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JERSEY SINGS 2017 Celebrating everyone’s individual achievements
ISSUE 140 | THE QUALITY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
AL FRESCO, BBQ, PICNICS…
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Welcome to June! And, what a perfectly glorious start to the month… With the beautiful sunshine warming our cockles, during this month of Solstice, we are focusing on spending as much time surrounded by nature, in the great outdoors, as we possibly can. With several pages covering Al Fresco dining…there is something for everyone. As it’s our Foodie issue of the year, I was invited to sup at The Royal Yacht, St Helier… amazing…is all I’m going to say in the paragraphs of this welcome…you will have to turn to page 22 to enjoy the full review. We did, however, decide to look at the other side of food; the not so much spoken about in the cold light of day, side. In the first in a series of three, I explore ‘The Dark Side of Food’ on page 66. Back to a lighter, brighter note, we have all our usual fashion, beauty and health pages along with Martin Flageul’s extraordinary page on Rose Wine, perfect to accompany that barbeque or picnic. With ‘Jersey Sings’ looming and many of our Island’s children taking part in this exciting occasion, James Mews shares his previous experiences and goals for the forthcoming event. Not wanting to stay at home this summer? Rebecca Underwood shares her suggestions for summer excursions in our travel pages and continuing with our great outdoors theme,
May edition’s crossword solutions: Across: 7 Contamination; 8 Addendum; 9 Oily; 10 Picked; 12 Column; 14 Always; 16 Lustre; 18 Slur; 20 Intrigue; 22 Confectionery. Down: 1 Goodwill; 2 Streak; 3 Amid; 4 Inimical; 5 Stroll; 6 Soil; 11 Distinct; 13 Mortuary; 15 Adrift; 17 Skinny; 19 Loom; 21 Trim.
our gardening section is sure to have some useful tips, for the both the thoroughbred and the occasional, green fingered gardener. With plenty to sink your teeth into…until next month when it’s time to get ready for the beach… Chin-chin…
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June 2017 3 WELCOME and The Jersey Life contact information
8 UP AND COMING
Events and walks around Jersey
74 JUNE IS... Flavour of the month, cocktail and crossword
ARTS, CULTURE AND MUSIC 10 JERSEY SINGS Celebrating everyoneâ€™s individual achievements
12 LIBERATION MUSIC FESTIVAL Outreach programme
FOOD AND DRINK 14 FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD By Juanita Shield-Laignel
18 COOKING WITH GIN AT HOME Tips by Steve Smith at Bohemia
20 PICNIC RECIPE INSPIRATION Celebrate National picnic week
22 A RIGHT ROYAL REVIEW We visit Sirocco restaurant at The Royal Yacht
72 IN THE PINK Martin Flageul DipWSet talks Rose
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HOME LIVING 24 EMBRACE THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN STYLE By Gabrielle Fagan
28 NATURES PERFECT PALETTE Get décor inspiration by Hans Blomquist
32 EAT YOUR HEART OUT Is the kitchen your ‘dream’ space
38 VELVET UNDERGROUND Art décor or 18th century classic French design
42 5 TIPS FOR ECO FLOORING By Julia Gray
44 KEEP CRITTERS AT BAY By Hannah Stephenson
ANTIQUES 48 FOUR OBJECTS FROM FOUR CENTURIES By Stephen Cohu
50 AN ARABIAN ADVENTURE IN ABU DHABI By Rebecca Underwood
FASHION 52 EARN YOUR STRIPES By Lisa Haynes
54 SUMMER PARTY DRESSES By Katie Wright
HEALTH AN BEAUTY 56 POWER OF THE SUN The importance of sunscreen by Penny Downes from Pennyfeathers
58 IS MODERN DAY MEDICNE ENOUGH Mark Shields investigates
60 CHILDHOOD LONLINESS By Lisa Salmon
66 THE DARK SIDE OF FOOD By Juanita Shield-Laignel
68 NEED A VITAMIN TOP-UP? By Lisa Salmon
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Our selection of events to enjoy in Jersey this month sponsored by JT
Arts & Culture Jersey Style Awards 2017 The inaugural Jersey Style Awards is a new and exciting black tie gala dinner which will shine an international spotlight on the local tourism economy, food and travel, arts & culture and style. The award ceremony will honour, nurture and recognise the local businesses, people and places and we will salute international tastemakers and fashion's most stylish celebrities, bringing together a high profile panel of judges from across the industry sectors, including Hilary Alexander OBE. 24 June 2017 18:30 to 25 June 2017 01:00 Contact: +44 (0) 1236 826666 firstname.lastname@example.org The event will take palce at the Royal Jersey Showground Trinity www.jerseystyleawards.com
Sunset Concert at Mont Grantez Enjoy live music in the beautiful setting of the natural amphitheatre at Grantez overlooking St Ouen’s Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy fantastic live music as the sun sets. 2017 sees Platinum-selling band Toploader perform. They have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits. This extensive area of maritime headland is located above the escarpment of st Ouen's Bay and enjoys breathtaking views extending from Corbiere Lighthouse to L'Etacq. Within its vicinity is a megalithic passage-grave. Price – FREE but with a retiring collection. Kindly Sponsored by Ashburton Friday and Saturday 23 and 24 June ~ 19:15 to 21:30 Contact: +44 (0) 1534 483193 email@example.com +44 (0) 1534 483193 £5 for Parking www.nationaltrust.je
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Food, Fairs & Festivals Herbs and their Uses – A Relaxing and Rejuvenating Day at Le Quetivel Mill Whether you are passionate about using herbs to flavour your food, aid your digestion or nourish your body this workshop is for you. The session will begin with a talk on the health benefits of using culinary herbs in the kitchen and then, after a herb-themed lunch, participants will learn how to make their own herbal infusions, ointments and salves using essential oils and fresh herbs from the garden. At the end of the day, every guest will take home an individual goodie bag containing a Homemade Toner/ Spritz, a Homemade Face and Body Wash and a Homemade Face and Body Cream – together with a collection of recipes so they can continue making their own beauty products at home. Session Costs: £10 - £20 Saturday 10 June - Time – 11.00 a.m. Venue: Quétivel Mill Duration – 4 hours Price £30 Members; Non-Members £35 to include materials and lunch
Sports & Out and About The Vistra Jersey Kids' Triathlon This event is designed to be fun and noncompetitive which aims to raise valuable funds for the Bloodwise Charity, through participation in a fun kids triathlon event. This event is open to children of all abilities, aged between 6 to 13 (School years 2 to 8) and every participant will receive a complimentary event t-shirt, medal and goody bag full of surprises. On the day there will be a range of entertainment and a food and drink stall to appeal to all the family. This event is located at one of the best sporting facilities in Jersey at Les Quennevais Sports and Leisure Centre, situated in St. Brelade which is well known for its breathtaking beach and scenic country walkways. 10 June 2017 ~ 09:00 to 15:00 Contact: +44 (0) 1534 505926 email@example.com Les Quennevais Sports Centre La Mielle de Morville Circular Walk Join your guide Bob Tompkins on a circular walk through La Mielles de Morville, climbing up to Grantez, and then travelling along the ridgeway walk toward St Ouen’s Church before descending back down into the bay. Saturday June 10th ~ Time - 2pm Duration - 2.5 hrs Price - Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non Members Jersey Horse Racing Les Landes Race Course If you are after the perfect day out for family and friends of all ages, then look no further. With a full card of racing, we also offer a fully stocked bar and a variety of cuisines on site. Why not upgrade and treat yourselves to Day
Membership? Once you have had your fill of food and drink head out onto the viewing bank for the racing action. There are also on Course bookmakers and Tote available for those who like a flutter. Have a look at our website for more information. Les Landes Race Course is set on the scenic North West coast of Jersey. It offers idyllic views of the sea and on a clear day as far as France. We do also lay on a return coach service from Liberty Station in St. Healier for those who do not wish to drive. All information available on our website. 11 June 2017 ~ 14:30 to 18:00 23 June 2017 ~ 18:30 to 22:30 07 July 2017 ~ 18:30 to 22:30 Contact: +44 (0) 1534 863484 firstname.lastname@example.org Les Landes Race Course, La Route de Grosnez Time Travel at Grève de Lecq Barracks An action-packed weekend for all the family, this is a rare opportunity to compare a day in the life of a typical 18th-century soldier with the life of a World War I and World War II soldier – what they wore, where they slept, what they ate and which weapons they used. The site will be divided into three distinctive camps for the weekend – with the 1781 Jersey Militia stationed up at Catel Fort (listen out for the canons!) and the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (WWI) and Jersey Force 135 (WWII) based at the parade ground. Refreshments will be served throughout both days – bacon butties from 11am (served from a reconditioned World War I Field Kitchen) and afternoon tea from 2pm. Saturday 17th June and Sunday 18th June Time 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m Venue: Grève de Lecq Barracks Minimum donation: £2.00 JAYF Open Garden ~ St. Ouen's Manor, St Ouen Guarded by impressive ramparts and dating from the 15th century, the Manor will delight lovers of history, art and gardens alike. Its chapel contains beautiful stained glass windows by local Victorian artist, Henry Bosdet. Its delightful grounds are a mixture of woodland, water and landscape containing many mature trees and shrubs, including a fine avenue of native trees (ash, beech and oak). Open by kind permission of The Seigneur and Mrs Charles Malet de Carteret, all proceeds go towards JAYF (Jersey Association for Youth and Friendship). Delicious Jersey cream teas will be served in a walled rose garden. Sunday 18th June ~ 2:00 – 5:00pm La Grande Route de St Ouen, JE3 2HR Entrance: £4.00 – Children under 12 free – Regret no dogs El Tico Heritage Paddle Race The annual race from St Brelade to St Ouen's Bay takes place on Saturday 2 July 2017. Starting at the Wayside Slip and finishing at El Tico. There are six categories for both men and woman - SUP, Longboard, Rescue Board, Kayak, Outrigger and Surf Ski. Prizes for the winners and food for competitors. This year we will be raising funds
for RNLI and the Donna Annand Melanoma Charity. £10.00 entry fee includes food and a drink voucher for competitors. Check in is at 10.45 on St Brelade Beach. Setting off from Wayside Slip, St. Brelades's Bay. For more information contact Dave Ferguson, Jersey Surfboard Club on +44 (0) 7797 726496. 02 July 2017 ~ 10:45 to 16:00 Contact: +44 (0) 1534 482009 email@example.com St. Brelade www.elticojersey.com Wading through the Water Walk! A wet walk chasing the tide down through gullies and across sand and gravel banks from La Rocque Harbour to Icho Tower, revelling in the finest waterscapes the south east coast has to offer. Not for the faint hearted. Saturday 24 June ~ Time - 1.00 pm Meeting Point La Rocque Slip Duration 3.5 hours Price - Free for Trust Members £5.00 Non Members www.nationaltrust.je/events
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13th and 14th June at Fort Regent
Jersey Sings returns!
Jersey Sings, organised by local Jersey charity, Music in Action is working in partnership with the Jersey Music Service to deliver Jersey Sings 2017! Returning for a second year, on 13th and 14th June Fort Regent will be transformed into a mini arena. 1,400 singing stars from 26 schools will present a new show with a great selection of new songs, medleys, songs from the shows and ballads that will appeal to all generations - from Henry Mancini to Bob Dylan, some Walt Disney favourites and songs from Abba, Queen and Coldplay and Taylor Swift! Tickets are available to the general public for what will be a terrific show. Directed by David Lawrence, this awesome choir, will be supported by the fantastic award wining seven-piece Jersey Sings! rock band and will include showcase performances from international stars, Tom Billington and Joanna L'Estrange and local artist Harvey Godel. Jersey Sings! is about celebrating everyone’s individual achievements to date, learning 14 new songs, 3,693 words and also learning some complex harmonies and moves is by no means a huge feat for these young performers. James Mews, Chairman of Music in Action said; “We are delighted that Jersey Sings! is returning for a second year. This project offers the young performers the opportunity to develop essential life skills such as team work and communication. Research has proven that singing helps children’s creativity, language as well as personal and social development.
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Singing releases endorphins to the brain allowing the children to be more open to new ideas and helping them to learn in other areas of the curriculum. We are also grateful for the commitment and enthusiasm from the schools and teachers and we looking forward to working with everyone to make the Jersey Sings! experience positive for all involved”. A teacher recently told us “We have just had our first real practice and my year 4s are loving it - the sight of one little boy placing his hand on his heart and literally singing his soul out will keep me going for weeks!” Running in tandem with Jersey Sings! is Music in Action’s Employability Outreach programme which Music in Action is delighted is supported by Barclays for a second year. The aim of the project is to provide a programme for approximately 50 interns that offers real life planning and development skills in the areas of administration, creative – graphic design, communications, marketing, social media and event organizational skills with the overall aim of upskilling all participants with a view to them gaining future employment or securing placements to develop educational or vocational qualifications and skills. Extra tickets for disadvantaged families have been provided by the Lions Club and the Sir John Knott Trust are providing infrastructure support.
Jersey Sings is on 13th and 14th June at Fort Regent and tickets for the event are available from Fort Regent box office on 01534 449827 or on line: http://bit.ly/jersey_sings
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Liberation Music Festival Outreach Programme In the 2017 Liberation International Music Festival over two thousand local children and students had the opportunity to learn about music as part of charity Music in Action’s Outreach Programme. This year the Jersey Music Festival focused on the 'BBC Ten Pieces' initiative which aims to open up classical music to a new generation of children. The children listened to sections of some of the greatest pieces of classical music: John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Beethoven’s Symphony No 5, Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King by Peer Gynt, Holst’s Mars from The Planets, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the One Foundation and Deutsche Bank, students were able to experience classical music live in the beautiful auditorium of the Jersey Opera House. For some youngsters this was not only their first experience of classical music but also the first time they had been inside a professional theatre.
The concerts were a resounding success and it was clear that the children not only loved hearing the music but were also intrigued by the history of each composer and the unique character of each individual instrument. Many made instruments to play on during the interactive parts of the concerts and there was a colourful display of artwork setting off the foyer. Thanks to the Jersey Arts Trust, for more experienced young musicians there were master classes in guitar, violin, flute and piano. This was an amazing opportunity for the islands up and coming musicians to be taught and inspired by internationally acclaimed classical artists. There was also a composer’s workshop as well as ballet workshops with Royal Ballet star Lauren Cuthberson. Festival Chairman, James Mews, said: “We had an absolutely fabulous festival this year. It was remarkable to have so many world-class stars sharing their knowledge and talent. We are incredibly proud about the number of opportunities we’ve been able to give young people to listen to, learn from and take part in musical events with internationally renowned musicians. I think we’ve generated a real interest and enthusiasm for classical music. It’s been a huge success and I am ever so excited about next year.
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The Liberation Music Festival has at its heart a desire to bring music to the community as a whole and to that end it was delighted by the Association of Jersey Charities initiative which gave around 200 concert tickets to disadvantaged people and young students who would not otherwise have been able to attend. Also nearly one thousand children were performed to in their schools thanks to a project supported by PWC learning about Mozart and other composers. However, the focus was not just on children and students and the island's older residents also benefited from the Outreach Programme. Six local care homes welcomed some of the UK and Jersey’s most talented musicians who serenaded residents and staff with some classical favourites. The music brought back memories for many residents, both happy and sad, and the visits were a great example of the comfort and joy that music can bring to the elderly.
A large selection of decorative garden furnishings now on display at The Hidden Garden Company, St Lawrence
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The old, long, table is spread from end to end with an assortment of culinary delights and surrounded by a mishmash of rickety old wooden chairs. A temporary awning drapes above and candles, that come into their own as night falls, are dotted about. Birds twitter in the background and a gentle breeze softly touches each guest. Classic music plays and the mood is warm and inviting as friends sit and chat and enjoy the evening together, a stark contrast to the monochromatic, sleepy village nearby. The camera slows down and lingers on each face oozing with pure indulgence. It is everything that pleasurable Alfresco Dining should be…
glorious food… I’m so pleased you can’t hear me bursting into song! One can’t but help remember the tune from ‘Oliver’ when thinking of food in terms of its gloriousness. Although it has to be said, it’s not just ‘food’ per se, that makes an eating experience glorious; there is a lot to be said for the accompaniments and by that I mean, the weather, the ambience, the view, the service and most importantly…the company… by Juanita Shield-Laignel We all enjoy sitting out in the fresh air whatever the time of day and sharing a meal and maybe even a good bottle of wine or two, with family and friends and there are many creative recipe books around to reflect this. Local supermarkets are also jumping on the band-wagon and stocking a plethora of brightly coloured plastic plates and cups, outdoor games and lots of other things to make open air eating as practical as possible. Our French neighbours have been supplementing their covers with outside floor space for many a year and we can easily emulate this here. Croissants and fresh coffee for breakfast followed by hours of shopping then a long, luscious lunch accompanied by Champagne and then fillet steak, pommes frites and a lovely bottle of something smooth and red for supper. Any food combination you can think of can be and indeed should be enjoyed in the open air. Have you ever seen, the wonderfully atmospheric film ‘Chocolat’, staring the stunning Juliette Binoche? There is a beautiful scene where Grandmaman Armande, played by the inimitable Judy Dench, celebrates her 70th birthday, in true French style, in a peaceful, secluded, walled, flower garden…
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Of course we’ve all been eating out doors for years with picnics and barbeques but more recently there has been an upsurge of copying our Mediterranean counterparts and alfresco offerings are dotted about our Island and town and what a choice there is. You can find almost any type of restaurant or café and know that some sort of outdoor experience can be had. From simple afternoon tea to sophisticated fine dining, most meals of the day can be enjoyed in the fresh air and often, thankfully in these southerly climes, in the sunshine. There was a time when few restaurants provided outdoor dining but now the growing trend for enjoying the great outdoors dictates that tables and chairs are crammed onto almost every pavement sometimes in seemingly tiny spaces but nevertheless, in most cases, to great effect. We really are very spoilt for choice here in Jersey with every corner of our glorious Island catered for; what could be better than sipping a nice cold beer whilst listening to the waves lapping a few yards away? Our beloved Gorey with its very own particular brand of quirkiness caters well for tourists and locals alike. Home to one of our most striking Heritage sites a full day in the area is needed so refreshments will most definitely be required and every need catered for. The Kitchen is a popular local cafe set in the heart of Gorey Village. Serving all day breakfast freshly made wraps and sandwiches (the jersey crab is a must) and afternoon teas with our homemade cakes! Or if you’d rather be more central, what could be better than sipping a nice cold beer or glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc, listening to the waves lapping and feeling the sea breeze whilst enjoying a meal at The Waterfront? Our town has so many little hidden gems…Doran’s in Kensington Place for instance. The moment you step off the pavement into the delightful Court Yard Bistro, you will be struck by the warmth of this Spanish-style inspired restaurant.
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Picnic Tables and Benches also available from stock
KITCHEN AT GOREY VILLAGE
A popular local cafe set in the heart of Gorey Village. Serving all day breakfast, freshly made wraps and sandwiches (the Jersey crab is a must) and afternoon teas with our homemade cakes !
Open every day 7am til 5pm Open Sundays for breakfast 8 til 12.30 GOREY VILLAGE MAIN ROAD, GOREY VILLAGE TEL
The Old Bakehouse Cafe MONT COCHON, JE2 3JA
TEL: 01534 724252
OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY 8AM - 3PM SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9AM - 4PM CLOSED TUESDAY & BANK HOLIDAYS EAT IN OR TAKE AWAY
Step inside this well known Jersey Bistro in Kensington Place, St Helier and discover a charming restaurant. You will find stone flagged floors and real oak beams together with a menu of rustic modern inspired dishes, specially selected for their imaginative combinations of flavour and texture. Doran's has both an exciting a la carte and seasonal set menu which can be enjoyed in our outside courtyard should the weather allow.
Outside has now been transformed! Why not come down for some lunch in the sun or enjoy our new MILKSHAKES and SMOOTHIES. Also serving EGGS BENEDICT & VEGAN BREAKFAST.
Open evenings Monday to Saturday. 6 pm till last orders 9.45 pm.
To find out more and to make a reservation
Call 01534 734866 www.doransbistro.co.uk
The steady stream of clientele of every type, from singles to couples to large parties are all welcomed and accommodated and offered a varied menu, peppered with delicacies such as Tempura king prawns and Confit of duck leg with rosemary mash and dark rum and plum sauce. I’m salivating just writing about it!
In contrast the ever popular bustling St Aubin has a wealth of bars, restaurants and cafés enough in fact to eat somewhere different each night of the week and with the truly inspiring, ever changing view of the scenic old harbour and St Aubin’s Fort beyond, is well worth a visit. Another hidden gem…is The Old Bakehouse Cafe at the bottom of Mont Cochon, First Tower. You will be surprised to learn it has a large outside eating area…who knew! They offer healthy smoothies and shakes and specialise in breakfasts, including Eggs Benedict, Vegan Breakfasts, and soya products. Well worth a visit. Sitting outside eating a meal at Bonne Nuit is particularly enjoyable especially when the tide is creeping up the tiny golden, sandy bay. The sound of the waves lapping coupled with the occasional clinking of masts and ropes on the swaying boats, adds a restful backdrop. You may even be lucky enough to see the comical resident ducks waddling up the slip followed by a neat line of tiny, fluffy ducklings and at almost any time you can see canoeists launching from the sand and fishermen trundling down in rusty old Range Rovers to awaiting out-boarded wooden boats. Such a small bay and yet so much going on. Another of our quaint bays is Rozel, different to Bonne Nuit but equally charming. Whether you sit out and sink your teeth into a bacon bap with a large mug of builder’s tea or choose to enjoy a more refined three course meal, the same picturesque view will be on display for you.
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St Brelade bay is much the same, bustling with activity of every kind if you wish to be involved, or the more sedate may prefer to saunter along the promenade soaking up the atmosphere and stop at one of many bars, restaurants or cafés to enjoy one of a great selection of meals alfresco. Stunning views gives the ‘foodie’ a chance to watch the world go by and linger over langoustine in garlic butter whilst deciding which of the bay’s many activities to indulge in later; or not. Although it is wonderful to go out and enjoy good food, good company and divine scenery, some of these things can be done at home. Dress up your garden with a few extra cushions, rugs and pretty bunting, co-ordinate or clash, whichever takes your fancy, with brightly coloured, funky, bespoke, plastics and you’ve got a winning combination. JFTU, Trinity stocks many of the items you will need for successful outdoor eating, from barbeques to benches and everything else in between. Again, with so much local choice we truly are spoilt. So whether you find yourself hosing down your plastic garden furniture, hanging yards of bunting around your patio and firing up the barbeque or packing a picnic of rich summer foods, or quaffing your favourite tipple on the streets of St Helier, or…sitting by one of our glorious beaches… make the most of the warmer weather and eat outdoors whenever and wherever possible…enjoy!
Cooking wi Gin at Home from Steve Smith at Bohemia
It’s no secret that the UK has developed quite a fondness for gin. With World Gin Day approaching (Saturday 10 June 2017), Steve Smith, Head Chef at Bohemia, insists it’s time we lay off the G&T’s and instead bring the spirit to the boil. If you’re apprehensive about swapping sipping for the saucepan, Steve Smith recommends how to execute gin-centric dishes at home by taking inspiration from Bohemia’s brand new summer menu.
GIN AND FRESH WATER FISH
GIN AND MATCHA
The flavor of gin marries perfectly with fresh water fish, in particular salmon. When preparing, ensure the gin marinates into the fish by chilling in the fridge for at least 45 minutes before cooking. We serve our gin and salmon dish with cucumber and horseradish at Bohemia, which complements the fish perfectly.
Fear not health enthusiasts - superfoods are not out of bounds. Gin and matcha is a great food marriage, and we will be exploring this at Bohemia over the summer. Try a simple gin and matcha cocktail, with a tablespoon of Sweet Matcha Powder, lime juice, London Dry Gin and ice.
GIN AND VEGETABLES While many serve their G+T’s with cucumber, sprigs of asparagus also serve as a tasty garnish. Why not turn this into a delectable dish and serve gin infused asparagus alongside a summer salad? Add ginger syrup and lemon juice for an extra zing.
GIN AND SHELLFISH Gin and oysters are the ultimate extravagant flavour combination, guaranteed to impress even the most refined of diners. Simple pour gin and tonic over oysters, then season with lemon zest and a pinch of salt. We are set to raise the seaside standards by serving our very own gin and oyster dish this summer, which will arrive to the table in the form of ice-cream!
GIN AND DESSERTS The options are endless when it comes to pleasing the sweet-toothed. Try a gin and tonic tart, gin and tonic cupcake or even a refreshing gin and tonic sorbet for summer. Furthermore, almost any dessert can be topped with an adults-only gin and tonic syrup made by combining caster sugar, tonic water and lemon juice in a saucepan over a low heat and adding a splash of gin and juniper berries. Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands For reservations please call: 01534 880 588 or visit www.bohemiajersey.com 18 | www.life-mags.com
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As soon as the weather gets a little warmer it’s time to roll out the picnic blanket and make the most of the sunshine. We’ve put together a range of picnic worthy recipes, perfect for grazing on al fresco. CHICKEN AND MOZZARELLA SANDWICH LOAF Great to make ahead for a picnic and will definitely stand out from the crowd. Move over limp sarnies, the sandwich loaf has arrived! Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 15 minutes plus standing time Cooking time: 0 You’ll need: 1 Ciabatta style loaf 2 tbsp pesto 6-8 long Cos Leaves 150g mozzarella, sliced Jar roasted vegetables (Peppers, aubergines, courgettes etc) 1 cooked chicken breast torn into pieces What to do: Cut the top off the loaf approx. ¼ the way down and pull the soft bread out of the centre to make a bowl shape of the crust with a 2cm layer of bread inside.
LOVE THE CRUNCH NOODLE KILNER JAR SALAD This tasty Asian inspired salad packs a real crunch thanks to the celery, radishes, spring onions and Chinese leaf lettuce. Make it up the night before for a quick, easy and delicious lunch on the go.
For the salad 100g fresh noodles 1 stick of celery, sliced 4 radishes, sliced into wedges Large handful of frozen soya beans 3 leaves of Chinese leaf lettuce, finely shredded 1 spring onion, sliced
You’ll need: For the dressing 1 tbsp peanut butter 2 tsp soy sauce 2 tsp Sesame oil ½ tsp chilli flakes 1 tsp rice wine vinegar Water
What to do: In a bowl whisk all the dressing ingredients with a splash of water until smooth. Pour into the bottom of the jar. Defrost the soya beans in boiling water then drain. Layer the noodles on top of the dressing, then the celery and radish, then soya beans and top with the crunchy spring onions and Chinese leaf lettuce. To serve, tip everything into a bowl and give a good stir.
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Serves: 1 Preparation time: 10 minutes
Spread the pesto in a thin layer all over the inside of the bread bowl then layer half of the Cos leaves over the bottom, then add a layer of mozzarella then the roast veg then the chicken. Repeat this till the bread bowl is full. End with a layer of Cos leaves. Replace the lid and tightly wrap the whole thing in cling film and balance a can on top to weigh it down. Leave to firm up for 1-4 hrs. Cut into slices to serve. Note: dry the roast veg and mozzarella on kitchen roll and make sure you don’t use too much pesto to avoid the bread getting too soggy.
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BALSAMIC GLAZED SHALLOT, DOLCELATTE AND ASPARAGUS TART Perfect for summer entertaining and picnics this simple tart is quick and easy to prepare with a delicious result. The sweet and sour shallots just melt in the mouth. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes Youâ€™ll need: 16 shallots, peeled and halved 150g asparagus tips 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 320g ready-rolled puff pastry 100g Dolcelatte blue cheese A little milk or egg for glazing What to do: Pre heat oven to 200c /180c fan /gas 6. Place the shallots and asparagus in a griddle pan, add the oil and toss until lightly coated. Cook over a medium heat turning at regular intervals until softened and beginning to colour, remove the asparagus if it cooks quicker than the shallots. Add the balsamic vinegar to the pan and allow to bubble and coat the shallots and asparagus. Set aside and allow to cool. Unroll the pastry and place on a baking tin, with a sharp knife cut a border around the pastry, approx 2.5 cm from the edge, tap the edges with a knife to separate the layers slightly and prick the middle with a fork several times. Spoon the shallots and asparagus onto the pastry case, inside the border and top with cubes of Dolcelatte. Brush the edges with a little milk or beaten egg and cook for approx 15 - 20 minutes until golden and risen. Serve warm with a watercress and rocket salad. www.ukshallot.com
BERRYWORLD BLACKBERRY ALMOND TART Blackberries in a delicate almond sponge makes a perfect pudding or pack lunch and tea time treat. Serves: 6 Prep time: 20mins Cook time: 40 mins Youâ€™ll need: 175g blackberry 150g caster sugar 212g short crust pastry 110g ground almonds 50g butter, softened 3 free range eggs, beaten Few drops each vanilla and almond essence 15g flaked almonds, toasted Sifted icing sugar
What to do: 1. Place the fruit in a small pan with 50g of the sugar and warm through until the juices begin to rest. Remove from the heat and cool. 2. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas Mark 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface large enough to line an 18cm loosebottomed flan tin. Ease the pastry gently into the corners without stretching and trim the edges. Chill until required. 3. In a mixing bowl cream together the rest of the sugar, the almonds, butter, eggs and flavourings until soft and well blended. 4. Spoon the fruit into the pastry case, spread over the topping and flatten. Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the topping is set and light golden. 5. Serve warm or cold topped with the flaked almonds and a shake of sifted icing sugar www.berryworld.com
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A Right Royal Review Having, over the years, thoroughly enjoyed, a few wine tasting evenings hosted at The Royal Yacht, I was excited to return and sink myself into the salubrious, Sirocco, surroundings. My husband and I were welcomed, on, what turned out to be, one of the warmer Saturday nights we’ve recently experienced…by Juanita Shield-Laignel
I’d forgotten how bright and otherworldly the decor and particularly the lighting, is at Siroccos, so having my ‘make mental note of everything’ eyes switched on, the bright pink slapped me across the face, but in a really good way. The central lighting being reminiscent of something from a futuristic idyll, provided a constant warm glow as we were engulfed by the plush velvet sofas and approached by Maître Di, Victor, who turned out to be perfectly attentive and with a consistent twinkle in his eye, that couldn’t fail to add to the seduction of the decadence of this much loved Restaurant. Menus in one hand and Bombay and tonic in the other, we perused the delicious fayre on offer, designed by Head Chef Steve Walker in conjunction with Sous Chef Gabriel Corneliu. We’d sent word ahead that my husband is a long term vegetarian, but really there was no need, as Victor demonstrated complete professionalism in assuring us, Sous Chef Gaby, could accommodate whatever was wanted or needed. That out of the way, we sipped our drinks, nibbled on chilli flavoured nuts and herb infused olives and drank in the ambience. I chose ‘Butter Poached Lobster, cocoa butter and parsnip, caviar’ (I’m salivating just thinking about it) to start, followed by ‘Fillet of Halibut, parsley risotto, fennel and crab’. Alistair selected ‘Asparagus with Morels and truffle oil’ followed by ‘Butternut squash risotto’…. all sounded fairly regular, but goodness me…were we in for a treat; far more complex on the tongue than the black and white description could possibly imbue. My husband selected Chablis, to accompany our dishes and we were escorted to our window seat; cleverly placed on an angle, so we could both appreciate the view across the marina. We were fortunate enough to have chosen a day, when the diminishing sunshine, was dramatically punctuated with a mixture of bright white and moody, fashionably, dark grey, clouds…we joked with Victor, he must have ordered nature’s show especially for us. He laughed in agreement.
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Unexpectedly, the cutest ceramic plant pot, filled with delicious soup, arrived. Lobster Bisque pour moi and roasted root vegetable for my hubby; completely gorgeous and soooo moreish. I could have happily tucked into a huge bowl of bisque, heightened by the accompanying homemade artisan breads; wholemeal, sundried tomato and jalapeno. And then our starters arrived. They say eating starts with the eyes, quickly followed by the nose and then actual taste comes at last. I am happy to say, my eyes had not deceived me, for the taste sensations just rolled around on the tongue with enormous amounts of pleasure. Each lobster portion was decorated beautifully with caviar and then wham…I swung around to glimpse at Chef expecting to see Heston Blumenthal…I mean, who puts crispy curls of parsnip with lobster! The reason for my seeming over-exuberance is that, of all the incredible taste sensations of the evening, this one sticks in my mind the most. I think because it was so surprising. Parsnip is of course earthy and wintery in its guise, whereas, lobster is most definitely not….so to marry the two…turned out to be genius. My husband’s dish was equally aesthetically pleasing; white and green asparagus tips all standing to attention, punctuated with morels, then a dash of truffle oil and some parmigiano shavings. I’d have been equally happy with this dish and he confirmed its delights by not saying very much for quite a while… Victor returned to inform us, Chef would like to surprise us with an interim course. Not sure we could physically manage another dish each, we agreed tentatively. Victor assured us…all would be well and the additional food would not interrupt the perfection of our evening. Soon, waitress Vivien arrived with our ‘extra’ food. For Alistair, Chef had chosen ‘Jersey Royals, cauliflower, pine nuts and truffle’ drizzled with cheese and dotted with all sorts of interesting delights including
THE ROYAL HOME YACHT LIVING micro herbs. Yet again it looked as pretty as a picture and I am told, tasted equally picturesque! Alistair offered me a morsel to try and I was tempted, but feasting my eyes on the additional delights lain before me, I thought I best save myself. Chef had proffered his finest select cuts of ‘Fillet of Jersey Beef, morels, asparagus and beef cheek’ especially for me to experience. Now I use the word ‘experience’ deliberately for this wasn’t just a steak on a plate, rather…the cheek was totally melt in the mouth and the fillet was succulent and so confident was Chef in his methods, I hadn’t been asked my steak preference, however this did not matter as it was entirely cooked to perfection. Now I feel compelled as this juncture to add; with a veggie hubby, it has been some years since I tucked into a plate of beef. Chef had made such an effort to tantalise my taste buds, it would have been churlish of me to refuse it. Even my ethically based veggie hubby agreed…it would be rude not to. So, enjoying it was a must and I’m delighted to report, enjoy it, I did, with a laissez faire attitude of, flesh today, flageolets tomorrow! We could have at this stage adjourned for coffee but now my Halibut was served, looking fresh and bright, against the pea green, parsley garnish and somehow, I found the resource to tuck in. Alistair was presented with his creamy risotto, the flavours paired beautifully with our crisp white, deftly poured into elegant glasses by Sommelier, Carlos. By now the sun had sunk over the urban horizon and in its stead, the street lights illuminating the Elizabeth Marina, twinkled in our periphery vision. Plates clean. Vivien returned to ask if we would like dessert. I’d like to say we politely declined, but in the interests of doing this review justice….I had to have something! Vivien seemed delighted when I asked if Chef could surprise us. Soon after, she returned with a platter of sweet treats. Now I don’t know about you but I often find desserts disappointing, they always
look fantastic, but often flavour is lacking. Well you will be pleased to know, this was absolutely NOT the case in this instance. Each individual component of the carefully selected desserts sang with defined and delicious flavour. It would be very difficult to choose which one was my favourite, aesthetically it wold have to be the chocolate bomb with edible gold leaf, but flavour wise, for its sheer surprise was the Apple Crumble soufflé…an absolute triumph. Alistair’s favourite was the raspberry and pistachio roulade. Bellies full and faces emblazoned with satisfied grins, we were offered coffee. I asked for my usual peppermint tea; very settling after such a satisfying meal and hubby had black coffee. The hot drinks arrived with chocolates made in-house, salted caramel and dark chocolate being my two of choice. We sat back, chatted and watched the town night life going about its business. All done we were set to leave when Victor invited us to view The Wine Cellar. Envisaging having to descended into the bowels of the hotel and mindful of the late hour, I took a little convincing, but yet again Victor persuasively assured us, it wouldn’t take long and contrary to my imaginings, we alighted just a few stairs and climbed a few others, to arrive at, not a cellar at all, but rather the most luxurious tasting room, dissected with a gorgeous black chest-high table and surrounded with every wine, Champagne, port, claret, burgundy, brandy, whisky and so on….I could possibly have imagined. My long term wine expert husband was blown away. Victor told us, corporate and private tastings regularly take place in this room and we listened with great intent. Pleased we were suitably impressed, Victor let us go home to our children, probably in the knowledge he had done a fine job of looking after us. We both agreed, this was most definitely one of the best meals we’d had locally in recent times and we look forward to returning again in the not too distant future. Thank you Sirocco x
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t a e r G e Embrace e l y t S n i s r o o Outd
By Gabrielle Fagan
Summer's on its way and the patio is the hotspot for relaxing and entertaining. Gabrielle Fagan reveals how to power up this versatile space. Summer's just around the corner and it's time to hit the great outdoors and turn your patio into a chic space for lounging and al fresco meals. It's never been easier to create an 'outdoor room' with the great range of affordable, well-designed furniture available, but going that extra mile and setting the scene creatively - choose a jungle, Caribbean or a serene sanctuary theme - will ensure you have a really personal, stylish retreat.
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ON SAFARI Go wild outdoors and embrace the jungle-icious trend.... "With so many stunning pots and unusual plants to choose from, you could make a beautiful statement with foliage such as ferns and palms that would totally suit this look," says Caroline Harvey, furniture buyer at Wyevale Garden Centres. "Revamp plain, traditional terracotta pots by painting them in rich, tropical green shades. "Why not make a statement with a canopy in your outdoor space? A simple piece of fabric, dyed in a colour that suits your space, will create an intimate atmosphere."
SERENE SANCTUARY "This year, outdoor furniture is all about casual dining and modular sets, so your setting can be versatile and suit different occasions, from dining to lounging," says Harvey. "Accessories are key to this trend so choose plenty of cushions, paired with beautiful lanterns, candles and soft lighting to make this space as comfortable and cosy as possible."
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COLOUR CRUSH Throw away caution and let rip with colour to add va-va-voom to an outdoor space that's perfect for entertaining after the sun's gone down... "Brighten your outdoor space with Fifties silhouettes in hothouse hues," advises Nicola Gidlow, buyer for outdoor living, John Lewis. "Practical pieces for al fresco entertaining sit happily with a selection of quirky accessories in this light-hearted look. A tropical palette and a mix of bold prints will complete the picture."
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t c e f r e P s e r u t Na Palette By Gabrielle Fagan
There's a whole world of colour out there that could transform your home. Gabrielle Fagan talks to leading stylist Hans Blomquist about using everything from woods to weather as decor inspiration
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Sometimes nature knows best, but who'd have thought it also holds the answers to home decorating? Looking to the skies and the changing colours of the landscape is the newest (and highly welcome) alternative to struggling with perplexing paint charts, and it's the method used by one of the world's leading stylists. Hans Blomquist, renowned for his work as an art director with major home brands, including Ikea, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Zara Home, reveals that looking up to the skies whether sunny blue, stormy or rain-lashed horizons - as well as noticing the seasons, is his perfect inspiration for winning interiors. "It's easy to take colour for granted. We forget to appreciate the amazing, dazzling world that surrounds us, full of a million different shades that have the power to lift our spirits or soothe our mood," says Blomquist, whose beautifully illustrated book, In The Mood For Colour: Perfect Palettes For Creative Interiors, is a guide to seeing colour in a completely different light. "Nature is my starting point for any project. For my job, I'm lucky enough to travel the world and colour surprises me wherever I go - I'm often transfixed by the different colours and lights I've experienced in different parts of the globe. Most of my inspiration comes from the colours of the natural world. There is beauty to be found nearly everywhere you go and nature always inspires me with its wonderful colour combinations." The perfect palette is out there just waiting to be seen, he says, and the easiest way of finding out what appeals is to take photos on your phone, of whatever catches your eye, over a period of time. "Next time you leave your house, whether you're passing through familiar landscapes or visiting a different country, look around and marvel at the variety of colours that surround you. You'll end up with a collection of pictures which display a wide range of different colours and textures that will be a rich source of inspiration and help you refine your taste." BLUE SKIES & BLUE JEANS
"I consider myself a 'blue' person. Painting walls a deep blue will give you a sense of summer all year round, and you can add warmth with natural objects and colours," he enthuses. "Denim blue, greyish blue, duck-egg blue, shades of blue that veer towards green, and anything in between are all favourites of mine. "There's nothing more comfortable to wear than denim, and it's just as comfortable to live in a moody blue interior. Shades of denim can range from the deepest indigo to the palest, soft grey-blue." DIP INTO BLUES: Anything goes with deep moody blues light or dark, muted tones or bright clear, spring-like shades. In an interior, dark blue works as a neutral and looks brilliant either covering walls or used as a grounding accent in the form of textiles and decorative objects. Try layering different shades of blue from darkest navy to washed-out cornflower.
Blue's a colour that works especially well when you layer up different shades to create a tone-on-tone effect, and Blomquist promises it will result in a harmonious interior with a sense of depth and calm.
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STORMY DAYS Towards the end of summer vivid hues begin to fade and moodier colours appear along with dark stormy days and autumnal earthy colours; this is a palette Blomquist recommends for atmospheric rooms. "Even though I don't like rainy days, I love it when dark, thundery rain clouds roll in because their deep tones are astoundingly beautiful, and every other hue sits so well against them, especially the bright green of spring leaves," he says. "While you may be reluctant to repaint a room pitch black, I'm sure you would be pleasantly surprised if you did, as it's such a chic, comfortable colour to live with. I wish I had more dark colours in my home.
WASHED, BLEACHED & WEATHERED Natural colour schemes have a depth and softness to them, says Blomquist, and feel so unmanufactured and true in their shades that they'll always bring a sense of integrity to your home and make it feel warm, inviting and relaxed. "I'm always collecting pieces of wood from the beach and the forest. I use some to light the fire, but the sculptural pieces usually end up on display and inspire me in my choice of colours," he explains. "There's nothing like the faded colours of smooth driftwood, washed vintage French linen, or antique grey painted furniture. I love everything about these soft, warm tones. "I like to mix vintage and new, textural wood playing off shiny porcelain, and if you feel the whole is too bland, introduce some greenery - a single leaf or a pot plant can be the last extra touch needed." DIP INTO PALE SHADES: If you have plain white walls, add layers of texture and introduce different shades of soft white to make a room more inviting. Layer textiles in different weaves or colours, hang a panel of vintage fabric as a work of art. A collection of vintage mirrors will reflect and accentuate any light in the room and is particularly effective in making a small space appear larger.
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"A dark backdrop can have such an impact and create a sense of drama, yet at the same time give a very calm and cocooning feeling. It also makes any other colour stand out beautifully, whether it's a single flower, a branch of spring blossoms, or a piece of furniture." DIP INTO GREYS AND BLACKS: If painting a whole room seems too much, start with one wall or ceiling. Create a tonal wall by painting one solid colour of matt paint in a dark colour and then, using a sponge, apply a wash of diluted lighter paint over it. Repeat until you get the desired effect. Choose from deepest indigo, inky black, thunder grey and earthy brown shades.
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EAT YOUR HEART OUT By Gabrielle Fagan
There's no doubt kitchens are the centre of our homes, but although they're the area we choose to spend the most time, either eating or socialising, it seems all too few of us have our 'dream' space. Around 65% of Brits feel their current kitchen is far from ideal with its inadequacies most exposed during the pressure-cooker stress of Christmas - and around a quarter struggle with a cramped or awkward shaped room, while 25% bemoan a lack of work surfaces, according recent research by Wickes. Aside from the benefits of enjoying this space more - and potentially being able to cook up a storm - it could be worth reconsidering a refit on financial grounds alone, as it's the most popular way to add value to a property, estimated by experts at around 15%. "It's easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to choose a kitchen," says Daniele Brutto of Hub Kitchens, specialists in Italian-inspired design.
"There are so many materials, colours and finishes in the market at the moment, but what's important is focusing on what will work for you and your space. Pick something you like, which could be a particular wall colour, a floor tile or work surface texture and work outwards from there. Keeping one element at the heart of your design will make the whole process much more straightforward." Take comfort from the fact that size isn't everything, according to Brutto, who says small spaces can still look stylish if a scheme is kept simple and every inch of space is exploited. "Custom-made cabinets can conceal day-to-day appliances when they're not in use, while it's also possible to maximise preparation areas by using worktops which cover sinks or extend. "It's all about marrying imagination with innovative design and creating a calm, relaxed environment, where it's a pleasure to work and play." See what's on the menu for kitchens this year, and choose your own individual style recipe... continues overleaf...
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MODERN MENU Shades of grey or cool blue will give a kitchen an ultra-modern look and can be enlivened with either a colourful splashback, or add a warming glow with copper metallic accessories. "The general trend still continues for the kitchen to literally be the heart of the home, and grey is still a massive colour trend, whether it's used for unit fronts or even grey grouting in between tiles," says Wickes design consultant, Simon Burton. "A kitchen has to be a practical, user-friendly space, but is also regarded as an area to socialise, so open-plan designs, incorporating a kitchen and dining/living area, are still a top choice. One great way to enhance a social feel is to have built-in music speakers." DECOR TIP: Lighting plinths and under cabinets, as well as zoning islands and peninsulas with pendants, easily allows a mood to adapt from cooking to entertaining or relaxing. continues overleaf...
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A PERFECT BALANCE Mixing modern and old-style materials, and using accents of black and charcoal to add definition, achieves a chic look which suits a country 'kick off your wellies' setting, just as much as an edgy industrial-style urban loft. "We believe a successful kitchen should feel like an organic part of a home, not a bolt-on or trend-conscious space. Instead, it should be a zone in harmony with our style and taste, and designed to totally suit our lifestyle. Contrast in colour or texture is particularly effective, for instance, rough brick set against a plaster wall, or a tiled effect below an open raftered ceiling," says John Sims-Hilditch, managing director at Neptune. "This timeless look has enduring appeal, never goes out of fashion and looks better as it ages. Breaking up a run of wall cupboards with open shelving or glass-fronted upper cabinets is a useful design option, creating fluidity and an impression of more space." WALK IN THE WOODS Natural materials rule in decor, and showcasing rich wood grain and stunning stone worktops - marble through to slate - brings personality and ultimate luxury to a room. "The real trend at the moment for finishes is subtle, textural differences to give real depth, which will break up the monotone nature of surfaces. We're going to see more use of natural exotic stones such as marble, slate and granite," says Brutto. "We'll see an even greater emphasis on the use of natural timbers, and there are some amazing timber veneers coming onto the market, which give cabinetry a rich, warm feel. The trend for mixing and matching veneers with harsher surrounds, such as concrete, steel and iron, will also feature strongly this year." DECOR TIP: A recent survey by property agents Strutt & Parker revealed that nearly 16% of people place an island kitchen, or one with a peninsula, at the top of their wish-list when seeking a new home. As a guide, designers recommend a walkway of at least one metre on all sides of an island, and often more for ease-of-use.
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DECOR TIP: Door and drawer fronts will make or break a room. The three main factors to consider are style, colour and handles but don't overlook practicality in your desire for a particular look. For instance, for high wall cupboards, mechanical flip-up doors might be more suitable and larger handles are easier to grasp. And bear in mind that high-gloss finishes may show marks and fingerprints, plus matt finishes are a trend-savvy choice this year.
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d n u o r g r e d n U Velvet By Gabrielle Fagan
It may take courage to create an ultra glam look with extravagant textures in rich hues and jewel tones, but moody room sets come into their own this time of year, and grand designs can be a pleasure to come home to. Luxurious and opulent, plush velvets, furniture with gentle curves, smoked glass and anything inspired by the glamour of the 1920s, art deco or 18th century classic French design, will help you create an eye-catching scheme with long lasting appeal.
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STYLE ME UP "The Boutique Hotel look was born out of an increased interest by our customers in products which bring a sense of luxury back into their homes," says Pip Prinsloo, designer manager Home at John Lewis. "This demand is not disposable, but for striking pieces that are beautifully designed and use the best materials to stand the test of time. From luxurious textiles to opulent finishes and prints, Boutique Hotel has a polished feel that aims to impress and stimulate the senses." Lustrous and dramatic, rich textiles can transform a room, especially when they're mixed with dark decos and anything ornate; and they can withstand wear and tear more than you might think.
"Velvet is a fabric which speaks sartorial volumes. It screams luxury, but also comfort, as nothing can compare to the silky tactile softness of this fabric's unique pile," says Alison Cork, founder of WITHIN Home. "This is why it's superb for any item of furniture we may sit upon and be enveloped by - a velvet sofa is the ultimate statement piece." continues overleaf...
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DARK DESIRES "I adore mixing and matching different textures to add surprise and interest, it creates a delightful layered look," says Annabel Astor, co-founder of furniture store OKA. "Black is an incredibly flexible colour, it works with everything. It can transform a room into an extraordinarily glamorous space - just don't be too afraid to try." One of the most underrated colours in design, black works as a neutral and helps tie everything together. It can even be used on doors and window frames as a building block to set off window dressings, furnishings and even floorings.
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT Along with glitzy hotels, designers have also drawn inspiration from elegant city living that reflects the glamour of a Parisian apartment, New York pied-a-terre or a bygone age of opulence, and more formal entertaining when cocktails would be served before dinner. "When it comes to creating a luxurious, opulent interior scheme, the materials used are crucial," says Kate Mooney, CEO, Houseology.com. "Rich timber, crystal and metallic finishes are perfect for creating a look that exudes decadence." Designers cite copper and brass as the most popular metallic finishes, as they add warmth, which is wonderful for colder months. Also key to your luxe look are throws, cushions and rugs in wool, cashmere and velvet, to make sure the finishing touches are as inviting and comfortable as they are stylish.
"A patterned carpet in deeper coloured berry tones will contrast beautifully against dark walls, and will instantly create a luxe decor to any room set," says Emma Hopkins, marketing manager at Crucial Trading. "Introducing these colour ways to bedrooms and living rooms will work particularly well, as it will create an opulent ambience simply finish the look by adding homewares such as glass vases, art deco mirrors, velvet cushions or a statement, jewel-toned armchair for a refined and timeless feel."
BLING IS A NATURAL BEDFELLOW If you're feeling flamboyant, the bedroom is where you can really go to town. After all, this is where you sleep, relax and dress. Sumptuous surroundings lend themselves to little treasures such as perfume bottles, costume jewellery spilling out of a crystal bowl, a pair of satin mules styled on a vintage hat box, and introducing anything that shimmers, sparkles or signals richness. A velvet headboard, charcoal and black paint effects and eclectic decorative pieces or colourful curiosities set against a moody backdrop, will also bring the bedroom to another level, and place in time.
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The most eco option when it comes to flooring is using the flooring you already have. Do you have original floorboards or parquet flooring that can be sanded and varnished, stained or painted? In old houses, there are sometimes hidden gems like original stone or tiled floors that have been covered up for years. They may need a little TLC, but they make a great feature.
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The most eco option when it comes to flooring is using the flooring you already have. Do you have original floorboards or parquet flooring that can be sanded and varnished, stained or painted? In old houses, there are sometimes hidden gems like original stone or tiled floors that have been covered up for years. They may need a little TLC, but they make a great feature.
If you don't have flooring you can restore, the next best thing is buying reclaimed flooring. Putting period features back into an old property is a good way to add value and increase its appeal when you come to sell, but reclaimed flooring tends to be expensive. A more affordable option is new wooden flooring, either solid wood, or engineered wood (with a real wood top layer). Bamboo is an eco choice, despite being mainly grown in Asia, because the plants take around three to five years to reach maturity, which is a lot less than a typical tree. When shopping for new wooden flooring, look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo. This shows that the wood has been sustainably sourced.
One of the most environmentally friendly types of flooring (and the cosiest) is wool carpet. Making a wool carpet uses only about 10% of the energy used to produce a nylon one and wool is, of course, sustainable because sheep re-grow their fleeces after being shorn. While there are plenty of great British wool carpets (70% of British wool goes into carpet), New Zealand wool carpets also have eco credentials. New Zealand may be on the other side of the world, but every kilogram of wool produced there is said to equate to less CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas than driving an average-sized petrol car for a mile. Most of the impact of getting wool to market is from land and water use, and Wools of New Zealand (a premium brand of carpets and rugs manufactured to quality standards) works with its producers to minimise that impact. What's more, a single fleece from a New Zealand sheep will make about 4sqm of carpet, which is double the amount from wool than from many other places.
For an eco carpet underlay, try a collaboration between Wools of New Zealand and Anglo Recycling, this underlay is made from 100% recycled carpet fibres and 100% recycled rubber.
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CRITTERS at bay! by Hannah Stephenson
Wet and warm weather can create a breeding ground for pests and diseases attacking our crops. Hannah Stephenson looks at the problems we may encounter and reveals how to tackle them While the mild weather and heavy rainfall of late may be good for the garden, it also provides an ideal breeding ground for pests and diseases. Rot and grey mould may attack strawberry beds, codling moths could invade apple and plum trees, while aphids, carrot fly and slugs and snails will undoubtedly be doing their utmost to munch through our precious crops.
potato tubers. Pick them off veg as you see them and be vigilant, particularly after rainfall. Alternatively, spread really sharp grit around vulnerable plants or at the edge of vegetable beds. If you have veg in pots, try wrapping copper tape around the top of the pot, which acts like a tiny electric fence.
So, who are the main culprits and what can we do about them? SLUGS AND SNAILS These are the most persistent and troublesome pests in wet weather, as they have a taste for tender edible crops, including lettuces and beans, while below ground they can burrow through
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GREY MOULD This can be a real problem when strawberries are just starting to ripen. You need to avoid watering strawberry beds as the fruit develops grey mould if it's in contact with wet ground. Try to stop the rot by sliding a strawberry mat around the collar of each plant, or tuck handfuls of straw around the plants to keep the fruit off the ground.
larvae is made too late, when the grubs have literally chomped their way through the roots of the plant, effectively killing it. On mild spring or summer evenings, inspect plants and walls by torchlight and pick off the adult weevils, which are black with dull yellow markings. To deter them, you can use biological nematodes Nemasys vine weevil killer in early spring or autumn, mixing with water and soaking the plant. Or use a special compost with an anti-vine-weevil ingredient when planting containers.
WOOLLY APHID These insects, which often invade apple trees, hide under a white fluff which is often mistaken for mould. The blackish brown aphids suck sap from the woody stems from spring and, if not tackled, are likely to spread to younger shoots by summer. Their damage can lead to lumpy growths in the bark, which can split in the winter, and lead to apple canker. Scrub colonies with a stiff bristled brush in spring or early summer.
CODLING MOTHS The caterpillars of these small moths bore into apples and pears in summer, causing the fruits to ripen and drop early. Often you can see the small, brown, white-headed caterpillar at the core. To protect trees, set codling moth traps, which look like bright yellow or green tents, to which the insects are attracted, and then glued to the spot. Place a small amount of pheromone in the trap (this comes in the kit) to lure males in, and once they are out of the picture, females will remain infertile. VINE WEEVIL These beetles can prove devastating to plants, particularly those in pots, but also among strawberry plants. The beetles eat the leaves between spring and summer while their white maggotlooking larvae eat the roots of the plant. Often the discovery of the
CARROT FLY If you haven't yet covered your carrots with fine insect-proof mesh, don't waste any time. It will also screen out greenfly and blackfly and won't trap heat underneath, so it can be used in summer. Grow tall-growing crops like Brussels sprouts away from the blanket covering, and make each plant an individual covering so they remain caterpillar-free. Plants that need pollinating to produce a crop, such as beans and courgettes, will need to be uncovered when they start flowering, to allow access for pollinating insects.
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BEST OF THE BUNCH - lavender There's a place in almost any garden for this fragrant stalwart, which can be used as a low hedge, to frame a border or give you containers full of fragrance - as long as you're careful with watering, as if they dry out very badly, they're virtually impossible to bring back. They flower for a long time in summer and their flowers are great for cutting or drying. French lavender, whose flowers are topped with coloured 'wings' can be used as culinary herbs, while more fragrant Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' make brilliant edging paths for borders and fill the garden with scent. Once flowering is over, give them a good trim with shears to tidy them up, but don't cut back into old wood or they won't recover.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT - Looking after tomatoes Vigorous vine tomatoes, those grown as single stemmed cordons, need to be trained now to stop side shoots developing and creating a more messy, less productive plant. You should get up to six trusses of fruit per plant, depending on how high you can grow it. When it's reached the height you want, stop it by cutting off the top and then its energy will flow back into the developing fruits. When the fruits are ripening, cut away the lower leaves of the first trusses to allow the sun to get to the tomatoes and promote more growth. Water and feed regularly while the plants are growing vigorously, but reduce watering later on for a sweeter flavour. Don't water irregularly or this can lead to blossom end rot. A dose of liquid fertiliser added to the water once a week should keep the plants in good condition.
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK • Cover gooseberries, currants, strawberries and soft fruits with netting to keep the birds away. • Thin out plums to leave them spaced around 5-7.5cm (2-3in) apart. • Prune late spring and early summering flowering shrubs like philadelphus, weigela, ceanothus and escallonia, immediately after flowering. • Sprinkle general fertiliser granules around flowering plants and shrubs and hoe them into the soil surface, watering in if the weather is dry. • Raise new plants of cytisus, deciduous azaleas and magnolias, by layering low growing shoots of young growth to soil level. • Plant marrows, courgettes, pumpkins and squashes outside now. • Top up pond water levels as they fall in hot weather. • Cut your lawn at least once a week and twice for a better finish on fine lawns. • Check plants for aphids. Heavy infestation may need treating with a soap-based spray if you can't pick them off. • Tie in the shoots of fan-trained figs growing against warm walls. • Pinch out the tips of sideshoots when they have produced five leaves.
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Four Objects from Four Centuries By Stephen Cohu Fashions change over the centuries, sometimes very rapidly. The four items in this article were the high point of design during their period of production. Some have gone on to be more desirable, some have become very desirable only to see their popularity wane in recent years. Some will always be highly desirable as they represent the pinnacle of production from their era and were expensive in their day. As the old adage goes, if it was expensive when it was made it will be expensive now.
Trading Standards today. It was very much a case of kill or cure although many modern drugs found their origins in the early days of medicinal experimentation. The contents of this jar, labelled in gothic script â€œSe. Paeoniaeâ€?, Peony, probably the root which was used to treat muscle cramps, has little following in medical circles in the 21st century as it appears ineffective in the treatment of anything but does hamper blood clotting which may make it dangerous to take! It was probably sold as a miracle cure at the time along with mercury, arsenic, digitalis and so on. The shelves of the apothecary would be lined with dozens of these jars and he would have been highly respected amongst the wealthy as indeed a medical specialist is highly regarded today. Few of these jars have survived as they are quite fragile and the ones that have are keenly collected as a reminder of the primitive cures of the Renaissance period. 18TH CENTURY CUTLERY URN
17TH CENTURY - APOTHECARY JAR This apothecary jar was made of earthenware, more correctly termed faience, decorated with maiolica colours in Italy, probably Sicily, in the early part of the 17th century. This period of history was a high point for the apothecary when all sorts of rather strange concoctions and treatments were devised for almost every ailment. The outlandish claims made by the apothecary to be able to cure just about anything and everything with a poultice or potion that contained probably almost exclusively nothing but a few highly toxic ingredients would be rather frowned upon by
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This exceptional satinwood cutlery urn dates from the late 18th century, from the neoclassical period of designs of Robert Adam and Thomas Sheraton. During the latter years of the century, formal dining reached its pinnacle with dining on a grand scale being the norm in any large town or country residence. This urn would have sat, probably with its pair, upon a 18th century satinwood grand sideboard with pedestal cutlery urn ends or even on a pair of free standing pedestals. Satinwood was the wood of the period of which only the finest objects were made as it was rare and expensive, being imported from exotic lands. The urn would have contained a fine set of silver cutlery, the forks and spoons for every occasion in solid silver, the knives with handles carved from ivory, often stained green. The designs of the period date back to the Classical designs of ancient Rome and Greece, the revival occurring in the late 18th century as Neoclassicism and in the late 19th century as Classic Revival. The designs of this period are timeless, who could fail to like the simplicity and elegance of this wonderful piece?
The desirability of the products of the late 18th century has held strong where others have fallen out of fashion.
quality and represent a potential collecting field that may prove to be a good investment in the longer term.
The value of an object in the 21st century depends as much on its usefulness as its originality. If it is original but has no use it is not wanted, for example a commode (the toilet version). The advent of ensuite bathrooms killed the commode however fine it may be! This urn can still be used for its original purpose and be a good conversation piece at dinner. A winner all round!
20TH CENTURY - CLARICE CLIFF LOTUS JUG Clarice Cliff is probably the most well-known designer of ceramic decoration of the Art Deco period. She began her career at Wilkinson’s Pottery in Stoke in the latter years of the 1920’s, just as the Art Deco period was really taking off. She started by decorating traditional shapes and pieces of biscuit ware that had become old fashioned in bold geometric designs. She called this the Bizarre range and it proved to be very popular. By 1930, the factory was producing Art Deco shapes of vases, jugs, tea and dinner ware specifically for decoration with Clarice Cliff’s bold and colourful deco designs.
Pair of Victorian Staffordshire whippets.
19TH CENTURY - VICTORIAN STAFFORDSHIRE FIGURES During the middle years of the 19th century there were dozens if not hundreds of factories in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire making what have become known over the years as Victorian Staffordshire figures. Many of these figures were incredibly cheaply made and very sparsely coloured or even left “in the white”. Others were very fine quality and fully coloured and would have been relatively expensive to buy. These figures represented famous personages of the day, from Royalty to show-biz stars of the stage, famous sportsmen, military leaders, in fact anyone of any celebrity had a portrait figure made of them. Today we would see Staffordshire figures of anyone from Graham Norton to Theresa May! Figures from history and the Bible were also very popular and were used in the religious education of children and served as reminders to lead a Godly life on penalty of eternal damnation! Most famous and recognisable of all are of the course the ubiquitous Staffordshire dogs, the flat back King Charles II spaniels being present in virtually every Victorian home. Quality of production and decoration varied enormously and they remained in continuous manufacture from 1840 to the very poor products of Edwardian times. These finely modelled greyhounds or whippets, recumbent on their cobalt bases pierced for use as inkwells, represent the better quality end of production. All the social classes purchased these dogs, with pieces available in every price range from pennies to pounds. It is true to say that most Victorian Staffordshire figures are no longer as keenly sought as they were for many generations. These pieces often have a naive charm that people see as out of place in a modern home. I would agree that many of the poor quality figures produced should never have been classed as collectable being most eminently rejectable but many are of good
The Art Deco products of Wilkinson’s Pottery were unlike anything anyone had seen in Britain before, the flamboyance of Deco replacing the dull and restrained products of the Edwardian and First World War era. The jug illustrated is the largest size of jug known as a lotus jug. The colourful pattern is named Latona Bouquet. Latona was a more expensive range than the standard Honeyglaze and referred to the milky thick glaze upon which the design would be added. The full use of the pattern on the jug is unrestrained and uses the shape very well. This would have been an expensive piece when made and would have been bought by the newly wealthy middle classes. Incredibly, this jug is now nearly 90 years old and remains in virtually perfect condition. It remains, as it rightly should, as desirable now as it ever was and would represent a purchase today of a fine and important piece of the work of Clarice Cliff. In conclusion we can see fashions come and go but the best pieces of design and production from any era will always be desirable and valuable.
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AN ARABIAN ADVENTURE IN
by Rebecca Underwood
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Abu Dhabi Aerial view Corniche The United Arab Emirates, a unification of seven sovereign sheikhdoms, was formed in 1971 following the British withdrawal from the Gulf area, and as a result of the bi-lateral friendship treaty signed on 22 December 1971 the UAE continues to maintain a close relationship with the United Kingdom. Ruled by HM, the Emir Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is a modern, prosperous city that offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the colourful tapestry of Arabian history and culture. Located at the head of a ‘T’ shaped island in the Persian Gulf, the largest of the emirates covers an area of only 375 square miles but there is much to explore.
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Al Ain Oasis is a popular attraction and as one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited settlements it was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Featuring ruins of circular stone tombs, a number of wells, palaces and towers; the site provides a fascinating insight into desert life dating back to 2500 BC. To learn more, visit the Al Ain National Museum and admire the extensive collections of exhibits including pottery, stone and copper vessels, household objects, weaving looms and musical instruments, which, together, provide some understanding of local traditions and customs.
For those yearning for a true Arabian adventure, consider a thrilling desert safari on board a robust four wheel drive vehicle. The Liwa Oasis, located on the edges of the Empty Quarter, is where you will find 300 metre high sand dunes; ideal for a spot of what is known as ‘wadi bashing’ or ‘dune driving’. Highly skilled local drivers negotiate unexpected hazards in the harsh desert surroundings with ease and for those seeking a high octane adrenaline rush and a very bumpy ride it is the ideal excursion. Wildlife lovers may be fortunate to spot the odd resident including Arabian Oryx, gazelles and hyenas. Immerse deeper into local culture and wander around the Al Jahili fort, located in the Al Ain area. Built in 1891 to defend the mountain passes and palm groves, it really is a special spot. Take a leisurely stroll around the west wing of the fort, which is now used to house a permanent exhibition of photographs taken by the late Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger. The highly respected explorer and author embarked on the most arduous journey imaginable in 1945, crossing the 650,000 square kilometre Rub’ al Khali (Empty Quarter), the largest desert in the world, on foot and by camel. Mingle with the locals and visit one of Abu Dhabi’s most spectacular landmarks,
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the opulent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which features 80 towering domes, sparkling 24 carat gold chandeliers, more than a thousand columns, and the world’s largest hand woven carpet. Constructed over a decade, the Mosque features natural materials including marble, stone, ceramics, gold and crystal and it covers an area of over 240,000 square feet providing ample space for 41,000 worshippers. The structure’s shimmering gold and white hues are flooded with sunshine during the day and floodlit at night by an impressive system of lighting which reflects the phases of the moon and the reflective pools add to the overall beauty. For weary travellers keen to reside in similarly lavish surroundings, the Ritz Carlton Grand Canal Hotel is directly opposite the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and provides the highest standards of comfort and service. This ultra stylish, Venetian-inspired property is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and features a gorgeous private beach and an impressive outdoor pool covering 1600 square metres. Plump sun loungers ensure that occupants may dine insitu and the hotel’s Al Fresco restaurant offers a wide range of lunch boxes which are promptly delivered by bicycle. Other dining venues include Giornotte, which presents Italian cuisine served with aplomb. Club level guests are welcome to access the complimentary Club Lounge, which provides concierge and butler services and presents an excellent breakfast buffet extravaganza, midday snacks, a sumptuous afternoon tea, and hors d’oeuvres, cordials and desserts are served with panache. Accommodations include spacious deluxe rooms and suites, elegantly furnished with comfortable beds swathed in crisp white
Egyptian linens. The chic bathrooms feature a spacious bath tub with a separate rejuvenating rain-forest shower and a generous supply of Asprey bathing products. Executive suites also feature private balconies, which is the ideal spot for a pre-dining tipple or two. Or, if you are a dedicated water babe and deserve the ultimate treat, opt for a two bedroom villa with your very own plunge pool. Ardent sailors will be eager to experience an exhilarating boat ride and to savour the spectacular water side view of Abu Dhabi’s skyline. Hop on board the 60 or 90 minute Yellow Boat Tour, which departs from gate number three at the Emirates Palace Marina. The top-of-the-line rigid inflatable vessels comfortably seat ten passengers and are powered by Evinrude E-TEC direct injector engines, manufactured in the UK. Sailing past the intoxicating sight of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the luxurious Presidential Palace and the adjacent Royal Palaces is unforgettable. For those seeking their own luxurious residence and a true home from home living experience, the Marriott Executive Apartments, located right in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s downtown area, features fully serviced apartments with one, two or three bedrooms and provides the highest standards of comfort and service. We relaxed in a stylishly furnished two bedroom apartment measuring 132 square metres with enormous windows flooding the area with light. The spacious lounge with plump sofas and a huge flat screen television provided the perfect retreat after a busy day exploring the city and we took advantage of the fully equipped kitchen with every appliance including an oven, hob, refrigerator, dish washer and washer/dryer. For guests with a preference for dining out, the adjacent Marriott Hotel Downtown offers a number of bustling venues including the very popular Kuzbara, which features an open kitchen and presents a first class international breakfast buffet, luncheon and dinner. Facilities at the Marriott Executive Apartments include outdoor adult and children’s swimming pools and a fully equipped gymnasium. For an Arabian adventure of your very own explore Abu Dhabi, experience Emirati hospitality at its best and reflect on the words of Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, the author of Arabian Sands; ‘I tasted freedom and a way of life from which there could be no recall’ Bahrain ‘stop over’
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Seasons Bahrain Bay is located on a private island and offers the ultimate levels of comfort and service. Accommodations include a selection of sumptuously furnished rooms and suites reflecting the art deco style and the chic marble bathrooms feature over sized bathtubs with separate showers and an in-mirror television allowing guests to keep up with the latest news whilst bathing. Hotel facilities include five swimming pools and the fabulous outdoor infinity pool, which measures 956 square metres, is surrounded by enormous parasols and comfortable, plump sun loungers, providing an ideal oasis for an afternoon snooze. Vento, the hotel’s poolside trattoria, offers an extensive choice of delicious Italian dishes including the Ossobuco ‘alla Milanese’, which is slow cooked for eight hours, and accompanied by a glass or two of Amarone Della Valpolicella it is distinctly first rate. Other dining venues include the Bahrain Bay Kitchen, which presents an international breakfast and luncheon buffet and the open kitchen shows a frenzy of chefs creating tempting dishes at ‘live’ cooking stations. 'Top Tip' Gulf Air, the national carrier for the Kingdom of Bahrain offers reliable and punctual daily flights from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi via Bahrain, and provides an efficient check-in service, a generous baggage allowance, and the highest levels of comfort and on-board service. Relax in style in the Falcon Gold Lounge prior to departure from London and Bahrain. For more information visit gulfair.com ‘More Top Tips’ For more information on the Ritz Carlton Grand Canal and the Marriott Executive Apartments visit ritzcarlton.com and marriott.com and for Yellow Boats info visit the yellowboats.com Top Tip for a Bahrain ‘stop-over’ Visit fourseasons.com/Bahrain. Abu Dhabi images courtesy of visitabudhabi.ae.
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Stripes By Lisa Haynes
Go graphic with this summer's shortcut to streamlined. Lisa Haynes shows you how to do linear style. It's the graphic trend that keeps on giving when it comes to limb lengthening. If you're not already sold on stripes, this is the season to add illusion-prompting lines to your fashion itinerary. The SS17 catwalks practically turned into a barcode of stripyness, ranging from subtle PJ pinstripes to uber-bold panels. With all those clean, straight lines, stripes are the minimalist's way to do impactful prints. Classic monochrome is the starkest way to wear them, while multicoloured seaside stripes are the loudest think of the brightest deckchair on a beautiful beach. Line up for this summer's hottest stripes... 52 | www.life-mags.com
ZEBRA CROSSING If you're fully committed to the linear look, go bold with uber-wide vertical or horizontal stripes. There's no softly-softly approach with supersized stripes but, as a rule, keep one of the contrasting colours in a neutral, like black, navy, cream or white, to avoid overkill. Black and white is everyone's best friend but red and cream is this summer's hottest colour combo. STRIPE STYLE TIP: Wear your silhouettes in extremes, such as wide-leg pants or a structured dress to give bold stripes a good canvas.
PYJAMA PARTY They were once the kind of stripes you snoozed in, but pyjama stripes are enjoying a moment outside of the bedroom. If you're feeling brave (or sleepy), go for a full Lanvin-inspired two-piece stripeathon with matching top and trousers. For a more subtle approach, pull on a nightshirt-style tunic with jeans, so there's no mistaking your nightwear as daywear.
STRIPE STYLE TIP: PJ-style stripe pieces are best served in sheeny fabrics, like silk. Look for seamless underwear to avoid any show-through.
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TRENDS YOU NEED TO WEAR NOW 3. TULLE AND FLORALS
From weddings and galas to garden parties, summer calls for dress-up options galore. Katie Wright rounds up the season's coolest occasionwear.
Inspired by the stunning gowns we've seen on the Valentino catwalk in recent seasons, the high street has gone mad for floral overlay dresses - and you're going to want them all. Even black tulle becomes suitable summer attire with a smattering of embroidered flowers.
Apart from the pre-Christmas glut of gatherings, there's no other time of year that calls for more party dresses than summer - especially if you've hit that late-20s/early-30s peak where you're attending, on average, about 500 weddings a year. Running out of outfit inspiration? Fear not, we've got four fresh trends that will help give your summer wardrobe the shake-up it needs...
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The power of the sun.... By Penny Downes from Pennyfeathers As the sun carries on shining and I feel the strength of its rays gently warm my skin, I decided to take the advantage to use this as my opening article. Clients, friends and family members know that sunscreen is my bug bare and know how much I shout about it being not only a crucial anti ageing step but in many cases a life saver. We are well aware of what the sun can do to the skin and its down sides. Although most of us love the feeling we get from the warmth on our bodies and the good feeling the Endorphins leave us with, we still risk the down sides for the tiny benefits we get. As mentioned earlier I love the fact that whilst writing the bright ball of fire is shining down on us and the heat is filtering through my salon window, it's a real boost. However I am all too aware of the damages and down sides and feel the guilt setting in when I consider basking in it. At 17 I read a book that changed my life, a mans personal account of loosing his one true love to skin cancer after not protecting his skin well enough when living abroad. From that emotional day I promised myself that, daily I would apply a factor 30 and have up kept that promise resulting in a porcelain complexion. I couldn't agree more that we need a little sun to boost our feel good factors, give us strong bones from the Viatmin D, the glow is lovely and we do feel better with a little colour but my key point is everything should be in little amounts. Protection is the best prevention for sun damage and helps slow the signs of ageing right down. Regularly checking your skin for changes is also the best prevention for skin cancers developing. Moles, freckles and skin lesions that can develop changes in size, texture and colour can all be alarm bells that should never be ignored. I always recommend to take annual photos of areas that may be changeable as this will give you the best comparison for the future. Jersey is an island loves the sun but we also are fully aware of the damage, regular skin clinics are held by charities to help prevent skin cancer and should be supported by us all as skin cancer doesn't discriminate.
I cringe as a Skin Care Therapist when I'm face to face with a handbag skin, not only do I think ouch that's looking dry, crusty, flakey and sore but I know that all that melanin has surfaced , it isn't there for the good but there to protect and restore the skin and its now gone too far. I still find it hard to see the point of the look and why people think they look great. We need sunscreen, the sun is strong and yes we are in the Channel Islands but we need the protection, even on the wettest day as long as there is day light we are getting UV Ageing and UV Cancer Causing rays. Titanium Dioxide based sunscreens give you the best coverage. This ingredient masks the sun rays away from the skin to stop the dangerous rays inhibiting the skin and causing damage. I learnt at a few years ago at a medical presentation that most sun blemishes and cancers are found in the most unusual places. For example gents get them on the ears or behind the ears from where they have short hair and its actually their Barbers who notice them, for women commonly they are found on the parting again mostly discovered by their hair stylist. I for one ensure I check clients as they visit me in treatments, especially when I see a change in a mole or skin blemish I tell clients and advise them that I see a difference and to get it checked out. I build trust with clients and put them at ease. I sound like a broken record for many but protection is the best form of staying young. A sunscreen is the best anti ageing cream , it stops the damage from happening and prevents the scary skin damage of a sun worshipper. We need to slip, slap, slop these creams on to keep our skin protected if we don't it can't protect itself. I'm not saying stay out of the sun thats impossible and not an option for many and a little bit is good but the fake cow hide handbag look isn't, get a tan from a bottle, be safe, be aware and be wise, protect and prevent that's all I can say. www.penny-feathers.co.uk
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Is modern day medicine enough to get to the root of the problem? Mark Shields investigates an alternative approach to healthcare that is transforming people’s lives for the better... Nowadays, there are so many people out there suffering unnecessarily from illnesses that are preventing them from leading full lives and that could have easily been prevented. Insomnia, Panic attacks, Migraines, Anxiety, Type 2 diabetes to name but a few. According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show that the number of antidepressants given to patients in England has doubled in a decade, official figures show. In 2015 there were 61m such drugs prescribed and dispensed outside of hospitals. They are used to treat clinical depression as well as other conditions such as generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks. Doctor’s are inundated with patients presenting a variety of symptoms and unfortunately, the current model they use in surgery has not kept up to date with the modern offerings available to patients throughout modern day medicine.
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The nature of a 10 minute consultation simply does not allow a GP to explore the various reasons behind the symptoms that a patient may be presenting and understand how they have reached this point in their life. For instance, symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, depression, joint pain, skin conditions, digestive complaints could all be resolved with a little further inquiry and investigation into the patient’s family history, lifestyle choices, dietary choices, stress levels and psychological and emotional health. This type of approach is commonly described as Functional Medicine. A definition taken from the Institute of Functional Medicine website further explains … Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-
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centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. By using this personalised approach in clinic, it allows the clinician to look at each patient as an individual and work through the information gathered a bit like a “Health Detective” to ascertain where the root cause may have started. The model is specifically organised in order to help the clinician gain a comprehensive perspective of the patient as a whole, and to facilitate discussion of complex medical issues with the patient and the variety of options available to them to seek overall wellness. Not only does the medical profession have to adopt a more holistic approach but the patient needs to take more responsibility for their health.By labelling a patient with a condition, this almost allows the patient to resign themselves to a life of pill popping which may act as a plaster over the problem when instead a few simple lifestyle changes could address the root cause and help them overcome their health complaint. Take this case study as an example: 70 year old A lady throughout her life has eaten a varied diet but the food choices have been heavy on white flour, processed foods, regular sugar, fat and alcohol consumption. Diagnosed at 55 with Type 2 diabetes and prescribed Metformin. Over the years her attitude to changing her lifestyle has been such that because she is on medication she knows she needs to change her diet and exercise more but simply has not done this. Now at 70 she takes nine varieties of prescribed medicine some of which consist of several tablets a day amounting to 17 tablets a day.
These tablets are to reduce blood clots, treat high blood pressure, prevent fat accumulation in the arteries, for osteoporosis, acid reflux, inflammation all of which could have been addressed with changing her lifestyle and improving her current quality of life. Here are some of the areas that the clinician can then address with their patient to ascertain where the imbalances may be coming from. Dietary factors (Nutrition), Stress, Sleep & Relaxation, Work/Life Balance, Relationships, Exercise & Movement all play a part in the level of optimum health and if one or a number of these are affected then the imbalances occur. Nutritional Therapy, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, NLP, Mindfulness, Meditation, Musculoskeletal therapies such Chiropractors, Alexander technique are just a few disciplines that could help support an individual in their quest for health. As clinician I have experienced some fundamental changes take place in my clinic through using the above approaches and believe that there is certainly a transformation in the way health care is offered. I am pleased to report that this new approach to healthcare is starting to gain momentum in the public through television documentaries such BBC’s “Doctor in the House” with Dr Rangan Chatterjee which have brought into the public arena how these approaches can help patients with cluster headaches, type 2 diabetes and musculoskeletal issues amongst others. As individuals we do need to take responsibility for our health first foremost and seek out the options available to us should we require intervention. One size certainly does not fit all. Written by Mark Shields Managing Director Life Practice UK Ltd Tel: 01462 431112 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tackling Childhood Loneliness By Lisa Salmon
They say 'you're never alone with a phone', but clearly that's not the case for thousands of UK children.
people are suffering from loneliness, and as result, there is no simple fix to the problem.
Despite the increased connectivity of the modern high-tech world, last year the children's helpline Childline delivered 4,063 counselling sessions - the equivalent of 11 a day - to children and teenagers suffering from loneliness.
"What is clear is that the world is becoming an increasingly complex place to grow up in, with children and teenagers facing daily pressures to achieve what society defines as a successful life - grades, relationships, physical appearance.
And it seems that phones are not just keeping young people connected, they're also making some of them feel alone. Childline counsellors say social media is leading youngsters to make unrealistic comparisons about their lives, that leave them feeling ugly, unpopular and isolated.
"It is therefore vital that children and teenagers have people around them, in particular parents, who they can really open up to about how they are feeling."
But it's not just tech that leads to loneliness - other more traditional problems include struggling to fit into new surroundings after moving house or school, and losing someone close after a death or broken relationship. NO SIMPLE FIX This is the first year Childline has recorded loneliness as an issue, a move prompted by an increasing number of calls mentioning the problem. And while teenagers are the age group most likely to call Childline to discuss loneliness, the problem is also upsetting much younger children, with even six-year-olds ringing to seek help for a problem more commonly associated with the older generation. Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, which runs Childline, says: "There is no single reason why so many young
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ADVICE FOR PARENTS Young people often tell counsellors they don't want to talk to their parents about their problems, as they're worried what they'll think. The NSPCC suggests parents who struggle to get their children to open up to them should: • Start a conversation when no one will interrupt, perhaps on a bike ride or car journey. • Try not to overreact when your child tells you something alarming - it may stop them from confiding in you again. • If your child isn't ready to talk straight away, try again in a few days. • Listening is important and shows your child you value what they're telling you. Childline says children tell its counsellors they feel 'invisible' and misunderstood, and that those closest to them are struggling to understand their feelings. As a result, they often spend a lot of time in their bedrooms or online, which only intensifies their loneliness. In the worst cases, some become so desperate they self-harm to cope with their negative feelings, or even contemplate suicide. The NSPCC found 73% of counselling sessions about loneliness were with girls, making them five times more likely to contact Childline for help about the issue than boys. 62 | www.life-mags.com
Because counsellors have noticed increasing numbers of young people talking to them about loneliness over the last few years, the helpline service has created a webpage tiny.cc/lonely on the Childline website to support lonely young people. DAME ESTHER SAYS Dame Esther Rantzen, founder and president of Childline, says: "I think we in the adult world are addicted to being busy, and our children are suffering as a result. "Of course many of us have to work hard, but sometimes that leaves too little time for the people we care about most, our children." Rantzen says she's also worried that gathering around the table to eat and talk together has become obsolete. "Families are too busy to eat together, to talk about their days together, and share their worries," she says. "So Childline has become the place young people choose to confide in. They tell us we make them feel valued, so they have the confidence to talk about their feelings of loneliness." For help and advice, contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk
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Putting children first in divorce proceedings By Tara Lee, English Solicitor, Benest Corbett Renouf
Each year, a staggering number of children in Jersey experience the separation of their parents. If your relationship is at an end, and separation or divorce is contemplated, it is likely that your biggest concern will be what will happen to your children. How can you make the process of separation easier on your children? Children need to be placed at the centre of all decisions made following separation or divorce. Ensuring a child is put first is well reflected in the Children (Jersey) Law and the Court’s first consideration is always the welfare of the child. Once you and your partner have decided with certainty that you are going to separate or divorce, you will need to address how you will tell your children. Telling your children Children will experience a wide range of emotions when separation or divorce occurs and as every child is different, they will react differently to the news. In a period of significant change, children will often feel apprehensive about what will happen next. While your relationship with your partner has ended, your role as a parent has not and it is important that this is emphasised to a child. When a relationship is at an end, often the strongest feelings are of hurt, bitterness and anger. It can seem almost impossible to talk things through with a partner given the emotions prevalent at the time. If you are able to manage your own feelings and opinions about your separation or divorce, it is much better for both parents to be present when children are told. Children benefit from hearing similar messages from their parents so you should discuss beforehand what you will tell your child. Communication is key Whether or not you initiated the separation or divorce, try to view the situation through your child’s eyes. In a time of profound sadness and uncertainty, explain to your child what is happening and how life will change. Children’s concerns such as when and how they will see each parent, where they will live and go to school, how they will spend time with important family members and friends and how life will be different must be addressed. Together as parents, your focus should be on raising your child in the best possible way. Consistency and routine is important to children so they should continue to partake in activities and hobbies they enjoy. Communicate with your children throughout the process and make them feel involved in the decision making. 64 | www.life-mags.com
How to ease the process • It is essential that children are sheltered from adult disagreements, as being exposed to conflict that ensues from a separation is damaging to children. • In difficult situations, children may feel guilty or responsible for what has happened in the family so they need to understand that your separation or divorce has nothing to do with them or their behaviour and that there is nothing they can do to change what is happening. • Regardless of how you feel about each other, it is important that regular contact with both parents is supported and maintained. • Children need to feel loved and cared for by both parents and should be given the support and space they need to safely express how they feel. • One of the most important skills you can possess is being a good listener. Allow children to ask questions and reassure them that their feelings are normal. Resolving arrangements for children outside of the court process reduces conflict and minimises the impact this change will have on the family, and most importantly your children. It helps your family stay in control of arrangements for children and ensures that your children’s needs remain the central focus. All of the family lawyers at Benest Corbett Renouf are members of Resolution, an organisation committed to removing conflict from family disputes and we therefore actively encourage our clients to engage in alternative dispute resolution. If you require further information, please contact a member of our family team on 01534 760860.
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Given the success of our series of three articles on the menopause, we decided to pen a series on the emotive subject of body image and weight issues. In this vey ‘Foodie’ themed issue, where we are celebrating the gloriousness of food in its many and varied guises, I wanted to look at the converse; the flip side, the side that we all know exists, but some choose to ignore…the dark side of food…by Juanita Shield-Laignel
As soon as I started research for this series, I contacted the lovely and eternally wise Vivien Aygun, Proprietor of ‘Up and Above’, Don Street. Vivien prides herself on providing beautiful clothing for sizes 14 to 26 and helping the ladies of Jersey, feel fabulous, no matter what. With the French Government, recently legislating against fashion houses employing rake-thin models and a rise in outsize models hitting the catwalk and even the larger person being glorified in ‘blog-utopia’ it just seems a really timely subject. My opening gambit to Vivien was “I’m writing a series of three articles about the more voluptuous amongst us being able to feel confident, vivacious, sexy and beautiful regardless. In this p.c. world…can I, or indeed, do I want to, get away with, calling it ‘Fit Fatties’?” Vivien’s immediate retort was. “I always tell my clients; ‘We don’t use the ‘F’ word around here’ and anyway it’s about being comfortable and that includes emotionally and comfortable with your health.” We then went on to have a long discussion on the health aspects of this topic and I agreed health should be our main focus. So this month we take a look at eating disorders, next month the emotional, physiological and hormonal aspects as well as intolerances and allergies and for our final month we will look as some ways in which we can overcome these issues and help create the best possible you! It seems safe to say that most people have worried about their weight and / or body image at some time in their lives. Whether you are male or female, tall or short, young or old, there will have been times when you questioned the way you look. Now I am not just talking about those of us that have a propensity towards housing the very real (thank the lord it’s not just in our imagination), FTO Fat Gene, but again ‘on the flip side’ those (and there are many) who struggle to gain and maintain a healthy weight. I have met and heard of many more, who ruminate equally about being ‘too thin’ and eat vast amounts though they do, just cannot shake off angular hips in favour of their desired Kardashian curves. Many of these misgivings happen when we are teenagers and programmed to be extra sensitive to our personal image, but these can go on for a lifetime. Body image and weight issues go far beyond wanting to look and feel a certain way and changing our eating and exercise patterns in accordance; it goes so much deeper, into our emotional and genetic makeup, nature and nurture
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and our particular socialisation as we grew up. You will have heard the saying…’if you want to know what your wife will look like in 20 years, take a look at her mother.’ This acknowledges the general thought that genetics has a big role to play and just like male patent baldness, it is pre-programmed and little we can do to change the programming…it just means some of us have to work harder than others if we want to feel good about ourselves. Point in case…I have two children in my care…two boys. My step son eats gargantuan amounts of garbage and yet is stick-thin, my own son loves fruit and veg, eats three meals a day with little snaking and is already developing fat cells across certain areas of his body. They both do roughly the same amounts of exercise and live a similar life style. So there is definitely a certain amount of, we are what we are and no amount of beating ourselves up is going to cut the cloth any differently. Just as sure as my son will always have blue eyes, he will always have to be careful what he eats and exercise more than the next guy...he has my genes! So as I was thinking about all this, I started to research eating disorders in general. We all of course immediately think of anorexia and accept it as a proper illness that requires careful handling, expert input and enormous amounts of love and understanding. It seems to be less so with obesity. But just as surely as it is pointless saying to a suffers of anorexia nervosa, ‘Pull yourself together and go eat steak and chips’, equally no good will come of saying to an overweight person ‘For goodness sake go run a mile and cut out the cake’. The anorexic will do anything they can to avoid food, even secreting it around their body…in their hair and under their nails are common places, so too an overweight person may do anything to avoid exercise or make other changes, those around them deem necessary… but there may be good reason. Leading on from this, I thought I would explore the eating disorders less well known and this is what I found… SLEEP EATING DISORDER (SED-NOS)/NOCTURNAL SLEEP-EATING DISORDER: Yes…people who sleep walk and make themselves food in the middle of the night. The sufferer doesn’t remember the episode and often feels embarrassed by it the next day.
Prader-Willi Syndrome: Is a constant, extreme, ravenous insatiable appetite which persists no matter how much the person eats. It is thought to be as a result of genetic, chromosome 15, abnormalities disrupting the normal functioning of the hypothalamus that regulates appetite and oxytocin levels, a hormone thought to contribute to satiety….so this person will never feel full. BIGOREXIA/MUSCLE DYSMORPHIA: Mainly suffered by men, this syndrome manifests as an intense feeling of not wanting to appear weak / too small and frail and leads to consistently bulking up muscle mass. This is said to be the opposite of anorexia nervosa. Those with this bigorexia tend to be, not frail or underdeveloped at all and this can often lead to obsessive body building. BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER (BDD): A disorder in which a person is extremely concerned with their outward appearance. The ugliness felt by those with BDD draws them away from social situations and is sometimes considered a social phobia or a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. The sufferer imagines severe flaws, or distortions on their body. Typically these flaws are slight imperfections that are over imagined, such as a mole or a curvature of the nose. Those affected with this disorder, often present with an increased risk of developing other eating disorders, depression and/or suicide. ORTHOREXIA NERVOSA: The sufferer of this disorder will become compulsively obsessed with eating pure and healthy food. Obsession over a perfect diet including organic or foods sold in health food shops, can be so intense, if rules are broken, the sufferer may punish themselves, often by fasting or following an even stricter diet. NIGHT EATING SYNDROME: A disorder in which a person consumes most of their calories in the evening often because of a lack of eating in the morning. Foods eaten later in the evening, usually after dinner, contain a lot of fat and sugar. Sometimes, those with Night Eating Syndrome will get up in the middle of the night to eat. Insomnia and other sleeping problems are common in those with this disorder. PICA: The Pica person has a strong desire to eat, lick, or chew non-food items. These could be; soil, paint, rust, glue, hair, chalk, cigarette ashes or many other non-edible substances. This disorder is common is pregnant women, small children, people with mineral deficiencies and those in developing countries who may not get enough to eat. Pica can be very hazardous to a person’s health, just as many other eating disorders are. The point is…we are all guilty of looking at other people and making judgments based on what we see (this is actually a normal primeval ‘safety’ response). ‘OMG that person needs to lose / put on a few pounds’ is probably a common one…however, as you can see above, they may actually be suffering a debilitating disorder and need enormous amounts of help, support and understanding. Sweeping generalisations are usually made from a very narrow point of view…as one of my favourite sayings goes ‘we see the world the way we are’ or it could be ‘we see the world based on the experiences we have had so far’…perhaps why we tend to become more tolerant as we age and have gained more experience and wisdom. Regardless of all this, there is so much available to help nourish, support and manage the ‘non-natural ectomorph’ in their quest for self-acceptance and coming to terms with ‘we are what we are… but let’s do the best with and make the most of what we have’. We explore / discuss some ideas in our July and August issues of The Jerseylife…
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DO YOU NEED A VITAMIN TOP-UP? A whole host of health niggles and full-blown medical conditions can be caused by low levels of vitamins and minerals. Lisa Salmon asks the experts about deficiency warning signs and how to combat them Everyday symptoms like cracked lips, headaches, dandruff and bad breath, could just be one of those things - or they might be signs of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Itchy or dry skin, low mood, thinning hair, low libido, tiredness and even stress could all also indicate you need more of a certain nutrient. Most of the 'symptoms' are niggles that'd be great to wipe out with a simple change of diet, yet recent research suggests up to six in 10 of us have no idea what health complaints might have a vitamin or mineral deficiency at their root. Despite this, a fifth of people have suffered from a symptom or health condition caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency. The research, by supplement retailer Healthspan also found 36% of those polled have made a conscious effort to boost their intake of certain vitamins and minerals because they felt they were lacking in them, while 28% have even sought professional help over the issue. LOW LEVEL PROBLEM Dr Carrie Ruxton, a dietician at the Health Supplements Information Service, says clinical deficiency in vitamins and minerals leading to full-blown medical symptoms is rare. However, a high proportion of Brits have low blood levels of key nutrients, such as vitamin D, which affects up to four in 10 adults and teenagers. Other examples of nutrients commonly at low levels include iron (it's believed one in 10 women and girls are anaemic as a result), folate (which is in the spotlight for increasing the risk of birth defects) and iodine, where low blood levels are seen in half of young women. "These sub-optimal nutrient levels can create long-term health problems, such as osteoporosis or fatigue, as well as putting the next generation at risk," says Ruxton.
GP and Healthspan expert Dr Sarah Brewer says an estimated 40% of UK adults take at least one dietary supplement, and many of them are also taking one or more prescribed drugs. "Although the risk of serious interactions between vitamins, minerals and prescribed drugs is low, many drugs appear to deplete body stores of vitamins and minerals," she says. "Many popular dietary ingredients also deplete levels of certain vitamins and minerals and can interfere with the absorption of food supplements."
IN THE BLOOD As well as this, Ruxton says a significant proportion of people don't achieve recommended intakes of minerals and vitamins, including selenium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, riboflavin and vitamin A. But while symptoms such as lacklustre hair, brittle nails and tiredness could well be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency, it's hard to be sure without taking a blood test.
FIVE SETS OF SYMPTOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR
"Many other lifestyle issues impact on health, libido and mood, such as sleep quality, alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, a sedentary indoor lifestyle and lack of physical activity," Ruxton points out. "The best way to improve your health is to make a holistic change, involving a balanced diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, limited alcohol consumption, no smoking, and at least 60 minutes daily of outdoor physical activity.
Symptoms: Cracked lips, thinning hair, split and brittle nails plus white spots on nails, tiredness, cold hands and feet Could be low: Iron Find it in: Red meat, red peppers, kale, tofu, strawberries, red kidney beans, kiwis, lemons, flaxseed, chicken liver
"Adding a vitamin and mineral supplement, plus a fish oil if you don't eat much fish, is a useful way to ensure you meet dietary recommendations".
Here are some common complaints that may be linked to low vitamin and mineral levels - and the foods to help you top up... Symptoms: Persistent dandruff Could be low: Biotin or vitamin B7, essential fatty acids Find it in: Fresh salmon, almonds, peanut butter, sunflower seeds
Symptoms: Psoriasis Could be low: Vitamin D, plus mixed vitamin B, zinc and essential fatty acids Find it in: Eggs, prawns, fresh tuna, mushrooms
Symptoms: Restless legs Could be low: Magnesium, iron or folate Find it in: Avocado, dried oregano, bulgur wheat, dark chocolate
The Healthspan survey also found almost half of Brits are unaware that taking medications, antibiotics and even drinking tea and coffee, may affect how you absorb vitamins and minerals.
Symptoms: Low mood Could be low: Vitamin D, B vitamins, magnesium Find it in: Quinoa, salmon, avocado, French beans
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Mitsubishi ASX 4 2.2 Diesel 4WD Auto By Jamie Fisher It's still easy to be reminded of chunky Shoguns and rapid Lancer Evolutions when thoughts turn to Japanese car maker Mitsubishi. Back in 2010 the firm introduced a compact SUV in a bid to grab some of the action in, at the time, an evolving market sector. Fast forward to today and the ASX has been given a subtle makeover, and costs a little less than before, as it attempts to take a slice of the increasingly popular compact 'soft-roader' SUV market. At launch, the ASX's appearance aped that of the now departed Colt supermini, but the slightly angular look does much to give the ASX an 'edge' amongst the more rounded competition.
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Facts at a glance Model: Mitsubishi ASX 4 2.2 Diesel 4WD Auto Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission as standard, driving all four wheels Performance: Maximum speed 118mph, 0-62mph 10.8 seconds CO2 Rating: 153g/km
The ASX's cabin is clearly at the more durable end of the scale, and active families will no doubt approve of the tough cabin plastics and their bash-proof qualities. That's about as rough and tumble as the ASX gets, however. Mitsubishi's latest updates include a greater level of sound proofing to boost cabin refinement. There's now Bluetooth connectivity, USB connection and Hi-contrast meter dials with colour LCD Multi-Information Display across the range, for example. Furthermore, Mitsubishi has introduced a six-speed automatic transmission option tied to the larger 2.2-litre 148bhp from its Outlander model. This flagship combo also comes with full-time four-wheel drive as well as SD card satellite navigation with HD 7” touch-screen and Panoramic glass roof. On the road the 2.2-litre ASX proves to be a brisk and refined performer. You sit higher than in a conventional family hatchback but there's very little in the way of pitch and roll when on the move, making this an ideal family car for our Island roads. Visibility is, as you'd expect, good for a lofty SUV like the ASX. With weighty steering and a responsive auto gearbox, confidence levels are high regardless of the conditions. Leave the all-wheel drive system alone and it'll direct power quickly to the wheels that need it most, although you have the option of locking the split equally fore and aft if you need more traction. All in all the ASX easily punches above its weight on the road and off it. Keen to boost the car's appeal in an increasingly crowded marketplace, Mitsubishi has both simplified and enhanced its trim levels. The four-model line-up is now better equipped, with all models receiving air-con, alloy wheels, remote central locking, seven airbags and alarm with keyless entry. Move up a grade and you gain larger alloy wheels, climate control, reversing camera, keyless ignition, cruise control plus auto wipers and headlights and heated front seats. The flagship ASX, which includes the 2.2 diesel and auto gearbox, adds a panoramic glass roof, sat-nav with HD 7” touch-screen, and premium Nappa leather. The ASX boasts a spacious cabin with ample space, while the low load lip and folding rear seats allow for large and bulky items to be transported with ease.
TO SUM UP THE ASX A superb car for Island driving which would feel equally at home touring the continent. Excellent value for money with a high level of equipment fitted as standard. Mitsubishi’s ASX is easily capable of taking the fight to the competition.
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In The Pink by Martin Flageul DipWSET, Wine Consultant
We are drinking more and more rosé wine than ever before and it not only during the summer months; although with the sunshine glistening through your glass of rosé it make it even more appealing. With around 24 million hectolitres of rosé wine being consumed annually; that means that 10% of all still table wines are now rosé and volumes continue to grow. French Origins France produces 34% of the world’s rosé wine and accounts for 36% of its consumption, which is maybe not surprising as it is the birthplace of rosé wine. Provence is the oldest wine-growing region, when in 600 BC, Phoenicians introduced grapevines and the wine that was made was a clear pink colour. In 2015 the region of Provence produced 154 million bottles of rosé wine accounting for 89% of its production, with 8% red and 3% white making up the balance. From Sweet To Dry The majority of French rosé wine is dry and the other European producers such as Spain and Italy also ferment their wines to dryness. The Americans, however, have usually favoured Blush wines that contain more than 20 grams of residual sugar per litre. Less than 5% of rosé wine production in the USA contains below 4 grams per litre of sugar. Changes are on the way and Americans are now importing a lot more dry rosé wines from Europe to satisfy demand. Whilst France leads the rosé market with 36%, USA is second with 13% of the world’s consumption and Germany in 3rd place drinking 7%. A Style To Suit You There is such a vast range of rosé wines produced throughout the world that it very unlikely that you will not find one to suit your taste. The colour of rosé wines ranges from a very delicate “rose petal” pink to a deep ruby colour – just shy of being considered red. Aromas also offer a huge variation, from delicately floral to full fruit driven powerful bouquets.
Tastes too can vary enormously from light elegant, crisp and dry to sweet cloying and rich – with many variations in between. Price Of Pink Many wine consumers might still think of rosé wine as cheap and cheerful but that most definitely is not the case. If your taste is for sweet, easy drinking rosé, then Californian blush might be right up your street and it is usually very reasonably priced. If you wish to experience something more sophisticated, the French region of Provence produces a huge range of rosé wine, mostly dry, starting at reasonable prices and climbing up to some very expensive and outstanding wines. The Rhone Valley produces Tavel rosé – once called the king of rosés and the rosé for kings; it is a quite full-bodied rosé made with a high proportion of Grenache blended with up to 9 or 10 other varieties. Italy and Portugal make some good quality rosés at reasonable prices and Spain produces some exceptional wines in Navarra and Rioja. Australia, Chile and Argentina have some way to go on the pink wine market but South Africa is producing some very good rosé wines. New Zealand seems to be experimenting more with rosé and a very deep coloured Merlot is available but their star is Sauvignon rosé, which is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir offering crisp fresh flavours and a hint of red fruit sweetness. Probably the best rosé wine available and certainly the one of the most highly praised by wine pundits is Garrus produced by Sacha Lichine on his estate in Provence, Chateau d’Esclans. Pale coral colour with aromas of mineral and soft fruits. The creamy texture is more like white Burgundy and with a slightly salty finish it is impressive. But would you pay £90.00 per bottle for rosé wine?
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June is... Flavour of the month... Strawberry Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe Ingredients • 4 fresh strawberries, plus ½ strawberry to garnish • 2 tsp white sugar • 35ml/1½fl oz white rum • 1 tbsp strawberry liqueur • 25ml/1fl oz lime juice
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