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6 AA Abbott - The crime thriller author with a
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12 Property - Property of the month
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18 Interiors - Moody blooms
22 Interiors - Spiced Honey
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40 Man on the edge - J’AIME’s new columnist Jack
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42 Travel - Spanish gems for all year round
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On the crime trail
THE STREETS OF BIRMINGHAM PROVIDE PLENTY OF INSPIRATION FOR CRIME WRITER AA ABBOTT’S
GRIPPING NOVELS - AND HER LATEST TOME IS DUE TO BE LAUNCHED IN THE CITY THIS MONTH.
AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE
PROVIDE A SETTING FOR
From the leafy environs of the Jewellery Quarter to
the dark and mysterious canalside, the vibrant city
heartland with its independent coffee shops, fantastic
real ale pubs and cocktail bars to secret tunnels
which run under the city centre, Birmingham has a
starring role in AA Abbott’s crime thrillers.
So what better place for the author - better known
to her family and friends as Helen Blenkinsop - to
launch her latest thrilling tome this month.
The Revenge Trail is the fourth book in Helen’s
popular ‘Trail’ series, which sees most of the action
taking place in and around Birmingham including
city centre pub the Craven Arms, Edgbaston
Reservoir, Digbeth, and St Paul’s Square in the city’s
famous Jewellery Quarter.
The book will be launched in Birmingham at a
‘cocktails and crime’ themed event at The Alchemist
in the city centre on Monday, October 1.
The Revenge Trail sees Brummie businessman
Marty Bridges (who loves his Two Towers beer)
become rich selling vodka, but he faces ruin when he
finds poison in his supplies. Glamorous Kat White
can save his business – but she’s the last person Marty
wants to trust.
Meanwhile, Shaun Halloran, the London crime boss
jailed through Kat’s evidence, is still determined to
escape from Belmarsh prison and kill the beautiful
blonde – slowly.
Kat, besotted with Marty’s son, Tim, treads a
tightrope between her relationship and her plans to
make the best vodka in the world. Can she keep her
dreams alive – or is it enough just to keep her life?
The Revenge Trail comes hot on the heels of The
Bride’s Trail, The Vodka Trail and The Grass Trail,
which introduce the characters of Marty, Kat and
Shaun and follow their stories through the murky
underworld of East End London, to Birmingham
and a fictional Soviet Union country.
When we first meet young Kat, she’s living in
London’s smart Fitzrovia and working as a croupier
in Shaun Halloran’s casino while making the extra
money needed to live in the city through sham
marriages to illegal immigrants. And it was this
struggle that sewed the initial seed of inspiration for
“I worked in London on and
off, and I felt it was quite
fascinating that I was working in
a city where there’s clearly loads
of money, but young people
were having to work really,
really hard and not much of the
money was finding its way to
them,” explains Helen.
“I thought ‘how on earth do
they afford to live in places like
central London’, and the answer
in The Bride’s Trail is that they
do it by going in for all kinds
of side hustles and ending up
on the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of
some dodgy characters.”
Although not a Brummie by birth - she’s originally
from Luton and now calls Bristol home - the Second
City holds a special place in Helen’s heart.
“I came here to be a student, studying physics at
Birmingham University - which didn’t really work
out because me and physics didn’t get on! - and met
my husband Ian here, so I stayed,” Helen explains.
“Birmingham’s the place that I feel I really did grow
up; it’s the first place I had some money in my pocket
and began to make my own way in the world.”
AUTHOR HELEN BLENKINSOP,
AKA AA ABBOTT
Helen lived in the Midlands for nearly 20 years; her
son was born in Birmingham and she trained as an
accountant at Price Waterhouse in the city.
“When I was training at Price Waterhouse they
send me to audit a company based just off Holloway
Head, and that little web of streets - Ernest Street
and Florence Street - are quite fascinating because
they’re less than a ten-minute walk from the railway
station but it’s an industrial zone. And it’s one that’s
changing as people realise it’s close to the city centre
and you can build housing and hotels there.
“I decided to set Marty’s business in Florence Street
because I thought it was exactly the kind of place
where a sharp businessman like him would have
bought a cheap property at auction and be sitting on
it for its development potential.
“Then, having set his business there in The Bride’s
Trail in 2013, it turned out that having cheap
property there was attractive to West Midlands Police
and MI5, who were conducting a sting on jihadists in
Birmingham and had set up a fake courier business
in Florence Street!
“Being able to set the story in Birmingham for the
most part was really important to me because I really
love the city and seize any excuse I can to come
back,” adds Helen.
It’s buzzy and dynamic, and there are areas of
beauty; in my books I refer to the hidden beauty of
the Jewellery Quarter.”
Storytelling has been a part of Helen’s life for as long
as she can remember. She grew up in a large family
and, as a child, used her stories to entertain her
“Since before I could read, when I was really tiny,
I used to make up little stories,” says Helen. “I’m
the eldest of five kids - my parents had five children
in five years - and I spent my childhood making up
stories for my brothers and
sister. I got a lot of kudos
out of it; they loved being
entertained and my parents
loved it because it gave them a
bit of a rest!”
Since self-publishing her first
novel in 2013 - Up In Smoke,
a gripping thriller which looks
at corruption in the cigarette
industry - Helen has been
prolific in her writing, penning
a book a year.
“When I’ve written a crime
thriller I get a minimum of 20
people to read the draft and
give me feedback, and quite
honestly they’re much better books because so many
people have helped me.
“Then there’s a professional edit, and again it makes
for a much better book because my editor is polite,
but savage with it!”
Her readers often compare Helen’s work to the
novels of Ruth Rendell, John Grisham and Jeffery
Archer, to name a few. Another comparison which
often crops up is Robert Galbraith, the nom de
plume used by JK Rowling to publish her very un-
Harry Potter-like contemporary crime fiction series
And like JK Rowling, whose publishers insisted she
go by two initials rather than her full name, Joanne,
so as not to put off her anticipated target audience
of young boys who might not want to read a book
written by a woman, Helen chose to publish under
the rather anonymous pen name AA Abbott.
“Men do read and enjoy my books,” says Helen. “I
did think using my name might put male readers off,
and studies have shown than men are far less likely to
read a female writer’s work.
“Having said that, although I did come up with a
gender-neutral name, people buy people so I’ve had
to admit to being me! It’s not so much of a secret any
Helen’s varied career - she’s had some 35 paid jobs
in many different industries - have given her a rich
vein of material for her novels. But there have been
elements which have required more digging to get
Helen says: “Research is vital when I’m writing
about something I don’t know. The Grass Trail
features an obsessive killer desperate to escape from
prison. Luckily, although I’ve never been jailed - that
would be taking research too far! - I had help with
the book from a family friend who is a prison officer.
I also saw a TV film about HMP Belmarsh and read
autobiographies by prisoners who had served time
there, including three former MPs.”
Vodka also plays a starring role in Helen’s novels,
and researching the spirit’s manufacturing process
proved to be much more fun.
“I went on a tour around the Chase Vodka distillery
in Herefordshire, which was a great day out,” says
Helen. “They were really helpful and a lot of what
they told me ended up in the books.”
While the locations in Helen’s novels are familiar, the
rich and vibrant characters are drawn purely from
“I’m really careful because I don’t think it’s fair to
stick my family and friends into books,” explains
“Although there occasionally times where something
so unusual happens that it just has to make it into
a book. I can think of two situations, one involving
drinking real ale in the White Horse pub in
Harborne which made it into The Vodka Trail.
“The other situation hasn’t made it into print yet
because it got cut from the draft of The Revenge
Trail so it’ll have to go into the next book.
“When I was working in London there was a sudden
crisis where the defibrillator was needed because a
guy working at another company on the floor above
was having a heart attack. One of the junior lawyers,
James, came to find the first aider, who sat near me
and who had only been trained in first aid the week
“They’ve just found the defibrillator when James’
boss comes storming out of his office asking about
a report. James runs off with the defibrillator, as you
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“I said to him ‘they’re taking the defibrillator to a
heart attack victim to save his life’, and the guy looks
at me and says, ‘what’s that got to do with James, I
want my report!’”
Helen combines writing with her career as an
accountant. After a long stint in the finance industry
working in both Birmingham and London, she now
takes ad hoc freelance contracts to fit around her
“It’s quite handy because it keeps me connected
to the workplace, and most of my books are set
in the business world. I do sometimes write down
inspiration for situations, but when it comes to
putting them into the books I disguise the situations
so you’d never know what they were based on.
“And it gives me something totally different to do;
writing this latest book was so hard, I was desperate
to get back to some accounting!”
Helen’s books are available in e-book and paperback
formats on Amazon, who have recently seen a five
per cent overall increase in print editions.
Further statistics show that 10 per cent of adults
are dyslexic and traditional publishers won’t print
books for them. Although she is not dyslexic, many
of Helen’s relatives are, which is why - as a selfpublisher
- she has also made her crime thrillers
available in a large print, dyslexia-friendly format.
Dyslexia Awareness Week takes place from October
1 to 7 and provides the opportunity to raise
awareness and understanding of dyslexia and help
to bring about positive change. World Dyslexia
Awareness Day takes place on October 4.
Helen continued: “I’m
so pleased that I can
get to launch The
Revenge Trail during
This can only help to
highlight the need for a
format to cater for all
Helen is now working
on the final installment
of the Trail series,
and once she’s put the
characters of Marty,
Kat and Shaun to
bed, she hopes to get
cracking on a new,
standalone novel - once again set in Birmingham.
“For about 30 years I’ve wanted to write a standalone
crime thriller set in the Digbeth area; I had the idea
before Digbeth became trendy, but I think it’ll still
“It’s a book about a serial killer set in Digbeth, so it’s
much darker than anything else I’ve written. There
are murders in all of my books but the body count
isn’t all that high, I think three is about the most I’ve
had so far, whereas this one will be a lot higher.
“And once I’ve got that out of my system, I want to
write some stories about a female private detective.
I’m definitely sticking with the crime thriller genre - a
bit of murder really spices up a book, I think!”
When it comes to reading, crime thrillers are,
unsurprisingly, a particular favourite of Helen’s.
“My guilty pleasure is the blockbusters of the 1980s
like Jackie Collins, so I like something which is pacey,
with a bit of sex and murder in it!” laughs Helen.
“And I enjoy the classics, particularly Thomas Hardy.
His characters go on a journey and they always have
flaws, and it’s their flaws that lead them into sticky
situations and make the stories interesting.
“I realise he was paid by the word so he’d always
use 20 words where one would do, whereas I use as
few words as I can get away with, but I believe in
the same philosophy, that it’s the flaws in a character
which make them interesting and lead to the plot
The Revenge Trail will be available to buy from
Amazon from October 1. For more details and news of
AA Abbott’s latest releases visit www.aaabbott.co.uk
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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 AMERICAN-INFLUENCED
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The Japanese style sitting room is approached through
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and full width retractable glazed doors to the decked
An open plan kitchen and family room offers an exceptional
living space and is fitted with an extensive range of
contemporary cabinets with integrated Miele appliances.
The master bedroom has a built-in cinema system, while
each of the four bedrooms has an en suite.
The leisure complex boasts a spa with large corner wet
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F O O D & D R I N K
Wild and wonderful
INNOVATIVE MEETS CLASSIC AS TWO MIDLANDS HEAVYWEIGHTS JOIN
FORCES FOR A DINING EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER, SAYS AMY NORBURY
Alex Claridge may not be one of the
most familiar names on the Midlands
dining scene, but he is surely one of the
most exciting. The brains behind The
Wilderness, one of the most innovative
eateries to hit the city in recent memory,
Alex brings a playful, provocative - and
completely delicious - edge to modern
Influenced by the cultural melting pot
that is the Second City, he pilfers spices,
styles and ingredients from around the
world to create a unique take on fine
dining. Starched linen and gleaming
silverware it ain’t, but The Wilderness
promises a foodie experience unlike
anything else in the Midlands.
So when Sauce Supper Club hit on the idea
of pairing Alex with Lichfield’s very own chef
extraordinaire Liam Dillon - chef patron of The
Boat Inn, who has recently been named Best Chef
at the Midlands Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards
ahead of stalwarts including Andy Waters, Aktar
Islam and Nottingham’s two Michelin-starred Sat
Bains - it promised to be an explosive evening of
The sell-out event, held on Liam’s home turf at The
Boat, welcomed some 60 diners for a six-course feast
marrying intense flavours, playful ideas and some
seriously off-the-wall presentation.
On arrival, we were greeted with a popcorn
piña colada - a luminous green prosecco-topped
concoction which did indeed have an aroma of
popcorn and taste like a piña colada - and shown to
our table in the dining room which offered a great
view into The Boat’s open kitchen.
First up was a duo of snacks from Liam; his
signature pig’s head and burnt apple cube, followed
by a rather delightful polenta cracker topped
with cod roe and fish skin. Now, while the little
cracker was a wonderful morsel, its puffed, crispy
texture mimicking that of the fish skin, it was the
presentation which really wowed,
as it came balanced atop a bowl
containing a swimming fish - ‘this
is Ronnie’, exclaimed our waiter.
The Wilderness’ yuk sung bun - a
tiny brioche bun filled with quail
yuk sung, scattered with chicken
skin and yeast flakes with a dab of
hoisin sauce - completed a tasty
trio, while a miniature beer-soaked
spelt loaf with whipped chicken
butter was another delight.
So far, so tasty, and we really hadn’t
yet got going.
An amuse bouche from The Boat
of set cheese custard with spiced
carrot and mushroom was a little
lacking for me personally - I found the texture a bit
thin, although the carrots were beautifully sweet and
But The Wilderness’ tomato and ricotta dish
which followed was simply sublime. Fresh ricotta
paired with an array of tomatoey goodness - a
stunning tomato crisp, incredible ‘sweet and sour’
tomatoes and a tomato version of a Japanese ponzu
citrus sauce - took the humble cheese and tomato
combination to dizzying heights, while an elderflower
granita added a layer of floral sweetness. Clever
And from this flavour punch, it was onto a perfectly
executed fish course from The Boat. A ballotine of
sole fillet with brown shrimp, lemon, fish sauce and
oyster emulsion, it was elegant, refined and a real joy
The meat course was the intriguingly titled N.A.F.B
from The Wilderness, an explosive combination of
succulent quail breast with butter curry sauce, date
and tamarind puree and dhal samosa with cucumber
foam and powder, and crispy wild rice.
The tongue-in-cheek acronym, our waiter informed
us, stands for Not Another F’ing Balti - something
regular Wilderness diners might be familiar with,
or so said my friend and fellow Supper Club diner
who counts The Wilderness as her favourite dining
experience and has had the dish a time or two before.
And to be perfectly honest, I’d be ecstatic to eat
that glorious anti-balti plateful again, and again.
The quail was a beautifully tender, the butter sauce
silky and rich, with the sweet sharpness from the
puree and the palate-cleansing freshness from the
cucumber providing a wonderful sense of flavour
balance. Add in some crunch from the samosa and
rice - which was rather like a scattering of wild Rice
Krispies - and a decent kick of spice, and it made for
a truly mouth-watering experience.
Desserts were a little slice of heaven; the only
complaint I’d have about Liam’s moreish carrot cake,
with it’s caramelised top and creamy
rum and raisin ice cream would be
that it was far too small a portion.
I could have eaten the marvellous
morsel several times over, but that’s
just being greedy.
The finale was a salty, malty,
chocolatey extravaganza, with a fine
sable biscuit, salted milk sorbet - far
more delicious than it sounds - and
a shard of dried chocolate mousse
which melted on the tongue.
And if that wasn’t enough to leave a
smile on your face, a tray of sweets
appeared to finish off the meal. But
these weren’t any ordinary sweets; the
Turkish Delight was, well, delightful
but it was the rummy gummy bear, made with a
full shot of rum, which was the real punch in the
chops. In an oh-so-good way, of course. Given the
opportunity I wouldn’t stop at just one, hell no, but
too many of those sweet little bears would leave you
floored, I’m sure.
After starting life as a pop-up called Nomad before
a skirmish with a New York hotel of the same
moniker forced a chance of name, The Wilderness
finally settled in its permanent home in the Jewellery
Quarter earlier this year. A cult-like following among
foodie fanatics means that tables are increasingly
difficult to come by, but if you can score a coveted
seat then do. You won’t regret it. Just don’t go if you
fancy a balti.
F O O D & D R I N K
Cocktail of the month
TOM LINDSEY AND RORY MCKERRELL, FOUNDERS OF FIFTH SPIRE GIN AND OWNERS OF THE
SPIRIT WORKS BAR IN LICHFIELD, SHARE THEIR PERFECT SERVE OF A TIMELESS CLASSIC
The Old Fashioned cocktail’s
history stretches back to the
1800s, and its simple formula has
been tinkered with a lot along
the way, but the best ones are
the simple ones, consisting of just
whiskey (other aged spirits also
work), sugar, and bitters. The key
thing is to use solid choices for the
whiskey components as they will
really shine through… and do not
ruin it with loads of sugar!
We used the following:
25ml Willett’s Pot Still Reserve
25ml Millstone 100 Dutch Rye
5 dashes Bokers Aromatic Bitters
2 Dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters
7.5ml Sugar Syrup
Orange ribbon with pith
removed to garnish
Combine the Willett’s bourbon
with a small amount of ice straight
out of the freezer into mixing
glass and stir to chill. Add the rest
of the ingredients to the mixing
glass along with more ice and stir
to chill once again. If there’s still
room, add more ice and continue
to stir down.
Once suitably chilled, strain into
a rocks glass full of ice, or better
still, one giant ice ball or cube
if you can get them. Crease the
orange ribbon over the drink to
express its oils onto the drinks
Rub the outside of the orange
onto the rim of the glass and then
place in the drink. Sit down and
F O O D & D R I N K
A taste of autumn
LIAM DILLON, AWARD-WINNING CHEF PATRON AT THE BOAT INN, LICHFIELD,
SHARES A RECIPE WHICH MAKES THE MOST OF AN AUTUMNAL HERO INGREDIENT - VENISON
Liam says: “The main element for this dish is the
venison, a beautiful ingredient that I love to work
with at this time of year. This recipe below is only
for the marinade that we use in the restaurant to add
as much flavour to the meat as possible. It helps to
season the meat due to the ingredients used.
“This method of seasoning meat before cooking is
quite common but mainly for secondary cuts of meat
before stewing, to add flavour and tenderise. This
technique is also used for such dishes as a coq au vin,
where the wine is used to marinade the chicken and
then used back to make the sauce.
“This venison marinade is used in a similar vein to
season the sauce, but is reduced heavily first.”
15g juniper berries
25g orange peel
400g sliced onions
10 x black peppercorns
3 x bay leaves
750ml red wine
Place the red wine into a pan and bring to the boil.
Once it is up to the boil pour over the remaining
This marinade should be left to cool before it is used.
The venison loin should be left in the marinade for
one hour and then removed and patted dry. Once this
process has been completed it should be cut to the
desired size and then preserved until it is ready to be
We have a number of different components that come
together to create the dish at the restaurant. A potato
terrine that has been built with red cabbage running
through it; pickled mushrooms and roasted baby
onions, kale, yeasted cauliflower puree and venison
sausage. Once this is on the plate with the roasted
saddle of venison we finish the sauce with elderberries
which have been pickled and help lift the sauce with a
slight sharpness which brings the dish together.
Join in the Festive Celebrations
Tue 4th, Tue 11th, Mon 17th
& Tue 18th December
Sun 2nd, 9th, 16th, Sat 22nd,
Sun 23rd & Mon 24th Dec
& Afternoon Tea
Tue 27th Nov, Tue 4th, Tue
11th, Mon17th & Tue 18th Dec
Various dates in November,
December & January
Liam Dillon, chef owner of The Boat Inn was
recently awarded “Best Chef” in the Midlands.
Modern British Food with an open kitchen.
Newly refurbished with a view into the kitchen.
Tables suitable for large parties
with set menus to choose from.
Book your christmas party at the boat
Moor Hall Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B75 6LN
0121 308 3751 www.moorhallhotel.co.uk
Join in the Festive Celebrations
• Locally shot pigeon, courgette & chestnut
• Roasted scallops, squash, toasted seeds
• Celeriac & artichoke veloute
• Turkey breast, rolled leg, sprout top,
cranberry & parsnip puree
• Beef rump medallions, watercress, shallot & roasted
celeriac(served with hand cut chips & peppercorn sauce)
• Hake, potato, cauliflower stems, sea herbs & fish sauce
• Roast courgette, artichokes & spiced yellow split peas
• Cauliflower & Westcombe cheese
• Parmesan & truffle chips
• Sprouts & pancetta
• Heritage carrots and Caraway butter
• Pickled red cabbage
• Winter eton mess
• Set cream, clementine & granola
• Lemon sponge, honeycomb, bee pollen & yoghurt sorbet
• British cheese selection (£5 supplement)
Monday 26th &
Tuesday 27th November
Sunday 9th &
Sunday 23rd December
& Afternoon Tea
Friday 7th &
Friday 14th December
Various dates in November,
December & January
2 courses £25
3 courses £30
• Dorset crab, charred leeks & toasted bread
• Rock oysters, red wine reduction & lemon
• Scottish mackerel, gooseberry chutney, black olive & runner beans
• Celeriac & artichoke veloute
• Venison, yeasted cauliflower, mushrooms, red cabbage potato terrine
• Turkey breast, rolled leg, sprout top, cranberry & parsnip puree
• Chalkstem trout, squash gnocchi, salsify, hollandaise & sauce vierge
• Roast courgette, artichokes & spiced yellow split peas
• Cauliflower & Westcombe cheese
• Parmesan & truffle chips
• Sprouts & pancetta
• Heritage carrots and Caraway butter
• Pickled red cabbage
• Carrot cake, almond tuille, butter icing & Christmas pudding ice cream
• Hot chocolate cake, prune & hazelnut granola
• Warm rice pudding, caramel streusel crumb, clementine & chocolate
• British cheese selection (£5 supplement)
2 courses £35
3 courses £40
Please notify us of any allergies as some ingredients are not mentioned in dish title
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F O O D & D R I N K
An autumnal pick
PATRICK GAUNT, OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR SPECIALIST WINE COMPANY
ITAL SARDO, TAKES A LOOK AT THE BEST WINES FOR AUTUMN
With the temperatures dropping, we are looking to provide our clients with a welcoming warmth of wine.
Ital Sardo invites you to share our great selection of wine, pairing perfectly with those crisp autumn evenings.
With plenty of fine wines available, here are our recommendations for the forthcoming month:
This is a wine that is recognised
by many consumers of Italian
wines. As with many of our more
recognisable wines, we believe that
we have found the best example
of this style. With autumnal notes
of blackberry, a hint of cinnamon
and a slight finish of cracked
black pepper, this is, all in all, a
great wine for a
This is highly
This wine is from our most recent
shipment, in which we focused
on our most exclusive range
from Sardinia. The sketch of the
town of Oliena pronounces the
important sense of ‘source’ with
this wine. A great example of a
Sardinian red wine, strong yet
smooth, Irilai has a great sense
of warmth, all
softened with an
even balance of
red cherry and
This is a red
wine that can
on its own,
pair well with
roasts - lamb
Understanding that not everyone
is a red wine drinker, we have a
recommendation from our range
of white wines. This is a fantastic
example of how we are providing
our clients with something new.
Sourced from the island of
Sardinia, this young Vermentino
is one of our most versatile wines.
The soft, fruity notes allow this
to be consumed
on its own.
with the addition
of a unique
and thyme, the
taste this wine
with cured meats
or a vegetable
not be missed.
Our full range of wines are available to view on our website at www.italsardo.com
As a small company, we believe in offering a personal and professional service to all of customers.
Therefore, we welcome any requests and look forward to hearing from you. You can contact us via
email email@example.com or call our office 01283 711588
MONDAY 15 - SATURDAY 20 OCT
POP UP MICHELIN STAR FINE DINING
IN A KITCHEN NEAR YOU!
Delivering exciting and new dining experiences to your doorstep through a series
of pop up kitchen events, where chefs from Michelin starred restaurants and highly
commended chefs showcase their food and talents.
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THE BOAT INN
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F E AT U R E
Into the abyss
IN A NEW SERIES FOR J’AIME, JACK REGAN, A CREATIVE AT TITAN. THE ADVERTISING AGENCY
IN BIRMINGHAM, TAKES A MORE ADRENALINE-FUELLED APPROACH TO LIFE. THIS MONTH,
HE UNDERTAKES A HAIR-RAISING CHARITY ABSEIL IN BIRMINGHAM
JACK REGAN LIVING LIFE
ON THE EDGE - LITERALLY
I am about to die. I’m certain of that and of that
Probably not from the shattering impact of a 250ft
fall, but almost certainly from catastrophic shame
and humiliation. Be assured, this will not be a hero’s
death. No mournful obits, no flags at half whatsit.
To be fair, this is not how I’d imagined my morning
ending. I’d had the highest of hopes for this, my
very first ever abseil. And from Birmingham’s tallest
building* no less.
In my head I was going to swagger through the entire
experience, doing this stunt with two very glamorous
ladies, raising funds for Emmaus UK, a brilliant
charity that’s helping homeless people - so, y’know,
carpe diem etc.
I’d had the most devilish self image too - Man From
Milk Tray cool with slick hair, polo neck, incredibly
tight jeans and an insatiable mistress in every port.
I’d envisioned myself majestic, all in black, whizzing
down the wall in the style of elite troops storming
embassies, y’know, chomping a cigar, wolfish grin - I
was, quite literally, gonna go commando.
And it had all seemed so positive and realistic in
those great moments going up to the roof too. So
awash with hope and possibilities. But then reality set
in like a thunderclap from the gods.
Twenty one storeys up atop the Snow Hill Holiday
Inn I decided I’d take a nonchalant peek over the
side. A wretched mistake, I’ll admit. For the instant I
did so the blood drained from my face like a flushing
toilet. Heart hammering in my chest.
I stood there, ashen faced, terrified, gargling
incoherently, shaking, my nerve totally gone. This
was... I just had no contingency for terror.
So, desperately trying to regain my cool, I asked the
climbing expert guy how far up we were. He nodded,
“Don’t worry about landing with a splat, son, it’s
so bloody far to the bottom you’ll die of starvation
Which did not help.
Then he started with the strapping and ropes and
harnesses and trussing me up and pinning in my
unmentionables and pinching and teasing and...
good God! The Marquess de Sade himself would’ve
been blushing like a wee schoolgirl with all this
bondage and self inflicted agony!
But much worse was to come.
After a few instructions the climbing dude had me
and my glamour girl mate, Donna, clamber clumsily
onto the ledge high above Birmingham and I’m on
the verge of vomiting with fear. Then he tells us to
simultaneously push ourselves off...
Which is when I had an epiphany. A soft voice inside
me said, Don’t worry, mate, it’ll be fine. Just push off,
hard as you can.
Which somehow settled me down. I immediately felt
exquisitely calm. Serene. I decided, what the hell,
dude, just do it. Just do it for the homeless! And so I
I thrust myself off that roof with proper abandon,
pushing my backside mightily into the air with a
force few men could ever muster... and... and I
immediately rrrripped the arse of my jeans wide
open to the world!
I mean this was a freakish tear. The entire
garment split in half. The Full Monty of rips. Two
hundred feet up, suspended by a daft rope and I’m
experiencing a unique new level of
mortifying full exposure.
Now, let me take you back a few
paragraphs to what must’ve seemed
like a throwaway line. The bit where I
said I was gonna go commando. Okay,
so I wasn’t actually joking, you see. I
genuinely had gone full commando and
was now going full frontal. And full rear
On the plus side, I wasn’t so ashen faced
Of course you panic. Who wouldn’t?
My glam mate Donna’s shouting over,
asking about a tearing noise? I mutter
incoherently, my mind racing - how to
hell to now stay ahead of her descent so
she can’t see my shortcomings?
Panic and shame utterly broil inside me
as Donna is clearly about to overtake me
- a disaster from which few friendships
So I try to abseil faster, my feet on the
hotel’s windows, but I know if I make
big strides down that “everything” will
fall out of what’s left of my jeans and I
cannot adjust “anything” because I’m
175 feet up, gripping this bloody rope for
So I do the best I can and keep my feet very close
together and start, quite literally, mincing my way
down a building, my face utterly aflame with shame.
Now, to be clear, this isn’t a situation where, were
you look closely you could see what’s going on. This
is a man on obvious display to the world. And a
A fact verified by the dozen overjoyed builders up on
the scaffolds of the 3 Snow Hill construction tower
immediately across the street. The builders, bless
‘em, offered their raucous “encouragement” to me
all the way down.
Don’t even ask me about the double deckers on the
street below. Don’t ask!
What followed were three agonising minutes of
breathtaking humiliation and shame. But, despite it
all, I managed to stay those few crucial yards ahead
of Donna and reached the bottom first, furiously tore
off my constraints before scampering desperately to
the sanctuary of a nearby portaloo.
Where I’m still sat now, sweating, stammering and
waiting till my mum arrives to rescue me with a fresh
pair of trousers.
*Yes, yes, we know there’s a taller building in
Birmingham now but, before you write in, think
about how cool that’ll make you feel about yourself.
THE ABSEIL WAS TO
RAISE FUNDS FOR
T R AV E L
Spain’s hidden year-round
RB COLLECTION DIRECTOR OLIVER EXPLAINS WHY WE SHOULD TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK
AT SPAIN’S SUMMER AND WINTER MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY OFFERINGS
EXPERIENCE SOME OF
EUROPE’S FINEST SKIING
IN BAQUEIRA BERET
The mountain ranges of Switzerland, Austria, Italy
and France are some of Europe’s most popular
to explore during the summer months, with
breathtaking scenery, easy driving routes, plenty of
alpine activities for all ages and good quality cuisine
and culture to take in. There is, however, a European
country that isn’t quite as synonymous with winter
ski and summer lake and mountain holidays, and
one which is one of the easiest to get to from many
airports in the UK.
Spain has always been the Brits’ favourite destination
for a summer beach holiday and has been since the
OLIVER, LEFT, AND HIS
BROTHER JAMES HIT
1950s. But it is also home to ski resorts described by
the experts as the true ‘hidden gems’, frequented by
Spanish royalty and featuring an abundance of runs
with very few queues and excellent quality facilities.
In the summer months, driving to Spain’s Pyrenees
is a dream; the country’s road network is vast and,
unlike the UK, as soon as you leave a major city the
numbers of cars competing for space on the road
I’ve had holidays in the two regions in both winter
and summer and can’t sing their praises high enough.
Here’s my brief guide and hopefully it will inspire
you to go too.
Skiing in Spain
There are a number of good quality resorts; my
favourite are Formigal and Baqueira Beret. I took a
week to experience both resorts and, having skied all
my life around Europe and North America, I was a
little dubious to be honest. Luckily, I was pleasantly
Our first stop was Formigal, an easy four-hour drive
from Barcelona, and a beautiful one at that. Unlike
some of the other European ski resorts, the lack of
non-Spanish tourists means there are far less people
driving to the resorts, and these two are a little
further away from the main cities meaning a
day trip is more challenging.
Formigal has a vast number of runs and
we never queued once. A fresh snow storm
arrived on day two, which added further
challenges to some of the already difficult
black runs; but this also made for a really
adventurous skiing experience. Rarely, during
peak skiing months in Europe can you be the
only two enjoying a run in the midday sun!
While my brother would push me to try some
of the harder runs, I should mention that
Formigal has a great selection of lower level
runs for families and beginners. With less
people there, the kids seemed to be getting
more of a personal learning experience too.
Après-ski isn’t at its strongest in Formigal,
but there were a few good quality local
restaurants which offered an enjoyable
selection of Spanish/French fusion mountain
cooking. I would recommend two to three
days as we did and then move on to your next stop;
for us this was the royalty-ready Baqueira Beret.
The drive from Formigal took around three-and-ahalf
hours as we travelled as close as you can drive
parallel along the mountain range. Again, the lack
of fellow drivers made it a pleasurable journey as we
snaked between the peaks along the modern roads.
Beret is very well known in Spain as their best ski
resort, and many ski journalists class it as the best
in Europe. There is a certain quality in the air
and, while it doesn’t have a traditional main street
or commercial centre as you find in the North
American resorts, it does offer some of the most
MAKES FOR A SCENIC
expensive and exclusive accommodations. But where
Beret excels is with what is the most important thing
for any ski holiday - extremely high quality ski runs
for all levels, and excellent swift lifts where, just like
Formigal, very little time is spent queuing.
My brother often insists we ski pretty much every
run in every resort we visit, and this was certainly
a major challenge here as there were so many. The
challenging by far are on the Tuc deth Dossau, the
resort’s highest peak. On our last day we enjoyed a
well-deserved drink just in time to be the last to ski
down. There is always something special about being
one of the last down a run in the afternoon, having it
all to oneself is a real treat!
Cuisine is the major highlight of the aprèsski
scene here. You won’t find any nightclubs
here, but you will find fine dining and I can
definitely recommend Ticolet as the spot to
catch a special meal - but do book ahead!
While there are other Spanish ski resorts,
Formigal and Baqueira Beret are the two
which I would head for first and I am sure
you won’t be disappointed.
Lakes and mountains in Spain
In the same mountain range, and again
driving from Barcelona we headed towards
the Parador Biesla, a unique historic hotel
perched high in the Pyrenees, just over Mt
Pertido from France. The journey was a
great experience in itself. We soon left the
motorway behind and stopped at The Mont
Rebei Gorge for lunch and a small hike.
These were scenes you would expect only to
see when visiting the Great Lakes in North America.
The bold green-blue of the water perfectly mirrored
the rocky surrounding, engulfed by silence as we
turned off the engine. Very few foreign visitors know
about this unique spot in Spain and I must urge you
to try it out, especially as it is only a couple of hours’
drive from Barcelona. To experience the full six-hour
round trip hike you need to stop over nearby. Or
there is a shorter three-and-a-half hour round trip
but it is not for the faint hearted. with sheer drops
along the way. Alternatively, you can board the boat
or self-canoe for a more serene experience. The
scenery was breathtaking.
We continued on our journey along the locally
famous N230 road, winding through the hills past
small villages, more lakes and flat plains - a landscape
for each season. Soon we turned off this scenic route
and headed up into the mountains, through villages
specialising in adventure pursuits such as mountain
biking, hiking and climbing. We eventually arrived
at Parador Biesla, located as the final stop of the
road and surrounded by towering rocky peaks with
natural waterfalls bursting through, roaring in the
background. While we were staying for just one night
before our onward journey down into France and
onto the Basque Country, we could easily see why
our fellow visitors were booked in for a few nights.
The remoteness, peace and quiet and opportunities
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WHAT: The All
Following their sell-out UK tour, the Scummy
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New songs! New sketches! New catsuits! And even
some new jokes!
Join Ellie and Helen as they celebrate the scummier
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hiding from the PTA. Bring your friends and make it a
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WHEN: Selected dates
from October 11 to
Prepare to be scared this Halloween season as Screamfest is
back and more terrifying than ever, with five thrilling scare
attractions to chill your bones. New for 2018 is Insomnia.
Be prepared to enter a child’s nightmare - what if she could
drag you into it? What if you could not wake up?
In Love Hurts Professor Heart wants you to find your
soulmate at one of his famous speed dating nights. Just
pray you’re not one of the rejected… Roll up, roll up and
enter Freakout, full of crazy clown antics, frightful freaks
and terrorising terrors. For a truly terrifying experience in
the pitch black, are you brave enough to step through the
portal and risk your soul in the realm of Demonica?
And finally find Dia de los Muertos in the maize maze. Will
you escape the maze without suffering a terrible fate?
Between scare attractions, enjoy the live entertainment
including extreme performers, live DJ, zombie paintball
and street theatre.But don’t enjoy yourself too much; you
never know what’s around the next corner. For more details
WHAT: The Case of the Frightened Lady
WHERE: Lichfield Garrick
WHEN: October 15 to 20
When Inspector Tanner is called in to investigate
a ruthless murder at Mark’s Priory, the grand
ancestral home of the Lebanon family, he quickly
discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. The
household is controlled by the family physician,
the footmen behave more like guests than servants
and the secretary Isla is afraid for her life. As
Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery
he uncovers a shocking and closely guarded
The Classic Thriller Company returns with a
brand new adaption from the legendary ‘King of
the detective thriller’ Edgar Wallace. Adapted for
film several times, this is your chance to catch this
chilling, captivating and complex thriller live on
stage. For more details call the box office on 01543
412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com
Ben Jeffery Exhibition on Saturday 20th October
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Ben’s portfolio is fairly diverse, ranging from portraits to
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WHAT: Cirque du
Soleil presents OVO
October 3 to 7
Cirque du Soleil’s brand new UK arena tour, OVO, is a
celebration of nature and co-existence which makes for a
fun-filled production for the whole family.
OVO, meaning ‘egg’ in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into
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WHAT: War Horse
WHEN: October 10
to November 3
Following eight recordbreaking
London’s West End and having played in 11 countries
around the world to over seven million people, the
National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns to
Birmingham Hippodrome this month.
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s
beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France.
He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an
extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding
himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained
on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though
still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous
mission to find him and bring him home.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War
Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes
audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of
rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. For
more details visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com
WHAT: Sarah Millican - Control Enthusiast
WHERE: Birmingham Symphony Hall
WHEN: October 24 to 26
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A STELLAR LINE-UP OF COMEDY EVENTS - AND YOU COULD WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO
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improvisation from Friday October 26 to Saturday
Now firmly on the festival map and included in this
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of performers visit the city from across the UK and
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home-grown troupes from Birmingham – now seen
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The festival, which celebrates its third year in the city,
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venue partner for 2018.
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THE fashion time machine is in full force for
AW18, and the decade most designers plundered
this season? It was without doubt the Seventies,
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Collars were long and sharp at Louis Vuitton and
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the bigger, the better.
There were some more literal takes on Seventies
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JILL HARTLEY, CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF NERO E BIANCO EXCLUSIVE FASHION AND BRIDAL
BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT SOME OF THIS SEASON’S HOTTEST TRENDS
Summer sunshine has been amazing this year and
while we’re sad to see the end of it, we are are getting
rather excited about the fabulous trends coming
through for cooler autumn days. As always, at Nero
e Bianco our mission is to help women look amazing
and feel empowered. So, looking at autumn colours
and trends that are crucial to that end. Here’s a
selection of styles and colours that will put you in the
lead for on trend style in the coming months.
Cut the mustard
Mustard tones are perfect for the autumn and fine
knits are versatile to wear casual over skirts, trousers
and are the best transitional pieces. We’ve added
detachable faux fur cuffs to add a little drama. The
tulle skirt is one of our favourites, and this season we
have added the embroidery with the autumn colours
which we love. The ankle boot gives the look and
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Continuing with the mustard colour trend, this
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worn elegantly with a black cami and black trousers;
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SALON DIRECTOR OF
LEWIS MOORE STREETLY,
HAS BEEN NAMED A UK
FINALIST AT THE WELLA
TREND VISION HAIR
of us from the Lewis Moore team.”
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at Middleton. It’s a perfect location for a spa dedicated
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J’AIME has teamed up with the Hart Spa to offer
readers the chance to win an exclusive pamper package
worth up to £150. The holistic experience will combine
a full body treatment and facial with scalp massage, all
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I N T H E N E W S
A Mini adventure for charity
A local businessman is undertaking an epic journey
across Europe behind the wheel of a classic car to
raise funds for a children’s charity.
Scott Humphreys, managing director of Peppermill
Interiors, is taking on The Italian Job at the end of
October to raise money for children’s charity Buttle
UK. Scott and his brother Brian, along with friends
Dom and Ian are squeezing into two vintage Minis
- one 1998 and one 1971 - and driving from the
Midlands to Turin, Italy.
The team will drive to France, via Dover, then on to
Germany, Switzerland, and into Italy where they will
begin The Italian Job 2019 in Imola with 50 to 100
The Minis and the trip are self-funded. Any money
raised will go to support children in need throughout
the UK, and Scott is hoping they will be able to
reach their target of £20,000.
Scott said: “We’ve set a steep target, but we’re
confident that we can achieve it. The Italian Job
event has been running since 1990 and has so far
raised more than £2.5million for children’s charities,
projects and foundations across the world. The
money will go towards a worthy cause, and every
penny donated is greatly appreciated.”
Buttle UK provide essentials to children across the
UK. As little as £10 will provide a swimming lesson
for a child who needs an escape from witnessing
domestic abuse, £150 will provide a bed for a child
previously sleeping on the floor, and £1,000 will
enable a student estranged from their family to
study at college or university and help realise their
In a rerun of the famous 1969 film, the troop of
Minis will spend the week travelling to various iconic
destinations, including the Dino Ferrari racing circuit
and the Lingotto rooftop track, as featured in the
original movie. As part of the trip, the team will also
be visiting a children’s home in Turin and are taking
gifts with them to donate.
If you would like to sponsor Scott, Brian, Dom and
Ian, head over to their JustGiving page at www.
For a donation of £100+ businesses can have
their logos displayed on one of the Minis; please
contact email@example.com for
The trip begins on October 27 and finishes on
November 2; you can follow their progress in the
lead up to, during, and after the trip on Peppermill
Interiors’ blog page and on their social media
Buttle UK is a registered charity. To find out more
M OTO R S
Life in the fast lane
THIS MONTH, J’AIME’S MOTORING EXPERT AND RESIDENT RACING DRIVER MARTIN PLOWMAN
TAKES A LOOK BACK AT HIS TIME RACING WITH ONE OF MOTORSPORT’S ALL-TIME GREATS
The 2018 F1 battle between Ferrari and Mercedes,
Hamilton and Vettel is what the sport has been
craving for quite a while. Two four-time world
champions going head to head.
Love him or hate him, Lewis Hamilton will go down
in history as one of greatest drivers of all time, if
not the greatest - which pains me to say as an Ayrton
Senna fan. Some of his performances this year, such
as his qualifying lap at Singapore, will only help to
cement his cult-like status as a driver.
I was lucky enough to have seen Lewis in his very
early years of racing and, for a short few years, even
raced on the same kart team as him. Life for Lewis
these days consists of private jets, fashion shows
and VIP parties, yet life for Lewis wasn't always so
glamorous. I fondly remember a very different time,
travelling on hundreds of dreaded Ryanair flights
with Lewis, but more on that later.
Lewis is a couple of years older than me, and for
the majority of my junior racing career he was in
the next age-class above, so thankfully I never had
to go up against him! That was with the exception
of my very first year of racing at the tender age of
eight. I had just completed my novice licence, and
my parents entered me into a local club race at the
Birmingham Wheels kart track. I was nervous and
excited about my first big race without novice plates.
There would even be some 'big' name drivers who
raced in the British Championships there, including
an 11-year-old kid called Lewis who had just been
signed by Mclaren-Mercedes as a karting prodigy.
The only time I overtook Lewis
I knew the track very well as it was where I had
learnt how to drive, but going up against some of the
best under 12s in the country as an eight-year-old
was daunting! Practice seemed to be going well, I was
keeping up with the karts around me until one lap
I was passed by the famous yellow helmet of Lewis.
He instantly became a target for me, and I got my
head down determined to race him! After a few laps
of following him and learning his lines, I slowly got
closer and closer until I slipped by on the straight
to overtake him. The following lap I found myself
2000 WAS THE YEAR
DINO’S KART TEAM
AND THIS IS HOW
NICO AND LEWIS
BEFORE THEY BOTH
BECAME F1 WORLD
face first in the tyre barrier. Apparently, 11-year-old
super-stars in the making don't like being passed
by scrawny eight-year-olds fresh off of their novice
Soon after the session was over, my on-track antics
had attracted the curiosity of Lewis' father Anthony,
who I presume had come to see the 'amazing talent'
who had just passed his son. After eyeing my kart
up and down and a few polite, inquisitive questions
to my parents about how long I had been racing,
he turned to my dad and said: "Do you realise that
you have an 80cc Comer engine?" To clarify, the
Cadet class in England for eight-to-11-year-olds
used SIXTY cc Comer engines. The rest of Europe
at that time used EIGHTY cc Engines. My dad
had unknowingly been sold an illegal engine by
some karting father con-artist who had offloaded an
unusable engine to an unsuspecting novice karting
parent. No wonder I passed Lewis; I had 25 per cent
more power than the rest of the field!
After that weekend, my parents stayed in contact
with Anthony and our families becoming good
friends. Over the years, Anthony became sort of
a career advisor to me and my parents, helping us
to navigate through the treacherous web of junior
karting and helping us to make the right career
moves up the motorsport ladder. Back in 2000, I
had just won the British Open Championship in
Formula Yamaha for 12-16-year-olds in my first
year in the class. But the racing that year was pretty
miserable as English karting was becoming rife
with corruption, cheating and the overall driving
standards were becoming dangerous, more akin to
destruction derby with a lack of law and order from
the race stewards. It's hard to believe, but as a family,
we almost walked away from the sport entirely that
year, so disillusioned by how bad things got. That
was until Anthony called to convince my parents that
sending me to race in Europe would be the best thing
for me. The best young drivers in the world raced in
Europe, so if I was to get ahead in the sport, I had to
compete against the best.
Ryanair flights and late night gelato
Lewis was racing in the Senior karting World
Championships at the time in a team run by karting
guru Dino Chiesa, funded by Mclaren. Lewis' team
mate was a kid called Nico Rosberg, son of 1985
F1 World Champion Keke. Reluctantly my parents
agreed. They were terrified as it meant I would be
travelling more and more abroad, but also financially
they had to work extra overtime to find the money to
support that move, as sponsorship for 13-year-olds is
next to impossible to find.
My first year of racing in Europe involved weekly
trips to Stansted airport with my dad, where we
would meet Anthony and Lewis. I was not yet old
enough to legally travel by myself so my dad would
accompany me to Italy with Lewis to where Dino's
karting team was based. Anthony, entrusting the care
of his son to my dad, was to make sure that Lewis
arrived at the hotel fed and in bed before 11pm to be
ready for the big race weekend.
I still remember the very first trip with my dad
and Lewis like it was yesterday. Landing in Italy,
we picked up the rental car armed with only
printed directions. Portable sat-navs were not yet
commonplace, so here we were in a foreign country,
and little old me was given the task of following the
instructions from four A4 pieces of paper. Needless
LEWIS HAMILTON (1)
DIRECTLY IN FRONT
MARTIN (UNION JACK
LEWIS WAS WIDELY
KNOWN AS A SUPER-
STAR IN THE MAKING
FROM DAY ONE
to say, my dad was (and still is) hopeless at following
directions and so we eventually set off on our way to
the hotel in the 'Zona Industriale' in Padova. It was
on that car trip that I learnt what a prostitute was,
after Lewis and my dad had to awkwardly explain
why I saw a dozen or more scantily-clad ladies
standing on street corners of the industrial zone in
the middle of winter. I had lived a very sheltered
Church of England life until then!
We finally got to the hotel after 11pm, tired and
starving. Dozens of wrong turns, and with the help
of some broken-English instructions from drunk
locals at a bar, we made it. Since we got to the hotel
so late, all of the restaurants had already shut up
shop for the night. My dad had already failed to get
Lewis in bed by 11pm and was about to fail at the
feeding him (and me) part too! In a panic, he asked if
there was anywhere open that served food. The lady
at the reception replied that there was a gelateria
open just down the road. The three of us trundled
down the street in search of anything to get my dad
out of trouble.
And so we found the gelateria, neon lights
shining like heaven's pearly gates - my dad
would be saved. Pulling out all of the stops
to put things right and make sure Lewis
wouldn't grass to his father, my dad let us
order literally anything we wanted from the
store. Lewis' choice? A 2kg styrofoam bathtub
of stracciatella gelato. We slowly walked our
way back to the hotel eating our body weight
in Italian ice cream. "This is the best dinner
ever," exclaimed Lewis. "Don't you dare tell
your Dad anything!" warned my dad.
Thankfully Lewis went on to win that
weekend, despite the extra kilo of ice cream
he was carrying.
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