sussex Issue 3. August/September 2015
Julie Burchill speaks her mind
mike Tindall chrisTmas parTy previeW
The rugBy World cup
schools The guide
inTeriors hoT sTuff ouTside
THE BEST TITLE IN THE COUNTY
6 STUFF WE… 10 PEOPLE & PLACES
18 JULIE BURCHILL
22 FASHION 36 BEAUTY
39 CHRISTMAS PREPERATION
48 FOOD & DRINK
62 TRAVEL 67 EDUCATION 73 KIDS & FAMILIES 74 BUSINESS 82 MOTORING 85 SPORT 88 ENTERTAINMENT
issue 3. August/september2015 Sam Harrington-Lowe – Managing Editor email@example.com As the managing editor Sam is responsible for the content of all Title publications and works to oversee the development of the brands and support relationships with all partners and clients. Daniel White – Deputy and Digital Editor firstname.lastname@example.org As deputy and digital editor Dan writes feature interviews and articles, edits copy and runs the Title website. Dan is the man for all online queries or contact. Frida Clementz – Design and Business Development email@example.com Frida is the creative force behind Title. Apart from being our head designer, she’s key for business development, working closely with clients to ensure they get the best from their campaigns. Karen Goode – Advertising and Marketing Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Karen is your go-to contact for all ad sales and commercial account management, with a keen focus on working with clients to generate excellent ad campaigns through marketing and business development.
Julie Burchill, Giles Paley-Phillips, Amanda Horlington, Danny Cobbs, Caraline Brown, Julia Wright, Marcus Abel, Nick Mosley, Zoe Cunliffe, Bella Whiteley, Lili Harrington-Lowe, Erika Szostak, Rhys Wilson-Plant, Matt Ryan, Charlotte Horlock
CoVEr iMAGE GoLF sHoot:
Photographer: Erika Szostak www.photomadly.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan Tweeting @threepinreset Hair stylist: Raf from Black Eye Hair www.blackeyehair.com Makeup artist: Charlene Howells www.charlenehowells.com Production assistant: Lili Harrington-Lowe Shot on location at the Burgess Hill Golf Centre www.burgesshillgolfcentre.co.uk Ted Baker white top £89 Ted Baker shorts £89 Footjoy ladies golf shoes £74.99
Ed’s letter So welcome to our third issue. Actually I’ve just been gushing on Facebook about it, saying how awesome it is. I overuse the word ‘awesome’ all the time but hey, I’m enthusiastic. What really excites me though is the growth and positivity around the magazine. We set out to make something really different, and in the course of setting up the first one, met quite a few raised eyebrows, and ‘we’ve heard it all before’ looks. And it was hard – there are a lot of other magazines around and finding a niche, which is what really makes something work, can be tough. But right from the start it was obvious we were on to something. The other day I was clearing out some cupboards, and came across copies of lifestyle magazines that I’d edited over 10 years ago. And I kid you not – comparing them to current county magazines today, there’s almost no difference. The design is similar, the content driven by the same structure. It was almost funny actually, a real eye-opener. Regional publishing has just remained the same for decades! Title doesn’t look like any of the others; it’s brighter and more modern in outlook. Taking our inspiration from magazines like Grazia, Stylist and Sunday Times Style, we just wanted to make something that looked professional and bright, with interesting, punchy content. And we did it. And so, as I sit here writing this, we have tripled our ad sales, increased our distribution network, and extended our core team. Over three issues?! We must be doing something right. So thank you all for your support, lovely readers, advertisers and Title flag-wavers. We’re not only on course, but have exceeded our own targets, so our plans for the future are looking pretty good. Looking forward to having you along for the ride.
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Ancient Castle, Stately Home & Gardens for more details, call 01903 882173 or visit www.arundelcastle.org
STUFF WE LIKE A bit of ME time
Award for The Best Use of Space this month (OK, we just made up that award but it’s well-deserved) goes to Merlin and Ellis in Brighton. We’re loving this small but perfectly-formed artistic hub in Kemp Town. Packed full of goodies such as new contemporary designer menswear but also stuff like pre-loved and designer pieces and one-off vintage items, it’s a friendly little space to stop, have a chat and even a coffee. They do lovely coffee! As well as the clothing there’s also a big selection of cruelty free colognes and bathing products, which smell heavenly, and there’s a well-stocked LGBTQ bookcase too. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s plenty of knickknacks such as homeware, art cards and actual real art on the walls. There’s also a range of different events happening all the time, from art exhibitions to spoken word events and pop-up supper clubs and print workshops. It’s an absolute treasure.
Here at Title we love a bit of a flashmob, and combining that with fashion can only make things better. Stylist Jane Busby styled and staged more Sussex fashion flashmob shows in July, for the third year running, startling shoppers outside stores such as Eyesite, Rock Lobster, Movel Shoes, and Pretty Eccentric. With eight models and dancers diving into the shops each time and coming out wearing their wares, crowds parted as the team exploded into music and movement. Our favourite was the Brazilian-inspired trainers from Movel. The statement on the shop window says ‘Let your ginga out - trainers designed to let the feet move freely, fluidly and with confidence’. The models certainly showed their dancing and they made the trainers irresistible to the crowds that stopped to watch. What is ginga?!
www.merlinandellis.net 9 Manchester Street, Brighton
Live by the sword
Local food for local people
At the time of writing, it appears that England are actually doing really well in the cricket, completing an eight-wicket victory over Australia to take an Ashes series lead at Edgbaston. It’s a glorious moment – we’re making the most of it.
South Downs Food and Drink Portal is a new showcase of the wonderful produce in the South Downs National Park and 10 mile radius - online. You can search for local produce and the great places which sell and serve it using the Food Finder, or find out about all the fun foodie things to do in the region on the events calendar.
But it’s not just cricket we have done well at this month – we’ve also got our swag on at the JOUSTING! Yes folks, England have regained the International Jousting & Medieval Tournament title at Arundel Castle, having lost out last year to the Burgundian Alliance. Not only did we take the winning gong, but the award for the Most Chivalrous Knight of the competition was given to Darth Rimmer, knight of the Kingdom of England. We’re not sure what to make of his name but well done sir! For more information please visit www.arundelcastle.org Photo: Victoria Dawe
If you’re a local food or drink producer, or a retail or hospitality outlet which sells and promotes local fare, then you are entitled to a free listing in the directory for residents, visitors and businesses to find you; and if you organise food and drink events, food festivals, farmers markets etc or run a community project with local food and drink, you can list your event for free. The project has been seed funded by the South Downs National Park Authority and The Southern Co-operative and covers the whole of Sussex and beyond. www.southdownsfood.org
STUFF TO DO StarS of the Screen Brighton revs up for the return of the awesome Big Screen, with a movie line-up packed with blockbusters, classics and family movies. The much-loved open air cinema event will return to Brighton beachfront with its biggest movie line-up to date. The gigantic 40sqm, 8mm screen will showcase three movies per day, including Interstellar, The Goonies, Frozen Sing-Along, Guardians of the Galaxy, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Quadrophenia, and Blade Runner, to name but a few. Situated on Brighton Beach next to the Pier and the Wheel, Brighton’s Big Screen 2015 will include a new contemporary style beach bar and pop-up restaurants, offering great food and drink including Jose Cuervo cocktails, BrewDog beer and Chilli Pickle Thalis.
It’S faIr game Fans of The Good Life and the Archers will be shrugging on the Hunters and heading for the Autumn Show & Game Fair. Join in and have a go at some of the best aspects of British country life activity, including gundog scurries, clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing, archery and dog agility. Other attractions include the Ridgeside Lurcher Display and the Donkey Show (on Sunday) as well as plenty of children’s entertainment including archery, kite flying, Punch & Judy, pumpkin trail and a beautiful vintage fairground. If fluffy things are more your bag, a variety of rabbits, poultry and farm animals will be on display, together with a collection of vintage agricultural vehicles from a bygone era of farming (interesting blend). There’s also shopping; including countryside fashion and equipment, regional foods and crafts and much more. Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October 2015 9am - 5pm daily
14 August – 13 September 2015
South of England Showground, Ardingly
To book tickets go to: www.brightonsbigscreen.com
Admission: Check for discounts and info at www.seas.org.uk.
an artIStIc collaboratIon If like us you love the De La Warr you probably don’t need much of an excuse to visit, but we’ll give you one anyway. In the Realm of Others is a new artistic collaboration between Project Art Works and De La Warr Pavilion intended to ‘question perceptions about the process of making art’. Over forty-five large and small-scale paintings, drawings and sculptures – produced by fourteen makers with profound intellectual impairment – are presented in a living, evolving installation that offers a rare glimpse into unknowable, creative states of being. Project Art Works is a visual arts organisation that conducts a wide range of projects with people who have complex needs and those that support them, initiating responsive, collaborative projects between artists, galleries and other cultural organisations, and children and adults who have severe neurological impairment with their families and the services, professionals and processes that surround them. There’s a whole load of workshops, talks and events as part of this collaboration as well as films and the exhibition.
For more information: www.dlwp.com and www.projectartworks.org
love SuSSex SnapperS competItIon Fancy yourself as the next hot Sussex photographer? Enter Evonprint’s Love Sussex calendar competition. Local residents can submit photographs taken in any of 12 Sussex locations, as voted by its residents, for the chance to have their photo included in a special charity calendar, which will aim to raise vital funds for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. The locations are Chichester Cathedral, Long Furlong, Petworth Deer Park, the Doughnut Sculpture on Brighton Beach, Cuckmere Haven, Tilgate Park, St Leonards Beach, Chanctonbury Hill, Goring Beach, Bury Hill, Kingley Vale, and Bosham. The calendar will be sold in local Chestnut Tree House shops and on Evonprint’s website to raise funds for the children’s hospice. The 12 winning photographers, chosen by a panel of judges, will be fully credited within the calendar and will each receive a hamper of goodies worth £150.
Deadline for submission: Monday 31 August 2015
Entries need to be emailed to: email@example.com or posted to
Evonprint’s Love Sussex Competition, c/o PMW Communications, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9HP
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PEOPLE & PLACES
All winners of the day
WHAT Fifteen business teams from Sussex competed in the third annual ‘Great Sussex Bath Race’ with the Counsellors Crew from Chichester taking the Grand Final Winners trophy WHERE A private lake in Chichester WHEN Sunday 21 June WHY Around £14,000 has been raised for the chosen charities, Chestnut Tree House and LifeCentre Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE LOVED The customised Police uniforms which included battering rams and blue lights!
Director of Lifecentre Maggie Ellis with the High Sheriff of West Sussex Denise Patterson and Consort Barrie Prescott
A smile from Carla of the Seico team
Fundraising Auctions team Just returned from a fundraising climb of Everest, and caught up in the earthquake disaster too, adventurer Rupert Jones-Warner and his Everest 2K15 team
A well-earned bouquet for event organiser Gemma King presented by Neil Laughton and Tomfoolery
The Destruction Derby means exactly that!
PEOPLE & PLACES
Crush Gallery owner Louise Dear with her work
WHAT Guests and VIPs attended the launch of the Summer Smalls art exhibition where a collection of small original art works were on view, all under 30 x 30cm in size and all priced under ÂŁ500 WHERE CRUSH Art Gallery, Brighton WHEN Friday 24 July WHY The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view the small works by well-established artists, including Alice Leach, Cathy Layzell, Louise Dear, Lucianne Lassalle, Pam Glew and Mary Stephens, at a reasonable price Photos: Graham Franks
Dodging rain showers Teresa and Mark Clark
WHAT WE DRANK A tasty gin and tonic from Brighton Gin
A surprise gift of Louise Dear paintings to Summerville Dekkers from Anjie Salina
WHAT WE LOVED The surprise paintings from Louise Dear Crush Cocktails courtesy of Brighton Gin Nic Ramsey from She Said
Zoe Jackson and Luke Hodges
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Guests descended on West Sussex to enjoy a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner, live music and an auction Esther Rostrom, Ros Collins and Samantha Boxall
WHERE The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead WHEN Saturday 18 July WHY Over £3,000 was raised for charities Dreamflight and Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE DRANK A summery glass of Pimms WHAT WE LOVED A Dressage demonstration by Para-Dressage Champion Natasha Baker MBE
Double Paralympic & Five Time European Para-Dressage Champion Natasha Baker MBE with Linda Perry and Ambrose Harcourt of Chestnut Tree House and Clare Baker of Dreamflight
Event organiser Dane, Maureen, Annie and Daniel Rawlins
Charlie and Clare Baker of Dreamflight
Andy Pinnock, Craig Denyer and Peter Fyfon
Binna and Laura
Time for tea!
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Paladone staff enjoyed drinks at Fatboy Slim’s Hove café dressed in costumes based on the company’s gifts, gadgets and toys WHERE Big Beach Café, Hove WHEN Friday 3 July WHY Paladone Products celebrated 21 years in business, successfully inventing and selling gadgets and toys from their Shoreham-by-Sea HQ to 70+ countries around the world
Jennie Kernutt and Celine Lu
Photos: Graham Franks
The finance dept. tribute to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka, Lawrence, and his Oompa Loompas, Louise, Sarah, Angie and Claire
WHAT WE DRANK We had a summer cider WHAT WE LOVED The finance department dressing up as Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas
Tetris figures Nathan, David, Sohan and Mike
Mario and Luigi, Eve Bellamy and Kerri Maher
The Logistics Dept.
The Paladone UK Headquarters staff at the Big Beach Café at Hove
Bonding with a Crazy Golf Gorilla, Dennis Williams
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Guests and celebrities enjoyed some wonderful food and drink while watching Brighton’s singer-songwriter Jamie Mathais perform a range of tracks WHERE Preston Park Hotel, Brighton WHEN Thursday 2 July
Carol Cleveland and Jennifer Mendoza
WHY Juice FM presenter Ambrose Harcourt compered the event celebrating Preston Park Hotel’s 50th Anniversary Photos: Darren Cool
WHAT WE DRANK A delicious glass of white WHAT WE LOVED Jamie Mathais’ debut single ‘When you leave’
Andrea Packwood and Denise Cobb Pauline Wright, Mike and Jennifer Mendoza and Ambrose Harcourt
Denise Buchan and Paula Seabourne Adrian Doughty, Sabeur Toui and Colin Meagher
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Savills Haywards Heath office welcomed clients and honoured guests to The President’s Luncheon to enjoy displays covering all aspects of country life WHERE The South of England Show, Ardingly WHEN Thursday 11 June
Audrey Evans from Sans Frontiere Marketing and Kimberly Butler from Brighton Fringe Festival
WHY Savills sponsors The President’s Luncheon Reception and Wines at the South of England Show Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE DRANK A fruity glass of red wine WHAT WE LOVED Some delicious prawn canapés
Stanley Harris, Barbara Stockton President and Chairman of Hackney Horse Society
Lady and Lord Lytton Alison Monge, Angela Wade-Palmer, Alan Wallace and Katherine Dowse
From Savills Chris Spofforth with Hannah Riches and Kaye Masefield Baker
Hospitality from Lizzie and Lucy
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Press and VIP guests enjoyed food and drink at the launch of the new Indian Summer restaurant WHERE Indian Summer, 70 East Street, Brighton
John and Linda Townsend with Rebecca Stevens and Jason Fowler
WHEn Sunday 24 May WHy The restaurant shut down their previous neighbouring residence to open in a larger premises next door, seating c90 diners, half as many again as its previous site Anita and Jig
Photos: Graham Franks
Gay Coussins and Lowenna Cooper
TC and Kulbir from The Bali Brasserie
Title Sussex Magazine hangs with G Scene Magazine
Indian Summerâ€™s Byron Swales, Melanie Powers with Minesh and Anbreen Agnihotri
Indian Summerâ€™s Byron Swales, Melanie Powers with Minesh and Anbreen Agnihotri
The Aspirational Luddite
“They’re E-cigarettes – apparently they’re good for you,” came the reply from upstairs.
“Your quinoa has pebble-dashed the crockery,” I yell. “There’s enough for a nutritious breakfast for a toddler in this bowl.” The pseudo-cereal superfood had transformed itself into an instant eco wallcovering. I set about the plate with a scraper, eventually removing it along with a chunk of enamel. The superior mother-in-law arrives.
“I need a sit down; I had a little run-in with the owner,” I say, slumping into a chair.
“The thing about dishwashers is that you can’t put any food in them.” She says superiorly.
I’d found the man a little troubling, he’s got one of those alarming faces like Gazza or Ryder – a physog that never sits still. I was too focussed on his gurning and had to ask for the Telegraph on three separate occasions. It all got a little loud after that.
“What, don’t they wash dishes?” I enquire.
“No Telegraph!” I bellow as I thunder through the front door. “The paper shop’s been turned into a vaping lounge. They just seem to sell tiny clarinets and suspicious looking bottles of potions. But no papers.”
“Do you need one of your pills?” the wife questions. “I’ve not had one since Ana Ivanavic sweated up in that tight tie-break at Eastbourne. I’m not having one because of him. I’d like a Capstan full strength - that’s what I smoked when smoking was good for you in the 70s,” I grumble. “Well, the dishwasher’s not working and mum is on her way,” she says. “Get my pills,” I quickly usher. I’ve always been a little suspicious of dishwashers – why do restaurants and hotels still get real humans to do it? Is it because they can do in 10 minutes what the dishwasher takes three hours to do? Still the wife had one put in a month ago. I was immediately startled, as when it’s on it shines a red dot on the floor, so I was convinced there was a sniper at the skylight and was just moments from ringing 999. I’ve now had several lessons on how to stack it, not stack it, use it and not use it – and all this apparently makes me an expert at fixing it.
“Yes, but you must rinse off all the food first.” “Isn’t that washing dishes?” I suggest. “No, it’s rinsing thoroughly.” She demonstrates a thorough rinsing, which is something remarkably akin to washing a plate, just without the Fairy Liquid. “That’s a lot like washing a plate.” I say. “Dishwashers make plates like new, brand new – it’s like they’ve just come from the shop.” She informs me, sternly. “Don’t brand new plates need to be washed before you use them then?” I quip hilariously. Then see the look on her face…
Photo: Noelle Douglas
I’ve now had several lessons on how to stack it, not stack it, use it and not use it – and all this apparently makes me an expert at fixing it.
“Could you just rinse the quinoa off these, please?” I ask.
On first inspection it appears that the thing has turned itself into a domestic cement mixer. www.titlesussex.co.uk
Speaking your mind Sam Harrington-Lowe speaks to Julie Burchill following the suicide of her beloved son Jack, and finds that there is more we can all do to put mental health care on the map.
“In the old days, you got labelled – a schizophrenic, an addict, a manic depressive – these days the lines are often more blurred.”
y first ever job when I was about 15 was at a Happy Eater, and near to the restaurant, nestled at the top of long driveways hidden out of sight, was not one, but two mental institutions, one of which was closing down gradually, the other still functioning. In the eighties, mental health still carried with it a stigma. People whispered about ‘nervous breakdowns’ and losing one’s mind, of ‘hearing voices’. I can remember the fascination we had for the closing one, Cane Hill; an imposing Victorian asylum steeped in legend about screaming electric shock treatments and cells; remember how we ventured up the hill one night, drunk and giggling, to see if we could see any crazies through the windows, tethered to their beds with thick leather restraints. Because that’s what we imagined it was like. We had images of tortured souls in straightjackets or long nightgowns, undergoing hideous sadistic treatments as they were forced to clamp down on rubber wedges, lest they bite off their own tongues. We’d seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, right? The building of Cane Hill was commissioned by a governing body called The Lunacy Commission, established by the Madhouses Act 1882. It all sounds a bit Monty Python, doesn’t it, and seems extraordinary to us modern folk that we should apply such terms to the mentally ill these days. How far we’ve come since then. But have we really? Do we accept our mentally ill more willingly now, or do we indeed still sweep them, and it, out of sight; pretend it’s not there? Do we talk openly about our mentally ill friends or relatives? Do we even care? Or do we just hope each time that the new combination of medication the quack throws at them will somehow fix it? Perhaps although we are indeed more open about mental health issues, we’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to knowing how to cope. Julie Burchill recently lost her son to suicide. I say ‘lost him to suicide’ but he was lost long before that. Years of mental struggle finally culminated in what can – for him – only be seen as the relief of death. He’d been ill for years, stuck in a tortured circle of medication and treatment, recovery and remission, until one day he finally got his wish, and died. It wasn’t entirely unexpected. “I was in Crete, having a lovely time with my husband. We went back to the room after lunch and I opened my emails - there was one from a wonderful broad called Tessa Mayes who’d been helping Jack for the past year (to my shame, I hadn’t seen him since last summer) saying JACK URGENT CALL ME. I said immediately to my husband ‘Jack’s dead.’ I had been expecting it for years.”
Photo: Eamonn McCabe
Anyone who has spent time caring for someone with mental illness will recognise how complex it is. There are no easy answers – for some, the path becomes easier, maybe they get fixed. For others, it doesn’t happen. Whatever the deal, it ultimately places huge pressure on those who are close. In the old days, you got labelled – a schizophrenic, an addict, a manic depressive – these days the lines are often more blurred. But what makes one person recover and another remain ill in perpetuity isn’t easily definable. One can be in a good place, a happy place, and still be steeped in torture. Julie’s son Jack is a prime example; “Some people can be fixed, some cannot. Jack first attempted suicide when he was living with a lovely girl – a nurse! – who he adored, and earning a living teaching guitar. It was the best his adult life had ever been, but he still wanted to die.” I wondered whether he’d always been ill, or what first flagged it up. “He was cutting himself, had bulimia, was isolated… endless dope-smoking you name it. He flunked out of university twice and BIMM once - two weeks before graduation. From the age of 19 till he died at 29, he was completely self-destructive.” That’s a long time to be dying. But as with many cases, it isn’t so much that he wanted to die – he just didn’t enjoy living. There is poetry in death, for sure, as Plath will attest. But it’s the living bit that we need to deal with, and deal with better. www.titlesussex.co.uk
Helping people who are ill, whether they’re depressed or riddled with cancer, wreaks its own damage on the carer; something Julie is keen to hammer home. “Help all you can, but put on your own oxygen mask first, as they say on the plane. Do not let the illness of your loved one destroy you.” In the meeting preamble of Al Anon – the fellowship for the friends and family of alcoholics – one of the phrases used addresses this, suggesting that the key is finding “…solutions that lead to serenity. So much depends on our own attitudes, and as we learn to place our problem in its true perspective, we find it loses its power to dominate our thoughts and our lives.” If placing the desire to die in its true perspective is allowing them to fulfil that wish, then letting them get on with it is something Julie advocates. “If they have asked, and proved, time and time again, that they want to go, LET THEM GO. If you love them, let them go - no matter what pain you will have to suffer when they do.” It’s an extraordinary level of acceptance, to embrace such an ambition, but a bit more acceptance all round might not be such a bad thing. Not everyone wants to die, like Jack, but hey, maybe we could all just be a bit less judgemental? A bit more understanding? What’s really key here is the overwhelming evidence that carers need support just as much as those who are ill. It’s not an easy ride. Julie is working through her own pain by volunteering at a MIND shop. MIND is a national charity that states: “We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.” I asked her what she was planning to do there. “I like to do handson, menial things as I think and write so much. I got to love steaming clothes when I was at the Martlets (another local charity), so that’s what I’ll be doing at MIND.” So what can we do to help? MIND is a charity running a network of local services across the whole of the UK, and Sussex is served by MIND Brighton & Hove. I believe that every person reading this article will have been touched by mental health issues in some way, and cuts in public service mean that our mentally ill are becoming increasingly less supported. So as Julie says, if you want to help, “TALK, TALK, TALK about it! GIVE MONEY! VOLUNTEER!” It still appears that whilst there is some kind of imagined nobility in struggling with physical illness or death, mental health isn’t quite so romantic. There is serenity in acceptance – whether it’s the acceptance that the mentally ill need as much love and care as the physically ill, or that sometimes letting go is the right thing to do. But helping other people is good for the soul. Faith has also helped Julie to deal with the loss of her boy, “faith in the Lord, and a wonderful husband,” she says. She believes that he’s at peace now. “He was a good boy, a very good boy, till the sickness devoured him. I believe he is himself again, in Heaven.” 20
GET INVOLVED If you’d like to help, there are plenty of ways to support mental health charities. MIND Brighton & Hove is the regional branch of MIND that covers the whole of Sussex – you can find them at: www.mindcharity.co.uk If you’d like to do something more practical, the MIND shop in Hove on Church Road has a whole swathe of pioneering events coming up to both raise awareness and support local business, including a burlesque night at Nightingales, featuring Coco de Ville and other artists around Christmas and also a tattoo event with Inka Tattoos to raise awareness and funds. In addition to the quirky vintage feel of the shop they are investing in volunteers by initiating a volunteer of the month scheme where volunteers are recognised and rewarded for their contribution to the charity. MIND Hove shop 44 Church Road, Hove 01273 567926 Contact manager Mei (May) Jones, or assistant manager Lara Bryant. Suicide in men… In 2013, male suicide accounted for 78% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20 – 45 in the UK. For help and advice, please contact: www.thecalmzone.net
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Photography assistant: Matt Ryan Tweeting @threepinreset Hair stylist: Raf from Black Eye Hair www.blackeyehair.com
Makeup artist: Charlene Howells www.charlenehowells.com Production assistant: Lili Harrington-Lowe
oing an outdoor shoot on location rather than in an indoor venue always brings extra challenges – including the possibility of rain! But we were lucky with the weather. Our fabulous photoshoot took place at the rather dashing Burgess Hill Golf Centre and it was hot, hot, hot. The venue was amazing - not only did they give us awesome places to take photos but the shop on site very kindly let us use their clubs and shoes and even included some of their clothes. This was particularly helpful as some of the clothes we’d called in from the other designers didn’t fit Robin, our male model – which was a bit of a scare at the start of the day. The golf course offered us beautiful lakes and exquisite green land full of hills, trees and of course many golfers. We had multiple encounters with startled golfers who just wanted to play golf on a nice Tuesday afternoon. We were given a room within the restaurant where our experienced team got the models ready and set up
the equipment; our make-up artist on site was the very skilled Charlene who transformed the models into golfing royalty. I turned around at one point and Robin actually had flowers in his beard. Our female model, Jade, not only fitted all her clothes but she rocked them too. Both models looked ready to golf with the queen of England. Does the Queen play golf? The models’ hair and Robin’s beard were styled to perfection by the lovely Raf from Black Eye who claimed he had golfing skills… which was then challenged by Robin. We are still waiting for the grudge match. Raf served up some fashion realness though when he was released on our models’ hair; he turned them from summer don’ts into summer dos. On the day of the shoot it was very hot and half of mine and a couple of others’ time was spent taping up the bottoms of the golf shoes to stop them getting dirty, and sticking panty-liners into the armpits of the shirts to stop them getting sweaty. Oh, the glamour! There was also quite
Raf served up some fashion realness when he was released on our models’ hair; he turned them from summer don’ts into summer dos Erika and Jade both strike poses
a long walk from the room to where the photoshoots were taking place, so going back and forth meant that when the restaurant brought us food we were starving. They were brilliant though they also provided us with iced water, tea and coffee throughout the whole day. This was a huge help as I think half of us would have fainted without water or caffeine. Some very interesting yoga poses were struck by Erika, our photographer, just to get the right shots. I can recall seeing the ‘laying down legs in the air’ pose on many occasions, just so that she could get the best angles with the photos. All while assistant Matt Ryan was doing the ‘standing very still and holding the flashlight’ pose. The day was long and tiring with many clothing changes, going to and fro across the golf course, and hair and makeup alterations; not to mention keeping out of the way of the mighty middle class golfers. But the shoot was a success and we are very happy with how the photos turned out. Although the fun didn’t stop when we’d finished shooting; oh no, there was still unsticking the shoes, taking off the panty-liners, putting the clothing back in its original packaging, returning the clothes, shoes and clubs… and of course having one last drink at the classy bar.
Teamsters! Lili Harrington-Lowe and Frida Clementz
Charlene works her magic with make-up
Action on the putting green with Robin
Matt and Erika put Jade in the spotlight
Raf creating the best up-do for Robin's wild locks
It’s about being successful and inspirational making a difference and demonstrating our character and strength as women
MRS ALL IN ONE Lindsay Katherine Hills jets off to Belarus in August to represent the UK in Mrs Universe, a competition which is about more than just fashion, as Title finds out… Tell us a biT abouT your background and who you are I’m Brighton born, but I spent ten years in Canada. I love being back in England and now having the opportunity to represent my country again. I’m passionate about fashion and am a semi-professional ice skater. Tell us abouT Mrs universe and how you ended up doing This! I studied advertising and marketing and never expected to be involved with events like Mrs World. I guess I fell into this world. I competed ten years ago and then stopped until last year when my husband George convinced me to compete again. It’s been emotional. It’s hard work and very challenging, but so rewarding. whaT’s The deal wiTh Mrs universe? how’s iT differenT froM Miss world, for exaMple? The main distinction for Mrs Universe is that the women are married. It’s to celebrate, honour and uplift the image of women today who are responsible for home and family. Mrs Universe has its own motto ‘Women of the World against Violence’. Physical beauty is a very small part; it’s more about being successful and inspirational - making 32
a difference and demonstrating our character and strength as women. you’re an aMbassador for a chariTy for This evenT – whaT’s your chosen chariTy and whaT do you have To do? For Mrs Universe I will be involved with RISE and the Brighton Women’s Centre. My eyes have been opened to the harsh reality of what some women and children go through behind closed doors. I’m planning a small send off and will hopefully have a guest speaker and also a raffle for the charity. whaT happens aT The acTual evenT in belarus? Every year up to 60 women meet in a different part of the world for this international event. The week consists of lots of events, dinners, public speaking and then finally the fun part on stage. We have a national costume round and of course the evening gown as well as a chance to demonstrate your poise and elegance. It’s about having the whole package: compassion, brains and beauty. Tell us abouT The cloThes, who’s dressing you? Chrissie Nicholson-Wild designed and made my stunning gown for Mrs World www.titlesussex.co.uk
and I’m tempted to wear it again. I’ve always been supported by Walk in Wardrobe for gowns and accessories. My wardrobe is pretty substantial, so it’s mainly the evening gown that I need to organise. If anyone reading would like to assist please get in touch. whaT is on The cards in The nexT year? My life is so hectic, working for a wellknown international airline, modelling, competing, charity work and, of course, being a wife. After the competition I’m going to focus on building my PR business and I’d like to start a training course for pageantry as I’m a veteran and this industry is rapidly growing in the UK. I feel so blessed for all of the incredible opportunities that come my way. finally, Tell us abouT your launch parTy evenT… I head off to Belarus for Mrs Universe on August 24, so I’ll be planning my soirée before then. Everyone is invited! For more information visit Lindsay’s Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ pages/Mrs-UK-Universe-2015-LindsayKatherine-Hills/810695258995791
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Dune Parker boot £129 Autograph All in One nail colour in Terracotta £6
Stylist Pick flamingo scarf £16
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Question Air Love cropped pullover £90
Orange is the new black
Stella McCartney orange demi-wire bra and orange bikini £65
We’re not going to say the A word just yet, but late summer is definitely here, and so are these gorgeous warm colours…
Next pocket detail coat £60
Apricot orange and white tapestry print structured dress £29 New Look coral midi dress £19.99
George at Asda orange snake print shopper £16
Amara Halcyon Days 10mm plain bangle orange and gold £98
Miss Selfridge orange lace bell sleeve dress £49
As we pass over the peak of our favourite season we head towards the heady, warm days of late summer and into autumn. The phrase ‘Indian Summer’ is described by the Met Office as “a warm, calm spell of weather occurring in autumn.” And we’re all for that. Here are a few lovely ways to keep the summer going as long as possible…
Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub 250g £40 Still in sandals? Keep prepping those feet!
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil 50ml £17 Available in M&S - we don’t know of another oil that gives that sun-kissed look quite like it Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body 30ml £26 Keep your body radiant and glowing
Vatika Enriched Coconut Oil £5.49 Must-have hair hero, 95% pure coconut oil with herbal extracts of henna and lemon
ARTDECO Bronzing Powder No2 Indian Summer £23.75 Loving this beautiful compact for lifting a bit of fading colour in your cheeks 36
Face the autumn
At this time of year skin has seen the sun and is facing the cooler months. We road tested some facial moisturisers and here’s five of our faves.
clinique Superdefense Daily Moisturizer SPF20 Loving the sun factor in this
Deborah Lippmann nail varnish Miss Independent £16 Loving this rich warm colour for an Indian summer
Korres Black Pine anti-Wrinkle Day Cream for Dry/Very Skin £39 Like a holiday on the Greek islands
Darphin Revitalizing Oil for Face, Body and Hair £25 This is an all-in-one overall fix for just about everything. We love
eSPa Optimal Skin Promoisturiser £45 New from this lovely label
Crème de la Mer Soleil de la Mer Face and Body Gradual Tan £65 Prolong that tan with this streak free top range gradual tanner
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hydrating Body Cream with Vitamins A & E 200g £22.00 An extra rich formula for the body, or especially suitable for dry skin
mac mineralize timecheck Lotion £32 Class in a glass. Can we say that?
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Rêveuse hydrating sheer lipstick £25 A perfect lick of colour for your late summer tan
elizabeth arden Flawless Future night cream £42 Another brand new product. Let it do the hard work while you sleep
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Summer may not be over but by now the job of Christmas party planner will have already been delegated, whether or not you’re looking forward to it. But these parties don’t have to end with a poor cracker prize and a regrettable snog in the car park. To help you along the way we’ve put together a collection of some of our favourite Sussex venues in which to hold your shindig this winter, so you can now plan a cracking Christmas party with ease.
THE GRAND BRIGHTON Tell us about your venue… An iconic venue and the perfect setting for celebrating the festivities. Enjoy the warm Victorian splendour, the traditional hospitality, the buzz and glamour of GB1 Restaurant, indulgent cuisine, live entertainment and the twinkling of the lights on the magnificent tree in the lobby. What is the best thing about the venue? Christmas is a magical time at The Grand, with something for everyone to enjoy. The popular party nights in the sea-facing Empress Suite are perfect for office parties or celebrations with friends. There are 13 private event spaces that accommodate from 5 to 800 people, ideal for private dining, spectacularly themed parties, drinks receptions and more. Guests can also enjoy award-winning cuisine in GB1 Restaurant, pre and post party pampering in the spa, live entertainment, fine wines, champagne, home made mulled wine and cocktails in the bar. Why should we have our Christmas party with you? The Grand provides exceptional service delivered by our event experts. There’s a choice of flexible and unique spaces to host your private function, inventive and talented chefs, 201 beautifully appointed bedrooms and delicious seasonal menus and bespoke options to match any theme. In a nutshell, there is an option for all to celebrate this Christmas season in Grand style. Anything else we should know? The magical Christmas lights switch on event will be on 25 November 2015.
The Grand Hotel Brighton, 97-99 King’s Road, East Sussex BN1 2FW Contact: Christmas Co-ordinator Email: Conference@grandbrighton.co.uk Web: www.grandbrighton.co.uk Tel: 01273 224300
NO.32 Tell us about your venue… No.32 is a restaurant, bar and club in the heart of Brighton, serving freshly made food and drinks seven days a week. From traditional grills to fashionable burgers and freshly made cocktails, you can eat, drink and dance at this all-encompassing modern setting. Our event nights are set to the sound of great music from local DJs, so come and visit us for an evening to remember! What is the best thing about the venue? It’s hard to pick just one thing, but we can narrow it down to three things we think are all the best; our unique and innovative design, our incredible food and drink and our exemplary service. Why should we have our Christmas party with you? At No.32 we have many sections which can be customised to one’s individual needs. The great thing about our venue is how flexible we can be with space. We’ve got plenty of different areas which are suitable for groups of just four, all the way up to parties of 400! Anything else we should know? Fun fact: Before we were a restaurant, bar and club, in the 1800s we used to be a theatre, which is why we have this fabulous space. No.32, 32 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG Contact: Christmas Co-ordinator Email: email@example.com Web: www.no32dukestreet.com Tel: 01273 773388
JEREMY’S RESTAURANT Tell us about your venue… Located in the former coaching house of Borde Hill estate, Jeremy’s Restaurant serves modern classics inspired by nature. Open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, during December a special three-course Christmas menu offers a choice of five starters, mains and puddings from just £35 per person. What is the best thing about the venue? Award-winning food is accompanied by effortless style and service in a beautiful rural setting. Why should we have our Christmas party with you? Whether it’s an intimate Christmas lunch or dinner with friends and colleagues, or a private hire of the restaurant or marquee, we can accommodate up to 120 guests in style.
Jeremy’s Restaurant, Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP Contact: Joanne Philp Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.jeremysrestaurant.co.uk
Anything else we should know? Although the location has changed a couple of times, Jeremy’s Restaurant is the longest trading independent restaurant in Sussex and celebrated its 30th birthday this year.
Tel: 01444 441 102
OAK BARN RESTAURANT Tell us about the venue… Whether you’re looking for a business function for up to 150 people or just a smaller family meal to celebrate the festive period, The Oak Barn can provide a fantastic venue for all ages. What is the best thing about the venue? The beautiful, 250-year-old barn, that has been lovingly restored using old oak beams, the restaurant boasts oak floors, old Sussex sandstone, several authentic wagon wheel chandeliers, a huge inglenook fireplace, an upstairs gallery and a separate function room.
Oak Barn Restaurant, Cuckfield Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 8RE Contact: Mark Collins Email: email@example.com Web: www.oakbarnrestaurant.co.uk Tel: 01444 258222
Why should we have our Christmas party with you? Christmas only comes round once a year so make this year special at The Oak Barn. Enjoy a fantastic three-course menu with all the festive trimmings. All of our dishes are freshly prepared in our kitchens using the finest local produce and ingredients. Choose from a Christmas party lunch to an evening three-course meal. Anything else we should know? Dinner, quiz and disco nights are available on selected December evenings. A £10 voucher is also given to the party organiser for a party with over 10 guests. There is also a free half bottle of wine pp on selected December evenings. Please visit www.oakbarnrestaurant.co.uk for more information.
CRAFTY CHOOKS Tell us about the venue… Funky bar and casual dining venue specialising in (but not exclusively) free-range chicken with a smashing range of cocktails, wine and craft beers. What is the best thing about the venue? A comfortable and relaxing vibe that caters for all tastes. Why should we have our Christmas party with you? Crafty Chooks offers a superb range of Christmas packages and menus to host all events from a small office lunch to a full on party night with music and a late finish. This is available from 1 December until mid-January. Anything else we should know? This will be our second Christmas at Crafty Chooks and we are launching our new party nights this year so watch this space for more details (Cocktails, Cava and dancing for sure). Our main Christmas Menu really does feature something for everyone and we are serving free range Turkey this year in keeping with our ‘Free Range’ and organic principles.
Crafty Chooks, 10 Victoria Grove, Second Avenue, Hove BN3 2LJ Contact: Mark Lampit Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.craftychooks.co.uk Tel: 01273 722846
MARKET RESTAURANT BAR Tell us about the venue… Opening September and situated in the heart of Brunswick village, MARKET Restaurant Bar will be all about the very best of Sussex. MARKET is to be a Marketplace; a place for great people, for great food and for great drink. MARKET will be a hive of activity and the setting for many good times. What is the best thing about the venue? Sharing is very much a theme of MARKET with a wide variety of exciting small plates on offer plus MARKET Classics, Sunday Roasts and the weekend Big MARKET Brunch. Sit at one of the many stools at the kitchen bar that overlooks the chefs, take a table or book your party in the upmarket private dining room, ‘DownMARKET’. Why should we have our Christmas party with you? DownMARKET is the city’s most exciting, decadent and unique private dining room. Ideal for group dining and private parties (of 10-20 guests), DownMARKET is perfect for your special Christmas celebrations.
MARKET Restaurant Bar, 42 Western Road, Brighton BN3 1JD Contact: Kate Alleston Email: email@example.com Web: www.market-restaurantbar.co.uk Tel: 01273 823707
Anything else we should know? Small groups can choose the TasteMARKET menu, which is a surprise selection of the chef’s small plates; ideal for a real fun foodie dining experience.
• Festive party nights from £39.95 per person • Book a private suite accommodating from 10 – 600 guests • Festive celebrations in GB1 Seafood Restaurant and Bar • Pamper, preen and sparkle in the spa • See in 2016 at the New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball from £110 per person
FOR RESERVATIONS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION TELEPHONE 0871 222 4684 THE GRAND BRIGHTON, 97-99 KING’S ROAD, BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX, BN1 2FW
www.grandbrighton.co.uk • firstname.lastname@example.org
01273 773388 www.no32dukestreet.com 32 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG
Suicide Squad Every year sees its own big blockbuster and 2016 is going to be the year of DC Comics’ moody monster, Suicide Squad. With names like Cara Delevingne, Will Smith and Jared Leto in the line-up, you can pretty much guarantee this subcultural gem will seep into our mainstream. And that’s often where we see the best events themes. Expect LOTS of dressing up and comicbased fun with this one; themed event spaces and tables, and plenty of crazy live cabaret and music.
SteamPunk or GotHic Dressing up will definitely add to the overall atmos of these two themes. Although both have their roots in a similar era, they’re vastly different. Steampunk celebrates science fiction and fantasy incorporating aesthetic 19th-century design, inspired by industrial steam-powered machinery, whereas a gothic theme is steeped in romanticism. For your gothic party, great fun can be had with props such as tombstones, candelabras, black table linen and lots of candles – channel vampires and poets. With steampunk we’d like to see lots of brass combined with clever LED lighting, stuff with cogs on it, lots of top hats and crazy machinery, books, velvet, maps and fading photographs.
Get with the theme If there’s anything guaranteed to make adults feel like kids again, and know it’s allowed, it’s a themed Christmas party or event. Themed parties tend to fall into two big categories in the world of events. Three really, if you count awards nights, but those tend often to be Oscars themes or similar so we’ll skip those. The biggies are the summer party – stand by for hoedowns, barn dances, festivals and It’s a Knockout themes – and of course, Christmas. Christmas is the real stonker. At no other time in the events calendar is there such a good excuse for overindulging in a ridiculous costume. Actually, a lot of themes are quite dressy and sophisticated, but if you want to make the most of that child-like joy, here are a few themes we particularly love. rocky Horror Picture SHoW Finally, this beloved frolic in full tackle is back again, with a new stage performance running through London in September, narrated by none other than Richard O’Brien himself (the show is at the Theatre Royal in Brighton in December). What a theme! We’re thinking giant lips, full cabaret show inspired by your favourite characters, staff in corsets and stockings and without a doubt, the Time Warp. Not for the shrinking violet, this theme.
Star WarS What can we say about this corker!? The appearance of yet another intergalactic epic this year is guaranteed to spawn a million Stars Wars themed parties. We’re looking at space food, stormtroopers, lots of black star cloth, R2D2 and of course Darth Vader presiding, plus installed shoot-em-up space games and fights with light sabres. The force is strong with this one. For more theme ideas or costs on these themes for your party, contact email@example.com for a free quote and shared Pinterest board. www.titlesussex.co.uk
MEAT MADE IN HEAVEN So OK, we were going to do something fresh and salady for this issue because we figured that weâ€™d buck the trend and do something clean and healthy for barbecue season. Then we thought, WHO ARE WE KIDDING?!!
HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT BURGER, AND THE ART OF CLOSHING
More fat means more flavour, and getting the right ratio of meat to fat into a burger is easy if you know how. You need a patty that has at least 20 per cent fat. We use chuck steak (braising steak) and mince it on a medium-coarse blade so it has structure on bite-through. Closhing will help melt all the flavours of your burger together and is easy to do at home on the grill. All you need is a large frying pan and a metal dome, such as an upturned metal mixing bowl, to help create a steamy environment.
Makes 4 BURGeRs 600g chuck steak with about 20 percent fat content, minced on medium-coarse blade 300g smoked streaky bacon, minced on fine blade 25ml Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp salted butter, plus extra for buttering the buns 1 large white onion, sliced into rounds 4 tsps of your favourite homemade or readymade BBQ sauce 8 slices burger cheese 8 slices streaky bacon, peppered 4 large glazed unsweetened brioche or potato buns, sliced in half and very lightly buttered 4 tsp mayonnaise 2 pickled cucumbers sliced into rounds 4 tsp yellow American mustard Flaked sea salt and freshly ground Black pepper
1. Place the steak, bacon and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and mix well with your hands. Form into four patties and place them on a tray lined with a sheet of greaseproof paper. Place the patties in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
Melt the butter in a frying pan over a low heat. Add all except four of the onion slices and fry until golden brown. Set aside on kitchen paper to drain the fat off. Pull the burger patties out of the fridge and leave them to rest until they reach room temperature. Get that barbecue grill ready!
3. Before you grill the burger patties, push your thumb into the middle of each one to create a deep dimple (but be careful
not to create a hole). This will help the patties to cook evenly. Season liberally with salt and pepper and place them on the grill.
4. Grill each patty for 2–3 minutes on each side, or until
they are cooked to medium. After you have flipped the patties, place a teaspoon of BBQ sauce on the cooked side and top each patty with two cheese slices. Place the peppered bacon slices on the grill, and cook until crispy.
5. Meanwhile, place your griddle or frying pan directly over
the heat of the barbecue and let it heat through fully. Toast each of the burger bun halves on the grill for 1 minute or so. Spread the bottom buns with a teaspoon of mayonnaise, top with a thin slice of raw onion and a few slices of pickled cucumbers. Place the bottoms on serving plates.
6. Spread a teaspoon of mustard on the top halves of the
buns and set the top halves aside. Turn over the bacon and crisp the other side. Once ready, place two rashers on each patty, over the cheese. Now it’s time to build the burgers and closh!
in the middle of the hot frying pan, ensuring you leave enough space on the outside of the pan to place the metal mixing bowl in the pan without touching the burger patties. Add a few tablespoons of water to the frying pan, and cover with the mixing bowl, creating a steamy environment to help melt the cheese and add moisture to the bun top. After about 15 seconds, remove the mixing bowl (without burning yourself!) and place the bun tops on the bottom buns on the serving plates. Allow the burgers to rest for a few minutes, then serve.
Bun choice is personal, but avoid anything with an overly chewy crumb or tough crust. We like unsweetened brioche or potato buns. Pretzel rolls are great too, but you will need to steam them using the closhing method.
Place a tablespoon of fried onions on each patty over the bacon, then place the top half of the bun on top of each patty. With a spatula, pick up the patty from the grill and place
Recipe from LET THERE BE MEAT: The Ultimate Barbecue Bible by James Douglas & Scott Munro, published by Orion (hardback: £25, ebook: £12.99) Photos © James Brown Photography
Photos: Julia Claxton
“My tempura seafood was like having an indecent proposal whispered into one’s mouth by a short-sighted pervert.” – Julie Burchill, Title Sussex
“Whatever words I use won’t do the food justice – it’s simply exquisite, and you’ll have to experience it first-hand to understand what I mean.” – Donna Martin, Inside Sussex
Contemporary dining in the idyllic rural setting of Borde Hill, near Haywards Heath. Voted in The Times’ top ten most romantic UK restaurants, 2013.
Summer Menu of the Day: 2 courses £18 or 3 courses £22
Choose from a three choice menu, including vegetarian options. Available Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes, and Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday dinner. Full à la carte also available. Jeremy’s Restaurant, Borde Hill, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP Telephone 01444 441 102 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org | www.jeremysrestaurant.co.uk | Twitter @jeremysrest | Facebook Jeremys Restaurant
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The changing scene of cuisine
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Think of the perfumed aromas of Earl Grey infused into gin and mingling with the juniper, or vodka gently lifted with delicate jasmine green tea…
When in rome…
2015 has seen a spate of italian eateries opening in Brighton, including the excellent and rather funky nuposto on West street, and viP Pizza on old steine, which sti Antipa sources many of its zza i P at VIP authentic ingredients from its own family farms. the latest addition is edendum; an italian deli and restaurant opening on east street. managing director diego Cacciolatti tells me, “at edendum we are proud of our roots in Piedmont (north West italy) and we are looking forward to bringing these unique recipes to england. the products in store will allow you to recreate your favourites at home”.
tea has been around for centuries but combining tea with food and drink is a more recent trend. Smoky lapsang being used to infuse meats and indian Chai infused into ice cream, to name but a few usages. this summer, however, the infusion of teas into alcohol to create o Metrodec wonderfully fragranced bases for cocktails is à la mode. think of the perfumed aromas of earl grey tea with its bergamot and citrus notes infused into gin and mingling with the juniper. or vodka gently lifted with delicate jasmine green tea to add a floral note. My advice is fourfold: always use tea quality leaves; don’t over-infuse; choose a quality spirit for a crisp, clean taste and, finally, add some complimentary mixers. You can experience some tea-infused cocktails at the Metrodeco Swing Sussex tea dance at the brighton & hove food and drink festival on hove Lawns on Sunday 30 august. helen taggart of Metrodeco in Kemp town is working alongside Sarah thompson of blackdown Sussex Spirits on a range of liquor-infused tea cocktails. fair enough to say that this is my favourite way to take tea!
Changing the faCe of beaCh food
Like most seaside towns, brighton seafront is packed with eateries offering all the traditional fayre from fish and chips and pickled cockles to ice cream and doughnuts. but in recent years brighton has also bucked the trend and offers some higher-end seafront dining with the likes of Champagne and oysters at Riddle & finns, the recently opened Salt Room at the ames of Kieron J hilton brighton Metropole, Q Beach BB the new Club burger joint and the impressive fish and Liquor on Madeira drive. one place offering a unique seaside dining experience is beach bbQ, located on the lower promenade between brighton Pier and the Wheel. Run by an entrepreneurial aussie, Kieron James, it’s the only sous vide bbQ offering in the UK. the signature dish on the menu is the 24-hour sous vide rib-eye steak sandwich served on a fresh toasted ciabatta smeared with Roquefort cheese porridge to add a rich blue cheese nuttiness, along with mushroom and ale ketchup to set off the umami in your mouth. for the quality of the food and the huge amount of care taken to prepare it as well as its fantastic value, it is the perfect thing to munch on whilst sitting on the beach. oh, and Mr James doesn’t half bang on about catching his own mackerel!
Brighton & hove Food and drink Festival
one last thing - we’re back on hove lawns over the august bank holiday weekend for a three-day epic sussex & the World Weekend. all of our daytime events are completely free entry. read more about the food festival in title this month, but further details at www.brightonfoodfestival.com
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NOT JUST A MARKET DINER Market Restaurant and Bar is the latest creation from the experienced restaurateur and designer/chef duo Kate Alleston and Neil Mannifield, the award-winning team that brought you Graze, the popular AA rosette restaurant in the Brunswick area of Hove. Inspired by them stumbling upon an old Camden Market sign at an antiques fair, which will adorn the front of the building, Market will be the first restaurant in the city where bar stool dining is the main activity. The fresh new look of the building has been designed to give the feel of a traditional market with a swathe of Victorian Green metro tiling, mirrors, a lawn wall and a bright, clean, utilitarian approach to the furniture, lighting and wall usage. The bill of fare is to be a mixture of small plates ideal for sharing, named on the menu ‘From the Green Grocer’, ‘From the Fish Monger’ and ‘From the Butcher’. Alongside will be a series of larger dishes, from steaks to fish of the day, and on weekends, their Big Market Brunch menu. As well as an exciting wine list and cocktail menu, locally brewed craft lager and beers will be available on tap and by the bottle. Kate and Neil are working closely with a handful of Sussex’s best local suppliers, some of whose wares will be available to buy in the restaurant. This is to be a delightful food hub – we can’t wait! Opens beginning of September www.market-restaurantbar.co.uk
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Arguably the cocktail of the year and on a rapid ascension to knocking the Mojito off that top spot, the Pina Colada is this month’s Mixology Group and Title Sussex Magazine favourite. Translating literally as “Strained Pineapple” the Pina Colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico. Dating back to 1952, it is said to have been created by Ramon ‘Monchito’ Marrero Perez, a bartender in the Caribe Hilton Hotel, who combined Bacardi White rum, Coco Lopez Coconut Cream, freshly pressed pineapple juice and squeezed lime juice. Blended together with ice, the resulting mixture is the summer destination favourite we all know and love today: creamy, fruity, tropical and strong. MIXOLOGY GROUP PINACOLADA 50ml Bacardi Rum 15ml Coco Lopez Coconut Cream 50ml Pineapple Juice 10ml Lime Juice Pour all ingredients into a blender with a cup of cubed ice. Blend and pour into a glass of your choice, garnish with a pineapple chunk, a pineapple leaf and a Maraschino cherry.
Congratulations to Goodwood’s Home Farm, Charlton Farmhouse, which trumped some of the most respected cheese makers in the country at the Royal Bath and West British Cheese Awards. Artisan made ‘Charlton’ was awarded the Gold Medal in the mature, traditional cheddar cheese category. The farm were also awarded The Best Organic Cheese, a very well deserved win for a dedicated team at the first 100% organicallyfed dairy in the country.
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The acclaimed Charlton Farmhouse is available at selected retailers throughout Sussex. www.goodwood.com/goodwood-home-farm/
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Fair exchange Drakes chef Andrew MacKenzie
It’s that time of the year again. The Brighton & Hove Food Festival is back, jam-packed with foodie and drinkie events to delight.
uring the last ten days of August, Sussex is abuzz with a wide variety of festival events – one of which has now become a sell-out runaway success each time – the International Chef Exchange. This time around, drakes in Brighton gets the fabulous foodie-swap treatment and will be exchanging chefs with the highly acclaimed fine dining Cliff at Cap restaurant at Cap Maison in St Lucia. Executive Chef Craig Jones from the Caribbean dining hotspot will be taking over the kitchen at the restaurant at drakes in Brighton for one night only on Wednesday, 26 August, 2015. Craig will be working alongside top Brighton chef Andrew MacKenzie to create a very special dinner showcasing his international culinary skills and in his unique French Caribbean fusion style. This gourmet, fine dining menu will no doubt heavily feature seafood as both restaurants are located on the seafront, and will be accompanied by specially selected wines which best match and enhance all three of the featured courses. If there are still any tickets left by the time we go to print, I would go and get one if I were you. Carla ter Maat at drakes says, “We are thrilled to be participating once again in the Chef Exchange and look forward to hosting Craig. The opportunity to exhibit our respective culinary skills and foods to our partner audiences is a great thrill. It provides an exciting opportunity for the chefs to share different preparation and cooking practices, working with new ingredients, sharing new ideas.” This event is the first part of this reciprocal exchange and therefore Andy will, in return, take over the kitchen at Cliff on Cap restaurant in St Lucia for the second part of this exchange in October. Anyone who fancies going, form an orderly queue. The International Chef Exchange is a hugely successful initiative created by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival that has seen leading chefs from Sussex and the South East partner with colleagues abroad. The objectives are to share best practice, showcase quality food and drink to potential export markets, and to promote the gastronomic tourism offering of participating regions. It’s successfully put Sussex on the map in terms of the superb range of foods and wines available in the region, and goes a long way to promoting the area as a whole, across the globe. Tickets for August 26 event in Brighton are available via the Brighton & Hove Food Festival website www.brightonfoodfestival.com
Chef Craig Jones of Cap Maison in St Lucia
This gourmet, fine dining menu will no doubt heavily feature seafood as both restaurants are located on the seafront
Cliff at Cap restaurant
For a great day out, the Food Festival is back on Hove Lawns over the August bank holiday weekend for a threeday epic Sussex & the World Weekend. Featuring local restaurants and producers alongside carefully selected international cuisines, there’s also an amazing line-up of chefs for the Live Food Show, lots of interactive food experiences for kids in the Children’s Food Festival, a Sussex Drinks Tent and the very quirky Boho Disco. There’s also a special evening of Sussex wine and food matching with the very talented chef Michael Bremer of 64 Degrees. All of the daytime events are completely free entry so get down there and taste the very best of Sussex! More details at www.brightonfoodfestival.com
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Sam Harrington-Lowe took her pa to The Grand in Eastbourne
Tell us abouT This place
This is a beautiful, proper five star place on the seafront in Eastbourne. Have you seen ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’? It sort of puts you in mind of that, in all the right ways. The service is impeccable, the afternoon tea is tall and delicate, the food exquisite, the concierge discreet… They even have those silver domes over your food that they remove with a flourish simultaneously. I adore this place and took my papa for Father’s Day. He loved it too.
WhaT did you eaT?
There are two restaurants at the hotel – the VERY grand Mirabelle, and the Garden Restaurant, which is where we had Sunday lunch. The Garden Restaurant, despite its high ceilings and period elegance, retains a friendly, intimate atmosphere, and the place was packed with couples, oldies, families and lovers. It’s the softer option for a more relaxed atmosphere. Jackets still required though – no rough stuff or denim here. They do a really great set menu for Sundays, with an option to mix and match with a kind of upgrade selection. Pa had a mixed charcuterie plate to start and I went off-piste with Soy Tuna Loin Sashimi with Cucumber & Wasabi Jelly – one of the singularly most delicate and sophisticated dishes I’ve ever eaten. The main courses were also a joy. Duet of English Lamb Mint Mousseline topped Medallion with ‘Hariyali’ Confit, Chick Pea & Coriander Mash is every bit as rich and comforting as it sounds, and the Pater, whiskers drooping despondently when he heard the lobster was finished, was elated to be told moments later that a Lobster Thermidor had been located just for him. The moustaches bristled up happily again and all was well. And yes he does look like Colonel Mustard.
did you do desserT?
We did the right and proper thing which was to share a pud and a cheese board between us. The sticky chocolatey thing we ordered was utter heaven, but my favourite is always the cheese. And any place that has a cheese menu is right up there in my little black book.
in a nuTshell?
The Garden Restaurant strikes an excellent balance between top service and exquisite food, and comfortable surroundings that don’t feel overwhelming. It’s somewhere you can put on your nice frock and have a cracking cocktail before lunch but it’s not black tie and it’s very relaxed. Sunday lunch prices from £29.50 pp for three courses www.grandeastbourne.com
Photos by Julia Claxton
Wednesday 26 August: International Chef Exchange - St Lucia comes to Brighton at The Restaurant at Drakes Thursday 27 August: Blackdown Sussex Spirits dinner at Jeremyâ€™s Restaurant, Borde Hill Friday 28 August: Sussex Wine & Food Matching with chef Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees Saturday 29 - bank holiday Monday 31 August: FREE ENTRY Sussex & The World Weekend on Hove Lawns featuring Live Food Show, market, Childrenâ€™s Food Festival, Sussex Drinks Tent, Boho Disco and Metrodeco / Swing Sussex tea dance For more information visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com or find us on Twitter / Facebook
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If there was ever a place that made you think you were on holiday without actually having to leave Sussex, it’s Aguadulce in Brighton, as Sam Harrington-Lowe finds out. Owned and run by passionate food enthusiast Carlos Dinapoli, it’s a grazer’s heaven, rich in Spanish food made with local ingredients. Never mind your sangria and donkeys, this is proper Spanish food, with a proper Spanish welcome. You know those places you go into in Spain, where you can plot up at the bar with a cold beer or an eye-wateringly robust gin and snack at little plates of tapas and chat? Where there’s a constant buzz of people coming in and out who all seem to know each other so you feel like you’re in a friendly home, and an array of trays on the countertop fridge thing rammed with anchovies, seafood tentacles in oil and olives? That’s what this is. They do some main dishes too – the paella is to die for – but honestly, I can’t think of many nicer things than sitting up at the counter for hours, picking endlessly at beautifully crafted little plates, and drinking with friends. I’m not always very good at eating tapas. By which I mean I’m actually very good at eating tapas, but not very good at pacing myself. I tear straight in, scoffing down amazing plates of little morsels without breathing much in between, thinking they’re all tiny and amazing but it’s all fine because they’re small, and then very often find myself explaining patiently to my stomach a bit later that it needs to be more accommodating. (“Put the bread and oil DOWN Sam, there is plenty of food coming.”) In truth I shouldn’t be allowed to review places like this, I’ve got no sense of restraint; often more glutton than gourmet. It’s just that everything is so tasty, and cooked with love. How can you NOT guzzle it down in seconds? www.titlesussex.co.uk
TITLE REVIEW We whiled away a good few hours up at the bar, joined by Brighton Food Festival’s Nick Mosley, where we all sat idly gossiping with Carlos, and managed to work our way through an extraordinary array of foods, from the exquisite slithers of Iberico ham, to the suckling pig with bubbled crackling. Best name for a dish has to go to the perfect ‘Seagull Fights’, which were heavenly little cuttlefish and prawn croquettes, and special mention has to go to the paella, which was so authentic I nearly leapt off my stool and shouted ‘Olé’! In fact I might have done if I hadn’t eaten so much I could hardly stand. Leaping probably not on the menu by then. The suckling pig was astounding – the tenderest pork I’ve ever eaten, topped with light, crispy salty crackling and served with slices of quince and some soft Padron peppers. I did actually drool a bit. The potatoes in a spicy Canarian mojo sauce and the authentic morcilla brought an instant sensory recall, and even the slightly baffling Heston-sounding dessert creation made with black pudding and crème caramel was good (there is some creativity happening in that kitchen). The pudding with no name. But as well as the excellent food, the best thing about this place is the ambience. I’d move in if I could, and nearly did. But eventually we had to slide off the stools and out into the cooling summer evening. But I’ll be back. Hasta la vista Aguadulce. Aguadulce Restaurant 10-11 Kings Road Brighton www.aguadulce-restaurant.com
I’m not always very good at eating tapas. By which I mean I’m actually very good at eating tapas, but not very good at pacing myself
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Chocolate dream in the Caribbean Fancy a trip with a difference? How about a trip to the Caribbean to enjoy a chocolate workshop? Pleasure overload?! We think so…
n any regular day island life in Saint Lucia is paradisiacal, but during culturally significant days the island truly sparkles with local essence. August’s ‘Chocolate Heritage Month’ is a prime example of this; an occasion when the community bursts with flavourful fervour. Dating back to the 1700s, cocoa history has been an integral part of St. Lucia’s heritage, making the Caribbean Island a known producer of top-quality cocoa. And during August, the rather stunning five star Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina is offering tailored experiences to celebrate the Island’s beloved offspring: chocolate. Capella Hotels have an uncanny knack of blending the benefits of a fine boutique hotel with the amenities and activities of a luxury resort, and the Marigot Bay resort is no exception. There’s 124 rooms, so not exactly boutique size, but links to local surroundings can be felt throughout the accommodation with local materials used where possible. There’s a whole bunch of eateries to choose from, including the Grill at 14⁰ 61⁰, named to honour Marigot Bay’s latitude and longitude, which boasts an open plan show kitchen. Or knock back some mojitos at the Rum Cave – a rum connoisseur’s dream.
There’s swimming in pools, of course, but for those with a bit of pampering in mind, check out the Auriga Spa, which features double treatment pods all with their own rainforest shower and surrounding Zen Gardens. Heaven. Activities Marigot Bay in the centre of the west coast of the island is the perfect starting point to explore both the Southern and Northern attractions of the island. Marigot Bay was once described by the legendary American author James Albert Michener as “the most beautiful in the Caribbean”. Land and sea tours, sailing, yachting experiences, rainforest adventures, dolphin and whale watching, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, various sports activities, day excursions to the Pitons (including hiking) and the sulphur springs can be arranged via the hotel. COSTS: Flights: British Airways flights between Gatwick and St. Lucia available from £1,141.46 per person Hotel: For prices please contact www.capellahotels.com/saintlucia/ For information about the destination: www.saintluciauk.org
INDULGE IN SOME OF THESE SUMPTUOUS CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCES... OPTION ONE Chocolate Tasting Experience Package This is Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina’s signature dessert and is derived from hand-selected Trinitario cocoa beans, harvested from small cocoa plantation farms within the cocoa belt region of St. Lucia. Prized by master chocolatiers, these beans – coupled with local spices and fruits – inspire indulgent, aromatic and fruity flavours. The package also includes: • Complimentary daily breakfast • Nightly turn-down with home-made chocolate goodies and freshly prepared hot chocolate • Specially crafted chocolate-themed plates included with every meal • One ‘Chef’s All Things Chocolate Culinary Menu’ private dining experience • Rum and chocolate pairing experience at the resort’s Rum Cave • A private ‘behind-the-scenes’ guided tour at The Rabot Estate’s Chocolate Plantation • A creative chocolate dessert at the resort’s signature restaurant The Grill at 14’ 61’ – at the additional cost of £15.00pp OPTION TWO Chocolate Spa Indulgence Package This is an exclusive chocolate spa treatment which includes: • One daily 50 minute chocolate spa treatment • One daily 25 minute treatment • Full use of the resort’s Auriga Spa • Complementary daily breakfast • Daily selection of ‘Spa’ oriented chocolate food items to sample
This time of year is absolutely key for schools and for children. Parents are looking at choosing schools and visiting Open Days, whereas children might be nervous about starting school, or moving up. So our Education Special offers a little round up. Some of our favourite schools are featured, together with tips for helping your bundles of joy deal with the challenges school presents.
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LANCING COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL AT HOVE Tell us about your school… Lancing College Preparatory School at Hove is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-13. Children learn so much more if they feel valued, safe and secure and to ensure that happens the school is run on family lines. Children should be happy and successful - in that order. This is the ethos that drives Lancing College Prep, which has become one of the most sought after schools in Brighton and Hove. What is the best thing about the school? ‘Excellent In All Areas’ Lancing College Prep at Hove has achieved a clean sweep of the highest possible grades awarded by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), March 2015. The report particularly highlighted the brilliance of the teaching stating that “Teaching is excellent and employs high quality resources to engage
BRIGHTON & HOVE HIGH SCHOOL Tell us about your school… Founded in 1876, Brighton & Hove High School is a mainstream independent school for girls aged 3-18. We are very proud of the ways in which we foster a stimulating and dynamic community, within which girls discover and develop their individual gifts and talents with high-quality, broad-based education in a happy and safe environment supported by an excellent pastoral system.
all pupils including the use of ICT”.
What is the best thing about the school? We have a rich tradition of cultural development with high levels of participation in drama, dance, music and art, alongside strengths in Mathematics and Science.
Anything else we should know? Open Day, Saturday 10th October 2015. 10.00am until 12.00noon
What kind of children does the school suit best? Brighton & Hove High School suits girls who are independent, have a resilience and passion for taking risks, have strong social consciences and have an active enjoyment of learning.
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VINEHALL SCHOOL Tell us about your school… Vinehall is an Independent Prep School for children aged 2-13. The school offers full, day and flexi boarding for pupils from year three up. What is the best thing about the school? Vinehall does everything it can to support a student through their time at the school. The school offers a comprehensive extra curricular programme during the week and also on Saturday mornings. A minibus service operates on routes throughout Kent and East Sussex making life easier for parents. Vinehall also offers children from year three and up the chance to experience boarding on a flexible basis.
What kind of children does the school suit best? Vinehall suits children who want to achieve in their passions be it academia, sport, music or drama, Vinehall has the facilities and dedicated staff to help and stimulate children of all abilities to succeed. Anything else we should know?
Open Day is on Friday 2nd October from 9.30am to 12pm. Vinehall School, Vinehall Road, Robertsbridge, TN32 5JL Email: email@example.com Web: www.vinehallschool.com Tel: 01580 883090
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It’s a daunting time for both entry level and Year Six pupils making the transition into a new school. Charlotte Horlock looks at ways to make that transition as easy as possible for your child
Top tips to prepare your child for a new school
hildren don’t like change, but change doesn’t have to be a scary thing. With the right kind of support, your child can look forward to starting their new school. With the help of my father, who is a retired Year Six teacher, and my mother – currently a teaching assistant at St. Nicholas and St. Mary’s school in Shoreham-by-Sea – I got the low-down on tips to help guide your child through this process. Even though there are support schemes available within schools, there is plenty you can offer as a parent too, whether you’re going up, or going in for the first time…
handy to make your child aware that there are qualified staff on hand who will want to listen to them when they need to be heard. My mother has been running her lunchtime ‘Drop In’ at St. Nicholas and St. Mary’s for six months. GoinG up - transfer information Equally important as talking to your child is helping them gain as much understanding of their new school as possible. A teacher from your child’s chosen secondary school will visit the middle school in advance to give them an idea of what to expect. A prospectus
GoinG up - suGGest a ‘Drop in’ session You might already be aware of these, but if not, drop-in sessions are becoming increasingly popular in middle schools, giving children an opportunity to talk through their worries with a member of staff. Around this time of year, drop-in leaders will discuss the transition into secondary school for pupils who need a gentle push in the right direction. It’s
provides a visual representation and usually a description of each subject. Go through it with your child, focusing on the subjects they like the look of. Many secondary school tadpoles are afraid to start new subjects with new teachers. There is always something they will be worse at, but their timetable will include over eight subjects in rotation and they might discover something they never knew they were good at. They will receive a prospectus a year in advance, around autumn term time, and a timetable on the day they start.
GoinG up and first timers - visit the school When you accompany your child to their primary or secondary school Open Day, it’s essential that you make the experience as engaging as possible. Remind your child of the two big positives they will soon discover; making new friends and gaining independence. Encourage them to talk to the teachers on site – no one knows the school system better than they do. GoinG up and first timers - shop (but don’t drop) We all take a moment to privately shiver at the ‘Back to School’ posters in supermarkets – but shopping for school supplies doesn’t have to be a chore. After all, your child will have new uniform this year and might like a little confidence boost. I don’t know a single secondary school pupil who thinks their uniform is flattering. So make them feel special. Treat them to the new pencil case or rucksack they have their eye on. Shop in short bursts – don’t do it all at once. You don’t want to overwhelm your child – or wear yourself out!
GoinG up - say Goodbye Every child gets choked up when leaving middle school (even though they might not admit it). But it doesn’t have to be goodbye. Many middle schools welcome past pupils back for work experience; compulsory in Year 10 and in some cases earlier. It’s important to make your child aware that they will have the opportunity to return if they want to, but also that they have plenty to look forward to. Similarly, young children may become distressed leaving nursery or playgroup. Parents often question if their child will cope with sitting still in a lesson. But you may be surprised how quickly kids adapt to their new surroundings. Early learning lessons have been tailor-made to free up the imagination in a controlled environment. It’s perfectly natural for your child to worry about starting a new school, but with these tips in mind, they will be well on their way to embracing this come September with a positive mind-set.
Remind your child of the two big positives they will soon discover; making new friends and gaining independence.
For more ideas, try… Family Lives - www.familylives.org.uk NetMums - www.netmums.com/children/starting-school/ West Sussex - www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/ East Sussex - www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/
Where there’s a Will… If the worst happened and your children were orphaned, do you actually know what would happen to them? What can happen to children if both their parents should die without a will? It’s a common misconception that if you die and leave your children orphaned, they will go to their next of kin, or godparents. The reality is that a Will is the only way you can ensure that your children live where you want them to. If you don’t have a Will naming your choice of guardians, it’s possible that the Court of Protection can get involved, who could then decide who should look after your children. Whilst the decision is being made, your children may be placed in care, and there is even a risk your children could be split up. Tell us how a Will can help to protect them If you set up guardianship within your Will, then your children will go to the place you want them to. Would they be financially stable, go to the right
school? Even whether they’d be able to share stories of your life with them as they grow up. You should also consider where your inheritance goes in a case like this too. It is vital to leave a clear set of instructions in case you die whilst your children are still young. This is how a Will can help. Who should be thinking about a Will like this? As a single parent, if your offspring’s other parent doesn’t have parental responsibility and there are no guardianship arrangements in place, they could be taken into care. Or maybe for personal reasons, it would not be correct for a child to live with that estranged parent. If they are named on the birth certificate and therefore have parental responsibility, they could be deemed to have a right of guardianship, overruling someone much closer to your children. For example, a loving stepfather who has brought up a child or a live-in grandparent does not automatically have priority over a father who has never
seen his child. For couples it’s likely that the surviving parent will step up, but it’s recommended that a guardianship is set up anyway, in the unlikely event that both parents die together.
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KIDS & FAMILY
Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids. This month’s reviews are dedicated to the wonderful reads produced by Flying Eye Books. Mad About Monkeys by Owen Davey
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Flying Eye £12.99 First off we have Mad About Monkeys, a highly illustrated and designed non-fiction picture book with over 250 different species inside. Packed with facts and a lively text, this is a real treat for any child.
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The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes Flying Eye £11.99 Last month I reviewed the wonderful ‘Wild’ by Emily Hughes and her second book for Flying Eye Books is just as beautiful. The Little Gardener is a heart-warming tale about working hard on the things you love, even when things get tough.
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Whatever Happened to my Sister by Simone Ciraolo Flying Eye £11.99 Simone Ciraolo has created a truly delicate and capricious tale about growing up and the love between siblings. Her illustrations are a charming mix of water colours and pencils which really allows the text to breath. A book that many will relate to and understand.
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Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast. His book ‘THE FEARSOME BEASTIE’ (Maverick Arts Publishing) won The People’s Book Prize 2012, as well as the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013, Bizziebaby Gold Award and was Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US. 2016 will see the release of a CG animated short film of ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ starring Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman. www.titlesussex.co.uk
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SUSSEX DO THE BUSINESS The Sussex Business Awards return this year to celebrate the county’s best in the industry, from new, innovative companies to international globetrotters How do you mAke A BuSineSS STAnd ouT from THe crowd? From tireless workers to community action to advertisements and marketing, the world of business is fraught with risk and tough truths and the reality is that for every ten businesses set up this year, nine of them won’t make it past their two-year anniversary. However, in Sussex we’re blessed with a high percentage of companies that have thrived in the pressure-cooker of business democracy and lived to tell the tale. Therefore, to celebrate the county’s very best in business excellence are the Sussex Business Awards, which are returning for their 27th successive year. There are fifteen trophies up for grabs at the glitzy awards night including the prestigious Sussex Company of the Year, as well as other awards for innovation, customer service, small and international businesses and entrepreneurs, along with many other options. For the second year running Mike Herd, the executive director of Sussex Innovation Centre and the Sussex Businessperson of the Year 2000, will be taking his place as Chairman of the Judges. Mike was also recently awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and is looking forward to judging the biggest and best businesses and people from the last year.
“I am delighted to have been asked to take up the Chair of the Sussex Business Awards once again,” Mike commented. “This year no doubt there will be many other businesses across the region hoping they can follow in the footsteps of 15 winners across all categories. But the real beauty of these awards is that, no matter who takes the accolades, we can all join together to celebrate business success in this remarkable county.”
For the first time Title Sussex Magazine will be media sponsors of the Sussex Business Awards and we’re extremely proud to be supporting such a recognised event
For the first time Title Sussex Magazine will be media sponsors of the Sussex Business Awards and we’re extremely proud to be supporting such a recognised event, which helps to acknowledge and reward the businesses that make Sussex what it is. Caraline Brown, the awards organiser from Midnight Communications, said, “I am proud to be involved in these established awards, which have carved a vital place in the business community. The awards demonstrate what a terrific place Sussex is for creating and doing business. Twenty seven years since they were first launched, the awards have become an unmissable date in our business diaries and I am delighted that they continue to give local businesses the chance to demonstrate outstanding performance and excellence in their field.” For further information visit www.sbawards.org.uk and follow all the latest news @SussexBizAwards
Companies have until Wednesday 9 September 2015 to enter their submissions before the award winners are announced at a ceremony at The Grand Brighton, on 3 December.
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Confessions of a networking girl Each month our incognito networker joins the Great and Good of Sussex to bring you the inside story of the best of the county’s networking. Who was there? What did they eat and did they push the boat out on the vino!? SuSSex BuSineSS AwArdS LAunch At Brighton hiLton MetropoLe The launch of the Sussex Business Awards is always a great bash and it was great to be there with many previous finalists and sponsors of the awards – the longest established in the county they tell us. It’s been a while since I last visited the Metropole and I understand it’s now under new management. I can’t say I could see much difference to be honest but the staff seemed anxious and earnest to please and that’s always a sign of a new whip being cracked. Mike Herd, Chair of the Awards, chaired a panel of previous winners who shared their experiences of winning and their top tips for entering. In Vino Veritas? Top marks for free-flowing Champagne the whole night!
SuSSex chAMBer of coMMerce BreAkfASt We joined Sussex Chamber of Commerce for its Eastbourne double header. The day began with breakfast networking and finished with a trip to the Aegon International tennis at nearby Devonshire Park. Wahey! I’m no stranger to breakfast briefings and accustomed to the full works so a little taken aback when the morning’s main event was …a bacon sandwich… served (whisper it) on a paper plate! But it all proved worthwhile as the great and good of the Eastbourne business community showed their faces to the point where there was a clamour for leaning space around the tables. And as for the tennis – a great day out, but barely a jot of networking. Everyone stayed in their groups with only a few chatty moments. Was it down to the tennis or the Pimms? You decide!
Nibbles? Good nibbles but flaky samosas in this dress? I don’t think so!
In Vino Veritas? No vino. A nice range of teas but sadly no cold drinks!
Chit chat? All about the i360 and the Big Wheel. “Have you been on it? Nah. Nor me.”
Quality of nibbles? Definitely needs some work on the food side.
Great and Good Quotient? Always good to meet previous winners and hear their experiences
Chit chat? “Can she get away with ball toss? In that white dress she can!” Great and Good Quotient? Good attendance but not enough mingling.
Be the best business The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies is now in its 16th year, and they’re actively seeking businesses in the South East to enter. The list is an annual ranking of the cream of Britain’s happy and motivated workforces and offers opportunities for all organisations over 50 employees. The categories include The 25 Best Big, 100 Best Mid, 100 Best Small and 100 Best Not-For-Profit organisations. This ensures a wide variety of companies are eligible. The benefits? By measuring engagement and participating in the Lists, companies have the potential to become top talent magnets, gain advantage over competitors and be recognised as a Best Company to Work For. To enter, visit us at www.b.co.uk or call 01978 856222. Registration closes on Friday 2 October
Superfast business broadband grants Did you know that there’s a £3,000 FREE Government grant available for superfast business broadband? Businesses who have looked into the possibility of getting a decent connection for their business will know how expensive it can be, but the Connection Vouchers scheme offer up to £3,000 towards the connection. It’s the government’s initiative to support businesses by enabling better, faster connectivity. That’s great, but what’s REALLY interesting is the way it’s possible to club together as groups and often end up with the installation costing the individual businesses nothing. If you’re a landlord with business tenants, you can claim a voucher per tenant. Equally, as a syndicate, a group of tenants can all apply for separate vouchers. In fact, you don’t even need to be in the same building. A bunch of companies on a business estate can claim, or even if you are one of many working from home, close to each other in a neighbourhood. You need to claim these vouchers via an approved supplier. For more information and to ask questions, get in touch with BroadCell, a Sussex-based ISP covering the whole region. email@example.com 01444 848777
UNCERTAIN ABOUT TAXES?
Following the budget there are changes to both business and personal tax. Chances are you might like to know exactly what the changes in this year’s budget mean for you, so Julia Wright fine-tunes it for you.
A limited company must pay Corporation Tax on its taxable profits. You don’t get a bill for Corporation Tax - it’s up to you to work out how much your company owes. Are you up to speed?
Do you know how the budget will affect your personal tax situation?
Corporation tax rates - The corporation tax rate will be reduced from 20% to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020. Corporation tax payment dates - New payment dates will be introduced for companies and groups with annual taxable profits of £20m or more. This applies for accounting periods starting on or after 1 April 2017. Annual Investment allowance (AIA) - The permanent level of the AIA will increase to £200,000 for all qualifying investment in plant and machinery made on or after 1 January 2016. Corporation tax relief for business goodwill amortisation Relief will be restricted for the cost of “goodwill” in respect of all acquisitions and disposals on or after 8 July 2015. Dividend taxation - The Dividend Tax Credit will be abolished from April 2016. A new Dividend Tax Allowance of £5,000 will be introduced from this date. The new rates of tax on dividend income above the allowance will be 7.5% for basic rate taxpayers, 32.5% for higher rate taxpayers and 38.1% for additional rate taxpayers. Employment allowance - The NIC Employment Allowance will be increased, from April 2016, from £2,000 to £3,000.
Personal allowance - The personal allowance will increase from £10,600 in 2015/16 to £11,000 in 2016/17 and £11,200 in 2017/18. Higher rate threshold - The 40% higher rate threshold will rise from £42,385 in 2015/16 to £43,000 in 2016/17 and £43,600 in 2017/18. The NICs upper earning limit will also increase to remain aligned with the higher rate threshold. Non-UK domiciled individuals - The rules on non-domiciled individuals will change from 6 April 2017. Inheritance tax (IHT) - New measures are being introduced designed to remove the majority of family homes from the (IHT) net, where the residence is left to children or grandchildren on death. Buy to let landlords - The relief on finance costs that individual landlords of residential property will be restricted to the basic rate of tax. From April 2016 the Wear and Tear Allowance will be replaced with a new relief that allows all residential landlords to deduct the actual costs of replacing furnishings. Rent a room - The level of rent-a-room relief will be increased from April 2016 from £4,250 to £7,500. National living wage (NLW) - A NLW will be introduced for workers aged 25 and above, by introducing a new premium on top of the National Minimum Wage. From April 2016, the NLW will be set at £7.20. Pensions: Lifetime allowance - This will reduce to £1 million on 6 April 2016. The allowance is currently £1.25 million. There will be protection available for those whose savings already exceed the limit under the usual arrangements. Note that a claim for fixed protection 2016 will need to be in place by 5 April 2016. From April 2018 the pensions lifetime allowance will be subject to consumer prices index (CPI) inflation.
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SUMMER BUDGET 2015 – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW Corporation tax rates 20% now, 19% in 2017 18% in 2020.
Employment allowance - £2,000 now £3,000 from April 2016.
Personal allowance - £10,600 in 2015/16, £11,000 in 2016/17 and £11,200 in 2017/18.
Rent a room - from £4,250 now to £7,500 from April 2016.
National living wage (NLW) - A NLW will be introduced for workers aged 25 and above, by introducing a new premium on top of the National Minimum Wage. From April 2016, the NLW will be set at £7.20 per hour.
Pensions: Lifetime allowance - This will reduce from £1.25 million now to £1 million on 6 April 2016.
Inheritance tax (IHT) - New measures are being introduced designed
to remove the majority of family homes from the (IHT) net, where the residence is left to children or grandchildren on death.
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TECH FIVE From festival findings to an internet invasion, Amanda Horlington breaks down what’s going up and down in the world of technology Dear Ms Swift, First let me congratulate you on aiming your gorgeous and pricy designer sandal to kick Apple Music in the Bramleys. Taylor Swift, you are a flaxen haired end-oflevel-boss. Kerpow! A spindly but mighty gladiator. Thwack! You unleashed the hell dogs of 300 sweaty lawyers and a sprinkle of tweets to do battle to secure what was truly your birthright; your royalties for three months of Apple Music streaming. But have I a bone to pick with you and your talented musical chums. I’m guessing your earliest musical purchase didn’t involve a bus trip to musty high street retailer Our Price to buy your first ever vinyl (Off The Wall by Michael Jackson since you ask), only to purchase it again on cassette, later on CD, again through iTunes and a myriad of streaming services (don’t even get me started on compilation albums). I dare say when the ability to download music straight to a widget in your brain finally arrives, it will have me purchasing the same track listing yet again, paid for this time in synaptic MindCoins. “I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free,” you argued in a spat with Spotify last year and I’m right with you girlfriend. Only I don’t agree that I should be paying for tracks several times over either. So who’s going to rumble in the jungle and dance like a kick-ass butterfly for me, hmmmm?
UP Festival fumblings
Solve the traditional ‘where’s the tent?’ angst with free app OS Locate which helps you mark the location of really important things then directs you back there.
UP Gmail Unsend
Giving us 30 seconds of soul searching should be ample to decide whether you really should have sent that email to your ex or worse, your boss.
“I dare say when the ability to download music straight to a widget in your brain finally arrives, it will have me purchasing the same track listing yet again, paid for this time in synaptic MindCoins.”
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MEH Apple Pay
Apple Pay; wonderfully convenient for iPhone 6 owning Britons (#yay!), however Japanese folk have been doing this for more than a decade (#whatevah)
DOWN Googling symptoms
Googling medical woes could be bad for your health GPs say, so bypass Google altogether and head to a reputable site such as NHS Choices or Patient.info
DOWN Snoopers’ charter
The Government’s plans for more power to spy on us. Tim Berners-Lee wants a 21st Century Magna Carta, only with more on rights to privacy and less about troublesome Baron rebellions.
Tesla Model S Words: Danny Cobbs
Brutishly strong shunt lines have been carved into its flowing metalwork and it now appears as a scaled-down version of its bigger brother, the Mercedes SL
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MOTORS Ever wondered what the automotive equivalent of an Apple iPhone would be, then look no further than the Tesla Model S. Manufactured in California and funded by the PayPal billionaire Elon Musk, this all-electric five-door coupe is not so much a glance into the future, this is a taste of the future. First launched in the States three years ago and now conforming to European specifications, including right hand drive, there’s a familiarity to its exterior styling, as if it’s an acknowledgement that history still has something to offer to these Silicone Valley upstarts. The cabin, however, is as the designer envisioned it; unfettered and revolutionary. Dials and counters have been replaced with a neat digital instrument binnacle, while a 17” touchscreen becomes the nerve centre for airconditioning, audio and functions such as regeneration braking, air suspension height, even the charge-port hatch, sunroof and demisters. There’s no starter button, either. The car knows the key is onboard and activates itself. Rear wheel driven by a 416bhp AC motor, power comes in the form of an 85kWh battery, which is good for 250-odd miles between charges. At a 32-amp UK public charging point, the Tesla needs 15 hours for a full charge, half that for a high-output Tesla home charger. A network of 80kW superchargers are planned, which will pump half a charge in 20 minutes, a full charge in 70 minutes. Instant torque catapults it from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, maxing out at 130mph, all with zero emissions. And apart from any road noise, it does so in complete silence, with every handling confidence of a thoroughbred sports GT. This brilliant technology isn’t particularly cheap; prices range from £59,500 to £84,100, but then again, neither is an Apple iPhone.
GREAT EXECTATIONS The Rugby World Cup kicks off in September and with two games to be held at Sussex’s Amex stadium, Title caught up with former England captain and World Cup winner Mike Tindall, to get his views on England’s hopes and more
Tindall, 36, was part of the last England side to win the World Cup in Australia 12 years ago and, despite currently being ranked fourth in the world, he believes only the All Blacks can stand in the way of the home side’s prospects. “If I put my hand on my heart I don’t see England losing,” Tindall told Press Association Sport. “With the home advantage and the leaps and bounds they made at the Six Nations, they are in a really good spot right now. Their strength in depth, especially through the pack, is incredible and now they have a backline that is backing them up. England have got a very high level of performance and consistency, so I can see them getting to the final. You would put money on New Zealand being there to face them and then it is just a one-off game, but England have that game to beat them.”
Chichester, played for a number of West Sussex rugby sides including Haywards Heath, where he lined-up alongside Harlequins prop Joe Marler, who was born in Eastbourne. London Wasps’ Joe Launchbury also has roots in the county as he attended Christ’s Hospital and played for Horsham and Worthing before moving to the capital. With a strong squad to choose from Stuart Lancaster will have to make a number of tough choices during the tournament, something that Tindall has become all too familiar with since hanging up his boots in July 2014. Since then he has stepped into the realm of reality TV - not the most obvious choice of career move for somebody that married into the Royal Family. But the husband of Zara Philips - the Queen’s granddaughter - has got stuck into the reality sphere like it was a scrum against the All Blacks. Not once but twice the 36-year-old has put himself through the mill for our entertainment - first with The Jump, the Davina McCall-hosted winter sports competition and then with Bear Grylls: Mission Survival, an intense endurance journey in the rainforests of Costa Rica.
Sussex will play host to two of the tournament’s Pool B matches, as South Africa face off against Japan on Saturday 19 September before Samoa take on the USA the following day. But Sussex has more than one link to the tournament, as it has been the starting point for three of the players pushing for a place in the tournament squad. Billy Twelvetrees, born in
“The Bear Grylls thing was around the time of the start of the season and it was a way of taking my mind off anything else and refocus and just get out there. With The Jump, when it was on last year, I said I’d love to do that just for the skiing side of it and when they asked me, it was a bit of a no brainer. I wanted to do it and it fell into my lap at the perfect time.”
n September the Rugby World Cup will return to England for the first time since 1999 and with it brings England’s best chance to win the tournament since they last claimed the Webb Ellis trophy in 2003, according to Mike Tindall.
England have got a very high level of performance and consistency, so I can see them getting to the final But there was more to it than giving him purpose. Ever the fierce competitor, self-improvement was also a factor. “For me to do them they had to have the element of a challenge. They had to have something that I felt they would get out of it.” With Mission Survival, through the epic 12-day survival test Tindall wanted to push his physical and mental wellbeing to the limit. “I always said, if you think about a rugby player being a manly, deal with anything sort of guy, a tough guy, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to find out if I am, whether I am durable in the true sense of the word. That was the challenge. In the lead up, to prepare myself I tried to imagine the worst that it could possibly be. Luckily we didn’t get there!” Drinking your own urine, as contestants on Mission Survival had to do, would be considered many people’s definition of “worst it could possibly be.” Yet Tindall emerged during a time when such activities were standard as rugby dressing room camaraderie - no, really - and he managed to do it with worrying ease. “Unfortunately initiations are old school rugby and they don’t happen so much nowadays. But initiations definitely could have involved that in the past. And I have to admit that it wasn’t the first time; Bear did look at me a bit strangely when I said, ‘are we drinking our own or are we drinking other people’s?’” Overall, Tindall enjoyed his foray into light entertainment, but is unsure if he’ll be making another reality TV appearance. He has other interests to consider, such as media performances and his charity work, which does so much good for military veterans. The former Bath and Gloucester outside centre is patron of Rugby for Heroes and through his annual celebrity golf day has raised over £100,000 to help former army officers to get back to normal civilian life. At this year’s event, playing in bright multi-coloured trousers, Tindall finished well off the pace and after coming second in both The Jump and Mission Survival he jokes that his days of winning might have ended with his rugby career. “I’m getting used to that now. I’ve been lucky in the past at winning finals. But I can’t win any outside of rugby unfortunately!”
FACT FILE Name: Michael James Tindall, OBE Age: 36 Height: 6ft 1in Weight: 102kg Position: Centre Caps: 75 Education: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
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Andreya Triana will perform at Boomerang Festival in September, and her return will be the climax of years of artistic evolution, as Daniel White finds out
THE SWEET SOUND
t was just six years ago that the soul songstress Andreya Triana was waiting tables at a sushi restaurant in Brighton. Writing tracks in her spare time, she struggled to pay her rent. However, this September she will return to the county where her career began to perform on the main stage at Boomerang Festival, a moment that will mean a lot to her.
It was a really amazing time in Brighton and I met some amazing people and wrote some great music.
“It’s always sentimental every time I come back to Sussex because that’s where I wrote my first album,” she reflects of her time living on the coast. “I was working like mad in Brighton when I lived there; I worked in an insurance company, I worked in a sushi restaurant, I worked as an administrator so I was doing loads of temp jobs just to pay the rent. It was a really amazing time in Brighton and I met some amazing people and wrote some great music.” Born in London, Andreya was a music fiend from day one, shutting herself away in her room writing poetry and songs in her Brixton family home. It’s hard to see if she has changed much since, with her passion for music as evident today, if not more so, than any other musician I have spoken to. With dashes of Amy Winehouse and hints of Nina Simone in her voice it is clear to see where her influence lies. “I loved soul music from the start really; Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill were a massive influence on me.” It is easy to tell listening to her newest album Giants, which was released in May this year, and has ventured some way from her 2010 debut Lost Where I Belong. As well as switching producers
during her five-year hiatus, moving away from her previous work which was connected heavily to Bonobo and now linking up with Matt Hales, she has made an effort to develop musically and personally. “After the first album I just felt like I really wanted to push myself so I hid myself away for a few years and just kept writing, I wrote about 70 songs in that time. Then we just whittled it down to our favourite few so it really was a labour of love but I’ve really pushed myself hard on this album and I’m really glad I did, it was a great process. It was very intense but it was worthwhile and it’s good to see what you’re made of when you just really keep going.” Giants is the culmination of her growth during her time away from the spotlight and is just another step along her colourful path. “I feel like it’s bolder, it’s stronger, it’s deeper lyrically and emotionally, and vocally as well so it feels like it’s a big step on in a way; a bit of an evolution.” She will be singing tracks off both albums at the West Sussex festival and her performance at Hickstead’s All England Jumping Ground will continue her rise to stardom, which has most recently included slots at Glastonbury and on Jools Holland. “I’m really excited, the line-up looks amazing,” she enthused. “I really love the energy at a festival, everyone’s up for it and having a good time and as long as there’s music, booze and outdoors it’s always a good vibe.” Full of energy, Andreya is a creative force in every sense and when she’s not in the studio or writing lyrics, she’s still inspired to create elsewhere. “When I’m not singing I’m massively into making stuff; I really love sewing bags, I’m really into African fabric, I’m really into style and fashion as well, I also love art, reading and going to the gym - I’m a bit of a gym bunny.” A style icon in her own right, Andreya’s African-style dress sense is eye-catching and I made sure to get her tip on how to choose your own style. “It’s all about just feeling great in yourself, that is it,” she assured. “Anyone who feels great and is happy in themselves looks amazing to me, that is the most beautiful thing, so just go with what you like and be yourself.” Having progressed so far in such a short space of time it is tough to see where the finish line will be for the 28-year-old but, for those on the start line, she has some words of advice. “The main thing is to believe in yourself, to value your time and your talent and also to not be scared to get your hands dirty. It’s very hard work and you have to really be persistent and just keep going. I’m learning all the time and the more I learn, the more I realise there’s so much more I don’t know, so I’m constantly trying to improve myself and push myself.” For more information on Boomerang Festival visit www.boomeranghickstead.com
ANDREYA’S QUICK FIRE QUIZ Favourite Film? Coming to america Favourite album? the miseducation of lauryn Hill Favourite band? Hiatus Kaiyote iF you Could Have one super power wHat would it be? To fly wHat’s your idea oF Happiness? Happiness to me is just being still and being content with whatever is happening in life singing or listening to musiC? both in equal measures east or west sussex? west sussex Favourite sussex venue? the brighton dome Career HigHligHt? probably meeting samuel l. Jackson recently and singing at his charity event Career low? the early days, the very skint times
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wHat motivates you? i guess it’s my love for music and for life
A SUMMER CINEMA SELECTION Here’s our round up of the biggest and best movies to check out at the cinema this month… Words by Rhys Wilson-Plant
Scott Land (Rudd) is given a super-suit with the ability to shrink its inhabitant by one of the most highly regarded scientists in the world, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas). Along with the doctor’s daughter, they must save the world. This film is undoubtedly unique, contradicting scale like we have seen before in Transformers or The Avengers; AntMan highlights the scale of a bathtub, or crossing a dance floor without being squished, or riding the tidal wave of water in a small water pipe. This film takes the audience into the nooks and crannies that only ants could get into. However with all this ingenuity, the characters are stereotyped and are obvious at almost every turn. This therefore reduces the audience’s emotional attachment to these characters and, in turn, means we never stress if the protagonists are in trouble because we know they’ll get out of it and defeat evil. Ant-Man creates a world that we haven’t seen before and takes the audience on a thrill ride on the smallest scale possible. Ant-Man - 6/10
Magic Mike XXL The film takes place a few years after Magic Mike. Mike has pursued his dream and built his company up doing what he loves, but after rejection from Brooke (Horn) and the pressures of his work becoming to define him, he meets up with his old gang in Tampa and embarks on a road trip to the Stripper Convention (yes, you heard that right!) to finish his dancing career on a bang (pun intended). Magic Mike XXL has turned up the heat from the previous film and gives the audience what they want; bigger parties, more dancing and
From Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Equaliser) comes Southpaw, a story about LightMiddleweight champion, Billy Hope, who loses everything and fights to get it back. This is a story of redemption, hope and family. Without a doubt the main attraction for the film is Jake Gyllenhaal, who delivers a fantastic performance that keeps this conventional sport movie fresh and interesting. Many comparisons can be made with one of the boxing originals, Rocky, as Billy pleads to the down and out trainer, Tick Wills (Whittaker) to get him back in the ring and get his daughter back. Southpaw – 7/10
of course, more heat.
Ted 2 After Ted marries Tami-Lyn, they decide to have a baby to revive their decaying marriage a year on. However in order to have a child, Ted must prove in a court of law that he is in fact a person and not property. After such a huge hit in the first film of the franchise, hopes were high for this film. But this film strays far from a storyline and instead conveys a story of sketches. Often digressing from the story in hope of a cheap laugh, and laugh we do (out of shock mostly), it nevertheless strays so far at times that we tend to pinch ourselves to remember what the story is about. Ted 2 – 5/10
Magic Mike XXL – 6/10
TAKE I T OUTSIDE… Prolong that honeymoon period between you and the English summer. As the days get shorter, Bella Whiteley looks at ways to make your outside hours last longer Bella creates evolved homes and interiors with personal touches. Created by hand, curated with soul www.bellawhiteleyinteriors.co.uk The heart sinks at having to ditch the flip flops as we cruise into autumn. Although we often get an Indian summer with golden days, night can be nippier. Patio heaters, outdoor chimineas and fires are the ideal way to extend the evenings all year round, eking out just a few more weeks of seasonal pleasure hanging out under the stars.
HEATERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Firstly, gas heaters are a waste of energy, literally, and they’re ugly. Because hot air rises, nearly all of the warmth they produce (together with some environmentally harmful gas bi-products) floats up into the atmosphere. Their heat output is only around 15-20kWh, which compares poorly with an electric quartz-halogen infrared patio heater, a much better bet. Sussex-based SunSwitch infrared heaters, which I have often used in courtyard gardens, draw only about a tenth of the energy used by a gas patio heater, so CO2 emissions are correspondingly much lower. They specialise in the supply and install of economical quartz halogen infrared patio heaters which don’t work by heating the air; the radiant warmth is directed only where it is required and it cannot blow away. Bonus! They are 93% efficient at converting electrical power into heat, and for Sussex residents, being a largely coastal county, the best option is their Varma Seaside 2kw Heater, starting at £342 delivered, as its slick stainless steel enclosure and protective Robax glass front can withstand erosive salty environments.
PLAYING WITH FIRE For me, nothing beats the primitive thrill of a real flame fire. In our increasingly built-up environments, it’s an excuse to connect with the elements again and go all caveman, or woman. Man’s earliest fire use dates back some 1.8 million years, so it’s deeply ingrained in our evolutionary psyche. The central focal point of any outdoor space, a hearty fire is undeniably mesmerising, and what better way to turn up the heat than with stylish burners and chimineas? Firepits UK supply both traditional and contemporary metal, giant bowls for chucking your logs into and watching the unkempt blaze. My favourites are the Drumkit Collection, perfect for sitting around in a circle and the Classic collection, which is exactly that, clean lines, no frills. For the designer fire look, go for the sleek, shiny (grade 316) steel round firepit. These guys are the UK’s leading supplier of the Bohemian style Indian fire bowls, sold by many garden centres across the country. The antique fire bowls have an inherent character and metal patination, giving your feature-fire and patio instant boho-chic.
WHILST WE’RE ALL FIRED UP Chimineas are another convenient option for containing fire and generate heat through a terracotta or cast iron container. The Barn in Sussex have a large showroom and selection and my contemporary choices are the Girse range, with prices from around £2,450, in particular the 195cm tall Duo Exclusive Outdoor Fireplace and Barbeque Type 1. With Scandi-cool styling and handy log storage built in, it adds a bold statement to any outdoor living space. As the metal heats up, the heat will remain long after the last logs have finished burning, but remember the cast iron gets extremely hot, so don’t touch! The Barn also stocks the sassy Italian brand AK47, and their seductive range of firepits are sleek and unique. I love the Zen outdoor fire with its off-centre bowl set in a circle of random stones contained in the metal circle. Also the Ercole with concrete surround seat for perching with a glass of Italian chic statement pieces. Bellissimo!
Table-top or counter-top freestanding fires are popular, but I wouldn’t recommend a gel-fire. They produce little or no heat, and the chemicals in the synthetic gels can produce harmful emissions for the environment.
BUILDING YOUR HEAT….. A built-in vertical fireplace or firewall feature can be designed and built to your specifications if you brief your builder well. Making an architectural statement with a permanent structure means your fire is ever ready for that spontaneous alfresco get-together with friends. Sussex specialists in this field are Alfresco Fires, based near Horsham. Owned by Kiwi Aaron Gaul, (those Kiwis know a thing or two about fires and barbies!) he has some 15 years’ experience building bespoke outdoor fireplaces, and they have a style or suggestion to suit all types of location and property. Ventilation is key at the top to draw the smoke upwards and away from your seating area, and heat-resistant renders are vital. These can be tinted or even painted afterwards if you want a dark brown Moroccan look or perhaps a chic grey edgy urban look to your firewall.
RAKING OVER THE HOT COALS… Using coal or charcoal creates fewer flames and instead produces a steady, intense heat which lasts longer. Osowarm in West Sussex showcase a great Danish brand called Morso. Their lifestyle range, called Morso Living, includes the cute and compact Morso Forno Terra set. Available with a small outdoor table on wheels, it can be wheeled around, even when in use. How clever is that? With a nifty, removable top or chimney for cleaning out the ash, it’s a great outdoor oven too, used for all barbeque foods and even for baking bread. Their chiminea, called the Kamino, is one of the most elegant shapes there are, and is available with or without a stand. Danish design at its seductive best. Their eco-credentials are impressive at their manufacturing HQ. Their strapline is even ‘Buy it for its looks - love it for its soul‘. How very Danish!
If Scandi is the way for you, check out the slightly crazy Red Hot Poker, designed by Harrie Leenders. The Takk poker is a modern high-tech aluminium poker in its most basic form; the branch. It’s a logical idea, inspired by nature. Takk means ‘thank you’ in Norwegian. And a ‘tak’ is a branch for the Dutch. A branch shaped poker called Takk? A nice way to say… thank you!
STOCKISTS SunSwitch Heaters - www.sunswitch.net Firepits and fire bowls - FirePits UK www.firepitsuk Chimeneas - The Barn www.thebarn.co.uk Fireplaces - Alfresco Fires www.alfrescofires.co.uk Chimeneas and charcoal fires - Osowarm www.osowarm.co.uk Morso products - www.morsoliving.co.uk Red Hot Poker - www.leenders.nl Logs and wood info - www.logpile.co.uk and www. westsussex.gov.uk/woodlands Make your own logs - www.paperlogmaker.co.uk Log bags www.uashmama.nl
Enjoy your fire in whatever style you choose and read on for handy tips and ideas to enhance your love affair with fire… TOP TEN TIPS 1. Natural scents for the fire. Make your own or even forage for a natural item that you can burn in your chiminea or firepit to emit a wonderful fragrance. Thinly slice some apple or orange in rounds, place on ovenproof paper and dry in the oven on a low setting. Then you can burn them in your fire wood/coal mixture. They also make amazing natural firelighters. 2. Alternatively, more musky and seductive smelling is to burn herbs. Dried sage is a not for everyone but I love its strength it clears any other odours from the air, especially cooking smells. Dried sage wands have been used by Native Americans for clearing out negative energy for thousands of years. Simply untie some strands and throw them in at intervals. Rosemary can also be burnt and is lighter and perhaps more aromatic. 3. You can also buy pure fragrance oils in virtually any scent of your choice. Just put a few drops on your branches or logs but you must allow them to dry. Then burn as usual later on. 4. Fire safety tips. Select a firm, level, immovable
base for your product. If it’s going on your wooden deck, you need to put it on a cast iron or stone base to get it off the ground. Place it far enough away from the walls of your house in case of flame-drift and heat scorching. Ensure the area above your chiminea or burner is clear of overhanging tree limbs, foliage or awnings and fabric shades.
5. Best to burn in a vertical chiminea are air dried or kiln dried mini logs. They need to be smaller than a conventional log, i.e. 9-14 inches max long, four inches diameter. If the mouth of the chiminea is wider, they can be a little bigger. 6.
Do not burn any pressure treated woods as they emit toxic gases when burnt, or any painted woods or varnished woods; they also will emit toxic smoke. Green (not air dried) or wet wood will just create smoke and little heat. Natural wood from a reputable, sustainable supplier is best but needs to be kiln dried with as little as 20% moisture left in it. Try www.logpile.co.uk for news on wood suppliers providing sustainable logs as a heating source. Also www.westsussex.gov.uk/ woodlands to find out where to buy wood fuel locally sourced.
7. Make your own eco logs, also known as briquettes. The Eko-Mania Heavy Duty Paper Log Maker is a great one. Making logs or bricks from all your household waste paper they are simple to operate and produce rectangular logs that burn well once fully dried out. It’s free heat from unwanted newspapers, envelopes and junk mail! Only suitable for firepits and fire bowls though. Too big for a chiminea. 8. Exotic woods. If you happen to know any joiners/carpenters, keep your eyes peeled for these beauties… Red Cedar and Pinion Pine both have a nice aroma and keeps the mosquitos away. Mesquite wood, known for its culinary wonder by discerning chefs and cooks, is THE wood for smoking meat and is an excellent cooking wood for those with grill chimineas/burners; but it burns very, very hot, so you need only use a few pieces at a time. Hickory and Juniper wood also flavour any grill-cooking wonderfully. 9. Gas patio heaters and the environment are a big NO! In January 2008, Euro MPs tabled a motion to ban gas patio heaters as part of a drive to cut CO2 emissions as average emissions per gas patio heater are 35kg per annum. They’re noisy, they smell, and these massive, ugly metal mushrooms take up precious patio space. Without annual maintenance and cleaning, they look tatty very quickly. Typical fuel-efficiency of a gas patio heater is only around 65%. They produce very little short wavelength infrared heat, so you literally have to be sitting under or next to one to feel any benefit. Convinced yet?! Use the eco option. 10. Baskets and bags for logs and kindling. There are infinite choices of products to carry your logs and kindling in, from simple wooden pallet boxes to recycled tyre tubs or enamel buckets. I’m loving the great looking waxy-coated bag from a divine stylish supplier Uashmama, a great company with an interesting story and maverick attitude. The bags are made in Italy of 100% natural fibre derived from trees, coloured only with vegetable dyes and they ship worldwide. The combination of tradition, craftsmanship and technology has ensured that the ‘magic’ formula, similar to a tanning of leather, results in an inherently beautiful and tough material. The Wood Bag in grey is my stylish fave.
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PROPERTY NEWS TRIED AND TRUSTED Politicians may take first prize in the award for least trusted professionals but following closely behind are estate agents. Not known for their honesty or helpfulness, estate agents and letting companies potentially hold a lot of power in their hands. Therefore, choosing the right one as a landlord is of paramount importance for a number of reasons. From professionalism to value, you cannot take anything for granted, as Jane Wilkinson, lettings director for Sussex at Leaders, explains.
“Your property is an extremely valuable asset, so firstly it is crucial to pick an agent you can trust. If you make a shrewd choice, a quality agent will help you to enjoy the highest possible return on your investment, provide great tenants and take all the strain out of being a landlord.” Jane has put together five top tips to help those looking to change agents or considering a buy-to-let investment which you can view on our website at www.titlesussex.co.uk/tried-and-trusted
A ROCKING RAISER To celebrate their 10th Anniversary in Brighton Baron Estate have raised £5,000 for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. After opening their Western Road office last April, which marked their decade in the city, Baron Estate offered customers zero per-cent commission for the first six weeks after opening, saving customers around £4,500, based on an average house price of £300,000. In return they asked home sellers to donate £500 to Rockinghorse after completing their home sale and have now raised the impressive sum. “We’re proud to be able to support Rockinghorse who are an excellent charity in our city,” says Danny Ross, Manager at Baron Estates. “I have had first-hand experience on how the money they raise can really make a difference.” Baron Estate also continue to donate ten per-cent of all sales commission to the charity.
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JACKY JENKINS ON GATWICK... Having lived in Crowborough all my life I have to voice my despair and anger at Gatwick’s treatment of many people who have, up until now, led a peaceful existence in this lovely area. Now we have planes every two minutes immediately overhead, sometimes all day from 6.00am to 10.30pm. I find their arrogance and general attitude to the people of this area quite disgusting and would urge everyone affected to make their voices heard. As you can imagine I would be extremely unhappy if Gatwick was eventually favoured over Heathrow for a second runway. Gatwick implemented changes by the back door with no regard for their neighbours - they should be requested to change back to the previous set-up which wasn’t changed for safety issues, just pure greed to make money by allowing more flights to land. Shame on you Gatwick. 98
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