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    ISSUE 74 . MARCH 2011

    HAVANA NIGHTSA JEWEL IN THE CITYS DINING CROWN

    BORN TO MOCKCOMEDIAN AND PRESENTER DARA OBRIAIN

    AUSTRALIAS LUXURY COASTLINECRUISING ALONG KIMBERLEY COAST

    FASHION . PROPERTY . TRAVEL . BEAUTY . EDUCATION . ART . FACES & PLACES

    THE CITYSLONGEST ESTABLISHED LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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  • Power with refinement. Racing with style. Only Bentley combines these seeming contra-dictions into a refined driving experience at the pinnacle of British motoring. May we present the all-new Bentley Mulsanne the opposite of mass production. Hand crafted and engineered in Crewe, England, this all-new grand tourer

    elevates motoring to a whole new level. Find out more at www.bentleymotors.com.

    Fuel economy figures for the Bentley Mulsanne in mpg (l/100km): Urban 11.2 (25.3); Extra Urban 24.0 (11.8); Combined 16.8 (16.9). CO2 emissions (g/km): 393.

    Harwoods of Sussex London Road, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1AR. Tel: 01798 877213. www.bentleymotors.com/harwoodsThe name Bentley and the B in wings device are registered trademarks. 2011 Bentley Motors Limited. Model shown: Bentley Mulsanne, mrrp 224,700. Price correct at time of going to press.

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    Welcome to a new chapter in Bentley history. The new Continental GT a remarkable fusion of performance, luxury and modern technology. Its sharp, sculpted features are indicative of our DNA. The powerful 567bhp (575PS, 423kW) FlexFuel W12 engine is matched by a hand-crafted, contemporary interior. All-wheel drive

    ensures you are transported in superior comfort. Supreme motoring that is unmistakably Bentley.

    Fuel economy figures* for the Continental GT in mpg (l/100km): Urban 11.1 (25.4); Extra Urban 24.9 (11.4); Combined 17.1 (16.5). CO2 Emissions (g/km): 384.

    Harwoods of Sussex London Road, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1AR. Tel: 01798 877213. www.bentleymotors.com/harwoodsThe name Bentley and the B in wings device are registered trademarks. 2011 Bentley Motors Limited. Model shown: Bentley Continental GT, mrrp 135,760. Price correct at time of going to press and includes VAT at 20%. Price excludes road fund licence, registration and delivery charges.

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  • where holidays begin

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  • CONTENTS

    ABSOLUTE 5

    March 2011 . Issue 74www.absolutebrighton.tvCover shot by Paul WilliamsModels: Heida and Moritz from Nevs London www.nevs.co.uk

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    ABSOLUTE FEATURES8 Colour Block FashionVivid and daring colours26 Born to MockComedian Dara OBriain on hisApprentice spin-off show62 So You Want To Own A Racehorse?John Periam investigates at Goodwood

    ABSOLUTE REGULARS7 Editors Letter14 Fashion ColumnNatalie Wileman on how to keep up with current trends in the city18 Absolute Socialite DiaryPeter Jarrette shares a page from hisbusy schedule20 Absolute Faces and Places22 Suitably BootedFabulous footwear for men and women24 Celebrity Spotlight 32 Albion NewsThe latest on the new venue for the Seagulls34 Merry MarchFive things to cheer you this month35 NEW Whats Going On...Thoughts and observatons on recent news and events by Mo Hunter-Shine48 We Love You, Mum!Gifts for Mothers Day49 Absolute News60 John Nash and the PrinceTim Parker on Brighton Pavilions architect, and his friendship with the Prince of Wales64 Designer CrocsTake an adventure cruise along theKimberley coast in Australia68 Absolute Whats On69 Absolute MotoringHarwoods launch the new Bentley GT71 Luxury On The RoadThe exciting new Jaguar XKR coupe74 Absolute Distribution Points

    ABSOLUTE INTERIORS28 Festival of ColourLiving with a single colour30 Best of BritishFurnish your home with red, white and blue!

    ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND BEAUTY36 Absolute Hair with Mark Woolley39 Absolute Dental Column40 Absolute Life Coaching42 Absolute Make-Up ColumnCelebrity make-up artist Jeni Dodsonshows how to look pretty in pink44 Pamper TreatsHave a bit of you-time with these luxurious pampering products47 Good NightSheryl Waters with advice on gettinga good nights sleep

    ABSOLUTE FOOD AND DRINK53 The luck of the IrishWonderful St Patrick Day treats54 Havana NightsThe jewel in Brightons dining crown56 Flippin Fabulous!Luxurious pancakes

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  • EDITORS LETTER

    ABSOLUTE 7

    Theres something about being a long term resident in Brighton & Hove, or a born and bred one (such as

    me), that makes you appreciate the city all the more if you visit other pastures. A conversation that I recently

    had while driving through our bustling town on a busy Saturday afternoon this month, with my daughter who

    is studying away from our home town at university, reiterated this fact to me once again; how unique our

    seaside town is.

    Even though studying at a very cosmopolitan city in its own right, whenever she is home for her visits, it

    apparently opens her eyes to just how different the people, fashion and streets such as the cobbled Lanes

    are, compared to anywhere else; its so true. Where else would you see eclectic (even eccentric) artistic

    people walking side by side mingling with the so-called sophisticated elite folk of Brighton & Hove? And

    we dont look twice at, for example, purple-haired people, celebrities or people singing in the streets

    randomly, do we? Anything goes in our city. But we do it with style and panache, and the beautiful backdrop

    of our largely Regency architecture helps that chic-ness (is there such a word? We can get away with it

    in Brighton!) Yes we regularly get called the London by the sea in the national press, but I think we are

    much more than that; its unique down here. For I, like many that regularly work in London for example, am

    always happy to be back in our exclusive little haven by the sea and away from the big smoke. I love the

    buzz of the capital, but coming home really does give one that feeling of, well, home.

    And its not just the present day Brighton that boasts the exceptionality of this metropolis reputation; British

    history was made here with the likes of HRH Prince Regent (later King George lV) and his gifted architect

    John Nash (who transformed The Royal Pavilion) and put Brighton on the paparazzi map back then. Tim

    Parker explores this fascinating story of the dynamic duo, whose working relationship blossomed in to

    a friendship; in fact, they were quite a scandalous pair in their day, frequenting the tabloids with their

    bachelor lifestyles, even though both were married I might add (celebrity columns havent changed much

    then). But theres no getting away from the fact that John Nash and the Prince helped to define the style

    of an era in Britain that we see today, from Marble Arch to Regents Park, but that started right here in

    Brighton. See page 60.

    Thank you for reading our magazine and well see you in April - and happy Mothers Day (3rd April) to all

    those special Mums out there (especially mine!)

    Advertising enquiries:0845 389 0662sales@absolutebrighton.com

    Editorial e-mail:editorial@absolutebrighton.com

    All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior written consent of Absolute brighton. The views and opinions expressed by contributors to this magazine may not necessarily represent the views of Absolute brighton.Absolute brighton takes no responsibility for claims made in advertisements featured in this magazine. Absolute brighton can take no responsibility for unsolicited material.

    Printed in the UK byTHE MAGAZINE PRINTING COMPANYwww.magprint.co.uk

    Features / Design: Maureen Hunter-Shine

    Switchboard: 0845 389 0662Fax: 0845 389 0663www.absolutebrighton.tv

    Director / Editor:Verity Craig

    Advertising Manager:Rishma Patel

    Sales Executive:David Hall

    Accounts: Chris Pugh

    Head of Accounts/finance:Adam Style

    Managing Director:Paul Craig

    Sales Executive: Rob Hill

    The story behind The Pavilion. P60

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  • ABSOLUTE FASHION

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    PHOTOGRAPHY:

    Paul Williams, www.paulwilliams.org

    STYLIST:

    Gregg Stone, www.greggstone.co.uk

    MODELS:

    Heida and Moritz

    MAKE UP:

    Kate OBrien, using Bobbi Brown

    HAIR:

    Sara Chatterton mac.com

    STOCKISTS:

    Jaeger www.jaeger.co.uk

    Swarovski www.swarovski.com

    L.K.Bennett www.lkbennett.com

    Pal Zileri www.palzileri.comTel 020 7493 2280

    Nicole Farhi FARHI www.nicolefarhi.com

    Traffic People www.trafficpeople.com

    Comptoir des Cotonniers

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  • At long last, the sun is returning, the evenings are getting longer and, most importantly we can FINALLY give serious consideration to our

    spring/summer wardrobes! If, like me, you have

    been pouring over copies of Grazia and Vogue

    for the past months, you will have a very clear

    idea of what the seasons trends are, and which are

    your favourite looks. But wear to buy? Well, thats

    what Im here for, of course! Over the next few

    issues I will be working through the strongest trends,

    giving you the lowdown on where to buy into these

    looks. This month:

    70s Glamour:This look has me very excited, glamorous maxi

    dresses in fl oating chiffon. However, if, like myself

    you are a little vertically challenged, aka short, then

    you will welcome the updated version which sees

    frighteningly sexy slits for day wear as well as the

    maxi/mini combo seen at Pucci.

    To avoid the designer price tag, yet avoid the high

    street copies, I will be heading to Hope & Harlequin

    in Sydney street, who have the best selection of 70s

    maxis, then getting scissor happy removing the lining

    for a sheer leg as seen all over the catwalks this

    season.

    Statement jewels:If you love this look, but still are not convinced on

    evening wear as day wear, then my suggestion is to

    add some 70s luxe with striking accessories. Mimco

    in Duke Street are leading the pack this season, with

    gorgeous 70s inspired bags in butter soft leather.

    I love the new season Frieda, in beige (as pictured).

    At 320 its a little pricey but as it will take me into

    next season and I can fi t my life

    into it (four kids remember!), this investment piece

    will be worth every penny. Mimco have also homed

    in on the statement jewellery trends gracing this

    seasons catwalks and pieces such as their Full Bloom

    necklace (as pictured), 120, will pack a punch of

    new season to your existing wardrobe.

    Cutting back?!Having splurged in Mimco, I will be looking to cut

    back a little, so the upcoming My Swish as part of

    Brightons Festival of shopping next month (see

    website for dates) will provide a welcome break

    for my credit card. I was recently invited to their

    designer clothes swap hosted at Pelham House in

    Lewes, which was a fabulously well organised event

    with complimentary massages. Not only did my

    friend and I swag goodies from Karen Millen, Dkny,

    L.K Bennett and Aquascutum, but I returned home

    with delicious hand-made chocolates by Limetree

    Kitchen and Neals Yard Remedies goodies for my

    lucky boyfriend, which were available to purchase

    on the night. We continued the saving and ended

    our evening with a delicious meal in the restaurant

    of the gorgeous boutique hotel, as our goodie bag

    contained a voucher for a meal for 10. With this in

    mind I will be fi rst in line for the April event at the

    equally stunning Hotel Du Vin.

    Until next monthxHope & Harlequin:31 Sydney Street www.hopeandharlequin.comMimco: 3 Dukes Lane www.mimco.co.ukPelham House Lewes www.pelhamhouse.comMy Swish: www.myswish.co.ukLimetree kitchen: www.limetreekitchen.co.ukNeals Yard Remedies: 2A Kensington Gardens:www.nealsyardremedies.com

    Hotel Du Vin: 2-6 Ship St, www.hotelduvin.com

    This month,

    stylist and

    designer

    Natalie Wileman

    explores the local

    scene for clothes

    and accessories

    that reflect the

    current trends

    Spring/summer city buys

    TIS THE SEASONABSOLUTE FASHIONISTA

    14 ABSOLUTE

    As ever, dont forget to check out my facebook and Twitter pagesfor up to the minute news of whats hot in the city!

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  • ABSOLUTE FASHION

    Visit the House of Gerry Weber, Eastbourne to celebrate the launch of their new seasons spring/summer collections. Gerry Weber welcomes spring and summer with cheerful colours and expressive prints.The collection focuses on prints that create a link between the colours from fern designs to animal skins to brush stroke looks. Colonial and ethnic influences define a stylish safari look ethnic-inspired prints are combined with mocha and sand colours. Border and floral prints add a special touch in combination with stripes or animal prints.Special season launch week runs from Monday March 14th to Saturday March 19th. If you make any purchase from the store during the week you will be entered in to win a Trip for two to Paris! Spend 50 any day and receive a free gift! Every day there will be special events in store. Monday14th Pre-book a free 1 hour

    personal shopping appointment and receive a 25 voucher to use, AND 10% off all full price purchases on the day, call the store now to book!

    Tuesday15th Lucky Dip - with any purchase you can win a voucher from 5 to 100

    Wednesday 16th An instore stylist will advise you of all your holiday wardrobe needs and highlight key looks for the season. Spend 200 or over and receive a 30 voucher for your next purchase!

    Thursday 17th See the key summer wedding looks, and enjoy a glass of Champagne and chocolates! Buy a suit and receive a top half price.

    Friday 18th Dress Down Friday - find the perfect pair of jeans and get a second pair with 20% off. View the fantastic range of Gerry Weber edition casual separates.

    Saturday 19th Saturday Celebrations, enjoy a refreshing drink while you view the key summer celebration looks on the instore red carpet! All customers will receive a 5 voucher to spend on the day!

    Call the store for further details,Gerry Weber 134 Terminus Rd,Eastbourne 01323 746010

    Earthy and ethnicGerry Weber Fashion Week 14th - 19th March

    The American Express Community Stadium in Brighton aims to be licensed to host weddings from July and promises to be one of the most exciting new wedding venues in Sussex.As well as stunning, modern rooms with great views, the stadium team are reporting that they will offer the best dining for weddings available in the county, overseen by newly-recruited chef and award-winning former personal chef to the Prime Minister, Frederick Tobin. Said Polly Harrison, who is heading up hospitality and events at the Amex: We have a brilliant new team aiming to offer very personal service and whilst we have some great set packages to choose from, with a range of top suppliers, we wont impose them on our customers we are open to all ideas and want to offer couples a completely bespoke service and, if possible, we want to say yes to any request, no matter how unusual.All the facilities will be opened to the public at the stadiums first ever Wedding Fayre on September 4th when premier wedding event organisers, Stylish Events, will be hosting one of their superb events with fully-choreographed fashion shows featuring top London show models. The stylish West Stand plays host to eight luxury lounges giving the team complete flexibility in their bespoke service for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. The stadium has also teamed up with some of Sussexs finest hotels to offer great value overnight accommodation.

    For more information, email: weddingsbrighton@azure.uk.comor call 01273 542 343 and ask for the weddings team.

    Sussex weddings atthe Amex

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  • GERRY WEBERFASHION WEEK

    MONDAY MARCH 14TH TO SATURDAY MARCH 19TH

    Come and join us at GERRY WEBER Eastbourne to celebrate the launch of our new seasons Spring/Summer collections

    134 Terminus Rd, Eastbourne 01323 746010

    WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO PARIS!

    SPEND 50 ANY DAY AND RECEIVE A FREE GIFT!

    EVERY DAY THERE WILL BE SPECIAL EVENTS IN STORE:

    MONDAY: Special Personal Shop appointments

    TUESDAY: Lucky Dip promotion

    WEDNESDAY: Spend over 200 and receive a 30 gift Voucher

    THURSDAY: Buy a suit and get a top half price

    FRIDAY: Buy 2 pair of jeans and get 20% off the second pair

    SATURDAY: Special Celebration events in store and money off voucher for all

    Call the store for details!

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    ABSOLUTE SOCIALITE DIARY

    PJ, aka Peter Jarrette Brightons favourite socialite, says

    farewell to a well known Brighton and Hove character

    and tells of his visit to Alive and Swinging

    GOODBYE TO A BRIGHTON GENT

    Dear diaryI should like to apologise... but perhaps like is too strong a word. However apologies, like children, should be seen and not heard. Now see this. Last month I referred to an event as being held in London. This event, Crufts, is now a Birmingham fi xture. It was held in London for many years and like me it has since moved. That done, and before I fl y headlong into news of recent fun and fury, I would like to mention the farewell many citizens bid to Brightons foremost historian and historical tour guide, the late Michael Robins. Mike, as he was known to many but not me, had been a fi xture on the Brighton and Hove scene for some decades. Karin and I had known him for the last six or seven years. Id given him the mischief moniker of The Worlds Oldest Tour Guide although, only in his early sixties, he clearly wasnt. Michael Robins was also a close liaison to all the Brighton Mayors whom, early on in my socialite career, he recommended I invite to my parties and events saying PJ, Mayors look good on you. A warm and wonderful send off for him was organised by his close friends Meg and Paris Stone in a rare service held at St. Andrews, Waterloo Street. The very church Michael spearheaded the renovation of. A number of speakers including Cllr Paul Elgood spoke of Michael and his unparalleled contributions to the community and Meg Stone delivered rip-roarious stories of Michael in his recent and last years in our lives. Michael was a chief First Class British Airways Steward in his earlier career and was commended for his part in the swift evacuation of a 747 in an emergency landing in the Azores. A happily camp and committed bachelor the last I will say on this wonderful gent is that he got them off in record time! Now furious fun was offered to us in the form of Alive and Swinging at the Komedia. Ive mentioned this revue before and since then this hard working and highly entertaining ensemble have become slicker and shinier than ever. Laura Nixon aka Marilyn Monroe, Brightons Suspiciously Elvis and Frank Sinatra were joined on stage by three new support acts including a real life, all singing, Jessica Rabbit. They performed excellently in front of an enthusiastic sell-out 300 strong supper club crowd with much interaction with the audience. Look out for the next Alive and Swinging, a revue that sees Marilyn, Frank and Elvis return to Earth for one night of boozy fun because Heavens become boring. Marilyns shimmering couture gowns by Kevin Renaissance are a triumph in themselves! A chap recently came up to me at an event to say that he had a copy of a recent PJs Socialite Diary stuck on his fridge, as his fridge is in No. 36 Norfolk Square. In a previous column I mention No. 36 as it was our old address. It seems Ive come a long way only to wind up in a kitchen in my old home. Oops, I did it again...

    PJwww.radiobasingstoke.comwww.twitter.com/socialitepetewww.facebook.com/peter.jarrette

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    ...in all the wrong places?Looking for love...Are you still sifting through the lies of online dating, hoping to find the love of your life? Sure, it can happen. You may even know a friend

    or two who found their perfect match. At first,

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    of finding the one. Then you contact a few that

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  • SINGLE INGEISHA

    20 ABSOLUTE

    FACES & PLACESSpeed dating organiser Sofi a Upton

    Gemma has her fortunetold by Madam Rosali

    Madame Geisha in East Street, Brighton was

    the venue for the launch of Single In the City.

    The event went off well in spite of inclement

    weather, and people came from as far afield

    as Worthing and Eastbourne for a really fun

    evening of music and wonderful games like

    lock n key, speed dating, fortune telling and

    the brilliant cocktail that everyone sampled

    on arrival.

    The good news is that quite a few of the men

    picked the right keys and many introductions

    were made. Spinning the Club Classics for the

    evening and keeping everyone busy was Mr

    Lurve, Ambrose Harcourt of Brightons Juice

    107.2.

    This is intended to be a monthly event with

    the next event scheduled for April and is also

    sponsored by Absolute Brighton, Brightons

    Juice 107.2 and drinks firm, Midori.

    Please check www.madamegeisha.com

    for more details.

    Photographs Graham Franks

    Grace Hull

    Cool sounds fromAmbrose Harcourt

    YiannimalKiki and Anna Fielding

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  • ABSOLUTE 21

    FACES & PLACES

    Ambrose Harcourt with Madam Geisha proprietors,Jenny Anderson-Mann and Damian Frizzell

    Dani Masterson,Sean St. John andZena McCarthy

    Amanda Cogginsand

    Paul Coleman

    Michela Burgess tells Yianni-mal, The idea is you use a key

    Michela Burgess andEdyta Bryla

    Turn the cup three times Madam Rosali tells

    Zena McCarthy

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  • ABSOLUTE CELEBRITY

    SPOTLIGHTNicole Kidman Finally Speaks Out About Divorce With Tom Fans of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman alike were shocked when the Hollywood pair suddenly divorced in 2001 after 11 years of marriage.Now, over a decade later, Ms Kidman admits that the split tore her apart. That was a great relationship, the actress, 43, says. I think it ran its course though. When it ended, I was really damaged and not sure whether (love and marriage) was ever going to happen again to me!During the high-profile union, Kidman says she made certain sacrifices for Cruise, 46. I was never seeking to be a celebrity. But I was prepared to do that for love... its hard when youre young. But Im ready to give up anything for love, because ultimately, that is what you have.Now remarried to Keith Urban, the Oscar nominee has two young daughters, Sunday Rose, aged 2, and Faith Margaret, born via surrogate in late December 2010. I certainly never thought Id have a baby at 41, she recently said of Sunday Rose.

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    Could The Honeymoon Be Over Already For Chelsea?Rumours are circulating that former Presidents daughter Chelsea Clinton and her new husband are spending time apart. Their lavish wedding last summer had the world captivated. But it seems that the honeymoon period is already over. Marc Mezvinsky has quit his job as an investment banker in favour of a three month break at the exclusive ski resort of Jackson Hole in Wyoming.But rather than accompanying her husband on the extended break, the Secretary of States daughter announced she will be remaining in New York instead, giving them a three month separation period.The news that the pair will be living apart comes as something of a surprise not only because they are newly-weds, but also given that friends claim Ms Clinton is desperate to start a family.

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    Award winning stand up

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    host Dara OBriain is known

    for his hilarious anecdotes and

    audience interaction. He talks

    to Danny Masters about his

    success hosting The Apprentice

    spin off show

    BORN TO

    MOCKHave you always been funny how about at school?

    No, I was enormously shy at school! As a teenager, I was quiet and awkward.

    Thats what continues to give me motivation. I hated being like that and really

    enjoyed leaving it all behind. It all started when I went to university and came

    out of myself through debating. There was a remarkably short time-span

    between being painfully shy and enjoying being an extrovert.

    Presumably you were a huge fan of the Apprentice before you

    started hosting spin off show The Apprentice: Youre Fired!?

    Yes I watched it before and loved every series. My favourite ever apprentice

    has to be James from the series before last. He was a big galloot of a guy who

    was very funny. He was a genuinely funny person and quick with it. Because of

    his deadpan manner, people thought he was just stupid but he was a sharp guy.

    Did you realise how big the show was before working on it?

    No, its only when Harry Hill mentions The Apprentice every week on TV

    Burp that you realise just how big it really is. And then there are the endless

    internet parodies like the Lego version of the show. Theres an entire industry

    of people, of which I am only one, feeding off this giant machine. Its a parasitical

    relationship - just that I used to get fi rst bite at it.

    Which Apprentice contestant would you want working for you?

    When Im touring I generally only need someone who can drive me around

    and get me to the gig on time, and Im not sure any of them would be capable

    of that.

    Would you be any good as a contestant on The Apprentice?

    No I couldnt do it. More than that, I wouldnt do it. Its not my natural thing -

    Im a lone wolf and I have been for too long now. I dont think I could function

    in an offi ce. I have weird intersections with the real world every so often

    where I do corporate gigs and after dinner events and therell be some junior

    person who is your liaison and theyre so nervous that youll say something

    that will get them into trouble with the person above the person above them.

    You know they work in this stratifi ed system where the person two layers

    above them says, that comedian guy spoke a bit quick. And youll get that

    passed down and it comes back as Christ, what the hell did you book that guy

    for, he speaks so fast nobody could understand him. I see that happen and I

    think: thank Christ I dont work in that environment. I couldnt stand it. But then

    I guess they dont have to drive to Torquay for four hours to do a show, so

    each to their own.

    Youre also host of Mock the Week. You seem to spend most of

    your life behind a desk?

    Its true, Ive done shows involving desks for a decade and a half. Ive hosted

    four panel shows - and some for about 10 series so Im very much a half-man/

    half desk beast. I did a show in Ireland where we had four comedians round

    a table and wed bring on a guest and chat to them, so actually interviewing

    people while juggling other peoples contributions is what I always seem to end

    up doing. I cant pretend its rocket science. The most diffi cult part of television

    presentation is not walking into the furniture. Once youve mastered that you

    just talk and react.

    You sat next to Frankie Boyle on that show what do you make of

    his controversial style of comedy?

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    style. Crucially, he also has an abundance of wit. I have undying respect for

    Frankie and hes a genius at what he does. But whats happening now is that

    theres a lot of young comedians who arent fi nding their own voice - theyre

    potentially fi nding Frankie Boyles.

    What TV shows do you enjoy?

    I loved Steve Coogan and Rob Brydons show, The Trip. It was very polished

    and very funny. Like most men, I can take or leave vampires because theyre

    womens stuff, but boys get zombies, which is great, so I loved The Walking

    Dead with Andrew Lincoln on FX.

    When Im on tour I dont get to watch a lot of TV, so I usually plough my way

    through a DVD box set of Friday Night Lights. Its an American drama series

    about a high school football team in Texas and is totally riveting.

    Do you ever allow yourself to watch tacky TV?

    I do track whats going on in the X Factor. I make a point of watching the

    auditions which are always worth watching for the crying and the emotion.

    But when it becomes two hours of singing, I couldnt give a f**k. Im not a song

    person. I will have a look at the dancing on Strictly because theyve at least

    learnt a skill and theres something theatrical about it. And a proper old school

    hoofer like me admires that.

    Would you ever appear on it?

    Ive turned it down twice because Ive got a dodgy knee and I dont look good

    in spandex. I actually turned it down once midway through a gig. I got an email

    in the interval, came out for the second half and said, Guess what Dublin, Ive

    just told them to stick Strictly Come Dancing, and the place erupted. I wont

    do any show with the word celebrity in the title. Its just not worth going there.

    I have a trade and no matter how ludicrous it is, Ive spent years learning how

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    ...I got an email in the interval, came out for the second half and said, Guess what Dublin, Ive just told them to stick Strictly Come Dancing and the place

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    ABSOLUTE INTERVIEW

    The Mock the Week team

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  • ABSOLUTE INTERIORS

    28 ABSOLUTE

    Whether its a shade of raspberry, fuchsia, petal or

    pale, pink has defi nitely worked its way back in to

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    of happiness and hope, pink lifts a room immediately

    from the fi rst brush stroke (and isnt just for girls).

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    Until recently black was unheard of for interior design. Now proving

    ever popular in the home or in commercial premises such as bars

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    vengeance. Looking especially good blended with silver or gold, it

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    Whether jade or lime, green themed rooms are especially good for

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  • Brighton & Hove Albion FC is on a high on the pitch we have had lots to shout about, sales of season tickets are well under way and there has been plenty of progress on the stadium construction as well. Installation of the pitch is going well, with sub-contractor Kestrel laying

    the underground drainage and installing the boilers and irrigation tanks for the undersoil heating and irrigation system we should be ready to start sowing the grass next month.

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  • Golf is an unusual sport in that it is one of the few games where the ball is in a stationery position when you hit it. This gives you the opportunity to ensure that you are in the correct position before you make your swing.Getting into the correct position then allows your body to work correctly through the swing.

    I have been coaching golf at Brighton & Hove Golf Club for 15 years, and most faults that I see can be traced back to this starting position, especially the grip. Placing your hands on the club in the correct fashion is essential, as it is this that controls the club head. Starting with your left hand, place it on the grip about half an inch from the top. The left thumb should sit just to the right of centre on the grip, and when you look down you should be able to see two knuckles on the back of the left hand. The main pressure should be in the little fi nger and the one next to it, which should gently squeeze the grip.Next, you should place the right hand straight underneath the left, and make sure you are gripping the club in your fi ngers. Your right thumb should sit just to the left of centre on the club, and your right hand should cover up your left thumb.You now have choices. You can play with your

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    The Brighton Centre welcomes

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  • .

    ABSOLUTE COMMENT

    The mighty have fallen

    The recent row about the sexist remarks made by two well-known

    Sky sports presenters, Andy Grey and Richard Keys is still going on.

    The scourge of sexism has now been brought to the surface again, and

    has become a dinner table debate once more.

    The fate of the two men in question seems to be a major source or

    controversy should they have lost their jobs (one sacked and one

    forced to resign)? Some see their demise as possibly the result of a

    disgruntled colleague wanting to drop them in it (apparently their

    arrogant manner had made them very unpopular at Sky), and believe

    that they should not have had such severe treatment. Others say

    good riddance.

    I have heard remarks like those many times in pubs and in social

    situations and these people just carry on because their remarks are

    behind closed doors. You will never eradicate ignorance. However,

    these presenters were two highly paid, high-profi le experienced

    individuals, who should never have allowed themselves to be in the

    position of having their unsavoury remarks overheard. Not very

    professional. Their protests about it being banter have also fallen

    on deaf ears. We have all taken part in banter, and it is usually

    amusing and tongue in cheek. These comments were not, and were

    particularly aimed at one person who was not present to respond.

    Very unpleasant. As for the further revelations of Richard Keys foul

    comments to Jamie Redknapp about a former girlfriend, it begs the

    question has he ever developed beyond the age of fourteen? Mr Grey

    and Mr Keys, if you consider such comments as yours to be banter,

    then you will not take offence at something I overheard the other

    night about you Perhaps they are going through a mid-life crisis.

    No, I dont think so, they obviously havent got out of adolescence

    yet. These remarks were made by men.

    In the wake of all this, I do hope there is not a backlash from

    these recent events, and that Sky continues to provide excellent

    sport coverage, encouraging and supporting the great banter

    and camaraderie that exists between the male and female sports

    presenters at present.

    And so to bed...

    The tabloids have been doing their bit to help insomniacs over the

    last two months or so. We have been getting a blow-by-blow account

    of the collapse of the marriage between Katie Price and (yawn) Alex

    Reid, the bitchy comments going back and forth, and and (zzz)

    pictures of Katie looking more and more like a Barbie Doll that has

    been left by an open fi re. It seems to me that they that they

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    MMo Hunter-Shine makes observations on recent news and events

    As for the further revelations of Richard Keys foul comments to Jamie Redknapp about a former girlfriend, it

    begs the question has he ever developed beyondthe age of fourteen?

    Tickets are now on sale for a tasty line up of events celebrating the spring harvest Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, with a strong focus on seasonal Sussex ales, wines and local food, kicking off on April 1st.

    The festival will launch the fi rst ever Brighton & Hove Restaurant Week

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    On Sunday 3rd April, the Champagne and Sussex Sparkling Wine Festival

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    classes and the opportunity to buy a huge range of lovely bubbly.

    Restaurants, cafs and food pubs will offer diners prix fi xe menus which will

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    Whats going on....?Sussex Spring Harvest

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  • With a steady stream of red carpet events one

    after the other, the awards season was as much

    a fashion and beauty showcase as it was about

    the accolades themselves. Hairstyles modelled

    on the red carpet gave us foresight into the

    trends that will be cropping up later on in the

    summer, so whether it was the Golden Globes,

    BAFTAs or the Academy Awards, it was worth

    taking a general mental note of who wore what

    hairstyle to each event.

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    I would love to wear my long hair up more

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  • Caring for your mouth and teeth involves two very distinct emotions - fear and vanity. This makes choosing your toothbrush rather more emotional than you would think, and also produces a strong desire to get the correct brush. All of us would prefer to remain pain free and fear is as good a reason as any to motivate us to maintain mouth care as clean teeth are almost certainly healthy pain free teeth. These teeth are also the best looking and, as an added bonus, these teeth will also be using the same bone that keeps our faces in a youthful shape, thus preventing the onset of premature facial lines. Cheaper than a face lift and far more effective! Added up, all of these things mean that taking time to make sure that you are using the right toothbrush will not only make you feel good but also look good! There is good evidence that the ancient Egyptians used various ways to clean their mouths, and that evidence follows through to all subsequent civilisations. However, our favourite tool to carry out this care is the toothbrush, which is in fact a relatively new implement. During the 100 years or so that toothbrushes have became more common, choosing one has become ever more diffi cult. Initially it was easy, as there was in all probability only one to choose from. Not so now in 2011 - it is a minefi eld of confl icting claims, counter claims and apparent imperatives. Standing in the supermarket dental aisle, you could be forgiven for thinking that these implements are not humble toothbrushes but items of scientifi c revolution. There are so many to choose from, all of which will have some special property to enhance your smile. But which of these properties do you need or want? Here are some tips to help you in your choice:Firstly, mouths on the whole are small places and so your brush must have a small brush head to enable access. Some of the plaque that you are trying to remove is located on the fl at areas of the tooth surface and some of this plaque will be removed by the friction of normal everyday life, so the areas that you want the toothbrush to be really effective in are often very small and well protected by the surrounding shapes of the mouth. This means that the smaller the toothbrush the greater is your liklehood of an effective clean. The longer the toothbrush head, the less likely it will be that you will be able to clean all of the teeth suffi ciently well to maintain gum and tooth health. So keep the brush small.The next vital feature that your toothbrush must have bristles that can clean without causing damage. The bristles need to be able to mould themselves to the shapes that are presented to it. Everyone is unique in the size, arrangement, and accessibility of the teeth in their mouth. Bristles must be super pliable, they must bend easily and maintain that ability to bend over many occasions . It seems that our choice of bristle texture is emotionally-led rather than reason-based and because of those emotions we feel that it is important to buy the brush that we think is man enough for the job and consequently almost everyone chooses a brush that is too fi rm. It is important to remember than that a good scrub with a medium/fi rm bristle will usually, over time, produce disfi gured and over-sensitive teeth. Over-sensitive teeth are usually longer then they should be as to much of the crown has become exposed. It is also worth noting that medium/fi rm bristles do not adapt closely to the tooth shape, and therefore cannot remove plaque

    stain as effectively from the teeth. So for maximum effectiveness and to prevent damage, your small head toothbrush also needs to be soft.Smaller and softer is what power brushes tend to be which, for some people answers the question which is best, power or manual. However, I would point out that there are some excellent manual brushes on the market that are both small and soft. Examples of these are sadly often missing from supermarket shelves. The only reason for this is that a supermarket retailer exists to make a profi t for the chain, and not to care for your teeth, so obviously the brushes they prefer to stock will maximise those profi ts, and their suitability to do the job that they are being sold for is secondary. Examples of good brushes that are generally recommended by theprofession are; Sensodyne Search 3.5 - a small brush head but maybe a little on the fi rm side but used carefully this has been good brush for many years.Sensodyne Total Care - has a well shaped brush head with slightly softer bristles. It is a slightly more modern version of the 3.5.Tepe Select - this range of toothbrushes is excellent in very many respects. They come is a range of medium, soft and extra soft together with a Special Care bristle which is for post surgery, and for those suffering from Dry Mouth Syndrome. All of these come in two brush head sizes. The Select is the larger, while the Compact is smaller and both sizes feature a tapered head that increases the access towards the posterior of the mouth. The soft in a Compact size is my recommendation. These brushes are also available in a wide range of colours, so coordinating your bathroom colours is usually possible! Curaprox 5460 - the number refers to the bristles which are top quality, densely packed and made of Tynex, which maintains it ability to bend over long periods. If feels very soft, but because of the number of the tufts it is very effi cient and comfortable in use. If you have used a manual brush for some time it is worth doing the fi ngernail test to make sure that you are not causing damage to your teeth and gums. You do this by putting your fi ngernail on to the tooth at a right angle at the position where the tooth meets the gum. Can you fi nd a groove? If you can then the groove is man made and is normally caused by tooth brush abrasion. Finding a groove like this suggests that it is a very good time to swap to a power brush as

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  • ABSOLUTE LIFE COACHING

    Rule 1: Listen to other points of views Nothing can be accomplished by telling a person they are wrong. In fact, a great deal of damage can be done to a relationship whether friendship, work colleague, family or relationship. What can happen is that you can unwittingly strip the other persons confidence and quite likely, make them angry. Try the approach of asking them why they have a certain opinion on a subject matter that you dont agree on, in a calm and genuine way. Ask them what they feel the best way to resolve this clash of opinions is. Allowing people to explain to you their opinion in a non-argumentative manner and by listening to them with interest will already be a big step forward to resolving the issue in hand. You can both hold on to your individual opinions, but learn to understand each other a bit more and care about the other persons opinion. This will improve the situation and your relationship.

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    and change them in to healthy debates rather than arguments. Show respect for the other persons opinion for a change too- try it, and see what happens. Once again, this does not mean you must both agree, just inform them that you take on board their opinion but do not share that opinion. Never tell people outright that they are wrong.

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    Pretty in pinkIts been a long, gray winter and time we started to inject some fun in to make-up shopping again and

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    on eyes and lips. If this sounds too extreme then try mixing a bright shade of lipstick together with a sheer lavender-pink to soften. Then on your cheeks, apply a faint layer of natural pink blush, you want a slight fl ush so youre not washed out by the strong eye and lip colours.

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    the essence of Aura-Soma Products Ltd.

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    with Mike Booth of Aura Soma

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    Asase Spa is Brightons newest pedicure spa exclusively

    offering Garra Rufa Skin Treatment. Originating in Turkey,

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  • 44 ABSOLUTE

    ABSOLUTE BEAUTY

    Take something off the shelf and indulge yourself - youre worth it!

    1. Clinique Happy Heart. This is a full bodied, fl oral fragrance that celebrates happiness in the spirit of love.RRP 33 www.clinique.co.uk

    2. Clinique Happy Heart Body

    Wash. A lightly scented, body lotion with the rich fl oral scent of Clinique Happy Heart (above). RRP 20www.clinique.co.uk

    3. Clinique Sparkle Skin Body

    Exfoliator. This vibrantly iridescent Caribbean-blue exfoliating gel wakes up tired, lacklustre body skin. RRP 16 www.clinique.co.uk

    4. Deep Comfort Body LotionA lightweight yet moisturising formula providing immediate comfort and hydration that lasts all day.RRP 25.50 www.clinique.co.uk

    5. NEW Happy in Bloom (limited edition). Another lovely fragrance from Clinique. This fresh, fl oral scent brings to mind a frosted spring morning with an aura of dew laden fl owers. RRP 23 www.clinique.co.uk

    6. Phytogel Bath and Shower Gel by Sisley. Truly aromatic bliss in the morning, with the stunning scent of Eau de Champagne.42 www.sisley-cosmetics.com

    7. NEW Dirty Works Pore-fect Face Scrub - has an instant cooling effect that will give your skin a revived and radiant glow.and NEW Dirty Works Belle of the Ball Face Mask. This detoxifying quick beauty fi x deeply cleanses and replenishes the skin.4.99 each. Available from leading Sainsburys stores nationwide

    8. Soap & Glory Fab Pore Facial Peel. An intensive action pore-refi ning facial peel powered by the exclusive Poreshrink Complex.6. www.boots.com

    9. Caudale Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel. With the gentle scent of watermelon, white rose and rose pepper. This will leave you smelling delicious! 8.50Space NK and www.caudalie.com

    10. VIE at home Hydrotherapy Spa Detoxifying Mineral Bath Soak. Relax, detox and unwind in rich mineral bath salts infused with Swiss Glacial Water and Spirulina. Turns the bath water a beautiful shade of blue for instant relaxation.12.50 www.vieathome.com

    11. Bliss Hot Salt Scrub. An at-home treatment that will leave you skin salon soft! Super-softening, spa-strength skin smoothing action.28.60 www.blissworld.co.uk

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    12. Chrie Eau de parfum by Dior. A new Miss Dior fragrance created for an elegant and spirited young woman in love. 60.50 (50ml) www.missdiorchrie.com

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  • Becky Hollands, Registered nurse and founder of Becky HollandsAesthetics, has worked alongside some of the countrys leading cosmeticsurgeons. A specialist in Restylane dermal fillers and other non-invasivefacial aesthetic treatments, you can expect expert advice during a freeconsultation, and treatment to enhance the natural you.

    Fresher Faces

    Restylane, which launched in 1996, wasthe first ever hyaluronic acid dermal fillerused to alleviate the signs of ageing.

    Although a healthy lifestyle and dietare big factors as we age, they alonecannot tackle the loss of volume that

    causes lines and wrinkles. BeckyHollands highly professional standard ofcare and commitment to natural resultshas secured a rapidly growing and loyalcustomer base who see non-surgicalenhancement, but long lasting results.

    Q&AWhat does the treatmentinvolve? The Restylane gel is injected in tiny quantitiesusing a fine needle. It can be used on the face,dcolletage, neck and lips to diminish the lookof lines, add fullness and give a gentle lift tobrows. The procedure takes about 20 minutes.

    Will the injections be verypainful?Some people may feel discomfort. A localanaesthetic cream is often used when treatingfacial lines, and integrated pain relief is now alsoavailable to provide a quicker and altogethermore comfortable experience during treatment.

    Is it safe?Restylane is very safe and has been used in over11 million treatments worldwide. Its uniquepatented hyaluronic acid (HA) gel closelyresembles your bodys own supplies, so theresless risk of allergic reactions.

    How does it work?Restylane replaces the HA that your skin has lostover time. Its injected directly where it is neededunder the skin, restoring lost volume for afresher and firmer complexion.

    How long does it last?Results are instant and long-lasting. Follow-uptreatments will usually be needed between sixto 12 months.

    For more information contact:Becky Hollands RN

    BeckyHollands

    AESTHETICS

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    Becky Hollands AestheticsClinics in Brighton, Hove,

    Harley Street

    www.restylane.co.uk

    The BUZZ Words -Hyaluronic AcidA large percentage of our skin is made upfrom Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a highly absorbentsubstance that hydrates and creates volume.As we age, our levels of HA decrease, causingfine lines and wrinkles. Luckily, help is at handwith Restylane a HA gel that is injecteddirectly into the skin to boost its appearance.There are a range of products available to suitevery treatment need and subtly minimisecreases and revive the complexion. For more details go to :

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  • ABSOLUTE BEAUTY

    I was invited to Wickwoods Country Club and Spa for a massage, which was very welcome as I was feeling extremely deflated and tired.

    The short drive from Brighton was pleasant

    through the winding country roads to the leafy

    Village of Albourne, and as I pulled up to the

    entrance I was struck at how tranquil the

    setting was, a perfect location.

    I was warmly greeted by Laura King the Senior

    Beauty Therapist and shown through to the

    bar to fill out a health questionnaire. The bar

    was pleasantly busy with friends catching up

    for lunch, members having coffee and guests

    relaxing. Laura showed me through to the

    newly built state-of-the-art beauty rooms

    which were outstandingly decorated in neutral

    calming colours, with the smell of oils and

    creams in the air; I was eager to see what

    Laura had in store for me.

    Laura explained that I was having the Miji Susu

    Dew Massage and asked me how I would like

    the pressure, to which I replied intense; this

    was a 35 minute massage concentrating on the

    neck, back and shoulders perfect for easing

    the tension of daily life out of my body.

    The Miji Susu Dew Massage is inspired by

    traditional Australian Aboriginal techniques

    that tone, re-align and help the energy flow

    through the body. The rhythmic technique

    enhances the mind and body balance. Laura

    applied the perfect amount of pressure,

    concentrating on the top of my shoulders to

    the very base of my back. It felt very soothing

    and made me feel completely de-stressed.

    The massage allows the body to start healing

    itself by releasing physical and emotional

    tensions. I slowly drifted off to sleep which is

    always a good sign of an excellent massage.

    I could have stayed there for hours but I felt

    rejuvenated and was ready to conquer the day

    ahead of me.

    Laura and her team offer a full range of beauty

    treatments and spa packages from waxing,

    facials, body wraps, anti ageing treatments to

    the celebrity favourite Crystal Clear. Members

    and Non Members are welcome to try out the

    wonderful treatments on offer at Wickwoods.

    I highly recommend you try any treatment, Im

    sure you wont be disappointed.

    Tel: 01273 857567

    www.wickwoods.co.uk

    Lay back and enjoyABSOLUTE BEAUTYABSOLUTE BEAUTYIIwas invited to Wickwoods Country Club and was invited to Wickwoods Country Club and Lay back and enjoyLay back and enjoyRishma Patel has the perfect massage in the lap of luxury

    Turn back the clockO

    ver the past five years I have succumbed to the non-invasive world of cosmetic surgery.

    Botox and fillers, as I have written about previously, are excellent ways of preventing the

    onset of time, including that of premature ageing.

    I have received treatments at a Knightsbridge salon (only once a year) for the past five years. I decided

    to try an aesthetic practitioner a little closer to home.

    Florentina Marcu of Brunswick Road Dental Practice has been trained by the top aesthetic surgeons

    in the world. She is extremely knowledgeable on procedures, their effects and side effects, so I knew I

    would be in good hands.

    I chose to have a small amount of Botox in my globular (I have massive vertical frown lines in the

    middle of my forehead) and a little more at the corner of my eyes to help with crows feet lines; this is

    marvellous for me as I am an extremely smiley person who has over exaggerated facial expressions.

    I also chose to have a little Restylane in the same area.

    I was delighted with my pre care. Florentina spent much time on describing the procedure and results,

    which put my nerves at ease.

    As an experienced dentist too, Florentina s injection technique was superb. Hygiene was 100%, and her

    verbal interaction was professional and knowledgeable.

    The price of the procedures I undertook was in line with most other professional practises.

    Would I visit again? Absolutely. I am going to undertake my derma roller sessions with Florentina from

    now on too.

    Florentinas ethos of inject a little and add more on the second visit was comforting. One can always

    add, but never take away. My second top-up visit was as I would have wished; a little top-up in all areas.

    The effect? Totally natural; family and friends think I look well as opposed to looking artificial and like a

    lizard.

    Brunswick Road Dental Practice, 2 Brunswick Road Hove BN3 1DG.

    Tel: 01273 731586 www.brunswickroaddentalpractice.co.uk

    Ever been tempted to try Botox or Restylane to hold back the

    years, but a bit too nervous? Paula Seabourne-Pearson of Jenerator

    Creative shares a frank and honest view of her experience as she

    undergoes the two injectables at Brunswick Dental Practice in Hove

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  • Lack of sleep is a common and serious problem that has personal health consequences. Increasing numbers of people are reporting that they suffer from a lack of sleep. In fact The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reports there has been a 13% increase in insomnia problems over

    the last eight years. People who get enough sleep (eight hours or more) are

    more likely to have healthier lifestyles and a better quality of life than people

    who do not get as much sleep. Many people turn towards pharmaceutical

    drugs for sleep relief, but these come with side effects. Fortunately, there are

    many natural ways to relax and get your zzzzzzzs.

    DietIf you are having trouble sleeping, try giving up caffeine. A person who

    is taking caffeine such as coffee, Red Bull or fizzy drinks on a regular basis

    typically does so because they feel drowsy since they havent had a good

    nights sleep. But by drinking caffeine to wake up, a vicious cycle is created.

    The caffeine perks them up, but at the same time, it overstresses the bodys

    endocrine system and nervous system, which causes imbalances. It may seem

    like an impossible task, but giving up caffeine permanently may be a vital

    component to getting some decent rest.

    Another stimulant that tends to disrupt sleep is sugar. Refined white sugars, as

    well as simple carbohydrates such as bread and pasta which turn to sugar in

    the body, overstress the pancreas and other organs needed to shut down and

    feel calm. Blood sugar imbalances can send you feeling out of it and restless.

    MSG (monosodium glutamate) is something you have to look for on food

    labels because its hidden in a lot of products. This is a highly toxic ingredient

    that can cause sleep disorders, as well as headaches, puffy eyes, weight gain,

    and so many other health issues.

    NutrientsFor better sleep, the body needs healthy foods and nutrients. Many nutrients

    are known to have a calming effect on the nervous system and help promote

    good sleep. Whole foods contain many of these natural insomnia cures, but

    supplements are also available to ensure that you obtain the proper dietary

    amounts.

    Calcium is natures tranquilizer. Natural forms of calcium are found in green

    vegetables and sesame.

    Magnesium is needed to absorb calcium and is the number one deficiency in

    the world. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant as well as important for balancing

    blood sugar and blood pressure. Natural sources of magnesium are halibut,

    peanuts, whole grains, spinach, bananas, avocados, and nuts and seeds.

    Sunlight is also an essential nutrient for sleep and overall health because it

    provides us with Vitamin D. The UK generally does not get enough sunlight

    in winter months, so if you suffer from insomnia, consider taking a vitamin D

    supplement.

    To help fall asleep and calm anxiety, many people turn to valerian root.

    Studies show that valerian has a significantly positive effect on poor sleep

    when compared to a placebo. It is also safe and helps the whole body relax.

    L-theanine is one of the ingredients of green tea. This amino acid is known

    to have calming properties. Research has shown theanine to calm the brain

    by producing alpha waves and may also lower blood pressure. Green tea is a

    natural, healthy form of caffeine, so if you are inspired to give up the coffee,

    green tea could help give you the kick you are looking for without the side

    effects.

    5-HTP is the abbreviation for L-5-hydroxlytryptophan. L-Tryptophan is an

    amino acid. Some have used tryptophan as a mood enhancer, as well, as it is

    known to help with serotonin mechanisms in the brain.

    HabitsEating late at night is a common cause of insomnia. When people stop

    eating after 7pm, sleep often comes much more easily and is more peaceful.

    According to Chinese medicine, digestion is the strongest in the morning,

    between 7am and 9am for the stomach, and 9am to 11am for the spleen/

    pancreas. Twelve hours later (7pm to 11pm) digestion is the weakest, and

    eating at this time will cause gas, bloating and indigestion, making it difficult to

    fall asleep easily.

    Imagine how much more sleepy you might be if you had a really hard, good

    workout. Physical exercise is important for good sleep and overall health.

    Find a way to work out that you love, and do it consistently.

    Stress is a common factor for insomnia too. One third of insomniacs report

    that they are losing sleep over money and economy concerns. Meditation is

    a great way to take a holiday from your worries. Learn to observe your mind

    and focus on your breathing, especially when you are trying to sleep.

    Because of its negative impact on health, it is important to address sleep

    problems. If you are experiencing sleep disturbances, this could be your

    bodys way of waking you up to make some lifestyle changes. Listen to it,

    and enjoy the journey towards a good nights sleep.

    ABSOLUTE HEALTH

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    Our health expert Sheryl

    Waters discusses the

    causes of insomnia and

    offers advice on how to

    get a good night's sleep

    People who get enough sleep (eight hours or

    more) are more likely to have healthier lifestyles

    and a better quality of life

    ABSOLUTE 47

    B0311_047 Sheryl_MAR11.indd 1 23/2/11 17:07:10

  • ABSOLUTE MOTHERS DAY

    48 ABSOLUTE

    We love you, mum!Bouquet Garden Aromatherapy

    Bath MeltsA glorious bouquet of roses and summer petals bursts from the top of every bath melt in the new KempAromatherapy Bouquet Garden range.From 5.50

    www.notonthehighstreet.com

    A glittering statement

    Silver Effervescence S

    tar bracelet

    195

    www.linksofondon.com

    Tel: 0845 120 2922.

    Classic fragrance!

    Muelhens 4711

    Eau de Cologne Splash

    14.99 300ml

    www.fragrancedirect.co.uk

    The Chocolate Time Chocolatiere

    Lets you create great tasting

    chocolate sweets at home

    19.95

    www.prezzybox.com

    Show your mum how much you care this Mothers Day

    with a special gift

    Paco Rabanne Lady M

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    This special fragrance

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    30ml 33.00

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    Personalised Letter Soapsby Jonnys Sister

    Made with the fi nest natural ingredients

    from 6.95www.notonthehighstreet.com

    Mothers Day Special OfferA 30 minute Garra Rufa fi sh pedicure.

    The revolutionary new spa treatment!15Dr Fish, Brighton. Tel: 07407 403354

    MUM Gift Box

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    The Chocolate Time Chocolatiere

    Lets you create great tasting

    chocolate sweets at home

    www.lush.co.uk

    B0311_048 Mothers day gifts.indd1 1 24/2/11 12:34:20

  • NEWSXXTRANews items brought to you

    by Mo Hunter-Shinemo@absolutemagazine.co.uk

    A luncheon was generously hosted recently by Marco Pierre White for the Friends of East Sussex

    Hospices (FESH) to launch a fantastic

    new fundraising campaign called

    NOSHCHEZNOUS.

    Through NOSHCHEZNOUS, FESH is

    calling for willing hosts or hostesses to

    ask friends, family, schoolmates or work

    colleagues to a food event of any kind,

    inviting a discretionary donation to FESH

    for their hospices.

    The campaign is aimed at helping the

    nine hospices supported by FESH to raise

    some of the 35.7m needed to continue

    their work in 2011.

    Marco Pierre White said of

    NOSHCHEZNOUS: This is a wonderful

    way to enjoy the pleasurable experience

    of cooking for family and friends while

    supporting local hospices which help so

    many of our families and friends.

    FESH Chairman, Kathy Gore,

    commented: I hope that Sussex will

    take NOSHCHEZNOUS into its homes

    and hearts to help our hospices continue

    to deliver their care when it is most

    needed. Our hospices survive thanks to

    local support. Sussex hospices are the

    most poorly funded group of hospices in

    the UK, receiving only 22% state funding

    compared to the 32% national average.

    FESH hopes that not only foodies will

    answer the call and come up with

    innovative ideas - absolutely anything

    goes! From jeans and jam butties to posh

    frocks and poached salmon and from

    curry to cupcakes, those wishing to host

    an event can fi nd ideas and inspiration on

    the FESH website (www.fesh.org.uk) or by

    calling Patti Whitaker on 01825 890075.

    Hostess packs, which include a

    NOSHCHEZNOUS apron and invitation

    cards will be sent to anyone wishing to

    The Brighton and Central Sussex Group of Advanced Motorists (BACS) is hoping Momentum, a new course launched by the Institute of Advanced Motoring for 17-25 year olds who have recently passed their driving test, will help to improve the safety of younger drivers in the Sussex region. In the past 18 months 57 people have died on the roads of Sussex in accidents, and 19 of these were aged 17-25, accounting for a third of all fatalities (according to WSCC). BACS hopes by encouraging younger people in the region to take the Momentum course, these fi gures should fall dramatically. Taking the course couldnt be easier. Momentum incorporates two modules: an interactive online assessment followed by an on-road session with an IAM examiner and will be available to younger drivers throughout Brighton and Central Sussex. For more information on Momentum please visit www.bacs-iam.org/Young.htm

    STAR CHEF MARCO PIERRE WHITE LAUNCHES NEW HOSPICE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

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    YOUNGER DRIVERS IN SUSSEX CAN GAIN MOMENTUM

    BEAUTY SECRETS WIN PRESTIGIOUS SKINCARE AWARD

    One of the south-easts leading luxury salon and spa groups has won the prestigious Guinot Crown Award for 2011. Award-winning Beauty Secrets scooped the highly regarded skincare award, for the 12th year running, at an exclusive awards ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London, in January. Beauty Secrets have three of only 51 salons in the UK to be awarded this honourable status that celebrates treatment expertise, product knowledge, customer satisfaction and professionalism.

    B0311_049 NEWS.indd 1 22/2/11 16:49:54

  • A BAR OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE VIPS OF THE CITY

    50 ABSOLUTE

    FACES & PLACESGavin ONeill and Emma Taylor

    Paul Francis of Showtec withAbsolutes Rishma Patel

    A super evening took place for the arrival of

    newly refurbished A Bar, an event not to be

    missed in the busy Brighton calendar this

    month.

    Unveiling the newly styled and rebranded bar/

    venue, guests were lavished with champagne,

    canaps, live music and Drag With No Name,

    while being able to admire the transformed

    bar, terrace and restaurant area. With an

    exceptionally beautiful new interior design,

    and the super-friendly and efficient bar staff,

    this venue is tipped to be a new haunt for the

    discerning in-crowd of Brighton and Hove

    who are looking for a little luxury when out

    drinking or eating in the city.

    A Bar, 11-12 Marine Parade, Brighton.

    Tel: 01273 688825

    Photographs Richard Bidwell

    Mike and Jennifer Mendoza, Jemma Garrett and Mike Holland

    Daniel Richardsand David Stringer

    David Calderhead, owner of The Amsterdam Hotel, with Bernard Greaves

    Absolutes columnist Peter Jarrettewith Sian Evans

    Tim OGara, and Tony Chaperlin

    Ruth Goodall, Peter Otto, Stephen Grainger withDavid Calderhead (standing)

    Marta Wolniak and Absolutesfashion columnist Natalie Wileman

    B0311_050 Social A BAR 1.indd 1 24/2/11 12:41:06

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    FACES & PLACESTerry Beedell, Dale Drury (Manager of The A Bar)and John Wood

    Stefan Lamamy, Franke Darling and Herve Guyad

    Lisa Gillan, Debs Lewis and Erica Thomas

    Richard Dene-Morel, John Wood,Felice De Luca,

    Alex Matthews of Bib n Tucker

    Stefan Lamamy andFranke Darling

    Colin andMaria Brace

    Dennis Sharp, John Ruiz, Richard Gumbrill and Chris Weatherstone

    Absolutes Rishma Pateland Rob Hill

    Marta Wolniak, Sian Evansand Natalie Wileman

    B0311_051 Social A BAR 2.indd 1 24/2/11 12:42:48

  • B0211_049 A Bar.indd 1 25/1/11 07:59:44

  • ABSOLUTE RECIPE

    GRASS-FED BEEF STEW WITHHERBY DUMPLINGS Serves 12 Ingredients

    Method1 .Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, fl ameproof casserole. Add the shallots or small onions and fry until they are nicely browned all over. Set aside on a plate. Add the onions, carrots and sugar and fry until nicely browned. Set aside with the shallots. 2. Put the fl our into a large bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Add the beef and toss together well. Heat another 2 tablespoons of oil in the casserole and fry the beef in batches until nicely browned on all sides. Set each batch aside with the vegetables as it browns. 3. Add 25g of the butter to the casserole and stir in the remaining seasoned fl our from the bowl. Gradually stir in the stout, rubbing the base of the pan to release all the caramelised juices. Stir in the stock, followed by the beef and vegetables, thyme leaves, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce and some seasoning. Bring to the boil, part-cover and leave to simmer very slowly on the top of the stove for 1 hours. 4. Melt the remaining butter in a large frying pan, add the mushrooms and fry briskly for 2 minutes. Stir them into the casserole, part-cover, and simmer for another 1 hour until the beef is tender.

    Special recipes for St Patricks Day (March 17th)

    CREAMY IRISH LIQUEUR FUDGEPreparation time: 15 minutesCooking time: 15 minutesMakes 800g/1 lb - 36 squares

    Ingredients397g can condensed milk150ml/ pint Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur450g/1lb Demerara sugar125g/4oz Glenilen Farm Handmade Country Butter2 tbsp Cooley Distillery Irish Whiskey

    Method1. Grease a 7inch/18cm square tin.2. Place all the ingredients into a large non stick saucepan and heat gently stirring until the sugar has dissolved. 3. Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes stirring continuously until the temperature reaches 116o/240oC on a sugar thermometer (make sure you stir continuously scraping into the sides of the saucepan or the cream and butter will burn and give you brown specks in your fudge) - dont worry if you dont have a sugar thermometer; fi ll a small bowl with cold water and drop a teaspoonful of the mixture into the water - roll it between your fi ngers it should form a soft ball. If not, simmer and stir for a little longer and try again until a soft ball is formed.4. Remove the pan from the heat and beat for fi ve minutes with a wooden spoon until thickened and slightly grainy. Stir in the whisky and pour into the prepared tin. Allow to cool. When cold, cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for a month (if it lasts that long)!

    Cooks tipTo decorate with the shamrocks simply roll 50g/2oz green coloured fondant icing (you can buy this all ready coloured in supermarkets) in your hands until soft and pliable. Pinch off 4 small balls - roll three balls and fl atten slightly and shape into heart shapes for the petals and arrange on a piece of fudge. Roll the remaining piece into a small sausage shape for the stem and arrange on the top of the fudge to complete the shamrock shape. Press down gently to make it stick.

    Flavour variations - add fruits and nuts, or use milk instead of cream liquor for the kids.

    4 tbsp sunfl ower oil500g shallots or button onions, peeled1 large onion, sliced4 carrots, cut into 2.5cm pieces1 tbsp sugar65g plain fl our1.5kg grass-fed chuck steak or grass-fed braising steak, cut into 6-7cm chunks75g butter1 litre Irish stout

    300ml beef stockThe leaves from 3 large sprigs thyme4 fresh bay leaves4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce250g chestnut mushrooms, wiped clean and left whole250g fi eld mushrooms, wiped clean and thickly slicedSalt and freshly ground black pepper

    Herby dumplings or mashed potatoes, to serve

    The luck of the

    Irish

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    The luck of the

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    For many years, the buzzing hub of Brighton has been host to an oasis of exquisite elegance and style. Throughout these years, this tranquil and delightful haven, Havana Restaurant and Cocktail Bar in Duke Street has kept its look and grace with little

    change, proving that style never dates and continually delights people of

    all tastes.

    The Tuscan style faade has retained some of the detail from the

    old Theatre Royal that once stood on this spot. The exterior is an

    indication of what to fi nd inside a relaxed colonial feel with earthy

    creams and whites, beautiful furniture, large exotic plants and wooden

    fl oors throughout. The lower section of the restaurant has beautiful

    plush sofas, wicker chairs - more of a caf feel. This area becomes a

    popular cocktail bar in the evening, while towards the back of the space

    is a more formal but genteel restaurant area with highly polished round

    tables, a soothing water feature and even a grand piano.

    My colleague Rishma and I left a rainy and grey February behind us

    and walked into the sunshine of Havana! We were greeted by Ben

    Samandi, the owner and genial host, and went through to the back

    section where we immediately began to feel relaxed, the terrible

    weather was a world away. You could imagine Agatha Christie sitting

    at a table there, writing one of her Egyptian adventures, inspired by the

    colonial steamship quality of the surroundings. There was a pleasant

    hum of people, but the sound is absorbed and unobtrusive, providing

    an informal but sophisticated ambience. The high ceilings with a skylight,

    the plants in huge fl uted containers, and the muted colours all enhance

    the atmosphere.

    Despite its name, the menu is not Cuban, instead there is an

    international selection, which serves to provide great variety. Amazing

    starters include: Fregola risotto, served with winter fl avours, and

    asparagus spears; mushroom ravioli with spinach and wild mushroom

    cream (Rishmas choice); truffl e potato tartare, oyster and ginger cream;

    pan roasted scallops, creamed lemon pith (my choice); and sliced duck

    breast, stuffed with Julienne vegetables. Prices 2.95 - 10.95.

    Our main dishes were, of course, presented with panache, and naturally

    cooked to perfection. I chose rack of lamb, mint fondant potatoes, slow

    cooked garlic, pissaladiere pie, which had exquisite sweet fl avour, and

    was superb. Rishma chose pan fried sirloin steak, thyme confi t potato,

    wilted rocket, and truffl e sauce, also a gourmet treat for the tastebuds.

    Other mains include: Crispy Shitake polenta, winter truffl e and wild

    mushroom fricassee; sword fi sh, tomato and Chorizo jam, cretoise

    vegetable and roast cod, black olives and pine nuts tapenade, risotto of

    vegetables. Prices 11.95 - 24.95. Naturally there is a choice of exotic

    desserts, if you have room.

    There is also a varied and fl exible lunch menu consisting of light mains

    such as risotto with mussels, clams, spinach and parmesan; Penne pesto,

    served with sun dried tomatoes, Parma ham and cherry tomatoes, and

    various salads. Theres a choice of special gourmet burgers, and a choice

    of roasts is available every lunchtime. Theres a full lunchtime a la carte

    menu available, as well as a fi xed lunch menu.

    Tempted as we were to stay for another few hours, we had to leave. It

    is truly a place to escape the outside world and your busy life, and chill

    out in style - Havana is an experience, not just a place to eat.

    Brighton and Hove sees many restaurants and bars come and go, and

    has an ever-changing scene. One of the reassuring constants is Havana.

    The people in this lively and frenetic city are special, and deserve

    special places to go. Look out for the Havana experience growing and

    bringing to Brighton and Hove a passage into a world of elegance and

    understated luxury, with a huge chill-out factor.

    (Havana Spoon arrives this month in Hove).

    Havana Restaurant,

    32 Duke Street,

    Brighton BN1

    Tel: 01273 773388

    www.havana.uk.com

    Live music every Saturday night

    Our main dishes were, of course, presented with panache, and naturally

    cooked to perfection. I chose rack of lamb, mint fondant potatoes, slow

    Our main dishes were, of course, presented with panache, and naturally

    cooked to perfection. I chose rack of lamb, mint fondant potatoes, slow

    Our main dishes were, of course, presented with panache, and naturally

    NIGHTS AAVAH NMo Hunter-Shine and Rishma Patel visit one of Brightons treasuresand discover why this well-loved haven is the jewel inthe city's dining crown

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    NIGHTS

    You could imagine Agatha Christie sitting at a table there, writing one of her

    Egyptian adventures, inspired by the colonial steamship

    quality of the surroundings...

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  • ABSOLUTE RECIPES

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    FLIPPIN deliciousBrian Turner, one of the best known UK celebrity chefs, has developed the following recipe. Brian has one or two secret weapons in his kitchen including Tabasco Pepper Sauce the ultimate fl avour enhancer. Brian has developed this recipe for Tabasco, using it to draw out the fl avours of the mushrooms and give them a gentle kick. This dish is simple, effective, and is a mouth-watering change to your usual sugar and lemon.

    LIGHTLY SPICED CRISPY BACON WITH MUSHROOM PANCAKESServes 4Ingredients25g (1oz) unsalted butter115g (4oz) button mushrooms1tsp Tabasco Pepper SauceSalt and freshly ground black pepper15 rashers streaky bacon1 tbsp chopped fresh parsleySavoury Scotch pancakes225g (8 oz) plain fl our1 tsp baking powder tsp salt1 medium egg, beaten150ml 200ml milk (add more milk for a thinner consistency)

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.2. Melt the butter in a medium pan. Cut the mushrooms into small dice and cook in the butter and Tabasco until drying out, about 4 minutes, then season.3. Cook the rashers of bacon in the preheated oven until well done and crisp. Take out and chop three of the rashers into fi ne bits, leaving the others whole. Add the bacon bits to the mushrooms, along with the parsley.4. For the pancakes: in a bowl mix the fl our, baking powder and salt together, then make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg. Stir, adding enough of the milk to make a stiff batter. Stir in the mushroom, bacon and parsley mixture.5. Heat a griddle or frying pan and place on it a 5cm (2in) greased metal ring. Using a tablespoon, drop a spoonful of batter into the ring on the griddle, and leave to set and colour for a few minutes. Turn over, remove the ring and allow to cook on the second side. Each pancake takes about fi ve minutes to cook. Store inside a tea-towel until all are cooked. You should have about twelve pancakes. 6. Stack three pancakes per plate, with two pieces of halved rasher between each pancake, and two on top (three whole rashers per three pancakes).7. Pour 2oz melted butter with chopped parsley over to serve.

    Pancake Day falls on March 8th this year, and is traditionally a day of indulgence,

    before giving up sugary treats for Lent. But pancakes dont have to be sweet,

    the savoury versions are just as delicious

    WHAT IS PANCAKE DAY?We all love to eat warm delicious pancakes on Pancake Day but do you know the origins of this fun day?Like many English traditions, it is connected with christianity - Pancake Day falls on shrove Tuesday, which is the day before the Christian fasting period of Lent. As we all know, this is a period of fasting and self-denial, which should last 40 days!Shrove Tuesday is often referred to as Pancake Day because fats, which were generally prohibited during Lent, had to be used up. People would take all the eggs and dairy products that they had left in their kitchens and use them to make delicious pancakes.Elsewhere in the world, Mardi Gras (fat Tuesday) also celebrates the day before Lent, with color, fun and indulgence before the 40 days of self-denial!

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    Planning a Pancake Day extravaganza this Shrove Tuesday? Looking for something a little more exciting than sugar and lemon to spruce up your sweet pancake? Heres the solution. Try out this truly scrumptious vanilla cream topping made using a key ingredient Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract. The sweet, rich fl avour of vanilla lends itself perfectly to whipped cream, creating a deliciously indulgent vanilla topping that will bring your pancake to life. Whats more, you can add a variety of ingredients to the vanilla cream to suit your taste. If fruit doesnt grab you, try swapping it for toasted almonds and pecans, with a touch of golden syrup or alternatively, drizzle with melted chocolate and a handful of chopped walnuts.

    Ingredients250g Plain Flour2 Free-range eggs1 pint Whole Milk tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract50g Lard / Butter300ml Whipping CreamStrawberries, raspberries, blueberries or seasonal fruit of your choiceIcing Sugar for dusting

    Method

    1. Sieve the fl our into a bowl and whisk together with the eggs.

    2. Slowly whisk in the milk making sure you disperse any lumps.

    3. Heat a little lard in a large frying pan and tip to cover the whole surface, when sizzling, add a ladle of pancake mix, move the pan so the mix covers the whole surface.

    4. Cook for a minute on one side and then fl ip or turn over with a palette knife and brown on the other side.

    5. Remove from the pan onto a plate and place a square of greaseproof on top, repeat until all the mixture has been used.

    6. Whip the cream and add the Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract.

    7. Chop fruit into desired size.

    8. Choose a pancake add a generous spoon of cream a generous hand full of fruit and fold in half.

    9. Dust with icing sugar and enjoy!

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    PANCAKES WITH FRUIT & VANILLA CREAM

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  • ABSOLUTE LOCAL HISTORY

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    JOHN NASH and the Prince

    Tim Parker tells of the relationship between the architect of Brightons most famous building, and HRH the Prince of Wales

    What a couple of chancers. They borrowed huge sums of money from the government and friends, indulged themselves, took short cuts, lived a life of Riley and for the most part got away with it. But,

    they were, however, highly intelligent, talented and imaginative men with

    new ideas. For all their faults, they left the country, certainly in a cultural

    sense, a richer and better place than they found it.

    Much has been written about George IIIs son, the Prince Regent and

    later King George IV, or Prinny as he was known throughout the country

    and in the press during his lifetime. Alas, Prinny was rarely popular,

    although there was nothing he would have liked better. But what a gift

    he was to the cartoonists. Even today Whistlers picture of Prinny on the

    prowl after some tasty lady makes me smile.

    As for John Nash, although he became a great friend and confi dant of

    Prinny, he came from a very different background. His parents were

    Welsh. His father, an engineer and millwright originally from Lambeth,

    died when he was only seven. There was some family money, as the

    family address being in Vine Street indicates, though I must confess that I

    only know it from my familys Monopoly Board.

    As a young man, Nash was articled to Sir Robert Taylor, the highly

    successful Palladian architect and former sculptor. Working in Taylors

    John Nash

    Brighton Marine Pavilion as it used to be

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    ...Nash had become Prinnys favourite architect and his plans for a great

    swathe of Central London, including his dramatic vision for the layout of Regents Park, were much admired

    work was done. Changes of mind, new ideas; the minutest detail was

    examined by the Prince and work done had to be undone. But in the

    end its there for all to see; the music room, the dining room, theres

    nothing like it anywhere in the world. Its not a magnificent palace in the

    accepted sense. Its more a fantastical home, full of unexpected treasure,

    the chandeliers, the Chinese decorations, the kitchen, the dining room.

    I had always assumed that there were other examples of Nashs work

    in Brighton, but when I started researching this article I found, much

    to my surprise, that the Pavilion was the only Nash building in the

    city. I rather thought that Nash had a hand in Lewes Crescent, but I

    was wrong. Thomas Cubitt was the architect and a fine job he made

    of that grand seaside development, which had the added attraction

    of a train station in Kemptown, just a cabs ride away from Sussex

    Square. When we first came to live in Kemptown, my wife Beth had a

    conversation with a man who in his youth had brought passengers from

    the station to their houses in Lewes Crescent in his horse-drawn cab.

    Nevertheless, while Nash was not directly involved in the Kemptown

    developments, nor in Brunswick Square or Palmeira, his imprint on the

    style and the line of those squares and crescents is clear.

    While John Nash spent much of his time in Brighton, he continued his

    major tasks in London including the renovation of Buckingham Palace,

    which was to be his undoing. Costs were out of control: a 250,000

    scheme exceeded 650,000. Only Prinny could save him, and when

    Prinny died in 1830, Nash lost the job. He spent the remainder of his

    life in semi-exile in the Isle of Wight. Nevertheless the Pavilion stands

    glorious testament to the time when this extraordinary pair caroused

    together in Brighton.

    Marble Arch

    Rear view of Buckingham Palace

    office, Nash learnt a great deal, but did not particularly enjoy the

    experience. Taylor was what we would nowadays call a workaholic and his

    apprentices would be ordered out of bed to start work by 5am.

    There is no doubt that Nash felt relief and released when his

    apprenticeship with Taylor was completed. He got married immediately

    and began living the life of a gentleman and a gambler; he loved parties.

    Quickly and inevitably his money ran out. And his wife had run up debts of

    some 300 with her milliners, more money than Nash could possibly earn,

    so he packed her off to Wales and did his best to divorce her; a difficult

    and expensive undertaking in those days. Further disaster followed. Nine

    houses he had built on spec remained unsold and in 1783 he was declared

    bankrupt.

    Nevertheless, Nash picked himself up and by the turn of the 19th century

    had established himself in London, where he lived glamorously in a house

    he had built in Dover Street, and then weekending in a house on the Isle

    of Wight. In a short time Nash had become Prinnys favourite architect

    and his plans for a great swathe of Central London, including his dramatic

    vision for the layout of Regents Park, were much admired. Among many

    other London schemes, Nash worked on Carlton House, Prinnys London

    residence, All Souls, Langham Place, the Quadrant and Piccadilly. Many

    distrusted him but with Prinnys support and more importantly Prinnys

    money, nothing could stop him. For the next 23 years Nash, living like a

    prince, laboured to create the Princes Regents extravagant visions and

    fancies. And of course we in Brighton have the most extraordinary legacy

    of that partnership the Royal Pavilion.

    Despite their different stations in life, it is easy to see how Nash and

    Prinny became friends; they were indeed birds of a feather. They must have

    looked an odd pair, walking around the Royal Pavilion and deciding the

    next priority. Nash was a thick, squat figure with round head, snub nose

    and little eyes. But, quick-witted, amusing and extravagant he was exactly

    the kind of man that Prinny liked to keep company with. Prinny was no oil

    painting either. Fat, ponderous, gross even, but a great conversationalist,

    and often surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Like Nash he had an eye for

    the ladies. Indeed, after the two began working together there was a

    strong rumour that Prinny owed a particular debt to Nash. The architects

    second wife was one of Prinnys many mistresses, and growing tired of her,

    Prinny had been more than grateful when Nash agreed to keep her out of

    his way!

    As for Brighton Pavilion, Prinny had previously built a villa in Brighton,

    designed by Henry Holland. He then decided that his villa should become

    a palace. And a palace was exactly what Nash gave him. Taking the

    then fashionable Indian style as a starting point, the spectacular Pavilion

    eventually became one of the most beautiful (and extraordinary) examples

    of Regency style anywhere in England. However, it took an age before the

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  • How many of us attending a race meeting (or just watching racing on television) want to own a racehorse? Those that follow the sport in a big way often look in from the outside, wondering what it would be like. It is not just the fun of seeing your horse win, or as is often the case lose, it is the opportunity to see the action fi rst hand at the trainers stables and meet the jockeys. Racing is an expensive business, and being part of a group of owners is the closest you can get to have that important feeling of being more involved in the sport.I recently had the opportunity to attend the fi rst meeting for the 2011 season where members of the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group (GROG) were introduced to their latest colt - a two-year-old, named Goodwood Atlantis. This is the 18th group of owners. Last year the group had a winner with their horse Goodwood Treasure, who also made a visit to this meeting.The reception attracted 245 members to Goodwood House to meet each other, and see both horses before 120 stayed on for lunch. The weather this time (the meeting having been put off the week before due to snow) was so nice that the welcome speeches were held outside, as both horses were paraded in the background.I asked top trainer John Dunlop (who owns Castle Stables at Arundel) where both horses are trained, and what is involved? The cost of membership works out at 900 per person which covers the cost of the horse, vet bills, its

    training costs, entry fees, travel to races and jockey fees, he informed me. Each year I select with an independent bloodstock agent a yearling from the sales and the horse then runs as a two and three year old, before the scheme is wound up and another set up.It is not just the racing that attracts membership though, says racing manager Gail Brown. Members are taught about the breeding and selection process, and are kept up to date on how their horse is responding to training, learning all about stride and athleticism and building a picture of their contenders racing chances. It is a fantastic idea, as it enables fans of racing to share the journey from sale ring to racecourse, and hopefully Winners Enclosure, and all that it involves. We even manage some overseas visits to see racing. I could see the enthusiasm of those attending by their response when both horses were paraded in front of them. Their attire was that to be seen at one of the famous Goodwood race days; it was a time to dress to suit the occasion; after all they were now owners!Since it was established in 1994 GROG has an enviable record of winners in its stable. There have been sixteen horses racing in the vivid yellow and red Goodwood livery, ten of them winning and some of them scoring victories on the home ground. At the end of two years the members receive their share of the prize money, and any resale value of the horse.One horse, Goodwood Starlight, won four times, Gail informed me. Twice at Goodwood as well as being placed twice. Another one, Goodwood Maestro, was an 11-1 winner at Goodwood on his debut last year, and two-year-old Goodwood Treasure, who has another year ahead of her,

    So you want to own a

    Sussex is known for being an equestrian playground for horse lovers and racegoers alike. But how do you go about being an owner of a potential winning racehorse in Sussex?

    John Periam investigates

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    racehorse

    From top: Zara Phillips is an accomplished

    equestrian. Together with her horse

    Toytown, she collected individual and team

    gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing

    Championship in Blenheim and individual

    gold and team silver medals at the 2006 FEI

    World Equestrian Games in Germany.

    Michael Owen (Liverpool FC and England

    footballing hero) owned Treble Heights, a

    four-year-old fi lly trained by John Gosden,

    who won a listed race at Newmarket.

    Manchester Uniteds Ferguson is part owner

    of one of the most successful thoroughbred

    racehorses of the 21st century, 2,000 Guineas

    and Irish 2,000 Guineas winner, Rock of

    Gibraltar.

    Although the Queen hasnt enjoyed a

    particularly successful record in the

    United Kingdoms most famous races

    with her horses, she nevertheless invests

    substantially in the Royal Stables, and is

    frequently seen at major racing events like

    Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival

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  • has been placed twice as well as scoring a win at Goodwood, added Gail with yet more enthusiasm.From the start, members are even given a chance to name the seasons new colt. Goodwood Atlantis was chosen by Lesley McGrath and Angela Wormald. It was given a vote of approval by the board ahead of many other names offered. And his history? He comes from the worlds premier speed line stemming from Mr Prospector, his great grandfather, trainer John Dunlop informed me. His shire, Elusive City, has the brilliant sprinter Dayjur as his maternal grandsire; and his own maternal great grandsire Kris was a Champion miler at three and four years of age with victory in Goodwoods Sussex Stakes and has second place in the 2000 Guineas to his credit.

    While researching for this feature, I could see the immense passion that the members had for racing. Frankly, I was totally out of my depth. I have to admit I have only been to a few race meetings; however I have been to many stables when working with the Arundel Veterinary practice members. Veterinary support is of the utmost importance to trainers and we have excellent links at Castle Stables with the Arundel team which is just down the road, said John. Every day our regular vet calls and keeps his eye on all the horses we have training with us. This can be early morning on the gallops

    through to emergency visits late at night, and this is what our owners pay for - it is all part of the service we provide.Goodwood of course would not be Goodwood without the support of the Duke of Richmond who is a keen racegoer in his own rights. I have subscribed to the scheme since its inception, entertaining members at Goodwood House, the Duke explained to me. It is one of those estates that caters for all aspects of sport, from motor racing (supported in a big way by my son Lord March with the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival) to the newly improved 18 hole golf course. What is closest to my heart though, is the racecourse, which has become one of the most established racecourses in the UK. By having the GROG scheme it adds a little more excitement when we have racing there.There is clearly big money to be made for members, and to date, members have received on average more than they have put in. Add to that the enjoyment of seeing your horse race with a group of members that also become you friends, and you end up learning a lot more about a sport that in the past you could only enjoy as a spectator (or should I use the word punter)! What is even nicer is if your horse wins, you then reap the funds in that go towards owning it; as well as placing a bet on it at race day giving one two bites of the cherry! To me that sounds even better, said Gail Brown.As I drove out of the Goodwood estate, which also happens to be the largest organic farm in the UK, I took one look back towards Goodwood Atlantis and Goodwood Treasure thinking to myself what a nice life they are going to have. With their new owners, trainer and team behind GROG they can do nothing but win! Perhaps a call to my Bank Manager is in order this time next year?

    To date, members have

    received on average

    more than they have

    put in

    So you want to own a

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    racehorse

    Top left: Goodwood AtlantisFrom Top: 10th Duke and Duchess ofRichmondGail Brown, John Dunlop, Peter Jonesand Peter WillettVet Paul du Preez, MRCVS, advising theracing stable manager at Castle Stables

    What is closest to my heart, is the racecourse (on the Goodwood estate) which

    has become one of the most established racecourses in the

    UK...Duke of Richmond

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  • ABSOLUTE TRAVEL

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    Ozzies never fail to surprise you. One minute theyre swigging bottles of Victoria Bitter and ranting about the state of Australian cricket and the next minute theyre hugging trees. I was greeted by this surreal sight on a luxury expedition cruise along Western Australias wild and rugged Kimberley coastline. Our ship, the sleek and streamlined Orion was moored off Raft Point, a spectacular red mountain bluff that plunges into the aquamarine Indian Ocean. Jumping into rubber zodiac landing craft we were eager to explore some of Australias fi nest indigenous rock art but as we landed on a beach strewn with colourful semi-precious stones, the Australian passengers were distracted by a cluster of Boab trees. These pot bellied beauties are the much loved symbol of the Kimberley region and make an irresistible photo opportunity. Within minutes the Ozzies, were linking hands and performing group hugs. Little wonder then that they lost the Ashes!A few days earlier Id arrived in Broome after a gruelling 48 hour fl ight from the UK and walking off the plane I felt as if Id arrived on another planet. The bright red earth lends an almost Martian quality to the landscape which echoes to the sound of strange warbling from elusive birds. After checking into a stylish jarrah wood suite in the beautiful landscaped gardens of the Pinctada Hotel I was eager to run down to Broomes legendary Cable Beach to take a dip in the Indian Ocean. My eagerness was tempered when the receptionist told me to ask about the crocs. They spotted one down there a couple of weeks ago, she nonchalantly told me.Ask who, I thought as I arrived at the semi deserted 22km long dazzling white beach.I spotted a distant group of school kids learning to surf and with the rather evil thought that a small school kid would be a more manageable titbit for a

    croc than me. I tiptoed into the waves. All thoughts of crocodiles soon vanished as I fl oated on my back and let the warm ocean breakers wash away the jet leg.Broome is essentially a one-horse town but is full of nostalgic reminders from its golden years as a pearling boom town. Old pearling boats lie moored amongst the mangroves and a delightful outdoor cinema claims to be the worlds oldest and is packed with charming Hollywood memorabilia. Broome still produces some of the fi nest pearls in the world and at Paspaleys I joined a welcome reception for the Orion Cruise. This sparkling boutique would be more at home on the Champs Elysee than Broomes dusty High St. As we sipped champagne and nibbled oyster canaps the shop assistants passed around iridescent pink and gold pearls the size of marbles. Its not exactly easy to juggle canaps and pearls at the same time and an elderly Australian lady had the misfortune to drop a priceless pink pearl straight into her handbag to roars of laughter.Viewing these beautiful pearls eased us into luxury cruise mode but our fi rst sight of the Orion still made a big impression. Graceful and streamlined with her funnel tilted back at a jaunty angle youd never guess that this 53 room mega yacht has a reinforced hull designed to withstand the toughest Antarctic seas. On board, the decor oozes homely elegance. I especially liked the wood panelled library packed with informative nature books and a large

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    Explore the magnifi cent wildlife of AustraliasKimberley Coast on a luxury adventure cruise

    by Neil GeraghtyThe Orion and Zodia

    cs

    Happy crocodile!

    Crocs

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    globe on which you can appreciate just how isolated the Kimberley coast is. Settling into my spacious 5th fl oor suite, with my feet up on the balcony enjoying a sublime Indian Ocean sunset, my phone reception fi zzled out and I settled down to 10 glorious days of mobile free cruising.Early the next morning, still jet lagged, I was up before dawn and on the windswept prow of the ship ran into a couple of early morning power walkers.See the whales they pointed as they breezed past me. In the far distance I could just see jets of spray shooting up on the horizon. The captain had spotted them too and slowing the engine down to a purr he began nudging the ship slowly towards them. At 7.30 he made an announcement over the tannoy system and within minutes the deck was full of passengers in dressing gowns clutching thousands of dollars worth of camcorders. The Kimberley is one of the prime breeding grounds of humpbacks which are the most acrobatic of all the whales. Right on cue they began breaching and fl apping their giant fl ippers at the approaching ship and to gasps of astonishment glided within metres of the Orions prow. This exhilarating introduction to the Kimberleys wildlife was straight out of David Attenboroughs The Blue Planet and there was a real buzz of excitement as we strolled to the stern of the ship to replay our cams over a breezy outdoor breakfast. Later in the morning the excitement mounted as we donned life jackets, jumped into the zodiacs and sped off over the choppy waves to explore the prehistoric cliffs and isolated bays of this magnifi cent coastline. At the sinister sounding Crocodile Creek we were greeted by the unexpected sight of our charming Filipino waiters wearing yellow sombreros and strumming guitars. Theyd set up a margarita bar next to an idyllic waterfall that was cascading over burnished rocks into an opalescent pool.

    The temperature was well over 30C and the cool water felt sublime. Clutching a margarita with a refreshing waterfall pummelling my shoulders I couldnt help thinking that this was the most civilized way to explore the harsh Australian Outback.A couple of days later at Raft Point we tore ourselves away from the photogenic Boabs to trek up to the sacred caves of the local Wororra people. Harry Christensen one of Orions infectiously enthuiastic guides lead us up the hillside and leapt around barefoot pointing out towering termite mounds and scarlet Kimberley rose trees that dot the exotic landscape. At the foot of the caves he paused to ask permission from the spirits before entering the caves. Above us, ancient frescoes of bulbous headed wandjinas (ancestral spirits), dugongs and turtles swirled over the cave walls. The wandjinas bear an uncanny resemblance to ET and Raft Point has long been a favourite location for Alien visitation conspiracy theorists. With magnifi cent views over the sparkling Timor Sea, the caves were as spiritually uplifting as the most picturesque Greek Temple.Leaving Raft Point we headed off for some more close encounters with spectacular wildlife. The Kimberley has the second highest tidal range in the world and at Montgomery Reef the swiftly ebbing tide traps vast quantities of water inside the circular reef which spills over the coral in shimmering horizontal waterfalls. Thousands of fi sh get trapped and become fast food

    Designer

    Humpback whale

    Raft Point

    I was up before dawn and on the windswept prow of the

    ship ran into a couple of early morning power walkers.

    See the whales they pointedas they breezed past me. In the

    far distance I could just see jets of spray shooting upon the horizon.

    Crocs

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    for myriads of birds. As our zodiacs approached the waterfalls snowy white egrets were hopping along the coral in an intricate ballet, stabbing at the fl oundering fi sh. What the birds miss the turtles snap up. Below us, green turtles were fl itting around and every so often would surface for air in the most fl eeting of photo opportunities. In a bizarre twist our ever obliging bar staff had set up a bar on a sand shoal and handed us glasses of rum punch as we sailed past in the shark infested waters.At Hunter Creek we entered classic Crocodile Dundee country. It was high tide and there was an eerie silence as our zodiacs glided through the mangrove tree tops. We felt distinctly ill at ease knowing that giant crocs were lurking below us in the murky depths. After all, surely a crocodiles razor sharp teeth would make short work of a rubber zodiac? The only thing stirring was a russet coloured Brahminy kite that swooped low over our heads out of curiosity. After an hour or so we gave up and headed back to the Orion. At the mouth of the river a sharp eyed passenger spotted a young croc basking lazily in the sunshine on a small rock. As we edged to within metres of the rock the yellow eyed croc stared at us with demonic suspicion but decided we were harmless. Nevertheless I kept my camera at a safe distance in case my last photo became a real life snappy snap.At The King George River we reached the most beautiful stretch of the Kimberley coastline. This dramatic sea inlet stretches 12km inland and is fl anked by copper coloured cliffs that rise over 100m and resemble giant crumbling fl ake bars. In the jade green water stingrays were gliding around while high above us sea eagles were circling on the thermals. At the head of the inlet the dry season had reduced the normally roaring King George waterfalls to a mere trickle. A few hardy passengers including several octogenarians opted to hike up to the crest of the waterfall where pouring with sweat we jumped into pools on the dried up riverbed. It was an arduous climb and I was full of admiration at the intrepid OAPs. We were greeted by a round of applause when we reached the bottom again and as we sailed into the shadow of the cliffs we stumbled across our ever thoughtful bar staff who handed us glasses of champagne to congratulate us. In a neighbouring zodiac Harry scooped up a giant pink jellyfi sh and began telling us about its fascinating biology. It was a surreal scene sipping champagne while staring at a blancmange sized pink jellyfi sh and seemed to conjure up perfectly the blend of luxury and surprising adventure that is the hallmark of an Orion cruise.

    Audley Travel specializes in tailor made holidays and cruises to Australia and beyond. Prices for the 10 night Orion Kimberley Expedition cruise including economy class fl ights and two people sharing an ocean view stateroom start from 6995 per person. For further information please call one of Audleys specialists on 01993 838 810. www.audleytravel.comFor more information on Western Australia please visitwww.westernaustralia.com

    holidays and cruises to Australia and beyond. Prices for the 10 night Orion Kimberley Expedition cruise including economy class fl ights and two people sharing an ocean view stateroom start from 6995 per person. For further information please call one of Audleys specialists on 01993 838 810. www.audleytravel.comFor more information on Western Australia please visitwww.westernaustralia.com

    At Hunter Creek we entered classic

    Crocodile Dundee country.

    Short-eared rock wallaby

    Jabiru

    Clutching a margarita with a

    refreshing waterfall pummelling

    my shoulders I couldnt help

    thinking that this was the most civilized way

    to explore the harsh Australian

    Outback.

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    The Martlets is appealing for local women to get involved and enjoy a night to remember at their Midnight Walk on Friday 17th June 2011. A 13 mile women only sponsored walk, the Midnight Walk

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    In The Wake is the stunning new album from supremely talented singer-songwriter Al Lewis, from north Wales. It garnered a clutch of great reviews and enthusiastic radio coverage when it was released via Als website last October. On 14th March the album will be offi cially released, and Al is now undertaking a Caff Nero tour of the UK.He performs at Caff Nero, 89A Church Rd, Hove on Friday 11th March at 4pm. With a sound that echoes the classic song writing of the 1970s (Tim Buckley, James Taylor), but delivered with a modern twist, Al Lewis has been making a big impression on Londons acoustic music circuit over the last 18 months. The second Al starts to sing there is a noticeable drop in audience hum and hubbub, as they stop to listen to his beautiful voice and captivating, melodic songs. www.allewismusic.com

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    Jazz singer Alyson Green will be performing with her trio at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, early this month. She has gained recognition for her sensitive and unique interpretation of some of the great Jazz classics.Alyson launches her 2011 UK tour at Ropetackles Jazz Club, where she will be joined by some of the UKs fi nest jazz musicians in a programme that promises to contain her own distinctive versions of some of the great standards, showcasing songwriters new and old, with some great jazz interpretations of the works of Kate Bush, Oasis and Stevie Wonder, through to jazz classics from the likes of Gershwin - something here for all lovers of good music.

    Alyson Green and her bandRopetackle Arts Centre, ShorehamThursday 3rd March8.30pm (doors open 7.45)Tickets: 10 www.ropetacklecentre.co.ukwww.alysongreen.co.uk

    A troupe of four Brighton-based actors went homeless in Gatwick recently as part of their research for a new play. Meanwhile their artistic director has been seeking out an old friend to fi nd out what happened after he was jailed when forced to live at the airport for real.Gatwicks two terminals cover nearly 200,000 square metres between them while its 25,000 employees play host to some 31 million passengers per year. Yet within this 24-hour, constantly shifting community, there is a small minority who are neither staff nor passenger. Homeless and jobless, drawn to the warmth and shelter of the airport, they are part of a global phenomenon.

    Partly inspired by the tale of Anthony Delaney, Gatwicks own Terminal Man, who spent three years eating, sleeping and avoiding the security guards, the cast of Chronicle Theatres debut production have all lived rough in the terminals in order to prepare for the play. Their responses and experiences, along with the interviews they have gathered, form the basis of the play.No Particular Place To GoThe Lectern Public House (upstairs)5 Pelham Terrace, Lewes Road, BrightonMarch 30th - 2nd April8.30pm (doors open 7.45)

    Tickets: 5

    ALYSONGREEN

    Jazz at the Ropetackle

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    Chronicle Theatre Companys Terminal Man

    X Factor in Brighton

    Every year X Factor becomes the talking point of a nation and once again fans will be able to see all their favourite acts from this years series as they arrive at The Brighton Centre this month. This years performers will include Aiden, Paije and Matt, One Direction will be live and kicking, while Mary and Wagner will be showing the whippersnappers how its done and Katie, Rebecca and Cher will be bringing a touch of girly glamour to the proceedings.X Factor arrive at The Brighton Centreon 15th March.www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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  • Harwoods of Sussex, Pulborough, was the venue for the launch of the fabulous new Bentley Continental GT recently.One hundred invited guests enjoyed the beautifully sculptured exterior, which was shown off to great effect with a dramatic light and sound show. The launch of the Continental GT is another key moment in Bentleys history.Those who attandedd the launch, and selected customers, will have the chance to enjoy a GT Ride and Drive Day this month, at Cowdray Park, where they will get the chance to drive this beautiful new iconic car.

    The beauty of BentleyThe new

    Bentley Continental GTis launched

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    For further information about the Bentley Contininetal GTplease contact Harwoods on 01798 877213.

    Harwoods Bentley Receptionist Sue Stacey, with Paul Laker, Harwoods Bentley Sales Executive

    Mr Guy Harwood (right), chats to guests at the launch

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  • LIMITED IN NUMBER. BUT NOT IN APPEAL.

    Marking 50 years since the launch of the iconic E-Type Jaguar, the XK Special Edition

    celebrates a long line of great Jaguar grand tourers. And at 59,900, this limited

    edition 5.0 litre V8 Coup highlights another Jaguar tradition: astonishing value.

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    OFFICIAL FUEL ECONOMY FIGURES FOR THE XK IN MPG (L/100KM): URBAN 16.5 MPG (17.1); EXTRA URBAN 35.3 MPG (8.0); COMBINED 25.2 MPG (11.2). CO2 EMISSIONS 264 G/KM.*On the Road price is the Manufacturers Retail Price plus Car Tax, First Registration Fee and Delivery Pack.

    XK SPECIAL EDITION

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    X-TYPE05 55 X-TYPE 2.0 D S Estate Ebony Black. 54,200 miles ................... 8,49506 06 X-TYPE 2.2 D SE Jaguar Racing Green. 57,526 miles ............ 9,49506 56 X-TYPE 2.0 D SE Estate Glacier Blue. 35,386 miles ................ 11,49509 09 X-TYPE 2.2 D SE Auto Glacier Blue. 11,624 miles ................... 17,49509 09 X-TYPE 2.2 D Sovereign Chilli Red. 18647 miles..................... 18,99509 09 X-TYPE 2.2 D SE Estate Chilli Red. 16300 miles ..................... 18,995

    XF08 08 XF 2.7 V6 Diesel Luxury Indigo. 39,103 miles ......................... 22,99508 08 XF 2.7 V6 Diesel Luxury Midnight Black. 32,940 miles ...... 23,99509 59 XF 3.0 V6 Diesel Luxury Indigo Blue. 12,835 miles ............... 28,99510 60 XF 3.0 V6 Luxury Ebony. 908 miles ........................................... 29,99509 59 XF 3.0 V6 Diesel Luxury Liquid Siler. 11,960 miles ................ 30,99509 59 XF 3.0 V6 Diesel Luxury Pearl Grey. 5,708 miles ................... 31,49510 10 XF 3.0V6 Diesel Luxury Polaris White. 16,001 miles ............. 31,49510 60 XF 3.0 V6 Diesel Luxury Indigo Blue. 4,987 miles ................. 31,99511 60 XF 3.0 V6 Diesel Luxury Liquid Silver. Miles TBA ................. 33,99510 59 XF 3.0 V6 Diesel Luxury S Premium Silver. 8792 miles ...... 34,99511 60 XF 3.0 V6 Diesel Luxury Premium Silver. 26 miles ............... 37,995

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    B0311_070 Jag ad.indd 1 23/2/11 14:31:46

  • Its hard to imagine why a Jaguar XK with its 155mph top speed and sub-six second sprint to sixty might not be fast enough - but then people with over 70,000 to spend on a luxury coupe or convertible live by different rules. Jaguars 503bhp supercharged XKR is either an XK with massive performance or a cut-price Aston Martin. Either way, its a great car.

    BackgroundLets kick this off with a benchmark fi gure. Call it 1,910kg. Focus on that number because thats what was once the benchmark model in the luxury coupe sector weighs. The 383bhp Mercedes SL500 is undoubtedly a fi ne car and it sells well but it had an easy ride for too long. Not any more. Lets imagine a vehicle with 120bhp more to power it, which is newer, better looking, quicker, around 8,000 more affordable, with a greater sense of occasion, a more special interior and which, crucially, weighs a full 250kg less so is also more agile. Youd have to say that if such a car existed, it would put a crushing move on the Mercedes. The Jaguar XKR is just that car and its no surprise that it is decimating sales of all of its direct rivals.

    As much fun as the old MK1 XKR was, it was a ludicrously ineffi cient car. Rarely had so little space on the inside been offered by something so big on the outside. It was almost like a reverse TARDIS. The same length as a seven seater Ford Galaxy, the XKR struggled to seat two decently sized adults. The latest car gives you a lot more practicality and a bigger serving of on-road capability as well. Its also a showcase for some state of the art vehicle engineering.

    The Jaguar XKR Experience Lets start with the engine. Its now a direct injection 5.0-litre V8 unit complete with supercharger and now its good for a crushing 503bhp. This is a highly advanced piece of metal work on Jaguars part with its aluminium construction, independent variable cam timing and spray guided direct injection. Jaguar quotes a sprint to 60mph of just 4.6 seconds with the 50-70mph increment dispatched in a vanishing 1.9seconds. An electronic limiter intervenes softly at 155mph, fast enough for most of us. Without the limiter, Jaguar insiders reckon that over three miles a minute are possible given the cars slippery aerodynamics and leggy gearing. The Convertible model is 50kg

    For too long British sports coupes came with a list of caveats as long as your arm. However, the Jaguars XKR needs no excuses, says Andy Enright

    Smooth Operator

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  • heavier than the coupe but retains the same performance fi gures. Beneath the skin, the latest models benefi t from ADC Active Differential Control which works to apportion drive to the wheels that can best deploy it.

    In-Your-Face DesignThe latest XKR gets an even more aggressive front end and LED indicator lights on its wing mirrors. At the rear, the bumper sits lower and there are LED tail light clusters. It would be tempting to think of this car as an evolution of the old XKR. Tempting but wrong. This latest generation model is built from entirely different stuff. The advanced aluminium construction and massively superior technology embodied in the latest XKR raise its game enormously. Theres also a welcome injection of practicality to the XKR. The high hipline remains, but Jaguar has worked at making the interior feel a good deal airier, with a low scuttle and clever use of colour combinations. The wheelbase has increased by 162mm, and rear occupants will notice the difference immediately. Up front, theres way more room around the pedal box and beneath the steering wheel. Gone is the rather mean boot of its predecessor - unforgivable in a car with Grand Touring pretensions - and in its place is a more versatile hatchback arrangement.

    Unlike many premium convertibles, the XKR drop top model relies on a fabric roof rather than the voguish folding hard top, but there are valid engineering reasons for doing so. Folding tin tops require a whole host of heavy electric motors to operate and the ethos of the latest XKR is clever design and light weight. XKR-specifi c bits include that more aggressive front bumper with colour keyed fi nish that incorporates tall air intakes on each side, aluminium trimmed side power vents, old-school bonnet louvres and an aluminium trim on the mesh grilles.

    CostThe XKR is not a notably inexpensive car to run. Any vehicle with a supercharged V8 engine that displaces 5.0-litres and cranks out 503bhp is going to have a rather immodest appetite for fuel and the XKR can slug it back with the best of em. Jaguar publishes a combined fuel fi gure of 23mpg that seems rather hopeful and that fi gure will take a sharp nosedive if your right boot gives the supercharger something to chew on. The insurance rating is, rather predictably, a top of the shop Group 20.Depreciation is an area where the XKR more than hold its own. The Convertible will hold a full 52 per cent of its new

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  • price after three years. If you want a BMW 6 Series drop top with more power, youll need to shell out for the M6 and be prepared to see 40 per cent of your investment back after three years. Ouch. The Jaguar even manages to pip the Mercedes SL500 when it comes to retained value which is no mean feat. As good as the Jaguar XKR is, and its a very well executed GT car, one has to wonder whether its worth 6,000 over the price of a standard Jaguar XK. Yes, that 6,000 does buy you 125bhp extra, which is no small beer, but it also raises expectations as to the XKRs worth as a sports car. Its well finished, very capable, resolutely modern and now features excellent build and reliability. Years ago, a Jaguar of this all-round excellence would have been unthinkable. The achievements of the marque nowadays provokes harsher scrutiny but even under the most critical examination, the XKR is tough to fault.

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    Jaguars 503bhp supercharged XKR is either an XK with massive performance or a cut-price Aston Martin

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    Jaguar XKR

    Minimum price: 77,900 (5.0 Coupe 2dr) Maximum price: 83,900 (5.0 Convertible 2dr)0-60 mph: 4.6 secondsMax speed: 155 mphWarranty: 3 yearsService int. : 15,000 miles

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    These are some of the many places where you can pick up your copy ofAbsolute Brighton

    BRIGHTONJurys Inn HotelStudio 27, Queens Road Parsons, Son and Basley, Queens RoadStarbucks, Churchill Square Moksha Caf, 4/5 York Place, Jimmy Chop Chop, Trafalgar StreetThe Laines Deli, 31 Trafalgar StreetEasy News, 29 Trafalgar StreetThe Point Hairdressers, Trafalgar StreetRosalins Hair and Beauty Salon,78 Trafalgar StFired Earth, Prince Albert StreetGars, 19 Prince Albert StreetAmbience Gallery, Meeting House LaneKellerwood, 12d Meeting House LaneJeremy Hoye, 22a Ship Street Brighton Beautique, 14 Ship St She Said, Ship Street Gardens Reiss Clothing, East StreetToni & Guy, 68 East StreetChampneys, 24 East StreetMadame Geisha, East StreetRegent ArcadeArt at Five, BartholomewsKaren Millen, Nile StreetVelvet, Bond StreetArt @ Tailor Made, 3 Brighton Square Solutions inc, Hannington Quarter, Donatellos, 1-3 Brighton SquareFratellis, 20 Brighton SquareStarbucks, Market SquareElite dressmakers, The LanesBrowns, Duke Street Powder, 5a Duke StLook Fantastic, Duke Street Havana Restaurant, 32 Duke StreetHotel Du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street Electric, 18 Ship Street Leone Clare, Upper North StreetSabai Thai Restaurant. 165-169 Princes Place, North StreetJuice FM, North StreetAll Bar One, Pavilion BuildingsDome Box Offi ce, New RoadTreatment Rooms, 21 New RoadOkinami Restaurant, New RoadShine Hairdressers, Gloucester RoadMidnight Communications, Foundry StPriory Partnership, Frederick PlaceTower Point, North RoadWagamamas, North RoadMyhotel, 17 Jubilee SquareSkin Clinics, Jubilee SquareLA Fitness, North RoadO-zone, 21 23 Church StreetAruna Newsagents, 55 Gardner StreetAIB Bank, Marlborough PlaceGraves Jenkins, 26 Marlborough PlaceHealys Solicitors, 8 Old Steine Venus Hairdresser, Old SteineTerraces, Madeira DriveCaffyns showroom, Preston Road,

    Wynne Baxter, 15-19 Dyke Road Blenios, Seven DialsUden Estate Agents, Seven DialsJohn Hoole Estate Agents, 214 Dyke RdDyke Golf Club, Devils Dyke, Dyke RoadThe Clinic Chiropractors,34 Dyke Road AvenueAlbion Hotel, Kings Road ParadeBrighton Centre, Kings Road Brighton Metropole, Kings RoadCavendish House, Kings RoadThe Grand, Kings Road The Thistle Hotel, Bartholomews Old Ship Hotel, Kings RoadHoliday Inn, 137 Kings Rd,Kings Hotel, 139-141 Kings RoadMarina West Hotel, 26 Oriental PlaceBrighton House Hotel, 52 Regency SqPelirocco Hotel, 10 Regency SquareHotel Una, 55 Regency SquareBrighton Racecourse, Freshfi eld Road

    KEMPTOWNSeaspray Hotel, 25 New SteineThe Square Hotel, 4 New SteineNew Steine Hotel, 12a New SteineNew Madeira Hotel, Marine ParadeDrakes Hotel, 44 Marine ParadeBrighton Laser Clinic, Marine Parade Sun Qube 66 St Georges RoadSpruce, 11 George Street Gin Gin Restaurant, 74 St James StreetForde Hairdressers, 88 St James StreetTop to Toe, 46 Upper St James StreetFour Seasons, 3 Upper Rock GardensAlvia Hotel, 36 Upper Rock Gardens

    BRIGHTON MARINAKarma, Waterfront Seatle Hotel, WaterfrontRendezvous CasinoDavid Lloyd, MarinaWalk of Fame Caf, Waterfront Neilson, Locksview ASDA (Petrol station)Marina Dental Care, Marina Square

    HOVESkerritts, 23 Coleridge StreetTranquility in the City, 12 Boundary Rd Eaton Road Dental Practise, Eaton RdThe Cricketers, Hove Cricket GroundTai Hair and Beauty, 7 Blatchington Rd Robbies Car Wash, Hove StationToast of Brighton, 40 Church RoadLa Fourchette, 42 Church RoadTingleys, 46 Church RoadCallaways Estate Agents, 59 Church RdFabulous Floors, 67 Church RoadHarrys, Church RoadAlpha Contracts, 5153 Church RoadHavana Spoon, 70-72 Church RoadMishon Welton Estates, 94 Church Rd

    Waves, 99 Church RoadProperty Moves, 109 Church RoadHove Family Dental Practice,11 New Church RoadMistys, 116 Church RoadCoffee Republic, 57 Church RoadMishon Mackay, 170 Church Road Clinic Nine, 212 Church RoadLansdowne Place Hotel, Lansdowne PlArscotts, 54 Lansdowne PlaceCaff Nero, The Drive Starbucks, Western Road Brighton White, 2 Hampton PlaceDesign Interiors, 56 Western Road Beauty Secrets, 65 Western RoadHove Kitchen, Western RoadCaffe Nero, 208 Western RoadCoffee Republic, 55 Western Road Spektra Hairdressing, 69 Western Road, Intoto Kitchens, 119/120 Western RoadNail Studio, 1 Brunswick RdBrunswick Pub, Brunswick RoadGK UNA hair salon, 19 Upper Market StTin Drum, Second Ave Le Lion Dor, George Street The Hair and Nail Loft, George StreetDiamond Nails, George StreetMurray Media, 1 Blatchington Road Babylon Lounge, Western EsplanadeThe Lawns Caf, Hove Lawns, KingswayHove Practice, 28 Wilbury RoadGym and Tonic, 42 Queen Victoria Road

    PORTSLADETooth Smart, 137 Portland Road, HoveHeart FM, Franklin Road, PortsladeRivervale cars (Mazda), Victoria RdCaffyns Volvo, Victoria Road, PortsladeHair and Beauty Lounge, Portland RoadWestbourne Motors, 270 Portland RoadTJ Signs, Portland Business Park

    SHOREHAM/LANCING SOUTHWICKFrosts Cars, Brighton Road, ShorehamGlam, 14a High Street, ShorehamStephanie Reed, 80 High StreetCrown and Anchor, High St, ShorehamIdentity Hair Salon, High St, ShorehamShowtec, High St, ShorehamThe Smile Studio, East St, ShorehamHair and Nail lounge, 30 East Street, Crop Shop, 7 St Marys Road, Shoreham The Holmbush shopping centre Shoreham AirportStyle and Silver, Bank House,Southwick Square

    WORTHINGBryces Seafood, The SteineThe Fish Factory, BrightonSofa, Marine ParadeCasa Ciro, Marine Parade

    Richard John Hair, 2 - 4 Royal ArcadeSplash FM, Guildbourne CentreShaun Slater Gould, Ann Street Liming Restaurant, 13/15 New StreetFood Restaurant, New Street Euphoric. 17 Chandos Road Burlington Hotel, Marine Parade (Gios)Tangerine Bar, Marine ParadeCaffyns Plc, Goring Rd, GoringMontage, 29 Brighton Road

    BURGESS HILLPorsche Mid-Sussex, York RoadBurgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road

    LEWESLewes District Council, Southover House, Southover RdChalk Gallery, 4 North StreetGorringes, 15 North StreetGorringes, Market StreetLewes Estates, High Street The Crown Inn, 191 High StreetSeasons Of Lewes, 199 High StreetArtisan, 197 High StreetCubitt & West, 209 High StreetWycherley Estate Agents, 56 High StreetCheese Please, 46 High StreetBone, 36 High StreetWhite Hart Hotel, High StreetPelham House Hotel, High StreetWynne Baxter, 221 High StreetShelleys Hotel, High StreetDome Hairdressing, High StreetLaportes, 1 Lansdowne PlaceEsquire, 3 Lansdowne PlaceEquilibrium Health Centre, 16 Station St Avant Garde, 28 High StreetOyster lingerie, 5 North Court Dorset pub, 22 Malling St

    OTHER AREASHarwoods, London Road, PulboroughPolka Dot, HurstpierpointSouth Lodge Hotel, Lower BeedingThe Royal Oak, PoyningsTottington Manor, Edburton, Henfi eldNK Hair, Brick Lane Henfi eldRichwards Estate Agents, Henfi eldWhite Mischief Weddings, Henfi eldGhyll Manor, High St, RusperRipples Bathrooms, Keymer Rd, HassocksShepherd and Dog, FulkingWhite Horse Hotel, RottingdeanBright on Beauty, Rottingdean Angels n Saints, RottingdeanBuxted Park, Uckfi eld Baloos, WoodmancoteThe Ginger Fox, Woodmancote Cowdray Park, Cowdray, MidhurstCherrywood Events, Stanmer House

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