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issue eleven or & t c A eet m e W ull B y Tomm e v i s u l Exc ! tor c e r i D


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In Issue Seven we were proud to feature a family run chocolate company called ‘Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets’, which was set up by Mary Ann Hess, inspired by her grandson who has Crohn’s diease. This company is now very well established and is proudly known for its quality product and exceptional customer service. The company has won many awards for her product and was made the Official Chocolate of Niagara Falls, New York. Mary wholeheartedly believes ‘Anything is possible with chocolate!’ Why not head down to their websites and see what delights they have on offer!


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features Dr Amir Hannan Living with Depression - page16 Anna’s Panorama with Jeffrey Byron - page18 Ask Françoise with Françoise Pascal - page28 On the Scene with Andy Richardson - page34 Don’t miss our great Pull-Out Feature on this years CVH 1st Class Awards plus meet some of the Artists - page51 Tammie Starr introduces you to a Model Cop - page42 We meet Film Producer Olga Vlady - page74 Ruth Hawkins on Model Make Up - page90 3


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contents 06 Action Hero - Tommy Bull 14 ‘Route 66’ 16 Living with Depression 17 It’s a Dog’s Life 18 Anna’s Panorama - Jeffrey Byron 24 Richard Leah goes missing! 26 A New Lease of Life 28 Ask Françoise 30 Philip Ashley on Artist Lee Harrison 34 ‘On the Scene’ with Andy Richardson 38 ‘Talking Transport’ with Mike 40 In the Oven 42 Model Cop! 51 Special ‘Pull-Out’ Feature of this years CVH 1st Class Awards 63 Mailbag 66 Beauty Secrets 68 George Brummell - Master Tailors of London 74 Olga Vlady 78 Rewind - A Step Into The Mind 84 Simon Says 86 Health and Where You Live 88 Simon Hawkins - Photographer 90 Ruth Hawkins on Make Up 92 Lights! Camera! Action! 94 Locherz Knight & Teddy 98 Ask a PC 100 Dubai - Welcome To Tomorrow 102 For the Love of Art - Vanessa Lyn Dixon WE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PHOTO’S OR ARTWORK WITH COPYRIGHTS THAT ARE SUPPLIED TO US BY INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR FEATURES


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Letter from EDITOR Christina Howard | +44 (0)7713 973640 The Editor Hello Dear Readers, MARKETING/PRODUCTION/ DESIGN Christina Howard Bob Alston SOCIAL MEDIA EDITORS PA Stan Dwight EDITORIAL SECRETARY Sandra Boyce JOURNALISTS Welcome to our humanitarian international magazine where we bring you a host of characters from celebrities to real people who are making a difference in the world. We ourselves just recently organised CVH 1st Class Awards 2016 where unknown talent of real people walked in the door to perform and five lucky winners left with magnificent trophies and since they have each been undated with great success, some have gone on radios/ television and are making albums. In fact the audiences did not envy the judges as each contestant had extraordinary talent and were natural stars in their own right. It was an extremely difficult task for our Judges who are our columnists. We bring you these artists we are proud to feature. Also, exclusive interviews and features with top professionals in the film industry and entertainment world and surprising personalities. Put your feet up and pour yourself a drink hot or cold and journey with us through these pages. Christina Howard Anna Karin Daniel Millan Nicole Sitzler Francisca Mendoza Garcia MAGAZINE DESIGN & PRODUCTION Bob Alston PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITE RAPhotograhy | Stephen Kimber | stevek100@yahoo. QUESTIONS, FEEDBACK AND SUBMISSIONS Phone: +44 (0)7713 973640 CVH 1st Class is a Not-for-Profit organisation Christina Howard Editor Christina V Howard Profile - Journalist, Radio Correspondent, PR/Marketing, Events Organiser, Fashion Style Coach, Theatre Producer, Former Textiles Lecturer, Fashion Catalogue Designer. Enjoys Science, Technology, Classic Cars, Singing, Cooking and Animals. Charity helper and a strong Humanitarian. ON THE COVER: Actor and Director - Tommy Bull Statement of Copyright: CVH 1st Class magazine is owned and published electronically by CVH 1st Class Group. ©2015 all rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the prior consent of CVH 1st Class Group. Requests for permission should be directed to:


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Tommy Bull © Kim Marra PKM Images


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An American Action Hero by Robin Bull Tommy is thrilled to direct a new Reality TV Series called “The Great American Stunt Challenge”, where people have the opportunity to compete for a career as a Stunt person with celebrities and professionals. Who but Tommy Bull could direct such heart-pounding, adrenaline pumping action with life or death precision? The show was created by 2 of the most famous stuntmen in Hollywood history. While the Show Runners work their magic to get “The Great American Stunt Challenge” ready to shoot, Tommy is just about to go “picture up” on an Action Thriller called “Avenue M”. Tommy plans to put the “Action” in “Thriller” like never done before. After all, Tommy is action. While beginning to create an Action Thriller franchise, many projects are in the works. These days Tommy puts his passion behind projects with purpose, things that are bigger and meaningful in that they touch other people’s lives. Like his work developing a project to raise awareness about Parental Alienation issues and being a catalyst for change. to care for a family of 6 kids. Tommy’s dad is of English, Scottish, Irish decent, and his mom is Italian. It’s been a hard, though fascinating journey from poverty and life in the ghetto, to where he is today. Tommy would do it all over again to get to where he is today. He’s an artist and throughout his life there is no changing that fact no matter how difficult life can be. Art is in his heart and soul. Filmmaking is the passion by which Tommy transfers the creative energy from inside to the screen. It’s that energy and passion that pulls people in-the magnetic, animated personality of Tommy Bull. By all accounts he “lights up the room”. He gives people hope--anything is possible. He makes people laugh. He makes them cry with selfrealization and acceptance. Once you experience Tommy, you just can’t get enough. I should know, after a fateful meeting in the clouds, closer to the heavens, I married him! “Wa Lu” (the Pulverizing Art). He also practiced and became fluent in 26 other styles of Kung Fu. With his superior fighting skills that combined real life fighting with Martial Arts, he became a professional Kick Boxer, undefeated 86 times in the ring, a 9-time World Champion fighter in two different weight divisions. Tommy studied and became a Journeyman Carpenter, a certified Welder, and a platform hair cutter. Meanwhile Tommy “the artist” would do anything to be on a film set, drawn to learn the art of filmmaking. Tommy started his film career as an Actor where he tried to learn everything he could about film making. On the set of “Force Five”, Director Robert Clouse (famous for Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon” movie) picked Tommy out of the Actors on set and asked Tommy to take over the 2nd Unit Directing. The actors included some of the most recognizable Martial Artists of the time: Joe Lewis, Benny the Jet, Richard Norton and more. Second Unit directs all the movement of a film-- action, fight choreography, stunts, aerial work and explosives-working in tandem with the Director. Robert Clouse knew Tommy’s Martial Arts career and believed that 7 Tommy Bull Tommy is a natural. From the age of 4 Tommy’s dad taught him how to fight. He propelled that knowledge into Martial Arts. By the Tommy was born on Valentine’s Day and raised on age of 9, he already had two Black Belts in Martial Arts. the “Mean Streets” of New He went on to become a York to a 48-time champion boxer father and a housewife professor of Martial Arts, and mother, who also worked in a Kung Fu style called


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Tommy could direct action better than anyone because he had superior Martial Arts abilities, authentic fighting experience and the heart of an artist. Tommy learned to design the architecture of a film’s movement as much as the execution and realism of heart-pounding action and fight choreography. Soon Tommy was called by Universal Studios to direct 2nd Unit for the beloved big-budget TV Series “Miami Vice”. He also appeared in several episodes. Still in his 20’s Tommy was the youngest director of the series. All totaled he directed 13 episodes. One of the episodes Tommy 2nd Unit directed, “Smuggler’s Blues”, is one of the Top 10 episodes of the series. Tommy directed 2nd unit in “Face/Off ”, a John Woo movie starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage in a movie known for explosive action. Tommy left the film business to raise two children as a single dad. Adding to his action resume he became an interstate police officer and a bounty hunter. He did this so he could leave himself open to movie roles and film opportunities but for a long time film work eluded him, gone and forgotten from the Industry. Until he got involved in Parental Alienation issues, met Producer Guy Griffithe and reconnected with stunt pro Dave Garber, for starters. For all the explosive action that Tommy is known for, he doesn’t think about action but rather he views things in 8 terms its “movement”. With a natural ability and affinity for Physics since childhood, Tommy uses those principles in all his work. He recalls a story in grade school art class where the other kids were painting an object (leaves) but Tommy was painting the air space between the objects. The air space is where movement happens. It’s nearly 20 years since I first met Tommy there in the clouds and the same basic truths apply: Tommy is “what you see is what you get”, he will never grow up and his feet don’t touch the ground. Perhaps it’s the “air space” he finds so attractive, the creative spirit. It’s his life force, what makes him so unique. To quote his mentor, Professor Bill Reilly: “Tommy, you belong to the World”. tried hard to make me believe that because we were poor, it was not possible to pursue an artistic career. Only my grandfather truly understood that I was an artist at my core. ” Back then what was your favorite TV Series? “People always find it hard to believe that an “Action” guy can also laugh; I have great love for Comedy. Some of my favorite shows growing up inspired me to become an actor: ““The Little Rascals”, because I am one! My wife always tells me that I will never grow up! ““The Bowery Boys” - I truly loved the character “Sach” (played by Huntz Hall), he was so funny. Looking back, I must have also identified with being a tough, “dead end” kid. “I loved watching the magical and funny shows like “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie”. “The Munsters” always made me laugh and Herman was such a big baby but then he had that super human strength. “The “Flip Wilson Show”, I used to imitate his character “Geraldine”.” Who are your favorite Actors and Actresses? “My favorite Actors and Actresses are the ones who put their own personality into their characters, it is what makes their work so special. Q&A Interview by Christina Howard Who was your role model as a child? “My maternal grandfather meant everything to me as a child. He passed away the day before my 9th birthday. He always told me that ‘I was different’, ‘I was an artist’. He told me that it meant that I was “special” and I shouldn’t listen to people tell me otherwise because they will try. People may pick on me because of my creative spirit. “My grandfather was my hero, he encouraged me to be an artist and he was the only one to do so. Growing up in poverty, my parents


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“Robert Redford and Paul Newman are my favorite actors, when I watch them I can see how they put themselves to their own challenge, perfection - it’s a force they can’t stop. I can relate, I am my toughest critic. Meryl Streep is my favorite actress - she’s brilliant. She goes out of her comfort zone every time and she’s not afraid to challenge herself with each new role. Bette Midler is a great dramatic actress who also does comedy and sings, a true performer.” Which Hollywood Movie Stars did you find outstanding? “Barbra Streisand is one of the greatest because she’s so multi-talented, great singer, actress, and director. When I was about 10 years old, I heard that she was going to stop singing. I was devastated and wrote her letter begging to please don’t stop singing and acting, that she was blessed to sing like a canary and that’s something you don’t walk away from. I’m happy she’s still singing, maybe she read my letter! “James Cagney: in “A Man of a Thousand Faces” he played both a tough guy and a clown, two very different spectrums and he “rocked” the movie role. “Bing Crosby was terrific in “Bells of St. Mary”. He had a softness about him in the role but also hard line conviction. I could see the dynamics of the role he was playing how he was torn and conflicted between right and wrong. Multi-talented, he also sang beautifully. “James Coburn never had to talk on screen. He had a look that said so much, an ability to express himself without words. “I loved Oliver Reed, such an intense actor. I remember going to the movie theater to see “Oliver” for 25 cents with my brother. My brother left and I stayed all day and watched the movie over and over. I studied everything about the movie, the sets, the music, and the performances—especially Oliver Reed’s.” As a child, was there any actor that you wanted to be like? “I used to imitate James Cagney as a child and when I watched him on screen I would pretend to direct him in the movie scenes. I thought Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen were so cool. Years ago I had a Hollywood Manager who jokingly said that I was the illegitimate child of Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen! “ 9


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As a teenager, who were your Looking back who would you like to say thank you to for favorite singers and bands? motivating your career from “I loved everything Motown. the early days? Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, “Robert Clouse for giving Michael Jackson. me the first directorial opportunity and believing in “Later when I became a professional fighter, I did my me. training to Michael Jackson’s “The Execs at Universal music. Many of my fighting Studios, for giving me the and Martial Arts moves in the ring choreographed to his privilege to direct 2nd unit for 13 episodes of the “Miami dance music. It made me an Vice” series. I was very excellent fighter.” young to be entrusted with Who inspired you to go into such large budgets. So much responsibility for the actors, the Movie business? action, movement, explosions and for a groundbreaking “No one really, I was mostly TV series. So much amazing discouraged by everyone talent. about going into the movie business. Not just because “After raising the kids, the film business is difficult but people would think I was when I made my return to doing it for “the fame”. It was filmmaking I was unsure of myself. I met Bill Reilly, the quite the opposite - I did it lead Professor of Directing at because I am an artist and I NYU Film School. Bill was can’t change who I am.” well known in New York film won awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Bill was “no holds barred” personality. He played cards with Al Pacino and discovered talent such as Ray Liotta, Mickey Rourke. I worked very closely with Bill directing and acting, doing improvisation. He gave me the confidence to go beyond acting and pursue directing. His endorsement meant the world to me and sealed my fate for a film making future.” What are your hobbies? “I like creating and working with my hands, I’ve had many careers starting as a Journeyman Carpenter, Welder, Platform Hair Artist where I worked for great British hair designers Sir Robert Clegg and Vidal Sassoon. “I’m inventor, I own a patent on an exercise / stretch machine I created. “As an athlete, fitness has been a lifelong passion for me, which led my wife and I to open a fitness center and group exercise Studio in Lake Arrowhead, in the mountains of Southern California. The gym was born out of my martial arts philosophies and takes its cues from the serenity of the forest. The gym is all about “wellness”, a nurturing environment where people can workout like athlete, train, practice Yoga and Meditation, www.” circles as the Lee Strassberg of our time and all new Directing students at the film school wanted to study with Bill because every year they 10 Do you have any pets? “I have my best friend Gizmo, a fun loving Shi Zhu, he goes everywhere with his daddy. I’ve always had a love


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Which singers and musicians today are your favorites? “George Michael, U2, Simply Red, Kenny Lattimore.” Do you sing or play a musical instrument? “As a child I was a lead Choir Boy and singing and performing was my escape from a physically abusive home life. for animals and I’ve had all kinds of pets throughout my life, dogs, cats, a horse, a goat and even a wolf we called “Kodiak”. “My love for animals led me to buy a local pet store in the mountains www. We carry many wonderful and natural products for pets to live longer, happier lives. From the store we also partner with local rescues and run successful pet adoptions so all pets can have loving homes.” and learned that we are distant cousins through my grandmother’s Clan, Mary Ritchie. Guy and I hope to find the right project to work together in the future. Our directing styles are very complimentary - must be genetic! “Martin Scorsese is a favorite as well. I love the way he shoots actors; he’s an actors director.” “During the “Miami Vice” days I got to work with Glenn Frey from the Eagles and sang with Jimmy Buffett in Florida. I got to sing with many great bands and singers through my work: Righteous Brothers, Doobie Brothers, Gary Puckett, Tavares. “I sang with Kenny Loggins and Journey, when I joined them on stage, the crowd went crazy, it was so much fun.” Which actors and actresses do you greatly admire today? How did you and your wife meet? “Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, “We met “in the clouds”. Denzel Washington.” If you had a wish to time travel back in to the past who “I was a bounty hunter “I love to watch Denzel would you like to meet? and interstate cop living in Washington on screen. He Southern California at the does so many “tough guy” “Leonardo da Vinci.” time. She was Senior Vice roles but I can tell he’s kind President of Licensing for Who today are your favorite and has no ego about him Calvin Klein. I was on a which makes playing these directors in the industry? mission to get a criminal on roles very difficult because the East Coast and my flight he must inhabit the character stopped over in Phoenix “Guy Ritchie is one of my and go outside himself to be favorite directors, I love Arizona, from California. so accomplished. his style and the films he’s making. He was the first “Robin wasn’t supposed to “I like to watch Kevin Hart, director to use the Phantom be on my flight that day but he’s a natural. And Vince Camera for action; it’s his her flight back to New York Vaughan is also a natural, signature like no other had mechanical problems so wonderful comedic and director. she was rerouted to my flight. dramatic actor, great sense of But the airplane door was timing.” “A few years ago Guy and closed and sealed before she I connected on Facebook could even get to the plane 11


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and the crew was getting ready for take-off. “Suddenly, for some unexplained reason – the plane door was opened and Robin gets on huffing and puffing with agitation about almost missing this rerouted flight and fighting on the other side of the door - to get on the plane. Being in law enforcement I knew that the plane door should never have been opened unless there was some terrible emergency so I was in full protective mode, ready for battle. “There was one seat left in First Class next to me and it was Robin’s seat. I thought she was cute but she was a bull in china closet. I was still confused as to why did they open the plane door? The plane finally takes off and we start talking. She says she grew up in Brooklyn. I told her I grew up in Brooklyn. She says but she grew up in the slums of Brooklyn, I told her I grew up in the slums of Brooklyn. At the time she lived in New York City and I lived in Southern California. “We’ve been together ever since. We were opposites and we completed each other. “For a long time we stayed in the clouds. Robin’s fashion industry work required lots of travel, and I frequently traveled with her. She worked for Dolce & Gabbana and then became the International President for St. John Knits in California. We last visited London when she oversaw the launch of a St. John retail shop in Harrod’s.” 12 Tell us about the Parental Alienation. “Parental Alienation is psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted hostility towards one of the parents that occurs typically in a divorce. The legal system (psychologists, lawyers and judges) often contributes significantly to the process. PA often leads to the longterm, or even permanent, estrangement of a child from one parent. It usually significantly increases risks of both mental and physical illness for children. “I was enlisted by a producer to direct his story, which was one of Parental Alienation. That project never happened but during the process I became connected with so many wonderful people and organizations associated with Parental Alienation and the fight for children’s and parental rights. People were so excited that we were finally doing a movie that would expose the issues and ignite change in the legal system. “I’ve been making regular appearances on the radio show “Parental Revolution” (and others) where we talk about the film project, and how we will use it to raise awareness of the global issues and call for change. “There are so many cases, so many heart-breaking stories. These issues are a global concern. I am working with producer Guy Griffithe and his team, to develop a screenplay and program for the campaign to raise awareness of Parental Alienation.” CVH 1st Class wish Tommy Bull continued success in the future. It has been a pleasure talking to Tom and Robin who really are beautiful soul mates and a match made in heaven.


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p. 14 ‘Route 66’ by Mark D Pritchard Spring is here. The birds have been carrying out home viewings at our bird boxes in the garden and are soon to move in. The tadpoles are beginning to break free from their spawn and explore the pond. The daffodils have been out for many weeks and the daisies are pushing through. It’s now time of year to start planning for summer. We need to think about booking a holiday for August, which is the most likely time that we’ll be venturing overseas. We don’t have any ideas just yet, but a colleague of mine is planning Route 66. I was delighted to hear of this. I couldn’t wait to begin sharing our experiences of our venture along the Mother Road, 2,300 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, eighteen months ago. It was by far the best holiday we have ever been on, and quite likely to be unmatched by any other that we take in the future. I’d like to say to people that I recommend that they should do it. But, of course, it isn’t the kind of holiday that would be suitable for everyone. It certainly isn’t suitable for families with children. The sound of little voices crying out, “Are we there yet?” just a couple of hours west of Chicago would be difficult to answer with, “It won’t be long now dear – just another 2,250 miles to go!” I also wouldn’t recommend it for people who argue easily, especially on journeys - unless you’re on separate motorbikes. We chose to do our journey by car. I drove while Sarah navigated. During the whole three-week adventure, we didn’t have one single argument, even though it did become a little tense in St Louis, Missouri, when we couldn’t find our way out of the city and crossed the Mississippi river countless times before we eventually found our exit road. It was in the early stages of the holiday, when Sarah’s navigational skills (she’s never been the best with knowing her left from her right) were still in the early stages of development. Once we got into the swing of it, it was, in her words, “Like a different holiday every day.” When you live in the UK, it is difficult to put the vastness of the USA into perspective. To achieve this, I began by highlighting the whole route on a large map. I then made markers on this line at 150-mile intervals. To me, that is the distance from our home in South Wales to London – a journey that I can usually complete in under three hours by car. We then placed yellow stickers along the route to mark out places to visit. With all this in place, everything became easier to plan. There were eight US states to cross – Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California where we ended on the Pacific coast. The midway point is at a place called Adrian, Texas. We managed to reach it after just one week of travelling, leaving us two weeks for the second half of the journey. There are two reasons why we did this. Firstly, Mark Pritchard lives in Wales. He and his wife (Sarah) have both beaten grave, life-threatening illnesses. Bizarrely, they consider these illnesses to be the best thing that has happened to them, changing their lives in exciting, positive ways that they couldn’t have previously imagined. 14


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our trip with a stay on the Queen Mary ship which is now a floating hotel at Long Beach. The places we visited along the way are simply too numerous to mention, but towards the end of our adventure Sarah said something that will live with me forever. You see, this holiday was one of those post-chemotherapy, “wedon’t-know-what’s-aroundthe-corner-so-we’ll-do-itnow” treats. These are the words she used to explain how unforgettable and enjoyable a trip we had: “This has been worth having cancer for.” however splendid it may be? But it was more than just a holiday or an adventure. It was a symbol of how we have turned our lives around after both facing grave illnesses, and have now begun to live life “take two”. It was the beginning of a new chapter for both of us. But apart from that, it is a very, very special journey that cannot be fully appreciated until you do it. On our last day, on Hollywood Boulevard, we encountered Pierce Brosnan as he attended the premier for his movie, November Man. He is Sarah’s only heartthrob – apart from me, of course! We stood just two metres away from him as he was signing autographs, but we didn’t reach the front of the queue before he went away. I told her that I planned that for her. I don’t think she believes me. it is always a comfort to be well ahead of schedule. Secondly, the second half of the journey seemed far more appealing than the first half. This turned out to be the case. The Arizona Desert is a spectacular treat for the eyes, with the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest and many other areas of outstandingly beautiful scenery. There was also the enormous Arizona Meteor Crater, where a meteor once landed. It’s always fascinated me that of all the places in the world, it happened to land in a crater! It may be inconceivable We nipped up to the Grand Canyon in the neighbouring that such a comparison state of Nevada, recording temperatures of 51C en route. could be This was followed by a three- made. After night stay at Las Vegas where all, how can the most I don’t like to say that I lost feared disease at the casinos – I’d much rather say that I made a kind in the western contribution to the enormous world be electricity bill. On our way to considered Los Angeles we stayed at the worth quirky Wigwam Motel at San suffering, just to take a Bernardino, before ending mere holiday, 15



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