Four Shires Magazine https://www.fourshires.co.uk Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:52:58 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 BREWED IN THE SHIRE TO CELEBRATE THEIR SHIRES https://www.fourshires.co.uk/brewed-shire-celebrate-shires/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/brewed-shire-celebrate-shires/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:52:58 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1871 Hook Norton Brewery have announced that their next seasonal ale will be Mane Tail (3.7%). A pale, golden straw coloured ale with a crisp and refreshing taste, Mane Tail has been inspired by the shire horses at the brewery who still deliver beer the traditional way to the local pubs. James Clarke, Managing Director said: “Shire Horses have been an integral part of brewery life since day one and for many, many years, were the reliable backbone of our delivery system so we wanted to brew a beer in their honour” To celebrate the launch, Hook Norton will be at The Red Lion, Steeple Aston on Monday 8th May with a barrel of Mane Tail for sampling between 6pm – […]

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Hook Norton Brewery have announced that their next seasonal ale will be Mane Tail (3.7%). A pale, golden straw coloured ale with a crisp and refreshing taste, Mane Tail has been inspired by the shire horses at the brewery who still deliver beer the traditional way to the local pubs.

James Clarke, Managing Director said: “Shire Horses have been an integral part of brewery life since day one and for many, many years, were the reliable backbone of our delivery system so we wanted to brew a beer in their honour”

To celebrate the launch, Hook Norton will be at The Red Lion, Steeple Aston on Monday 8th May with a barrel of Mane Tail for sampling between 6pm – 8pm. Enjoy free samples and slices of The Red Lion’s very own handmade stone baked thin crust pizza’s with a special one being made for the occasion. The brewers will also be on hand to give the lowdown on how they created this ale and the ways and workings of the brewery and all things beer.
Mane Tail will be on the bar at the brewery, in Hook Norton pubs across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and will also be available to be selected for the free trade.

Available in cask for May and June only

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New magazine out now! https://www.fourshires.co.uk/new-magazine-now/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/new-magazine-now/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:56:56 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1859 The May issue of Four Shires Magazine has hit the streets. It is another bumper packed edition. Between the covers this month you will find a whole host of your favourites including: Coutryman George Fenemore Following on from last month’s Pictures from the Past, ‘Gentleman of the Road’ Fred Abel is our Editor’s Choice this month There is plenty to do this month in our Out and About pages Enjoying your retirement year’s, with plenty of suggestions in our feature pages Take a trip to some of the many Artweeks venues cropping up in Oxfordshire this May, we have a selection within our arts pages to consider NGS gardens will be in full bloom this month, see our gardens feature […]

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The May issue of Four Shires Magazine has hit the streets. It is another bumper packed edition.

Between the covers this month you will find a whole host of your favourites including:

  • Coutryman George Fenemore
  • Following on from last month’s Pictures from the Past, ‘Gentleman of the Road’ Fred Abel is our Editor’s Choice this month
  • There is plenty to do this month in our Out and About pages
  • Enjoying your retirement year’s, with plenty of suggestions in our feature pages
  • Take a trip to some of the many Artweeks venues cropping up in Oxfordshire this May, we have a selection within our arts pages to consider
  • NGS gardens will be in full bloom this month, see our gardens feature which offers many in the local area – well worth a visit
  • Memories of a Kenilworth May Queen
  • A ‘May Day’ history with Maggie Chaplin

This is just a small selection of our fabulous May edition. To read more grab you copy now!

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Who was JR? https://www.fourshires.co.uk/who-was-jr/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/who-was-jr/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:17:57 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1839 Even if you’ve never been to “The JR”, you’re bound to know someone who has. The yellow signs from the Oxford ring road to the John Radcliffe Hospital simply point to “JR”. But who was JR and what did he have to do with Oxford and hospitals? John Radcliffe was born in Yorkshire, the son of a Wakefield lawyer. Sources differ as to the exact year of his birth and apparently JR himself wasn’t sure, but it was probably 1652. Confusion arose because his parents also called their first son John. He was born in 1650, but died in infancy. The John who eventually came to Oxford to study and practice medicine and who rose to fame and fortune was […]

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Even if you’ve never been to “The JR”, you’re bound to know someone who has. The yellow signs from the Oxford ring road to the John Radcliffe Hospital simply point to “JR”. But who was JR and what did he have to do with Oxford and hospitals?

John Radcliffe was born in Yorkshire, the son of a Wakefield lawyer. Sources differ as to the exact year of his birth and apparently JR himself wasn’t sure, but it was probably 1652. Confusion arose because his parents also called their first son John. He was born in 1650, but died in infancy. The John who eventually came to Oxford to study and practice medicine and who rose to fame and fortune was originally destined for a career in trade or agriculture, but he was a bright child and his teachers encouraged his father to pay for him to be educated at the local grammar school. A wise choice as it turned out.

Wakefield Grammar school was founded by Royal Charter in 1551. The schedule was rigorous. The young John Radcliffe and his schoolmates would have to attend from 6am to 6pm from 10th March to 10th October, and from sunrise to sunset in winter. It was a strictly Christian upbringing, studying mainly Latin and Greek, and whilst at school the pupils were expected to speak in Latin. They had three weeks holiday at Christmas and a fortnight at midsummer, and 17th November was designated a play day. “Play”, however, consisted of spending their time writing verses in honour of their founder, Queen Elizabeth I. Some fun!

John shone academically and won a place at University College, Oxford in 1665. Compared with the austerity of his schooldays, the way of life in Oxford must have come as a profound shock. The University was undergoing considerable change. Studies had all but been suspended during the Civil War that lasted from 1642 to 1648, and learning and morals suffered. Divided political loyalties amongst academics resulted in large scale staff shakeups. By the time JR became an undergraduate many of those dismissed under Parliamentarian rule had been re-instated after the Restoration, but they were still unsettled times.

All this upheaval seemed to stimulate an upsurge of new ideas, but discipline remained lax. This was the melting pot into which the young John Radcliffe was thrust when he left Wakefield to move into the heady world of undergraduate life. Whether he was thirteen or fifteen at the time was probably irrelevant.  He was fortunate in that his tutor and mentor, Obadiah Walker, took a keen interest in his welfare and no doubt sought to moderate the excesses of undergraduate behaviour, but teenage boys are easily influenced.

Extracurricular activities were many and varied, and some, such as longbow shooting, bowls and tennis, received tutorial approval. Play-acting, which had been suspended during the Puritan regime, had resumed, but this diversion didn’t find universal support amongst the academic staff, many of whom considered it encouraged impudence, revelry and drunkenness.

It’s not known which of these pursuits appealed to the young John, but there were other influences to distract him. London was in the grip of the plague and Charles II transferred his Court and Parliament to Oxford, where they stayed from September 1665 to January 1666. The influx of flamboyant cavaliers with their drunken conduct and loose morals must have had an unsettling effect on undergraduate studies. This juxtaposition of classical learning and dissolute behaviour was the culture in which the naïve Yorkshire lad found himself. It appears that he slid into the life of a libertine and began an association with alcohol that was to last a lifetime.

Despite playing hard he didn’t entirely neglect his studies and he did well enough to be elected to a university fellowship at Lincoln College. He took a Master’s degree in botany, chemistry and anatomy and then three years later qualified as a doctor. He was in his early twenties when he began practicing medicine from his college rooms.

Medical teaching in Oxford at the time was poor. Radcliffe gained most of his knowledge from the eminent Oxford physician Thomas Willis, one of whose claims to fame was the resuscitation of Anne Green of Duns Tew, who was hanged for infanticide and cut down from the gallows presumed dead. She subsequently took a breath, was revived and Willis was credited with performing a miracle.

Willis was a progressive thinker and, following in his footsteps, Radcliffe abandoned many of the old methods of treatment and diagnosis. He dismissed the notion that the cause of any ill could be determined solely on the appearance (and taste!) of a patient’s urine, and he revolutionised the treatment of smallpox, which was rife in Oxford at the time. He insisted on fresh air and cooling emulsions rather than the stuffy confinement in darkened rooms that his contemporaries prescribed. The eminent physicians of the time were scornful of his methods, but those methods were remarkably effective. He was also an accurate prognosticator. If Dr Radcliffe said you had only twelve months to live, you started working on your will.

Such were his medical successes, often when other more prestigious doctors had failed, that he was soon sought out to treat the ailments of the important families of Oxfordshire. Recovered nobility were generous, and his income as well as his reputation soared. On the basis of this, the thirty-two year old John Radcliffe, decided to leave Oxford and seek his fortune as a physician in London. He set up in Bow Street in Covent Garden and within a year was earning more than twenty guineas a day – a handsome sum in the seventeenth century.

Life as a fashionable doctor in London was a world away from a middle-class Wakefield childhood. He would rise late, having lingered over copious quantities of fine wine the previous evening, and still in his dressing gown, take a light breakfast of morning chocolate, possibly followed by a little tea and toast.

One of his servants or a visiting barber would shave him, and then later, attired in a velvet coat, powdered wig and three-cornered hat he would set out to meet apothecaries or visit patients. He would travel in a coach with as many as six horses. In winter a fur muff would keep his hands warm for taking a patient’s pulse, and always he would carry his professional symbol of office – the physician’s cane.

John Radcliffe’s skill earned him a client list that not only included most of the nobility of the period but royalty as well. His successes were handsomely rewarded and he amassed a fortune. He spent it on land and property, fine furnishings, valuable paintings, much precious silver and of course, a well-stocked cellar.

James II, William III and Queen Anne were all his patients at one time, but he never abandoned his Yorkshire bluntness. His candour verged on rudeness, and on one occasion he apparently told King William when treating him for swollen ankles,

“Why, truly, I would not have your Majesty’s two legs for your three kingdoms.”

It is also said that he once announced publicly that Queen Anne was suffering from nothing more than a fit of the vapours. These weren’t the first times he’d pushed his luck and the royal tolerance finally snapped and he wasn’t summoned directly again, although such was his reputation that his opinion was often sought discretely.

As a diagnostician and clinician, John Radcliffe was undoubtedly brilliant, but he was self-assured to the point of arrogance. He had many acquaintances who enjoyed his conversation and often vulgar wit, but few close friends, and he’d lost touch with his family. By his own admission he drank too much. Although he almost married on at least one occasion, he was a bachelor when he died in 1714. He is buried, according to his wishes, in St Mary’s church in Oxford and last year a commemorative plaque was placed near his grave to mark the 300th anniversary of his death

In life, he was often guilty of petty meanness, and was slow to pay tradesmen, but was capable of compassion too. When his old tutor Obadiah Walker fell on hard times, he provided him with regular food and clothing. In his will he made numerous personal bequests and was generous to his college and the university that he loved. Some of the evidence remains today. University College’s Radcliffe Quadrangle, the Radcliffe Camera, the Radcliffe Observatory and the former Radcliffe Infirmary were all named for him and financed in whole or in part by the Radcliffe estate.

Dr John Radcliffe wrote neither learned treatises, nor wordy academic tomes but he revolutionised medical practice. He was a reformer and pioneer, and his diagnostic skills were based on shrewd observation and practical commonsense, not outdated mysticism.

This brilliant, larger than life, arrogant, Yorkshireman, “JR”, would no doubt have been gratified that Oxfordshire’s major hospital carries his name, although he’d probably also have considered the honour as no more than his due. In that we’d have to agree with him.

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Oxford Beer Week – Beer Festival at Hook Norton Brewery https://www.fourshires.co.uk/oxford-beer-week-beer-festival-hook-norton-brewery/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/oxford-beer-week-beer-festival-hook-norton-brewery/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:18:22 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1914 A celebration of the incredible range of local Oxfordshire beers and breweries will take place at Hook Norton Brewery on Saturday May 6th. Hosted by Hook Norton Brewery, the aim is to celebrate the choice and quality of beers made locally to Oxford and to give beer-lovers the chance to come along and discover new ales. Entry is free with live music and handmade stone-baked pizzas available. Doors open at 11am with last orders at 5pm. The breweries taking part – all members of the Oxford Brewers’ Alliance – are: Hook Norton, Hook Norton LAM Brewing, Kennington Loddon, Dunsden Green Turpins Brewery, Hook Norton Wychwood, Witney XT Brewing Co, Long Crendon Tap Social, Oxford The Love Beer Brewery, Milton James […]

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A celebration of the incredible range of local Oxfordshire beers and breweries will take place at Hook Norton Brewery on Saturday May 6th.

Hosted by Hook Norton Brewery, the aim is to celebrate the choice and quality of beers made locally to Oxford and to give beer-lovers the chance to come along and discover new ales. Entry is free with live music and handmade stone-baked pizzas available. Doors open at 11am with last orders at 5pm.

The breweries taking part – all members of the Oxford Brewers’ Alliance – are:

  • Hook Norton, Hook Norton
  • LAM Brewing, Kennington
  • Loddon, Dunsden Green
  • Turpins Brewery, Hook Norton
  • Wychwood, Witney
  • XT Brewing Co, Long Crendon
  • Tap Social, Oxford
  • The Love Beer Brewery, Milton

James Clarke, managing director of Hook Norton Brewery, said: “We are proud to host this beer festival to finish of a week of great events as part of the first Oxford Beer Week.”

For more information about Oxford Beer Week, visit oxfordbrewers.org/oxbeerwk, facebook.com/oxbeerweek and twitter.com/oxbeerweek

 

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It’s never too early for a panto announcement! https://www.fourshires.co.uk/never-early-panto-announcement/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/never-early-panto-announcement/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:15:31 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1836 Milton Keynes Theatre have announced that television, musical theatre and pantomime legend Brian Conley is to star in this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Cinderella from Saturday 9 December 2017. In a career spanning three decades Brian has appeared in award-winning West End musicals and television sitcoms, presented his own chat shows, recorded three albums and completed numerous sell-out tours of the UK. On stage he has starred as Edna Turnblad in the hit West End musical Hairspray and the title role in the UK tour of Barnum, both of which played Milton Keynes Theatre previously. Brian has completed a nationwide tour of Brother Love, celebrating the music of Neil Diamond, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, starred in the […]

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Milton Keynes Theatre have announced that television, musical theatre and pantomime legend Brian Conley is to star in this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Cinderella from Saturday 9 December 2017.

In a career spanning three decades Brian has appeared in award-winning West End musicals and television sitcoms, presented his own chat shows, recorded three albums and completed numerous sell-out tours of the UK.

On stage he has starred as Edna Turnblad in the hit West End musical Hairspray and the title role in the UK tour of Barnum, both of which played Milton Keynes Theatre previously. Brian has completed a nationwide tour of Brother Love, celebrating the music of Neil Diamond, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, starred in the nationwide tour of Oliver! playing Fagin, played the title role in Jolson, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, and had leading roles in Me and My Girl, The Music Man and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Audiences shall go to the ball this Christmas as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and with the help of her hilarious friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. Cinderella will feature all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.

 

 

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ENHANCING COMMUNITY TRANSPORT https://www.fourshires.co.uk/enhancing-community-transport/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/enhancing-community-transport/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:27:48 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1855 Community transport is fast becoming the backbone of local communities.  The transport services mobilise and engage communities and meet the needs of people who do not have easy access to cars, taxis, busses and other forms of transport.  The services usually cater for taking disabled people to work, children to school, sick people to healthcare appointments as well as to shops and clubs.  Community transport is a safe, accessible, cost effective.  Schemes are generally run by charities and voluntary organisations which are local to the community they serve. In September 2016, Oliver James Enterprise (OJE) launched a community transport software called Road XS which being used by Voluntary Action Stratford Upon Avon (VASA) and other providers in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.  […]

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Community transport is fast becoming the backbone of local communities.  The transport services mobilise and engage communities and meet the needs of people who do not have easy access to cars, taxis, busses and other forms of transport.  The services usually cater for taking disabled people to work, children to school, sick people to healthcare appointments as well as to shops and clubs.  Community transport is a safe, accessible, cost effective.  Schemes are generally run by charities and voluntary organisations which are local to the community they serve.

In September 2016, Oliver James Enterprise (OJE) launched a community transport software called Road XS which being used by Voluntary Action Stratford Upon Avon (VASA) and other providers in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.  The software enables voluntary car and minibus schemes providing community transport services the ability operate completely paperless and sustain their services via the cloud.  It allows for journeys to be fully tracked, volunteer drivers to be suggested, real-time reporting, estimated pickup times, cost controls, real-time departure boards and handles car sharing, minibuses and coaches all via a modern and easy to use design.

After only seven months, Road XS is greatly enhancing the services provided by VASA.  It has helped save costs to both passengers and drivers, saved considerable time in managing the entire transport service, over-hauled the data capture process, increased accuracy, streamlined the whole operation and provided in-depth insight into the value of community transport and the positive impact it has on the communities they serve.  VASA are delighted and have already increased their passenger numbers, journey numbers and out-reach as a direct result.

If you would like more information about Road XS please call 0330 113 1626 or visit www.roadxs.com  For more information about VASA and their invaluable services call 01789 296344 or visit www.vasa.org.uk

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Park Life returns https://www.fourshires.co.uk/park-life-returns/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/park-life-returns/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:53:59 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1833 The much loved Compton Verney family event returns this summer, bringing the best of entertainment for toddlers to grannies, a wealth of top quality British folk music and a very special celebration of the English countryside  For the third year in succession, Park Life! will be staged in the stunning grounds of Warwickshire’s celebrated art gallery and park, Compton Verney. Taking place on Sunday 25th June 2017 (10.30am – 5pm) Park Life! condenses a smorgasbord of entertainment, fabulous Folk, contemporary crafts and artisan products, including delicious food and drink all into a single day. Against the stunning backdrop of the Capability Brown landscape and beautiful Robert Adam-designed country house, Park Life! will also showcase the heritage of countryside skills and […]

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The much loved Compton Verney family event returns this summer, bringing the best of entertainment for toddlers to grannies, a wealth of top quality British folk music and a very special celebration of the English countryside

 For the third year in succession, Park Life! will be staged in the stunning grounds of Warwickshire’s celebrated art gallery and park, Compton Verney.

Taking place on Sunday 25th June 2017 (10.30am – 5pm) Park Life! condenses a smorgasbord of entertainment, fabulous Folk, contemporary crafts and artisan products, including delicious food and drink all into a single day.

Against the stunning backdrop of the Capability Brown landscape and beautiful Robert Adam-designed country house, Park Life! will also showcase the heritage of countryside skills and craft, inspired by its ground-breaking exhibition, Creating the Countryside (18 March – 18 June).

Throughout the day, visitors can learn about the ancient skills and craft of pole lathe turning, chair weaving and spoon carving. Would-be apiarists can learn all about bees and beekeeping, while Archers fans hoping to give Toby Fairbrother a run for his money can discover more about the distillation of herbs used in gin-making, and countryphiles will love finding out more about the fascinating wildlife of Warwickshire.

In the central entertainment arena, the wildly popular duck herding and ferret racing is sure to be a big hit again with the crowds, with new additions to the bill – Wild West horses and majestic falconry displays – also sure to delight animal lovers of all ages. Little ones with absolutely love the animal petting area, where they can – quite literally – get their hands on guinea pigs, bunnies, bugs, cockroaches and stick insects.

Compton Verney will also celebrate the magic of Morris dancing, while the kids can join in playing a variety of vintage outdoor games and listen to inspiring stories told by the Green Man.  Visitors can dress up in Georgian clothing and have their photograph taken and then try making historical architectural plaster casts.

Fans of folk music are also in for a real treat. The music stage’s headliners are the award-winning Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, supported by Folklore and Blondes with Beards.  Kathryn has been described as “one of the best singers around, period” and together with Sean, they have won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo in both 2013 and 2016.

Compton Verney Director Professor Steven Parissien said “The atmosphere at Park Life! is always terrific because it is quite simply, a brilliant day out. If you think going to an art gallery and park is quite a stuffy, dry experience then our event will definitely make you think otherwise. It’s a celebration of life in the countryside and the rich heritage we all share. It really is a great day out for all the family.”

 Event included in Collections and Park admission. For more information visit www.comptonverney.org.uk  – also follow @ComptonVerney on Twitter and like the Compton Verney Facebook page.

 

 

 

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The Prodigal Daughter https://www.fourshires.co.uk/the-prodigal-daughter/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/the-prodigal-daughter/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:47:24 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1828 It is 1968. Angelica Angelotti has grown up in the Italian food business started by her English mother and Italian father. Now she is using her cooking talent to strike out on her own, moving to Paris to go to culinary school. There, among the excitement and wild emotion of the student barricades, she falls in love with her charismatic but unreliable cousin Mario – a manic depressive ten years older than her whom her mother had sacked from their restaurant. Navigating a blossoming career, from the Savoy hotel pastry kitchen to the world of food writing and presenting, alongside an increasingly toxic relationship, eventually proves impossible. Angelica has to leave Mario, and makes the decision to move back to […]

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It is 1968. Angelica Angelotti has grown up in the Italian food business started by her English mother and Italian father. Now she is using her cooking talent to strike out on her own, moving to Paris to go to culinary school.

There, among the excitement and wild emotion of the student barricades, she falls in love with her charismatic but unreliable cousin Mario – a manic depressive ten years older than her whom her mother had sacked from their restaurant. Navigating a blossoming career, from the Savoy hotel pastry kitchen to the world of food writing and presenting, alongside an increasingly toxic relationship, eventually proves impossible. Angelica has to leave Mario, and makes the decision to move back to the family home in Gloucestershire to help her other cousin Silvano with a new branch of the family business – reopening the local pub, the Frampton Arms, as a restaurant. As they get to know each other better, Angelica realises her mistake: she chose the wrong brother. But when Mario reappears, determined to win her back, and as other jealous relatives plot the downfall of the Frampton Arms, will Angelica be able to hold on to her business and the man she’s come to love?

The Prodigal Daughter, which also reads as a standalone novel, is the second in The Food of Love trilogy.

About the author
As a cook, restaurateur, food writer and business woman, Prue Leith has played a key role in the revolution of Britain’s eating habits since the Sixties. In 1995, having published twelve cookbooks, she gave up writing about food to concentrate on fiction. The Prodigal Daughter is her seventh novel. She lives in Oxfordshire.

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Aspirata Vocalis https://www.fourshires.co.uk/aspirata-vocalis/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/aspirata-vocalis/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:41:23 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1825 The Friends of St Mary’s Adderbury (FOSMA) are delighted to welcome the Aspirata Vocalis choir from Denmark who will perform a concert in St Mary’s Church Adderbury on Thursday 25th May 2017 at 7 pm.  Their programme will include works from Ola Gjeilo, Carl Neilson, Haydn, Elgar, Mendelssohn  and others. Tickets are £12 and are available from trish.fennell@btconnect.com or 01295 811059, Val Scarff on 01295 810386 and www.wegottickets.com/event395074  There will be a bar. About the choir. Aspirata Vocalis was established in 2007 by the conductor Jan Roeboe and a group of dedicated singers.  Today the choir has 30 members from a wide range of backgrounds who share the joy of singing.  The choir works continuously to develop their music through […]

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The Friends of St Mary’s Adderbury (FOSMA) are delighted to welcome the Aspirata Vocalis choir from Denmark who will perform a concert in St Mary’s Church Adderbury on Thursday 25th May 2017 at 7 pm.  Their programme will include works from Ola Gjeilo, Carl Neilson, Haydn, Elgar, Mendelssohn  and others.

Tickets are £12 and are available from trish.fennell@btconnect.com or 01295 811059, Val Scarff on 01295 810386 and www.wegottickets.com/event395074  There will be a bar.

About the choir.

Aspirata Vocalis was established in 2007 by the conductor Jan Roeboe and a group of dedicated singers.  Today the choir has 30 members from a wide range of backgrounds who share the joy of singing.  The choir works continuously to develop their music through a varied repertoire, new challenges and a wide number of choral works from the renaissance up to our time.  Their current tour focuses on English and Nordic music.

Aspirata Vocalis travels every other year and visited Norway in 2009, England in 2011 and 2013 and Estonia in 2015.  The accompanist on the tour is the organise Erik Lauge Mikkelsen.

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Follow the story of Mithos Rohnal and his quest for revenge https://www.fourshires.co.uk/follow-story-mithos-rohnal-quest-revenge/ https://www.fourshires.co.uk/follow-story-mithos-rohnal-quest-revenge/#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:57:30 +0000 https://www.fourshires.co.uk/?p=1821 Damian Cloutman, of Milton, has written Shadow of Magic, where power comes at a price that must be paid each time it is used. He says: “I wanted to write because I needed an escape from the real world, video games can only take you so far with a set plot. A fantasy novel, though, is a world where you can play god; many of my favourite films and games are based in the days of the sword, and I have always liked magic and that fact that it can be anything, and since magic has no pre-set laws that guide it, you can create your own. I had to struggle through school with my learning disabilities, and I wanted […]

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Damian Cloutman, of Milton, has written Shadow of Magic, where power comes at a price that must be paid each time it is used.

He says: “I wanted to write because I needed an escape from the real world, video games can only take you so far with a set plot. A fantasy novel, though, is a world where you can play god; many of my favourite films and games are based in the days of the sword, and I have always liked magic and that fact that it can be anything, and since magic has no pre-set laws that guide it, you can create your own. I had to struggle through school with my learning disabilities, and I wanted that to reflect in the struggles of this book.”

He then continues: “Mithos has to deal with the greatest of betrayals that of family and friends, I also think that in modern society men can be seen as heartless. I want the loss of his beloved to show that men do feel pain but it leads to different actions than it does with women. I think that the main aspect that you could take from the book is that of Mithos’s split personality that people like that are never born, they can only be made.”

Damian Cloutman has struggled with dyslexia his whole life, but with effort and the right help when he reached secondary school he was able to better himself. He hopes that this book will inspire others with dyslexia to try harder to show others that they are just as intelligent as they are.

Shadow of Magic, published by Austin Macauley, is available to purchase from Amazon and all good bookshops. For more information, please visit www.austinmacauley.com

 

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