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08 Editor’s letter 11 News 74 Mum on the Run 89 Comment 90 Last Word

38 Fit at fifty 52 Festival chic – glam guide

FEATURES 14 Dan Raven 16 Peter James – the interview 22 End Of event – in photos 26 The work of Rise 28 Sussex Style celebrates a year in retrospect 86 Sussex People – profile John Jochimsen FOOD 33 Food News 36 A Taste of Brazil FASHION 42 Fashion – Beach glamour and Festival luxe 44 Fashion – Dress up and Holiday heroes

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FAMILY 76 Competitive sports – is it all over? 78 Ditching the gadgets in the holidays HOTEL & TRAVEL 80 Julie Burchill travels to rural Portugal BUSINESS & MOTORS 84 Danny Cobbs reviews the new Mercedes S-Class


HOMES & PROPERTY 54 Interiors – Alfresco life 56 Sofie Allsopp gets the boutique hotel look at home 62 The Fabric Lady 66 How to work with an architect

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S U S S EStyleX Come outside! There’s a

delightfully dark Peter James about his

lovely sun up there – to

new book, murder and forensic science.

paraphrase a golden

We also have our usual opinion pieces

oldie. This issue has

– Dan Raven ducks the air kisses and our

us feeling the summer

Mum on the Run Laura Jandac battles with

breeze and digging out

a child-filled hangover. And in education

those sandals. Fashion this issue is full

Sam Bilton suggests ditching the gadgets

of summer fun, from beachwear and

for the summer holidays. Shock, horror!

accessories to festival chic. And talking of which, we have a section dedicated to a bit

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Motors comes roaring back this month

Sizzling Summer Special

as we take the wheel of the new Mercedes

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of al fresco living, with a beauty guide for

S-Class, and kicking off this month is

glamping, and all manner of gadgets for

a new occasional feature, exploring

outside living and eating.

the real lives of Sussex people. First

The World Cup is upon us (cue groans/

up is photographer John Jochimsen, who

cheers) and we’ve come over all Brazilian

has the most extraordinary background.

in the food section. Spice things up with a

I hope you enjoy this summery issue

salsa and cool down with a caipirinha.

of Sussex Style.

Julie Burchill spreads her wings a bit this month and heads for rural Portugal,


and you can read all about it on page 56.

Editor, Sussex Style

Meanwhile I got a chance to interview the

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Bringing a taste of Brazil to

Sloane. They will be joined by

Brighton, this year’s popular Mid-

local personalities and business

a world-famous event. It is the only competition

Summer Ball sees five celebrities

people. The annual event will

that sees riders take on the front descent of

and local Sussex personalities

be raising money for the Hilton

the infamous Derby Bank, the biggest of its

attempting a Latin-inspired dance

in the Community Foundation,

kind in the world. Throughout the show there

at the Brazilian-themed event

which helps young people have

are showjumping classes for all levels, plus

in front of a panel of judges,

a brighter future, and Brighton-

the popular Tattersalls/RoR championship for

headed by Zoë Ball. Those brave

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enough to take on the Strictly

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Celebrity Donkey Derby plus a high-goal polo

Come Dancing-style dancing

arm of the Royal Alexandra

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place to go to rub shoulders with the showjumping

500 guests, will be TV presenter

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The Bexhill Festival of Music is a month-

of Brighton’s most prolific writers, the infamous Julie

long celebration of high-quality music,

Burchill and Queen of the domestic noir, Julia Crouch.

incorporating some of the world’s most

Held once every six weeks at the fabulous Naked Eye

celebrated orchestras, together with our own

Gallery in Hove, it’s proving to be a popular choice for

local Sussex talent. The Royal Philharmonic

a fascinating evening out. The club is a cross between

Orchestra opens this year’s Festival with a popular

a literary salon and a pop-up restaurant, with guests

programme of classics from Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Grieg and Dvořák.

enjoying a delicious, locally sourced

The Festival offers a chance to see a huge variety of music throughout

veggie supper while two bestselling

June at a range of different venues, offering diverse musical styles

authors are irreverently interviewed

including not just classical music, but divas through the ages, rock

by co-host Laura Lockington.Tickets

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As people go to even more ridiculous lengths to draw attention to themselves on social media sites, are we becoming a nation of narcissists? asks Daniel Raven


ou know how, in old films, there will sometimes


be a party scene where one tuxedoed gentleman

and no wonder:

approaches another to say (for instance), ‘Ah, Lord

here, finally,

Whortleberry. Just wanted to say how pleased I

is something that


rate lol

was to hear you’d been cleared of that embezzlement charge’

actually requires

– but Lord W just says, ‘Sir, you have me at a disadvantage!’

them to behave as if

because he has no idea who the clown is? It seems to me that

they’re already famous.

being properly, stupidly famous might feel a bit like that: as

Friends or followers

if the whole world had you at a disadvantage. Every single

take the place of fans,

person who passed you on the street would have their own

and are presumed to

views about your work, personal life and/or haircut and

want equally regular

many would feel no compunction about airing them, but

updates on every aspect

you’d never have any comeback. They might all be secret

of their idol’s existence,

cannibals or sock fetishists but you’d never get a chance to

along with photos of

call them on it because, unlike you, they’d still have their

everything from their sex partner to their

privacy. Who on earth would want a life like that?

repulsive pie and mash. And people are going to

The simple, one-word answer is narcissists. The situation

ever more ridiculous lengths to win social media approval:

I’ve just described would suit most narcissists down to the

pulling dangerous stunts à la ‘planking’, driving trains so fast

ground, because external validation of their own supreme

that they cause massive accidents, dying under anaesthetic

importance tends to be one of their very favourite things.

during cosmetic surgery that was specifically motivated by

And it wouldn’t bother them one bit if they were only ‘famous

a desire to look better in ‘selfies’ (yes, I am still putting quote

for being famous’, because being well-liked is actually far

marks around that)... And all this, in many cases, to curry

less important to a narcissist than being well-known. Sadly,

favour with people they don’t know and will never meet.

though, the old fame game is so over-subscribed these days

It doesn’t help, of course, that so many of the genuinely

that even really talented bigheads can sometimes struggle to

famous so often set them such stupid examples. Miley Cyrus’

make their mark – and that’s where social media comes in.

weirdly frantic exhibitionism, Lady Gaga’s crazy-ass outfits

Sites such as Facebook and Twitter are like catnip for

(and indeed, in many cases, her crazy ass) and Pharrell’s big

In an age when a thumbnail is all you have with which to make an impression, pointless but eye-catching gimmickry is king

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stupid hat would almost certainly never have happened in quite the same way were it not for the existence of social media. In an age when a thumbnail is sometimes all you have with which to make an impression, pointless but eye-

ne tw or kin g om



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catching gimmickry is king, and if you’re the first person on the web to do something, it MUST be cool – even if it looks dead stupid. But at least the famous narcissists are getting richly rewarded for their public humiliation; what’s supposed to be in it for the rest of them, eh? Ah. Well, I suppose I should probably interrupt myself at this point to say I do accept that not all the fruits of the social media revolution have been bitter buggers. Quite apart from the fact that it’s been a significant driver of social and political progress in many parts of the world, it’s also genuinely improved the lives of thousands of perfectly sensible people in this country alone who just wanted to make a few like-minded friends. There’s nothing wrong with that! (Hell, I’d probably even have given it a go myself, if I wasn’t convinced that I have too few interests to make a decent Facebook page and would be too much of a cry-baby for Twitter...) And, you know, we could probably even go as far as to say that it’s performing a valuable public service by keeping narcissists occupied in a way that drastically reduces their chances of having any impact on the real world. I don’t know, though... I think I actually feel a bit sorry for them. It all looks so tiring, for one thing. Having to constantly worry about what’s hot, what’s not, who your friends are and where your next ‘selfie’ is going to be taken must be the next worst thing to having a full-time job in PR, with the crucial difference that there’s no money in it and you know from the outset that nobody’s ever going to be even half as interested in the product/talent/you as you are. The only times anyone should ever have to sell themselves are at job interviews and on first dates, yet these poor suckers spend half their lives doing it – and the harder they try to sell themselves, the more they give away. Sadder still is the fact that if any of them did somehow manage to join the ranks of the genuinely famous, you just know they’d only screw it up by getting all depressed and moaning about how they now felt like the world had them at a disadvantage (just look at Robbie Williams!). The sense of validation a narcissist gains from finally becoming king of the heap is no less fleeting than it would be for a much smaller triumph (humiliating a waiter, say), so even if one of them should succeed in proving that they have more objective grounds for happiness than any of their peers, the only thing they can ever do for an encore is to start competing over who can be the most miserable instead. There’s a disadvantage, if you like...! JUNE 2014 | WWW.SUSSEXSTYLE .C O M | 1 5




As his latest Brighton-based murder-mystery

novel launches, Sam Harrington-Lowe

meets bestselling author Peter James



’d spoken to lots of people who had met author Peter

can have such a brooding imagination. I start by setting

James before I went to interview him, and they all

up and asking him, for sound checking purposes, what he

said the same thing. That he was an absolutely lovely

had for breakfast. ‘I had a nice baby,’ he says, ‘lightly

man, what a gent he was and so on. Which doesn’t

fried. Basted on both sides.’ It’s so unexpected and

necessarily mean he can’t be the sort of bloke who writes

smoothly delivered, I’m actually rendered speechless

about the dark and brutal side of human nature, but it is

for a few seconds, my mouth opening and closing before

a delightful paradox. And when I meet him, he is, in every

I can ask him the next thing. I get the feeling he quite

sense, a gentleman – gentle and well-mannered.

likes shocking people.

Although he’s best known for the bestselling Roy Grace

His house is a beautiful English country family home,

police crimes, his back catalogue looks like a gothic

with wisteria climbing the outside, a fabulous pool in the

teenager’s dream, from ghost stories and spy novels to short

rolling green grounds behind, and a couple of ancient

tales with a twist and lots of murder. He greets us graciously

dogs pottering about, trying to avoid the rain as we do

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I’d always imagined that the police normally get their man. James shakes his head. ‘There are 11,500 people permanently missing at any one time. Some may have run off with a lover, but the mind boggles at how many might have ended up under the patio.’ Talking to him about the facts and figures of death, he’s keen to emphasise how important the research part of his

gravel drive. He’s a bit of a petrol-head, and enjoys racing at

job is, and he often goes out with the police on call, just

Donnnington – where he was involved in a serious wipe-out

so he can develop an understanding of their methods and

a year or so ago. This doesn’t seem to have dented his

experiences while working. ‘I don’t know any organisation

enthusiasm though, and as we chat, he tells me he’s got plans

that changes as fast as the police. The way they operate is

to do more racing the following week. We have a nice cup of

constantly changing because they’re constantly playing

tea, and we set up the photo shoot in his lovely library; it’s all

catch-up with the criminal world – technology is advancing.

very civilised. So I start by asking what a nice guy like him

So it’s partly to maintain currency in my research, which

is doing writing about all the horrors in the world.

I think is really important as a novelist. And secondly, I

‘I’m just fascinated – the dark side of people fascinates me,’ he muses. ‘We’re all capable of committing murder,

find their world fascinating.’ Spending time with the police can often be harrowing, and

every human being. We all have the apparatus, bare hands,

James has witnessed countless domestic violence incidents,

probably toxins in the garden, pills in the cabinet, and

including one where a woman’s partner had shoved dog

knives in the cupboards, hammers, whatever. But what is it

excrement in her mouth, or another where ‘the mother’s

that stops most people from doing that? And what is it that

got a busted lip and a black eye, he’s got a huge gash out of

enables some people to do it? And then SOME of those people

his forehead, and it was because he wanted to barbecue the

who do it, to then get away with it?! The fabric of human

beef and she’d put it in the oven.’ The visits can range from

society fascinates me.

disturbing to the downright bizarre. ‘We were called to a

‘We have a fairly small murder rate, which is investigated

house where a female wouldn’t feed her man if he didn’t give

by the police every year here in the UK – only around 650

her oral sex three times a day. And he’s 76, with arthritis – he

compared to 15,000 in America. But police records reckon

can’t get down there. And it made his life hell. And it makes

on at least another 650 that they’ll never hear about.

you think, what goes on in people’s houses?!

Husbands who’ve successfully murdered their wives, put

‘I don’t think, as a writer, anybody sees more of human

them under the kitchen floor, told their friends she’s run

nature than during a 30-year career as a police officer. They’ll

off or gone back to Sydney to live with her sister. Or wives

see everything, from a domestic fight to a terrible tragedy

who’ve murdered their husbands and said he’s run off to

such as a cot death. Horrible accidents, ghastly homicides…

San Francisco with his girlfriend.’

nobody ever phones a police officer because they’re happy.’

It’s an eerie thought, that for all the murders we know about, there are probably the same amount undiscovered.

James travels around the world for research and inspiration too. ‘I’ve got a relationship with police around




the world; in New York, and I was in LA at the medical examiner’s office last year. It was amazing – we have 12 murders a year in Sussex and they have 25 gunshot deaths on a quiet weekend in LA. And they said, is there anything you’d like to see? And I said I’d never seen a gunshot death, and they said well there’s plenty to choose from, four

We’re all capable of committing murder, every human being. We all have the apparatus

yesterday afternoon, a drug deal that went wrong. So there’s this big guy laid out, a Hispanic guy, under the x-ray machine and they’re looking for bullets. The bullet holes are no more than the size of a pencil in the front although of

one of these crates is a principle case file, and he was the last

course his back is completely blown away. And this guy has

chance the victims and the families had for justice.

a big tattoo on his chest that says “I am here”. “Not any more you’re not,” said the coroner.’

‘I was working on a novel called Denial at that time – a psychological thriller – and he went through it and said,

We move on to talking about his new book, Want You Dead.

hang on, your detective wouldn’t have done that, he’d have

It’s the tenth Roy Grace novel, and set again in Brighton. ‘I was

done this, and why hasn’t he got an outside enquiry team

inspired by a true-life case that happened in Sussex – it was a

on that and so on. Anyway, he ended up becoming a chief

female doctor, about three or four years ago, who met this guy

superintendent, and I had the thought of creating a fictional

at a dating agency and her mother didn’t like him and was

detective character, so I asked him, how would you like

suspicious about him, and it turned out he’d totally fabricated

to be a fictional cop?

his past. And then she kicked him out, after he’d proposed to

We’re moving into the house now, getting ready to do

her and even got her a ring. But he then rented a flat opposite

some shots in his library, and the conversation becomes

hers in Kemptown, tried to set fire to her parents’ house, the

more relaxed as we wind down. He wants to know more

police found him with a crossbow in a field and even when

about the magazine, so we chat for a bit, then his eyes light

he was eventually arrested, spending time in Lewes prison,

up with delight. He gleefully recalls a reviewer in another

he attempted to hire a hit man to have her killed. And that

Sussex magazine giving one of his previous books something

really just gave me an idea.’

of a roasting, using her criticism to make a sensational stand

It’s no secret that Roy Grace is based on a real police

as a writer rather than writing an insightful review. Clearly

detective, who James met after he was burgled and became

unimpressed with this, he got his own back by writing her

friendly with a group of police officers, and so I ask him about

into another one of his books as a murder victim and had

his muse. ‘In around 1996 I was introduced to this homicide

her filleted on the morgue slab, and I suggest that must

detective inspector called Dave Gaylor. And I remember going

be very satisfying. ‘Oh yes,’ he beams, ‘and then I used her

to his office and it was a tip; everywhere was covered with

magazine to line the cat litter tray.’

these blue and green bulging crates and I asked him if he was moving and he said, “no, these are my dead friends”. He

I make a mental note not to upset him, but I’ll be keeping an eye out in the next book, just in case.

explained he was a homicide detective but that

Want You Dead by Peter James is published by Pan

he’d also just been tasked with re-opening every

Macmillan, in June, hardback £20. We have two copies to

unsolved murder in the county, applying the

give away – just email your name and address to samhl@

latest DNA and fingerprints, and so on. And each to be in with a chance of winning

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A host of famous names, a fabulous disco and a staggering amount of money raised for a very worthwhile cause – the first End Of event was an amazing success


PHOTOS EMMA JANE LEE eld at the end of April in the Hove Centre, End Of was an exciting, emotional event held to raise money

for RISE, a domestic violence charity covering the South East. Stars lined up to support the event, with performances from Alison Moyet, Caitlin Moran, Tracey Thorn, Suzanne Moore, Jackie Clune, Linda Lewis and so many more. The organising committee comprised of Julie Burchill – who had the idea for

Rise CEO Gail Gray spoke movingly about the work the charity performs

the whole event – actress Julie Graham, film director Astrid Edwards and our own editor, Sam Harrington-Lowe. Other key teamsters, without whom

Founder Julie Burchill was on the door in full regalia

the event would have been impossible, included stage manager Jemma Last, PR guru Caraline Brown and co-founder Naomi Stanley, plus a special mention for sound and lights by Richard Chamberlain and Ben Caro, awesome sound engineer Matt Ryan, and End Of shutterbug Julia Claxton. Sussex Style supported the event throughout the planning and the team were there in full force on the night! We are delighted to report that the event raised over £13,000 for the charity, with Legend Linda Lewis sang her classic ‘Rock-A-Doodle-Do’

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donations still rolling in. We thought we’d bring you a taste of the event with our photos from the night. ››

Jackie Clune wowed the crowd with her voice


From left: Tracey Thorn, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Suzanne Moore, Mark Wood, Caitlin Moran

Sussex Style’s Seán Kane and Richard Judd were thrilled to meet the wonderful Ann Mitchell

Actress Julie Graham and Stephanie Starlet worked the raffle together!


Sussex Style’s Sam Bilton

Ann Mitchell gave an emotional performance

Actress Zawe Ashton

Caitlin Moran’s reading had the audience howling with laughter

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Rose Collis sang along with a banjolele


The Scenery Eaters read ‘Angela’s Story’ – a harrowing but uplifting story from a domestic violence survivor. From left: Julie Graham, Sarah Solemani, Ann Mitchell, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Zawe Ashton


Classics like ‘Only You’ by Alison Moyet had the entire room on their feet

If you’d like to support Rise or if you would like to reach out for help, please visit or call 01273 622822

Compered by the inimitable Clare Cathcart

Guests Sue-Kim Steele and Kate Ray




Domestic Abuse In Numbers One in four women will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime. On average, two women every week are murdered by a partner or ex-partner. A woman is at most risk of death or serious injury at the point of leaving an abusive relationship or up to two years after. Every year, 750,000 children are in the same or next room when violence occurs. The annual financial cost of domestic abuse in the UK is estimated at £23bn.


he image of domestic abuse can be that of an angry brute raining fists and abuse on a cowering

Domestic abuse is not just physical – it is also emotional, financial and psychological tuary and Supp Sa n c

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Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident. It is the continuous eroding of a person over time.

domestic abuse, and it is discreet, private and safe. Gail Gray, RISE CEO (above, inset), says: ‘Last year RISE

woman, but the reality is often very different.

helped over 1,200 people, but we know this barely scratches

Survivors tell of falling deeply in love with

the surface. Domestic abuse affects every one of us, directly

charming, kind and caring people whose behaviour changes

or indirectly. We won’t stop working towards our vision of

to become controlling and abusive. A third of all domestic

freedom from domestic abuse. We know how to make people

abuse starts during pregnancy – a time when you are most

safe and how to help them make the changes they need.

in need of care. Domestic abuse is not always physical, and

Though we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, it is so

emotional abuse can be just as corrosive and damaging, with

sad that we are still needed. We wouldn’t be here without the

survivors left feeling worthless and isolated.

help and support of people like the End Of team.’

RISE stands for Refuge, Information, Support and

RISE has a track record at innovative working and has

Education and provides services ranging from direct advice

won a 2014 GSK Impact Award for developing a toolkit for

and help for those affected, to refuge space for families at

paramedics and ambulance staff to recognise signs of abuse

urgent risk. RISE also works in schools, teaching children

and respond appropriately. RISE also has staff discreetly

about healthy relationships to prevent the next generation

based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital offering direct

from repeating the same pattern, and is the first charity in

help to people in A&E and maternity units.

England to support LGBT survivors of domestic abuse. A priority for RISE is making it easier for people to get

RISE is well-supported locally in a variety of ways – from being the official local charity for the Brighton Half

help – research suggests only one in five incidents are

Marathon 2015, to its signature fundraiser, the RISE 8K

reported. Telling someone can be daunting; it may feel as

Undercliff Run for Women. For its 20th Anniversary it will

if you are risking your home, family and relationship and

host a ball in September and a national conference at the

that you might not be believed. This is the impetus behind

University of Sussex in November.

the new Domestic Abuse Surgery on Wednesday mornings

Details of these events and other ways to support RISE can

at Hove Town Hall. Run in partnership with Sussex police,

be found at

the surgery is for anyone directly or indirectly affected by

@riseuk; 01272 622822

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We loved this article on choosing the right art for your home, with Caroline True’s artwork

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Way back last year we looked at the controversial issue of fracking


Dan Raven considered his liver function

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We delved into the world of internet trolls and looked at what makes people do it. And we explored the craze for cocktails!


Dan Raven got stuck into Movember…And lighting designer Philip Oakley brightened up the interiors section



your child’s party is all about Don’t be fooled into thinking about which Oh no... these days it’s all the birthday girl or boy. Jandac bash of the year, says Laura mum can put on the best


own wedding. At the time I swore

thing I it was the most stressful God I had ever done and thanked Most of my only had to do it once. and friends are also now married weddings they too organised their people – sometimes for 150-200 the globe – in far flung corners of prepared but nothing could have us for

the It all starts months before most actual event. Firstly, and venue. importantly, there is the there As with any town or village are only one or two preferred

prestigious locations to hold your bird gathering so it’s the early

have known that takes the prize. I on a women to be gazumped you’ll popular party venue, so need

are on the Just when you think you the delicious home straight there comes buffet and nutritious homemade

the most stressful social event of any

child’s mother’s calendar: the uninitiated birthday party. To the it may seem that this comparison – how is a little out of proportion cake hard can it be to organise four-yearfew a for and balloons is VERY. olds? The short answer children In my experience the – but problem the are very rarely the these parties are not about proving children. This is all about and that that you are in control you can pull off the greatest


Cleo Rocos talked tequila… And Daniel Raven unwrapped the crass, commercial side of Christmas


is expected. before to get ready. It After what feels like forever, everyone it will be time to send the home, but that’s where its ugly dreaded party bag rears the head. A piece of cake and enough. odd yo-yo simply isn’t this parties I have been to two a year where the bag included are hardback book! Balloons helium mean I expected too – and bags are ones with weights. Party noses of a final way to get up the as parents the already depressed they leave with their hyperactive

party since the millennium celebrations with ease.

hen I got married I organised my

to be prompt – and be prepared to offer

proprietor a small incentive to the or a donation to the church.

an Invitations are of course to be sent absolute must and have young out in ample time, as most calendar children have a social the that would make even your want you if so Queen weep, get in early. favourite people there Increasingly popular nowadays

mean a is the theme. I don’t just and there – bit of fancy dress here all aspects, oh no. A theme covers

magic with our little angels, out making literally anything during of balloons, keep order a lengthy (and now rather

stage from the cake taking centre cups, to the matching plates, bags napkins and hats. Party it’s are a minefield but, whether Peppa Pig pirates or princesses, have or Fireman Sam, you must the co-ordinating paraphernalia

and generous) pass the parcel – for even sing during the food

happy. to keep your offspring No party for the under-sevens at would be any sort of party t. all without the entertainmen and The days of ‘Simon says’ – and ‘dead fishes’ are long gone of party there is now a new wave work their entertainers who can

fee worth a handsome fee. It’s a can make paying though, as they they are or break the event –and talking what everyone will be so about on Monday morning they had better be good! you are on think you when Just comes the home straight there the delicious and nutritious

home-made buffet. Pre-prepared Sausage foods are not acceptable. be made rolls, if present, need to Hoops from scratch and Hula initially are not an option. If you must tie went with a theme you pizza it in here with homemade crowns in the shape of boats or and sandwiches painstakingly

princess laid out to resemble a doubt palace. There will without

nut be vegetarians, vegans, allergies and lactose intolerance so a good selection is essential, even if it takes half the


children, feeling completely the inadequate knowing that party they held was nowhere near as good – or worse, the next one is theirs!


apple of On the way home the he’s your eye will tell you that sort of had an idea about what My party he’d like next year. start advice is count to 10 and

they making notes. It’s a shame of a fivedidn’t ask the mother Royal year-old to organise the done it Wedding – she could have still had with her eyes closed and ■ time left for the hokey-cokey.


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Laura Jandac wrote about children’s parties, and we got healthy with a guide to superfoods




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Independent education isn’t just for the super rich. Sam Bilton investigates what financial support is available to those on more modest incomes

Food has becom e my treat when I’m touring. It’s got to the point now where we book certain gigs, just so we can go to certain restau rants

Norman Cook is a global musica spanning some l star, with a career 30-odd years. But he’s also emerging as cautiously a real foodie . Sam Harrin caught up with gton-Lowe him to see what’s on the menu… PHOTOG




MARCH 2014




We talked to gorgeous actress Julie Graham… And explored the options for scholarships and bursaries


orman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, lives in a big right on the house beach, and we couldn’t have a more beautifu picked l day to visit. His home is and airy, and light we set up the He doesn’t seem photo shoot quickly. comfortable being photogr shuffles about aphed and a bit, althoug h he seems to chosen. ‘Most like the spot we’ve people just bung me in front groynes, or the of one of the smileys,’ he says. While our photogr apher snaps away, I chat throughout to him the shoot, gossipin g about old Brighton and faces. He names is clearly relieved when it ends, help thinking and I can’t it seems odd that he still struggles with photographed. being Maybe it just never stops feeling awkwar Outside, at the d. back of the house, on the decking sea, we settle by the down with cups of tea in the life gets more glorious sun, comfortable. and I’m here to talk love of food, to him about something he’s his been allowed a bit more. His to ‘come out’ management about team in the quiet, judging past have kept it to be ‘not really it very rock and properly out roll’, but he’s of the foodie closet now. Cook There has been loves food. much conjectu re locally about he’s involved just what in so, for the record, his interest s are as follows: ››

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SUSSEX FOOD FLAVOURS World Cup fever takes us by storm this month and we go all Brazilian, shaking the cachaรงa and mixing the salsa! In other news, the gentle broad bean takes centre stage as our seasonal hero, and we also bring you our usual mix of food and drink news, competitions and recipes




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Food news Sussex Style’s bon viveur Sam Bilton on this month’s tastes and treats





think broad beans (also known as fava beans)

must be the cosiest beans in the vegetable kingdom. Snuggled in a fleece-lined pod it almost seems criminal to turf them out into a saucepan. Once they have been released from their slumber they are admittedly the Plain Jane of legumes. You need to slip off their dull green jackets


to reveal their luxuriant emerald nakedness underneath. Picked very young, when the


t’s always a promising sign when you see a bench outside a

pods are no more than 5cm

greengrocer’s café positively groaning

long, they can be eaten whole

under the weight of lush fruit and veg.

like mangetout peas. The more

It hints to good things going on within.

mature beans require very little

Stepping inside the Sussex Produce

cooking – just 3-5 minutes in

Company its purpose is clear. There are no

salted boiling water should do

haphazard piles of potatoes for unwitting

it. They love bacon so try mixing

customers to trip over. Produce is neatly

them with some crisp pancetta,

stacked and its provenance clearly labeled.

or rippled through a Middle

It does what it says on the shop front and

Eastern-style bulgar wheat salad

provides a gamut of Sussex goodies.

with some feta and plenty of

The back of the menu reads like a roll-

fresh herbs. They are packed with

call of some of the finest food and drink

protein, riboflavin and vitamin C

glitterati in Sussex. When I visited I tried

and are very versatile. Check out

the hot roast beef sandwich with garlicky

my blog, www.comfortablyhungry.

rosemary potatoes, which was very good

com for my recipe for favamole, a

indeed. If you’re thirsty rather than

twist on the Mexican guacamole.

hungry there is raft of coffees available

Coffee Break of the Month

plus homemade smoothies and locally pressed apple and pear juice.




ALL ABOARD e are fortunate to have many

W fabulous vineyards in Sussex,

producing some world-class sparkling wines. What better way to explore some of them than sitting on a vintage



ot every talented cook wants to open their own restaurant, which is why the pop-up or supper club format is thriving. But perhaps one of the biggest headaches for the supper club host is the promotion of their event.

Enter Tabl, an online hub that connects enthusiastic cooks with adventurous diners looking for something more interesting than the conventional restaurant experience. ‘It’s like a dinner party with friends you haven’t met yet,’ explains co-founder Andrew Fisher. ‘Take a sidekick, a partner or go alone.’ As a potential guest you can browse forthcoming events on the website, find something you fancy and request a place at the table. As a host you can list your event for free and manage your bookings and even payments via the website. At the moment Tabl only lists events in Sussex (primarily Brighton) but they have big plans to expand the listing to further afield in the months to come. ‘It’s like having the management infrastructure of a well-run restaurant at your

Routemaster bus? The organisers of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink festival will be running wine bus tours once a month during the summer. The tours give you an opportunity to find out more about how the wine is produced and will also include tastings. During the Harvest Festival in September the popular Gourmet Bus Tour returns, which takes in some of the county’s finest food producers as well as a vineyard. For more details and to book tickets visit


Quencher If you have a thirst for something different

this summer you may want to try Qcumber. This refreshing drink is made from natural

fingertips, whenever you need it, without the cost and headaches of permanent

cucumber essence and sparkling spring

premises,’ adds Andrew.

water. It’s great as a stand-



We have two tickets for a Tabl event for one lucky Sussex Style reader. Just email your name and address to with the title ‘Tabl’ to be in with a chance of winning. For more details on being a guest or a host visit or email Andrew at

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alone drink or as a mixer for gin, vodka or Pimm’s. And with only 27 calories per 100ml it’s easy on the waistline too.

Available from Tesco, The Co-operative and Ocado. RRP £2.59 for 750ml


Dining at Pelham House ~ Delicious and seasonal Pelham House focuses on simple and delicious food, using good quality seasonal and locally sourced produce. We offer a variety of regularly changing menus. The restaurant is the perfect setting for a special lunch or dinner. We also have several additional dining rooms which seat between 4 and 120 guests private dining. Pelham House has a carefully selected list of wines and cocktails to complement our menus. Diners can choose the historic Panelled Room, the charming Garden End Room or to dine alfresco on the stunning south facing Terrace. Our Gallery menu is available from 10:00 until 22:00 for brunch, bar snacks, light meals and pre-dinner drinks and afternoon tea between 3pm and 5pm.

The Restaurant is open daily from 12:00 for lunch, and 18:00 for dinner.

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Brazil has some of the best street food in the world, which really shows off the diverse cultural influences that have shaped its food scene. These bite-sized empanadas are inspired by Brazilian flavours but are baked rather than deepfried (as is the tradition over there). Each filling will make 12 empanadas. Pastry for 12 Empanadas:

4) Place a teaspoon of your



chosen filling on one half

• 175g plain flour • ½ tsp fine sea salt • p inch cayenne pepper • 40g lard or white vegetable

of a pastry round. Moisten

except the coconut into

the edges with water then

a food processor. Process

fold the other half over

until you have a smooth

to enclose the filling. Seal

paste. Transfer to a bowl

the empanada by pressing

and stir in the coconut.

a fork along the outside

Season to taste.


• 1 tbsp vodka • 3-4 tbsp cold water • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze

1) Put all the ingredients

edge of the pastry. 6) Place the filled empanadas

Sweet Potato &

on a lined baking sheet.

Chorizo filling


Brush with beaten egg


Preheat the oven to 1800C

and cook for 15 minutes

1) Put the flour, salt, cayenne

or until golden. Serve

and lard into a food

warm or cold with the

processor and process

roasted pepper and brazil

until combined.

nut salsa.

running, add the vodka

Prawn & Coconut filling

followed by the cold water,


one tablespoon at a time,

• 150g raw peeled prawns,

formed. Cover and chill for an hour before use. 3) Roll the pastry out until it is 2-3mm thick. Using a 7.5cm-diameter pastry cutter cut rounds from the


• ½ tbsp olive oil •½ medium onion, finely chopped

• 1 00g chorizo, roughly

2) With the motor still

until a ball of soft dough is

1 sweet potato (approx.

roughly chopped

• 1 small clove garlic, crushed • zest of 1 lime • small handful fresh coriander

in a bowl and mash with the egg yolk and a little salt and pepper. Stir in the filling is best left to cool completely in the fridge before use.

Method Preheat the oven to 1800C

Roasted Pepper &

1) Roast the sweet potato

Brazil Nut Salsa

in its jacket for 50-60


minutes. Allow to cool.

• 2 red peppers, quartered

2) Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Cook the

roll the remnants in order

desiccated coconut

onion until just starting

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flesh from its jacket. Place

• 1 egg yolk • S alt and pepper to season

• 2 tbsp unsweetened • salt and pepper to season

3) Remove the sweet potato

chorizo and onion. This

pastry. You will need to reto get 12 rounds.

further 3 minutes.

chopped into 5mm pieces

defrosted if frozen

• ½-1 red chilli, deseeded and

chorizo and cook for a

to brown then add the

and deseeded

• 1 -2 red chillies • 2 fat garlic cloves • 4 tbsp olive oil


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• 5 0g brazil nuts •½ tsp salt • a few sprigs fresh coriander • j uice of ½ lime

to the oven for a further five minutes. Place the pepper quarters in the bag with the chillies and garlic. Seal the bag and leave until

Something to drink


o Brazilian-themed party is complete without the country’s famous cocktail, the caipirinha. This drink

is made with cachaça (a spirit distilled from the pure juice


cool enough to handle.

of sugar cane), limes and a little sugar. The caipirinha is a

Preheat the oven to 2000C .

Put the nuts to one side

no-fuss cocktail that is simple to make and really easy

1) Place the pepper quarters,

until required.

(possibly too easy) to drink!

chillies and garlic cloves

3) Peel the pepper quarters

Ypióca Cachaça is available at Sainsbury’s stores

(unskinned) in a bowl. Toss

and place in a food

the vegetables in 1 tbsp

processor. Deseed the

of the olive oil. Transfer

chillies (there’s no need


to a baking tray with the

to skin them) and squeeze

peppers skin side up and

the pulp from each clove

roast for 20 minutes.

of garlic. Add these to the

• 2½oz Ypióca Cachaça • 2 tsp granulated sugar • 8 lime wedges

2) Remove the tray from the

and online at, priced £19.

food processor along with

oven. Place the chillies and

3 tbsp olive oil and the


garlic in a plastic bag. Add

remaining ingredients.

1) M uddle the sugar into the lime wedges in an

the nuts to the peppers on

Process until you have a

Old Fashioned glass. Fill the glass with ice

the baking tray and return

smooth purée.

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It’s never too late to get in shape, with many people in their fifties, sixties and beyond finding a whole new lease of life, says Matt Guy Wright f you’re reading this article

your muscle memory will snap

a week can reduce your body fat

and are over fifty, chances

back because the foundations of

by 3 per cent in only 10 weeks,

are that you’re wanting to

fitness were planted while your

even if you don’t cut a single

look and feel better. People

adult body was forming.

calorie. Add brisk walking,

in their middle age and beyond

We know our metabolism slows

swimming or cycling into the mix

are becoming more proactive in

down as we age, depressingly

and your entire body will quickly

their pursuit of fitness. ‘A great,

so for some. What we can get

start to tone up. Weightlifting is

toned, sculpted body is the new

away with in terms of eating and

very easy, and it is not reserved

must-have designer bag,’ as one

drinking in our twenties, the

only for those scary-looking

female client recently said to me.

body punishes us for mercilessly

muscle mountain type creatures

She has a body most 25-year-old

a few decades on. Once we hit

who huff and puff all day in

women would kill for. She is 66.

40, we start to pay for all of those

the gym, only to stand in a long

black coat on the door outside

Having trained people of all different ages, shapes and sizes in my career, I have seen a dramatic change in the fitness demographic over the past few years. Looking great from head to toe is no longer a privilege of the

You wake up one day and the fat fairies have kidnapped that fabulous derrière of yours and taken those snake hips with it

young. I now train more people

Spearmint Hippo of an evening. Weight or strength training is safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health. In fact, people with health concerns often benefit the most

in the forties to seventies age

little indulgencies – and boy does

from exercise that includes

range than ever before.

it show. You wake up one day and

lifting weights. It can be very

The most important fact

the fat fairies have kidnapped

powerful in reducing the signs

I tell people is this: no matter

that fabulous derrière of yours

and symptoms of numerous

how many years you haven’t

and taken those snake hips with

diseases and chronic conditions,

exercised, lifted a weight or

it. It’s time to take action; time

such as arthritis, diabetes,

walked further than from your

to get your assets back. The faster

osteoporosis, obesity, back pain

door to your car, your body will

your body moves, the faster your

and depression.

respond to exercise more easily

metabolism will, too, revving

than you think. If you were

your body up to be a leaner,

into an exercise routine is

sporty as a teenager and you’re

meaner, fat-burning machine.

especially beneficial to women

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Just two weightlifting sessions

Incorporating strength training

post-menopause as it significantly


increases bone density and reduces the risk of fractures. However gently or energetically you choose to start getting in shape, it is vital that you find an exercise routine that you enjoy and that is realistic for your schedule to accommodate. If you like gyms, join one that is as close to your work or home as possible. If you’re already a gym member, talk to the professionals – that’s what they’re there for. If a gym is too pricey or just not your style, try getting some friends together to form a group where you can all start out together and be doing it with people you know. Find a fitness instructor to teach your group and you’ll be able to negotiate a good deal. However you do it, there is no greater motivator than the way we look and feel once we are doing something about it. When others notice the improvements too, even better. I have been training one lady four times a week for two and a half years and she is 56. She looks amazing, and often gets admiring glances, wolf whistles and quite a few compliments in the street from strangers. ‘I had a sweet young man ask me out for a drink when I was shopping in Waitrose the other day. My husband thinks it’s hilarious,’ she boasts. If you’re 50, you may not even be halfway through your life yet, so keep that body and mind of yours in the best shape for as long as possible. Matt Guy Wright is a personal trainer based in Brighton. 07814 765054; JUNE 2014 | WWW.SUSSEXSTYL E .C O M | 3 9


TECHNOLOGY Bruzz is creating a buzz within the beauty world…


he nailbrush is a

the impregnated vanilla extract

bathroom essential,

keeps it – and your nails

yet although it

– smelling gorgeous too.

comes in many

Grubby nails (and fingers)

by containing all liquid within Above and opposite: Bruzz is available in hot pink, blue and white and retails at £11.95

the brush. It can be used on natural nails as well as acrylics, gels, gel polish, fiberglass and all

different sizes and materials,

will be a thing of the past with a

its design remains relatively

simple squeeze of liquid soap into

unchanged. That is, until now.

the centre of the Bruzz, making

Bruzz is a unique design, which

them really sparkle, and it can

The woman behind the brand

is registered and patented, and

also be used dry as a dusting

Bruzz was born when Emma

cleans the top, underside and tip

brush. The removable soft-touch

Myers, a nail and beauty

of the nail in one simple action.

bristles make it easy to clean –

therapist, couldn’t find anything

It nurtures nails with its multi-directional cleaning while the antibacterial bristles ensure

even dishwasher safe – for long lasting results. Unlike a standard

upmost hygiene as well as

nailbrush, the ergonomic

maintaining beautiful, healthy

Bruzz prevents excess

nails. Its gentle action gives a nail

water and soap spray

massage at the same time and

splashing the bathroom

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kinds of nail art (including 3D) and even on toes.

better than a standard nailbrush. She worked with a design team, applied for the patent, design protection and trademark and after months of intensive testing, Bruzz is


creating a buzz. She says: ‘Many nail technicians won’t use a standard nailbrush on a client as they cannot be sanitised properly and are hard on the nails. Bruzz is so easy to use – as a nail cleaning brush, a finger cleaner and a dusting brush. Clients will love them because

Bruzz prevents excess water and soap spray splashing the bathroom by containing all liquid within the brush

there’s nothing more frustrating than your nails being dirty only a couple of days after having your nails done, and the only way to get the dirt out is to use the end of a cuticle pusher. It still amazes me that I have invented this product that actually works and does the job brilliantly.’

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Whether you’re hitting the beach, holidaying with the in-crowd or heading to a festival, here’s our pick of this season’s must-haves, by fashion expert Sarah Drew Jones Andres Sarda

Michael Kors sunglasses, £76,

Kaftan, £19.95, H&M, Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Worthing

Necklace £17.50, Topshop, stores across Sussex

Butterfly by Matthew Williamson swimsuit, £39.50, Debenhams, Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Worthing


Andres Sarda

For summer holidays, take your cue from Riviera style, where classic swimwear mixes with super-glam accessories in hot metals and bright pops of colour. Hero piece? The cutaway swimsuit: on-trend and oh-so-chic.

Andres Sarda

Sandals, £35, Accessorize, stores across Sussex

PrimaDonna bikini top (E-G cup), £77, and briefs, £43, Lily & Grace Lingerie, Forest Row Cover-up, £25, Marks & Spencer, stores across Sussex 42 | W W W. SU SS E X ST Y L E.CO M | J U NE 2014

Tote, £28, River Island, Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Eastbourne, Worthing

Bikini top, £25, and briefs, £18, Biba at House of Fraser, Chichester


Teresa Helbig

Silver rucksack, £69, Collection Weekend at John Lewis

Bracelet, £169, Thomas Sabo, in independent jewellers across Sussex Isabel Marant

Maxi dress, £119, Mint Velvet, Chichester



Forget mudbaths and boho baubles; spring /summer 2014 festival fashion has a laid-back elegance. Opt for streamlined silhouettes in a neutral palette and add edge with funky jewels and embellished fabrics. Think Coachella-meets-couture, and have fun in the sun.

Lace playsuit, £69, French Connection, Brighton

Cuff, £8.50, Topshop, stores across Sussex

Sandals, £29.95, H&M, Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Worthing

Dress, £85, Kate Moss for Topshop, stores across Sussex

Trousers, £139, Hobbs, Brighton and Chichester

Moto jacket, £195, Wallis, Eastbourne and Chichester and department stores across Sussex


Necklace, £24.99, H&M, Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Worthing Clutch, £59, Pied a Terre at House of Fraser, Chichester Topshop

Dress, £149, Monsoon, stores across Sussex

Ralph Lauren

Maxi dress, £125, Coast, Brighton and department stores across Sussex

Roberto Torretta


Summer occasion wear calls for straight-from-the-catwalk polish. Look for ethereal draping, goddess gowns, cool shades of ice-white and aqua, and keep accessories sophisticated for maximum impact.

Marc Jacobs watch, £121.50,

Embellished dress, £149, Monsoon, stores across Sussex

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Clutch, £55, Coast, Brighton and department stores across Sussex

Maxi dress, £89, Marks & Spencer, stores across Sussex

Heels, £65, Office, Brighton


Necklace, £8.50, Diva at Miss Selfridge, Brighton and department stores across Sussex

Clutch, £79, Mary Portas for House of Fraser Dennis Basso

Earrings, £7.50, Accessorize, stores across Sussex


Ana Locking

Watch, £159, Guess, in independent jewellers across Sussex


Sunhat, £19.50, Janet Reger for Debenhams, Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Worthing

Sandals, £29.50, Autograph at Marks & Spencer, stores across Sussex

Add the finishing touches to your holiday wardrobe with cute accessories in juicy, sunshine shades. A few well-chosen pieces will instantly dial up the drama of denim and weekend basics; sunglasses in a hot print add style kudos.

Sunglasses, £15, Topshop, stores across Sussex

Tote, £199, Radley, stockists across Sussex

Gladiators, £28, Office, Brighton



BRIGHT After many years of trading, renowned jewellery designer Jeremy Hoye has decided to re-invent himself as the all-new House of Hoye, creating some unique, avant-garde jewellery

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eremy Hoye is a leading British contemporary

British designers who we find exciting and are very different

jewellery designer. He has been designing jewellery

from the high street stores.’

in his Brighton store since 1994, creating exciting collections in gold, platinum and silver for both men

Jeremy’s store has taken on a complete new identity and feel. ‘The store has doubled in size, which allows us to use the

and women. After 20 years at the same location he felt now

space creatively. We want the store to be a place of interest

was the time to re-invent and create his jewellery emporium,

for visitors to Brighton. We aim to hold various events at

House Of Hoye. He explains: ‘A light came on in my head

the store, such as small music gigs, launch parties and art

while on holiday last summer. I decided I didn’t want to

exhibitions. We recently held Handbags For Hospices’ launch

create a brand but just design and make really good jewellery.

party at our store and allowed them to have a small pop-up

I felt this had been lost over the last 20 years. I have been

shop at our premises. By collaborating with other creatives

designing but not releasing new collections until I felt the

we are broadening our customer base and it’s more fun for

time was right. That time is now. With House of Hoye I have

our customers visiting the store.’

the opportunity to show my passion for jewellery. Rather than

Jeremy Hoye has worked with many big names including

designing large collections that take months to produce I am

Diesel, Virgin Airlines, Jaeger, Porsche, O2, Vauxhall and

making one-offs and small collections of five or six pieces.

renowned couture designer Jenny Packham. He has also

‘This makes the store and website more interesting

collaborated with BMG records, which saw his jewellery

and keeps both my customers and I more interested.

worn by chart-topping stars including Avril Lavigne and

Commissions and re-modelling being a big part of my work.

Sister Bliss. Other celebrities include Holly Willoughby,

Dealing with the customers directly I can make sure that

Fearne Cotton and Zoë Ball.

nothing is lost in translation. It also gives me the chance

to push the customer towards designing and making more

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As the sun comes out and we take to the great outdoors, whether you’re camping, glamping or heading to a festival, stay stylish and cool with these essential beauty goodies…

bareMinerals Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette £39 Everything you need for a flawless, radiant complexion with a no-make-up look and feel. Available at Boots and department stores

Femfresh Intimate wipes £1.59 Avoid that queue for the shower and stay fresh as a daisy. These pH-balanced handy wipes are biodegradable too. Available at supermarkets and chemists

The Body Shop Soothing Aloe Gel £8 This soothing facial gel contains organic aloe vera and is an instant rescue when skin needs extra care for sunburn etc. Available at The Body Shop

D7 Popper Compact Brush £2.50 A brush and mirror all in one, this hairbrush compact features smooth, ball-tipped retractable pins and vanity mirror. Perfect. Available at Boots and Superdrug

Chanel Chance Shimmering Body Cream £57 A touch of luxury is a must and we adore this cream, launching on 13th June. It gives just a whisper of shimmer, nothing OTT. Très glam Call 020 7493 3836 for stockist details

Lush Ultrabalm £8.75 Keep this all-purpose balm in your survival kit for just about anything. Cuts, chafes, dry lips… it’s a little pot of moisturising wonder. Available at Lush stores

Batiste Dry Shampoo 50ml £1.55 The UK’s number one dry shampoo is now available in a 50ml size. Choose from flirty Blush, summery Tropical or Original. Available at supermarkets and chemists

Dr Bronner’s Magic Liquid Soap £1.99 With 18-in-1 uses in one bottle you can use this to wash your body, hair or even as mouthwash. Comes in a range of scents. Available at Waitrose and health food stores

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GARDEN GANG Embrace contemporary design and add some bold, quirky touches to your outdoor space this summer, says Jess Denny

Rainboots This quirky porcelain umbrella stand in porcelain can also be used as a vase for flowers. £130, Spotted, Steyning

Horse Tyre Swing This fun, solid horse swing with yellow rope mane can be easily attached to any tree. £85, Spotted, Steyning

Chaussures Flower Pots These funny and versatile concrete Brogues add an element of fun to whatever you put in them. £52.50, Edited, Brighton

Aquart Shower A copper outdoor shower with an irresistible retro charm, which fits perfectly to the natural appearance of your garden. £160,

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Festival Picnic Table The perfect companion to enjoy the sunny days, this table with integrated benches can be easily folded and turned into a compact case. £149, Rockett St George


Seletti Swan Watering Can This clever ceramic swan can be used as a watering can, a teapot or a vase. Available in white or red. £130, Edited, Brighton

Seletti Bella Vista Outdoor Light Garland Measuring 14.2m long and featuring 10 LED contemporary, golf ball-style light bulbs. Available in black or white. £85, Heal’s, Brighton

Paralumi Shades Designed to fit with the Seletti Bella Vista light garlands, Paralumi offers a modern take on traditional lampshades. £10 each, Heal’s, Brighton

Seletti Outline garden bench, chair and table This fabulously stylish range of garden furniture is made from metal but benefits from cataphoresis painting, giving it high corrosion resistance and maximum protection from rust. Bench £613, Chair £419, Table £123, Vale Furnishers, Ash Vale

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Sick of being surrounded by clutter? Have a spring clean and recreate the orderliness and calm of a boutique hotel room in your own home, says Sofie Allsopp t is around this time of

have more ordered homes, with

year that many of us start

less stuff sitting around not being

planning our annual

used. So this ‘hotel project’ is

holiday. Be it a pilgrimage

starting with a spring clean –

to the sun or a week in the Lake

a cathartic clear out.

District, I am sure many of

First stop: the wardrobe. If

you spend a few hours at work

you have not worn something

sneakily gazing at hotel websites

in a calendar year, out it goes.

when the boss isn’t looking.

Be ruthless – pare down your

I love hotels; they provoke in

clothes, shoes and underwear to

me a childlike excitement – huge

a manageable ‘capsule’ collection.

beds, fluffy bath robes, mini

If you don’t want to give items

bottles of shampoo and booze,

away but you never wear them,

TV in the bedroom, room service

store them in the attic. Go

and chocolates on your pillows.

through your make-up drawers,

What’s not to love?

throw out the old mascaras,

I also love the orderliness and

manky powder compacts and

calm of a hotel bedroom and

that blue eye-shadow you bought

I have often wanted to recreate

for an eighties fancy dress party.

the feel of these rooms in my own

Pack away the nick-knacks,

home. I am not talking Premier

leaving just a few photographs

Inn here; I want my bedroom

of books and old water glasses

to resemble one of the suites at

and the dressing table is clear as

Babington House or The Wild

a bell; not overflowing with half-

Rabbit, Daylesford’s new

full moisturiser tubs and dusty

establishment in Oxfordshire.

photograph frames. The lack of

As a result I have deconstructed

mess and disorder is calming –

the hotel room so I can recreate

Zen as the Japanese would say,

it in my little apartment in

in fact for this project we need

Edinburgh and feel as if I am

to take a leaf out of their book

on holiday all year round.

and minimise our clutter.

This page: Tripod Triomphe table, OKA Opposite: Lampshade in Angus Stripe Nordic Ivory, cushions and throws in checks and stripes, all Ian Mankin

and prized items. Believe me, it’s worth it – nothing is more satisfying than a proper oncea-year clear out. Now you are ready to transform your bedroom into a chic, sleek master suite. Choose a colour palette: I recommend a pale neutral tone for the walls and one or two possibly brighter,

People in Tokyo live in tiny

complementary colours for soft

a hotel room – there is no clutter,

spaces, the price of property per

furnishings, linen, curtains and

the wardrobes are empty, the

sq m is among the highest in the

accessories. The Crosby Street

bedside tables are gloriously free

world and as a result they tend to

Hotel, NYC has some seriously ››

As I say, I love the order of

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I love the order of a hotel room – the bedside tables are gloriously free of old water glasses and the dressing table isn’t overflowing with half-full moisturiser tubs





stylish rooms – I love its pale

is an Aladdin’s cave when it

grey and yellow scheme, which

comes to lighting and I challenge

is simple yet glamorous. The bed

anyone not to find something to

needs to be the focal point, and

their taste. I have gone with the

one of the easiest ways to add a

small Pisa table lamp in bronze

bit of va va voom to your divan

with a herb silk shade, which

is with a beautiful headboard.

I think complements the OKA

Laura Ashley is my go-to for

side tables perfectly.

headboards – they have a choice

If you are going all out and

of five styles of upholstered

would like to have new curtains


board, from the modern Camber

made, I rcan ecommend one

to the more traditional Stanton

particular designer, Ian Mankin,

and an extensive range of fabrics

who has the most beautiful range

with which to cover them. Taking

of natural fabrics, specialising

inspiration from my New York

in tickings, stripes and checks

Hotel I would opt for the Stanton

– think soft biscuit and beige

in Dalton Dove Grey (super king

eye-wateringly expensive but Etsy

linens with pale blues, greens

£550) although I was also quite

has a wide range for a pleasingly

and reds running through them.

taken with Amie Pink (£475).

purse-conscious price.

They are also 100% natural and

For bedside tables I have

For bed linen I go to The White

produced in a Lancashire cotton

Company – its Dulwich range is

chosen OKA’s delicate Triomphe

mill run by the same family for

beautiful; crisp white with just a

Tripod table (£285 each) as I love

six generations.

small silver border to tie in with

the antique mirror finish and the

the grey headboard, and I’ll top

Art Deco feel of them. They are

re-cover your dressing-table chair

this off with the luxurious Albany

small enough to fit either side of

or, if you are feeling up for a craft

quilt in silver (super king £325).

your bed if space is on the tight

For my brighter colour I have

side but are big enough to fit

opted for a dusky pink instead of

a lamp, book and picture frame.

yellow. I love the combination of

Lighting is also incredibly

grey with subtle flashes of pink

important and you want soft

and it gives me an excuse to buy

lighting by your bed; enough

some SilkWay pink Ikat cushions

to read by but not enough to

from Etsy (£16.13). I adore these

infuriate your partner if they are

Uzbekistani fabrics, they can be

trying to fall asleep. Vaughan

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Make your garden bright and beautiful this summer, and add a touch of glamour to your al fresco dining, says Laura Jandac


From top: Ice Queen chandelier; Gold Digger hose with Reindeer mount; Butterfly garden bench, all Rockett St George

friend of mine who has recently moved to Australia happened to mention while we

were having a catch up that she and her boyfriend were off to

miserable days into the most

a barbecue the following week.

gloriously pleasant ones. Bright colours are always a

I was so jealous that unlike us unlucky Brits, the Aussies

must for the garden because they

were able to make plans and

always look fabulous. should

assume that unless there was

the sun rear its head, and the

a catastrophic change in the

selection of plates, glasses and

weather patterns it would be

cutlery suitable for outside and

sunny tomorrow, the next day

designed to avoid breakages

and the day after that.

without compromising on style is constantly growing. Check

In the past, I’ve invited friends over to mine on a sunny morning only for the garden to

out John Lewis ( for great melamine

be a washout by the afternoon. They have no idea how

tableware and beautiful glassware that has to be touched

lucky they are. Deciding that I wouldn’t let the weather get

before you realise it is not actually glass.

in the way I would throw some shrimps on the barbie the

The beautiful butterfly garden bench pictured here is from

following weekend, no matter what. As the week went on,

Rockett St George ( and is very

the sun seemed to get brighter and warmer by the day

reasonably priced at £125., and it is an asset to any garden.

so as I collected together the barbecue paraphernalia I actually allowed myself to relax and think that my optimism might just actually pay off. It has been so long since I have allowed myself to believe an outdoor get together might actually happen I realised that my

Go crazy with fairy lights as dusk falls and

Bright colours are always a must for the garden because they always look fabulous, should the sun rear its head

if you are feeling flush or are ready to get down on one knee and pop the question the Ice Queen chandelier with its beautiful LED lights is an absolute must (£1,212, also Rockett St George). Plant flowers in old welly boots or an old

garden furniture was slightly lacking. Two broken garden

tin bath and when it’s time to water them look no further

chairs, a sun lounger and a wobbly table didn’t really cut

than the fabulously named Gold Digger hose with reindeer

the mustard so I started to look around to see what was on

wall mount at £119.95 and £249.95 respectively.

offer and was pleasantly surprised. Despite our hit and miss

Whether rain or shine make your garden the place to

weather, manufacturers are designing and supplying some

be this summer and just believe that the sun will make an

fabulous outdoor furniture that can turn even the most

appearance. I’m crossing everything.

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Significantly refurbishing your home can be a daunting, not to mention expensive, process. Architects Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor specialise in residential work of all sizes and demystify the process here


ltering or refurbishing

Jonathan Taylor are as follows:

your home is, for many, a once-in-a-

Strategic design and briefing

lifetime opportunity

After an initial briefing meeting,

Opposite: A view of the new library from the living room at the family home in Highbury, London. The refurbished house provides an elegant and practical backdrop to family life

for the house, projecting slightly into the garden. This ‘unlocked’ the plan of the house, providing more generous living and kitchen

to create rooms and spaces

we work up a number of strategic

that reflect their lifestyle,

design options to work out

personalities and tastes. It also

broadly what will be possible

represents a sizeable financial

and to think laterally around the

outlay, involving various

brief. It is often better for a client

professions and trades and a

to think about what they would

the dormer-plus-extension option

significant upheaval of daily life.

like the project to achieve, rather

and it was more functional

than describe how they think it

too, plus it had the additional

should be done.

benefit of replacing the ugly

In order to gain the most from your budget and your professional team it is important

Our project for the extension

spaces on the ground floor and adding a bedroom and en-suite bathrooms to the first floor. Cost-wise, this solution compared very favourably with

rear elevation with an elegant

to be mindful of the key stages

of a house in a pretty Suffolk

new one. The project achieved

in any construction project.

village is one example. The client

planning permission without

wished to add a bedroom and a

a hitch in this Conservation Area,

centre every project,’ says partner

kitchen extension to the property

Area of Outstanding Natural

Timothy Smith. ‘Not only do

by building into the attic and the

Beauty and Site of Special

they commission the work to be

garden. Our solution was actually

Scientific Interest!

undertaken, but their character

to propose a new rear elevation

‘For us, the client is at the

and lifestyle, and the nature of their existing home and plans for its alteration are the basis of the project.’ The key stages in any build for Timothy Smith &

It is often better for a client to think about what they would like to achieve, rather than describe how it should be done

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agree the look and feel of the design by choosing materials and basic construction details. We also establish the Planning Permission requirements and make the relevant applications. We recently gained planning permission for a large new house and barn conversion in a sensitive location next to a listed cottage. This involved extensive negotiation with the local planning department and our computer visualisations were key to the successful outcome. Director of the development company, Susan Humphrey says: ‘The process of gaining planning approval can be bewildering, but establishing a clear case for

Clockwise from main image: An interpretation of a Victorian staircase in Highbury; computer visualisations were key to gaining planning permission in a sensitive location; a bathroom at the Highbury property

our proposal with the beautiful images that Smith & Taylor produced was incredibly useful.’ Detailed design and specification This is a major piece of work but it is also an exciting one when we work very closely with the client to define the precise materiality of the project and all of the fittings and finishes. Our refurbishment of a house in Highbury, London was fully specified down to the light switches and door handles; the new rhyming with the original Victorian features. Home cinema installations were discretely designed into bespoke cupboards by working closely

Establishing a clear case for our proposal with the beautiful images that Smith & Taylor produced was incredibly useful

with the audio/visual experts and specialist joiners and new finishes were detailed to work perfectly with the existing period features of the property. Visualisations were made of the




main rooms for the client so that they could make decisions about

Main image: A new joinery piece – based on a traditional settle – in a listed Georgian townhouse

finishes and colours, and the result was a home that is at once the expression of our client’s tastes and also an elegant and practical backdrop to family life. We advise on all sorts of

Below, clockwise from bottom: Existing facade of the Suffolk property; model of proposed scheme; investigative sketches

technical matters such as the integration of underfloor heating or of different strategies for lighting, for example, and we liaise with any other parties such as structural engineers. Construction The detailed information is used to obtain prices from suitable builders. Once a price has been agreed we set up a standard form of contract between the client and the builder, which is used to ensure that the project is built on budget and on time. We work with the builder to ensure that the quality of the construction meets the required specification. It is important to us that the investment in time and money that our clients have made in the earlier stages of the job is protected all the way through to completion. We deal with queries from site and visit regularly – weekly or more, often – to check on progress. Ensuring that the client enjoys the process and that all professionals and trades can operate to their very best and produce work that they are

It is important that the investment made in time and money in the earlier stages of the job is protected all the way through to completion

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proud of is the key to a successful domestic project. Contact Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor LLP architects for a free consultation. 020 7241 1494;


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With its fantastic location and contemporary style, Moderno ticks all the boxes when it comes to family living


rand new to the market in Brighton, Bellway

three storeys, with different areas carefully designed to meet

Homes is pleased to launch Moderno, an

the needs of modern living. The spacious open-plan kitchen

enchanting collection of exclusive three and four

and living areas are planned to make the most of natural

bedroom family townhouses. As Dorothy said

light, with French windows leading out to a rear garden.

in The Wizard of Oz, ‘There’s no place like home’, and that is

Blending seamlessly with the local suburban environment,

why any new home needs to be a special place. Combining

Moderno offers all the benefits of eco-technology,

a fantastic location with spacious and stylish properties,

incorporating innovative green features. Interiors are

Moderno ticks all the boxes when it comes to family living.

well-appointed, with a high-quality specification selected

To add fun and a bit of magic, Bellway Homes has

throughout, including sleek kitchens fully equipped with

incorporated a Wizard of Oz theme at Moderno and is

integrated Zanussi or AEG appliances, some complete with

encouraging potential buyers to follow the yellow brick

granite worktops. Bathrooms feature Roca ‘Nexo’ white

road that leads to the private cul-de-sac where Moderno is

sanitaryware and ceramic floor tiles, while laminate flooring

peacefully located. With easy access to Brighton’s seaside

and carpets are fitted as standard.

and the green, open spaces of the South Downs, Moderno

Moderno is conveniently located just a short walk from

is a magical place for families, surrounded by landscaped

Preston Park station from where Central London is just an

grounds, child-friendly roads and woodland.

hour away by train and direct trains to Gatwick Airport take

Steve Jones, Managing Director at Bellway Homes South

half an hour. By road, Moderno is close to the A27, which

East comments: ‘Brighton has many attractions – a lively

provides convenient access along the South Coast while the

but relaxed city with lots to do, yet next to the sea and the

A23 towards London is less than 10 minutes away.

countryside. It’s a magical combination.’

Homes at Moderno are priced from £449,995 to £639,995.

The four stylish house types at Moderno – named The

For further information please visit the sales centre at Fox and

Dorothy, The Lion, The Tin Man or The Toto – are a far cry

Sons Estate Agents in Hove, or visit

from Kansas, offering a glorious sense of space set across

or call 0845 548 3020

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MUM ON THE RUN Laura Jandac used to enjoy a few drinks on a school night… until she tried looking after a small child the morning after


here are some things in life that just go together. Jelly and ice-cream, grandparents and babysitting or wellies and muddy puddles but I have discovered to my peril that there are also some

combinations that simply do not mix and must not to be tried. For me it was small children and hangovers. I can cope with either of them on their own quite admirably (the latter having had many years of practice) but together they are a formidable concoction, guaranteed to floor you on impact despite your best efforts. At my age I should know better, I groaned to myself. I have had many a hangover in my time, with varying degrees of severity but rarely anything I couldn’t handle: ‘Nothing a coke and salt and vinegar crisps can’t fix,’ I would repeat like a stuck record, but when you throw a four-year-old into the mix, challenging is an understatement. and subsequently on me, which I was sure he had never done

said, ‘get better mummy’. Oh, the shame!! He duly went

before until my husband assured me that he does it every

downstairs and played beautifully on his own. Oh, the guilt!

morning. He seemed only to be able to shout for some reason

If I hadn’t been quite so close to death I would have followed

and despite mummy’s begging he couldn’t turn the volume

him down in a nanosecond but sadly just the movement

down. My husband assured me again that this is a regular

of an eyeball was too much. I hereby promise to never again

occurrence. Eggs were promptly demanded for breakfast, by

drink on a school night.

which point I knew I had to take drastic action. I carefully explained to my son that I had picked up the

I relayed this story to a good friend that reckons I got off pretty lightly. She told of a child/hangover episode that truly

same stomach bug that his best friend George had had

trumped mine. Said friend had the kind of hangover that

the week before (ooh, the lies!) He kissed my head and

creeps up on you. The one where you wake up in the morning

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My son greeted me that morning by jumping on the bed


He went downstairs and played beautifully on his own. I would have followed him down in a nanosecond but sadly just the movement of an eyeball was too much

and give yourself a pat on the back for making to the next

There were bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds and bumper

morning without so much as a dry throat. As she was

cars. Her children’s faces lit up and hers dropped. Whilst she

feeling so well she had planned a full family day out – beach,

could throw money at them for the bouncy castle, bumper

sandcastles, picnic, the works.

cars needed to be driven by a grown-up and she had no

On the car journey on the way there she started to sober

choice but to belt-up and take the wheel. I’ll let you fill in the

up (she wasn’t the designated driver) and realised too late

gaps but needless to say her daughter was left in the middle

that a day on the beach was absolutely not what the doctor

of the circuit without a designated driver as my friend legged

had ordered. When they arrived, breathing a sigh of relief

it to the nearest bathroom. She too vowed never again to

they hadn’t had to pull over, she quickly noticed, but not as

drink if she had the children the following day.

quickly as her two children, that the fair had come to town.

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A SPORTING CHANCE Should school sports be competitive or does the pressure of winning take the fun out of playing? Sam Bilton investigates


any of us parents

football team. But it seems not

have stood on

all children share their parent’s

the sidelines,

thirst for victory.

devoting hours to

A recent survey conducted

Above: Sally Gunnell, pictured with her husband Jonathan and three boys, believes that competition in sport is important

The winner takes it all Everyone likes to win but is it the be all and end all of sport? ‘Winning is important as it’s

supporting our children in their

by Marylebone Cricket Club

your moment to show that you

sporting endeavours. It may be a

(MCC) and the Chance to Shine

weekly occurrence or just once a

cricket charity revealed that

year, but at some point you will

64% of children would be

Sally Gunnell, herself no

be required to demonstrate your

relieved, not bothered or happier

stranger to winning. She is

solidarity with your offspring as

if the competitive element of

still the only woman to hold

they take part in a sport.

school sport was removed. ‘It’s

the Commonwealth, European,

are really good at something,’ says former Olympic athlete

A curious thing happens to

worrying to see that so many

World and Olympic track titles

these spectators. Even the most

children would be relieved to


placid individual can turn into

see competition removed from

‘But losing is important too,’

a snarling pit bull as they get

sport,’ said Wasim Khan MBE,

adds Gunnell, who lives in West

caught up in the competitive

chief executive of Chance to

Sussex with her husband and

spirit. I’ve watched fathers clap

Shine. Coaches from the charity

three boys. ‘Life isn’t all plain

and bark at their children to

will be visiting schools across the

sailing. If you lose you shouldn’t

encourage them to go faster in

country this summer to explain

dwell on it but should move on

swimming galas and diminutive

the importance of playing

and learn from your mistakes.’

mothers take the burly, 6ft 3in

competitive sport fairly and to

referee to task over a decision to

demonstrate the benefits it can

Federation (WSFF) has expressed

award a penalty against her son’s

bring to children’s lives.

concern over the number of

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The Women’s Sport and Fitness


National School Sport Week 23rd-27th June

Encourage your school to register for National School Sport Week. It will have access to a range of resources, guidance and ideas on how to engage children to take part in at least five hours of PE and sport during this week. For more information, visit

girls dropping out of sport in their teens. Just over one in ten 14-year-old girls currently meet the official guidelines for physical activity, half the number of boys bring health and well-being into

at the same age.

the workplace. ‘The activities

There are many issues that are turning girls off sport including

available should be more diverse,

family concerns about the safety

such as zumba or dance classes

of sporting activities, girls’

rather than traditional sports.’ ‘The truth is that everyone

concerns over their appearance, the perceived masculinity of sport,

is different and it is important

not to mention the competitive

that schools recognise this and

nature of many sports.

provide a variety of activities that are best suited to their pupils,’

‘A large number of girls feel that too much PE and

these activities way from the

school sport is still focused on

gaze of boys, in girl-only groups

traditional competitive sport,

so that they can feel comfortable

and attention is reserved for the

in what they wear. But above all

sporty and talented,’ explains

they want to feel encouraged and

Ruth Holdaway, CEO of the WSFF.

rewarded for their efforts.

Above: Cricket is being kept alive in schools across the country, thanks to the Chance to Shine charity

director for the Youth Sport Trust. ‘Some will have a natural pull towards competition and thrive in that environment while others will be more comfortable

‘Participating in sport should CRICKET PHOTOGRAPHY: CHANCE TO SHINE

says Alison Oliver, managing

taking part in activities and

It’s the taking part that counts

be fun so if girls aren’t enjoying

sports for other outcomes such

According to the research the

it we should be asking whether

as fun, health and friendship.’

WSFF has conducted into girls’

we are teaching it appropriately,’

attitudes towards sport, girls

comments Sally, who now

competitive? E-mail us at samhl@

do want to be more active. They

advises companies on how to and let us

would like a wider range of fun activities to choose from, which they can do with their friends. Ideally, they would prefer to do

Do you think school sport is too

A large number of girls feel that too much PE and school sport is still focused on traditional competitive sport

know your thoughts.


KICKING THE HABIT Encourage your children to ditch their electronic gadgets and get active this summer, says Sam Bilton


f statistics are to be

The same study also found that

believed it appears we

62 per cent of 12-15-year-olds now

are in danger of breeding

own a smartphone. Is there a

a generation of couch

link between the two or are the

potatoes who are more interested

findings from these studies

in downloading the latest app on

a mere coincidence?

their smartphone or tablet than kicking a ball or going for a walk. Researchers at University

The lure of the smartphone or tablet is undeniably irresistible for young people. Many children

College London have found that

(mine included) would happily

51 per cent of seven-year-olds

waste hours of their day tapping

in the UK do not achieve the

away at a small screen. So perhaps

recommended hour of physical

it’s time we gave them a gentle

activity each day. The fear is that

nudge in the direction of some

children will be less active as they

non-app based recreational

get older, becoming more unfit

activity. After all, active kids are

and at risk of obesity.

healthy and happy kids.

Left: Super Camps runs holiday day camps throughout Sussex

Now bear in mind some recent research from Ofcom,

Get on your bike

which shows that the number

Cycling is a great way for the

of children aged 5-15 who have

whole family to keep fit and,

access to a tablet computer has

providing you already have a bike

doubled to 51 per cent since 2012.

and helmet, it’s cheap too. There

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Above: Cobnor Activity Centre near Chichester offers a range of residential and non-residential outdoor activity courses



are some great cycling routes across East and West Sussex and many are suitable for children. Some district councils list cycling routes on their websites, and Horsham District Council ( grades the routes in its area according to suitability, from beginner (relatively flat, quiet roads and easy off-road) to experienced rider (steep gradients, some busier roads and technical off-road. In East Sussex, the Cuckoo Trail is a picturesque route running through the Sussex countryside from Eastbourne includes sailing, climbing,

mostly traffic-free and is along 14

archery, mountain biking,

miles of surfaced path. You can

orienteering and many more

download suggested cycle routes

activities to boot. It also offers a

ultimately, it’s about having fun.’

from both

non-residential programme too.


Above: Making a splash at Cobnor Activity Centre Making a splash

into account the age, abilities and experience of those we teach. But,

Summer camps There’s certainly plenty of variety

Your child could try out their

Explore the great outdoors

at Super Camps, a holiday day

nautical prowess at the Ardingly

Encourage your child to re-

camp for 4-14-year-olds, which

Activity Centre. It runs morning

engage with nature and enrol

operates at different locations

or afternoon taster sessions over

them in a woodland school.

around the country. Find one in

five days for children aged 6-10.

Simon Crowley, a father of two

Sussex at Brighton & Hove Junior

No prior experience is needed

boisterous boys and a qualified

School, Handcross Park School

and they will learn to single-

Forest School Leader, runs It’s

and St Paul’s Catholic College in

handedly sail a special boat

Great Outdoors in woodland

Burgess Hill.

designed for young children,

near Chailey and Horsted Keynes.

which is safe, stable and great

His classes give children the

children the opportunity to play

fun. It also holds multi-activity

opportunity to be active outdoors

sports such as dodgeball, create

weeks where the over-eights

while exploring nature and

new craft projects such as papier

can experience kayaking,

learning woodland and bushcraft

mâché piñatas or discover more

windsurfing and raft building.

skills. ‘It’s Great Outdoors places

about science through making a

Its Multi Activity Camps give

an emphasis on building self-

volcano. This summer they will be

a little more independence this

confidence, self-reliance and self-

introducing futsal, a new 5-a-side

summer might enjoy spending

esteem in young people,’ explains

football game played on a smaller

Slightly older children seeking


Simon. ‘Every “adventure” takes

Park to Heathfield. The trail is

a week living under canvas, away from their parents. Cobnor Activity Centre near Chichester offers a fun-packed summer camp for 8-14-year-olds, which

It’s Great Outdoors places an emphasis on building self-confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem in young people

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On a sunny mini-break in rural Portugal, how would our hotel inspector Julie Burchill cope without her beloved hotel luxuries?



used to be a total diva when

really get along, even for four

it came to hotels – the

nights, in a place where was there

wrong sort of vodka in the

no room service, no bedroom wi-

minibar or a thread-count


south of sumptuousness and

As I took in the blazing

Room with a view: The villa’s elegant bedrooms and stunning bathrooms offer incredible views of the beautiful suroundings

on a lounger and take strong drink. A big, cold, uncrowded swimming pool, endless sunshine, good company, lovely food and lots of booze – is a sweetie on the

I’d be calling for the manager

Mediterranean heat less than

quicker than you can say Mariah

three hours from Gatwick and

Carey. So I felt somewhat unsure

after a monumentally miserable

prices and having to put up with

of how I’d get along when offered

British winter, I was so pleasantly

other people’s irritating offspring?

a trip to stay for a long weekend

surprised that I had to lie down

at Nespereira, a holiday estate in rural Portugal. Could someone who regards having to stay in a four-star hotel as ‘roughing it’

Over the long (and lost) weekend we lounged, drank, jumped in lakes and rode to the most unspoilt beaches I’ve ever seen

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pillow and an origami’d toilet roll any real reward for five-star

It’s quite a drive from Faro airport, yes, but the payback is the vast amount of space in which to enjoy yourself, so different from the rather battery-


hen-in-a-gilded-cage feeling you can get queuing up with dozens of surly Germans to fill your plate from a buffet so ostentatious that it makes the Horn of Cornucopia resemble a Depression-era soup kitchen. A whopping 240 hectares of valleys and mountains, teeming with wildlife (and that was just my gang) and dotted with gorgeous, original buildings from bungalows to windmills, which are all available to rent, with a brilliant restaurant opening onto a glorious pool. Over the long (and lost) weekend we lounged, drank, jumped into lakes, rode in jeeps to the most unspoilt beaches I’ve ever seen and generally had about the best time ever. Nespereira is the brainchild of the remarkable Sarah Gredley, who left England a decade ago to re-create this unusual and fascinating holiday experience for those suffering from what I think of as Luxury Fatigue. There’s only so many times ›› JUNE 2014 | WWW.SUSSEXSTYLE .C O M | 8 1


that a person can be sprayed with chilled Evian water, in my experience, without finding it a somewhat humiliating experience for both the sprayer and the sprayed, and the unique Nespereira experience is that you feel part of something real, as opposed to being a cash-cow suspended in a glitzy bubble to be milked to within an inch of your life and forgotten with the first change of bedding. My friends and I took great delight in playing house in the beautifully restored ‘montes’ (the local word for villas) with their high ceilings and numerous rooms featuring terracotta floors

totally elsewhere is heightened

and marble walls, but when we

in a way you don’t find in, say,

wanted to eat seafood so fresh

Barcelona, where people have the

that I was half expecting it to

same crazes and references as

jump up from the plate and sing

people in London. Which isn’t to say it’s staid;

a verse of ‘Under The Sea’ washed down with the coldest, crispest

at a gorgeous Faro bar called

Portugese wine, it was only ten

Columbus, I ordered the only

minutes along the track, with

drink I haven’t been able to

eagles swooping overhead.

finish, a €2 shot (everything is

Other days we went out and

eye-poppingly inexpensive in

Above: Watermelon and feta salad with local edible flowers Below, from left: The pool at Nespereira; the local beach; a bathroom at the larger ‘monte’ on the resort; poolside dining

a Portmeirion that has broken out of Wales and run away for its day in the sun. We sat eating the local custard cakes at a pavement café while a smiling accordion player serenaded us with ‘La Vie En Rose’ and it really was one of those perfect moments you know you’ll think of in the future to get you through darker days. The taxi driver who took us

sampled the local firewater,

Portugal) called a Sushi Pearl,

to the airport told us that the

Aguardente de Medronhos,

made with 85% black absinthe.

temperatures we’d experienced

and heard Sergio Leone themes

Shortly after one sip, I forgot

there in May were already what

playing in our heads as we

my ATM pin number, and had

Portugal usually didn’t get

walked the sultry, clean streets

to request a new one when I got

until July. We arrived home to

of Odemira and Sao Teotonio. To

home. Faro is lovely; its cobbled

torrential rain and I’m already

me, Portugal is slightly time-

streets, gothic balconies and

missing Nespereira, having

warpy, with none of the flip

archways giving it the look of

decided that sunshine is the

hipster spin of Spain or Italy, but this lends it a charm all of its own and because ‘the past is a foreign country’, the feeling of being

We sat eating local custard cakes at a pavement café while a smiling accordion player serenaded us with ‘La Vie En Rose’

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greatest luxury there is. Let’s face it, once you’ve seen one pillow sweet and one origami’d toilet roll, you’ve seen them all.


Tucked away on a leafy avenue in the heart of Hove, Verano is a boutique development of eight elegant spacious apartments and one remarkable detached house. Verano has been created with an uncompromising agenda for impeccable design - stylishly contemporary with an unsurpassed luxurious specification. A landmark address for Hove in the making.


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The Mercedes S Class has always been a leader in luxury and innovation, and the new model is no exception, says Danny Cobbs


ithin the

to continually scan the road


ahead so it can prepare the air

world, when it

suspension for any unforeseen

comes to luxury

bumps or potholes, thus ensuring

and technical innovation, it

the smoothest ride possible.

doesn’t get much better than

Yet for all its engineering

the Mercedes S Class. Now

cleverness, you don’t have to

there’s an all-new S Class, the

drive it an inch to appreciate

sixth generation, which not

what this car is all about. All

only continues to deliver the

you have to do is climb aboard

very ethos of what a flagship

and you’ll be instantly seduced

limousine should be, it surpasses

by one of the most inviting

it by a country mile.

and beautifully built interiors

It’s been given a sleeker, lighter

money can buy. Even cars costing

and more aerodynamic body, plus

twice as much – the S Class

a new range of efficient engines,

pricing starts at £62,650 for the

which includes a diesel-hybrid

S350 BlueTEC SE – are going to

offering more than 60mpg – even

struggle to offer the same levels

the V6 will now return 50mpg.

of comfort and refinement.

However, the S Class has

There’s an abundance of

never really been about fuel-

leather and a great expanse of

sipping motoring, it has built

wood trim that stretches across

itself a reputation for cosseting

the dashboard into the doors,

its occupants in a way that no

and the dash itself is dominated

other car can. Previous S Class

by two vast 12.3in screens: one for

models have been the first to

the car’s performance, the other

include such groundbreaking

as a widescreen sat-nav.

innovations as seat belts, airbags

Even the silver switchgear feels

and ABS. Now, in this new model,

as though it has been crafted with

those technical advances are just

the same amount of love and

as evident. It’s the first model in

attention as the rest of the car.

the Mercedes line-up to benefit

This isn’t a car of luxury, it’s

from all-LED lighting, with 58 in

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Big Picture Photojournalist John Jochimsen has had a truly remarkable career, which has been visually documented in a stunning collection of images It was in February 1952 that John Jochimsen, then just 22, found himself standing with two other photographers outside the Royal Sagana Lodge in Kenya, minutes after Princess Elizabeth received news of her father King George VI’s death. But respecting her wishes not to take pictures of her first moments as Queen they laid their cameras in the dust and working in industry, for the

politicians – from Churchill’s

Colonial Office, the Central Office

meeting with Haile Selassie in

press still alive who first saw her

of Information, the UK Atomic

1954, to Mrs Thatcher posing for

as Queen that morning,’ he says,

Energy Authority, the News of

her own Christmas card in 1982.

‘and I have been asked many

the World and the Ministry of

It was while researching his

times since whether that kind of

Defense, gaining privileged

respect would be given today. My

access to top-secret installations.

watched her drive away. ‘I am possibly one of the only

He established his own studio

reply has always been, sadly no. It’s the picture that got away.’ Now 84, Jochimsen lives in

in London after going freelance and continued to work for

memoirs four years ago that Clockwise from top: John Jochimsen sitting on his truck in Kenya in 1952; the QE2 on her speed trials (taken from a helicopter); Winston Churchill meeting Haile Selassie in 1954

Jochimsen realised many of his photographs of significant moments in history were fast being lost. So began a trail of

Slinford in West Sussex and has

government departments while

created a collection of his most

winning coveted commercial

extraordinary photographs, in

contracts. Jochimsen documented

his anthology, Through The Lens

the building of the QE2 for

of a Photojournalist. The book is

Cunard, captured the dawn of

as much a social as it is a political

Britain’s nuclear energy age and

the Royal Collection at Windsor,

and industrial commentary, and

recorded Britain at work and at

bringing 120 of them together

throws new light on our recent

play over nearly five decades.

for this special edition.

past. As a biopic it ranks among the most comprehensive of the 20th century. Published in large-format, the images cover Jochimsen’s time

He photographed countless

The book is as much a social as it is a political and industrial commentary, and throws new light on our recent past

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Be Inspired / May


Dear Sussex Style

Sussex Style

I read your magazine online – I’m

Wow, what a front

based in London, not Sussex –

cover! I really

and the Lynn Barber article really

loved this issue

made me laugh. She’s got such a


fearsome reputation but let’s face

as I’m getting

it, it’s easy to be unkind and she

married. So

dishes it out in spades. She might

many wedding features are

be right in saying that people

really cheesy, all full of girls

prefer it when she does a hatchet

in meringues and so much

job but in my humble opinion

schmaltzy stuff, but your

I think it’s lazy. And as for her

wedding feature was really cool. And I loved some of the food

being nice as an interviewee – well what did you expect? She’s

Dear Sussex Style

ideas too. Thank you!

If you ever need a reader reviewer to go to restaurants, I’ll volunteer. I’m really good at eating

Sarah P, Hove

Dear Sussex Style




James L, Burgess Hill

I was really interested to read your article last month on the issue of teenagers and sleep. I’m

Get in touch

the mother of two teenagers and

to keep reminding myself that they can’t help it. But knowing this as we do, why on earth do schools make them start so early? I would like to see school start and finish later, to work with their rhythms (and mine!). It’ll be interesting to see whether this changes at all. I truly hope so! Gina M, by email

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN In the first of his new health and fitness columns, personal trainer Matt Guy Wright tells you how to incorporate a few simple exercises into your daily routine


If you do only one thing, buy a Swiss ball. For about £20 you will have one of the most versatile pieces of fitness equipment there is. They’re brilliant for pretty much everything. Abs, back flexibility, stretches, toning your arms, shoulders, stomach, core strengthening, thighs, bums, tums – this magical ball does it all. Google ‘Swiss Ball Exercises’ and 1,060,000 results come up. Just 15 minutes a day, in the privacy of your home, and nobody will laugh at you when you fall off it.

Resistance bands are a cheap and cheerful way to stretch and tone your muscles. Primark sells a pair in a pack for £4 and you can scrunch them up into a tight ball to put in your bag or pocket very easily. Varying in resistance strength, some resistance bands can be more effective at toning your arms and shoulders than lifting weights.

o spring finally made a glorious comeback and summer is now knocking at the door. in The Sound Of Music because she was too busy climbing every mountain to be out of shape. Sussex is full of beautiful rolling hills. It’s the Queen county of the South Downs,

Whether you use a gym, hate

the gym or feel you just don’t have time to get fitter, the trick

which cover an area of 260sq miles alone. From Seven Sisters

is to factor some basic fitness know-how into your day. When Rocky wanted to become world champ, he didn’t just join his gym, he jogged, he pressupped, he ran up and down those steps punching the air to The Eye

of the Tiger. Julie Andrews was a thin, petite nun spinning around

to Ashdown Forest, we live in one giant outdoor gym here, and chances are there’s a hill near you – so use it! The average sedentary person who has a desk job walks around 2,000 steps each day. To maintain their current weight, that person needs to walk a further 2,000


Dust off those trainers and learn how to factor some basic fitness routines into everyday life

steps each day. To start losing weight, they need to walk yet another 2,000 steps a day. So adding more walking into your

everyday life is a great start to get fitter than you are now.

I advise all my personal training clients to buy a few bits

of simple, no-fuss equipment to use, whether you’re out and

about, at the gym or at home. These are inexpensive items that

are easy to use, are sold in all sports shops and won’t end up

as a clothes horse to hang your shirts on next to the ironing board in the spare bedroom…

I encourage all my clients to buy ankle and wrist weights, such as these pink Pineapple ones from Amazon (£10). It’s simple; put a heavier pair on your ankles (1kg), a lighter pair on your wrists (0.5kg) and wear them while shopping, walking to work or just

pottering about at home. They help tone the legs, derrière and arms and you don’t have to

Walk the kids to school instead of driving them, walk to work or

do anything more than wear them.

Use your park benches to shape up. A variation of press-ups and tricep dips can be done using a bench. It’s easy and it’s free! Wear a weight-vest while exercising and you’ll burn more calories and

strengthen your body. All sports shops sell them

and Argos sells a good one for £39.99.


Ab wheels are the trusty assistant to every fitness professional who appreciates how a very little can go a long way. The humble ab wheel gives your core and abs a workout like no other.


It’s so good for you. It improves breathing for asthmatics, cardio endurance, tones your tum

and is a great way to stretch all over. If you live on the coast, don’t wimp out – the sea is warmer than you think in June!

Eat more raw food. Steam your veg. Eat lots of protein, fish, turkey, lentils, tofu and almonds. Cut out bread and pasta for a month – especially in the evening – and see how quickly puffiness can disappear.

the shops and take a longer way to get there. If that route covers

some steep climbs too, even better. Rye, Arundel, Seaford, Brighton, Uckfield, Petworth, Horsham, Crowborough, Haywards Heath and most other towns in Sussex are all built on hills, so by taking a more robust route to get around your own hood, your free cardio workout is taken care of. Walk up steps as much as

possible. The key is to walk two or even three steps at a time,

stepping on the balls of the feet only. You’ll have a fitrmer butt in

no time and will get a lot less out of breath if running for a bus.

Build these tips into your everyday life, slowly but surely, and you will be getting fittter, feeling lighter on your feet and looking better for it – without it taking up much time, effort or cost. Go at your own pace and make sure you keep adding a little more each week. Even if you only walk an extra bit each day, you’re still moving faster than someone sitting on the couch. Matt Guy Wright is a personal trainer based in Brighton. 07814 765054; MAY 2014 | WWW.SUSSEXSTYLE.COM | 31

Dear Sussex Style The piece last month about

me some patience with them now that I understand it better. I have

Helen M, by email

This is when we discover that the sins hidden all winter by


really natural thing, and it’s given

Hypocrisy? I think so…

our big coats and jumpers will be revealed by T-shirts and shorts


What’s good to know is that it’s a

larder of PR when it suits her.

in the summer. So it’s time to get in shape. Pronto.

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them out of bed every morning!

more than happy to raid the


find it absolute torture to get

got a book to promote and she’s



How much sleep do our teenagers really need? And are we wrong to make them get up so early in the mornings? Sam Bilton finds out

t’s been a standing joke for decades that teenagers don’t do mornings. For years parents have assumed that their offspring’s desire to sleep in has been a mark of laziness or outright rebelliousnes s. However, it seems that they have a good reason to be sleepy in the morning. THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP In his book Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep, David K. Randall explains that for the majority of teenagers, the concept of getting an early night is ‘a biological impossibility’. Although teens may argue that they don’t need eight hours or more sleep each night, they are actually impeded from getting sufficient sleep due to their circadian rhythm, which is the timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day. It is controlled through the release of a hormone called melatonin. In adults, more melatonin is released as daylight fades and less as morning breaks. Randall explains that as a result of puberty, teenagers’ circadian rhythm is moved backwards by three hours. This means that their bodies do not emit sufficient melatonin to induce sleep until at least 11pm, and, what’s more, they continue to pump it out until well past sunrise. ‘With all that melatonin in their bloodstream, teenagers who are forced to be awake before eight in the morning are often barely alert and want nothing more than to give in to their body’s demands and fall back to sleep,’ writes Randall. ‘Because of the shift in their circadian rhythm, asking a teenager to perform well in a classroom during the early morning is like asking him or her to fly across [the world] and adjust to a new time zone – and then do the same thing again every night for four years.’ HOW IS THE SITUATION MADE WORSE? According to NHS advice, teenagers need between eight and a half to nine and a quarter hours of sleep per night. In the 88 | WWW.SUSSEXS TYLE.COM

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of low stimulation, which for many teenagers means sitting in a classroom. • Tiredness The psychological effect of sleepiness, which results in a general apathy towards any task they view as tedious. • Emotional Changes Sleep-deprive d teenagers can be irritable, impatient and more prone to depression. • Behavioural Issues Because of the above, teenagers have a short attention span and in some cases this has led to children being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). • Illness A recent study in the Journal of Sleep Research found that teenagers who have insufficient sleep are more prone to illnesses such as colds, flu and gastroenteritis.

US, a study by the National

Sleep Foundation found that only 15 per cent of students achieved this amount of sleep on a typical school night. Part of the problem is that children are in a constant state of stimulation. An Ofcom report last year found that around three in five 12–15-year-old s own a smartphone but 26 per cent now also own a tablet computer, a figure that is up from just seven per cent in 2012. With constant peer pressure to be available 24 hours a day, whether it be via texting or social media interaction, it’s no wonder finding time to sleep is problematic. In order to combat their drowsiness some teenagers are inclined to reach for caffeinated drinks, cigarettes and even alcohol. These are all stimulants that provide further interference in the body’s attempt to obtain sleep. So how do we break this cycle of sleep deprivation?

Asking a teenager to perform well in a classroom during the early morning is like asking them to fly across the world and adjust to a new time zone

WHAT’S THE SOLUTION? One solution, which has been trialled in several states in North America, is to move the start of the school day for high school children. These trials have seen an improvement in pupil attendance, academic performance and emotional stability and behaviour. Crucially, many students involved in these studies reported that they were getting more sleep as a result and were not feeling as tired during the school day. This system of a delayed start time for teenagers has been introduced at the UCL Academy in London. The school, which was the first in the UK to be sponsored by a university, allows its sixth formers to begin their day at 10am. This move has been praised by experts on sleep patterns such as Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford University. He stresses that teenagers need to understand why sleep is important rather than using a delayed start to the school day as an excuse to go to bed later. After the introduction of the later start time, the principal of UCL Academy, Geraldine Davies, has said that attendance and punctuality at the school are excellent, stating that ‘youngsters are turning up alert and ready to learn and are focused and engaged in lessons.’ Could this be the way forward for sixth forms in Sussex? Let us know what you think. Email your thoughts to MAY 2014 | WWW.SUSSEXS TYLE.COM

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getting fit without trying too hard was really helpful. I know the advice is to do stuff like take the stairs instead of the lift and so on, but just thinking about making long term changes such as having a walk at the weekend or adding weights is a great idea. I won’t say I’m a changed woman, but I’m giving it a go! Dawn P, Chichester JUNE 2014 | WWW.SUSSEXSTYL E .C O M | 8 9






’ve never really got on with the whole ‘air kissing’

off trains; if you were meeting someone for the first time

thing. In the past I’ve often tried to rationalise this as

you might shake their hand, but everyone else just got a nod

being down to the fact that it looks insincere and a bit

and a smile. And people were happy with that (or at least

affected, but the real reason is that I just don’t feel like

I thought they were – but perhaps I was leaving a trail of

I understand the rules, and that terrifies me. Are we doing

broken hearts in my wake...?). We knew we were famous for

one cheek or two? Are my lips actually meant to touch your

our reserve, so the fact that we weren’t all over each other the

face, or would that be grossly over-intimate? Should I grab

whole time like those ghastly French was, for many, a source

your shoulders/arms as I lean in, or merely dip forward like

of national pride. Fast-forward to today and suddenly we’re

that drinking bird thing in the Science Museum and hope for

all flying into each other’s arms on every street corner – so

the best? If that last manoeuvre should cause me to topple,

what the hell happened?

would it be acceptable for me to use you as support, or am I morally obliged to go down with my ship? And what, exactly, is the point of kissing air? The only good thing about this absurd form of greeting is that the overwhelming majority of people in

It would be nice to think that we’d somehow become more ‘open’ and ‘nurturing’ as a

The fact that we weren’t all over each other the whole time was a source of national price. Today we’re flying into each other’s arms on every street corner

society, but you only need to look at UKIP’s last poster campaign or the Tories’ recent welfare reforms to see that that probably isn’t true. In fact, the defining characteristic

Britain never started doing it anyway, so unless you work

of a greeting hug is that it appears to be something more

in the media or know someone called Hugo you probably

than a handshake but is actually something less, because it

don’t need to worry about it too much. But recent years

avoids the intimacy of skin-to-skin contact (you might just

have seen the emergence of another new trend in greeting

as well say, ‘Sorry, but I‘m going to have to eat with this hand

etiquette, one that has crept its way to omnipresence so

later!’). And that, to me, is what makes this phoney display

insidiously that you will almost certainly think me a clown

of affection more objectionable than a million air kisses:

for even making a fuss about it: I am, of course, talking

hugs are what we do with the people we love, so to use one

about greeting hugs.

as a barrier with someone you barely know seems as weirdly

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inappropriate as putting a chair on your head or shouting ‘Fire!’ instead of saying hello. And about four times as creepy!

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