sussex Issue 5. October/November 2015
The BOND issue
DANIEL CRAIG Casino Royale fashion shoot
Christmas Gifts Guide The Real Spy Autumn Recipes Driving the Jaguar C-X75
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6 STUFF WE…
9 PEOPLE & PLACES 14 CHRISTMAS GIF T GUIDES
18 DANIEL CRAIG 24 HOW TO STAY SAFE
CONTENTS 47 BEAUTY 53 FOOD & DRINK
68 TRAVEL 76 KIDS & FAMILIES 77 ENTERTAINMENT 80 MOTORS
83 BUSINESS 91 PROPERTY
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CONtrIbutOrS Giles Paley-Phillips, Amanda Horlington, Danny Cobbs, Caraline Brown, Julia Wright, Marcus Abel, Nick Mosley, Bella Whiteley, Rhys Wilson-Plant, Lisa Moore, Fal Blake, Chris Phillips, Camilla Davies COVEr IMAGE bOND SHOOt: Photographer: Erika Szostak, www.erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, @threepinreset Hair: Justin Adams, Cove Hairdressing, www.covehairbrighton.co.uk Makeup artist: Charlene Howells, www.charlenehowells.com Models: Cherry Shakewell, www.cherryshakewell.com Keith Pemberton, www.keithpemberton.com Shot on location at Genting Casino, Brighton www.gentingcasinos.co.uk
Ed’s letter For this issue we’ve delved into the world of James Bond, pretty much throughout the whole magazine. It’s driven our fashion shoot, and you’ll find references throughout each section – through food and drink, travel and even our accounts and business section. It’s been a thrilling ride – as we near the 24th Bond episode to hit the screens, it’s been a ball working through some of this. And we have an interview with Daniel Craig, talking about how he likes to keep his Bond true to the Fleming creation. Reflecting on stuff that has such longevity we’re also feeling pretty pleased that Title is still going strong. It’s a tough market out there, and we always knew it was going to be a bit of a fight, but here we are, finishing Issue 5 and already halfway through the content for Issue 6 and actually, it’s all OK. What we do is still so very different from our competitors, and our content reflects that. We have integrity and honesty. We print the volumes we claim and we can prove our online statistics. Last month we some 25,000 view of the magazine online, which astounded even us. But more than anything else, we’re halfway through our first year and getting better every time. People keep saying it, so it must be true! I really hope you love this issue. I say that every time but I mean it! We don’t just do this to earn a crust, we actually give lots of monkeys about this magazine and what’s in it, and it matters if people love it or not. So pour yourself a Martini, argue with your friends about whether it should be shaken or stirred, and settle in for the ride.
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STUFF WE LIKE SUSSEX AUTHOR LAUNCHES BOOK
For anyone who thinks they have a book in them, take heart. Sussex teacher Graham Minett has followed his love of writing and landed a two-book deal with Bonnier Publishing in Marylebone. His debut novel is called The Hidden Legacy and it comes out on 5 November as an eBook and then next summer as a paperback. The Hidden Legacy is set in two timelines. In the 1960s an 11-year-old boy commits a barbaric act of violence in a school playground and is demonised by the media. In the present day Ellen Sutherland, recently divorced and struggling to juggle her successful career with raising two young children, learns that she has inherited a cottage in the Cotswolds. She’s never heard of the elderly woman who has
Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to buying furniture. For many homeowners, there isn’t the luxury of a spare room, meaning every piece of furniture has to serve multiple purposes and, whether it’s a single piece or a whole room, space efficiency makes life so much easier and tidier. That is why we can’t get enough of Cimitree’s bespoke storage furniture pieces. Based in South Harting, West Sussex the company can create anything from a showpiece kitchen island to an under stairs storage piece. They use the finest quality materials to create amazing free standing or fitted furniture. For more information check out their website www.cimitree.co.uk
left it to her and has never been to the village in her life.
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JOBS (AND AWARDS) FOR THE GIRLS
Gill Burn, owner of Lady Decorators, a Billingshurst based business set up in 2003, has been selected as a finalist in The Best Business Women Award for female entrepreneurs in not one but two categories. She is one of 60 finalists chosen out of 260 entrants and has been shortlisted for Best Inspiring Business Woman and Best Tradeswoman. The annual competition recognises great women in the business community, who are not only making a difference in their own lives, but also in their local communities. “I cannot believe I have been shortlisted, I have never entered anything like this before and I am really looking forward to the awards ceremony. This industry can be tough, especially as a woman, and has been a struggle at times so it’s a great feeling to be selected as a finalist for such prestigious awards,” grins Gill. www.ladydecoratorssussex.co.uk
GOOD FOOD AT GOODWOOD
Goodwood Home Farm on the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex is delighted that Farm Manager Tim Hassell has won the acclaimed Farmers Weekly Farm Manager of the Year Award. Tim was presented the award by comedian and actor Hugh Dennis, at a glittering awards ceremony. Having fought off tough competition from farm managers across the country, Tim, who was also recently awarded Sussex Farmer of the Year, is in charge of Goodwood’s Estate-based Home Farm. Along with 1,375 ha of organic farmland, Tim and his team look after 1,400 ewes, 50 Sussex sucklers, 45 breeding sows and a 200-cow herd of Dairy Shorthorns. His aim is to produce top quality meat, milk and cheese as well as beer to sell on the Estate and beyond. If you haven’t eaten at Goodwood, get yourself along there, because the food is to die for. www.goodwood.com
STUFF TO DO SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF PEAS
A RACE FIT FOR A KING
Although the contestants don’t get to stand up and belt out-oftune songs at Simon Cowell, the 2016 VegfestUK in Brighton will offer people the opportunity to showcase their chosen form of vegan activism in front of a panel of judges, with an array of prizes up for grabs. The FxEctive Factor has two categories – Vegan Activism and Vegan Performance – and has been set up to encourage activists to self-critique and avoid pitfalls such as xenophobia, speciesism, sexism or homophobia.
The 52-mile walk, jog or run is a sequel to the iconic Race to the Stones and takes place on 25-26 June 2016. Starting at the National Trust Slindon Estate in East Sussex, the route follows along the South Downs Way to Winchester Cathedral, the burial place of the first Kings of England.
If you’ve ever dreamed of a vegan version of X-Factor then today’s your lucky day, as dreams have become reality.
To enter, send a 50-word outline of your activism, or a link to your performance to firstname.lastname@example.org before the submission deadline on 31 December 2015.
HELP BREAK THE SILENCE
It may not be the sport of kings but if you’re a passionate walker or runner then The Race to the King is made for you.
The course can be completed non-stop in one day or over both weekend days, with camping in between. With pit stops every five to six miles, the race is fully supported and to enter, visit www.racetotheking.com
FESTIVE FOODIE FUN
The Big Sussex Christmas Market returns this winter and we can’t wait. Hosted by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, the two-day event takes place on New Road in Brighton on 5-6 December.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary and promote their ‘Break the Silence’ campaign, Survivors Network are hosting two special events in November. The Sussex charity supports survivors of sexual violence and on Friday 20 November will hold a Survivor’s Network Open Space conference, a forum for anyone with a passion to be part of the change, to come together and address pressing issues.
Packed with tasty hot foods, local produce and more, this is the perfect day out in the build up to 25 December. If you’re stuck for a present this Christmas then make sure you visit the friendly team from Rockinghorse Children’s Charity who will be selling empty hampers and bags, allowing you to create your own foodie hamper with unique Sussex jams, chutneys, wines, beers, teas and much more. For more information visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com
The second will be the Survivor’s Network 25th Birthday FireWalking event, which is a community celebration of the vital work they have done during this time. It will be held on Saturday 21 November and to see how you can get involved in either event visit www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
STUFF WE COVET
Bluetooth Shower Speaker £14.99 Blue Inc
PILL Red Hot Water Bottle £34.95 Cuckooland.com
Fabulous Flowers Colouring Book £9.99 GettingPersonal.co.uk
EDIT OR’ PICK S
Pug Mug Set £9.99 New Look
Caddy £19.95 House of Bath
Bauble Clutch Bag £19.99 New Look
Cocktail Set £16.99 TK Maxx
Telephone Box Wine Rack £330 The Great Gift Company
Junior 007 Spy Box £35.00 The Great Gift Company
PEOPLE & PLACES
The Savills team; Tom Prower, Hannah Riches, Mark Taylor, Stuart Nicholls, Sophie Wysock-Wright and Chris Spofforth
WHAT Savills Rural and Residential teams from Haywards Heath hosted a lunch for over 40 clients and also provided an exclusive course walk WHERE South of England Showground, Ardingly WHEN Sunday 27 September WHY Savills sponsored the South of England International Horse Trials for the third year running, which saw over 600 riders from across the globe competing over two days Photos: Graham Franks
Chris and Sally Langridge
WHAT WE DRANK Just tea for us
Tom Prower and Tara Parsons with Sallie Anne and Duane Lent
WHAT WE LOVED The special course tour, what a venue!
Emily Wagenmann with Lydia and Polly William Goodwin and Jonathan Day
Katherine and Ginny Freeman with Lucy aged eight and Maisy aged six
Charles and Joanne Genoni with Lotti and Talli Lester Quenault and Megan Hughes
David Merritt explains the cross country course to guests
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Over 120 leading South Downs food and drink producers gathered to enjoy a tasting session of sparking wines from world beating Sussex breweries, cheese and ale matching and tasting of fare from chocolate to baked goods WHERE Rathfinny Estate, East Sussex
Hilary Knight, Steven Edwards, Paula Seager, Trevor Beattie and Gemma Lacey
WHEN Monday 21 September WHY Those in attendance celebrated British Food Fortnight and the new South Downs food finder www.southdownsfood.org Photos: Stephen Lawrence
WHAT WE DRANK Wine, wine, wine! WHAT WE ATE A selection of cheese from High Weald Dairy
Esther Dawson - Ridgeview Wine
Matt and Becky van der Borgh Top Paddock Dairy Sheeps Milk Ice Cream
Andy Hepworth Hepworth Brewer
Paula Seager, Sarah Driver, Hilary Knight and Mark Driver
Sarah and Mark Driver
Simon Teesdale and Zoe Cunliffe
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Chestnut Tree House and national charity Together for Short Lives launched a UK-wide, eight-month long Rolls Rally WHERE Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester WHEN Sunday 4 October WHY The purple Rolls-Royce will be stopping at children’s hospices and palliative care services across the nation as it aims to raise awareness and vital funds Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE LOVED The impressive purple Roll-Royce, we would’ve loved a ride!
Chestnut Tree House’s Jeremy Cox with his team Terrina Barnes, Sarah Arnold, Alison and Miah Taylor, Steve Colbourne, Emily Skiggs and Sarah Miles with the purple Rolls Royce
The Breakfast Club at Goodwood
Goodwood Event Manager Dee McQueen
Robbie Raggio at the wheel
On the circuit, lead by Alex Gibbs and Goodwood Event Manager Dee McQueen in the course car
Rolls Royce driver Alan Lavender
Lisa and Lauren Day picking the winning ticket for a ride round the Goodwood circuit in the Purple Rolls Royce www.titlesussex.co.uk
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Over 400 people gathered to celebrate the work of Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Support Work
In the palace garden with Susan Pyper Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex and representatives of East and West Sussex Councils Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner welcomes guests to Chichester Cathedral
WHERE Chichester Cathedral WHEn Saturday 3 October WHy The event celebrated 125 years of child support in Sussex thanks to the work of FSW Photos: Graham Franks
Mayor of Worthing Michael Donin with Mayoress Linda Williams
WHAT WE DRAnK A delicious glass of bubbly!
Drinks in the palace Garden
WHAT WE LOVED Some awesome bling worn by bishops and mayors!
From Bognor â€œMessy Playâ€? Group Hayley Marriott with Jayden and Ashton
Suzanne and Sarah Rogers from All Saints Hove
Celebrating 125 years of Family support with a birthday cake cutting by Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner and Alyson Heath of Family Support Work 12
The choir of Lancing College
Photo: Noelle Douglas
The Aspirational Luddite “Morning Mr A,” says the lad behind the coffee counter. “Peter, how are you?” I say, recognising the young lad who used to wash the wife’s Clio. “Wouldn’t expect to see you in a place like this,” says Peter. “I’m not supposed to be here, our Janice was taken sick and I’m having to look after little Kayleigh.” I’m in a huge factory building, where, once upon a time useful things would’ve been made. Now it’s full of large foam shapes covered in sick-resistant plastic, netting, slides, bazookas for the military minded and masses of screaming kids. This is soft play. There’s almost as many adults as kids. There always seems to be a few dads who are keener on working their way round the caged construction than their toddlers – they so often end up baying at the crying tykes as they refuse to go through a tunnel or leap on a Tarzan swing. Then there’s the parents who turn up push their kids in one direction and make certain that their face stays in the other direction – interacting with a friend, a tablet, a phone. “You enjoy working with kids?” I ask Peter. “The kids are alright, it’s the parents that are the problem,” he says. He motions to a group of mums outside the entrance. They all have bare tattooed arms, a Superking in their mouth and half of them are sporting unfettered flabby stomachs – in October! Shouting such pleasantries as, “I’m just having another fag Jezebel”. Having brought their little angels to this play palace surely they deserve a natter and a chance to smoke fags an’ that. “The Tatts and Brats brigade I call them.” I quip to Peter. “That’s very good Mr A – I like that.” Peter says. “There’s only six of them so they can’t be a brigade – I call that size of congregation a shudder. Yes, a shudder of Tatt’n’Bratts.” “I’m going to put that on Twitter – if you don’t
mind Mr A,” says Peter, taking a picture of the ‘shudder’ with his phone. “You do what you like Peter, thanks for the tea.” Kayleigh’s spent forty minutes in a cage and I’ve had a nice cuppa. “Your tatts ‘n’ brats comment is trending. Shall I take that cup away?” says Peter. “Thank you Peter. Trending?” I enquire. “It’s popular in cyber space – the virtual world.” Peter says shuffling away. As we leave there’s a bit of a fracas going off with the T’n’B’s. They’re shouting about who’s taken their photo and tweeted it. Kayleigh and I make a break for it. I return home after a stiffener in the local. “What have you done? Peter popped over; you’ve started a Twitterstorm. Those harridans from mumsnet have you on their most wanted list,” says the alarmed wife. “Calm down, I’ve done nothing.” I say. “You’ve offended a lot of people – this is a real problem,” she says. “I think you’ll find it’s just a virtual problem. A quibble in cyber space. Now I’m off to my study,”I state, and depart swiftly.
He motions to a group of mums outside the entrance.They all have bare tattooed arms, a Superking in their mouth and half of them are sporting unfettered flabby stomachs – in October!
CHRISTMAS GIFTS r e h r fo
We want this now A Box of Christmas £25 Hotel Chocolat
It sparkles! Black and Gold Clutch Bag £30 Dorothy Perkins
Do we need to say anything? Sound Bite Shoes £130 Chloe Jade Green
Perfect for the slopes this season Chloe Sunglasses £168 Sunglasses Shop
For feeling slinky at home
For every party girl
Boux Avenue Kiki Kimono £45 Boux Avenue Brighton
Sugar Skull Hip Flask £8 www.50fifty-gifts.com
So pretty, rubies in rose gold
OK, so they’re a bit girly but we love Adidas Womens adipure 360.2
Because handbags Jaeger Suede West Hobo £299 House of Fraser 14
Vogue Ruby ring £200 77 Diamonds London
Running Shoes £49.99 Everywhere
CHRISTMAS GIFTS m i h r fo
Airtight precision and max comfort B&O Earphones £149 www.very.co.uk
Men like shoes too… Brogue Shoes £95 Crew Clothing Co
Cufflinks with a difference Fornasetti - Signed Costume Jewellery Cufflinks - Design 2 £284 www.amara.com
For the hipsters Men’s Society - Beard Grooming Kit £25 From Amara
Wouldn’t be Christmas without one Oh Deer Christmas Crew £49.95 White Stuff
Everything works with this Pioneer AVH 270BT In-Car Entertainment Unit £279 Argos
Chuck it all in and shut the lid Retro Red Pizza Oven Stone Baker £79 www.housingunits.co.uk
May the light be with you Star Wars Death Star Mood Light £19.95 www.red5.co.uk
Cleverly disguise your laptop Undercover Laptop Sleeve £17.95 Luckies of London
CHRISTMAS GIFTS s d i k r fo
Yep, they’re still making them Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker £11.99 Toys R Us
Kit contains enough to build EIGHT ROBOTIC MODELS! Robotics Smart Machines £90 www.thegreatgiftcompany.co.uk
Who wouldn’t want these?! Red 5 Water Dancing Speakers £24.99 Argos 16
Right up the nose Ceramic Nose Pencil Sharpener £14.99 www.gettingpersonal.co.uk
Restful Darth Vader Mood Light £19.99 www.blueinc.co.uk
Start them young Lumberjack Wooden Toy Workbench £79.99 Plum Play
Put these on their hooves Novelty Reindeer Slippers £10 Housing Units
“Do you read me? Over” World’s Smallest Walkie
Talkie £13 Oliver Bonas
Sleep in a ball pit! SNURK Childrens Bedding Set in Ball Pit Design £44.95 www.cuckooland.com
D N O B G BEIN
ha ave agent wit su e th s a rn rth tu yone miere his fou etter than an b s w o n k About to pre ig ra past, Daniel C ovie complicated than just a m re o m h c u m that Bond is so Words by Camilla Davies
fter three years waiting in anticipation, 007 connoisseurs can expect fast cars, exotic locations, novel gadgets and beautiful women from the imminent 24th instalment of the Bond franchise, Spectre. Now inimitable as the iconic blonde Bond, Craig has admitted to past worries about being typecast, but the response to his part in the film franchise may have eased his doubts – ranking in the top ten highest grossing films of all time, and Skyfall as the highest-grossing Bond film in history. “When Bond happened, I remember putting it to bed in my head and saying, ‘if this is the last thing I do in my career, then that would be OK’ because c’mon, it’s not that bad a role to have under your belt,” recollects the Brit actor. “But after Casino Royale, I did panic a little about people only seeing me a certain way and I started thinking, ‘did I need to play someone totally opposite from Bond?’ But as time goes on, I’ve relaxed that attitude.” It’s true that since Craig’s first turn as the fictional superspy in 2006, the actor has spent a decade best known as the character, and his dramatic deviations from the action genre in 2011’s sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens and psychological
thriller Dream House have done little to change that. But if Craig is to be known as Britain’s favourite superspy, he’s been resolute in providing his own take on the role, reflected on screen by Bond’s newfound vulnerability. “I could have just done a movie where I was going to straighten the tie and drink a Martini, but it’s all been done before,” he says. Critics have commented on the layer of emotional depth that Craig, along with director Sam Mendes, has brought to the character. But the lead actor insists he’s simply tapping into to the essence of 007. “The original Bond was always in turmoil with himself, always questioning,” he explains. “Maybe he got smoother as the books went on. But going back to the beginning, it’s the way I approach my work. I’m aware it’s a Bond movie and always remains a Bond movie. I’ve just always felt there should be an element of truth or emotion in a movie, so that the audience can hook in. If it’s only action, then it’s not the complete picture.” That said, Bond aficionados can rest assured that Spectre is not lacking in action. The film sees 007 on a personal mission to hunt down demons from his past, against the backdrop of a mysterious and sinister organisation. Yet to some degree, the film’s plot hype has been drowned out by ever
For Craig, however, respecting the work of the original Bond creator is vitally important.“We always go back to Fleming,” he maintains increasing chatter of just who will become the next Bond – not that Craig has formally declared he’s finished with the franchise. Amid the speculation (Idris Elba? Damian Lewis? Michael Fassbender?), Craig is refusing to add to the conversation: “The person should do the job and I don’t give a f**k what colour their skin is,” he told The Sun. “It shouldn’t be an issue.” Then again, Craig knows better than most that whoever takes on Bond, a section of the ardent franchise fanbase will never be happy. Even Anthony Horowitz, author of the modern Bond series Trigger Mortis, and the creator of the wildly popular teen spy Alex Rider series, has issues with the evocative back stories of the recent Mendes/Craig films, particularly Skyfall: “Bond is weak in it,” he told the Mail on Sunday; “He has doubts. That’s not Bond.” For Craig, however, respecting the work of the original Bond creator is vitally important. “We always go back to Fleming,” he maintains. “We just do it, you have to. I mean, the darkness, the conflict... “Fleming was conflicted. I like that. He wanted to make a spy, after his war experience, and the knowledge of these brave men who had gone to battle - and he’d sent a few to battle, probably to their deaths, making heroes out of them. The despondency of coming out of the ‘50s. He set the tone of the ‘60s. In a way his stories had nowhere else to go until they were made into films. They literally changed the face of movie making in the ‘60s. The legacy is incredible.” www.titlesussex.co.uk
Spectre sees some major developments in the Bond girl department. Specifically, the casting of Monica Bellucci as a rarity: a love interest who is older than 007 himself
hat said, legacy still allows for innovation, and Spectre sees some major developments in the Bond girl department. Specifically, the casting of Monica Bellucci as a rarity: a love interest who is older than 007 himself. “I cannot say ‘Bond girl’, I say ‘Bond lady’,” laughs the Italian actress. She acknowledges the significance of taking on this role as a 50-year-old woman, “This movie is an important moment… it’s a new thing, an adult woman can have the chance to play in James Bond. It is a beautiful example for women. In the film business, there has often been this prejudice against older women, the same way that in our society older women tend to be overlooked. Women need to believe in themselves and understand that they can still project sensuality and beauty as they get older. We shouldn’t be made to feel as if we are no longer interesting or sexy at 50 as compared to when we’re 30.” Bellucci’s Bond ‘girl’ counterpart in Spectre is played by rising French star Lea Seydoux, who describes how her character Madeleine Swann’s relationship with 007 differs from that of her predecessors. “She’s quite proud and when they first meet and they don’t get on,” she reveals. “Maybe that is because she is on balance with him, she doesn’t need him or wait for him to save her.” With Craig, Bellucci and Seydoux providing contemporary, updated takes on 007 and his women, Spectre‘s villain is expected to be just as multifaceted. Veteran actor Christoph Waltz becomes Bond’s most current nemesis, Franz Oberhauser. The Austrian actor catapulted to fame in 2009 after appearing as Col. Hans Landa in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Inglourious Basterds, and again for Django Unchained in 2013, Waltz has grown familiar with bringing a touch of menace to a role, but just like Craig, he’s loathe to become typecast. www.titlesussex.co.uk
Waltz sees beyond the good guy/bad guy spectrum, and criticises those who suggest a James Bond film cannot be artistically fulfilling. “Absolutely it can. It can be complex and it can be interesting. I consider Bond movies to be an extension of popular theatre, a kind of modern mythology.” After thirty years as a struggling actor, “now my work is as pleasing and as beautiful as I could ever have imagined,” the 59 year old adds. Waltz sees in his characters the shades of grey that occur in real life; the world, whether on screen or off, is never black and white: “and I don’t think of those kinds of characters as conforming to any particular formula,” he adds. “These characters are often extremely complex figures to play who are often just as charming and interesting as the so-called heroes or good guys. I don’t care whether the role calls for me to play someone as being evil or mean as long as there are many angles and facets to their personalities. That’s where your love of acting and passion for your work finds its true expression.”
Working predominantly in German TV for most of his career, Waltz’s relatively recent popularity makes him a less conspicuous star than Craig - though after Spectre, keeping a public low profile will of course prove harder. Craig himself has often spoken of the personal cost of his cult movie persona, and in the world of selfies, tabloids and social media, makes it clear he begrudges the fame game. “Back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time and no-one would know about it. But now everyone’s got a camera. Not that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but that’s an example. So you can’t live a normal life anymore.” Like it or not, Craig knows now that when it comes to representing the Bond franchise, you give up a part of yourself to something bigger. Whether Spectre is Craig’s last bow as Bond or not, by joining the roster of Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Roger Moore and co, and taking on the 007 badge, he’s made a lifetime commitment – in the real world as it is in Fleming’s fiction.
HITS AND MISSES LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY “I love it. This is a very vibrant and stimulating place to be and it’s easier for me to be here than in London where I’m much more recognizable it seems. Here no one really pays any attention to me except if I stand in one place too long. So I keep moving!” BOND’S ASTON MARTIN “I literally have to pace myself. I was driving an Aston Martin around Rome, and I’d be numb not to get excited about that.” GIVING EVERYTHING TO PLAYING BOND “If you’re going to do that sort of stuff, you’ve just got to get it right. You’ve got to give it your best shot. When you’ve got all that talent, everyone gunning to make it good, you’ve got to get it… For f**k’s sake, it’s a Bond movie. You want people to go, ‘Whooah!’ A sharp intake of breath during a movie is never a bad thing.”
BEING PERCEIVED AS GRUMPY “I’m rubbish at grinning on demand and so I’m branded as mean and moody when I’m photographed. I’m just not that person. So people have a perception that I’m grumpy all the time.” COMPUTERS, SMARTPHONES IN THE BEDROOM “There’s nothing technological allowed in the bedroom....If the iPad goes to bed, I mean, unless you’re watching porn on the internet, it’s a killer. We have a ban on it.” GOOGLING HIMSELF “I’m no enemy of the internet, but that way for me madness lies. It started for me on ‘Casino Royale’ very early on. It suddenly exploded because the stuff spread everywhere. I made the mistake of going online and looking. I’ve had bad reviews in newspapers, but these were very strange personal attacks. I can’t enter into the argument. All you’re gonna do is get into the same language if you’re not careful and the same language is gonna be, ‘I hate you!’ ‘No, I hate you.’ There are better things to do.”
As Spectre launches onto our screens this month we’re all about spies and glamour. But what about the real people who work in covert operations and organisations like MI5? We caught up with Chris Phillips, a real life spy, working on some top secret projects and with businesses to help them protect themselves…
SPIES LIKE US
How dId yoU gEt Into tHIS LInE of worK? My 30 years in the Police service, including seven years as Head of the United Kingdom’s National Counter Terrorism Security Office, allows me to understand exactly what security issues businesses face and what they should be doing to protect themselves. The UK has an organisation called the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure. This is a brilliant font of security best practice knowledge, but its readership are Critical National Infrastructure sites such as Power-plants, oil and gas companies and big business. I try to spread that best practice wider, for the benefit of all UK business. IS SPyIng rEaL? When you mention espionage people usually think about the cold war and people in dark coats and briefcases passing secret information in a park. Well, those aspiring James Bonds amongst you will be pleased to know that spying is alive, bigger than ever and much easier to do in this technological age. The trouble is it’s not just the MI5, MI6 and GCHQ who are looking for secrets. The threat from espionage did not end with the collapse of Soviet communism in the early 1990s. The UK remains a high-value target for a number of countries looking to obtain information and technologies to help improve their own military, technological, political and economic interests. Also, businesses see gaining market advantage as being so important that they will pay experts to obtain information for them. So bUSInESSES arE at rISK? Yes, very much so. And this is not just a big corporate thing. In today’s high-tech world interest has moved towards commercial information in the fields of communications, IT, genetics, aviation, electronics and many others. Information of interest could extend from manufacturing processes and research programmes through to negotiating positions, financial transactions and longerterm strategy developments. All of which can help provide other companies with an economic advantage or enable other companies to establish a market lead using your innovation. Imagine a business bidding for a key contract who is made aware of all the rival bids? Pretty valuable stuff. It can make the difference between wasting thousands of pounds on winning or losing contracts, often worth millions.
Espionage has been instigated by competitors, media organisations, activist groups, past employees and even existing staff. The consequences of these attacks are huge both financially and in terms of reputation for a business. Sometimes they are fatal. What about private lives? People don’t realise how the dramatic changes in technology in your pocket has revolutionised the world of spying. As an example, I bet very few readers would realise that their innocent iPhone is actually tracking their every movement. All these people spending thousands of pounds hiring private detectives to follow their spouses around really only need to have access to their partner’s iPhone for ten minutes! The iPhone includes a feature that displays the locations you frequently visit. It monitors your location on a dayto-day basis then saves the most frequent locations. Great if you’re making use of travel information apps, but a nightmare for those who wouldn’t want their partner to know where they have been. (This part of the system can be found by opening up settings, privacy and location services, by the way. You’re welcome.) The telephone in your pocket is a brilliant device. It has a microphone, a dictaphone, a camera and a tracking device. All key parts of a spy’s armoury. so tell us a bit more about What you do day to day. We are a company that provide security advice and training. My history is in counter terrorism so much of my work is in getting businesses and communities to understand what they can do to protect themselves. We offer penetration testing to businesses to identify how secure they are. This is where we attempt to gain entry to a business to demonstrate to them what improvements they need to make to their security. And yes, that can include dropping bugs and tapping phones. We provide security training and we also help businesses and especially schools and colleges to understand and practice crisis management. tell us more about the penetration testing. that sounds fun. You can see the eyebrows arch when you tell them that you are a penetration tester. It’s only one of a number of security roles I have but it’s certainly the one that needs some explanation. When I go on to explain that I am actually a physical penetration tester and that I have colleagues that are cyber www.titlesussex.co.uk
penetration testers then it really gets interesting. I have spent many days looking at the security of a business and then walking straight through their security, sitting at a desk and pretending to work, whilst at the same time taking photos, removing goods, placing listening devices and one occasion taking cheques out of the CEO’s private cheque book. When on earth did we start needing penetration testers? How do you do it? Why would someone need to be tested? These are some of the questions I get asked. Well it’s a sad state of affairs but business these days need to be aware of the potential implications of a security breach. Recent examples include: • Banks being ripped off for millions of pounds because they allowed someone to walk in and attach a device that reads every key stroke on a computer. • Listening devices being placed in board rooms by competitors to understand a business’s plans. • Valuable items being stolen from supposedly secure business floors are actually the tip of a very large iceberg of mostly unreported crime. Security these days is about much more than just CCTV, locks and fences. Today’s criminals and terrorists are looking for vulnerabilities in a business and invariably that involves finding a way inside that business to attack it. That means getting work as an insider, or penetrating that business either through cyber attack or physical entry. Many businesses have been brought down by a loss of reputation following an attack. The recent attack on the illicit affair dating site Ashley Madison would make anyone think twice before sending their name and contact details to them in the future. How the suspects got that data is still not clear but it will be either an insider, or a cyber or physical attack on the company. What are the big things to look out for? Most businesses have some form of physical security in place. The two major areas of concern are those of the insider threat and the cyber security. tell us a bit more about insiders. An ‘Insider’ refers to any individual who plans to use their legitimate access to an organisation for unauthorised purposes. What better way of gaining information about your business than by getting someone to work for you? No breaking in, no climbing fences just go to work and collect all the information you need. As an example, who is walking around your business in the dead of night? Do you lock away your secret documents? Most companies now outsource cleaning contracts. That’s what I would do. Get a job with your cleaners and walk around taking pictures at midnight without anyone there to bother me.
BOND Blimey! So what can we do aBout the inSider threat? There are three areas you should deal with: 1. Ensure you do pre-employment screening. Make sure they have a right to work in the UK for starters, but also that they don’t have a history which is suspicious. Also actually check those references. 2. Make sure you have a culture in your business that understands the need for security. Encourage staff to question people they don’t recognise and to report suspicious behaviour. 3. Make sure that when staff leave there is a leaving process, which takes their uniform, keys, and access control. Also make sure that their access to the internal intranet is closed off. You won’t believe how often this is missed. you mentioned criSiS management, what do you mean By that? Crises happen to someone every day. Every business at some stage will have to deal with a situation that takes them out of their comfort zone. No one could believe the tragic air crash at Shoreham this year. But some poor people had to deal with that horrific incident. Schools, colleges and universities are not immune to these problems. We recognise that there is very little help for these organisations and felt that we should help. Ask yourself this, how would you deal with a horrific accident happening to your pupils? Or maybe a fire, or terrorist attack? What would you do? Who would be in charge? Would you evacuate? If so where would you go? How would you communicate to your teachers, pupils, parents? The media who will be climbing all over you for information and interviews? Who is going to be interviewed on Sky news? We try to help to prepare the school, college, university or business for a crisis. Help them to develop their crisis and business continuity plans so that they react in the best way possible. We include media training and sometimes practical first aid training if the client wants it. So it’S not all doom and gloom? No. Apart from anything else, the courses I hold are brilliant fun. Seeing some people blossom under pressure. Recently we carried out a crisis exercise for a well-known London theatre. The press and media team didn’t fare too well in front of the press. But one of the secretaries was excellent. It shows that you just can’t tell who will react best in a pressurised situation. For more information about security and crisis management www.howtostaysafe.co.uk
FASHION Bond Fashion Shoot • Behind the Scenes • Fal Blake • Fashion trends
Box office hits don’t come much bigger than James Bond and to celebrate the return of 007 we’ve captured our own Bond-inspired fashion shoot at Genting Casino as well as behind the scenes action from the set, Fal Blake’s first Title column and a range of fashion products.
Cherry Long black gold brocade peplum evening gown by Walk in Wardrobe £300 Swarovski ‘Veda’ gold plated pendant by ernest Jones £99 Keith Dinner jacket hire package including trousers, dress shirt, bow tie and cufflinks by Dickies Suits £49.95
Casino Royale As the evenings get longer and the bright lights and glitzy glamour of nightlife calls us, our Bond themed shoot takes in some stunning looks for hot nights on the town. Sartorial elegance and stylish tailoring that any secret agent or Bond villainess would be proud ofâ€Ś
Shot on location at Genting Casino, Brighton, www.gentingcasino.com Photographer: Erika Szostak, www.erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, @threepinreset Hair: Charlene Howells, www.charlenehowells.com Makeup artist: Justin Adams, Cove Hairdressing, www.covehairbrighton.co.uk Models Cherry Shakewell, www.cherryshakewell.com Keith Pemberton, www.keithpemberton.com Clothing Tailor Made Suits London, www.tailormadelondon.com Gresham Blake tailors, www.greshamblake.com Dickies Suit Hire, www.dickies-suit-hire.co.uk Walk in Wardrobe dresses, www.walk-in-wardrobe.co.uk La Vida Boutique, www.lavidaboutique.co.uk Ernest Jones Jewellers, www.ernestjones.co.uk
Cherry Silk black and silver sequinned shift dress by Walk in Wardrobe £140 Keith Grey flannel three piece suit £495 and squirrel shirt £120 both by Gresham Blake
Black trousers by Dickies to hire only Black roll neck sweater £75 and hound’s-tooth mac with red gun silk lining £350 both by Gresham Blake Watch model’s own
Grey flannel three piece suit £495 Squirrel shirt £120 Black silk tie £45 and Golden Gun tie clip bespoke design All by Gresham Blake
Long sleeved red lace evening dress with open back by La Vida Boutique ÂŁ59.99 Opal and diamante drop earrings by Walk in Wardrobe ÂŁ48
Two button notched lapel dinner suit cut from an Italian royal blue wool and Mohair cloth by Tailor Made, London £995 Tartan bow tie £35 and Blue Silver Emblem Gem cufflinks £45 both by Gresham Blake Shirt model’s own
Black and gold peplum and contrast applique cocktail dress by La Vida Boutique £69.99 Sheepskin stole model’s own Michael Kors stone set gold plated knot bangle £155 and earrings £69 both by Ernest Jones
Cherry Blue plunge dress with ruched detailing by La Vida Boutique £49.99 Face net by Charlene howells Swarovski ‘Stardust’ double wrap bracelet in grey £69 and Swarovski ‘Circlet’ small gold plated hoop earrings £59 both by ernest Jones Keith two button notched lapel dinner suit cut from an italian royal blue wool and Mohair cloth by tailor Made, London £995 tartan bow tie £35 and Blue Silver emblem Gem cufflinks £45 both by Gresham Blake Shirt model’s own
Backstage at the Bond shoot Hair stylist Justin Adams from Cove making sure the light works with the models’ hairstyles Each time we organise a fashion shoot it gets better, or maybe it just feels like that because there’s a real core team now each time. Regulars such as photographer Erika Szostak, assistant Matt Ryan, and Charlene Howells the makeup artist, as well as our own in-house team, have styled and shot fashion stories together a number of times now, which gives a strong base to the shoot crew. It means that as we add new talent to the team each time we have a core strength to support it, and it’s less nerve-wracking and more fun! Along for the crazy ride this time to do hair was Justin Adams from Cove in Brighton – he and Charlene worked on several different looks for the shoot really well, matching styles impressively. For this shoot for the first time we also ran a really exciting online competition to find our modelling stars. We’d looked at a number of models and didn’t feel we quite had the right look with any of them so we launched a campaign to find our Bond shoot stars, using the hashtag #TitleBond. The Grand in Brighton supported us with this too, offering a prize for each of the two winners of an overnight stay for two in their beautiful hotel – actually we were both thrilled and a bit surprised at the high standard and volume of entries – it was quite hard to choose! But we felt we’d got the right combination with Keith
Photographer Erika Szostak takes aim!
Photos: Matt Ryan
and Cherry, which was borne out when we watched them working together. They had some great chemistry, and lots of laughs. We missed our usual runners this time due to shooting in the rather glam Genting Casino with its over 18 policy, but the team at the casino were amazingly helpful (thank you guys!). We wanted to do a tribute to Casino Royale and we loved this venue because it’s a bit different to other casinos, giving it an exclusive feel. It’s small and perfectly formed, with a glittering bar, low level lighting and classy grey tables. We just loved it. Going for full Bond glam, we also wanted to recapture the essence of 60s Bond whilst at the same time combining it with a modern twist. So we looked at some classic outfits like the long dress and dinner jacket, but also timeless classics like sequinned cocktail dresses and grey flannel. Throw in some 60s homage in the form of hound’s tooth checks, and we had an amazing combination of looks. Big thanks to everyone who helped make this shoot come together. Hopefully we’ve created something worthy of the Bond tradition!
MUA Charlene Howells checks the first shots to see how the makeup is working
Getting the light right in a dark venue is challenging but you know what they say - many hands make light work
Shot on location at Genting Casino Brighton, www.gentingcasino.com Photographer: Erika Szostak, www.erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, Tweeting @threepinreset Makeup artist: Charlene Howells, www.charlenehowells.com Hair: Justin Adams, Cove Hair Brighton, www.covehairbrighton.co.uk Models Cherry Shakewell, www.cherryshakewell.com Keith Pemberton, www.keithpemberton.com Clothing Tailor Made Suits London – www.tailormadelondon.com Gresham Blake tailors – www.greshamblake.com Dickies Suit Hire - www.dickies-suit-hire.co.uk Walk in Wardrobe dresses – www.walk-in-wardrobe.co.uk La Vida Boutique - www.lavidaboutique.co.uk Ernest Jones Jewellers – www.ernestjones.co.uk Big thanks to The Grand Hotel Brighton for sponsoring our winners’ luxury experiences too! www.grandbrighton.co.uk
ABOVE THE REST
Fal Blake Photo: Kenny McCracken
Fal Blake is one half of Gresham Blake, the famous menswear store in Bond Street, Brighton, where the design has a strong signature - lots of use of colour and edgy design - and the clothes come ready to wear or made to measure. Each month Fal introduces us to one of the many fascinating people to come through the store’s doors… This month I want you to meet the truly delectable Sharon Honey. I was introduced to Sharon by her husband, Stephen, for whom we have been designing suits for a number of years. It’s when I got to know them as a couple that I was truly blown away with their magic. These two have a lot of fun! SHARON HONEY Sharon is a 46 year old pharmaceutical sales leader, with an incredible passion for life. She often comes in for fittings so one day I sat down and quizzed her about her life…
Q How would you describe yourself?
A Quirky, outgoing and fun. Q Why bespoke?
In a nutshell, I want to wear clothes that are different, not mainstream, be an individual, and be able to express myself.
You have had a number of garments commissioned by us, but your wedding dress was really quite something, what inspired you to make a 1950s style dress in tweed for your special day?
Because I love the 1950s style and it suits my body shape. Plus, when you’re being married by Elvis Presley in Las Vegas, what other style are you going to wear?!
Q Why tweed?
Tweed is quintessentially British and it was really important to me to include a healthy dollop of ‘Britishness’ in our ceremony, especially as our wedding was taking place away from home. I like to do things differently too and by that I mean, there are many people who consider tweed to be a ‘country gentleman’s’ fabric, but why not use it to make a wedding dress?! There are no rules! As for my particular tweed, I adore the striking blue colour and the pattern of the fabric. I knew it was the one as soon as I saw it! People always put things in boxes. I like doing just the opposite. This was a tweed design concept that truly blows tradition out of the window. 42
Q What other designers do you admire?
If money was no object, I would wear Alexander McQueen. A few years ago, I finally gave in and bought a pair of AM shoes that I had been drooling over for months! They are stunningly beautiful to look at and almost impossible to walk in, but when I stand still, the shoes and I look amazing. I have no idea how the models strut up and down the catwalk in them. I used to wear an orange AM skull scarf, and one day I was walking along Piccadilly in London and Yoko Ono was walking towards me wearing the same scarf in a different colour. She raised her eyebrows over her sunglasses and gave me a little smile! I also love searching out young upcoming designers wherever I go. I regularly go up to London and hunt around the boutiques; pop-ups and markets of Spitalfields and Shoreditch for interesting pieces I know I won’t find anywhere else or on anyone else. I do the same when I’m on holiday and always try to bring something back with me from wherever I visit.
We often talk about your love of food. You seek out some amazing places to eat, and travel far and wide in search. Can you share some of these amazing finds?
Fäviken Restaurant in Jämtland, Northern Sweden. Head chef Magnus Nilsson believes passionately in working with the produce available in the environment around him, and he creates a seasonal cycle of menus based on them. His ‘environment’ is a 24,000 acre hunting estate in Jämtland, Sweden, some 400 miles north of Stockholm. We took a flight to Stockholm; spent the night in the airport; then in the morning, we took a flight to Östersund; then picked up a car and drove a further 50 miles to the most beautiful ‘middle of nowhere’ I have ever seen. We thought it would be a grand adventure... and it was. We ate astonishing food that night, and I will never forget sitting outside on the deck after dinner in the midnight sun. It was very special. Also Inver Restaurant in Strathlachlan, Scotland; Steve and I read a review of this restaurant by Marina O’Loughlin in The Guardian one Saturday, and knew immediately that we wanted to visit it. It is situated in a very old, restored croft on the shore of Loch Fyne,
FASHION serving the most beautiful locally sourced food, with the most jaw-dropping views. Marina concluded her article with the words, ‘So go. Go by car or boat or bloody helicopter.’ So we did. We flew to Glasgow, then drove for one and a half hours, booked into our little B&B (the only place to stay nearby), walked two and a half miles to the restaurant, ate the most wonderful dinner, and walked back in the pitch blackness. In fact, all our holiday itineraries are structured around eating experiences. Vietnam last year was all about the food, which was extremely simple. I remember the wonderful bowl of noodles which cost roughly 50p, cooked by an elderly lady who set up every evening on the corner of the street and cooked until she had sold everything (which never took very long).
So what about something more local to Brighton... Where would you recommend to eat?
Silo on Upper Gardener Street in Brighton not only serves the most stunning food, it is also the UK’s first ‘zero waste’ restaurant. They have their own composter on-site; they grow their own mushrooms from discarded coffee grounds; they mill their own flour; churn their own butter; roll their own oats and they have a brewery in the cellar. Head Chef Doug McMaster serves some of the very best plates of food you can get in Brighton right now. Try their tasting menu for dinner and I promise you will not be disappointed.
Q What about books....favourite author?
It is very difficult for me to choose a favourite author, so I thought about some of the books I have enjoyed reading this year, which are The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride; Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander; Gin Glorious Gin by Olivia James and The Son by Jo Nesbo.
Q And wine?
English sparkling wines... mostly with recommendations from the wonderful Henry Butler and his crew at Butler’s Wine Stores in Brighton. For me, it is a delight to know Sharon Honey. Her zest for life is incredibly infectious and she typifies my favourite type of Brightonian. One with no boundaries, a super open outlook to life and with a hunger to have fun. I love hearing about her latest adventures or finds, giving me so much food for thought. Super cliché – but so true – we have only have one life, and we really need to live it. It’s not a dress rehearsal after all. For the Honeys it’s all about experience. “We are not going to be rich, but will have lots of stories to smile and tell.” Every time I meet her I just want to bottle some of her energy up and sell in my store. I salute you Mrs Honey!
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Lotus Ladies Shimmy Handbag £40
Back to Nature
Lavand Wool Short Coat £44
As autumn takes hold and the crisp hazy mornings set in, Charlotte Horlock is thinking about cosy fires and soft natural colours…
WhiteStuff Vida JerseyTee £35
Glamorous Tan Suede Cropped Fringed Jacket £45
Durbarry of Ireland Womens deck Shoes £89 Miss Selfridge Brown Suede Tassel Backpack £75
Simply Be Tassel Hem Vest Top £28 Betty Barclay Pullover £90 Phase Eight Shaniya Split Neck £49
Rocco Bottle Green Suede Tassel Jacket £30
New Look Orange and Blue Tassel Earrings £5.99
Monsoon Cantwell Pointed Buckle Ankle Boot £79
Look Again Suede Body Bag £49
New Look Brown feather lariat necklace £17.99
HEALTH & BEAUTY Beauty gifts • Christmas crackers • Festive fitness
It may seem some way off but Christmas will be with us before you know it, and to help find that special someone a special something, we’ve put together our favourite beauty gifts this Xmas as well as fitness advice for the festive season and more.
GRAND GIFT EXPERIENCES A Christmas gift for all
LUXURY GIFT EXPERIENCES INCLUDE: Luxury Spa Experiences • Champagne Afternoon Tea • Luxury Overnight Stays • GB1 Dining Vouchers Monetary Vouchers • & many more
Gift vouchers are presented in a Grand gift box and can be purchased from our website or the hotel reception. The Grand Brighton, 97-99 King’s Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2FW
A Beautiful Christmas If ever there was a better time for splashing out on beauty goodies, we can’t think of one. Whether it’s a great make-up kit or something for pampering, the silly season brings lots of Santa’s beauty specials…
GIFT GUIDE 1) Benefit Life of the Party £44.84 Get down to boogie town with this full-face makeup kit. Includes a mini face powder brush and a double-ended sponge applicator for party perfect looks. Also includes POREfessional face primer, they’re real! lengthening mascara, dandelion brightening face powder, rockateur famously proactive face powder, longwear powder shadow in taupe it off, nude swings and call my buff and benetint lip & cheek stain
2) Decleor Hydrating Vanity Case £39.50 This intensively hydrating collection offers a 3-step essential skincare routine that will care for your stressed skin during the festive season. Featuring the award-winning Aromessence Neroli, DECLÉOR’s most iconic product in a premium gold vanity case. Collection includes Aromessence Neroli Oil Serum 5ml, Hydra Floral 24hr Hydrating Rich Cream 50ml and Hydra-Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Mousse 100ml
3) Elemis Glorious Glow £25 For revitalised skin that glows from head to toe with a delicate hint of bronze. This set contains Papaya Enzyme Peel 15ml, Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for Face 20ml, Skin Nourishing Body Scrub 50ml and Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion 50ml 4) L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Complete Expert Gift Set £15 Discover the L’Oréal Men Expert Complete Expert Gift Set; a 3-step routine to male grooming. The gift features a Hydra Energetic Face Wash, Shave Revolution Extreme Glide gel and Hydra Energetic AntiFatigue Moisturiser 5) VOYA Limited Edition Christmas Candle 20cl £18.00 Candles always give the gift of a little instant spa therapy at home and this uplifting Limited Edition Candle is blended with notes of refreshing orange and warming cinnamon with a dash of clove. Made with soy wax and organic essential oils, VOYA’s Limited Edition Candle has a burn time of up to 35 hours
6) Dermalogica Favourites Kit £30 The gift of skin health, anywhere, anytime. Four top-selling travel friendly Dermalogica products which are suitable for all skin conditions. Contains the multi-award winning Daily Microfoliant, MultiActive Toner, Skin Hydrating Masque and MultiVitamin Power Firm 7) Jo Malone Advent Calendar £260 Ditch the chocolate this year and grab yourself a beauty advent calendar. We absolutely adore this Jo Malone number. Obvs there’s 24 little windows with goodies in it, and behind the shutters of this elegant Georgian townhouse is a decadent collection which contains both mini perfumes and scented body creams. Must have 8) ESPA The Replenishing Collection £55 These hydrating heroes will instantly transform skin from parched to plumped. Replenish dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin with these wonderfully calming essentials. Collection comes with Hydrating Cleansing Milk 200ml, Hydrating Floral SpaFresh 100ml and 24-Hour Replenishing Moisturiser 55ml 9) Illamasqua’s ILLAMUSTHAVES £45 We are totally in love with this beauty brand at the moment, so this is definitely going on our Christmas list. Lovely kit including Gleam Highlighter in Aurora, Nail Varnish in Creator and Pure Pigment in Beguile 10) Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Golden Opulence Color Collection Inspired by the ornate richness and intricate lavish detail on fashion runways, the Limited Edition Golden Opulence Color Collection promises full on glamour for a stunningly bold look this party season. We’re loving the Beautiful Color Highlighter in Gold Illumination (£29) and High Intensity Liquid Eye Liner in Jet Black (£18)
TOP TIPS TO STAY FESTIVE FIT
Struggle to avoid that extra glass of wine or the last mince pie? Fitness guru Lisa Moore, founder of Fit For Moore, gives her top tips on how to keep healthy during the party season
Lisa Moore if the founder of Fit For Moore, based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex www.fitformoore.co.uk or on Facebook.com/fitformoore
Here are my suggestions on how you can still have a great time but at the same time not ruin your health and fitness. 1) Eat before you go out - Have a healthy, whole food meal BEFORE you party and make sure you have a good mix of protein, fibre-rich vegetables, fat and carbohydrates. 2) Can’t eat before then pick the healthy snacks. Go for crudités and hummus if they have it, or tomato-based dips rather than creamy ones. 3) Drink a glass of water after each drink. 4) Dance…lots. You’ll burn loads of calories but remember, girls, heels shorten the calf muscle so if you’re wearing them all evening, give your calf muscles a good stretch when you take them off. 5) Try not to overbook yourself – make sure you still factor in some chill out time during this party season. 6) Try a Day Detox if you’ve overindulged – if his is too complicated then just set yourself goals to eat more fruits and veggies in one day and drink two to three litres of water. 7) Don’t smoke…’nough said? 8) Drink Bubbles or Spirits – They contain less calories that beer or wine. 9) Most of all enjoy yourself, it is Christmas after all!
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FOOD & DRINK Winter warmers • Recipe • Cocktail of the Month • Food news
With autumn in full flow and winter well on its way, there’s nothing quite like snugly open fires, comfy chairs and a glass of mulled wine, or two. So to embrace the colder months we’ve gathered our favourite spots that make you want to cherish the indoor comforts as well as a warming winter recipe, our cocktail of the month and loads of food news.
THE GRAND BRIGHTON
What’s going on for Christmas at your place? For something a bit different try our Pumpkin Pamper Package that involves food and pampering all in one. Anything special on the menu? This package includes a delicious steaming hot bowl of pumpkin soup following your treatment, or, should we not be able to source fresh pumpkin on a certain day, we will offer an equally delicious and warming autumnal soup for you to enjoy. Tell us your best tip for keeping warm in the winter! Try our Pumpkin Pamper Package; start with a body brush, followed by the nutrient-rich, anti-oxidising full body pumpkin scrub which is packed with vitamin A, free radical fighting properties and anti-inflammatory benefits. Once the skin is buffed, scrubbed and polished to perfection, enjoy a Boutique facial using our brand new Boutique skincare range from Natural Spa Factory. Anything else we should know? This offer is available from Monday to Thursday only from 26 October until 30 November 2015 and pre-booking is essential. The Grand Brighton, 97-99 King’s Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FW Tel: 01273 224300 Email: email@example.com Web: www.grandbrighton.co.uk
NO 32 What’s going on for autumn at your place? On 18 October, in association with GULP Events, we launched our new weekly Sunday gathering, Soho Sunday. Encompassing the social spirit of Soho, Soho Sunday at No 32 will be the place to spend your Sunday with music from live DJs throughout the day, a fantastic brunch and Sunday lunch menu, an early evening cocktail session (with 2 for £10 on selected cocktails) and a more upbeat dance session until late. Aside from this, we’ve also got our regular events of FUNK SOUL on Fridays and STUDIO 32 on Saturdays, so there’s lots going on!
Anything special on the menu? On Wednesday 23 September, coinciding with the 2015 Autumnal Equinox, we launched our new Autumn Menu ‘FISH & GRILL 32’. Created by our new head chef Mark Wadsworth, it’s full of fantastic autumn warmers such as Whole Poussin, Pan Fried Sea Trout and Hay Smoked Venison. Every Sunday we have a unique menu with delicious brunch options and of course Sunday roasts.
Tell us your best tip for keeping warm in the winter! Our best tip is definitely our motto: EAT, DRINK, DANCE. Three ways to keep you warm right there!
No 32, 32 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG Tel: 01273 773388 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.no32dukestreet.com 54
HOTEL DU VIN What’s going on for Christmas at your place? Christmas parties are available in the bistro, pub or any of the five function rooms. Menus are from £25.95 (lunch) and £39.50 (dinner). Christmas Day seating’s available in Bistro or Pub du Vin at £109 per person, and we also have a New Year’s Eve black tie celebration in the bar and bistro, including dinner and evening entertainment with a band for £129 per person.
Anything special on the menu? Christmas Party menu – Fig and Stilton galette on starters, daube of beef bourguignon mains and mulled wine poached pear desserts. Tell us your best tip for keeping warm in the winter!
A cosy armchair, cinnamon scents and lashings of mulled wine! Anything else we should know? With two function rooms recently redecorated by Farrow & Ball and the mulled wine and cider warming at the bar, there’s no better place to celebrate the festive season with friends and family. Book before 31 October to take your pick of a range of early booking offers from gift vouchers to complimentary canapés. Hotel du Vin & Bistro, 2-7 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AD Tel: 01273 855221 Email: email@example.com Web: www.hotelduvin.com
TERRE À TERRE
What’s going on for Christmas at your place? Seasonal Marvelous Mayhem with a set Christmas menu featuring ‘Jesus Riced KFC’, ‘Blewits and Baubles’, ‘Santas Soubis’, ‘Tart the Herald Angles Swing’ for £33.50 per person. Our party menu includes three glorious courses plus nibbles and fizz on arrival for £34.95. Full details on the website. Anything special on the menu? The winter menu will offer lots of seasonal pleasers and not just the cheeky names – ‘Truffle and porcini gnocchi with wood blewits and date slat molasses’, ‘Blasted buckwheat basted Roscoff onion rammed with hazel herb nut mince, served with radicchio pear pickle, roast parsnip and potato pave, Brussel leaves mulled porcini jelly jus and sage oil’. You can finish it off with ‘cinnamon quince, with mace pastel de nata and clove clementine ice cream’. Tell us your best tip for keeping warm in the winter! Huddle together with a warm toddy! Interpret as you wish… Anything else we should know? Christmas is more than a meal, it’s the many meals and snacks you must enjoy around it, so visit Terre à Terre and stock up on some of their vast array of pickles, chutneys, truffles, oils, jams, sweets, chocolates, organic wines, Christmas puddings and hampers, available in store or online. Terre à Terre , 71 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HQ Tel: 01273 729051 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.terreaterre.co.uk
What’s going on for Christmas at your place? We love the Christmas season at Jeremy’s with a fine balance between traditional fare and the kitchen’s modern twists on seasonal favourites. Expect zingy vibrant flavours that will satisfy but not leave you feeling overly stuffed after the meal. Anything special on the menu? Enjoy the Pre-Christmas Menu at Jeremy’s Restaurant from 1-23 December (£35pp Tuesday-Thursday, £40pp Friday & Saturday). For details of Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner please contact Jo at the restaurant on 01444 441 102 Where’s the best place in Sussex to buy a local bird for the table and do you prefer goose or turkey? We would offer goose as a choice to bronze turkey but the yield is low and price prohibitive. We have the wonderful Balcombe Game shop on our doorstep, who offer both turkey or goose. A small free-range chicken or a game bird might be a better option for two people. Anything else we should know? Exciting times ahead at Jeremy’s with a planned new heating solution for the terrace, which will extend al fresco dining well into spring and autumn. We are adding to our Christmas and front of house team which bodes well for a bit more time off for Jeremy!
Jeremy’s Restaurant, Borde Hill, Borde Hill Gardens, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP Tel: 01444 441102 Email: email@example.com Web: www.jeremysrestaurant.co.uk
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What’s going on for autumn at your place? MARKET is busy, busy, busy and our chef is creating some lovely autumnal specials such as pot roasted mallard with orange, chicory, granola and game jus and white wine braised pork belly, red cabbage puree, smoked mash and olive tapenade. Anything special on the menu? Visit us any Sunday for our superb Sunday roasts. We don’t want to sound immodest but they really are delicious! Our roasts change every week and may be whole poussin, roast rib eye, slow roast lamb shoulder and there’s always our vegetarian roast too of course. There’s always a choice of at least three so keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for what’s on every week. Tell us your best tip for keeping warm in the winter!
Eating at MARKET and being warmed by the chef’s cooking right in front of you! Anything else we should know? During November we’ll be refurbishing our private and group dining room. So book your Christmas party now and be one of the first to enjoy ‘DownMARKET’, our ironically named upmarket room with its own bar, own music system and even the option of your own private chef! MARKET Restaurant Bar, 42 Western Road, Hove, BN3 1JD Contact: Kate Alleston – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01273823707 Email: email@example.com Web: www.market-restaurantbar.co.uk
What’s going on for Christmas at your place? We have our Crafty Christmas Canapes menu for our Christmas bookings and we will also be holding a New Years Eve party with a selection of hand prepared canapés on arrival, followed by a three dinner and a glass of champagne at midnight. Anything special on the menu? With our new menu launching early November, we are working hard to offer a broader range of exciting dishes for GF/DF as well as trying to offer many more lower fat dishes without losing the taste for good, honest grub. We are introducing a homemade free-range turkey burger as a low fat option along with a couple of Asian-inspired dishes to promote health. We’re really pleased to be offering South Downs/Sussex venison to increase our free range and locally sourced credentials; you cant get much more free range than wild deer. Tell us your best tip for keeping warm in the winter! It’s always cosy in Craftys due to the rotisserie and there will be cracking mulled wine and warm mince pies this year available from the bar. Anything else we should know? A great deal that is going to be continued through the winter will be our lunch offer - 1/4 chicken with sauce and any side just 6.50. Also buy any main meal, burger or salad over £10 and get a starter or a dessert half price - EXCLUSIVE to Title Sussex readers.
• Authentic family-run Spanish restaurant and tapas bar • Christmas specialities & set-price party menus - please call for details • Daily specials and local fish board • Function room for parties • Brighton’s #1 Spanish restaurant on TripAdvisor • 20% off food when you present this advert* 10-11 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 1NE T 01273 328 672 | www.aguadulce-restaurant.com | Twitter @aguadulcebtn *Please call and book in advance mentioning ‘Title Sussex 20% ad’. Valid Sunday to Friday throughout November 2015. Not valid bank holidays or Saturdays, for party bookings of 6 or more, or in conjunction with any other offer. A discretionary 10% service charge will be added to the final bill. Terms & conditions apply.
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Crafty Chooks, Second Avenue, Hove, BN3 2LJ Contact: Mark Lampit Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01273 722846 Web: www.craftychooks.co.uk
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Autumn is always the best season for food in the UK, and we’re particularly lucky that our grape harvest is seeing a bumper year with vineyard owners quietly confident that they’ll be seeing not only a good volume but also – hopefully – a great quality vintage. Whilst this year’s wines won’t be on sale this side of Christmas, there are plenty of crackers that you can buy right now from independent wine shops such as Butlers Wine Cellar in Brighton (www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk) and also the better end of the supermarkets. Waitrose probably has the widest range of English wines including Ridgeview, Bolney, Chapeldown, and Stopham amongst many others (www.waitrosecellar.com). What better way to toast the festive season than with a glass of wine from our awardwinning and internationally acclaimed vineyards?
Henry Butler in his Cellar
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An emerging trend in bars at the moment is the beer cocktail, although my mate Jake Goldstein at Brighton’s Plotting Parlour tells me it’s no new thing as they were all the rage in the 1800s. Back then they would have eggs and cream as well as beer and were more about sustenance and protein than getting drunk. In modern times, the resurgence of beer cocktails is due to the popularity of craft beer at the moment. The late 20th century saw a massive degradation of beer quality due to the domination of the big brands, but now that this is finally over. Beer cocktails are about the accentuation of the flavour profile of the beer and using notes that play off that profile. They are also about making beer approachable. With the use of reductions, dry hopping, malt syrups and the like, you can make a cocktail that mimics and accentuates the make up of flavours in the beer without using too much beer itself. Keep an eye out for beer cocktails at a bar near you soon.
HAVE A VERY SUSSEX CHRISTMAS
It won’t be long now before the Christmas lights start going up across our town centres and the piped festive tunes creep into a store near you. This year, instead of buying piles of presents that nobody really wants, how about gifting some delicious food and drink, produced right here in Sussex? Springs Smokery near Henfield (www.springssmokedsalmon.co.uk) are one of the best producers in the country, producing smoked salmon, trout, mackerel, duck and more, all available to buy online. Cocoaloco in Horsham (www.cocoaloco.co.uk) produce an amazing range of chocolate goodies that are perfect for gifts and stocking fillers, while the acclaimed La Cave à Fromage in Hove (www.la-cave.co.uk) have a superb range of English and Continental cheeses on sale. Ditch the olive oil and treat yourself to locally produced rapeseed oil from Sussex Gold at Partridge Green (www.sussexgold.co.uk). There are various smoked and infused flavours, but I prefer the regular extra virgin for dipping with a few slices of crusty wholemeal bread. Heaven. And, of course, to accompany your cheese you won’t do much better than the delicious Elderberry port produced by Sarah and Nathan Thompson at the Blackdown Distillery near Pulborough (www. blackdowncellar.co.uk). For the Christmas table, order your bird from your local butcher rather than from the supermarket, or throw caution to the wind and go wild with local game meat such as venison, or wagyu beef from Trenchmoor farm (www.trenchmore.co.uk). www.titlesussex.co.uk
Photos by Julia Claxton
Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 December 2015
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Hot foods • Sussex wine, beers and ciders • Christmas hampers with Rockinghorse Children’s Charity New Road, Brighton • 10am - 5pm both days • For more information visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com or find us on Twitter @brightonfood / Facebook
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If like us you’ve been glued to your screens watching the Great British Menu, you won’t have missed the excitement of Sussex chef Matt Gillan storming through, completely bypassing the shortlist and having his exciting goat-based main course picked to serve at the (frankly terrifying) Women’s Institute Centenary Banquet. After receiving straight 10s from both the chefs and judges Matthew Fort, Prue Leith, Oliver Peyton, and guest judge Felicity Cloake - an achievement never seen before in the history of The Great British Menu – Matt’s faultless main course dish, Teaching and Preaching, was put straight through to the banquet without a shortlist. Born in the UK but with St Helena heritage, Matt’s dish is inspired by his mother who regularly cooked goat at home though its popularity here in the UK has been in decline. With the soaring popularity of goat’s cheese and milk from females, Matt was keen to showcase every cut of the animal in his dish of 12 complex elements including salt baked leg, spiced shoulder and goat Ragu topped with mash potato, named Herder’s Pie. Matt still can’t quite believe it, telling us, “My dish is very personal to me it’s more than just a plate of food - so it’s made my day for the dish to go to the banquet, and to secure a place with ‘ten out of tens’ across the board is an unbelievable feeling.” If you want to try Matt’s food for yourself you can find him cooking up a storm at The Pass, South Lodge Hotel in Sussex www.southlodgehotel.co.uk
As the 24th instalment of the secret agent series hits our screens, it seems only right that we should take a look at the fantastic array of units consumed by this government agent. Among the 50 year-old whiskies, Dutch beers and dis-continued vermouths that our favourite ladies’ man has sipped on in previous episodes, the one that seems to get frivolously over ordered is the Martini. But what do we actually know about Mr. Bond’s favourite tipple? Well, for a start, sorry Jimbo - you never shake a Martini and, for a classic, it’s either gin or vodka (in Casino Royale James orders a ‘Vesper Martini’, which contains both). Add a dash of vermouth (best to say which type to your bartender - another faux-pas there 007), chuck in some olives and you’re pretty much done! Despite these basic rules, Vespers are great and there are a huge variety of other Martinis out there too. In the latest film, Spectre, we see Bond imbibing on a ‘Dirty’ Martini with the addition of extra olive brine and, in this case, muddled olives. To make one at home is great fun nowadays as the choice of olives is so huge and so easily available. Added to which, stuffing your little green and black garnishes with other flavourful delights is now common practice; blue cheese, sun-dried tomato, smoked garlic... there really are no limits. To mix one properly, here are a few tricks of the trade...
We’re loving this new book. Solarik is a leading figure of the global cocktail renaissance and his book explores the elements of the setup, the art and craft of mixology and, of course, includes recipes for syrups, infusions, bitters and the cocktails themselves. A chapter for non-alcoholic drinks rounds out the book. This book is aimed at adventurous mixologists, and those who want some fun at home.
M I X O L O G Y’S MARTINI TIPS Use a frozen Martini glass (or a ‘Coupette’,
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Prepare your olives or other garnishes first Stir with big, solid cubes of ice - no ice chips Take the first sip within 30 seconds of serving - it’s all about that temperature!
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Winter Warmers One of the nicest things about the colder days is eating foods like this. Wrapping up warm in woolly stuff, scuffing through fallen leaves, crisp bright mornings in sunlight… and food like this to come home to. We’ve picked out two of our hero dishes from this season’s new recipes.
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THE HAIRY BIKERS’
WILD BOAR RAGÙ
Wild boar used to be common in this country, but they were hunted so much that they were wiped out. Now the meat is popular again and British farmers are raising boar. They’re woodland creatures so we’ve used ingredients such as juniper berries and herbs that they might snuffle up in the woods to flavour this rich meat sauce. The secret to success with this sauce is to cook it long and slow, until the meat is falling apart.
SERVES 6 700g boneless wild boar shoulder 4–5 tbsp vegetable oil 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon or pancetta, cut into 1cm slices 1 large onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, crushed 75g pitted black olives, rinsed and drained 2 tsp juniper berries, lightly crushed in a pestle and mortar 500ml red wine 400g can chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato purée 500ml beef stock 2 large bay leaves 3 bushy sprigs of thyme 1 rosemary stalk, about 12cm long, leaves finely chopped 2 tsp caster sugar Freshly cooked pappardelle pasta, to serve Shavings of Parmesan cheese, to serve Flaked sea salt Freshly ground black pepper
Cut the boar into chunky pieces, each about 2.5cm. Trim off any really hard fat or sinew as you go – this is important, as boar sinew is very tough. Season the meat well with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the chunks of boar over a medium-high heat until nicely browned on all sides, turning them every now and then. Do this in a couple of batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan, adding more oil if necessary. As the meat is browned, transfer it to a large flameproof casserole dish or a large saucepan. Add a little more oil to the pan in which you browned the boar and fry the bacon for 2–3 minutes, or until the fat crisps and browns, then scatter it over the meat. Add a touch more oil and fry the chopped onion over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir the garlic, olives and crushed juniper berries into the pan and cook for 2 minutes more, stirring. Add them to the meat in the casserole dish, then pour in the wine. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato purée and beef stock. Add all the herbs and the sugar and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir well and cover the casserole loosely with a lid, then turn the heat down low and leave the ragù to simmer very gently for 2½ hours, or until the meat is completely tender and falling apart. Remove the lid every now and then and stir. If the liquid reduces too much, add a little extra water. The sauce should be fairly thick at the end of the cooking time, but not at all dry. Remove the thyme and rosemary stalks and bay leaves, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with freshly cooked pappardelle pasta and Parmesan shavings. Any leftover sauce makes great ravioli or arancini. THE HAIRY BIKERS’ MEAT FEASTS by Si King & Dave Myers is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in hardback at £22, eBook: £12.99
RICH OXTAIL STEW
The first time I made oxtail stew I didn’t have enough wine in the house, so I thought, ‘What the hell, I’ll add some beer as well and see what happens’. The result was fantastic and I’ve been cooking it that way ever since. A Gary Rhodes recipe introduced me to the idea of adding peeled and chopped tomatoes as well as some freshly cooked vegetables to the sieved and reduced sauce. This not only gives the stew a lighter touch but also adds colour and texture. When buying ox tails, try to get the thick end of the tails – these have more meat and less bone so are more satisfying. Oxtail is surprisingly fatty, so trim off as much fat as possible from the pieces, getting in with your knife as best you can.
Serves 4 2kg oxtails, trimmed of fat and cut into 4–5cm pieces Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tbsp olive oil 2 carrots, roughly chopped 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped Half a leek, roughly chopped 2 onions, roughly chopped 3 sprigs of thyme 3 bay leaves 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 500ml red wine 500ml beer 1 litre beef stock 400g tin chopped tomatoes To finish the stew: 4 tomatoes 1 carrot, finely chopped 1 leek, finely chopped, white section only 2 celery sticks, finely chopped To serve: Chopped fresh parsley
Preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF/Fan 150ºC/gas mark 3. Season the oxtail with salt and black pepper. Heat the oil in a large, flameproof casserole dish that has a lid (it needs to be able to fit 2 litres of liquid plus lots of veg and oxtails, so the bigger the better) and brown the oxtails in a couple of batches on all sides. You’ll need to spend 2–3 minutes on each side to get a good colour. Transfer each batch to a bowl and set aside and keep warm. Add the carrots, celery, leek and onions to the pan with the thyme and bay leaves. Gently cook these for 10–12 minutes on a moderate heat until the onions have softened and are starting to brown at the edges. Now add the garlic and cook for a couple more minutes. Pour in the wine, beer, stock, chopped tomatoes and some black pepper. Don’t add any salt yet as the sauce will be reduced later which will intensify all the flavours – we’ll only add salt at the end. 64
Now return the browned oxtail and any collected juices to the pan. Bring the stew to simmering point and pop the dish in the oven with the lid on for three hours. The oxtail will now be extremely tender; remove the pieces carefully from the pan and set aside on a plate. Sieve the sauce into a bowl using the back of a wooden spoon to push through all the liquid you can from the cooked vegetables. Discard the drained vegetables then return the sieved liquid to the dish and reduce it until it’s the consistency of single cream and rich in flavour. This may take up to 20 minutes. Now add a little salt if you feel it needs it. Meanwhile, with the point of a knife, make a cross at the base of each tomato. Put the tomatoes in a heatproof bowl and pour over boiling water until they are submerged, then leave them for 1 minute. Drain and cool them under cold water. The skins should now slip off. Cut the tomatoes into quarters and remove the seeds, then chop the flesh into small pieces. Put all the finely chopped vegetables into a small saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of
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water and cook on high heat, with a lid on, for 3–4 minutes until the vegetables have softened slightly. Once the meaty sauce has fully reduced and you’re about to serve the dish, add the cooked vegetables and the oxtails back to the sauce to heat through. Then gently mix in the peeled and chopped tomatoes. Serve with mashed potato and sprinkle with a little chopped parsley.
Before serving, simply warm the stew through and then stir in the veg.
Extracted from Ultimate One-Pot Dishes (Ebury Press, trade paperback £9.99) Photography: Jonathan Gregson
Tip – You can make everything a day ahead up until the point of cooking the diced vegetables and preparing the tomatoes.
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SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED We’re going James Bond crazy this month. With cars, clothes, gadgets and more it seems like we’ve got it covered. However, there’s one thing we can’t forget - and one thing Bond never forgets - and that is to enjoy a stiff drink. While the common misconception is that 007 drinks nothing but vodka martinis and champagne, he actually consumes a wide range of drinks throughout his career. In fact, research has suggested that Bond drinks around 92 units a week, four times the recommended maximum intake for UK men, but while he can handle himself at the bar and in a brawl, we suggest you stick to only one or two glasses of this indulgent recipe. So whether you’re celebrating the New Year, a new job or just catching up with friends, enjoy this tasty Bond-inspired cocktail but don’t forget, you only live once.
NO 32’S PORNSTAR MARTINI Ingredients - 1 whole passion fruit - 50ml Absolut Vanilla - 25ml Passoa - 25ml Homemade passion fruit syrup - 5ml Vanilla Gomme - 10ml Pineapple juice Instructions Shaken and double strained, served with 50ml champagne on the side. At No 32 our cocktail menu is vast, yet defined. We’ve categorised our list into seven categories: Classics, Sours, House, Premium, Martinis, Manhattans and Sparkling. With over 40 different cocktails to choose from, we’re sure to have something to take your fancy. No 32, 32 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG Tel: 01273 773388 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.no32dukestreet.com www.titlesussex.co.uk
TAKE TO THE SLOPES You don’t have to be James Bond to enjoy the rush of hacking down the mountain on fresh powder. These ski breaks offer the chance to get away and enjoy a relaxing trip to the snowy slopes of France and Austria
f there’s one man who epitomises the glamorous lifestyle more than all others, it’s Bond. James Bond. From bars to beaches to breakneck chases, he’s forever living the high life, and pulling it all off in style.
The world’s most famous spy loves a good skiing session and if his films are anything to go by, his enemies also love to hang around waiting for the perfect moment to produce an epic downhill chase. This may be more action than you’re anticipating but, if you’re looking for a more relaxed trip to the snowy slopes abroad, then we’ve got four of the best. These breaks offer chalet-board stays, including a champagne reception on arrival, daily breakfast, afternoon tea, canapés and pre-dinner drinks as well as a fourcourse dinner with cheese and port, followed by coffee and chocolates, and carefully selected wines served throughout. These five-star chalets in Courchevel 1850 and St Anton each come with a personal chef and host, plus important extras such as saunas, log fires, mountain-view terraces and heated boot racks included as standard.
COURCHEVEL 1850, FRANCE
Stay in luxury at La Vieille Forge, a centrally-located chalet with wood-panelled walls, crackling log fire and a pretty timber balcony, just a few minutes’ stroll from the piste and main lifts for exploring the massive Three Valleys ski area. A four-night stay at Chalet La Vieille Forge (sleeps eight), commencing 10, 17, 24 or 31 January, 7 February or 6, 13 or 20 March, costs from £649 per person including 4x4 chauffeur service to/from the slopes and accommodation on a chalet-board basis*. Chalet Montana occupies a prime position right by the Bellecôte piste that leads down to the centre of Courchevel 1850 at La Croisette, and the resort’s main lifts. Make the most of the indulgent creature comforts at Supertravel Ski’s flagship chalet – including a games room, a wellness suite, a home cinema and entertainment system, plus access to the vast and varied resort of Les Trois Vallées, with its 600km of runs. A four-night stay at Chalet Montana (sleeps 12), commencing 10, 17, 24 or 31 January, 7 February or 6, 13 or 20 March, costs from £799 per person including 4x4 chauffeur service to/from the slopes and accommodation on a chalet-board basis*.
ST ANTON, AUSTRIA
For those looking to be in the heart of the action, recently-refurbished Chalet Maroi is a mere five-minute stroll from the bustling centre of St Anton and the nearest ski lift. The apartment combines a homely atmosphere with cutting-edge design and features a sauna and a spectacular dining room with commanding views of the Rendl home run. A four-night stay at Chalet Maroi (sleeps eight), commencing 10, 17, 24 or 31 January, 7 or 28 February or 6, 13 or 20 March, costs from £649 per person including 4x4 chauffeur service to/ from the slopes and accommodation on a chalet-board basis*. Just a short stroll from St Anton town centre, with fantastic views of the Rendl mountain, Chalet Stratus is both thoroughly modern and full of alpine charm (with a working stone fireplace and hand-selected furniture). The heated outdoor pool is a great place to relax in the afternoons as the fresh snow falls. A four-night stay at Chalet Stratus (sleeps six), commencing 10, 17, 24 or 31 January, 7 or 28 February or 6, 13 or 20 March, costs from £749 per person including 4x4 chauffeur service to/ from the slopes and accommodation on a chalet-board basis*.
Flights and transfers are not included but can be booked through Supertravel Ski. Flights cost from £100 per person and transfers cost from £50 per person. For more information visit www.supertravel. co.uk/ski or, to talk to an expert or to book, call 020 7962 9933.
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As part of our season looking at some of the best of British breaks, this month Sam Harrington-Lowe checks into Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in Climping, just outside Littlehampton
This is an ideal place for a reeeaaallly long weekend. Bailiffscourt is located very close to a beach and the spa facilities on site make it a perfect place to just kick back and unwind – you’re miles from pretty much everything
’m not terribly keen on bailiffs. In my younger days, when I was less responsible, I had a few turn up on my doorstep and they’re not very nice to one as a rule. So the idea of staying at a place called Bailiffscourt for me conjured up images of an ancient stern stone building with holding cells and portcullises; lattice grilles everywhere, and strict people with clipboards and an unbending attitude. But Bailiffscourt couldn’t be further from this. Set in beautiful grounds – with resident peacocks – it’s a curious hotchpotch of the very old and very new that really works together. The main building, for example, is all stonework and low ceilings, wooden beams and four poster beds; whilst the spa and the adjoining bedrooms in the newer block are much more modern with clean lines. There’s been some thought put into it though; there’s lots of wood used throughout and the spa itself has a Scandinavian feel about it. I bet Americans love it here; it’s got just the right mixture of being really old but having modern service and facilities. This is an ideal place for a reeeaaallly long weekend. Apart from its grounds, Bailiffscourt is located very close to a beach and the spa facilities on site make it a perfect place to just kick back and unwind – you’re miles from pretty much everything. There are a few places to eat within the hotel grounds, from the smart Tapestry restaurant, which serves exquisite food in amongst its medieval architecture, mullioned windows and tapestry-hung walls, to the fireside snuggle of afternoon tea, and the dinner we had in the restaurant the night we stayed was extremely well-considered and delivered; beautiful food. For those of you who like to know about food, I had hot foie gras on toasted brioche with rhubarb chutney and pea shoots, followed by John Dory with Jerusalem artichoke puree, truffled gnocchi and chard, topped with a quail’s egg; and – god help me – a light and gracefully-made pear tarte tatin with butterscotch sauce. It was as lovely as it sounds – a gentle approach with some very well rounded flavours – the chef here has a sophisticated touch. There’s also an outside courtyard which is a stunning place for breakfast, although only in the warmer months. www.titlesussex.co.uk
It also has a helipad – in fact whilst we were making the most of the late summer sun in the outdoor infinity pool there were not one but two helicopters there, and we watched one rising from the grounds and circling around above us. Very exciting it was. So exciting that we had to go and have a massage to calm down. And the therapists at the spa really know what they’re doing. Worth noting are the extraordinary massage beds we had – filled with heated water! The treatment I had was called a ‘Drift Away’ and I really did. Not sure if the water beds are a feature throughout all the treatments but it’s really worth trying. Actually it’s worth going to Bailiffscourt for the spa alone; there are two pools – inside and out, two bubble tubs – inside and out; plus steam room and café, and plenty of comfy loungers round the poolside. It’s an utterly heavenly escape from the hustle of the real world and I could very easily spend a week there. It was mercifully free of children when I was there on a Sunday overnighter – and before you start, I don’t hate kids, I even have one. But in a spa when you’re trying to relax? No thanks. I don’t want to know who can hold their breath the longest or who can leap furthest into the pool. I just want them to not be there. If you want to get away from the rat race, kick back and relax in beautiful surroundings, eat amazing food and enjoy a relaxing but invigoratingly warm Jacuzzi outside in the fresh air, this is the place for you. There’s good Wi-Fi on site, but not great phone signal and very patchy 3/4G – but my advice would be to ditch the phone and relax. Float away in the pool and forget the outside world for a bit. Prices start at £299 for a dinner, bed and breakfast package in a standard room, with full use of all the spa facilities; but it’s well worth signing up for their newsletters as they do frequent special offers. The link can be found on their website. 74
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FAMILY & CULTURE Family • Entertainment • CINECITY •Motors
As well as our family roundup this month we look at the serious Jaguar C-X75, which will be driven by Bond villain Franz Oberhauser in the latest instalment as well as the lowdown on film festival CINECITY and the latest cinema roundup.
KIDS & FAMILY
education news Great Ballard Macmillan Coffee Morning With children serving the teas and coffees and selling cakes provided by the school and parents, the annual Great Ballard Macmillan coffee morning was a huge success again this year. Set high in the South Downs National Park, children, parents, grandparents, staff and visitors enjoyed delicious cakes and sunshine at the school. Children aged from nursery to Form 8 all took part. Funds raised – £203.75! Excellent work.
Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids.
Captain Beastie’s Pirate Party by Lucy Coats and Chris Mould
Photo: Graham Franks
Nosy Crow £6.99 Captain Beastie loves being smelly and grubby, but with a few days left till his birthday, his crew have a special surprise install to change his ways. A thoroughly enjoyable and funny picture book with wonderful illustrations by Chris Mould. For age 2-6 years
Monty the Hero by Steve Smallman
QED Publishing £10.99 Monty the mole’s favourite bedtime story is about a hero, a monster and a magic wand. Monty wants to be a hero too so he sneaks out at night in search of adventure. A lovely adventure about the magic of friendship. For age 2-6 years
Tom Gates - Top of the Class by Liz Pichon
Scholastic £10.99 The latest in the multi-award winning series by Liz Pichon is the best one yet. This time, Tom is running for the school council, but things don’t go quite to plan. Hilarious and heart-warming, the Tom Gates series has become a true modern children’s classic. For age 8+
Animaltastic Who doesn’t love stationery, right? We’re all well out of school uniform now but we all still love it and we’re all crazy for these animal notebooks. From dotcomgiftshop and priced at £2.95 each you can have a whole zoo! www.dotcomgiftshop.com
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. 76
TOP TITLES Our favourite cinema picks of the month Words by Rhys Wilson-Plant
“American doesn’t bail out losers, American was built by bailing out winners. By rigging a nation, of the winners, by the winners, for the winners”. This is the hard-hitting truth of 99 Homes, nailed home by Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), a ruthless and criminal retail estate broker. Life as a low-income father is not easy for an American, and the same goes for Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) who is evicted from his home after missing numerous payments on his mortgage. Desperately looking for work to regain his childhood home, he turns to his enemy, who took it from him. 99 Homes is one of the most intense films for some time and is definitely one of the films of the year. Director: Ramin Bahrani Released: 25 September Photo: Hooman Bahrani
The Intern has the texture of a romantic comedy, but with a unique angle; the man isn’t trying to get the woman, he’s trying to save her. Following his wife’s death, Ben (Robert De Niro) is looking for something new in his life and he decides to take an internship for seniors at a newly founded fashion company, where he comes to know and admire his boss, Jules (Anne Hathaway). The casting is fantastic and it makes The Intern a film that is funny, moving and unique instead of your typical formulaic rom/com.
The story follows Mark Watney (Matt Damon), a botanist who is left on Mars and presumed dead by his crew, following a mission-ending storm. Mark must use his skills to keep him alive until he can be saved, which is at least four years away. The Martian is a sublime survival film that epitomises the human spirit. Following the real-life discovery of water on Mars, this film will give you some inkling into the difficulties and dangers of reaching so far into the abyss that is space. Director: Ridley Scott Release Date: 30 September
Sicario grabs you from the opening scene to long after you exit the theatre. Following a catastrophic FBI mission, Kate Macer takes up the offer of eliminating the source of drug warfare with Graver (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) rather than “cleanup” stateside. Sicario is a gritty story that opens your eyes to the true horror of drug warfare. The performance by Emily Blunt is perhaps her best yet and it’s her character that is the audience’s compass. Sicario is a tense and thoughtprovoking thriller and one of the best films on drug warfare for sometime. Director: Denis Villeneuve Release Date: 8 October
Director: Nancy Meyer Release Date: 2 October Photo Credit: Giles Keyte - TM & 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation www.titlesussex.co.uk
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A CINEMATIC SPECTACLE AT CINECITY The Brighton film festival is back with a bang in 2015 featuring a line-up of new, old, local and world cinema
CINECITY returns to Sussex this November bringing with it the very best in world cinema. The film festival takes place across cinemas in Brighton featuring a global mix of premieres and previews, treasures from the archive, a showcase of films made in the city and a programme which features a host of talks and education events. The festival gives you first sight of highly anticipated titles ahead of their release and highlights many others brought to Brighton from around the world for one-off screenings. This year’s line-up includes cinematic offerings from a diverse list of countries including Ethiopia, Guatemala, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Hungary and many more. Last year saw the UK premiere of the critically-acclaimed Birdman, featuring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, as well as previews of The Duke of Burgundy, The Tribe and Girlhood, and this year’s line-up looks set to top it. Documentaries, dramas and artists’ films exploring cinema itself form a special festival focus, while world cinema, first features, coming of age and a celebration of love are also at the heart of 2015’s ambitious programme. In a particularly strong line-up this year there are many notable debuts throughout the fortnight of film, including
Lamb Laszlo Nemes’ astonishingly brutal but brilliantly original Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul, winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes. Other highlights include The Witch, a supernatural horror set in the 1600s, Lamb, a drama set amidst the mountains of Ethiopia, Chloe Zhao’s Songs My Brother Taught Me and the award-winning Ixcanul Volcano. Bringing a real sense of discovery, CINECITY uncovers the new talents coming out of the film industry before everyone else. Films will be playing across Brighton during the festival, at Duke of York’s and Duke’s at Komedia, along with a host of other venues throughout the city. However, for four nights only the Royal Pavilion will also get involved with CINECITY as it celebrates one of the festival’s themes; Love. The Music Room of Brighton’s royal pleasure palace will be transformed into a picture house and is the perfect backdrop for a host of classics in praise of love. This special pop-up includes the cinematic spectacle of Doctor Zhivago as well as Brief Encounter, Letter From an Unknown Woman, My Beautiful Laundrette, Vertigo and Orlando.
Tickets for all screenings go on sale on 23 October and for more information or for the full programme visit www.cine-city.co.uk www.titlesussex.co.uk
It’s a beautiful thing to behold, but it’s more than just a collection of sleek lines.There’s actually a poetic eloquence in the way its bodywork effortlessly ebbs and flows, as if it’s been crafted from molten chocolate.This car isn’t just beautiful; it’s bitethe-back-of-your-hand gorgeous.
Ahead of the latest James Bond release we decided to send motoring guru Danny Cobbs to test the best from Spectre, but rather than driving the classic Aston Martin we tried something a little different
irst shown as a prototype at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Jaguar C-X75 was due to go on sale this year and expected to sell for around £800,000. The economic slowdown in the emerging markets, however, has meant this rival to the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari La Ferrari had to be shelved. Well, that’s the official line, anyway. If it does happen, it’s unlikely to come with the 880bhp hybrid 1.6-litre petrol/electric engine, or the all-wheel drive system they debuted in France five years ago. But it could, just maybe, re-emerge as the same car which will be seen in the forthcoming James Bond film, Spectre. Leaked photos show it remains virtually identical to the way Ian Callum, Jaguars’ Design Director, intended. For sure it’s a beautiful thing to behold, but it’s more than just a collection of sleek lines. There’s actually a poetic eloquence in the way its bodywork effortlessly ebbs and flows, as if it’s been crafted from molten chocolate. This car isn’t just beautiful; it’s bite-the-back-ofyour-hand gorgeous.
However, Bond doesn’t get to drive it, he’s been put behind the wheel of the new Aston Martin DB10 (quelle surprise). Instead, the keys have been entrusted to the villain of the peace, Franz Oberhauser, played by Christoph Waltz. Oberhauser isn’t going to be too happy when he lifts the bonnet to find the petrol/hybrid motor has been substituted for a 5-0-litre V8 engine, the same found in the current F-Type model. And the all-wheel drive system has also gone, it’s now rear-wheel driven. The remit for the original C-X75 was that it should match the performance of the Bugatti Veyron while emitting less Co2 gases than a Toyota Prius. Whilst this 550bhp supercharged V8 engine may not quite match the promised performance of the hybrid - 220mph top speed, 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds – 4.1 seconds from a standing start to 62mph and 186mph top speed is far from languid.
QUICK FACTS Model Tested: C-X75 Power: 850bhp+ Motor: Electric/X2 Electric Range: Up to 37 miles Top Speed: 186mph 0-62: 2.9 seconds
It does fall at the fuel emissions hurdle, though. Jaguar smugly proclaimed the hybrid would return 72.4mpg while only emitting 89g/km of Co2 emissions. That can’t be said for this V8 version. Those figures are now more than likely to read: 26.4mpg and 255g/km of CO2. But the big question still remains; will the C-X75 ever go into production? The suits at Jag are adamant it’ll never happen. Nonetheless, Jaguar are in business to make money and once this latest Bond franchise is released they may very well find themselves inundated with thousands of enquires for the C-X75. Money always concentrates the mind and Jaguar may want to reconsider their rash decision. As every James Bond fan will tell you, never say never again.
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HILTON BRIGHTON METROPOLE 125TH ANNIVERSARY TEA One of the city’s most iconic hotels, Hilton Brighton Metropole, recently celebrated its 125th birthday with an afternoon of history and culinary treats. Greeted with champagne in the Clarence Suite, guests got the opportunity to catch up and network with fellow supporters of the hotel. And there was an amazing exhibition with Metropole memorabilia and photos that we absolutely loved. The new General Manager gave a warm welcome and handed over to a local historian who regaled us with tales of the Hilton Brighton Metropole’s history.
LAUNCH OF THE HOTEL DU VIN CHRISTMAS MENU Me? At Hotel du Vin? Sampling the wonderful new Christmas menu? Don’t mind if I do! In Vino Veritas? Champagne, champagne, champagne and when you get tired of champagne you get tired of life!
Nibbles? Eventually we got to the afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, fruit scones, a delicious selection of mini cakes, teas and coffees. Absolutely top tea.
Nibbles? A great opportunity to try the new menu on small plates. All seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The menu featured parsnip, chestnut and apple soup, free range roast turkey ballotine with traditional trimmings, daube of beef bourguignon and classic Christmas pudding with brandy sauce washed down with Christmas yule log.
Chit chat? “Did you see the Christmas menus from 1944? It could have been last year!”
Chit Chat? “Makes you want to have your Christmas dinner here instead of at home.”
Great and Good Quotient? A much quieter crowd although perhaps good not to see the same old faces sometimes. Shame not to see more there for such a prestigious anniversary though.
Great and Good Quotient? It was good to see the new GM chatting about his plans for the future which includes Jazz nights on a Tuesday. Nice.
In Vino Veritas? To my mind the historian went on a bit, although you couldn’t fault his enthusiasm. And unfortunately that kept us away from what had been very free-flowing bubbly!
YOUNG MIDNIGHT TALENT RECOGNISED Brighton business Midnight Communications are celebrating the nomination of Account Manager Jessica Beales for two prestigious industry awards. Jessica is a finalist for Young Communicator of the Year at the national PRCA Awards as well as Outstanding Young Communicator at the CIPR PRide Awards for the South of England and Channel Islands. Midnight has a rich history of nurturing fledgling PR talents. A member of staff has been recognised in a ‘Young Communicator’ category for the last eleven years, while Jessica was also named the Freshest Young Professional at the Fresh Awards in 2014. Jessica said, “To be in the running for two industry awards is an incredible feeling. I am fortunate to be pursuing the career I love in an environment as supportive as Midnight. Although the awards are given to individuals, the team at Midnight deserve as much credit – they have got me where I am today. Fingers crossed I can bring home the trophies!” Although Jessica is leading the chase, the company is also in the hunt for five additional awards at the CIPR PRide Awards and a further three titles at the Fresh Awards 2015. For more information visit www.midnight.co.uk
Business is booming in our seaside county this year as the Sussex Business Awards found out This December, get ready for fine wine, excellent entertainment and celebrations aplenty at the county’s number one awards scheme, the Sussex Business Awards. Celebrations are already in full flow as the awards are celebrating a record-breaking number of entries for the fifth year running. With a 40% rise in entries in 2015, it is the Sussex Company of the Year award that has received the highest number of entries, while the awards for Best Customer Service and Small Business of the Year followed close behind with over sixty businesses between them hoping to be crowned winners. Organiser Fiona Graves, from Midnight Communications, is thrilled with the response, saying, “This year’s awards are the most hotly-contested year in its twenty seven year history. We have received an outstanding number of entries, from a diverse range of company sizes and sectors and we’re delighted. “Judges now have the tough job of reviewing all award entries and shortlisting the businesses. We wish everyone the best of luck!” The judges have until October 27 to decide which companies have made the cut and will feature on the shortlist at this year’s awards ceremony, which will be held at The Grand Brighton on Thursday 3 December. Presented by star of ITV’s The Chase, Paul Sinha, the ceremony is attended by over 500 of the county’s leading business people. There are 15 trophies up for grabs on the night and Title Sussex Magazine are proud to sponsor the Best Place to Entertain Your Client award for the first time. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, then make sure you book them soon, with tickets costing £90 each (plus VAT) or £850 (plus VAT) for a table of ten. For more information visit www.sbawards.org.uk or to see what awards are up for grabs check out our rundown of the 2015 categories.
2015 SuSSEx BuSINESS AWARdS CATEGoRIES Sussex Company of the Year Sponsored by Morgan Sindall The Small Business of the Year Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce The International Business of the Year Sponsored by HSBC Sussex Businessperson of the Year Sponsored by Mazars The Award for the Best Customer Service Sponsored by Checkatrade.com The Award for the Most Promising New Business Sponsored by Thomas Eggar LLP The Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsored by Sussex Business Times The Award for Innovation in Business Sponsored by Sussex Innovation Centre The Award for the Most Sustainable Business Sponsored by Wealden District Council The Responsible Business Award Sponsored by Checkaprofessional.com
Best Place To Entertain Your Clients Sponsored by Title Sussex The Professional Services Award Sponsored by Vantage Professional Risks The Boss of the Year Sponsored by Heart FM The Healthiest Workplace Award Sponsored by Domestic & General The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity Sponsored by The Argus www.titlesussex.co.uk
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Julia Wright looks at how HMRC Moneypenny is closing the loopholes
Does the phrase ‘offshore bank account’ conjure up visions of millionaires, celebrities, and tax free income? The glam world of tax havens just got less glam… What is an offshore bank account? This is an account that is in a different country to the person depositing money in the account. The phrase was originally coined from money deposited in the Channel Islands but includes accounts in such places as Switzerland, Andorra and Luxembourg. Does an offshore account mean tax-free savings? Many people think that the interest received on offshore bank accounts is tax free. However, tax will be payable on the interest you earn from offshore savings unless certain conditions apply. Is it wrong to hold an offshore account? Are these accounts a way to evade tax? It isn’t an offence to hold an offshore account and it can be useful for people who need to transfer money between currencies. It is an offence though if these accounts are used to avoid UK tax responsibilities and if income is not declared. If you are caught using an offshore savings account to evade tax HM Revenue & Customs will collect what you owe in tax as well as charge you interest and a fine. Are offshore accounts secret? HM Revenue & Customs have been working on an international exchange of tax
information so that they will know what income is being earned on overseas accounts. An agreement between Swiss and UK tax authorities came into operation in January 2013. Automatic exchange agreements now exist with the Overseas Territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands; and the Crown Dependencies: Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. How do you come clean to HMrC Moneypenny? UK taxpayers with outstanding tax liabilities have had the choice of paying a one-off charge to settle past unpaid tax or face a withholding tax on income and gains. Many holders of accounts in Switzerland have taken advantage of the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF), which has allowed UK tax residents with undisclosed overseas assets to become compliant by paying a limited penalty on their tax liabilities. This facility is due to close on April 5 2016. There are also Guernsey and Jersey Disclosure Facilities, and these are open until September 30, 2016. While neither the GDF nor JDF ensures immunity from prosecution, full disclosure of tax liabilities will be very unlikely to result in a criminal investigation.
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TECH FIVE From Smurfs to safety and from Bond villains to vilified apps, Amanda Horlington breaks down what’s going up and down in the world of technology
hat a shoddy bunch you are! With a collective 130 attempts to destroy our plucky hero you have achieved nothing short of epic fail status. Sure, as a merry band of psychopaths, megalomaniacs, billionaires and master manipulators you’ve been pretty enterprising in your own right; busily building empires poised to dominate the globe in a fashion that would make your mothers proud, but oh, this whole Bond lark isn’t really working out is it? Could I be so bold as to suggest the following: Avoid metal body parts; teeth (Jaws), arms (Tee Hee) and hands (Dr No), are a no go. Convoluted execution methods - a hot mess and just wrong! De-clutter; Bond’s not always armed and his survival is often due to use of nearby household appliances;
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lamps or random objects d’art. Adhere to basic health and safety protocol including the display of clear warning and operational signage for reactor coolants, shark tanks, volcano opening devices and airlocks. Bond really doesn’t need an internet dating app, so engaging him in chat about your latest Tinder interest is not going to distract him. Pitting him against a beautiful arch villainess however would be my recommendation. We’re talking the evil uber boss, overlord, big cheese type but with the looks of an interesting Victoria Secrets model. Seems we’ve tried villains being male, cocky and odd looking so maybe it’s time for something new?
UP - An app that walks you home
Getting more popular by the minute, the Companion app is for anyone who wants a friend to GPS track, and be alerted to any problems you might encounter on your late night journey home.
UP - Drive like a granny
Google’s driverless pod-like cars; reports suggest reliable, erring on dull and without a hint of boy racer which one would hope will keep the Ronnie Pickerings of this world at bay.
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UP - Cold turkey
If you are transfixed by cat and dog Facebook videos when you should be working then Cold Turkey software could be for you. It bars you from your designated list of distracting websites for a period of time when you most need to be productive.
NON MOVER - Peeple app – Nil points
I’m often found giving people I know marks out of five in my notepad when they’re not looking. Luckily the much vilified Peeple app will launch soon so I can do this publicly, something I’m sure will help them “grow and change for the better” as the founders suggest.
DOWN - Spying Smurf
Dreamy, Nosey and Tracker Smurfs are not cheeky characters that will have you spending a fortune on plastic merchandise but allegedly the hacks GCHQ can use to control your Smartphone. www.titlesussex.co.uk
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PROPERTY & INTERIORS Beds • Interiors • News
The nights are getting colder and darker but it doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. We’ve gathered some of the best beds for snuggling up as the evenings draw in this winter as well as interior trends, property news and more.
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And who are we to disagree? Sleep is where we rest from the stresses and strains of daily living as we journey through life. That we spend around a third of our lives in bed is a frequently cited statistic, but have you ever wondered whether it might be possible to actually improve the quality of your sleep? According to the ‘Sleep Council‘ (www.sleepcouncil.org.uk) it’s all about the quality of your mattress; too soft and the body slouches, leaving the spine out of alignment. Too hard and the body is not relaxed, holding tension and creating pressure points. Just right and the mattress’ support will encase your bodies’ profile, keeping your spine aligned.
Loaf - Spare Room mattress SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER Bigger is certainly better when buying a mattress. You are less likely to disturb your partner if, for example, you can both lie side-by-side with your arms behind your head and your elbows out without touching. Your bed should also be about four to six inches longer than the tallest partner. This way, as we naturally migrate around the bed during sleep, we are less likely to whack each other with that stray arm-thrash during a lively dream. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY Ideally, take your mattress for a test drive and both lie on it in the showroom to ensure you both feel it does the job. Comfort is very subjective. See what works for you.
TYPES OF MATTRESSES The three main types of ‘Sprung’ mattresseS with a quilted or tufted outer fabric casing are: Open Coil: Generally the construction for a budget to mid-range mattress. Bed supplier www.loaf.com has excellent mattress and bed styles to suit all budgets. Also the popular boho, Eastern-inspired styling of www.lombok.co.uk has striking wooden beds. Using both reclaimed and ethically sourced and certified woods, their dark wood ‘Seba’ four poster, and their ‘Baxter’ bed are striking classics that are on trend and reasonable budget. The Seba four-poster by Lombok
Continuous Spring: Where the inner is made from a single length of wire ‘knitted’ into a series of woven springs running up and down the bed. With the ‘coils’ being smaller than open coil, it gives a higher spring count and therefore a more responsive feel. Hypnos Sovereign Divan set
Pocket sprung: Top of the range. Small, softer springs work independently from each other inside your mattress. Each coil is encased in a calico pocket, arranged in a honeycomb pattern. It adjusts to your own body contours and helps eliminate any roll together (unless of course you want to!). General rule of thumb is the higher the pocket sprung count, the more springs you have, therefore the more comfortable and luxurious your base will be.
Memory foam mattresses were a revolutionary concept, but are an acquired taste. The most well known brand, Tempur, work with a material originally developed by NASA; it’s composed of billions of viscoelastic cells, which respond to your temperature and weight. As you sink in to the foam, it can feel very ‘close’ to your body so NOT one for the faintly claustrophobic. A Sussex-based bed specialist is the family run www.jonesandtomlin. co.uk. With three showrooms across Sussex, they stock all the leading brand names for both Divan bed sets with useful storage underneath, an entire range of mattresses, bedsteads and headboards and can advise on what’s best for you.
The Westminster by Vispring
FILLINGS AND THE NATURAL OPTIONS Fillings to form your mattress are chosen for their resilience, durability, flexibility and ability to absorb body moisture. As such, a good thick mattress generally gives a better quality product. Natural materials like wool, hair, coir fibre, cotton and silk are breathable and help alleviate modern day allergies to, say, a synthetic foam filler.
Naturalmat cross section pocket- sprung mattress with lambswool & natural latex filling
Look at luxurious, natural filled mattresses for longevity and consciousconsumerism. ‘Naturalmat’, based in Devon (www.naturalmat.co.uk) are market leaders in the hand-made mattress at their factory in Topsham. Their team of craftspeople ensure every component is painstakingly created and quality-checked. Their products are handmade for longevity and the ethos being, you only invest once. Their company motto? ‘Natural Sleep For Life‘.
The handmade wooden 'VF' Bed by Mathers and Hirst
To complement your eco-conscious natural coir fibre mattress, it makes design sense to choose an equally harmonious, handmade wooden bed. Whitstable-based wood furniture craftsmen Mathers & Hirst (www.mathersandhirst.co.uk) have a newly-launched bed frame, the â€˜VFâ€™. Their bed has a beautifully understated detail where the headboard wraps around the pillow line in the same way as a wing backed chair. Structurally enveloping and gloriously tactile in its forms. All factors combined should eventually guide you far, far away, into the sleep abyss.
Loaf - www.loaf.com
Lombok - www.lombok.co.uk
Naturalmat - www.naturalmat.co.uk
Mathers and Hirst - www.mathersandhirst.co.uk Jones and Tomlin - www.jonesandtomlin.co.uk
BELLA’S TOP TIPS 1) Leesa (www.Leesa.co.uk) have solved the universal problem
of how to get that double, let alone superking-size mattress up the blooming stairs. Simply carry the box up, unpack and watch it expand with their pop-up mattress; ideal for rental properties and small flats.
2) Create a sleep sanctuary; the idea is to wind down your mind and body as you head into bedtime. Avoid caffeine four-six hours before bed. Try decaf tea, or herbal tea such as peppermint or chamomile or a warm, milky drink, or a brandy!
Bedside tables; remove clutter from piling around you, after all it’s right next to your eye line. Don’t bring work or ‘to do’ lists to the bedroom. Essentials only; clock, books, maybe a candle, hand cream, it’s all part of the routine and ritual to ease you into sleepy mode.
4) Sleep and technology don’t mix; TVs, tablets, smartphones and
bright overhead lights all interfere with your sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm. Artificial light emitting from all these suppresses your bodies’ natural production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Without it, it’s harder to drop off to sleep the right side of midnight. Leaving these items ON means they are emitting low levels of radiation; the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom can disrupt the pineal gland which makes the melatonin , so switch to OFF.
5) If you suffer from insomnia, try listening to hypnosis audio and
apps; Glenn Harrold seems to be a stud in hypnotherapy circles. His CD ‘Deep Sleep Every Night‘ is a best seller on Amazon. Failing that seek out a qualified professional hypnotherapist who could help. www.sleeping-disorders.co.uk
6) Anti-snoring devices; lots of gimmicks like nasal strips and throat sprays claim to help with snoring. No. They don’t. Respiratory physicians claim various forms of gum shield are effective. Best advice? Try not to consume copious amounts of alcohol near to bedtime (they recommend four hours prior to bed) to avoid the flat-out snoring like a train syndrome. Advice at the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association www.britishsnoring.co.uk
7) Pillows; don’t underestimate the importance of a good quality
pillow. Bad ones with worn out, compressed fillings can exacerbate neck and shoulder pain. A good one should hold your head in alignment in relation to your shoulders and spine - as if you were standing upright with the correct posture - and be tucked well into the neck and shoulder to support your head fully.
8) Alarm clocks. Having had a deeply restorative night of sublime, uninterrupted sleep, GET UP! If you cannot bear to be woken by a harsh noise or a shrill ‘ring’, set your phone’s alarm to something a little more melodic. But beware the snooze button. Top tip is to place an independent clock far enough away from the bed so as you have to get up to turn it off. Then ‘TA-DA‘, you’re up.
Upholstered divan and mattress by Naturalmat
Alaska Faux Fox Standard Size £299 Sweetpea & Willow
Chandelier £280 BHS
Amore Mirror £199 Next
The Stag Cushion from Glitter Rocks Collection £75 Bitten London
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Waterford - Lismore Diamond Vodka
Set £300 Amara
Well, maybe not all diamonds… but give your home some of that luxury feeling without breaking the bank
Vase £25 House of Fraser
Wide Mirror Vase £35 Kelly Hoppen
Heart of House Juliette Mirror Heart Tea Light Tray £19.99 Argos
Elliston Large Sofa in Modici Velvet Teal
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PROPERTY NEWS GAME CHANGER AT LEWES CLUB
An athletics track in Lewes is set for a major refurbishment after funding was secured by Lewes Athletics Club. The 400m track in Mountfield Road will be completely re-laid with a high-tech synthetic surface thanks to contributions from a range of schools, councils and clubs. The scheme itself raised £158,000, while a £40,500 grant was also secured from England Athletics, in recognition of its contribution in helping to encourage more people to get involved in sport for life. Councilor David Elkin said, “I would like to thank all those involved with this excellent project. The results of their efforts are brilliant, will make a real difference to local athletes for many years to come and encourage more people to get involved in sport.”
FUN AND FUNDS RAISED BY SEQUENCE
A group of Sequence employees raised awareness at a recent golf day and over £300 for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families. Sequence is the national network of estate agents and has been a corporate partner of CLIC Sargent since 2001, raising a whopping £360,000 during that time through various avenues. To honor the partnership John Dale and Drew Baily organised a group of 18 employees from various branches on a golf day out, with the Preston Park office finishing the day as victors. CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Catherine Cadman said, “I would like to say a massive thank you to Drew and the various branches and Sequence as a whole. They have been our partners for nearly 15 years and have raised such a huge amount to support the work that we do.“
PROPERTY PRICES ON THE RISE IN SUSSEX
Sussex market towns are among the most expensive in England, according to Lloyds Bank. Lewes and Midhurst were ranked as the second and third most expensive market towns in the country, with an average house price of £408,641 in Lewes and £403,893 in Midhurst. Market town house prices have increased by an incredible £460 every month, on average, over the last decade, while the study also found that prices in market towns were, on average, 11% more expensive than those in surrounding areas. Mortgages director at Lloyds Bank, Andy Mason, said, “Homes in market towns typically command a significant premium over their neighbouring towns. The quality of life benefits often associated with living in such locations are still proving popular among home buyers.”
NEW HOMES IN NATIONAL PARK?
As the housing deficit in the south east continues to grow and Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new affordable homes target, attention is turning to brownfield sites and in particular the South Downs National Park to deliver homes. It’s the most populated national park in the country but now Lewes District Council and development partner Santon North Street are working together to plan the largest brownfield site in the park. Set in the heart of the historic county town of Lewes, the project plans to deliver 416 new homes, 40% of them affordable in a rundown area near the town centre. Clive Wilding, Project Director for Santon North Street said, “North Street Quarter is all about early delivery - affordable housing is needed in the park today and this site has been through ten years of debate, including a three-year public consultation process.” www.northstreetqtr.co.uk
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