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Hello and welcome back to the November edition of The Urban Fox lifestyle magazine. What an eventful month we’ve had, with the arrival of Grace Aria Lenaghan to the team. Whilst a mere 7lb 10oz, she’s already throwing her weight around The Urban Fox office and making her presence known! It’s hardly surprising then that on my first trip into the city last week I was alarmed that the Christmas Countdown had begun in earnest whilst I have been otherwise engaged. With that in mind this month we offer our readers a taster of all things festive, from the Top 10 Christmas

Toys and Lucy Cufflin’s Little Apple Strudel Puddings, to an array of Christmas activities and events on offer across the city, including the Christmas Lights switch on in the Town Hall Square on the 20th November, carol services, theatre productions, arts and crafts workshops and a seasonal farmers’ market at Gallowtree Gate, on the 8th December. If you plan to start your Christmas preparations early, check out our advertisers for Christmas lunches and party nights, as well as Christmas gift ideas. Need more festive inspiration? Then look out for our guide to Christmas gifts, party dresses and decorations in our December edition, distributed week commencing the 12th December. This month we also focus on healthy living. Overcome those winter blues, with insights from our feature writers on maintaining younger looking skin at any age with ‘10 Years Younger’ guru, Nicky HambletonJones; controlling

emotional hunger with Weight Management Counsellor, Sanjaya Rakha; nutritious seafood recipes by Nigel Brady of Brady’s Fish & Seafood Market and making the most of your golf membership all year round with Golf Pro Dominic Fitzpatrick. One man who makes the most of his time on the greens is local sporting legend Gary Lineker, who talks to Richard Aldhous about his famous golfing buddies, football career and future on MOTD. Finally congratulations to Liz Kemp and Susan Hollins, the winners of our September competitions. For a chance to win a Dashing Diva manicure or pedicure at Heather White’s Professional Makeup Studio, Grange Farm, turn to page 15 for further details. Good luck! Until next time

Martina Editor

Copy deadlines for next edition: - 25th November design and 2nd December final print ready artwork. Contributors: Melanie Taylor, Heather White, Dominic Fitzpatrick, Sanjaya Rakha, Nigel Brady, Lucy Cufflin, Carley Rimmer, Chris Gutteridge, Peter Wyatt, Peter Clare, Richard Aldhous, Nicky Hambleton-Jones

Contents FASHION, BEAUTY & HEALTH Fashion SOS The Long & Short of It! Ageing Through the Decades How to Clean Makeup Brushes Your Guide to Winter Golf Good Sport Is Emotional Hunger Controlling You?

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Wining & dining Being Adventurous with Sustainable Seafood Little Apple Strudel Pudding

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Arts & Entertainment Top Ten Toys For Christmans 2011 What’s On Reviews

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People & places Moscow



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“I love all those bright colours in the shops but not sure which ones to go for?” It all depends on your colouring. Not the colour of your skin but the hue. If you have a yellow hue to your skin e.g. olive skin, then you should opt for the bluey colours including emerald and jade to counter balance it. If you have pale skin then warmer colours (lime, olive green) are best for you. If you are still unsure, then wear bright colours away from your face, such as a skirt or accessories.

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“I am in my fifties can I show my cleavage or is that now mutton dressed as lamb?” The answer to that is “How good is your skin?” If it is wrinkle free (including your neck) then yes but generally as we get older we should cover up more, as our skin loses its elasticity and becomes lined. So higher necklines and longer sleeves look better and keep us looking that bit younger.

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Looking for the perfect Christmas present for the special someone in your life? La Maison de Sacs offers the ultimate in quality gift ideas from its range of designer bags and accessories.


ith over 10 years combined experience in the industry and a vision to offer customers something different to the high street, Maz and Costa have sourced products from across the world!

Their brand portfolio comprises of an exciting range of quality classics such as The Bridge, British favourite Lulu Guinness and emerging brands like Angel Jackson and local Leicester brand Zatchels, with whom they collaborated to produce a limited edition satchel collection. The shop itself is stylish yet simple, a deliberate decision by its style conscious owners. “It was always our aim to open a store where we could give each brand a good representation of its collection,” says Maz. “La Maison de Sacs is all about merchandising product with plenty of space and lighting, ensuring each and every piece looks a million dollars.” In conjunction with the aesthetics of the store,

Maz believes that excellent product knowledge is essential to showcasing the in-store ranges and building valuable relationships with customers. He explains, “As well as being friendly and helpful, we have to be in a position to talk about products with anyone who walks through the door.” One might be forgiven for assuming that customers of La Maison de Sacs are all women, but with its ever evolving consumer demographic, the store now offers children’s products with Vivienne Westwood & Mini Melissa shoes, as well as popular Swedish outdoor brand Fjallraven. They also stock a fabulous selection of men’s bags from brands such as Ally Capellino, Bill Amberg to the exclusive Eastpak Designer Collaborations. Maz says, “It’s important to us that we offer something for everyone who has an appreciation for good quality, good design and good craftsmanship.” Whilst the men’s and children’s sectors weren’t the key focus of La Maison de Sacs’ early retail strategy, growth and development of the business, is at the forefront of their minds.

Recognising the rising trend for online trading, Maz and Costa have

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The Bridge Guess Melissa Armani Ally Capellino Coccinelle recently launched an online store a truly unique shopping experience designed to propel the La Maison de Sacs brand into both the national and international markets. Finally despite the forthcoming festive season, Maz is not resting on his laurels, “We have some of the world’s best designers/ brands from New York and Paris coming in for SS12 and we’re already planning for AW12, so watch this space.”



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Ageing through the Decades did yoU know yoUr skin starts ageing wHen yoU are somewHere betWeeN 17 aNd 25 years old and damage tHat was done years before, may not sHow on tHe skin Until well into yoUr 30’s? tHis montH nicky Hambleton-Jones, anti-ageing exPert of lookandfeelyoUnger.tV, sHares besPoke tiPs and teChNiques for maiNtaiNiNg a vibraNt ComplexioN through the deCades.



n When in our 20’s, it’s time to protect skin as much as possible. Never leave the house without wearing a moisturiser that is at least SPF25. n Smoking is incredibly ageing on the skin. I know it’s a hard habit to crack, but the earlier you give up, the better your skin will look in the future. n Take time to cleanse, tone and moisturise every day. If you find yourself too tired to remove makeup after a big night out, remember that your skin ages eight days for every night that you don’t! It might feel like a hassle in the early hours, but just giving your skin a good cleanse before you go to bed will make a huge difference on the fine lines and wrinkles that will appear in your 30’s and 40’s.

n They say 35 is when ageing really starts to show on your face. If you’ve been good to your skin, there shouldn’t be a sudden difference, but if you have partied hard and spent too much time in the sun, you might suddenly wake up and wonder where all the fine lines and wrinkles suddenly came from! n We begin to see a loss of elasticity in the skin in our 30’s, particularly in the under-eye area where you can spot the first visible signs of ageing. If you haven’t already, you should invest in a good eye cream, it’s important to keep this delicate area really hydrated.

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moisturiser that is at least SPF25.

n exfoliate, exfoliate,

exfoliate! Cell renewal starts to decline in your 30’s. The best way to boost collagen and elastin production, and slow down the destruction of your cells is to exfoliate the skin twice a week. Whether you choose physical or chemical exfoliation, try to get into a routine. This will go a long way to ensuring your skin looks fantastic well into your 40’s.

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firmNess is the Name of the game n In our 40’s collagen

production reduces, plus we lose a lot of volume in our face as a result of fat loss under the skin. This means the fine lines and wrinkles we had in our 30’s may deepen and we might see folds appearing on the skin around the ‘nose-to -lip’ lines and the jowls, and a general loss of vibrancy in the skin. Invest in products that will plump, boost collagen production and firm. n Serums are the name of the game, if you’re not using a serum yet, I definitely suggest you start now. Serums are usually oil based and will penetrate the skin far more deeply than any cream can, meaning you will get the nutrients your skin needs deep down into the dermis which can help stimulate collagen production.


hydratioN is Key n At this stage a number of things happen to our skin, estrogen levels drop dramatically which means skin renewal slows down. Oil production decreases and your skin starts to dry out, losing its youthful glow. Pigment cells tend to clump together, and that’s why we see dark age-spots appearing on the face which make lines and wrinkles more pronounced. In our 50’s it is vital to use a moisturiser with Vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that can help kick-start cell

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renewal and also help to dissolve pigmentation on the skin. n Intense hydration is really important too, make sure that you are using a serum as well as a moisturiser that really hydrates the skin. n Finally don’t forget that cosmetic intervention - botox, fillers, microdermabration - is at hand to help you resurface, plump up and soften those fine lines and wrinkles if you do start to feel a little insecure about the way you look in the mirror.

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hoW To CLEaN MAKeUP BRUSHeS good QUality brUsHes are a big inVestment, so it makes sense to give them a little tlC aNd CleaN them regularly. not only will tHis make tHem last longer bUt yoUr makeUP aPPlication will look so mUcH better if yoU Use clean brUsHes.


know it’s not high on everyone’s priority list but it really does make a difference! There are two ways we can clean our brushes:

PROFESSIONAL BRUSH CLEANER These are mostly found in spray bottles so that you can spray the brush and wipe the makeup out of the bristles using a tissue. I prefer to take the top off the bottle, dip my brush in and then wipe, as I find sometimes spraying doesn’t

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quite get into the middle of the brush. Professional cleaners contain alcohol and will dry quickly so that your brushes are ready for use again in a relatively short time. However be aware that over time, they can have a drying effect on the bristles.

SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER The way I clean my brushes is to use shampoo and conditioner. I prefer a tea tree based shampoo as this is antibacterial and smells good too. Set the tap to a moderately warm temperature and then holding the brush by the handle, place the bristles into the stream of water and saturate the bristles.

see the colour coming out. Rinse and repeat if you think it necessary. Then follow the same process using conditioner to keep the bristles soft. Squeeze the excess water from the bristles and mould the brush into shape.

tHe tigHter yoU sQUeeze tHe better, as tHis will ensUre tHe bristles dry closer togetHer and retain tHeir sHaPe.

Finally place flat on a towel to dry; I put them in the airing cupboard over night. Ideally big brushes, such as those used for powder, blusher and bronzer, should be cleaned every week, and smaller brushes, particularly the ones you use for eye makeup, should be cleaned twice a week. But in saying that occasionally is better than never!

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aybe it was winning a club competition, or lowering your handicap or even breaking 100 for the first time. Whatever your level, focussing on a sense of achievement is very rewarding. Adversely maybe those sliced drives keep putting you in trouble or that fragile short game still flounders under pressure. It is essential that from time to time we analyse our own game to highlight our individual strengths and weaknesses as golfers. Autumn/winter in my mind is the ideal time to take stock and to plan any necessary changes to

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our game. Whether by taking some instruction to improve key areas of your game, or upgrading your equipment in readiness for next year; the off-season should be spent wisely. Yet many golfers seem to use this time of year to hibernate away from the golf course. We all appreciate that golf courses are not in peak condition at this time of year but do bear in mind that if you are a club member, subscriptions are paid over a twelve month period and as you are paying for the privilege I would certainly be looking to get maximum value for money. As for competitive golf, through the winter many clubs run a ‘winter

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It’s over three decades since Lineker first pulled on a Leicester City shirt, and transforming a career in football to one behind the television cameras has come as effortlessly to the 50-year-old as most other things in life.



Gary Lineker is one of a rare few who have been granted the title of ‘freeman of the City of Leicester’. This means that, should it take his fancy, he is legally able to graze a flock of sheep in the town square.


f course, he’s never accepted the invitation – partly for the reason that he’s just a nice all-round guy and wouldn’t want to disturb the daily lives of passing shoppers, but mostly because Mr. Lineker is one busy man. It’s over three decades since Lineker first pulled on a Leicester City shirt, and transforming a career in football to one behind the television cameras has come as effortlessly to the 50-year-old as most other things in life.

“I guess I’ve been very lucky,” he begins. “When my football career ended I fell into the media side, and the right opportunities came along at the right time.” In terms of Match of the Day, the BBC’s flagship football show, the opportunity has become a 12-year love affair with Premier League football,

and one which, despite rumours to the contrary, Lineker has no intention of walking away from. “I heard there were a couple of rumours floating around that I was going to leave the BBC as a result of the corporation’s relocation up to Salford Quays. To be honest, I’m not sure where these stories originate from, but suffice to say the notion of me leaving wasn’t something invented in my head!” Lineker’s life down south is now very settled – so much so that he doesn’t resent the prospect of a trip up the motorway each weekend to present the show on a Saturday night. The former Spurs and England striker has a £2.6million abode in the footballer-friendly surrounds of Esher, Surrey, and whilst murmurs of moving back to the capital filter through what he says, it’s clear there is something tying him to the green, leafy, lush countryside in which he currently resides. “Golf!” he laughs. “It’s more addictive than any drug, and while I hate it most of the time (because

I’m not the best player in the world, if I’m honest), it’s for those rare moments of joy that I keep coming back. To me, it’s a unique sport. If you go through the right channels, you can play on the same courses as some of the game’s greats... you might even find yourself behind them on the tee mat! I guess if I could have done something in some other sport, it would definitely have been golf.” Regardless, Lineker’s still a firm fixture around the country’s golf courses, naming Sunningdale in Berkshire as his favourite, and referencing casually his golfing ‘buddies’ Darren Clarke and Ernie Els.

“It was with Ernie that I first shot a sub-70 round at the course. He was delighted for me, even though he hid it quite well!”

the modest surroundings of Braunstone where Lineker gained his schooling in sport. But he remains as down-to-earth and amicable as his television persona suggests... at least, the one seen when on the Beeb, as opposed to the less-than-likeable version who fronts advertising campaigns for Walkers crisps!

“When I did the first ad I thought it would be a one-off. That was in 1994 and I’ve been filming them on and off ever since! It has never led to any other acting work, unfortunately, so I can only think I’m a bit typecast in the role these days,” he laughs. “But I get a free supply of potato snacks so I suppose I can live with the tag of being ‘the crisp man’!”

Of course, the country hotels and elegant 19th-hole parties are all a far cry from



Is Emotional Hunger Controlling You?

As a weight-loss and weight-management expert, with a specialist interest in obesity, I frequently counsel clients who need help freeing themselves from the eating patterns that have led to weight gain.


ood counselling is available in many forms and when used alongside a weightloss plan, can help you address the habits that lead to weight gain, and help you keep off excess pounds long term. Did you realise that the way you think, can affect your feelings and physical responses so much that you’ll believe what your body is telling you is real? Hunger pangs are often more likely to be linked to your emotions than a physical need for food. Changing your emotions is

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tough, but challenging the thoughts that drive them is easier, and that’s where cognitive behavioural therapy or ‘CBT’ comes in.

CBT can help you work out which thoughts result in you looking in the fridge – boredom, stress, anger, unhappiness, frustration – and understanding this is likely to influence your weight loss success. CBT is a practical and effective way to feel better and think better. Another counselling technique which can help you to understand why you

have weight problems is transactional analysis, or ‘TA’, which explores how you have developed and how this affects the way you behave – allowing you to understand the roots of your behaviour and where necessary, change it. Both techniques will help you examine behaviour that you have always taken for granted; behaviour that in the past may have prevented you from being the person you want to be – and can be.

Below are my Top 5 Tips on how to control emotional overeating:


Think about whether you are truly hungry. Stop and ask yourself ‘What am I really hungry for?’, ‘How could I satisfy this feeling without food?’


Consider your motivation for eating. Are you eating to fill in time or because you are bored or tired? Ask yourself ‘How could I find something satisfying to do?’, ‘What do I really enjoy doing?’


Go for a walk or take some exercise. As well as exercise being known to reduce hunger levels by affecting hunger hormones, it also provides a constructive means of spending time alone.


Keep a food and mood diary. Keeping note of what you eat each day and the mood you are in when you eat may help you to identify some trends.


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Being Adventurous with Sustainable Seafood

The price of fish and seafood has increased significantly over the last decade or so and this is largely due to overfishing.


he high consumption of this precious commodity has resulted in a surge in prices, but at more than a cost to the consumer. Our insatiable appetite for fish and seafood has had a profound impact on global fisheries, to the extent that many species are endangered.

Sustainability is a topic that has received much public attention, driven largely by Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall’s ‘Fish Fight’ against discards. Nigel Brady Brady’s Fish & Seafood Market Stoneygate


Ensuring a healthy fish population in our seas to breed and repopulate is the essence of sustainability. Cod, haddock, salmon, prawns and tuna are the top five sellers in the UK and a substantial burden has been placed on these stocks, resulting in the need for aquaculture. Using alternatives such as coley, whiting, hake, mackerel, grey mullet and dabs helps to alleviate this burden. These alternatives are sustainable and in a lot of cases, offer a more affordable option. It is in everybody’s interest to source ethically, from fishermen right down the chain of custody and

ultimately to the consumer. Being an island nation, we are spoilt for choice of fish and seafood in the UK. So go on, try something different! Zoe and Nigel Brady are seafood enthusiasts and are the owners of Brady’s Fish & Seafood Market on Allandale Road, Leicester, LE2 2DA. Please contact us on for further tips and information.

Here are two really quick and simple recipes for you to try using sustainable fish.

Recipes: Grilled Whiting with Caper Butter n Blend 2 tbsp of capers,

lemon zest of 1 lemon and some butter in a food processor until smooth. n Brush 2 whiting fillets with this butter mix and grill for 4-5 mins. n Season and serve with a green salad.

Fried Hake in Oregano and Chilli Breadcrumbs n Add a freshly ground

bird’s-eye chilli, 1 tbsp of dried oregano and some salt and pepper to 100g of breadcrumbs. n Take 2 hake steaks (on the bone), dip into two beaten eggs mix, then into flour and then into the breadcrumb mix. n Shallow fry for about 9 or 10 mins (4 or 5 mins each side) and serve with crushed potatoes and alioli.

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NIGEL & ZOE WOULD FIRSTLY LIKE TO THANK OUR REGULARS FOR SUPPORTING US THIS FAR. We would also like to further invite new customers to come and visit the shop on Allandale Road and sample some of the great produce available. There is now a more varied range of fresh fish on the wet fish counter, plus we are taking orders (with 24-48 hours notice depending on request and subject to availability) from our customers, for those special occasions and particular recipes. Our ready m ad are ever incr e dishes and the ‘The easing Fish Pie’ no House puff pastry w with is fast becomtopping with our custing a hit omers.

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0116 254 5376 ‘Christmas gift ideas available Mid November include Paella and Sushi Kits for two, Paella cooking rings, Luxury Hampers including the Finest Champagne, Organic Smoked Salmon. Homemade potted goodies and more!’

8 Allandale Road, Stoneygate, Leicester LE2 2DA Telephone: 01163 198363 Email: Website:

Opening Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 12.00 to 14.00 Dinner Mon-Sat 17.30 to 23.00 SIGNOR PANZA 161 LONDON ROAD, LEICESTER, LE2 1EG WWW.SIGNORPANZARESTAURANT.COM SIGNORPANZA@YAHOO.CO.UK 23


LITTLE APPLE STRUDEL PUDDING following my reference to tHem in last montH’s article on ‘leftoVers’, i HaVe been asked to share my reCipe for little apple strudel puddiNgs.

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o this Christmas, don’t discard the uneaten Christmas pud but utilise these ready prepared ingredients to transform the ordinary eating apple into a scrumptious dessert. transform tHe ordinary eating aPPle into a sCrumptious dessert.

Lucy Cufflin Lucy’s Food Shop Stoneygate Please feel free to contact me at :

Apple Strudel


n Using an apple corer

remove the apple cores –

oven temperature: 375f/190c use the corer a couple of Cooking time: 30 minutes times to make the central preparation time: 10-15 minutes hole larger. serves: 4 n In a bowl mix the left

Ingredients: 4 small eating apples – peeled 6 dessert spoons of left over Christmas pudding Good pinch cinnamon 1 tablespoon brown sugar Extra glug brandy or calvados 50g butter – melted 8 small or 4 large sheets of filo pastry


over pudding with a little extra alcohol, cinnamon and brown sugar. n Push this mixture into the hole in the apples. n Lay a sheet of filo on a clean work surface and brush with butter. Lay second small sheet on top or fold over the large sheet and put the apple in the

middle. Bring the sides of the filo up to make a little parcel and brush all over with butter. n Bake uncovered for 30 minutes and serve dusted with a little icing sugar


n This is fabulous with

brandy butter or ice cream.

n You don’t have to

serve this straight after Christmas. Freeze the leftover Christmas pudding and serve instead to friends on a cold wintery January night. Delicious!

Two for One at Firenze

Shop, cook and eat with us! Calling all full time workers: Shop open until 7pm every Thursday in December with tastings on each evening so call in and see us on the way home from work.


Lucy's Food shop will stay open until lunchtime on December 24th for last minute foodie Christmas treats so stock up with our perfect meals for the festive season Our Shop will re-open 30th & 31st December so order ahead for our New Year special dinner bundle or party food.

New in stock! Charnwood chilli jam & our own apple chutney plus new handmade low fat and gluten free meals. 'we make you bake' - we make the mixture, you bake it at home. Brownies or lemon drizzle cake - no fuss

Telephone: 0116 270 0885 or Visit Our Shop: 6 Francis Street, Stoneygate, Leicester For latest news, updates and links to videos check out our Facebook page at /lucysfood.

Available Tuesday to Thursday evenings and Tuesday to Saturday lunches until Saturday 3rd December. Two for one offer based on choosing 2 courses from our main menu and ordered alongside a main course. Please present this ad to claim offer.

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Top 10 Toys for Christmas 2011

Dominoes Toys of Leicester has recently released their predictions for the Top 10 Toys this Christmas. They guarantee that these fantastic toys will be appearing on letters to Santa across the country! That being the case, parents might want to shop early, as they are likely to be the sell out successes for Christmas 2011.


The Barbie Puppy Water Park

from Mattel is the next biggest Barbie addition and follows on from the hugely successful Puppy Swim School which was a winner for Christmas 2010. Price £27.99

Let’s Rock Elmo from

Hasbro, a favourite Sesame Street Character aimed at Toddlers & Pre-School children. Its interactive musical features include tambourine, drums & microphone which Elmo plays as he sings along with you.

Price £68.99

The Nerf Vortex Nitron Gun

also by Hasbro, is the biggest and baddest in Nerf blaster technology, loaded with a hi-tech light-up tracking scope and a removable ammo clip for up to 20 pieces. This awesome fully-automatic blaster is perfect for action-seeking youngsters aged eight and up. Price £43.99


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Sylvanian Families – Oakwood Manor Value Set £99.99 Fijit Interactive Friends £56.99 Moshi Monsters Talking Plush from £16.99 Furreal Friends - Cookie My Playful Pup NOW £49.99 Barbie Puppy Water Park £27.99 Let’s Rock Elmo £68.99 NERF – Vortex Nitron Blaster £43.99 LEGO Ninjago – Garmadon’s Dark Fortress Special Price £37.99 Bop-it XT NOW £19.99 Transformers –Ultimate Optimus Prime £89.99

3 Moshi Monsters who are


launching a cool range of Talking Plush Monsters, Transformers – Ultimate Optimus Prime and the latest cute & Interactive family friends – the Fijits, which can talk dance and move in response to your own conversation and movement.


sylvaNiaN families oakwood manor Step into the

wonderful world of Sylvanian Families and meet all the charming collectable characters! Because they are all so different, you’re sure to have great fun getting to know them and their very own special ways.

price £99.99


Imagine the look of happiness on your child’s or grandchild’s face when they receive their very own personalised letter from Father Christmas. As well as a personalised letter, they will receive a Christmas card, certificate for being good throughout the year and a festive colouring-in scene. This is all delivered in a festive envelope just before Christmas.



£4.99 PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY. Please make your cheque/postal order payable to ‘Roxi Greetings’ and return this form to: Roxi Greetings, PO BOX 1232, PETERBOROUGH, PE2 2JW. Only £4.99 for each child’s letter pack.


Child’s full name: ................................................................ ............................................................................................... Address:................................................................................. ............................................................................................... .................................................Post Code: ........................... Second Child’s full name:................................................... ............................................................................................... Address:................................................................................. ............................................................................................... ..................................................Post Code: ..........................

10 all of these toys are available NoW at dominoes

toys High street leicester and don’t miss the opportunity to snap one up before they sell out!

Note: all prices correct at the time of going to press.

Sender’s details Full name:............................................................................ ............................................................................................... Address:................................................................................. ............................................................................................... .............................................................................................. ............................................................................................... Post Code: ................................Tel: ..................................... Please continue on a separate sheet & attach if required.

ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 15th 2011. Orders will be dispatched between 10-15th December.

Alternatively, you can order online at using the reference number.

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Christmas Lights Switch On - 20th November

What’s on in leicester DECEMBER 2011 Omid Djalili

Saturday 19th November De Montfort Hall Tickets from £19 Multi award-winning stand up television and movie star, Omid Djalili is back on tour with his brand new comedy show. A firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival with his legendary performances, Omid’s stand-up awards include Time Out Award for Best Stand Up, an EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy) and nominations for the South Bank and Perrier Awards.

Ancient Egypt Society Lecture

Saturday 19th November New Walk Museum Tickets £3.50 (non-members)

28 The New Walk Museum hosts lecture for the Leicestershire Ancient Egypt Society. The lecture ‘Secrets Still Under the Sand: The Geophysical Mapping of Saqqara’ is given by Campbell Price of the University of Liverpool.

Sculpture: Drawing in Space

Saturday 19th November Richard Attenborough Centre £38 (concessions available) An introduction to sculpture and contemporary 20th century art. Illustrated talks and hands-on making, using a variety of materials including wire and plaster.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Sunday 20th November Town Hall Square Free Event A magical event for all the family, culminating in the Christmas Lights switch-on ceremony in the Town Hall Square.

The Blue Ball with Talulah Blue

Friday 25th November The City Rooms, Tickets £22 specialevents The enchanting Georgian City Rooms plays host to a sensational line up of international burlesque dancers, poised to indulge you in an unforgettable show of vintage glamour and decadent cabaret.

Advent Calendar Workshop Saturday 26th November Abbey Pumping Station Activities £4.50 museums

One for the children. Make your own fantastic advent calendar that can be used year after year and become part of your family’s Christmas traditions. Suitable for years 7+. Pre booking essential.

Christmas Craft fair

saturday 3rd & sunday 4th december the guildhall adults £1, children free museums Treat yourself to an alternative Christmas shopping experience in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Guildhall. Many exciting and original stalls selling handmade arts and crafts. Buy unique and special gifts for your friends and family.

Christmas Farmers’ Market

Christmas farmers’ marKet


Four Seasons by Candlelight

life draWiNg masterClass

saturday 26th november richard attenborough centre £38 (concessions available) Push the boundaries of life drawing to produce expressive works of art. For those who wish to take their skills to the next level. Suitable for years 16+.

LOROS Carol Service

Cop Christmas serviCe

monday 28th november leicester cathedral, free event www.cathedral.leicester. A service of readings and carols performed by children from local schools, taking part in the Cathedral’s Chorister Outreach Project.

festive foliage

wednesday 30th november belgrave Hall activities £15 Be inspired by the beautiful setting of Belgrave Hall and make your own unique Christmas wreath. All tuition and materials provided and includes mulled wine and mince pies. Pre booking essential.

sNoW White

thursday 1st to sunday 4th december the y theatre adults £8, children £6.50 This year Braunstone and Wycliffe Operatic Society, celebrates 21 years of panto at the Y Theatre. The ever popular tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is sure to provide plenty of fun for all the family.

four seasoNs by CaNdlelight

thursday 1st december de montfort Hall tickets from £17 A sublime evening of baroque classics crowned with Vivaldi’s masterpiece The Four Seasons, performed in an evocative candle-lit style setting.

thursday 8th december gallowtree gate free event Indulge in wonderful Christmas treats and eats at the city centre FARMA accredited Farmers’ Market. Christmas puddings, Melton Mowbray pork pies, handmade chocolates and loads more.

loros Carol serviCe

monday 5th december www.cathedral.leicester. ticket Price £10 Carol service in aid of LOROS, with music performed by local choirs and musicians. Ticket price includes seasonal refreshments.


Arts & ENTERTAINMENT protagonist, troubled ex-soldier Richard Gaunt, sets off on this unlikely trek and ends up bungled into the back of a van on the M1. That topics including post-traumatic stress disorder and forced marriage plus an unlikely suicide bomber and a personal history of growing up in Afghanistan are all woven into the over-arching tale is at least intriguing, making More Than You it a decent reading-group Can Say by Paul Torday discussion book. What is published in paperback on the paperback will also 27th October by Orion, £7.99. provide this gift-giving season, is the solution to f you ever find what to buy for men as a yourself the subject stocking-filler. That it’s by of a bet challenging the author of the hugely you to walk from London to Oxford in time for lunch popular Salmon Fishing in The Yemen will also stand the next day following a it in good stead. particularly unsuccessful game of poker, then More Than You Can Say will be Available from The Bookshop, an interesting story with Kibworth | 0116 2791121 | which to compare your experience. The book’s



The stunningly choreography is the work of Caverliere Giuseppe Arena.


Peter Pan on Ice

De Montfort Hall - 19th to 31st December Tickets from £19.50 Box Office: 0116 233 3111


Film Review

and Connie’s relationship goes from strength to Showing Fri 4 - Thu 17 Nov. strength it is put into sharp contrast their friends’ hilip Seymour crumbling marriage. Hoffman’s directorial This is an emotional and debut is the story ambitious film with most, if of Jack, a forty not all, of the story resting something limo driver on the shoulders of four lost in his life, with two characters. It is fortunate, friends and a passion for then, that Hoffman knows reggae music. His two exactly how to draw friends are married couple out some sensational Clyde and Lucy and they performances from his cast decide enough is enough, leaving the story believable what he needs is a good and inviting. woman. Lucy sets Jack up with Connie, a mortician’s Phoenix Square assistant with the tendency | Box Office: 0116 242 2800 | to talk too much. As Jack

Jack Goes Boating



spectacular adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s famous story of the boy who never grew up hits De Montfort Hall this Christmas, when the world renowned Russian Ice Stars perform Peter Pan on Ice. Mysterious lands filled with pirates, Indians and ticking crocodiles, will transport the audience back in time to a wonderful world of make-believe. Unique touches, such as penny farthings being ridden across the ice as the curtain opens paves the way for this fast moving production. See your favourite characters including Peter Pan,

Wendy, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook, spring to life against a backdrop of fire, Indian drumming, and incredible scenery changes from Wendy’s bedroom through to Hook’s secret hideout. The stunningly choreography is the work of Caverliere Giuseppe Arena, who was responsible for the opening ceremony of Turin’s 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

All in all a fantastic production of the book that has inspired generations of theatregoers.

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The New Bentley Continental GTC Revealed Bentley Leicester celebrated the launch of the new Bentley Continental GTC at a special ‘Evening of Champagne and Art’ on Thursday 6th October at its showroom at Watermead Business Park, in Syston. The new Bentley Continental GTC was unveiled with a ‘Field of Light’ display designed by world renowned light sculptor Bruce Munro, to highlight its new lines and shape. The new model has been sharpened,

refined and rethought in every detail and the result is a convertible sports car that offers supercar levels of performance together with the luxurious accommodation for up to four people. “Bentley has been making iconic open top tourers for over 90 years and the new Continental GTC is a real showcase of Bentley design for the Continental range, taking open top driving to a new level,” commented Sally Brooks, Marketing Manager at Bentley Leicester.

The Bentley Continental GTC features a W12 engine producing 567bhp, with maximum torque of 700Nm available from just 1700rpm for effortless power at the flex of the driver’s right foot. It accelerates from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 195mph. To mark the launch, Bentley specially commissioned six paintings to reflect the styling of the new GTC and all proceeds from the evening were donated to the charity Help the Heroes.




What to see & do

sitUated on tHe moskVa riVer, moscow tHe caPital of rUssia contains many reminders of its imPerial and soViet Past, coUPled witH an edgy and dynamic contemPorary cUltUre.


n this month’s Urban Fox, we give you a preview of just some of the things to see and do during a short break to one of europe’s most notorious cities.

red square

Recognised as a UNeSCO World Heritage Site in 1990, Red Square is a symbol of Russia’s turbulent and intriguing past and is the heart and soul of Russia. A great place to start your tour of the city, the buildings surrounding the Square are all of historical significance. Highlights include Lenin’s Mausoleum containing the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union; the elaborate brightly-domed 16th Century Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the palaces and cathedrals


of the Kremlin. Allow a minimum of a full day for Red Square and The Kremlin.

the KremliN

Built as a fortress, the Moscow Kremlin is the best known of Russian citadels and includes 4 palaces, 4 cathedrals and the enclosing wall and towers. The red walls are a total of 2,205m long, between 3.5m and 6.5m thick, and range from 5m to 19m in height. Lining the walls are no less than 20 separate defensive towers, each with its own name, distinctive features, and history. A mixture of lavish opulence and austere secrecy, the Kremlin remains as alluring and enigmatic as ever. Two thirds of the citadel territory are closed to visitors, but the remaining third contains enough

treasures to occupy several days of sightseeing.

the pushKiN fiNe arts museum

Opened in 1912, the Pushkin Museum is the largest museum of european art in Moscow. It is similar to the British Museum in London in that its rooms offer a cross-section of world civilisations; however, it also hosts famous paintings from every major Western era of art including works by Monet, Cezanne and Picasso. Go early to avoid the crowds.

gorKy parK

After an exhausting day of sightseeing why not re-energize and relax in the natural beauty of Gorky Park, situated in the south-west of the city. It boasts a 2000-seat German

beer hall, sports facilities, children’s play areas and a fun fair, as well as one of the test units from the aborted 1980s Buran space shuttle programme. In the winter the pond freezes over and is used as a giant ice skating rink.


Located in Moscow’s very own Meatpacking District, this one-time factory now houses a series of galleries, the ‘concept’ store Cara & Co (featuring Belgian and Australian clothing designers), a trendy café, as well as an array of household items. Popular with western celebrities visiting Moscow, this is where to go for fashion shows, art openings and sightings of the city’s most rich and notorious.

Where to stay: Budget v Luxury price guide £££ - £300+ per night ££ - £150 - £299 per night £ - £149 or less per night



Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya

The Ritz-Carlton


Situated in one of the Seven Sisters one of the city’s famous Stalin Towers and offering easy transport links to the city’s main attractions.

Close to the famous Red Square, the Kremlin and other main attractions.


An elaborate combination of Russian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Impressive historical interior, which feels like a 1950s movie set.

The polished dark cherry wood and marble décor exude understated elegance with a 19th century feel.


A range of spacious, contemporary rooms and suites, some offering panoramic views of the city. Facilities include wi-fi and 32” LCD TV.

Reported to offer 334 of the largest guest rooms and suites in the city. Facilities include feather beds, rain showers, honesty bar & turn down service.

Wining & Dining

The menu in the gothic style Janus Restaurant is inspired by traditional Russian cuisine and accompanied by a fine selection of wines.

If cocktails and sushi are your thing, head for the O2 Lounge with stunning views of Red Square. For more traditional tastes, the Russian Table in Caviarterra offers caviar, borsch & Chicken Kiev.

Its marble columns, bronze statues and sparkling chandeliers make the lobby a great spot to have a drink and soak up the historical ambience.

The hotels ESPA spa is a haven of relaxation after a busy day sightseeing.


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loros wedding fayre On Saturday 1st October, the Malt House Suite in Syston played host to a wedding fayre and bridal show. The event jointly organised by the One Stop Wedding Shop, Queniborough and Reef Hairdressing, Syston was held in aid of local charity LOROS.

The evening comprised of a fashion show, showcasing all the latest bridal styles and a selection of wedding specialists were on hand to offer their expertise on a range of bespoke wedding goods and services from hair styling, beauty treatments and flowers, to cakes, chair coverings and photography. There was also an auction in which lucky brides-to-be, bid to win everything from dresses, singers and a pre-wedding photo- shoot to a hog roast! The evening was a resounding success, raising £2,041 for LOROS. Event organisers Tracey Pegg of One Stop Wedding Shop and Kayleigh Langton from Reef Hairdressing were delighted that their efforts had paid off. Nancy Taylor, LOROS Fundraiser, was thrilled to attend the event and was very impressed with all the hard work that had gone into it. LOROS looks after 2,500 patients and their families free to the local community.

For more details on the suppliers at the event please go to For more information about the work of LOROS visit


Local organisations benefit from local Society Loughborough Building Society and its Community Awards programme have given over £60,000 since the programme launched 6 years ago, supporting many different types of community projects within the East Midlands. This year alone, the Society has supported 24 projects including local sports teams, volunteer groups, play groups, local rescue and response organisations and many more. The programme is aimed at community groups that want to carry out a project that will benefit the community or improve the service they currently provide their community. Gary Brebner, Chief Executive Officer of Loughborough Building Society says “As a local, mutual building society, we are aware that we are spending our member’s money. Putting their money back into their communities shows our commitment to providing community support in our operating areas.” The Loughborough has recently awarded £500 to Leicestershire 4x4 Fire and Rescue Response for them to purchase protective equipment and gazebo for event days. Simon Dale, Chairman of the organisation said, “The money has helped us on rescues and at outdoor events and we are looking at expanding into nearby counties such as Warwickshire and Northamptonshire”. The Loughborough encourages applications and application packs can be downloaded from or sent upon request by calling The Loughborough on 01509 610707.

images courtesy of: dean Hartwell Photography


katy steventon,the High sheriff, kirstie Parker lady gretton, michael allen (warning zone)

david fothergill, tony robson, rob fothergill, gursharan thandi Hayley tarrington, sarah wyatt, derrick fothergill

THe high Sheriff OF LeICeSTeRSHIRe’S CHARITY eVeNT on satUrday 1st october, local dignitaries and bUsinesses gatHered at PlUg interiors, st margaret’s way, for tHe HigH sHeriff of leicestersHire’s Charity eveNt iN aid of WarNiNg ZoNe. Warning Zone is a flagship project of Leicestershire & Rutland Crimebeat, teaching 10 and 11 year olds about the impacts of criminal activity through a series of interactive and credible scenarios in which they can learn about risk, peer pressure, anti-social behaviour and personal responsibility. Guests were treated to a relaxing evening of food, wine and entertainment, including wine tasting courtesy of Majestic Wines, live jazz music from the Hiss and Boo Band, hand & shoulder massages by Sole to Soul and a charity auction presided over by BBC Leicester Radio’s Kamlesh Purohit.

Speaking before the event Tony Robson, Founder of Plug Interiors said “What a fantastic charity to support – especially in light of the sad events of the summer – lets show our young people that we believe in them and that we want to provide opportunities of support and help them to flourish in their lives, without exception.” The evening was a triumph raising £2000 for the charity. Commenting on the success of the event High Sheriff Resham Singh Sandhu MBe DL said “I was especially happy to see that Warning Zone was brought to the attention of a cross-section of people from all walks of life. The hospitality of our hosts – the Plug team – was beyond compare and everybody had a marvellous time. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening!” for more information about warning zone please visit

cllr david beaty, sally beaty, cllr nigel smith, cllr alison smith

amalie lyneborg & sarah cahillane mr kishan rahal, Jitesh singla, the High sheriff , His wife surinder, surjit singla, suky chahal, bobbie chahal

mr. minas, mr. walia and kamlesh Purohit.




if yoU like tHe weatHered and distressed look oVer new and glossy, tHen consider adoptiNg viNtage desigN for yoUr room. Vintage style reVolVes aroUnd styles from seVeral eras and giVes way to an eclectic look.


intage decorating is fun to do and with this approach, you have the exceptional opportunity to explore thrift stores and markets to find pieces that raise the vintage feel. Vintage decoration amalgamates perfectly with numerous decorating schemes, including French country, Tuscan, Farmhouse, bohemian modern, vintage modern and shabby chic. Vintage can also be carefully mixed with more contemporary pieces to create a unique look and feel, that’s personal to your home.

Here are some great tiPs to HelP yoU create a viNtage sCheme in yoUr room: n Choose muted and

pastel, period colours for walls. n Patterned wallpaper is n a really good way to get an authentic vintage interior design look. n Mix patterns and styles i.e. choose flowers of all different sizes, all in the same colour theme. n Use lighting to highlight n vintage design features and invest in some dimmer switches to

Style Tip


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arabella aNtique rose CushioNs, £38,


create the right mood. A wrought iron chandelier provides great style to a room or candles in the hallway or above the fireplace will impart dramatic lighting effects to the room. Make use of vintage storage containers. These boxes can be used to hold prized possessions and books as well as being decorative items in their own right. When mixing furniture periods, create some surprises. Use retro fabrics on contemporary pieces and very modern fabrics on vintage furniture and antiques. Paint items of furniture to go with your room. Try giving the pieces a distressed look, by rubbing wax over corners and edges before you start. Then apply the paint (in thin coats), and when dry, rub with a little sandpaper or wire wool, over the waxed areas, so that a little of the wood shows through. Invest in mismatched old frames and add new photographs of family and friends. Create a feature wall by hanging them all together – or

mix them with new frames and pictures on the same wall. n Get the balance right. Add some vintage cushions to a new sofa or vice versa. This is perfect for adding a colourful splash of nostalgia. n Vintage and contemporary style works really well on the dining table. Mix new plates with teacups for serving desserts and spruce up a new crisp tablecloth with quirky vintage napkins.

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KiaNNa ChaNdelier, £189,

Kirstie allsopp Wallpaper, £19.98,

sCarlet posey diNNer plate, £7,



tHere are some faNtastiC iNterior stores oNliNe aNd oN the high street tHat offer clean lines and classic sHaPes and coloUrs wHicH HaVe more tHan a nod of nostalgia to tHem. so wHat are yoU waiting for…?

blue & gold CaNdelabra, £55,

f&f home diamaNte frames, from £10,

fayeNCe Chair, £179,

aqua mariNe 3 draWer Chest, £399, floral teapot, £10,




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if i was to ask yoU wHat Part of yoUr garden brings yoU the most eNJoymeNt, i woUld gUess tHat yoUr answer woUld not be tHe lawn.


ut this is the space where often we have the most fun and create the fondest memories. Whether it’s playing sport with the family, entertaining friends or simply lying on during a hot summer’s day, it’s the part of the garden that we underrate and frequently take for granted. Yet despite abusing and neglecting our lawns, we all want one which is green and perfectly manicured. The problem is that’s rarely what we end up getting. When I talk about neglecting our lawns, I do not mean to sound condescending. No doubt

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it probably gets a regular mow and edge, but lawns need a little more work than that to keep them looking lush and green. The good news is that autumn is the perfect time to give your lawn some much needed TLC.

firstly start by addressing areas of tHe lawn tHat don’t grow well. one common caUse is oVerHanging trees wHicH take ligHt and moistUre from tHe tUrf directly UnderneatH tHem. If you have this problem, either carefully prune the tree in question to increase light levels or alternatively remove the turf and replace with some ground cover plants. This will make the world of

difference to the look of your garden as instead of the customary brown patch you will have a lovely new green area of ground cover. Once you have dealt with the areas of lawn that don’t grow well, give the remainder some ‘aeration’. There are different methods of aeration but the simplest is to take a fork and drive it into the turf at equal distances. Years of walking on the turf compacts the ground and will result in the turf roots struggling for air and also water, as compacted lawns can water log quite badly. Aeration will help both these problems.

tHe next steP is to ‘feed’ tHe lawn. lawns are best seeded in tHe aUtUmn or sPring as tHis is wHen tHe seed germinates best. Choose an autumn feed over a spring feed, as it will help bed the lawn in for winter. Also look at ‘scarifying’ to remove any moss and then top dress with a little top soil and seed if necessary.

tip: lawn seed is a cheap and effective way of addressing bare patches or extending the lawn area.

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tHe news on tHe ProPerty market is mixed at best. tHe VarioUs newsPaPers will QUote all sorts of statistics aboUt the state of the eCoNomy aNd property priCes.


ven local areas that are bucking the trend seem to get lost in the downbeat reporting of the property market. So where is the good news? The residential lettings market is stronger than it has ever been. Demand continues to soar for rental properties across the county and at all levels of the market. To a greater extent, it is the poor supply of properties for sale, relatively limited availability of mortgage finance for key groups of prospective purchasers and a perception amongst many that ‘now might not be a good time to buy’, that has driven would be purchasers to

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rent. Some are letting as an interim measure while they continue to search for their suitable purchase; others consider renting as a longer term option allowing them to afford a more desirable area or providing more space than their mortgage affordability might dictate.

oPPortUnities for purChasers The flexibility offered by the rental sector is in fact a huge strength. It is allowing purchasers to make the best of a slower moving sales market at present, meaning they can be far more responsive, moving from a tenancy as opposed to getting caught in a lengthy and complicated chain.

some tenants are also finding tHat tHeir rental ProPerties are in fact aVailable for sale. Not many people get to road test a home before making a purchase but this is clearly an opportunity that is working out in the current climate.

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Now is a good time to be a Landlord; rents are at an all time high and so is tenant demand. Government assistance is

encouraging people to rent and as a result, one and two bedroom apartments are popular all over the city as short and long term dwellings as well as flat shares. elsewhere families are renting in popular suburbs and therefore three and four bedroom semidetached and detached homes are increasingly sought after.

tHe corPorate rental market is anotHer area wHere demand is rising as bUsinesses’ accommodation bUdgets are sUPPorting HigH end lettings and large execUtiVe Homes. All of these factors combined with the competitive pricing of buy-

NoW is a good time to be a landlord; rents are at an all time HigH and so is tenant demand. to-let opportunities, make this an exciting time for property investors. Property yields are returning well in excess of bonds and equities at present and those looking for investments have the ideal chance for long term capital growth. The people making the best of property at the moment, whether a buyer, seller or investor are those who are taking advantage of a consistently busy lettings market which shows no sign of slowing down for some time to come.



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in my exPerience tHe standard of record keePing in small bUsinesses Has deteriorated oVer tHe years, With maNy busiNess oWNers tryiNg to maiNtaiN their oWN reCords but With little suCCess.


o what is ‘good’ record keeping according to HMRC? They have been quoted as saying: “An accurate record of business money in and business money out in whatever form…will be all that is needed to fulfil the record keeping obligations that the law requires. Good record keeping is essentially about diligence, not technical ability.” As an ex-tax inspector, I always tell clients that it does not matter where and how they record their

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business transactions as long as it is complete and accurate. With the raft of business and financial software now available, in principle it should be easier but the old adage ‘garbage in, garbage out’ often comes to mind. But why the increased interest in maintaining business records? In a consultation document last December HMRC stated that about 40% of the targeted sector keeps ‘inadequate’ records.

a few montHs later tHey annoUnced a bUsiness records cHeck Programme, designed to reView tHe adeQUacy and accUracy of tHe records kePt by 200,000 small and mediUm sized firms oVer tHe next foUr years. HMRC who has the power to impose a fine of up to £3,000 where they believe there has been “serious record keeping failures” estimates the yield from these checks to be an additional £600 million as a result of more accurate tax returns.


In the first half of this year 1500 small firms have already been visited. So far there has been little or no comment in the professional press but one article suggested that in one case the HMRC officer reviewed the mileage claims by the directors. They had in support of their claims kept fuel receipts and details of the journeys undertaken. That included the date and distance of each journey and the name of the client visited. They were told this was not enough! The officer’s suggestion was that they should buy something from a local shop so the receipt would prove the destination. That was clearly over the top, as there is nothing in the statute that states what diaries or records are required to be kept. I am sure the officer’s conduct would not be appreciated by HMRC Head Office and needless to say the

my adVice is to cHeck witH yoUr accoUntant or an exPerienced tax consUltant. claim which could have amounted to £50,000 was subsequently dropped. My advice is to check with your accountant or an experienced tax consultant to find out what deficiencies there are with your existing records and how you should correct them before HMRC knocks on your door.




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