sussex Issue 6. December/January 2016
THE HEaLTH & BEaUTY SpECIaL 2016 – THE GOOD LIFE
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9 PEOPLE & PLACES 16 2015 IN PICTURES 19 FASHION
36 MEN’S GROOMING 43 HEALTH & BEAUTY
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72 ENTERTAINMENT 76 MOTORS 78 KIDS & FAMILIES 79 BUSINESS 88 PROPERTY
Issue 6. December/January 2016
Sam Harrington-Lowe – Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org As the managing editor Sam is responsible for the content of all Title publications and works to oversee the development of the brands and support relationships with all partners and clients.
Christmas and New Year are often a time of mixed blessings. There’s the fun of Christmas, and the stress of Christmas. And long dark afternoons but sparkling crisp mornings. It’s often a time of change or upheaval and the additional pressure can bring crises to a head; but it’s also a time for celebration, renewal and repositioning.
Daniel White – Deputy and Digital Editor email@example.com As deputy and digital editor Dan writes feature interviews and articles, edits copy and runs the Title website. Dan is the man for all online queries or contact. Frida Clementz – Design and Business Development firstname.lastname@example.org Frida is the creative force behind Title. Apart from being our head designer, she’s key for business development, working closely with clients to ensure they get the best from their campaigns.
Gemma Windham - Sales & Marketing Executive email@example.com As our main media sales person Gemma is responsible for building new relationships and securing excellent ad campaigns covering the whole of Sussex, working with the team to ensure the right outcome. ContrIbutorS Giles Paley-Phillips, Amanda Horlington, Danny Cobbs, Julia Wright, Marcus Abel, Nick Mosley, Bella Whiteley, Rhys Wilson-Plant, Lisa Moore, Fal Blake, James Rampton, Rob Jones, Olivia Reid CoVEr IMAGE WIntEr WonDErLAnD SHoot: Photographer: Erika Szostak, www.erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, @threepinreset
Production manager: Sam Harrington-Lowe, @SamHL Stylist: Lindsay Katherine Hills
Hair: Ioanna Alexia Kruizenga, Black Eye Hair Brighton, @hairstudiyo Makeup: Charlene Howells, www.charlenehowells.com Models: Iona Jane Levy, @ionalevy
Charlotte Butler Blondel, @charlottebblondel
Production assistants: Lili Harrington-Lowe and Sander Matulewicz
This issue of Title represents some of the magic and regeneration that this time of year brings, and looks at the positive changes that can be made going forward with our wellness special, exploring ways to improve mind, body and even soul. There’s also a chance to detox your finances, or retox with decadent food and drink! And loads more besides. You can see all that in the contents list. But we also pause for a minute to look back over the past year – our first year of existence – and celebrate some of our favourite moments. From the start we made a decision that after every six issues of Title Sussex we would take the design, content and styling and give the magazine a shakeup. Our goal was always to create something different from our competitors and we’ve unquestionably done that. But predictably we’ve seen some copycat behaviour creeping in. Whilst we’re flattered – after all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – we knew this might happen so for us it’s important to keep staying ahead. This is the last issue of the magazine you will see in this format. From Issue 7 we have some big changes coming, as well as some new publications and a website restyle. We’re really excited about it! The next issue will be the Love & Weddings special, and we’re working on it already. So see you in the bright new year, and we hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year. Love from all the team.
Sam x You can find us at www.titlesussex.co.uk and also tweeting at @TitleSussex Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shot on location at Gun Hill Studios, Chiddingly www.gunhillstudios.com CLotHInG FroM: Astrobohemia, www.astrobohemia.co.uk
Isaac Raymond, www.isaacraymond.co.uk
Joanne Fleming Design, www.joanneflemingdesign.com
Cherished Vintage Boutique, www.cherishedvintage.co.uk Catherine Francis, www.catherinefrancis.co.uk Ravel Shoes, www.ravel.co.uk
Pressleys of Montague St, Worthing, www.pressleys.co.uk Lucia J Elliston, www.snoopersattic.co.uk/lucia-j-elliston/
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STUFF WE LIKE Superdrug superstar with Specsavers
A winter snap
A timeless midwinter scene in the heart of Sussex scooped Emma Varley from Pulborough first place in this year’s Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Photo Competition. Emma’s picture won the public vote and a £100 cash prize.
The national 2015 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassadors have just been announced, and this year Jill Flood from Sussex, Brand Manager at Superdrug, was crowned in a lavish awards night at Claridge’s as one of 12 ambassadors chosen from hundreds of applicants across the length and breadth of the UK. Jill’s achievement was convincing Superdrug to partner with celebrity vlogger Zoella from Brighton to create the Zoella beauty range, which totally blew all their sales expectations out of the water and is now selling like crazy in all Superdrug stores across the UK. www.everywoman.com
The twelve finalists will feature in the 2016 online calendar, available from the Sussex Wildlife Trust website www.sussexwildlife trust.org.uk
All rise please
Keeping spooky books
If it’s good enough for Victoria Beckham, it’s good enough for us. Yes, we’re talking about standing up at our desks. We’ve found this thing called a Varidesk that you can stick on your existing desk that raises or lowers your work rig, gives you the choice of sitting or standing.
As if Preston Manor in Brighton wasn’t spooky enough already, they’ve just recently acquired a ‘haunted ledger’, donated by terrified Josephine Benyovits. The 1915 shop ledger was found bricked up in a jeweller’s wall in Brighton’s East Street in 1988 by her father, but having taken it home, they apparently suffered a number of spirit visitations.
It’s been proven that standing for intervals during the working day can have numerous mental and physical benefits, from increased productivity, to burning an additional 50 calories per hour, (2,000 per week), and reducing blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. Good New Year’s resolution?
She said, “I took a detour on my way to work looking for a place to photograph. I got rather lost but eventually found somewhere to pull up, I think near Cowfold. Walking along the edge of a field, I turned a corner and was amazed to find this breath-taking view. It seemed absolutely timeless and completely captured the beauty of a Sussex winter landscape to me.”
Apparitions appeared, including a group of men, woman and children, and a soldier with a horse. Josephine says that one of the spirits told her the ledger must be returned to Brighton for the centenary of its first entry – prompting a call to the city’s spookiest site, Preston Manor. Preston Manor Venue Officer Paula Wrightson said, “At first we weren’t sure whether we’d take it until the family impressed on us quite how scared they were. When I had a phone conversation with Josephine she seemed petrified!”
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STUFF TO DO GOING UNDERGROUND
This is a brand new tour offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Royal Pavilion’s basement and tunnel, and a chance to discover more about life below stairs for its servants, from the rat catcher to George IV’s private secretary. The tour ends with a rare chance to visit the tunnel that led to George’s royal stables and riding school, now Brighton Dome. Tours start January – March, 4.45-5.30pm (£10 members £9 book in advance) www.brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/ for dates
Bodiam Castle is one of the county’s treasures; an archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour. Recently having undergone a refurbishment of the tea rooms, and looking ahead to the start of 2016, Title spots that the castle team are running a series of ‘Medieval Mondays’. From bee-keeping to guns and gunpowder, these talks are followed by a delicious onepot lunch, and great for offering a glimpse into our history and heritage. Bodiam Castle Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex Mondays 11, 18 and 25 Jan, 12 noon - £15 Book on 01580 831324 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle
BOaRDING flIGht Bai360
Fancy a flight on Brighton’s i360 when it launches? Maybe you’d like to buy someone a go instead. BA are offering gift vouchers for flights on the famous ‘doughnut on a stick’ opening in summer 2016. At 162 metres high, and with an observation pod rising to 450 feet, the i360 futuristic pod will allow 200 visitors at a time to get on board for amazing views; and the visitor centre below will incorporate a 400 seat restaurant, as well as gift shop, children’s play zone and tea rooms. To find out more, or buy British Airways i360 gift vouchers, visit www.britishairwaysi360.com/giftvouchers
It’s jUst a jUmp tO thE lEft….
After a considerable hiatus, the infamous Rocky Horror stage show returns in full regalia to amuse and outrage a whole new generation of virgins. First performed in 1973 and penned by Crystal Maze star Richard O’Brien, the Rocky Horror Show – and Picture Show – has entertained the risqué amongst us for decades, and it’s now coming to the Theatre Royal in Brighton. It tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeakyclean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity. For those of you who haven’t been before, showing up to watch in full underwear tackle is the desired dress code. And no, we’re not teasing you. Get those suspenders on. Theatre Royal, Brighton 17 December – 2 January www.atgtickets.com/brighton
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Mug Crumbles Book £7.99 White Stuff
Blanket Scarf £60.00 Lookagain.co.uk
Philips IzzyLink Multiroom Speaker £139.90 Harvey Norman
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Pearl Earrings with Swarovski Butterfly and Rose Gold £45.00 Lustrous Jewellery
SEYVR Wallet with Built-in Phone Charger £59.95
Brighton seafront Star Wars Atat photography print £80 Craftwork Projects
Jimmy Hendrix 3-in-1 Vaporizer £84.99 E-njoint.us
Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island £79.99 Argos
Ben De Lisi My Side/Your Side Cushion £20.00 Debenhams
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT A star-studded highlight of the Brighton social calendar saw over 500 guests gather for a night of entertainment at the Chestnut Tree House Snowman Spectacular Ball WHERE The Hilton Brighton Metropole WHEN Saturday 5 December
Hugh Lowson, CEO Chestnut Tree House with showgirls
WHY Brighton TV reporter and presenter Marcella Whittingdale hosted the nightâ€™s entertainment which included a performance by The Overtones to a packed crowd that raised over ÂŁ455,000 for the Chestnut Tree House hospice Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE LOVED A truly spectacular night with some great performances and an incredible sum raised for the charity!
Gordon & Alison Sherring with Mike & Jennifer Mendoza
Caspar & Carina Angerkren Ronnie, Wendy, Linda and Tony Bloom
Sally Gunnell & Marcella Whittingdale with Catherine Hutchin raffle winner Wendy Carter & Mike Holland www.titlesussex.co.uk
Carol Cleveland and Clare Gummer
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT More than 250 guests attened the Arun Business Partnership Awards 2015 with 18 awards up for grabs WHEN Friday 13 November
Business in the Community â€“ The Pink Pub to Paris Group sponsored by Parker Kittiwake
WHERE Butlins, Bognor Regis WHY To applaud business success across the region and celebrate the achievements of local companies in Arun Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE LOVED Regis Removals receiving the Overall Business of the Year for the second consecutive year
Daria and Lily from Syrup CafĂŠ
Deputy Mayor of Bognor Regis Pat Dillon, Chair of Arun District Council and Consort Andy and Alison Cooper
From Butlins Jon Kirby, Tor Walmsley, Laura Cowen and Dan Clark
Simon Guess and team from L Guess Jewellers
Sarah Maynard and Rachel Hawkins of Parker EME
Andrew Christopher, Jenny Heath, Lorena Watson and Shane Mahoney from Kingsley Group
From Arun Business Partnership Miriam Nicholls and Steve Cusack
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Over 100 guests gathered for more than four hours of live music as part of the AHPR Entertainment Showcase evening WHERE Preston Park Hotel, Brighton WHEN Wednesday 25 November The Laura Day Trio
WHY Over forty talented songwriters, bands, comedians, solo and recording artists performed throughout the evening as they showcased what they can do on the big stage Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE DRANK A tasty white wine WHAT WE LOVED The amazing array of entertainment on offer all night, from beginning to end
Jennifer and Mike Mendoza Britainâ€™s Got Talent comedian Drew Cameron
TC and Jasper from Bali Brasserie
Joe Cook is Michael Jackson
Swing/Jazz singer Sarah A. Ferguson
Ambrose Harcourt of AHPR Entertainment with Fiddler E. Sarah Carter Live Forever Oasis cover band
Fiddler E. Sarah Carter was on tour with Michael Flatleyâ€™s Lord of the Dance
Ambrose Harcourt of AHPR Entertainment with Fiddler E. Sarah Carter
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Customers and colleagues of L.Guess Jewellers enjoyed champagne, canapés and mind blowing magic from Mark Williams WHERE L.Guess Jewellers, Rustington
A birthday toast for the Guess family
WHY Local family-based company L.Guess Jewellers celebrated 75 years in business Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE ATE Some delicious canapés from Pebbles WHAT WE DRANK It was bubbly for us all night! WHAT WE LOVED Eyeballing all the lovely bling we wish we could afford
A birthday photo for the L Guess Jewellers team at the Rustington store
Clare Love and Mel Peters A complimentary jewellery cleaning service from Gavin Merrison of Connoisseurs for Marianne Fowler of Spirit FM
Norman and Dot Dack with Jools Chaffer of Dizzy
Magician Mark Williams
Lucky winner of £300 diamond watch Emma Neno 12
Cutting the birthday cake Directors of L Guess Jewellers, Sophie and Simon Guess www.titlesussex.co.uk
Leanne Smith and Jane Guess
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Over 20 singers and dancers entertained 250 guests with live performances at the Halloween Horror fundraising ball
Sussex Beacon’s Julie Rawcliffe with her helpers for the evening
WHERE The Grand Hotel Brighton WHEn Saturday 31 October WHy TV actress Lorraine Chase and Olympic gold medallist Robin Cousins MBE hosted the event which raised a staggering £47,000 for Sussex Beacon
Raising funds on the evening, students from Brighton Academy, Mia, Imogen, Tatiana and Shannon
Andy and Chris
Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE LOVED A host of incredibly frieghtening (and some bizarre) Halloween costumes!
Event organisers, E3 Group’s David Hill and Lukas Wojcik
A whip round from Miles! Heads and tails
Charles Hudson with Cheryl and Andy Rusbridge
Guests from Mayo Wynne Baxter
Abel The Aspirational Luddite “You’re late, where have you been?” comes the high pitch yell from above. “Don’t blame me; it’s the bloody buses.” I reply, closing the door carefully behind me so as not to dislodge the flashing wreath. “I was at the bus stop and the orange lettering said the no. 7 was a minute away, I could see that it was only 100 metres further down North street. I watched it crawl towards me over the next 20 minutes while the sign said due.” “You’ll be pleased to hear I’ve virtually sorted out Christmas online - tree, food, presents and animated reindeer.” Says the wife, smiling broadly. “What, like Bambi?” I say. “Sort of. We need to go down the phone shop now – I need to show you something.” She orders. The boy in the shop gets out this smart phone and starts talking in tongues – something that seems to excite the other half. “Bit big isn’t it?” I enquire. “That’s what everyone wants now.” The boy replies. “I thought technological progress was making everything smaller.” I say. I get looked at disapprovingly twice. “Look it takes moving pictures – look at those waves darling,” says the wife. “You mean videos”, I say. “No,” says the boy laughing. “These are animated, they are moving pictures.” “I believe that’s what they said about the first films of the late nineteenth century.” I retort.
Photo: Noelle Douglas
a text to say she couldn’t meet me at the station. The fact that I had taken two days to get there prompted much jovial banter at Cyril’s villa. As I left two days later the phone was buzzing. That unpronounceable Icelandic volcano had blown its top. Every guest was now ringing me about how to get back to Blighty – as though I was running an eco travel agency. When I arrived in Madrid I phoned Jasper only to be told by some computerised voice that I had insufficient funds to make the call but I could top up by ringing this number and using my credit card. I did as the computer asked – only to be met by the same message. The phone went in the bin outside the nearby phone box. Now it seemed the wife thought it time for me to re-enter the mobile generation this Saturnalia. “I’m not sure I’m ready for another phone.” I say. “It’s not for you, you’re buying it for me”, she exhorts. “Oh.” I say relieved and feeling for my wallet. “Can I get tinder on it.” She says. The boy nods, looking at me. I just shrug my shoulders, “It’s all Double Dutch to me,” I say.
I had a pay-as-you-go mobile thrust into my hand some years ago. We were off to Cyril’s 50th in Malaga. I had refused to fly and instead took the leisurely night trains to the destination. It also gave me the perfect opportunity to stop off in Madrid and see my old friend Jasper on the way back. The phone would at least come in handy to ring him when I arrived. Apparently it would also come in handy so the wife could monitor my progress and arrange meeting me at the other end - even though I had supplied her with the full set of Spanish train timetables. Instead I received a list of jobs that I needed to do on my return, all manner of gripes about having to travel on one’s own and www.titlesussex.co.uk
MAY Julie Graham chatted to us on the set of Benidorm and Daniel White tackled the issue of fracking in Sussex in our wedding special
2015 IN PICTURES What a year it has been. Title Sussex was born at the start of this year and after releasing our first issue in May, the magazine has gone from strength to strength in all areas. For Sussex, it has been an eventful year in many ways and to celebrate a fantastic 12 months, we’ve put together our favourite images from 2015
AUGUST Our summer special took to the course with golfing fashion as well as looking at the Tesla Model S, St Lucia’s Chocolate Heritage Month and a catch up with Andreya Triana
JUNE We chatted to ndi Staton, soulstress Ca medallist Olympic gold n and comedia Jayne Torvill e il unter, wh Reginald D H looked at Julie Burchill er in what’s on off Madeira
SEPTEMBER Brighton Fashion Week and the Goodwood Revival took focus alongside the declining bee numbers, Bobby Zamoraâ€™s Brighton return and our striking beauty shoot
OCTOBER Our celebration of all things Bond included a 007-themed fashion shoot and a one-on-one with Daniel Craig as well as travel galore, including France, Austria and Bailiffscourt Hotel
SOCIAL MEDIA It has been a busy year at Title Towers but we found the time to get out and about across Sussex and to see what weâ€™ve been up to here are our highlights of the year
FASHION Winter Wonderland Shoot • Behind the Scenes • Fal Blake • Men’s Grooming
The weather outside is frightful but our fashion is so delightful as we embrace the frost with our Winter Wonderland fashion shoot, behind the scenes action as well as Fal Blake’s latest column and our men’s grooming beauty shoot.
Shot on location at Gun Hill Studios, www.gunhillstudios.com Photographer: Erika Szostak, www.erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, @threepinreset Twitter Production manager: Sam Harrington-Lowe, @SamHL Twitter Stylist: Lindsay Katherine Hills Hair: Ioanna Alexia Kruizenga, Black Eye Hair Brighton, @hairstudiyo Instagram Makeup: Charlene Howells, www.charlenehowells.com Production assistants: Lili Harrington-Lowe and Sander Matulewicz Models Iona Jane Levy, @ionalevy Instagram Charlotte Butler Blondel, @charlottebblondel Instagram Clothing & Accessories Astrobohemia, www.astrobohemia.co.uk Isaac Raymond, www.isaacraymond.co.uk Joanne Fleming Design, www.joanneflemingdesign.com Cherished Vintage Boutique, www.cherishedvintage.co.uk Catherine Francis, www.catherinefrancis.co.uk Ravel Shoes, www.ravel.co.uk Pressleys of Montague St, Worthing, www.pressleys.co.uk Lucia J Elliston, www.snoopersattic.co.uk/lucia-j-elliston/
Iona wears…. Isaac Raymond tulle top, skirt and plastic under structure £1,048 Soft tulle top with hand sewn silk lace appliqué on chest and back. The gathered tulle skirt is beautifully hand sewn onto a white raw silk Dupion waistband. The structured plastic underskirt is made up from handmade spheres bolted together. Headpiece ‘White Mischief’ by Astrobohemia £325
Charlotte wears… Isaac Raymond tailored high shoulder jacket £3,560 White raw silk Dupion with hand sewn black lace and blood red crystals down the sleeve. The jacket also has a layered PVC embellished high collar with silver clasp. Isaac Raymond tailored pinstripe trousers with front zips £895 Light Grey fitted pinstripe trousers with white open ended zips down the front of each leg. The embellished waistband is layered PVC.
Iona wears… Joanne Fleming Design low back silk chiffon and beaded lace pale ivory dress ‘Galatea’ made to order, from £2,300 Real gemstone set stacking bangles and rings from the Pure Attraction range at Pressleys of Montague St, Worthing, starting at £69 Pansy Bloom pins from £68 by Cherished Vintage Boutique
Charlotte wears… Joanne Fleming Design French grey flower embellished lace dress ‘Halcyone’ made to order, from £2,520 ‘Laurel’ headpiece from Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique £150 Necklace and feather ruff stylists’ own Ravel Kansas City evening sandals in pewter £85
Iona wears… Joanne Fleming Design Fifi shrug in ruffled silk chiffon and tulle with ostrich feather and Swarovski crystal detail made to order, £560 Vintage white lace dress from Lucia J Elliston, prices on application Pansy Bloom pins from £68 and Hydrangea combs from £240 by Cherished Vintage Boutique Real gemstone set stacking bangles and rings from the Pure Attraction range at Pressleys of Montague St, Worthing, starting at £69
Charlotte wears… Joanne Fleming Design silk velvet peplum jacket with ostrich feather collar and cuffs is £920 made to order Joanne Fleming Design pale ivory beaded flower bodice dress with silk chiffon skirt ‘Althea’ made to order and is £2,400 Starflower hair vine with starry flowers, pearls and crystals £360 by Cherished Vintage Boutique
A PASSION for
FASHION Photos: Lili HarringtonLowe and Sander Mateluwicz
We’ve had some amazing experiences working on our fashion shoots but working at Gun Hill Studios was something we were all properly excited about. Located in deepest East Sussex, it’s got the largest infinity cove in the whole of the south east and has not one, but two massive turntables based in the floor. It’s used a lot for photographing amazing cars and bikes (there was a beautiful Harley still propped up by the wall when we got there!) but we loved the look for creating a sense of space without boundaries. For those of you who don’t know what an infinity curve is, it’s a studio with curved edges so that you cannot see where the walls are, basically. And it’s very disconcerting to stand in – you lose all sense of perspective! We had a much bigger team on hand this time, including Ruby the pug who completely fell in love with designer Isaac Raymond and hair stylist Yo. Not sure the studio team Emma and Rupert have ever had a pug as part of a production team but hey, we like to be there with the firsts. Setting up the lighting took ages – you can see from the photos what the actual cove looks like and it takes very careful lighting. We dubbed photography team Erika and Matt the lighting geeks but it was fantastic watching all the technology
come together. We also had enormous fun playing with coloured gels and smoke machines. We wanted to create an ethereal winter wonderland feel to the images. The clothing sourced for this shoot from all the designers and creatives was amazing. Lindsay Hills brought in some stunning pieces and we had tons of beautiful hair pins, floating feathers and magical looks from all across Sussex. Models Iona and Charlotte looked absolutely extraordinary. But it was the stylists Charlene (makeup) and Yo (hair) who had the biggest fun I reckon. Normally we give them a specific brief for a shoot, and they have limitations, but for this one we told them to go crazy, and they totally did! Hair pieces, crazy eyelashes, sequins, silver tattoos – you name it, they stuck them on! And the result was just fantastic – whimsical, creative and fanciful. A magical fairyland look complete with just a good old kick of sass. Finally, where would we be without our runners?! Lili and Sander worked really hard all day, running around, helping, and even walking the dog. And the results? Well we think it’s our most insane, fun, crazy shoot to date and I have no idea how we’re going to top this!
Shot on location at Gun Hill Studios, www.gunhillstudios.com Photographer: Erika Szostak, www. erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, @threepinreset Twitter Production manager: Sam HarringtonLowe, @SamHL Twitter Stylist: Lindsay Katherine Hills Hair: Ioanna Alexia Kruizenga, Black Eye Hair Brighton, @hairstudiyo Instagram Makeup: Charlene Howells, www. charlenehowells.com Production assistants: Lili Harrington-Lowe and Sander Matulewicz Models Iona Jane Levy, @ionalevy Instagram Charlotte Butler Blondel, @charlottebblondel Instagram Clothing & Accessories Astrobohemia, www.astrobohemia.co.uk Isaac Raymond, www.isaacraymond.co.uk Joanne Fleming Design, www. joanneflemingdesign.com Cherished Vintage Boutique, www.cherishedvintage.co.uk Catherine Francis, www.catherinefrancis. co.uk Ravel Shoes, www.ravel.co.uk Pressleys of Montague St, Worthing, www. pressleys.co.uk Lucia J Elliston, www.snoopersattic.co.uk/ lucia-j-elliston/
It’s exciting times here at Cove Hair, we have just celebrated our third birthday and in conjunction with this, we are expanding our salon and services for the enjoyment of our existing and new customers. Cove Locks hair extensions delivered by our experienced and talented stylist Jenny Brown, Cove Barbering headed up by Chyrese Carpenter, talented stylist in men’s grooming and the introduction of Cove Training, investing in our people, led by Justin Adams. Kerasilk the latest product range of hair care services from our partner Kms/Goldwell • Unique smoothing system that gives your clients smoother hair for up to five months • A new range of in salon treatments designed to combat the key areas of concern for your hair • New in salon treatment range with long lasting results of up to ten washes 01273 727923 firstname.lastname@example.org Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Road, BN1 2FU Brighton
Cape keyhole tunic by Very.co.uk £29
Red edit When everyone else is back to black, why not reach for something to make your heart race a bit and bring some colour to your winter wardrobe?
Auden at Cadenzza jewelled cuff £239
New Look red ghillie heeled sandals £29.99
Thalia by Bundle Maclaren Millinery at Boticca.com £122
Boux Avenue Tippi chemise red mix £36
Ravel Kentucky ankle boots burgundy suede/leather £85 M&S Per Una Speziale Coat £159 Autograph Top £45 Autograph Skirt £49.50
The House of Foxy swing coat £175
BHS colour block tunic £28
Wallis W tie waist red coat £150
LookAgain.co.uk T-Bar velour shoes £46
House of Fraser Howick red cashmere scarf £85
THE NEED FOR TWEED…. Marvellously, one of this season’s hottest trends is tweed. Fal Blake looks at the many ways to wear it without coming over all Ted & Ralph… Wearing a suit really doesn’t have to be a formal thing, and I am a great fan of tweed. It can be dressed up or dressed down to suit the occasion – be it work or play. You could even take your dog out for a walk wearing it! It’s also excellent for wearing as separates – just the trousers, just the jacket, or waistcoat on its own. So what is tweed? Tweed is typically described as a rough woollen cloth, typically made of mixed flecked colours, originally produced in Scotland. There are many different variations of cloth that fall under the umbrella of ‘tweed’ for example; Donegal, Harris, Cheviot and Saxony.
Fal Blake Photo: Kenny McCracken
Tweeds have advanced over the years and there are many distinctions of twill weaves available now, including herringbones, chevrons, checks of all sizes, marls, and flecks; all available in pretty much any colour you desire. The majority of tweeds are made with pre-dyed yarns, but there is also the option of piece dying batches of tweeds. Fabric production has evolved massively, great for us tailors as it means we can offer cloths in a wide variety of colours and weights.
At Gresham Blake, we love tweed so much, we even wrote a little limerick:
There was a stylish man in tweed
Whose suit could fulfil any need
Cloth: Bateman and Ogden – Shetland Tweed Cost: Two piece suit £700 / waistcoat £200 Photography: Kenny McCracken
He could ride on his bike
Or take a hike
Looking sharp was the way to succeed!
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 would like to introduce you to the very enigmatic Marc Abrahams. I first met Marc around 12 years ago when we were both competing against each other in The Brighton Business Awards. When I was first introduced to Marc, I was quite taken aback. During my childhood I always considered that a doctor was one the most intelligent occupations to aspire to. However, being a vet, and a master of so many species, is an even more difficult career pathway to achieve. And on the flip side, with all that education, these people can get a little nerdy. But here is a man that is charming, exuberates confidence and is a VET! A rock star of a vet! Marc Abrahams is not only a rock star of a vet; he’s also one that has been recently named ‘Vet of the Year
2015’. He’s also a keen animal welfare campaigner and often puts himself forward to speak for the animals. You’ve probably seen Marc in various TV shows (Paul O’Grady, This Morning) but he also runs a campaign to end Puppy Farm Cruelty. Puppy farming is the mass commercial production of puppies in horrific conditions, sold via pet shops, garden centres, online and in many free newspaper advertisements. These puppies, commonly riddled with incurable diseases often become seriously ill shortly after arriving in their new homes, their mothers still stuck hundreds of miles away in squalid conditions. Two years ago, Marc took his campaign to Westminster. Numerous high profile celebrities, including comedian Ricky Gervais, musician Brian May and actor Peter Egan support his ‘Pup Aid Campaign’. We like to think of Marc as the leader of a rebellious campaign, the animal welfare mafia. This is where our partnership with Marc really takes to its own. We help Marc come across as hardworking, intelligent, confident and driven in pure rebellious style. Choosing the clothing to represent that is always a fantastic challenge for us. Marc is not a fan of formal wear. Who says that you have to wear a plain and official looking suit when addressing Parliament, why does it have to be formal? We love the thought that he uses our anarchic take on tailoring to help push his campaigns through.
Marc’s message is simple. “When choosing a dog, prospective dog owners should always consider adopting from a reputable shelter. Or, if looking to buy a pup contact the Kennel Club for their list of responsible assured breeders where puppy and mother will always be seen interacting with each other. By adhering to these rules, it’s extremely difficult to end up with a sick pup – and better still this cruel industry will be starved out of business!” I support Marc’s campaign 100%! If you want to know more about Marc’s campaign, check out www.pupaid.org
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Tony Style: Everyday/casual On the day of the shoot: Firstly, Tonyâ€™s beard was cut down with beard clippers in order to tidy and remove unwanted long and stray hair. We then shaped and sharpened around his jaw, mouth and cheeks in order to create definition throughout his beard, this is best achieved by following the natural flow of the beard.
Tips and Tools: Using a small pair of beard clippers with a range of guards that is adequate to the desirable length of the beard. A beard balm and comb to soften and smooth facial hair.
TONY’S GROOMING “I would normally start the day with a shower and wash my face with Bull Dog original face wash or face scrub. I also use their moisturiser afterwards. On my hair I wash with Goldwell Dualsenses Man Thickening shampoo. I dry my hair with KMS hair play (salt spray) and then style with the dry wax spray or a thickening powder.” How much do you spend per month on your grooming? “Per month I would normally spend about £30 on haircuts and £10-£20 on products.” What do you do now that you wouldn’t have dreamed of doing five years ago? “I tend to use more than one product on my hair and face to get the results I want. I was given some great advice from my hairdresser Jenny Brown. She works here at Cove and was the one who advised me on what to use to get the results I wanted. Five years ago I would have used far too much product. It’s about working out what’s best for your hair and skin type.” Is grooming for hipsters, or the hip? “I would say it’s for everyone. Everyone should take pride in their appearance. Why would you not want to feel good about yourself?”
Tony’s top tips “Best advice I could give would probably be to just stick with the same products if they are working well for you. I have quite thin hair so constant use of the Goldwell shampoo is giving me the best results.”
Before NICK Style: Modern British gentleman On the day of the shoot: We wetshaved Nick leaving his moustache, using a generous amount of beard and moustache wax to style it into the handlebar. Tips and Tools: I used a small, fine comb and strong wax as facial hair is usually very coarse and needs something tough to give it a firm hold! The products I used in the shoot were from The Brighton Beard Company.
NICK’S GROOMING “I try to visit a barber for a wet shave at least twice a week as I enjoy the relaxation time. On other days, I shave myself with a shaving bowl and brush rather than foam. The brush helps to lift and soften the beard and the soap is kinder to the skin. On a normal day, I will lightly wax my moustache into a well kempt walrus, moisturise my face and comb my hair. On more formal occasions, I will heavily wax my moustache into a sculpted handlebar with the ends curled upwards, moisturise my face and style my hair with product. At night, I wash my moustache with Pears Soap. My family have always used Pears, so its smell has good associations for me. Also, it’s not harsh so keeps my moustache feeling soft. Then moisturise again.” How much do you spend per month on your grooming? “£120” What do you do now that you wouldn’t have dreamed of doing five years ago? “Moisturise.” Is grooming for hipsters, or the hip? “Grooming is for anyone who cares about their appearance and wants to look their best.” Nick’s top tip “Always carry moustache wax in case you need to retouch your ’tache in emergencies. I keep mine in my trouser pocket so it’s at body temperature.”
HARRY Style: Well groomed On the day of the shoot: We wet-shaved Harry with a classic cut throat razor using a high quality shaving gel and a sharp blade in order to give him a close shave and a smooth finish. I finished the shave with a post shave balm for sensitive skin to avoid irritation. Tips and Tools: Use plenty of warm water or a hot flannel to soften bristles. Good quality shave gel, a fresh blade every time a shave is commenced, follow the grain of the hair, rinse razor often in hot water, and post shave balm in order moisturise and cool the skin following a shave.
HARRY’S GROOMING “First thing I usually shave and that can be anything from a touch up around my neck line to a change of facial hairstyle. Up until recently I had a fairly large beard that still involved daily upkeep. I find it weird that some guys don’t buy conditioner or face wash, not only just because I find my hair easier to style after conditioning but because it makes for healthier hair. My dad had already started balding at my age so perhaps that’s got me worried! Before I went clean shaven recently I’d use beard oil after towel drying my beard, then I’ll put some mousse in my hair and blow-dry into shape. I’ve always found my hair hard to style due to it being very fine and straight so I use a combination of a little heavy matte clay and finish up with some weaker hairspray. I’ve tried to moisturise my face after showering every day since I was about 15. I have my mum to thank for that!” How much do you spend per month on your grooming? “Roughly £20-£30.” Is grooming for hipsters, or the hip? “Grooming is important for hygiene and it makes me more confident. I learnt a lot of this stuff from my parents though so I’ve never seen it as much of a hipster trait.“ Harry’s top tip “For my fine hair I like applying a tiny amount of dry shampoo after drying. It makes my hair more receptive to styling and in combination with some volumizing powder or hairspray will look good throughout the day.”
TIPS FROM CHYRESE Men’s hair and fashion has always been an interest of mine. I feel as though male grooming has grown and become extremely popular in recent years and I love all aspects of hair dressing, but the traditional wet shave has always really interested me as it is unlike anything I’ve done before. I believe there’s a gap in the market for pampering services for men; a traditional wet shave is perfect as it’s both relaxing and luxurious. I wanted to bring something unique to Cove in order to expand what we can offer our clients. Being a woman, I was definitely very excited when I jumped into this role as I knew that not many women train and offer traditional wet shaves.
My Predictions In 2016 I see men moving on from the big bushy beards and on to shorter beards or stubble, and more of the clean shaven look.
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HEALTH & BEAUTY Wellness Special • Floating Spa • New Year New You • Thailand
As the New Year begins so too does our quest for fitness and this month we’ve gone all out to bring you everything you need to get fit in 2016, including some top tips and products, reviews and heath retreats in our Wellness Special.
Float hard or float home by Rob Jones
here are many ways to relax, some curl up in front of the TV with a glass of wine, others enjoy a leisurely jog, but now more and more people are floating around naked in pitch-black salt tanks after a stressful day at work. And that’s exactly how I spent one Monday evening. Calm and relaxation for me are taboo terms, I’ve got the energy of a nineyear-old and total silence is my idea of hell. However, when I was offered a total sensory deprivation experience at The Float Spa in Hove I jumped at the chance. My knowledge of Floatation Therapy is as vast as the pod I would squeeze myself into, so I was understandably nervous. Those nerves were instantly dashed after a smiling welcome from Camille, the owner of the Spa, and Natalie, who was to become my salt slumber supervisor for the evening. With complimentary cucumber water in hand I was given a quick tour of the facilities and then it was go time. Natalie showed me to a white room with a table, shower and what was essentially a white whale. She proceeded to open its ‘mouth’ to reveal the salty abyss and purple mood lighting contained within. She then told me the dos and don’ts of ‘Floatation’. And I was able to ask the three questions on all of our lips: 1. Is the water cleaned after every float? 2. Will it hurt if the water gets in your eyes? 3. Can I go in naked? Camille had already informed me that all I had to bring with me was myself and a hairbrush. Needless to say, the answer was yes to each of those questions. My clothes were off, the lid was shut and
Reader Review ocean sounds surrounded me. There are two lighting settings inside the pod, on or off. I opted for off because I wanted to completely submerse myself into the sensory deprivation side of the experience; it was float hard or float home. Unfortunately while trying to relax I splashed some of the salt water into my eye. I then scrambled around spraying myself in the face with spring water to sooth my aching peepers. After that incident I did my best to rerelax and empty my mind of worries and thought. As you lay there listening to your heartbeat slow down you relax into the experience, you begin to realize why people do this. There are no distractions in the pod, nothing to fear, other than an eyeful of salt water. I didn’t get the urge to check my iPhone or pick at some cheese in the fridge. The experience felt like both hours and minutes, you have no sense of time or space in there. After easing my way out of the water I had a shower, made sure I put my clothes back on and headed www.titlesussex.co.uk
back out to the reception. There Natalie greeted me with a warm pot of herbal tea and a delicious jar of homemade sorbet. I can honestly tell you at that moment I couldn’t have felt more zen. I’m completely converted. Skeptical at first about how an expensive salt bath could cure what ails me, I now completely understand the new found demand for floatation. It’s something that you’ve never experienced before and what I believe to be the closest you’ll get to an out of body experience, without huffing paint thinner. All in all I give the experience a solid 10/10 and I will absolutely be returning in the future. My only regret: forgetting to bring my hairbrush. THE FOAT SPA Basement 8 Third Avenue Hove BN3 2PX 01273 933 680 www.thefloatspa.co.uk
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Grand style OK, so lots of us are probably feeling a bit jaded by now. Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve, too much good eating. And port. And brandy. And champagne… Never again, right?!
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OK – don’t say we never give you anything. We’re going to tell you about a PROPERLY astounding deal JUST for Title readers at the Grand Brighton’s beautiful spa. If you thought you couldn’t afford this luxury, we’re here to tell you that you can. So sit up and take notice, because this really is an absolute gift. From January to March, between every Tuesday to Friday, there’s a stunning 40% off a big range of 50 minute treatments at The Spa. Really – that is almost half price for those with maths as bad as ours. Full list of the treatments that are in the deal below, but wow!
Please quote Title40%Spa at time of booking to qualify. The Spa at The Grand, if you haven’t been, is a haven of pure relaxation and indulgence. With luxury treatment rooms, sumptuous relaxation areas and a detoxifying thermal suite; you can revive, pamper and drift away to a feel-good state of mind, body and soul. As if the sumptuous surroundings weren’t lovely enough, the team there make it their priority to ensure your time is uniquely memorable by treating you like an actual real person instead of a booking. The product range, which they’ve carefully chosen from Natural Spa Factory, stay clear of nasty chemicals and parabens, using products that are home-made and packed with natural ingredients, feeding the skin with lots of natural loveliness, and packing back some of the moisture and goodness you might be missing!
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WELLNESS OR THE ROAD TO HELL It’s paved with good intentions, we know, and there’s a good chance Chris Rea might be on it. We also know that like Oscar Wilde said, we can resist anything except temptation. BUT we are going to try and get a bit healthier and less frazzled for 2016 and this is where it starts…
This is NOT the time of year for a big diet. It’s winter and your body needs fuel. But it needs the right fuel so instead of binge dieting after the crazy season and sending your body into total shock, treat it kindly. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg, lean protein like chicken, fish or beans, and good carbs. C’mon people, you know what to do. Get rid of the rest of the mince pies and either drink that brandy or chuck it out. Wine? A glass of red now and again is fine, but you don’t need the whole bottle, followed by another bottle, then a row of shots and some mescal for the cab ride home, do you? Make small changes, eat better oils, chow down on some nuts and just do a better job, OK?
Not rocket science, is it. Factor in some time for a bit more exercise but like with the food, don’t go crazy straight after Christmas, and you’ll feel a lot better. If you go at this all gung-ho you will send your body into shock and you’ll never keep it up. Then you’ll hate yourself for being flaky, so make sustainable changes. Walk more. Swim once a week. Go to the gym but not every day. Take the stairs. And go for a walk outside without staring at your phone at least once a week. See the beauty of nature! And risk getting run over less.
Yeah, you heard us. Take time to relax – and no, that doesn’t mean more time in front of the TV or Xbox. How about a little yoga or meditation? Take time out to unwind in a hot bath. There’s something just wonderful about dropping gently into scented hot water and laying back with a big fat sigh. We love ESPA Restorative Bath Oil (£32) for making this a fragrant heaven with its sweet orange, rose geranium and lavender.
Get more sleep
Ah, bed. Make friends with your bed and spend more time together. Get some good bedtime routines in place like killing screen time an hour before nightnights, drinking less alcohol, or doing stimulating things. Except sex. Actually sex is very good for sleep – all those post-bedroomgymnastics endorphins are just awesome for drifting off. So have more sex.
More than anything for 2016, set yourself sensible goals and targets for wellness. Don’t try and fix weeks and weeks of decadence in the space of one month. Make gradual, overall changes and enjoy feeling healthier, better and calmer. So you can be ready and prepared for December 2016, and do it all again next year!
1. NEW John Frieda Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer £12.99 Have you SEEN your Barnet?! Banish winter frizz with this favourite.
2. frank body Peppermint Coffee Body Scrub £12.95 Made for active babes to soothe tired muscles and weary pins. Stimulating mint oil to sooth tired muscles. 3. Limited edition Simple face wipes £3.29 On sale until the end of February with a gorgeous limited edition packaging inspired by winter. 4. Lush Brazened Honey fresh face mask £6.75 Great for refreshing and detoxifying your skin.
5. Liz Earle Instant Skin Tonic Spritzer £14.75 Contains naturally active ingredients such as Aloe Vera which revitalises and softens the skin. Spritz over face and body to revitalise at any time.
6. Super Green Elixir from Elle Macpherson, sachets or luxury caddy from £39 Take care of the inside too. All the vitamins, minerals and trace elements you need to assist wellness. A blend of 45 key ingredients including alkalising super greens, Chinese herbs, digestive enzymes and the miatake mushroom family.
10 Ways to repair,
renew and revitalise…
If you’re having to screw up the courage just to look in the mirror after too many late nights and hard partying, we’ve got some fixes for you. We can’t promise miracles, but you’ll have fun trying!
7. Pure Collagen Spray RRP £100 Scientifically proven to reduce fine lines and promote a healthy, well-hydrated and radiant appearance, instantly! Online at www.caroljoylondon.com 8. Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil 195ml £29.50 Perfect for winter skin as it gently dissolves makeup and grime whilst nourishing and hydrating the skin – lovely! 9. Jo Malone London Vitamin E Eye Crème £37 A luxurious formula designed to moisturise the delicate skin around the eyes while helping to reduce the look of fine lines and dark circles. 10. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation £36 If you can fix it, cheat! This complexion enhancer features the latest optical innovation to give skin that healthy outdoor beauty look. 50
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Retreat into luxury This time of year is always tough on the body and mind and it’s vital you recharge those batteries. And we can’t think of a better way to do it than on a luxurious health retreat in beautiful Thailand. Sam Harrington-Lowe investigates…
The Samujana estate is a collection of seriously opulent villas on the Thai island of Koh Samui, featuring mind-blowing infinity edge pools and unobstructed sea views. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. Perfectly perched on a hillside overlooking a coral cove, the villas offer between three and eight bedrooms and are ideal for families, friends and couples. You’re getting proper luxury here, with dedicated villa hosts, private cinemas, gyms, spa services, fitness retreats, tennis courts, beach access and all the hospitality of an upscale resort. And the resort is ideally located just minutes from Koh Samui International Airport and lively Chaweng Beach. Proper handy. To bring you a bit of wellbeing, the crew at the estate have teamed up with some of the island’s top therapists, wellness experts and personal trainers to offer a range of bespoke
health and fitness services; available in the comfort and privacy of their very own villas. It’s the most unashamedly luxurious service I’ve come across for a while, and frankly absolutely perfect for taking the sting out of January. Addressing the importance of re-balance after too many late nights and way too much turkey, each activity has been created to ‘refresh, revitalize and/or renew’ and there’s everything from yoga and fitness to juicing and massage. Does it get any better than this? I don’t think so. Yoga and Pilates Whether at the edge of an expansive infinity pool or on a quiet secluded beach, yoga sessions here really push the boundaries of luxury. Activating both spiritual and physical
healing capabilities, guests can embark on a journey of rediscovery as they begin to detach from the stresses of everyday life. *Suitable for all; private, groups, pre-natal and kids’ yoga sessions are available, with prices starting at £20.00 per person per hour. Muay Thai Boxing Recognised as a national sport in Thailand – and also known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ by locals – Thai kickboxing is a full body workout using all hands, elbows, knees and legs for defence. Inviting guests to interact with Thailand’s sporting culture, Muay Thai boxing sessions are offered both in-villa or at a nearby off-site gym. *Both private and group Muay Thai Boxing sessions are available, with prices starting at £20.00 per person per hour. Fitness For those looking for an escape that allows them to both relax and get fit simultaneously. Offering workouts from bespoke personal training sessions, to high intensity Tabata interval training, cross-fit coaching classes, personalised strength training sessions and – for those who really want to be whipped into shape – military-style boot camp sessions, there really is something for everyone! *Available as both private and group sessions, prices start from £20.00 per person per hour and vary depending on activity. Nutrition Taking the extra step and providing not only a holiday for their guest, but also for their guest’s bodies, meet the Juice Queen; an expert holistic practitioner who combines the freshest organic products to create cold-pressed daily juices, which in turn promote beauty, wellness and longevity. *Guests can choose to ‘juice’ for 3 to 10 days, prices from £17.00 per day. Body Treatments No luxury wellness offering would be complete without an enticing list of indulgent massages and nourishing beauty treatments. From stimulating foot scrubs to traditional deep Thai massages and exfoliating facial treatments, guests will leave their private in-villa spa feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated.
For more information, please visit Samujana’s new wellness page: www.samujana.com/wellbeing.php Holidays at Samujana start at £520 per villa per night (3 bedrooms/6 people) Minimum of seven nights applies in high season, three nights applies in low season. Flights from London Gatwick start from London Gatwick to Koh Samui via Singapore start at £650 with Singapore Airlines. www.titlesussex.co.uk
Luxurious New Year recovery at your choice of Sussex spas Indulge in heavenly spa treatments, lose those extra festive pounds with a personal training plan and immerse yourself in luxurious surroundings. Elite Hotels offer the perfect solution to revive and revitalise after the party season!
The Ashdown Park Country Club and Spa has been designed to offer the highest standards of luxury, service and pampering; and with two spa afternoons for just £99 on offer throughout January, you can relax with a partner or friend and enjoy it together. The wellness facilities at The Grand Hotel offer the very best in beauty, fitness, spa treatments and relaxation. Between 4 and 22 January take advantage of a 60 day *membership for just £60, with the joining fee waived if you join thereafter. *New members only.
Whether it’s a range of Kerstin Florian and VitaMan treatments, swimming in the indoor pools, or working off those pounds in the gym, these stunning Sussex spas have everything you need!
Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club Wych Cross Nr Forest Row East Sussex RH19 5JR www.ashdownpark.com
The Grand Hotel Marine Parade Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 4EQ www.grandeastbourne.com
KNOW WHY, NOT WHEN Know your ‘WHY’ and you’ll lose that extra two stone I am sure that your New Years resolution list will include the words ‘lose weight’ and ‘get fit’. Just like every New Year eh? But why is this so important to you? What will losing two stone mean to you? How will you feel when you achieve it? Think about it. If you lost even half a stone would you feel any of these things? • More confident • My clothes would fit me • I could buy anything from any shop and it will fit me and look nice • I’ll love myself more • People will treat me differently • I won’t have to hide any more • People will notice me • I’ll get a new job/relationship
Once you recognize it’s the ‘feeling’ behind why you want to lose weight that’s important, then you’ll have the motivation and determination to do something about it. The next step is to get help - whether that’s by joining a local community fitness class, getting a personal trainer or joining a gym. Find someone you trust and who get’s you, who understands your why. Recognize that it won’t be easy, it’s going to be hard work, you’re going to have to make changes and you’re going to have to make the time but with the right support you can do it. Just remember your ‘why’; it’ll get you there. Lisa Moore, owner of Fit For Moore Personal Training studio in Haywards Heath, offers a free consultation. Contact lisa@ fitformoore.co.uk or call 01444 847951.
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FOOD & DRINK Market • Nick Mosley • Food News • Recipes
This time of year is all about comfy couches and hot food and in that light we’ve got some delicious soup recipes, the latest Sussex food news, a review of the amazing Market restaurant as well as the latest food and drink additions in Sussex inNick Mosley’s column.
This little piggy went to Market Sam Harrington-Lowe went to investigate the brave new world of Market in Hove
hen I heard that Graze in Hove was having a refurb and total makeover I was a bit unsettled. I’m a bit like a child sometimes in that I don’t really like change, and there was something about that place that brought back happy memories of eating in Soho in the ‘eighties, tucked away in sumptuous dark hidey-holes with exceptional table linen and extravagant food, and an even more extravagant wine list. But I’m very happy to report that I needn’t have worried. In fact, what has replaced the old guard is a thriving, buzzing, eating environment that feels simultaneously European and British, and where the service is good enough to feel a bit upmarket, but the dining experience is relaxed and informal. Gone are the dark corners and set tables, replaced by long Spanish-style counter dining, and a handful of tables scattered around. True to their roots, Kate and Manni have stuck to the tapas style food that made their name, but it’s been jazzed up considerably, much like the décor. We went on a Tuesday night and it was rammed, which is always a good sign, and the place was filled with a real range of people – from gorgeous single girls doing a bit of work at laptops, to groups of friends joyfully wading through piles of food and wine. I loved sitting up at the counter and sticking my beak into everything the staff are up to (I expect they love customers like me). But I like to watch my food being prepared, or ask questions about wines or dishes as the team are bustling about. It makes me feel involved. The staff on hand are all pretty knowledgeable about the menu, and I love that. Is there a more annoying phrase in the lexicon of dining language than, “Oh I’m not sure; hold on, I’ll have to ask chef”? I want to think that the people who work together know what the hell each other is doing, and that includes whether or not there’s black pudding with the scallops, or whether there’s shrimp in the fish stock. Call me picky. But I’m very pleased to report that at Market, the left hand very much knows what the right hand is doing. The food was all lovely. There were so many little dishes I can’t go through it all individually without rambling on like
What did We eat? Padron peppers £4 Goats cheese churros, white truffled honey £4
I loved sitting up at the counter and sticking my beak into everything the staff are up to… to watch my food being prepared, or ask questions about wines or dishes as the team are bustling about.
Broccoli, kale, tahini £5 Polenta, mushroom and cream cheese balls, sweetcorn £8 Scallops, wild boar bacon, honeyed parsnips £8 Warm octopus, capers, smoked paprika £9.50 Beer braised ribs £8 Truffled mac and cheese £4.80 Warm chocolate and peanut butter brownie, banana ice cream £6 Cheese board – price dependent on volume Bottle of Picpoul, Morin Langaran, Languedoc £26
Photo by Nick Harvey of Restaurants Brighton
Photo by Nick Harvey of Restaurants Brighton
MARKET RESTAURANT & BAR 42 Western Road Hove BN3 1JD 01273 823707 www.market-restaurantbar.co.uk
some old duffer, but I have listed what we had above. Things that really stood out for me were the goat’s cheese churros with gooey sweet truffled honey (an inspired dish of decadent sumptuousness), the octopus, which was fresh and firm and not all wobbly, which I can’t stand. The polenta balls were sticky and satisfying, but I’d approach those with respect if you are planning to order a few different things as they’re properly filling, and the truffled macaroni cheese, which was just sexy as hell. Slightly disappointed in the brownie – the flavours were amazing but it was a little dry, a touch overcooked. But hey; the place was heaving so we can forgive them that, and honestly, the cheese board more than made up for it. Get yourself to Market. I expect you should probably book, if they take bookings. Take your time, and take in a few different dishes. And take a good friend. They’ll thank you for it. www.titlesussex.co.uk www.titlesussex.co.uk
Mucho Burrito, the fast expanding North American ‘Fresh Mexican Grill’ is now open in Chichester! The first UK store has been in North St, Brighton since December 2013, and Chichester opened its doors in June of this year. The new store is situated on the Chichester Gate Leisure Park opposite the Cineworld, and has enjoyed a great reception from the Chichester public. The restaurant offers a full menu consisting of Tacos, Quesadillas, Salads, Nachos and of course our signature Burritos. Mucho Burrito is unique to the Mexican sector as everything is made right in front of your eyes and you as the customer select what goes in your meal. With a range of freshly made salsas we can make everything from zero heat, right up to 10/10 for those real Chilli lovers. If you feel like something really different then we’ve got our exciting new Smokin’ Barbacoa, which you can see on page 58. This is a very special limited time offer featuring our Beef Barbacoa mixed with a delicious homemade BBQ sauce and finished with creamy Blue Cheese ‘Slaw. Take a look! As it’s Christmas, and to celebrate our new store we invite you into Chichester to ‘Have One On Us’ so tear out the featured card on this page to receive ONE FREE MEAL on us! Stores at
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A CHANGE IS GOING TO COME WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT?
TIME TO WINE I’m always keeping an eye on wine trends – in a purely professional capacity, of course – and with Prowein, the world’s biggest wine exhibition, in Dusseldorf this spring, I asked my mates Henry and Cassie at Butler’s Wine Cellar what wines I should be hunting down. Henry’s top tip for 2016 is to keep an eye out for wines from Piedmont in Italy, which you’ll be familiar with as hearty Barolo and Barbera reds. The vintages coming out of Piedmont are getting better and better, so Rioja better watch out as the current red wine trend of choice. In other booze news, Henry reckons that Chardonnay will be cool again with consumers. The heavy oak that we associate with the Chardonnay grape is all the fault of New World producers in the 1990s. It’s a tremendously versatile grape and if you’re drinking white Burgundy, Chablis or Champagne then you’re most likely drinking Chardonnay grapes. Keep an eye out for Californian Chardonnays that are increasingly becoming more inline with the European palate. (Butler’s Wine Cellar, www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk)
Brighton is definitely one of the UK’s great food hubs. Last year we collectively won the accolade of Best Food City in the Condé Nast Traveller reader’s food awards and our independent restaurant and cocktail scene continues to go from strength-to-strength. Thankfully, it finally looks like the civic embarrassment of the derelict Madeira Terraces will find resolve with London’s Soho House achieving planning permission (fingers-crossed) for a members bar and lounge, three funky restaurants and a seafood venture with the very talented Ben McKellar of Brighton’s the Gingerman group. The West Country’s Harbour Hotels group have purchased the seafront UMI on the junction of West Street and Kings Road with a complete refurbishment in early 2016, Starwood Hotels are due to open their incredibly cool ALOFT concept hotel behind Brighton station, whilst Jury’s Inn takes over the former Thistle Hotel on the seafront with significant investment. Meanwhile the Hotel du Vin group have taken over Seattle at Brighton Marina which will shortly be re-launching under their Malmaison brand. REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 2016 And so, what are we planning for the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival for 2016? We’ll be back with the Big Sussex Market on New Road and the Rockinghorse Children’s Easter Egg Hunt in Pavilion Gardens. Sussex Wine & Gourmet Bus Tours return in the spring and will run over the summer, giving you a delicious opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of Sussex’s finest food producers, brewers and vineyards. Our big spring events will run from 19-30 May and we’re doing a lot of work cross-promoting gastronomic food regions with our international festival partners. Our May events dovetail with the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, and we’re planning some incredible consumer wine-based events. On behalf of the festival team, I’m really proud that we’re a massive part of putting Brighton & Hove and surrounding Sussex on the world food map. Keep an eye on our website for updates! (www.brightonfoodfestival.com) www.titlesussex.co.uk
Five ways to have a Jolly January
If detox is not your fix and you don’t care about dry January, we’ve got some good news for you. Terre á Terre in Brighton is going re-tox all the way! We caught up with TAT’s Olivia Reid to find out more…
1. BOOB MONDAYS & TUESDAYS - BUY OUR OWN BOTTLE
This is always hugely successful so we’re doing it again. We offer all our customers any wine from our wine list at RETAIL price Monday and Tuesday evenings from January 11until March 29. We’ve got a full organic off-licence list and this is a great time to take full advantage and try a few! No need to bring a bottle – it’s hassle free and it’s corkage free. Buy a bottle of our wine at retail price… and perhaps bag another bottle on your way out!
2. TERRE à VERRE
Terre à Terre is renowned for its Terre à Tapas – a delicious selection of miniature lovelies from the a la carte, perfect for the indecisive guest. Try the even better Terre à Verre, which is Tapas, Chips and an Organic Wine Carafe (500ml) for two to share for £42. This is available all week apart from Saturday nights throughout January – March. Watch out for some extra special seasonal spins on the Tapas plates…
3. AfTERNOON TEA
If you haven’t discovered the Tiered Afternoon Tea, where have you been? This hugely popular savoury, sweet and traditional tea time treat is nothing like anything you have had before – featuring treats like Peeking Buns stuffed with Szechuan marinated halloumi, with kimchi Chinese cabbage and miso chilli sauce garnish, Mini chocolate brownie with damson plum puree, Tea soaked sultana scones served with Terre à Terre jam and clotted cream, and loads more. Stuff the diet.
4. fORgET DRY, iT’S ALL ABOUT TRY JANUARY
See what we did there?! Watch out for the selection of new and local spirits on our menu alongside obviously fantastic cocktails and organic wines, but look out also for surprise feature truffles, seasonal retail products a few other secrets up our sleeves for 2016. Don’t think you’d like a vegetarian restaurant? How do you know until you try?
5. JUST iNDULgE, WE SAY!
Final January recommendation is to just jump in, order and enjoy. Terre à Terre is the local go-to for the most creative vegetarian food in Sussex and always delivered with a cheeky little pun. Light-hearted food is our way, so why not try Bankgkok Broken Ball, Avocado Kokado, Peeking Buns, Better Batter and Lemony Yemeni Relish, or Bee a Mellow Mallow Pear? Delicious as well as pun-tastic.
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New Thai from Cook Cockt ail of th e Month
Getting decent Thai food – particularly delivered to your own home – isn’t always easy, so we’re loving this new range from freezer food champs Cook, who make ready meals to cook at home as good as you’d make ‘em yourself. As a local business in the South East it’s been a complete success story as this company has grown from humble beginnings to a network of something like 80 shops across the UK, with main stores in Hove, Lewes, Eastbourne, Battle, East Grinstead, Horsham, Rustington, Chichester, Midhurst and even a little stockist in Shoreham by Sea at Miller’s Café. Thai buffeT showing… Red Thai Duck Curry: £4.99 Coconut & Lime Leaf Rice: £1.50 Yellow Vegetable Curry: £3.99 Red Thai Chicken Curry: £3.99
If you can’t get to the stores though, they do mail order. www.cookfood.net
With the festivities and excess of the holiday season taking their toll, many people choose to go on a detox/gym mission. As with all things, moderation is the best policy. So we firmly believe that it’s quality-over-quantity policy that potential do-gooders should adopt rather than a blanket ban. Saying that, we do have an amazing nonalcoholic ‘mocktail’ that can be turned into a proper cocktail very quickly and this is a heady mix of fresh botanicals, pineapple juice and fresh chilli. It can be as hot as you like! To jazz it the hell up, simply serve with a shot of good 100% agave tequila on the side and take alternating sips. By doing this you will get the full flavour of the tequila which will be complemented by the herbs in the Verdita. Our particular favourites at the moment are Aqua Riva Tequila, owned by the fabulous Cleo Rocos and made in the Jalisco region of Mexico; and Ocho Tequila (a truly unique estate produced tequila as it was one of the first to bear a Tequila vintage which signifies which year, harvest or location it was made in).
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Verdita 1 litre pineapple juice 100g fresh coriander 100g fresh basil 1/3 piece of fresh red chilli Method Add all ingredients to a blender and blend. Strain off the resulting mix to remove any of the herbs and the chilli seeds. Then store in a fridge for up to three days. To serve Pour resulting mix into a large glass filled with ice and enjoy. Or serve with a shot of tequila on the side.
FEELING SOUPED UP Juicing and smoothies are SO last year. 2016 is all about soups and broths, and what better time to start souping it up than over the New Year? With benefits that include cleansing, the option to remove gluten and dairy, and keeping it natural, local and seasonal, we think soups and broths are going to be this year’s big food news, so here’s a couple we’re already excited about…
HOT CUCUMBER WI TH BARLEY SOUP For an excellent cleanse and for feeling clean inside and out, we are loving this fresh-tasting, light soup. It’s also a stunningly low 206 calories per serving. In this vegetarian soup, the barley takes centre stage. This grain is a good home remedy for water retention so this soup is perfect for when you feel bloated. SERVES 2 600ml vegetable stock (see below) 1 lemongrass stalk, bashed 80g pearl barley 1 small cucumber, deseeded and sliced 3 spring onions, chopped, 1 green chilli, thinly sliced 1 tbsp tamari wheat-free soy sauce fresh root ginger, peeled and thinly sliced, to serve Bring the stock to the boil in a pan and reduce the heat to a good simmer. Add the lemongrass and pearl barley. Cover, leaving a bit of a gap between the lid and pan so the stock doesn’t boil over. Once the barley is tender, about 45 minutes, take the pan off the heat and remove the lemongrass. Stir in the cucumber, spring onions, chilli and tamari. Serve with fresh ginger slices scattered over.
VEGETABLE STOCK This makes quite a delicate, aromatic white vegetable stock; perfect for the cleanse recipes. MAKES 1 LITRE 1 leek, roughly chopped
1 white onion, roughly chopped 1/4 celeriac, roughly chopped 1 celery, roughly chopped
1 fennel, roughly chopped 6 garlic cloves, bashed
1 tsp coriander seeds Sea salt flakes A handful of soft herbs – such as dill, coriander, tarragon
The Ultimate Soup Cleanse: The delicious and filling detox cleanse by Nicole Pisani, Kate Adams Published by Orion as a paperback priced £7.99 (ebook: £4.99) in January 2016
Add all the chopped vegetables to a large pot, along with the garlic, coriander seeds and a little salt and cover with about 1.2 litres of water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a good simmer and cook for 45 minutes until all the vegetables have softened. Switch off the heat and add your preferred soft herbs, then leave to rest for an hour or so before straining through a sieve lined with muslin or cheesecloth, discarding all the solids. Transfer the stock to an airtight container.
SALMON NOODLE SOUP A new soup idea tinged with Eastern flavours. It’s low fat, heart-healthy and a good source of omega-3 – plus it tastes truly sensational!
TAKES 35 MINUTES • SERVES 4
1 litre/1¾ pints low-salt chicken stock
2 tsp Thai red curry paste
100g/4oz flat rice noodles
150g pack shiitake mushrooms, sliced
125g pack baby corn, sliced
2 skinless salmon fillets, sliced
Juice of 2 limes 1 tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce Pinch of brown sugar Small bunch of coriander, chopped Pour the stock into a large pan, bring to for 8 minutes. Tip in the mushrooms and and cook for 3 minutes or until cooked sauce and a pinch of sugar. Ladle into
the boil, then stir in the curry paste. Add the noodles and cook corn, and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the salmon to the pan through. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice, soy four bowls and sprinkle over the coriander just before serving.
COURGETTE, PEA & PESTO SOUP
If you find it a challenge to eat your five-a-day, try this simple soup, which includes three portions of veg. Pop in a flask to take to work or school.
TAKES 25 MINUTES â€˘ SERVES 4 1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, sliced
500g/1lb 2oz courgettes, quartered lengthways and chopped 200g/7oz frozen peas
400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 1 litre/1Âž pints hot vegetable stock
2 tbsp basil pesto (you can make your own with fresh basil, olive oil, garlic and Parmesan if you like) Heat the oil in a large pan. Cook the garlic for a few seconds, then add the courgettes and cook for three minutes until they start to soften. Stir in the peas and cannellini beans, pour on the hot stock and cook for a further three minutes. Stir the pesto through the soup with some seasoning, then ladle into bowls and serve with crusty brown bread.
Salmon noodle and Courgette, pea & pesto soups both from: Good Food: Superhealthy Suppers (BBC Books) Photography: BBC Magazines 2012
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FAMILY & CULTURE Noel Fielding • Top Titles • Motors • Family
It may be panto season but if you’re looking to avoid the singalong slapstick that engulfs the holiday period, we’ve got the latest cinema releases, an interview with funny man Noel Fielding, the new Porsche Boxter Spyder and the latest education news.
AN EVENING WITH NOEL FIELDING
ENTERTAINMENT was the same with the Boosh. Sceptics were convinced when they came to our shows. As a stand-up, you spend all day being nervous. But as soon as you step onto the stage and get the first laugh, it’s magic time. It’s like being in a dream. It’s a real buzz.” The comedian, who was joined on stage by the loose stylings of his brother Michael Fielding (best known as Naboo and Smooth from The Mighty Boosh) and the physical lunacy of Tom Meeten (who plays Andy Warhol in Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy), explains exactly what his show was all about. “The first half is set in a cabaret club,” he reveals. “Then I get kidnapped from my own show, and in the second half the rest of the characters have to find me. I play other characters during the second half. It becomes like a play. It’s a sort of farce.”
Comedian Noel Fielding visited Sussex in December and James Rampton sat down with the alternative stand-up to find out about his new show and what it’s like to be back on stage after an extended break
oel Fielding stepped onto the Brighton Dome stage in December mid-way through his his first solo tour for five years. The comedian who, thanks to his work on The Mighty Boosh, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, has an enormously loyal following, was performing his new show, simply titled, “An Evening with Noel Fielding.” Featuring Noel’s inimitable blend of stand-up, animation, music and appearances by some of his best-loved characters, including The Moon, The Dark Side of the Moon and Fantasy Man, it was a blinding show. Noel and I are chatting in his north London studio. Surrounded by props – including life-size cardboard cut-outs of a robber with a stripy jumper and a swag bag and a nun wielding a huge gun – and his own arresting paintings, he makes for marvellously entertaining company. It is a delight to spend an hour in the company of this hilarious and magnetic comedian. The five years away from the live arena only whetted Noel’s appetite for standup. The performer, who has spent the last few years occupied by the meticulously produced, semi-animated E4 show, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, begins by underlining that nothing beats the rush generated by live work. “The problem with TV is that it takes years to make and after a while you can’t remember what it’s like to tell a joke and get a laugh from it,” he explains. “The great thing about live comedy is that it cuts out the middle men - all those TV producers and directors. It takes out everything that gets in the way, so it’s just you and the audience. It’s a really pure set-up.” Because it’s so deeply original and innovative, Noel’s comedy can divide people. But he thinks that the infectious nature of his stand-up show can help to win over the agnostics. “Some people might think they’re allergic to you, but if they come to a live show and see everyone is laughing, it’s hard to say that it’s not funny. It
The evening also featured music that Noel had composed with Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian and some characteristically entrancing standup routines. Noel, who for many years performed with his close friend Julian Barratt in The Mighty Boosh, dubbed “The funniest comedy double act in Britain” by the NME, explains some of the themes he addressed in the show. “I touch on turning 40 and my Peter Pan complex. Because I’m now 40, I try to do a bleak bit, but of course it soon becomes completely fantastical. I attempt to go gritty, but I can’t help going fantasy.” As an example, Noel says he has been working up the character of Chicken Man. “He’s like a figure from a Jodorowsky Spaghetti Western. He’s half man, half chicken. He has to fight a bandit, and he’s got Tourette’s. He’s like a cross between A Streetcar Named Desire and Foghorn Leghorn. He keeps flipping in and out of madness.” Noel’s comedy is always richly imaginative, but can he tell if he’s gone too far? “No!” laughs the comedian, who has also acted in The IT Crowd, Nathan Barley and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. “Locked away in North London for years making Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, we’d think, ‘Let’s do something based on William Blake’s painting, The Ghost of a Flea.’ That could be very selfindulgent,” he says. “But it could only exist on telly. Doing stand-up, you’re 73
In the old days, we’d give the Rolling Stones a run for their money with our after-show behaviour. This time we’ll have to go to mazes and local markets and drink peppermint tea. edited by the audience. If you take too mad a line, you’ll lose people. But on the other hand, if something is getting big laughs, it’ll never leave the show.” Noel, who is hopeful that he and Julian will one day find the time to make a longplanned Mighty Boosh movie, continues that, “There are certain things that you just know will work. At one point, I play a herbal tea bag. I knew that would strike a chord because everyone has tea. The Chicken Man was more of a gamble, but people really seem to like him. They’re also really enjoying a section where Tom plays Antonio Banderas and Michael plays Hawkeye, the living embodiment of the tennis line judge. It’s great to think up these ideas and then watch them take flight.” The comedian attempts to sum up the style of the show saying, “It’s so abstract. It’s like you turn the radio dial, and something random comes on. You’re not quite sure what it is, but you warm to it.” The only drawback about touring as far as Noel is concerned is that, “You’re buzzing with adrenaline when you come off stage. You have to do something with that, and it’s very hard not to go and get drunk. In the old days, we’d give the Rolling Stones a run for their money with our after-show behaviour. But now I’m in my forties, I have to find new ways to calm myself down. Like Mick Jagger, I’ll have to get fit. After the show, Michael and I used to go drinking. This time we’ll have to go to mazes and local markets and drink peppermint tea.” Unable to resist one last gag, Noel concludes, “It’s the Peppermint Tea Tour. I should have called it that!” For more information on the rest of the tour or for news on Noel Fielding visit his website www.noelfielding.co.uk 74
TOP TITLES Our favourite cinema picks of the month Words by Rhys Wilson-Plant
Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a store-clerk in 1950’s New York who seems to be isolated. She becomes intrigued and attracted to a much older woman, Carol (Cate Blanchett), and the two start to pursue a relationship that is ever unfolding. Carol is a spellbinding romance that holds the audience in a state of anxiety, much like those first moments with a partner. Director Todd Haynes has done a terrific job as we the audience, like Therese, become intrigued with Carol. The film is without a doubt one of the best of 2015 and is subtle, beautiful and enticing. Director: Todd Haynes Release Date: 27 November
Photo: Weinstein Co.
Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) is a hunchback who has lived his entire life as a bullied clown in the circus. After showing his unique medical abilities he is saved by Victor (James McAvoy), and the two join forces to try and create life out of nothing, before Igor begins to question their creation. The film is incarcerated with sub-plots that act only to digress from the actual storyline, creating a confusing, misdirected final product. Director: Paul McGuigan Release Date: 3 December
Photo: Alex Bailey
Based on a true story, Black Mass focuses on the infamous James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, and how he rose from small time to kingpin. The brother of a senator, ‘Whitey’ (Johnny Depp) terrorised South Boston for years with his gang, running drugs, kidnapping and racketeering. The story focuses on Bulger’s relationship with the FBI as an informant, which he used to eradicate the Italian mafia breaching his turf. Director: Scott Cooper Release Date: 25 November
Photo: Warner Bros Pictures
BRIDGE OF SPIES
During the height of the Cold War, an American is appointed defence attorney for a suspected Soviet spy in America, only to be put in charge of exchanging the Soviet for a shot down U-2 American pilot in East Berlin. Featuring Cohen brothers writing, Spielberg direction and a Tom Hanks performance, Bridge of Spies is perhaps one of the best political dramas ever made. This film is an observation on Cold War relations and the consequences of such relations. Director: Steven Spielberg Release Date: November 27th 2015
Photo: DreamWorks Pictures
THINKING OUT OF THE BOX Motoring Guru Danny Cobbs test drives the powerful new Porsche Boxster Spyder and enjoys the pure driving experience of this affordable sports car
or far too long the Boxster was considered a pastiche; a dumbed-down Porsche built to a sell to the masses and devoid of any sense of its own identity. Conversely, the new Boxster Spyder represents something thrillingly new. It’s relevant, contemporary and seductive, and probably the prettiest car Porsche has built in decades. It delivers some noticeable performance figures too, thanks in part to its 3.8-litre engine - the same found in the current 911 Carrera S. Driven in a straight line and the Spyder will trounce over many of its rivals, yet it’s far more than just a quick car. What makes this Boxster so impressive is not the fact it takes a mere 4.5 seconds to reach 62mph, or that it’s more than happy to cruise along the autobahn at 180mph. Obviously they all help. What makes this twoseater convertible so special is the way it takes 370bhp of power and then turns it into speed.
The new Boxster Spyder represents something thrillingly new. It’s relevant, contemporary and seductive, and probably the prettiest car Porsche has built in decades.
By removing anything deemed unnecessary and using lightweight materials in its construction, Porsche have shaved 30kgs off the weight of a regular Boxster. Now, with a greater power-toweight ratio, wider rear wheels, a lowered sports suspension and a mechanical differential, it becomes amazingly precise and surefooted with an unyielding and endless enthusiasm to please. Streamliner’s behind the headrests – a stylisation which evokes the Porsches’ of a bygone age – transform this version into an easily recognisable and instantly different car from the one it’s been based upon. Unlike its predecessor, this Boxster looks equally as good with its hood up as it does down. Lowering the Spyder’s roof does require a little bit more effort than just pushing the centre console release
button. To begin with, none of it can be done from inside the car, so you need to get out, then detach the end ‘fins’, open the rear deck, stow the hood, before finally closing the cover flaps. It’s actually a lot faster and less complicated than it first sounds. The basic package costs £60,495, which includes a six-speed manual transmission, race derived carbonshell seats and Porsche’s Sports Chrono package. And although you don’t now get air conditioning or an audio system as standard – far too heavy for this car – they are both available from the options list. Put simply; this Boxster is sleek, slick and full of intent and succinctly demonstrates the difference between nearly good and really good.
Engine: 3800cc Flat Six
Transmission: 6-speed manual Power: 370bhp Torque: 310lbs
0-62mph: 4.5 seconds Top Speed: 180mph
Fuel Consumption: 28.5mpg (combined)
CO2 emissions: 230g/km Price: £60,459
KIDS & FAMILY
education news Get tucked in at night
Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex by Various Celebrities, illustrated by Julia Patton (In aid of Children in Need)
Fat Fox Books £7.99 ISBN: 978-1910884003 Written as a game of consequences by some of the biggest names in showbiz and sports, this innovative picture book takes the reader through many twists and turns for the half-girl, half dinosaur girl, Fi-Rex. With the wonderful illustrations of Julia Patton, this is a must have for any child. All proceeds from this book are going to Children In Need.
Sleeping bags for little ones aren’t everyone’s, er, bag – but one of the single biggest factors for tinies waking up is getting cold, so we rather like this new idea. Tuck n’ Snug is a new concept and a different option to thoae zip-up systems. Fabric flaps attached to the duvet cover and pillow case are tucked under the mattress, the idea being to secure these in place and prevent children from waking due to the covers slipping off, as opposed to trying to keep the child in bed. The child is free to move about, get in and out of bed, push the duvet down if they get hot etc. Some parents have found that sleeping bag-style systems can be a bit hot or restrictive for their children, so this could be just the trick if you’re finding too many wake-up calls in your nights! Priced at £39, Tuck n’ Snug is available from www.tucknsnug.co.uk
For age 2-6 years
The Pomegranate Tree by Vanessa Altin, Illustrated by Faye Moorhouse
Blanket Press £12.99 ISBN: 978-0992872892 book of t he In the summer of 2014 a black plague swept across Syria, a killer cult spreading misery and murder. Sitting in the shade of the Pomegranate Tree, we meet Dilvan, a young Kurdish girl. Through the pages of her diary, we follow her quest to find her family with a determination to fight, maybe even to die - but never to surrender. An incredible piece of writing by Vanessa Altin, harrowing, heart-breaking and utterly compelling.
For age 12+
Avast ye landlubbers!
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Come set sail with Lewes Theatre Youth Group as they proudly take you on a swashbuckling adventure of Treasure Island, by Ken Ludwig. A fantastic stage adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s literary classic, it’s a story about the heart, a story about a boy growing up, and a story about us all finding out who we are.
Scholastic Press £5.99 ISBN: 978-1407159454 I’ve been a huge fan of Brian Selznick ever snce I discovered The Invention of Hugo Cabret, some years ago, and this book is everybit as magical as his previous work. His sublime pencil drawings and gentle story telling combine to make truly unique and inspiring books, can’t wait for the next one.
For age 10+
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. 78
Lewes Theatre Youth Group actors are all students aged between five and 18 years old and come from Lewes, surrounding towns and villages within East Sussex. It’s a great alternative to a panto and excellent to encourage young talent. At Lewes Little Theatre 01273 474826 Matinees at 2:45pm on 30 and 31 January and 6 February Evening perfs @ 7:45pm on 29 January and 5 and 6 February
BUSINESS Sussex Business Awards • Food Festival Awards • Financing • Tech Five
Awards season is upon us and in the business world that brings celebrations aplenty and this month we’ve got the winners from the Sussex Business Awards as well as the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards along with our financing and technology columns.
SUSSEX BUSINESS AWARDS â€“ THE RESULTS With 15 awards up for grabs and a whole host of winners, the 27th Sussex Business Awards once again celebrated the pinnacle of business achievement across the county in spectacular fashion. Attended by 500 of the countyâ€™s leading business people, the evening started off with three courses of delicious food and drink before magician Matthew McGurk wowed the audience with his trickery, while comedian Paul Sinha compered the awards with satirical verve throughout. Title Sussex Magazine were proud sponsors of the awards for the first time and the judging for all awards was a tough process which culminated in an incredible evening at The Grand Brighton on Thursday 3 December, in front of the largest SBA crowd ever. With a 40% rise in entries for 2015, the awards were hotly contested before the nerves gave way to celebration, as everyone partied hard into the night. Congratulations to all the victors and commiserations to those who missed out on an award but we had an amazing night and we look forward to seeing you all there in 2016! Photos: Julia Claxton
SBA 2015 WINNERS Innovation in Business WINNER: Burleys Best Customer Service WINNER: Flowers Unlimited Most Promising New Business WINNER: Gene Commerce Best Place To Entertain Your Clients WINNER: The Grand Brighton Boss of the Year WINNER: Alan Margetts of The Kitchen Store Healthiest Workplace Award WINNER: Checkatrade.com International Business of the Year WINNER: Allergy Therapeutics Most Sustainable Business WINNER: Brighton & Hove Buses Professional Services Award WINNER: Bennett Griffin LLP Responsible Business Award WINNER: Creative Pod Ltd Entrepreneur of the Year WINNER: Andrew Stenning, Searches UK Sussex Businessperson of the Year WINNER: Andrew Scrimgeour, AJS Labels Small Business of the Year WINNER: Ridgeview Wine Estate Sussex Company of the Year WINNER: AJS Labels Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity By an individual: Ryan Heal By an organisation: Brighton Pride
Everyone hit the dancefloor!
Midnight boss Caraline Brown finally getting to enjoy the night!
The team from the Grand picking up their gong for Best Place to Entertain Your Clients
Time for a selfie!
The Title team L-R top Mark White, Daniel White, Frida Clementz, Sam HarringtonLowe, Gemma Windham. L-R bottom Julia Wright, Amanda Horlington, Danny Cobbs, Erika Szostak, Matt Ryan
Grand general manager Andrew Mosley and Ryan Heal from the Rockinghorse - winner of the Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity by an Individual
Guests turned out in their absolute hundreds for this huge event
Sue Popper winning at the Argus raffle!
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FOOD AND DRINK
FESTIVAL AWARDS The best from Brighton and Hove’s food and drink industry gathered along with press and VIPs for a fun-fuelled grand final of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival Awards 2015. The awards, held at Hotel du Vin Brighton on Monday 2 November, celebrate the industry’s best businesses across the city with 19 amazing categories.
Andrew Kay, Olivia Reid, Nick Mosley and Alison Fearns
With more nominations than ever before the judges had a tough time making their final decisions but with the finalists in attendance, the award winners were presented with their trophies. Title Sussex are proud media sponsors of this very worthy set of awards and would like to congratulate all the winners on a fantastic year. Photos: Julia Claxton
Best Food/Drink Producer in the City Gold: Boho Gelato, Silver: Terre à Terre, Bronze: Brighton Gin
Best Newcomer - Gold: The Set, Silver: Silo, Bronze: Eat Naked
Best Takeaway - Gold: Burger Brothers, Silver: Pizzaface, Bronze: Chilli Pickle Canteen
Best Breakfast - Gold: V&H Café
All the winners at Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival Awards Joe Wadhams providing the laughs 82
Henry Butler of Butlers Wine Cellar
Best Pub - Gold: The Basketmakers Arms, Silver: The Hand in Hand, Bronze: The Lion & Lobster
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TECH FIVE From Zombie attacks to an abs attack, Amanda Horlington breaks down what’s going up and down in the world of technology
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“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda New Year’s resolutions are so last year; like someone who suddenly becomes romantic only on Valentines Day, don’t get all fitnessy because it’s what everyone else does in January. Yes, I might see you at the gym as you sideways glance the one-in-nine hottie quota but only for the requisite 4-6 weeks before you become one of the gym ghosts; a sweaty Jacob Marley in ill fitting gym gear, your spirit destined to roam the post holiday afterlife – still annoying others by texting, slouched on a weights machine. What was wrong with August
4, October 10 or March 3? All perfectly good days to start the whole fitness lark. Or did Santa deliver a shiny new gadget to help you get fit this year? You may have even taken it out its box and given it a prod, but how about using it? There has never been a better time to tap into the wealth of technology and online resources to help you get in shape. So, with this huge array of tech at our fingertips, if your current fitness level is more couch than 5k you’re rapidly running out of excuses.
UP - Run Zombie Run
If a zombie invasion will get you off the sofa then join more than a million people with Zombie Run. Users get rewarded for every step they walk, run or jog through the game, allowing you to gather supplies, build a base and save humanity.
UP - Athos - Get your Tron On
‘Building a Better Machine’ boast Athos smart fitness apparel which measures muscle activity and heart rate all in real time and syncs to the app to maximise your workout.
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UP - Skulpt Aim – What’s your MQ?
It’s all about MQ (muscle quality) apparently, press the Skulpt Aim device against a particular muscle group, such as your abs or biceps to measure overall bodyfat percentage, muscle strength and definition.
NON-MOVER - Couch-to-5K
An oldie but goodie, the award-winning Couch-to-5K app is designed to ease new runners into exercising. Virtual coaches provide all the tips and motivation you need to get off the couch and get moving.
DOWN - PumpUp
A fitness app and community, PumpUp encourages goal setting and achievement sharing; perfect for the selfie obsessed to upload mid-workout glute clench or avocado smoothie photos. To be avoided by everyone over 35 unless you actually looks good while exercising.
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DETOXING YOUR FINANCES
The holiday season is often about excess. We overindulge, spend a fortune and then feel a little glum when it’s all over. But it’s not just your body that can benefit from a New Year’s resolution to adopt healthy habits; your finances deserve a detox too. So if you’re looking to boost your bank balance or tighten up your spending here are five areas to look at in 2016.
1 What are your goals for 2016?
Do you want to reduce your debt, save more or simply have more spending money? Be both honest and specific when deciding your goals. If you want to save more, decide how much e.g. ‘Save £50 per month’. Write down your goals and review your progress regularly.
2 Trim costs/review your spending habits
Try and make a list of your spending and work out a monthly budget. Identify essential expenditure and look at areas where you could cut back. Could you make your own lunch rather than getting a shop bought one? Do you really need a daily Starbucks latte? Reviewing your spending habits will be particularly relevant if you are hoping to move in 2016 as your finances will be under even greater scrutiny if you are looking for a mortgage now. Not just household bills will be looked at to see if you can afford the mortgage but also how much you spend on such items as takeaways, gym memberships, TV packages, grocery bills and even nights out. Stay ahead of the nosey mortgage lenders.
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3 Review your regular payments
Go to comparison websites to make sure you’re getting the best deals on things such as energy, broadband, insurance etc. Switching providers can often save hundreds, so look for the good deals.
4 Keep track
Keep a record in a notebook or on a spreadsheet of your spending and see how it compares with your budget. Try and be as honest as possible with recording monies spent so that if you’re not hitting target you can see where the problems are.
5 Accounts in order/record keeping
Do you leave receipts crumpled at the bottom of your pockets, foot well of your car or in your handbag then throw them in a carrier bag and hope your accountant will still be able to read them? Time is money so collate these in month order before handing over to your accountant, and make a saving immediately! If you are an employee do you submit them to the finance department in a timely fashion? If you still use cheque books or pay in cheques do you make sure you write on the cheque stub or in the paying in book? Get into better habits. Although my ‘New Year’ actually starts on April 6th, here’s wishing you all a prosperous 2016. Confused? Talk to the expert Accountancy Plus 01273 735344 www.accountancyplus.biz www.titlesussex.co.uk
PROPERTY & INTERIORS Property News • Lights • Interiors
With shorter days and less natural light to enjoy, in this issue we’re looking at ways to brighten up your home with a selection of our favourite lights for the winter months as well as interior trends, property news and more.
PROPERTY NEWS RESIDENTIAL FIGURES CAMOUFLAGE FACTS
Last year’s Government changes to stamp duty has saved homebuyers more than £280,000 according to local house builder Barratt Homes. A year on from the change, which was designed to reduce the level of tax paid by homebuyers, a family buying a brand new home in the Arun District Council area saved on average £4,956 before purchase.
The residential housing figures released by Barbour ABI do not tell the full story according to Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI.
“Buying a new home is one of the biggest financial commitments that they will make and it’s fantastic that these simple changes have saved our homebuyers in Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton so much money since the start of the year,” says Gary Ennis, Southern Regional Managing Director for Barratt Developments. “The new system means that homebuyers of a typical property with Barratt Homes worth £280,000 will now pay £4,400 less in stamp duty. This is money that can be put towards the deposit for their new house, spent on new furniture or used for something else entirely.”
A NEW TREE HOME Barratt Homes celebrated National Tree Week with children in West Sussex by donating a tree to Lindfield Primary Academy, Haywards Heath. Staff from the company visited the school to promote the week, which aims to encourage planting and raise awareness of the importance of proper tree care, as well as building a close relationship with the school. “This was an excellent chance to meet local schoolchildren and get them involved in tree planting,’’ says Barratt sales director Lynnette St Quintin. “As a division we have planted or retained 37,000 trees in the local area in the last year and it is wonderful that this tree planting is helping to create a legacy to be enjoyed by staff and pupils at the school for many years to come.”
49% of all construction contract values in October were attributed to the residential sector, totalling £3.7 billion. However, with the residential sector lagging over the last few months, the call for more affordable residential housing may still be unanswered according to Dall. “Although the residential contract value figure increased in October, the number of units awarded increased by only 2.8%, suggesting that recent schemes are more focused on high value rather than high density, which does not necessarily bode well for those calling to increase housing figures.”
CHANCELLOR’S STIFLING STATEMENT
The Autumn Statement unveiled by George Osborne has caused confusion and worry among local housing experts. The chancellor promised to double the housing budget to £2bn as well as building 400,000 homes by the end of the decade but Clare Tobin, Leaders’ Chief Operating Officer, is not convinced the plans are accurate. “The initiatives announced to increase housing supply are very welcome and cannot come to fruition soon enough. However, with the house building industry in desperate need of resource, we are concerned about how the building of the 400,000 new homes that have been promised will actually be achieved. The announcement of further initiatives to help first-time buyers with more affordable housing is also welcome, however given that wages are still nowhere near keeping up with property prices, it remains to be seen how affordable it proves to be for most people.”
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A good lighting scheme can really define a house and its interior design. Getting it right is all about planning at the early stages of a project. Whilst ‘first fix’ services are being planned, walk around your property and consider the uses of each room. Ascertain where and how much natural light you have coming in, then compensate with your light fittings where you need more light. At what time of day will the room be used most? Where are you putting furniture? Consider your sofas, dining tables, desks and so on.
Like a moth to the flame, we crave and desire more light and warmth in these dark, winter months. In synergy with the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015, it’s fitting to draw the year to a close with my specially curated selection of contemporary lighting, artisan-made bespoke pieces and wintage-vibe looks. Here I ‘shine the light’ on my stylish favourites…
Focusing here on living rooms and dining areas, those spaces we tend to cosy up in most during the winter months. Consider the three key roles you need your lighting to deliver: ambient light, accent light and task light. Living Rooms: This is where flexible lighting design is required, to fit in with the multiple ways in which this room is used; from socialising to relaxing to entertaining. Light fitting combinations are the key to a cosier, multi-layered lighting effect. Living rooms can have a central focus or feature light, or recessed ceiling down lighters arranged around the perimeters of the space if it’s a sizeable room, as well as table and floor lamps for accent and task lighting. Looking for vintage glamour and elegance? Art Deco styling in metallic light fittings is a popular style. Portuguese company www.delightfull.eu have an enormous range of bold, striking pieces.
These lights are both contemporary and evoke a bygone era, named after some of the jazz greats; the brass of the ‘Brubeck’ wall sconces and the black of the Ike fittings create strong silhouettes, casting an indirect, warm glow over your walls.
Floor lamps for task lighting next to your favourite reading chair are a great addition to a room scheme. This retro-glam Evans floor light can be adjusted to shine in multiple directions and bounce light off other surfaces.
Side tables and desks are the perfect placement for your task lighting, by table top lamps and globe lights but nothing too bright, causing glare or ‘bulbblindness’ if you are working at the table. This neat little fella, the Birdy Table Light in grey by Norwegian company www. northernlighting.no, is great to illuminate your paperwork and desktop musings.
How about their selection of Graphic letter lights, reminiscent of vintage cinema signage, placed upon a bureau or console table; instant glamour and a quirky touch.
Based in Oslo, the team at Northern Lighting are purveyors of Scandinavian cool throughout their designs. Being expert mood-makers for your interior scheme, they are guided and inspired by the ever-changing character of the natural Nordic lightscape. If you prefer more of an ambient background glow whilst working, glass bowl lamps are an effective way to emit coloured light. The Say My Name bowl light (also by Northern Lighting) does the job beautifully. The plum coloured glass adds a warm tonal filter to the white light of the bulb.
Cluster Lighting is a stylists’ favourite trick, which evolved from wanting to use your favourite pendant lights all together, while wanting to both mix-n-match styles and increase light output, where one single pendant just isn’t enough. Randomly hung at different heights, allowing the shape of each one to mould effortlessly with the one adjacent to it, it’s a very cool way to create a Luxe-boho look.
Try these stunning glass ones by Danish Designers Ebb & Flow. The recently launched Lute pendant is available in a myriad of warm shades of mouth-blown glass and metallic accent options. www.ebbandflow.dk
Dining areas are the perfect places to make a statement and showcase some gorgeous feature pendant lights. A singular large design hung centrally or offset to one end of your table will punctuate the space and give a directional light over the main area. The Acorn pendant by Northern Lighting, in cream ceramic with a wood detail, is simple and fresh.
Or the design classic, Caravaggio in matt grey ceramic, from lifestyle store Skandium (www.skandium. com). The go-to hub for all things Nordic to emulate that lifestyle Skani-cool, its creative director, Christina Schmidt, describes her store as the â€˜United Nations of Scandinavian Designâ€˜.
Group and cluster those smaller pendants for dramatic effect. Ebb & Flow show you how with their inspirational look-books and luscious product images. Try this party table if you always end up socialising in the kitchen.
A LIGHTER TOUCH
The new wave of designers labelling themselves as a ‘craftsperson’ is an emerging social trend in the interiors field, and was huge at the September design shows. A growing band of artisan makers, who are focusing their skills on lighting, and eschewing mass production, were a pleasure to see.
Trailblazing her way, established designer and maker Naomi Paul (www. naomipaul.co.uk), who originally hails from Sussex, was one of the movements’ original key players. Working with the ‘constructed textile’ made of handcrafted crochet loops over bespoke metal frames, she creates sensual hanging forms.
Her latest collection, entitled ‘Simple Shade/ British Wool Collection‘ uses 100% natural Shetland and Aran British wools.
Vintage light bulbs are another fashionable market trend. The pared down simplicity and functionality of form makes these a great choice for an urban environment or warehouse–style apartment.
William and Watson, based in London’s East End, are purveyors of the Edison style light bulb, with every shape of filament and bulb you could wish for! Hung in a random cluster, again over a table or perhaps above a kitchen island, they evoke an edgy, masculine cool. Can’t decide which ones to have? Then again go for the cluster arrangement for maximum impact. www.williamandwatson.com Each room has its own role to play in daily life so take this into account when planning lighting. Life is all about the light and shade so create some drama with bold, beautiful light fittings to help set the scene.
SUPPLIERS DelightFULL - www.delightfull.eu Northern Lighting - www.northernlighting.no Ebb & Flow - www.ebbandflow.dk Skandium - www.skandium.com Naomi Paul - www.naomipaul.co.uk William & Watson - www.williamandwatson.com
BELLA’S TOP TIPS • Choosing a light bulb with the right fitting: Many a shopping trip has been thwarted by the lack of this critical piece of information. Best to take the old bulb with you, or take a phone-pic of the lamp housing and bulb. The basic three are Bayonet, Screw-in and Pin. Write down the fitting reference number too, or bring the old box if you have it. • Brightness – Getting it right: This is measured in Watts and Lumens. Historically, brightness was measured in Watts, which is actually a measure of its power. Since the introduction of energy saving bulbs this is a less useful measure of brightness as new bulbs use a lot less power to produce the same amount of light. So, instead, light output is measured in Lumens. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the light. • Colour of light - use the Kelvin scale as your guide: If you get the tone wrong, also known as the bulbs’ warmth, you may find yourself being bathed with a stark white or bluey light that’s more akin to a trip to A&E than the desired warm, cosy living room. The Kelvin scale is actually a measure of temperature named in honour of British physicist William Kelvin and is a useful guide. Lots of information at www.lightopedia.com/characteristics-of-light • Lack of Light: This can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. SAD is sometimes known as ‘winter depression’ because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the dark winter months. Recognised now by the NHS, they offer practical advice on how to alleviate the symptoms (www.nhs.uk). Also the mental health charity www.mind.org.uk offers free advice on winter depression and how to proactively help oneself. • SAD light therapy treatments: It’s been found that light therapy can improve a person’s mood considerably. This involves sitting by a special lamp or light box, usually for around 30 minutes to an hour each morning. Light boxes come in a variety of designs, including desk lamps and wall-mounted fixtures. They produce a very bright light. The intensity of the light is measured in Lux; the higher the lux, the brighter the light. It works by simply encouraging your brain to reduce the production of melatonin (sleep hormone) and increase the production of serotonin (a hormone that affects your mood). www.lumie.com The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association www.sada.org.uk is the UK’s only non-commercial support organisation for SAD. It is a brilliant, informative resource and they can advise on where to get your own particular light box. SAD shop - www.sad-lighthire.co.uk When applying all this knowledge to enhance your home interior, there are a range of great books available to help you devise your lighting plans, including ‘Lighting for Interior Design‘ by Malcolm Innes, and ‘Lighting by Design’ by Sally Storey. Both are available via Amazon UK.
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