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MK November 16

From the Editor

It’s November, it’s cold and our fashion expert seems to agree, as her timely column is all about ‘Winter Warmers’. It’s all things ‘wool and outer layers’ this month and I for one, will certainly be considering some of her recommendations. If you would prefer some winter sun on your face (and who wouldn’t!), Travel Counsellor Linda Allen recommends Dubai. Say goodbye to freezing temperatures and dark days, and with around a seven-hour flight it’s a great getaway destination if you have a week or two.

November – the month when we remember. November the 5th falls on a Saturday, so loads of fireworks parties are happening up and down the county. If you haven’t yet decided which one to go to then take a look at our What’s On guide for inspiration. And soon, many of us will adorn a red Poppy to show support for our service men and women. Mark Niel, Milton Keynes’ Poet Laureate, offers a fitting poem that sums up our appreciation of November the 11th and asks for us all to think consciously and thoughtfully about giving our time to observe the two minute’s silence, whether at a formal ceremony or wherever you will be.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their hit album, Stars, Simply Red are back and will be hitting the road in November with a series of UK tour dates. Lead singer Mick Hucknall talks to MK Pulse about family, fame and life on tour.

John Best from Arts Gateway MK profiles an extremely talented artist living right here in the city – Leroy Phipps (see pages 74–75). Leroy is entirely self-taught and has been practising as a pencil artist for over 20 years. His fine, detailed work is the result of many hours of careful craft, capturing the character and form of his subjects. Leroy’s work is absolutely stunning and currently on show until 6th November in the hotel foyer of DoubleTree by Hilton and the V7 restaurant; drop in and see it. If you’re looking for inspiration for entertaining the kids, we have a family ticket to Colchester Zoo’s Magic of Christmas event to give away (more on page 80).

See you all next month.

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