J'AIME March 2018

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Y O U R L O C A L L U X U R Y L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

UNIQUE MODERN

HOMEWARE FROM

A LICHFIELD

DESIGNER-MAKER

A Y EAR

OF MUSIC

LESSONS UP

F OR GRABS

Mother’s

Day treats

PLUS WIN A £100

DESIGNER JEWELLERY

VOUCHER FOR YOUR MUM

RETURN OF THE MAC:

SPRING COATS TO COVET


Welcome to J’AIME

We’re full of the joys of spring here at

J’AIME HQ this month; light nights are

just around the corner and hopefully we’ve

seen the back of the winter chills. It’s a

lovely time of year, full of optimism and new

beginnings. This month also brings Mother’s

Day, and we’ve got a fabulous prize of £100

to spend at Allen Brown Jewellery up for

grabs for one special mum. So why not enter

and tell us why your mum deserves to win -

or get the kids to enter for you!

If the arrival of spring makes you want to

try something new, then check out Partridge

Brothers music school which has just opened

at Heart of the Country shopping village.

We’ve got a whole year’s worth of music

lessons to be won so if you’ve always fancied

learning to play an instrument then now’s

your chance.

Elsewhere we’ve got news of a new foodie

event coming to Lichfield, plus some fab

recipes for you to try at home, and we’ve

been chatting with chef Dan Doherty who

is bringing his exclusive pop up to Harvey

Nichols Birmingham for one night only this

month. There’s also the chance to win a

‘steak and date’ night at Pom’s in Lichfield.

Congratulations are also in order for our

latest competition winners; Samantha Jones

from Lichfield scooped our £500 voucher

to spend at Blackbrook Interiors while Gary

Saunders of Sutton Coldfield won a luxury

stay at St Johns House.

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CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Copper and Solder - Chatting to Lichfield

designer-maker Katie Figiel

12 Property - Property of the month

14 Interiors - Go global

18 Interiors - Deepest blue

22 Competition - Win a £100 voucher for Allen

Brown Jewellery to treat your mum

24 Mother’s Day - Gift ideas for that special lady

26 Easter - Luxury chocolatey treats

30 Food and drink - Reviewing Fumo Selfridges,

Birmingham

32 Food and drink - A mouth-watering lamb

showstopper from Pom’s

34 Food and drink - A new Lichfield foodie event,

plus win a date night at Pom’s

36 Food and drink - Cocktail of the month from

Le Rêve

38 Food and drink - Dan Doherty brings his pop

up to Harvey Nichols Birmingham

41 Food and drink - A super sandwich recipe

42 Travel - Splendid Sri Lanka

46 Competition - Win a year’s worth of music

lessons at Partridge Brothers Music Centre

50 What’s On - Our pick of events around our

area this month

54 What’s On - The hottest tickets around

Birmingham

56 Fashion - Return of the mac

58 Fashion - Go maxi for wedding style at

Nero e Bianco

62 Beauty - Skincare tips from Xodos

63 Beauty - Makeup must-haves from Harvey

Nichols Birmingham

64 In the news - The Ivy comes to Birmingham

65 Motors - Tamworth racing driver Martin

Plowman on getting race fit

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FEATURE

C oncrete designs

LICHFIELD DESIGNER AND MAKER KATIE FIGIEL, FOUNDER OF COPPER AND SOLDER,

IS MAKING WAVES WITH HER UNIQUE HOMEWARES. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE

Scroll through Instagram looking for home design

inspiration and you’re sure to come across a whole

host of designers, interiors experts and influencers

showcasing beautiful products and rooms which have

been carefully curated to look effortlessly stylish. You

may have even found perfect items for your own

home after spotting them in someone else’s stunning

pictures.

Instagram has opened up a whole new avenue for

small businesses to get to potential customers, and a

way for you and me to connect directly with people

who make the things we’re searching for.

For Lichfield designer-maker Katie Figiel, a pictureperfect

Instagram feed is key to her success.

The 25-year-old runs Copper and Solder, where she

creates unique homewares for modern, casual living

spaces with an industrial, minimal feel. Her 10,000-

plus Instagram followers are treated to a constant

update of images showcasing her stylish products in

perfectly pictured settings.

Flick through and you’ll see her copper rail in the

beautifully styled home of a well-known blogger and

influencer, and her coffee drip stand resplendent in a

trendy cafe in Brooklyn, New York.

“I’ve try to make Copper and Solder more of a

lifestyle brand,” says Katie. “If I post a picture of

someone who’s got one of my pieces in their living

room I want people to look at it and think ‘I want

that vibe’ rather than just ‘I want that product’.

Katie’s flair for design led her to a degree course at

Derby University studying Textiles and Fashion -

something of a departure from the business where

she eventually made her name.

“I specialised in printed fashion, looking at putting

prints onto fabrics,” says Katie. “I loved it and it was

amazing, but I didn’t feel like I’d ever get a job in the

industry after.”

By chance, Katie found out about a design job

going at a burgeoning accessories company based in

London and decided to take the plunge.

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“My sister works as a

packaging designer for

major brands like Boots

and at the time she was

working closely with an

accessories company

called Betty and Walter

on a Christmas range, and

she found out that they

were looking for a studio

assistant and thought I’d

be perfect,” she explains.

Betty and Walter was

run by renowned print

designer Lisa Levis-

Stickley, someone Katie

had always looked

up to, so even before

she graduated, Katie went for the job - and was

successful. Upping sticks from the Midlands, Katie

made the move to the capital to chase her designer

dreams.

“I worked for Betty and Walter for two years, and I

ended up concentrating fully on their social media

at the end,” Katie explains. “It was the time when

people were on Instagram a lot, it was the start of it

all and I absolutely loved it. It was also great meeting

their stockists and really set me up for where I am

now. I would meet with companies like Heal’s to find

out what they were looking for.”

Unfortunately the company got into some financial

difficulty and Katie was made redundant. Rather

than sticking it out in the city, she decided to move

back to the Midlands when her partner Luke was

offered a managerial role at The Edgbaston Hotel in

Birmingham.

“It worked out timing-wise with Luke’s job,” says

Katie. “And the Midlands has so much creative stuff

going on so I thought there had to be something

design-wise out there for me.”

Katie took on a part-time job at H&M while she was

looking for her dream designer role. But it was her

dad Chris, a painter and decorator with a love of

making original pieces, who influenced Katie’s jump

into her own business.

“Before we moved my dad had made us a copper

pipe table for the flat in London,” says Katie. “It was

a wooden top, painted black, with copper pipe legs.

Then when we moved back he wanted to make some

more stuff and showed

me how to do it, and

it’s all just grown from

there.”

In September 2015

Katie started selling

copper iPad stands and

coffee dripper stands

on Etsy - and was soon

inundated with orders

and requests.

“It just went nuts,” says

Katie. “I kept thinking

of new products we

could make and it

quickly got to the point

where I didn’t even

have time for my part-

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time job any more.

“We’ve made a couple of drinks trolleys for a nonalcoholic

spirit company called Seedlip. It was about

my third month in and they found me on Etsy. They

were launching in Selfridges in London and wanted

something on-brand to showcase their stuff and do

tastings. I’d never made a trolley before but I went

for it and then made them a second one.

“I didn’t think people would contact me for bigger

stuff, I thought they’d just buy my products, end-of.

But doing something bespoke was really nice to work

on.”

From her initial limited product range, Katie added

new lines - and soon added a new material into the

mix.

“I started doing copper rails and hooks, and then

concrete came into it when I started doing the

copper piece on concrete as a candle holder, which is

now our bestseller,” she says. “I think it was just the

right time for copper, it was just huge in interiors.”

While copper was the start of Katie’s homeware

range, much of her product range is now concrete

accessories such as candle holders, coasters, jewellery

plates, ring cones and pots. And once again, she’s hit

on a huge interiors trend as concrete is the material

ju jour in interior design circles.

“Years ago I saw a concrete candle holder on

Pinterest and thought ‘I need to do that’, just as a

DIY. And that’s kind of taken over now,” says Katie.

“I literally bought a bag of concrete

and got started. My dad is told me

all about the binders you need to

use in concrete and I just started

experimenting. I started off using

tin cans as moulds, pouring the

concrete in and then peeling the

cans off when it’s set. Now I use

all silicone moulds, which I try to

make myself so my designs are

unique.

“There’s so much more you can

do with concrete because copper

is copper. I’m using raw plumbers’

copper pipe, so there’s only so

much you can do with it - people

have been asking for brass and

different colours but I’ve not looked

into spray painting yet so it’s not

easy for me to change the colours

up.

“Concrete is more flexible, I can

print on top of it and I can mix

colours, make bigger and smaller

things; concrete is really taking off now. I still like to

keep elements of the copper in my pieces because

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the business is called Copper and Solder, so I use

copper coupling on candle holders and brush copper

paint onto items.”

Working out of a small studio in the spare bedroom

of her Lichfield home, Katie now has around 30

stockists around the country and overseas, including

one in Dubai.

“My first ever stockist was in South Korea, which

was nuts,” she says. “I wasn’t sure how to go about it

but I just went with it. My stockists are the backbone

to the business and keep everything running, while

my website keeps the e-commerce orders coming in.

“Instagram plays a massive part in my sales; that’s

where I think the majority of sales come from. I’ll

post a picture and then sell x amount of that product

that day and I’ll know that’s because people have

seen it there - it’s amazing. It means you can shout

about your products without having to go to markets

all of the time. Although I do love markets too; my

favourite is one called Paper Dolls in the Custard

Factory which is always fab.”

Katie uses both grey and white concrete, using

different coloured pigments mixed with the white

concrete to create her signature ‘Dalmatian’ patterns,

in black and white as well as a newly launched white

and blush range which started off as a collaboration

for one of her stockists.

“The grey ones are a lot more ‘concrete’ and rustic

in feel, whereas people are really loving the different

colours,” says Katie. “Every couple of months I also

do a limited edition ‘marble’ pattern, rolling a plain

white piece in oil paints to create the effect.

“People always say ‘what is it’ because they don’t

think it’s concrete. People often think they’re ceramic

because they’re so smooth. It’s definitely a very raw

material which is hard to get so smooth. It’s mostly

the mould, and mixing the

concrete and the binder to the

correct consistency, and then

sanding afterwards is quite

time-consuming.

“I’ve bought concrete candle

holders before - when I went

to Copenhagen they had loads

and I went a bit mad! - but

they’re all very rustic and

unfinished, so that’s what

makes mine unique because

they’re a lot smoother.”

While copper items are timeconsuming

and made to order,

Katie keeps a stock of her

best-selling concrete items -

which are simpler and quicker to make - to have on

hand when the orders come flying in.

“The raw concrete powder is mixed in small batches

with two different binders to the right consistency

and not too runny; if there’s quite a lot of liquid in

my products tend to crack which is not good,” says

Katie. “Then it’s just a matter of pouring it into the

moulds, and it usually sets within about 24 hours.

“The soldering side is a bit different; I always work

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outside with the copper and it’s a long process. I use

lengths of copper pipe and each piece is measured

out and cut - I think an iPad stand is about 26 pieces

in total - and then everything is fitted together and

cleaned with a solution called flux before it’s blowtorched

and then buffed with wire wool to make it

shiny.”

As a favourite of home stylists, Copper and Solder

products often feature in photo shoots. With this

in mind, Katie is also launching a product rental

service.

“I get a lot of people asking me if they can loan

products for photo shoots, so I’m branching out

into renting my stuff out for those, and also for

weddings,” she says.

“For weddings, people always want lots of candle

holders but they don’t necessarily want to keep them

so I’m going to be offering them to rent instead.

Rather than going on eBay and bulk-buying candle

holders for super cheap, people can get a quality

product without it costing so much.

“And for shoots it’s great because it gives me more

exposure but I’m getting the products back when

they’ve finished the shoot, and it works for them

because they haven’t got to pay out loads of money.”

With her core product range set, Katie is constantly

trying to think of new items to add to her repertoire.

“I actually had a dream about a new product

the other day,” she says. “I use resin on coasters

sometimes if people want them waterproof and I

had a dream that I used the resin in the ring cone

mould and I put pieces of concrete inside so that’s

something I’m working on at the moment.

“I’d also like to go down the route of more bespoke

commissions. When I first started I got quite a lot of

people asking me for display products; a company

was doing a Lancome perfume and they wanted a

whole display of concrete blocks and pieces which

fitted together. At the time I was like ‘how do I even

go about creating a mould just for them’ but now I’d

love to do more bespoke work.

“I also love collaborating with my stockists, making

something a bit more unique while the rest of the

business is just rolling on its own. This year already

people are wanting more bespoke things. I think

it’s so easy for a shop to say I want these products,

and then to realise a shop down the road is stocking

the same things. Each store is wanting something

unique, which is great because I really can do them a

bespoke range either colour-wise or offering a brand

new product for them.

“It’s crazy how quickly the business has grown; when

I got made redundant I never thought this is what I’d

end up doing.”

For more details visit

www.copperandsolder.com or

follow Copper and Solder on Instagram.

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PROPERTY

Property of the Month

WE TAKE A SNEAKY PEEK AT SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET IN

THE AREA EACH MONTH. THIS MONTH’S SELECTION IS A 1930S GEM IN ONE OF THE

MOST DESIRABLE AREAS OF LICHFIELD

Hillboro, Borrowcop Lane, Lichfield: £1,100,000

On the market with Mr & Mrs Clarke: 0330 111 9766

THE AGENT SAYS: Set back on one of the most desirable

roads in Lichfield, Hillboro is so secluded you can’t even see

it from the road, yet it is just a short stroll away from the town

centre. This impressive 1930s family home is elevated in the

centre of its own large and imposing gardens – the views are

simply stunning. As you approach the house by the private

drive you really get the sense that this is a very special place.

In fact, the well-established grounds were often shown off by

previous owners at open garden events and parties.

Hillboro has been updated over the last few years and

extended into a second floor but it still retains many beautiful

period features, our personal favorite being the servant bells,

that still work. Once you enter the home through the original

1930s door you find yourself in a large hallway with all the

rooms leading from it.

The kitchen is a further highlight of the home, it is vast and

perfectly designed to be the hub of family life. Renovated

recently with sleek modern cabinets and built appliances

including that all important wine fridge but most important,

the current owners retained the walk-in pantry.

This house doesn’t have a garden it has grounds and they are

simply breathtaking. From the sun room you find yourself on

a large south facing paved terraced, perfect for entertaining.

There’s even a small boxed vegetable patch and herb garden.

Down the steps over the driveway that sweeps in front of the

house you reach a large lawned area, which is best kept for

best and those all-important garden parties.

W E L O V E :

THE GROUNDS AND THE LOCATION

- THOSE VIEWS OVER LICHFIELD

ARE EXTRAORDINARY!

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INTERIORS

NICOLETTI NOVITA SWING FABRIC

ARMCHAIR, £895; COSMO LAMP TABLE,

£99; ELY TABLE LAMP, £99; DAKOTA

MEDIUM LEATHER COWHIDE RUG, £349,

ALL FURNITURE VILLAGE.

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Design

getaway

TRAVEL always influences interiors trends, with this

spring being no exception. So if you’re lusting after

far-flung destinations and holiday season is still a little

far away then why not bring a touch of your favourite

exotic place into your home? Inspired by travel and the

rich diversity of cultures from around the world, this

look capture a sense of adventure, helping to conjure

up images of exotic destinations.

The global trend is big on traditional prints, invoking

memories of a Moroccan bazaar or a Rajasthani

palace and transporting you instantly to warmer

climes. Earthy shades of clay, terracotta and ochre also

feature in abundance, bringing a sense of warmth with

their bold tones. The patterns, materials and textiles all

have a natural, raw feel to them - look out for materials

like bamboo, jute and rattan - making them extremely

tactile, and combine perfectly to create a style that is

both eclectic and individual.

Patterns featured on soft furnishings and serve-ware

are inspired by traditional block printing. Try mixing

small scale Ikat prints with larger paisley-inspired

designs.

£30

LINEA SMALL CANE LANTERN, £30,

AND LARGE, £40, HOUSE OF FRASER.

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BOHEMIAN ZEN MANDALA

CLOCK, ART WOW.

WWW.ARTWOW.CO

£30

£30

£40

AZTEC MOSAIC

CUSHION, ART WOW.

WWW.ARTWOW.CO

£25

MALINI AZTEC MASI MARA TASSEL

CUSHION, CULT FURNITURE.

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design with our superior re-upholstery which is highly renowned for its finish and meticulous detail.

‘For a truly unique and individual lounge setting we welcome

you to our factory showroom to see what we can create for you.’

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REGA GEOMETRIC JUTE UPHOLSTERED

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SAHARA CHEST OF DRAWERS,

SWOON EDITIONS.

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£499

£995

DUTCHBONE KUBU

RATTAN WALL MIRROR,

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£99

£150

£13.50

LINEA KIRUNA WOOD PENDANT,

HOUSE OF FRASER.

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JUTE STRING PLANT HANGER WITH

TERRACOTTA POT, IAN SNOW.

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£239

KUBU ROUND RATTAN CHAIR,

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DUTCHBONE SIX

SOLID WOOD SIDEBOARD,

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£589

BOHEME DREAM TEXTILE WALL

HANGING, £26, AUDENZA.

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MONOCHROME BAMBOO BASKETS,

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WOODEN TABLE, £30; WOVEN

PATTERN DIAMOND STRIPE CUSHION,

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DUTCHBONE ROUND PIX

RUG WITH TASSELS, £349,

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LINEA DAHLIA DOUBLE DUVET SET, £65;

LINEA GEOMETRIC BEDSPREAD, £80;

WOVEN THROW, £49; LINEA KRISHNA

EMBROIDERY DOUBLE DUVET SET, £65;

SELECTION OF CUSHIONS, FROM £20,

ALL HOUSE OF FRASER.

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I N T E R I O R S

Deepest

blue

THIS season seems to be a tale of two extremes when

it comes to the hottest hues on the interior design

horizon. On the one hand we’ve got an abundance

of sweet sorbet shades, while on the other things are

looking distinctly more dramatic. If Pantone’s pick

of Ultra Violet is a step too bold, then look to classic

inky indigo blues to add a colour splash to your decor

scheme.

Swathes of deepest blue on walls and large furniture

pieces create an elegant, almost regal vibe, especially

when paired with luxe accents in gold and marble. But

for a fresh, springtime take make your indigo picks pop

against a palette of crisp, pure white - think more of a

Mediterranean or coastal feel.

If painting a whole room in such a standout shade

seems overwhelming then simply accessorise instead.

Posies and plants in a variety of different shaped vases

in a mixture of styles will create an interesting display,

while textiles are an easy way to incorporate dark blue

hues into any room.

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POTTERY JUG, £35; MEDIUM PRESSED

DIAMOND VASE, £25; LARGE OMBRE LAN-

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£42

£9.50

GEOMETRIC PILLAR CANDLES,

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1882 LTD INDIGO STORM

SERVING BOWL, AMARA.

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DENBY MONSOON FLEUR

CAN MUG, DEBENHAMS. £10.50

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£85

TOM DIXON BOUCLE CUSHION,

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MARLOW COFFEE TABLE, DEBENHAMS.

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£550

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BLACKBROOK INTERIORS

We are a family run business home to an impressive range of furniture, interior furnishings,

mirrors, accessories, antique and modern lighting and Chandeliers. We have huge

courtyards full of interesting bronze statuary, fountains, stoneware and garden items.

www.blackbrook-interiors.co.uk

Open: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm. Sat: 9.30am - 5pm. Sun: 10am - 4pm

Tel: 01543 481010 - Email: info@blackbrook-interiors.co.uk

London Rd, Lichfield WS14 0PT

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STRIPED CUSHION, DEBENHAMS.

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£49.95

SAVOY CHAIR, DARLINGS OF CHELSEA.

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£32

EMMA BRIDGEWATER BLUE

STAR MEDIUM SERVING BOWL,

DAISY PARK.

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£1,089

£770

£63

£125

BURNHAM HARBOUR COASTAL

STRIPED ARMCHAIR, JOULES AT DFS.

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KATE SPADE NEW YORK

ORDER’S UP KETTLE, AMARA.

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TWIN OWLS CUSHION, RUME.

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INDIGO PATCHWORK BED LINEN,

FROM £80, CLARISSA HULSE.

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WINCHESTER RESIDENCE COSMOPOLITAN

BRICK TILE, £99.95, ORIGINAL STYLE.

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MARBLED FLOW WALLPAPER IN INK,

£75, WOODCHIP AND MAGNOLIA.

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SAMODE POUFFE IN NAVY,

£292, DASH AND ALBERT.

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J’AIME

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ABSTRACT STRIPE CUSHION, £15; CRESCENT

CHEVRON CUSHION, £19.50; SICILY WINE

GLASS, £5; HOVE DINNER PLATE, £5; HOVE

PASTA BOWL, £5; DIP DYE RUNNER, £25; WIDE

SUCCULENT IN CERAMIC POT, £19.50 ALL

MARKS AND SPENCER.

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ZUIVER MARS HAND WOVEN

RUG IN INDIGO, £489,

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CO M P E T I T I O N

Win a treat for mum

IT’S A TIME TO TELL OUR MUMS JUST HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO US - AND YOU COULD

WIN A MOTHER’S DAY £100 GIFT VOUCHER FROM ALLEN BROWN JEWELLERY

When it comes to love for mums, words often fail us so

why not spoil her this Mother’s Day by entering our

exclusive competition? J’AIME has teamed up with

Allen Brown Jewellery to celebrate Mother’s Day by

offering readers the opportunity to win a £100 gift

voucher to spend at the stunning jewellery gallery at

Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen.

Allen Brown Jewellery are experienced in the

exceptional. They specialise in handmade, fine

jewellery using unusually cut and coloured precious

and semi precious stones. Coloured diamonds are key

to Allen Brown’s collections, which include pendants,

necklaces, earrings, rings, all wedding jewellery, as well

as gents’ jewellery and watches.

Why not visit to browse the latest collections or discuss

commission ideas with Allen and his team of designer

makers? With an onsite workshop along with viewing

gallery, customers also have the opportunity to view

beautiful jewellery being created.

Located in beautiful surroundings at Heart of the

Country off the A38 in Lichfield, it is a great place to

spend the day in the heart of rural Staffordshire.

Owner Allen Brown says: “We have an emphasis

on commission pieces where bespoke truly means

bespoke, never repeating the same piece twice. By

specialising in the unusual our pieces really stand out.

From initial brief, a bespoke and individualised piece

can be created from scratch working with customers

and their specific requirements.

“In addition, our remodelling service is a growing part

of our business where we specialise in transforming

your older pieces of jewellery into something you can

wear and enjoy, remodelled to a brand new design to

suit your taste.”

For more details call 01543 481948 or visit www.

allenbrownjewellery.co.uk and follow Allen Brown

Jewellery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the

latest news, competitions and collections.

Competition

J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH ALLEN BROWN JEWELLERY TO OFFER READERS THE

CHANCE TO WIN A £100 VOUCHER FOR THEIR MUM TO SPEND AT THE EXCLUSIVE

JEWELLERY GALLERY.

TO BE IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING THIS FANTASTIC PRIZE,

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Allen Brown Mother’s Day competition as the email subject. Entries must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, March 7, and our

winner will be notified by Friday, March 9. Terms and conditions apply. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and not

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F O O D & D R I N K

Stylish eats

THERE’S AN ITALIAN FEEL TO SELFRIDGES’ TOP FLOOR, WHERE FUMO OFFERS DELICIOUS SMALL

SHARING PLATES AND SERIOUSLY GOOD COCKTAILS, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERED

Nestled away on the top floor of Selfridges in the

iconic Bullring, Fumo oozes style. And it’s no wonder;

after all, with Stella McCartney handbags and Jimmy

Choo shoes as far as the eye can see, this destination is

all about the glamour.

The £1m eatery, which opened in October, is the

third San Carlo group collaboration with Selfridges,

following San Carlo Bottega and Gran Cafe, both in

the Manchester store. Birmingham’s very own San

Carlo Gran Cafe - a more relaxed patisserie, ice cream

parlour and cafe - also opened up on Selfridges’ first

floor just before Christmas, becoming the group’s

fourth venue in its home city.

After enjoying a whistle-stop tour of the Fumo menu

at the restaurant’s launch, we were delighted to be

invited back to sample the latest offerings.

The restaurant is beautifully designed, making the

most of its location which offers views into the heart

of the Bullring. From the marble-topped tables to the

stunning statement lighting, it all screams luxury.

At the heart of the restaurant is an impressive bar,

a striking design feature in itself, which specialises in

cocktails and Champagne. From classics with a twist to

in-house creations, there’s plenty here to tickle the taste

buds of any discerning drinker.

We were shown to our table and offered the menus to

peruse; the drinks menu is designed to look like a high

fashion magazine, perfectly playing on the restaurant’s

stylish location.

I opted for a Pret a Porter, £9.95, a combination of

lychee liqueur, strawberry puree and rose Champagne

which was just heavenly, while my dining companion

a classic Rossini, £8.90, with prosecco and strawberry

puree, which was also rather delicious.

The menu is based around chiccetti - Italian small

plates designed for sharing, rather like tapas. It’s a

concept we were immediately on board with - after all,

small dishes means more to try. The menu advises that

you should opt for five to six plates between two, but it

was still a job narrowing down the delicious-sounding

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options so we asked our charming waiter Ignacio for

his advice.

To get a feel for Fumo’s culinary credentials we wanted

a good balance of dishes, and could have easily been

tempted into ordering considerably more than we

eventually decided on. There’s so much choice, with

everything from pizza, pasta and risotto to Italian street

food and beautiful seafood, and a specials menu adds a

whole host more seasonal treats.

The tuna tartare, £8.15, was our first pick, along with

the gamberoni, or fried Sicilian prawns, £8.15. The

tuna, which was mixed with olive oil, French mustard,

lemon juice and rocket, was a beautifully fresh

mouthful, really bursting with flavour, and definitely

something I’d order again. The prawns, which were

breadcrumbed and deep-fried, were huge, wonderfully

sweet and juicy.

We were trying to decide on a pasta or risotto dish

when Ignacio pointed out one of the specials, a king

prawn and saffron risotto which sounded delicious.

He also suggested the beef tagliata, £10.95, grilled

fillet steak marinated in chilli and garlic, topped with

parmesan and rocket, plus the zucchini fritte, £3.20.

The risotto was perfectly cooked and jam-packed with

sizeable prawns, which were sweet and succulent. The

saffron gave a delicate sweet note and a vibrant colour,

and the portion was also ample to give both of us a

decent plateful.

By contrast, the beautifully rare steak had a lovely

chargrilled flavour - exactly what you look for in a

good steak, while the chillies were piquant rather

than overwhelmingly hot, adding just a nice touch of

warmth. The courgette fries were perfectly seasoned

and a fantastic complement to the steak.

With the savoury dishes done, it was time to go back

to the cocktail menu before dessert. My Italian Punch,

£9.95 - again recommended by Ignacio - combined

two types of gin with yuzu juice, blackberries and

elderflower tonic to mouth-watering effect. The

sour citrus notes of the yuzu juice and the sweet

blackberries created a well-balanced and refreshing

long drink.

But it was the Gin Twist, £9.95, which was the

standout of the meal. This concoction of Martin

Miller’s gin, Lillet Blanc, fresh celery and ginger served

in a stylish cocktail coupe was a glorious sip, quite

unlike anything I’ve ever had before but something I

can’t wait to try again.

When it came to dessert, we took advantage of the

sharing plate option, £10.95, which promised a

selection of tasty treats perfect for two. Picture perfect

cubes of tiramisu, cheesecake, chocolate and hazelnut

torte, pistachio mousse and millefoglie - an Italian

version of a vanilla custard slice - plus a helping of

gelato were as tasty as they were pretty.

We finished the meal the Italian way, with a suitably

strong espresso, and with minor regrets that we’d

restrained ourselves with the number of dishes we’d

sampled. There was the lobster ravioli, and the ragufilled

arancini, and what about the pizzas we didn’t get

to try?

Which only means one thing - a return visit is surely on

the cards. After all, those Gin Twists are calling.

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F O O D & D R I N K

A Sunday lunch showstopper

MARK HILL, HEAD CHEF AT POM’S IN LICHFIELD, SHARES A DELICIOUS LAMB

RECIPE WHICH WOULD BE PERFECT FOR A SPECIAL EASTER SUNDAY LUNCH

Roasted rump of lamb, garden pea puree,

thyme rosti potato and red wine jus

Ingredients: serves four

4 8oz lamb rumps

For the pea puree:

200g frozen garden peas

50ml water

Salt and pepper to taste

For the thyme rosti potato:

10g thyme - stalk removed

and finely chopped

400g potatoes

50g butter

Salt and pepper to taste

For the red wine jus:

50ml red wine

250ml veal stock

1 white onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves of garlic

10g thyme

Defrost the peas in some hot water until soft. Put the peas, water and seasoning in food processor and

blitz until smooth. Store in pan ready for reheating.

Using a cheese grater, grate the potato into a bowl. Melt the butter and add to the potato. Add the thyme

and seasoning and mix until combined. Press into frying pan until level, remembering to press down any

loose strands of potato. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C until golden brown and firm. Remove

from oven and let chill. Once cold portion into four equal sizes and store until reheating.

Make the jus by sweating off the onion, garlic, and thyme until golden brown. Add the wine and reduce

by half. Add the stock and reduce until sauce consistency is formed or its coats the back of spoon.

In a pan seal the lamb fat side down until golden brown, turn lamb over and place in oven for eight

minutes at 180C. After eight minutes turn lamb over and cook for another six minutes. Let the lamb rest

for five minutes.

Reheat the peas and rosti until hot all the way through. Reheat the jus until bubbling. Carve the lamb

into three nice slices and serve with the peas, rosti and jus.

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F O O D & D R I N K

A new foodie event

STREET FOOD FANS REJOICE AS LICHFIELD GRUB CLUB LAUNCHES THIS MONTH - AND TO

CELEBRATE YOU COULD WIN A ‘STEAK AND DATE NIGHT’ FOR TWO AT SPONSORS POM’S KITCHEN

There’s excitement - and the scent of delicious food -

in the air as Lichfield Grub Club gets set to launch in

the cathedral city this month.

With mouth-watering street food from around the

world, cocktail bars, amazing beers from Purity and

Joules, a seating area on Market Square and so much

more, your weekend will be starting on a Wednesday

night from now on with a variety of tastes to tickle

visitors’ taste buds.

Starting on March 28 and running on the last

Wednesday of every month, Lichfield Grub Club is a

street food and entertainment event for all the family

to enjoy.

Lichfield Grub Club is brought to you from the

team from Lichfield Food Festival with support and

sponsorship from Lichfield BID and the team from

Pom’s Kitchen.

Festival spokesman Jon Arrowsmith said: “We will

be giving you a night out with music, comedy and

sometimes something a little bit special! The best

part yet is it is a free event!

“So chuck away the microwave meal, ditch the

Wednesday roast, put down the Angel Delight and

come on down - look out for the banners and more

information about which traders will be tempting

your tastebuds and what’s happening when!”

Lichfield Grub Club runs from 5pm to 11pm and

also offers plenty for families with a chance to get a

member card offering discount on food and drink

throughout the year.

For more details visit

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Competition

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GRUB CLUB SPONSORS POM’S KITCHEN

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A ‘STEAK AND DATE NIGHT’ FOR TWO AT

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F O O D & D R I N K

Dan sprouts up in Birmingham

DAN DOHERTY, HEAD CHEF OF ACCLAIMED LONDON RESTAURANT DUCK & WAFFLE CHATS TO AMY

NORBURY ABOUT HIS EXCLUSIVE POP-UP WHICH IS COMING TO HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH

Celebrated chef and author Dan Doherty will be

making his way to Harvey Nichols Birmingham in

March as part of a series of pop-up supper clubs across

the UK.

The collaboration will see Dan take his unique supper

club, Sprout, to Harvey Nichols stores nationwide;

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main – inspired by some of Dan’s favourite flavours

and European cuisines; and a delicious pistachio

and orange cake with rose Chantilly and drizzled

with orange blossom honey to finish. To top it all

off, Doherty will be making homemade hobnobs, his

all-time favourite biscuits, for guests to take away with

them and enjoy at home.

Born and raised in Shrewsbury, Dan started his

career at The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts as an

apprentice with London’s Michelin-starred 1 Lombard

Street under the rigorous leadership of mentor

Herbert Berger.

DAN DOHERTY IS BRINGING

HIS SPROUT SUPPER CLUB

TO HARVEY NICHOLS

BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH

DAN DOHERTY

Dan opened Duck & Waffle as their executive chef

in 2012. Located atop a 40-story skyscraper at 110

Bishopsgate in the city of London, Duck & Waffle

is London’s first 24/7 gourmet dining restaurant

and offers vistas across the whole of the city from

its enviable location. Dan’s signature dishes include

creative offerings such as the foie gras crème brûlée

and fan-favourite, the spicy ox cheek doughnut - as

well as, of course, the famous duck and waffle dish

from with the restaurant takes its name.

Dan’s first cookbook, Duck & Waffle: Recipes and

Stories, was released in the autumn of 2014, featuring

more than 100 of his signature recipes and kitchen

anecdotes. The cookbook received much critical

acclaim and landed a spot on Great British Food

magazine’s Book of the Year. He released his second

cookbook Toast Hash Roast Mash: Real Food for

Every Time of Day in 2016, which focuses on the

recipes he cooks at home for family and friends –

informal, easy and as indulgent as ever.

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“I wanted to share the idea for the upcoming

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What style of food can guests expect? Are you

bringing any local flavours or elements to each

supper club?

“The style is based loosely on a Middle Eastern

café. The food will be relaxed, informal but most

importantly full of flavour. There will be classics such

as shakshuka, but with my own twist on it.”

What inspired you to become a chef ? Did

you ever expect the kind of success you’ve

enjoyed?

“My older brother was a chef, and I kind of envied his

unsociable lifestyle! No idea why. After getting into a

kitchen at 15 to wash up, I started helping out the chefs

and just fell in love with food. I had no idea what was

in store, and success is a hard thing to quantify. Most

importantly, I’m happy and do a job that I love. You

can’t put a value on that.”

Duck and Waffle is a revolutionary restaurant

concept - what are the best and worst things

about running a 24/7 restaurant? And which

came first, the name or the dish?

“Well, the logistics in the beginning were so stressful

– it was a complete unknown for me and took a

long time to sort out. We have a great team and

great systems in place, so now it’s just like any other

restaurant. The best things are without doubt the

uniqueness of being able to feed people at 4am when

the sun rises (in summer)! The dish came first, but it

felt like the right thing to do.”

What’s your favourite type of food, for both

eating and cooking? Any guilty pleasures?

“Well, Sprout was born out of what I love to cook and

eat at home. Middle eastern flavours are so wonderful

and full of variety, I keep going back to them. Guilty

pleasures? I have many, but I never feel guilty. I’d say

crisps are up there, the cheap ones, but I’m partial to a

Dairylea Dunker too.”

What’s your go-to ingredient, anything you

particularly love incorporating into your

menus?

“It changes all the time, but smoked yogurt is the latest.

I can’t stop adding it to things.”

Do you do the cooking at home, if so, what do

you like to cook for yourself ?

“I do mostly, and I love it. Cooking at home is my

favourite thing. I love a challenge to use up whatever

is in the fridge. Also winter stews and slow cooking are

something I love to do too, along with a proper Sunday

roast.”

For more information on the Sprout supper

club event visit www.harveynichols.com.

Tickets are priced at £50 per person and can

be booked at www.eventbrite.co.uk

DAN, LEFT IN THE

KITCHEN AT DUCK

AND WAFFLE

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A super sandwich

F O O D & D R I N K

DAN DOHERTY SHARES A DELICIOUS RECIPE FOR A PERFECT QUICK

LUNCH FROM HIS COOKBOOK TOAST HASH ROAST MASH

Dan says: “The Reuben is a classic. Either from

Nebraska or, as is more commonly believed, New York

(there are a few theories as to which is true), it’s one of

the best sandwiches out there – the sandwich that has

everything. To me it represents a Saturday lunch with a

cold beer, watching the football with friends.

“Rather than using the traditional sauerkraut, I prefer

the tang of a good gherkin. Let’s face it, we all have a

jar of gherkins lurking in our cupboard, but few of us

have sauerkraut. I also prefer this served as an open

sandwich, almost cheese-on-toast style, with the cheese

as the crowning glory on top of the meaty goodness.”

Toast Hash Roast Mash by Dan Doherty,

published by Mitchell Beazley, £20. www.

octopusbooks.co.uk Photographer - ©

ANDERS SCHØNNEMANN

Reuben open top (rye bread,

salt beef and Swiss cheese)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients - makes 2

2 slices of rye bread

50g (1¾oz) salt beef/corned beef, sliced to

your desired thickness (I like mine

5mm/¼ inch thick)

2 large gherkins, sliced lengthways,

5mm (¼ inch) thick

2 slices Swiss cheese

10g (¼oz) butter

For the dressing:

2 teaspoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 teaspoon horseradish sauce

freshly ground black pepper

To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients

together and set aside. Have your grill ready to

go, on a medium heat. Take the rye bread and

divide the salt beef between the slices, then

layer the sliced gherkins on top and finish each

one with a slice of cheese. Heat a non-stick

pan over a medium heat and add the butter.

When it begins to foam, place each sandwich

in the pan and cook it for one minute, then put

the pan straight under the grill. As the cheese

melts, the bottom will start to crisp up.

It’ll take about 4 minutes to be ready, by which

time the base will be crisp and the cheese will

be bubbling. Serve with a good spoon of the

dressing on the side.

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T R AV E L

Splendid Sri Lanka

SAMUEL COOPER, LUXURY TRAVEL CONSULTANT AT RB COLLECTION,

ENJOYS A TRIP OF A LIFETIME ON A TOUR AROUND STUNNING SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka has always been high up on my list of

destinations to see and explore. It’s diversity in

culture, history and wildlife really appealed to me,

and having previously visited Thailand and Costa

Rica in the past two years, I was keen to see how the

destination compared.

I flew direct with Sri Lankan Airlines which took

just over 10 hours and 45 minutes. The service onboard

was excellent and choice of entertainment

was endless (you can also fly indirect from regional

UK airports). Colombo Airport is located around 45

minutes north of the city.

Rising like a phoenix, Colombo is attracting overseas

investment and new developments are springing

up around the city including the Lotus which, once

completed, will be the tallest building in Southern

Asia. The city is, of course, home to an array

of historic colonial buildings drawing on Dutch,

Portuguese and British influences, not to mention a

host of beautiful temples.

From Colombo, we took the four-hour journey to

Sigiriya through local villages and along the the

modern network of motorways which, whilst in good

condition can still have speed challenges when tuktuks

decide to join the rest of the traffic!

Sigiriya, is set within the ‘Cultural Triangle’ and in

an ideal location to base yourself while exploring the

various historic ruins of Dambulla, Anuradhapura,

Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. The iconic attraction in

the area is the rock which dominates the landscape

for miles. On and around the rock are ruins of

a former capital city which dates back to the 5th

century. Climbing up requires a good level of fitness

and a level head for heights but once you make it to

the top, you have stunning views which will take your

breath away. History tells us that King Kassapa (477-

495) orchestrated the location of the rock and the

remains are an interesting insight to the past. I would

recommend avoiding midday at certain times of year

due to heat.

The next day, we visited Polonnaruwa, home to the

Polonnaruwa Primate Centre. It is home to three

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species of monkey native to Sri Lanka; the grey

langur, the toque macaque and the purple-faced

langur. When you walk into the boundaries, they are

literally running everywhere! You are surrounded

by these beautiful animals doing what they do best

- hanging out. We had the pleasure of meeting a

conservationist to explain the various behaviours and

the challenges that they are facing in Sri Lanka. I

would highly recommend a visit to anyone who loves

monkeys.

I’d also recommend visiting the temple complex

which sits around the conservation cent and home

to 11th and 12th century ruins of the second capital

city of Sri Lanka. Here you will come across sacred

temples which today are still worshiped by Buddhists.

Architecturally, they are stunning structures and I

really enjoyed our time here.

After a busy morning, we were very hungry and

took lunch at a local husband and wife operated

farmhouse. We were treated to a

traditional Sri Lankan lunch while

in the surroundings of the beautiful,

peaceful countryside.

That afternoon, we went in search

of wildlife in the Minneriya

National Park. Located between

Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the

park is home to Asian elephants,

spotted deer, leopards, sloth bears

and crocodiles. For bird lovers,

Minneriya is also home to pelicans,

storks and eagles to name a few.

The next day we travelled from

Sigiriya to Kandy which took five

hours but this included a quick stop

to see the Dambulla caves which

are well worth the climb. Inside

there are impressive Buddha

carvings which are thought to

date back to the first century.

When King Valagam Bahu

took refuge here, having being

driven out of Anuradhapura,

he converted the caves into

a rock temple with various

improvements been made over

the years by other rulers of the

land. Step out of the temples and

the views of the countryside are

jaw-dropping.

In the afternoon, we arrived

into Kandy which is the cultural

center of Sri Lanka. It’s a busy

city located in the hills with great

views around the lake. The main

attraction in Kandy is the Temple

of the Tooth which is home to Sri Lanka’s most

sacred relic which is a tooth of the Lord Buddha.

Around the grounds you will see various Buddha’s

which locals and people from all over Sri Lanka will

come to pray. The most surprising and interesting

thing I came across within the grounds was the

embalmed elephant which belonging to a former

king who loved him that much, he wanted him on

display for his people to see. On the grounds of the

temple are buildings such as the Royal Palace and

the Audience Hall which are also worth a visit.

The next day, we made a four-hour journey to

Nuwara Eliya, home of the tea plantations. A visit

to Sri Lanka is not complete without seeing how tea

is made. From picking the leafs to processing them,

you get to see that the process for just one cup of tea

takes a lot of patience and love. I had a tour of the

tea factory and even today, they use machinery from

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when the British ruled pre-1948! ‘If it’s not broke,

don’t fix it’ was the motto used here. At the end of

the tour, there was of course an opportunity to try

the tea; needless to say it tasted much better than a

mug of PG Tips! It was really pure and so fresh.

After staying the night in a nearby hotel, the next day

we took a train from Nanu Oya to Ela. The journey

took two hours and 15 minutes but it was a journey

worth taking. It took us by tea plantations, through

the clouds and around the mountains. The scenery

was stunning. Our driver met us at the station with

our bags (he followed us ahead) and then we made a

further two-hour drive to the coast to an area called

Hambantota.

Located in the south of the island and an hour’s

drive is the Yala National Park, which has the highest

densities of leopard, majestic elephants, sambars,

sloth bears, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks and

crocodiles in the word! It is home to 44 varieties

of mammal and 215 bird species, very impressive

indeed.

The best time of year to see the wildlife in Yala

is between February and July when the water

levels are quite low which gives you better

viewing opportunities. I stayed in the Shangri La

Hambantota which, due to its coastal location, makes

for a relaxing end to anyone’s holiday. If you didn’t

want to travel back all the way to Colombo, but at

this point you wanted to come home, you can fly

from Hambantota back to the UK via Dubai.

I certainly wasn’t ready to come home, so we

made the journey to Galle which is widely known

for its fort. It was built in the 16th century by the

Portuguese and later destroyed but then rebuilt by

the Dutch in 1640. Today the fort is a UNESCO

world heritage site. Historically, Sri Lanka was

known for its positioning on the world map and it

played an important role on the trade route between

Arabia and China. As Galle has a natural harbour,

it gave them prominence above other ports on the

island.

Galle is the place where you can walk around,

enjoy a meal in a restaurant and stroll along the

fort by the sea. It is completely different to other

places such as Colombo and Kandy, but then as you

travel through Sri Lanka the landscape and general

feel changes. For cricket fans, it’s also home to the

Galle International Stadium which hosts various

international games.

On our way back to Colombo airport, we visited a

beautiful small boutique hotel called the Reef Villa

and Spa which is run by an Irish and English couple.

The hotel is 40 minutes from the airport, located

in an area called Wadduwa. This would make for

the perfect end to a holiday, especially if you want

privacy, home comforts and somewhere to relax

before your flight home.

From the various people I had the pleasure of

meeting, Sri Lankans are calm, humble and very

interesting. They have a Buddha to worship for every

experience life throws at them; something to embrace

from people who want a peaceful and happy life.

Sri Lanka is a country that loves holidays and

celebration. They will celebrate all religious holidays

including the full moon. If this is on a Friday or over

a weekend, hotels can get busy and so can temples.

The majority of the food you will eat, even in the

five-star hotels will tend to be Sri Lankan. So be

prepared for lots of delicious traditional curries.

Regardless of the itinerary, you will be travelling for

a couple of hours at a time, if not more. However,

there are no dull journeys in Sri Lanka as the scenery

is stunning!

Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons, May to July in

the south west and October to January in the north

east. Generally the best time to visit overall would be

January to April and Mid July to September.

Contact Sam to plan your Sri Lanka holiday

on 01543 258631.

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F E AT U R E

Feel the music

A BRAND NEW MUSIC SCHOOL IS OPENING AT THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY SHOPPING VILLAGE

HEADED BY TALENTED TWINS STEPHEN AND DAVID PARTRIDGE - AND YOU COULD WIN A YEAR’S

WORTH OF MUSIC LESSONS

A love of music has been part of Stephen

and David Partridge’s lives for as long as they

can remember. So it’s no wonder that the duo

should have gone on to make a career from

sharing their passion and talent for piano and

violin.

The brothers, who studied at the prestigious

Birmingham Conservatoire, started teaching

aged just 14, and opened their first music school

at Mitchells Centre in Sutton Coldfield in 2015.

Now, with more than 200 pupils on their books,

the 24-year-olds are just opening a second

school at Heart of the Country Shopping

Village, near Lichfield.

The Partridge Brothers Music Centre is an

expert resource for all things music. As well as

high quality music lessons for all ages and all

abilities, they provide a large selection of sheet

music, accessories and instruments and provide

a space for music workshops, concerts, music

groups and more.

David and Stephen’s parents weren’t musical but the

brothers were fascinated from a young age, watching

the BBC Proms at when they were just four or five

STEPHEN AND DAVID

PARTRIDGE AT THEIR NEW

MUSIC SCHOOL AT HEART

OF THE COUNTRY SHOPPING

VILLAGE

years old.

“My first musical memory is watching the BBC

Proms,” says David. “I had a loose tooth that needed

to come out and my mother had tied a piece of cotton

around it and she was holding it and, because I really

wanted to watch the Proms I

yanked my head over and the

tooth pulled out.”

At seven, a school letter

inviting them to learn to play

the violin was the start of

their musical journey.

“Being twins we did most

things together and we

said yes, and pretty much

immediately decided we

wanted to be musicians,”

explains David. “From

then, everything was geared

towards us studying music

and becoming professional

musicians.

As music scholars at Aldridge

School, Stephen and David


were fast-tracked through

their music GCSE and

A Level, before winning

places at Birmingham

Conservatoire to study

their BMus (hons), with a

focus on violin.

“While at the

Conservatoire we were

already dreaming of

starting a music school

because we wanted to

teach people and to help

others to provide high

quality music lessons,” says

David. “We also realised

that the musician lifestyle

- which is mostly travelling

around the country and

doing a lot of hard work in

a cutthroat industry which

is very stressful and doesn’t

earn you much money -

wasn’t for us.

“I’d always thought I was going to be a musician but

the reality was that we both much preferred teaching.”

So even before the brothers finished their degrees

they found a vacant unit at Mitchells Centre in Sutton

Coldfield, and their dream of opening a music school

became a reality.

“The last six month of my degree were the most

stressful because there was a major project which was a

concerto and conducting and a 10,000 write-up, at the

same time as opening the music school,” says David.

Partridge Brothers takes pupils aged from just two-anda-half

right through to pensioners and beyond. As well

as Stephen and David, who teach piano and violin, the

school has tutors in a wide variety of instruments from

piano and violin to guitar, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone

and more. Tutor Lauren Storey specialises in teaching

toddlers and children with additional needs.

“We feel that the difference between our music school

and a lot of others is that our tutors all have a degree

in the instrument they’re teaching and will teach to the

highest level, rather than having youngsters with little

or no teaching experience,” explains David.

With lessons at Mitchells already full, the brothers

were thinking of expanding their business when the

opportunity at Heart of the Country arose.

“We fell upon this unit quite by accident when it

popped up as available on Facebook,” says Stephen.

“We’re full at Mitchells so we needed more space and

were looking to expand the business, but equally it

allows us to do more things here. We’re going to have

workshops, film screenings, concerts, theory classes -

it’s a much bigger space.”

The new music school has six rooms for one-to-one

lessons as well as a dedicated concert space with

seating for 50 people where the school will hold

regular events. The first concert, which takes place on

Saturday, March 15, is A Night at the Musicals - an

evening of musical favourites performed by up and

coming singers. The programme will include music

THE BROTHERS’ MUSIC SCHOOL AT

MITCHELLS CENTRE, SUTTON COLDFIELD

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from golden oldies, newsies and everything in between,

accompanied by Stephen on piano.

“We already have concerts with our students at least

once a term, and now having this bigger space means

we can have more concerts,” says Stephen.

“In the summer we’re also hoping to have a ‘buskers’

corner’ here at Heart of the Country with our pupils

playing outside. That way, people visiting the centre

will get access to music they wouldn’t necessarily

otherwise get, and it might entice them to want to

learn.

“We also put together ensembles of pupils. We’ve got a

quartet and we want to put together some other groups

such as a guitar group. Our aim is to eventually have

an orchestra here and we’d love to set up a choir too.”

As well as putting pupils through their music grades,

Stephen and David offer pre-grade one medals aimed

at complete beginners and their youngest pupils. In

the future they also hope to offer music GCSEs and

BTECs as Stephen has his Postgraduate Certificate in

Education which means he is qualified to teach these.

“My favourite part of teaching is when you start with a

complete beginner and take them through to advanced

stage, or if you teach someone who used to play when

they were younger and you help them pick it back up

and go through the higher grades to pre-conservatoire

level,” says David.

“Then you can even enjoy playing music with them.

We have pupils go out and join high level amateur

orchestras and they’ll come back with the music they’re

playing which is wonderful.

“We also get people who never aim to be that good,

they just want to be able to play a few carols at

Christmas, but it’s great to be able to help people

achieve what they want and they can just do it for fun.”

For more information visit

www.partridgebrothers.com or call

Partridge Brothers Music Centre at

Heart of the Country on 07963 894282.

Competition

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READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A YEAR’S

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OUR WINNER WILL HAVE ONE LESSON PER

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THIS

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LO CA L A R E A

What’s On Local

YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND

SUTTON COLDFIELD, LICHFIELD, WALSALL AND BEYOND

WHAT:

Lichfield Literature Festival

WHERE:

Various Lichfield locations

WHEN:

March 1 to 4

Literature lovers get ready

for four days of author

events, creative workshops

and interactive activities

covering both fiction and

non-fiction as Lichfield Literature Festival returns to

the city. The festival programme covers science, history,

politics, family events and children’s literature, creative

writing, media and popular culture as well as a focus

on both contemporary and classic fiction, ensuring

there is something to whet the appetite of every

bookworm.

Visiting authors include young adventurer Ash Dykes,

journalist and politician Chris Mullin and best-selling

historian Alison Weir. For more details visit

www.lichfieldfstival.org

WHAT: Only Fools and Boycie -

An Evening with John Challis

WHERE: Sutton Coldfield

Town Hall

WHEN: March 10

Enjoy an intimate evening with

John Challis, one of the nation’s

greatest comedy actors, best

known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only

Fools and Horses. In this one-off

show the national treasure will

reveal secrets from the set with stories and anecdotes

from his dazzling career.Having worked with some of

the biggest names in show business, he’ll be spilling

the beans about Only Fools and Horses co-stars like

Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and friends

and fellow performers like The Beatles, The Rolling

Stones, Oliver Reed and George Best. He’ll also recall

tales from his time in Dr Who, Coronation Street and

other TV classics. Mr Challis will also meet fans after

the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures, while

signing copies of his autobiography, Being Boycie, and

novel, Reggie: A Stag At Bay. For more details visit

www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk

WHAT: Midlands Grand National

WHERE: Uttoxeter Racecourse

WHEN: March 17

Since 1969 the Betfred Midlands Grand National

has been the jewel in Uttoxeter Racecourse’s horse

racing crown. With a significant prize fund on

offer, the atmosphere is always one of excitement

and anticipation as the runners and riders thunder

towards the finishing line. The Midlands Grand

National is the second longest steeplechase in the

country and is a double celebration as it’s also St.

Patrick’s Day too, making it the perfect excuse for a

day at the races.

One of the most colourful and spectacular sporting

days out on the region’s calendar, the Midlands

Grand National remains a major highlight of the

horseracing world

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WHAT:

The Full Monty

WHERE:

Sutton Coldfield

Town Hall

WHEN:

March 20 to 24

Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company are back

with their latest hit show - The Full Monty.

Six unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York

are miserable. They have no cash and no prospects.

Meanwhile, they catch their wives and other women

going crazy over male strippers. The six men then set

out to make some quick cash showing off their ‘real

man;’ bodies by becoming a team of male strippers. As

the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness

and anxieties they find strength as a group and

overcome their inner demons.

This show contains some adult scenes. Viewer

discretion is advised. For more details visit

www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk

WHAT: Hal

Cruttenden

WHERE:

Lichfield

Garrick

WHEN:

March 23

One of Britain’s top comedians, Hal Cruttenden, is

holding a #ONEINAMILLION show at the Lichfield

Garrick on Friday 23rd March, in aid of Staffordshire

children’s hospice, The Donna Louise.

Hal is well known for his appearances on comedy shows

including The John Bishop Show, Have I Got News For

You and Mock the Week, as well as being a regular guest

on BBC 2’s Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice. This

one-off performance will see Hal entertain guests with his

unmistakable sense of humour, which is bound to include

lots of banter with the audience.

Chris Belyavin, regional fundraiser at The Donna Louise,

said “We’re delighted that Hal, a top British comedian, is

holding this special, one-off performance to raise money

for The Donna Louise.”

Tickets for this exclusive show are £26 and are available

from the theatre’s box office on 01543 412121 or visit

www.lichfieldgarrick.com

WHAT: Dvořák’s

Stabat Mater

WHERE:

Lichfield

Cathedral

WHEN:

March 24

Antonin Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, his first work on

a religious theme and perhaps one of the most

underrated masterpieces of the 19th century, was

written in 1876 as the composer’s response to the

death of his daughter, Josefa. The work focuses

upon the Easter suffering of Mary at the foot of the

cross, but reaches out to all humankind as a powerful

exploration in music of the themes of grief and

faith. In this concert, on the weekend before Holy

Week, Lichfield Cathedral Chorus, under its musical

director Ben Lamb, is joined by the musicians of the

Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra and soloists

in a performance of this deeply moving work in the

glorious setting of Lichfield Cathedral. Tickets are

available from the Lichfield Garrick box office on

01543 412121 or www.lichfieldgarrick.com

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WHAT:

The Importance

of Being Earnest

WHERE:

Lichfield

Garrick

WHEN:

March 27 to 31

Oscar Wilde’s comedy masterpiece makes a welcome

visit to Lichfield society in this wonderfully witty,

deliciously decadent and classic revival from The

Original Theatre Company

Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin the beautiful

Gwendolen but first he must convince her mother,

the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of

his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not

as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned

in a handbag at Victoria station. Prepare to take a

welcome turn with Wilde’s much-loved Algernon, Jack,

Gwendolen and Cecily, as town and country clash in

a brilliant and wildly funny story of romance, identity,

perambulators and capacious handbags. For more

details call the box office on 01543 412121 or visit

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What’s

Competition

on Second City

A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST

EVENTS TO COME TO BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH

WHAT:

Russell Brand -

Re:Birth

WHERE:

Birmingham

Symphony Hall

WHEN:

March 8

“Once you’ve had a baby you’re a parent and

immediately you go from being a madman (cool) to

a mad dad (not cool). How can you be a dangerous,

edgy, rebel with a tiny, little daughter?”

Or so muses acclaimed comedian Russell Brand,

in his latest live show Re:Birth, which comes to

Birmingham’s Symphony Hall this month. The

reformed hell-raiser is one of the most recognisable

comedy performers in the world, with a series of

sold-out tours, best-selling DVDs and a number of

major film roles to his name. With Re:Birth, he’s

back doing what he does best - enthralling audiences

with his magnetic showmanship and unique brand

of thought-provoking humour. For more details visit

www.thsh.co.uk.

WHAT:

Jon Richardson -

Old Man

WHERE:

Birmingham

Hippodrome

WHEN:

March 10

The British Comedy

Award nominee and

star of Live At The

Apollo and 8 Out Of

10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain

about the state of the world and offer no solutions.

Since his last show he has become a husband and father,

seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise

of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one

question, why does it seem that no one else alive can

correctly load a dishwasher?

Come and see what Jon Richardson can do with words

when he has more than 30 seconds to work with. Or

should that be “with which to work”? For more details

visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com

WHAT:

The Kite Runner

WHERE:

Birmingham REP

WHEN:

March 13 to 24

Following an outstanding West End Run, this

unforgettable theatrical tour de force comes to The

REP. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international

bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship

which spans cultures and continents, follows one man’s

journey to confront his past and find redemption.

Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of

war and two childhood friends are about to be torn

apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the

skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying

tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee

the terrible incident which will shatter their lives

forever. For more details visit

www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

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WHAT:

Cirque Berserk!

WHERE:

New Alexandra

Theatre

WHEN:

March 14 to 18

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and

skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary

of the invention of circus by bringing this treasured

form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jawdropping

spectacular created especially for the theatre.

Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with

adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly

talented international troupe includes more than 30

jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and

daredevil stunt men and also features the world’s most

hair-raising circus act - the legendary motorcycle

Globe of Death. For more details visit

www.atgtickets.com/birmingham

WHAT:

Evita

WHERE:

Birmingham

Hippodrome

WHEN:

March 20 to 24

Following its smash hit runs in London Bill

Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew

Lloyd Webber’s Evita is thrilling audiences once again

across the UK. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of

former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows

Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to

extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which

ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual

leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

Madalena Alberto returns to the role of Eva, a role

she received critical acclaim for in the 2014 West

End revival, and joining her in the role of Che, fresh

from the recent West End production, is Gian Marco

Schiaretti, who also played the title role in Disney’s

production of Tarzan. For more details visit

www.birminghamhippodrome.com

WHAT:

Paloma Faith

WHERE:

Genting Arena

WHEN:

March 21

Paloma Faith brings

her new tour to Birmingham this month for one night

only to showcase her long-awaited fourth album, The

Architect, which was released in November.

Paloma is one of only two British female artists this

decade to have their last three albums go double

platinum in the UK, and she won the BRIT Award

for British Female Solo Artist in 2015 following the

phenomenal success of her last record, 2014’s A

Perfect Contradiction. The latest album – her first

in more than three years and since giving birth to

her first child – features an array of acclaimed cowriters,

producers and collaborators including Sia,

John Legend, Jesse Shatkin, TMS, Starsmith, Tobias

Jesso Jr., Eg White, Rag’n’Bone Man, actor Samuel

L. Jackson and journalist and activist Owen Jones. For

more details visit www.gentingarena.co.uk.

WHAT: Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

WHERE: Genting Arena

WHEN: March 28 to April 1

Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice!

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite

Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of

Enchantment.

Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen,

Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars race

across the ice like you’ve never seen before! Dive

into adventure with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s

enchanted undersea kingdom. The toys are back in

town when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the

Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of

Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure

ever! Plus, enter the wintry world of Arendelle with

sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from

Disney’s Frozen, as they learn that true love comes

from within. What’s more, don’t miss the chance to

warm up at the Fit to Dance pre-show party! For more

details visit www.gentingarena.co.uk

GET INVOLVED: Have you got a local event

you’d like to promote? Then we’d love to hear

from you. From charity nights to local theatre

productions and more, send details to editor@

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event on these pages.

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FA S H I O N

Return of the mac

AS THE PROMISE OF SPRING IS ON THE HORIZON AND THE CHILLY WEATHER BECOMES

A - HOPEFULLY! - DISTANT MEMORY, IT’S TIME TO DITCH YOUR WINTER COAT IN FAVOUR

OF A MORE LIGHTWEIGHT OPTION, SAY AMY NORBURY

IT’S time to rejoice because the first signs of spring are

here, meaning a return of warmer days and an end to

the need to be bundled up in your winter woolies every

time you leave the house. Your trusty winter coat has

served you faithfully over the past few months, but as

temperatures turn there’s room for a new kid on the

outerwear block.

There’s really only one piece that successfully bridges the

gap between winter and spring, one that won’t leave you

feeling underdressed on a chilly morning, or stifled when

the sun starts to shine. We’re talking about the trench coat.

The trench is undoubtedly a wardrobe classic; Burberry

built a business on it, and it’s been worn by everyone

from Jackie O to Rihanna. The trench knows no limits of

occasion or season—and leaves room for designers to get

creative.

If the trench might have felt too classic for your tastes in

the past, you’ll be pleased to hear that for SS18 it’s had a

serious update, with designers offering a plethora of great

twists on this staple.

At Alexander McQueen, metallic-threaded rose

embroidery and raw edges gave an elaborate feel, while at

Céline, two trenches were combined together to form one

cape-like coat. There was patchwork and deconstruction

at Maison Margiela, and shredded fringing at Loewe - in

short, anything goes as long as it’s not straightforward.

While the high streets have follow suit, their spring trench

coats are entirely more everyday wearable, and just

different enough to give fashionistas the excuse to treat

themselves to another one.

Colour plays a huge role for SS18, with trench coats

aplenty in both pastel shades and bright pops, while

spring’s love affair with all things satin has also ventured

into outerwear to offer a more glamorous take on the

trench trend.

If you’re sticking to a classic neutral - and you really can’t

go wrong with beige, camel or khaki - then look out for

embellishments such as added frills and elaborate button

details, while for a more relaxed look opt for a non-belted

mac.

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FA S H I O N

Go long for contemporary style

JILL HARTLEY, CO-OWNER AND DIRECTOR OF NERO E BIANCO EXCLUSIVE FASHION AND

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT THE NEW TREND FOR WEDDING WEAR

Things have changed recently in the world of weddings, with occasions getting more and

more diverse. From ceremonies in the evening to weddings abroad in the sunshine and many

themed weddings, the list of options for your big day is endless.

What we have seen here at Nero e Bianco is that the long dress has become an increasingly

popular choice in wedding wear. The mother of the bride, mother of the groom and

essentially any guest at a wedding can look amazing in a long length dress.

Maxi glam

Elegant with a twist , this dress

is very complementary to most

figures with the cut and colour.

Navy is always a winner and this

colour can be paired with any

colour in line with the wedding

theme. The detailed strappy back

is simply stunning, this dress would

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So... If you want an elegant dress that makes you feel truly amazing,

try to step out of the ordinary and into the world of luxury long

dresses. Welcome to modern wedding wear at Nero e Bianco.

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More than skin deep

SALLY WAGSTAFF, NURSING DIRECTOR OF XODOS AESTHETICS IN SUTTON COLDFIELD,

TAKES A LOOK AT HOW TO PROTECT OUR SKIN FROM THE SIGNS OF AGEING

Our skin ages – that’s a fact, but is there anything we

can do to reduce the inevitable impact of time?

As the largest organ in the body, your skin is essential

to health and immune system, yet we often fail to

take proper care of it.

The top layer, or epidermis, is the part of the

skin that shows our age - it is where skin cells are

produced, then moving up through the layers to

eventually flake from the surface. As you age, this

process slows, leading to dull, dehydrated and older

looking skin. Constant exposure to UV light causes

damage, veins become visible as thread veins, age

spots show as pigmented patches, and redness

or rosacea can develop – and that’s before the

hormone-induced breakouts stick their noses in, that

we thought we had left behind in our teens!

Collagen and elastin in our skin, which is vital for

firmness and elasticity, is produced further down in

our dermis layer. These cells are broken down with

age and sun exposure, so our skin becomes less firm,

less flexible and less elastic, leading to sagging, fine

lines and wrinkles. Finally, the layer of fat under

the surface of the skin reduces and the effects of

gravity start to take effect and sagging jawlines and

hollowing of your features is the depressing result.

So, what can you do about it?

The bottom line is there is nothing we can do about

your chronological age. However, most of the visible

signs of ageing can be reduced, and controlled.

A good quality sun-protection factor (SPF) is vital,

every day of the year, to avoid damage to the

collagen and elastin, and reduce the production of

melanin.

Avoiding overly hot showers, baths and saunas can

help to avoid over-dilating the fine veins in the skin,

which causes redness.

Smoking and other pollutants are particularly

damaging, causing additional lines around the mouth

and eyes.

Eating a healthy diet, low in sugar and processed

food, and high in unprocessed food and natural fats,

will help keep your skin bright and fresh, and provide

it with the nutrients it needs to look its best.

What if the damage is already done?

Start using that SPF immediately – the importance

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A NEW SEASON CALLS FOR THE NEWEST MUST-HAVES – AND NO MAKEUP BAG IS COMPLETE

WITHOUT THESE LATEST PRODUCTS. FROM CUSTOM DROPS TO LASH DEFYING MASCARAS, AND

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I N T H E N E W S

Birmingham to welcome The Ivy C ollection for spring

STYLISH DINING SEVEN DAYS A WEEK IS ON THE MENU AS ICONIC LONDON RESTAURANT

GROUP THE IVY COLLECTION GETS SET TO OPEN ITS FIRST EATERY IN THE SECOND CITY

Work is well under way on Temple Row, as

Birmingham prepares to welcome The Ivy

Collection to the city this spring. The Ivy Temple

Row will occupy a 7,000 sq ft space at the top of

Temple Row, formerly a Louis Vuitton boutique, and

an ideal location for the restaurant group’s arrival in

the second city.

Inside, The Ivy Collection’s signature green colour

palette will be contrasted with striking burnt

orange banquettes and polished marble floors. The

restaurant will accommodate 135 guests, with space

for a further 20 in a stylish private dining room,

making it an ideal location for celebrations, business

lunches and evening dining.

The brasserie will exude the familiar luxury of its

sister restaurants, but with a focus on accessibility as

well as glamour. While booking a table on a Saturday

night is advised, the restaurant will pride itself on

holding back a certain amount of covers each day

for walk-in diners, so those living and working locally

can drop in at their leisure.

The Ivy Temple Row will be open early morning

to late evening seven days a week, serving an

extensive all-day menu of breakfast, elevenses, lunch,

afternoon tea, cocktails, weekend brunch and dinner.

Created by The Ivy Collection’s executive chef,

Sean Burbidge, the menus are designed to offer an

eclectic mix of modern British comfort food and

international dishes.

Laura Bamber, operations manager for The Ivy

Collection, said: “With a food scene as strong as

Birmingham’s, the city is the perfect location for The

Ivy Collection, and we’re excited to open here later

this spring. As Temple Row is situated right in the

heart of the business district, we hope to become part

of the local community.”

The Ivy Collection is a group of grills, brasseries and

cafés, offering accessible, all-day dining for locals

and visitors alike. Each location is carefully chosen to

value, reflect and add to the local area.

For more information visit

www.theivybirmingham.com or follow

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Life in the fast lane

M OTO R S

THIS MONTH J’AIME’S MOTORING CORRESPONDENT AND RESIDENT

RACING DRIVER MARTIN PLOWMAN LOOKS AT HOW TO GET RACING FIT

January is over and for many of you who started the

year full of optimism to shed the Christmas weight,

you might be starting to slip back into old habits.

Maybe it’s time to train like a racing driver! Drivers

are not athletes I hear you say? That’s an opinion

I’ve heard from many a casual fan of motorsports.

It can’t be hard just to sit on your bum and turn a

steering wheel?

Racing drivers rarely get any credit when it comes to

athleticism. I think the main reason for this is because

the driver’s effort is hidden from view behind the

car and without experiencing racing for yourself it’s

hard to relate. Anyone who watches the 100m sprint

can fully appreciate what it must take to perform at

that level. But for any non-racing driver it’s hard to

appreciate the effort required in the cockpit.

When I raced in IndyCar, I was exposed to over 4g

in the corners, my neck literally felt like it would rip

off! The weight of the steering-wheel equated to a

20kg dumbbell in a flat-out 5th gear corner with the

wings pushing the car down into the ground. During

the course of a two-hour race my average heart-rate

would be around 140bpm and I would lose 6lbs of

sweat!

The levels of strength and fitness required to race

competitively can be developed in two ways. You can

exercise the muscles in the car by racing; the pros

are that you will target exactly the muscles needed,

the cons are that you’ll be sacrificing competitiveness

against your competitors and it’s also very expensive.

All the pro drivers prepare and train in a gym, and

as boring as it is to see social media feeds full of

gym shots and healthy eating, the reality is that this

represents a huge amount of a professional driver’s

time.

During the off-season, drivers have to go through a

very rigorous training program. One of the main

areas of focus is core strength. Core strength is

important as it helps to prevent injuries. You often

see big crashes on TV and wonder how they just

walk away. A huge contributory factor is the fitness

of the driver; of course the safety of the modern

racing cars does help, but it may be a different story

altogether if the driver wasn’t conditioned to take

such an impact!

Not wanting to sound like a dog on a thistle, there

would be no use telling you how important fitness is

if I didn’t provide some advice and support.

I’ve put together my favourite five muscle-blasting

exercises with the help of Connor, my friend and

trainer at Snowdome Fitness in Tamworth. What’s

great about these is that they can be done almost

anywhere, anytime without fancy gym equipment, so

there really is no excuse to put off your fitness goals

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WARM-UP:

Plank hold 3 x 1 min

Glute bridge 3 x 1 min

EXERCISE 1: SINGLE ARM KETTLEBELLS

CLEAN AND PRESS 12 REPS PER SIDE, 60

SECONDS REST

Keep a wide stance, back straight and your core

engaged. Squat down and lift the kettlebell with your

legs. The ‘clean’ should be a short explosive burst

from the squat, pulling the kettlebell straight up in one

explosive move, flip your wrist around and catch the

kettle bell on your wrist. Use a slight dip in your knees

to help drive up the kettlebell into an overhead press.

EXERCISE 4: 3X HANGING LEG RAISES

SUPERSET 45 SECONDS, 45 SECONDS

REST

Hang straight down, remembering to keep your

shoulder-blades back and down to prevent injury.

Brace your core and lift your legs as straight as

possible (straighter than mine hopefully) to 90

degrees.

Lower your legs down slowly, maintaining control

and keeping your core fully engaged.

EXERCISE 2: 15 KETTLEBELL SWINGS

SUPER SET

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, pull your

shoulder blades back and down and brace your core.

Allow the kettlebell to swing back between your legs.

Thrust your hips forward, activating your glutes to

swing the kettlebell forward. Your arms are merely

there to control the kettle bell, not to lift it.

At the top, keep your core engaged and control the

descent; it’s important not to lose your form as the

kettlebell swings back between your legs and move

fluidly into the next rep.

EXERCISE 5: KETTLEBELL T-HOLD

AND FRONT HOLD 45 SECONDS X 3, 45

SECONDS REST

Lift kettlebells up and rest on your wrist for T-hold or

out in front for front hold.

Remember to keep your shoulders back and down

and engage your core.

Zone out! This exercise is every bit mental training

as it is endurance!

EXERCISE 3: FORWARD LEAP BURPEE

Set up in a press-up position. Thrust your knees

to your chest and tuck into a squat. Drive up and

explode forward with your legs. Land controlled and

softly and straight into a press-up for the next rep.

Now for the legal bit; you should consult a doctor

before undertaking a physical regime. I think the

most practical bit of advice I can give you it to

seek the support of a personal trainer. I live in a

world where we hunt efficiencies in everything

from aerodynamics to fuel consumption and I can

honestly say that working with Connor has made

a huge difference to my training. Not only from an

efficiency point of view, but also from a motivation

point of view. Even if you can only see a trainer once

a month to get guidance on exercises, a good trainer

will make a huge difference to your life.

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