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    ISSUE 74 . MARCH 2011

    HAVANA NIGHTSA JEWEL IN THE CITYS DINING CROWN

    BORN TO MOCKCOMEDIAN AND PRESENTER DARA OBRIAIN

    AUSTRALIAS LUXURY COASTLINECRUISING ALONG KIMBERLEY COAST

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

    THE CITYSLONGEST ESTABLISHED LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • where holidays begin

    Holidays begin

    Cruise or speed to France in as little as 3 hours this spring, and enjoy a break without breaking the bank.

    France from 99 return*

    Visit brittanyferries.com or call 0871 244 0409

    Calls cost 10p per minute, plus network extras. *Based on car and two passengers for 3 days away. Travel until 17 April 2011. Book by 28 March. Conditions apply.

  • CONTENTS

    ABSOLUTE 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Over 18s onlyChallenge 21 policy in operation

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  • EDITORS LETTER

    ABSOLUTE 7

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

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

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

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

    seaside town is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brighton. See page 60.

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

    those special Mums out there (especially mine!)

    Advertising enquiries:0845 389 0662sales@absolutebrighton.com

    Editorial e-mail:editorial@absolutebrighton.com

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

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

    Features / Design: Maureen Hunter-Shine

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

    Director / Editor:Verity Craig

    Advertising Manager:Rishma Patel

    Sales Executive:David Hall

    Accounts: Chris Pugh

    Head of Accounts/finance:Adam Style

    Managing Director:Paul Craig

    Sales Executive: Rob Hill

    The story behind The Pavilion. P60

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  • ABSOLUTE FASHION

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    knit shirt with green trim

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    ptoir de Cotonniers Jioddle blue jersey polo T shirt; H

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    ennett silver silk coat; Aqua H

    epburn skirt; Anna purple patent slingbacks

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    PHOTOGRAPHY:

    Paul Williams, www.paulwilliams.org

    STYLIST:

    Gregg Stone, www.greggstone.co.uk

    MODELS:

    Heida and Moritz

    MAKE UP:

    Kate OBrien, using Bobbi Brown

    HAIR:

    Sara Chatterton mac.com

    STOCKISTS:

    Jaeger www.jaeger.co.uk

    Swarovski www.swarovski.com

    L.K.Bennett www.lkbennett.com

    Pal Zileri www.palzileri.comTel 020 7493 2280

    Nicole Farhi FARHI www.nicolefarhi.com

    Traffic People www.trafficpeople.com

    Comptoir des Cotonniers

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

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

    been pouring over copies of Grazia and Vogue

    for the past months, you will have a very clear

    idea of what the seasons trends are, and which are

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

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

    issues I will be working through the strongest trends,

    giving you the lowdown on where to buy into these

    looks. This month:

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

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

    you are a little vertically challenged, aka short, then

    you will welcome the updated version which sees

    frighteningly sexy slits for day wear as well as the

    maxi/mini combo seen at Pucci.

    To avoid the designer price tag, yet avoid the high

    street copies, I will be heading to Hope & Harlequin

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

    maxis, then getting scissor happy removing the lining

    for a sheer leg as seen all over the catwalks this

    season.

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

    evening wear as day wear, then my suggestion is to

    add some 70s luxe with striking accessories. Mimco

    in Duke Street are leading the pack this season, with

    gorgeous 70s inspired bags in butter soft leather.

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

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

    next season and I can fi t my life

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

    will be worth every penny. Mimco have also homed

    in on the statement jewellery trends gracing this

    seasons catwalks and pieces such as their Full Bloom

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

    new season to your existing wardrobe.

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

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

    Brightons Festival of shopping next month (see

    website for dates) will provide a welcome break

    for my credit card. I was recently invited to their

    designer clothes swap hosted at Pelham House in

    Lewes, which was a fabulously well organised event

    with complimentary massages. Not only did my

    friend and I swag goodies from Karen Millen, Dkny,

    L.K Bennett and Aquascutum, but I returned home

    with delicious hand-made chocolates by Limetree

    Kitchen and Neals Yard Remedies goodies for my

    lucky boyfriend, which were available to purchase

    on the night. We continued the saving and ended

    our evening with a delicious meal in the restaurant

    of the gorgeous boutique hotel, as our goodie bag

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

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

    equally stunning Hotel Du Vin.

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

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

    This month,

    stylist and

    designer

    Natalie Wileman

    explores the local

    scene for clothes

    and accessories

    that reflect the

    current trends

    Spring/summer city buys

    TIS THE SEASONABSOLUTE FASHIONISTA

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

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  • ABSOLUTE FASHION

    Visit the House of Gerry Weber, Eastbourne to celebrate the launch of their new seasons spring/summer collections. Gerry Weber welcomes spring and summer with cheerful colours and expressive prints.The collection focuses on prints that create a link between the colours from fern designs to a...