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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win A Little Chaos on DVD

Win a Little Chaos on DVD

Available on digital platforms from 10th August 2015 and Blu-ray and DVD from 24th August 2015

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Lionsgate Home Entertainment to offer three lucky readers the chance to win A Little Chaos on DVD.

Reunited for the first time since Sense and Sensibility, British acting royalty Alan Rickman directs Academy Award winner Kate Winslet in the wonderfully romantic period drama, A Little Chaos, available on digital platforms from 10th August, 2015, and on Blu-ray and DVD from 24th August, 2015, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

When brilliantly talented landscape gardener Madame Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet - Labor Day, Revolutionary Road) finds herself an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still to-be-completed Palace of Versailles, she is thrown into the bewildering world of the court of King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman - Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of her employer, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts - Far From The Madding Crowd, Suite Francaise), but as she works on her creation, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him, while attempting to negotiate the perilous rivalries and intricate etiquette of the court.

A wonderfully sumptuous drama set in some of the most stunning gardens in Europe, A Little Chaos boasts an all-star supporting cast, which includes Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Devil Wears Prada), Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Being Jane), Jennifer Ehle (The King’s Speech, TV’s Pride and Prejudice) and Rupert Penry-Jones (Match Point, TV’s Persuasion).

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  British actress stars
    in A Little Chaos

 a) Judi Dench
 b) Kate Winslet
 c) Maggie Smith
 d) Felicity Kendal

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Nature Nuts with Julian Clary

Julian Clary

Coming soon to ITV 1

Nature Nuts is a brand new show for ITV with Julian Clary.

Julian Clary with Joan Lockley

Since moving to the countryside, Britain's most beloved camp comedian Julian Clary has become passionate about nature.

Julian Clary

In a brand new adventure, he goes in search of Britain's most fanatical wildlife lovers, which he affectionately refers to as his 'Nature Nuts'.

BBQ Champ

Myleene Klaas hosts BBQ Champ

                     Watch it on ITV1

This summer, Myleene Klass hosts a brand new series on ITV where eight of the UK’s best amateur barbecuers will battle it out for the title BBQ Champ 2015 and a cash prize of £25,000. In order to win they will have to impress the judges - Man vs Food star Adam Richman and British chef and restaurateur Mark Blatchford.

Each week the contestants will face two fiery challenges - one at BBQ HQ and one on location. After which, one of them will be eliminated. From creating mouth watering BBQ masterpieces to reinventing culinary classics for the coals and catering for the masses, each contestant will have to try their best to win Adam and Mark’s approval.

The first challenge is called ‘Personality on a Plate’. They each have one hour and 45 minutes to create a BBQ dish that tells the judges a little bit about them.

Kuldip takes this challenge to extremes and makes the judges dig in to his dish named "I Found a Dinosaur" – spare ribs with chilli sauce. Kuldip says, “The idea is that there’s a massive dinosaur bone sticking out of the ground and you have to fish it out and eat the dinosaur bone. And you preserve it with the chilli sauce. I’ve never cooked this dish before.”

Mark Blatchford, Myleene Klaas and Adam Richman

The teams have two and a half hours to create a barbecue buffet. Who will the judges drag over the coals and who will they crown King or Queen of the Grill?

The Wonder of Britain - Our
Royal Story

Julia Bradbury at Kenilworth Castle

        Thursday, 13th August ITV1

Julia Bradbury presents The Wonder of Britain - Our Royal Story and this pictures shows her at Kenilworth Castle. Britain has an almost continuous monarchy stretching back over 1000 years, which gives us a unique royal story that has shaped our national identity.

Julia chooses some of her favourite royal stories from the legendary King Arthur's spectacular ruins at Tintagel to The Tower of London where a millennium of royal history is housed.

Julia Bradbury as Elizabeth I

Julia also visits Kenilworth Castle a glorious ruin and the place where the lovelorn Lord Robert Dudley tried, but failed, to win the heart of Julia's favourite queen Elizabeth I.

Entertainment & Travel


Gabby Logan hosts Flockstars

A brand new sheepdog trialling extravaganza for ITV1

From the heart of the great British countryside comes Flockstars, a brand new primetime knockout competition for ITV. Hosted by Gabby Logan, a cast of famous faces will be swapping red carpets for green fields and the all new palace of rural show business, the Flockstars Showground.

Brace yourself as “it’s time to release the sheep” (not to mention geese) and see which of the tweed adorned talented stars will be able to adapt their skillset to master the most impressive of countryside sports.

Brendan Cole from Strictly Come Dancing

Brendan Cole from Strictly Come Dancing

Competing in an intense eight week knockout, the Flockstars include national treasure and DJ for over 50 years Tony Blackburn; former Eternal singer, Kelle Bryan; professional dancer and sequined star of Strictly, Brendan Cole; multi Mobo award winning Fazer aka Richard Rawson; Birds of a Feather star, Lesley Joseph; TV presenter and former Scottish Widow, Amanda Lamb; acclaimed actress and Coronation Street legend, Wendi Peters; and ten time Paralympic Gold medallist, Lee Pearson who has been honoured with an MBE, OBE and CBE.

Lesley Joseph from Birds of a Feather

  Lesley Joseph from Birds of a Feather

The most essential element will be the Flockstar’s ability to tightly bond with their professional four legged partners and guide flocks of hilariously unpredictable sheep and geese around the specially designed, and increasingly tricky, competition courses.

Amanda Lamb, TV Presenter

          Amanda Lamb, TV Presenter

Trained and guided by three young, professional shepherd mentors from three corners of the British countryside, Welshman Ioan Doyle, Scotland’s Emma Gray and England’s Ed Hawkins, our trainee triallers must fully embrace a new way of life as “come bye”, “lie down”, “away” and “walk on” become everything to succeeding, or crashing out of, the competition.

Will this brush with nature become second nature to the Flockstars as they attempt to guide the animals around the complex course and walk away with the sparkling Flockstars Champion Shield?

Life in Squares

Life in Squares

Coming soon to BBC TWO

Life In Squares is an intimate and emotional drama for BBC Two about the revolutionary Bloomsbury group, a collection of friends and lovers who were pioneers of artistic and sexual freedom.

Penned by BAFTA-winning writer Amanda Coe (Room At The Top) and produced by Ecosse Films in association with Tiger Aspect Productions, Life In Squares dramatizes the close yet often fraught relationship between painter Vanessa Bell and her sister Virginia Woolf, alongside Vanessa’s complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant.

Lydia Leonard as the young Virginia Woolf and Catherine McCormack as the older Virginia Woolf

Lydia Leonard (left) is the young Virginia
 Woolf and Catherine McCormack (right
             is the older Virginia Woolf

Together they, and their group of like-minded friends, navigate their way through love, sex and artistic life in the first half of the 20th century, a time in which they legendarily ‘lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles’.

We meet the Stephen sisters in 1905 as Vanessa (Phoebe Fox) and Virginia (Lydia Leonard), struggle to escape the stuffiness of Victorian England.

They begin to forge a life of bohemian freedom, in which their friendship with their Bloomsbury contemporaries Duncan Grant (James Norton), Lytton Strachey (Ed Birch), Clive Bell (Sam Hoare) and John Maynard Keynes (Edmund Kingsley) looms large.

James Norton as Duncan Grant and Ben Lloyd Hughes as the young David 'Bunny' Garnett

     James Norton as Duncan Grant and

       Ben Lloyd Hughes as the young
                David 'Bunny' Garnett

Determined to make the world to their own design, the group suffers growing pains as friendship turns to many kinds of love, in many combinations. But honesty and idealism turn out to be no proof against very human dilemmas of romance, family, work and sex.

In the 1930s, the drama follows the older Vanessa and Virginia (Eve Best and Catherine McCormack), as they settle into marriage and creative success.

Sam Hoare as Clive Bell

              Sam Hoare as Clive Bell

Despite the beauty of the life Vanessa creates at Charleston farmhouse, Bloomsbury’s legacy to the next generation - and in particular to Vanessa and Duncan’s daughter Angelica (Lucy Boynton) - is a turbulent one.

As war looms once again, Virginia’s own mental anguish returns, though her love for her sister never wavers. And Vanessa is forced to confront, through the pain of many losses, the success or failure of her extraordinary experiments in living.

Jack Davenport as David ‘Bunny’ Garnett

Jack Davenport as David ‘Bunny’ Garnett

Life In Squares is an Ecosse Films production, in association with Tiger Aspect Productions, commissioned for the BBC by Ben Stephenson and Lucy Richer.

Written by Amanda Coe, produced by Rhonda Smith (Fresh Meat, Mistresses), directed by Simon Kaijser (Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves), with executive producers Lucy Bedford, Amanda Coe, Douglas Rae and Lucy Richer.

Filming took place on location in London and at Charleston Farmhouse, the group’s iconic base in East Sussex.

      Active in Austria

Active in Austria by Gillian Thomas, Travel Journalist

  By Gillian Thomas, Travel Journalist

Say “Austria” and who doesn’t think of mountains, music and creamy cakes? After a recent visit to Mayrhofen in the Tirol, I also think of leg-aching downhill paths.

This is because of the ‘Activcard’ which my husband and I invested in at the start of our stay. Although we hadn’t actually planned an activity holiday, it certainly turned into one thanks to the card.

‘Activcard’ gave us free travel on mountain lifts, buses and the famous Zillertalbahn narrow-guage train

It gave us free travel on mountain lifts, local buses and the famous Zillertalbahn, a narrow-gauge train which operates along the broad 23-mile long Ziller valley between Jenbach and Mayrhofen. Bordered on both sides by wooded mountains with jagged peaks, it is one of Europe’s most scenic lines.

With this kind of encouragement who could refuse to be active? During the summer months Mayrhofen is transformed from a ski resort to a walker and cyclist’s heaven. Bikes, from mountain to electric ones, can be hired at various places along the valley and as most cable cars take bikes you have easy access to a network of signposted routes for exploring the mountains. Shops sell all the latest walking and cycling gear.

During the summer months Mayrhofen is transformed from a ski resort to a walker and cyclist’s heaven

But as mountain biking is best left for those with lots of energy, we confined our rides to the less arduous paths which run along the valley beside the Ziller river. They lead past meadows of wild flowers to pretty villages of wooden chalet-style buildings where window-boxes of bright red geraniums brim from every balcony.

And we went walking. A choice of short to long marked trails awaits you at the top of Mayrofen’s main Penken cablecar, all with panoramic views over the valley far below. Not to be missed are the traditional mountain cafés which serve a range of sustaining local dishes.

The traditional mountain cafés which serve a range of sustaining local dishes

One day we lingered in a deckchair well into the afternoon outside one of them, enjoying the beautiful view across the Tux valley while enjoying a hearty plate of goulash followed by Apfelstrudel.

Another day we opted for the Ahorn lift which rises to a height of 3000 metres on the opposite side of the valley. At the top there are several options to come down and after studying the signposts we decided to take Path 46 as it was the shortest and signed to take 3½ hours.

The Ahorn lift which rises to a height of 3000 metres

No problem we reckoned: downhill all the way, which indeed it was; a forest track with valley views peeping through the trees as it wound down in horseshoe bends - down, down and down. Three hours later we were relieved to arrive at the Wiesenhof, the first and only inn on the way down, our legs dreading any more descents.

Revived there by a glass of the local Zillertaler Radler beer, we did however manage to stride on for yet another hour, our aching muscles reminding us that we had come down an awful lot of metres.

We had chosen to stay at the Rose, a traditional family-run hotel, handily-placed in the centre of the village

We had chosen to stay at the Rose, a traditional family-run hotel, handily-placed in the centre of the village. It had a spa for soothing away the exertions of the day in a whirlpool, steam room and sauna and having booked half-board we did not have to stride out again for either food or entertainment.

Dinner in its restaurant was accompanied by a different Tyrolean band each evening. As there are around 200 traditional brass and accordion bands in the Zillertal you hear jolly music wafting from hotels and bars everywhere. Mayrhofen has an open-air stage where they perform too.

Dinner at the Rose was accompanied by a different Tyrolean band each evening

In view of our Ahorn adventure we were pleased to discover we could catch a mini-bus along the Stilluptal, a scenic 45-minute drive winding beside the green waters of a reservoir and around narrow rocky gorges to the Grunewand, an old mountain inn. For walking, the inn was ideally situated at the beginning of a gentle path leading up the beautiful valley beneath mountain peaks and high cliffs with waterfalls tumbling from them. Cow bells tinkled as cattle and goats grazed on the green pastures all around and wild flowers bordered our path.

After an hour of walking the path began to ascend sharply through a forest towards a mountain refuge on a distant ridge, doubling its length and steepness. This was definitely our cue to turn back in time for lunch at the rustic restaurant before catching the mini-bus back to Mayrhofen.

The inn was ideally situated at the beginning of a gentle path leading up the beautiful valley beneath mountain peaks and high cliffs with waterfalls tumbling from them

Using our Activcard we travelled back on the Zillertal train back to Jenbach in order to catch a mainline train on to Innsbruck. So it was an unexpectedly active holiday to the very end.

Fact File

Activcards (June to mid-October) are available for 6, 9 or 12 days costing 60, 82 or 103 euros; half-price for 7-15 year olds (free if their parents buy two adult cards). Obtainable from tourist offices, lift base-terminals and railway stations (cash only at some places).

Travel journalist Gillian Thomas is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers

       Jane Austen
  Exhibition in Bath

Learn Regency and Georgian dancing at the Jane Austen Exhibition in Bath

 Learn Georgian and Regency dancing

Visitors to the 'Jane Austen's Bath' exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath will be able to experience an authentic display of Georgian and Regency dancing - and even learn a few steps themselves - this August.

The Bath Minuet and Jane Austen Dancers will be dancing in full period costume, in sets, at late openings of the exhibition on Thursdays during August. They will also be chatting to visitors about the dances, music and their Georgian and Regency costumes. The Thursday evening openings have been made possible by funding from Arts Council England to the Bath Museums Partnership.

Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), the Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: "By opening its doors in the evening, The Victoria Art Gallery is giving more people access to new cultural activities and encouraging the vibrant evening economy in Bath. We're grateful to the support of the Bath Museums Partnership and Arts Council England.”

The two dance troupes, made up of dancers from Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire, are different in costume style, music and dance. The Bath Minuet Dancers are Georgian dancers and the Jane Austen Dancers are Regency dancers.

The Bath Minuet Dancers will be in the gallery from 5-7pm on August 6th and 13th; and the Jane Austen Dancers on August 20th and 27th, also from 5-7pm. The groups will perform twice each evening.

The period dance displays and entrance to the exhibition are free to Discovery Card holders and under 21s; standard entry is £3.50 with concessions available. No booking required.

The 'Jane Austen's Bath' exhibition contains some of the gallery's best watercolours and prints, so visitors can see the Bath that Austen saw on her visits here

The 'Jane Austen's Bath' exhibition contains some of the gallery's best watercolours and prints, so visitors can see the Bath that Austen saw on her visits here. Based around views from the period when she was actually here, you can step back in time and experience the Bath Austen saw and the local places and entertainments so vividly depicted in Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

There is also a programme of talks, tours and walks organised:

Lunchtime exhibition tours

Every Thursday, 12.30-13.10. Free to Discovery Card and ticket holders.

Jane Austen walks

Walks with the Mayor's Guides start from the Abbey Church Yard at 11am and finish at the Victoria Art Gallery and take place as follows:

Tuesdays July 21st & 28th; Tuesday August 4th, Friday August 14th, Sunday August 23rd, Friday September 11th, Sunday September 27th, Wednesday September 30th.

There will also be Jane Austen themed talks on: Wednesday 9th, 16th and 23rd September, 1.10-1.45pm; free; in the Guildhall, Bath. No tickets are required, just turn up.

The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath

The 'Jane Austen's Bath' exhibition runs until October 4th. Outside the special Thursday evening openings, the gallery is open from 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday, 1.30-5pm on Sundays and is closed on Mondays.

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