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IT’S CHRISTMAS! Solooks get the started withlocal your As the new season hitparty the high street, fun and fabulously festive edition of Urban Fox. boutiques and online stores; there’s no better time to celebrate all things fashion and style We’re going all out in the glamour stakes with than in our Retail Therapy edition. dare-to-wear reds, opulent metallics and heels We bring you thelife must-have from the that will breathe into any items partied-out LBD. new season collections, trends in Complete your look withupdates A Bit ofona key Do and Join the Dots and Pleats Please; spring’s camera-ready cosmetics, perfectplus for all those10 best clutch‘elfies’. bags in Clutch Control. I also share Christmas my favourite tries and buys for SS14 in On theList home front, we’re decking the halls, Wish (p15). doors and basically anything that doesn’t move with our pick of 2016 Christmas trends. As consumers we waste hundreds of pounds over our lifetime buying the wrong So put on the glitz with boas and baubles, conjure up chalet-chic with a Nordic Noel products for our hair, so Jon Levy, Artistic Director at Toni & Guy comes to our rescue or simply accessorise with one of our must-have festive wreaths. And we’re also giving with 4 Steps to Perfect Hair. We also check out this season’s catwalk makeup trends, to the turkey a run for its money, with our thunder-stealing signature table settings. help you transform your new season look. Which one will you choose? If fashion is your passion, don’t miss out on our interview with revolutionary designer The turkey also takes a back seat in the kitchen,down as wedesign go crazy over and cosmos Zandra Rhodes who talks to us about breaking barriers whyand the canapés - after all Christmas is for sharing. Can’t Won’t Cook,And pullever yourwondered head out government should show more support to the UKCook, fashion industry. of theitoven blag your way through Christmas Day with all ourin15 Christmas Cheats… what takesand to become a personal stylist? Tina Lock reveals this month’s My Way. Shh we won’t tell. And while everyone knows that all calories consumed at this time of Finally bag yourself one of our exclusive reader offers courtesy of Lands’ End, year are neither judged, nor counted, Rebecca Watts tells us how to cut calories and T.M.Eat, Lewin, Clarins more. There’s never been a better excuse to shop, shop, shop! still Drink & Beand Merry!


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Until next time, If like me you’ve not yet started your gift shopping, don’t panic, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up! Check out our gift pages, packed with stylish, desirable and entertaining gift ideas from all your favourite local, online and high-street stores. But if you’re already counting the cost of Christmas, we show you how to enjoy the festivities without the financial hangover in 12 Saves of Christmas.

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approach to Famed for her wonderfully colourful Rhodes design, English queen of textiles Zandra discusses her involvement in the industry


hen asked to picture a figurehead of the British fashion design world, the vivacious fuchsia-haired Zandra Rhodes promptly comes to mind. So it’s a privilege to meet the ‘Princess of Punk’ in her bright, quirky and altogether penthouse. Awarded London fabulous a Commander of the British Empire for her efforts in the fashion industry, the designer has permanently printed of her mark on the international world textiles.


her garments procured by buyers Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus and Saks, Zandra has since become the enigmatic textile designer of her age.

At 73, Rhodes has never been one to shy away from bold prints and iconic patterns. Rewind half a century to the late 1960s and a youthful Zandra’s vibrant designs were considered a little left-field. Unperturbed, the designer made dresses from her own fabrics, embedding printed textiles within her craft. “One of my first struggles was the fact that I was a textile designer,” she explains if with a laugh. “People would say that you’re a textile designer then you can’t a make dresses. So I suppose that was revolution.” an This revolution, in bringing together eye for both design and production, secured Rhodes’ assimilation into the fashion world. In 1967 she opened The Fulham Road Clothes Shop, in London. Just two years on she’d taken her designs Vreeland Diana where to New York featured them in American Vogue. With

easy That isn’t to say that fashion was an industry to crack. Did being a woman have anything to do with it? “Oh yes. I think women have a harder go road all round, in whatever field they into. The only thing I would say is not to make it any harder for yourself by pointing it out.”

Introduced to the colourful world of at textiles by her mother, Zandra studied Medway College of Art in Kent, before securing a place at London’s The Royal College of Art.

“I do think that being in London at the time that I started, when everyone was But looking toward the UK, was helpful. I don’t think that there’s such an equal that opportunity at present. I don’t think our current government spends enough on promoting fashion when compared to the French government, for example. So therefore, unfortunately, you don’t necessarily reap the benefits.”


California and London, Rhodes has also spent time researching materials further large afield. The designer cites travel as a creative inspiration.


Rhodes shows no signs of slowing down. this The fashionista passed up her seat at of year’s London Fashion Week in favour advocating a women’s health awareness campaign in San Diego. Known for dividing her time between bases in


“I think women 15 have a harder road all round, in whatever field they go into.”

“When travelling you see things, one just thing leads to another thing and it’s fabulous.” That isn’t to say that Zandra has forgone her design industry efforts closer to home. The London Fashion and Textile Museum holds testament to her commitment to British fashion.


Image: Gene Nocon

Founded by Rhodes in 2003 the museum of is dedicated to showcasing the work fashion and textile designers from the 1950s onwards. Does she believe her museum has made ripples in the fashion industry? “I definitely think the Fashion and Textile to Museum has had an impact in regards making the textiles industry more visible,” Darwin Loungecurator museum Chair, Sir she deliberates. “The £405, Bluesuntr of Nicholas Serota recently openedeeone our exhibitions, and he’s been amazingly the complimentary about the difference

museum has made.” Cable Car Wooden designing Bauble,into Having also expanded £2, John Lewis sets and costumes for the San Diego on Opera, America has staked its claim only the English designer. She boasts not deeds to her flagship museum and her penthouse home above it, but also the transatlantic keys to the cities of Miami, Beverly Hills and New Orleans. But this veteran designer won’t be claimed from us so easily. With half a century of service to the UK

fashion industry, her advice to up and coming British designers merges the entrepreneurial with the sage. “Work as hard as you can. Because no hard work gets wasted. And unfortunately you have to work harder and harder to get there right at the beginning.” Debuting years before the majority of were old enough to pronounce ‘haute couture’, it’s safe to say she’s arrived.


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23  Surviving Christmas …and the family came too 25 E  at, drink & be merry 12 ways to cut calories

WINING & DINING 25 Gifts for foodies Treats to tickle their taste buds 29 Let me entertain you Cosmos and canapés

FASHION & BEAUTY 8 S  anta baby Red hot party wear 11 Silver belles Razzle dazzle ‘em 13 Fancy feet Give your LBD the wow factor

45 Birds of a feather Boas and baubles 49 Gifts for home birds Ideas to feather their nests

35 Party planner Hostess with the mostess




52 Nordic noel Create a cosy Xmas hideaway

37 Reviews December’s recommendations

55 All set Make your festive table sparkle

38 Out with the old Jennifer Aniston interview

59 Christmas cheats Tips for stress-free cooking

41 What’s on Entertaining the whole family

63 Deck the halls Fabulously festive wreaths



67 B  lame it on the boogie Curse of the office party

15 Gifts for her Because she’s worth it

69  12 saves of Christmas Avoid the financial hangover

17 Gifts for him Indulge the men in your life


19 A bit of a do Our guide to party-worthy hair

73 Let it snow Cool yule escapes

21 Ever green Spruce up your makeup

74 My way Local spotlight on Ellie Chattaway

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It’s finally here; the presents are all wrapped and under the tree, the house is groaning with food and your family are gathered together. Bliss. Or is it, asks Kirsty France. We all know that Christmas is meant to be family time, but by Boxing Day it can become a bit of a strain. The kids have covered the house in wrapping paper and are playing with the boxes instead of the toys. You’re contemplating giving up on your house altogether and just hiding in the shed. And if you’re staying with your parents you’ve probably turned back into a surly teenager. But it is possible to survive Christmas with your sanity intact (I promise). Just follow my handy hints…

Enjoy the build up

Let’s face it, Christmas Eve is the best thing about Christmas. Everyone’s feeling festive and you can dish up cheese on toast, a mince pie and some Quality Street and still be treated as a domestic goddess. It’s also perfectly acceptable to go to a carol service then head to the pub. The kids will go to bed on time because Santa won’t come until they’re asleep. They might be old enough to suspect that Father Christmas

is actually you, but you can bet they won’t risk it.

Send the boys to the pub

I know, it’s a total cliché - my husband is a better cook than me so I won’t be doing this - but if Christmas Day food prep falls to the women in your family, this is a winner. When I was a kid work didn’t start until the men were out of the way and the women had opened

When I was a kid work didn’t start until the men were out of the way and the women had opened a bottle of something. a bottle of something. Plus if Granny’s three sheets to the wind she won’t notice how much sherry you’re putting in the trifle. Oh, and while you’re at it, send the kids too. If there’s a nearby pub with a play area they can burn off some



energy before lunch and they might even have an afternoon sleep. You won’t be able to hear the Christmas movie over the snoring but it’ll be worth it.

Go for a walk

You might love the idea of a cosy Christmas, cuddled up inside but you still need to go outside at some point. So wrap up warm and head out for a walk. You can still invite the whole family along but if you and your other half walk faster than everyone else you could get some alone time. A good walk clears your head and seeing daylight will boost your mood, plus help work off some of those excess calories…remember those Ferrero Rocher you inhaled?

Entertain the troops

Don’t be afraid to turn on the TV. Even if you only get a kids’ movie it’ll usually be one that the rest of the family can tolerate. Or fall asleep in front of. The only disadvantage is if any of your relatives are a bit deaf. The hard of hearing can need the volume turned up so ear-splittingly loud you could hear it on the moon. And if all else fails, play some games. We had bingo crackers last year and my five year old won most of the prizes. It might seem cheesy but they can be great fun. Most of all, enjoy yourself and have a Happy Christmas! URBAN FOX DECEMBER 2016 23


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BE MERRY Let’s face it Christmas is meant to be celebrated and it’s a well-known fact that calories consumed on C-Day will neither be judged, nor counted. But if you want to avoid a tofu-hugging January it’s probably best not to go overboard says Nutrafit’s Rebecca Watts.


Don’t be too saucy. Gravy, cranberry and bread sauces all add additional calories. Use sparingly or in the case of bread sauce avoid altogether and knock 50 calories off your meal.


Savour your food. Eating more slowly will help you enjoy your food more, eat less and stop you going back for more, saving you up to 100 calories.











In theory a traditional roast is pretty well-balanced and not unhealthy. But at Christmas it’s what comes before and after, plus all those little extras and larger than normal portions, swilled down with wine, that’s the problem. In some cases adding as much as 6,000 calories to your daily intake. So whether you’re cooking a meal at home or eating out this year, here are my top 12 tips to help you cut calories this Christmas… Lay off the alcohol. Well until dinner anyway. Make your pre dinner drink a glass of sparkling water or soda. By delaying the first glass of wine you’ll save 150 calories. Pass on the bread. As tempting as it is, if you can skip this temptation, you can save yourself 100 calories, plus save room for the rest of the meal. Calorie calculations are estimates only

Opt for a light starter. Soup (without the bread) or fish (without the sauce) are both choices which could save you 200 calories. Ditch or share a starter and you’ll save even more. Say no to stuffing. It’s generally made with sausage meat and even a small amount can add 150 calories. If you must have it, opt for a less calorific chestnut alternative instead. Count your little piggies. There’s no denying that pigs-in-blankets are delicious but try to have just one. At 50 calories per little piggy, cutting back can make a difference. Eat plenty of vegetables. We all love a roast potato but if you’re going to indulge stick to just 1 or 2. Fill your plate instead with other vegetables and save over 100 calories.

Keep knocking it back. The water that is. Not only will it help you not overeat but it will also save you 250 calories on those extra alcoholic drinks you’ll avoid. Remember Christmas is for sharing. For some dessert is the hardest to resist. There are healthier choices but let’s face it they don’t taste as good, so opt for sharing one instead. Keep your spirits up. If you are going to indulge in an after dinner drink, stick to white spirits and low kcal mixers. Swap your wine for a vodka, lime & soda and save 50 calories per drink. Be more active. Don't spend the evening sitting and drinking, stand and socialise. And if there’s music do get up and dance. Being more active can burn off over 250 calories. URBAN FOX DECEMBER 2016 25


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Planning on throwing a cocktail party this Christmas? Read our guide to help you create the perfect evening, with tips from what to eat, to how to create a fabulous atmosphere. It’s all in the planning…

It’s a numbers game

Begin planning as early as you can, as people get booked up quickly at this time of year. In terms of numbers calculate how many people your space can accommodate. On average 60% of those invited will show up, increasing to around 75% if you’re inviting only close friends. There will always be last minute cancellations so invite one extra guest for every 10 people that have said they’re coming. And if it’s important to have an equal numbers of men and women, invite more men as they tend to show up less. And should fewer people than expected show up, just put the music on louder and have some extra drinks to hand. If you have an air of defeat, the party will too.

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Buy, make or print your own invitations or keep it simple and use e-Invites. They’re cheaper, easier to send and

enable you to keep track of the RSVPs. ‘Simple Soiree’ is an app that will help you to create guest lists, send out invites by email, receive RSVPs and plan food. It’s a steal at £1.49 and there’s a free ‘lite’ version too. If you’re going down the theme route – kitsch, festive or elegant – and dress code is important, include it on the invitations. Also if you want guests to leave by a certain time, add an end time too. That way you don’t have to put on your PJs and it helps guests avoid that awkward ‘who will leave first’ scenario.

Party in the house

If you’re hosting the party at home, arrange furniture so that guests can move around the room easily. Although most people will mingle, do allow seating for up to 15% of your guests. If your space is small use a large centre table to serve food on, but if you have a large room, use multiple small tables to create mini food stations. This will encourage guests to move around the room more and


not cluster in one area. Lighting helps establish the mood, so avoid unflattering overhead lights and use mood-enhancing candlelight, table and floor lamps instead. Finally music will help your guests relax, so put together a playlist that matches your theme or the atmosphere you want to create.

Eat, drink, be merry

You don’t want your guest to go home hungry so ensure there are sufficient canapés for everyone. Over a 4 hour period (assuming guests will have eaten before they arrive) cater for five or six types of canapés with guests eating one or two of each. On the booze front, on average each guest will drink two drinks in the first hour and one drink each hour after that. Punch bowls are a great way of serving a “welcome” cocktail or opt for a signature drink to fit with your theme. In terms of how much to buy, a 75cl bottle of Champagne serves 6 glasses and allow a bottle of wine per eight people, remembering white is typically more popular than red. Chill bottles at least 2 hours before. Finally don’t feel you have to overachieve – nobody is checking for dirt (although a spotless bathroom is a good idea); if people have a drink in their hand, food to eat, are warm, and there is some music on, you’re doing OK. URBAN FOX DECEMBER 2016 27

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CORONATION CHICKEN POTATO SKINS Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30-40 minutes Makes: 24 Ingredients: 12 small Charlotte potatoes 1 tbsp olive oil 2 x 170g packs essential Waitrose Coronation Chicken Deli Filler 1 red or green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, optional Fresh coriander leaves, to garnish



potato skins with the rest of the oil and sit them cut side up on the baking sheet. Return them to the oven for 10 minutes until golden.

 reheat the oven to P 190˚C, gas mark 5. Rub the potatoes with a little of the oil. Transfer them to a baking sheet and bake for 30–40 minutes, or until tender. Set aside until cool enough to handle.


 alve the potatoes and H scoop out most of the flesh, leaving a thin layer. Brush the inside of the

 eave the skins to cool L for 10 minutes, then fill each one with a little of the coronation chicken. Sprinkle the chilli over the top (if using) and garnish each with a coriander leaf.

SALMON, LEEK & DILL TARTLETS Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 10-15 minutes Makes: 36 Ingredients: 25g unsalted butter 1 leek, thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 170ml tub double cream 1 medium free range egg 213g can Waitrose Wild Red Salmon, drained 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus extra fronds for garnish 2 x 117g packs Waitrose 18 Party Tartlet Cases


 reheat the oven to 190˚C, gas mark P 5. Melt the butter in a small frying pan and add the leek and garlic. Cook over a medium heat for 8–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.


 eat the cream and egg together in B a medium bowl, then fold in the leek mixture along with the salmon and dill. Divide between the tartlet cases.


 the tartlets on 2 large baking sheets Sit and bake for 10–15 minutes, or until the filling is just set. Garnish with dill fronds and serve.


SPARKLING COSMOPOLITAN Serves: 2 Ingredients: 75ml Grey Goose Vodka 1 tbsp orange liqueur Squeeze of fresh lime juice 100ml cranberry juice Sparkling wine Cranberries, to serve

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 tir together the vodka, orange S liqueur, lime and cranberry juice.  our into 2 Champagne flutes P and top up with the sparkling wine. Drop in a few fresh cranberries and serve.

FESTIVE MARTINI Serves: 2 Ingredients: 75ml Grey Goose Vodka 1-2 tsp dark brown Muscovado sugar 2 whole cloves ½ cinnamon stick 2 slices fresh root ginger 5 ice cubes 2 tsp dry vermouth 2 orange peel twists, to serve


 tir together the vodka, sugar, S cloves, cinnamon and fresh ginger in a jug and chill for up to 24 hours until the sugar has dissolved.


 dd the infused vodka to a A shaker along with the ice cubes and the vermouth and shake well together. Strain into 2 small martini glasses and serve each with a twist of orange peel.

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Christmas crankiness may be a mainstay of festive films, but that’s for good reason – setting the seasonal scene with a dose of the grumps has consistently proved effective. In this year’s surefire hit, Office Christmas Party, it’s Jennifer Aniston’s turn to play for those lamentable laughs. “I’m like the Grinch, who wants to steal Christmas away from these hardworking employees who are not doing as good a job as they should be doing,” she says. “I know that I’m right. I just don’t go about it the right way!” In reality, the 47-year-old is irrepressibly breezy and upbeat; something of a miracle considering the beating she has taken from the media over the last decade. Relentless scrutiny of her appearance, pregnancy status and of course relationships would drive a lesser person insane. Even the recent frenzy over her imagined delight at the divorce of ex-husband Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is offensive to a woman who has in her own words ‘worked too hard’ to be reduced to nothing but tabloid fodder. “I consider myself a very optimistic and positive person,” reveals Aniston. “I want to be able to be caring and understanding of the people I love and enjoy their company and spend good time with people. It’s so easy to find things to worry or complain about and I’ve learnt over the years that you don’t need to waste time being negative. You can choose to enjoy your life and not struggle so much.” Returning to her finest comedy form, Aniston plays a tough-minded CEO who is tasked with closing down an ailing branch of her company. She comes up against two hapless employees – including her Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Bateman – who are convinced an epic Christmas bash can save their jobs. “Jason and I have been friends for a long time. He’s one of the sweetest guys I’ve

ever known. We’ve always got along well together,” gushes the star. “I first met him when he was doing a TV show with a friend of mine and I was about 25 and he was in a very different headspace back then, but he was still delightful.” Aniston is hilarious as the uptight CEO and it’s refreshing to see her cut loose having become synonymous with playing the sweet, lovable girl-nextdoor since her breakout role on Friends. “I love exploring different kinds of characters, especially those with flaws or problems that we can all relate to,” she explains. “I also enjoy playing women who are both smart and have a big sense of humour. But I honestly try not to place limits on what I could do.”

so much fun together… It was nice to learn how to sort of relinquish control and let someone really care deeply for you. It’s quite wonderful,” she smiles. The pair met while filming the comedy Wanderlust, but she reveals that love took a little while to blossom. “We just became very good friends, as did everyone on that set. We didn’t start dating until the following summer – after he went through a break-up. All of a

Her recent roles are all the proof we need. In the drama Cake, for example, she gave an Oscar-worthy performance as a woman considering assisted suicide. Aniston was uncharacteristically un-glam in the film and refers to the experience as an ‘extraordinary challenge’. “It was important to me to finally be able to play a character that would allow me to explore much darker and deeper emotions than I’m normally given the chance to express,” she says. “I had started out in this business wanting to do dramas and then of course Friends came along and it took me down another path.” Does she feel resentment that people consistently expect her to be Rachel? “I’m very grateful for that role and to have been part of a show that is still loved today,” she says. “It was a gift for all of us, but Rachel seems like three lifetimes ago. I’m at a point in my life and career where I can say: who cares about my image!” In her private life, Aniston is now markedly more relaxed with her role in the public eye and is content in her relationship with actor Justin Theroux, whom she married last year. “We have

sudden it was like, ‘Well, you’re one of my closest friends,’ and somehow I just saw him in a different light once he was available.” With her easy charm, undeniable talent and hard-working ethos, it seems we can expect plenty more from this gifted actress, but for Aniston her greatest joy is in the small things. “Having a good conversation over a bottle of wine is about as magical an experience as you can have when you’re in the moment and allowing yourself to enjoy things,” she says. “This is the happiest time in my life. It’s pretty extraordinary!” URBAN FOX DECEMBER 2016 39


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Welcome to Uppingham’s own tribute to the Edinburgh Festival – Part 1!

Andy Zaltzman & Mark Cooper-Jones

Our headline act is none other than Ed Gamble (a regular performer at the Edinburgh Fringe) with support from two excellent new stand-up comics, Tommy Rowson and Gareth Richards.

Friday 13th January, 7:30pm

Andy has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British comedy with his unique brand of political satire. In this audience lead show Andy takes audience suggestions for topics to satirise during the show. Hotly tipped as, ‘One to Watch’ (, Mark performs stand-up around the country. With much of his material derived from his past experiences of teaching Geography, Mark (Sir) is an authoritative stand up with a penchant for rules, countries and capitals tests.

Best of the Fest Part1 Friday 25 September at 7.30pm


In yet another farewell tour Baz returns! Having been charged with persistent joking, Baz asks if another 20 shows (at least) can be taken into consideration before sentencing. You are the Judge and Jury – Be merciful to the aged accused – He merely seeks to bring a ray of sunshine amid the dark clouds of life. He’ll be enjoying himself – Do join him.

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Friday 18 September at 7.30pm

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it’s high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement. In this personal selection Jenni Murray draws together the lives of twenty-one women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history, reinvigorating the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.


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Sat 26 Nov - Sat 21 Jan Curve Tickets £10-£45

Grease is the word this Christmas as Nikolai Foster directs Curve’s brand new production of the electrifying, smash hit musical. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life, and find true love once more? So roundup your Burger Palace Boys and pick up your Pink Ladies, for what is set to be the musical event of the year, celebrating the birth of American cool and the incredible pop explosion of the 1950s.

The Nutcracker Thu 8 Dec Cinema De Lux Tickets £15.50

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production with its wondrously growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an army of toy soldiers, mines the colour of Tchaikovsky’s score, retaining exquisite surviving fragments of

The Tempest, 11 Jan, Cinema De Lux

the original Ivanov choreography. Encore performance on 11 Dec.

A Christmas Carol Wed 7 Dec Uppingham Theatre Tickets £10

A Christmas Carol was the first public performance Charles Dickens gave of his own work. He enacted it over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal. “The success was most wonderful and prodigious – perfectly overwhelming and astounding altogether!” he said after the first night. This Christmas, you can experience what it must have been like to be in the audience! European Arts Company is

A Christmas Carol, 7 Dec, Uppingham Theatre


Christmas at the Castle Sat 24 Dec Oakham Castle Tickets from £5

The Woman in Black, 30 Jan - 4 Feb, Curve

faithfully recreating Dickens’ famous performance of his best-loved and most heart-warming story. Go and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future. Performance in support of children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Gilbert (No Sullivan) Fri 16 & Sat 17 Dec Upstairs at the Western Tickets £10

Now immortalised for his partnership with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, Gilbert was, in his own right, a renowned playwright and comic writer and a master of ‘nonsense’ verse. As a regular contributor to Punch and Fun magazines, he produced many fantastic stories with his trademark dark humour, while his uproarious poems known as ‘The Bab Ballads’ have remained almost constantly in print. For the first time, and on the 180th anniversary of his birth, three of his funniest tales take to the stage in this inventive new adaptation by Mitchell & Nixon. Performed by David Mounfield and Brian Mitchell, Gilbert (No Sullivan) is the perfect night out for dedicated ‘Savoyards’ and a great introduction for the uninitiated to one of England’s wittiest writers.

Santa’s coming! Meet him and his reindeer at Oakham Castle and get your Christmas Eve off to a magical start. Meet Santa and the reindeer for £5, and for an additional £2 your child can receive a small gift. Tickets are available in person from the Castle. Book a time slot and avoid the queues, but if you do have a little wait, there are activities to make standing in line fun. The Born to Move project will get you moving and dancing, and watch out for Santa’s elves…they can be naughty! And Christmas isn’t just for children. Enjoy some delicious sweet treats and mulled wine while you listen to musicians playing medieval instruments below the beautiful 10 foot real Norway Spruce. A truly magical traditional feel.

The Tempest

Wed 11 Jan Cinema De Lux Tickets £14.50 On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems. In a unique partnership with Intel, the RSC will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Gilbert (No Sullivan), 16-17 Dec, Upstairs at the Western

Alice and the Mad Hatter! Sun 22 Jan De Montfort Hall Tickets £16

Lewis Carroll's magical world is brought to life in Dance Activate’s creative and colourful music and dance extravaganza. Join Alice and her exciting adventures, as the Mad Hatter transports her into a world of imagination and enchantment that includes a pirouetting red queen, slinky silver caterpillars, toe-tapping beetles, and a truly international tea party…was that Flamenco or Flamingo?! Children and young people of all ages come together to create the most extraordinary cast of characters who will perform, entertain and surprise you in this creative and unusual version of a classic children’s tale! Supporting Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

The Woman in Black Mon 30 Jan - Sat 4 Feb Curve Tickets £13-£28

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep …






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Rival the turkey as the star of the show this Christmas, with these stylish touches designed to make your festive table sparkle. 1 SCANDI

Get creative with a fun Scandi scheme the kids will love. Opt for earthenware, decorated with handpainted motifs – hearts, snowflakes – on felt or woollen placemats for that artisan touch. Shimmering votives and pillar candles create a warm and welcoming ambience.


Red screams “Christmas” but try teaming it with black or navy blue for a more modern aesthetic. Combining dramatic dark tableware with cut glass, crystal and candles, will create elements of light and shade to your contemporary look festive table.

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Bring the outside in with this winter wonderland look, inspired by nature. Think beautiful white crockery, metallic–rimmed glasses, foliage (fake or real) and perhaps a simple silver stag motif. Swap

table crackers for party favours wrapped in recycled brown paper and hessian twine.


Get experimental with monochrome, perfect for a grown-up Christmas. Think crisp white table cloths, porcelain plates with abstract geometric patterns, contemporary candle holders (Lassen, Kartell), with perhaps some Christmas ornaments suspended over the table for dramatic effect.


Choose gold for glamour. Layered up crockery in gleaming gold, metallic glassware and Deco napkin rings, will bring a sense of elegance and luxury to your scheme. Create a centre-piece using golden Christmas ornaments or place an individual bauble at each setting as a name place.


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Christmas dinner is a feast in itself so ditch the starter and save the calories and the extra work. If you can’t resist then keep it simple…and cold – smoked salmon or even a kitsch 70’s prawn cocktail.


Turkey can be tricky to cook and takes up a lot of oven space. A joint of lamb or pork is smaller and can be slow-cooked. You can throw the veg into the same pan which makes it even easier.


If Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a turkey, prepare it the day before. Opting for a turkey crown and cooking stuffing separately will also save time in the oven.


If you can’t fit everything in, cook the turkey first, then remove and cover in tin foil (to rest for up to an hour) while you make a start on the veggies.



Sideline some of the sides. The number of veg and accompaniments is not important, it’s the quality that counts. Concentrate on making just two or three great sides and avoid juggling those pots and pans.


Most veg can be prepared the day before. Peel and trim your carrots and parsnips (keep them in water overnight), and parboil your potatoes so they’re ready to go in the oven the next day.


Make vegetable prep easy. Don't buy Brussels on stalks and swap fresh for vacuum-packed chestnuts. Just pop them in water, and they're ready to go. Think of all the peeling you’ll avoid.


Cook as many vegetables can you can together. Boil peas and carrots in the same saucepan or do a Jamie Oliver style all-in-one roast veg tray of potatoes, carrots and parsnips.


Things can go wrong but don’t panic there’s usually a quick and tasty remedy. If you overcook the sprouts, strain them, pop in the processor with some cream, seasoning and grated nutmeg and Voila! Brussel Sprout Puree.


You don’t have to make everything from scratch, buy in

some things ready-made - gravy, sauces, dessert – no one will know. But do your own roasties as shop-bought ones generally don’t pass muster.


Make a list of everything you need to do - what you need to cook and when everything has to go into the oven. Cross off once completed so you can see at a glance where you are up to.


Avoid the stress of the supermarket and have Christmas lunch brought to your door. Aside from standard online shopping, some services will deliver everything you need, including the cooking instructions.


There is no rule saying you have to do it all yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with peeling veg, laying the table or keeping everyone’s drinks (especially yours) topped up.


Don’t be pressured into an early lunch. Have a substantial breakfast, and leave the main event until 4pm-5pm. You’ll have longer to get things ready and spend more time with the kids and their toys.


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Don’t you just love an Office Christmas Party? You arrive feeling extremely uncomfortable, drink your way through the small talk, before being subjected to Slade, Wizzard and Mariah playing on loop, followed by a clumsy pass from Barry in Accounts. It’s priceless, says Sarah Mettrick. The one bonus of being at home is not having to endure such events anymore (although I would pay to be a fly on the wall). Remembering office parties back in the nineties still brings a smile to my face. How good it is to be safe from the ‘beer fear’ the following morning. Did I really tell Derek he looks oddly attractive in his Hi-Vis works overalls? I blame it on the Archers and Coke not to mention knocking back those Slippery Nipples with the Telesales Team. Oh Lord, I remember climbing on the buffet table and gyrating to Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby, only to get my heel caught in a chicken and mushroom vol-au-vent. Then you try to comfort yourself - It’s OK, Sandra from HR took a photocopy of her backside and faxed it to the Area Manager- that is so much worse! There is that unnerving moment when you first see your fellow colleagues out of their work clothes and in their

‘civvies’. It feels like you’re meeting them for the first time and you have to adjust your perception as you take in their personal style. Audrey from Marketing in that leopard skin tube dress and Terry the Salesman in his reindeer tank top. Once reacquainted

It’s amazing how brave you get after five cans of Diamond White and three bottles of Hooch. with the people you spend half your life with you check out the room. Ah yes the ‘Flutterers’; those who flutter around the Boss trying to say all those things they want to during the working day but don’t, like asking for a pay-rise, moaning about working conditions or just generally sucking up. It’s amazing how


BOOGIE brave you get after five cans of Diamond White and three bottles of Hooch. Oh yes I can see it all now; Audrey dragging Mark, the poor Office Junior onto the dance floor, pulling him in so tightly his mortified face is rammed into her heaving cleavage. The Canteen Staff and Finance Director gathered around a pile of heels and handbags making some serious shapes to Jingle Bell Rock. Sandra and Terry nicking the mistletoe and snogging in the corner over the cheese and pineapple hedgehog (maybe she found the tank-top attractive?) It’s then not long before unlikely couples totter around in circles to Wham’s Last Christmas which signals the evening is coming to a close. Derek, who usually moans about everything declares his love for every member of staff along with his job, his life, the moon, the plastic chair… yes that’s lovely Derek, get in the taxi. Those were the days! My works party now consists of me, Ant and Dec in the jungle, a box of Quality Street and a bottle of Merlot. Not very wild I know. I suppose one year I could always increase the guest list and invite some other stay-at-home Mums …I do have a photocopier! URBAN FOX DECEMBER 2016 67

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If you’re finding it hard to cull your list, how about a traditional Secret Santa? Choose a budget and everyone pulls one name out of a hat to buy for. Cheaper, less time consuming and the chances are you’ll have more fun choosing for your special one.  lternatively ditch the shopping A and give a gift that costs you time not money. Babysitting topped the Urban Fox poll, with ironing a close second. If you’d like to add us to your Christmas list please feel free to contact the Editor. If you’re not giving time, then spend some time together. Forego all those costly gifts and throw a party for your friends and family at home, or alternatively rent a cottage and escape to the country or coast. It might not be cheaper but you’ll remember it for years to come. If your children are young, save buying big ticket gifts until they’re older and opt for gift experiences instead; a trip to the West End, an activity break, riding lessons etc.


Consider downscaling your Christmas list and agree not to buy for friend’s children, extended family, work colleagues etc. You’ll be amazed how receptive - and relieved - they’ll be losing a present or two from their ever growing list.

This will help create additional family time and focusses on your child’s own interests.


 hristmas shopping can be fun C but queues and bunions are not. Fortunately shopping online can be a great way to find the latest deals. Even the high street stores have online flash sales – 25% discount for 2 days - in the weeks up to Christmas. Now that’s worth staying in for!


If you do hit the shops, remember to make a list before you go and allocate a budget for each person that you’re buying for. Then stick to it! Don’t let the Christmas atmosphere unleash the impulse buyer in you.


If you’re planning a one-off family purchase - television, home cinema, games console etc. – and missed Black Friday, wait until the Boxing Day sales…what difference a day makes! And if you’re not suffering from Christmas fatigue it’s a great time to buy next year’s gifts too!


It’s easy to get carried spending money to make your home feel festive. We have to drag our Editor

out of John Lewis every year. But making your own decorations and table settings à la Kirsty Allsopp is the perfect way to save, and create a unique Christmas look too.


If you still feel the need to send Christmas cards then look out for 3 for 2 offers, or rope the kids in and design and print your own family card. Send second class or better still hand deliver where possible and work off a few pounds before the festivities begin!


 onsider down branding your C food shopping. You don’t have to go crazy, just drop one level to retain quality and taste but save money too. Do the bulk online and avoid the dreaded supermarket queues. The only problem now is how to fit it all in the fridge.


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