in Cardiovascular Fitness – When completing full body workouts they can be for a specific time or repetition range. For a timed workout you will have a certain amount of time to complete as many ‘rounds’ or ‘circuits’ of the combination of exercises. And for the repetition workout you can give yourself a certain amount of sets and repetitions per exercise.You will then also time this workout. As you develop and see an increase in your strength you will also notice your time or number of ‘rounds/ circuits’ will have changed. So you can see on paper your fitness levels increasing as you complete more ‘rounds/circuits’ and your times reducing. Your heart rate will also increase during these workouts because of the aerobic nature of the sessions. Your ranges will generally be between 150 bpm – 175 bpm, keeping you within an ‘aerobic’ zone for training. Core, Functional Training and Flatter Abdominals – The workouts strengthen your core by creating a workload that forces your abdominals (core also includes pelvis
and back muscles) to respond by stabilising your body through the movements and keeping your body in alignment. You imitating moves and muscle groups that are being used on a day-to-day basis this can reduce the strain we put on ourselves during the day. People spend countless hours in the gym on the crunch machines,Ab rollers, or some new gizmo that has come out in order to perfect the ‘flat, perfect’ mid-section. These full body movements as mentioned incorporate all the elements needed for the stronger mid-section. When placing your body under stress from an exercise such as a Dumbbell Clean the initial movement of bending and pulling of the dumbbells forces your abdominals and lower back to stabilise and keep your body upright and not falling over. An exercise like the renegade row places a huge emphasis on core stability.Your ‘core’ is stabilising your body and holding it in position while also using your chest, shoulder and arms as stabilisers and back muscles as the main pulling movements. So if family/work commitments are making your gym session suffer you now have knowledge of a training program which will deliver faster results in a shorter amount of time.
Matt Ibbs www.mattibbs.com Email: email@example.com
L i f e s t y l e - T ravel WORKOUT OF THE MONTH* Workout Length : 10 Minutes
Extra Tip : Use a pen and paper to
Target : All major muscle groups
write down the number of repetitions
Instructions : Complete 20 seconds
completed for each excercise. Total the
of the exercise with a 10 second rest
amount up and or all the exercises in the
to equal 1 set.You will complete 5 sets
workout.You then have a target to beat
of each exercise totalling 2:30 for each.
next time you workout.
Complete 5 sets and move on to the next
Recommended Weight Settings:
Women: 4kg – 6kg
Men: 8kg – 12kg
Do not be scared to increase your weights/ if you find it too easy then please increase but DO NOT sacrifice poor form for an increase in weights! *As with all exercise programs and regimes please consult your Doctor first be embarking on a new exercise program and if you feel sick, dizzy please rest and STOP if needed.
SQUAT AND PRESS
• Stand with feet shoulder width apart, elbows tucked in and the weight by your shoulders • Keeping your back straight and facing forward, push through the heels and stand up extending the weight above your head • Lower back in to a squat bending your arms back to the start position • Breathe out as you stand up and breathe in on the way down
• Start off in a press-up position with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart • Keep the weight tucked in together in line with your chest and your back straight • Supporting your weight on one arm lift opposite arm to 90’ keeping your elbow tucked in • Lower back to the start position and repeat on the other side • Breathe out on the pull and in as you lower the weight
• Place your hands just a hands width outside shoulder with and your feet extended • Keeping your back straight lower your body so your arms are bent to 90’ • Then push back up through the hands keeping your back straight to the start position • Breathe in on the way down and out as you extend • For a beginner please start on your knee’s
SQUAT AND ROW
• Starting in a squat position take the weight with two hands between your legs • Keeping your back straight and looking forward push through your heels and stand up • As you stand up leading with your elbows pull the weight to the top of your chest • Breathe out as you stand up and in as you lower
Can’t make it to the gym? Try these excercises at home without weights! or for more workouts visit : http://liverpoolweightlossexpert.com/blog/full-body-workouts-for-home-or-gym-use/
Lifestyle - R e v i e w
Food, Art, Music, Books, Cinema... Reviewed
FOOD & DRINK
60 Hope Street
Amidst the ankle deep snow, and enough ice to fill a calamitous episode of You’ve Been Framed, my guest and I sought respite from January-itis at the idyllic 60 Hope Street. 60 not only serves the best meals made from locally sourced ingredients, it is also a favourite of celebrity A-listers such as Jude Law.
award-winning Cumberland sausage with Lancashire mash and creamed leeks, needless to say no explanation was needed for why this was a champion dish. My partner opted for the salmon which was accompanied by a shallot, carrot and fennel broth – his facial expressions were evidence enough that it was enjoyed.
Now lunch at 60 Hope Street really is a treat and at the price of just £19.95 for three courses and half a bottle of red or white, it really is enough to combat a spot of S.A.D. To start us off, I opted for a very tasty chicory, goats cheese and red pepper salad, whilst my partner chose a classic prawn cocktail; both of which went down a royal treat.
With the January detox well and truly out of the window, the dessert menu was presented. We ordered a more-ish bread and butter pudding with ice cream, and a sensational chocolate brownie with mint ice cream.
Hope Street, Liverpool
The food, quality and service at 60 were exceptional. Catch the January sale before it ends on 27th February.
For my main meal I chose 60’s
MARINA BAR AND GRILL Coburd Dock, Liverpool
This restaurant is both a great evening option and a perfect lunchtime location. With a menu ranging from Mediterranean to Curry, there is no doubt that there will be something for you on this menu.
what I needed with the weather being so cold. Served with crusty bread and seasoned to perfection with crunchy black peppercorns, and with the combination of chunky seasonal vegetables, it was just the thing to order.
As I opted for a light starter of a black olive, Feta cheese and tomato salad, my colleague chose a more aptly fitting starter dictated by the weather – soup. Piping hot lentil and vegetable, served with crusty white bread. Both choices were brilliant, with the salad a perfectly light starter for my main course – Scouse. Spot-on service meant that we didn’t have to wait long before our main courses were brought out, with my colleague ordering Cajun Salmon, boiled potatoes and mixed pepper salad. A lovely big bowl of Scouse was just
According to my fellow diner, his Cajun Salmon was “cooked to perfection – not too soft in the middle, not too crunchy on the top!” For desert I ordered hot sticky toffee pudding and cream, with my colleague ordering vanilla and chocolate ice cream. The perfect treats to finish off a delicious meal. Marina Bar and Grill are offering a 2-4-1 deal on all main meals during February 2010, which is a definite incentive to pay them a visit.
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BOOKS Ladies! Unleash your naughty side for Valentines Day! Return to old-fashioned glamour, start enjoying life at full-throttle and have men falling at your feet with The Naughty Book for Girls. If you’re single, there are oodles of tips for flirting and dating, and if you’re coupled up there are moves to wow him with and give you both a treat.
THE NAUGHTY BOOK FOR GIRLS Candice Hill / Michael O’Mara Books Ltd available at www.mombooks.com £10
Readers can order this book for the very special price of £7 (usually £10) with free p&p by calling 01903 828503 and quoting SEL/NBG (UK mainland only, while stocks last)
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CINEMA Garr y Marshall (The Princess Diaries, Pretty Woman) has returned with a new romantic comedy - Valentine’s Day, which, you guessed it, will be released on Valentine’s Day weekend. Judging by the trailer, Marshall has struck again with what will surely be the romcom of the year. The film tells the stor y of intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles as they breakup and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine’s Day.
VALENTINES DAY In CInemas February 12th 2010. www.odeon.co.uk
The cast includes Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher , Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Roberts, and Topher Grace. A film like this is sure to make a ton of money based on that cast alone - we can’t wait!
This film features a star studded cast of actors and actresses that your girlfriend or boyfriend is sure to love.
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ART In 1988 Tate Liverpool opened with a memorable display of Mark Rothko’s The Seagram Murals. Over 20 years later the series has made a welcome return. Tate Liverpool’s ground floor gallery has been transformed into an emotive display of these nine significant paintings – the walls have been painted grey according to Rothko’s specifications and atmospheric lighting has been installed to enhance the dramatic qualities of the works.
THE SEAGRAM MURALS Mark Rothko: The Seagram Murals - Free Admission Tate Liverpool, 2 October 2009 – 21 March 2010
In 1958 Rothko was commissioned to paint a series of paintings for the Four Seasons restaurant, in the Seagram Building in New York. Having devoted himself almost exclusively to the commission for eight months, he decided that the fashionable restaurant was an unsuitable place for the contemplation of his art, and the pictures were never installed.
Stephen Walter is a world-renowned fine artist. He is Currently based in one of the most culturally rich cities in the world - Berlin . Two years ago, he visited Liverpool for five days with the intention of doing some research for an artwork;a finely detailed but utterly original take on the map of the City, stuffed with cultural references, fascinating facts, and folklore ancient and modern. He fell in love with Liverpool, and with a Liverpool girl..and so the short visit developed into a life-changing experience.This unique map is the result.
LIVERPOOL MAP by Stephen Walter
Walter’s map of London is now in the British Libary, and the original of the Liverpool Map is likely to grace one of our own fine museums or galleries this year.
Working in his studio, Rothko matched the exact dimensions of the restaurant with a specially constructed scaffold. He painted three different versions of the series, refining his approach each time – the works presented at Tate Liverpool are from the second and third. In making these paintings Rothko was influenced by the sombre murals of Pompeii and, in particular, by Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library in Florence, with its blind windows and deliberately oppressive atmosphere. Its well worth making time for a visit to Tate Liverpool to view these exquisite works before the end of the show, on March 21st. The display is presented in conjunction with the Tate Collection display DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture – also not to be missed.
A framed fine art print is available from Editions Gallery, but a poster version can be bought for 25 pounds at the Bluecoat ,School Lane Liverpool, or by emailing Liz Lacey@ firstname.lastname@example.org’. For more information or to view stephens works, visit his website. www.stephenwalter.co.uk
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L i f e s t y l e - W h a ts On
ON The Select Guide to whats going on in your city
ART MUSIC THEATRE CINEMA
Friday December 18 Sunday February 21 FACT - Space Invaders: Art and the Computer Game Environment
FACT launches a season of gaming in Space Invaders, a group exhibition that brings art and gaming cultures together. From retro text - based role-playing games, to the detailed city maps found in the latest Grand Theft Auto, Space Invaders draws on these sources of artistic inspiration and explores the increasingly blurred boundaries between videogame spaces and real spaces. FACT 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ 0151 707 4464 www.fact.co.uk
Friday January 29 – Sunday April 25 The Tate - Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic This major exhibition, inspired by Paul Gilroy’s seminal book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double
Consciousness (1993), identifies a hybrid culture that spans the Atlantic, connecting Africa, North and South America, The Caribbean and Europe. The exhibition is the first to trace in depth the impact of Black Atlantic culture on Modernism and will reveal how black artists and intellectuals have played a central role in the formation of Modernism from the early twentieth century to today. From the influences of African art on the Modernist forms of artists like Picasso, to the work of contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher and Chris Ofili, the exhibition will map out visual and cultural hybridity in modern and contemporary art that has arisen from the journeys made by people of Black African descent. Tate Albert Dock Liverpool, L3 4BB, United Kingdom 0151 702 7400 www.tate.org.uk
Thursday February 4 Saturday February 20 Everyman – Ghost Stories A truly terrifying theatrical experience written and directed by The League of Gentlemen master of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson, and Andy Nyman, co-creator and director of Derren Brown’s television and stage shows and star of Dead Set and Severance. A spectacular 80 minutes with no interval that will chill and thrill in equal measure…You’ll be sleeping with the light on for weeks! WARNING: Pleased be advised that
GHOST STORIES contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending this show. Everyman Playhouse, 5 Hope Street Liverpool,
Influencing themselves,the six piece collective deliver a unique style of Psychedelic, New WaveRock and Burn-in Ballads. Fusing Captivating Lyrics with Music Originality, the sound reflects whats happening now.
Merseyside, L1 9BH, United Kingdom, 0151
Monarchs Quay, Albert Dock, City Centre,
708 0338 www.everymanplayhouse.com
Liverpool, L3 4BX, 0844 8000 400 www.echoarena.com
Opens Friday February 12 Beyond The Pole Beyond the Pole is the story of the first Carbon Neutral,Vegetarian, Organic expedition to the North Pole. An extraordinarily dangerous expedition made extraordinarily more dangerous by the fact that the explorers attempting this feat are amateurs who have never done anything like this before. A kind of comedy adventure disaster road movie...in a land without roads. British indie comedy at its finest. Catch this film at any of your local cinemas
February 24 The Echo Arena -Lady Gaga
The biggest selling new artist of the year bar none – has announced a major UK arena tour for 2010, coming to the Echo Arena Liverpool on The Monster Ball will be her first UK shows of 2010, and the first chance for fans to hear songs from her revamped album, The Fame Monster, due for release on 23 November. Monarchs Quay, Albert Dock, City Centre,
Thursday February 18 – Saturday February 20 The Empire Theatre - TRACES The 7 Fingers’ second creation produced and directed by the collective, saw the light of day in Montreal in 2006. Since its creation, TRACES has toured the world, experiencing success from Paris to Seoul, bringing both audiences and critics to their feet. TRACES combines high-level circus skills with an electric urban street energy. With disciplines as varied as Chinese poles, basketball, skateboards, dance, comedy and illustration, these five acrobats move quickly from one skill to the next,
Liverpool, L3 4BX, 0844 8000 400 www.echoarena.com
Opens February 26 Capitalism: A Love Story Director: Michael Moore
This informative film identifies the root causes of the global economic meltdown while taking a comical approach to exploring the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in what Moore has described as “the biggest robbery in the history of this country” – the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions. Documentary at its finest.
The Cavern Club - The Stan Smith Band
Catch this film at any of your local cinemas.
Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1, 0844 847 2525 www.liverpoolempire.org.uk
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Emerging Liverpool group The Stan Smith Band formed in the L5 District of liverpool in May 2009.
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