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Publisher Fish Media Ltd Head Office 20 Hill Street, St Helier, JE2 4UA Telephone: 01534 619882 Email: Website: Editor Juanita Shield-Laignel Art Director Alexis Smith Travel Writer Rebecca Underwood Photography Simon Finch Production Sarah le Marquand Sales Executive Juanita Shield-Laignel Accounts and Administration Sarah Donati-Ford Directors Jamie Fisher Peter Smith Contributors Stephen Cohu Penny Downes Martin Flageul Rebecca Underwood Mark Shields Lorraine Pannetier Alistair Shield-Laignel Paul Darroch

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On sitting to pen this November welcome, I felt drawn to open with a quote “November is usually such a disagreeable month as if the year had suddenly found out she was growing old and could do nothing but weep and fret over it.” - Anne Shirley…this seems particularly fitting this year! Our Autumn Wealth & Health edition should however, bring a little sparkle and warmth into your life. Mark Shields talks about attracting wealth using ‘mind power’, travel takes us to delightful Barcelona and wine focuses on delicious Burgundy. Paul Darroch has weaved his history piece into our wealth theme by talking about entrepreneurs of the past and bringing us right up to date, our motoring section features the stunning BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. I also had the great delight of spending time with Jane Pearce…soon to be retired!

Home and recipes are also well catered for with Katya Pastorini from Painted Beautiful showing us how to dress our homes with opulence for this season and Lorraine Pannetier is feeding our stomachs and our souls on page 28 - suggesting we might be able to end the month with this more uplifting quote; “In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.” Cynthia Rylant Thank you to everyone who has shared their life’s work and passions to make this a truly fantastic month…

But…what is wealth without health? We are this month delighted to introduce new contributors to the Jerseylife; Neil Dorgan, Kerrie Le Meur and Karina Ferey share their amazing work with us and regular contributors, Fiona Joyce, Claire de Gruchy and Suzie Webb talk about various health enhancers, as does Sophie Anderson as she shares the wonders of her BOM edibles with us. And I am thrilled to be able include Joanne Reid Rodrigeus talking about PTSD and how it can be worked with on page 72 so lots of exciting and fascinating items to read and enjoy.

October edition’s crossword solutions: Across: 3 Criterion; 8 Rage; 9 Steadfast; 10 Astute; 11 Sharp; 14 Noted; 15 Mete; 16 Scour; 18 Shop; 20 Enter; 21 Nurse; 24 Signal; 25 Spasmodic; 26 Onus; 27 Interment. Down: 1 Greatness; 2 Agitation; 4 Rate; 5 Trash; 6 Reform; 7 Oust; 9 Studs; 11 Score; 12 Pertinent; 13 Heartless; 17 Relic; 19 Pursue; 22 Storm; 23 Spin; 24 Sign.

Juanita Shield-Laignel If you have an interesting story to share or would like your business reviewed, please feel free to call me on 619882. I’d love to hear from you.


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November 2019

3 WELCOME and The Jersey Life contact information

10 UP AND COMING Events and walks around Jersey

74 REVIEWS AND CLUES Book of the month plus the crossword

INTERVIEW 38 AT THE HEART OF IT ALL Juanita Shield-Laignel catches up with Jane Pearce




22 REFLECTION, HARMONY AND RICHNESS By Katya Pastorini of Painted Beautiful


44 AIKON MERCURY 2019 By Maurice Lacroix 6 |

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A different perspective on residential property sales


Gaudin & Co has provided over 80 years’ outstanding client service in Jersey, yet has maintained a fresh perspective on residential property sales. The care of our clients is always first priority and our team embody our core values of honesty, teamwork and market knowledge for a personal approach to residential property sales. Speak to our residential property expert Bradley Vowden on 670333 or Search Gaudin & Co

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72 REBUILDING YOUR LIFE AFTER PTSD Healing the Invisible Scars



HOME AND GARDEN 46 LET’S GO TO BED How to create the cosy winter retreat you’ve always dreamed of



By Samantha O’Halloran of Designer Sofa Interiors

52 HOTTEST TRENDS FOR 2020 By Sam Wylie-Harris



60 DON’T FORGET YOUR ROSES The Great Autumn Garden Tidy-Up



TRAVEL 64 HOLA BARCELONA By Rebecca Underwood

FASHION 42 EGG-YOLK YELLOW How to wear fashion’s trickiest colour



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what’s on...

Our selection of events to enjoy in Jersey this month

Let us know the month before your event is due to take place, and we shall do our best to include it in our listings. Contact:

Art, Music & Entertainment Country Crafters Pop Up Shop ‘Country Crafters pop up shop’ is situated within Country Wools at Rondels Farm shop, Trinity. We will be stocking a wide range of high quality locally crafted items perfect for special birthday and Christmas gifts for all the family. Featuring: ‘Sam’s Creations’ - a collection of intricate knitted, needle felted, embroidered and resin decorations and gifts; ‘Mooloom’ - hand woven gifts including blankets, scarves, ponchos, cushions and ‘hobby in a bag’ gift bags and so much more; and Karen’s handcrafted exquisite quilts and knitted items to name a few. There will be regular spinning demonstrations on most Saturday afternoons. 11 November - 31 December 2019 Monday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm Rondels Farm Shop, Trinity Facebook: Country Crafters Jersey Contact: Phone: 07797729275

Bob Kingdom: Dylan Thomas Return Journey A chance to experience the electrifying presence of Dylan Thomas's last lecture tour, the last before the White Horse Pub and the legendary seventeenth whiskey, including A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Kingdom's portrayal of his bardic countryman is tangibly heartfelt, without an inkling of actorliness; audiences could swear it was the poet himself on stage. 13 November 2019 20:00 to 21:30 Jersey Arts Centre, Philips Street Contact: +44 (0) 1534 700444

the atmospheric and mysterious colours of Scotland, Ireland and Spain. Her work combines the influence of landscape and travel with painterly abstraction. CCA Galleries International is situated at 10 Hill Street, behind the Royal Square. There are external stairs to enter the Gallery which regrettably prevents wheel chair access. A large flag hangs from the first floor window. To 22nd November 2019 - 10:00 to 17:00 CCA Galleries International 10 Hill Street, JE2 4UA Contact: +44 (0) 1534 739900

Barbara Rae - Original silkscreen prints Original silkscreen prints by Barbara Rae CBE RA, one of Scotland's most respected contemporary landscape painter, printmakers. Rae has taken inspiration from

Beverley Speck's Felting Workshops at The Harbour Gallery Jersey Get booking for Beverley's next set of felting workshops this autumn/winter, places go quickly so book soon to avoid disappointment! Please note we are now

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Art, Music & Entertainment offering a Sunday session of needle felting on 04 August and a new wet felting workshop on Sunday 17 November. 17 November 2019 11:00 to 16:30 The Harbour Gallery Jersey Le Boulevard, St. Brelade, JE3 8AB Contact: +44 (0) 1534 743044 ACT: Anthology ACT presents an evening of one act festival plays by established authors, each directed by a different member of the group in their own inimitable way. There is hysterical historical comedy; there is touching and tender drama; and there are large loquacious rodents... 20 - 23 November 2019 - 19:30 to 21:30 Jersey Arts Centre, Philips Street, JE2 4SW Contact: +44 (0) 1534 700444 Advent Choral Service St Lawrence Parish Church The church music choir, Cantabile, returns for the fourth time on Sunday, 1st December at 6.00 pm to sing for an Advent Carol Service of readings, hymns and carols entitled From Darkness to Light. The service will be preceded by a short organ recital beginning at 5.40pm Sunday 1 December - 18:00 to 19:00 St Lawrence Parish Church La Grande Route de St Laurent, St Lawrence Nine Lessons & Carols - St Martin Parish Church Cantabile, the church music choir, sings a service of Nine Lessons & Carols on Sunday, 8th December at 6.00 pm. The service which lasts an hour will be preceded by a short organ recital beginning at 5.40pm. The congregation is

invited to join the choir for mulled wine and mince pies after the service. Sunday 8th December - 18:00 to 19:00 St Martin Parish Church, Church Lane St Martin, JE3 6HW Festival of Carols - hosted by Jersey Festival Choir A range of contemporary & traditional festive season numbers and congregational hymns (in various languages) to include; Holmchase Singers (including collaboration with JFC in 'Miniut, Chrétiens' ('O Holy Night')), St Cecilia Orchestra, Solo Treble ('Once in Royal David's City' first verse), Organist and pianist accompanists. Seating first come, first served (recommended to arrive around 1 hour early). Collection in charitable aid of Les Amis. Free admittance (no physical tickets) with free programme and very limited parking on-site. Wednesday 11th December – 20:00 to 21:15 St Thomas' Church See Facebook for full details

Food, Fairs & Festivals Vegan Tasting Night Samphire's second exclusive Vegan Tasting Night - Join us to celebrate all things vegan with a carefully crafted 5-course tasting menu. Bookings are available online or contact us via phone or email. *please note - only the vegan tasting menu will be available for the evening. 14 November 2019 18:30 to 21:00 7-11 Don Street, St Helier Contact: +44 (0) 1534 725100

The Taittinger Dinner Join us at The Atlantic Hotel for a prestigious dinner showcasing some of the finest Taittinger Champagnes. Camilla Easby, UK Executive for Family Taittinger, will take you through the history of this iconic brand. This is a rare opportunity to taste a selection of the Taittinger range. For further information including the menu please visit the website. 14 November 2019 19:30 to 22:00 The Atlantic Hotel, Le Mont de la Pulente Contact: +44 (0) 1534 744101

Sports & Out and About Wildlife and Wellness Walk - La Rocque Join Neil and Alli for a gentle stroll along La Rocque Pier to get an up close view of the Winter Waders who will be spending the colder months with us. We will then head inland to the conservation fields which are vital for the smaller farmland birds at this time of year. Enjoy the sea views and country lanes of Grouville. Price: £10.00pp 15 November 2019 10:00 to 11:45 La Rocque Harbour, Grouville, JE2 9FE Contact: +44 (0) 7797 748653 Jersey Bulls v Epsom & Ewell With the fantastic success the Jersey Island men’s team has achieved we believe that the time is now right to offer our senior Island players the opportunity to progress further by playing week in / week out in an English league of an appropriate standard. 16 November 2019 15:00 to 17:30 Springfield Stadium, St. Helier Contact: +44 (0) 1534 730433

Whether you're looking to hold a wedding for 80 or 280 guests Vibert Marquees is second to none. We stock a variety of beautifully crafted, high quality marquees and are here to advise you every step of the way, nothing is too much trouble for our professional and experienced team. Let us create your perfect wedding day. Get in touch today on 482970 or visit our website


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How to Attract Wealth Using Mind Power! Mark Shields Explains... It's no secret - the global economy has taken a major turn in the last few years. On a personal level, I can't tell you how many clients I’ve worked with that have had to change jobs, take a pay cut, even downsize their family home.

NLP has for a long time been thought of as a sudo science however I have a background as a business executive in jersey and have found NLP to be an incredible change technique and witnessed first hand the incredible results it can produce.

Maybe you have concerns about your own career and financial security.

This isn't simply theory, it's a scientific fact backed up from research from powerful organizations like the US Army and the most credible universities throughout the world.

Wealth means different things to different people and can show itself in all shapes and sizes. By taking a broader approach with wealth creation, you can have the abundance you deserve in your life. The personal freedom that accompanies wealth will become a reality. ATTRACTING WEALTH Over the last few years a new philosophy has developed being made visible to the public through films and books. Rhonda Byron’s The Secret, and Esther and Jerry Hicks, Ask And It Is Given are 2, to name but a few. Both of these books and subsequent films explain something known today as the law of attraction. As a long time believer/practitioner of modern psychology and NLP, it has been exciting to see these principles introduced into the mainstream. NLP of course works on the power of the subconscious mind and bringing about a reality based upon our own individual perceptions. We have the ability to connect with other people and bring about certain physical realisations by programming our deep level blueprint of how we believe life should be.

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If you stop and think about it, you could probably remember a few times when there was evidence of this in your own life. Have you ever had the sensation of someone watching you and turned to find someone staring at you? Did you ever think it would be nice to see an old friend that you lost contact with and then they show up, almost as if out of nowhere? Of course, by accepting you have control over your life and success by using your mind to create the reality you desire, will lead you to more abundance and personal wealth than you have ever experienced before. This is made very apparent in Harv Eker’s famous book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, offering a subconscious thought based financial blueprint to ensure our wealth and financial success. The book reveals the missing link between those that want success and those that achieve it. It explores how and why some people seem to access wealth easily and automatically while others seemed destined for a life of financial struggle. Is it simply luck or coincidence that 2% of the world’s population own 98% of global wealth. Rhonda Byron’s book the secret works very much on the premise our wealth subconscious blueprint that contains our deep level

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3. Remove personal blockages and limiting beliefs - This is where most spiritual attraction approaches fall short. A healthy person (mentally, emotionally, spiritually) can put intention into what they want, and the desired outcome arrives quickly and with little hassle. If you've persistently put intention into the wealth and lifestyle you want to create, and you consistently do not get the results you want, it may be time to examine how you may be blocking your desire from manifesting. Doubts, negative expectations, low self esteem and hopelessness all block the flow of subconscious wealth attraction. This is why clearing these personal obstacles has to be your top priority if you are serious about attracting wealth.

thoughts, values and beliefs will enable us to create and manifest the wealth we desire. To create this wealth and abundance we need a complete, step-by-step approach to gain control of what we want to attract into our lives. Most of the law of attraction process occurs on a deep unconscious level. The good news is that we can become aware of and take control of our subconscious. There are techniques and more detailed training approaches that are effective, some of which I will cover in a few moments. An important point to note is we play a large role in what we manifest in our lives everyday. What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill Author ‘Think and Grow Rich’ WEALTH ATTRACTION - FIVE PROVEN METHODS YOU CAN IMMEDIATELY USE IN YOUR LIFE For over 25 years I have studied the impact our deep level thought processes can have on attracting what we want and equally what we don’t want into our lives. From my experience, here are some of the most important steps you will have to take in order to truly spiritually attract wealth 1. Gain a clear outcome focused vision of the amount of wealth and the resulting lifestyle you want to attract When you aren't clear about what you want or you change your mind from moment to moment, you aren't likely to get good results. 2. Frequently align your conscious mind, your visual mind, your thoughts, and your emotions with what you want to create - Sit in a quiet place and picture yourself in your mind's eye accomplishing your financial goals as if they are already happening. See yourself having the abundance to start doing the things you've always wanted to do in life. When it comes to money, adjust your thinking to where you feel desire, joy, relief, and appreciation, not loneliness, frustration, or disbelief. Getting control over your emotions is especially important. You need to be emotionally in the ‘I have “ zone consistently and not the ‘ I don’t have zone which so many of us end up in. 14 |

4. Be Flexible, Have an Open Mind – Take control of your inner voice. Visualisation and affirmations are very powerful. Focus on what you can do, do deserve, can have, can achieve, rather than allow that nagging voice of doubt to creep in telling you you’re not good enough. The not good enough program blocks millions of people around the world from attracting wealth, abundance and personal success. You know what they say about “be careful what you wish for’ 5. Take one step at a time -Take small steps to test and develop your skill. Try something like attracting a new promotion at work or a slight increase in customers for you business. Visualize it. Affirm yourself. Build up the emotion within yourself. Each time you test the process and you are successful, your faith in the process strengthens. The stronger your faith in the process, the more power you gain in attracting what you want. Once your faith is strong, then start aiming for the big intentions such as the level of wealth that you've always dreamed about. Some years ago I wandered into an old book shopin my home town thinking about my future business possibilities and finances and picked up an old second hand book from the shelf of a charity shop called the millionaires mind by Harv Eker. It was only when I got home and opened it up I realised there was a message inside the front cover from the author Harv Eker. It wished me well and told me to rely on my intuition. How was that possible I remembered thinking to myself or perhaps it was the law of attraction making a point. Whatever it was it worked. Written by Mark Shields - Coach Educator Author Tel: 01462 431112 -




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THERE’S A NEW PERSONAL CHAUFFEUR SERVICE THAT HIGH NET WORTH INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS EXECUTIVES ARE ENTHUSING OVER... ZAR Executive Limousine Services provides a 5-star executive transport service for corporate and personal travel. Reliable and discreet, ZAR is already the first choice for some of Jersey’s most prestigious companies. You only have to read the testimonials on the ZAR website to know this service is second to none. For the ultimate in luxury and style, ZAR operates the latest Lexus Takumi in black; a stunning executive limousine custom made to the highest specification possible. ZAR is currently the only company on Jersey operating this sublime executive vehicle that’s also the most environmentally conscious limousine on the market. The Lexus Takumi is a self-charging hybrid producing significantly lower emissions and much lower impact on air pollution. And the Lexus Takumi doesn’t compromise on luxury. With every conceivable comfort, the limousine is spacious with plenty of leg room. The interior is rich in light beige and soft ambient lighting adds additional luxury. Heated reclining seats at the touch of a button are available for all passengers. Courtesy bottled water (in glass bottles of course) is provided.

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The Sailor and the Shop-Girl: The Victorians Who Shaped Jersey By Paul Darroch The fearsome Jurat, who owned the house, dragged Tom away like a disobedient dog. He locked him in his cellar for the rest of the day and forced him to clean his boots. Tom seethed with resentment, but his spirit was unbroken. When he was finally set free, the little urchin turned towards the great master and looked him straight in the eye. He boldly declared: “One day I will be a rich man. One day I will buy this place. And I will tear your house down – stone by stone, brick by brick”. Then he turned tail and ran. He would keep on running. With no money or prospects at home, Tom Davis left Jersey at just fourteen. Seawater was in his blood, so he joined a steamer, working himself to the bone for seven shillings a week. After one terrible storm in the North Sea, he was cast adrift, alone on an open boat. The slow days passed, and he was presumed dead. St Luke’s Church in Jersey prepared to hold a solemn memorial service. Then at the last moment a telegram arrived. On the Sunday morning of his funeral, the smiling lad walked up to the altar. The lost son had come home. His brush with death changed everything. Tom Davis was now determined to claim the world, and prise it open like an oyster. In Africa, he would build his fortune. He established himself as a master wharfinger, controlling the pinch-points at the ports, taking a fat cut of everything that passed through the docks. His business thrived and expanded as the century ended. The continent became his goldmine. Then the Great War swallowed up Europe. His younger son Howard enthusiastically volunteered for the Army; but in 1916, he was killed on the Somme. T.B. Davis was now a wealthy tycoon, an acclaimed yachtsman, and a good friend of the King, and yet his heart was irreparably broken. He had gained the whole world, but he had been unable to save his beloved son.

Howard Davis by JM Hilson (b. 1870, artist's date of death unknown). Courtesy of the Jersey Heritage Collections. The story begins with a ragged boy in a Jersey churchyard. It was a Sunday morning in 1879, and the service at St Luke’s Church was grinding to a close. One of the choirboys, a poor lad called Tom Davis, had a daring adventure in mind. As soon as the hymns ended, he slipped over the nearby wall of the great house, Plaisance, that lay just behind the church. He was dead set on stealing a harvest of plump chestnuts from its lush gardens. His risky escapade was almost a success, but just as he turned to shinny back up the wall, he heard a bellowing voice behind him.

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Back in Jersey, the grieving father settled on a suitable memorial. Plaisance still stood, but the old Jurat was long dead, and his ageing daughter was only too happy to sell her family home. So, T.B. Davis bought the house, and he reduced it to rubble. Stone by stone, brick by brick: his prophecy fulfilled. Howard Davis Park opened to the public in September 1939, as the shadow of war fell upon Europe once again. Only the old billiard hall was left standing, as a shrine, a Hall of Remembrance for his son and all those who had fallen. The beautiful gardens grow to this day, with strong palms and gorgeous roses, and a lost son’s name on the iron gate, remembered forever.

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Florence Rowe was born into a humble home at Grove Place (now Halkett Place), but she would go on to shape the face of British commerce. She was a bookseller’s daughter, and her earliest recollections were “of toddling around the counters at my father’s side” in his Queen Street shop. She soon developed a burning conviction that that “life in a shop could and ought to be a high calling”. She worked long and diligently, and was a devout young lady, attending the Methodist chapel. One Sunday there, she would meet the man who would change her life for ever. His name was Jesse Boot, and he had suffered a nervous breakdown. He was in Jersey to recuperate, for decades of grinding toil had pushed his health to the point of collapse. The strain of building up a business had almost broken him, and he was finally on the point of selling up his modest chain of chemists’ shops. Love would stop that plan in its tracks. When Jesse Boot met Florence Rowe, the careworn businessman was immediately smitten. The Jersey shop-girl was a dozen years younger, sociable, effervescent and imaginative. They fell in love and soon enough, in August 1886, they were married. Florence’s passion and energy enabled the Boots business to soar to new heights. She established new branches in flamboyant Elizabethan design. Her own background in the book trade inspired the innovative Boots Lending Library, which would eventually lend 35 million books a year. She encouraged the stores to diversify into perfume, books and stationery, so Boots became a department store in the truest sense of the word. The combination of Jesse’s work ethic and Florence’s creative flair proved unstoppable, and the modern health and beauty industry rests on their shoulders. Florence was determined that the blessings she had received would be shared with the Island of her birth. After the Great War,

Jesse finally sold the business for two and a quarter million pounds, a vast fortune. In 1928, Florence and Jesse presented FB Fields to the Island as a sporting facility. That same year, the couple were formally ennobled as the 1st Baron and Lady Trent, and retired behind the gates of Villa Millbrook, their grand mock-fortress in St Lawrence. Jesse Boot died in the summer of 1931. Yet Florence’s legacy to Jersey was just beginning. She owned a holiday home in Cannes next to the celebrated French architect René Lalique, and she persuaded him to visit St Lawrence for his next commission. Here he would utterly transform a tired old wayside church, St Matthew’s at Millbrook. The Glass Church that Lalique created, illuminated by the white fire of electricity, is today heralded as a twentieth century masterpiece. Florence chose the Jersey lily as its symbol and determined that the carpets should be in richest blue; the colour of peace. On Saturday, September 29, 1934, her bold new church was dedicated. Florence wished for a beautiful garden planted in delphiniums, blue hydrangeas, lobelia and white Madonna lilies. “I think colour has a great influence on people and it would be restful and beautiful”, she wrote. So, she donated her own neighbouring gardens of Villa Millbrook to the Island “for the present and future generations… as a resting place for older people and a recreation place for the young ones”. She furnished a swimming lake and a pavilion there, amidst avenues of trees and glorious lawns. Coronation Park was unveiled in 1937, a green jewel set at the heart of the bay, Florence’s enduring gift to us all. Discover the life story of T.B. Davis in Jersey: Secrets of the Sea, and of Florence Boot in Jersey: The Hidden Histories. Both books by Paul Darroch are available at Waterstones, Maison de la Mare, WH Smith and Amazon. They are ideal Christmas presents for anyone who loves Jersey and its history.


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The home environment is closely connected to well-being. It should provide the safe haven that is needed to flourish, both physically and emotionally and be a retreat to feel relaxed and nurtured in, as well as a place to find balance. It is also important that the space also makes you feel good and is a positive reflection of you. We would like to explore what makes a home a reflection of the oneself, provides harmony and a richness, all of course on a budget….

HARMONY AND REFLECTION There will be empathy for the feeling that sometimes a home can cause stress. On walking through the door, it could be that you are reminded it does not look the way you desire aesthetically, or you are overwhelmed with the volume and positioning of our possessions. It may be that you work from home and need to succeed in separating the two parts of your life. Reflection is needed as starting point: what already works and your goals for your home? For the creation of harmony through organisation, there is a plethora of literature available on to how to organise; Marie Kondo remains popular with her theory of keeping chaos out by only keeping physical items that “spark joy”.

Once the organising layer has been completed then comes the interior design phase, if needed, and how your home works for you; don’t be put off by the concept ,it does not have to mean huge expense or a call to the BBC to put yourself forward for the next series of Interior Design Masters! It is about planning and creating functional spaces for what you care about or need and always remember to include plenty of storage solutions. Interior decoration can also be used to curate harmonious spaces, by repeating design elements like colour, shape, texture and form. However, to make a well decorated home there should be some variety, for interest, which could be elements of contrast in the form of colour, pattern or texture. Variety could also be derived from the personal reflection of yourself by adding continues overleaf...

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Metallic finishes: one small accent piece can add a lot. It could an accent on an item of furniture or decorative items such as, a mirrored tray, a mirror, candle sticks, photo frames or small curio items.

personal items, such as family photos, momentos or repurposed family items. By drawing together the harmonious elements and the variety you will achieve a unified scheme. Decoration is so subjective, but a key to keeping harmony is that it should work for you and be in keeping with what you like. Using what you have but only keeping what contributes to the home and life you want. You use and present those things in a way that will make you smile, pause and feel good. Some other considerations to provide harmony in your home are: working with seasons, adding greenery and scents, lighting – for mood lifting, help to function better and provide a welcome oasis (weave in a mix sources, layer and have ambient light such as candles and string lighting). Make your bed, the joy of a beautifully made bed when you get home!

Luxury materials: add elements of higher end items where you are able. Leather, skin, marble, gold, silver, crystal, solid wood and good quality fabrics would all be good choices and do not always carry the level of expense expected. Artwork: create your own abstract canvas if purchasing a piece of art is not an affordable option, whichever it is, fill the space to create a luxury feel. Cushions and rugs: Cushions are a staple for any scheme, can provide an instant lift and there is a huge choice available; they also allow for contrasting patterns to be chosen. A recommendation would be to use the fullest cushion inserts to give a look of luxury. A rug is an excellent and affordable way to add depth, colour and richness to a room.

RICHNESS ON A BUDGET An achievable concept. Some of creating ‘richness’ in the home is intertwined with the concepts above and is perhaps less tangible. However, in terms of creating a feeling of luxury or opulence you could incorporate the following: Upcycling and repurposing: given the environmental and waste considerations, it should be a lasting concept. There certainly seems to be a steady increase in people painting their affordable finds or gifted pieces. There has been a recent surge in the levels of creativity and a diversity in the styles, couple with some amazing items such a drawer and doorknobs, amongst the current favourites are the more novelty ones, for example pineapples. The addition of wallpapers and decoupaging furniture is on trend, with some very bold papers.

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Burgundy by Martin Flageul DipWSET, Wine Consultant

Although the region of Burgundy in France only accounts for a small percentage of the country’s wine production, Burgundy is always considered amongst the top-quality wines of the world. Burgundy is never cheap and can be extremely expensive; last year four out of ten of the world’s most expensive wines sold happened to come from Burgundy. A single bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1990 sold for over $21,000.

BOURGOGNE CÔTE D’OR Already Burgundy has an appellation system which can appear quite complex to the uninitiated, so by adding a new regional designation, could this not confuse the wine consumer even more? Well the authorities of the region think not and in November 2017 a new appellation was introduced – “Bourgogne Côte d’ Or”. The new appellation will only allow wines produced with Pinot Noir for red and Chardonnay for white and only wines from the regions of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits will be permitted to use the new name.

GRAPE VARIETIES When one thinks of Burgundy it is usually Chardonnay for the white wines, Pinot Noir for the reds and Gamay for Beaujolais. The fact is that Bourgogne Rouge, as well as using Pinot Noir can also contain Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Cesar and even Gamay. Bourgogne Blanc can have Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris blended with Chardonnay. The new appellation Bourgogne Côte d’Or will outlaw any variety other than Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and vineyard density of planting and yields per hectare also strictly controlled.

REACTION TO THE NEWS It is unlikely that the new appellation Bourgogne Côte d’Or will spark any great excitement among wine lovers and already some sommeliers and wine importers have reacted with negative comments. One comment which sums up the decision of the Burgundy Wine Council (BIVB) to go ahead with their decision introduce a new appellation is from Ted Sandbach, managing director of Oxford Wine Company, who commented “Since there are already almost a hundred appellations in Burgundy, it is hard to see how adding another one will help! The wine world as a whole is moving towards simplification, with varietal labelling for example coming from the New World. This seems like a step in the opposite direction”

SPREADING THE NEWS BIVB – Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne is planning press tours in France later this year to promote the new wine and media events outside of France in 2019 but is more likely that the future of Bourgogne Côte d’Or will be determined by companies such as Joseph Drouhin, Louis Latour and Louis Jadot if they decide to promote the new designation in their export markets.

Bourgogne Côte d’Or is unlikely to cause a great deal of excitement and could well remain an episode of insignificance outside of France.

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Plant-based Simple Suppers With more and more people wanting to play their part in helping to reduce global warming and climate change, this month’s recipes cover all bases... Method: Peel the butternut squash and scoop out the seeds. The peelings can be composted and the seeds can be washed, dried and roasted to eat as snacks. If the squash is organic, use the peelings as part of a vegetable stock. Cut the squash into small, bite-sized pieces about 1cm square. You’ll need approx. one cup of squash per person. Any leftover can be frozen (for up to 6 months) or stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. Peel the onion and dice finely. Wash the red pepper and cut into bite-sized pieces. The pepper seeds and onion skins can be composted. In a large, heavy-based pan warm a little olive oil (or other oil of your choice). Add the onion and cook over a medium heat until softened.

All ingredients are available to buy from bulk stores or supermarkets using your own containers - making them as close to zero waste as possible. Food scraps can be composted or used in vegetable stock and each recipe is 100% plant-based. Some ingredients can be grown either indoors, in your garden or in a greenhouse. Other ingredients may not be entirely packaging free, so in these cases try to buy the largest you can afford or store so that packaging and food air miles are kept to a minimum. These simple suppers are home cooked, packed with vital nutrients and great for the environment.

Add the squash cubes and red pepper to the pan and fry, stirring regularly to ensure everything is well coated in oil. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Continue cooking over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Add in finely sliced sun-dried tomatoes and stir to combine. Push the vegetables to the side of the pan and add a little more olive oil on the empty side before adding in the dry risotto rice. (Do not rinse the rice first as this will prevent your risotto from becoming deliciously sticky and creamy.) Stir the rice frequently to ensure it’s well coated in oil. Within 3-4 minutes it should start to look ‘clear’ around the outside of each grain. Boil a kettle of water and make up approx. 2 pints of stock.


Stir the vegetables and rice together over the whole pan. Add a ladle of stock and stir into the risotto.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4): 400g risotto rice 1 medium butternut squash 1 red pepper 1/2 a cup of sun-dried tomatoes (or sun-dried tomato paste) 1 large red onion Olive oil Seasoning Fresh basil Vegetable stock (home made or powdered ‘bouillon’)

Note: The pan should be hot enough that the water sizzles as it goes in and is absorbed fairly quickly as you stir the rice mixture. The more you stir, the more naturally creamy your finished dish will be.

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Continue adding ladles of stock and stirring until the rice is cooked. (Generally 20-25 minutes) If you’re using sun-dried tomato paste, then add 1 tablespoon during the liquid adding phase.



Ensure you taste the risotto frequently and add more seasoning if required.

Serve the potatoes cut in half with a generous serving of chick pea curry on top.

Take a generous handful of basil leaves and tear the large ones into smaller pieces. Add all the basil to the risotto and stir well to distribute well throughout.

Leftover curry can be taken in your lunchbox with brown rice, quinoa or roasted root vegetables. Delicious served cold with chopped coriander or parsley and a drizzle of lemon juice.

Serve immediately with extra basil leaves and lots of black pepper.

It’s useful to remember that whole-food, plant-based food is usually lower in calories and fat than traditional meat and flour based dishes, so it’s important you eat adequate portion sizes. One of the most common causes for people not sticking to a plant-based diet is feeling hungry all the time.

Leftover portions can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply add more hot water or stock and stir well to ensure it’s piping hot throughout.

BAKED SWEET POTATOES WITH CHICK PEA AND SPINACH CURRY Ingredients (Serves 2): 2 medium sweet potatoes (or local white potatoes) 1 can of chick peas (or the equivalent amount of dried peas, soaked and boiled until cooked) a generous handful of large, local spinach leaves (substitute for kale or broccoli if desired) Curry sauce ingredients: 1 large red onion 1 can chopped tomatoes or jar of passata 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground turmeric 1.5 tsp ground cumin 2 cloves garlic 0.5 tsp chilli flakes or 1 small red chilli 1 inch root ginger Sea salt and black pepper Coconut oil for cooking - or other oil of your choice 1/4 tsp sugar or maple syrup Method: Bake the sweet potatoes in the oven for 40 minutes or until cooked through using the knife test. White jacket potatoes will usually take around 60 minutes. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a tablespoon of oil over a medium heat in a heavy based frying pan and add the dried spices, seasoning, grated ginger and crushed garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, ensuring the spices do not burn. Peel and dice the onion and add to the pan. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to create a paste. Add 1 can chopped tomatoes or passata and stir well to combine. Add 1/4 tsp sugar or maple syrup to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes. Cook for another 2-3 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse. Add the drained, rinsed chick peas to the pan. The chick pea ‘juice’ is known as aquafaba and can be used to make vegan meringues. As the chick peas are already cooked, they only need heating through. However, the curry will taste better if it’s allowed to simmer over a low heat for 15-20 minutes. (Or make a larger batch in a slow cooker.) Wash the spinach leaves and slice into thin strips. Add to the curry and stir through about 5 minutes before serving. (Alternatively, steam or stir fry the spinach as a side dish.)

This is easily remedied by monitoring food intake and ensuring a wide variety of ingredients from across all food groups. Apps like are brilliant when you’re first switching your diet. Adding a quarter of an avocado or a heaped teaspoon of tahini to a simple bean dish (like this chick pea curry or a black bean chilli) will ensure you reach a healthy calorie intake. However, it’s also easy to add lots of unnecessary fat to a plant-based diet by eating lots of coconut oil rich desserts and snacks and adding cooking oil to everything. If you think you’re eating too much fat, switch to fresh fruit and nuts/seeds as snacks where it’s easier to monitor the quantities and cook stews, soups, curries and slow cooker meals without adding oil at all. By Lorraine Pannetier Intuitive Copywriter + Plant-Based Food Expert

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What’s the link between essential oil and natural ketosis? How can essential oils heal skin? Where else can essential oils reach? Read on and find out more uses of essential oils…. by Claire de Gruchy of Shalbeck Life Centre and Suzie Webb of Suzie Webb Wellness Want to enhance a session of meditation? Reduce stress, inflammation or a traumatic experience? Trigger quicker healing? These and many more significant uses can be learnt at an event run at Shalbeck Life Centre. According to Alex Stone (NY Times) biologists first described olfactory receptors in the 1990s; now scientists have recorded odour receptors in the liver, heart, kidneys and sperm, playing an important role in physiological functions. Ruhr University research discovered olfactory receptors in human skin! Using sandalwood odour on one of these receptors, molecules were triggered to signal, allowing healing of injured tissue. Claire says ‘’Recently, I experienced this healing after applying Lavender EO to a deep cut on my arm and within days the torn skin had healed significantly!’’ Natural ketosis happens during sleep if enough time has elapsed between eating. People report decreased hunger while following a ketogenic diet; it's been suggested that hunger reduction may be due partly to ketones affecting our brain in reducing appetite. Rosemary EO, made up of 25% ketones, applied correctly to the skin, can trigger receptor sites mentioned above. Or, by ingesting YL Rosemary+ EO (YL Culinary Plus+ range), you may enhance ketosis. Vetiver EO, ‘oil of tranquillity’, also contains 15% ketones and used in massage can support liver and pancreas functioning, regulating blood sugar levels, or by inhaling, is also calming and comforting. Health Kinesiology (HK), a form of acupressure, sometimes uses aromas from essential oils, essences, herbs or flowers. These smells bring a change via the nose, other times not, such as when an essence is placed near the liver. Certain odours enhance, others cause discomfort. Odour receptors are like a ‘lock-and-key-system’, an odour molecule the ‘key’, the receptor the ‘lock’. Perhaps when the receptor isn’t functioning properly and doesn’t recognise the ‘key’ or odour molecule, allergies happen? HK identifies where the dysfunction is within the body and an appropriate technique is used to allow the receptor ‘lock’ to recognise the ‘key’. Claire says ‘’At Shalbeck Life Centre, I find aromas bring calmness to children with behavioural issues and adults going through stress. Johns Hopkins University found olfactory receptors help control

metabolic function and regulate blood pressure; this starts to explain why aromas have an impact on us.” Suzie says ‘’I can’t believe I’ve been practising and teaching aromatherapy for over 30 years and still learning! When I first learned that olfactory (smell) receptors had been discovered in human skin (see above) – that was amazing, but for me the most amazing thing I learned about essential oils is their concentration…’’ Because of the tiny molecular structure of the components of an essential oil, they are extremely concentrated. One drop contains approximately 40 million trillion molecules. Numerically that is a 4 with 19 zeros after it: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000 We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies but just one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. Considering that it only takes one molecule of the right kind to open a receptor site and communicate with the DNA to alter cellular function, we can see why even inhaling one drop of oil vapour can have profound effects on the body, brain and emotions. It is because the molecules are so tiny (an understatement!), that they can pass through the blood brain barrier and there are now several studies that show that essential oils can benefit patients with dementia. Some even stimulate cognitive functioning and memory for patients with memory loss. Whether needing to regulate eating, have a child struggling at school, or keen to learn 100+ ways to get benefit from essential oils… get in touch with Claire or Suzie or attend a Workshop. Shalbeck Life Centre is one venue for regular events to learn many uses of Essential Oils that enhance culinary, health, and learning. Next 2019 events: Fun Make & Take 18 November - learn how to make 5 safe products including lip balms, skin balms and a safe household cleaner. The Healing Oils of the Bible 3 December where you will experience essential oils mentioned in the Bible, oils like Myrtle, Spikenard, Rose of Sharon, Frankincense and Myrrh. Learn why and how the people of biblical times used the oils then and how to use them now. Workshops 6pm – 9pm.


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We are a local Community Pharmacy providing excellent patient care and customer service. At Cleveland Pharmacy we strive to provide a professional yet friendly, local service you can trust. Come to Cleveland for a reliable, timely and professional service every time. Feel free to call us or pop in with any questions. We can discuss different treatment and medication options that best fits your needs…especially at this time of year when the cold, damp Jersey weather sets in and colds and flu are on the rise. We offer a whole range of products and not just over the counter or from the pharmacy – we also carry an extensive range of gifts including Style and Grace Utopia Slipper Set with gorgeous smelling pink peppercorn body wash and body lotion. Treat yourself or someone you love, ready for those cold autumnal and winter nights. Also making great gifts, our fabulous slogan washbags have returned with more words of wisdom! And we are so on-trend this year with the new range of fun cactus and sophisticated botanical print themed products that have arrived in the shop. We love the fabulous nail files, tweezers, wash bags and drinking bottles for water.They are sure to brighten up your day and your Christmas stockings… ...and what about alternatives; Echinacea is an alternative remedy for cold and flu relief.The fundamental benefit of using Echinacea is that it strengthens the immune system with anti-viral and anti-inflammatory actions, helping the body stand a better chance of fending off the bugs that cause such infections. Call in to Cleveland Pharmacy if you need any advice on Echinacea. We look forward to seeing you.

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CBD Edibles - How do they work? A hemp edible is an infused product containing cannabinoids (for medicinal purposes usually CBD) that you can eat or drink. Edibles are typically made through two processes that involve infusing the plants extract with cooking oil or a butter. When you take CBD oil orally, it gets passed through the digestive system, is metabolized by the liver, and eventually its active compounds are sent into the bloodstream. This form of administration is exactly the same way that vitamins and other substances are most typically taken. Adding the cannabinoids to a fat helps increase the bioavailability thus helping achieve the desired benefits/effects of the plant. Once infused the butter or oil can be used to create a wide range of edible food products. Hemp can be infused with basically any food, ranging from cookies to hot drinks and even michelin star cuisines! CBD edibles have several benefits over inhalation methods such as via a vape pen.While it takes a while for them to take effect (between 30 minutes to two hours), the result is a systemic effect that lasts longer than inhalation and you need less. In fact, it can last between two and four hours longer than inhaled CBD. It is advisable to ingest a CBD product on an empty stomach as it will then work best without interruption. There are also other benefits to eating it, there are many other therapeutic plants

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and evidence suggests that compounds in the herb, interact with other plants molecules to produce more of whats known as an ‘entourage’ effect. Take Lavender, for example, it contains an aroma molecule called linalool. Linalool belongs to a class of compounds called terpenes. Terpenes are scent molecules that give many plants their unique fragrance and also hold their own properties. Linalool is known to have calming effects on the system so ingesting that with the CBD enhances that particular effect. This is what we do at BOM, we tailor each product to have a specific dosage of CBD dependant on its use and then we incorporate adaptogenic herbs, superfoods and high quality essential oils to give you something that is not only tasty, but clean and intentional too.




Stepping into Karina’s bright and inviting office, one feels immediately cossetted and safe to ‘just be’ as Karina expertly and gently guides you through your own personal journey to emotional freedom… Karina shares: “I care about people and especially those who are in distress, because a number of years ago, I was at my own rock bottom; in deep emotional distress and couldn’t see a way out. My self-worth was extremely low and I felt like an empty shell, not knowing how to do this ‘thing’ called life. My mask firmly in place, I let the outside world know that I was ‘just fine’ when really I was totally crumbling on the inside. At the time, I felt there was a lot of stigma attached to how I was feeling that prevented me from getting the support I needed. When I had nowhere else to run, finally, I managed to ask for help and that was one of the most courageous things I have ever had to do. Since then I have been on a very special journey of self-discovery and self-development which has led me to, what I believe to be, my life’s purpose….helping others to heal and grow.” Karina changed her career path and retrained as a counsellor over several years, working with various charitable organisations. Furthermore, Karina trained in other specialist fields including Motivational Interviewing, Group Therapy, Positive Psychology, Addiction, Mental Health and The Journey Method. “I feel blessed to know that I am living my purpose which is incredible and a result of my own healing journey. If you would like to heal, change, grow and there is a part of you that is willing, then I am committed to helping you in any way I can.”

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THROWING DOWN SANTA’S GAUNTLET… A CORPORATE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE Ever received that bottle of wine - or pen or diary…that languishes around your desk until Easter? Or sent such corporate gifts - and marvelled at how much it costs to have a £10 something gift-wrapped and delivered? We had similar thoughts - until the last couple of years when we’ve made a local charitable donation instead, explained so in our Christmas cards…and most importantly received as many expressions of thanks as we ever did for gifts! But writing a cheque is boring – and not particularly festive! So this year we called our chosen charity to ask whether they face any particular issues. They do! And our offer of help was warmly received! We’re therefore the proud purchasers of 300 chocolate oranges and 300 cans of Big Soup! No, it is not a traditional client Christmas gift! But it is one that will be much appreciated by Age Concern Jersey and the 300 or so less well-off islanders who receive their Christmas hampers. That day my next call happened to be to our finance company Contributor Capital Ltd. (a B2B finance company and so nothing specifically to do with the elderly) who immediately offered to follow suit…. And so the idea was born….to throw out the Christmas Challenge to other Jersey companies too. Don’t want to offer as many as 300 of anything? No problem, any number of items would be appreciated. As would cheques we hasten to add! Take pictures, use them on social media, put a note explaining what you have done in client Christmas cards. Involve staff – who can shop, chose and deliver the items.

• jars of decent coffee • boxes/tins/packs of anything else seasonal Everything needs to be long enough dated to last through the Christmas season and they can only use packet and tinned foods – nothing fresh such as fruit or chilled foods. If your inclination is to offer more everyday items the campaign welcomes any: PACKET FOODS Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Biscuits, Sweets, Cake, Mash, Gravy Mix, Stock Cubes TINNED GOODS Fruit, Cream, Rice Pudding, Jam, Sauces, Soups, Baked Beans, Meats, Stews, Fish, Vegetables Your corporate donations will add to the individual donations received via collection bins in place from November 4th in Parish Halls, primary schools and some local businesses. If you want to take up the challenge please call Age Concern 0800 7350345 to agree what you’re going to buy. 300 chocolate oranges will be helpful….900 would be a headache! And CI Home Care has already bagged that one…to which we’ll add 300 tins of a good quality soup and something else nutritious. Our professional bent won’t allow us to donate chocolate alone – even at Christmas! HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

It is a fun, practical, inclusive and sure to be appreciated way of genuinely spreading some Christmas Joy. The luxury/festive items Age Concern Jersey would love include 300… • individual Christmas puddings • packs of ready-made custard • boxes of more luxurious chocolate biscuits • packs of mince pies • boxes of chocolates

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 Fiona Joyce is a holistic therapist and teacher, and is a full member of the Complementary Therapists Association (UK and IRL.) Based in St. Helier, she offers workshops and training for Reiki, Chakra balancing and Voicework. All levels of REIKI TRAINING are available – whether to practice on yourself, family and friends, or become a Certified Professional Practitioner. REIKI is a non-invasive complementary therapy which enhances the flow of natural energy for health and wellbeing. It strengthens the immune system and balances energy throughout the body, giving a feeling of peace and deep relaxation. It is suitable for all ages, and animals love it too. BEING - IN - TUNE workshops incorporate the use of sound to help in balancing the chakras, or energy centres of the body. Inside you is a boundless source of creative energy which you can use in every area of your life. When this energy flows freely you are ‘in tune’ with yourself and your surroundings. Healing is facilitated on all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual. VOICEWORK - Discover the use of deep breathing and gentle vocal exercises to free up your true voice – the Sound of your Soul. All workshops are available on an individual basis or in small groups.



Happy 21st Birthday Harbour Gallery Art in the Frame Foundation, the managing charity of The Harbour Gallery Jersey, has been extremely busy this year celebrating its 21st birthday! artwork in their 11th exhibition at The Harbour Gallery Jersey and each exhibition opening has seen some generous amounts raised for donated raffle items.

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The end of 2019 sees ‘A Magical Christmas’ exhibition, featuring the work of over 40 local artists in a variety of mediums to include painting, prints, ceramics, 3D, jewellery, textiles, glass, woodwork and mixed media. The opening evening takes place on Thursday 14th November, 6.30-8.30pm with the Rosemary Blackmore exhibition being officially opened by Tony De Sousa, Managing Director of Channel Island Brokers, the sponsors of the exhibition. Find your own special teddy bear hidden in the gallery! Looking forward to 2020, many exciting exhibitions, events and workshops are being arranged. If you would like to sponsor an exhibition or offer your support and help to the charity, please do get in touch with the charity chairman Pat Robson by email There will be another opportunity for new and budding artists to exhibit their work for the very first time, keep an eye out for details in the new year. The 75th anniversary of Jersey’s Liberation will also see a 2 week-long event featuring community activities, a photographic exhibition, shoebox appeal and student workshops.

Further information about the charity can be found on the website Upcoming exhibitions, workshops, events and more can be found on the gallery website

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At the Heart of it all... Regular visitors to St Helier will be all too familiar with the unique 19th century jewellers shopfront with its traditional black framed windows stretching around the corner of Peirson Place into King Street and housing a veritable smorgasbord of shiny items; the like and variety of which cannot be found anywhere else in the island. Managing the family business for the past thirty years, Jane Pearce, now aged 51, is shortly to retire from the high street! I invited Jane to share her life story for the enjoyment of the Jerseylife readership… by Juanita Shield-Laignel I was keen to know if Jane was a born and bred local and was fascinated by her answer…“I was born on 30th May 1968 in Jersey to 1st generation parents; their parents had moved here from the UK with my mother’s paternal side originating from Moneglia, Northern Italy. I don’t know so much about my father’s side. My mother had never visited her father's family town so for her 80th birthday one of my daughters, my aunt and I took her on what felt almost like a pilgrimage to visit her ancestral home. My grandfather was always very typically Italian - open and friendly, he formed so many bonds with the local Italian community and we were brought up with a love of Italian food, so when we finally visited my grandparent’s village, everything just made sense. It all slotted into place and I felt completely at home. It was really heart-warming to find the family name written on the church records. My mum had a great time too and as is usual with Italian people, the moment we mentioned our heritage, they embraced us and adopted us all!” “I am the youngest of three children and we always lived in town, so I consider myself a townie! We roamed the rural areas around Mont Millais, scrumping apples and being chased off other peoples’ properties. Our little gang lived in Howard Davis Park and on the beach at Havre des Pas or The Dicq We only got as far as Green Island if someone’s Mum bundled us into her car and took us out for the day, or on my birthday at the end of May when, in those days, summer would have been already in full swing! Some days there were just 2 of us, other days there could be as many as 8 or so, pooling our resources to afford to go swimming at Fort Regent or rent a video on a rainy day.” “St Luke’s was my Primary School – a class of 30, with only 7 girls…which suited me just fine as I’m a bit of a tomboy. I usually wore my brother’s ‘hand me downs’, as new clothes were a luxury and were usually only received on birthdays, Christmas and Easter! Our headmaster was the wonderful Alec Shepherd who ruled the school with a rod of iron, but could also be found in pottery class, wearing a grey overall that was heavily embroidered on the back, depicting all of the pantomimes he had ever been involved in and when asked the right questions, he would tell us all the stories attached to his wife’s amazing handiwork. I loved pottery class! The school itself with its high ceilings and beautiful beams and exposed rafters was pretty impressive. It has been refurbished since and has changed a lot over the years.”

“Home was probably fairly normal for the 70’s. My father had contracted malaria in the Merchant Navy, suffered regular relapses and was never completely well - he left when I was 8. We never had much spare cash when he was there, but it became very tight indeed afterwards. My mother, who had been trained as a telephonist in the Army, worked numerous jobs including nights at the telephone exchange in Cattle Street. She always knew to the ha'penny what she had in her purse and it quickly became obvious that owning a cat was a frivolity we couldn't afford, so sadly ours went to live with my grandparents.” “A meal in a restaurant happened once or twice a year, cinema was for birthdays, and my mother and her best friend, our godmother, would knit clothes for us and recycle existing clothes, patching and darning…the original ‘make-do-and-mend’, now so on trend. We ate home cooked meals every day and there was always pudding! We wore our shoes out before having new ones, we had holes in our socks and patches on our jeans, but we had a very healthy childhood with lots of fresh air and we used our imagination to play all day with the most basic of props.” “Once I started at St Helier Girls secondary, my mother (having been made redundant from the telephone exchange as they were switching over to digital) took secretarial evening classes which enabled her to take a full time job earning decent wages - ending up in a trust company. My school holidays were taken up with sleeping late, listening to loud music and avoiding the list of housework my mother had left for me. We didn't take many extracurricular lessons in those days as they would have been expensive but my mother did pay for piano lessons for me.” “The 80’s was full of experimental hair colours and cuts, trying out different styles such as new romantic, mod and punk. We had a great time being fashionable and going to town on a Saturday. My mum’s work ethic rubbed off on me from an early age though and I shared a paper round with a friend. Later I worked as a chambermaid and waitress in the school holidays with another friend whose relatives owned guest houses and hotels, meaning I always had a few pounds to spend at Lady Jane Records, to buy that week’s favourite single and of course to see and be seen!” “We always recorded the Top 40 from the radio sitting hunched over the cassette controls with fingers poised on the record button. Split second timing was required to get the whole song continues overleaf...


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without the DJ speaking over it, they knew everyone did this so they would often say something just after the music started to catch you out.” “Around this time CB (citizens band) radios were popular - my brother had installed a spare one of his in my bedroom, under a table and perched on top of a car battery to supply the power as they would usually be fitted into trucks. There was quite a wide community of us using CB, including the bailiff's wife Lady Ereaut! This was a method of mass communication within our community, where people could find friends 'online' and then arrange to meet up, organise parties or even meet new people just by talking to them discovering things in common then arranging to meet in person. Just as now we were always advised to never go alone, but I met all sorts of interesting people very safely using CB radio and for a shy person it was a great tool.” “Leaving school with no formal qualifications, I was encouraged to go for an interview at Pearce Jewellers. The careers teacher

Mrs Owens opened the connecting window from her office into the common room where we were all sat and called out, 'Stand up whoever wants to work in a jeweller's shop!' Myself and a few others stood up and she said, 'Jane, you have an interview, off you go,' and off I went! I started at Pearce Jewellers the day before my 16th Birthday in 1984.” I asked Jane what had motivated her to stand up? “I had always been interested in how things were made, watches and so on and I liked pretty things – so it seemed a good fit.” “Shortly after I started as a junior it was clear to me that various procedures could be modernised and updated not only to make better use of resources, but to streamline tasks and improve efficiency. I still like to look for the best way to achieve the results we need today and where change is beneficial I will make it, but I also subscribe to 'if it ain’t broke, don't fix it' as change isn't always necessary.” “Valuations had previously been hand written so I quickly made myself useful typing up valuations and letters. The stock system was also a hand written ledger so my clever husband designed a computer stock programme specifically for our shop - way before such programmes were in general circulation.” It seemed that Jane was very focused on her work, so asked if she had any hobbies at that time. “In my spare time, I started helping out at the Opera House. I had a part time job in the evening selling sweets, I preferred doing this to being an usherette as I got to talk to people and see the goings on in the foyer and I didn't have to watch the show if I didn't want to! It was the most amazing time - you would meet the stars of the other Cabarets during the first half as they would come in to see Dick Ray on their way to their own shows and would usually chat to me while he was being summoned - to a 17 year old that was pretty cool.” “I was heavily involved with the local amateur dramatic scene too; always working back stage either helping to build scenery, as a stage hand, in the flies or the limes. On one memorable occasion, during the week of my 19th birthday, I was on the book for a Gilbert & Sullivan performance of HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury with Michael Blackie and John Shield performing.” “At 21 my working life took on a new aspect, as I found myself married to my boss! If you cut Peter down the middle you would find the words 'kindness', 'love' and 'integrity'. He was always kind to me and I loved him for that almost immediately. I was always older than my years; my dad leaving at such a young age and my mum working so much, pretty well leaving my siblings and I to our own devices, made me more mature than the average 21 year old. I was thrown in at the deep end though, having two step children aged 8 and 10 to stay regularly while living above the shop. Soon my own children started to arrive, Sam came first, then Katie four years later and we were pretty full in the flat, especially at weekends when one or more of the children would invite friends to stay – but I always found room and had sleeping children slotted into the most peculiar places, but it was all really good fun. I loved living above the shop in lots of ways, the only downside being I was never away from work. I remember being in my sitting room in my home, breastfeeding my baby and staff just

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walking in to ask questions! There was no privacy at all, exacerbated by the only toilet in the whole building being on the very top floor meaning staff would have to traipse though our home to get there.” “Luckily, when Katie was about 14 months old, a little 3 bedroom house in Cleveland Avenue became available to rent from a relative. Of course it took me back to my old childhood haunts of Havre des Pas and Howard Davis Park, very convenient for my ever growing family. We’d been there just over a year when Charlie came along, so living near the beach was a bonus; if the children needed to let off steam I could just bundle them all down to the beach – stepping out the door in swimming costumes and towels was perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed living there but after 8 years we were finally able to buy own home, 5 minutes from work, near Wesley Grove.” “As the children grew they worked in the shop with us, and even though they've mostly moved on to other careers, Charlie still works for us and Sam has come back especially to help us retire. Even Katie will roll up her sleeves and get stuck in if she comes in and can see we are busy! It’s amazing that we can all work together and get on - most of the time. I’ve been working with my husband every day for 35 years; not everyone can do that!” “We have built up such amazing relationships with staff over the years that many have become personal friends. We've always treated them as members of the family. Many would come to us as holiday staff as young as 14 and stay until they had finished University - some have even gone on to become diamond merchants in London!"

“We have built up a real sense of community over the years and now we are winding down, people are coming in every day and asking ‘Where are we going to go to get the same service?’ and telling us how much they'll miss us as we've been such a fixture of town. Of course part of the reason we are retiring now is because we want to spend some time together – Peter at 73 has worked way beyond retirement age, and we'd like to travel. I am far too young to retire really, so after multiple requests from my lovely customers I will be continuing with many products and services at my new website,, which I am excited to be launching soon. I also love drawing, crochet, singing and playing the piano…so along with running the online business I will be able to keep myself busy.” "We have had many invitations from friends we have made through the trade to visit and stay with them in the UK once we have officially closed the shop. Some of these people we've known for 30 years or more so it really is special to us that we have these real friendships alongside our business associations. I am really going to miss the relationships we’ve built with our customers, staff and suppliers over the years - so many people pop in for a chat when they are passing. I know it is my job to sell things to people, but at the heart of it all, I know it has become so much more than that." I personally will miss Pearce Jewellers and Jane’s wonderful stories, the banter with her family as they busily go about their work and all of us at the Jerseylife will miss the regular interaction with this wonderful institution…we wish them all the best for the future.


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The autumn chills might be here - but your wardrobe can still be sunny-side-up, says Liz Connor...

Move over burgundy, spiced orange and earthy brown, there's a new colour that's set to dominate our autumn style - and it's inspired by the zingiest shade in the paintbox. Yellow might not seem like the easiest trend to rock year-round, but with a few simple style cues, it can easily become the hardest working hue in your wardrobe. If you're already reaching for your lemon blazer or dusting off your canary clutch bag, take note: This season's trend is all about a delicious shade called 'egg yolk'. Richer than butterscotch, brighter than burnt orange and nudging into gold territory, egg yolk is surprisingly versatile shade that works for all skin tones - even those on the fair and freckly side.

The catwalks provided some serious autumn wedding guest inspiration too, and a buttery dress is also an easy way to break out of spring and summer florals without resorting to playing it safe in navy. If you aren't brave enough to opt for a head-to-toe look though, an egg-yolk accessory can be your gateway into this sunny-sideup trend. Whether you opt for a yellow bucket bag to spice up an evening look, or a pair of dandelion Converse to inject some fun into your weekend wear, there's plenty of inspiration awaiting you.

On the AW19 catwalks, oeuf-inspired shades reigned supreme, from marigold evening gowns at Marc Jacobs and Off-White, to tailored trousers at Alexa Chung and sunny coats at Emilia Wickstead. The thing a lot of these looks had in common? Keeping the rest of your outfit quiet, so the colour can do the talking. Try pairing up matching pieces with the same tone and fabric for an effortless statement, or add a colourful blouse to a simple pair of tailored leather trousers for a less out-there take on the trend. Egg-yolk even lends itself to the office. Yellow tailoring is one of the smartest ways to get an edge on the trend and the high street offers a variety of sunflower-coloured suits, from double-breasted 70s power dressing to sweet and simple blazers. Dress them up with a pair of minimal kitten heels, or take the look down a notch with a slouchy white slogan tee and a pair of white Veja V-10 trainers.


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MAURICE LACROIX AIKON MERCURY 2019 Maurice Lacroix opens the year with a timepiece that unites the brand’s tradition of unique innovation with a contemporary, urban aesthetic. Presenting the AIKON Mercury, the first watch in the sports elegance collection of Maurice Lacroix to embody the spirit of the emblematic Masterpiece fine timepieces with a world premiere and patented display that embodies the complex nature of time.



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Experts on bedroom style reveal their top tips to Gabrielle Fagan, so you can create your perfect sleeping space... A bedroom is arguably the most important room in your home. It's a space just for you - and possibly your partner - where you can relax, shut off from the outside world and just be yourself. So, if yours is in need of an update, let our four experts help you with the ultimate seasonal transformation. Keep it minimal, says Georgia Metcalfe, creative director of The French Bedroom Company. WHAT'S YOUR OWN BEDROOM STYLE? "I like a minimalist style, as it helps to keep my mind clear and calm," says Metcalfe. "Also, that makes it easy to add accessories to suit my mood, the seasons or the trends." "My black velvet bed is accessorised with a green velvet throw and cushion. Green's been a huge trend for the last two years and I love the effect it has on my mood - energising in the morning and calming in the evening. "I am tempted for next season by a navy blue velvet throw, as I love the chic combination of navy and black together. "My ultimate luxury is having a freestanding bath in the room. There's no single thing better than a hot bath at the end of the day, and it's lovely to be able to bathe the children while I potter around chatting and tidying." Metcalfe says: "I'm surrounded by beautiful, elegant and feminine pieces by day and I enjoy being more minimal and monochrome when I'm at home. Everything in perfect balance!" HOW DO YOU CREATE THE PERFECT BEDROOM? "Your bedroom's your sanctuary, so make it a personal and private space, creating a place for memories and keepsakes," she suggests. Over-complicated colour schemes should be avoided, she warns: "Far better to choose one base colour (white, ivory, cream, fawn or grey) and accessorise with an accent colour.

Play up the personality, says designer and TV star, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen WHAT'S YOUR OWN BEDROOM STYLE? "My bedroom has a lot of black, which anchors my scheme. Generally speaking, dark colours are better for bedrooms, because they create a more restful and cocooning atmosphere, rather than light, bright colour palettes," explains designer Laurence LlewelynBowen. "Our walls are neutral and contrast with a black carpet and headboard. Beautiful champagne-coloured silk curtains dress the many windows," he elaborates.

"A great alternative to colour is texture - just one single soft colour in multiple textures. I'm a huge fan of soft ivory in textures such as silk, lace, cotton, velvet, linen, wood, and cashmere or wool."

"I'm very, very fond of our photographs, in fabulous heavy black frames, of our two daughters and our family. They add to a display of photos taken over the last 25 years of 'celebrity-dom'!

Finally, she suggests blocking out external noise with inter-lined velvet curtains, and scenting the room as a finishing touch. "A few drops of geranium - my favourite essential oil - on my pillow in the morning, allows the scent to gradually fill the room, ready for my evening arrival," she says.

"My favourite item is a lovely Georgian starburst mirror which I bought in a flea market and works really well." With a dressing room and a bathroom leading off the bedroom, he can see the roll-top bath from the bed. "It's a lovely way of celebrating continues overleaf...




Bring in the light, says Andrew Tanner, design manager for Sainsbury's Home & Argos Home WHAT'S YOUR OWN BEDROOM STYLE? "Our room has Crittall-style wardrobes, which I love, as it allows for display in the bedroom and also adds a feeling of space and light," reveals Tanner. "We have stripped floorboards and the style of the room reflects the age of the property, which is a 200-year-old former post office. "Framed photos of our children are grouped on one wall as a feature, which we often change to refresh the look. The lighting is gentle, mainly floor and table lamps." HOW DO YOU CREATE THE PERFECT BEDROOM? "Make rooms relevant to your personality, but choose neutral paint which won't date or restrict your colour choices for bed linen and accessories," he advises. "In winter, I love injecting new richly-coloured throws and accent cushions, and using them to layer the bed, which makes it look pampering and cosy."

space, but also maximising the efficiency of how it works," he enthuses. HOW DO YOU CREATE THE PERFECT BEDROOM? "The big thing is adding personality, and the more personality the better," he urges. "So, if you feel like being Cleopatra, be Cleopatra! It's about really letting go and not denying yourself - just go for it! "You're actually at your happiest when you inhabit a space that really reflects who you are, and a private, inner sanctum like a bedroom is the perfect place to express that."

Store away for serenity, says Jacquie Dunton, creative director for Sweetpea & Willow WHAT'S YOUR OWN BEDROOM STYLE? "My bedroom is mainly white with lots of light flowing through. I deal with colour, shapes and texture every day, so when I get home, I like a simple palette to clear my mind," says Dunton.

Flamboyant and stylish, Llewelyn-Bowen is no fan of minimalism or hiding possessions away.

"I love table displays and have a collection of china ring trays on my bedside table. I can't resist buying new scatter cushions and throws. Every so often, I'll update the chandelier above the bed it's a simple change which has a big impact.

"If you've got things that mean a lot to you, surround yourself with them. Surrounding yourself with the things you own is surrounding yourself with memories and the stories of your life stop putting them away in a cupboard!"

"In the colder months, I drape a pure white faux fur throw on my bed. My kids love to snuggle up on it on lazy Sunday mornings." HOW DO YOU CREATE THE PERFECT BEDROOM? "Keep the palette simple. Look for relaxing colours to paint the walls and keep your room as clutter free as possible," she advises. "Storage is everything. Built-in wardrobes, beds with in-built storage, and bedside tables with drawers are great ways to achieve a calm and tidy space, where rest and relaxation is a priority." "Side lamps are such an important feature, especially in winter. When I have guests staying over, I always make sure side lamps are on when they arrive, and a scented candle is burning."

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Work it! Working from home may seem an easy way to slip away from the time-wasting and stress of commuting, office politics and irritating bosses, but to be successful, it's essential you do your homework first... TRADITIONAL TAKE With many more people opting to work from home to achieve a more positive work-life balance, the office is starting to become a staple part of our personal space. A substantial office at the back of the home, hidden from the hustle and bustle, is fast becoming an essential feature in many homes. It's about making it as inspirational as possible, and in a style which suits your taste and needs.

That work space can be anything, from a designated room to a small corner on a landing, or even a garden shed! Whatever your base, it will need to be well-equipped and functional to ensure you're able to be productive, organised and efficient - but also stylishly designed and comfortable, so you enjoy the experience.

If you're creative, you'll probably want to display work, so consider cork boards and chalk boards and frame in copper for a contemporary effect. A bookcase filling an entire wall is a classic addition to an office, whether you opt for a traditional dark oak, a more modern pale wood open shelf feel or luxurious gold finish. Wire baskets and weathered wooden crates will conjure an on-trend industrial look. Whichever style you choose make sure you are comfortable…ergonomic chairs and desks are all the rage, make so much sense and are easy to come by...

When the balance is right, working from home can be profound. There's less stress, no difficult colleagues to contend with, and you can tailor your environment to perfectly fit your needs. You should aim for a setting which inspires you, appeals to your taste and, if necessary, is also suitable for hosting meetings. Try these winning styles for home offices... SERENE STUDY Your work space can be a haven of calm if you choose a soft pastel colour scheme and avoid clutter. The right décor is key when creating a motivational environment and a simple colour scheme with pastel shades can really make a difference. Use a window blind which tones with the rest of the colours used for the walls or furniture, and add a rug in complementing shades. That will give the space an identity and you can conjure an informal style enlivened by colourful touches, which will be a brilliant contrast to the grey uniformity of a standard office. STREAMLINE STYLE A monochrome scheme, a compact desk and slim storage will integrate easily into any open-plan living area. The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most popular areas to site a home office; research has found around a third of homeowners used that area, while some were specifically renovating that area so they could incorporate a work or study space.






From gleaming metals and rich opulence, to unfussy, functional pieces, the dawn of a new decade has something for everyone, says Sam Wylie-Harris.... It may only be autumn, but interior designers are already predicting how we're going to be dressing our homes in 2020. So, how's it looking? To find out, we've gone behind the scenes at Top Drawer, the UK's leading design-led trade event, where Louise Healy-Adonis - trend forecaster and senior strategist at Flamingo - shares her insider insights for the coming seasons.

2. INTROSPECTION This trend sees muted, multiple inputs from our surroundings, dialled down into introspective subdued colours and calm tonal blocking. This is not stark minimalism - think meditative and calming with multi textures. "Soft winter pales and warm neutrals create meditative, clean palettes that are grounded in natural materials," says HealyAdonis. "Mixed textures and serene scenes are seen in calm tonal blocking. Colours to invest in include whites, softened teals and olives, dusky pinks and light grey."

These items aren't available to buy yet - but keep an eye out for designs inspired by these themes in stores and online throughout 2020. From the finest fabrics to brilliant basics, here, Healy-Adonis reveals the key features of 2020's hottest-tipped interior design and homeware trends, and how we can get the look...

1. MODERN RELICS A contrast of delicate and strong shapes and details, with mixed textures. The idea of unearthed antiques interplays with modern materials to create future heirlooms. "This trend sees classic shapes given a contemporary look through new digital techniques and traditional etched surfaces. Rich textures and luxe gleaming metals add sumptuous elements to rough and irregular black surfaces of unearthed pasts. Add finishing touches to the home to complement the trend such as cushions, glassware or vases," suggests Healy-Adonis. continues overleaf...

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This one's all about a natural autumnal, earthy, tactile vibe that's tied to nature and wellbeing. These everyday items are elevated through the craft of honest materials and the uniqueness of nature. Answering the need for quiet restorative rituals.

This trend speaks to the mix of organic and hyper-real, where natural looks sci-fi and bio-design is the future, today.

"This trend brings the grounding of nature into the home through raw materials and handmade pieces. One-of-a-kind products are formed in metal accents, woven textiles and tactile wood. This restrained detailing and pared-back palette will enhance the sanctuary of the home," Healy-Adonis notes.

Healy-Adonis says: "This scientific and sterile trend sees a mix of organic shell-like dark tones and iridescence modernise ombre styles. The unique and free-form nature of the materials offer interesting overlays of organic colours." 6. SUBLIME OPULENCE Maximalism is muted with a restrained palette of deep blues and yellow golds. Plush velvets and textured metallics reference historical detailing and add a luxurious serenity. "Tonal blues are still a key trend for 2020, moving into a more yellow tone, adding warmth, calmness yet opulence to the home," explains Healy-Adonis. "Historical detailing stylised with modern twists including gold-edged art prints, this is a key trend which is staying around for another season."

4. SOFT ASSEMBLY The retro modern feel combines reassuring nostalgia with playful rounded shapes and graphic prints. Imperfect outlines are key in mid-tone brights, anchored in rich navy and coffee tones. "Irregular graphics and mid-tone brights will add the modern retro feel to the home. Look out for organic shapes with a sophisticated crafty feel. This will be seen through dining wear, throws and cushions, and decorative items," explains Healy-Adonis.

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7. INDUSTRIAL ORGANICS This trend speaks to the in-between space of man-made and organic, of the chunkiness of old machinery, but with the ease and simplicity needed for an uncomplicated life. "With the focus on unfussy functional pieces, this trend includes asymmetric bold shapes contrasted with soft tones. Pale dusty pinks and mints, rust, ochre and blues are grounded by warm naturals and stark black," suggests Healy-Adonis.


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Gabrielle Fagan reveals simple ways to do the decor maths and ensure your rooms have all the right angles... Shape up if you want stylish rooms this Autumn. Geometrics are figuring on designs for everything from wallpaper to carpets right now, and set to be the most fashionable way of bringing pattern into rooms this season. Even if you hated maths at school (the sight of a geometry set still makes me queasy), working this style in your home is, thankfully, easy-peasy (and no calculator required). You can be playful and introduce bold and stimulating colourful shapes - take your pick from triangles to eight-sided octagons or keep it elegant, with just a few touches sporting the barest hint of the pattern. "Geometric pattern came to prominence in the 1920s and became synonymous with the Art Deco movement," explains Tom White, design director, Parker Knoll. "In a decade renowned for its opulent and sophisticated style, geometrics challenged traditional design, with sleek and elegant motifs which came to symbolise wealth and status." Now they're back, thanks to our renewed passion for pattern and more decoration in our homes. "Geometrics boast a breadth of choice in shape, colour and scale, so can be adapted to suit a vast range of tastes and styles," promises White. Here are ways to do your decor sums and ensure your home measures up in the style stakes... 56 |

CHECK OUT ALL THE ANGLES "For me, geometric shapes will always have a universal and timeless appeal," enthuses Martha Coates, surface and pattern designer for Habitat. "I don't think they've ever really gone out of fashion, as many pattern stories tend to do," she points out. "I love that the geometric designs created and popularised over 100 years ago by the iconic Bauhaus movement still feel relevant in our modern interiors. They sit seamlessly alongside the contemporary and colourful designs in our ranges." Coates pays tribute to the versatility of geometric pattern. "Minimalist, contemporary and familiar in their structure, they'll complement existing lines and shapes within the architecture of practically any room," she says. "Their structured balance will allow you the freedom to be braver with colour and texture." DIVIDE AND RULE ON THE WALL Get creative and paint your own geometric shapes on a wall. Simply stick strips of masking tape to the surface to continues overleaf...

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create triangle, trapezoid and rhombus shapes (look them up if that's already confused you!). The more tape you crisscross, the more shapes you'll create. If you paint the entire wall with the tape in place, you'll have stripes between the shapes when you remove the tape. If that feels too brain-bending, Wallsauce has a brilliant selection of made-to-measure geometric-style wall murals, ranging from in-your-face colourful to the more subtle. MAKE A PARTY POINT Join the geometrics party by investing in an Art Deco-style drinks trolley or drinks cabinet. Both items have enjoyed a revival in homeware, as they add a sense of occasion to entertaining. A sound style move. STATEMENT EQUALS STYLE You don't have to overdose on this look - just estimate how much you need to add to make an impact and burnish your style credentials. Give one punchy piece some space and a plain backdrop and it will undoubtedly become a star talking point. MEASURE UP WITH METALLICS Pair a classic geometric design with metallics (gold and copper are hot choices) to play the glamour card. This combo won't just add a winning touch of opulence, but a repeating angular pattern is easy on the eye and helps create a visual sense of order. The effect is particularly good for spaces where we want to rest and relax, like a bedroom or chill-out lounge. One word of advice: Make sure the size of the pattern you choose works with the size of the room. Generally, large-scale patterns are more suited to big expanses of wall, so you have the room to stand back and appreciate their impact. Smaller repeating patterns suit smaller walls. The only exception is if you opt for a statement wall of pattern, where you could be bolder and size up. For inspiration, take a look the super range of geometric papers, including Prism Geometric Wallpaper at Cult Furniture.

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BREAK THE RULES Sometimes, you can throw caution to the wind, ignore the 'less is more rule' and indulge in a pattern-fest. Just make sure you balance more decorative geometric repeating patterns with other simpler designs. This will prevent the whole effect from being overpowering, and punchy injections of colour (we're big fans of pink and green right now) are all that's needed to make a scheme sing. Another way of approaching this look is sticking to a colour palette of no more than two shades, which will allow the detail to shine. STEP UP TO THE STYLE Style alert: Back away from the bland! A striking geometric carpet runner can transform a staircase into an eye-catching feature. Playing up the angles with an above-the-skirting stripe in a complementary shade is a master stroke in this hallway. PATTERN TO THE POWER OF TWO "Boasting timeless allure and contemporary flair, geometric designs work well in period and modern homes alike," says Parker Knoll's Tom White. "For those looking to emulate the exciting and influential 1920s - the inspiration for the look - pair geometric patterns with luxurious gold accents, rich tones and spherical accessories." MAKE IT MONOCHROME "Typically considered an intimidating option, a bold geometric floor can add an element of design to a space and is a surprisingly versatile option," says Anna Del-Molino, buyer, Carpetright. "Before selecting your style, take into consideration the size of your space, alongside the colours and scales that will work within it. A larger print, in muted shades, is often better suited to smaller rooms, as intricate patterns can feel too busy in compact areas. "Larger spaces allow for more experimentation and for a truly daring look, consider a style with multiple colours. Geometric patterns don't need to be solely linear shapes," she adds. "Look for florals and patterns which repeat without being too overbearing." ARTY CALCULATION Make those shapes work on the wall with colourful geometric artwork that will show you know a right-angle from a rhombus.





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As you cut back the last of your summer-flowering perennials, you may want to prune some of your roses too, Hannah Stephenson advises... You may have cut down your perennials, done the last weeding of the year and neatened the edges on your borders - but what about your roses? While many gardeners traditionally prune their roses in late winter or early spring, it is possible to tidy them up in autumn, especially if you want a neat framework in place for next year. CLIMBING ROSES Established climbing roses will benefit from pruning from autumn to early spring. Cut back old unwanted stems to 30cm (12in) above ground level, thinning out crossed stems and congested growth before tying in the new season's stems. Remember that when you are making a cut above a bud, that bud will grow in the direction in which it is pointing.

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When training the new season's stems on to horizontal wire, create an evenly spaced fan of around half a dozen stems from which the new flowering shoots will grow, tying them in as you go. In spring, you can again cut the sideshoots back to two or three buds from the main stem and tie in any further upright shoots which have developed. SHRUB ROSES These don't necessarily have to be pruned in autumn, but a tidy-up won't do them any harm. They can be trimmed back so the longer stems aren't damaged by windrock. It also gives you a chance to get the bushes into a good shape, by cutting away straggly growth. Trials have shown that you'll get just as good a show of shrub roses whether you cut off the top of the bush using a hedge trimmer or prune in the traditional way, removing individual stems. continues overleaf...

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However, if you are using a hedge trimmer, make sure you remove dead or diseased branches within that framework afterwards to keep the air circulating and the framework open. Remove damaged and diseased leaves and faded flowers, but don't deadhead roses which are going to produce hips, which add both colour and form to the winter garden. If you grow tall, unstaked roses in a windy spot, it's advisable to cut back the shoots by a quarter to a third to stop windrock loosening the roots in the soil.

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OTHER ROSES Other roses, such as modern bush roses, can be left until late winter or early spring, cutting out the dead and damaged wood before pruning the stems you want to keep by two thirds. Also, look out for suckers at the base of the plants, locating their starting point underneath the soil surface, and pull them away from the parent plant rather than cutting them off, which may leave dormant buds at the base of the shoot which will lead to more suckers emerging.


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Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família Barcelona, the bustling capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, offers a captivating insight into a rich and colourful kaleidoscope of culture and history and attracts eight million visitors per year. Many are keen to view the stunning works of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, including the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, a magnificent Roman Catholic Church, which combines Gothic, Art Nouveau and curvilinea styles with five naves and three transepts constructed in the shape of a Latin cross. Construction began in 1882 and although the building remains unfinished it is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the ground and awarded the church the title Minor Basilica. Work continues on the building and it is set for completion in 2026, the centennial anniversary of Gaudi’s death.

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Antoni Gaudi was the architect of another spectacular Catalan Modernist building, which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1984. To find out more, I visited the Casa Mila, Gaudi´s last residence, which is located on the Passeig de Gràcia. Built between 1906 and 1912, the property caused much controversy due to its innovative steel structure and curtain walls and the undulating stone facade and wrought iron balconies and windows. The interior of the building, now open to the public, is one of the city’s most popular attractions and it’s quite simply remarkable. For a special dining experience I headed for Blanc at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, also located on Passeig de Gràcia. The menu, designed by chef Carme Ruscalleda, whose restaurants have achieved seven Michelin stars, is based on modern Catalan culinary culture with notes of Asia and includes tasty miniature tapas. The Sunday brunch features free flowing Cava, and it's a first class dining experience presented in luxurious, comfortable and contemporary surroundings. Temptations include oysters, sushi and Oriental, Lebanese and Catalonian dishes and I sampled the most delicious beef wellington and complemented by the 2008 Valbuena Bodega Vega Sicilia it was a dining treat to savour. For another glimpse of an architectural gem built in Gothic style, I wandered around the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. Constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries, the roof features a number of imposing gargoyles and a variety of enchanting mythical and domestic animals. The building is a magnificent continues overleaf...

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and who wish to experience ‘local life’ is rapidly increasing. The 08028 Apartments, located on Can Bruixa in Barcelona’s Les Corts area, is ideal and affords a high level of privacy with all the amenities associated with hotels including 24 hour reception services. This five storey property features a seasonal roof-top outdoor pool and a spacious terrace with a large selection of comfortable sun loungers, which is the ideal spot for an afternoon siesta. I opted for an air conditioned two bedroom apartment measuring 50 square metres, with a long veranda overlooking the city. Accommodations feature spacious bathrooms with a shower, a separate lounge with a 32 inch LCD satellite TV and a comfy sofa, combined with a dining area and kitchen with a hob, microwave, fridge\freezer and every utensil needed to whip up a quick breakfast. The property also features a launderette and parking is available for a daily fee.

example of a Gothic masterpiece with nave and side aisles of approximately equal height. Five aisles are vaulted and the outer aisles are divided into chapels, one of which is dedicated to Christ of Lepanto. The cross displayed in the chapel, is said to have been aboard a vessel during the battle of Lepanto in 1571. And, it is said, that during the battle, when the ship was under heavy cannon fire, the cross inexplicably shifted and avoided a direct hit from a cannonball. For those of us with an appreciation for art, the Picasso Museum, which is housed in five Catalan-Gothic palazzos dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries, is a feast for the eyes. The collection features over 3,800 pieces covering the early years of Picasso’s works and exhibits stunning examples of his talents during the Blue Period. To view a modern collection, head for the Museum of Contemporary Art on Place dels Angels. This impressive building, in the centre of the city, opened in 1995 and houses a vast number of works covering the last 50 years. To take in the ‘vibe’ of the city I took a leisurely stroll along to Plaça de Catalunya, which is a central meeting place and considered the heart of the city. Opened in 1927 by King Alfonso XIII, the square features a selection of entriguing sculptures and beautiful fountains. After taking part in the sport of ‘people watching’ from a nearby bench I spotted the Hard Rock Café and it was buzzing. The mesmerising rock memorabilia includes Bob Dylan´s Martin D28 accoustic, which he played on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1974, a 12 string Dobro resonator taken from the Jimi Hendrix collection, a custom 5 string Ted Newman- Jones guitar owned by Keith Richards and a jazzy shirt owned by the late Tom Petty, which he wore on tour in 1999. I must confess that I was more than a little star struck as I was escorted to my table and I opted for the succulent 397g Cowboy Ribeye Steak accompanied by the 2017 Vizcarra (Ribera del Duero), which were, of course, served with aplomb. A little concerned with my waist line after such a sumptuous feast I took a leisurely stroll around Plaza del Rei and noted the steps that fan out from the corner of the square. It is said that this is the place where Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella welcomed Christopher Columbus on his return from the voyage to the New World. To mingle with the ‘in crowd’ I then headed for Plaza Real, a busy meeting spot for locals and where local festivals take place. The most popular is La Merce, the annual celebration of the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy on 24 September. The celebrations begin a few days before and include colourful parades, music and dancing and one of the many highlights is when the locals dress up as the devil and light fireworks amongst the spectators whilst dancing to rhythmic drum beats. As expected, Barcelona offers a variety of places to stay and the popularity of short stay apartments for families seeking a city-break

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As Barcelona offers so much to see and do I decided to extend my stay and made my may along the Avenida Diagonal, location of the Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal, which is less than a 30 minute walk from La Sagrada Familia and only a mile away from Bogatell Beach. Accommodations are spacious and airy with ultra comfortable beds affording a deep slumber ahead of another day packed with excursions. I selected an executive room measuring 28 metres and with an interconnecting door to the adjacent room it is the ideal accommodation for a large family. A sumptuous breakfast buffet including hot and cold dishes is served in the hotel’s La Avenida restaurant and it’s just the ticket ahead of a morning stroll. Avinguda Diagonal, which connects FC Barcelona stadium with the Sagrada Familia, features an excellent selection of shops including Swarovski with its glittering trinkets easily enticing browsers to part with their euros. Glories, a huge shopping mall is a short walk away and includes a Carrefore, which features a bakery and a deli bursting with all kinds of cheeses and cold meats. Weighed down with shopping bags I spotted an inviting chair outside a local cafeteria and whilst sipping on a cool, sparkling glass of Cava my thoughts turned to Antonio Gaudi and with my time in Barcelona sadly at an end I reflected on his words 'Tomorrow we will do beautiful things'. 'TOP TIP' - ACCOMMODATION research reveals that almost three-quarters (70%) of global travellers say that in 2020 they want to travel to destinations that offer experiences they’ve never had before. Connecting travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos, the mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. For more information on the featured accommodation visit And for more information on the Four Points by Sheraton Diagonal visit or tel. +34 934 86 8800. 'TOP TIP' – AIRPORT TRANSFERS & TRANSPORTATION Book private airport transfers for London Heathrow and Barcelona. Take advantage of a reliable and punctual first class service. Prices are all inclusive and guaranteed in advance, so you can sit back and relax upon arrival. Visit 'TOP TIP' SIGHTSEEING AND LOCAL TRANSPORT Save time and money with a Barcelona Pass, which includes free entry to 20+ attractions, the hop-on-hop off bus tour and a free guide book. For more information visit 'TOP TIP' For more information on Barcelona Turisme go to Images (excluding accommodation) © Fundació Junta Constructora del Temple de la Sagrada Família and Turespaña.




What to do if you’re worried about SAD "It's much better to go for healthier choices, which will give us a longer lasting source of energy, such as fruit, nuts and seeds, yogurt and oat cakes. "Also, when we are tired and sleep-deprived, our levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin surge, which makes us crave these high sugary, fatty foods which will not give us sustained energy," she adds. "It won't help feed our gut microbes, too - which is a double whammy for our energy levels. "The best way to get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals our bodies and gut microbes need is to eat a well-balanced and varied diet. But eating healthily can be challenging, especially when we're busy juggling busy work schedules with the hectic demands of family life."

Seasonal affective disorder is a lot more complex than just mourning the end of summer and being a bit glum. Liz Connor finds out more... Autumn has arrived and it already feels like we're heading into the depths of winter. With the annual ritual of putting the clocks back too, it's easy to feel a bit gloomy about the darker evenings to come. For around 6% of the UK population though, the onset of winter brings 'major depressive episodes' that can be extremely debilitating, making keeping up everyday tasks very difficult. Far from being just a touch of 'winter blues', seasonal affective disorder - otherwise known as SAD - is a form of clinical depression that has a clear pattern, occurring at the same time each year during winter. WHAT CAN I DO TO COMBAT IT? 1. Try getting more daily exercise If you experience SAD, lifestyle changes like regular exercise and getting as much sunlight as possible (for example trying to take at least a 20-minute walk outside every lunchtime) can make all the difference. Other behavioural habits - like making your workspace light and airy and sitting near windows when you're indoors can have a positive effect on your overall mood too. 2. Consider your light exposure and vitamin D intake The power of vitamin D shouldn't be underestimated. In the UK, winter sunlight from October to early-March doesn't contain enough UVB radiation for our skin to make vitamin D. During these months, we rely on getting vitamin D from food sources, such as oily fish, red meat and egg yolks. 3. Manage your diet When we're feeling tired and rundown, it's easy to reach for sugary foods like chocolate, cakes and biscuits to boost our blood sugar levels, but dietitian Helen Bond says the energy boost will be short-lived.

It's certainly not a substitute for a healthy and varied diet, but Bond says taking a daily multivitamin and mineral food supplement can help top up your levels of energy-giving nutrients and ensure that you achieve recommended daily intakes. 4. Sort out your sleep routine Feeling lethargic and sleepy during the day, or sleeping for longer than normal, are key symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, so taking steps to manage the time your spend in bed can help to keep both body and mind in a healthy routine. Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, medical director of The London Sleep Centre, says, "Everyone is different and so is the amount of sleep they need each night. On average, a 'normal' amount of sleep for an adult is considered to be around seven to nine hours a night, but children and babies sleep for much longer than this." That said, Ebrahim believes quality of sleep is more important than the amount of sleep - and if you don't get enough good quality sleep you'll feel tired the next day, no matter how many hours you've had. "We need the perfect conditions for optimal sleep - this includes the temperature of the room." In the winter, we often rely on central heating to keep us warm, but Ebrahim explains that, naturally, our body temperature drops and raises whilst we sleep. So try keeping the heating off but having a few layers of bedding instead, so you can remove or add layers throughout the night. And if you're really struggling? If you've tried self-help and lifestyle measures and SAD is still affecting your day-to-day life, talk to your GP or pharmacist. An accurate diagnosis can be really helpful and there are treatment options that can help. These can include antidepressants and drug-free treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and a qualified medical professional will be able to chat through the best course of action for you.




Plaudits for charity Music in Action’s Mozart Project As the applause from the Opera House audience finally died away on Saturday night, there was a sense, both backstage and in the seats of the auditorium, that a new level of music making had been reached by the Jersey Chamber Orchestra, supported by Aberdeen Standard Capital... The charity concert, which raised over £600 for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, was the culmination of 4 days of educational workshops and community engagement which had been planned by Music in Action. Professional players split up into 4 smaller ensembles on Friday, visiting 10 schools and 2 care homes to perform a series of educational sessions. The programmes included excerpts of some of Mozart’s greatest pieces, as well as demonstrations of the instruments, composing a new piece on the spot, playing tunes on a teapot, and taking the audience on a musical journey. Nearly 1000 children and 40 adults had a chance to experience the musicians up close, in a project which is behind the scenes for the most part, but is crucial to Music in Action’s mission. In the concert showcase, with conductor Eamonn Dougan directing proceedings from the podium, the orchestra played Mozart’s dark, dramatic overture to the opera made famous in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus with a concentration and energy which set the tone for the rest of the performance. They were joined on stage by international superstar pianist Peter Donohoe for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20. Donohoe drew an astonishing array of colours out of the Opera House’s Steinway grand piano, with some achingly beautiful playing in the slow movement, and an exuberant playfulness in the final allegro assai. Some of the credit for such a successful performance should also go to the orchestra’s principal wind players here, with some very classy playing from local players Sarah Le Feuvre (bassoon), Katherine Grant (flute), as well as guest principals Anna Belei (oboe) and Jordi Perez (clarinet). The previous afternoon, Peter Donohoe had spent time with some of Jersey’s young pianists, giving a masterclass at the Jersey Academy of Music. Three students stepped up to the mark, playing in front of an audience and being given tips and advice by one of the world’s leading soloists. Opportunities such as this can be life changing for aspiring young musicians, so Music in Action was particularly pleased to have been able to facilitate this event. The second half of the concert opened with the arrival of Jersey’s own Georgia Mae Bishop, who recently graduated from the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The mezzosoprano possesses a beautifully rich, creamy tone, which she exploited to the full in Voi che sapete (from The Marriage of Figaro) and È amore un ladroncello (from Così fan tutte), with the

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orchestra providing a sensitive accompaniment. She was joined by local vocal teacher and coach Gitte-Maj Donoghue for duets from the two operas, Sull’aria and Prenderò quell brunettino which allowed a taste of Mozart’s operatic inventiveness to come to the fore. The final work in the programme was one of Mozart’s most famous symphonies, No.31, the ‘Paris’. With classical period instrument specialist Naomi Burrell in the leader’s chair, the strings of the JCO rose to the challenge with some agile, fiery playing, and, in the words of Eamonn Dougan after the concert, the hall was filled with playing which was genuinely Mozartian. It was clear that an encore was demanded, so Dougan put it to an audience vote, and so the evening ended with mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop and soprano Gitte-Maj Donoghue reprising their duet from Così fan tutte. This was the first project for Music in Action’s new Development Director, Andy Saunders, who also played horn in the orchestra and presented the Introduction to Mozart family concert, which took the audience on a high-speed tour of Mozart’s life and music, as well as including the first performance of a new string quartet by Year 11 student Ayden Bristol, Dancing in the Water, on Saturday lunchtime. Mr Saunders said, “There’s much more to music than just entertaining an audience, and the combination of all of the strands of this project have really allowed the JCO players to engage with children, vulnerable adults, Jersey’s own musicians, and an appreciative, welcoming audience – that’s what music making is all about, and it’s exciting to be a part what’s happening here on Jersey!” For more information about Music in Action or to volunteer to help the charity please contact or call 01534 767547. Photo credit: Ryan O’Shea

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WHAT IS IT? Giant four-door 'coupes' are no new thing. It's a not-so-niche segment pioneered by the likes of BMW and Mercedes over the last decade or so, to give buyers who need a saloon but really would love a coupe something of a middle ground. It's proven popular, so it's no surprise to see BMW has taken its recently introduced flagship 8 Series coupe and slapped on an extra set of doors. In its standard guise, the 8 Series is something of a desirable cruiser - but does that remain in its newly-shaped form? WHAT'S NEW? OK, so there is more to this car than just taking an 8 Series Coupe and adding some doors behind the fronts - it's actually a noticeably larger form overall. It's grown 231mm in length, 30mm in width and 61mm in height.

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coupe variant of the 8, it's definitely the ugly duckling of the two though as a standalone machine it remains a real head-turner. WHAT'S IT LIKE INSIDE? Much like the exterior design, the cabin of the 8 Series Gran Coupe is nearly identical to that of the regular two-door car, albeit with some modifications for the sake of passenger comfort. That means those up front are met with a plethora of plush materials, with build quality throughout the car of a very high standard.

Some design alterations have been made to the car too. Though its front end is identical to the coupe, the windscreen is slightly steeper as a result of a higher roof, with a similar approach taken for the rear window to maximise boot space. But, dimensions and slight styling tweaks aside, there's little to differentiate between the 8 Series variants. WHAT'S UNDER THE BONNET? It's the 840i Gran Coupe we're driving here, denoting its 3.0-litre petrol six-cylinder powerplant. In this guise, it sends 335bhp and 500Nm of torque to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, 0-60mph comes in five seconds flat with an electronically limited top speed of 155mph possible. BMW says the car can achieve 37.7-38.2mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 168g/km of CO2.

The big change here though is the extra space in the rear of the car. Many coupe-turned-four-doors tend to have an issue in providing proper comfort in the back. For the averaged size adult, that's fortunately no problem here, with plenty of head and legroom and even a separate dual-zone climate control system. Those blessed with more height may find their scalps touching the headliner though. WHAT'S THE SPEC LIKE? As standard, the 8 Series Gran Coupe's exterior is enhanced with 20-inch alloy wheels, an 'M Aerodynamic' package and automatic LED head and taillights. Luxuries inside the car include a thermally insulated windscreen, four-zone automatic air conditioning, heated front and rear seats, a head-up display and ambient interior lighting. VERDICT BMW has nailed the luxury coupe-turned-capable saloon formula with the 8 Series Gran Coupe. It near-matches the head-turning style and overall appeal of the two-door car while providing a genuinely usable space in the back for more practical purposes.

If we put the 840i Gran Coupe in its intended place - sitting out on a motorway and covering huge distances - there's little to complain about under the bonnet. The powertrain's refinement is impressive, with very little noise coming from upfront, while power delivery is consistent across the rev band which allows for perfect execution of merging and overtaking manoeuvres. Take it on a back road though, and it is a little undone. Hesitation from the gearbox makes it frustrating to apply power when exiting tighter corners, and there's so much mass to the car that its power output feels far from enough to gather any real pace. WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? At motorway speeds, with its adaptive cruise control system on and the car just doing its thing, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is a hard experience to beat. Refinement, like the engine, is very impressive - wind noise is minimal, it glides over the road and you're really only going to hear surface noise if it's a particularly harsh road.

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That's what you would expect of a luxury grand tourer, and with that comes more compromises in spirited driving. The sheer mass of the car is hard to ignore when attacking corners with any velocity, and there's a real sense the car isn't comfortable with a ham-fisted approach - a sports car this is not. HOW DOES IT LOOK? As mentioned, BMW has retained the recognisable 8 Series silhouette here - albeit with modifications for a more spacious vehicle. It still has an imposing effect upfront from its angular nose details and large grille, though, from the windscreen onwards, the morphing of the design is pretty obvious. Side-by-side with a

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Healing the Invisible Scars and Rebuilding Your Life after PTSD BY JOANNE REID RODRIGUES Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD as it’s commonly known, is a serious and specific form of stress that affects millions of people worldwide. It’s certainly not a new condition; but the growing awareness of PTSD is relatively new. A shortage of stress therapists has resulted in many people struggling with mental health issues, and in cases of PTSD, often turning to alcohol or prescription medication and repressing their feelings. Many homeless people suffered PTSD and without a strong support system, eventually lost control. Over the decades, this debilitating condition has been called by many other names: Shell shock, combat fatigue, child abuse syndrome, battered wife syndrome, stress breakdown, and more. First responders and veterans are among the people at the highest risk, but while PTSD is often associated with war and traumatic events on the battle field, some people face a battle field in daily life; perhaps in their workplace or in their home, for instance. PTSD describes several disturbing aftereffects of an intensely distressing or life-threatening experience; whether a person is directly involved or bears witness, still it can leave a lasting wound on the psyche. Accidents, natural disasters, traumatic childbirth, divorce or sudden loss of job can trigger PTSD in varying degrees. Being the victim of a violent attack almost always results in PTSD. People who are exposed to chronic bullying can also experience psychological trauma for bullying is a form of non-physical violence that can profoundly wound the soul. Classic symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks as the mind tries to make sense of the event, and flinching, as the body reacts to disturbing mental images. Insomnia and nightmares can persist for many months after a trauma and intrusive thoughts flood in at any time. Displaced angry outbursts can be a sign of PTSD too. If the traumatic life event resulted in a person losing their dignity, they might withdraw from social circles and even family and begin to isolate more often. Treating PTSD with antianxiety drugs doesn’t heal the wound at the soul level. Such drugs can numb pain, but they certainly don’t heal it, and they are highly addictive. In fact, antianxiety drugs can even prolong the suffering. Naturally, talking to a stress therapist is the best option to help try to make sense of a traumatic life situation and the earlier the therapeutic intervention, the better. People often feel inadequate when they still feel pain or demonstrate symptoms of PTSD after some months or even a

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year, but it’s not unusual for it to take two years or more for the psychological weight to begin lifting. There’s no set time for healing, and the greater the trauma, the longer it’s likely to take. Being patient and gentle with ourselves and others is the most helpful approach. If we can remember that an abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is perfectly normal, we’ll be inclined to show more understanding. Look at it this way – if we broke a leg, we wouldn’t feel inadequate because we’re unable to rush the healing. What is, is. A broken bone isn’t a flaw or a weakness. If it happens, we accept it and allow the process to take its course. So too with non-physical wounds. They take time to heal. It’s essential to let our feelings out and not suppress them, for all pent-up emotion takes its toll on the physical body. The harsh reality is that in the greatest moment of need, a professional might be unavailable, and so talking to a trusted confidante can help release pressure and distress. Finding ways to redirect our attention away from the happening can also give respite. Therapeutic interventions such as art therapy or meeting with people to walk, swim, or engage in a productive activity helps bring periods of relief. Patience and compassion allow healing to naturally unfold. Remembering our value every day and imagining ourselves in perfect healing helps us move forward. Recovery is possible. The darkest moments can eventually yield to our greatest light. Joanne Reid Rodrigues is a therapist in nutrition, cognitive behavioural therapy and post traumatic stress disorder. She is the founder of Slimming Together, the creator of the Authentic Confidence programme and the author of Life Transformation Diet and Slim, Happy & Free.

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BOOK of the month... AHIMSA BY CAROLINE EARLE A local journalist who went on a life-changing journey to Asia has published a book about her experiences. Last year former Jersey Evening Post writer Caroline Moody went on a 32,000 km journey through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India. What she had not expected when she set off was that she would be vegan at the end of it. The book’s title, Ahimsa, is a word from the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions, meaning respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others. Part travel book, part memoir, part philosophy on life, Ahimsa charts the journey of how Caroline and her husband David, a former paramedic, became increasingly aware of animal welfare, poverty and what we are doing to the planet. It is topical and questioning, in parts funny, sad and increasingly angry. One of the undoubted stars of the book is Zippy, a Company of Dogs rescue dog with his own message to convey about the meaning of life. Ahimsa (subtitled ‘A personal journey, via an animal sanctuary in India, to veganism’) is published by Grosvenor House Publishing under the pen name Caroline Earle and is available now on Amazon. It will also soon be available as an ebook. Caroline can be contacted by emailing

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