FEBRUARY/MARCH 2 0 1 2 ISSU E 1 1 9 / 1 MEMBER BENEFITS Win a luxury Loch Ness weekend P L A N E T O F T H E A P P S • S I X N AT I O N S RU G B Y P U R D E Y AWA R D S • S I LV E R S C U L P T U R E S B Y PAT R I C K M AV RO S JOHNNIE WALKER The broadcasting legend on ships, drugs and rock and roll


WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 3 Chief executive’s comment William Harrison-Allan Chief Executive William Harrison-Allan Marketing Director Rory Stormonth Darling Group Sales Manager Steve Higson Membership Secretary Hanne Holm Membership Support Hollie Alexander Cultural Events Sylvia Cotterill Web Manager James Hobbs Financial Consultants Neil Bedford Mark Beverley Ian Finn Nigel Poole Keith Wyatt Consultant Support Anita Gomez Technical Pensions Consultant Robert Gaines Editor Melanie Tibbs - Designer Kelly Roberts Advertising Susan Anslow - 01985 850706 - Contributors Nick Fogg, David Walsh, Jeremy Guscott, Richard Heseltine, Dennis Furnell, Lillian Pearce, Elisabeth Luard, David Kindoon, William Buckhurst and Charlie Tapster Front Cover Photo by James McMillan Photography Rex Features, NHPA, Clive Totman, Getty Images, David Chapman, Jordi Bas Casas, Associated Newspapers Technical Finance Assistants Lucy Ball Louise Glasby Deborah Narraway Rowena Roper Tamzin Rose Celina Traill Insurance Team Linda Chisholm-Urvoy Bertie Mayall Robert McKinlay Emma Michael Abi Spratt Lucy Ward Sarah-Jane Wickett Group Accountant Harvey Clark Accounts Assistant Vera Webber CGA Chalke House, Station Road, Codford, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 0JX Telephone: 01985 850706 Fax: 01985 850378 Email: Website: For more than a century, those in the know have enjoyed the remarkable collection of benefits that come with CGA membership.

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© CGA, 2012 We returned after the Christmas break raring to go and aiming to make 2012 even more successful than 2011. Already there seems to be a lot going on with several new possibilities on the horizon, however we’ll be maintaining the well loved personal levels of service our members are accustomed to, as well as continuing to welcome new members to the CGA. Our forthcoming telephone survey of members (further details on page 7) will be an opportunity to find out what you think we’re doing right, and which areas you would like to see us develop further. One thing’s for certain and that is that we won’t be standing still; our strength in recent years has been the ability to keep up with the times while keeping standards high.

Some of you may be aware that a couple of years ago I took on the role of Chairman at the CGA’s local football club, Salisbury City. The non-league club’s hard work this season led to an FA Cup match with League One team Sheffield United; the first time Salisbury had ever reached the third round of the competition. We were defeated on the day, but it was an event to lift the spirits and it was fantastic to see our team play so well at a stadium as prestigious as Bramall Lane.The Sheffield supporters waited four or five minutes after the match, while our fans celebrated the end of a great cup run with the players, to give our team a tremendous round of applause as they left the pitch.

It was terrific to see that such gentlemanly behaviour still exists.

On another sporting theme, you can read about the forthcoming Six Nations tournament in an article put together by the CGA Golf Captain - and more importantly the former England rugby star - Jeremy Guscott (see page 40). Of course golf will, as always, play a key part in the CGA calendar of events and we will shortly be announcing our golf days for 2012.These dates will initially be sent to all those who subscribe to our weekly email bulletin. If you would like to subscribe (don’t worry it’s completely free) simply visit and follow the link at the bottom of the home page. It is the best way to keep right up to speed with the latest CGA offers, events and services.

This Christmas it seems that several people I know received an iPad, or similar, and perhaps you too are getting to know how to use a new piece of technology? Don’t miss our guide to ‘Apps’ on pages 53 to 55. I love technology, but wouldn’t profess to understand how it all works; our rough guide should make a few things clear. I wonder what the uptake on a CGA app would be like? Now there’s a thought…


WWW.THECGA.CO.UK News New year, new website...and your chance to let us know what we’re getting right and how we can improve 6 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 THE CGA WEBSITE was first launched amid much fanfare in 2009, offering members the chance to get in touch with the CGA online and avail themselves of the many benefits and privileges the CGA offers.

However, time moves quickly in the digital world, and late last year we decided the website could do with more than just a lick of paint – and so, after months of work, we quietly launched a brand new CGA website towards the end of 2011.

The new website has been designed from scratch to better serve our members, and invite non- members to find out more about what the CGA offers. Members are now able to read the latest issue of CGA Magazine online, or even download it and read it later on their phone, tablet computer, or e-reader. Members will also find getting in touch with the CGA is even easier than before, with online forms that direct correspondence immediately to the right department – and the website will even automatically fill in key details such as name, address, and telephone number on your behalf.

Non-members are able to find out about the CGA, and join online quickly and easily – joining immediately gives new members access to restricted areas of the website, such as the online CGA Magazine and the Benefits and Privileges section.

The new website will be updated regularly with news, competitions, and other useful information – and we hope members will check the website regularly to keep up to speed with the latest goings-on. COMPETITION WINNERS We are delighted that the recent members’ competitions and prize draws have proved so popular. Congratulations to: Mr Rowe who won a spine tingling Ferrari Track Day Experience courtesy of Sytner Mrs Weston who won the use of a sporty Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster for the weekend, courtesy of Sytner Mr Bourne who won an adrenalin fuelled Land Rover Experience driving session, courtesy of Sytner Mr M Cunningham who won the Pure Evoke DAB Radio, courtesy of Sterling Insurance Mr E Barrett who won the Fortnum & Mason Classic Christmas Hamper, courtesy of Fortnum and Mason There are further chances to win motoring prizes and a weekend break in Scotland in this issue of the magazine; turn to the Members Benefits section on page 66 to find out more.

WANTED EVEN MORE OFFERS We are very pleased to have witnessed a recent resurgence in popularity of the Offers andWants members’ advertising pages. It’s not huge, but during the last couple of months we have received a notably higher number of members’ personal advertisements (not that type!) for use in the long standing and much talked about Offers andWants pages. We are keen to keep this column going but ultimately this depends on you, the members, advertising and buying items through the magazine. Recent signs are encouraging and we would like to capitalise on this flurry of activity. So, if you are looking to sell a canteen of cutlery, an old horsehair mattress or even an unwanted Christmas present, then please use your free promotional space to offer them in the CGA Magazine.

Likewise, if you’re desperately searching for a Betamax video player or a hard to find Royal Doulton plate, the Wants column could be the answer.

There are more than 14,000 CGA members with wide ranging interests receiving the magazine and it doesn’t cost you a penny to advertise. New website up and running LOGGING IN If you are yet to try the new CGA website, then please do so – the instructions below will assist with logging in for the first time. • Go to • On the top right of the page, Members will need to enter their Membership Number followed by the password – CGA100 • The website will then ask Members to choose a Username, which they will use in future when they log into the website.

All members who were registered on the previous CGA website will find they are able to log in by following the above instructions – however, if you are yet to use the CGA’s online facilities, or indeed if you have any problems logging in at all, please contact us on for prompt assistance.


CGA News WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 7 The team at CGA Insurance Services deserve congratulations for maintaining their industry-topping retention ratio. In simple terms, more than 90% of all those who insured their homes through us in 2010 chose to renew their policies with the CGA in 2011. This is a remarkable statistic, especially during a year in which policyholders were known to be ‘shopping around’ more than ever before. Furthermore there is always a natural rate of attrition as and when properties are sold, or policyholders move abroad or die. The team are committed to maintaining the exceptional standard of service and it’s abundantly clear they are doing a great job.

The insurance team make the process of obtaining a home insurance quotation as straightforward as possible. You won’t be frustrated by dealing with a voice recognition telephone system. You won’t have to “press button one”, “two” or “three” – as you know this is a people business and you will deal directly with a member of our insurance team.

If you’re not currently insuring through the CGA why not give the likes of Bertie, Lucy, Linda, Sarah-Jane, Emma, Rob and Abi the chance at your next renewal? The CGA is currently planning a telephone survey of members to ascertain what you really think about membership, what you value most, and what else you would like us to be doing. We have thought long and hard about this exercise; whilst we are keen to get some honest feedback, we are equally determined not become a nuisance to our members.With this in mind we have spurned the idea of engaging the services of an outside agency to undertake the project.

We will therefore be overseeing the telephone survey and calling members ourselves. More to the point, Hanne Holm, who is known to many members, will be leading the survey and making the majority of calls. Clearly we will not be able to speak to every member, but what we do hope is that over the forthcoming months our personal approach to this exercise will yield some valuable feedback that will result in some genuine improvements to the services we provide. We will only call during office hours and we will avoid calling between 1pm and 2pm. Please rest assured this is being conducted on a confidential basis and any information gathered will be used only by the CGA, for planning future developments and services.

BE WARNED WE M AY TELEPHONE YOU! FORTHCOMING RACE DAYS Simply pick up the phone and call 01985 850 706 and a member of the team will be pleased to help CGA INSURANCE RETAINS HIGHEST STANDARD A good number of members are looking forward to our annual Race Day at Wincanton on Saturday 18th February. It promises to be another exhilarating day for members, their guests and friends.

If you aren’t able to attend this early day at the races, then why not sign up for our summer outing at Newbury Race Course on 18th August. We’ve yet to learn which music act will round off proceedings in August, but last year we were treated to a concert by Tom Jones. If you’re interested in attending then please telephone Hanne Holm on 01985 850706 or email her at


2011 Purdey Awards Eight further shortlisted conservation projects across the UK.The Purdey Silver Award went to the Camddwr Shooting Society, based near Aberystwyth.The Purdey Bronze Award was presented to the Irish Grouse ConservationTrust for their well managed and successful efforts to re-establish a red grouse population at Glenwherry Moor, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile Dr. Stephen Marsh Smith, Wayne Richards andTed Filmer of Ireland Moor, near BuilthWells, received a Highly Commended Certificate for ongoing efforts in restoring red grouse to CentralWales. Richard Purdey said on the night,“Our judges were impressed by the wide variation of entries this year.The key objective of the Purdey Awards is to give recognition and reward to those who achieve exceptional results from their shoot management and conservation work while involving local communities to educate wider audiences.” Entries for the 2012 awards are now invited from individuals, syndicates, estates, farm shoots and wildfowling clubs from anywhere within the UK.All must adhere to the Code of Good Shooting Practice, but not be run purely as a commercial enterprise.

An annual prize fund of £10,000 is shared between Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners, plus Special Awards for outstanding examples of individual effort and dedication.

Entry Forms are available by post from James Purdey & Sons, 57-58 South Audley Street, London W1K 2ED, by phone on 020 7499 1801 or by e-mail from Achieving that Delicate Balance Two outstanding conservation projects have tied for gold in the 2011 Purdey Awards T he owners of a once-derelict industrial site in Essex, GaryWilson and Steven Wallis, and a wild grey partridge restoration project within a family farm shoot in Bedfordshire run by Simon Maudlin were announced as the 2011 winners of the coveted Purdey Gold Award. Passionate conservationist andTV personality Phil Spencer presented the Gold Award Certificates and cheques for £3500 to the winners at the Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation held on 17th November at Purdey HQ in London’s Mayfair.

GaryWilson and Steven Wallis acquired Berwick Marshes in Rainham, Essex, just 8 miles from London Bridge, in 2008. It is now an SSSI (site of special scientific interest) which they have successfully transformed from an 80 acre expanse of exhausted gravel pits into 30 acres of fen and open ponds (providing up to eight high quality wildfowling days per season) and 50 acres of peaceful sanctuary for wild-life including wild pheasants, skylarks, orchids and adders.The land is also grazed by rare breed Dexter cattle which provide a natural means of controlling the spread of invasive scrub. The other winner, Simon Maudlin, took over the management of his family’s Caldecote Farm Shoot in 2002 after studying land and shoot management at Sparsholt College.

He has successfully built on the 800 acre Bedfordshire shoot’s sound foundations.As a result of Simon’s energetic conservation efforts and skilful management, the shoot now boasts a sustainable population of wild grey and wild red leg partridge, which is supplemented by a modest release programme of 1000 pheasant and 600 red leg partridge, and is managed without detriment to the wild populations.

Above: Joint Purdey Gold Award winners, Simon Maudlin and Richard Purdey and Steve Wallis and Gary Wilson Left: Phil Spencer weighs up the options MEMBER BENEFIT 10% Purdey discount. See Page 67


FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 11 2011 Purdey Awards WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Left to right: Anne Berry and Annika Brocklehurst Left to right: Silver Award - Richard Purdey, David Owen and Phil Spencer Left to right: Bronze Award - Richard Purdey, Peter Mackie, Lee McManaman, Lord Dunluce and Phil Spencer Left to right: Highly Commended - Richard Purdey, Ted Filmer, Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith and Phil Spencer Left to right: Lord Douro and Phil Spencer Left to right: Will Forester, Charles Nodder and David Clark Left to right: Kristina Everest and Margaretha Purdey Left to right: William Garfit, Alastair Balmain and Phil Spencer Left to right: Malcolm Innes, Lee McManaman and Peter Mackie Left to right: Marty Wikstrom, Duke of Wellington, Lord and Lady Douro Left to right: Roderick Gilchrist and Selina Scott Left to right: Prof Caroline Tisdall, Roy Green and William Garfit


12 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK CGA Cultural Events The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant Break The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant - a glorious river jamboree - will go down in the history books as a day to remember. The Queen,The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family will be aboard the Royal Barge, as it travels with one thousand decorated and adorned boats down the river. The Pageant is unprecedented as the largest flotilla to be assembled on the river in modern times A thousand boats will muster on the RiverThames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

Rowed boats,working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be brilliantly dressed with streamers and Union Jacks.The armed forces,fire,police,rescue and other services are all afloat together with historic boats,wooden launches and steam vessels.The spectacle is further enhanced with music barges,boats spouting geysers and pyrotechnic barges spitting smoke and daytime fireworks. The Spirit of Chartwell will have top billing as the Royal Barge,carryingThe Queen along theThames and it will be adorned with flowers fromThe Queen’s own gardens by renowned horticulturist,garden designer andTV presenter Rachel deThame.

Red,gold and purple – the royal colours - will feature most prominently in the floral arrangements,which will reference the Commonwealth,the Coronation andThe Queen’s Gold State Coach.

CGA Members will enjoy hospitality on a historic sailing ship which will be moored just below Tower Bridge close to HMS President. She is expected to be in an ideal position from which to watch the proceedings.Transfer to the vessel will be via water taxis from a nearby pier. Your hotel for two nights is the 4 star Holiday Inn at Regents Park. This special short break will commence on Saturday evening with a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.After a full English breakfast on Sunday morning you will transfer by coach to board the static historic sailing vessel. From here you will view the afternoon river pageant and enjoy a buffet lunch with wine and of course a glass of champagne to toast Her Majesty as she sails past.

On Monday morning, a coach will take you to Kensington Palace to see two new exhibitions: Victoria Revealed – exploring the life and reign of QueenVictoria through gifts she exchanged with Prince Albert, her wedding dress, glamorous jewellery and paintings; also Jubilee – the view from the crowd, which tells the story of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. Return independently in your own time or by coach transfer and depart at leisure. Demand is expected to be high for this tour with limited places available.

Tour costs and inclusions Approximate cost (to be confirmed on booking) £575 - £599 per person in a twin/double en-suite room Supplement for single occupancy £100 • Executive air-conditioned coaching transfers on Sunday and Monday morning • A Professional Tour Leader/Guide • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in a 4* hotel • Full English breakfast at the hotel each morning • Welcome drink and three course dinner with coffee on the first evening (hotel) • Entry to Kensington Palace and exhibitions on Monday • Viewing of Thames River Pageant from a historic sailing ship with a buffet lunch, wine, tea and coffee and a glass of champagne included Deposit: £150 per person payable on booking and the balance is payable 10 weeks prior to departure Not included Travel Insurance Evening meal on Day Two of this programme Lunches and other refreshments unless mentioned above The final tour balance is due 8 weeks prior to departure To apply for a place(s) on this tour please contact Sylvia Cotterill on 01763 288277 An Exclusive CGA Members Offer with limited availability 2 / 4 June 2012 - The Holiday Inn, Regents Park, London **** Join us to celebrate one of the biggest events of 2012 - The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant –a celebration of our Monarch’s 60 year reign


WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 13 CGA Cultural Events Cultural calendar 5 March 2012 DRAPER’S HALL, LONDON A private guided tour of this historic livery company building. Luncheon in the courtroom. 11.30am start £58 FULLY BOOKED (waiting list) 29 April - 1 May 2012 DEVON BREAK A two-night break encompassing exclusive tours of the Nritannia Royal Navy College in Dartmouth and Agatha Christie’s holiday home ‘Greenway’. £349 FULLY BOOKED (waiting list) 30 May 2012 BADMINTON HOUSE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE Home of the Duke of Beaufort. Exclusive private visit and luncheon.

12 noon start £58 FULLY BOOKED (waiting list) 2 - 4 June 2012 THE THAMES DIAMOND JUBILEE PAGEANT BREAK From £575 - see opposite page for details 29 June 2012 BROADLANDS, ROMSEY, HAMPSHIRE Historic house of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Re-opened after extensive refurbishment. Luncheon followed by a guided tour. 12.30pm start £52 LIMITED AVAILABILITY 9 July 2012 BOWOOD HOUSE, CALNE, WILTSHIRE Home of the Marquess of Lansdowne. Private guided tour, coffee and luncheon 10am start £57 Cancellations will only be refunded up to two weeks before any day event (conditions apply). To book, and for further information, please contact Sylvia Cotterill, CGA Events Organiser, on 01763 288 277, or at Garden House, Rushden, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0SZ. (Cheques made payable to CGA Events) 30 May 2012 Badminton House, Gloucestershire Home of the Duke of Beaufort.

Exclusive private visit and luncheon 12 noon start £58 - Limited availability Badminton House is an impressive Palladian mansion in Gloucestershire that is both architecturally and historically important. It is one of the few privately owned classic houses in England that does not open to the public, although the Badminton Estate is well known for the famous horse trials that take place there each year. We are privileged to have been granted permission by the Duke of Beaufort to have a private opening and guided tour of the house.

9 July 2012 Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire Historic house of the late Earl Mountbatton of Burma Guided tour and luncheon 12.30pm £52 A small number of tickets remain The original manor and area known as Broadlands has belonged to Romsey Abbey since before the time of the 11- century English Norman Conquest. In 1767 a major architectural transformation was begun by Lancelot "Capability" Brown and completed by architect Henry Holland, which led to making Broadlands the Palladian-style mansion seen today. Having been closed for the past two years due to extensive refurbishment we are delighted to have been offered a guided tour of this historic house and admission to the riverside lawn.

5 March 2012 Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London Third in the Great Twelve Livery Companies. Exclusive private guided tour followed by luncheon in the Court Room 11.30am start £58 - Limited availability The present Drapers’ Hall occupies the site which was once part of Augustine Priory, on which Thomas Cromwell built his palace in the 1530s. After his execution the property was purchased by the Guild of Drapers in 1543. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 it was partially destroyed, again by fire, in 1722, rebuilt, and later altered in the 19th century.


14 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK News & views from the major countryside organisations The British Horse Society Horse and Safety THE BRITISH HORSE Society has been presented with a Prince Michael Road Safety Award by His Royal Highness, Prince Michael in recognition of its website. The Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognise achievements and innovations which will improve road safety. Each year the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme.

The BHS’s interactive website is designed to make the reporting of road traffic accidents involving horses easy and accessible.

The initiative has proved to be extremely successful seeing reporting levels rise by 282 percent in the first eight months in comparison with the previous paper-based system. Sheila Hardy, BHS Senior Executive for Safety said: “We are delighted with the recognition this award brings. This is the fourth Prince Michael award we have received for different aspects of our safety work but this one is probably the most special as it shows the Society has successfully brought its accident reporting process into the twenty first century.” Find out more at: More information is available at: A leading rural insurer has reported a two-and-a-half times increase in livestock rustling during 2011.

Based on its claims data, NFU Mutual estimates more than 60,000 sheep could have been stolen between January and October. Its analysts say livestock theft is costing UK farmers at least £6 million a year. They have tracked an upwards trend since the low levels of rustling around 2000, when farm thieves predominantly targeted quad bikes, tractors and power tools. Strong meat prices could be behind the resurgence, and there are parallels with the recent spikes in stolen copper and diesel.

Farmers are now being encouraged to do more to prevent the growing problem, which has proved particularly problematic in Wales and South West and North East England. Farmers and butchers are being advised to check livestock records and ear tags to make sure they are not buying stolen animals. Other advice includes padlocking gates to fields,making sure stock is marked and records kept up-to-date,grazing sheep away from roads,if possible,and joining a FarmWatch scheme. Countryside The Royal Horticultural Society Sowing the Seeds of Investment THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL Society has been the force behind gardening for 207 years.

In 2012 the charity will launch a substantial programme of innovation and modernisation, which will enable the RHS to involve, educate and inspire millions more gardeners throughout the country. This campaign is made possible by the RHS raising £18 million, from its own resources, for investment and the Society will also embark on a major fundraising campaign to raise a further £9 million. The combined investment fund of £27 million will allow the charity, over the next five years, to make some of the most significant and exciting changes in its history. Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “Our plans will help transform communities, add much needed scientific knowledge and safeguard horticulture for the benefit of future generations and the environment.

If you care about our planet, you should care about plants and that’s why we want everyone to share the best in gardening.

“We believe passionately in the need to invest in the future of horticulture and give more people more opportunities to garden.” £18 million has come from granting a 999 year lease of the RHS’ Lawrence Hall and Conference Centre in London to Westminster School, the perfect partner to protect the heritage of the building. Under this agreement the RHS will continue to use these facilities for its existing four London Flower Shows. Over the next five years this major investment programme will see the charity becoming more accessible and relevant to RHS members and to millions of people in the UK, as well as inspiring a worldwide audience of gardeners.

NFU Mutual Rustling’s Up


WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 15 Countryside news IN MAY 1912, a month after the Titanic sank, Charles Rothschild held a meeting to discuss his radical idea about saving places for nature. This meeting led to the formation of the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves, which would become the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, and signalled the beginning of UK nature conservation as we know it. The Society worked hard to secure Government protection for sites across the UK they considered ‘worthy of preservation’, but it was not until the 1940s that nature conservation made it onto the statute with the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act in 1949.

Meanwhile local conservation organisations, the forerunners to Wildlife Trusts, were beginning to spring up. The first was Norfolk in 1926, followed by Yorkshire in 1946 and Lincolnshire in 1948. The 1950s saw more and more groups beginning to form and by the end of the decade the Society took on the role of a national association to represent them. The Scottish Wildlife Trust Find out more at: ENDANGERED TASSEL STONEWORT provoked a flurry of conservation activity when it was discovered deep in the Yorkshire Wolds in a pool formed where a lorry drove across a road verge.

With such an unusual plant popping up in such an insecure habitat, a group effort was soon underway at the secret location to ensure its survival. Yorkshire-based ecologist Martin Hammond spied the unfamiliar plant last year, and with the help of national experts confirmed it was the endangered tassel stonewort. The new colony was discovered in one the Wolds’ many Sites of Special Scientific Interest, so Martin contacted Natural England adviser Chris McGregor and they cast their net wide to find partners to help protect the plant.

Pond Conservation stepped into the breach, offering advice, support and a grant funded by Biffaward through the Million Societyof WildlifeTrusts A Century of Wildlife Trusts Ponds Project. The colony is believed to be the most northerly in Britain – most recent records show the species occurring in the south west, the Cotswolds and East Anglia. It’s not known how the plant came to be in the Wolds; its spores can remain dormant for decades and it’s possible it was transported there on the tyres of the lorry that made the pool, though more likely that they’ve been there much longer. Becca Cleaver, Million Ponds Project Officer for northern England said “It is so very important that we create new ponds for species like this stonewort.

The support we’ve received from everyone involved has been fantastic and it shows just what can be achieved for wildlife when we work together.” was formed in 1964 and Trusts now covered the whole of Britain. The movement expanded further in 1978 with the formation of the Ulster Wildlife Trust. There are now 47 Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney, all of which are looking forward to a celebratory year! Natural England Wort(h) all the tassel For more information: The Game and WildlifeConservationTrust Game’s good for hedgerows NEW RESEARCH BY The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust shows that pheasant releasing is one of the main incentives for managing and planting hedgerows in England, thereby conserving a wide range of wildlife.

The research showed that game estates had up to 65 per cent more hedgerow per square kilometre than farms with no game shooting.

Conservationists have long been concerned about the disappearance and neglect of hedgerows in this country. Since the 1950s there has been a massive loss of hedgerows amounting to as much as 300,000 miles in the UK. Dr Roger Draycott, from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and an author of the study said,“Our latest study confirms that game management plays an extremely important role in helping to retain vital hedgerow habitats in the UK and thus offers potential for much wider biodiversity benefits to wildlife recovery as a whole.” The study also identified that hedgebanks, which offer valuable nesting cover and act as a refuge from predators as well as over-wintering areas for many beneficial insects, were, on average, 25 per cent wider on game estates.

Dr Roger Draycott, said,“Previous studies have reported that woodland management for game can benefit a wide range of wildlife.We were keen to identify whether this benefit extended to hedgerows because in the long-term hedgerows can only survive with correct management.” For more information visit

16 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Events EventsDiary Your essential guide to what’s on in the coming weeks to stimulate and warm you, from a pagan welcome to spring to the sophistication of London fashion... Jorvik Viking Festival 11 - 19 February York YO1 Luxury Antiques Weekend 24 - 26 February Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire GL12 8HH MARCH Rye Bay Scallop Festival 25 February - 4 March Rye Bay TN13 A PASSION FOR FASHION London Fashion Week 2012 17th - 22nd February Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA The London Fashion Week is a window into the world of famous people, beautiful and unusual clothes and general fashion glitz.

Held this year in two new venues, Somerset House and 180 Strand, London Fashion Week presents an unrivalled opportunity for both established designers and newcomers to present their latest collections. This is the key event for those early-birds who haven’t got the patience to wait until the latest trends make it into the fashion magazines.

Each fashion designer’s show is a not just a catwalk but a chic theatrical event as well, in keeping with the sophistication of London Fashion Week. Beautiful clothes and gorgeous models will set ablaze the exciting week- brace yourself for a party atmosphere! Make your booking at FEBRUARY Der Rosenkavalier English National Opera 1 - 27 February London Coliseum Watercolours and Works on Paper Art Fair 2012 2 - 5 February Science Museum SW7 Destinations - The Holiday and Travel Show 2 - 5 February London Earl’s Court SW5 The Banff Mountain Film Festival on Tour 2 February to 8 March Locations around UK The Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show 2 - 5 February Excel London E16 The Royal Library Old and New 10 February The British Library Skeletons in the cupboards?

Who Do You Think You Are Live 24th - 26th February Olympia National Hall W14 Who Do You Think You Are Live 2012 in London Olympia is the largest family history event ever. Whether you’re new to tracing your family tree, or a seasoned researcher, this is a great opportunity to explore your ancestry. Who Do You Think You Are Live provides all the comprehensive information you need to investigate your ancestors. There will be exhibits, workshops and expert advice for all, and the celebrities will be speaking about their experiences tracing their family tree for the much loved BBC television programme.

The Society of Genealogists will be running a large number of free workshops over the course of the show, providing you with invaluable advice and information on how to set about your research.

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WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 17 Events SPORTS DIARY Precious pots and fine china 24th - 26th February The Royal College of Art W7 Ceramic Art London 2012 at The Royal College of Art, London is a leading art event, recommended to everyone passionate about contemporary ceramics. Over 75 of the most important nationwide and worldwide ceramic artists will present their stunning, unusual collections in an informal and buzzing environment - perfect to relax and visit with friends.

The London exhibition promises to attract collectors, gallery owners, potters and general public. Only the best new work has been selected for the exhibition, so you can expect a high standard of art displayed for purchase.

As well as the exhibition you can get stuck into an integrated programme of talks, films and demonstrations; they will illustrate the technical diversity and aesthetics of the potter’s art and how it’s relevant to our everyday life. Smashing! For information visit Rugby Union Six Nations Championship matches at Twickenham, England 25 February England v Wales 17 March England v Ireland Six Nations Championship matches at Murrayfield, Scotland 4 February Scotland v England 26 February Scotland v France Six Nations Championship matches at Millennium Stadium, Wales 12 February Wales v Scotland 10 March Wales v Italy 17 March Wales v France Badminton 3 - 5 February English National Badminton Championships Bolton Arena Squash 5 - 12 February British National Squash Championships Manchester Tennis AEGON British Tour 12 - 18 February Corby Indoor Tennis Centre 23 - 28 February University of Exeter 5 - 10 March Sutton Tennis Academy 19 - 24 March Tipton Sports Academy 26 - 31 March University of Warwick Marathons 18 February South Devon Marathon 24 March Sussex Coastal Marathon Horse Racing 18 February CGA Race Day at Wincanton, Somerset 13 – 16 March Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham Race Course, Gloucestershire Motor Racing 16 – 18 March Formula 1 season opens in Melbourne Bath Literature Festival 2 - 11 March Bath BA1 RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 3 - 4 March Alexandra Palace Prostate Cancer Awareness Week 10 - 16 March www.prostate-cancer- St Anza Poetry Festival 14 - 18 March St Andrews (various venues) The Vintage Home Show 18 March Chiswick Town Hall W4 The Vitality Show 22 - 25 March London Earl’s Court SW5 The Rite of Spring The Marsden Imbolc Fire Festive 5th February - Marsden HD7 Around 2,000 people are expected to converge on Marsden for a torchlight procession as celebrations are held to mark the coming of spring.

The annual Imbolc festival, based on ancient pagan traditions, has been held at Standedge near Marsden for 20 years. The festival has roots going back to the Celts some 2,000 years ago. It is said to mark the time of year when the earth begins to wake up and days begin to get noticeably longer. It features an amazing torch lit procession, fire sculptures and fire circus skills, a theatrical battle between Jack Frost and the Green Man of Spring, and a spectacular firework display.

The torch-lit procession leaves the National Trust Goods Yard in the centre of the village at 7 o’clock in the evening. Flipping good fun Olney Pancake Race 21st February Buckinghamshire, MK46 A pancake race itself might not seem that quirky, but along with being a very old tradition this one has a rather unique element. The race has been held every Shrove Tuesday in Olney, Buckinghamshire since 1445 and consists of local women dressed up in skirts, aprons, and so on running through the streets of the town tossing pancakes. The quickest time down the course was, until 1950, accepted as the winner.

However in 1950, the 415 yard dash was twinned with one in the town of Liberal in Kansas, USA, and now the race winner is declared only after both results are known, with the fastest either side of the Atlantic being declared the victor.

This is one truly international Pancake Day race. Find out more at Cancer Research Marlborough Spring Fair 31 March Marlborough College SN8 1PA www.marlboroughcancerre APRIL Beam Engines in Steam 7 - 9 April Croften Beam Engines SN8 3DW

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Walker at home surrounded by rock and roll memorabilia. He pioneered names like Lou Reed and The Eagles. Photography by James McMillan

Cover story W hen he went for an audition with the splendidly-named Radio Luxembourg producer Eggy Lay in 1965, Johnnie Walker was told he would never be a radio DJ.

After suffering a single afternoon of crushing defeat on hearing this pronouncement,Walker redoubled his determination and has gone on to prove Lay wrong for the past forty five years and counting, first as one of the most dedicated pirates aboard Radio Caroline, and subsequently as part of the fabric of BBC Radios One and Two. Walker’s career has paralleled the development of popular music broadcasting in Britain, earning him legendary status in the industry. These days the pirate is a land-lubber who makes his home in the Dorset countryside, taking weekly trips to London to broadcast his Sunday programme on Radio Two.

But the days on board the Patrica Olga and Mi Amigo from which Radio England and Radio Caroline were broadcast are where our conversation starts when we meet. He tells me that after his disastrous audition at Luxembourg, he persistently approached a local ballroom manager, asking to play records on Friday nights and eventually got a job. His first break into radio was in 1966 when he heard that a group of Americans were setting up a radio ship to rival Radio Caroline and Radio London which had both been broadcasting since 1964. The Americans were looking for a couple of English DJs and, after some impressive detective work to find out where they were based in London,Walker took his demo tape in person to the hotel where the Americans were staying and was given the job with Swinging Radio England on the spot.

Thus Peter Dingley, as he was born, was transformed into Johnnie Walker, for the simple reason that the Americans behind Swinging Radio England had some pre-recorded jingles for a DJ with that name. Walker left his life in Birmingham and took up residence on one of the pirate radio ships which were broadcasting from three miles offshore in order to circumvent the record companies’ control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdom and the BBC’s radio broadcasting monopoly. Swinging Radio England only lasted a matter of months, however, and Walker From Pirate DJ to MBE Johnnie Walker’s mellifluous tones have been on our airwaves for over forty years.

He spoke to Melanie Tibbs about life behind the microphone WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 19 had soon jumped ship to join the more successful Radio Caroline, though it was still a life on the margins.

“We were never illegal,”Walker explains,“we were just neither legal nor illegal because we were in international waters, but we became more cheeky after 1967 when Harold Wilson’s government passed a law which made it illegal for British subjects to be involved in pirate radio any way. I remember one day after August ‘67 when we couldn’t come back to the UK and had to go to Holland for our week’s leave. We jumped into the lifeboat one day and we chugged in far enough that we thought we’d be inside the 3 mile limit and then just sang rude songs – we had a couple of beers and it was just a gesture of defiance- and then I thought we should get back.We’d just got back to the ship when this high powered launch zoomed into view with about 6 heavyweight looking border control guys in it - we were just in time.” Living for the music Walker enjoyed the sense of anarchy, but for him the joy of broadcasting has always been about sharing his love of music.

“The Pirates started in ‘64 and lasted in that big era until March 1968. 1967 was the heyday, really, and if you look at the charts of ‘66 and ‘67 the music was fantastic- so many great records were made then; it was a wonderful time for music and so many things all happened at once.” Before that, as a young teenager,Walker had taped radio broadcasts in his own bedroom using the Phillips tape machine he’d bought with money earned working in the polishing shop of a brass foundry one summer. But it was an encounter with the Fab Four which really inspired him:“I saw the Beatles live when I was about 18,” he says, “which was an absolutely life changing moment.

They looked amazing, but they were basically four guys from Liverpool who were just doing it on their terms. I think they really gave an impetus to so many young people who thought, ‘If they’re doing it, I can too’.That really changed the way young people thought; there was such a creative explosion. We got the music, the art, the fashion. From a technical point of view we got the transistor and so radios were much smaller and lighter.” By

20 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Cover story contrastWalker fondly remembers carrying the family’s huge radio down to the beach on holiday so that his mother could listen to Mrs Dale’s Diary,“It weighed an absolute tonne!” he laughs. I ask him, though, if this initial excitement seems a long time ago now, after so many years in music broadcasting. “It does feel a bit like a hundred years ago. Socially I think from the time of John F Kennedy there was a massive cultural change; it’s easy to forget how different things were before then. The establishment didn’t like the status quo being threatened; Elvis Presley was the first big threat so they took away his power by putting him in the army and cutting his hair- he was never quite the same after that.

Over here the Rolling Stones were constantly hounded. At that time the music you loved represented a threat to the established way of doing things and of course your parents hated it which made you love it even more.They were very heady times and revolution is not too strong a term to describe it.” Before he made his break into DJing,Walker had an entirely different future mapped out for him which was very much a part of the establishment. “The most secure job I had was in the motor trade in Birmingham when I was in my early twenties.The garage was one of a group of garages and I remember the manager saying, ‘In 15 or 20 years you could be a manager.’ For me, at the age of twenty, 15 or 20 years was forever.

My father was very upset when I walked out of there. I was DJing in the evening in clubs and was pretty stretched, and the garage manager gave me an ultimatum; he gave me 2 weeks to make my choice between music and the day job, but I was annoyed that this job which occupied me eight hours a day was now dictating what I could do in my own time. I said ‘I don’t need two weeks, I can tell you now,’- and he asked me to leave that evening. Within 3 days I had a place on the pirate ship.” Unpaid bills eventually led to the suspension of Radio Caroline and the end of the initial pirate radio rebellion.

At this time the BBC was responding to the popularity of the pirate stations by launching Radio One. At first Walker was reluctant to join this establishment effort, indeed the taint of criminality had to subside before he was offered a job; a memo was circulated to Radio One saying that on no account should they consider using Johnnie Walker for at least a year. But he joined BBC Radio One in April 1969, and lasted the best part of a decade at the station. However,Walker’s rebellious streak couldn’t be quashed and in 1976 the station bosses fell out with him over the music he played and he was also told off for criticising The Bay City Rollers - then at the height of their popularity - on air, describing them as ‘musical garbage’.

As a result, he left Radio One and moved to the USA where he stayed for five years. Walker’s 2007 autobiography reveals that these were hand-to-mouth years and there was little stability for him until his years at Radio Two began in the late nineteen nineties. In the intervening period,Walker was always pushing boundaries; putting callers straight onto the air unvetted when Radio Five was launched in 1990, and constantly trying new formats and ways of operating during the years he worked for local and national radio stations. He’s always had a place in the affections of the listening public, however, and there was an outpouring of support when Walker took time off to be treated for cancer in 2003.

It was at this time that Walker married his second wife and moved to Dorset, and life changed pace somewhat, though not losing its celebrity tinge, it would seem:“We bought a place down here together but then I got cancer; it was a tremendously tough time for my wife Tiggy. I remember I said I’d love a wood burning stove- and when I came out of hospital having lost a lot of weight,Tiggy had had a wood burner fitted. I used to sit by it all day with the dog at my feet and that’s how I got better. When I felt strong enough I’d go for walks over the road to the pub. The dog would come with me and we got to know the game keeper on Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s estate nearby; when Fergus the dog stole a few tasty organic chickens up the road from our home I knew he couldn’t stay with us so he was invited to go and live with a couple of other working cockers on Madonna’s estate.

It’s been a joke ever since that Fergus had used me to get a paw up in the world.” A Tangle with the Press Since his full recovery from cancer,Walker’s life has taken on a slower pace. “I had a fifty thousand mile service after my recovery,” he says,“so I’m feeling very good, but I don’t take it for granted. I’ve cut down on the booze and don’t eat much meat.” When we meet, the Leveson inquiry into tabloid practices is very much in the news and I’m interested to know how Walker feels about it all, having been on the sharp end of a Fake Sheik sting by the News of the World in the late 1990s.

He was approached by a journalist posing as an Arab Prince’s envoy offering to contract him to make broadcasts for a chain of hotels in the United Arab Emirates but who then tricked him into passing on the name of a cocaine dealer making Walker, in the eyes of the law, a drug dealer.

“I never ever denied the fact that I was taking cocaine at the time, and there were a lot of reasons for that; there was a great strain on me work wise and I was experiencing difficult times personally; it was a bit of escapism because I didn’t really want to sit and look at my personal situation, I just wanted to forget where I was at. The sting operation was run very cleverly; they offer you the world. They’ve given you all this great generosity and then turn round and say, ‘Can you get us some cocaine?’ For the newspapers it wasn’t enough that “If you thought about someone being in their mid-sixties back then you’d have considered them to be absolutely ancient” “It was a wonderful time for music; so many things all happening at once”

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 21 Johnnie Walker had taken cocaine, they tried to make me look like a dealer and as if I was arranging call girls for them which is absolutely ludicrous. They kept on asking, could I get some cocaine and could I get some girls; I gave them a phone number of someone who could arrange all this to get them off my back, and suddenly I’m a dealer. “It wasn’t long after all that that I got the cancer- part of me would like to put across my side of the story to an inquiry, but the other part of me doesn’t want to rake all that over again. What people are starting to realise are the lengths that the papers will go to to get their story.” After the ubiquitous stint in rehab and the good fortune of meeting his second wife,Walker now looks in the pink of health and robust country happiness.

But his encounter with the News of the World now leaves him in a tricky situation,“Naturally I don’t feel very warm towards News International, but now BSkyB have bought the rights to show the Formula 1 season next year. I really don’t want to spend any of my money getting a satellite dish put on my roof, but F1 is a big passion of mine- I’m in a quandary about that one!” Looking Back Walker was made an MBE in 2006. I wonder, at this peaceful juncture in his life, what he reckons his 1967 self would think of his 2011 self. Has he retreated to a sedate life in the countryside? “The amazing thing about the 1960s was that it was such an optimistic time and a time for living in the moment; we didn’t really look that far ahead.

If you thought about someone being in their mid-sixties back then you’d have considered them to be absolutely ancient- 50 was old then. But if I did get a view of myself as I am now, I think I’d be quite amazed- the fact that I’m still listening to music, that people like the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton are still going. We used to assume that when you got older you’d lose your taste for ‘modern’music, but that’s just not the case anymore.

“We’ve been extraordinarily lucky – the younger generation won’t benefit from anything like the housing inflation we’ve benefitted from, the pensions and so on. But maybe in some ways it will be better. Look at how we’ve changed already in terms of ageing. It’s quite normal to live into your seventies, eighties and nineties now.” Nowadays Walker has a weekly show on Radio Two, and he still goes to as many music festivals as he can, travelling his campervan which he’s very enthusiastic about. He’s got what looks like the ideal balance between the country and city life, so what does Walker feel there is left to achieve? “Sometimes I think I’ve actually achieved absolutely nothing,” he says.“You can work very very hard on radio programmes- especially on the Pirate ships; from the point of view of creative radio it was fantastic because all we had was our radio show to look forward to; you lived for it, the rest of the time you were just sort of hanging around.

For one of the two weeks you had on board you’d do two shows a day so you’d be on the air for six hours a day- it was a great way to learn. I used to work really hard on new ideas, different ways of editing things; that was s a really great time. But once you’ve done any radio show, it goes out into the ether, someone may or may not pick it up, and then it’s gone. It’s not like making things, and I do envy people who are able to make things; a carpenter or a musician who can make a record.

“I should have been a famous,lead guitar player,”he muses.“I regret that I wasn’t born in Liverpool or Manchester where so many bands started;I would have wanted to get involved.I would also have loved to be a lorry driver,though my campervan can feel a bit like a lorry sometimes.” It seemsWalker’s appetite for adventure hasn’t left him yet. Cover story On the road: Walker has always had a love of cars and motorcycles. Photo by Associated Newspapers/Rex Features

22 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Am I alone in finding politicians unfathomable and some of their actions bizarre? I’ll give you one example, although there are many.

David Cameron’s proposing to make the eldest child, irrespective of sex, the heir(ess) presumptive to the throne rather than the eldest male. Now I’m not saying that there are not merits in the case – some of our best efforts have been achieved under Queens. There seems to be a symbiotic relationship between this country flourishing in every direction and a female on the throne.Think about it: Elizabeth,Anne andVictoria.While we have not reached such heights under our present monarch, I’ve a feeling that it’s we who may have let her down.All I need say, in her Diamond Jubilee year, is ‘Long may she reign!’ Of course, we then have Charles and after himWilliam and then there’s Harry, so all being well, the succession should be sewed up for at least half a century.

Of course we all wishWilliam and Kate the joy of children. The odds are marginally in favour of their first-born being a boy – if that is the case then add on another generation to the succession. Let’s face it, none of us will be here to see it, whenever it may happen, even David Cameron.

There’s a further complication. Her Majesty is the monarch of no less than 15 different countries. Okay, since you insist, here they are:Australia, Canada, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, St Lucia, StVincent,Antigua, Belize, St Kitts Nevis andTuvalu. For the Succession Act to be effective, it needs to be endorsed by each one. If just one opts out, then the project collapses. How many legislators would this tie up?Well, if you take in both the Lords and the Commons, we must have over 1,000.The Canadians are more precise.They total 505.

I won’t go through the rest. I confess, I have but little idea whereTuvulu is, but the process must involve over 4,000 legislators, all beavering away on something that is unlikely to happen in at least half a century, if at all. Of course, the Queen holds various other titles, but these are unlikely to be affected. The king represented continuity.You could get rid of the man, but not the office. In fact, it still works.Think of Spain andYugoslavia. The former had the option of reverting to a monarchy after the demise of its dictator, the latter did not. Spain made the transition to democracy;Yugoslavia has broken up into seven different states, riven by conflicts.

Of course, it’s only constitutional monarchies that work in the present age. Dictatorship monarchies didn’t work in 1789. I know that Spain has its own political difficulties. Actually, they are much the same as ours with recent problems with a terrorist group and strong provincial nationalisms. In such circumstances, a monarchy can provide a focus of unity. Look at Belgium. If it weren’t a kingdom, the place would surely have been split between Flemish andWalloon.That’s the advantage of a properly-run monarchy. It’s above petty factions and quarrels. It’s interesting to ponder who we might have had as President were we a republic.Think of it.

How acceptable would PresidentThatcher or President Prescott have been to the nation as a whole? Another advantage of monarchy is that it distances certain vital offices from the hands of politicians.The justice system is theoretically at least in the hands of the Crown, so may it remain.That’s why I’m more than a little worried about another initiative from this Government; the various constabularies around the country should be under the remit of a directly-elected commissioners rather than the current Police Authorities.Although the odd independent might emerge, the general effect of this initiative will be to make policing an issue in the gift of political parties.

I haven’t even mentioned another obvious benefit of monarchy. In the words of a Canadian friend and fellow Queen’s subject, ‘They make people feel good.’ Exactly right. This will, of course, be amply proven during this JubileeYear, a celebration for the whole nation. I intend to raise 60 glasses to this splendid lady between now and the big celebration.You’re welcome to join me. FOGG’S FOCUS Nick Fogg is the organiser of the Marlborough International Jazz Festival Successful Succession Nick Fogg considers the Queen’s reign, and the monarchy’s future Indeed the people who devised them seem to have anticipated Mr Cameron, sometimes by many centuries.

In Fiji, she bears the title ‘Big Chief’.You may associate the Duchy of Normandy with William the Conqueror, but in the last surviving fragment of that historic fiefdom, the Channel Islands, she is ‘Monsieur le Duc’. She is also ‘Lord of Man’, another wonderfully anomalous Crown possession. Since she came to the throne 60 years ago, Her Majesty has been Queen of no less than 32 nations, so there’s a moral there. How many of her 15 will remain loyal to monarchy? Now, I’ve never aspired to the talents of Macbeth’s witches, who could predict the future of entire dynasties, but I wouldn’t have thought that it was a certainty that all 15 will be under royal sway when our next gracious Queen ascends the throne.

Funnily enough, I reckon there’s a fair chance that the Aussies will still be there. Many of them undoubtedly want a republic, but there is some disagreement on the sort of republic they want.The Queen’s recent visit demonstrated a huge residue of affection. So, how does that place the monarchy in the Queen’s jubilee year?This might seem churlish, but it’s a fair question. Monarchy is in short supply these days. King Farouk once said that there would come a time when there were only five kings left: the kings of clubs, spades, hearts and diamonds – and the King of England.Well not quite, so far; there are still six kingdoms left in Europe, but I know what he meant.

Once, the idea of monarchy was simple.

24 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK In addition to the windows no longer opening we now have to contend with doors with no handles! I like to turn a handle rather than having to press a button and relying on a mechanised device that requires an infernal wait until it is ready to open. As for the loos; the controls for getting in and out of them are beginning to vex me and I wonder who is in charge when the door opens before I have requested it to. I decided a few years ago to no longer fly, not least because none of my art equipment is permissible on a plane; easels, paints, linseed oil and turpentine are all considered weapons or fire hazards.

However the real reason is that since everywhere I go is now in Europe, train travel gives a richesse to the journey that makes it a joy in itself. I love the transition of countryside, cuisine and language experienced at a more genteel pace. I am no longer considered an oddity by not flying as it seems that more and more people are taking to the trains themselves. Coming home from the Dordogne recently, I took a cross-country, high-speed train from Angouleme to Paris and at a certain point the train hit a deer. Needless to say the train came out of the encounter the best but as a matter of course had to stop to be checked over for damage.

After a quarter of an hour I saw a little white Renault van coming across the fields, out jumped two elderly chaps in white jackets with some hand tools, which seemed marvellously incongruous for this vast modern high speed train; after a further five minutes of tapping away, off they drove and off we went.

Having made quite a few journeys by train in this country and through Europe, including the snow train, the train to Italy (in a tiny and certainly ‘cosy’ six berth compartment, four of which were family and the remaining two were French), train to destinations in France, Germany and Switzerland, and a very short but charming journey this year from Carbis Bay to St Ives, I feel I have been blessed with the journeys thus far and look forward to many more. WALSH’S WORLD splendid piece of modernity that has stood the test of time.

The immediate joy about our line is that leaving Waterloo the announcement that we are on the ‘Exeter St David’s line’ is given in a good regional west country accent, something that always amuses my son when he comes to visit us.

I like the fixed nature of a train route, unlike a friend’s experience on the bus from Portsmouth to Petersfield where the driver once cut out the village of Buriton. On his arrival at his destination he commented to the driver, “I like the way you missed out Buriton, I thought that had real style.” He replied “Been goin’ through there fifteen year, never picked up no bugger there yet!” There is definitely a little sadness that one can no longer open a window on most trains, and I have never quite got to grips with air conditioning. In a car I frequently drive wearing a coat and scarf with the windows a little open on the country lanes around us, regardless of the inclement winter weather.

There was a wonderful moment in the mid-1800’s when a lady was travelling by train through gale force wind and torrential rain and the young man opposite her suddenly opened the window and put his head out for a while before retaking his seat dripping wet and wind swept. A few months later his lady was at an exhibition at the Royal Academy looking at the now famous ‘Rain, Steam, Speed’ painting and there was the same man standing next to it smiling at her –J M W Turner. I’ll Take the Train David Walsh does the locomotion David Walsh is a bon viveur and artist with a penchant for political incorrectness.

Imaintain a romantic view of train travel, as I am lucky enough not to have use the train service to commute to work. Time to take in the countryside, read, and also the possibility of interesting meetings and conversations. The latter has taken a significant knock in recent years with the ever-increasing number of headphones and screens in use by passengers. I fully appreciate the potential for work but I would also always like to be open to the delights of new encounters. I have had numerous engaging and rewarding conversations on many journeys with complete strangers, most of who remain thus.

I have also met up with new near-neighbours at our local station who I did not know very well and after the train journey conversation we were much better acquainted and realised how much we had in common.

It is quite a moment for revealing the transparent side of one’s nature; one really does see how someone is on a train. So many decisions to make: window or aisle, facing forward or back, table or no table. Then coat on or off, computer out, phone out, book out, newspaper or nothing, or just enjoy the passing scenery. My experience of stations has always been good, other than one country station in Oxfordshire where a number of years ago I returned from an overnight journey to find my poor old mustard yellowVolvo estate had had most of its windows smashed. My brother had the cheek to say that since it was so old the vandals probably thought it had been abandoned! I managed to drive it a couple of miles with the remnants of windows filling up the interior foot wells after negotiating various potholes on the lane to a reassuringly lugubrious mechanic called Bernard Heaven, who did indeed give it a touch of heaven and furnished me with replacement windows.

The one thing a station does not really do is change. Architecturally they are already there, so imagine my surprise in the mid- seventies, at school near Petersfield in Hampshire, when the station at the village of Liss was rebuilt as a glass box. The white cube was years before its time and is a

Patrick Mavros Drawing inspiration from the landscape, flora and fauna of his native Zimbabwe, Patrick Mavros has established a unique luxury design house. His creations in silver can be seen all over the world, from royal palaces to remote African ranch homesteads.

Melanie Tibbs met him at his Fulham Road shop I f there’s one word to sum up self-taught silver sculptor and jeweller Patrick Mavros it’s ‘Romantic’.With wild silver hair and a smart shirt casually worn, he radiates the warmth and freedoms of the veldt, and his imagination is as wide as an African sky.Within minutes of our meeting he’s invited me to his home in Zimbabwe, telling me an unfolding tale of the Zambezi river, the wildlife he’d show me, the camp fires and bush food... if only I’d accompany him back to Harare in the morning.

We’re seated in his Fulham Road shop, and for a moment professional and familial responsibilities melt temptingly away.The colonial-style shop feels very much like an extension of the Mavros homestead; comfortable sofas and Zebra-hide ottomans are there to be used and a traditional skin-covered drum served as side table for my teacup as Patrick and I talked. This is no‘show’room,however,and there’s no showiness about Mavros.As an artist,he’s every bit as passionate about what he makes now as he was about the original pair of ivory earrings he carved for his wife to be over thirty years ago.He may be able to rattle off a list of customers which sounds like a page ripped from a globalWho’sWho (Hilary Clinton, George Bush,Eric Clapton,Bruce Springsteen,the Duchess of Cambridge,Hugh Grant,JK Rowling, The King of Spain,the Sultan of Oman...),but it’s appreciation of his work which fires up Patrick,not the celebrity,political or financial achievements of his customers.“Everyone who comes through the door is made welcome.We serve tea,we talk to people.If someone is enthusiastic about my work,I can’t help but be enthusiastic too,”he says.

Patrick has created some of the most extraordinary silver sculptures in Africa, and his work ranges from delicate, feminine jewellery to large, complex lamp stands and candelabras.The thing which unites all his work is the inspiration Mavros takes from the indigenous wildlife of Zimbabwe and even when surrounded by the glittering products of his workshop, he is clearly, at heart, a bush-man. AnimalMagnetism 26 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 27 Designer “I wanted to get as close as I could to nature”

28 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK “I’m the product of pioneering stock in Rhodesia,” he begins by telling me,“The Scotsman Cecil John Rhodes on my maternal side, and on my paternal side, Greek ancestors.They had a very interesting and colourful history in the early days; my great grandfathers fought in rebellions in the 1890s and then helped to build the colonial empire with a lot of energy, foresight, planning and conviction.” One grandfather, a minister of native affairs, is venerated by the native Shona people for helping them relocate when their homeland was threatened by a dam; another, a Greek stowaway, was arrested for unlicensed ice-cream vending in Durban and defended by the only lawyer who would represent him...a young Indian named Mohandas K Ghandi.

Brought up in the wilds of provincial Matabeleland Mavros himself began drawing birds aged five, when polio left him unable to walk for a year, and by the time he was 10 he was following the work of conservationist Peter Scott.“I wanted to get as close as I could to nature; climb trees to find eagles’ nests, swim in rivers, run through the plains. I could identify an eagle by its call,” he says. “My three sisters were too terrified to open cupboards and drawers at home because they never knew what orphan I’d be housing in there.As a boy I went to a great bush school which was really first prize for a young man who didn’t like education much, because there was a very high density of raptors in the area; we had black eagles, marsh harriers, crowned eagles, falcons and so on all around us.

I loved that.” But finding a career to channel this love for the bush wasn’t easy.“I was conscripted into the Rhodesian army to fight bush wars which I did for eight years.After an illness in 1978 I was lying in a hospital bed and was given a piece of ivory and a chisel by my uncle which I used to carve a pair of ivory earrings for my wife to be.They were so admired by my wife’s friends that they started to order them and a business was born. I became an ivory earring maker, but it wasn’t long before the ivory controversy stepped into the world and I turned to silver. I went to Scotland to a little smithy in Glen Morrison to learn about casting in silver.

I flew to the UK for three days to get a taste of it, flew back to Africa and I’ve been making mistakes ever since.” Surrounded by the silver replicas of the birds and animals and trees found on his estate, there are no mistakes to be seen in his shop. Each of his pieces is made with exquisite attention to detail and all with a sense of humour, a light touch of wit; a chance for the animals personalities or spirits to make themselves evident. Patrick shows me a cigar ashtray, a fun extravagance; it depicts a proud silver lion and sitting on top of the lion’s back are two of the fabled ‘Hear no evil’,‘See no evil’ monkeys holding the tray and then underneath the lion’s tail sits another little monkey puffing a tiny little 18 carat gold cheroot:“Smoke no evil!” Patrick explains, chortling at his own joke,“A lot of my stuff’s got a little cheeky twist.” But this sense of humour is not at the expense of accuracy, and the non-African wildlife of which Mavros has less first-hand experience is researched tirelessly.

Looking at a covey of tactile, decorative solid-silver partridges, he explains,“I’m very conscious of sculpting something like these English Grey partridges- something that’s not my territory. I go to the ends of the earth to research them, starting with line drawings and photographs; I’m very respectful. My integrity when it comes to depicting something means that I don’t test myself against myself, I take my carvings to those to people who know them, who study them, to get their approval on my work.” Mavros is also fiercely proud of the fact that everything in his shop is made in-house.There are no workshops using his marque, but rather all the objects are hand crafted on his estate and in recent years he’s been joined by the next generation in the form of his four sons who all work in the business.

Throughout our conversation Mavros’ iphone bleeps; never ignoring it, Patrick swiftly deals with whoever needs guidance or an opinion, and in the space of a couple of hours he’s spoken to three of his four sons.“I’m very disciplined, very hard working and call on myself to do a lot.The business that you see spread out before you, the beautiful shop, the objects that I’ve made, the jewellery and so on, is just a small part of everything. I’m a romantic too, we have a beautiful estate in Zimbabwe and the people who work for us live on the estate.” The family farm is more than just a home, workshop, an impressive gallery space and a wildlife sanctuary, it’s a whole village with skilled craftsmen training and employing local Zimbabweans.

Patrick Mavros

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Designer FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 29 One son, Forbes, has recently set up a studio in Mauritius where, as well as taking inspiration from the delicate sea life around the island for a women’s jewellery range, he has designed a silver version of the traditional elephant hair bangles worn all over the African continent which were traditionally given as gifts of love and good luck. Alexander Mavros is based in London and runs the Fulham shop, and Patrick Jr and the youngest, Benjamin, work with their father in Harare. You get the feeling that there will be no retirement for bon viveur Patrick, whose enthusiasm and reverence for nature indicate many years of designing and sculpting still to come.“I have a lot of energy,” he says later over a lunch of the Zimbabwean staple Sadza, and perfectly barbequed lamb,“and I like to create things beautifully.When you live in an environment like we do in Zimbabwe, it hasn’t always been conducive to an easygoing life.

I’ve had to be innovative and have energy and resourcefulness to survive and be successful. If you’ve been successful there and you travel anywhere else in the world it’s easy to be successful, because most of the rest of the world is half asleep; especially the Western world. I was born enthusiastic and I’m very happy that I’ve found something to do because I thought I was on the road to disaster until I found out I could make something with my hands.” “There’s a lot of recognition of tribal law and custom amongst all of us; that has been very beneficial. Every idea that I’ve come up with and put into silver is done in house, it’s not jobbed out and that’s a unique factor: that you have a sculptor who has 400 pieces in production in a small but highly technical state of the art workshop.” What makes the Fulham shop feel so much like an extension of the Mavros home are the many photographs of Patrick and his family which adorn the walls.Alongside the vases filled with huge, gleaming white ostrich eggs, and collections of spears like umbrellas in a stand (Mavros began collecting them when he was 12) are pictures showing three generations of Mavros men out in the bush, engaging with the wildlife around them.

Mavros’ paternal pride is clear and he delights in the fact that the small boys who used to run in and out of his workshop barefoot, are now working alongside him.“All my sons design with me now. They’re very artistic and enthusiastic.They’re great hunters, they learned from experienced old trackers; crocodiles, hippopotamus, buffalo, they all know how to skin it, cook it and so on. Imagine being that young, being able to do all of that and also making all this hot stuff for young people to wear,” he marvels.

The Ndoro, by Patrick Mavros One of Mavros’ most popular pieces of jewellery, worn by the likes of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, are his Ndoro Earrings When it comes to adornment, we’ve taken a lot of inspiration comes from the material culture of Zimbabwe; what was important to the inhabitants of our country traditionally, like the rare, white seashell which they used to wear called ndoro. A great sign of status and wealth, people who were held in high esteem, spirit mediums, and wealthy women were given ndoros as part of their dowries.

Ndoro found in Zimbabwe can be divided into two separate categories.

Firstly, the original marine mollusc of the genus Conus Virgo or the calcareous Operculum of large marine snails such as Conus Turbo and secondly, the mass produced factory copies of the natural mollusc. Having established themselves on the Mozambique coast and started trade links with the interior, the Portuguese first learned of the value placed upon the ndoro which, because of its scarcity, was much sought after. The Portuguese took advantage of this demand by introducing large quantities of the natural mollusc ndoro and, later, mass-produced factory ceramic and porcelain copies. Portuguese traders of the sixteenth, seventeenth and later centuries are believed to have exchanged ndoro for gold, ivory and other goods.

Most of the ndoro found in Zimbabwe today are the ceramic or porcelain copies of the natural ndoro. Perhaps the earliest written reference to the ndoro can be found in the journals of a sixteenth century Portuguese chronicler who observed that: “The Monomatapa and the Macarangas and their vassals wear on their foreheads a white shell, as a jewel, strung from the hair, and the Monomatapa wears another large shell on his chest. They call these shells Andoros.” According to a colourful legend, the ndoro played a dramatic role in the early history of Zimbabwe. At some time in the fifteenth century, it helped in a battle.

The story goes that a descendant of Mutota, the apparent founder of the Munhumutapa dynasty, was trying to subjugate a rival king named Karuva. Discovering, through a spy, that Karuva held the ndoro in great awe and respect, he ordered his warriors to wear ndoro upon their foreheads as they marched into battle against Karuva’s forces. On seeing the ndoro-ornamented soldiers approach, Karuva became confused, and the tide of the battle turned against him.In the north east of Zimbabwe there is much oral history suggesting that ndoro were brought into the country by the Muzungu or Gouveias, by which is meant Portuguese traders, from Mozambique.

Ndoro were used by chiefs in Shona society as symbols of rank and authority and as signifiers of wealth.

32 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 National Treasure For those occasions when he travels abroad to work, Richard Martin has a two- sided business card. On one side his title is given as Swordbearer toThe Rt.Hon Lord Mayor of London,and on the other side it reads Senior Programme Manager to the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London. “How can you translate Swordbearer into Mandarin?”he asks,“It just can’t be done,so I need another way of explaining my duties.” The Swordbearer, the Common Cryer and Serjeant-at-Arms and the City Marshall are collectively the three Esquires to the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Their primary role is to provide a continuity of support to the Mayoralty- a task that they and their predecessors have been doing for 500 years. Richard Martin has held the post for five years, and was the Common Cryer and Serjeant-at-arms for six years prior to that. He can be seen on ceremonial occasions dressed in a clerical black gown with white jabot, gold chain and a distinctive brown Russian sable hat of unknown origin bearing, as his title suggests, the Lord Mayor’s sword.

The sword is a central part of the Lord Mayor’s ceremonial insignia, originating as a gift from the sovereign to the City made on the condition that it should never be carried erect in the presence of the monarch. The significance of this condition may be that the City is held by the Lord Mayor for the sovereign, and so when he or she returns, the authority represented by the sword must be relinquished. The right to have a sword carried before the mayor may seem irrelevant flummery, but it was a significant privilege in its time; such privileges were typically given by popes to kings. The office of Swordbearer was created sometime in the 14th century, and first mentioned in 1419.

It was recorded that the Mayor should have, at his own charge, an Esquire to bear his sword before him:“A man well bred (one who knows how in all places, in that which unto such service pertains, to support the honour of his Lord and of the City).” LIVING BY THE SWORD The Swordbearer to the Lord Mayor of London holds an ancient office, working cheek by jowl with the high tech world of financial trading

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 33 National Treasure “The sword bearer carries the Lord Mayor’s sword on ceremonial occasions and he’s always accompanied by the Serjeant-at-Arms who carries the mace,” explains Richard,“They are the two symbols of the Lord Mayor’s authority. Swords have always been associated with justice and we have a number of swords for which we are responsible.” There are five City swords in total: the Sword of State is usually carried by the Swordbearer before the Lord Mayor as a symbol of his authority; the Pearl Sword takes its name from the scabbard of pearls and dates back to the 16th century, the Lord Mayor carries this personally in front of the Sovereign on great ceremonial occasions, within the bounds of the City; the Black or Mourning Sword is carried for occasions of State mourning or special solemnity, also within the City; the Old Bailey Sword is usually hung above the centre seat in the court of the Senior Commissioner, except on the first and second days of each session at the Central Criminal Court, when it is placed above the Lord Mayor’s chair in No.1 Court and the Mansion House Justice Room Sword, originally used in what is now the Esquire’s office, is now placed above the senior presiding magistrate’s chair in the Magistrates Courts opposite the Mansion House.

The swords form just a small part of the numerous matters relating to protocol and ceremonial issues which the Swordbearer takes care of during each Lord Mayor’s one year of office. Most of his duties are conducted in an ordinary suit and tie, but his ceremonial dress holds real fascination. Official records refer to the existence of the Swordbearer’s fur cap as far back as the 15th Century. It is worn on all ceremonial occasions, even in the presence of the Sovereign- even if no one knows why. The Lord Mayor’s key to the box containing the City’s Hospital Seal is kept inside the hat. The Chamberlain and the City Solicitor have custody of the other two keys to the box- a tradition dating back over 200 years.

No document relating to property transactions of Bridewell Royal Hospital or Christ’s Hospital can be regarded as valid in law unless the box is opened and the seal applied whilst the Court of Common Council is in formal session. When not in use the Swordbearer keeps the Lord Mayor’s key secured firmly in his hat. One of the final actions marking the annual changeover of Lord Mayor, following the famous Silent Ceremony in Guildhall each November, takes place in the car journey back to Mansion House. Without ceremony, and in private, the Swordbearer will delve into his hat and hand the key of the Hospital Seal to the late Lord Mayor.

This in turn is passed to the new Lord Mayor who hands it back to the Swordbearer as he says,“Keep this under your hat.” “The origins of the fur hat are not known,” says Richard,“but it is the sort of hat that a fairly important person would have worn in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The present hat was made in 1965 and it required no alteration when I took it over from my predecessor- it’s in good order and I don’t see why it shouldn’t last a long time. It’s a beautiful hat and several ladies have said they’d like to inherit it.” The costume worn by the Swordbearer is the court dress that was designed for the coronation of George IV in 1821 called Old Bailey and is very much the same as the clothing worn by judges and by barristers who appear in court and certain officers in the Houses of Parliament.

“As Swordbearer I’m responsible for most of the traditional aspects of what happens in the Mansion House,” explains Richard. “Having said that, the mayoralty is a wonderful mix of ancient and modern, and the majority of the Lord Mayor’s time is spent on the modern aspects which means promoting financial services, professional services, legal, accountancy, and actuarial business – the things that are done in the City.Which is actually what the Lord Mayor has always done since the post was formalised in the 12th century.” As the Corporation of the City of London is essentially a local government office,they also take care of normal civic processes.

“We have elections, we have schools,we have social housing,and we also look after a number of things that many local government organisations don’t. For example, we’re responsible for Epping Forest,Hampstead Heath and West Ham Park;a number of places which were seen in the late 19th century as the lungs of London where people could go for recreation. “The Lord Mayor is also the Admiral of the Port of London so we’re responsible for quite a stretch of the Thames.We run the animal reception centre at Heathrow, a situation which came about from being associated with Admiral of the Port of London.We have City University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and we are the second biggest benefactor of the arts after the BBC through the Barbican and the London Symphony Orchestra.

And the final strand of what the Lord Mayor does is to keep close links with the City’s 108 livery companies.”

34 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK National Treasure The biggest public spectacle of each year is The Lord Mayor’s Show as Richard explains, “The City was given the right to elect its own mayor by King John just before the Magna Carter was signed. For sometime thereafter the mayors of other cities would still have been appointed by the king whereas London had the right to elect its own.The deal was that the person chosen had to be approved by the king and had to show himself to the citizens of the City. And the Show is literally honouring the spirit of that agreement.” Every Lord Mayor has a busy year in office, but 2012 looks to be more exciting than most and Richard is determined not to miss it.

“I’m employed as a local government officer by the City of London and until last year I would have had to have retired at 65 but now the rules have changed. My plan is to go on a little past 65 but not all that much. My logic for that is that I’m very keen to be here for the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee and next summer will be a very exciting time. There will be a lot of overseas dignitaries and heads of state to entertain during the Olympics, the Livery companies are heavily involved in the Paralympics, and the Lord Mayor will be involved in several celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.” With each Lord Mayor only holding office for one year (with the exception of DickWhittington who was Lord Mayor four times), there’s a lot for the Esquires of the Mansion House to organise him through.

This is where Richard’s long career in the army has stood him in good stead. “The army required me to learn new things every two or three years, when you take on a new appointment so frequently you develop a broad based knowledge- it enabled me to learn very quickly what was required here.There is also quite a lot of organisation to be done which is a skill many people think the army has. As well, there’s a requirement to remain cool under pressure, not to mention a requirement to work all the hours God gives!

“When I was in my final appointment in the army I asked a number of friends who’d previously left what they’d wished they’d done. Almost unanimously they said they’d wished they’d done an MBA before they left so I did one, and to be honest I think that gave me a head start. The position at the Mansion House was advertised in the newspaper and I didn’t think I had any strings to pull but I thought I could do the job so I sent an application and the rest is history. “I like working with the different Lord Mayors- there have been 12 in my time here and they’re all extraordinary people (you wouldn’t get the job if you weren’t) but they all approach the job in a different way which is fascinating to learn from.” With each Lord Mayor racing through a jam- packed schedule every year, spending about one hundred days of their term in office overseas promoting the City and the UK Financial services industry and many of the remaining days entertaining dignitaries and brokering business discussions in the City, it’s easy to see how the steady anchoring presence of the Swordbearer and the two other Esquires brings a calm to the Mansion House.

Quietly keeping all things ship shape and the City’s Lord Mayor ready for business, the Swordbearer represents one of the most ancient, and dignified, of our country’s traditions. Below: Richard Martin discusses ceremonial matters All photos by Clive Totman

Who better to give us the low down on the lovely market town of Marlborough than its former mayor, Nick Fogg 36 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Market Town N o fewer than six places inWales,England, Scotland and Brittany claim to be where Merlin the Magician is buried.Five of them have got it completely wrong.Every right thinking person knows that he’s buried in Marlborough.Why, the very place is named after him,or so they say.“Merlin’s Borough”that’s what it is.If you don’t believe me,have a look at the borough motto: Ubi nunc sapientis ossa merlini. For the non- classicists among you,it translates as‘Where now are the bones of the wise Merlin?’.This is no invention of the local tourist board.The motto is first recorded in 1565.

Mind you,the old boy wasn’t always all that wise.It was a bit foolish of him to lust after a beautiful sorceress calledVivien.Crafty she was.She said that she would only let him have his wicked way with her if he loaned her his book of spells.No sooner had he done this than she found a spell that would lock a wizard in a mound for hundreds of years.So that’s how the poor fellow ended up in the prehistoric mound in the grounds of Marlborough College.Of course,he isn’t dead.He’s just having a snooze.In fact,there are people who claim to have seen him around the local pubs on a Saturday night.He reeks a bit,of course.Wouldn’t you after a few centuries under ground?

Merlin’s Mound lies in the grounds of Marlborough College and can be seen clearly from the A4. It is man-made and the mind boggles – not only at the sheer physical effort and man-power required to construct it, but also at the skill of its builders. It was utilised by the Normans, who built a motte and bailey castle upon it. Handy as it was for hunting in the Savernake Forest, it became a right royal residence.The children of Henry III were baptised in its Chapel of St Nicholas.There is virtually no trace remaining of this once mighty stronghold, except that, in the Church of St George at Preshute, just a field away from the Mound, there is a magnificent font of Tournai marble.This must be the one from the Castle Chapel, brought here when it was deconsecrated.

Stone-age man was pretty active in these parts. Marlborough is handy for seeing such impressive monuments as Avebury, Stonehenge, the Kennet Long Barrow and the Uffington White Horse. Many of them are linked by that Neolithic motorway, the Ridgeway Path.Who knows?You may get zapped by the mystic energy from a ley line. Marlborough is also at the centre of a more modern phenomenon: the crop circle. It’s a mystery why the little green men always come to Wiltshire for their holidays, but come they do and each summer, the PewseyVale is strewn with their handiwork.

Marlborough’s position astride the main London to Bath Road has always ensured that it has been busy.

Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s men, played here a few times in the 1590s.A plaque on the wall of Russell Square, an alley leading off the High Street, commemorates the fact. With its strategic position between London and Bristol, Marlborough became a prime target for the Royalist army in the early days of the Civil War.The place was bombarded and invaded.A parliamentary force made a last stand in St Mary’s church.The Mayor was arrested and taken off to prison in Oxford where he died of gaol fever. Much was made of this atrocity by the Parliamentarians.

Worse was to follow.Virtually the entire town was consumed by a fire in 1653. It began in the premises of a tanner on the High Street.There was a strong westerly breeze which fanned the flames and carried them over the street via the market shambles in the middle.The fire spread along both sides of the street and gutted the old Norman parish church of St Mary, which was still recovering from its war damage.There were five fatalities: all of them Dutch prisoners-of- war, who may have been locked up and forgotten as the flames engulfed them.The poor old tanner got the blame. It was alleged that he had taken the name of the Lord in vain and brought about divine retribution on the entire town.

Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector, put out an appeal throughout England to raise the funds to rebuild the town. It was not only done: it was done extremely well. Much of the result survives in Marlborough High Street, reckoned to be the widest in the country. Originally arcades – known A marvellous place to be In the spotlight Located on the river Kennet, 50 miles east of Bristol and 30 miles north of Salisbury, Marlborough is a town of 8000 inhabitants. Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, grew up in the town. Golding lived on a house in the Green and was educated at the former Marlborough Grammar School, where his father was a science master.

Another of the town’s well-known scholars is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Right: The Memorial Library at Marlborough College Photo courtesy of Pete Davies Photography


38 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK locally as ‘penthouses’ - stretched along each side. Over half of them survive on the north side, a smaller section on the south.They enable the shopper to go dry-shod on rainy days. I wonder why they never caught on? A fair bit of the 1653 High Street survives, giving a feel of what the place was like in the Seventeenth Century.The jewel in the crown is the Merchant’s House, which finds its way into Simon Jenkins Thousand Best Houses.

Its many original features make it a time-capsule and it’s being lovingly restored and conserved.The garden which, but a year or two back, was a rubbish tip, has been transformed into the winner of the Wiltshire Garden of theYear. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs a few miles to the south of the town. A pumping station at nearby Crofton was installed by the famous Birmingham firm of Boulton & Watt in 1812. It still gets up steam on a regular basis and its massive beam engine is a Where to shop & drop in Marlborough Where to shop Marlborough seems to be holding off the recession better than most places.

Statistics show that it’s the most thriving market town in Wiltshire. This is reflected in the large number of ladies’ designer clothing shops in the place. Such is their collective effect that many men ban their wives from coming within a ten-mile radius of the place, but they have their ways of getting there. Not being a cross- dresser, I can’t venture to recommend any one, but if pleasantness and originality are the criteria, Kim Vine (84, High Street) will suit you. Going into Berty Golightly’s (4, Kingsbury Street), makes me wish I was a cross- dresser. It’s an Aladdin’s Cave of exotic clothing worn by elegant ladies long and not-so-long ago.

Any gentleman seeking to ingratiate himself with his lady, would do well to go to David Dudley (113, High Street), the craft jeweller. For class souvenirs, try the shop at the aforementioned Merchant’s House. On the grub front, Sumbler Brothers, (11, London Road) the truly first-rate butchers, has been given rave notices by Rose Prince in the Telegraph. If it’s a deli you’re looking for, try the Food Gallery (42a High Street), with lots of freshly-made items. And for an established photographic shop and studio try Marlborough Photo (35 High Street).

Where to eat The Marlborough area is blessed with a range of excellent eateries. Road) is an award-winning Italian. In the Parade are two decent locals (never gastros), serving top-class food, The Lamb Inn and The Crown Hotel. Finally, back in the High Street, The Wellington Arms (always ‘The Welly’), serves generous portions of reasonably- priced pub grub. Where to stay The Castle and Ball Hotel, rebuilt after the Great Fire is, a charming haven of real ale and other delights. Other good central places in the High Street are The Merlin Hotel and The Sun Inn. The Lamb and Crown both have nice rooms and vigorous breakfasts.

Just up the Salisbury Road is Brown’s Farm. One mile away at Mildenhall is Fisherman’s House (don’t miss St George’s, John Betjeman’s favourite small parish church). The Sanctuary at Ogbourne St George, has a four- diamond rating.

For a brilliant dining experience try The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. Each course comes with a specially- recommended wine. No wonder it’s got a Michelin star. If you mention Marlborough anywhere in the world, the odds are that you’ll encounter someone who’s been to the Polly Tea Rooms (27, High Street). It’s a full-on experience: the sort of place where a customer might be found absent-mindedly nibbling the décor. Most of the independent eateries are east of the Town Hall. Kingsbury Street boasts two very good bistro’s: Godot’s (no 7) and Cole’s (no 27). Pino’s (13, New sight to behold.The area wasn’t so lucky in the next phase of the Industrial Revolution.

Marlborough went into a severe decline thanks to Isambard Kingdom Brunel who decided to put God’s Wonderful Railway through a little place nearby called Swindon. Just think, if that hadn’t happened, Marlborough would be Swindon and Swindon Marlborough.The result was that the latter remains a charming little market town – and the former? Well, their football team is having a great run. All sorts of exciting things happen in Marlborough. The annual jazz festival in July is one of the biggest in the country and turns the town into a mini New Orleans.The literary festival,which seeks to bring things back to basics ( celeb’novelists or chefs) has a high reputation and then there’s the annual Apple Day in October – your chance to sample a Bedwyn Beauty, a Corsley Pippin or a Roundway Magnum Bonum.

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40 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Sport Six The Joy of IRELAND Life without their captain and talisman Brian O’Driscoll may prove difficult for Ireland, but there’s a ready-made replacement captain in Paul O’Connell. It’s the decision about who will play at 13 which poses a bigger headache. It could be Keith Earls or maybe Tommy Bowe will come in from the wing, but whoever is selected, it’s a big call. Another huge decision for Ireland coach Declan Kidney is who he selects at 10; Ronan O’Gara or Jonathan Sexton. Both have been in great form for their provinces and O’Gara currently holds the position for the national team, but it is literally a coin flip as to who will start against Wales in the first game of the Six Nations.

Ireland has one of the best 6,7 and 8 combinations in the championship, in its players Stephen Ferris, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip, and they’re sure to be stars in this year’s tournament. Ireland are strong all round and now have a front row that can compete. If they win their first two games, at home to Wales and away to France, they would be favourites to win the championship and the Grand Slam. WALES To my mind the Welsh team has a huge opportunity at this year’s tournament. They just have to start realising how good they can be and get over the mental hurdle that seems to prevent them from winning big games against big teams.

With players like, Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau, Sam Warburton, Mike Phillips, Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies, Rhys Priestland and George North how can you not be successful? Losing Alan Wynn- Jones and Luke Charteris to injury is a blow, but not so much that they shouldn’t do very well in the competition.

Wales’s first game is huge: away to Ireland. They should feel confident, having beaten Ireland in the quarter final of last year’s World Cup in a 22-10 victory, and all eyes will be on Rhys Priestland who played such fantastic rugby during the World Cup. The question is, can he deliver again in the pressure situations during the Six Nations? ITALY With a new coach and playing at a new home ground it will be interesting to see how the Italians get on at the tournament. They beat France 22-21 last season in an amazing game, and should have beaten Ireland as well, only losing narrowly by two points on that occasion.

If Mirco Bergamasco had had his kicking boots on, the Azzurri would have won. The new coach Jacques Brunel will want to improve on last season but their opener at the Six Nations, away to France, looks tough. However, after last season it’s fair to say that nothing is impossible for Italy. They have an inspirational captain in Sergio Parisse who is one of the world’s best number 8s and the full back Andrea Masi is very dangerous in attack. The Italian pack is a match for most teams but they may have a struggle on their hands when it comes to achieving the top spot. For details of all the Six Nations fixtures turn to our Sports Diary on page 17 Photo - Getty Images The CGA’s very own golf captain Jeremy Guscott is of course well known for his 65 England caps.

Who better, then, to give us a run down of the teams fumbling with funny shaped balls in the forthcoming Six Nations Championships

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 41 FRANCE The French are many people’s favourites to win this year’s Six Nations after nearly winning the recent World Cup in New Zealand. They have a new coach, Philippe Saint-Andre, who was a brilliant winger for France himself and who will hopefully reignite the French to play in the fashion we all enjoy watching. Thierry Dusautoir, the world player of the year in 2011, remains as captain and with players like Vincent Clerc, Imanol Harinordoquy, Morgan Para, William Servat and Maxime Medard this French team is a potent force. The French forwards are always very physical, especially in the scrum and with their ability to off-load the ball they are a constant threat.

With three home games they will fancy their chances but as usual no-one knows which French team will turn up.

SCOTLAND Last season saw Scotland have an indifferent Six Nations, and by their standards they also had a poor rugby World Cup. In a sense the Scotland players are similar to Wales in that the players need to have more belief in their abilities. The mental hurdle for Scotland is that they are seen as a team which can’t score tries. They simply have to move past this by playing smarter and with better execution. With players like Max Evans, Sean Lamont, Joe Ansbro and a fit Rory Lamont they should have enough fire power to get over the try line. Scotland’s point machine, Chris Peterson, has retired; his experience and points will be sorely missed missed.

Fly-half for Scotland has been a hard position for a player to own over the last couple of seasons with Dan Parks and Ruaridh Jackson trading off the position between them. This season Duncan Weir and Phil Godman are in contention, and coach Andy Robinson has to get selection right in this crucial pivotal position. The star player of the team is the Richie Gray, who at only 22 is making a real name for himself within the global rugby community. ENGLAND New Coach, Stuart Lancaster, has a tough job ahead of him and no matter how relaxed he has appeared so far, at the start of the championship he will be nervous and wondering whether he’s made the right selections.

The big question will be how many changes is he likely to make from the team that previous coach Martin Johnson last selected. There will certainly be a new captain and my money’s on Tom Wood; he’s a real workhorse and would lead by example. There could be a new cap in the form of Ben Morgan, who is a big running attacking number 8 who plays for the Scarlets in Wales. He could be a sensation. Lancaster is likely to stick with Toby Flood as fly-half; at his best he’s the right number 10 to start with. Manu Tuilagi will start in the centre and is likely to be joined by either Owen Farrell or Brad Barritt, both from Saracens.

No one will give the England team much of a chance but I feel they can cause some upsets and the pack will certainly be big and powerful with backs like Foden, Ashton and Tuilagi to cause problems on the outside. Sport

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Style 42 • FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA Daisy Lowe on why her AGA is a model cooker Daisy Lowe has talked about life in the kitchen with her cherished AGA cooker. The celebrity model is a real AGA fan. At home in north-west London, she said: “My AGA Total Control is very, very lovely. It’s easy to use, makes food taste delicious and all in all I’m a very happy bunny.

“I’ve been cooking amazing roasted aubergines stuffed with tomatoes and ricotta on a bed of lentils. That’s become my new AGA dish because it makes the aubergines so crispy and yum.

“I love cooking loads of things – roasts, Thai green curry and I’ve recently been making loads of fried chicken, which is really naughty. Also shepherd’s pies and anything with a bolognese sauce. “I’m really into big, hearty vegetable soups, like lentil stews or potato soup. I cook a lot. And I’ve learned from first-hand experience that AGA-cooked food tastes the best.“ AGA has announced the launch of a new Masterchef XL cooker. This revamped model has the stunning good looks you would expect from AGA, as well as state-of-the-art features to ensure the very best cooking performance. There are two models launching.

The first is dual-fuel with electric ovens and a six-burner gas hob. The second is an all-electric model with a five-zone induction hob. With A-rated energy efficiency, two 69-litre ovens and a separate slow-cook oven, the new Masterchef XL really is perfect for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. The Masterchef XL also has a glide-out grill mounted on smooth-action telescopic runners. This makes it easy to use, offers great results and allows you to easily check on food while it’s cooking.

The multi-function oven has a number of features, including fanned grilling which allows for closed-door grilling, reducing energy consumption and banishing cooking smells, and a browning element that can be used to finish off dishes such as gratin dauphinois. The base heat feature is perfect for finishing pizzas and the defrost feature is a useful addition. The rapid response function preheats the oven 30% faster than a standard fan oven. The Masterchef XL is the first cooker from AGA to feature an induction hob. This technology is extremely fast and responsive. It can, for example, take as little as five seconds to bring water to the boil.

It’s environmentally friendly as it senses the size of a pot and uses only the energy required to heat it. Safety is ensured with an induction hob – there are no naked flames and only the pan gets hot, with the surrounding surface of the cooker remaining cool. The cooker automatically detects when a pan has been removed or its contents have boiled dry and will automatically switch off. This makes it easy to keep a pan at a low simmer or boil without fear of burning. Because the pan heats evenly there are no hotspots.

And an induction hob is brilliantly easy to clean – the surface is entirely flat and only requires a quick wipe even if a spillage has occurred. Available in five gorgeous colours – Cream, Gloss Black, Cranberry, Pewter and Pearl Ashes – the Masterchef XL from AGA works well in contemporary or traditional settings and is guaranteed to be a wonderful addition to any kitchen. The new Masterchef XL dual fuel will be available from February 2012 and the induction hob version will be available from April 2012. The suggested retail price (inc VAT) for the AGA Masterchef XL Dual Fuel is £2,995 and £3,395 for the induction model, inclusive of delivery and installation.

For further details, call 0845 712 5207 or visit New AGA A-rated power and performance

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 43 AGA AGA ladies racing for Total Control the £7,500 AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to-Point Championship Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham on Wednesday, 2nd May 2012. William McGrath – Chief Executive of AGA Rangemaster Group plc – said: “AGA is a hot favourite and we have one as a prize for the leading AGA ladies’ championship jockey. This should ensure a cracking pace is set throughout the season. The point-to-point community and AGA are natural partners and we are keen to promote the sport and establish close connections with our local shops. That’s why there are incentives for the connections and spectators alike to come and see the AGA Total Control.” Following a hugely successful 2010-11 season AGA is again going to be a hot presence at point-to-point meetings throughout the country.

As well as sponsoring the AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to–Point Championship, the company is set to encourage some seriously competitive racing with its new AGA Total Control Lady Riders’ Championship.

Fifty one races will count towards the AGA Total Control Lady Riders’ Championship, with the rider with the most points at the end of the season winning an AGA Total Control cooker worth almost £10,000. This new approach is set to ensure competitive racing with an added interest for riders as well as owners ahead of For 65 years the Rayburn has been at the heart of rural life, offering beautiful cast-iron looks, convenience and the most delicious food. There’s a Rayburn for everyone and now – for the first time – there’s an electric model, offering ease of use and real flexibility as it can be sited virtually anywhere in the kitchen.

With a powerful electric fan oven, a conventional oven, a grill and either an induction or a ceramic hob, the Rayburn Electric really is a Rayburn for the 21st century. The new model also features either square or dome hinged lids.

The induction hob has excellent response times, automatically adjusts to the pan size and is highly efficient. The ceramic hob uses the latest infra-red technology to offer rapid heating and cooling, as well as enhanced controllability. For ease of use and cleaning, both styles have touch-sensitive controls and a single ceramic glass cooking surface. For those who love the cosy warmth a Rayburn provides in the kitchen, there’s patented Warmfront technology that allows you to heat the outside of the cooker at the flick of a switch, providing the warmth the Rayburn is famous for while using minimal energy.

Available in six gorgeous colours, including classic Cream and Black, chic Pewter and deliciously retro Aqua, this beautiful cooker is perfect for every style of kitchen. For more information, visit Rayburn launches first-ever electric model Opinel has been manufacturing knives and folding tools in France since 1890 with a quality and reputation that has seen them passed down through the centuries and the generations from pocket to pocket.

From its humble beginnings as a simple working man’s pocket knife, the Opinel grew in popularity among local farmers, winemakers and perhaps most importantly railroad labourers who in the course of their work spread word of the cutting tool. By the start of World War II as many as 20 million Opinel knives had been sold, establishing its status as an iconic symbol of French culture and lifestyle. Fast forward to the present day and the range has made the natural progression of extending to the kitchen with Divertimenti offering one of the most extensive instore (and online) collections in the UK.

From carving, filleting and table knives to peelers, paring and mushroom knives - Opinel’s kitchen range exemplifies the quality that has come to distinguish the iconic brand.

Opinel knives are not just revered for their functionality but also for their design - in 1985 the Victoria and Albert Museum in London selected the Opinel as part of an exhibit celebrating the “100 most beautiful products in the world”. It has also been displayed by the New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) as a design masterpiece. Today it is estimated that 15 million Opinel knives are sold each year. For more information on our Opinel range call 0870 1295 026 or visit our stores at 227-229 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP, 020 7581 8065, or 33-34 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4PT, 020 7935 0689.

Alternatively visit us online at Don’t forget that CGA members receive a 10% discount*!

*10% discount in store upon presentation of a CGA membership card.For a 10% discount online please use the special promotional code CGA10. PRODUCT HOT

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Style 42 • FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA Daisy Lowe on why her AGA is a model cooker Daisy Lowe has talked about life in the kitchen with her cherished AGA cooker. The celebrity model is a real AGA fan. At home in north-west London, she said: “My AGA Total Control is very, very lovely. It’s easy to use, makes food taste delicious and all in all I’m a very happy bunny. “I’ve been cooking amazing roasted aubergines stuffed with tomatoes and ricotta on a bed of lentils.

That’s become my new AGA dish because it makes the aubergines so crispy and yum.

“I love cooking loads of things – roasts, Thai green curry and I’ve recently been making loads of fried chicken, which is really naughty. Also shepherd’s pies and anything with a bolognese sauce. “I’m really into big, hearty vegetable soups, like lentil stews or potato soup. I cook a lot. And I’ve learned from first-hand experience that AGA-cooked food tastes the best.“ AGA has announced the launch of a new Masterchef XL cooker. This revamped model has the stunning good looks you would expect from AGA, as well as state-of-the-art features to ensure the very best cooking performance. There are two models launching.

The first is dual-fuel with electric ovens and a six-burner gas hob. The second is an all-electric model with a five-zone induction hob. With A-rated energy efficiency, two 69-litre ovens and a separate slow-cook oven, the new Masterchef XL really is perfect for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. The Masterchef XL also has a glide-out grill mounted on smooth-action telescopic runners. This makes it easy to use, offers great results and allows you to easily check on food while it’s cooking.

The multi-function oven has a number of features, including fanned grilling which allows for closed-door grilling, reducing energy consumption and banishing cooking smells, and a browning element that can be used to finish off dishes such as gratin dauphinois. The base heat feature is perfect for finishing pizzas and the defrost feature is a useful addition. The rapid response function preheats the oven 30% faster than a standard fan oven. The Masterchef XL is the first cooker from AGA to feature an induction hob. This technology is extremely fast and responsive. It can, for example, take as little as five seconds to bring water to the boil.

It’s environmentally friendly as it senses the size of a pot and uses only the energy required to heat it. Safety is ensured with an induction hob – there are no naked flames and only the pan gets hot, with the surrounding surface of the cooker remaining cool. The cooker automatically detects when a pan has been removed or its contents have boiled dry and will automatically switch off. This makes it easy to keep a pan at a low simmer or boil without fear of burning. Because the pan heats evenly there are no hotspots.

And an induction hob is brilliantly easy to clean – the surface is entirely flat and only requires a quick wipe even if a spillage has occurred. Available in five gorgeous colours – Cream, Gloss Black, Cranberry, Pewter and Pearl Ashes – the Masterchef XL from AGA works well in contemporary or traditional settings and is guaranteed to be a wonderful addition to any kitchen. The new Masterchef XL dual fuel will be available from February 2012 and the induction hob version will be available from April 2012. The suggested retail price (inc VAT) for the AGA Masterchef XL Dual Fuel is £2,995 and £3,395 for the induction model, inclusive of delivery and installation.

For further details, call 0845 712 5207 or visit New AGA A-rated power and performance

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 43 AGA AGA ladies racing for Total Control the £7,500 AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to-Point Championship Hunter Chase Final at Cheltenham on Wednesday, 2nd May 2012. William McGrath – Chief Executive of AGA Rangemaster Group plc – said: “AGA is a hot favourite and we have one as a prize for the leading AGA ladies’ championship jockey. This should ensure a cracking pace is set throughout the season. The point-to-point community and AGA are natural partners and we are keen to promote the sport and establish close connections with our local shops. That’s why there are incentives for the connections and spectators alike to come and see the AGA Total Control.” Following a hugely successful 2010-11 season AGA is again going to be a hot presence at point-to-point meetings throughout the country.

As well as sponsoring the AGA Ladies’ Open Point-to–Point Championship, the company is set to encourage some seriously competitive racing with its new AGA Total Control Lady Riders’ Championship.

Fifty one races will count towards the AGA Total Control Lady Riders’ Championship, with the rider with the most points at the end of the season winning an AGA Total Control cooker worth almost £10,000. This new approach is set to ensure competitive racing with an added interest for riders as well as owners ahead of For 65 years the Rayburn has been at the heart of rural life, offering beautiful cast-iron looks, convenience and the most delicious food. There’s a Rayburn for everyone and now – for the first time – there’s an electric model, offering ease of use and real flexibility as it can be sited virtually anywhere in the kitchen.

With a powerful electric fan oven, a conventional oven, a grill and either an induction or a ceramic hob, the Rayburn Electric really is a Rayburn for the 21st century. The new model also features either square or dome hinged lids.

The induction hob has excellent response times, automatically adjusts to the pan size and is highly efficient. The ceramic hob uses the latest infra-red technology to offer rapid heating and cooling, as well as enhanced controllability. For ease of use and cleaning, both styles have touch-sensitive controls and a single ceramic glass cooking surface. For those who love the cosy warmth a Rayburn provides in the kitchen, there’s patented Warmfront technology that allows you to heat the outside of the cooker at the flick of a switch, providing the warmth the Rayburn is famous for while using minimal energy.

Available in six gorgeous colours, including classic Cream and Black, chic Pewter and deliciously retro Aqua, this beautiful cooker is perfect for every style of kitchen. For more information, visit Rayburn launches first-ever electric model Opinel has been manufacturing knives and folding tools in France since 1890 with a quality and reputation that has seen them passed down through the centuries and the generations from pocket to pocket.

From its humble beginnings as a simple working man’s pocket knife, the Opinel grew in popularity among local farmers, winemakers and perhaps most importantly railroad labourers who in the course of their work spread word of the cutting tool. By the start of World War II as many as 20 million Opinel knives had been sold, establishing its status as an iconic symbol of French culture and lifestyle. Fast forward to the present day and the range has made the natural progression of extending to the kitchen with Divertimenti offering one of the most extensive instore (and online) collections in the UK.

From carving, filleting and table knives to peelers, paring and mushroom knives - Opinel’s kitchen range exemplifies the quality that has come to distinguish the iconic brand.

Opinel knives are not just revered for their functionality but also for their design - in 1985 the Victoria and Albert Museum in London selected the Opinel as part of an exhibit celebrating the “100 most beautiful products in the world”. It has also been displayed by the New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) as a design masterpiece. Today it is estimated that 15 million Opinel knives are sold each year. For more information on our Opinel range call 0870 1295 026 or visit our stores at 227-229 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP, 020 7581 8065, or 33-34 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4PT, 020 7935 0689.

Alternatively visit us online at Don’t forget that CGA members receive a 10% discount*!

*10% discount in store upon presentation of a CGA membership card.For a 10% discount online please use the special promotional code CGA10. PRODUCT HOT

44 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Motoring Sheffield’s Finest C all it cynicism, call it what you will, but we weren’t convinced. Not really. Back track six years and Ginetta was busy doing what it did best – staving off insolvency.This idiosyncratic British marque clearly had an appreciative audience for its wares but what of the future? Countless stories emerged in the motoring weeklies about grand schemes for new designs, but one visit to the old factory in Sheffield was enough to cast doubt.Where were the staff? The engineering team? The bloke who empties the bins? It was as quiet as a graveyard.

Charitably speaking, half of the stories you hear in the motor industry aren’t true. The trick is figuring out which half.When news leaked in December 2005 that Ginetta had been sold, few noticed or indeed cared. When the new keeper announced ambitious plans for further models and a motor racing series which required a new model to be built in volume within a ridiculously short timeframe, we scoffed. Oh how we scoffed. Then the first race was held with packed grids. Further declarations were made and each target was met without drama. So you have to ask, what went right? This hardy minnow was formed by the four Walklett brothers in 1958, Ginetta straddling the road and racing car market until 1989 when the firm was acquired by two partners who parted company shortly thereafter.The once proud marque then entered into a boom or bust decade-and-a-half before multi-millionaire enthusiast Laurence Tomlinson saved it from likely extinction.

Retaining little more than the name, he has since returned Ginetta to the rudest of health trackside, with big names such as Nigel Mansell joining youthful up and comers to fly the flag at circuits all over the world.The firm’s motor sport renaissance has been nothing short of miraculous. Seemingly unwilling to sit back and enjoy what he has achieved,Tomlinson is now targeting a return to the road car market. Having already dipped his toe in the water with road-going versions of existing racers, Tomlinson and his team are eager to stress that the new G60 is intended to marry supercar thrills with real-world usability.A maximum of just 50 cars will be made each year by hand with prices starting at £68,000.

However, strictly speaking Ginetta’s first mid-engined road car in 20 years isn’t entirely new. It’s rooted in an existing design made variously by outside concerns under the Farboud and Farbio monikers. In either guise, the car never reached anything like The Ginetta marque is undergoing a revamp with Laurence Tomlinson at the helm. Our regular motoring correspondent Richard Heseltine takes a look under the bonnet to see how the old girl is running

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 45 Motoring meaningful production. On obtaining the manufacturing rights,Tomlinson’s team initiated a comprehensive redesign with the initial batch of cars due to reach their expectant owners in spring 2012. Weighing just 1080kg, and powered by a reworked 310bhp 3.7-litre FordV6 engine, it does without ABS brakes, traction control and power steering.A former Le Mans racer as well as a successful businessman, Tomlinson is adamant that while the car should be eminently usable on a daily basis it should also offer an undiluted driving experience and be usable on track days.

Whether he has succeeded in his mission remains to be seen, but early impressions are hugely positive.The prototypes we inspected were nicely finished without the usual rough edges associated with small-series sports cars.The cabin, too, was comfortable and free of ergonomic quirks.An overall verdict will, however, have to wait before we’re allowed to get our hands on a demonstrator.

And the future? Ginetta’s factory in Yorkshire is a hive of activity, with dozens of racing cars in build at any one time, and there is clearly room for expansion. Prior to buying the business,Tomlinson had evaluated saving the now defunct TVR marque. Instead, he reasoned that there was more mileage in taking on an underfunded brand that still had some currency, stripping away all bar the name and starting again. In this particular instance, his blend of inspiration and perspiration seems to be paying off.Yet what intrigues us more is not so much what has been achieved in just six short years, but what we can expect in the next decade.

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Bonhams 46 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 2011 saw a series of art world records broken at Bonhams salerooms around the world. From art and artefacts to a motor car and a superior whisky there were thrills across the board A YEAR OF RECORD BREAKERS Japanese Art Not only was the Harriet Szechenyi Collection of Japanese Art the highest grossing single- owner Japanese sale in auction history, but the sale also produced two world records for a netsuke (miniature carving) and an inro (traditional Japanese case consisting of nested boxes).The world record for netsuke sold at auction was broken by a stunning late 18th century ivory netsuke of a shishi (lion dog) that realised £265,250, after much enthusiastic bidding in the room and on the telephone.

CGA BENEFIT CGA members receive a 20% discount off standard sellers’ commission at Bonhams Natural History This terrifying T Rex tooth sold for a world record price of US$56,000 at a natural history-themed auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles in December. Discovered only months before, in the late summer of 2011 in Garfield County, Montana it is one of the largest T. Rex teeth ever found. It’s pre-sale estimate was US$25,000 – 30,000.

Chinese Art Bonhams Hong Kong set a new outright world record for a Chinese snuff bottle on 28 November 2011, at the auction of the celebrated Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part IV at the Island Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong.The tiny, yet exquisite,‘famille-rose’ enamelled glass ‘European-subject’ snuff bottle made in the Imperial Palace workshops in Beijing during the Emperor Qianlong period (1736-1795) measures only 8.07cm high. It carried a pre-sale estimate of HK$4,900,000 - 9,000,000. International bidders in the packed auction room and on the telephone battled the bidding up to a final figure of HK$25.3 million (£2,108,333), over five times its pre-sale estimate, and set a new world record for any Chinese snuff bottle, beating Bonhams’ own record, established only eighteen months before.

Books, Maps and Manuscripts The last letter in private hands from John Keats to his fiancée, Fanny Brawne, was sold in March to Keats House in London for a record £96,000. It had formed part of the Roy Davids Collection of Paper and Portraits. Reports of the Juries of the Great Exhibition, owned and presented by William Henry Fox Talbot to his daughter, sold for £216,000: a world record for this book, and possibly for any printed book illustrated with photographs. In the USA a first image, E.H. Shepard’s ‘Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together’, which was an original illustration for Winnie-the- Pooh in 1926, sold for US$192,000, a record for the artist at auction.

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 47 Record Breakers Old Master Paintings A lost masterpiece of considerable importance, Three peaches on a stone ledge with a Painted Lady butterfly by the Dutch artist Adriaen Coorte, sold for £2.1million on December 7th in New Bond Street, setting a new world record price for the artist at auction and smashing the pre-sale estimate of £300,000-500,000.This previously unrecorded painting is an interesting addition to Coorte’s oeuvre. Antiquities Bonhams sold the highest value antiquity in the UK at auction this year.

A Roman sculpted panel showing a chariot and four horses being driven by figures believed to be the gods Aphrodite and Mars sold for £490,400. And a cuneiform tablet that sold for £264,000, is a world record for a cuneiform clay document. Whisky A rare and exclusive bottle of 55Year Old Glenfiddich commemorating and celebrating the 110th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts, the granddaughter of William Grant – founder of the Glenfiddich distillery – and the oldest person in Scotland, sold for a world record £46,850 at Bonhams Whisky auction in Edinburgh on 14 December. The previous world record for a bottle of single malt at auction was £29,700.

Collectors Motor Cars An unrestored works racing team 1953 Austin-Healey ‘100’ Special Test Car, which was driven by racing drivers Lance Macklin, Gordon Wilkins and Marcel Becquart, sold for a world record £843,000 on 1st December at Bonhams’ December Sale.The car, which was offered in ‘barn find’ condition for the first time in 42 years, was bought by a private buyer within the room at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey.

As the seasons change, so do our bird populations, both native and visiting. Dennis Furnell looks at the different species we can hope to see as winter gives way to spring Nature BIRDS OF A FEATHER Photo: David Chapman

Fact file Royal Society for the Protection of Birds This organisation helps the wildlife that flies, hops, crawls and flutters, but they don’t stop there. They help wildlife in so many ways, both in the UK and beyond. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Many wetlands are highly productive and support far more species than would be expected.

They are essential habitats providing society with a wide range of benefits, yet society often takes wetlands for granted. The immense value of wetlands and their wildlife, and the huge threats that they face are what drives this organisation to conserve them and manage the benefits that they bring to people in a sustainable way. Wildlife Partnership Trusts There are 47 Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK - with more than 800,000 members. They manage 2,300 nature reserves and run marine conservation projects around the coast. BOOKS: The Urban Birder by David Lindo Published by New Holland – ISBN No: 978 1 84773 950 6 A fascinating book detailing the emergence of one of the modern breed of urban birders. David is well known for his regular appearances on BBC Television’s The One Show. Few people would find the area around Wormwood Scrubs prison an inspiration for birdwatching. We stand on the cusp of spring.

There may be frost, snow, heavy rain, but the promise of new life and warmer weather is just around the corner. It has to be said that rain and snow bring us water and, even in our modern technologically obsessed world, water is the one commodity on which life, in any shape or form, is utterly dependent. Our ancestors had a phrase for this time of year.“February fill dyke” and it is as important today as always. Fill the dykes we must for our own benefit, but also to the delight of some of our most beautiful farmland wading birds; the lapwing and the golden plover. Both species are now sporting signs of the breeding finery that will be in full glory by mid March.The male lapwings, resplendent in black, white and iridescent blue-green, are beginning their spectacular aerobatics to impress the females.

Lapwings have not fared well in the face of modern farming.As more grassland is taken under cultivation the birds’ winter food supply has dwindled and their nests are exposed on the ploughed land, becoming more vulnerable to predators both mammalian and avian. Despite care taken by many tractor drivers to avoid ground nesting birds, it’s not an easy thing to do; large modern farm machinery covers more ground than previous agricultural regimes with which these iconic birds evolved and coexisted over millennia.

Golden plover on the other hand build their scrape of a nest on high moorland and the beautiful plaintive “too-eee” call is very much a feature of early spring on the Yorkshire dales, NorthYork moors and in the Scottish Highlands.There is a small southerly population that breeds on Dartmoor and, as a boy, I can remember hearing them, not realising that they represented the most southerly breeding population in the world of this particular species. Late winter and early spring see mixed flocks of more than a thousand golden plover and lapwings, a strategy that seems to stand them in good stead.

Recently, on a gravel pit nature reserve in Northamptonshire, I saw a female peregrine falcon stoop on a roost of lapwings and golden plover. In a flock there are always birds on the look out so they were aware of the approach of this projectile and burst out of the grassy island in a flurry of wings and a cacophony of high-pitched alarm calls which caused the falcon to be unsure of its next move in this wheeling mass of birdlife.The golden plovers, small and agile, were like flickering sheets among the larger black and white of the lapwings; and after a few seconds the peregrine darted away to reassess its attack.The plovers and lapwings resumed their preening and resting with some of the golden plover feeding in short runs and stops; a classic feeding style of these lovely birds.

The British breeding population of lapwings is usually about one million (although during the middle of the last century their number was almost 10 times as many.) As for golden plover, the British breeding population is about 125,000, but in winter immense mixed flocks move ahead of cold weather, augmented with birds from Europe when the total wintering population of golden plover can be 250,000. Lapwings seem to attract other smaller flock species and it’s not at all uncommon to see starlings, lapwings and golden plover beating across the sky; particularly if there is a forecast of snow spreading from the north.

The same is true in reverse when cold continental weather carrying a snow front crosses the Channel into Kent and Sussex. Birds are not always good forecasters, but there are times when we could learn a little about weather trends by observing the natural world more closely. Late winter is a good time for birdwatchers, whether dedicated or simply interested in a more general sort of way. Changes in the plumage of many of the small waterfowl are more marked at this time of year. Most of the duck species are sporting their full breeding finery with drakes displaying to the seemingly disinterested females.

Many of the wild duck species that have overwintered on lakes, gravel pits and reservoirs in Britain are getting ready to depart for Russia and Scandinavia and their excitement is palpable.

2011 was a spectacular year for wild fruits of all kinds, from hawthorn and sloe berries, to rowan and masses of multihued fruit on the host of crab apple trees so beloved of town planners.This has encouraged vast flocks of Scandinavian and Siberian migrants like fieldfares and redwings and smaller numbers of waxwings.These less common birds often turn up in gardens, particularly large gardens planted with domesticated species of apples, pears and soft stone fruit. Often there is too much windfall fruit for the gardener/cook to deal with and it’s left lying on the ground where the birds take full advantage of it – attracting fieldfares and redwings and also native thrushes like the song thrush and mistle thrush whose songs will delight us in the coming months.

One tends not to think of birds like blackbirds as being migratory, but many of the blackbirds feasting on food put out for them now will have hatched in mainland Europe and will return there when the weather warms. Blackcaps that overwinter and visit bird tables and fat dispensers may have come from as far north as Sweden and Norway; and one of the most delightful of the nut feeder visitors, the siskin, comes from the northern alder woodlands.The bluetit- sized male is brilliant yellow with a black crown while the female is more muted in colour.They love to hang upside down as they peck at the peanuts, and appear to be attracted to the red plastic mesh bags that some peanuts come in; it seems they are supposed to resemble the alder cones which are their natural source of food in the wild.

This time of year is full of surprises; one simply needs to take a little time to enjoy them.And there will be even more to look out for in March when the first long distant migrants complete their epic journey from Africa, including the delightful sand martins, small brown and white members of the swallow clan.They arrive tired and hungry and begin hawking for insects over lakes and reservoirs in southern England – true harbingers of the changing seasons. Nature WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 49 Photo: Jordi Bas Casas

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Gardening 50 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 Spectacular Snowdrops A stunning traditional English house and garden, stuffed full of modern twists is what Lillian Pearce discovers at a stately home in East Yorkshire There aren’t many magnificent stately houses which can also claim to still be functioning family homes, but Burton Agnes Hall is one of them. The Hall is a glorious example of Elizabethan architecture, built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith, and it has remained in his family for more than four centuries. For fifteen generations, the family’s passion for collecting and commissioning art has created an impressive and unusual collection including many French Impressionist paintings, tapestries, contemporary furniture and striking modern pieces.This impressive stately home is now in the care of Simon Cunliffe-Lister, his wife and their three young children who welcome visitors with relish.

Burton Agnes Hall at once provides the setting for a busy, varied calendar of events including a celebrated Jazz and Blues Festival, and the rigours of family life. Simon Jenkins, author of England’s Thousand Best Houses, described Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’ and as one of England’s twenty finest houses alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House.The beautiful proportions of the Hall and its adherence to the principles of Tudor Renaissance architecture (Commoditie, Firmness and Delight) confirm that a professional hand drew up the designs.The architect was in fact Robert Smithson - Master Mason to Queen Elizabeth I and builder of such other famous houses as Longleat,Wollaton and Hardwick, and it is the only Smithson house where the plan still exists, in the RIBA collection.

Inside, there’s a feast for any art-addict. Marcus Wickham-Boynton started his collection of English and French paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in 1937 with the encouragement of two collector friends; Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill and the Right Hon. Harcourt ‘Crinks’ Johnstone. His appreciation of French Impressionists owed much to the influence of Samuel Courtauld.The directors of the Adams Gallery gave him much valuable advice and help in the choice of individual paintings, resulting in a striking collection. The Long Gallery, which spans the length of the house on the third floor with panoramic views to Bridlington Bay, houses some of the most recent commissions including a tapestry by Kaffe Fassett, embroidery by Janet Haigh, furniture by John Makepeace, and their most recent commission, a stunning glass sculpture by Colin Reid.

Throughout the year the Hall welcomes artists in residence; visitors can see them at work and the artists have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Summer House and Hall.

Outside there is much to explore.The old Elizabethan walled garden is an award- winning wonderland (winner of the 2005 HHA Christies Garden of theYear award) containing over four thousand different plants, a potager filled with herbs, fruit and vegetables, herbaceous borders, giant board games, a maze, a jungle garden and a national collection of campanulas.To the north of the house is a serene woodland with wildlife sculptures to find whilst walking, and this where late-winter visitors are drawn to see a spectacular snowdrop display.

Every year visitors arrive from afar to see the many thousands of snowdrops that cover the Hall’s woodland walk in a magical ‘white carpet’.The snowdrops, a biblical symbol of hope, remind us that winter eventually gives way to spring: the nodding white heads push through the cold earth and announce the new season.

After enduring the cold to enjoy the charm of the snowdrops, visitors are invited to stroll around the Hall’s courtyard, where the Home and Garden Shop and Gift Shop are full of original gifts and seasonal produce from the gardens.You can even add to your own collection of snowdrops and

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 51 choose a Burton Agnes-propagated plant ready for bloom in the spring.The courtyard cafe serves fabulous teas and coffees alongside its menu of home-baked treats, warming meals and lighter snacks, and focuses on local and home-grown produce. But the gardens have much to boast throughout the year; as well as more traditional areas, the family have also created a jungle garden, based on the sense of fun and freedom that is often felt in being able to just ‘get lost’ in a garden.The maze already offered a very structured way of getting lost, so as a contrast the jungle garden gives the opportunity for visitors to get lost in a completely free and unstructured way.

It also allowed them to grow large leaved and exotic looking plants that do not fit easily into herbaceous and mixed borders. Included in the planting are a variety of bamboos, large-leaved perennials, shrubs and grasses as well as large herbs and vegetables such as globe artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, angelica, fennel and lovage. And of course, what’s a jungle without an elephant? Bourton Agnes hall has one of these too; ‘Agnes’ as she is known, was made by a talented lead worker and fountain maker, David Marstonand can be found happily squirting water throughout the summer months.

Visitor information Life among the 1 2 nettles T I P S F O R T H E C O M I N G M O N T H S 4th February-4th March- Snowdrop Spectacular (Gardens, shops and cafe) open daily 11am-4pm 1st April - 31st October - Hall, cafe, shops and gardens open daily between 11am - 5pm At the end of the snowdrop opening, Burton Agnes holds its Orchid Festival on 3rd and 4th March. There will be dramatic exhibitions of these wonderful plants in the Hall, and flower sales. Expert advisors will also give talks and take questions on how to care for orchids. Burton Agnes Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB Tel: 01262 490324 FEBRUARY If soil is not too wet or frozen, start weeding and digging over borders and any new areas ready for planting.

If you have areas of lawn that get wet and puddle, spike deeply with a garden fork. Get the fork to penetrate to the total depth of the tines and wiggle the fork about a bit to make the holes bigger. Repeat this all over the wet area and a little around it. This will help water drain away much more quickly. ‘Top dress’ overwintered crops, such as autumn planted onions, broad beans and spring cabbage, to give spring growth a boost. Use a good rich garden compost or chicken manure pellets. It is your last chance to plant garlic. Printanor is recommended for late winter and early spring planting.

MARCH The common snowdrop increases threefold each year – now is the time to divide and spread the plants for next year. Provided you have a cloche or two to hand, March is the ideal time to start planting. Choose from; beetroot, peas, parsnips, carrots, radish, spinach, onion sets or cut and come again lettuce and salad leaves. Make a wigwam frame, place in a suitable place in a flower border and direct sow two sweet pea seeds at the base of each cane. Sow seeds of perennials in modules. Plants establish quickly and are easy to pot on as root damage from pricking out is minimised. 1 2


What relation was the Christ Child to John the Baptist? No closer than second cousin. Luke tells us John’s mother Elizabeth was Mary’s ousin 2. Which emperor is credited with standardizing December 25 as Christmas Day, and when? Constantine in 325AD 3. Where did the Grinch steal Christmas? Whoville 4. What did Harry Potter get for Christmas in his first term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? An invisibility cloak 5. Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? The ancient Norse associated mistletoe with their goddess of love 6. In what Broadway musical was the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” introduced?

Meet me in St Louis 7. What auspicious television event occurred on December 24, 1968? After achieving the first manned lunar orbit, the crew of Apollo 8 celebrated Christmas Eve by reading from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. The event was broadcast around the world. ART AND LITERATURE 1. Of which short-lived painter did Turner observe that if this painter had lived, he would have starved? Thomas Girtin 2. Spencer Gore, son of the first Wimbledon Men’s Singles champion, was the first president of which artistic group? The Camden Town Group 3. Who is the father of Guinevere, who gave the Round Table to King Arthur as a wedding present?

King Leodegrance of Camiliard 4. Which much loved author is associated with brain surgery technology? Roald Dahl 5. Who is the master thief turned master detective in a series of stories by Maurice LeBlanc, some of which include a character called Herlock Sholmes? Arsène Lupin 6. In which book is blind monastic librarian Jorge di Burgos a murderer? In the Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco 7. Which Shakespeare play ends with Alcibiades reading the title character’s epitaph and promising to bring peace to that character’s home city? Timon of Athens SCIENCE AND NATURE 1. Hamal, Sheraton and Mesarthim are stars in which constellation?

Aries 2. What is the viscous yellow fluid that nourishes and lubricates cartilage in joints called? Synovial fiuid 3. Where would you find plant Jelly Buttons, or Leathesia diformis? On the shore, around rocks or seaweed particularly those covered at high tide 4. Which type of vole lives in rocky mountainous habitats in central and southern Europe? The Snow Vole 5. What is the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant? Itaipu Dam (by production) or Three Gorges (by capacity)- both allowed 6. What is the energy of one quantum of electromagnetic radiation, with a value of 6.626196 x 10-34 joule seconds and the symbol h called?

Planck’s Constant 7. What are affected by the Ekman spiral effect? Ocean currents ENTERTAINMENT 1. Which musician is so called as he can trace his ancestry to Herman Melville? Moby 2. Which Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown? Flower Drum Song 3. What kind of musical instrument is a Txalaparta? A percussion instrument from the Basque country, made of wooden boards and played by two people 4. On which multi-million selling album would you find the Nasal Choir, Moribund Chorus and Girlie Chorus?

Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield 5. In which 1940 film starring Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge do a film star and his wife chase spies and recover a stolen carburettor? Under Your Hat 6.

Which of the Muppets did a stand-up comedy routine which tended not to be particularly good? Fozzie Bear 7. Which film depicts the defence of Rorke’s Drift? Zulu CGA Christmas Quiz - The Answers There were a large number of CGA members with enough time on their hands over the festive period to try our gently challenging quiz. Unfortunately there was only one outright winner, Mr Robert Gray from Somerset, who answered all the questions correctly. Mr Gray will be celebrating with a bottle of champagne supplied by the CGA. Here we publish the questions with their answers so you can work out your own score...

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 53 Shopping THE QR MYSTERY What are these black and white images we’re now seeing everywhere? They’re on billboards, newspaper advertisements, food packaging, in our museums and on our TVs. Originally used in Japan to track parts in vehicle manufacturing, QR Codes (Quick Response codes) are two-dimensional barcodes which contain much more information than a standard bar code. To ‘read’ them you download a QR code reader onto your phone or tablet, then you can scan codes in and you get redirected to a website using your phone’s browser. The code might contain a website address, product or contact details, a coupon, a link to a short film online...

anything at all.

So wherever you are, if you see a QR code and are interested in what it seems to be advertising, scan it and you’ll get more information. Or too much information....depending on your perspective. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? There’s no doubt that Apple products and the current generation of smartphones and tablet computers are designed to appeal to the magpie side of our nature. They’re sleek and shiny, minimalist and nonthreatening, with a hint of personalised colour if you choose. But they’re also slightly mysterious. They come to life spontaneously, and glow gently, waiting to do our bidding.

You can use the phones for straightforward phone calls and texting, of course, but also to send and receive emails, go online, listen to music, watch films and television, and the tablets can browse the web, but also do so much more. However, it’s when you find the apps which help you as an individual that your phone or tablet becomes truly useful... and even a little bit addictive.

Before you set about the task of working out which of the 400,000-plus apps out there might be useful to you, a glossary might be helpful: ANDROID - an operating system for mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers and used by most manufacturers (Samsung, HTC and so on) other than Apple. It is developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google and is preferred by real techno-geeks to the Apple system. APPLE - the makers of the much-loved iPhone and iPad. They have their own operating system and users can only download apps from their AppStore and music or films from iTunes.

APP - short for ‘application’, app refers to the software applications, distributed by the owner of the mobile operating system which your phone or tablet uses.

If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, you’ll use the AppStore, and if you have a smartphone or tablet with an Android operating system you’ll use The Android Market, an international online software store developed by Google for Android devices. TABLET COMPUTER - a complete mobile computer, larger than a mobile phone, integrated into a flat touch screen and primarily operated by touching the screen.

SMARTPHONE - a high-end mobile phone, with more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a standard mobile phone. This used to simply mean a phone with a camera and a diary; now it means they can practically make you a nutritionally balanced three course meal and serve it to you. EXTRAS! Once you’ve got to grips with your new toy, there are accessories you can buy to tart it up a little. You can purchase a multitude of natty or smart covers and carrying cases, but with a few techno-extras you’ll find your tablet computer in particular becomes even more useful.

Your car stereo might already be ‘Bluetooth enabled’ (Bluetooth is the wireless standard which allows different bits of technology to ‘talk’ to each other), but if not a car-kit can be bought from about £40 which allows you to use your phone hands-free as you drive.

If you combine a tablet docking station (prices start at about £30) with a wireless keyboard (about £50) your tablet computer will be held vertically and you can use it more like a conventional computer- easier for typing longer emails and documents.

Non-Apple tablets usually have a USB port which means you can plug in your digital camera lead and download photos, but to do this with an iPad you’ll need their Camera Connection Kit (£25). Planet of the APPS If you’ve begun 2012 with a new smartphone or tablet computer by your side, then welcome to the world of Apps. Lillian Pearce gives you the lowdown on what they are and how to find them, with our selection of the best overleaf

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Shopping Instapaper £2.99 In a rush? Haven’t got time to read that article you found? Instapaper lets you save those web pages you come across during the day for reading later offline.

Toilet finder Free Points you to where the loos can be found, and acts like a ‘sat nav’, guiding you to the WC as you walk along- invaluable. TED Free This app streams inspirational talks from Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conferences around the world with recent speakers including Gordon Brown and Al Gore, though Malcolm Gladwell talking about spaghetti sauce still tops the bill. FlightTrack Pro (iPad or iPhone) £6.99 (Android) £2.99 A clever flight-tracking app which allows the organised traveller to track flight progress. Data is imported automatically from any airline, with alerts of real-time changes to a user’s flight, itinerary updates and zoomable maps that work offline.

Skype Free The Skype computer programme allows you to phone anywhere in the world via your internet connection for free (especially useful to long- distance grandparents). Using your phone or tablet’s camera, you can even videophone so that the other person can see you and vice versa (maybe stick to voice calls if you haven’t got round to clearing up the kitchen yet). Once you’ve got Skype on your computer, you can also use the app to make phone and video calls in just the same way. WolframAlpha £1.99 Find out how much vitamin C is in a bowl of ice cream. Learn what European country has the fourth largest population of children.

Compute solutions to difficult trig and calculus problems. Balance complex chemical equations. Finally crack that crossword puzzle. Whoever you are and whatever you do, Wolfram Alpha delivers insight and understanding into any facet of your life.

Our pick of the BEST

Shopping Epicurious Free Find recipes and their ingredients, build a shopping list, search for foods you like and see them used in recipes, and develop a list of favourites. If you’re a foodie, Epicurious will whet your appetite for the growing volume of food and nutrition apps. RedLaser Free RedLaser can stop you wondering whether what you're looking at would be a lot cheaper to buy online. Scan the barcode using your phone's camera as a 'laser' and it'll tell you whether you can buy the same thing significantly cheaper on the web.

Runmeter (iPhone) and iMapMyRUN+ (Android) Free If you're into running, this is the app for you. Runmeter and iMapMyRUN turn your phone into a GPS stopwatch so you can keep track on your exercise as it gives you feed back on your performance. MyConvert lite (iPad or iPhone) and ConvertPad (Android) Free If you like baking, or perhaps just enjoy measuring things, you will find this app really useful. With the facility to convert between mass or weight, distance, time and temperature, as well as common currencies, you’ll never need to fiddle around with your calculator again. Shazam Free Play a seconds-long sample of any song (from a radio, or in a restaurant, for example) and this app – one of the App Store’s biggest hits – identifies it, before linking to iTunes and recommending other similar music.

London: British Museum Guide (iPad and iPhone) £1.99 In addition to comprehensive visitor info, this app contains 60 minutes worth of audio commentary on many of the museum’s key exhibits including the Parthenon sculptures, the Benin bronzes and the Rosetta Stone. The Night Sky (iPad or iPhone) £1.99 and Google Sky Map (Android) Free Stargazers - this is the app for you. Not only will the app know where you are by using its GPS system and compass, it will also be able to identify the stars and celestial bodies you’re looking at. Point your phone or iPad at the sky and the map will identify exactly what you’re looking at.

Try searching by planet or star to keep tabs on where anything in space is right now, even if it’s out of view. Hipstamatic (iPad or iPhone) £1.49 and Retro Camera (Android) Free Photography technology grows by leaps and bounds every year, but maybe you’re nostalgic for the faded, washed-out snapshots of your youth. Hipstamatic and Retro Camera take photos with your phone or tablet’s camera and allow you to add features such as blurring and discoloration. A fun way to take a trip down memory lane.

UK Train Times (iPad or iPhone) £4.99 (Android) £3.49 If you take trains a lot, this app could become your best friend. It enables you to plan your journeys so you know which trains you need to make a connection. There’s a live departures board, even including platform information, so getting around is easy- especially as this app can use your phone’s GPS system to work out where you are and how you can get home. Shame it can’t make you a cup of tea when you get there. WWW.THECGA.CO.UK

58 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Finance Don’t forget your ISA When it comes to protecting investments against the impact of tax, David Kindoon is only too happy to provide a gentle reminder Servicing the car, shopping around for the best insurance deal, regularly investing and reviewing your ISA portfolio...

most of us accept that these are good habits to get into - but how many of us actually stick to them? A recent survey conducted by Fidelity Worldwide Investment found that four out of ten people are not using their annual ISA allowance at all, and only one in ten is contributing the maximum amount (source: Money Observer, 29 March 2011).To a certain extent, the lack of take-up is due to affordability – not everyone has sufficient capital to invest the maximum each year. But there appears to be a lack of recognition among some investors of how valuable ISAs can be.

ISA investing doesn’t need to be confusing.With the help of a financial adviser, gaining a clear understanding of how this valuable allowance can form a cornerstone of your investment portfolio is possible for even the most inexperienced investor. The key to building a cohesive and coherent ISA portfolio, with the potential to achieve your long-term financial objectives, is diversification. Diversification means spreading your investments across a range of different assets to reduce the impact of any one falling in value. Not even the most talented investor can predict which one is going to produce the best return year after year, but there are two things you can be sure of: With personal finance grabbing more and more column inches in the press, many investors have accumulated a hotchpotch portfolio of investment ideas over the years as each ISA season heralds the discovery of the next “must-have” asset class or fund.

It’s easy to see why.The choice is potentially bewildering.There are around 2,500 retail funds in the UK into which investors can invest their stocks & shares ISA allowance. Faced with the challenge of finding the right one, some base their decision on whatever is the latest investment fashion, the most impressive advert or the best claim to superior past performance.

Yet it is a decision that’s important to get right. Each investor’s objective will be unique to their individual needs and goals.Whether you are looking to provide additional income in retirement, building a capital sum for the future or a combination of both, ensuring that your investments are working together is vital for your future financial wellbeing. Regularly reviewing your portfolio is an important discipline to help achieve this goal and a habit that we should all stick to. Selecting your ISA investment manager is one consideration, but regularly reviewing their performance is an equally important 1.

The best-performing investment in one year can often turn out to be the worst- performing investment the next year. 2. By spreading your money across a selection of asset classes, geographic regions and sectors, your investments stand a better chance of achieving more consistent returns.

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 59 Finance factor. Not properly monitoring the performance of your investment manager is akin to driving a car without any rear-view mirrors – you don’t get any warning of what’s coming. In the investment world, that might be the departure of a ‘star’ investment manager you’d specifically chosen or the impact of macroeconomic factors on specific regions’ asset classes. A study by Legal and General Investments has revealed that most ISA investors show little interest in managing their portfolios, with nearly one fifth spending less than half an hour choosing the funds.And for one in ten investors, it takes only a ‘matter of minutes’ for this vital decision to be made (source: Moneyfacts, 25 March 2011).

Even those with larger amounts of capital were found to pay little attention to where their money was being invested.

So, how frequently should you review your ISA portfolio? There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but the commonly accepted view is that an annual inspection is adequate for most. Identifying For further guidance and to receive full details about the ISAs available through the CGA please contact Steve Higson on 01985 850706, email him at or return the attached Enquiry Card. the strong performers (and those that haven’t fared so well) is one aspect of the exercise but, fundamentally, investors should be asking one question: is this portfolio still working to achieve my financial objectives? Conducting a regular review will ensure that your investments are working towards your objectives.

Whether your portfolio needs a small tweak in one or two areas or a complete overhaul, by working together with your adviser, the process for getting your portfolio back on the right course can be a simple and cost-effective one. The annual ISA limit for the 2011/2012 tax year is £10,680 – nearly 50% higher than the £7,200 limit of just three years ago. This means a couple will be able to put away £21,360 in the current tax year with no further tax to pay on dividends or interest income and no capital gains tax liability at all. One thing that is very important to remember about the tax reliefs that come with ISAs is that if you do not use them, you lose them.

If you miss the end of tax year deadline, that’s it until next year. Some key ISA facts to remember: The annual ISA limit for 2011/2012 is £10,680 Don’t miss the 5 April deadline for investing your ISA in this tax year. The annual ISA limit for 2012/2013 is £11,280 Start planning now to make the most of the new higher allowance. To take out an ISA you must be resident and ordinarily resident in the UK for tax purposes. Exceptions apply to members of the armed forces and Crown employees. Junior ISAs were launched on 1st November 2011 and share the same tax benefits as a normal adult ISA, but they are exclusively available to people under the age of 18 and are subject to lower annual investment limit, currently £3,600

60 • FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Finance The start of something big 2012 is a going to be a ‘big year’; the London Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, and the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. There are many things to be either celebrated or remembered in 2012. Quietly in the background, however, largely unseen by many, a wave has been forming – and this year, that wave starts to break. In 2012, 150,000 more people reach the age of 65 than did in 2011. The baby boomer generation is retiring – and the impact for those entering ‘later life’ over the coming years will be massive.

Indeed, over the next three years, 2.25 million people will reach age 65. The sheer numbers now beginning to experience the challenges and opportunities offered by this stage of life mean that the needs of this section of the population cannot fail to become more widely understood.

What is ‘later life’ As with every life stage, the feelings of people who might be considered to be in later life differ widely. For example, even at the age of 75, a small proportion of people still consider themselves ‘young adults’. Thanks to medical advances and a generally higher standard of living, our health is better for longer than it was in previous generations. Despite being one of those baby boomers, Felicity Kendal CBE showed no signs of her 64 years as she entertained us with 31 year old Vincent Simone in the hugely popular 2010 season of Strictly Come Dancing; Sir David John White, better known as David Jason, 72 this coming February, continues his TV acting career in a range of roles; and Dame Judi Dench, now 77, still delights us on both stage and screen and is currently filming Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie, in the central role of M.

Financial issues It is this increased longevity, and the extended period through which many of us maintain a decent level of health which is perhaps the most significant issue transforming later life. In the post war years, the life expectancy for a male aged 65 was around just 11 years1 . Today, it is double that, meaning many of us will spend over 20 years in retirement1 and, while the baby boomers’ options for enjoying those years are much greater now than they were, those extra years have significant consequences for each individual’s finances.

Despite a significant focus on pensions in light of Government proposals for state pension age and public sector schemes, many remain unaware of options to help them improve their standard of living.

Some simply do not realise what choices are already available to them. For example: • ABI research suggests six in ten retirees do not exercise their Open Market Option2 . Every one of us has the option to take our final pension fund away from our current provider and shop around for the best income we can find.Over 60% could therefore be missing out on additional income which is easily and readily available.

For all retirement planning, in the first instance please contact Steve Higson at the CGA on 01985 850706 or by emailing him at The CGA Group, through either CGA Financial Services Limited or Cavendish Equity Release, is ideally placed to provide all round specialist advice for retirement strategies and pension planning WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 61 • That same ABI research suggested that as many as one in two retirees could enhance their income even further, simply because of their health. Yet only 13% take an enhanced annuity2 . Even lifestyle issues such as smoking or problems with weight and blood pressure could be enough to increase the income available from our retirement fund.

This is the other side of the underwriting world which only seems to penalise ill health. Now it is to our advantage and so very few use it.

• Despite recent difficulties, house prices have still managed to increase by over 260%3 in the last fifteen years. The average house in England and Wales is now £160,000 – or as much as £340,0003 for those living in London. Many baby boomers could therefore be sitting on significant amounts of equity, any or all of which could be released to supplement retirement income and thereby improve their standard of living. • Finally, when the subject of long term care arises only around one in ten of those paying their own fees (or having their care fees funded by their immediate family) seek advice on how to best finance those4 .

With around 130,000 new individuals entering care every year, thousands could be missing out on state benefits, taking risks with unplanned investments or using up an inheritance because no one has explained all the options.

For anyone heading towards or even already in retirement, our aspirations are that we want to make the most of that time. Some may want to simply relax and catch up with family; others pick up long forgotten hobbies and a few even take the opportunity to explore some of the wider world. It is therefore imperative that we plan our finances as well as we can – and once we reach the magic age of retirement, take all chances we have to maximise that position. After all those years of working hard, and saving hard, it would be a shame to miss out just because no one told us what was available to enjoy.

Sources: 1: Office of National Statistics, Decennial life tables; 2: ABI Annuity Purchasing behaviour research paper, 47% of annuity buyers reported an illness from a shortened, non-exhaustive list of conditions which would qualify for enhancement; 3: Land registry House Price Index, Oct 1996-Oct 2011; average house price quoted as at end Oct 2011; 4:Oliver Wyman market research 2008, of 53,000 self funders per year, 7,000 seek financial advice. CGA Insurance Services Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Our FSA number is 307262. Our permitted business is advising on and arranging general insurance contracts.

CGA Financial & Investment Services Ltd represents St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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Finance actually agreed to address the immediate debt problems of the eurozone.There was agreement on a “fiscal compact”, largely based around the original Maastricht treaty (maximum budget deficit of 3% of GDP, maximum total debt of 60% of GDP, or financial sanctions to be applied).While it is encouraging that any agreement in principal was forthcoming, the road to fulfilment looks littered with potential obstacles.

As yet there is no plan to restore competitiveness to the weaker eurozone members or indeed to promote growth.The other disappointment was the lack of commitment from the ECB to step up its bond market support. Instead, the central bank offered three year unlimited loans to the banking sector.While this may head off a liquidity crunch within the European banking system in the near term, the solvency question relating to sovereign debt remains unresolved.There may be a further test of eurozone bond markets, particularly if S&P downgrades France among others, but at this juncture it seems that the ECB will play a reactive role rather than a pre- emptive one.

2011 has been a volatile one for markets and 2012 could well be the same. However, given the moderate valuation for the market and a positive direction for corporate earnings, there is reason to believe that share prices should show an overall rise next year. The 2012 year-end forecast for the FTSE 100 is 6,000, which equates to a prospective p/e of 9.0x and a forecast yield of 4%. Earnings are forecast to grow by 8% with dividends lagging behind at 6%. Companies will continue to buy back shares, however, adding to the overall payout to shareholders. Safe haven bond markets (including UK, Germany, and US) should see yields rise as the eurozone avoids the worst case scenario.

10-year gilt yields (currently around 2.1%) should back up to 3% or more.

By William Buckhurst of Cheviot Asset Management Notes from the Coffee house above 2%. High unemployment is still an issue, but job creation is improving. Deep budget spending cuts are likely to be postponed until after the election. China should manage growth of 8%, down on the last couple of years, but with recent monetary tightening measures showing some results, there is scope for a bit of economic stimulation next year to offset weaker export markets. Lower commodity prices should also take some of the sting out of food and energy price inflation. December’s EU summit saw the UK exercise its power of veto for the first time ever.

Most comment has reflected on this action, which may or may not have unintended consequences. However, it is more important to reflect on what was The outlook for 2012 is for pretty subdued economic growth, at least in the early part of the year.The UK may scrape the 0.7% forecast at the Chancellor’s recent Autumn Statement, but it could be late in the year before activity shows much life. With inflation expected to fall below 3%, however, the outlook for consumer spending should improve as the year progresses. The eurozone is likely to see little or no growth, especially in the first half of 2012, with the Club Med countries hit hard by austerity measures.There seems to be a determination to prevent a complete meltdown in the region, however, and therefore the Armageddon scenario should be avoided.The US looks in rude health by comparison, but growth may struggle to rise The CGA has benefited for some time from a close partnership with Cheviot Asset Management.

This arrangement significantly adds to the overall range of high-quality investment opportunities available through the CGA. For further information or to arrange an appointment, call William Harrison-Allan on 0800 028 1001 or email WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FESBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 63

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 65 Hotel Review LOCH NESS LODGE The award-winning Loch Ness Lodge offers its guests an experience of absolute luxury and relaxation, not to mention world class views from every window Terms and Conditions: Entrants consent to their name, address and email address, if given, being supplied to Loch Ness Lodge and to receiving occasional mailings from them. The prize will be drawn on 28th March, the winner will be informed in writing, and the judge’s decision is final. Loch Ness Lodge Brachia, Loch Ness-side, Inverness IV3 8LA Tel: 01456 459469 MEMBER BENEFIT Win a luxury weekend break for two Sumptuous surroundings in a beautiful setting overlooking the mysterious Loch Ness are what make a stay at Loch Ness Lodge unforgettable.

Owners Scott and Iona Sutherland have brought together the very best of traditional Scottish architecture and contemporary design to create an indulgently comfortable place to stay, alongside the rugged beauty of this well known loch. The interior of the Lodge, while carefully blending the traditional with the modern, takes its inspiration from the natural environment of the Highlands. Each of the individually styled bedrooms is reminiscent of some aspect of nature, from soft lichens and autumn russets to natural stones and purple heathers, and most rooms have spectacular views across the loch to the hills beyond.

Though each room has its own distinct character and is named after a well-loved Highland loch or glen, there is also an easy flow from one to the other. This harmony continues in the drawing rooms and dining room where understated elegance and antique furniture are punctuated with more contemporary style and artwork.

Outside, the steeply sloping grounds of the Lodge have been skilfully landscaped into beautiful gardens and a boat cruise on the loch is only a short stroll away. Naturally, the keen walker can find hours of stunning paths to tread all over the Highlands and Glen Affric - a National Nature Reserve and reputed to be the most beautiful glen in Scotland - is only a 30 minute drive away. Fishing and shooting in season are also available nearby, and, for the more adventurous visitor, kayaking and mountain biking.

For those wishing to have an altogether more leisurely time, however, there is the opportunity to unwind in the Lodge’s Spa with hot tub and sauna and a range of luxurious massage treatments can be booked in advance.

The kitchen team, led by Head Chef Ross Fraser, works tirelessly to create and develop new menus at the Lodge each day. With an emphasis on fresh produce, fine flavour and the simple, elegant presentation of Franco-Scottish cuisine, the five course dinner is an integral part of the Lodge experience. The chefs take great pleasure in living and working in the rugged natural environment of the Highlands with its seasonal range of vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meat and of course a fabulous selection of freshly landed seafood.

An exciting recent development is the kitchen garden which has been established in the meadow behind the Lodge and which allows the chefs to grow and handpick a range of vegetables and herbs in season. You are also likely to catch a glimpse of the Lodge’s chefs picking the wild garlic from the private shoreline or some gorse flower from the hillside to add to their dishes. Loch Ness Lodge has a wonderful weekend break to give away. For a chance to win two nights’ bed and breakfast, plus dinner on one evening in the restaurant at this luxurious location, please complete the Prize Draw and Enquiry Card on page 66.

David Kindoon Member 0473747 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Member Benefits PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUBS St Stephen’s Club, London CGA Members are entitled to use its excellent bar and dining facilities. Advance bookings are required for lunch. Telephone 020 7222 1382. St Stephen’s Club, 34 Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1 9AB The Naval & Military Club, London CGA members may book accommodation at weekends (and throughout August). Telephone 020 7827 5757 and advise the club that you are a CGA member at the time of booking. The Naval & Military Club, No. 4, St. James’s Square, London SW1Y 4JU The Cavalry and Guards Club, London The club’s twelve bedrooms are available to CGA members for use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Advance booking required quoting CGA membership number. Telephone 020 7499 1261. The Cavalry and Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PX The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh Members are entitled to book accommodation at the club and use the bar.

Telephone 0131 556 4270 and advise the club that you are a CGA member at the time of booking. The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE. St James’s Club CGA members benefit from a 10% discount on accommodation. To obtain the best available rates for specific dates, telephone the club on 020 7629 7688 and mention your CGA membership. St. James’s Club, 7-8 Park Place, London SW1A 1LS. Leander Club CGA members may reserve bedrooms at Leander Club at favourable rates subject to availability. (Excl. Regatta and Christmas weeks).

Telephone 01491 575782 Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2LP The Royal Over-Seas League Specially discounted joining fees for CGA members. Social and cultural events and clubhouses in London and Edinburgh. Telephone 020 7408 0214 Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CLUBS Each club will have its own rules and regulations. Generally they operate a dress code requiring gentlemen to wear presentable or smart attire (including jacket and tie) and ladies are required to dress appropriately. For full details regarding the terms and conditions visit 66 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGAMemberbenefits A full register of all the exclusive offers and benefits available to CGA members, from acommodation and stationery to fine food and wine Race into Spring We were overwhelmed by the response to our festive prize draw in the last issue.

Our partners at Sytner are delighted to offer members another chance to win one of three fantastic motoring prizes. The days are lengthening, the mercury’s rising; it must be time to go out for a spin! Rather than your usual wheels, how about trying out a Ferarri, Land Rover or Mercedez-Benz SLK Roadster? There are three prizes on offer from Sytner: · A spine tingling Ferrari Track Day Experience · The use of a sporty Mercedes- Benz SLK Roadster for the weekend · An adrenalin fuelled Land Rover Experience driving session Last issue’s lucky winners were Mr Rowe of Hertfordshire, Mrs Weston of Middlesex and Mr Bourne of Surrey.

In association with the Sytner Group, the UK’s largest prestige dealer network, CGA members can obtain corporate rates for business, competitive funding packages and home or office delivery of new, used and ex-demonstrator vehicles. Contact Sytner on 0845 0517827 or to find out more. Visit and click on the link to email us your answer and contact details or use the reply card attached to submit your entry. TERMS AND CONDITIONS No purchase necessary. One entry per person is permitted. Free prize draw open to CGA members only.

No cash alternative available. Closing date for entries is 31st March 2012. Participants must produce a full UK driving licence on the day of the experience. An email will be sent to all entrants after the draw thanking them for entering.

To enter our competition and be in with a chance of winning one of these three great prizes simply answer the following question: What is the dedicated phone number CGA Members use when contacting Sytner?

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 67 CGA Register of Benefits George Cleverley & Co CGA members receive a 10% discount on any bespoke or ready to wear shoes on production of their membership card. 13 The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London W1S 4SL Cordings of Piccadilly CGA members are entitled to a 15% discount on any purchase from Cordings.

Telephone 020 7734 0830 19 Piccadilly, London W1J 0LA SPORTING EXPERIENCES VU Limited Receive a 10% discount on sporting experiences offered by VU Ltd.

Telephone 0871 871 5300 STATIONERY Downey & Co Personal stationery, writing paper, correspondence cards, and more are available at a significant discount for CGA members. Telephone 01493 859860 Honey Tree Bespoke Illustrated & classic personalised stationery, invitations & labels. Exclusive 10% discount code CGA11. Call our full service Bespoke experts on 0844 335 0620 or visit us on line at HOME-SITTING Minders Keepers CGA members may claim a 7.5% discount on all pet and home-sitting assignments.

Telephone 01763 262102 LEATHER GOODS SageBrown A 10% discount on any purchase of SageBrown’s luxury leather products either in-store or online.

Member discount code SBCGA08 at checkout. Telephone 020 72875757. 17, Princes Arcade, Piccadilly, London SW1Y 6DS JEWELLERY Ian Norrington A 15% discount on jewellery, including high quality signet rings, from Farnham-based jeweller, Ian Norrington. Telephone 01252 820585. Signets & Cyphers A discount of £50 is available to members on quoting refererence CGA2011. Telephone 01548 831070. HEALTH White Cloud Save up to £75 with a 20% discount on theraputic Magniwool underblankets, seat pads and cushions. Quote CGA09 Telephone 01989 721010 Please note that all services, privileges and benefits are subject to change.

Offers may be amended or withdrawn without prior notice.

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION CGA Travel Service The CGA Travel Service is operated by WEXAS Travel, offering a personalised travel service from its offices on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. For travel to Europe - 020 7838 5940 For travel to the Far East/Australasia: 020 7838 5941 For travel to the Americas/Caribbean: 020 7838 5942 For travel to the Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean: 020 7838 5943 For cruise information: 020 7838 5944 Mansley Apartments CGA members benefit from a discount of 15% on available properties around the world. Email and quote “CGA Mansley Privilege” or telephone Mansley Apartments on 020 7373 4689. The Goring Hotel Preferential rates to CGA members on certain room types, subject to availability. Simply contact the hotel on 020 7396 9000, mention the “CGA Rate” and have your CGA membership number to hand. The Goring, Beeston Place, Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0JW MOTORING CGA Car Buying In association with the Sytner Group, CGA members receive exclusive terms on car purchases, including new, used and ex-demonstrator vehicles. Telephone 0845 051 7827 Email: Car Rental Complimentary membership of the Hertz Member Benefit Programme.

This provides specially discounted terms with the world’s number one car rental company. Telephone Hertz on 0870 8444 844 or visit and quote the following reference number: CDP 583637 FOOD AND WINE CGA Wine Cellar The CGA’s own wine connoisseur, Charlie Tapster, locates outstanding offers from around the world Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon Scottish Atlantic smoked salmon direct from Uig Lodge on the Isle of Lewis at an exclusively discounted rate.

Telephone 01851 672396 (use member discount code CGA10 at checkout). CGA Fine Food Club London Fine Foods will allocate an individual CGA Fine Food Club code. Every time you order from London Fine Foods recieve 10% discount. Telephone London Fine Foods on 0845 643 9121. Then start shopping by visiting FOREIGN EXCHANGE World First Access to foreign exchange solutions, including preferential exchange rates for personal and business transactions. Telephone 0207 8012 3278 Email: FINE ART & ANTIQUES Bonhams (Auction Service) CGA members receive a special 20% discount off the standard commission charge should you sell something through Bonhams Auctioneers.

Telephone 020 7468 8255 Lyon & Turnbull (Valuation Service) Receive 25% off Lyon & Turnbull’s standard full day valuation rate. Benefit from a free preliminary visit prior to the valuation, wherever practicable. Telephone 0845 882 2794 Lyon & Turnbull (Auction Service) Receive a 20% discount off Lyon & Turnbull’s standard sales commission rate.

Telephone 0845 882 2794 Gurr Johns Gurr Johns will negotiate a purchase or bid at auction on a member’s behalf. Members can also commission them to find and recommend suitable items. Telephone 020 7839 4747 Dann Antiques English furniture specialist with an excellent bespoke service, choice of timber, size and finish. CGA Members are entitled to a 10% discount. Telephone 01225 707329 Avonside Business Park, New Broughton Road, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 8BS WARDROBE James Purdey & Sons A 10% discount on any purchase of clothing and accessories is available to CGA members.

(Excluding guns and ammunition). Telephone 020 7499 1801. James Purdey & Sons, Audley House, 57-58 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2ED Sunspel CGA members receive a 15% discount on all Sunspel clothing and underwear. Use the voucher code CGA1 online or by phone. Discount does not apply during sale periods, usually January and July. Telephone 0115 9735292 Dege & Skinner Made to measure shirts with a 10% discount for CGA members who purchase four or more shirts. 10 Saville Row, London W1S 3PF Shipton and Heneage Shipton & Heneage sell more than 300 different styles and types of shoes.

Members receive a free pair of socks (RRP £9) with their first order. Mention CGA Sock Offer. Telephone 0207 738 8484.

117 Queenstown Road, London SW8 3RH Regent Tailoring Regent Tailoring offer the very highest standards of traditional service. From time to time, CGA members will benefit from certain discounts on specific items or services. Telephone 01722 335151 Regent Tailoring, 73 New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2PH

68 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Crossword NAME ADDRESS POSTCODE LAST MONTH’S WINNER... Joe Cairns of Argyll who will receive a copy of Harris Tweed by Lara Platman. Check your own answers against the correct grid shown here.

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The winner will receive a copy of Beautiful Ducks by Liz Wright The JJ Crossword Can you solve the CGA’s very own cryptic crossword, compiled by our quiz master JJ Foy? See the entry details (below) for your chance to beat JJ at his own game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 D O N E F O R M E R E E L L A O V U N U N C Z E T H R E A T E N E D U E V E N T S I I U E M I T C I S O B A R C A E S C O R E D J E T H E R E A L A L E M A I L R S A Y C H O K E R I E N T E R K G A T A S K A A T I T A H E A D T H E C H I M P O S E A L E D P A N E W O R T H I G A L L E G O R Y A A V E N G E R N F O Y S T E R G T A X I F N I P H A S E D N G R I N D S T O N E J E E M C E S A A R O T A E A R N S T A R T E D

70 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK A ustralia’s largest state is also one of its least populous. It takes up an enormous chunk of this immense island continent, but is often overlooked by tourists who make straight for the better- known east coast. Yet there is a great deal to see in this unexplored region noted for the endless vineyards in the south and a stunning landscape that changes from curling waves, gorgeous beaches and fertile corals on the west coast, to a red-hot eastern interior and sprawling national parks to the north.

The premium quality wines of the Margaret River region are known far beyond the state, but truffle farms, chocolate factories, microbreweries and other local producers also contribute to the fabulous food and drink on offer in Western Australia – much of which is considered among the best in the entire country.

Driving distances in Western Australia can be mind-boggling, but a self-drive tour in a motorhome is the perfect way to take in a state that is as diverse as it is vast. The modern state capital, Perth, is a natural starting point for CGA travel services West Heading out While the majority of tourists visit the eastern seaboard of Australia, there’s plenty to be seen on the much less populated western seaboard, and the inland parts of Western Australia are a food and wine-lovers delight driving holidays, and is known for its splendid parks, peaceful bays and laid back attitude. From there, the highway awaits.

Driving north from Perth there’s the chance to see ancient Aboriginal cave paintings in the Bungle Bungle Range, shop for pearls in Broome and see a host of native wildlife at Ningaloo Reef, Shark Bay and other equally spectacular locations. Whether you’re following the familiar hop of the kangaroo, watching humpback whales or taking a dip with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, there’s plenty to see, plenty to do, and plenty to leave you feeling like you’ll want to return.

When to go Perth experiences 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it a great place to visit at any time. The areas to the south of Shark Bay are best enjoyed between September and March, though the tropical north and remote Kimberley coast are prone to serious storms at this time of year, often making roads impassable. If you’re heading north, it’s best to travel from April to October. Margaret River region Surfers come in search of barrels to ride, wine enthusiasts in search of barrels to drink, and both leave entirely satisfied. Situated on the south-western coast of Western Australia, the Margaret River region is home to some truly stunning scenery, laced with the fresh greenery of 80 wineries and an array of gourmet restaurants hidden among the vines.

The landscape is awash with underground caves, pristine white beaches and towering karri forests, allowing adventurers to trek, kayak, abseil and rock climb. Whale-watching trips are on offer out at sea, among the pitching, steady whisk of thundering rollers that give surfers such delight when they unfurl against the shore. Western Australia’s South West Coast is a region dominated by ancient, tall forests, seasonal wildflowers, serene natural harbours and historical settlements. With so much to see and do, make sure you book more than just one night at each destination, as you can easily spend a good chunk of your holiday in this small yet spectacular corner of Australia.

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 71 Talk to the experts For further information on Western Australia, speak to one of the WEXAS travel specialists on 020 7838 5874 or email A Taste of the Country Margaret River produces less than one per cent of all Australian wine, but a staggering 15 per cent of the country’s premium wine. It’s a relatively new venture, having been introduced to the region just over three decades ago, but already there are 220 vineyards and 80 wineries in the region, benefiting from a near- constant sea breeze and a healthy ground soil. If wine’s not your thing, try the local beer produced at a selection of microbreweries, or sample exquisite cheeses, jams, condiments, olives, chocolates, fudge and ice-cream as you eat and drink your way around the countryside.

MARGARET RIVER VINEYARDS & THE WEST COAST DAYS 1 - 2 On arrival in Perth, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. There is plenty of time to see both Perth and Fremantle, while we also highly recommend taking a cruise on the Swan River. DAY 3 Collect your hire car and head down the coast to the Margaret River region. DAY 4 Meet a local representative from Margaret River Discovery Tours and join their ‘Best of the Best Wine Tour’. DAYS 5 - 6 A day at leisure allows the chance to relax or see more of this hugely popular part of Western Australia. From there, drive on to Pemberton, where you’ll stay overnight.

DAYS 7 - 8 The following day continue on to Karma Chalets near Denmark, where you’ll spend the next two nights. A highlight here is the West Cape Howe walk with local expert, Dr Dave. DAY 9 Drive to Albany, taking in the fine scenery on the way. DAYS 10 - 11 Return to Perth in your own time, stopping at some of the local scenic spots en route. Return your hire car after a final night in Perth. OFFER All of theWEXASTravel trips are tailor-made to your exact needs.The sample itinerary above costs from £2920pp and includes return flights, car hire and ground arrangements as specified, for departures from April to June 2012.

Prices are subject to change and availability.

Wonderful waves at Surfers Point in Margaret River

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Islands in the Sun surrounded by limpid seas teeming with marine life are the appeal of Fiji’s enticing outer islands. Some of these are deserted spots that can be visited on island-hopping cruises, while other islands contain world-class resorts where guests can live out their Pacific island dreams in comfort and style. YASAWA ISLANDS This long, thin chain of volcanic islands to the north-west of Viti Levu is rightly regarded as one of Fiji’s outstanding natural attractions, with a landscape of jagged peaks, calm bays and awe-inspiring beaches.

Island-hopping cruises are a good way to get around, Sun-soaked Fiji is blessed with 333 islands, many uninhabited, almost all fringed by white-sand beaches and clear waters that offer superb opportunities for swimming, surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. The abundant seas reveal vivid displays of soft corals. Reef sharks, blue ribbon eels, barracuda and spotted sweetlips are just a few of the many hundred marine species that can be sighted – and it was Fiji’s incredible underwater life that led explorer, film- maker and WEXAS Honorary President Dr Jean-Michel Cousteau to set up an eco- sensitive resort on Vanua Levu.

Most Fijians live on the main island of Viti Levu, which contains the nation’s capital, Suva. However, most travellers arrive in Fiji – one of the most accessible of all the Pacific island nations – via the international airport at Nadi on the west coast. From there, the Yasawa, Mamanuca and other outer island groups can be easily accessed by boat or seaplane, and a tremendous choice of luxurious resorts awaits. Each will delight in showing you its own small corner of Pacific paradise, but wherever you decide to go you’ll be met by generous Fijians and welcomed with a smile and the friendly greeting, “Bula”.

OUTER ISLANDS Coral cays and tropical beaches For an idyllic South Pacific getaway, nothing can top the Fijian archipelago CGA travel services Left: Say cheese! A typical Fijian wooden carving

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 73 All of the WEXAS Travel trips are tailor made to your exact needs. A sample itinerary combining a stay at one of Fiji’s top resorts and a classic Blue Lagoon cruise costs from £2855pp* based on twin share, and on departures from April to December 2012. The cost includes return flights to Fiji with Air New Zealand, 5 nights on a bed and breakfast basis at the Sofitel Denarau, a 4 day/3 night Blue Lagoon cruise (full board, Hibiscus Deck room type) and one more night at Sofitel (B&B Resort Room type) to finish the trip.

Prices vary by exact departure date and are subject to availability.

Offer Talk to the experts - For further information on this exclusive offer, speak to one of the WEXAS Fiji specialists on 020 7838 5874 or email providing the means to see a number of islands and the many snorkelling reefs that lie between them. Waya, Tavewa and Turtle islands are some of the best known of the 30 or so islands that comprise the Yasawa group. Tavewa and Turtle Island sit beside Blue Lagoon Bay, known for its turquoise waters and for the 1980 movie The Blue Lagoon, which was filmed around the Yasawas. MAMANUCA ISLANDS Situated beneath the Yasawas and visible from Nadi on the mainland, the Mamanucas are a hugely popular cluster of islands.

Several of the islands in the group are submerged at high tide; others are high enough above sea level to sustain villages and holiday resorts – it was in this area that resort tourism was first established in Fiji.

The surrounding reefs are home to pelagic and reef fish that feed on nutrients swept in by strong currents. They’re joined by schools of barracuda and trevally, clown fish, eagle rays, bronze whale sharks and countless other marine species, all of which can be seen among the corals in the clear, warm waters. TAVEUNI ISLAND Another of Fiji’s island gems, Taveuni has been dubbed ‘The Garden Island’. A thousand- metre-high volcanic ridge is an imposing feature on this mountainous island, much of which is protected within the Bouma National Heritage Park. This swathe of lush rainforest is home to an immense variety of native birdlife – from wild chickens to more exotic species such as kula lorikeets, red-breasted musk parrots, honeyeaters, silktails, goshawks, ferntails and orange breasted doves.

There is unique flora, too, with the rare Tagimaucia flower – which blooms between October and January – growing in fertile soils around the island’s crater lake. The wildlife out to sea is just as impressive, with some of the world’s best reefs close by providing superb opportunities for snorkelling and diving.

CRUISING IN FIJI The Blue Lagoon Cruise Departing from Lautoka to the north of Nadi, this cruise operator runs three-, four- and seven-day cruises of the Yasawa Islands, together with a seven day historical and cultural cruise to the country’s second largest island, Vanua Levu, and remote outlying islands. Swimming in clear lagoons, snorkelling over pristine reefs and visiting island villages are typical activities while aboard the 34-cabin catamaran, the MV Fiji Princess or the MV Mystique Princess, a luxurious mini-cruiser with 35 suites.

74 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK CGA travel services ON THE CREST OF A WAVE THE MAYAN WORLD This year, 2012, signifies the end of the Mayan Calendar, a point when the solar system will complete a cycle of some 26,000- years.

To celebrate this significant cultural event, the Mexican President Felipe Calderon has announced the launch of Munda Maya 2012 (Mayan World 2012), a countrywide celebration of Mexico’s impressive and rich cultural heritage. The pre-Columbian and classical Mayan worlds occupied up to half of modern day Mexico, and almost three quarters of the ruins of these great civilisations are to be found in the south of the country. Ten archaeological sites, in the five southern states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Yucatan will be included in the Munda Maya celebrations, including six of Mexico’s 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – among the most found in any one country.

These fascinating sites include Izapa in Chiapas, a settlement which was established as early as 1500BC, Tulúm in Quintana Roo, a pre-Columbian walled city and one of the best-preserved coastal Mayan sites and the impressive Chichen Itza in Yucatan, with the dominating stepped pyramid of Temple of Kukulkan, which has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The remaining sites include Edzná, Calakmul, Palenque, Cobá, Comalcalco, Pomoná and Uxmal. The end of the Mayan calendar’s cycle is the perfect chance to celebrate the great cultural, historical and human heritage that Mexico possesses and presents a great opportunity to share this extraordinary Mayan history while exploring these fascinating sites.

MEXICAN GASTRONOMY UNESCO recently recognised Mexican cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a rare and valued accolade which only two other world cuisines (French and Mediterranean) can boast of. Mexico’s food is a wonderful expression of the encounter of different cultures and tastes, taking influence from many corners of the modern world, from Spain to China, France to Italy, mixed with the pre-Hispanic traditional Mexican dishes of the past. Mexico introduced vanilla, corn and tomatoes, as well as a great variety of chillies and chocolate to the world’s market place, ingredients which have in turn influenced cultures and cuisines across the globe.

Mexican food has already achieved a 15 per cent share of the ethnic food market in the UK and this only continues to grow, highlighting the growing influence of this special cuisine in the wider international audience. The UNESCO declaration protects Mexico’s special cuisine as a unique cultural tradition, which should be preserved and shared with the rest of the world. But it also, perhaps more importantly, proclaims it as something universal, something that belongs to us all. And nowhere will you taste better Mexican food than in Mexico itself. Discover all this and more on a 13-day independent tour of Colonial & Mayan Mexico.

UNESCO recognition of Mexico’s cultural riches makes 2012 an ideal year to visit this fascinating country Talk to the experts - For more information, speak to one of the WEXAS Mexico specialists on 020 7838 5966 or email The Tulum Mayan ruins sit on twelve metre high cliffs

84 • CGA OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Wine cellar In these straitened times, there are some indulgences that warm us and give pleasure, and still don’t cost a fortune.A good example is the mellow and rich flavour of a well-made Rioja. Top Bordeaux and good Chianti are increasingly unaffordable areas, but sturdy, world-class Rioja remains an inexpensive pleasure.

In fact, the one part of the vinous Holy Trinity still within reach! No wonder then that it is a firm favourite in chilly northern Europe. It dominates the Spanish wine world, and likewise it is incredibly important part of Spanish wine exports, and UK wine imports from Spain. Having been working with wine for over 30 years, there are certain names that seem to have always been there, familiar and reassuring. One such is Marques de Cacares, the innovative and commercially minded Rioja bodega. The wines have been a feature on UK wine shop shelves and restaurant wine lists since the 1970s, which in the world of wine is an aeon! As it happens, the bodega is relatively recent in its inception, certainly when compared to the nineteenth century institutions Lopez de Heredia and Marques de Riscal.

Marques de Cacares, with its extensive vineyard holdings in Cenicero, close to the Rioja capital Logrono, dates from the 1960s. It was set up by the Forner family who were chateau owners in Bordeaux, most notably the cru classe Chateau Camensac and the high- achieving cru bourgeois Chateau Larose Trintaudon.

As has often been the way with Bordeaux and Rioja, there is a strong historical connection to relate. When phylloxera devastated the Bordeaux region in the 1870s, throwing many off the land, there was an intake of distressed and expert Bordelais winemakers and growers that did much to help modernise the Rioja wine scene, and this influence can be seen in the codification in the DO regulations of ageing wine in barrel that is still current today.The parallels don’t stop there.As I’ve said, the Forner family had their Bordeaux interests before they diversified into their native land, choosing Spain’s most prestigious wine region.

Most logically, they called on the most eminent wine expert in Bordeaux and family friend, Professor Emile Peynaud, to advise them on winemaking techniques and cellar design. Peynaud’s ‘Knowing and Making Wine’ is still a key text for aspiring winemakers, and not only at the University of Bordeaux where he was Professor of Oenology. From the start, Cacares wanted to become a modern classic of Rioja. In many ways they have succeeded. Without further ado, I will introduce the wines in their range.

Rioja, to most people, is generally all about generously oaked red wine, and Marques de Cacares doesn’t disappoint here. But firstly, let’s hear it for the unsung Blanco and Rosado from the estate. Quantitatively, whites and roses are small time in Rioja.They make up about 5% of the output, but they should not be dismissed. Cacares make a delightful Marques de Cacares Blanco Joven 2010 from the localViura grapes with a little help from Malvasia. With no oak ageing, this joven or young wine is fresh, zesty and an ideal partner for fish, rice or pasta dishes. Likewise, the Marques de Cacares Rosado Joven 2010 is unoaked, deriving from 80%Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha.

The red grapes are gently crushed, and then the skins quickly whisked away, leaving a delicate salmon-pink rose coloured juice that is fermented as a white wine would be.The result is an aromatic, berry-fresh, zingy rose that makes a great lunchtime tipple and accompaniment to salads or white meats. There are 2 further white wines made. Firstly, there is a demi-sec white called Satinela Semi-Dulce 2010. It’s a pleasantly balanced, unoaked white with a touch of rounded sweetness on the finish. Secondly, there is a barrel- fermented white called Antea 2008. This is not a crianza wine, and it’s all the better for that.The regulations dictate that a white crianza wine should spend 12 months in barrel.Antea spends less time than that, on average it’s 6 months.

Spotlight on Marques de Cacares, a famous Rioja estate Special offer RIOJA Marques de Cacares Starter Offer Blanco Joven 2010 1 bottle Rosado Joven 2010 1 bottle Blanco Satinela 2010 1 bottle Antea Blanco Barrique 2008 1 bottle Tinto Crianza 2008 1 bottle Tinto Reserva 2005 1 bottle Our special price for this selection of fine Rioja wines is £49.99 FOR ORDERS: Call 020 7286 0678 or email 76 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 Charlie Tapster writes about this well-loved Spanish enterprise

WWW.THECGA.CO.UK FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 CGA • 77 CGA Wine Cellar stock items CGA’s Wine Cellar has a range of wines and sherries for members. Prices are per bottle and per case of a dozen. They can be mixed. Prices include delivery (usually two to three days). To order, call 020 7286 0678 or email White wine bottle case Sabina Blanco DO Navarra £5.75 £69.00 Santiago Sauvignon Blanc Chile £5.99 £71.88 Santiago Chardonnay Chile £5.99 £71.88 Undurraga Chardonnay Chile £7.49 £89.88 Marques de Cacares Blanco Joven DOCa Rioja £7.99 £95.88 Marques de Cacares Blanco Satinela DOCa Rioja £6.99 £83.88 Marques de Cacares Blanco Antea DOCa Rioja £8.99 £107.88 Espelt Vailet DO Ampurdan £9.99 £119.88 Corvo Bianco IGT Sicilia £8.99 £107.88 Calanica Bianco IGT Sicilia £9.99 £119.88 Kados Bianco IGT Sicilia £10.99 £131.88 Paco y Lola Albarino DO Rias Baixas £11.99 £143.88 TH Sauvignon Blanc Lo Abarca Chile £12.99 £155.88 TH Chardonnay West Limari Chile £12.99 £155.88 Rose wine Santiago Cabernet Rose Chile £5.75 £69.00 Sabina Rosado DO Navarra £5.75 £69.00 La Copa Rosado DO Campo de Borja £6.49 £77.88 Marques de Cacares Rosado DOCa Rioja £7.99 £95.88 Red wine Sabina Tinto Do Navarra £5.75 £69.00 Santiago Cabernet Sauvignon Chile £5.99 £71.88 Santiago Merlot Chile £5.99 £71.88 La Copa Garnacha DO Campo de Borja £6.49 £77.88 La Copa Tempranillo DO Campo de Borja £6.49 £77.88 Undurraga Carmenere Chile £7.49 £89.88 Undurraga Cabernet Sauvignon Chile £7.49 £89.88 Undurraga Merlot Chile £7.49 £89.88 Marques de Cacares Tinto Crianza DOCa Rioja £8.99 £107.88 Corvo Rosso IGT Sicilia £8.99 £107.88 Calanica Rosso IGT Sicilia £9.99 £119.88 Lavico Rosso IGT Sicilia £12.99 £155.88 Passo della Mule Rosso IGT Sicilia £12.99 £155.88 Marques de Cacares Tinto Reserva DOCa Rioja£13.99 £167.88 TH Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Maipo Alto Maipo, Chile £14.99 £179.88 TH Syrah Limari Limari, Chile £14.99 £179.88 TH Carignan Maule Maule, Chile £14.99 £179.88 TH Pinot Noir Leyda Leyda, Chile £17.99 £215.88 Marques de Cacares Tinto Gran Reserva DOCa Rioja £19.99 £239.88 Marques de Cacares MC Tinto DOCa Rioja £25.99 £311.88 Marques de Cacares Guadium Tinto DOCa Rioja£35.99 £431.88 Sparkling wine Gran Gesta Brut Do Cava £8.25 £99.00 Gran Gesta Rosado Do Cava £8.25 £99.00 Mionetto prosecco do Valdobbiadene Frizzante Do prosecco £11.99 £143.88 Sweet & Fortified Goya Moscatel 37.5cl NV half bottle Do Navarra 15% £6.50 £78.00 Toro Albala Don PX Dulce de Pasa 2005 37.5cl half bottle Do Montilla 17% £11.00 £132.00 Toro Albala Don PX 1982 37.5cl half bottle Do Montilla 17% £18.00 £216.00 Vecchio Florio dry Marsala Doc Marsala £14.50 £174.00 Baglio Florio 1997 Doc Marsala 19% £18.00 £216.00 Sherry Tio Toto Fino Do Sherry 15% £9.99 £59.94 Tio Toto Manzanilla Do Sherry 15% £9.99 £59.94 Tio Toto Amontillado Do Sherry 17% £9.99 £59.94 Tio Toto Cream Do Sherry 17.5% £9.99 £59.94 This adds a nice grainy, creamy character without sacrificing the tingly, fresh, citrus fruit profile.

And so we move on to the reds of Marques de Cacares. Unusually for a Rioja bodega, Cacares don’t produce a young red wine, instead they start with their key wine, the oaked Marques de Cacares Tinto Crianza 2008. Made from 85% Tempranillo, and 15% divided between Garnacha and Graciano, it spends 12 months in mostly American oak barriques, and has the characteristic generous berry fruit layers, overlain with vanilla and spice notes from those US barrels.A polished, mellow and complete Rioja, and remarkably consistent vintage after vintage. Moving up in quality and prestige, comes the Reserva 2005.

Here, the ageing in wood takes place in only French barriques and has a 22 month duration, followed by a further 2 years in bottle. Reserva wines only get released in certain vintages, and 2005 was a good ‘un.The point of a Reserva wine is that it is released when it is ready to drink, the ageing before release takes the waiting out of wanting, as it were! The 2005 Reserva is an excellent example of the mature Rioja style. Layers of rich dark fruit vie with the coffee and mocha notes imparted by the French barrels.A thoroughly integrated and well-knitted taste, delicious. Released on average 1 or 2 vintages every decade comes the Gran Reserva 2001.

As with the Crianza and Reserva, the grape blend is a consistent 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano and Garnacha.The difference with the GR is that spends about 26 months in French oak, and then a further 4 years in bottle, becoming rounded and more nuanced as it goes.A great wine treat for a special occasion. Finally, there are 2 more reds that show a different side to the Cacares winemaking, the ‘Modernist’ pair if you like. Firstly, MC 2008. It is 100% Tempranillo, and spends 15 months in new French oak.The style is approachable and New World, and gets high marks (93 points) from the exacting Penin Guide, the bible of Spanish wine rating.

Finally, there is Gaudium 2004.A show wine of impressive depth and flavour, it spends 18 months in new French barriques, and is then held back for a further 2 years in bottle before release. If MC is New World in style, then Gaudium is unmistakably Rioja, albeit with uncharacteristic levels of French oak. Rioja is more typically American oak in its DNA.

Second and subsequent cases to the same address qualify for a £5 discount. Prices include delivery (usually) 2 - 3 days). There is nothing else to pay. Special offer RIOJA Marques de Cacares Connoisseur Offer Tinto Reserva 2005 2 bottles Tinto Gran Reserva 2001 2 bottles MC 2008 1 bottle Gaudium 2004 1 bottle Our special price for this selection of fine Rioja wines is £115.99 FOR ORDERS: Call 020 7286 0678 or email

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82 • CGA FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 WWW.THECGA.CO.UK Test of time WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Somehow fictional detectives always make a lasting impression, be it with their grubby Mackintosh, opera and fast cars, or pipe-smoking. None is more memorable than the original, Sherlock Holmes, but how does he match up to a more recent arrival to the genre? Have you developed an affection for the Scandinavian sensation, or do your allegiances remain with Holmes from home? Let us know by emailing V DETECTIVES S P E C I F I C A T I O N S Name: SHERLOCK HOLMES Date of Birth: 1854 (estimate) Nationality: British Home City: London Crimes solved: 60 First Appeared: 1887 Side Kick: Doctor Watson Signature Kit: Deerstalker Hat Drug of Choice: Cocaine DETECTIVES S P E C I F I C A T I O N S Name: SARAH LUND Date of Birth: 1968 Nationality: Danish Home City: Copenhagen Crimes Solved: 2 so far First Appeared: 2007 Side Kicks: Don’t last long Signature Kit: Faroese Jumper Drug of Choice: Nicotine Chewing Gum Two dour detectives separated by time, space and gender.

But Sherlock Holmes and Sarah Lund have more in common that first appears to be the case. They’re both ruthlessly devoted to their jobs and have an uncanny eye for what others easily miss. One is a familiar part of our country’s culture, the other a recent television import from Denmark, but both are marked out by their skill at solving the most well thought out crimes. The well-loved London-based “consulting detective” Sherlock Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to take almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. He first appeared in publication in 1887, and was featured in four novels and 56 short stories until 1927.

Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, said that his character was inspired by Dr. Joseph Bell, noted for drawing large conclusions from the smallest observations. Holmes’s primary intellectual detection method is induction, which Holmes rather inaccurately calls deduction. “From a drop of water,” he writes, “a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other,” and he remains a great inspiration for forensic science, especially for the way his acute study of a crime scene yields small clues as to the precise sequence of events.

Domestically and socially speaking, however, Holmes is somewhat lacking. What appears to others as chaos is to him a wealth of useful information, and throughout the stories, Holmes dives into his apparent mess of random papers and artefacts, only to retrieve precisely the specific document or eclectic item he was looking for. He lives outside of social norms; Watson frequently makes note of Holmes’s erratic eating habits and the detective is often described as starving himself at times of intense intellectual activity. He’s a loner and does not strive to make friends, and characteristically attributes his solitary ways to his particular interests and his mopey disposition.

The gritty underside of normally-perky Copenhagen is where we find our modern day fictional detective. Enigmatic Dane Sarah Lund is a small, Nicorette-chewing, Christmas-jumper-wearing, sleep deprived, borderline sociopathic, disturbingly affectless and scarily stary police commissioner who first appeared on our screens a year ago. Like Holmes, she doesn’t adhere to social norms and in contrast to more typical female TV detectives her grooming regime consists of hot water, a cup of coffee and an elastic band for her hair.

The series called Forbrydelsen, translated as The Killing, was made in Denmark in 2007 and transferred to BBC 4 in 2011. Never has a rainy, subtitled series attracted so many viewers, and Sarah Lund has become a cult figure. In series one she proved to be a loner guided by a superior intelligence who pursues her investigation ruthlessly, stepping on the toes of town hall politicos and lame-brained bosses alike, treating her male colleague Jan Meyer as part-chump and part-servant, hardly ever sparing the feelings of the bereaved parents of the girl whose murder she’s attempting to solve when she turns up, Columbo-like, with just one more question.

Like Holmes, Lund pushes emotional issues to one side in the single minded pursuit of solving the crime at hand, and one suspects that if he had his chance to turn his magnifying glass upon her, Holmes would find Lund very much up to scratch.


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