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New Year, New Leader marks new beginnings for The Corrymeela Community


26 January 2011

 The Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s leading peace building organisation, has appointed a new Leader to take it into the next decade.

Following the death of its Leader and Chief Executive Dr David Stevens last May, the Community has appointed Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal OBE, as his successor. 

Kate Pettis MBE, Interim Leader of the Corrymeela Community said, "Inderjit brings to us gifts in abundance. His life's work, informed by Christian principles, has been centred on peace building and is evidenced in his commitment to the building of inter-faith relationships and to working for the achievement of racial justice. We believe our vision for the future which inspired the creation of Corrymeela is safe in his hands and we look forward to his leadership."

A Methodist minister, theologian and former President of the British Methodist Conference, Dr Bhogal has been Chief Executive of the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum and United Faiths - its youth council - since 2005. Inderjit is also the Chair and founder of the much acclaimed City of Sanctuary, a national movement committed to building a culture of welcome and hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Of accepting the role, Inderjit said: “David has left a great legacy. I am privileged to succeed him and delighted to accept this role. Diversity is much more complex now. Future peace in Northern Ireland will grow from the ability of people from many different traditions to accommodate their differences and build on their similarities. I am looking forward to life and ministry in Northern Ireland and being part of the future of Corrymeela.”

The Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s leading peace building organisation, has appointed a new Leader to take it into the next decade.
Following the death of its Leader and Chief Executive Dr David Stevens last May, the Community has appointed Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal OBE, as his successor. 
Kate Pettis MBE, Interim Leader of the Corrymeela Community said, "Inderjit brings to us gifts in abundance. His life's work, informed by Christian principles, has been centred on peace building and is evidenced in his commitment to the building of inter-faith relationships and to working for the achievement of racial justice. We believe our vision for the future which inspired the creation of Corrymeela is safe in his hands and we look forward to his leadership."
A Methodist minister, theologian and former President of the British Methodist Conference, Dr Bhogal has been Chief Executive of the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum and United Faiths - its youth council - since 2005. Inderjit is also the Chair and founder of the much acclaimed City of Sanctuary, a national movement committed to building a culture of welcome and hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK.
Of accepting the role, Inderjit said: “David has left a great legacy. I am privileged to succeed him and delighted to accept this role. Diversity is much more complex now. Future peace in Northern Ireland will grow from the ability of people from many different traditions to accommodate their differences and build on their similarities. I am looking forward to life and ministry in Northern Ireland and being part of the future of Corrymeela.”
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Catwalk Cool: City Gets Runway Ready as West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK Returns


20 January 2011

Northern Ireland’s leading fashion event, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK, is back this spring with an exciting five day schedule of runway shows and chic events which will kick off on Wednesday 09 March 2011. Almost 2500 audience members can once again, expect fabulous fashions, show stopping style, gorgeous goodie bags and of course refreshing West Coast Cooler, which will add extra sparkle to the jam-packed schedule.

Organiser Cathy Martin said: “We are so excited about our eleventh season and are absolutely delighted to announce Miss Universe Ireland, Roz Purcell, as the face of this year’s West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK – we hope you will be as wowed by our campaign as we were! This season is all about colour, fun and glamour, and we are looking forward to welcoming our audience back for another wonderful event.”

Following on from the success of last season, the multi-award-winning fashion extravaganza will once again open in Victoria Square’s underground car park with not one, but two, show stopping catwalk showcases. Anchor tenant, House of Fraser, will launch their spring/summer 2011 collection in an early evening show featuring the hottest trends from brands such as Therapy, Untold, Linea, Label Lab and the iconic Biba among others. And at 8pm it’s the turn of Victoria Square’s other top stores, including Cruise, Reiss, Ted Baker and Urban Outfitters, to take their new season’s looks to the runway.

Michelle Jackson, store manager at House of Fraser said: “Although we have done lots of smaller shows in-store and taken part in many fashion events, this show will be our biggest ever standalone fashion show since opening in March 2008. Audiences can expect to see around eighty looks from across all our brands. And we’ll even be selling a limited number of tickets to our show in-store. With our expert styling and personal shopper team, we’ll be sure to really wow our customers.” Lindsey Loughlin, marketing manager at Victoria Square, added: “Our stores are looking forward to another sell-out show in the car park. For those who didn’t make it last season, it was a huge success with the audiences and so we’re delighted to take part again.”

On Thursday 10 March, the catwalk moves to the Europa FASHIONWEEK centre in Glengall Street, where a night of designer delights follows. Local design talents Una Rodden, Grainne Maher, Zoe Boomer and Lizzie Agnew will showcase their collections alongside the region’s top boutiques such as SarahJane Boutique in Magherafelt, The Boudoir Dungannon and Candy Plum in Hillsborough. Two of the Lisburn Road’s top stores, Jourdan and Blush will also take their designers to the runway where one of the highlights will be when X Factor judge Dannii Minogue’s Project D collection makes its catwalk debut in Ireland as part Blush’s showcase. Eye candy will be provided courtesy of online store, The Undie Factory, who will have a sexy and stylish range of men’s underwear on show.

The high street night on Friday 11 March will showcase a mixture of stores – from French Connection and Exhibit to Lipsy and Hot Diamonds as well as selection from CastleCourt stores including Miss Selfridge, New Look, Dorothy Perkins and Designers at Debenhams. Tempest, who will join these high street leaders, will also be taking some of their top brands such as A Wear, Mango, Oasis and Warehouse to the catwalk.

The extravaganza will reach a very fashionable finale on Sunday 13 March with three chic events. For the fashion lover dedicated to upcycled and previously loved items, The Fashion Souk, Belfast’s monthly fair-fashion market, will relocate to the Europa FASHIONWEEK centre for one day only as part of FASHIONWEEK. And for those who want a more intimate ending to the week, James Street South restaurant will be hosting the popular Style Sunday event on Sunday 13 March - a glamorous three course gourmet luncheon accompanied by trend forecasts and seasonal style tips from some of the country’s top style experts.  The chic event, which supports charity Mencap, runs from 1-5pm and costs £45.00 per person. Places can be booked directly through the restaurant on 028 9043 4310.

The finale Sunday also plays host to FASHIONWEEK hair partner Schwarzkopf’s Essentials Looks Tour with some of the UK and Ireland’s top hairdressers, including our very own Paul Stafford, who will also be looking after the models’ hair at the designer night’s show. Other Schwarzkopf salons including Denise McCluskey’s Michele International in the city centre, will also take to the FASHIONWEEK runway, working the models’ hair for the Victoria Square shows; while Hair Traffic will showcase on the high street night. All of these salons will also produce a spectacular finale hair show at the end of each of the main catwalk shows and provide Schwarzkopf products for every audience member.
 
Brendan Thompson from Schwarzkopf said “We are thrilled to be partnered with FASHIONWEEK this season. Schwarzkopf is all about creativity and keeping ahead of the trends. Our finale hair shows will each have their own theme that will leave the audience blown away by the imaginations and talents of our top stylists.”

Throughout the week, breast cancer charity Pretty ‘n’ Pink will collect funds at all shows to support women who need to feel better about themselves after undergoing debilitating breast cancer surgery or treatment.

Show tickets (£12, or £20 for a limited number of exclusive front row seats) are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or via links on the official website www.belfastfashionweek.com along with a full event schedule, details of this season’s hottest trends plus links to all participating retailers and sponsors.

MICHAEL QUINN LAUNCHES HAIR STYLING MASTERCLASSES


12 January 2011

Celebrity Hairdresser Michael Quinn, who is renowned in Northern Ireland for his innovative and creative hairdressing, is set to share his skills with party princesses and lunching ladies who need a helping hand with managing and styling their hair at home.

The one-to-one masterclasses will be offered in the Michael Quinn Hairdressing salon in Royal Avenue, where a one hour session with a stylist of choice will set girls on their way with the knowledge and skill needed to re-create three beautiful hair styles at home.

“We thought up the idea of the masterclasses initially for ladies who are perhaps going away for a wedding or an event and just want the skills to be able to do their own styling. It’s also great for regular party goers who might not have the time to come into the hairdressers before big nights out.” said Michael, the director of the salon.

Having styled the hair for celebrities such as The Saturdays, Mischa Barton, and our very own Christine Bleakley, Michael has just recently added yet another accolade to his list of achievements by joining the hair team on Channel Four’s Gok’s Fashion Fix. So with celeb company such as this, you can rest assured that you will be treated like a VIP and will leave the salon with the skills to look like a star!

To book yourself in for your very fashion fix with some of Northern Irelands most sought after hair stylists, call Michael Quinn Hairdressing on 028 9043 4003.

BEAT THE STATISTICS AND MAINTAIN NEW YEAR DIET PLANS WITH UNISLIM HEALTHY TIPS


04 January 2011

The New Year, for many, brings with it a guilty conscience of seasonal overindulgence and resolutions to eat and live more healthily.  A report for M&S has suggested that in Belfast alone, 33% of the population plan to begin a diet this year, with most people dropping good intentions completely by day 43, so we caught up with healthy lifestyle expert and Unislim ambassador Nicola Bleakley, to ask advice on what we can do to maintain our new year, new lifestyle enthusiasm.

'I can think of no better time to kick start changes in your life than the new year and with the right attitude and guidance it is entirely possible to stick the these resolutions that we set for ourselves. The first thing to focus upon is the fact that weight loss isn’t just a fad, it is a total lifestyle overhaul from which you will reap the benefits for years to come. The basics are to set yourself realistic goals with an achievable time frame and combine a mixture of healthy eating along with regular exercise and rather than setting yourself a generic target to lose weight this year, be more specific with your resolutions. Use these tips as guidance along the way and your healthy lifestyle journey should be a piece of cake!'

1. Eat breakfast daily – always start your day the healthy way with a good filling breakfast. Wholemeal toast with poached/boiled eggs, a quick and easy bowl of porridge or even a speedy fruit salad and yoghurt will help make you feel full until lunchtime. If you are tempted to skip this important meal, you’ll only find you have less energy and will be more likely to snack on unhealthy choices.

2. Snack smartly – snacking on healthy foods can fill the gap between meals and keep your energy levels up during the day. Keep some healthy snacks to hand and be adventurous! There’s more to fruit than just apples and oranges you know!

3. Burn calories with water – water is the best drink of all and flushes out any impurities, it keeps the body well hydrated not allowing us to mistake thirst for hunger and helps keep our hair shiny and skin glowing.  Aim to drink at least six - eight glasses a day and even more if exercising.  If this is a struggle start off by drinking one more glass today than you did yesterday.  If you get bored with the taste add a little sugar free squash!

4. Treat yourself to meals out – it’s little treats like this that will boost you on your journey. Just think smart and opt for healthier choices such as baked or boiled potatoes instead of chips and choose steamed, poached or grilled fish or chicken instead of battered or breaded options.

5. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine – if you drive or bus it everywhere, try to get some walking in by parking far away from your destination or getting off a few stops earlier. With the traffic you’ll be just as quick and will feel fitter as a result!

6. Don’t go it alone! – Join a gym and do classes or of course, sign up to one of our Unislim clubs across the country. Groups can give encouragement and allow opportunities to swap ideas as well as forging new friendships for walks or other activities to keep your mind off the weight loss and the weight off your mind!

For more information on your nearest Unislim class or to become a class leader contact +44 (28) 302 63703 or log onto www.unislim.com

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