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HARBORNE & EDGBASTON

MAGAZINE MY FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020

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Contents

FEBRUARY / MARCH COVER STORY 45-47

SHAGGY IS IN BRUM! COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

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WORD ON THE STREET LEISURE & RETAIL

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LET’S SAY GOODBYE TO FAST FASHION

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2020 LESSONS IN LOVE

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WHAT’S ON GUIDE

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QUIETUS: THE DEATH OF HER, REVIEW HOME & GARDEN

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BRING YOUR HOLIDAYS HOME...

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HOT TIPS FROM BHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS LOCAL INTEREST

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ANDY STREET: NEW STUNNING EDGBASTON STATION EDUCATION

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TUTOR LISTING PAGE HEALTH

LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY ON PG

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CONQUERING STRESS AND ANXIETY FOOD & DRINK

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FRESH PESTO RECIPE FOR MOTHERS DAY

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COCKTAIL FOR YOUR VALENTINE

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We have a bumper edition for you this month, stuffed full of great local businesses, events and stories as well as the exciting news that superstar Jamaican reggae musician, singer, DJ and actor Shaggy will be coming to Birmingham in March. Our new magazine is packed full of all things local as usual, and don’t forget if you’re a writer we’d love to help you promote your book on our local reads page, or if you’re an artist or poet we would love to hear from you too for our creative corner page. So sit down with a nice hot cuppa and enjoy your new edition. Find Greg the Gnome in our online magazine (go to swanpublishing. org) and you could be spending a day out at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. And remember, keep this copy in a safe place until we’re back at the beginning of April with our spring edition.

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What’s on FEBRUARY / MARCH 2019

Monthly Markets & Fairs Arts’ Market A fantastic selection from some of the best designer-makers from the region. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: First Sun every month Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Uni of Birmingham Farmers’ Market Visit the monthly Farmers’ Market in the beautiful surroundings of the University’s campus. Where: University of Birmingham When: Last Wed every month Info: birmingham.ac.uk Harborne Farmers’ Market Where: Harborne High Street When: 2nd Sat every month Info: skettsfarmersmarkets.co.uk

Moseley Record Fair A vibrant local indoor market for records and music memorabilia Where: Saint Columba Church Hall, Moseley When: First Sun every month Info: moseleyrecordfair.com

Seasonal Events

Carnival Magnifico Valetines You can expect Confetti Showers, Fire Breathers, Face Painting, Glitter Bar, Immersive Entertainers, LED Performances, The Magnifico Dancers Where: Lower Trinity Street When: 14 Feb Info: facebook.com

Mother’s Day at Bham Botanical Gardens Mothers go free all day on Mothering Sunday, with a paying child! Bring along mum for a beautiful day at the Gardens. Where: Bham Botanical Gardens When: 22 Mar Info: birminghambotanicalgardens. org.uk

Mother’s Day Jazz Breakfast

Start Mother’s Day the right way! Treat Mum to a delicious High Field breakfast surrounded by the relaxing sounds of live jazz. Breakfast will be served from 8am with the music starting at 10am. Where: The Vine, Harborne When: 31 Mar Info: sizzlingpubs.co.uk

The Annual Valentine’s Ball This will be the first major drum & bass event of 2020... the Valentine’s Ball has been firmly established on the drum & bass calendar for many years and has become one of those unmissable events. Where: o2 Institue When: 15 Feb Info: facebook.com

Valentines at Blue Piano with Roy Forbes Join jazz and soul sensation Roy Forbes in the bar, for a dynamic performance for Valentine’s. Where: The Blue Piano When: 14 Feb Info: thebluepiano.co.uk

Tribo da Gafieira The hottest samba band around bringing you some sexy Brazilian sounds. Where: The Blue Piano When: 21 Feb Info: thebluepiano.co.uk William Thomas Bass Joseph Winner of the 2019 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award and 2018 John Christie Award, William Thomas is fast making a name for himself as one of today’s most promising young singers. Where: The Barber Institute When: 27 Mar, Lunchtime concert Info: barber.org.uk

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The Bonnylou Band Bonnylou and band return to the bar to deliver a spine-tingling mix of soul, blues and motown. Where: The Blue Piano When: 28 Feb Info: thebluepiano.co.uk

Tom Poster Piano Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist, with commissions as a composer, and as founder of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. Where: The Barber Institute When: 21 Feb, Lunchtime concert Info: barber.org.uk TDE Promotions Presents Tom Rainey Trio

Rainey returns with his own trio: Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones and Mary Halvorson on guitar. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 23 Jan Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Jon Wilkes: Midlife Midlife is a collection of traditional and music hall songs and tunes from around Birmingham and the wider Midlands. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 6 Dec Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

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Hobbies

10 Birmingham Women What was life like for women when Winterbourne was first built? In this talk, thier Archive and Collections Officer, Henrietta will begin with Margaret Nettlefold, the first mistress of Winterbourne, and explore other female lives which were connected with hers. Where: Winterborne House When: 11 Mar Info: winterborne.org.uk

Comedy

Ahir Shah: Dots Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah is on tour again with his new stand-up show DOTS. Featuring Shah’s signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and real fun jokes. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 8 Jan Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Off The Rails: Free Comedy Night Catch some of the hottest acts from the Midlands and beyond trying their best new material AND see some of the best up-and-coming acts from the local area. Where: The Station Pub When: 6 & 20 Feb, 7:30pm Info: facebook.com

For the kids!

Sign for all the family film club Sign For All invites families with both deaf and hearing members to this special screening of Jon Favreau’s recent CGI remake of The Lion King. The film itself will be showing with subtitles, and will be followed by a drumming workshop led by deaf musician Miriam Duboise. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 29 Feb Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers A theatrical and interactive experience, especially made for all the family to enjoy. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 21-22 Feb Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life! Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 4-6 Apr Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

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HOME & GARDEN

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Not only a new year but a new decade, so time to think about our short-term and long-term goals, this often includes our home: either staying and making the most of it or selling and upsizing or downsizing. In all of these scenarios, you’ll wish to make your property the best it can be, for either your long-term comfort or to achieve the best saleable value you can. So where do you start? Some of the first things to consider are the age and architecture of your property and how this marries up to current trends. For example; sustainability is one of the biggest talking points currently therefore it comes as no surprise that both Dulux and Farrow & Ball announced their

2020 colour of the year as a green tone, bringing nature into the home. How can this be reflected in your current décor or work best with your house’s features? Pictured above, Caroline Hutton of Martineau Gardens watches Andy Street, CBE Mayor of the West Midlands cut the ribbon with Charlotte of Jo If you want Nicholson further ideas Malone London.

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LEISURE & RETAIL

Create a Beautiful Greener World Here at Kitchen Garden we have lots of Arts

and Crafts Workshops to enjoy

There is something for everyone - from the uncreative soul to the experienced artist. Choose from beautiful

Wire Sculptures,

Making your own Jewellery

Lino-printing Cards,

Trying Calligraphy,

Botanical Art

or

Mixed Media

A few ideas to help you ditch that plastic When you’re looking for food packaging or containers you’re generally dealing with plastic. These workshops can help you phase some of it out of your life.

Beeswax Wraps workshops help you to create reusable plastic-free food wraps to replace your use of cling film. Beeswax Wraps are all natural, so no nasties will leach into your food. Kokedama Literally “mossball”) the ancient Japanese art of creating stylish container-less indoor gardens from moss are very satisfying to make or

Finally learn to Sew or Knit Fun and useful skills which can also save you money. Master simple sewing techniques on your sewing machine and finish off by make an apron or tote bag. Or come to Knitting for Beginners - a great way to de-stress.

Workshops make thoughtful presents - Gift Vouchers are available from our Shop Treat yourself at the same time and come along together! For more info visit our Website & to book pop into the Shop or call 07969 212855

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BEN HART COMES TO THE CORE Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour. He will perform at The Core Theatre, Solihull on Saturday 9th May. Book early to avoid disapointment!

“UNBELIEVABLE! THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE… REALLY… I’M SHOCKED” - Simon Cowell “THE LIVING EMBODIMENT OF MAGIC” - David Walliams

“DELIVERS HANDSOMELY ON ALL FRONTS…A CRESCENDO OF COUPS THAT LEAVE YOU SERIOUSLY STUMPED FOR A RATIONAL EXPLANATION.” ★★★★ Scotsman Expect Ben’s most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic. “MAKES SCEPTICS BECOME BELIEVERS” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby Funny, subversive, often dark and always amazing, Ben has established a reputation for always creating wonderfully alternative magic. At the age of 16 he was awarded the prestigious Young Magician of the Year award by the Magic Circle and is one of the youngest ever members of The Inner Magic Circle (with gold star) – the highest level of the famous Magic Circle. He was nominated for the Time Out and Soho Theatre Cabaret Award in 2013. The star of Killer Magic, Ben Hart’s Life Hacks Hoax (both BBC3), Now You See It (BBC1), The One Show, Len Goodman’s Partners in Rhyme and countless other TV appearances in the UK and abroad (his work has taken him to America, Australia, across Europe, The Middle east, Asia and Africa). When not performing magic, Ben invents writes and directs magic tricks and illusions for tv, theatre and film. His ideas have been performed by some of the top magicians working in the world and he has designed illusions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic, The Globe, The Hampstead Theatre and was the mind behind the acclaimed special effects in the west end production of The Exorcist. Ben has also performed as part of Impossible, one of the world’s biggest magic shows and performed in the West End for two consecutive years with the show. “EYE-BOGGLING… HIS SLEIGHT OF HAND IS EXTRAORDINARY” Time Out www.benhartmagic.com |

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The Kitchen Garden

Daytime Café, Evening Live Music Venue & Party Hire

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Evening Hire from 5pm with capacity of up to 120 guests (can hire earlier subject to availability)

Private courtyard & bar with DJ & Live Bands available (late license upon request)

Make it your own. We tailor our approach to your needs.

Hire the whole venue including the Kitchen for your own pop-up restaurant Email: events@kitchengardencafe.co.uk Address: 17 York Road, Kings Heath, B14 7SA Tel:HARBORNE 0121 443 4725 Website: www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk MY & EDGBASTON, FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020

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IS

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FASHION BECOMING

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FASHION Oxfam have their own website stocking some great designer brands that you can browse and purchase Visit oxfam.org.uk/shop to take a look.

This issue Dawn Marriott shares her expert advice on the kind of shopping habits our planet desperately needs us to embrace... in the UK with a staggering 8 million items only being worn once. In a bid to raise awareness and slow down our consumption Oxfam launched several campaigns last year, backed by the likes of Kate Moss and Ellie Goulding, encouraging us to try to make more sustainable choices when buying clothes. Their campaign encouraged us to try to buy more pre-loved items, reducing the need for constant newness.

For some time now we have seen headlines around the fashion industry and how we need to slow down our consumption. Our planet is suffering, and the fashion industry is the world’s second biggest polluter. Fast fashion is one of the biggest culprits, with throwaway purchases been made by thousands of people daily. In the last 15 years, global clothing production has doubled to meet our ever-growing demand. It’s estimated that during the Christmas period we spent £3.5bn on new clothes

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Buying second hand isn’t for everyone, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to involve rummaging around in second shops any more – there are plenty of places you can buy online in a bid to do your bit to save the planet, as well as bagging yourself a bargain in the process. So if you fancy joining the revolution and trying to shop pre-loved items more, here are some great places to start: Oxfam have their own website stocking some great designer brands that you can browse and purchase. Visit www. oxfam.org.uk/shop to take a look.

Depop is relatively new but already has over 11 million users. The App based marketplace is simple to use, whether you are buying or selling you will find everything from high street to designer listed at reasonable prices. Download the app to get started. Vinted is another online marketplace similar to Depop with millions of users selling high street brands. Vinted also offers buyers and sellers the opportunity to swap items saving cash and the planet. Download the Vinted App to start shopping. And not forgetting EBay where you can buy anything from a pair of thermals to a Ganni dress all at reasonable prices. But if buying second hand isn’t for you – what about hiring a new dress? Dress agencies can be found in most cities and are a fantastic way of getting your hands on the latest catwalk styles at a fraction of the catwalk prices. If high-end fashion is more you, head over to My Wardrobe HQ the UK’s premier destination for luxury fashion rental. Offering a real solution to the fast fashion crisis, with designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney,

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FASHION

Chanel and Sandro. You can rent an item at the touch of button or if you really want to you can buy it outright. All items are pre loved by someone else making this the perfect way to shop sustainably. The government says that we only have 12 years to make the changes needed in order to save our planet. Even making small changes to the way in which we shop can make a difference, slowing down our consumption of Fast Fashion can only have a positive impact, and buying more pre-loved will help to slow down demand too, so surely itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time that Fast Fashion went out of fashion?

x Dawn

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LEISURE & RETAIL

SUSTAINABLE GARDENING IN 2020 Can you believe that we are at the start of a new decade? What will the 2020’s bring us? One thing for sure, is that we are now much more aware of climate change and the effect of human behaviour on our planet – so hopefully we can all try and make it our new year’s resolution to garden in a more wildlife friendly and sustainable way into the next decade and beyond.

Wildlife Friendly Gardening Here at the Kitchen Garden, sustainability and environmental awareness have always been close to our hearts. We are a wildlife friendly garden shop, offering advice and products to help you to achieve your Sustainable Garden in the new decade.        

Wildflowers /native trees and shrubs/ Plants for pollinators Ground cover Plants & Climbers to shelter and protect wildlife Water saving solutions Organic seeds/Green manures Bird feeders/Nest boxes/ Bee & Bug hotels Wildlife friendly pesticides Bird watching & Bug hunting kits for young nature lovers Peat-free compost

Edible Gardening

We also stock a wide range of herbs, vegetable plants and fruit bushes to create your own edible garden at home. There is nothing better than eating produce you have grown yourself, free from pesticides and food miles - straight from garden to plate!

Check out our Plastic Pot Recycling Depot Donate unwanted plastic pots or help yourself to any you need EXPERT ADVICE AND GUIDANCE We are RHS trained, happy to offer advice on all gardening matters and if we don’t know it you can look it up in our extensive gardening reference library

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more with likeminded people, why not try our fortnightly

Garden Club with tips on what to do and how to do it throughout the gardening year, plus a new Grow your own Veg Course on how to get started and then maintain your veg garden from seed planting to harvest!

So, if you are looking to be more environmentally aware in your garden this year, and especially how to enhance the wildlife habitats in your garden come and visit us

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HOME & GARDEN

INCLUDE, INVOLVE Birmingham based mental health charity Kinmos, is embarking on an exciting new phase in its history. Kinmos is a much - used local charity that is committed to the social inclusion of adults with a history of mental health issues. In celebration of its recent forty-year anniversary and following a successful bid for a grant from Birmingham City Council, Kinmos is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new project, the Kinmos Volunteer Programme, which will aim to reduce social exclusion issues in Kings Heath and Moseley. The grant has enabled Kinmos to recruit a Volunteer Coordinator who will recruit and train volunteers from the local community. Nicola Harris, chair of Kinmos explains: “Many of the people who use Kinmos, lack the confidence

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to use many services that are available to them. For a whole variety of reasons, they feel unable to make use of amenities such as swimming pools, parks and museums and to access the many educational opportunities that are open to them in the city.” Nigel, the service manager added: “We hope that the volunteers we recruit will develop trusting relationships with our service users and help them to access community facilities. This in turn will increase the confidence of our service users and they will be able to join in community activities independently and begin to feel a closer connection to the community in which they live”.

KINMOS MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY Please contact Nigel Browne on 0121 444 8333 or email nbrowne@kinmos.com Details of all our activities and ways to get involved with the charity are on the Website. www.kinmos.org

Kinmos would love to hear from anyone who has any time to spare and would like to join the volunteer programme. Volunteers will be trained and given full support by the Service Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.

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HOW TO COMBAT 3 MAJOR TRIGGERS OF

STRESS & ANXIETY

Self reflection can be our salvation when we are kind, or our undoing when we are not. This issue we are looking at the some of the naughty little tricks our brains play on us and effective methods of self care that will over time relieve stress and anxiety by cultivating a positive inner narrative.

1. Intrusive thoughts Imagine a big pink fluffy elephant. Now, spend the next ten seconds thinking of anything else, anything but that big pink fluffy elephant. Pretty difficult, right? It seems even more impossible when there’s a huge list of things you’re trying to banish from your mind, almost like it’s consuming all of your energy to keep them at bay. But the idea of intrusive thoughts being seen for what they are and let in willingly then let out again, is a far less exhausting way of dealing with them. Next time you find yourself trying to fight against unwelcome thoughts, things that cannot be changed, relax, let them in, accept them, and let them out again. Just one less little battle to deal with in your day.

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2. Catastophising

3. Mind reading

Things that sound entirely reasonable inside our heads, are sometimes, occasionally a bit over the top. That’s okay, part of our quirks and charm! But, unfortunately when that voice isn’t questioned it can get louder, and more convincing, and eventually it can prevent us from leading happy and free lives. So, when a voice (prophesying doomsday style repercussions to your trip to the supermarket) begins weaving its dark tale, it’s very important to tell it something reassuring like ‘actually, I think it’ll be nice’. It may sound far too simple to be effective but positive energy is quite magical like that, and in time it will start to pop up without you even trying.

Apparently, 93% of communication is non verbal, so who am I to tell you not to mind read! But having said that, you’d be amazed how often we get it wrong. It’s facsinating that our brains can instantaneously translate a slight raising of eyebrows as a weirdly specific paragraph of insults about our outfit. When in reality, idiosyncrasies in facial expression are rarely as explicit in their meaning as words are. If it’s something you struggle with, try to tip that percentage in favour of verbal communication, accepting that what people say is likely to be what they mean.

- Written by Ruby Prosser

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STUNNING STATION WILL PUT EDGBASTON ON THE MAP, SAYS WEST MIDLANDS MAYOR ANDY STREET “The University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are two landmarks of the West Midlands, but the fact is they have outgrown their 49-yearold station. “With a new life sciences campus on the way and the university and hospital continuing to expand, this area needs an impressive new station for students, staff, visitors and the Edgbaston community. West Midlands’ Mayor Andy Street says stunning plans for a revamped University Station in Edgbaston will put the area on the map by providing a ‘fitting gateway’ for visitors. Plans have now been submitted to Birmingham council chiefs for the new-look station, which has become one of the region’s busiest rail transport hubs. Mr Street, who heads up the West Midlands Combined Authority, said: “These striking plans reveal a station that will provide a fitting gateway to visitors to an area which is seeing huge amounts of growth. “It will also help lower the amount of traffic on roads in the area, which is a big concern locally.

“That is why we are putting this investment in place and are committed to getting it done in time for the Commonwealth Games. “Edgbaston is showing huge growth and deserves a state-of-the-art railway station that reflects that growth. “The tabling of the proposals with council planners is a significant step towards making this a reality for local people.” The current University Station in Edgbaston is used by 3.3 million passengers a year – vastly more than the 400,000 it was designed for in the 1970s. The expansion of the University of Birmingham, together with the on-going development of University Hospital

Birmingham and major regeneration of the surrounding area, have all played a part in driving the huge growth in passenger numbers. The West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) are leading the project to create a station fit for the future capable of handling 7.2 million passengers a year. The new station building, located close to the existing station, will offer a bright and comfortable space and new facilities for passengers. Platforms will be connected by a wide footbridge which will also provide direct access from the station across the canal to the University campus. The new station is expected to be completed and open by the end of 2021, in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games when the University hosts the hockey and squash competitions. It is one of a number of significant rail improvements being driven by Mr Street, including plans to reopen stations in Kings Heath, Mosley and Hazelwell with revamped stations in Coventry and Wolverhampton.

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LEISURE & RETAIL

BUILDING RESILIANCE THROUGH

HEALTH & WELLBEING By Sarah Grocutt

What is Resilience? Resilience is the ability to bounce back, know how to cope with setbacks, learn how to manage yourself and your resources, it is also the ability to function in times of stress, recover, adapt and change. However, do we know what skills we need to pick ourselves back up. Why do we need to develop resilience? Without this skill, it is easy to give up, this could apply to any area of life, study, career or sport. One of the skills for developing resilience is perseverance, it is defined as the continued effort to keep going. Where do we start? You can start by building your mental resilience through enhancing your health and well-being. Some simple steps to start with are: to improve your physical health by eating well and exercising, develop your sleeping

habits, incorporate meditation through mindfulness, celebrate your successes and achievements. This is fine when everything is going well, but what about when something comes along to throw us off course? Compare this to a gymnast balancing on a beam, or consider a ballet dancer performing a complex routine such as a pirouette or split jumps. How many times do they wobble and fall? It is only with determination through getting back on the beam, pushing through with persistence will they achieve their objectives and advance to perform a complex routine. Sarah has over 25 years in the fields of physical education and training, 15 as a school gymnastics coach.

SARAH GROCUTT

LIFECOACHING, HEALTH & WELLBEING For an Introductory session of just £15 book for a 2 hour workshop on ‘Life Coaching – Health & Well- being’ to take place in February 2020. Either 1:1 or small group starting in February. Contact Sarah at sarahgrocutt2@outlook.com

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

WORD ON THE

STREET PROFESSER JULIEN LLOYD WEBBER OPENS NEW MUSIC DEPARTMENT AT HALLFIELD SCHOOL

1. With a range of evening and weekend classes available in Jewellery and Silver making at The Quarterworkshop, learn how to craft your own rings (including wedding rings), earrings, bangles or keyrings in their fully equipped workshop in the heart of the historic Jewellery Quarter. Suitable for complete beginners and those who have some previous experience, learn the basics of shaping the metal, heating, soldering, filing and creating a finish on your very own handmade piece of jewellery! thequartershop.com 2. Create your very own fascinator in this one-day workshop at Rachel Warrilow’s home studio in Kings Heath. Learn lots of techniques using sinamay, (available in loads of gorgeous colours), veiling, beads and wire and crinoline, and create roses, lillies, bows & loops, leaves, buttercups and ‘feathers.’ Requests for specific colours can be made seven days in advance. craftcourses.com 3. This course is perfect for those who want to learn the art of stained glass in a friendly and relaxed environment. Learn how to lead panels or paint stained glass windows, create a design for stained glass with an introduction to medium, materials, cartooning, glass cutting, glass painting or glass leading in the informal setting of Jamal Rafay’s artist studio! Located in Oldbury, workshops are available from 1-4 days. No previous stained glass experience is necessary. stainedglassic.com

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As part of Hallfield School’s five-year development plan, they officially unveiled their new dedicated Music Department in January. Over 50 members of the Hallfield community gathered to celebrate. Special guest Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, cut the ribbon. Julian gave a thought-provoking speech; that music was a birthright and absolutely a sustainable career for children to pursue. Guests enjoyed a concert from three Hallfield pupils along with specially invited guests including Kieran Vas (an Old Hallfieldian), Juliet Barwell, Jiaxin Cheng and Di Xiao. Mr Keith Morrow, Head Master of Hallfield School said: “This building, being one of the first projects to be completed at the start of our five-year strategy, demonstrates the commitment Hallfield School is making to develop and enhance musical opportunities for all of the pupils at Hallfield. Through the appointments of our inspirational Director of Music, Mr Pip Jopling and our Music Teacher, Mrs Rosie Edgar, and our large staff of dedicated instrument teachers, we are at the beginning of a journey at Hallfield to ensure our children develop a love of music and the skills and talents to reach their potential as musicians.” Mr Pip Jopling, Director of Music, said: “I believe that all children should be seen as musicians: Afterall, it is now well accepted that involvement with music-making helps children with their coordination, it helps brain development and develops social skills and team-working skills. We, therefore, ensure that our department is an inclusive space and every child from the age of three receives a 40-minute lesson once a week. Every child has the opportunity to be a part of a musical ensemble from the age of five and every child has the opportunity to learn to play an orchestral instrument from the age of seven.” For more information on Hallfield’s music provision, you are invited to attend the Whole School Open Morning on Saturday 8th February. To organise a tour or enquire about a place please contact admissions@ hallfieldschool.co.uk

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IS ANYTHING MORE ROMANTICISED THAN

LOVE?

Do you know what the biggest threat to relationships is in 2020? Unmet expectations. Love has been commoditised, packaged and sold as unrealistic picture-perfect movie moments. The modern enemy of love is people throwing away good loving relationships in search of something that isn’t real. Determined to find the cinematic love experience. The instagram filter of romance that air brushes out the struggles and conflict. And it’s no wonder. Because next to that, a happy relationship with balance, mutual respect and its fair share of arguments hardly seems as exotic. But for the sake of our sanity, we must remove the rose-tinted glasses through which we view the idea of love, and fall for the reality of love. There will be pressures that test your resolve… Society expects you to find your soul mate and be married by 30, and for women there are very real pressures connected to that, with our biological clocks ticking. It takes a huge amount of courage to deviate from that expectation, but if you can, you can reclaim your narrative. Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson recently was asked in an interview with Vogue why she is single (at the ripe old age of 29!), and she responded that she’s very happy being single, calling it being ‘self-partnered’, which is an act of reclaiming her narrative. After all, the foundation of a great relationship begins with an understanding of yourself, so whether that is the end goal or not it seems like a healthier stepping stone towards happiness than jumping directly from one relationship to another. I suppose the unifying problem is expectation. Try not to let other peoples expectations weigh too heavily on what your love life should look like, at whatever age you are. And, hard as it may be, fight against the warped perceptions of romance online, and avoid applying unrealistic expectations to love. But obviously, if they’re awful, leave them! Happy Valentines! - Written by Ruby Prosser

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Norfolk House Nursery 28 Harborne Road

Set in the heart of Edgbaston Village, we provide early education and care to children between the ages of 3 months and 4 years. At the heart of everything we do is an uncompromising commitment to providing your child with the fullest opportunity to learn and develop in a safe environment. We offer a range of extra curricular activities including Baby Ballet, Rhythm Time, Forest School, Football, Tennis and Spanish. We also engage a Clinical Nutritionist and a Registered Health Visitor to provide specialist advice and guidance. We are open from 7am - 7pm.

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EDUCATION

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SATURDAY OPEN MORNING Recruiting Year 7 now for September 2020 October 12th 10:30am-1:30pm

Scholarships available for Academic, Art, Languages, Music and Sport Come and join us for a coffee, talk with the Head Master and pupils, Assisted Places (Bursaries) available on application of the school and Q+A with our admissions to be part of the tour Hallfield Family To register your place and find out more, We are holding a Year 7 please the Toon Book your place call: 0121 454 contact 1496 or Taster Day Friday Admissions Manager on: email: admission@hallfieldschool.co.uk admissions@hallfieldschool.co.uk 14th February 2020

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THIS ISSUE’S LOCAL READS Enjoy this issue’s recent release from a local author...

What they didn’t teach me on my PGCE Sarah Mullin, an award-winning Deputy Headteacher and Doctor of Education student from Solihull, has recently had her book ‘What They Didn’t Teach Me on My PGCE’ published. In its first week, the book was featured as a Number 1 Best Seller in the education category on Amazon and has received five star reviews from some leading educators across the country. What They didn’t Teach Me on My PGCE is a collection of narratives written by teachers for teachers. Sarah has captured the voices of over 200 educators who share their heartfelt advice, top tips, honest reflections, disastrous experiences and laugh-out-loud anecdotes about early career teaching.

Price: £16.65 To order your copy go to www.amazon.co.uk

‘My hard work, growing role within the school and the evidence of whole school improvement meant that I was promoted to the role of Deputy Head during my current maternity leave I have continued with my EdD, written a book, and have been featured as an ‘Inspirational Woman’ by We Are The City. I have also been shortlisted as a finalist in the categories of ‘Head teacher of the Year 2019’ and ‘Teacher of the Year 2019’ by the West Midlands Education Awards. I have also been shortlisted as a ‘Positive Role Model’ by the National Diversity Awards!’ - Sarah Mullin

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EDUCATION

Norfolk House School

Mock 11+ exams Available for children in Year 5 • A series of five different exams running monthly from April to August

Test papers prepared by Norfolk House staff • Verbal, Numerical and Reasoning skills

Follow up sessions available to fill gaps in understanding and knowledge • £65 per exam £22.50 Follow-up session

4 Norfolk Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3PS | Tel: 0121 454 7021 Email: info@norfolkhouseschool.co.uk| www.norfolkhouseschool.co.uk

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AFTER 62 YEARS IN BUSINESS AHMED YUSUF HAS DECIDED TO HANG UP HIS TAPE MEASURE Arriving in Birmingham from Cyprus in 1954, he left behind a simple farming background. His dream aged 13 was to have his own tailoring business. Tempted by his cousin, the village tailor, into learning the trade rather than becoming a farmer, he continued his apprenticeship in Nicosia and decided at 17 to follow his brother to Birmingham to make his dream come true! Ahmet achieved his dream in 1958 opening his first workroom in a cellar in Bath Row, then in 1972 moved to Chad Square combining retail and bespoke tailoring. One of his greatest achievements was winning the ‘Tailor of the Year’ in 1976-77, taking the title away from Savile Row for the first time.

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CAN YOU SPARE AN HOUR OR TWO A WEEK? Would you like to help children and young people in the Birmingham area? Children’s charity Mentor Link is recruiting Volunteer Mentors to support children and young people in schools. Owing to a current shortage of mentors in some parts of Birmingham, Mentor Link would like to hear from women and men interested in supporting children in schools for around an hour each week. You should be a good listener, patient and enjoy working with children and young people. The areas there is a particular need in are King’s Norton, Moseley, Northfield, Rubery, Longbridge, Blackheath, Harborne and Edgbaston and also in Halesowen. The Mentors are trained to support and encourage young people who are facing issues which are impacting on their education and well-being, with a view to improving their self-esteem and engagement in learning. The charity has an excellent track record of success in achieving positive outcomes with children and young people. The charity is hoping volunteer mentor Mark Warmington’s experience will inspire men to get involved. Mark joined the charity last year as a Mentor and has supported a number of students during that time. He has commented that: “Volunteering with Mentor Link gives me an opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life. Each of my mentees know they can speak about anything that is important to them and truly be heard. This helps build their confidence and trust in adults that they won’t be judged, that their point of view is important and that they have an outlet to work through the challenges and pressures they are facing in life.” Mentor Link is a Safer Recruiter and requires two character references and an Enhanced DBS clearance. They will provide Induction training, travel expenses, on-going training, and a dedicated team of staff to support you in your role. If you can spare an hour or two a week, and you are able to commit to a minimum of 6 months volunteering please contact Elaine Southall on 07805 937347 or email Elaine.Southall@mentorlink.org.uk We welcome enquiries from schools, parents and organisations in the area who want to hear more about our services. For further information see our website www.mentorlink.org.uk

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LEGAL & FINANCIAL

Let’s Be Civil - Mixed-Sex Couples Now Have Right to Enter into Civil Partnerships

Under the terms of a civil partnership a couple is entitled to the same legal treatment in terms of tax, pensions, inheritance and next-of-kin arrangements as if they were married. There are an estimated 3.3 million unmarried couples currently living in England and Wales who could take advantage of the new arrangements and the government predicts that uptake could be as high as 84,000 in the first year, with numbers stabilising at around 30,000 a year by 2029. Civil partnerships for mixed-sex couples are now legal, meaning that mixed-sex couples now have the right to choose whether to marry or alternatively, enter into a civil partnership. Until recently, civil partnerships have been reserved for same-sex couples and they represented the only way for many people to formalise their relationship until the introduction of same-sex marriage in 2014.

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One Couple’s Story Which Led to Legal Change In October 2014, Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan tried to form a civil partnership at their local town hall, only to be told that because they were not of the same sex, this could not be done. They were advised that civil partnerships were only reserved for couples of the same sex. Following this, Rebecca and Charles launched a legal challenge in the form of a judicial review, which allows individuals to challenge the law. Their case was eventually heard in the Supreme Court in May 2018. The couple’s position was that they had “deep rooted and genuine ideological objections to marriage”.

Their barrister said matrimony was “historically heteronormative and patriarchal” and the couple’s objections were “not frivolous”. Following deliberation from the judges in the Supreme Court, they gave the unanimous ruling that the government’s refusal to allow mixed-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships was incompatible with human rights law. How Has the Law Changed? Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, the government pledged to allow mixed-sex couples in England and Wales to enter into civil partnerships, and legislation was passed in 2019 allowing for a change in the law. Secondary legislation was required before those provisions could become law,

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WWW.VWV.CO.UK but following recent approval from the House of Lords, the Secretary of State was required to issue the regulations allowing for mixed-sex civil partnerships by 31 December 2019.

Some couples, like Rebecca and Charles, feel that the institution of marriage isn’t compatible with their beliefs and ideologies. As such, being unable to enter into a civil partnership was viewed as discriminatory.

The same reforms will soon be extended to Scotland and Northern Ireland too.

Concerns that mixed-sex civil partnerships would undermine the institution of marriage have diminished and many people now see them as offering a route for cohabitants to secure their rights.

What Is the Basis for This Legal Change? Traditionally, principles of marriage are rooted within religion and would involve a religious ceremony. Civil ceremonies have become more popular. However, there are strict rules as to what constitutes a legally-binding marriage which can be restrictive on those wishing to get married outside of a typically religious building.

How Can We Help? If you are unsure how this legal change may affect you or you are concerned to determine what your legal rights are currently, or you wish to enter into a civil partnership, please contact Nigel Mears on 0121 227 3731.

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LEISURE & RETAIL

QUIETUS

THE DEATH OF HER Brummie talent is blossoming in every corner of this beautiful city, and one of the best places to witness it budding is at Midlnds Arts Centre, who play host to exciting large scale productions as well as intimate, compelling art. Quietus: The Death of Her, was written and directed by homegrown talent, Nathalie Bazan, whose theatre company ‘Lying Lips Theatre’ performed the rousing piece in the MAC’s Hexagon Theatre. I want to be moved by art, and inspired by it, and I can honestly say I left the theatre with powerful affirmations ringing in my ears - I am not going to waste a moment of this incredible gift of life. The play held us in a capsule, inside a woman’s dying moment, and had echoes of Waiting For Godot in its existential crisis. It seemed as though we were experiencing the very last seconds of ‘Her’ life, drawn out and picked apart to understand every component of her thoughts, feelings and desires. But instead of taking us to a bleak place, we were lead blindly into humour, nostalgia, regret and a final, serene, clarity. I was bowled over by the level of talent this small production had, the ability to let me escape in its characters. Angus Villiers Stuart was lovable and charming as the breath of her, living in a perpetually tailcoat-clad servitude to ‘her’, and strolling around her final moments doing the kind of busywork that puts you at ease. ‘Her’ played by Shady Murphy with an earthy full-bodied voice gave gravitas to the lead and made us truly care before her last breath let out. I found the handling of such a grave subject very tastefully crafted, giving colourful meaning to both life and death. The audience were tickled by every hilarious twist, and I particularly enjoyed her momentary resurrection to put an arrogant ex-lover in his place! (Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, right?!) For a subject that so often leaves us feeling drained and depleted, Quietus: The Death of Her, filled the theatre with life and its relentless potential to be anything we choose to make it. I’m excited to see what Nathalie and Lying Lips Theatre come up with next! Follow Lying Lips Theatre on Facebook for details of future productions. - Written by Ruby Prosser

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Shaggy is coming to Birmingham and he’s bringing the nostalgia of early 2000’s RnB with him, AKA Eve, Nelly, Salt N Peppa, Mya, Blu Cantrell, and Fat Man Scoop! 1. The Blast Off! Tour kicks off at the end of February next year – are you excited to be heading back on the road? Yeah! I’ve literally just got back off the road with UB40 in North America so this is a perfect time to be hitting the UK and Ireland! It’s a great line up also, and as soon as I looked at the line up I said, ‘yeah, I definitely wanna go!’ It’s a line up of great hits.

2. Nelly, Salt N Pepa, Blu Cantrell – are you excited to have some of the biggest names of the 90s & 00s joining you on the tour?

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It’s going to be good vibes! I’ve done a couple of shows with Nelly on several occasions back when he was just coming out so we did the circuit together. Recently, I think the last shows we did together were in Canada, a couple of dates there. I just think with the amount of amazing records these guys have got, we’ve got Salt N Pepa, Blu Cantrell. I’m sure there will be a lot of guests coming in and out, it’s just going to be a really, really good night!

3. If you had to pick one other artist from the line up, who do you think will be the most fun to hit the road with? I mean, any one of them! I think Mya

will be cool in the sense that she’s been doing a lot of dancehall and reggae as of lately, even from before she’s done records with Beenie Man and people like that… but they’re all great!

4. You’ve not long completed a tour with Sting! How did that come about? I’ve known Sting for years! We have a mutual friend in common which is Martin Kierszenbaum, he was my A&R at Interscope and also Sting’s A&R at Interscope, and then Martin started managing Sting and then managed me and he just thought that we would work well together. We went into the studio to do one song and then we

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found it a little weird because they forgot how many hits we have between us and it’s the journey and soundtrack of people’s lives – and that’s what it’s all about. The smiles on people’s faces, that’s all that matters really.

6. Rather impressively, you’ve had 4 UK number one singles. How do you find playing the UK compares to elsewhere? Do you feel an affinity with the UK? I used to go over to the UK for years, it’s almost as if people thought I lived there! We’ve had a few number ones and a lot of Pop records over there, which started in 1992 with Oh Carolina, which was the first dancehall record that actually went into the British chart at number one, and then we were on Top of the Pops four times and it was the first time Dancehall really did that as well. Then we debuted at number one with Boombastic, and it was the first time for Reggae and Dancehall again. At that point, I started to circuit and get to know everyone over there so England and the whole of the UK was a big part of that time for me, and I have a lot of friends in the UK that I’ve known over the years because I feel like I’ve lived there.

7. Your music career has spanned close to three decades, what do you find is your biggest motivation to keep making music and keep performing? thought that we had a lot in common on many levels that turned into a friendship, which then developed into an album. We just couldn’t get enough of each other and the way we make music, and the laughs and the fun, we just said, “We’re gonna take this show on the road.”

5. Your joint album 44/876 was a massive success and also won you a Grammy - did you expect to receive such an amazing response to the album? We didn’t know what to do with that thing because Sting & Shaggy on paper looks really weird! That’s kind of what attracted us to it anyway, the fact that no one was really expecting it and everybody would be sitting there thinking, “What the fuck is it?” But one thing was undeniable, which we knew would be, that once you came to a show, you would leave entertained, and if you look at most of the write up and reviews of the shows throughout the whole tour, people were saying that they came even though they didn’t think they would like it and they

I just do music because I’m really not good at anything else! Honestly, you don’t want to see me kick a ball. Trust me, it aint pretty! I’ve a knack for writing great melodies and obviously we did the Sting album, we won a Grammy, three years before that we did ‘Need Your Love’ which was a Top 5 single in America, which made me happy. I’m still writing songs that have relevancy within Dancehall, and I write for other people also. It’s just a hobby for me, music for me is just like air after a while, and it’s just kind of what I do! I don’t have any aspirations to be any mogul or have riches – I just want to play music and be happy, that’s it.

8. Throughout your career, you’ve always given back to your hometown community in Jamaica and charity has always been close to your heart – how important do you think it is to give back? For me, coming from humble beginnings to now being at this level - I played for the Queen’s birthday the other day - when you’re sitting around and dining with kings

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and queens, from a little kid that came from Jamaica, it’s humbling. After a while, you realise just how very fortunate you are and I don’t think that was given to me just so I could walk around drinking, partying, and banging chicks, it had to be something greater. I have to use this platform I have to bring people together to do something amazing. Starting up a hospital for children was what I chose to go behind because it was the only one in the English-speaking Caribbean and I realised for a hospital like that, it would mostly be children and they would be serving in a neighbourhood of about 400-500 people a day and those are huge numbers for such a small hospital. I had the ability to get sponsorship and pull people together and create these massive concerts, we made a lot of money for them. We were able to build their cardiac wing, and were very instrumental in the building of the CAT lab, and all the equipment. I was in Jamaica just two days ago where we turned over $100,000,000 to Jamaica. We continue doing stuff like that. I’m also a brand ambassador for Food For The Poor, which is the 5th largest charity in the US. I do a lot of work with Home Base, which is a charity for the military to combat invisible wounds. It’s good to be in that position where you can put your celebrity towards something like that. I also do work with Chain Of Hope who do cardiac operations for little babies in third world countries. After a while, especially where I’m at right now where I’ve done all the partying, it’s time to do something.

9. You have a military background yourself, is that something that has always stuck with you, especially when it comes to charity? I was in the first Gulf War so I know all about that. I don’t think you’re going to go through any war without having some sort of trauma, it just comes with it. I’m in a position where I can do a lot of work with the military, even as far as doing concerts for them and doing shows in Bosnia and Germany.

10. You’ve had number one albums, number one singles, toured the world… What would you say is your career highlight to date? There’s a lot! I think meeting James Brown and him being such a really big Shaggy fan was such an out-of-body experience. Also, the whole Sting project has certainly been a highlight of my life. Michael Jackson, and Michael just being such a fan and playing at the 30th Anniversary at Madison Square Garden.

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Going diamond is also a massive highlight. It’s been a very amazing ride; it’s been pretty good and pretty colourful.

11. Last but not least, what else is in the works for you? Well, after the tour with UB40 in North America, I went straight off and did Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ LIVE for ABC, and now Sting & I have just shot the holiday special for Thanksgiving and Christmas, where we’ll be doing all Reggae and Dancehall for the opening… we’re doing Christmas Carols and Reggae! Sting & I might get back in the studio, as there’s a project we’re discussing, so we’ll see how that works… It’s going to be something off the wall, it seems so far fetched, people might not understand it but that’s how we like it! When you’ve been doing things so long, you just look for things that excite you. So, a couple of projects here and there and we’ll just see how it goes!

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As the daylight hours increase and the temperature starts to rise slowly, you can get on with making sure your garden is ready for spring – and you can also look ahead to what you plan to do later in the year. Doing a little bit, often, is the best way to make sure you keep on top of your horticultural chores, so if you have a spare 30 minutes or so, here are some tasks to do over February and March:

It might be early in the year, but there are hints that spring is well on its way – the snowdrops are already out and narcissi are also peeping from the ground, brightening up our gardens and parks with their delightful yellow tones. We’ve enjoyed being out in the garden, even in the rain, and it’s at this time of year when the legwork you did at the end of last autumn starts to pay off: your tools are already sharpened and cleaned, your scrubbed-up pots are ready to be filled, and the greenhouse is sparkling.

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In February:

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