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As the madness of the festive season gives
way to the quiet calm of a new year, it’s
hard to believe that we’re already into
2019; a year which we’re hoping will be
an exciting one for J’AIME with plenty
of new developments in the pipeline.
But we start the new year off by bidding
a fond farewell to one of Lichfield’s
oldest businesses. Salloways Jewellery
has been a stalwart in the city since 1871
but now, after four generations of family
ownership, the Salloways have decided
to call time on the business in favour of
well-earned retirement. We chat to Nigel
Salloway and take a look back over his
years at the helm, with best wishes for the
The new year brings with it plenty of
optimism, and plenty of new beginnings
and ideas; if you’re looking to kickstart
your 2019 in a healthy way we’ve got
some great tips from Lichfield personal
trainer Raul Romero. And if TV’s
Strictly Come Dancing has inspired you
to take to the ballroom for a twirl, we
take a look at why dance just might be
the best medicine for mind, body and
Elsewhere, we’ve got all of your usual
favourites, from the most stylish interior
design ideas to wardrobe updates to keep
you ahead of the fashion curve all winter
From the team at J’AIME, our best
wishes for a bright and prosperous 2019.
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Lichfield’s oldest businesses
12 Property - Property of the month
16 Interiors - Under the sea
20 Interiors - 100 years of Bauhaus
26 Interiors - Dare to bare with nude neutrals
30 Food and drink - A look back at Sauce Supper
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32 Food and drink - Cocktail of the month from Bar
34 Food & drink - A new way to sample Italian
36 Food & drink - A recipe to try from Larder
38 New Year, New You - Get a healthy start with
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40 New Year, New You - Nutrition tips and healthy
42 New Year, New You - Try dance for your new
46 Travel - Discovering Verona
50 New Year, New You - Say hello to your
52 What’s On - Our pick of events around our
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54 What’s On - The hottest tickets around
56 Fashion - Get layered
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AS SALLOWAYS JEWELLERS PREPARES TO CLOSE ITS DOORS FOR GOOD THIS MONTH, AMY NORBURY
CHATS TO NIGEL SALLOWAY ABOUT HIS TIME AT THE HELM OF ONE OF LICHFIELD’S OLDEST BUSINESSES
THE BUSINESS HAS BEEN A
FIXTURE ON BORE STREET
From the bright blue signage to the window displays
packed with sparkling gems - not to mention the
flashy Rolexes - Salloways Jewellers has long been a
fixture in the heart of Lichfield.
A distinguished jewellers with a reputation for
excellence, Salloways has been the go-to for
discerning customers looking for that special
something for many a year. But now, after almost 150
years in the city, owner Nigel Salloway has decided to
shut up shop for good.
The 59-year-old, who joined the family business as
a jeweller and qualified gemmologist some 35 years
ago, is planning to take a well-earned retirement.
But before they close the doors for the final time,
Salloways are holding a closing down sale, where
some £2 million worth of stock will be discounted by
50 per cent.
“We’ve put everything at half price apart from the
new Rolex watches,” says Nigel. “But there are
some pre-owned and pre-registered ones which are
reduced in price.
“How long we continue in January depends on how
much stock we have left; when everything is sold we’ll
close the doors for the last time. But the sale has got
off to an extremely good start, more than we could
have ever predicted, so we’re happy that we’re on
course to sell out our stock.”
The business was started by Nigel’s great, great-uncle
John, who was an apprentice clockmaker to Charles
Thornelow of Tamworth Street, Lichfield, from
1861. He completed the seven years of training and
later took over Thornelow’s business, moving to 25
Bore Street in 1884.
With no children, when John Salloway passed away
in 1900 the business was left to his brother William
and wife Harriet. Harriet continued to run the shop
and shifted the focus to jewellery and silver, ensuring
its longevity for many years to come.
“It needed a woman’s flair at the time,” says Nigel.
Following a distinguished military career, the couple’s
NIGEL SALLOWAY IS RETIRING
AFTER 35 YEARS AT THE HELM OF
THE FAMILY BUSINESS
son - Nigel’s grandfather who was also called William
but better known as Frank - took over the business in
“My grandfather came back after the First World
War and married a very stern older woman called
Gladys, my grandmother. She was as soft as anything
with me, but everyone says she was extremely fierce,”
“She stood at the top of the shop with her hands on
her hips, making sure everything was done properly.
She ran the business financially and commercially.”
Frank and Gladys were at the helm of Salloways
until Nigel’s father, John, took over in the 1950s.
An only son, John initially went into the merchant
navy before decided to follow in the family footsteps,
attending watch school in Switzerland and studying
for his gemmology qualifications.
“He became a practical watchmaker and jeweller,
and he also learned to be an optician, because at
that time anyone who was a gemmologist knew
everything about optics so it was a natural thing for
them to be the opticians for a town, before opticians
became a separate entity,” says Nigel.
“He spent our formative years travelling the world
with my mother Mary, buying up gemstones. He
went to South Africa, then Australia, South America,
Ceylon and India, all over the world where the best
deposits of gemstones can be found.
“Israel is very big for diamonds; a lot of the dealers
and cutters are Israeli. On one buying trip to Israel
he got stopped in the desert by a couple of bedouins
with machine guns who wanted a lift. They couldn’t
speak a word of English and just hopped in the back
and gestured for him to drive on. Then
they drove on for another hour or so before
stopping him and getting out - it was quite
an experience for him!”
“My father always bought unusual stones;
it was always things that were exceptional
quality or very rare, and we’re still selling
some of the stones he brought back from
his travels. He bought the finest quality he
could find, and when I took over I carried
on in the same way, and I found that
dealers would always come to us when they
had something very fine as a first port of
call because they knew that’s what we were
“My father had a reputation for being a
gentleman in business, and a reputation
for quality; he was the driving force and
I learnt from him and carried it on, and
that’s where our reputation has stood over
the years. It’s the ethos of the business and it’s served
Nigel joined the business in 1984. After training
down in London with Mappin and Webb, who were
the Crown silversmiths at the time, he returned to
Lichfield as a qualified jeweller and gemmologist, like
“When I came back I thought I knew quite a lot, but
NIGEL SALLOWAY JOINED THE FAMILY
BUSINESS IN 1984
my father took me under his wing
and showed me just how little I
did know,” laughs Nigel fondly.
“Having worked in London at
Mappin and Webb I worked with
Rolex watches and a lot of the
other big brands, and I wanted
to bring Rolex here. Within a
couple of years I managed to
secure Rolex and over the next
25 years we accelerated by taking
the business more upmarket.”
As the fourth generation of
Salloway to run the business,
Nigel comes from a long line of
jewellers. But his three children,
daughter Laura and sons George
and Edward have all forged their own careers away
from the family trade.
Laura is a specialist oncology nurse in a teaching
hospital in Sheffield, while eldest son George is an
outdoorsman who, says Nigel, “wouldn’t be chained
to a desk.” Youngest son Edward is a chef, who
trained at Birmingham University and works in a
restaurant in Lichfield.
“None of my children have joined the business, so
it was just a matter of timing when I finished,” says
After some 35 years, it has been a rather difficult -
and poignant - decision to for Nigel to make. And it
two sad events which have helped confirm that the
time is right.
“A friend of mine passed away recently, and he
was in the same position as me with children and
grandchildren, and I thought that if I don’t do
something soon I might not get to spend much time
NIGEL BROUGHT ROLEX
INTO THE BUSINESS
THE REPAIRS WORKSHOP
with them,” he says.
“And my father passing away in February was
another thing which has influenced the decision. He
always used to ask about what sold each day; I’d go
and visit him, and he was ill and in pain but he was
always thinking about how the business was going.
And when he passed away I thought, that’s it, I’m on
“I’ve got some fabulous staff here and some of them
have worked with me for many years and I treat
them like an extended family. But when they finish
work for the day they can walk away and not think
about it until the next day. Whereas when I finish, I
think about the business most of the night.
“So I thought it was about time for me to retire, so I
can really enjoy it.”
When Nigel joined the business, John quickly
stepped back and passed on much of the running
of Salloways to his son. But Nigel hasn’t had that
“My father sort of retired when I came
back from London; he did a bit less and a
bit less, and quite quickly he was working
one or two days a week, and then down
to half a day. But with no-one to take
over from me, I haven’t had that benefit.
“You need to be fully dedicated to the
business or have someone who you know
is going to be fully dedicated to the it; as
a family we’ve built up this business since
1871 and I suppose I’m too controlling to
just let go and step back.”
As well as his three children, Nigel has
three young grandchildren - Molly,
Josephine and Ottillie - and he plans to
spend his retirement making the most of
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Nigel and his wife Rebecca already spend a day
every week in Sheffield with their daughter Laura
and granddaughter Molly, who’s two-and-a-half.
“At the moment we’re enjoying spending quality time
with the grandchildren on a weekly basis, and I hope
that continues,” says Nigel.
“They’re the nicest thing that’s happened in my life
in a long time, and I’m making the very most of
them. The relationship we’ve developed with them
is fabulous, and looking after them all day once a
week is wonderful. Every day we spend with the
grandchildren is a complete joy.”
And after 35 years of the pressures of running a
business, Nigel is looking forward to a more leisurely
pace of life.
“I used to do a lot of golfing in my twenties and then
the business took over so I got to play less and less, so
I’ll probably take that up again.”
With so much family history poured into the
business, Nigel is enjoying looking back as he
prepares to step away from the jewellery trade
“We’ve got old stock books dating back to just before
the First World War, so over 100 years ago, and
it’s interesting looking through them and seeing
Omega watches being sold for 12 shillings and
6d or something like that,” says Nigel.
“We’ve had people come in and say they
bought a piece of jewellery from us 30 or 40
years ago but they’ve lost it and have no record
of it, and we’ve been able to look back and find
the record of the sale - there’s so much history
here with the business.”
With a reputation for the finest quality precious
stones and jewellery, Salloways is a real treasure
trove. And working with so many beautiful
things, says Nigel, has been a tremendous
pleasure over the years.
“It’s one of the few businesses you can be in
where everyone who comes in is here to buy
something to celebrate a special occasion,
whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary, or
people who are just treating themselves,” he
“It’s the people who you really make a
difference to, and it’s brought a lot of joy to a
lot of people. Not everyone can say that.”
Over the years, Nigel has seen plenty of
societal changes in his customers’ approach to
“Quite often nowadays it’s ladies who come
in to treat themselves,” he says. “When I first came
into the business, wives would come in with their
husbands and the husbands would be holding the
purse strings. He’d be at the top point of his earning
powers, children would have left home and be
earning their own money and she’d have spent years
penny-pinching and looking after their finances to
make sure his business was successful. And now it
is successful and the husband is trying to treat his
wife, she’s reluctant to spend that kind of money on
something for herself, because she’s been so used to
“That was terrible, and in that way society has
definitely moved on and changed for the better.”
And now, hopes Nigel, customers will grab the final
chance to own a piece of jewellery from what has
been a Lichfield institution.
“Experience has taught me that business is a series of
peaks and troughs, and while we’re on a peak, doing
so well, with a good customer base and lovely stock,
it’s time to go out on a high.”
Salloways Jewellers’ closing down sale is
now on. Pop into the store on Bore Street,
Lichfield for more information.
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Love at first sight for first-time
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It was love at first sight for Jack Saunders and Tina
Bagley when they visited Roman Heights, a new part of
the Lichfield community, and now thanks to Help to Buy
and Bovis Homes, the couple have made a dream move
into their very first home there.
Jack, a business development manager, and Tina, an
accountant, made the decision to move in together and
get on the property ladder earlier this year, and after
visiting a Help to Buy show in Birmingham, the couple
decided a new-build home would be the ideal choice.
“We realised that with the Help to Buy – Equity Loan
scheme, we would be able to get much more, so we
started to look at new-build homes,” says Jack. “We
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The Government’s Help to Buy – Equity Loan scheme
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“Tina was living in Sutton Coldfield and I was in
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Barney and Charlotte, the sales advisors were brilliant.”
Jack and Tina selected the three-bedroom Southwold,
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“The layout is great and just perfect for us. It’s
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“The whole process was so smooth and straightforward!
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Using the Help to Buy scheme was really easy and
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The couple were able to visit their home through
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“We were given so much choice, which was
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“Barney and Charlotte were brilliant. Nothing was ever
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was always dealt with,” says Jack. “They still pop over
now to ask if everything is okay and to have a catch-up.
We had a great experience with Bovis Homes.”
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SIX MICHELIN STARRED CHEFS, SIX SUPERLATIVE COURSES AND A WHOLE HEAP OF HAPPY DINERS MADE IT
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER AT SAUCE SUPPER CLUB’S STAR-STUDDED END-OF-YEAR DINING SHOWCASE
What do you get when six of the Midlands most
lauded chefs bring six delectable courses to a fine
dining event unlike any other? This is the Sauce
Supper Club Ultimate Fine Dining Experience; a
night which showed exactly why the Midlands is a
mecca for foodies.
Sauce Supper Club owner Beth Toovey said:
“Following another incredible year of pop ups
in Lichfield and Nottingham we wanted to do
something really special for our end of year
celebration. Birmingham is very fortunate to have
six Michelin star chefs in the area, so to get them all
cooking in one evening seemed just the challenge we
were after to make a really unique event.”
And so ‘The Best of Brum’ idea was born. The first
stage? Approach the master chefs in question.
“There was a real buzz about the event right from
the planning stages among the chefs who rarely get
an opportunity like this, and it was a yes straight
away from everyone!” says Beth.
“A few meetings later with the menu and venue
decided we were excited to share the news of the
event with our Supper Club members.”
This unique occasion meant that diners could enjoy
an evening where the kitchen was taken over, course
by course, by each chef as they prepared and served
their course, allowing diners to effectively eat in six
different restaurants in one night. More than 40
chefs in total came together for the event, all working
together in different surroundings as the extravagant
menu was delivered perfectly at Edgbaston Cricket
Ground for 250 guests.
“We are so lucky in Birmingham to have such
talented chefs - to get them all together in one
kitchen was really special!” says
Beth. “It was a great night enjoyed
by our Supper Club members and
chefs alike. The kitchen banter was
off the scale and very entertaining!
“It is difficult to pick out a stand
out course – they were creative
and beautiful to look at, while the
flavours that were delivered were
“The teams of chefs all enjoyed the
event, jumping in and supporting
each other on the pass to deliver a
perfect plate of food to each and
every diner. It was also a great
opportunity for the chefs to go out
into the dining room and speak with guests and enjoy
the adulation! A well deserved beer and many selfies
with the guests rounded off our 2018 fine dining
extravaganza! In the words of Glynn Purnell, ‘It was
like the reforming of the Spice Girls - who knows
when it will happen again!’
“We also received tremendous support from the
industry and would like to thank Whitley Neil for
providing the welcome gin and tonic which was a
fabulous start to the event, Illy for supplying their
delicious coffee and gorgeous cups to round off the
evening, Braggard for ensuring the chefs looked
amazing with their Sauce branded chef whites, the
team at the International Convention Centre for
loan of their beautiful handmade plates and Hoot
Hospitality and Delicious PR for ensuring everyone
knew the event was taking place! Birmingham is a
very special community and it was great to have such
Sauce Supper Club delivers fine dining experiences
through pop-up restaurant events where Michelin
starred and highly commended chefs showcase
their food and talents. Started in Lichfield in 2017,
it has since added Nottingham, and 2019 will see
Manchester added to the list of Supper Club event
Beth adds: “We are currently securing our 2019
programme - already in the bag is Tom Brown from
Cornerstone in Hackney Wicks, former chef at St
Enodoc Hotel in Rock working with Nathan Outlaw
for six years, and James Cochran of Restaurant
1251 London N1, former chef of The Ledbury and
starring in this years BBC show Great British Menu.”
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THE FULL MENU CREATED BY THE CHEFS WAS:
LIAM DILLON, THE BOAT INN
LUKE TIPPING, SIMPSONS RESTAURANT
CARROT BROTH, FERMENTED CARROTS, SMOKED
OYSTER MUSHROOM, CHICKWEED
BRAD CARTER, CARTERS OF MOSELEY
‘MASH & GRAVY’, SMOKED BONE MARROW,
ROB PALMER, PEELS RESTAURANT, HAMPTON MANOR
SMOKED EEL, KOHLRABI, SEA PURSLANE
ADAM BENNETT, THE CROSS, KENILWORTH
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LOBSTER EMULSION, POTATO GNOCCHI
GLYNN PURNELL, PURNELLS RESTAURANT
ROAST VENISON LOIN WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH,
SZECHUAN PEPPER, PONZU
ADAM STOKES, ADAMS RESTAURANT
BLOOD ORANGE, GINGER, YOGHURT SORBET
SAUCE SUPPER CLUB’S
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F O O D & D R I N K
Cocktail of the month
THE TEAM AT BAR OPUS, IN BIRMINGHAM, SHARE A SPARKLING CELEBRATION
COCKTAIL PERFECT FOR SEEING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A BANG
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1 punnet Strawberries
1 litre water
In a small pot combine strawberries,
sugar and water. Let the mixture cook
for approximately 15 minutes. When
strawberries become soft, take off of the
heat and drain the strawberries, keeping
the syrup in a separate bowl and let it
Once syrup is cooled, pour 30ml in the
bottom of champagne glass. Top with
145ml prosecco and garnish with a sprig
of rosemary. Cheers!
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Time to indulge
A NEW WAY TO SAMPLE AND BUY SOME OF THE FINEST ITALIAN WINE HAS
ARRIVED AT BARTON MARINA COURTESY OF INDULGENCE BY NERO E BIANCO
Indulgence by Nero e Bianco opened its doors at
Barton Marina last month as a specialist Italian wine
and chocolate shop.
The owners of Nero e Bianco, Jill Hartley and
Michael Ballance, wanted to offer something unique
to the area and decided to install an enomatic wine
dispensing machine, which allows customers to taste
a broad selection of fine Italian wines, from a small
taster up to a 125ml glass.
Indulgence stocks a range of elegant wines from
most regions of Italy and new interesting wines are
Customers can sit and enjoy a nice glass of wine in
store looking out over the picturesque Barton Marina
and treat themselves to an Italian cheese and meat
Indulgence also sells a range of irresistible Italian
chocolates from Venchi; a gourmet manufacturer
founded in 1878. This is one of Italy’s best chocolate
manufacturers and exude quality in every sense.
In addition to Italian wine and chocolates,
Indulgence also offers a range of Italian craft beers
and spirits, including specialist gins.
Wine expert Patrick Gaunt, from Indulgence, said:
“Allow us to introduce our new venture, Indulgence;
our modern approach to speciality wine and
chocolate as well as providing many craft beers and
“Among our wines we have some great sparkling
editions, including our high-quality Prosecco
Superiore Zero 3. This sparkling wine typically has
less sugar than many other wines on the market,
making it a little drier in taste. As it is
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F O O D & D R I N K
Relaxed fine dining
RYAN SHILTON, CHEF PATRON AT LARDER LICHFIELD,
SHARES A TANTALISING RECIPE FROM THEIR TASTING MENU
Fine dining with all of the flair and flavour - and
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and bake it for one-and-a-half hours at 180 degrees.
For the fermented celeriac, peel and thinly slice 100g of
celeriac, store it in a Kilner jar with 3g of salt and 100 ml
of cold water for approx three days.
For the pickled celeriac, dice 80g of celeriac in 1cm
cubes then cover for 24 hours in 150ml of rice vinegar.
FOR THE OREGANO OIL:
Take 100g of fresh oregano and 100g of rapeseed oil,
blitz for then minutes then pass through a sieve.
FOR THE LINCOLNSHIRE POACHER:
Roughly chop up one shallot, a clove of garlic and 150g
Lincolnshire poacher cheddar. Sweat it all in a pan for
three minutes then add 300ml of double cream and 80ml
of rice vinegar. Simmer for five minutes before passing
off and seasoning to taste with salt.
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H E A LT H
A healthy start
LICHFIELD PERSONAL TRAINER RAUL ROMERO, OF AMBITION PERSONAL TRAINING, TAKES A LOOK
AT HOW TO ENSURE YOUR NEW YEAR FITNESS GOALS AREN’T A DISTANT MEMORY BY SPRING
‘New Year, New You’.. .how many times have you
heard this, and why does it not seem to last?
It is that time of year where, after the Christmas
binge and food indulgence, we dust off our running
shoes and make the ‘New Year, New You’ resolution.
We resolve that this will be the year that brings
about a new you, as we rush to sign up to a new gym
membership in earnest.
Fitness centres, gyms, and personal training studios
are suddenly packed and mega busy for a few weeks.
But what happens in February and March? Why do so
many people waiver on their resolution and in the end
give up in their attempt of forging that ‘new you’?
Well, quite simply, the key is setting realistic, practical,
‘chunked up’ goals... after all, Rome wasn’t built in a
Here we remind you of the benefits of incorporating
new healthy habits, and also give you practical, easy
tips to really accomplish a ‘new year, new you’ that
lasts past January, and help you to improve your health
and fitness throughout the whole of the new year.
Benefits of incorporating new healthy habits
into our lifestyle:
Positive impact on our mental health
Increased energy levels
Prevention of long term diseases
Reaching a healthy weight
Controlling our stress / stress relief
Inspiring friends and family
Simply looking and feeling great!
Here are some
‘chunked up’ tips to
help you on the road
to achieving a ‘new
you’ in 2019:
• Walking to the
office or any other
local places instead
of taking the car.
As simple as this
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sounds, it is a great, easy way of being more active
without actually changing any plans for the day.
• Parking the car further away from your workplace/
any other building you are entering. Again, another
super simple way of getting more steps in per day
without actually adding anything extra to your day.
• Taking a few minutes to think about what you are
going to cook for lunch and dinner and cooking the
healthier option for the evening meal (adding extra
veggies into meals is a bonus!), and of course cooking
enough so the leftovers can be served for lunch the
• Making a conscious effort to monitor your water
intake per day- there are some fabulous bottles out
on the market to help you track how much you are
drinking and remind you to drink certain amounts at
different points during the day.
• As obvious as this sounds, reducing cigarette and
alcohol consumption. Although requires a lot of
willpower, will make you feel great in the long term.
• Book a holiday! There’s nothing like having a
holiday booked to motivate you to be more active
and eat healthy in order to look and feel great come
• Leave Netflix and other devices for the weekends
and go to bed early. It’s amazing how getting a good
night’s sleep will make you feel energised and ready
to take on the world!
2019 really can bring about a new you, it is all about
being realistic and making small changes that have
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H E A LT H
The power of Omega-3s
HERE, RAUL ROMERO LOOKS AT THE IMPORTANCE OF OMEGA-3S IN OUR DIET
AND SHARES A HEALTHY RECIPE TO KICKSTART YOUR NEW YEAR FITNESS REGIME
Let’s talk OMEGA-3s - not the
most interesting topic in the
world, but super important!
So first of all, what are
Omega-3s? Officially they are
polyunsaturated fats that our
bodies need, but cannot produce
on their own. Or in more simple
terms, they are known as essential
Are they really that important? In
Although there are many
differing opinions regarding
nutrition and diet, the one
area that nutritionists and
dieticians usually agree on is the
importance of Omega-3 fatty acids for us.
Not only are Omega-3s one of the most studied
areas on earth, but there is also immense evidence
that outlines their huge health benefits. They have
been shown to fight depression, reduce fatty livers,
lower blood triglycerides and help prevent asthma, to
name a few.
Incorporating Omega-3s into our diet is an
incredibly simple yet highly effective way of
OILY FISH ARE A GREAT
SOURCE OF OMEGA-3S
WALNUTS ARE A PLANT-
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improving both our physical and mental health,
and could also reduce the risk of disease and
There are three main types of Omega-3s; EPA,
DHA, and ALA. Although these letters may seem
confusing, the main point we need to be aware of is
that the two primary Omega-3s are EPA and DHA,
and that we need these to help support our heart,
brain and eye health.
So, considering Omega-3s (especially the two
primary Omega-3s EPA and
DHA) are so important, how
do we incorporate them into
our diet? Well, it is easier
than people think.
EPA and DHA are found in
seafood and fatty fish such as
salmon, mackerel, herring,
sardines and anchovies,
whereas ALA is mostly found
in high fat plant foods such
as flax seeds, chia seeds and
In order for our bodies to
reap the benefits of EPA
and DHA, thus helping
our physical and mental
health, we should be eating fatty fish - salmon,
mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies - at
least twice a week. If this is not possible, combined
EPA and DHA supplements are available, and the
recommendation is to take 250-500mg per day. Fish
oil and krill oil are also good choices to use to gain
EPA and DHA Omega-3s.
For those of us who don’t eat fish, including
vegetarians and vegans, DHA can also be found
in algae, so in this case seaweed should really be
incorporated into our diets. An alternative could be
to take algae supplements.
So to summarise, though talking about Omega-3s
isn’t the most riveting topic in the world, they are
super important for our bodies and our physical and
The great thing is that these fatty fish which contain
EPA and DHA aren’t hard to find or cook at all, as
can be seen in my favourite salmon recipe shown
Annie’s spicy salmon
with lentils and asparagus
I consider myself very lucky to have this job and meet so
many great people. Sometimes some of them surprise you
with natural cooking skills, like my client Anne. This time I
picked her brain to cook something healthy and nutritious
to give you a boost after the festive celebrations and heavy
2 salmon fillets
4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 packet of asparagus
1 red onion
1/2 tin of lentils
½ teaspoon of ground cumin seeds
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon ground coriander
In a dry frying pan, lightly warm the cumin seeds, garam
masala, turmeric and the ground coriander. Once the
flavours have merged, tip half of the above into four
tablespoons of natural yogurt.
Spread this mixture over two salmon fillets and grill or cook
in the oven until cooked to your taste. I prefer baking the
salmon in the oven for approximately 5-7 minutes so it is
quite pink, whereas my other half prefers baking it for much
longer so it is well baked - bake to your own taste!
While the salmon is baking away, add one tablespoon olive
oil to a small frying pan and add and soften one finely
chopped red onion, one clove of garlic and the remaining
Once the onions are soft, add half a tin of green lentils and
leave to simmer.
Sauté the asparagus in a pan with one tablespoon of olive
oil or coconut oil - my preference is coconut oil as I love the
extra flavour it gives it.
Serve all together and enjoy!
This is one of my favourite hearty yet healthy recipes, that
although takes a tad longer to prepare than avo-toast for
example, is well worth the extra time!
H E A LT H
Pure dance addiction
IF YOUR AIM FOR THE NEW YEAR IS TO GET FIT, HAVE FUN AND LEARN SOMETHING
NEW, IT COULD BE AS EASY AS 5, 6, 7, 8, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS
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As a nation we’ve been gripped with Strictly fever;
the feel-good ballroom bonanza has resoundly
trumped its noisy X Factor rival in the ratings war to
waltz off with the Saturday night telly crown.
And it seems that watching our favourite celebrities
and dance pros twirl their way around the floor is
inspiring more and more of us to give dance a try for
The good news is that, according to myriad studies
on the effects and benefits of dancing on your overall
health, it seems that hitting the dance floor for a
shimmy or two is one of the most effective forms of
exercise for mind, body and soul.
Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake
your hips or your booty, dancing is one of the most
enjoyable ways to get moving.
The NHS says that regular dancing is great for
losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving
posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and
coordination and beating stress.
But where do you start?
Ceroc Addiction runs Ceroc partner dance classes
around the Midlands and North West. Helmed by
Maja Kocanova and her dedicated team of talented
teachers and crew volunteers, Ceroc Addiction have
hundreds of dancers coming through the doors each
week. With a new class night starting at Brownhills
Memorial Hall this month, it’s the perfect chance to
grab your dance shoes, put your best foot forward
and shake your groove thing on the dance floor.
Ceroc is another name for modern jive, one of the
simplest forms of partner dance to learn. A fusion of
a wide range of different dance styles, it is sociable
and fun, and can be danced to any music with a
regular beat from the latest chart hits to golden
oldies. With very little footwork involved, you’ll be
spinning and turning with ease after your very first
half-hour beginners class.
I was first introduced to Ceroc some three years ago
by a friend. A huge Strictly fan, I’d always fancied
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learning how to dance properly but - after a shortlived
attempt at salsa - wasn’t sure where to begin.
What sets Ceroc apart from other forms of partner
dancing is the ease with which you can pick it up.
And, because the social aspect is just as important
as the dancing itself, it means everyone in the class
switches dance partners regularly - so you don’t
actually need to take a partner along to join in if you
don’t have one.
And then there’s the taxi dancers. These are
experienced dancers who are on hand at every class
night to look after the beginners, take them through
a practice session after the class so they can go over
the night’s moves and dance with them during the
freestyle session which ends the night.
Because Ceroc isn’t a set course of lessons, there
are new dancers starting every week. And it doesn’t
matter if you miss a week or two because the routines
covering your 12 beginner moves are rotated on an
eight-week basis, meaning you’ll soon catch up.
While walking into that very first class was
admittedly daunting, within the first ten minutes
any fears were firmly pushed aside as we started
with a basic warm-up before pairing up for the class
proper. Within half an hour I’d danced with some
30 different partners and got to grips with the three
moves of the beginners’ routine.
With a little help from the taxi dancers in the
practice session, I really felt like I’d learned
something - not to mention burned a fair few calories
while spinning, twirling and whirling my way around
the dance floor.
And while dancing is a great way to get fit and active,
it doesn’t stop there. According to Bupa, a review
of research into the effects of dance and Dance
Movement Therapy on mental health and wellbeing
suggested that dancing has a positive effect on our
quality of life, body image and mood. It also found
that DMT and dancing reduced depression and
Jordan Thompson says that dancing got her through
one of the darkest periods of her life. The 23-yearold,
from Lichfield, was suffering with various mental
health issues when she was encouraged to give her
local Ceroc class a try by her mum, Ruth, and Ruth’s
partner, Scott, three years ago.
“I didn’t actually want to go, I was dragged kicking
and screaming,” says Jordan. “At that particular time
in my life I was in a position where I didn’t want to
leave the house and it was difficult for me to even go
outside without having panic attacks.
“It was terrifying, to be perfectly honest, but I just
remember being made to feel really welcome by
everybody. It was weird being there on my very first
night and feeling like I was already part of things,
like I’d been going to the class for weeks.”
No stranger to solo dancing, Jordan has studied
ballet, tap and contemporary dance since the age of
five. But partner dancing was a new thing entirely.
“Three years ago I wouldn’t have considered myself
at a level where I could even dance with someone
else, all of the dance training I’d had previously was
solo,” explains Jordan.
“The idea of having to hold hands with
somebody really threw me at the time, that’s
how bad I was; I couldn’t even deal with
“But because of my dance experience I think
people thought I was better than I was, so I
was constantly getting people asking me to
dance. I came home from the class thinking
that it was a really good night and I’d actually
really enjoyed it.”
Jordan found herself going along to classes
on a more regular basis, and before she knew
it, dancing was helping to drag her out of the
lack hole she’d found herself in.
“Dance has given me so much; when I first started
it gave me something to do and something to work
towards,” she says. “It got me out of the house and
that was the reason I kept going. The friendships and
relationships I now have, have grown from that, and
they’re the reason I continue to go.
“When I started Ceroc I was in a dark place; I’d just
come out of a long term relationship which ended
abruptly without warning, and it put me in a position
where I felt that, without that person, I was very
alone. I didn’t have many friends; I had my university
and work life but that was it, and I started spiralling.
“There were points where I didn’t want to get out
of bed, and there were points where my mental
health was so low that I did consider the worst case
“But dance has completely changed my life.”
So much so that now, Jordan and her partner Dayle
Archer have taken their dancing to the next level
on the competition circuit. Ceroc - and modern
jive - has a series of competitions around the world
where amateur and professional dancers of all ages
and abilities compete for silverware in a variety of
categories. The World Modern Jive Championships
takes place on the hallowed floor of the Blackpool
Tower Ballroom, meaning competitors have the
chance to follow in the fancy footsteps of their
“I never thought I’d get as far as I have,” says Jordan.
“To feel like we’re doing well enough to compete is
a huge thing, and to be able to get up in front of an
audience and dance is not something I ever imagined
I’d feel comfortable doing.
“You can dance with anyone and everyone and really
enjoy it, and then there are those times when you
find that person who you dance really well with and
get on really well with, and it feels amazing in those
situations, where you really connect with somebody,
which is what I have with Dayle.”
Whether your aim is to keep fit, specialise in a new
skill or simply let your hair down for the night, Ceroc
CEROC ADDICTION RUNS CLASSES
AROUND THE MIDLANDS AND
BEYOND. PHOTO BY TEL JENKINS
JORDAN AND PARTNER
DAYLE IN COMPETITION.
PHOTO BY GRAHAM FAREY
is guaranteed to give you a night to remember.
“It’s the ability to combine learning with something
really social,” says Jordan. “The fact that you’re
encouraged to rotate partners is a genius idea, and it
means you get so much more out of the experience.
“Ceroc attracts people of all ages and from all walks
of life, from teenagers to people in their eighties, and
with all kinds of backgrounds, which is what makes it
“And it’s knowing that you can come along on your
own and make new friends. When I started I came
along with my mum or a friend because I was so
socially inept I found it difficult to leave the house.
But now I’m happy to go along to a class or freestyle
by myself, which is a huge progression.
“At this point it feels like something I’ve always done;
I can’t really remember life without Ceroc and it’s a
really big part of my life.”
So if you’re looking to embrace Strictly fever,
or just want to give something new a try, then
why not take a chance on dance? It just might
change your life.
Ceroc Addiction’s new class starts at
Brownhills Memorial Hall, Lichfield
Road, Brownhills, on Wednesday
January 16, and the group also runs
classes locally in Stafford on Tuesdays
and Wolverhampton on Thursdays
as well as classes and freestyle dance
events further afield around the
Midlands and North West. For more
information visit www.ceroc.com or
find Ceroc Addiction on Facebook.
T R AV E L
KIRSTY TAYLOR, FROM LICHFIELD’S RB COLLECTION, REKINDLED HER LOVE AFFAIR
WITH ITALY BY TAKING A TRIP WITH HER DAUGHTER TO THE CITY OF VERONA
THE ARENA AT NIGHT
Anyone who knows me well is more than aware of
my deep love for Italy and all things Italian. The
delicious food and drink, the amazing culture, the
wonderful architecture and, of course, the history
- reasons for my love seem to be endless. For me,
Italy has everything anyone could ever desire from a
holiday and so much more.
Every year my teenage daughter Freya and I like
to have a short break in the October half term
school holidays, usually visiting a city. Having
already explored Florence, Sicily and Portofino, we
put our heads together and brainstormed ideas of
destinations. Luckily, Freya is also a fan of all things
Italian, and together we decided on the city of love
(no, not Paris!) - Verona.
After a short flight of under two hours, we were in
the hometown of William Shakepeare’s ill-fated
lovers, Romeo and Juliet. There are a number
of airports in the UK - including Birmingham,
Manchester, East Midlands, London and Leeds -
operating flights to Verona, which makes it a very
Our adventure in this truly stunning city began as
soon as we stepped out of our airport transfer, at the
magnificent Piazza Bra – home of the world famous
Arena di Verona. Piazza Bra is the largest piazza in
Verona, and thought to be the largest in the whole
of Italy. As well as the magnificent arena, Piazza Bra
is lined with numerous restaurants and bars, Palazzo
Barbieri (town hall) and a gorgeous little park which
was well used during our stay by both locals and
However, the star of the show is most definitely
the Arena di Verona. Unbelievably, this amazing
structure was built in the first century, and even more
unbelievable is the fact that it is still in use today
(albeit for various concerts and operas rather than
The Verona Opera Festival occurs every year
between June and September, with performances
taking place in this most unique setting. Andrea
Bocelli holds a special performance here every year,
usually in September. I visited the arena in the
daytime while it was practically empty, and I can
only imagine how breathtaking the venue is when it
is filled with people as the sun is setting, waiting to
experience an amazing performance. For only 10
euros per adult, and just one euro per child, you can
spend as little or as much time as you’d like in the
arena during your visit, and imagine it being filled
with 30,000 people at the height of its popularity.
Here at RB Collection, we can arrange a wonderful
escorted trip to the Verona Opera Festival, which
would also include a guided walking tour of the city,
and a visit to the AMO Museum where you will find
a vast amount of operatic history including costumes
and photographs of some of the greatest singers to
have graced the stage at the arena.
For reasons unbeknown to me, Verona often gets
overlooked as a city break destination in its own
right. Maybe it is for this reason that it didn’t feel
like a tourist destination - the only attraction I
encountered which was dominated by sightseers was
the dramatic balcony at Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s
Whether you are a Shakespeare fan or not, it is
well worth a visit to this special venue to witness the
hundreds of thousands of messages of love which
have been left by lovers from all around the world.
Rumour has it that if you touch the right breast of
the statue of Juliet which takes pride of place in the
courtyard, you will receive luck in love. Of course,
I had to give it a go - Freya on the other hand was a
little more reluctant! It is not just at Casa di Giulietta
that you will find love letters and love locks - the
whole city is filled with them and love is literally all
around wherever you go.
Verona is also a shoppers’ paradise, with the most
famous shopping street being Via Mazzini. Here you
will find every designer store under the sun, cleverly
infused with more realistic priced high street names.
Via Mazzini is pedestrianised at all times throughout
the day which made for a very pleasant shopping
experience. f you’re not a big shopper like me, it also
helps that there are several amazing gelato outlets
dotted amongst the shops - delicious!
For a flavour of Italy, Piazza delle Erbe is a must
- here you will find a daily market (except for
Sundays), full of fresh fruit and vegetables. There
was even a stall selling hot
THE FAMOUSE BALCONY
AT CASA DI GIULIETTA
roasted chestnuts which took
me straight back to childhood
memories of bonfire night!
Piazza delle Erbe is a large
square surrounded by the most
beautiful historic architecture -
probably the most predominant
landmark here is Torre dei
Lamberti, an 84 metre high
tower. Originally constructed in
1172, the tower is the tallest in
Verona and, if you are feeling
energetic, you can climb the
stairs to the top to experience the
most jaw-dropping views of this
wonderful city; there is also a lift
VERONA IS THE
CITY OF LOVE
if your legs aren’t quite up to the climb!
More fantastic views of Verona can be found at
Castel San Pietro, which interestingly is the exact
point that Verona was founded. Here you will find
remains of the first settlements dating back to the 7th
century BC, and if you are prepared to climb quite a
few steps, the views across to the Adige River and the
city beyond are simply stunning. A little local secret
that I learnt is that the best time to visit is at dusk -
watching the sunset over the red rooftops of Verona
with a loved one would be an experience never to
Verona is a walking city - small and compact enough
to experience all of the major sights on foot. The
historic streets are lined with the most amazing
restaurants and bars, and an outdoor way of life is
in abundance here. People-watching while sipping
on a glass of locally produced Soave or Prosecco and
sampling various cicchetti (savoury Italian snacks
very similar to Spanish tapas) is a standard pastime
in Verona - and my idea of absolute bliss! Sweet
toothed visitors will be in their element with the most
tempting dessert and macaron delicatessens and, of
course, as you would expect in Italy, the coffee is to
I found the food and drink in Verona to be very
reasonably priced, and if you wander away from the
main piazzas you will find the most amazing eateries
with fantastic prices. Another tip, and to blend in
with the locals, is to drink your coffee standing up
at the counter - you will pay as little as one euro
for a delicious cup of your choice! I discovered
a wonderful little wine bar and eatery called La
Tradision, tucked away in a quaint side street just off
the Piazza Bra. Every drink you could imagine, both
hot and cold, was served here and the Aperol Spritz
was to die for - a bargain at just two euros!
To experience a little more of Italy, I think Verona
would make the perfect base for a longer holiday
duration, because of its location and Italy’s excellent
rail networks. Within an hour and ten minutes,
myself and Freya were in Venice, a complete contrast
to Verona. The short journey was taken in comfort
and I was amazed by the standard of the trains in
Italy - they really do put ours to shame. Verona is,
of course, the gateway to Lake Garda and you can
be transported from the city to the Lake by either
car, bus or train. The quickest way is by car which
takes around 30 minutes to the nearest town at Lake
Garda or, if you don’t fancy hiring a car, there is a
regular daily bus service from Piazza Bra to various
resorts. A 90-minute train ride will take you into the
heart of Milan, giving the opportunity to sample an
alternative Italian city. Using Verona as a base is the
perfect solution for those who don’t enjoy packing
and unpacking a suitcase several times while on
Out of all of the Italian cities I have visited, I think
it’s safe to say that Verona is my favourite so far.
Everywhere I looked was a feast for the eyes with the
most beautiful and historic architecture all across
the city. I particularly liked the fact that it didn’t feel
too touristy, and there was just the right amount of
sightseeing to enjoy at a leisurely pace over our three
nights’ stay. Verona definitely lives up to its nickname
as the city of love - and it most certainly captured my
VERONA ARENA IS A
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What’s On Local
YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND
SUTTON COLDFIELD, LICHFIELD, WALSALL AND BEYOND
WHAT: KATE HUMBLE
WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK
WHEN: JANUARY 24
Join Kate Humble for a fascinating
talk about her latest book - Thinking
on my Feet - as well as her life
working with wildlife, the far flung
places this has taken her to and the
inspiring people she has met on her
There's also a unique chance to
go 'behind the camera' as Kate
describes how the programmes
are made along with some lovely
anecdotes about the filming.
The second series of Kate's popular
BBC programme Back in the Land
attracted great audiences and was
to be the latest in a long line of
programmes Kate has presented for
the BBC, including Springwatch and
Autumn Watch, Wild Shepardess,
Yellowstone: Wild Winter to Blazing
Summer, Curious Creatures, and
Extreme Wives with Kate Humble.
For more details visit
WHAT: DIRTY DUSTING
WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK
WHEN: JANUARY 25
When three cleaners, Olive, Gladys
and Elsie, are threatened with
redundancy they feel that their lives
are coming to an end until a chance
wrong number gives them a new
business start-up idea - why not run
a telephone sex line? They’ve got
motive, opportunity and a lifetime of
experience - some more than others,
Provided Elsie can teach the other
two a few new tricks there’s no
reason why they can’t get rich
quick providing they can keep their
operation a secret from their bosses…
and their husbands… and their
children… and their grandchildren.
This heart-warming feel good
comedy will have you rolling in the
aisles and smiling every time you
answer the phone. For more details
call the box office on 01543 412121
or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com
WHAT: LIVE AT THE TOWN HALL FT OMID DJALILI
WHERE: SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN HALL
WHEN: JANUARY 25
After the sell-out success of the first
Live At The Town Hall with James
Acaster, this month’s headliner is also
a TV heavyweight.
Omid Djalili is one of the most
recognisable faces in British standup
as well as being an actor of some
repute, having appeared on the silver
screen in the likes of Mamma Mia
2, Sex And The City and Gladiator.
Omid will be supported on the night
by two of comedy’s hottest rising
talents – Stephen Bailey and Rosie
Jones – who have both recently
appeared on Comedy Central’s Live
At The Comedy Store. They’re both
going to be huge – you can say you
saw them first!
Holding things together will be our
resident MC, Dudley’s own Wayne
Beese. For more details visit www.
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Friday 1st February
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Sunday 24th February
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Friday 12th April
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Sunday 27th January
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What’s on Second City
A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST
EVENTS TO COME TO BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH
WHAT: THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
WHERE: BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL
WHEN: DECEMBER 26 TO JANUARY 13
Direct from a smash hit West End
season, The Tiger Who Came to
Tea is returning to Birmingham
Town Hall for the festive season,
celebrating 50 years of Britain’s
best-loved picture book.The doorbell
rings just as Sophie and her mummy
are sitting down to tea. Who could
it possibly be? What they certainly
don’t expect to see at the door is a
big, stripy tiger!
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and clumsy chaos! Don’t miss this
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The show is suitable for children
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WHAT: THE JOHANN STRAUSS GALA
WHERE: BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
WHEN: JANUARY 1
See in the New Year in style with
at The Johann Strauss Gala; a firm
fixture in Birmingham’s festive
season celebrations. An enchanting
afternoon of all your favourite
waltzes and polkas performed by
soprano Corinne Cowling, tenor
Nico Darmanin with the Johann
Strauss Orchestra all conducted by
Snow falls gently on the gilded
ballrooms of old Vienna and young
couples skate on the frozen Danube,
romance is in the air. The elegant
dancers in their billowing gowns
flamboyantly whirl to the music of
Johann Strauss and friends. Music
that comes from the heart of Vienna,
dancing as if in a winter wonderland.
The beautiful score includes the Blue
Danube Waltz, Radetzky March,
Cinderella Waltz, Snowstorm Waltz,
Thunder and Lightning Polka,
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WHAT: STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE
WHERE: ARENA BIRMINGHAM
WHEN: JANUARY 18 TO 21
Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev;
Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard;
Graeme Swann and Karen Clifton;
Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice
will be joining Stacey Dooley and
Aljaž Skorjanec; Dr Ranj Singh
and Janette Manrara; Joe Sugg and
Dianne Buswell on the road in the
New Year for the Strictly Come
Dancing Live Tour.
The sparkling line-up of celebrities
and professional dancers will also
be joining tour host, Ore Oduba
and the Live Tour judging panel
of awesome foursome Craig Revel
Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell,
Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli.
To add even more wow, professional
dancers Nadiya Bychkova, Luba
Mushtuk, Graziano Di Prima, Amy
Dowden and Johannes Radebe will
also be performing in this supersized
dance extravaganza. The tour will
feature music from the Strictly
singers and the Strictly live band.
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WHAT: MARK KERMODE - HOW DOES IT FEEL?
A LIFE OF MUSICAL MISADVENTURE
WHERE: BIRMINGHAM REP
WHEN: JANUARY 21
Mark Kermode recounts his utterly
foolhardy attempts to fulfill his
dreams of becoming a pop star -
from building an electric guitar from
scratch while at school, to playing a
tea-chest bass on the kids TV show
Utterly Brilliant, and becoming the
musical director of a major TV show
- all without ever learning to read
This will be a hilarious evening in
which the film critic recalls falling
in love with Slade as a teenager, and
recording an album at Sun Studio
as an ageing old ted. Warning: there
may be musical interludes. Or not
Mark will be signing copies of his
book after the show. For more details
WHAT: ABIGAIL’S PARTY
WHERE: NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
WHEN: JANUARY 21 TO 26
Stage and TV star Jodie Prenger,
Coronation Street and Emmerdale
favourite Vicky Binns and Daniel
Casey, best known as DS Gavin Troy in
Midsomer Murders, lead the cast in this
ground-breaking comedy classic.
Beverly and husband Laurence are
throwing a party for their newlywed
neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining
them is highly strung Susan whose
been banished from the party of her
teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome
to 1970s suburbia and its heady mix
of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco
and cheese and pineapple sticks. As
tensions rise and tempers flare the
sheen of respectability is torn away by
the warring couples with hilarious and
potentially disastrous consequences.
Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party
is one of Britain’s most celebrated
comedies; beloved by audiences, it thrills
and delights in equal measure. It’s not
to be missed. For more details visit
WHAT: SNOW PATROL
WHERE: ARENA BIRMINGHAM
WHEN: JANUARY 25
Following the release of their first
album in seven years, Wildness,
Snow Patrol will be headlining the
stage at Arena Birmingham this
Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly,
Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn and
Johnny McDaid started out as an
indie rock band before rising to
prominence in the 2000s as part of
the post-Britpop movement.
Since their 1998 debut, Songs for
Polarbears, Snow Patrol have racked
up an impressive number of critical
and commercial accolades, including
15 million global album sales, one
billion-plus global track streams,
five UK Platinum Albums, and are
Grammy, BRIT Award and Mercury
Music Prize nominated.
Come and watch their triumphant
return to the stage, right here in
Birmingham. For more details visit
WHAT: DAVE GORMAN
WHERE: BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
WHEN: JANUARY 27
Dave Gorman, the man behind
Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life
Is Goodish as well as Are You
Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack
Adventure, is back on the road
with a brand new live show, With
Great PowerPoint Comes Great
As the title suggests, he’s bringing his
laptop and projector screen with him
so expect the ‘King of Powerpoint
comedy’ (Guardian) to have more
detailed analysis of those parts of life
you’ve never stopped to think about
before. Hey, not all heroes wear
The Evening Standard said: “There
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FA S H I O N
Let’s get layered
COSY UP IN CHUNKY KNITS, JACKETS, COATS AND MORE - THE LAYERED LOOK IS
SET TO SEE YOU THROUGH THE COLDER MONTHS IN STYLE, SAYS AMY NORBURY
AFTER a scorching summer, the payoff is set to be
a winter-long cold snap which will make the Beast
from the East look more pussycat by comparison.
While sipping hot chocolate in front of a roaring log
fire may take the sting out of those winter chills, our
next favourite thing about the colder weather is the
opportunity to re-embrace layers.
Thick woollen knits make the perfect filler between
cosy coats and thermal roll-necks – simply garnish
this proverbial style sandwich with blanket scarves and
bobble-topped beanies for enveloping ease.
Layered looks were taken to the extreme on the
winter catwalks; the overriding school of thought was,
why choose one great coat for the new season, when
you could wear seven? Balenciaga, Simone Rocha,
Missoni and more rocked looks with more layers than
a millefeuille, piling capes, puffa jackets and oversized
coats all together on top of jumpers, shirts and roll
necks. Yes, that’s all in the same outfit.
And while temperatures here aren’t arctic enough to
warrant all of the layers, all of the time, you can simplify
the styling by just adding a thick coat over a thinner one
in a contrasting colour.
The layered look starts with a base layer classic; the polo
neck will be your winter style saviour for every occasion.
Casual cosy sees one layered with a shirt or chunky knit,
while you can glam up this simple piece for evening style
by teaming a fitted polo neck with a pleated midi skirt,
heeled boots and feathery or furry wrap. A statement
necklace will also give an instant lift to a plain polo top.
Cold weather offers an opportunity to experiment
with oversize pieces that will keep you extra snug by
accommodating multiple under layers, and this winter
is no exception; invest in a slouchy sweater or two to
pile on when the chills set in, or check out this season’s
takes on the cardi. No longer just the grannies’ favourite,
cardigans have come in from the cold to be spotted on
the catwalks at Miu Miu, Roksanda and Erdem.
Wear brightly coloured ones with oversized proportions
for day, or try pulling one off the shoulder and belting it
around the waist over an evening dress.
And to top off every outfit, a snug scarf and knitted
bobble hat is a must to see through the cold snap in style.
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£59, AND TAILORED COAT, £99,
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FA S H I O N
JILL HARTLEY, CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF NERO E BIANCO EXCLUSIVE FASHION
AND BRIDAL BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT COSY WINTER STYLE
With Christmas out of the way, people tend to look forward to those spring months for some inspiration, but
we forget about the first three cold months we have to begin the year!
In this article, we’re going to take you through some of our favourite ladieswear pieces including a gorgeous
dress that will make you feel amazing during your pregnancy, and we’re also going to be showcasing our
childrenswear range; every outfit will keep you warm, allow you to be comfortable, but most importantly,
make you feel confident, beautiful and very on-trend!
Flute sleeves became very on-trend throughout 2018,
and there’s no stopping the trend throughout 2019
either. They make every outfit look effortlessly sleek
and stylish, particularly with the striped pattern we
Who said maxi skirts are just for summer? Fine knit
skirts keep you wrapped up during the cold but are
a fantastic transitional piece throughout seasons and
they’re also incredibly versatile as they can be paired
with so many different tops.
Blacks, whites and greys are always popular during
the colder months but pairing the three tones
together here has created a really special look.
The great thing about these trousers is that they can
be dressed down for a more casual look, or dressed
up for evening events, whilst also being a great staple
piece in your workwear wardrobe.
Adding a pop of colour by changing the jacket or
shoe colour to red would really make this outfit stand
Nero e Bianco
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Maternity & Childrenswear
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Our new wine tasting store is now
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customers to sample a range of
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Continuing with the shades of grey and white, we
have this gorgeous maternity dress, again with the
very on-trend flute sleeves. Paired with the statement
earrings we see here, a simple dress has become a
truly beautiful outfit.
Our maternity range has been hand-selected to
ensure that we provide you with only the best Italian
fashion. It’s something you definitely wouldn’t want
We believe children should be able to enjoy being
young which is why our outfits are playful and stylish.
All of our clothes are made of the softest, most
luxurious materials, and solely made in Italy to ensure
In store, you’ll find clothes and shoes for your little boy
or girl from newborns to age 12.
Come and visit is at Barton Marina or find us online at
www.neroebianco.uk and www.neroebiancochildren.co.uk
Winter Spa Day Offer
Includes a 25 minute Thalgo Illuminating Radiance facial,
use of the facilities including gym, indoor pool, spa bath,
sauna and steam room, access to fitness classes,
lunch and refreshments and use of a robe for the day.
ALL FOR ONLY £65!
Available Monday to Friday until 28th February 2019
For more information call 01543 419516
Lichfield Clinic: 1 Tudor Row, Wade Street, Lichfield WS13 6HH
Moor Hall Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B75 6LN
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Spa Day Gift Vouchers are available now on our website
S A L O N S
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of the Year
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B E AU T Y
Turn back the clock
ARM YOURSELF WITH THE BEST LOTIONS AND POTIONS AND GIVE MOTHER NATURE A HELPING HAND
WITH THESE SKINCARE MUST-HAVES DESIGNED TO TACKLE THOSE PESKY AGEING SIGNS. FROM YOUTH-
BOOSTING INGREDIENTS TO WRINKLE REDUCERS, LISA PIDDINGTON, FROM HARVEY NICHOLS
BIRMINGHAM, REVEALS HER ANTI-AGEING ARSENAL
Wake up to greatlooking
skin with Estée
Night Repair, £55.
Designed to address
the key signs of
ageing, its exclusive
Technology helps the
natural nightly renewal
process. The result? Skin
is smoother, hydrated
and even toned.
A revolutionary face
cream inspired by 30
years of research and
The Cream, £205, is
light and refreshing, yet
deeply hydrating. The
Trigger Factor Complex
(TFC8®) works to
rejuvenate skin and
The much-lauded anti-ageing moisturiser
from Heaven by Deborah Mitchell,
Age Defiance, £75, is fast-absorbing and
weightless formulation that plumps out lines,
stops scar formation, lightens pigmentation and
prevents spot breakouts. Use during the night
or in the day under makeup.
La Mer’s The Renewal
Oil, £175, boasts luxurious
Miracle Broth TM - the
legendary sea-blend at the
heart of La Mer – and seasourced
actives to help renew
and energise your complexion
leaving you with soft and ultrasmooth
Supercharge your skincare
regime with Rodial's
Drops, £75. The 30%
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and target multiple signs
of visible aging. This
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Our team of highly skilled professional craftsmen, create and manufacture
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selection of fabrics we have the ability to create almost any type of bespoke design.
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‘For a truly unique and individual lounge setting we welcome
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Contact Simon Edwards or Chris Edwards on 01543 505539
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I N T H E N E W S
Designs on bedroom style
A Sutton Coldfield kitchen and bathroom
design company is branching out into
another room of the home.
Wentworth Designs and Interiors, based on
Chester Road, are now offering the luxurious
range of Kindred fitted wardrobes.
Kindred is the most innovative fitted
bedroom offer available in today’s market.
Built to challenge an otherwise antiquated
bedroom industry, Kindred was launched
two years ago, with an abundance of
design possibilities ready and waiting to
customise and create your dream room.
Whether it’s a sanctuary for contemplation,
an inviting room to welcome guests, or
simply somewhere to escape from the chaos
of life, Kindred has crafted a beautiful collection
of bedroom furniture, ensuring we have a style to
perfectly suit any space.
Cleverly merging Italian and British design,
Kindred’s painted and wood grain product enables
the creation of premium designs across wardrobes,
chests, bed frames as well as internal accessories to
With complementary bed and chest options to help
create the perfect sanctuary
Choose from a number of ranges and 48 handle
choices to bespoke any bedroom
From dressing rooms to walk in wardrobes, home
studies to fully fitted wardrobes, we at Wentworth
can help you create any size, style, shape or design to
fit perfectly into any room.
Currently displaying the beautiful Origin range,
Wentworth have access to the entire range of
Part of the classic collection, the true beauty of
Origin lies within its simplicity. The crisp Shaker
design, coupled with it’s painted-woodgrain finish,
allows the range to sit comfortably in both modern
and period homes. With a balanced neutral colour
palette, that perfectly complements an array of
interior styles, Origin is the versatile choice when it
comes to creating a bedroom that’s unique to you.
Established for ten years, Wentworth Designs is run
by Ian Webb and Paul Murphy and offers stylish
kitchen, bathroom and bedroom designs to suit all
budgets. The experienced design team is on hand
to offer a personal service tailored to meet the needs
and the exact specifications of each
client with regards to their planned
Using top quality German and
British manufacturers for kitchens
and bathrooms, Wentworth Designs
are able to provide a broad range
of quality complete modern and
Wentworth Designs also specialise
in high-end appliances, and are a
recognised Siemens, Neff and AEG
For more details pop into
Wentworth Designs’ Sutton
Coldfield showroom or visit www.
M OTO R S
Life in the fast lane
J’AIME’S MOTORING EXPERT AND RESIDENT RACING DRIVER MARTIN PLOWMAN LOOKS
AHEAD TO THIS MONTH’S ACTION-PACKED AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SHOW AT THE NEC
The Autosport International Show is back and ready
to help all you petrolheads beat the winter-blues
for its 29th anniversary at the NEC in Birmingham
on January 10-13. This annual, pre-season show
marks the unofficial start of the motorsport season
and always feels like a 'back to school' moment for
me. Anybody who is a somebody in the industry
will undoubtedly be there. It's a fantastic event for
young professionals and engineers wanting to get into
the sport to connect and network with key decision
makers, or for the casual fan a chance to grab an
autograph and photo with one of their racing idols.
So what's on this year?
Live Action Arena
The ever-popular live action arena is back and
noisier than ever. You literally cannot get any closer
to the action than you can here with 60 minutes
of racing action, driving demonstrations, celebrity
appearances by some of F1's biggest stars and backbreaking
stunts! Earplugs are definitely a must!
World Rally Championship Super Saturday
An exciting new edition this year will see fans get to
see the official launch of the 2019 FIA World Rally
Championship in what is being dubbed, 'WRC Super
Saturday' at the show, with all of the star drivers and
teams present to unveil their new challengers for the
World Championship ahead of the opening round at
the Monte Carlo Rally.
Ford M-Sport World Rally Team, Hyundai Shell
Mobis World Rally Team, Toyota Gazoo Racing
World Rally Team and Citroen Total Abu Dhabi
World Rally Team will all unveil their 2019 rally cars
on Saturday morning in front of show visitors. Fans
will get an opportunity to talk to their favourite team
owners and drivers.
Autosport Main Stage
The Autosport Main Stage is always a big attraction
as every year racing legends
and household names are
interviewed live on stage. Last
year's biggest stars were 1992
F1 World Champion Nigel
Mansell and heroic young
Billy Monger, who made a
successful return to racing
after suffering a doubleleg
amputation following a
life-threatening crash last
year. This year's stars have
not yet been confirmed
but check their website
regularly for updates at www.
Performance and Tuning
If you are more of a Fastand-Furious
fan than Formula
1, than chances are the
Performance and Tuning car show is for you. An
integral part of the Autosport International Show,
the Performance and Tuning car show has plenty of
exotic cars on display, with hundreds of suppliers and
manufacturers displaying all of the hottest latest car
mods. It's the perfect event for car enthusiasts who
take their car modification seriously.
If you still have some money burning a hole in
your pocket after Christmas than the Silverstone
Auctions’ one-day auction is right up your alley,
with best of breed classic and competition cars on
offer on Saturday, January 12. There are always a
lot of cars on offer that would sit nicely in anyone's
dream garage and make me wish I could win the
mega-millions to claim a few for myself! One of the
highlights of the auction this year will be an exworks
1966 Ford Cortina Lotus, driven and raced by
legends of the sport Graham Hill and Jimmy Clark.
It's expected to fetch more than £200,000 once the
F1 Racing Feature, BTCC display and much
The F1 Racing Magazine feature is back with a
display of some of the most breathtaking cars on
the planet. The tech-talk stand is back with a host of
guest speakers who will cover topical and important
subjects from engineering to car-modding DIY
tutorials. The British Touring Car Championship
will have another strong presence again this year and
is always one of the crowd’s favourite attractions,
with many BTCC cars on display. Last year's show
saw champions Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, and
newly crowned champion Ashley
Sutton take part in signing
sessions, live interviews and
entertaining the fans.
One-day tickets start from £34
for advance booking or £39
at the door. Family tickets for
two adults and two children are
available for £84. All tickets
include a free seat in the Live
Action Arena and free entry into
the Performance and Tuning
Car Show. To book your tickets
call 0844 338 0338 or check out
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