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Contents

APRIL / MAY 2020 COVER STORY 9

BUSINESSES ADAPTING IN THE FACE OF COVID-19 COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

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WORD ON THE STREET LEISURE & RETAIL

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YOUR GUIDE TO SPRING FASHION! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TOM ROBINSON SELF-ISOLATION GUIDE A DESIGN LED BATHROOM IN HALESOWEN HOME & GARDEN

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COLOUR HARMONIES

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HOT TIPS FROM BHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS LOCAL INTEREST

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ANDY STREET: £15 BILLION TRANSPORT VISION EDUCATION

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TUTOR LISTING PAGE HEALTH

LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY ON PG

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BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOOD & DRINK

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DELICIOUS VEGAN RECIPE GREAT QUALITY LOCAL PRODUCE

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We are writing this in the middle of March, just as the Coronavirus is starting to hit the UK, and the news is changing daily. Coronavirus is now at the forefront of most peope’s minds but as working from home becomes the norm, as people travel less and stay around their local neighborhoods more, then perhaps we should explore the potential positives around this. Positives that we can already see, are that local communities are starting to rally round more than usual. There are offers of help to those who are isolated, especially the elderly and vulnerable, in case they need any deliveries or errands run. Perhaps more people will start to understand how good it is to support their local shops and communities. Buying locally keeps money in the community and keeps local businesses alive, so please pick up the phone and continue to support them through this difficult time! And knowing you’re helping a local business rather than a faceless corporation gives the feel-good factor. So as we sign off, we hope you keep healthy and safe, and that life does not become too restricting for us all. Remember to keep washing your hands, look out for your neighbours where you can, and we hope that community spirit will get us through!

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BUSINESS ADAPTING IN THE FACE OF COVID-19 In the coming weeks and months many of us including our small business neighbours are going to face extremely difficult times. Now more than ever before we are all aware of the importance of supporting our local community and our local economy. As a magazine we want to do everything within our power to support our readers and our advertisers. To this end we will be sharing useful information on our facebook page and helping local businesses get the message out if they are making any changes to their working practices in light of the threat of Coronavirus. If you are a local reader then please subscribe to our free online magazine and like our FB page and follow us on twitter and instagram if you want to keep up with local announcements. If you are a local business with a message for your customers whatever that may be and whether you advertise with us or not please feel free to share via our social media channels. To subscribe for free to our online magazine all you need to do is go to our homepage swan publishing.org and scroll down to the bottom left where there is a simple form to complete. The situation is changing constantly and new support groups are appearing each day. We will do our best to keep you as well informed as possible. Keep safe and remember to wash your hands.

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FASHION

This issue Dawn Marriott shares...

Your fashion forcast for summer 2020

At last spring has arrived and we can start to peel off some of those winter layers. Spring 2020 sees an array of colour popping across the high street, in particular, hues of orange and blue. The1970s returns with the iconic 70’s prints featuring on blouses and dresses along with the bootleg jean - think Farah Fawcett for the ultimate 70’s girl vibe. Shirts and blouses play a big part this season from puff sleeves to frills, silks to denim. Anything goes as long as it’s a blouse! Then moving into summer we see the trusty shorts make an appearance, but fear not they have returned in the knee length Bermuda shape rather than the hot pants! And the heeled sandal has an overhaul with the thonged heel being the season’s newcomer. With so much on offer this season I’m going to share with you my favourite key trends and shapes, that will give your wardrobe an instant update and if you are lucky you may even own a few already!

Cardigans

The humble cardigan is back with a vengeance, the classic wardrobe staple has had an update, with the oversized Boxy cardigan being a firm favourite. Worn alone as a jumper with a silk cami underneath or over last summer’s maxi dress for an immediate seasonal update. Try adding a belt to a longer cardigan to give it a new shape. Layering up for spring has never been so stylish.

The Blouse

Blouses and shirts featured heavily on the catwalk, in all shapes and sizes. From puff sleeves, to lace and frills and crisp cottons to floral prints, the blouse is a possibly this season’s biggest player. Wear it back to almost anything for that day to night wearing. Try a luxurious silk blouse, slightly oversized for the ultimate spring statement.

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Polka Dots

Polka dots were around last year and continue for SS20. The obvious black and white spots are still very important, but the high street is now awash with coloured spots in pastels and brights. Wear a spotty shoe or bag if you want to go gently or embrace the spots head to toe.

Denim

This season sees denim step up to the plate. Denim skirts are important, think knee length or maxi over the mini. Jeans have become more relaxed and the boot cut jean sees a return for that 70’s vibe. Wide leg, boyfriend and the relaxed fit styles are all available for those who want to move out of skinnies. Double denim and even triple denim (if you are brave enough) all have a place for spring/summer too.

Safari Girl

There is an injection of safari inspired fashion right across the high street. Channel your inner safari girl in everything from shirts and shorts to jackets and belts. Release your wild side with a safari jacket that can be worn for any occasion. Wear it with jeans, dresses, skirts over blouses and T-shirts. A safari jacket is the ultimate spring summer staple. And remember if you are buying into a new trend, do your research and plan your outfits. This way you will know exactly how you’re going to get your wear and money’s worth out of each new item. Finally try to buy good quality that will stand the test of time. Throw away fashion does not last and will need replacing much quicker – wasting your money and creating a longterm problem for the planet.

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WHAT TO DO AT HOME

At the time of going to print, everyone with a fever and/or persistent dry cough has been asked to self-isolate, with their household, for 14 days. Those in at-risk groups have also been advised to stay at home for 12 weeks. We are all being asked to start social distancing. This might have changed by the time you receive this magazine, so please check for updates at www.gov.u In these strange and confusing times, there are suddenly a huge number of us with a lot of time on our hands. Many will be spending that time alone, which can be difficult and leave us feeling lonely. We wanted to give anyone in self-isolation a useful list of ideas to keep busy, creative, calm and connected in the weeks ahead.

Occupy the mind and body in self-isolation Whilst some of us are used to keeping occupied by ourselves, it can be hard to get used to. We’ve gathered a few of our favourite suggestions for solo activities at home.

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Keep busy: • If you have work you need to do, create a daily list and take regular breaks. • Do some gardening. • Remind yourself of some fun card or board games. • Learn a new skill like knitting or baking. • Read a book. • Binge watch a box set or watch a film. • Review your finances to keep a healthy budget . • Make a project of decluttering a room.

Get creative: • Keep a diary of your experience of the illness or time in isolation. • Pick up a pencil, paintbrush or needle

and create something. • Take the extra time to slow-cook meals. • Play or learn a musical instrument. • Write a poem, blog, short story or start your memoirs.

Feel calm: • Practice mindfulness techniques. • Do some light exercise or yoga. You will be able to find useful YouTube videos to follow and you may be able to access online classes via your local gym. • Stick to a routine so you can relax in the evening and sleep well. • If you can access fresh fruit and veg, make sure you eat some daily. • Pamper yourself. Try a facemask, do your nails or take a long bath.

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Stay connected:

• Make regular phone or video calls to relatives and friends, or start a WhatsApp group. • Check in with elderly or vulnerable relatives. • Play online games such as Scrabble. • Catch up on overdue correspondence.

Support local businesses Without footfall, businesses – especially smaller, family-run companies - will be looking for ways to keep going in these most challenging circumstances. There are a few things we can do as customers to lighten their load – why not get in touch online and see what they can offer? 1. Pay your invoices! If you have any outstanding payments due to local services or trades, please make sure you pay them without delay. 2. Buy a voucher. If you have a birthday or special event coming up, why not buy a gift voucher from a local shop, café, restaurant or pub to be used once we are all back to normal? You could mark Father’s Day with the promise of a slapup meal and help a local venue with their cashflow.

3. Shop local. Use smaller, independent stores and food delivery services if possible, instead of larger supermarkets. Everything seems to be telling us that they are the best-stocked!

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4. Offer sponsorship. You could support a local business by offering to sponsor them if they are not eligible to claim government help/insurance.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid, Fundraising for working class and precariously employed to survive away from work, fund care homes, giving tennants and renting businesses rent relief and more @coopbrum on Twitter, sign up to their forum at: forum.cooperationbirmingham.org.uk

Help vulnerable people in the community If you’ve got the ability to support people in need in our area, there are a few different ways you can offer help. Volunteering is a great way to boost your mood and help prevent people getting isolated. There are several community groups that are offering support and asking for volunteers for collecting shopping, posting mail, and making phone calls.

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Birmingham Community Solidarity Coronavirus Response (find on Facebook) planning to run a food delivery service for people in isolation.

Solihull/Shirley/Chelmsley Wood COVID-19 Mutual aid group (find on Facebook), organising to support the most vulnerable.

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HEALTH & WELLBEING

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HEALTH & WELLBEING

BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

1. Vitamin C Vitamin C is a fiesty little vitamin, whose main goal is to protect your immune system and make your vital organs strong and healthy. Here are some foods rich in vitamin C... Broccoli, lemons, caulifour, kale, kiwi fruit, orange, papaya, red green or yellow pepper, chilli peppers, sweet potato, strawberries, blackcurrents, fresh thyme and tomatoes.

2. Vitamin D The intake of vitamin D directly reduces the risk of catching flu! (along with many other health benefits). The body makes vitamin D when it is exposed to ultraviolet rays of light from the sun, but that’s not the only way to get it. Here are some of the foods rich in vitamin D... Milk, eggs, cereal, butter, white mushrooms, orange juice, oatmeal, goats cheese, salmon, sardines, tuna, and tofu.

3. Superfoods These are foods that are thought to be ‘nutritionally dense’, a generous smattering of these in your diet goes a long long way. Here’s where to find them...

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Dark leafy greens, berries, green tea, eggs, nuts and seeds, and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, soya beans...), mushrooms, sweet potato, avocado, salmon, tumeric, ginger, olive oil and garlic.

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Common Hand Conditions Carpal Tunnel – Common symptoms include tingling and numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger, with occasional thumb muscle wasting. Trigger Finger – Signs of finger locking and clicking are seen - the finger may flick up from a bent position. Dupuytren’s Contracture - A thickening of skin in the palm and fingers are experienced, along with a fixed bending of the fingers meaning hands cannot be placed comfortably flat on a table. Arthritis of the Thumb – Signs include a general dull ache around the thumb base, which may mean sufferers struggle to open tight jars. The thumb position may change. If you detect any signs or symptoms of a hand condition, let the Midland Hand Clinic help you to reach the correct diagnosis and receive the right treatment!

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LEISURE & RETAIL

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Dukka Spiced Quinoa and Puy Lentils, Wild Garlic, Jersey Royals, English Asparagus

Serves 4

Ingredients 250g Jersey Royals 1 bunch English Asparagus 100g Wild Garlic 200g Mixed Beets (raw) Wood sorrel Red veined sorrel Popcorn shoots 200g Puy Lentils 200g Mixed Quinoa 100g Edamame Beans Cold pressed rapeseed oil For the Dukka – 2 tsp Sunflower seeds 2 tsp Pumpkin seeds 2 tsp Sesame seeds 2 tsp Linseed 2 tsp Hemp seeds 1 tsp Cumin seeds 100g Roasted peanuts, lightly crushed Cold pressed rapeseed oil 1 tsp Dried oregano 1 clove Garlic

Method In a pan add all the seeds and toast, add a little rapeseed oil and crushed peanuts, set aside. Bring the Puy lentils and Quinoa to the boil and simmer for around 25 minutes till tender, 5 minutes before the end of cooking add the edamame beans. Add 2 tblsp rapeseed oil, the garlic, dried oregano and dukka. Boil the potatoes in salted water, drain and set aside. Trim the asparagus. Peel and dice the beetroot, season with salt and pepper and a touch of Rapeseed oil, place on a tray and roast in the oven at 180c until tender. When cooked place the wild garlic in the tray and wilt in oven for 2 minutes then remove from oven. In a griddle pan char the asparagus, cut the potatoes in half lightly oil and season and char like the asparagus. Combine all the hot ingredients on the plate and garnish with the micros, both sorrels and popcorn shoots.

...Making the most of the bounty that spring brings us and marrying them all together to make a super tasty Vegan dish that stands strong on its own or as part of a meal with other dishes

The dish can also be served as a cold salad and with the addition of pan fried Halloumi or crumbled Feta.

Enjoy! - Stuart Brown, B13 Bespoke Catering


WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE? When writing your will, considering your loved ones is the obvious place to start. But it doesn’t need to finish there. You can use this time of planning to think about leaving a legacy to the charity or charities that you have an affinity with. This is an aspect of will writing that is close to the heart of Judy Dyke at Tyndallwoods Solicitors in Edgbaston. She said: It is an honour to work with clients who give gifts to charity in their lifetime as well as by way of legacies in their wills. In recent years I have seen generous donors support the endeavours of a number of worthy local charities. These include Edward’s Trust, helping children and families facing loss and surviving bereavement, the development of the Day Hospice at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice

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and the Making an Entrance appeal for Symphony Hall. I have also had the pleasure to see legacies be made Hollytrees Animal Rescue Trust, welcoming abandoned animals including both horses and greyhounds who at the end of their working life are often simply dumped on a motorway, as well as Cancer Research UK whose scientists working in laboratories at Birmingham University are developing groundbreaking treatments and delivering them from bench to bedside. And finally I take particular satisfaction seeing clients supporting young

people by giving to school and university education endowment trusts. As we move into a new decade can we all consider what our legacy will be. Is it time to update your Will?” Please do contact me for a chat over coffee here at Tyndallwoods if I can be of assistance. Warm wishes, Judy Judy Dyke MBE, TEP Tyndallwoods Solicitors 0121 693 2222 jdyke@tyndallwoods.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK

Spring has Sprung Written by Stuart Brown of B13 Bespoke Catering The cold and wet is hopefully behind us and the bright shoots of spring are driving us all forward with energetic zeal. Which leads us to the fantastic British produce that is available right now. Some of you need look or should I say smell no further than the bottom of your garden or whilst you are out for a walk. What’s that I then I hear you say? Wild Garlic, that beautiful fragrant short-lived crop that is bountiful at this time of year. Spring heralds two of England’s food heroes, the humble potato in its most Regal form, Jersey Royals, quite simply the best potato in the world, available from March through to July. A pricey addition to a meal at the beginning of the season at £8.00/kg, but soon they reduce to an affordable price. And now to the real jewel amongst English vegetables, Asparagus “gras”, Wye Valley Vale of Evesham asparagus at that, just stunning. Officially the season starts on St George’s day, very apt on our national day and Evesham celebrates this with the British Asparagus Festival. But early cuttings of gras are available from mid March, again at a price premium, but this becomes more affordable as the season goes on. As you will see I have combined these three ingredients to create a colourful nutritious dish in the featured recipe. britishasparagusfestival.org jerseyroyals.co.uk wyevalleyproduce.co.uk/

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

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Birmingham City Council hosted its School Transport Summit on Wednesday 11 March. The event provided an opportunity for pupils and staff, from 20 schools across the city, to ask questions and give their views on the draft Birmingham Transport Plan. The children were able to put their questions to an expert panel including Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment; Ali Bell, Head of External Communications for National Express West Midlands; and Raji Takhar, Walk to School Project Coordinator for the national walking charity Living Streets.

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The exemption permits available are: Residents living within the Clean Air Zone who own a vehicle that does not meet the emission standards for the Clean Air Zone. EXEMPTION PERIOD: Two years from the date of launch for the Clean Air Zone Low income workers (earning less than £30,000 p.a.) whose registered place of work is in the Clean Air Zone. EXEMPTION PERIOD: One year from the date of launch for the Clean Air Zone Commercial vehicles registered within the Clean Air Zone (maximum of two vehicles) can apply for a year of exemption as well as Commercial vehicles with existing finance agreement beyond commencement of the Clean Air Zone and registered within the zone. Community and school transport vans and minibuses will be able to apply for an ongoing exemption if they are registered as Section 19 or Section 22 for operation in Birmingham and not registered as a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle. Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “The Clean Air Zone is a huge step towards a cleaner and safer future for Birmingham residents. “Air pollution in the UK is now at dangerous levels and contributes to health impacts on people suffering long term respiratory conditions. As I have stated before, doing nothing is not an option.

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Some of the pupils in attendance raised concerns about dangerous driving and congested parking outside their school. Others asked what was being done to improve public transport for schools and encourage more walking and cycling in residential neighbourhoods. The Car Free School Streets initiative started in September 2019 and has been piloted with 6 Birmingham schools. The pioneering approach closes the area outside schools to motor traffic at the beginning and end of the school day; transforming road safety and improving air quality at times when children would usually be breathing in polluted air. The council is currently evaluating this pilot project, with a view to rolling it out to more schools from September 2020. Any school that would like to be considered for the next phase of Car Free School Streets has until Friday 3 April to put forward an expression of interest. Schools are able to apply via an online form available at: www.birmingham.gov. uk/carfreeschoolstreets. The School Transport Summit also saw the launch of a new Switch Off School Streets toolkit along with resources to help schools to run an ‘anti-idling’ campaign. The initiative aims to encourage drivers to turn off their engine when they are stationary around schools and will highlight how making one small, everyday change can make a big difference to air pollution. To launch the new Switch Off toolkit, and tie in with World Poetry Day on 21 March, the city council is inviting schools to get creative and come up with their own ‘Switch Off’ themed poem. Commenting on the summit, Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE said: “The future vision for Birmingham’s transport is for a sustainable, green, inclusive, go-anywhere network. Cars will no longer dominate street life around homes and schools, and active travel - walking and cycling - will become the first choice for people making short journeys such as the school run. The creation of safe and healthy streets is particularly important to children and young people as these are places where they live, study, exercise and play.” “It was a real privilege to receive feedback and ideas for the Birmingham Transport Plan from local school children. They are the future of Birmingham and they deserve to grow up in a safe environment where they can breathe clean air.”

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Have you always wanted to learn to play the flute? Or are you looking to develop your playing? - by Helen Mills, Blenheim Rd, Moseley

The lovely sound of the flute has universal appeal to youngsters and the young at heart, and lends itself to many different styles of music, be it Classical, jazz, folk and rock. As well as the challenge of learning a new skill, there are many positive benefits to be gained as it utilizes and stretches many physical and mental abilities. Playing the flute can develop breath control, strengthen the diaphragm and surrounding muscles, help sharpen up co-ordination between eye, brain & fingers, and aid concentration, keeping those little grey cells well and truly active. With children, the whole learning process can in addition encourage perseverance, discipline, working collaboratively when playing socially - all transferable skills - and help build up confidence through the gradual curve of achievement. Those who already play will know the satisfaction of developing as a musician, becoming more technically proficient

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and the enjoyment of the hugely rewarding expressive outlet it provides. As an activity, it can be an absorbing and welcome distraction from everyday stresses which can give back so much pleasure, with the added potential for musical social interaction. A worthwhile skill - for life! Having taught the flute for many years, I have had the privilege of nurturing many budding flautists by helping them improve and develop their music making, along with musical discovery through playing. Here is what some of my current pupils say: “I took up the flute to develop different skills from those I used at work and was astonished at how it flushes all the work-related stress from your brain.”

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CONNECT MOSELEY AND KINGS HEATH PEOPLE West Midlands Mayor Andy Street says his new £15billion transport vison for the region includes huge investment for Moseley and Kings Heath which will create exciting new connections for residents. As part of his plans Mr Street, who serves as the current Mayor of the West Midlands, wants to open eight new Metro lines and 21 new rail stations across the West Midlands by 2040. On the Metro, Andy wants to build over 150 miles of new lines and around 380 new stops, and, in addition to the trams running on roads and on rail lines, he wants to have sections of the line running underground, using ‘cut and cover’ tunnelling to allow traffic to drive above the Metro line where there is not enough space on narrower roads. Mr Street said: “The transport changes outlined for Moseley and Kings Heath are tremendously exciting. We are already well on the way to reopening railway stations at both places, as well as another further up the line at Stirchley. We have designs drawn up for these stations,

which are at the planning permission stage – but they represent the start of a 20-year revolution in local transport that I want to see happen. “So, along with the reopened railway stations, I want to build one of the region’s new Metro Lines – the Zephaniah line - reaching out from the city centre to pass through new stops at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell, before going on to Brandwood, Druids Heath and Maypole. “These new transport investments will connect local people with opportunities and jobs, ease congestion and cut pollution. “In recent years we have made great progress completing the Metro extension to Centenary Square on time and on budget, and bringing the plans for the new rail stations to life in South Birmingham and the Black Country.

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Jessy’s career, spanning 20 years, began in construction as a cost consultant, with the last decade being spent in the Middle East working with interior design companies on VVIP projects. It is during this time, that her passion for interior design began. In 2019, having returned to the U.K., Jessy’s desire to combine her skills in cost consultancy with her passion for interior design, came into fruition with the creation of L’atelier Kauldhar Ltd.

“I’ve always been a creative person, and although I also have a very analytical mind which served me well in my academic studies and career, the passion for creativity remained strong. Transitioning my career into interior design was therefore a very natural progression. I help my clients, who have very demanding lifestyles, eliminate the stress they feel about not having the time, or know-how, to re-design and renovate their home interiors to a luxurious, high quality, professional standard. I do this by providing an all-encompassing service covering the interior design, procurement, commercial and project management of the works from inception to handover. To accommodate the needs of my clients who are unable to meet in person, I provide also eDesign services.”

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n this article, I will talk about colour, as it is one of the first elements we think about when we consider designing and decorating our homes. Colour is an obvious starting point, as it’s so visible and has the power to invoke emotions and affect moods. Getting it right, is essential. Here are three simple but very effective colour harmonies that can be easily put together at home.

Achromatic Colour Harmony By definition, an achromatic colour is one which is devoid of hues and saturation. In layman’s terms, this simply means whites, greys and blacks. It is an extremely versatile colour harmony which appeals to all. The colour combinations are endless, and depending on the tints, shades


and tones selected, the finished look will either be crisp and cool, or soft and warm. Achromatic colour schemes can be used in rooms of all sizes. Small rooms look spacious when whites dominate and are accented with greys and blacks. Larger rooms look cosier when dark colours dominate and are balanced with lighter colours. Here is a beautiful example of a warm achromatic colour scheme that will appeal to men and women.

Monochromatic Colour Harmony A monochromatic colour harmony is based on a single colour. By adding whites, greys and blacks to lighten, mute and darken the selected colour, various combinations are created. These colour schemes invoke feelings of calm and restfulness, and

are therefore ideal for bedrooms. Classic examples are the pinks and blues seen in kids’ bedrooms. Classic Blue, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2020, when used in a monochromatic colour scheme, is a great choice for living rooms. It is incredibly versatile as the final look can vary from dramatic, to peaceful and serene. In this example, a blue monochromatic palette has been used to create a calm interior with the use of muted blues for a neutral base, and rich blues as accents. Velvet fabrics and throws have been used to soften the overall look.

Analogous Colour Harmony An analogous colour harmony is created using any three colours that sit alongside each other on the colour wheel. Although similar to monochromatic colour schemes, analogous colour schemes result in greater colour nuances and contrasts, of which many examples exist in nature.

Typically, one colour is selected as dominant and the other two used to enrich the overall colour scheme. Colour combinations can include reds to oranges, yellows to greens, blues to violets. Analogous colour schemes work best when paired with neutrals and the 60-30-10 rule is applied, i.e. 60% of the colour used is neutral, 30% is the accent colour, and 10% is the pop of colour. In this example, three purples have been selected from the colour wheel. Each colour is used to enrich the other, whilst creating an overall look and feel of peace and serenity. To learn more about these colour harmonies, as well as others, please read the Colour Series articles on my website at:

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We’ve had a fairly mild winter so you might find plants growing apace in your gardens at the moment. April and May are busy months in the gardener’s calendar as the borders burst into life and the days get warmer – it’s certainly action stations for all of us working across the different sections of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! April is all about sowing and growing – we’ll be keeping on top of lawn maintenance to make sure our lawns are strong and healthy for the growing season and can withstand the footsteps of all of our visitors. It’s likely you’ve already managed to mow the lawn once or twice already, but make sure you keep the lawnmower blades higher now

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n Continue to sow all hardy and tender seeds under cover – take care not to expose them to frost. n Keep an eye on your seedlings. As soon as they have their first ‘true’ or adult leaves (the pair after the cotyledons or ‘seed leaves’) put them in pots or modules of their own. n If your greenhouse is heated, plant your summer hanging baskets with plug plants, and keep them under cover until all risk of frost has passed. n Pinch out the tips of fuchsia shoots and sweet pea plants to encourage bushy plants this summer. n Now the soil is warming up, sow hardy annuals in finely cultivated soil. n Start to apply slow release fertiliser around beds and borders.

May is the month for rapid change in the garden, when everything grows so quickly – especially the weeds, it seems! We regularly check our borders and keep on top of weeding by running a hoe around them to help keep them in check; it’s a good habit to get into. If you’re growing summer bedding plants, don’t plant them out until the risk of frost has passed – usually the end of May in this region – but start to ‘harden off’ any you have grown. The process of cooling greenhouse-grown plants means they will become acclimatised to cooler temperatures before they are moved to their permanent position outdoors. Other jobs to attend to this month are: n Ventilate greenhouses during the day to avoid overheating. n Check fritillaries and lilies regularly for lily beetles – remove them carefully. n Feed daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs with a high potash feed and leave the foliage to completely die down before removing it. n Prune early flowering shrubs by removing a third of the old wood from the base, to encourage new growth.

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Kings Heath is well recognised as one of the best places to see live music in the country. And the highlight this May is undoubtedly The Tom Robinson Band on his NEVER TOO LATE: 70th BIRTHDAY TOUR at The Hare & Hounds. Although many of Tom Robinson’s 70s contemporaries such as The Jam, Elvis Costello and Ian Dury have spawned tribute bands, to the best of his knowledge no such act has ever attempted to cover his own back catalogue. Which of those songs, he wondered, would a Tom Robinson tribute band choose to assemble a full-on crowd-pleasing set? There’d have to be the songs co-written with Elton John and Peter Gabriel. Also those unexpected comeback hits of the 1980s such as War Baby and Atmospherics. Not to mention the stone-cold punk-era classics that launched his career: Motorway, Power In The Darkness, Up Against The Wall, Too Good To be True and of course the anthemic Glad To Be Gay. In 2020 the veteran broadcaster

and songwriter marks 70 years on the planet with this month-long tour with his incendiary live band playing highlights from his own 45 year career in music. There may not have been a Tom Robinson tribute act until now - but as the chorus of his debut single puts it: “2-4-6-8... ain’t never too late”. The gig is being put on at the Hare & Hounds by The Kitchen Garden, Birmingham’s premier boutique venue for Folk, Americana and all good music. The Kitchen Garden will be hosting over 30 shows in April and May, covering all the musical bases from the guitar based folk, ragtime, jazz and blues of Michael Chapman, who celebrates 50 Years on the road this year; to forthright American singer and songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward, dubbed “a cross between Janis

Joplin, Florence Welch and Courtney Barnett”. Lauren plays to sold out crowds in US, sharing stages with artists as diverse as Keith Urban, Shirley Manson, Eddie Vedder. Somewhere in between, you can catch The Marrakesh Express, whose note perfect harmonies pay tribute to Crosby Stills and Nash; and The Paperboys, with their eclectic mix of Mexican Son Jarocho with Irish Jigs & Reels and a good dose of Country & Bluegrass. The intimate setting of the KGC is also ideal for album launches, the next being for the May release of singer and songwriter Dan Whitehouse’s new double album Dreamland Tomorrow. It’s not just about the music though, you can also find Comedy, Storytelling and Poetry there on a regular basis.

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