THE new Mayor of Ripon says ensuring the city thrives despite the economic gloom hanging over the UK is a top priority for his year in office. Coun Andrew Williams, pictured, who became Mayor last week, spoke to the Gazette on how Ripon might improve its fortunes and buck the national trend of downturn.“We shouldn’t be too downbeat because every town centre bears the scars. We just need to accept that’s the state of the British economy and we have to work from here to get out of it,” said Coun Williams, who also served as Mayor in 2007-08.“We need to encourage as many city residents as possible to shop in Ripon but we also need to appeal to a wider market if we want to draw more businesses into Ripon and keep the ones we’ve already got,”One issue of concern identified by Coun Williams is reversing the decline in the number of coach parties visiting Ripon.“I have heard anecdotally that five years ago there were 100 a week visiting – … [Read more...] about Ripon can buck economic trend
With the trend for all things Nineties persevering, a new wave of footwear that puts comfort first has dominated the fashion scene for some time now. So much so, that these days you’re more likely to find fashion editors sporting box-fresh sneakers than a pair of stilettos on the front row. That is, until now. Perhaps in retaliation to the easygoing trainer, designers are now putting a modern, dramatic emphasis on heels in a bid to reimagine them in some seriously unconventional silhouettes. Read more How to wear this season’s plastic fashion trend Referred to as sculptural or architectural heels, these new iterations are challenging the notion of what we come to expect from slingbacks, mules and stilettos. While they’re not a completely new trend – whispers of it trace back to Jimmy Choo’s stacked wooden heels in 2015, Vetements’ SS16 pop art cigarette lighter boots and Saint Laurent’s YSL logo heels for SS17 – … [Read more...] about Sculptural heels: The arty shoe trend you need for SS18
Winners of an Intu Derby competition to find their most stylish customers have been given the chance to model this season’s hottest trends at the shopping centre’s fashion-filled Style Day. Jilly Osgood, Samuel Caginga, Manjit Bains and Danielle Launder, along with fellow finalists from across Derbyshire, joined East Midlands-based stylist, personal shopper and fashion blogger Cleo Lacey for an exclusive styling session. They were all selected from the crowds at street-style roadshows. Each fashionista tried on a selection of outfits hand-picked by Cleo, who dressed the winners in some of this season’s latest looks using pieces from stores within Intu Derby. They then had the chance to show off their transformation with a glamorous photography shoot. Winners were also able to update their wardrobe with items from the centre’s biggest fashion brands, courtesy of a £100 Intu gift card each. The winners will become the faces of Intu Derby’s spring summer … [Read more...] about Check out this season’s hottest trends
0 Have your say Is Eurovision about music or maths? Many believe that Eurovision voting is purely political, but a University of Portsmouth professor thinks the truth may be more complicated than that. Professor Andrew Osbaldestin, Head of Maths, said: ‘The thing that has been looked at in some detail is what everybody who watches Eurovision knows, namely that certain countries have a tendency to vote for each other. For example Greece and Cyprus. ‘There are several other “cartels” too. They don’t always give top votes, but there are clearly preferences.’So it is clear that politics plays a part at Eurovision, Osbaldestin said. ‘It’s what we do with international relations that count more than the song itself.’ But he said: ‘Somewhere along the line the quality of the song and the performance plays a role’ and that there are certain trends that can be seen among successful entries such as tempo, key changes … [Read more...] about Is Eurovision more about music or trends?
Liverpool fans have grown to become sceptical about declarations of undying love. “Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour," declared Philippe Coutinho last May. “Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.” Three months later the Brazilian was stamping his feet and demanding that Liverpool granted him his “dream” move to Catalonia. He belatedly got his own way in the January window. Rewind to February 2014 and Luis Suarez told the ECHO: “I am so happy both on the pitch and outside the pitch. “I want to play in the Champions League for Liverpool. I can achieve all of my dreams here.” Read More Liverpool vs Brighton Within five months he had bitten a chunk out of Giorgio Chiellini and was proudly holding up the No 9 shirt at the Nou Camp. That recent painful history dictates that there's bound to be a degree of cynicism … [Read more...] about Salah’s declaration of love for Liverpool can buck worrying trend