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Franco Manca: Once you eat Napoli you’ll never go back

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Off of the back of our prior visit for the ‘pizza making’ evening, the generous team at Franco Manca invited us down for a more conventional sampling of food. Impressed with our previous visit and hungry for more, we trotted down one afternoon to give their regular menu a try. We arrived to a familiar smiling face and the warm, welcoming atmosphere – something so synonymous with Italian dining. Each taking our seats, we gazed around the rustically dressed room, now that we weren’t flipping dough behind the counter, we had time to take in the venue’s décor. Mosaic tiles, wooden cladding and highlights of exposed brickwork made up its shell, with sporadically placed pendant…

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AJ Developments

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INTRODUCING STROLLERS REACH, the highly anticipated and talked about premier development on Barton Common Road. With demolition nearly complete, the construction of just 8 bespoke apartments is underway. These homes will be completed to the highest specification and finish; this married with the enviable views they’ll boast is already making these apartments sought after, with current enquiries being taken. Through a gated entrance, this development comprises a mix of sizeable, two and three bedroom apartments, with spacious living accommodation, balconies, an internal elevator, private parking and landscaped garden areas. The Development Name ‘Strollers Reach’ has been derived from the famous pony Stroller, who was the first and only, Olympic medal-winning, Show Jumping Pony, and is…

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Equity Release – Lifetime Mortgages: The Need to Knows

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We hear a lot in the media about dwindling pensions and a concern for our financial security as we age. Considered by experts as one of the soundest investments, property – for a lot of people – is key to a secure financial future and moreover our children’s financial future. We met with financial expert Liz Murley, of Apex CB Financial Planning, to find out more about Equity Release (now known as Lifetime Mortgages) and how they can work for you. Who is Apex CB Financial Planning? For those of you who haven’t (yet) heard of Apex CB, here is the background; it all started with Managing Director Chris Ryan, who opened the business back…

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Isabel’s: Lunch in little Paris

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There is a special kind of aura surrounding French cuisine. It’s classic – no, it’s more than that – it’s, ‘iconic’. It represents the early development of haute cuisine and is considered as the backbone of Western cookery. French food introduced many of the most elaborate, nee legendary, cooking techniques that we use today. For chefs, it is the one cuisine feared by many, yet loved by all. There is a level of respect that comes with French food and no-where locally is that more prevalent than at Isabel’s. We had been invited to sample their brand-new lunch menu, a first for the independent restaurant, having previously been known for only opening a select few…

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Paradise At Home

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In an effort to seek some R&R, I sat down with my significant other to discuss the possibility of a holiday. Like most, we have put in the graft, working day and night to pay for all of life’s little joys; the mortgage, bills, my princess of a dog’s specific dietary needs…we, like many, were in need of a break. So one night we sat together and explored website after website, each suggesting ideas and quickly dismissing them. Arguments breaking out over flight durations, destinations and how this whole holiday finding process was actually a reflection of a deep routed inability to commit (sorry, it got personal). The point is, sometimes booking a relaxing escape…

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Tax Changes Prompt Surge In Landlords Switching To Holiday Letting

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If you’re a buy to let landlord you could be forgiven for thinking that the government has had it in for you in recent years I guess if you are going to raise some tax revenue then landlords are a group that you can bash without losing a lot of votes and they have certainly been bashed lately. It’s long been an investment model to push borrowing to get a second rental property. The objective is capital gain and the eventual reward comes from selling after taking a ride on the property market. Capital gains tax was reduced from April 2016 to 10% for basic rate tax payers and 20% for higher rate taxpayers but…

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Theatre Review; Opening Night at ‘Priscilla Queen of The Desert’

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In a word – fabulous! Priscilla is an awe-inspiring spectacle packed with disco fever, glamour and a rollercoaster of emotions. Having not seen the film, I entered the theatre with only a vague idea of what was in store. My mind was open for captivation and captivated it was. The curtain rose as three divas floated down from the rafters, belting a heart-pounding rendition of “It’s Raining Men”, with sequin-studded sensation ‘Miss Understanding’ (played by Ali Davis) joining them on-stage with a mash-up of Tina Turner. The first act flowed seamlessly from song to song and the integration of pop songs into the main storyline was flawless. Some particular highlights from the first half included…

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Telephone Appointment Booker Required

The area’s finest local magazine is recruiting for a part-time appointment maker. Working in our fun, dynamic central Bournemouth studio you will be responsible for sourcing potential advertising leads and cold calling them to arrange appointments for our sales team. Highly productive and self-motivated, you will be expected to make contact with key decision makers in local and national companies so an outgoing, friendly personality is a must. You’ll need to be tough and resilient to deal with rejection, but you won’t be required to sell anything other than an appointment. You will be expected to add contact details and notes to our database to ensure our contacts are up to date as you go,…

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The Pamper Lounge: A little you time

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Sometimes a girl needs to escape her routine, put aside all dependency from work and home and just indulge in a little ‘you time’. In our on-going pursuit to review Dorset’s greatest spas and salons, we visited power-duo and besties ‘Kim’ and ‘Rachel’ at their brand new salon ‘The Pamper Lounge’. Having both studied and worked in the industry for several years it had always been a dream of the girls to have their own salon. Tired of working within other salons, the girls stuck their heads together and started planning how they could turn their dream into a reality. Shortly after the initial discussion, a potential site became available – it was a sign….

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Franco Manca: Humble, Authentic, Delicious.

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As Robin Leach once said, “In Italy, they add work and life, onto food and wine” – now THAT’S a philosophy a girl can get behind. We had been invited to an exclusive press evening, complete with pizza making and wine tasting, at the newly opened ‘Franco Manca’ – don’t mind if I do! Located in the once Debenhams menswear department is the new and shiny ‘Franco Manca’ the new ‘it’ pizza joint. Gone are the stacks of woolen jumpers and colour-coordinated socks and in its place are pendant lights, rustic wooden tables and industrial shelves filled with organic wine, chopped tomatoes and pickled artichokes. We scanned the room, our attention immediately being grabbed by…

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Franco Manca: Once you eat Napoli you’ll never go back

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Off of the back of our prior visit for the ‘pizza making’ evening, the generous team at Franco Manca invited us down for a more conventional sampling of food. Impressed with our previous visit and hungry for more, we trotted down one afternoon to give their regular menu a try. We arrived to a familiar smiling face and the warm, welcoming atmosphere – something so synonymous with Italian dining. Each taking our seats, we gazed around the rustically dressed room, now that we weren’t flipping dough behind the counter, we had time to take in the venue’s décor. Mosaic tiles, wooden cladding and highlights of exposed brickwork made up its shell, with sporadically placed pendant…

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Foam Install: Improving the comfort of your living and working space

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• Saving money on energy bills • Increasing value of your property • Increasing EPC rating of your property • Improving living quality • Investing in your property FoamInstall is a relatively new company but has been developed off the back of a long standing construction company. They have a vast knowledge of the building and construction industry, undertaking roof works, loft extensions and dormers. In these projects they have used foam insulation and seen the full benefits it can bring customers. They therefore decided to setup a branch solely focused on bringing this product to customers both domestic and commercial, creating more awareness about how this product can benefit customers in a number of…

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Edwards Estate Agents: A strong team for changing times

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It is a fragile time for us all, only days after the recent election turmoil and at the beginning of some tricky Brexit negotiations, a lot of us are unsure as to how the housing market is going to look over the coming months/years. We sat down with ‘Grant Edward Brooks’ owner of Dorset born ‘Edwards Estate Agents’ to find out his thoughts on the local area and the market in general. So, we’re now midway through 2017, how has business been for Edwards? Despite some initial concerns regarding Brexit, we have had an incredible start to the year which has continued through to now. The election worries did translate into a subdued market with…

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A Spot of Lunch at the Upper Deck

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Located in the boundaries of the Christchurch Harbour Hotel is the Upper Deck restaurant. Known to locals as THE place for harbour side dining, I had to investigate the rumours for myself. So, one blissfully sunny afternoon, with my bestie/co-worker Vicky in tow, we headed out on a journey of food discovery. We arrived at the restaurant reception – through the hotel foyer to the back of the main building – where we were welcomed and then shown to our seats. I took time to scan the room as we passed through to the outside seating area. It was lovely; bright, airy with subtle accents of nautical blue. Every table was adorned with precisely positioned…

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WHIreland Wealth Management: History. Craftsmanship. Expertise.

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We met with Investment Manager (and Head of Office) ‘Craig Allison’, to find out more about WHIreland and their Canford Cliffs branch. Can you tell our readers a little about the company’s heritage? WHIreland is a long established financial services company which was founded by William Henry Ireland. Our roots are firmly based in Manchester and the first railway boom of the 1830s with William Henry joining the Railton family who were a prominent Manchester stockbroking family, at the age of fourteen. John Railton was one of the founding members and first Chairman of the Manchester Stock Exchange in 1836. The firm was family run until the 1970s before Jack Ireland retired. So you see,…

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Visjeune: Giving People Their Confidence Back

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With the media pumping out flawless beauty’s around the clock, it’s no wonder that the world we live in is so incredibly image conscious. Confidence, especially self-confidence, is fleeting and it’s heartbreaking, but practitioner (and Visjeune clinic owner) ‘Lisa Niemier’ wants to change all that. The Women Who Started It All With 8 years experience in the aesthetics business, Lisa is truly a master of her craft. Lisa began her career in the industry at the beginning of the ‘aesthetic hype’. Having noticed it’s growing popularity, Lisa threw herself at the opportunity and spent time progressing her training to a high standard. If there’s one thing I gleaned from our interview it’s that this is…

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Luxury Family Houses By Odyssey Homes

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Odyssey Homes has built quite the reputation in and around the Dorset area. Known for their unique approach to property development, the team has once again embarked on an exceptional project, resulting in two stunning luxury family homes. Introducing “Orion and Calypso”; two superb new 4-bedroom homes designed by award winning architect David James. Orion and Calypso are the ultimate combination of functionality and modernity. With wide-open spaces, simple, clean-cut lines and bespoke furnishings – these developments make the perfect choice for the growing modern family. We really are thrilled to welcome these two new additions into our portfolio, further building on a reputation for a standard of finish that can only be described as…

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Case Study: Stokewood Leisure Centre

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In 2016 we were commissioned to work on one of UKs most historic buildings, the Stokewood Leisure Centre in Bournemouth, which has now received one of our low energy LED lighting updates.
The locally listed building is owned by Bournemouth Borough Council and run by social enterprise, BH Live. They were working together to improve facilities with a sympathetic respect to its past, while ensuring the centre benefits from the most up-to-date, energy saving products on the market. Since our work, BH Live is no longer incurring higher than necessary utility costs and are now making savings which can be ploughed back into the running of the centre for the good of its members and the…

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How Breathing Salty Air Helps with Your Respiratory Problem

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Do you have asthma, COPD, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, hay fever, smokers’ cough, cold or flu? Whilst you relax in our Salt Room for 1 hour, the salt floating in the air Kills Bacteria; dries out all the germs and bacteria in your respiratory system Reduces Inflammation (saline-diffused air reduces inflammation in the whole respiratory tract), has mucolytic effects (loosens up excessive mucus in bronchi and bronchioles, speeding up the elimination of toxins), removes pathogen agents (like airborne pollen), strengthens the immune system and restores your energy levels, and reduces IGE levels (inflammation and mast cell response within the bronchi reduces, so the quality and function of breathing improves). Regular salt therapy sessions help to give…

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All roads lead to… Troy

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The heroic team at HOUSE had been called upon once again to venture on a mission of discovery. Whilst our expedition wasn’t so much about rescuing damsels in distress, it didn’t make it any less momentous. We were invited to sample the Turkish delights at the newly opened ‘Troy’ restaurant in Bournemouth Triangle. The day started like any other, we made our way from the confines of the office, in order to explore the culinary genius of owner come chef, ‘Basher Bengared’. As you walk through the door you are instantly met with a pleasant smoky aroma. I cast my eyes across the restaurant to the kitchen, where a custom-made charcoal grill takes pride of…

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Discover Better Skin at Bournemouth’s Brand New Medical Aesthetic Clinic

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sk:n, the UK’s leading skin clinic has arrived in Bournemouth and are delighted to welcome on board one of the country’s most celebrated Aesthetic Doctors, Dr Linda Eve. Dr Eve qualified from St Mary’s Hospital, London in 1982 and was a Senior GP in Bournemouth until 2005, when she left to pursue her passion in Aesthetics Medicine. Since then, she’s opened her own aesthetics clinic and racked up a number of prestigious industry awards, including; the coveted Aesthetic Medical Practitioner of the Year Award at the Aesthetics Awards. Dr Eve’s clinic, formerly known as ‘Even Lines’ on Christchurch Road, Bournemouth has rebranded to a sk:n Clinic. Dr Eve explained “Since I opened Even Lines in…

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Poole Maritime Festival 2017

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On 18 and 19 May, Poole proudly welcomes around 1,000 delegates from across the UK and Europe to the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe. This year is particularly special as European Maritime Day is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in Poole, the first time this event has ever been held in the UK. Residents and visitors to Poole are also looking forward to joining in the celebrations as Poole Maritime Festival showcases an amazing line-up of family entertainment which all the family can enjoy. The festivities start with Idea Cabinet presenting a light-hearted family production; ‘The History of Poole Maritime In Thirty Minutes Flat Show’. A romp through Poole’s…

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The Secret Shop, for all your dinner party needs

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Whilst attending a dinner party is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, hosting one can be a little stressful. The days of preparation, slaving over a hot stove, only for everything to dissipate in a matter of hours…you have to wonder, is it really worth it?! Well the culinary saviors at COOK might just have the solution. COOK is often referred to as the ‘secret shop’ and you may well have been to a dinner party where COOK food has been enjoyed and ‘passed off’ as having been made by the hosts! Oh and the other name for the shop is ‘the cheating’ shop… COOK offer, homemade party food without the hassle. Made in their very own…

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Churchfield; Let’s Holiday!

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Summer is just a hop-skip and a warm breeze away from gracing Bournemouth town. We’ve already had one of the hottest days on record and Summer 2017 is set to be glorious! Bournemouth is THE place for holidaymakers looking for an authentic seaside experience, and a great place to stay. In fact, out of the 6.8 million people that visit us annually, 1.06 million stay overnight. The opportunity for buy-to-let property owners is ever growing in this town and the helpful team at Churchfield is here to help you maximise your potential rental income, by utilising your property as a holiday let. Realising Your Potential Could your property be suitable for holiday rentals? We are…

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Odyssey Homes, Dedicated to quality

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In their third exclusive with House Magazine, we wanted to delve further into the world of Odyssey Homes and find out more about their dedication to quality and just how they ensure it in every home that they build. Who is Odyssey Homes? For those who might have missed their previous articles, here’s what you need to know: With an incredible array of unique properties in their portfolio, the team at Odyssey Homes is taking a new approach to property development. Chris Richardson, founder and director of Odyssey Homes Ltd, has sought an innovative way forward. Chris set up his business in Poole, having recognised the area’s potential; “Where Poole stands head and shoulders above…

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ODC Door & Glass: Clarity in Design

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Look at any modern home, whether constructed in the 50’s or last week, and glass will make-up a considerable proportion of its structure. Glass is arguably one of the most timeless materials in an architect’s toolkit and the team at ODC Door & Glass has dedicated their time to perfecting its use. We met with Managing Director Tim Hedges, who gave us an in-depth insight into the business… From London to Poole The ODC legacy began with its base in the West of London. Having worked in the construction industry for his entire career, Tim saw an opportunity to bring a better-quality aluminium glazing product to the industry. ODC has designed stunning glass systems and…

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Children’s Maritime Flags Bring Poole to Life

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Amazing, colourful, creative and a real inspiration were some of the words used by the panel judging the Poole Maritime Festival children’s flag competition. 15 stunning maritime designs have been chosen from over 280 entries to decorate Poole during the upcoming Poole Maritime Festival which runs from 15 to 21 May. The flags created by local children aged between 5 and 11 years old will now be turned into flags by Flagmakers and flown throughout Poole Town Centre before and during the prestigious European Maritime Day two day conference in two weeks time. They will be seen by residents, visitors to the area and approximately 1,000 delegates from across Europe. Judged by an impressive line…

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Salt As Therapy

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Salt has always been woven into the fabric of history since as far back as 6050BC. It has played a major role in all aspects of life, religion, early commerce and warfare. Even the word ‘Salary’ derives from the primordial means of using salt as kind of currency. Nowadays it serves as man’s go-to flavour enhancer, gracing the dining tables of homes (and restaurants) around the world. The value of salt has most certainly lessened, not only in a monetary sense, but also in terms of appreciation, but the newly opened Dorset Salt Therapy clinic want to change all that. I visited owners Carmen and Mariana at their clinic in Bournemouth’s Soho-Quarter, ‘The Triangle’, to…

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Broadview: Bespoke Shading Solutions

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A Family Business It all started in the back room of a hardware store in the late seventies, when David Pratt decided to start selling blinds within his already successful timber business in Broadstone. Whilst incredibly ambitious, David could never have imagined that this extra merchandise would one day transform into a multi-million pound business. What’s so charming about Broadview is that it still remains a family business, even now almost 50 years down the line; with David’s sons Mark and Ian at the helm, the business continues to grow and take-on new and exciting projects. Innovation At Its Finest When I asked ‘Mike Lingham’ (head of sales) what his favourite project to date had…

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Poole Maritime Festival 2017

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With less than a month to go before Poole Maritime Festival comes to Poole, the plans for the exciting line-up of family entertainment as part of the week long festivities are beginning to take shape. Focusing around the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe which will be held at Lighthouse, Poole, on 18 and 19 May 2017, the family entertainment embraces all things maritime. Kick starting the family entertainment on Thursday 18 May and Saturday 20 May, is Valise Noire Storytelling Theatre as they present CARGO, a dynamic new outdoor performance bringing Poole’s maritime heritage of The Great Quay to life. Watch as the ‘Queen Galadriel’ ship sails into…

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An afternoon with Churchfield Estate Agents

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We met up with the team at Churchfield, to discuss all things property, and exciting developments in the Bournemouth area. Associate Partner ‘Gemma Hayward’ took the time to give us in the inside scoop… 20 Years of Local Knowledge Churchfield’s roots have been firmly planted in the local area for over twenty years. Based in Charminster, their team of friendly sales and lettings experts make it their business to really understand the area that they are dealing with. “Most of us have grown-up, or lived here for a considerable time, so we like to think that we know everything there is to know about Bournemouth,” says Gemma. “There is so much going on in the…

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