Against This Gorgeous Backdrop, Would You Not Want To Lose Inches From Your Derriere?

Luxury residence Chateau Lou Casteou in the South of France, this week hosts its fitness retreat – Body Tonic, 4-8 May, 2016.

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Set in the beautiful French Riviera countryside the luxurious retreat provides a balance of different energetic training classes, stunning coastal and mountain treks, meals prepared by a private chef and chateau accommodation.

Here David Higgins, the highly skilled performance fitness coach who leads the fitness program, presents his five key fitness tips for summer.

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1)         ROLL IT OUT

Myofacial release, massage and foam rolling, prior to exercising, allows the muscle to breath and feed better, enhancing stamina by up to 10%.

 Myofacial Release is foam rolling or massage, which manually stretches the muscle fibres, more so than a static muscle stretch. It aids in lymph drainage and improves circulation through the muscle, making it more efficient. It also improves efficiency of the body, in removing the bi-products of exercise such as lactic acid. Massage has been around since before the Greek Empire – foam rolling is just unassisted massage.

2)         GET ANAEROBIC

Anaerobic exercise is less efficient and requires more energy per minute of exercise – if you are pushed for time and have good fitness then go anaerobic (power and strength).

Anaerobic exercise (without oxygen) is less efficient than aerobic exercise (requiring oxygen) because it requires more energy per second. Anaerobic exercises are generally power and strength exercises, for example sprinting rather than jogging; you will require far more energy (ATP) to sprint 100m rather than jog it. Unfortunately you need a good level of aerobic fitness (lungs and circulation) for you to safely train anaerobically.

3)         HYDRATION ALLOWS FOR BETTER HOMEOSTASIS

Fuel the body prior to exercise and maintain good hydration throughout – allowing for better homeostasis.

Homeostasis relates to the chemical reactions that happen in your body, in this case for the production of energy. Water is the solution that these chemical reactions take place in. If you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated, if your muscle is fatigued then you are again late in providing it with energy. Fuel up before, during and after exercise to make sure your body reacts in its most efficient manner.

4)         FREE WEIGHTS AID THE KINETIC CHAIN

Use free weights. This encourages more muscle to be utilised through the kinetic chain and challenges your core.

The kinetic chain is the integrated use of many muscles in a movement or exercise. For example if you were doing a standing overhead press with some dumbbells as opposed to a seated overhead press on a fixed machine, your body would need to recruit many more muscles for the standing overhead press with dumbbells. The main moving muscles would be the same for both types of exercise – the deltoids and the triceps – but the free weights requires you to use your fixating or stabilising muscles. Your legs and glutes stabilise your position from the floor (they are engaged but not moving), your core muscles are engaged to provide a strong base for the moving muscles above.

5)         STRETCH IT OUT

Stretch before and after exercise will help prevent muscle pulls and aid in recovery. Each stretch should be for a minimum of ten seconds.

Stretching helps prevent injury. Static stretching is essential prior to exercise because it warns you if a muscle is tight and therefore more susceptible to injury often in the form of a pulled muscle. A dynamic stretch post static stretching, for example lunging prior to a sprint race, again helps stretch the muscle fibres. It also improves the blood circulation to the legs by dilating the arteries and veins in the legs, which means more fuel and quicker removal of waste products.

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BODY TONIC

The Body Tonic luxury fitness retreats are priced at £1,550 pp (inc VAT) pp for a private en-suite room with a sea or mountain view or £1,350 pp (inc VAT) for two guests sharing a room. The price includes five days accommodation, all meals with wine, champagne reception on arrival, daily fitness classes, coastal treks, water aerobics, one massage, yoga and stretching classes and transfers from Nice airport. The next Autumn Body Tonic event dates are Wednesday October 12th to Sunday October 16th  at Chateau Lou Casteou, Cote d’Azur, France.

 

BY: Leila Stocker

Bella Cosa Restaurant…Cocktail Recipes

Introducing Head Bartender: Martina Furiga

Behind the bar of London’s hottest new quayside restaurant, Bella Cosa, stands Head Bartender Martina Furiga. Drawing from her Italian roots and three years spent in Milan studying hospitality, Martina has single-handedly crafted the restaurant’s entire cocktail list. Speaking passionately about her job, she says, “The best thing about what I do is being able to create new, exciting recipes and impress diners with original and unique flavours.” Martina, aged 29, has worked tirelessly to create a list of cocktails her guests will enjoy by combining delicious homemade syrups with mixers and innovative garnishes. The mouth-warming Italian Sunset and fruit-forward Mediterranean Collins are just two of the beverages on offer.

 Cocktail Recipes:

 Mediterranean Collins

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Ingredients:

50ml Gin Mare

25ml Pink Grapefruit Juice

20ml Rosemary Syrup

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Method…

In a Highball Glass, combine the Gin Mare and Pink Grapefruit Juice.

 Stir together, then add the Rosemary Syrup and ice.

Finish by topping up the glass with Cedrata.

Garnish with Rosemary sprig and Pink Grapefruit peel.

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Ingredients:

40ml Campari

25ml Gin Tanqueray

1 spray of Pernod

 Method…

In a Boston Shaker, combine the Campari, Gin Tanqueray and ice, then shake strongly.

 Spray the Pernod into a Martini glass and double strain the liquid into it.

 Finish by decorating the glass with a red Ribbon.

 Italian Sunset

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Ingredients:

 40ml Tequila

30ml Chamomile Liqueur

Pink Grapefruit Juice

   25ml Lime Juice

4 drops of Peychaud

Method…

In a Boston Shaker, combine the Tequila, Chamomile Liqueur, Lime Juice and the

drops of Paychaud before shaking.

Wet the rim of a Martini glass with Pink Grapefruit Juice, and add the pink salt.

Pour the liquid into the Martini glass and garnish with a flower.

Bella Cosa, South Quay, Drewry House, Marsh Wall, London E14 9FJ

Tel: 020 7132 1212

www.bellacosarestaurant.com

By: Danielle Betts

Humanitarian and Model Noella Coursaris Musunka to Open First Library in Kalebuka, DRC

Malaika School to launch library on International Women’s Day!

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Malaika school will open the doors to the very first library in Kalebuka, DRC, in March 2016. The brand new building is part of the Malaika School and will be the only library within a hundred mile radius. It will feature both e-books and print books in the English and French languages. The state of the art facility is set to have Android tablets and an interactive whiteboard, all of which have been donated to the non-profit. This new access to resources and technology will open up a world of learning opportunities for the students.

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Malaika founder, Noella Coursaris Musunka, will officially inaugurate the library on International Women’s Day. Noella is an international model, activist, philanthropist and humanitarian who founded the non-profit organisation in in 2007. Grammy Award-winning hip-hop recording artist, Eve, will join her on the day. The gorgeous diva says of her involvement in the project: “I am a huge supporter of anything that will have a positive impact on a young girls’ life and Education is an obvious. Not only can it give them self-esteem but also a wider path of choices in life.”

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Malaika is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower Congolese girls and their communities through education and health programmes. The foundation operates in the village of Kalebuka, in the Southeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Built in 2011, the Malaika School is a free, accredited school that provides a comprehensive and high quality education to 230 girls. The goal is to cultivate the leadership potential of each student so that she is empowered to give back to her community and has a positive, long-term impact on the future of the DRC. The curriculum is structured around daily classes in French and English, on subjects including math, science, information technology, health and civic education. Art, music, theatre and physical education classes are also a key part of the robust educational programming. Additionally, each girl receives two healthy meals a day – often her only ones.

At the same time, Malaika impacts the surrounding Kalebuka village through its Community Centre, which provides education, health and sports programming to approximately 7,000 youths and adults per year. Malaika also provides essential infrastructure development by building 5 wells that supply fresh water to 10,000 people, greatly reducing disease and illness.

Noella believes strongly in the power of education to transform the youth of the DRC.  “I am so excited to launch this project”, Noella said, “it is amazing to know that the students will now have a warm and welcoming environment where they will feel comfortable and eager to learn”.

The new library in Kalebuka will enhance Malaika’s mission of building the leadership capacity of each student so that they have a brighter future. http://www.malaika.org/

BY.. OLAMIDE AJANI

Taraji P. Henson Dazzles At The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Best actress winner TARAJI P. HENSON selected Kimberly McDonald earrings set with Gemfields Zambian emeralds to attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

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The actress, who won the award for her role as Cookie on the hit show, Empire, complimented her custom Stella McCartney dress with an extraordinary pair of 107-carat cushion-cut Gemfields Zambian emerald and diamond earrings designed by Kimberly McDonald. Henson finished the look with a vintage pear-shaped diamond ring and signature irregular diamond band.

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Photo credit: Taraji P. Henson wears Kimberly McDonald earrings set with Gemfields Zambian emeralds.

By Olivia Young

Tired Of The Same Old New Year’s Resolutions?

We are now in 2016 and instead of making the same old resolutions that seem to fall by the wayside come February why not embark on something completely different this year and watch your health, body and mind transform in front of your eyes.

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Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of holistic health originating in India more than 5000 years ago and it’s fast becoming  one of the most popular lifestyle choices around. Translating literally as ‘The Science of Life’ and a sister science to Yoga,  the great thing about Ayurveda is that anyone can try it and those that have rarely go back to how they were before.

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Dr Deepa Apte, one of the UK’s top Ayurvedic practitioners and director of London based Health and Beauty Spa Ayurveda Pura shares with us her thoughts on why Ayurveda is so revolutionary and so different from everything else out there:

  • It’s tailored to suit your individual needs: Ayurveda works on the principle that every individual is made of up one of three energies or doshas which are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. A short questionnaire will determine which one you are and then everything from the best diet, exercise , colours of clothing and seasonal changes are identified to make sure you are always in balance and functioning at optimum health.
  • It works with you and not against you: Many diets or detoxes require you to give up or change many aspects of your life and some can leave you feeling worse than when you started out. Ayurveda works with what you have and who you are identifying problem areas in your diet, lifestyle and relationships and offers solutions which incorporate meditation, breathing, yoga, herbs and massage treatments so you can better understand your body and your mind and move forward with a clearer image of what feels good for you.
  • It’s completely natural: Everything prescribed to you in Ayurveda from your diet to the herbs and even Ayurvedic beauty products are completely 100 % natural. Ayurveda is all about the removal of toxins or ‘Ama’ from your body so everything we ask you to try and do is to help with this toxin removal. It really is a completely holistic system of health and will leave you feeling so energised and healthier inside and out.
  • It’s not complicated: One of the best aspects of taking up an Ayurvedic lifestyle is the fact that it’s super easy to incorporate into your daily lifestyle. There’s no complicated procedure to follow or food combinations, you just have to be consistent in your approach and the benefits will start to show. For an idea of what a typical Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle day looks like click here 

By tara mestre

Ford – Helping Deliver Healthcare In Africa

 

Ford Sensor Technology Applied to Motorcycles for New Mobility Insights; Improves Medical Care for Rural Africans

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    Ford is now equipping motorcycles with sensor kits inspired by its OpenXC hardware platform to map areas of community health care services in rural West Africa. Capturing data on additional transportation types to help researchers detect patterns and develop new mobility solutions

  • Researchers have used OpenXC technology to collect real-time data from vehicles to better understand driving habits and help create new, innovative features for today’s car
  • OpenXC has been used in several experiments tied to Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to take connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics to the next level. Learnings could be expanded to other transportation modes – helping ambulance and emergency services providers improve efficiency across the world

Ford is expanding its use of sensor technology to motorcycles, allowing researchers and programmers to better understand how cars, bikes and other modes of transportation in combination can create new mobility solutions and help make people’s lives better – including improving how healthcare is delivered rural West Africa.

“OpenXC started as a project to make a car send a tweet five years ago, but has since become a platform, or an ‘Internet of mobility’ that allows us to use data to better understand how people move around the world,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “Now, the same open innovation mentality behind OpenXC has inspired our team to create a sensor kit for bicycles and motorcycles to learn how other transportation options might best serve people in urban, suburban and rural areas, including improving their health.”

Ford’s open-source hardware and software kit provides real-time access to vehicle data, such as sensors, GPS receiver and vehicle speed. Ford has been using OpenXC to support some of its Ford Smart Mobility experiments for more than a year.

The company is gathering and analyzing vehicle data collected by OpenXC as part of Ford Smart Mobility, its plan to take connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics to the next level.

Data-driven motorcycles

The broad insights learned from vehicle data, including how people drive and use their cars, first inspired Ford researchers to create a sensor kit for bicycles to collect additional data. Now, the company is rolling out the new sensor kit to motorcycles helping Riders for Health.

The medical services group collects GPS data and mapping coordinates to reach people who need medical care – vaccines, medications and live-saving hospital care – in rural West Africa.

Ford helped Riders for Health improve its maintenance systems and vehicle fleet logistics, equipping Ford Ranger pickups with OpenXC technology. This allows Riders for Health to track stops, timing and routes for their work in The Gambia.

The data collected also is being used to create maps of remote regions – a first.

After learning that more than half of the group’s fleet of service vehicles are motorcycles that cannot capture the right level of data, Ford created a new sensor kit that will be upfitted on 50 motorcycles early next year.

“Our goal is to understand what mobility means to people who don’t have access to their own vehicles,” said Arthur Zysk, Ford research analyst who leads the project. “Ford’s commitment to smart mobility innovation is driving real, measurable change.”

Longer-term lessons and applications from this project could be used to help ambulance and emergency services providers improve efficiency across the world, including in rural areas.

Urban mobility learnings

Engineers at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto have been using sensor kits that gather information from bicycles and other common forms of transportation in urban areas.

The devices gather information such as wheel speed, acceleration and altitude, as well as traffic patterns, pedestrian data and road conditions, which is difficult to obtain from vehicle sensors.

Researchers continue exploring how bike and vehicle data can be analyzed together to gain greater understanding of how different transportation modes might best meet future mobility needs.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 197,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

  By Peter O’Shea 

Fashion Cities Africa

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton, UK

30 April 2016 to 8 January 2017

The first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion will open at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in April 2016.

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Exploring fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa – Fashion Cities Africa will consider recent and contemporary fashion practices in these distinctive metropoles, from couture to street style.

Designs by Marianne Fassler,  photographed by-Simon Deiner SDR
Designs by Marianne Fassler, photographed by-Simon Deiner SDR

The exhibition will focus on the style choices of individual ‘fashion agents’ from each city; from designers and stylists to photographers and bloggers. Helen Mears, the Museum’s Keeper of World Art, Martin Pel, its Curator of Fashion & Textiles, Africa fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings and researcher Harriet Hughes visited the cities in summer 2015* to explore their fashion scenes and identify key players.

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Helen Mears says: “There’s been a surge of interest in contemporary African art and design in Europe and the US in recent years, but this is the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion.  We want to reveal the diversity that exists across the continent – and within single cities – and show that wax print is only part of the story of African fashion.

“Each of the cities featured has its own fashion scene: in some cases emergent, in others more established. Some African designers are now major players in international fashion, while others are experimenting creatively in the interface between global fashion and local identities.

“The exhibition aims to provide a snapshot of fashion practices in four specific cities and an introduction to some of the stories behind the style, whether it’s the widespread practice of tailoring or the impact of the huge market for second-hand European clothes.”

The exhibition will occupy three large galleries and include diverse apparel from couture to street style, alongside images, film, sound and even a reconstructed tailor’s workshop evoking the drama, creativity and dynamism of the distinctive cities.  Highlights will include:

New commissions, including by Nairobi-based brother and sister duo 2Many Siblings  

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Controversial high-fashion outfits worn by one of Kenya’s hottest bands, Sauti Sol (MTV Europe’s Best African Act 2014)

Garments and accessories associated with The Sartists, a Johannesburg-based creative collective documenting their lives and style in post-apartheid South Africa (https://instagram.com/thesartists)

Exquisite hand-crafted ‘caftan couture’ pieces by Casablanca-based designer Zhor Raïs

Apparel by Maki Oh (TBC), the internationally acclaimed Lagos-based label worn by figures including Michele Obama

A parallel project, undertaken by members of some of Brighton & Hove’s African diaspora communities, will explore the relationship between fashion, identity and the African continent from a local perspective. Powerful images from the project, which will be co-ordinated by Sarah Naomi Lee, will accompany the exhibition.

Fashion Cities Africa is part of the wider project Fashioning Africa, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Collecting Cultures programme – which supports strategic collecting projects for museums, libraries and archives.

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery already holds an important collection of historical African textiles, mostly gathered 1880-1940.  Thanks to National Lottery players,Fashioning Africa will research recent developments and establish an African textile and fashion collection representing 1960-2000.  Running until 2017, the project has appointed a collecting panel from BAME and fashion communities, and will be delivered in partnership with the University of Brighton and the Sussex Africa Centre at the University of Sussex.

Fashion Cities Africa will also be accompanied by a book of the same name, edited by Hannah Azieb Pool with contributions by Helen Jennings (Intellect, 2016, £20).  This will showcase street styles in the four cities through images of their fashion agents by high-profile fashion photographers (Sarah Waiswa, Victor Dlamini, Deborah Benzaquen and Lakin Ogunbanwo), accompanied by profiles and essays.

By Ronke Lawal

Bringing The Ancient Past To Life. A Review of ONAEDO: the Blacksmith’s Daughter: a Novel by Ngozi Achebe

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The most interesting aspect of this historical novel for me is the way in which the freshness and simplicity of its style enhances the credibility of what is in some ways an incredible tale. It is narrated with such veracity and ease that the reader will be easily persuaded that the impact of slavery on the pristine African communities of the past was exactly as portrayed here. Ngozi Achebe has crafted a story that fills several gaps not merely in world literature but also in the perception of African history as both a discipline and an emotional concern for all those whose ancestry is eternally touched by that tragic industry. Her depiction of the beginnings of slavery and the inter-phase between Portuguese slave dealers and African society is a remarkable example of the restoration of a lost era to contemporary relevance through literature. She has achieved in her first novel the remarkable feat of creating what might very well come to be regarded as a unique masterpiece.

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The tale has the epic sweep of a narrative recollection of events based on irrefutable evidence. The characters devised by the author leap off the page with dramatic intensity, and none more so than the central protagonist Onaedo. This central character could be considered a beacon of modernity even by the standards of our own times and yet the setting and the social milieu described by the author is impeccably traditional and befitting to the era of antiquity in which it is located. The alliance of brilliant writing and impressive research has made the story a classic both in its content and in its moral tone. The descriptive power of her writing strengthens the accuracy of her recreation of 16th century life in olu Ndigbo, the nation of the Igbo peoples, before the intervention of Western culture. At the same time it also serves to suspend belief in the common assumption that the first and most important intercourse between these territories and the outside world were as a result of British colonial intervention.

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Ngozi Achebe has actually moved our perception of ancient African history, especially of the intercourse between traditional societies like that of Ndigbo and the Western world, onto a new plane. Coming from the pen of the niece of Chinua Achebe, the great chronicler of the confrontation between Ndigbo society and the British colonisers, this book is one of the seminal literary events of new African writing for the 21st century. It is unique in its adventurous conceit of seeking to open up a chapter of the past that has been shrouded for centuries in both mystery and myth. Portuguese explorers who were the first recorded visitors from Europe to the West African coast have largely taken a back seat in scholarly chronicles of the intercourse between Europe and Africa. This novel moves the era and the extraordinary events recorded in it to the forefront of contemporary concern.

These events include the commencement of the slave trade, the first stirrings of Christian conversion of the communities of the West African coast, and trade in spices, palm oil, gold, hides and ivory. However she also examines the nature of the culture and occupations of the traditional society in depth and posits that the invasion from the West served to destroy a deep-seated philosophical commitment to a fundamentally pastoral way of life. In outlining and then building the tale around romantic disenchantment and rustic violence she establishes the core of the narrative in the disastrous demise of a family. The head of this family is Eneda the blacksmith whose provenance may very well be allied to the discovery of the fabled Igbo-Ukwu bronzes. Indeed the way in which she has integrated reflections on historical events and iconic memories into exciting parameters of storytelling serves as proof of her extraordinary talent.

Ms. Achebe has said in interviews that her inspiration came from many sources one of which is the story of those fabled artefacts. In addition to this although she was not one of the “Biafran children” evacuated to Sao Tome for safety during the Nigerian civil war her curiousity about the history of that island community also became a major inspiration. This provides the background for the latter half of the novel and elevates it beyond a simple tale of romance and adventure into a profound commentary on the relevance and character of an African society that ended up contributing to its own violation. Although this is a serious novel it remains a most exciting and entertaining narrative to read because its intellectual depth does not detract from the elements of drama, intrigue and romance that serve to carry the story forward.

One of the most remarkable abilities displayed by the author in this work is that of establishing the personality traits and defining peculiarities of both major and minor characters with extraordinary depth in a few short sentences. She deploys incidents and characters with uncanny realism even while displaying a penchant for poetic phrasing in her descriptions of places and reflections on the importance of traditional laws and morals. Her depiction of such seminal characters as Onaedo’s aunt Aku whose extraordinary gifts of telepathy and psychic foresight allied to knowledge of traditional medicine make her a formidable ally as well as foe, and Oguebie the jealous prince and traitor to the community who becomes one of the pioneers of local collaboration with foreign slave traders, reveals that she has particular strengths of observation as well as of imagination. Her characterisations gain veracity through her effective use of modern psychological evaluation even while consolidating the relevance of their place in the narrative of the past. She is also noticeably even-handed in depicting both African and European characters in terms of their universal humanity.

Onaedo is a complex but highly readable work. The prologue and the epilogue provide signposts to the contemporary relevance of the body of the work. Maxine the discoverer/editor of the manuscript in these technically slight but profoundly exploratory chapters is herself a victim of loss brought about by historical upheaval. Having seen her beloved father disappear to Nigeria during the civil war, she is confronted by a crisis as he has written to her that he is coming to visit her three decades later. Faced with this dilemma she tries to find balance in reading through a box of old diaries apparently written by an extraordinary African slave from Brazil. It would be tantamount to giving away the author’s most precious secrets for me to relate how this formula is resolved in the end but the most unexpected revelations follow with seamless regularity. The main narrative is based on Maxine’s lightly edited version of the diary. The effective power with which Ms. Achebe deploys this complex literary device is that of an accomplished author. Although she is a practicing medical doctor her work does not appear to be that of a one-volume writer. Her first book, which has now been shortlisted for the LNG Literary Prize for 2011, is no amateur’s essay. It is the powerful outpouring of an accomplished storyteller. Her famous uncle must be as proud of her as all Nigerians who read this remarkable story should be.

Publisher AfricAgenda Publications, Abuja: Reviewer: Lindsay Barrett

Top Half Term Family Getaways With Al Fresco Holidays

UP TO 30% OFF FAMILY HOLIDAYS ACROSS EUROPE THIS OCTOBER FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

British summer time may be over but there’s still time to catch some rays this October. Al Fresco Holidays is offering a fantastic selection of October 2015 half term breaks at a range of three to five star parks across Europe.

Spain, Costa Dorada: Sanguli

Was £434 Now £304 – saving £130

Staying in a Puccini 2 bedroom mobile home sleeping up to 5. Departing 24th October for 7 nights

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Set in the beautiful Costa Dorada, with its poolside palm trees and sun kissed playa, Sanguli is a Mediterranean paradise. With a wide range of activities on park and PortAventuraTM  on the doorstep, you can be sure of a fun packed holiday. The enormous amphitheatre makes the park truly unique, whilst the paddling pool, children’s playground and sandy beach ensure everyone is entertained.

Holland, Wassenaar: Duinrell

Was £630 Now £419 – saving £178

Staying in a Rossini Riviera bedroom mobile home sleeping up to 6. Departing 24th October for 7 nights

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This action packed, four-star park includes the on-site Tiki tropical waterpark, voted one of the top 20 waterparks in the world. Tackle the 70-degree slide, relax on the lazy river, or dodge the waves in the wave pool, all while the younger children play in the paddling pool. With its very own theme park with rides, magic shows and a roller coaster, there’s something for all the family.

France, Champagne: La Croix De Vieux Pont

Was £455 Now £319 – saving £136

Staying in a Rossini 2 bedroom mobile home sleeping up to 6. Departing 24th October for 7 nights

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If France is calling this half term, kids and adults alike will love the activities on the vibrant La Croix Du Vieux Pont park, with a large indoor pool, waterslides and spa pools for water babies. Sporty families can try the mini golf, tennis, archery, boules, fishing, football, and canoe hire or enjoy the thrill of the zip wire.

France, Paris: Paris Est

Was £455 Now £319 – saving £136

Staying in a Bellini 2 bedroom mobile home sleeping up to 6. Departing 24th October for 7 nights

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If you are heading to Disneyland® Paris, or simply looking to soak up the Parisian culture, Paris Est is in the perfect location for making the most of the city. Boasting an onsite children’s play area, table tennis and TV room, there is always something fun to do.

All these parks are perfect for families, set in beautiful locations near beaches, forests or cities, with a huge range of outdoor activities available on and off park.

– Limited promotional nights available for selected dates and parks whilst stocks last

– Price may be amended at any time
– Subject to availability

– Cannot be combined with the two for one deal or group booking discount

– Al Fresco Holidays reserve the right to withdraw at any time without notice 

To book any one of these fun-filled holidays, call 0161 332 8900 or visit www.alfrecso-holidays.com.

Neil Carr

Chelsea Paris Collaborates With Jean-Pierre Braganza

Loved her at first sight…well at least her collection ;-), but could switch camps if I can get my dainty paws on her Ada Bronze/Gold shoes, aptly named after yours truly ;-). OK, stretched the truth there a bit, but my first name is Ada.

Ada Bronze/Gold shoes
Ada Bronze/Gold shoes

According to the gorgeous diva herself – Theresa Ebagua, her luxury footwear is inspired by her African heritage and passion for creating unique, immaculately-constructed shoes. We loved her in issue 10 DivaScribe see image below and are totally made-up about her brands collaboration with Jean-Pierre Braganza.

DivaScribe ISSUE 10 Featuring Chelsea Paris
DivaScribe ISSUE 10 Featuring Chelsea Paris
Chelsea Paris Collaborates With Jean-Pierre Braganza
Chelsea Paris Collaborates With Jean-Pierre Braganza
Theresa Ebagua (Chelsea Paris)
Theresa Ebagua (Chelsea Paris)

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