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Alban Arena

Friday, December 12, 2014

You know his huge energy, cheeky face and infectious comic wit from St Albans pantomimes over recent years - but chances are, you often hear his voice belting out of your television set.

St Albans Jingle Bell Jog 2014

A sea of Santas scooted around St Albans on Sunday, as 450 people took part in the annual Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Alban Arena

The first (and so far only) St Albans newspaper review of this year’s Arena panto!

Eastenders star Steve McFadden is playing Fleshcreep

“Because I’m happppy,” sings a slightly croaky voice in front of me as we approach the exit to the Arena’s downstairs backstage area.

Chris, Sarah, Tom and Florrie Green

A father and son will be taking part in the Grove House Jingle Bell Jog next weekend in memory of their beloved wife and mother, who died this year.

Music News

Yesterday, 06:03

The Vaulted Skies, a five-piece Herts rock band bringing together influences from goth, indie, dance, grunge and psychedelia, are playing at The Horn in St Albans this Saturday. (20)

Amici Players

This season’s festivities are well and truly underway for those of us who were fortunate enough to attend a performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Harpenden Methodist Church.

Harpenden Choral Society

A Celebration of the Christmas Truce will be honoured by Harpenden Choral Society in a concert in the town next Tuesday, December 16.

Sax appeal at jazz club

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Leon Greening

Herts Jazz favourite Leon Greening is back for a pre-Christmas gig with sax colossus Alex Garnett this Sunday, (14)

Alan French, Victoria Hamilton, Rosslyn French, George Vass

An ambitious programme of concerts designed to reach a larger audience than ever before is being laid on by St Albans Choral Society to mark its 70th anniversary.

Theatre News

Yesterday, 06:03

Taking a traditional tale and giving it their own twist is Horse + Bamboo which is putting on Hansel + Gretel in St Albans next Sunday 2, December 28.

Hats Off to Laurel and Hardy

The brochure for for the next season at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans, which features a mix of music, comedy and drama, is now available.

Beauty and the Beast

A centuries-old theatrical tradition is being employed to great effect in the Company of Ten’s upcoming Christmas show, Beauty and the Beast.

Beastly show is a real beauty

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Beauty and the Beast

A new twist to a traditional tale can be found at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans when the Company of Ten puts on Beauty and the Beast as its Christmas show.

Grier Trio

A celebration of everything Christmassy can be found in a family show being performed this Sunday. (14)

Arts News

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sculptor, painter and printmaker Caroline Russell is putting on an exhibition of wall mounted art, featuring a range of paintings and prints including new and unique sculptural paintings, at the Radlett Centre next month.

Food & Drink

Tue, 09:10

There are plenty of beery delights on tap and in bottle to enjoy over the festive period – and don’t forget that beer is just as good a companion at the dining table as wine.

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Awatere vineyard

Finding the perfect pairing of food and wine is nearly always fun especially with the obvious matches such as steak with an Argentinian Malbec or a lovely soft delicately oak aged Chardonnay with a creamy sauce or a crisp Sauvignon with young goats cheese. However, there are some foods or ingredients that are an anathema when trying to find the ideal wine accompaniment. A solution can usually be found if one thinks laterally to find a wine whose main flavour elements won’t fight those of the food or another ingredient can be added to a dish to ease the match such as adding cream to spinach.

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Some of the dishes available at Strada Harpenden

You’re certainly not spoiled for choice when it comes to Italian restaurants in Harpenden, so an eatery really needs something special to raise it above the masses.

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Ham and Cheese Sharing Rolls

Friday, December 5, 2014
Ham and Cheese Rolls

Alex Porter, Graduate Rural Surveyor, Bidwells St Albans

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Strawberry Shortcake from Katie Delafield

By Katie Delafield, Rural Surveyor, Bidwells St Albans

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Crisis on Infinite Websites

Friday, November 28, 2014

Why not try…. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Magneto: Infamous

Terrorist, outlaw, hero, X-Man? Who is the real Magneto?

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Uncanny X-Men: Vs SHIELD

The identity of the mastermind behind the Sentinel attacks is revealed at last...

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Graphic Novel Review: Original Sin

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Original Sin

A Marvel mainstay is murdered... but whodunnit?

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Graphic Novel Review: Inhumanity

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Move over X-Men, the Inhumans could be Marvel’s next big thing...

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