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EDITOR’S SUMMER 2009
WELCOME We’ve got a sizzling edition featuring an up close and personal with the latest pop sensation Gary Go. Simplify your life with our regular column “Sorted” and make sure you look cool this summer when the temperature rises with our guide to essential fashion.
Get inside the minds of the people who are making things happen with our brand new feature “The Business” and find out why Coventry University is keeping it local. Join us as we make over/under our two willing volunteers – what a transformation! And find out where to keep cool as we serve you up our Best Served Chilled feature. Check out our essential guide to this year’s Godiva Festival, catch up with all the gossip at the recent “Walk of Fame” launch and get your hands on our fantastic host of competition prizes including a top of the range Sat Nav, designer Vivienne Westwood shoes, Entertainer vouchers and a once in lifetime opportunity to ride alongside Olympic heroes in our Coventry Carnival parade. Add a mix of gizmos, gadgets and you’re in for one cracking summer edition!
INSIDE NEWS 5 Keeping you up to date on what’s hot in the city
FASHION 12 Womens – The essential guide to poolside perfection 14 Mens fashion – Looking hot this summer 15 Children’s fashion – It’s cool for kids
FEATURES 16 Make over/under – One needed to tone it down and the other to turn it up, flick to page 16 for the results!
18 Your University, Right on your Doorstep – Why keeping it local pays dividends
22 Sorted! – It’s not too late to tone up and slim down for summer
24 The Business – Peter Deeley gives us the inside story on Belgrade Plaza
31 Inspect-a-Gadget – We test out some of the hottest summer technology
32 City of Invention – We caught up with the MD of Climate Change Solutions
38 Celeb Interview – Up close and personal with Gary Mick McLaughlin Editor in Chief
Go, trust us he’s gonna be huge!
40 Green With Envy – Make your neighbours jealous with our tips on creating the perfect garden!
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49 Kids Page – Give your brain cells a workout with our riddles and giggles
OUT & ABOUT 20 Guide to Godiva – The lowdown on the city’s finest festival 28 Best Served Chilled – Where to go and what to do when 34 36
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things start heating up! Sizzling Summer – The ultimate guide to bbq season Walk of Fame – Get the latest additions to the star studded walkway in Priory Place Godiva Awards – The search is on for the regions finest venues and attractions! The Gospel According to Brody – Our favourite Touch DJ tells us what’ll be floating his boat this summer!
Carnival by making a mask for a chance to win £100 from the Entertainer and a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride alongside our Olympic heroes in the carnival parade! His and Hers – Win a pair of fabulous Vivienne Westwood Shoes and a high-tech Sat Nav courtesy of Wish, Bar No 3 and Harry Shaw
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NEWS | COVENTRY
nEWS n A Skating Success Planet Ice at Coventry’s Skydome Arena was recently recognised with a National Indoor Skating Association (NISA) Centre of Excellence Award. Planet Ice gained its accreditation for its commitment and enthusiasm towards the Learn to Skate programme, led by Skate UK. Only two other rinks in the whole country were recognised for the award which makes this achievement even more impressive. To mark the10th anniversary of the Great Britain Ice Hockey Supporters Club, Planet Ice will be hosting a special anniversary game on Saturday 16th August.
The teams will be made up from the cream of current GB Players, legends of the past and a selection of the GB Juniors and Woman’s Teams. Planet Ice offers public skate sessions, themed birthday parties and the NISA accredited learn to skate programmes. Learn to Skate with galaxy gliders is one of the most enjoyable learn to skate programmes in the UK today. Each week you receive expert tuition which starts you off from your very first tentative steps onto the ice, up to completing the whole course with your first jump!
Planet Ice Arena, The Skydome, Croft Road, Coventry, CV1 3AZ Tel: 024 7663 0693 www.planet-ice.com
Cabello Hairdressers Cabello Hairdressers are celebrating their third year in business this summer. The two storey salon has gone from strength to strength after opening in July 2006. Cabello started off initially with 6 members of staff and the enthusiastic team has now grown into 15 members. Owner Julie credits this significant increase to the dedication of her staff, the range of services on offer and fantastic value for money. There is 10% off all treatments every Monday and Tuesday. As well as offering all the traditional salon treatments which include; hairdressing, massage, waxing, tanning, manicures and pedicures Cabello also offers some top of the range holistic therapies. The two most
popular holistic treatments are reflexology and Hopi Ear Candles. Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment which stimulates or suppresses the nerves in the reflexes of the feet to encourage the elimination of toxins from the body. Hopi Ear Candles are one of the more unusual holistic treatments where a wax canvas tube is gently placed in the ear and lit at the top. The warmth creates a chimney effect which rebalances the sinuses. Both treatments are an effective way to eliminate stress and the associated symptoms. To receive an exclusive 10% discount from any treatment just bring this copy of Feel Alive with you to the salon. (Offer not valid in conjunction with any other discounts) Cabello 38-40 Hill Street, Coventry CV1 4AN 024 7625 8256
Special place to Select your clothes A unique shop has just opened in Coventry Market, and will at last provide an outlet for Specials and 2-Tone fans to buy their stylish clothes. The shop was officially opened by Selecter and former Special drummer Aitch Bembridge. This Aladdin’s cave of rude boy gear is all down to Steve and Linzi Eaton. Steve is a 2-Tone
icon himself having appeared on the cover of the first Selecter album “Too Much Pressure”. With a life devoted to music, he was the original Specials DJ, and has been involved with a number of local and headline bands. In addition to Steve’s collection of Punk, designer, Rock and Roll and well tailored suits, Linzi has been searching the country for the last few years buying unique and eye-catching memorabilia which makes for a very eclectic mix. 2 Tone City Clothing, Coventry Retail Market
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ClubLoL Club LoL, an exclusive and exciting new 480 capacity nightclub has opened its doors in Mediaeval Spon Street. The stunning venue exudes class and extravagance after recently undergoing a £800,000 renovation, including state-of-theart lighting, a high tech sound system, luxury furnishings and stylish decor. The club is split into two floors, downstairs has welcoming leather sofas and a well stocked bar. Upstairs plays host to some world class resident DJs, complete
with its own dance floor, ample seating and a large bar. Both bars provide a whole host of drinks, ranging from popular favourites through to a more upmarket premium selection which includes champagne on ice for that special occasion. Both floors are equipped with top of the range LEDs for the best light shows in Coventry. There is also a contemporary two tiered patio area which is sure to be a big hit over the summer. The music varies from funky house to Ibiza anthems as well as club classics making Club LoL the perfect venue for a fantastic night out.
Those in the know about this little gem on Spon Street may well have already received their VIP cards which enable holders to privileges such as queue jumping and discounted drinks. For more information visit Club LoL’s facebook page. Opening hours are: Friday to Saturday 9pm to 3am, Sunday 4pm – Midnight (summer season only) the door policy is dress to impress, strictly no sportswear. Club LoL, Mediaeval Spon Street, Coventry
In-thread-able! Kirans, is the newest addition to West Orchards Shopping centre. Situated on the 1st floor, this cosy kiosk offers a range of beauty treatments and specialises in hair removal with wax or by using the ancient method of threading. Threading is becoming more and more popular in the UK and its origins are thought to come from Persia and the Middle East. The technique involves using a long piece of thread which is rolled over the skin to remove unwanted hair at the root. Kiran Sharma, the owner and manager, has had over 21 years experience in the industry. Other services such as mini facials, bleaching and eyebrow tinting
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are available at very competitive prices. No appointment is necessary which makes Kirans the perfect place for those who have busy schedules. Kirans West Orchards Shopping Centre
nEWS Eat Your Art Out BBC Coventry & Warwickshire are working with groups across Coventry on an exciting new project called Eat Your Art Out. This project follows BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s previous highly successful award winning community projects Coventry Market the Musical!, Singing City Choir and Big Bard. If Coventry was a recipe what ingredients would be used to make it? What makes it special and couldn’t be left out? The Cathedral, ribbon, Lady Godiva, cars, elephants, bikes, Phoenix, Frank Whittle, the ring road, The Specials? There are so many things that Coventry is famous for and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire are celebrating Coventry in a unique way. They are working with Coventry people to create a special representation of the City... using food. They will be creating a large outdoor sculpture representing Coventry’s culture, history, past and present, the difference is that the sculpture will be made from food. Made in six pieces, the food will reflect the community groups making each section. Artist Prudence Staite will be working with the participants to sculpt their Coventry. The final event will be held in Coventry city centre on Saturday 5 September. Not only will the finished work of art be there to look at but BBC Coventry & Warwickshire will be inviting the city down to eat it!
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Renegade is the newest addition to Hales street’s designer boutiques. The history of Renegade; initially Renegade FM was the biggest pirate radio station in Coventry, with a huge following of listeners and became a cult leader, playing a mixture of Old Skool, Drum & Bass and house music. After the station was shut down a new Renegade emerged. The edgy store comprises of two floors and a basement, the
Direct for Less Coventry institution, Direct for Less has added another branch to its business, ‘Besp-oak’ wholesale furniture. Direct for Less specialises in supplying Recycled Oak furniture to trade customers. The popular ranges of dining, occasional, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and outdoor furniture tick all the right boxes for customers by being both stylish and environmentally friendly. The stylish ranges are mainly crafted from recycled oak, sourced from Europe and North America. The pine ranges are 100% reclaimed and recycled which makes them extremely environmentally friendly. To find out more or to place an order visit www.directforless.com or call 024 7663 2148 Ringway House, Hill St, Coventry
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first specialises in ‘Keeping Vinyl Alive’ and sells up to the minute and hard to find records, CD packs and tickets for events. The ground floor and basement are stocked with clothes, footwear and accessories from a range of urban designers such as Supremebeing, Panic, Nickleson and Merc.
With an underground vibe, the friendly staff are always on hand and have industry knowledge to answer any questions and offer advice. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, Renegade can find it for you!
Ever evolving and looking at new ways to get music out to you Renegade are working on their MP3 site letting you download direct to your music player. The website’s fully interactive shop offers you music, both vinyl and mp3, merchandise, event information, news and blogs. The store has built up a solid reputation for offering a huge collection of the best Drum and Bass, Bassline House, Old and Nu Skool, Jump up, Liquid D&B and underground music. RENEGADE 9 Hales Street Coventry City Centre CV1 1JB 024 7652 0225 www.renegaderecordsuk.com
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The Lounge has re-opened offering city centre office workers a relaxing venue to enjoy their breaks away from the office. With a top chef serving up daily specials and phasing in a brand new menu, the bar has been popular with city workers who come to enjoy regular lunch meetings. Playwright managers, Kevin McGranahan and Mel Smith, took on the scenic Warwick Row establishment back in March and plan to make some further refurbishments over the next year as well as introduce some exciting and diverse evenings including a new acoustic night on Wednesdays, a student night on Thursdays with Friday night turntable spinning from the resident DJ who’ll be specialising in Trance, funky house and garage. The venue is also available for private hire, parties and events. The Lounge, Warwick Row, Coventry
NEWS | COVENTRY
n EWS Citizens Advice
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau has moved its offices from its former location of Coventry Point, Market Way to larger premises in Kirby House, Little Park Street. The CAB offers all members of the public free, independent, impartial and confidential advice on a range of subjects including financial and employment advice. There are a number of different ways that one of the trained CAB advisers can help in resolving issues. Advisers don’t actually tell people what to do, but explain the variety of options and the possible outcomes of each different course of action. The CAB is open from 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday and it also offers a service for those with hearing difficulties on a Tuesday from 10am – 1pm. Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau, Kirby House, Little Park Street, Coventry CV1 2JZ
Travelodge The brand new city centre Travel Lodge officially opened in May, with Lady Godiva herself checking in as its first guest. The former Leofric Hotel has been transformed to accommodate even more overnight visitors to the city and places Coventry in a very strong position over the coming years, offering convenience and value for money accommodation in the heart of England.
This will be especially desirable come 2012 Olympics, when the city is tipped to be a prime destination as bases and training grounds for competing teams from all over the world. www.travelodge.co.uk
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nEWS n BEST BAR NONE
As part of Coventry’s drive to improve our evening economy and make Coventry safe and attractive to the public, the annual ‘Best Bar None’ awards scheme is being launched and all pubs, clubs and bars within the city are being invited to participate. This year Coventry City Council is aiming to make the scheme bigger and better than ever. The award scheme has now launched and premises are invited to apply on an ongoing basis as opposed to having to apply within a given period. ‘Best Bar None’ is an accreditation scheme which recognises licensed premises who are doing all they can to make their venues as safe as possible. Publicity and promotion from the City Council and the Police, through the local media, will point members of the public towards premises holding the accreditation - venues, which provide high levels of safety and security in our vibrant city. All venues achieving the Best Bar None standard will be invited to a presentation ceremony where they will receive an award plaque. The plaques are designed to be fixed to the outside of the premises, giving a prominent visual sign, which will be easily recognised by potential customers. Additional awards for the Best Pub, Best Club, Best Bar and Best Community Pub will be presented to those reaching the highest standard in the four categories. . The four best performing venues will also receive tickets to the glittering Godiva Awards, run by CVONE in the Autumn, when the city’s best overall venue will be announced and receive a Godiva Award bronze statue. If licensed premises need help and advice about how to achieve high levels of venue safety and best practice, they can contact The Licensing Team, Coventry City Council on 024 7683 1888 or by email at email@example.com
Made in Coventry, Educated in the heart of the City
City College Coventry is launching their ‘Made in Coventry’ campaign this summer. It focuses on the success stories of existing and ex students and staff, where the college has made a difference to their lives and has in some way helped them to achieve their goals. And it has all happened in the heart of our city! Salim Bhayat is a former City College Coventry National Diploma Graphic Design student who is now a director of a successful design consultancy Astwood Design based in Bideford on Avon. His company is in fact responsible for the design of this campaign. Salim said: “Over the years the College has given me and the city so much, so it’s an honour and a privilege to be involved in this campaign. The new College buildings and facilities are fantastic and the College’s central location couldn’t be better.”
Salim Bhayat, Astwood Design
Angela Lamb, started a teaching qualification for word processing eighteen years ago and over the years progressed onto further IT courses, Teaching and Management programmes, to now become one of Charterhouse Training’s Management Trainers working with high profile regional and national companies. Angela said: “I had to balance studying, working full time and being a mum in order to achieve the goals I had set for myself. It wasn’t always easy but the college really enabled me to change my career path and succeed in a completely different field.” The campaign celebrates the completion of the college’s move to its city centre location in Hillfields in its state of the art £50m buildings. The college can now boast fantastic, modern and technologically advanced facilities which are the envy of many an educational institution.
Angela Lamb, Charterhouse Training
There is something for everyone at the college whether you have recently been made redundant and are looking to retrain, leaving school and looking for a vocational course that will take you on to university or an apprenticeship starting out in work for the first time. City College, Swanswell Street, Coventry For details of courses telephone 0800 616 202 or visit www.covcollege.ac.uk
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N i V LO Keep your wardrobe bang up to date this season and invest in some bold Honolulu beach inspired motifs, like the classic hibiscus flower. If you’re not keen on the Hawaiian vibe opt for statement pieces such as checks, stripes and camouflage prints.
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FEATURES | MAKE OVER/UNDER
Let’s face it; we’ve all been stuck in a ‘look’ rut at some point or another. Too much make up, short skirts; lots of flesh on display to the other extreme of can’t be bothered,just got out of bed look!
What we think looks good on us often doesn’t do us the justice we deserve! Well don’t despair the Feel Alive fashion team are on hand to wave that magic wand and give two of the city’s most prolific offenders a much needed make under/make over, courtesy of Enigma Hair and Beauty, Garb, Hannigans, Monsoon, Muse, Raid Shoes and Wish.
Age: 22 Occupation: Electrician Style: Dark and scruffy, more no maintenance than low maintenance. Sentence: Make Over. Lozz seems to have lost his spark with the ladies and after confessing to not having had a haircut or a serious girlfriend in the past three years we knew there must be a direct correlation. Armed with a bottle of nail varnish remover, we set about injecting some colour into this boy’s life - starting with a spray tan.
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The weirdest bit was having a spray tan I thought it was a bit girly for me, but the results speak for themselves. The whole outfit is wicked; I never thought I’d look this good in a cardigan! My favourite part was definitely the haircut, now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to buy some hair straighteners!
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Gracy This was an amazing transformation, I loved the whole experience and the outfit is absolutely beautiful. My favourite bits were having my make up done professionally and the individual false eyelashes, they’re awesome! I’m so excited for the ball now, whereas before I was so worried about what to wear. I’m not sure if I’m ready to hang the miniskirts up for good though....
GRACY Age: 21 Occupation: Student Style: Short skirts, high heels, low cut tops and loud lippy. Sentence: Make Under. With the university’s summer ball just around the corner we needed Gracy to ditch the denim miniskirt and slip into something a little more sophisticated. We whisked her off to Enigma for some serious pampering whilst we scoured the city for the perfect outfit.
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FEATURES | COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
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Coventry is home to one of the largest city centre based universities in the UK and is an evolving and innovative University with a growing reputation for excellence in education. Independent surveys show that Coventry University provides a caring and supportive environment, enriched by a unique blend of academic expertise and practical experience. With the recently compiled National Union of Students’ Student Experience Report stating that almost a third of students chose to study at their local university because it was close to home we caught up with Sharon Taylor from the University’s Recruitment and Admissions Office to find out a little more on the benefits of studying at Coventry. “Coventry is the local University of choice for many students from across Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands for a number of reasons. As well as having some world leading courses, the campus benefits from being in the middle of the city centre which is served by strong transport links, making it easily accessible by train, car and bus. And for local people who still want to live on campus Coventry also has a wide variety of high quality, conveniently located student accommodation, the majority of which is located on campus and close to the city centre with easy access for public transport, shops and great nightlife. Our aim is to keep on improving. We’re investing heavily in developing our student facilities with £160m earmarked for improvements over the next ten years. By seeking to enhance the strong vocational emphasis of our courses and bolstering our links with the very best industry organisations, we’re firmly focussed on preparing students for successful futures. When potential students are faced with such impressive facilities and courses on their doorstep there is little or no need for them to venture across the country to experience university life to the full, but don’t just take our word for it. This is what two of our current students, who work as Student Ambassadors for their local University, have to say about Coventry”.
What do you enjoy most about your course? My course has had some incredibly interesting modules. With this kind of course, there are so many different areas to cover, some not as fun....but the majority have been useful and interesting.
Ranjit Bhandal What has been your favourite moment of being a student at Coventry and why? Living in Coventry for most of my life, I am already familiar with the city so I didn’t have the fear of adapting to a new city or finding my way around (although some of the building locations still confuse me!!). But I would have to say my favourite moment has been meeting some brilliant people on my course (including lecturers) and more importantly making some fantastic friends, because they have supported me throughout my course and it is important to have this kind of support when starting uni. What course are you currently studying and what stage are you at? I am currently in my final (3rd) year of Social Welfare and Community Studies.
How will studying your course help you in your chosen career? I think firstly I would love to do some volunteer work abroad. This course has enabled me to develop my people skills by completing 3 placements, so I can take what I have learnt from them, and carry on volunteering. What was your biggest fear about University before you came here and how did you overcome this? My biggest fear was the transition from 6th form to Uni....even though they are both down the road from each other and I can go visit whenever I like. I had some strong bonds in 6th form and the most amazing friends; not being in the same routine was the scary thing. But once I settled into uni, made new friends and let the change sink in, it was fine. Why did you choose Coventry University? I chose to stay because I like Cov; it’s a small city but has everything you need. I am close to my family, and still have friends here. Sometimes I had regrets about not moving away to uni, but moving into student accommodation helped with that and I’ve had the best of both worlds, living at home and away...but still in Cov.
Did you attend an Open Day? My secondary school is like 5 minutes away, so we used to visit very often to find out about uni. At the time, I did not have my mind set of uni full stop, but eventually I decided that the thought of a full-time job straight away was scarier than uni so uni it was!!!! What has surprised you about student life? Living away from home is a great experience. You get to be independent, make your own decisions, manage your money and meet new people. But at times it can be lonely, not for me because my family is 20 minutes away, but for those who aren’t as fortunate as me. I am surprised that I have enjoyed living away from my family, because one day without them used to be too much, now I’m an independent woman and the experience has been beneficial for me. What are the three things you like best about Coventry University? Great facilities; including the sports centre, library and near-by restaurants, supportive and helpful lecturers and my Student Ambassador job.
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COVENTRY UNIVERSITY | FEATURES
What is your favourite place to socialise in Coventry and why? I prefer going for a meal, or a drink with my close friends so we can have a good gossip and a laugh. I love Nando’s, no matter what the occasion is (Birthdays, Xmas meal, lunch, celebrate handing in all assignments), it is a great restaurant, Varsity’s, Wetherspoons, Subway (located in the SU) and BB’s Coffee and Muffins. The cinema is close and I love watching movies, and of course strolling through the City Centre, shopping!!! What questions are you asked the most as a Student Ambassador? People always ask me ‘why Cov Uni’, and I explain my reasons. Some are intrigued that I have been here my whole life, and they want to know why I stayed. But many are quite shocked when I explain that my first 2 years I lived at home, but for my 3rd year I moved into student accommodation. But I think my answers are useful because I have experienced both, and have loads to say about Cov in general. Who better to promote Cov than someone who’s been here 20 years?
Alex Regan What course are you currently studying and what stage are you at? I am currently studying Social Welfare and Community Studies and I am in my Final year. What do you enjoy most about your course? I enjoy the fact I have to find all my own placements, this allows you to network within the community and find jobs that I could potentially do in the future. What was your biggest fear about University before you came here and how did you overcome this? My biggest fear was financial, I was worried about student debt and being unable to pay it back after I have finished University, and I got over this fear by understanding that you can pay back debt once you have a degree and earning over £15,000. The university can also provide jobs that are flexible and fit well with your course like the Student Ambassador scheme. Why did you choose Coventry University? I chose Coventry University because I wanted to stay at home and found a course that was ideal for me.
What has surprised you about student life? What surprised me about student life is how busy it actually is, without a diary I would be lost and wouldn’t know where I was from day to day. What are the three things you like best about Coventry University? Diversity, equality and opportunity. What is your favourite place to socialise in Coventry and why. My favourite place to socialise is Escape, it’s right in the centre of Coventry and there are some great live bands that play there, What questions are you asked the most as a Student Ambassador? Mostly about courses and what studying in Coventry is like. I often get asked questions about accommodation and the sports and societies available.
OPEN DAYS The University will be holding Open Days on Saturday, October 10th and October 24th between 9am and 4pm.
What plans do you have for the future? I have got a place to work in America as a camp counsellor at a summer camp. Once that is done I will find work in the voluntary sector or maybe even look into a masters degree.
Did you attend an Open Day?, I didn’t attend an open day but I have worked on many of them through the Student Ambassador scheme and the facilities really benefit the students.
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OUT & ABOUT | GODIVA FESTIVAL
War Memorial Park, Cove Get Ready for Godiva! Yes, it’s finally here, the long awaited return of the Midlands, biggest and best free family music festival. Widely regarded as the highlight of the Coventry calendar, the Godiva Festival brings together the people of the city for a celebration of music, laughter and good old fashioned entertainment for all the family! Over three days, the festival showcases some of the finest local, national and international artists from a multitude of genres, and comedy acts that will leave you in stitches. Festival goers have the opportunity to witness some of the best acts in street entertainment and cabaret, marvel at the renowned Godiva Carnival Procession, be creative in the kids tent, see a wealth of entertainment in the arena, and find out more about local history and eco-friendly groups in the region. Best of all it’s absolutely FREE! Returning to War Memorial Park in the heart of Coventry on 3rd – 5th July, the 2009 festival is set to follow in the success of previous years. Feel Alive have put together some highlights of what to expect in Godiva Festival 2009!
Top Artists The Godiva Festival is often celebrated for hosting a wide range of top quality artists. 2009 proves to be no exception! Here’s some of the highlights:
Headlining the main stage on Saturday night will be Scottish indie rockers Idlewild. With an impressive back catalogue boasting five studio and two compilation albums complete with chart topping singles including ‘You held the world in your arms’, ‘American English’ and ‘Roseability’, the band are set to take the festival by storm ahead of their new album released in this summer.
Last year saw The Twang headline the John Peel tent at Glastonbury, play in Japan, twice and also the Reading and Leeds festivals. This year you can catch the boys from Birmingham on the main stage at Godiva on the 4th July, it’s gonna be massive and just in time for the release of their new album, ‘Jewellery Quarter’ and the upcoming single ‘Barney Rubble’!
Faulkner is a 23 year old English singer songwriter with phenomenal dreadlocks and a wistful smile and he quickly established himself as one of 2007’s most striking musical arrivals, clocking up a UK Number One platinum album, sell-out UK tours and a growing legion of passionate fans. Newton’s trademark sound is acoustic guitar like you’ve never heard it before. After the success of his 2007 Godiva Festival, Newton Faulkner returns to Coventry once again to headline the electric main stage on Sunday night.
Back to the 80’s!
Friday night welcomes a variety of 80’s legends to the main stage; with a pop-tastic evening lined up for those in the mood for a retro revival! Time to dust off your Ra Ra skirts and leg warmers and celebrate the 80’s revival! The Blow Monkeys: The Blow Monkeys burst onto the pop scene in the 80’s with infectious hits including “Digging your scene”, “It doesn’t have to be that way” and “wait”. Now reformed and touring all over the world with their classic hits and new material they are
back , stopping off at Godiva and ensuring that die hard fans need wait no more – expect one fantastic performance! Womack and Womack: In 1983, under the name of Womack & Womack, husband and wife duo Cecil Womack and Linda Cooke released a successful album, “Love Wars”, and continued to make albums until 1991. Their song “Love Wars” was covered by The Beautiful South and their hit internationally acclaimed single ‘Teardrops’ has been covered by many acts across the globe including Elton John and Lovestation. Go West: Go West is an English sophisti-pop duo, their debut single “We Close Our Eyes”, was released in 1985 and stormed straight in to the charts. This was followed by further hits including “Call Me”, “Goodbye Girl”, “Don’t Look Down” and “The King of Wishful Thinking” which featured in the worldwide smash hit film “Pretty Woman” for which Julia Roberts received a Golden Globe award. Headlining Godiva’s ‘Back to the 80’S’ Revival night expect to step back in time and relive good times!
Please Do Not Bring Alcohol to the Festival l The
law states that it is an offence to drink alcohol in a public place in Coventry. However, for the duration of the festival, alcohol may be purchased and consumed within an enclosed area of the War Memorial Park. l A section of the festival will be fenced and patrons will be subject to searches as a condition of entry. l Alcohol purchased elsewhere will not be allowed into the fenced area. l Those found in possession of drugs or weapons will be reported to the police and will face exclusion and arrest. l Any one appearing drunk or likely to cause crime or disorder will be refused entry. l The event management and their representatives reserve the right to refuse entry.
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GODIVA FESTIVAL | OUT & ABOUT
Coventry 3rd - 5th July 2009
Steeped in a rich tradition the Godiva Carnival Procession continues to amaze audiences year on year. On Saturday 4th July, the city’s streets will be alive with colour and rhythm when bands, dancers and performers weave their way through Coventry. This year’s theme is “Coventry Greats”. From industry to art, from engineering to innovation, each section of the carnival will pay homage to some of the great things to come out of Coventry both past and present. Ribbons, clocks, bicycles, cars, musicians, sporting heroes, scientific developments, artists & inventions – will all find themselves represented in the carnival this year. Festival Guidelines l Please
use litterbins provided. not bring disposable barbeques or light fires. l Smoking will not be allowed inside any of the tents. l There is ample Free Parking at the festival. Entrance on Leamington Road. l The Park and Ride Car park is for disabled users only. There is no access to the festival car park at the Park and Ride entrance. l Please Do Not Park on Kenilworth road or Leamington Road. l There are No Camping facilities at the festival. l Do
Comedy Check out Friday nights line up which is sure to be full of belly laughs and cheeky giggles. Top acts include:
Cole regularly plays in the premier comedy clubs throughout the UK & overseas, he has earned an enviable reputation as a professional, highly original, first-rate comic. His intelligent, occasionally dark material, is delivered with generous spoonfuls of charm and he can relate to any audience.
Hailing from the hotbed of comedy talent that is Tooting Broadway, South West London, Carl spent his early days ‘pimping and ho-ing’ just to get by on the streets of chaos and no pity. Unfortunately, this wasn’t bringing enough green so he set his sights on stand-up comedy and the challenge of becoming Tooting’s
most famous son. Despite being a relative newcomer, his conversational style and silly sense of humour have seen him win a host of awards and become a regular act and MC at clubs all over the country.
A hotly-tipped new face on the comedy scene, Jimmy performs at comedy clubs up and down the country, to great acclaim. He began doing stand-up regularly in 2005, reaching the finals of the BBC New Talent competition and the Amused Moose Star Search. Jimmy performed a splitbill stand-up show at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and again in 2008, receiving rave reviews. 2008 also saw the launch of his new material night, The Comedy Cellar, at the Edinburgh Festival. Jimmy will be taking his first solo show, ‘Jimmy McGhie’s Northern Meeting’, up to the Edinburgh Festival in 2009.
Godiva’s famous shopping village returns...
The food village brings an array of tastes from around the world to Godiva, with flavours from the Caribbean, Mexico, Italy, Asia, England, France and Japan to name but a few – you really will be spoilt for choice!
New look website A new look Godiva Festival website has been launched, packed full of useful information and interactive content.
Festival goers can shop till they drop in the craft village, look out for some established Godiva favourites such as ‘Double Duck’ and ‘Inspired Earth’ along with some fantastic new additions like ‘Myth & Magic’ and ‘Box Fresh Organics’.
There’s a whole host of activities for your littlies over the Godiva Festival including a Children’s Art Tent where there will be colourful workshops for different ages that will help you make something special to wear or wave, you can make your mark on the tent by making a beautiful decoration for it. Make sure you keep an eye out for special guests visiting the tent! In front of the tent there will be the Coventry Community Circus providing further fun with impressive circus tricks for you to learn and show off. Expect to find some talented facepainters in the main field along with hair braiders and airbrush tattoos. Godiva favourites ‘AKTIIV’ will also be there so you can jump and bounce away to your heart’s content.
Snap Happy! Send us your pics from this year’s festival for a chance to win a pair of VIP passes to Godiva 2010!! For full details log onto the new website www.godivafestival.com
As well as containing the latest news and line ups, the new site allows users to share their Godiva experience with others through the Godiva blog, user forum and photo-sharing image gallery. There’s also chance to see archive footage, download interviews with some of the artists set to perform at the festival, and buy the latest festival merchandise.
Godiva Carnival Procession
Keep posted on all the latest developments as and when they happen at www.godivafestival.com.
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FEATURES | THE BUSINESS
G.W. Deeley – the building firm established by his father before the war – won a reputation for building the best air-raid shelters in the city.
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THE BUSINESS | FEATURES
Peter Deeley and Deeley Group have seen more changes than most to the centre of Coventry. Now, more than seven decades later, the Coventry-based company is creating something far more visible and something with far longer use.
“The theatre’s recent redevelopment and refurbishment has restored its national reputation and it deserves a fitting environment.”
Belgrade Plaza – being developed jointly by Deeley Properties and Oakmoor Estates – is a £140 million cultural, leisure and entertainment quarter which will help to change the face of the city centre.
Oakmoor Deeley have been working tirelessly to bring a four star Radisson Edwardian hotel to the city. The company are committed to opening at Belgrade Plaza, but the economic downturn has meant the deal will take longer to complete.
The first two phases of the impressive scheme are already open and are fully let and a new high-quality square outside the Belgrade theatre was recently unveiled to great acclaim. Its car park, the first phase to open, has already won awards while Premier Inn – one of two hotels destined for the Plaza along with a four star Radisson Edwardian – has reported very healthy business since opening in May. Pizza Express, Bella Italia, Metro Bar & Grill and Gala Casino have all taken units in the latest phase and should be opening before the turn of the year, while the residential element is totally sold out. Already the development is seen as a flagship for the new Coventry city centre which is currently undergoing billions of pounds worth of regeneration and it is something of which Deeley is rightly proud. “I believe Belgrade Plaza will not only totally transform this quarter of the city centre bringing much-needed vitality to the area adjacent to what is now a rejuvenated theatre producing outstanding work, but it also underlines just what is possible in this city. “This area was more or less a wasteland before the council took the decision to seek development partners. It was isolated from the rest of the city centre and saw precious little activity. “It was often the area visitors saw when they ventured off the ring road, and it was not a good advertisement for what the city had to offer. “Now it is well on its way to being transformed. Everyone recognises that the leisure and evening economy has not been as strong as it could have been and it is vital that it is developed. Belgrade Plaza will go a long way to helping that happen. “The development will allow people to safely park their cars in a pleasant environment and walk a very short distance to their leisure destination or to do their shopping. We want them to have a rewarding and memorable experience in the city. “We have been really pleased by the reaction we have had from various national operators. They see the way the city centre is developing and they realise the potential that there is here. “I think we have proved to those operators what Coventry has to offer – but it is clear the city has to be more confident about itself and shout a little louder about that potential.
Left to right: Peter Deeley (Oakmoor Deeley), Alison Fletcher (manager Premier Inn) and Manoj Bhardwaj (Oakmoor Deeley) A phase of high quality student accommodation has also won planning consent on the site, something which Deeley feels is vital. “All vibrant cities have vitality and buzz about and that is often achieved because of the mix of people. Personally, I think younger people have a vital role to play in the health of any city and I think their presence should be really encouraged. “We have two universities which attract students from across the UK and much further afield. “We have to make the city appealing to them and ultimately we want them to stay in the region when they graduate. You do not achieve that by putting them together in poor accommodation.” “Radisson have been involved with Belgrade Plaza for a long time and are committed to the city, but conditions for all of us have to be right for work to start. “Premier Inn has made a very encouraging start to its trading and recognises there is still a pressing need for a high-end hotel offer with conferencing, and Radisson Edwardian will be very good for the city.”
“We believe we have attracted the perfect mix of restaurants and bars to attract a wide age range of customers. We have worked very closely with the Belgrade to ensure that the theatre and the plaza complement each other.
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FEATURES | SORTED
So Summer is here. Baywatch bodied mannequins are posing proudly
in the shop windows and your holiday’s booked. But wait – are you looking a bit soft in the middle? Fear not, here at Feel Alive Magazine, we’ll have you strutting up and down the beaches like Adonis and Aphrodite in no time with the second instalment of our brand new feature, ‘SORTED’!
WHACK IT! Why not purchase some cost effective sports gear, such as tennis, badminton or squash racquets and pop down to the Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre for some on-court action or take a dip in the Olympic sized swimming pool to cool off and then relax in a hot shower to unwind the muscles you have used. Courts: Coventry Sports Centre Fairfax Street 024 7625 2525 Racquets: Sports Direct Market Way Coventry 0870 838 7395
Try going for an early morning or evening run, when the sun isn’t too hot, and take along with you a bottle of water to keep your bodily fluids in check. Try just 5-10 minutes at first, around the block, even round your back garden, and then gently increase by 5 minutes to build up a routine. You could even just go for a walk or go cycling to improve your basic fitness levels. You should gain a better understanding of how fit you are based on how much your body aches after a workout session, how heavy is your breathing, how much sweat is generated, how much acid has been developed in your stomach and how hot is your skin? You can even regularly check your pulse, count beats per minute. Once you feel comfortable with the way your body reacts to exercise, why not look up one of the many classes in Coventry, at sports centres and gym classes conveniently located just a walking distance from the city centre. Walking Boots: Millets Smithford Way Coventry 024 7683 7048 Exercise Equipment: Argos 41 City Arcade Coventry 0845 165 7444
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WEAR IT! WHACK IT! FLEX IT! EAT IT!
EAT IT! Remember that itâ€™s important to maintain a balanced diet, taking in all of the natural proteins, oils, minerals and vitamins that will help you build bone and muscular strength.
WEAR IT! Firstly, why not look into purchasing some affordable gym attire and equipment, such as comfy tracksuit or shorts, sweatbands and light running trainers. Jeans and shoes are not the easiest thing to exercise in! You can then try various light exercises such as sit-ups, press-ups and upper torso twists and knee hikes to really find out what balance and longevity you can muster, and monitor how it affects your key muscles and tendons. Check out Coventry city centre for a host of stores stocking fashionable sports attire. Clothing: JJB Sports Hertford Street 024 7622 3495 First Sport Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre Coventry 024 7663 2770
Fish, red meats, chicken, eggs and milk will build your protein and iron levels, whilst you balance it out with a steady and controlled portion of fatty produce and carbohydrates from food such as crisps, pizza, potatoes, chocolate, bread, rice and pasta. As long as you donâ€™t feast on one particular type of food for a prolonged period of time, your body will burn off calories quicker and more effectively with a balanced and nutritious diet, rather than intoxicating on one medical routine. Coupled with a controlled diet, regular exercise and a focused and determined attitude, you really will start to feel a difference even after a week. Remember, the key to a healthy lifestyle is in structure, patience and dedication. Health Food: GNC 58 Broadgate Coventry 024 7622 1336 Drop in the Ocean 17 City Arcade Coventry 024 7622 5273
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Coventry City Centre Health & Beauty Services Directory 17A Hairdressers 17 Spon Street 024 7625 8010
Echoes 9 Hay Lane 024 7622 5744
Holland & Barrett West Orchards 024 7623 0107
Salon 34 34 New Union Street 024 7622 3777
American Nail Design 1 Hales Street
Elegance Nails 19 Shelton Square 024 7622 7776
JD Sports Fashion 62-64 Broadgate 024 7622 5155
San Ling Chinese Medicine Centre 41 Hertford Street 024 7622 4978
Enigma Hair & Beauty 167-168 Spon Street 024 7663 3077
J J B Sports Plc Hertford Street 024 7622 3495
Field And Trek West Orchards 0870 333 9463
Julian Graves Ltd Sherbourne Arcade The Lower Precinct 024 7622 2190
Specsavers 56-58 The Lower Precinct 024 7663 3378
Kirans West Orchards 024 7655 0714
Sports Direct 10-12 Market Way 0870 838 7395
Lanes Hearing Aids 34-36 Hill Street 024 7623 1150
Supercuts West Orchards 024 7623 0646
Lush 90 The Lower Precinct 024 7622 1265
Superdrug Stores 21-23 Market Way 024 7622 3032
Malcolms Hair & Beauty Studio 7 Bull Yard 024 7622 7078
Superdrug Stores 30-31 Hertford Street 024 7663 2705
Austins Barber Shop 3A Whitefriars Street 024 7622 4794 Blue Tanning & Beauty Ltd 27 The Precinct 024 7655 2075 Blushers 39 City Arcade 024 7622 8160 Bodycare West Orchards 024 7663 0399 Body Shop West Orchards 024 7663 3997 Boots The Chemist 3-5 Cross Cheaping 024 7622 6644 Boots The Chemist 49 The Lower Precinct 024 7622 6561 Chiropody & Therapy Centre 22 Friars Road 024 7622 8967 Coventry Osteopathic Sports Injury Clinic 8 Queen Victoria Road 024 7663 1166 Cutting Room 18-20 City Arcade 024 7622 4425 Dolland & Aitchison 8 Smithford Way 024 7622 4546 Drop In The Ocean 17 City Arcade 024 7622 5273
First Sport Ltd Cathedral Lanes Broadgate 024 7663 2770 Fitness First For Women 50 Bishop Street 024 7622 4437 Footlocker 17-19 The Precinct 024 7652 5379 GNC 58 Broadgate 024 7622 1336 Hair Express 3 Sherbourne Arcade The Lower Precinct 024 7663 4425 Hearing Centre 15 City Arcade 024 7655 2865
Millets Leisure Ltd 19 Smithford Way 024 7683 7048 Paul Frederick 10 Ironmonger Row 024 7622 7007
Herbal Inn Sherbourne Arcade The Lower Precinct 024 7655 9991
Perfume Shop West Orchards 024 7655 1333
Herb Magic 16 City Arcade 024 7663 0688
Renaissance Broadgate House, Broadgate 024 7622 0694
Heslynâ€™s 54 Corporation Street 024 7663 4569
Sally Hair & Beauty Supplies Ltd Sherbourne Arcade The Lower Precinct 024 7622 7077
Holland & Barrett 6 City Arcade 024 7622 2752
Spa Dental 163 Corporation Street 024 7655 5537
Toni & Guy Ltd 8 Market Way 024 7663 3883 Trespass 62 The Lower Precinct 024 7655 5465 Venture Portraits Ltd 10 & 14 The Precinct 024 7663 4440 Vision Express West Orchards 024 7623 1123 Whiteroom Salon 43 Smithford Way 024 7655 1055
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OUT & ABOUT | BEST SERVED CHILLED
Priory Place, Coventry Tel 024 7623 0088
Far Gosford Street, Coventry Tel 024 7622 0669
Dogma has two alfresco areas and a sumptuous menu comprising of bar snacks through to steaks and salads. One, a balcony offering high vantage point over Millennium Place and the other in the peaceful setting of Priory Place where you can enjoy the ornamental fountains and the Coventry Walk of Fame.
Fabulous Middle Eastern cuisine served up in a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant with a gorgeous Marrakech inspired garden. Add in strawberry Shisha pipes, a fantastic vegetarian menu and special belly dancing displays and you’re in for one magnificent evening.
t u O l l i h C CHILL OUT THIS SUMMER AS WE GIVE YOU THE LOW DOWN ON THE BEST PLACES TO RELAX, COOL DOWN AND MAKE THE SUMMER MORE BEARABLE.
With raised decking and roped fencing out the front and a rustic garden arrangement at the back, both wired with speakers so you can listen to some music, the Squirrel’s outdoor options are just as diverse and considerate as the inside. Greyfriars Lane, Coventry Tel 024 7622 6661
Pizza Express’ outdoor dining area is situated in the tranquil surroundings of Castle Yard away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The restaurant is famed for its authentically made pizzas and pasta, we recommend washing it down with a glass of fresh Sicilian lemonade – magnifico! Hay Lane, Coventry Tel 024 7663 3156
This popular Coffee House adjoins one of Coventry’s biggest tourist attractions with a roped off outdoor area allowing you to take in the dramatic, sunny views of the Whittle Arch and Millennium Place. Millennium Place, Coventry Tel 024 7625 7300
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BEST SERVED CHILLED | OUT & ABOUT
n w o D l o o C THERE IS NO BETTER ACCOMPANIMENT TO A HOT SUMMER’S DAY THAN YOUR FAVOURITE ICE COLD BEVERAGE ENJOYED WITH FRIENDS. THESE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE BEER GARDENS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY...
Phoenix Bar & Club
With its trademark yellow colour scheme and stencilled artwork, the Phoenix combines traditional beer garden with daring design. Gosford Street, Coventry, Tel 024 7623 4831
The Oak Inn
Gosford Street, Coventry, Tel 024 7622 7951
Little Park Street, Coventry Tel 024 7663 0862
Whitefriars Olde Ale House
Always popular in the summer evenings, the oak even provide a regular marquee for those who want a bit of shade and with an onsite burger van, it’s BBQ season every day!
Browns first floor terrace is sprinkled with overhead lights, making for an intimate drink with stunning views of Coventry Cathedral and University Square. Earl Street, Coventry Tel 024 7622 1100
Stunningly refurbished, Eden offers a unique city centre ambience for those balmy evenings with an ornamental outdoor area and marquee. Ryley Street, Coventry Tel 024 7655 1234
Varsity’s balcony area overlooks scenic Earl Street with views of Coventry’s beautifully gothic Council House, flower pots and bright green city lawns.
Providing great beer and traditional food, Whitefriars’ beer garden manages to evoke the same hearty charm as the pub itself. Gosford Street, Coventry, Tel 024 7625 1655
Gate House Tavern
With a sloped lawn and Victorian style lamps, the Gate House Tavern is perfect for those lazy summer days. Hill Street, Coventry Tel 024 7625 6769
With its unique location and an extensive range of top European beer, Inspire captures an authentic continental-style atmosphere. Flanked by leafy trees and fairy lights this venue makes for a relaxed cafe by day and a bustling bar by night New Union Street, Coventry Tel 024 7655 3355
With a steady vibrant atmosphere easing you into party mode, the area outside the glass house offers plenty of shade for those long days in the sun. Bull Yard, Coventry Tel 024 7625 2259
If you want to escape from the sun and still have fun, get down to Planet Ice at the Skydome Arena for some thrills and chills at the newly NISA (National Ice Skating Association) accredited rink. The rink offers both public skating sessions as well as professional coaching from Skate UK, NISA’s flagship learn-to-skate programme for beginners of all. The programme emphasises fun and continuous movement and is taught in a group lesson format; Skate UK is taught by licensed NISA coaches. Planet Ice Arena, Croft Road, Coventry, Tel: 024 7663 0693
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FEATURES | INSPECT A GADGET
Inspect a Gadget Wii MotionPlus
Sony Ericsson C905 Cybershot The C905 is the latest slide design phone from Sony Ericsson, available in a choice of colours such as Night Black, Ice Silver and Copper Gold; it redefines cool with its sexy, sleek and curvaceous exterior. Not only is it the first CyberShot phone with an 8 megapixel camera, it also brings back xenon flash technology, a huge improvement from basic LED flashes, and can be found on most new digital cameras. This means that your photographs will look pixel sharp and super smooth, with red-eye reduction technology, face detection and autofocus, image stabilisers and Smart Contrast, a fantastic new feature that balances light and colour to give you the ultimate in picture quality. It even has a feature called BestPic, which will automatically take a series of 7 pictures so you can choose your favourite!
Nintendo’s latest Wii MotionPlus accessory for the revolutionary Wii Remote controller again redefines game control, by more quickly and accurately reflecting motions in a 3-D space. The Wii MotionPlus accessory attaches to the end of the Wii Remote and combined with the accelerometer and the sensor bar, allows for more comprehensive tracking of a player’s arm position and orientation, providing players with an unmatched level of precision and immersion. Every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm is rendered identically in real time on the screen, providing a true 1:1 response in their gameplay. The Wii MotionPlus accessory reconfirms
Nintendo’s commitment to making games intuitive and accessible for everyone. When used with specially designed games, Wii MotionPlus tracks players’ movements in finer detail and with greater accuracy than ever before, building upon the innovative wireless function of the motion-sensing Wii Remote controller. This allows Wii gamers to become even more immersed in some of the very latest MotionPlus titles due in 2009. Wii MotionPlus is designed for easy attachment to the Wii Remote controller (sold separately) and can be found in all good electrical retailers such as HMV, Gamestation and Game stores at a very reasonable RRP of £19.99
Along with being one of the best camera phones on the market, the C905 also packs in a whole load of goodies including assisted GPS tracking and satellite navigation, Google Maps, a fully functional media player with a plethora of extras for your MP3’s and AAC song formats and the option to build on the relatively small internal memory of 160MB by adding an 8GB Micro Stick. This could hold over 2000 MP3 tracks for the music lover on the go. The C905 also has built-in WiFi support, with standard Bluetooth and USB connectivity options so you can effortlessly transfer images, songs and data. If there is one downside to this phone, it’s that the keypad can be a little tricky to use for texting, and the battery life could last longer, but with all of the added features and a superb camera that rivals many market digital cameras this is a trivial downturn to an otherwise excellent generation of high quality Sony models. Available at Vodafone, High Street, Coventry City Centre
Sony PlayStation 3 Since its launch in the UK back in March 2007, Sony’s PlayStation 3 has gained momentum on market leaders Nintendo and close rivals Microsoft to secure a very strong foothold in the current generation of videogame home entertainment. With a committed and driven adult orientated marketing campaign, and strong sales with some of its first party exclusive titles, the super ‘cell’ powered console is strikingly bold and defiantly
brutal in its attempts to take back the crown that was once so rightly theirs in the PlayStation 2 era. The PlayStation 3 packs an impressive array of features under its stylish, smooth and silky jet black exterior shell, operating at a stealthy optimum performance to bring you the very best in high definition gameplay, graphics and sound. Packing in a Blu-Ray drive, which is well worth the asking price alone, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Remote Play link up with PlayStation Portable to name just a few of its features, and you
really do have everything you need straight out of the box. Coming in with a very respectable 40GB worth of hard drive space, Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound, 256MB of onboard memory, internet access, and one HDMI input, 4 USB connections and a wireless controller, you will be all set for a multimedia gaming marathon. You can take one home with you today for just £299.99 at Game, Gamestation, Argos, CEX and Sony Centre, all within Coventry City Centre
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FEATURES | CITY OF INVENTION
We continue our feature (Coven try, city of Invention) which focu ses on Coventryâ€™s illustrious reputation as a city of invention and innovation. Coverin g a whole spectrum of advancement from social, civi c, educational and industrial wit h their origins and development all firmly rooted in the city of Coventry. In this edition, Mick Mclaughlin talks to Tony McNally, Managing Director of Climate Change Solutions Ltd, an innova tive company tackling global clim ate change solutions. Company: Climate
www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk Managing Director â€“ Tony McN ally
Tell us about your business? Climate Change Solutions was established in 2003 with the objective to engage the public and private sector in addressing climate change. Our aim is to develop and promote sustainable local and global climate change solutions, generating and supporting initiatives for achieving a low carbon economy and clean technology future. This requires a broad based public, private and community partnership with a view to maximising engagement and participation of the mainstream. We help this through organising conferences, seminars, workshops and exhibitions that address these issues and bring stakeholders together to adopt these policies into their businesses or public sector projects. What inspired you to develop it? Climate change caused mainly by humans society burning coal, gas and oil represents the greatest challenges of the 21st Century, necessitating the engagement of all sections of society, local and global to both reduce this and find alternatives from renewable sources.
How long did this take from initial idea to getting it up and running? About a year or so. What skills, experience and qualities do you have that can make this business a success? You definitely need commitment to the agenda of climate change and the capacity to engage in partnership with scientists ,engineers, investors as well as the other major stakeholders, companies, local authorities, government and EU agencies to seek to address the issue. How will this make a contribution to the business world?
Al Gore and Tony McNally
How do you market it? Through sector trade press and in particular energy and buildings magazines which are read by people in the business. For example, the building and construction industry now have to consider the government and EU low carbon threshold on buildings so it makes sense for us to promote what we do to this sector.
Every business must address the challenge of the low carbon revolution starting with energy and resource efficiencies ie with water, waste and transport that can save money making them more innovative and competitive as well as low carbon. The successful businesses of the 21st century will need these features or die. This will be more so as the USA and China increasingly take the lead from Europe that has been up to now in this position.
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CITY OF INVENTION | FEATURES What or whom inspires you? President Barack Obama. He has had a tough call since his election as there was previously the opposite commitment to the climate change agenda. However, he has promised that the US will lead the world on climate change and make cleaner energy a priority including $650billion in the emergency budget. He is the first American president to put cleaner energy at the heart of his domestic agenda and to envision environmentalism as a creator of jobs on a large scale and as a boom to the nation’s future.
If you had one piece of advice to anyone thinking of starting up their own business what would it be? You’ve definitely got to know your market. 50% of new businesses don’t last beyond the first year so it’s imperative that you know your market and where you’re going with it.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given? Don’t spend what you haven’t got! I think in the current climate we can see that this is even more imperative as it goes against the culture of the last twenty years whereby corporate banks have now finished up where assets are liabilities. You should only borrow the money against the assets that you have. How has the city of Coventry helped you with your quest in making this business happen? I’ve lived in Coventry for 36 years so I definitely have a strong commitment to the city. The experience within the city on climate change on balance has been helpful but also frustrating as the urgency and scale of the challenge necessitates a radical transformation. We have been impressed by the facilities of Coventry Technology Park where we are based so much that I believe we are its longest serving tenants!
Tell us your story of how you contribute to Coventry’s reputation as a city of Invention and Innovation Contact the Editor in Chief – Mick McLaughlin on 024 7660 7015 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Every second Thursday of the month is the Farmers Market, situated in Market Way in the city centre, where you can pick up some deliciously seasoned, locally sourced meats, dressings, garnishes and a variety of flavoured breads and baguettes as well as homemade cider and wine.
No barbeque is complete without some summer tunes. No need to drag the stereo out into the garden, though. Instead, get a lightweight docking station for your ipod, available from the apple store, KRCS in West Orchards. Expect your guests to take it turns to play garden DJ with your playlist…
If you’re feeling adventurous, you might want to try an ‘braai’ (a South African style barbeque) in which case get along to Stuart Francis in the city arcade, who provide a whole range of exotic meats including Ostrich, Bison, Zebra, Crocodile and Wildebeest, they also offer a delivery service – bonus!
For refreshments, Tesco and Sainsburys sell a wide range of beers and soft drinks to suit everybody. Don’t forget to pick up some bags of ice too.
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For lighter snacks and salads, you could swing by TCO Deli in City Arcade and then onto the market for some cutlery and condiments!
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For those that fancy themselves as a gourmet chef, Debenhams and Argos both sell a large range of quality BBQ kits to suit all budgets and requirements. Of course, the apron you wear will be the thing that truly reveals whether you know what you’re doing or not.
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IKEA do a fantastic range of sturdy garden furniture as do Wilkinsons. Pop into Argos to be spoilt for choice with a huge selection of Hammocks. You might want to do it picnic style and invest in a big blanket or throw to lay down on the ground, available from BHS, M&S, TJ Hughes and Coventry Market. IKEA 2 Croft Road Coventry CV1 3AZ
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“Wear sun cream” as the Baz Lurhman song suggests. Those warm summer evenings can still sizzle the skin so make sure you’re factored up. Boots, Bodycare and Savers have a good range to suit all skins types and budgets. Boots Lower Precinct Shopping Centre Coventry CV1 1DX
M&S The Precinct Coventry CV1 1DE
Bodycare West Orchards Shopping Centre Smithford Way Coventry CV1 1QX
TJ Hughes Lower Precinct Shopping Centre Coventry CV1 1DX
Savers 9-11 Cross Cheaping Coventry CV1 1HF
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OUT & ABOUT | WALK OF FAME
J J CoventryÕ sWALKof Fame J J J J Ten more figures were honoured at this year’s Coventry Walk of Fame ceremony, which paid tribute to the men and women who have either hailed from Coventry and gone on to achieve great things in their careers or have had a significant impact on the city. The Hollywood Boulevard style stars in Priory Place, Coventry city centre have been arranged alongside last year’s selection of names, which included Sir Frank Whittle, Lady Godiva, The Specials, Jimmy Hill, Mo Mowlam, Sir William Lyons, James Starley, Sir Henry Parkes, Dave Moorecroft and Pete Waterman.
The new names were nominated and voted for by the public and once again reflect Coventry’s heritage, industry, music, film, art, culture, politics and sport.
2009 WALK OF FAME WINNERS: J Coventry City 1987 FA Cup Winners On May 16, 1987, the Coventry City team, under their charismatic managers John Sillett and George Curtis, made history by winning one of the most exciting FA Cup finals of the modern era, beating much-fancied Tottenham Hotspur 3-2. The game produced one of the great goals in FA Cup history, a diving header from striker Keith Houchen, and more than 200,000 people turned out to welcome the team home to Coventry. It remains the single most important sporting achievement in the city’s history.
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J Marlon Devonish – Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist One of the great British sprinters of the past ten years, he was born in Coventry in 1976 and as a boy joined the city’s athletics club, Godiva Harriers. He won English Schools and European Junior titles at both the 100 and 200 metres and competed successfully at both distances on the national, European and Commonwealth Games stage. But it’s as a member of the Great Britain 4 X 100 metres team that his greatest success was to come, culminating in an extraordinary race in the 2004 Athens Olympics, when Devonish, along with Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell and Mark Lewis-Francis beat the hot favourites, USA, by just one hundredth of a second. J Sir Nigel Hawthorne – Actor The son of a doctor, he was born in Coventry in 1929 and moved to Cape Town, South Africa at the age of four. Returning to Britain in 1951, he embarked on a stage career, plying his trade as a jobbing actor. Life changed for him in 1980 with his superb characterisation of the manipulative Sir Humphrey Appleby in TV’s hugely popular ‘Yes Minister’. He won four BAFTA awards for the role and went on to secure an
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Oscar nomination for his stunning portrayal of George III in ‘The Madness of King George’. He died, aged 72, in 2001.
J Sir Alfred Herbert – Industrialist Born in Leicestershire in 1866, Alfred Herbert came to Coventry in the late 1880s as the cycle manufacturing boom reached its peak. His Alfred Herbert Machine Tool Company, founded during that time by the young entrepreneur, went on to become the biggest machine tool firm in the world. The company seemed to lose impetus when Sir Alfred died in 1957 and it was finally wound up in 1983. But the founder’s legacy lives on in the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, for which he gave the founding donation, and in Lady Herbert’s Garden, a former slum area laid out by the industrialist in memory of his first wife, who died in 1930. J Vince Hill – Singer A pub and club singer from his teenage years, it was Coventryborn Vince Hill’s velvety voice and warm and laid-back stage persona that established him as a household name in the 1960s. His professional career began in the late 1950s with the vocal group The Raindrops, although it was as a solo artist nearly ten years later that the breakthrough came as he recorded a string of hits, notably the Sound of Music song ‘Edelweiss’ and ballads like ‘Roses of Picardy’ and ‘Love Letters in the Sand’.
J Philip Larkin – Poet Born in Coventry in 1922, the son of the City Treasurer, he was a pupil at King Henry VIII School, before going up to Oxford in 1940. He published his first volume of poetry, The North Ship, in 1945, but made his career as a librarian, spending the last 30
years of his life at the University of Hull. His reputation as one of the greatest English poets of the 20th century rests on just four slim volumes of poetry and he was also a well-regarded novelist and jazz critic. Awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in1965, he later turned down the post of Poet Laureate. He died in 1985.
J Hazel O’Connor – Singer and Actress Born into an Irish family in Coventry in May 1955, she left Foxford Grange School in 1971 and embarked on a tour of the world, taking in a variety of jobs along the way. She signed a record contract in 1978 and landed a part in the film Breaking Glass the following year, a role that won her a Variety Club of Great Britain Award for Best Film Actor. A music career followed and her songs ‘Eighth Day’, ‘D-Days’ and ‘Will You’ helped to cement Coventry’s musical reputation in the 1980s. She continued to record and develop her acting career on film and TV and still tours widely with a repertoire of her best songs.
J Clive Owen – Actor Coventry-born Clive Owen got his first taste for the stage at the Belgrade Youth Theatre, graduated from RADA in 1987 and cut his teeth on Shakespeare at the Young Vic. It was his starring role in television’s ‘Chancer’ that first brought him to mass attention and he gained international recognition through a string of successful films, from ‘Croupier’, ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘Gosford Park’, to ‘Children of Men’ and more recently ‘The International’. Over the years he’s been linked with the role of James Bond and has become arguably the most high profile British star in Hollywood. He lives in London.
J The Selecter – 2-Tone Band Formed by Neol Davis is 1979, the band were the originators of 2-Tone records, along with their label partners The Specials. The line-up was Neol Davis, Pauline Black, Charlie Anderson, Charley ‘Aitch’ Bembridge, Desmond Brown, Compton Amanor and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson and their insightful lyrics and infectious ska sound saw them chart many times with the singles On My Radio, Three Minute Hero and Missing Words. They had actually left 2-Tone Records by 1980, when they released their classic album Celebrate the Bullet.
J Billie Whitelaw – Actress One of Britain’s most respected actresses, she was born in Coventry in 1932 and made her name in a series of collaborations with the Irish playwright Samuel Becket, who described her as a ‘perfect actress’. She made her television debut in ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ in 1955 and had made her first venture into cinema the year before, going on to win BAFTAs for her work in ‘Charlie Bubbles’ and ‘Twisted Nerve’. More recent films included ‘The Omen’ and ‘The Krays’ and she came out of retirement to turn in a cameo performance in the recent British hit ‘Hot Fuzz’. Top - Left to right Charlie Anderson – The Selecter Neol Davies – The Selecter Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson – The Selecter Trevor Bentham – representing Nigel Hawthorne John Sillett – Coventry City FC Steve Ogrizovic – Coventry City FC Don Lee – Representing Philip Larkin Vince Hill Rosemary Parry – Philip Larkins niece Piers and Hereward Lawford – Step Grandsons Sir Alfred Herbert Front - left to right Hazel O’Connor Dave Bennett – Coventry City FC Lloyd McGrath – Coventry City FC Marlon Devonish Trevor Peake – Coventry City FC Micky Gynn – Coventry City FC
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FEATURES | GARY GO
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After being personally handpicked by the boys who fell in love with his “Amazing voice and inspirational songs” this up and coming singer songwriter certainly has the world at his feet. Feel Alive caught up with Gary, just before the launch of his new album and the all important Take That stadium tour, to find out a little bit more about the new boy on the block.
So Gary, first of all, congratulations on your recent singles, Wonderful and Open Arms. You’ve had some great reviews from critics, you must be really pleased? Oh yeah, I’m over the moon, it’s really nice to get good reviews, especially when it’s something that you’ve put your heart into. Don’t you have a new album out soon? Yep, I’m trying not to count the days! It’s out on May 25th. What can we expect from the Album? Just some more heartfelt, organic, honest songs. When did you get your ‘big break’ so to speak? Probably when my debut E.P was picked up by a music producer in New Jersey.
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GARY GO | FEATURES
Celebrity Chat Celebrity Chat Celebrity Chat Celebrity Chat Celebrity Chat Celebrity Chat Celebrity Chat Celebrity Chat Celebrity Where do you draw your inspiration from when you’re writing songs? Life really, I tend to draw from my own experiences, I’ve travelled around and lived alone and things like that when you’re out of your comfort zone, it helps when you’re trying to come up with new material. Have you always wanted to be a singer songwriter? Definitely, it was a toss up between this or being an astronaut, on my video for Open Arms I was actually in a space suit so I can tick them both off my list now! Have you ever been to Coventry before? Yeah I have actually when I was younger, I went to meet an old school friend there and I’m really looking forward to coming back and playing at the Ricoh with Take That. So you’re looking forward to supporting Take That, how do they compare to the other acts you’ve supported (The Script, The Feeling, and Amy Macdonald)? All the Acts I’ve supported have been great, obviously Take That draw a huge crowd so this will be on a much bigger scale to what I’ve done previously. Are you getting nervous? Yep, the nerves are starting to get me, not long now! You’ve collaborated with an eclectic mix of artists on other projects including Joseph Arthur, Juliette Lewis, Carina Round, and James Morrison – who else would you like to work with? David Bowie, he’s like my all time hero although I haven’t heard much from him recently... Peter Gabriel would be cool and Lady GaGa, I’ve just done a cover of her single ‘Just Dance’ which is available to download on iTunes now!
Who was your first celebrity crush? Haha, good question! Do I have to answer honestly?! It was Natalie Imbruglia from neighbours. Ok If you were stuck on a desert Island what three things (apart from Natalie Imbruglia) would you take with you? Definitely my iPhone, erm... Kylie Minogue so her and Natalie could have a cat fight and a raft, can I have a raft? Yes we’ll let you have a raft... Cool then I can sail away with one of the girls! Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself? When I was in New Jersey I lived in the house that Frank Sinatra grew up in. Can you tell us a secret about Take That? Haha not yet, ask me after the tour! The Godiva festival hosts the Godiva Unsigned competition for local acts to play the main stage do you have any advice or tips for aspiring artists? Whatever you do, do it because you enjoy it, do it for yourself and no one else. And finally Mr Go, where did you get the name Gary Go from? Well first of all it came about from a family friend who called me it at a party and it kinda stuck from then on, although it takes on new meanings and new lives as life goes on.
Can we expect a Gary Go tour anytime soon? I really hope so, guess it just depends on how the Take That tour goes this summer but if I do it would be hard living up to those boys performances what with all the fireworks and such! What are you plans for the future? To carry on doing what I’m doing, supporting Take That this summer and making music. I really hope my album gets a good reception and that people enjoy listening to it, essentially I want people to get out of it what I put in.
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FEATURES | GARDENING
GreenwithEnvy TheÊ trendÊ forÊ gardeningÊ has grown significantly inÊr ecentÊy earsÊa ndÊ lastÊy ear,ÊC oventryÊw asÊ rewardedÊf orÊit sÊe ffortsÊ byÊw inningÊg oldÊin Êt heÊ largeÊc ityÊc ategoryÊin Ê theÊH eartÊof ÊEn glandÕ sÊ BloomÊc ompetition. Gardening is no longer the hobby of choice for those who have retired, many more people of all ages are getting involved with all things horticultural. Families are reaping the benefits from growing their own fruit and veg, not only is it a fun and sometimes messy pastime to enjoy with the kids, it also teaches them valuable lessons on healthy eating and can keep the costs of the weekly shop down too. Young homeowners are also becoming increasingly aware of the value that can be added to their properties by investing in their gardens.
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There are many places in the city centre where you can purchase a wide variety of seeds and plants. Try Coventry Market and Wilkinsons, who also sell tropical seeds for those who might want to cultivate their own rainforest!
Need some ideas? Can’t tell your Angel Trumpets from your Aquilegia Winky? Waterstones have a vast selection of gardening books to help inspire you further including publications on how you can do your bit to support climate control.
Coventry Market, Queen Victoria Road Wilkinsons, Cathedral Lanes, Broadgate
MakeÊa Ê Feature IKEA provide a range of ornamental items for your garden from fountains to solar lights to traditional garden gnomes. You also might want to check out Debenhams for some stunning garden furniture. Ikea, Croft Road Debenhams, West Orchard’s shopping centre
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Good old Coventry Market again, has an excellent selection of garden accessories from trowels to buckets and spades, plant pots and gloves. Coventry Market, Queen Victoria Road
With this in mind, here are some handy tips to help you budding gardeners harness your own piece of garden tranquillity this summer...
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OUT & ABOUT | ENTERTAINMENT
The GOSPEL according toBRODY Catch me every morning on Breakfast at 96.2 Touch FM
SoÊ SummerÊ isÊ hereÊ withÊ lotsÊ toÊ lookÊ forwardÊ toÊ includingÊ theÊ 2009Ê GodivaÊ Festival,Ê whichÊ looksÊ setÊ toÊ beÊ aÊ stonker,Ê whatÊ withÊ ScottishÊ rockers,Ê IdlewildÊ headlining!Ê There’s plenty of other thingsÊ toÊ getÊ excitedÊ about,Ê includingÊ severalÊ essentialÊ visitsÊ toÊ theÊ cinema,Ê someÊ landmark Broadway shows, aÊ newÊ bigÊ fatÊ bookÊ fromÊ megaÊ author,Ê J.R.RÊ Tolkien,Ê and plenty of excuses not to cook your own dinner and getÊ outÊ ofÊ theÊ house,Ê thanksÊ toÊ theÊ fantasticÊ barsÊ andÊ restaurants our city centre hasÊ toÊ offer!
WATCH Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs
More fun and frolics from loveable, lispy Sid the Sloth and friends. This time round the gang will be running from greedy dinos as well as landslides and icy blizzards. Oh, and bug-eyed, squirrelly-thing, Scrat, gets himself a girlfriend. Does this mean he’ll have to share his nuts?
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
The sound of cranking metal will once again be heard this summer as the eagerly awaited Transformers sequel takes over just about every cinema screen on the face of the earth!
Release 1 July 2009
Where The Wild Things Are
The plot sounds a little ropey but then everyone knows that a Transformers film is all about the spectacle. This time round, bad robot, Deception, hatches a plan to kidnap Shia Labeouf because he knows something he shouldn’t (p. Enter good robot, Octimus Prime, oiled up to the brim and revving his engine in readiness to save the world (and Labeouf) all over again.
Genius director, Spike Jonze, turns his quirky eye to family fayre with this adaptation of popular kids’ book by Maurice Sendak. Word has it, the film was originally considered too scary for kids, hence its delayed release allowing Jonze to redesign some of his films beasties and creatures. However, buzz now suggests the film will strike a fair balance making it one of those films that will delight adults and children!
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ENTERTAINMENT | OUT & ABOUT
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R Tolkien
Where did Tolkien find the time to write all these epics? That’s what I want to know. This previously unpublished material centres around Norse hero, Sigurd, the dragon-slayer, the revenge of his wife, Gudrun, and the Fall of the Nibelungs. I’ve bought my copy and expect to finish it round about Christmas! Available at: Waterstones Coventry WH Smith Coventry
DRINK Defending The Caveman with Mark Little
West End smash hit, Defending The Caveman, is the longest running solo play in Broadway history. Probably because it asks the age-old question: Why do men and women misunderstand each other? This hilariously funny and cringingly truthful show suggests the answers lie with our cave dwelling ancestors. 6 July – 8 July 2009: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 024 7625 6431
Bar No 3
I’ve said it before but I really enjoy going out for dinner – a) because I don’t have to cook and b) because there’s so many places to choose from in Coventry. I swung by Nando’s recently to have some of the legendary Portugese Peri Peri chicken! They cook the meat to order and the range of flavours is truly mouth watering. Some of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make in my life have been in Nando’s! Trinity Street, Coventry Tel 024 7663 4992
The most recent addition to contemporary Priory Place is the newly opened Bar no.3 and it is absolutely fantastic. The cool new bar offers something for everyone including, laid back jazz nights, top name DJ’s, fine wine by the glass or bottle, world beers, great coffee and an extensive menu all set against a relaxed back drop. Bar No 3 should be your first meeting place of choice for an after work social or the start of your big night out. Priory Place, Coventry
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JokesJokesJokes What did the pig say at the beach on a hot summer’s day? I’m bacon! What kind of hair do oceans have? Wavy! What lies at the bottom of the sea and shivers ? A nervous wreck!
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Who was the first underwater spy? James Pond! Dad, there is a man at the door collecting for the new swimming pool. Well give him a glass of water! What is green, has four legs and two trunks? Two seasick tourists!
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Make a Mask for the Godiva Festival!
The theme this year for Godiva Carnival is ‘Coventry Greats’ which shows all the good things that have come from Coventry, past and present. We want you to design a mask to wear at the Godiva Carnival. You can design a mask on the theme of Coventry Greats or why not use the Olympic Colours of: blue, red, yellow, green, black and white. Send us your pics of you wearing your mask along with your name, age, address and phone number for a chance to win the fantastic prize of riding along with some Olympic legends in the Carnival Parade and an awesome goody bag and £100 of vouchers from The Entertainer, Lower Precinct. If you would like to help out in creating the Godiva Carnival this year contact Imagineer Productions on: 024 7615 8320 Please send your entries to: Feel Alive Make a Mask Competition 1 Castle Yard, Off Hay Lane Coventry, CV1 5RF Or email email@example.com
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WIN THE LATEST VIVIENNE WESTWOOD SHOES WITH WISH
WIN THE LATEST TOMTOM WITH HARRY SHAW BUSINESS COMPUTERS
…and a night on the town at Bar Number THREE to show them off The most beautiful, striking and sexy shoes in the world have arrived at WISH – and we have one pair to give away in gorgeous fire engine red. And if that is not enough, we’re throw ing in a VIP night on the town for two at Bar No. Three – Coventry’s new celebrity hotspot in Prior y Place to celebrate.
Harry Shaw Business Computers are the headline partners of the Rhythm Tent at this year’s Godiva Festival and to celebrate one of the best line-ups of artists ever to play Godiva, they have joined forces with CV One and Feel Alive to offer readers of Feel Alive the chance to win the latest TomTom ONE Regional satellite navigation system.
Now she has found a place in Wish’s new collection of the ‘ultragirl’ slipper.
The TomTom ONE is part of a range of products recommended by Harry Shaw, and make a note of the War Memorial Park’s postcode, CV3 6PT, in case you’re our lucky winner!
Westwood’s trademark practicality is a faultless match for melissa’s injected thermoplastic. “This technique guarantees perfect shapes without inter weaves as we see in fabrics ...” says Westwood.
Chris Neal, Technical Director of Harry Shaw Business Computers said: “SatNav is part of a range of wireless products that we’re recommending for businesses across Coventry and Warwickshire. These offer businesses the opportunity to improve efficiency and productivity on the go - whilst literally driving down costs.”
The design is unquestionably British, undeniably feminine and fearlessly non-conform ist.
To learn more about Harry Shaw Business Computers visit www.hst-computers.co.uk ONE Classic Regional • Plug & go • EasyPort™ mount • Map of your region • Safety camera alerts • TomTom Map Share™ technology
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For more than three decades Vivienne Westwood has forged her way into the hear ts, mind s and purses of fashionistas across the globe.
tastic prizes visit To win all of these fan ar wickshire.co.uk dw an www.visitcoventry ing question: and answer the follow
Where is Bar ? No. Three located
Terms and conditions apply WISH Clothing, Hertford Street, Coventry Bar Number THREE, Priory Place, Coventry
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Published on Jun 10, 2009
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