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Stretching Your Faith God is not trying to hide His plans from you. He wants you to invite Him into every area of your life so He can communicate the […]

Stretching Your Faith

God is not trying to hide His plans from you. He wants you to invite Him into every area of your life so He can communicate the plans He has predestined for you. As a Christian, you will discover that the most important thing that you can do is hear from God. By practicing the postures in this book, you will soon create a joyous daily habit of spending time with your Maker. You will discover that He created you to worship. Perhaps spending time with God has become a burden to you. During our time together, you will invite the Holy Spirit into the innermost parts of your life, to breathe new oxygen into your heart and soul. You will experience whole worship and complete surrender like never before! Put into practice on a regular basis, you will also find healing for your mind, body, spirit, and soul.Dear friend, it is time to be whole because you were created to worship your Creator.

Peli Products Now offers the Premium Peli-Trimcast Solutions in Europe

The Australian Pelican-Trimcast Custom Cases are now offered as part of Peli Services

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Barcelona, October 2018 – As part of its expansion strategy, Peli™ Products -the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases, now offers the innovative Custom Case Solutions of the Australian Pelican-Trimcast branch for European customers.

In 2011, Pelican Products acquired the Australian rotational moulded case expert Trimcast. That acquisition was crucial to develop a pioneering branch with a great expertise in the advanced design of containers with customised interiors of rotomoulded cradles embedded in the case shape. No extra frames or big parts of foam are required. Nowadays, this unique technology is available to Pelican Globally, including Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Manufactured in the Australian Advanced Case Centre Facility of Melbourne, these Peli-Trimcast Custom Cases are engineered to ensure full protection of fragile and vital equipment. True to the Peli legacy, all Peli-Trimcast cases are military tested and can withstand the harshest conditions on Earth such as inclement weather, dust, oil and chemicals.

“Thanks to its excellence in design and extreme protection, Peli-Trimcast products are known Worldwide, and EMEA is not an exception,” said Piero Marigo, Peli Products EMEA Managing Director. “Due to the increasing local demand of this type of “state-of-art” Customised Case solutions we finally came to an agreement to offer them to our European customers. We firmly believe this will be a substantial contribution to Peli’s further expansion in EMEA”.

With the Peli-Trimcast solutions Peli enlarges its portfolio of over 500 models of customised cases. Peli’s products are designed and built to last a lifetime and are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including firefighters, police, defence, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Peli Products operates in 140 countries, with 29 offices and 6 manufacturing facilities across the globe.

Click here for more information on the Peli-Trimcast Solutions

Photograph by: Corporal (CPL) Janine Fabre
Local Caption:
A loadmaster prepares to connect a pallet of fuel and chemicals to the Black Hawk helicopter.
Mid Caption:
A Black Hawk helicopter airlifts fuel, chemicals and engineering personnel to operate the ADF Water Purification Unit which was transported by a CH47 Chinook helicopter from Rockhampton to Theodore. The unit will provide safe drinking water to the residents of Theodore.
The Black Hawk helicopter is from the 5th Aviation Regiment, Townsville, working as part of the Joint Task Force (JTF) 637 Operation QUEENSLAND FLOOD ASSIST.

  

New Peli 5-Series Torches for Industrial Use, pioneering the Market with a Battery Status in the Tail Switch!

The four new innovative watertight torches – 5000, 5010, 5020 and 5050R – go from close to long distance illumination adaptation, with flood to spot technology

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Barcelona, November 2018 – Setting the trend for decades in advanced lighting solutions, Peli Products – the global leader in the design and manufacture of portable lighting for professionals from several industries – continues its innovation by offering the new Peli™ 5-Series ‘flood to spot’ torches that include models 5000, 5010, 5020 and the rechargeable 5050R.

With pioneering technology, the 5-Series torches offer Industry’s first tail switch that has an embedded battery status indicator, to stop guessing in the dark and avoid unpleasant surprises during your shift. Moreover, the revolutionary rechargeable 5050R light is the only one in the market with built in USB (Output) and Micro USB (Input) ports that provide a full charge for your torch or emergency back-up power for smartphones and other electronics.

Local to long distance in a smooth slide

The 5-Series models push Peli’s Industrial lighting to the forefront thanks to their proprietary optimized lens that makes a clean collimated beam spread for flood and spot modes: flood position projects a wide beam to illuminate your close work area, while the spot position is for a long-distance focused beam. With Low, medium, high, flashing or boost mode options, these torches let you switch to the best light intensity, from low lumens that are easy on the eyes when up close, to super-bright intensity for reaching way out in the dark through the work area.

Unlike other industrial lights in the market, the 5-Series torches are watertight (IPX8) thanks to incorporating a Gore membrane in the flood to spot sliding mechanism, which allows the air to move in/out while keeping the water out. With their type II hard anodized finish, the 5-Series are as tough as they look for withstanding the hardships that come with the job.

Choose the right 5-Series torch model for your professional need

Need a torch of slim design with tough steel clip that mounts to pockets or fits in tight spots? The 5000 is the perfect model for quick access, with up to 202 lumens. The 5010 is the versatile medium sized model that gives up to 392 lumens. Both torches offer high/low/flashing modes. When you need extra beam distance, go with the 5020. With up to 250 meters of beam distance and up to 586 lumens of LED brightness, you’ll have enough light to see past the entire work plant. It offers high/medium/low/flashing modes. These torches work with Alkaline Batteries (included).

With the unprecedent 5050R light get power for extra-long shifts and for your smartphone. Recharge the 5050R by connecting directly to its Micro USB port and get up to 40 hrs of runtime (on low power setting). This torch doubles as a portable charger or power bank for your smartphone and any other USB powered device. With up to 883 lumens of LED brightness, the 5050R offers boost/high/low/flashing modes and includes a Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery.

They 5-Series lights are backed by Peli’s Legendary Lifetime Guarantee (where applicable by law).

For more information: www.peli.com/eu/en/discover/5-series-flashlights

Peli Products appoints Pavel Levshin as New Product Marketing Manager for EMEA

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Barcelona. November 2018 – Peli Products, the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems, is pleased to announce that Pavel Levshin has been appointed as the new Product Marketing Manager EMEA, located in the company’s EMEA Headquarters in Barcelona.

“In this new role, Pavel Levshin will be responsible for managing every aspect of Peli Products’ portfolio including go-to-market strategy development, product lifecycle management and driving local adaptations of new product launches in the EMEA region.” said Piero Marigo, Managing Director of Peli Products. “As leaders in our field, we provide a wide range of innovative solutions to support professionals from the most demanding industries. Peli is certain that Pavel will greatly contribute to help us move to the next step of our development trajectory that will encompass a deeper interaction with the EMEA market in terms of product features, competitive mapping and overall strategic direction.”

Prior to joining Peli, Pavel held a variety of sales, business development and product management positions: for the past 3 years Pavel was with Honeywell Industrial Safety, where he was responsible for Hand Protection/PPE portfolio as Product Marketing Manager; before that, he worked for a number of years for Atlas Copco, first as an Export Sales Manager for Compressor Technique Business and later as a Global Product Line Manager in the Construction Tools Division.

Pavel graduated from Saint-Petersburg State Engineering Institute, where he studied Automatic Control Systems Engineering. He also participated in intensive training programs aimed at Leadership Skills and Strategical Marketing Skills development, together with Six Sigma training where he qualified for Green Belt level.

Spabreaks.com launches flexible gift vouchers

26 November 2018: For the person who already has everything, the perfect present this Christmas could be a spa day or break with Spabreaks.com, Europe’s largest spa booking agency, using their newly launch gift vouchers, which come in a variety of denominations to suit all budgets.

With over 300 venues across the UK and Ireland to choose from, there is no shortage of options, but the added beauty of the spa vouchers is that the choice of venue is down to the recipient.

Perfect for both personal or corporate gifts, the spa vouchers can be used for anyone over the age of 16, male or female and can even be purchased as couples’ vouchers.

The Spa Choice Vouchers allow purchasers to select from five types of packages:

Classic Spa Day vouchers costing from £70
Classic Spa Break vouchers costing from £250
Two Night Classic Spa Break vouchers costing from £500
Deluxe Spa Day vouchers costing from £250
Deluxe Spa Break vouchers costing from £450

Each package clearly outlines what would be included for the cost, so for example a Classic Spa Day will comprise full use of the selected spa leisure facilities, plus one 25-minute relaxing treatment per person. The recipient need not know the value of the voucher, just the items included and will then be able to visit Spabreaks.com to select their preferred venue. The Classic Spa Day has hundreds of spas taking part, across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland at independent and chain venues including the likes of Bannatyne Hotels, Best Western, Mercure and Macdonald.

One such example would be the Apollo Hotel in Basingstoke where the £70 voucher includes a choice of 25-minute Elemis treatment, full use of the facilities, plus an afternoon tea! Available seven days per week.

At the higher end of the spectrum, the Deluxe Spa days and breaks are offered solely at four and five star spa hotels and feature added extras such as an afternoon tea or two course lunch, extended 60 minute spa treatments and full use of the remaining facilities. The breaks also include overnight accommodation. As with the Classic Spa Days, the value of the voucher remains hidden from the recipient who will simply be able to make their choice from a wide range of exclusive and luxury spas.

Elan Spa at Mallory Court in Warwickshire is an excellent example of a deluxe spa day where treatment choices include a Kundalini Back Treatment, Ananda Face Therapy or ILA impeccably perfect hands and flawless feet treat. There is also lunch or cream tea, plus a glass of fizz and use of the spa facilities as part of the package.

Spa Choice Vouchers are available to purchase via Spabreaks.com and can be delivered to the recipient via email or packaged in a box to create an air of luxury and mystery.

For more information visit www.spabreaks.com or call 0800 043 6600.

Get The Party Started!

Bring a little more class to the establishment with this awesome Pint-O-Wine Glass from Hoot! Downing a pint has never looked so classy.

If your day has been a particularly challenging one and all you need is a galloon of something a little stronger than a cup of tea we have the answer. There is no need to keep up the polite alcohol measures, whether you fancy a pint of beer, a pint of wine or a pint of gin it is now more than possible with an additional touch of elegance, all contained in this rather stylish stemmed pint glass. I think you’d agree it’s a definite upgrade on the humble pint glass.

Alternatively if it’s not a date for one turn up to the party with the Pint-O-Wine Glass in toe and you’re guaranteed to make every party go off with a bang. Constantly needing a top up? Top up no more with this novelty piece of drinksware, a fantastic gift from me to you, or for any new year’s or festive socials you may have planned.

So what is it to be? Wine, fizz, beer, gin or squash, whatever your chosen tipple is bring some serious sophistication to your drinking experience with the Pint-O-Wine Glass holding up to 1 pint capacity.

The Hoot! Pint-O-Wine Glass is available to buy online from Studio for £7.99.

For HANGOVERS …

NEW Sorted® costs £9.95 for a tube of 10 effervescent tablets. Available from sortedhealth.co.uk with free shipping on all orders

Given 9/10 by Vice Magazine for its effectiveness in preventing hangovers, NEW Sorted® is the mango-flavoured effervescent supplement for a fast-paced life. It increases energy and mental performance, making it perfect for tiredness, overworking, jet lag and of course, hangovers. It is also the world’s first It is the world’s first effervescent with 5HTP, a natural compound which converts into serotonin AKA the happy molecule. Low serotonin levels lead to low moods and bad sleeping patterns, so 5HTP is particularly beneficial after a heavy night. Sorted® uses the latest scientific research to create a supplement full of premium hangover busting ingredients including: Ginseng, Green Tea Extract, L-Theanine and Caffeine, 5HTP, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, Vitamin C and Vitamin D, and Electolytes. Sorted also contains the following ingredients:
Mood. Sorted® is the world’s first effervescent with 5HTP, which our body converts into serotonin AKA the happy molecule.
Mental performance. L theanine + Caffeine in a (2:1) ratio has been proven to increase cognition and focus with less of the jitters and anxiety associated with coffee. L-theanine reduces heart rate and blood pressure, making the caffeine less intense. It also promotes alpha brainwaves, which are associated with creativity.
Wellbeing👌🏼 Panax Ginseng is another one of Sorted®’s premium ingredients. Studies have shown Panax Ginseng to increase energy, cognition and general wellbeing. Whether you trust thousands of years of Chinese medicine or recent scientific research, either way it’s a winner. Dr Stephen Fulder Phd, author of three books on Ginseng said, “Sorted® contains panax ginseng, which is the most researched strain of ginseng. Countless studies have closely linked ginseng to increased levels of energy, cognition and wellbeing. Ginseng is one of the most expensive ingredients, which is why it is rarely used in health supplements. It is great to see a brand finally taking initiative.”
Sorted® also contains green tea extract, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B1 – B2 – B6 – B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and a tonne of electrolytes. These guys will help antioxidise, invigorate and rehydrate you to perfection.

Who Knew Afternoon Tea Could Be Such Fun?

Nibble away on melt-in-the-mouth mini shortbread rounds packed in an eye-catching tin – with a festive musical twist.

Twist the base of the Jive Talkin’ tin from Crabtree & Evelyn, and find yourself jamming along to the ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ to get you in the festive spirit!

Jive Talkin’ Mini Shortbread Rounds, 240g – £15
Crabtree & Evelyn – www.crabtree-evelyn.com/uk/en

Gordon Castle Scotland

Gordon Castle Scotland is a new Scottish brand creating products from ingredients grown at Gordon Castle Walled Garden. With the objective to diversify and modernise a traditional Scottish estate, the brand now has over 200 products from Gordon Castle Gin to bath and body, chutney to cider. All of our body and home products are made using pure, natural essential oils from herbs grown in our walled garden and contain no artificial fragrances, colours, parabens, glycols, sulphates or petrochemicals. Never tested on animals and handmade in the British Isles.

 www.gordoncastlescotland.com.

SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

THE 21st ANNIVERSARY OF THE

COLLABORATING FOR A CURE

BENEFIT DINNER & AUCTION GALA

Marion Waxman, Founder & CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (Photo Credit: PMC) | Hosts Elin Nierenberg and Michael Nierenberg at the 21st Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala (Photo Credit: PMC)

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY DAWES

Dawes performs at the 21st Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala (Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker)

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation:

Marion and Dr. Samuel Waxman (Founder and CEO, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Michael Nierenberg (Host, 21st Annual Collaborating for a Cure Gala & Chairman, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Elin Nierenberg (Host, 21st Annual Collaborating for a Cure)

Spencer Waxman (President, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Hugh Hildesley (Executive Vice President & Auctioneer, Sotheby’s)

Howard Kurz (Vice President, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Dena K. Weiner (Vice President, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Lewis A. Rubin (Secretary, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Jody Gorin (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

James E. Frankel (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Gary Gladstein (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Gary Jacob (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Matthew Lyons (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Riva Ariella Ritvo-Slifka (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Laurie Schaffran (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Howard Shlafmitz (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Joseph Steffa (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Baron Silverstein (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Marc Taub (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Scott Waxman (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

William T. Sullivan (Executive Director, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

Mary Kantor (Honorary Board Member, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation)

WHAT:

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction at Cipriani Wall Street, featuring an exclusive musical performance by Dawes. The annual gala raised approximately $2.5 million to support the SWCRF “Invest in Research” efforts that fund highly collaborative research projects focused on eradicating cancer. The Collaborating for a Cure gala was well-attended, undeterred by the snow storm and 14 other fundraising events taking place throughout New York City. Proudly, the 21st Anniversary’s gala seating encompassed 80% personal purchases and 20% purchases from corporations, whereas the other 14 fundraising events saw a turnout comprised of 20% personal purchases and 80% corporate purchases.

Notable attendees included Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg Chris Wragge, William T. Sullivan, Dawes, Robin Lathrop, Richard Volpe, Christian Volpe, Alison Volpe, Dena K. Weiner, Howard Kurz, James E. Frankel, Jody Gorin, Allie Gorin, Karen Amster-Young, Benjamin Young, Lewis A. Rubin, Joe Steffa, Sara Waxman, Bettina Waxman, Spencer Waxman, Scott Waxman, Joe Ades, Ten Travis, Hugh Hildesley, Julie Waxman, Lucy Salas, Elissa Held, Jamie Koff, Alyssa Greenberg, Samantha Santiago, Stokes Nielson, Ryan Bier and Corbette Jackson.

After a lively cocktail reception and silent auction, SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure Gala host Michael Nierenberg greeted the foundation’s board, staff, and the evening’s guests with a warm welcome graciously outlining over 20 years of giving and continued support from the organization’s donors. From the CBS 2 News studio, co-anchor Chris Wragge emerged on screen to introduce SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman to the stage. Chris Wragge was the evening’s virtual host, appearing on screen to help the evening’s program run smoothly.

Greeting the room of distinguished guests, Dr. Waxman acknowledged their efforts trekking through New York City’s winter storm in true altruistic spirit. Detailing the Foundation’s major achievements, he highlights advancements in cancers involving the liver, breast, leukemia, pediatric and lung. The SWCRF has seen great momentum since officially launching the Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research program, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging which is spearheading research to uncover the links between cancers. Research funded by the program studied the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer as people age. With a formidable but truly feasible goal of building a $32 million fund, Dr. Waxman humbly invited donors continued support.

Taking the stage, SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan instructed gala guests on how to Text to Pledge, using the mobile fundraising program which enables guests to text their donations. Each texted donation was accompanied by messages of encouragement and celebration that appeared, in real-time, on large screens throughout the evening, the first of them being a $5,000 gift, “In honor of Michael Nierenberg” from Thomas Shea.

Keeping up the momentum, the evening’s live auction, led by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, featured luxury items and experiences including: a Palm Bay Italy Winery experience including a six-day stay for four guests which raised $20,000; two house seats to “Springsteen on Broadway” raised $14,000; also Restaurateur Donna Lennard of il Buco Vita welcomes 10-14 guests for an intimate six-course dinner at the home décor showroom, raising $11,000. Other auction items included a Cockapoo Puppy (winning bid of $7,000), a shopping spree at John Varvatos SoHo Boutique (winning bid of $4,000) and a meet-and-greet with the evening’s musical guests, Dawes, who also autographed a guitar for the lucky winner (winning bid of $3,500).

The money raised in support of cancer research at the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Institute Without Walls and Aging and Cancer Programs have made significant breakthroughs, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer. The Collaborating for a Cure gala is among the top fundraising events in New York City, and this year featured an exclusive headline performance from the rock band, Dawes – the only NYC stop as part of their North American tour. With ‘An Evening With DAWES: Passwords Tour’ well on its way, Dawes made an exclusive stop at the gala in honor of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

The Collaborating for a Cure gala, affectionately known as “The Waxman”, has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Since 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers around the globe. Past celebrity performers have included The Avett Brothers, Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Roger Daltrey, and Counting Crows.

For a selection of high-resolution images, please visit: https://bit.ly/2RPZMee

Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan (PMC) | Lenny Stucker (see individual images for credit)

To view the full gallery of images from Patrick McMullan, please visit: https://patrickmcmullan.com/events/WAXMAN111518

To view the full gallery of images from Lenny Stucker, please visit: https://www.lennystucker.com/p991102683

About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded nearly $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

For more information on SWCRF, please visit: www.waxmancancer.org

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @WaxmanCancer

While wanting to avoid sounding like the Grinch, Americans throw away an extra 25 million tons of trash during the holiday season. 

Here are few travel experiences from Klook that will assure your reader’s that they’re giving the man in their life memories that will last a lifetime.

Las Vegas Luxury Car Racetrack Driving Experience

2-Day Total Wine Experience in Napa and Sonoma

A boat ride on the San Francisco bay during sunset

Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

Chicago Helicopter Tour

Tandem Skydive the Grand Canyon® by Paragon Skydive

Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon Ride

For background, Klook is a top travel experiences booking platform that offers more than 60,000 travel experiences across the globe, available to book online or through the mobile app.

Running / cycling bag that takes weight off shoulders (literally)

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Christmas at the National Theatre

The perfect Christmas present:

Follies

Book by James Goldman

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Previews from 12 February, in the repertoire until 6 April

★★★★★

– The Arts Desk, Broadway World, City A.M., Culture Whisper, The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Metro, Musical Theatre Review, Radio Times, The Stage, Time Out, The Upcoming

After a sold-out run Follies, winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns to the NT in 2019. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical includes such classic songs as ‘Broadway Baby’, ‘I’m Still Here’ and ‘Losing My Mind’. Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 21, Follies is directed by Dominic Cooke. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Peter Forbes return to reprise their roles, with Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding joining the cast as Ben and Sally.

Kids in Charge – The Travel Agency Where Kids Call the Shots

Holidays are among the top five things that children influence most in their parents’ lives (along with amount of sleep…)

Parents say the amount of sleep they get, the type of holiday they take, where and how often they travel, and how often they eat at restaurants are the top things that have changed since having children*.

Speak to any parent and they’ll tell you parenthood changes everything, but new research from travel company Flight Centre shows exactly how much littles ones influence the lives of their parents. The majority of parents (three out of four) say that decision-making is more difficult since having children, and almost half of parents’ everyday decisions are based entirely around their children.

In fact, children’s’ needs take such a priority that parents say their biggest worry when they go on holiday is keeping the kids entertained (33%) – which is more of a concern than travel vaccinations (7%) or flight delays (16%).

With planning a family holiday causing parents so much stress, it’s no surprise that a quarter of parents prefer to book holidays by themselves and don’t involve their children in the planning process.

However, these findings come as Flight Centre launches ‘Kids in Charge’, a new service that sees role reversal with children in the booking seat. Flight Centre’s expert consultants will create tailor-made family holidays based entirely on children’s ideas and imaginations, so that hard-working parents can put their feet up safe in the knowledge that their holiday is being built with the family’s best interests at heart.

Yvonne Hobden, Head of Marketing at Flight Centre, commented: “Family holidays are where memories are made, but with parents finding decision-making more difficult and revolving so many choices around their kids on a daily basis, we want to bring the fun and spontaneity back to holidays.

“Our team have been blown away by the kind and imaginative ideas kids have come up with, from their own weird and wacky dream holidays to wanting to reward their parents and spend quality time together.”

This should come as welcome news to parents, who say it can take anything from one day to over a month to book a holiday (54%). In comparison, the majority said it took them less than a day to plan a holiday before they had children (52%).

To celebrate the Kids in Charge launch, any family that visits a Flight Centre store throughout December (up until 24 December) and books a tailor-made holiday for 2019, or requests a quote online, will receive a voucher for £250 off their booking (redeemable by 31 January 2019).

For further information visit https://www.flightcentre.co.uk/.

One in three Brits are struggling to afford Christmas

Two-thirds of consumers would consider selling heirlooms to help fund the festive season

The majority (65 per cent) of owners would consider selling their antiques and heirlooms to help generate extra cash for Christmas. This is according to new research carried out by WhereToSell.co.uk.

The survey of over 1,900 consumers in the UK, found that with Christmas less than a month away the financial burdens placed on consumers are taking its toll.

Almost 40 per cent of Brits are concerned about how they will afford Christmas this year; and as bank balances begin to feel the strain 34 per cent of consumers admit they would consider taking out a loan or even taking on a second job, to generate extra cash.

Key findings of the research included:

Over 36 per cent of the UK population currently own or have previously owned antiques or collectables,
65 per cent of consumers with antiques or collectables would consider selling their belongings to generate additional monies for Christmas,
Most consumers would turn to online marketplaces such as eBay, Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace to sell their items instead of seeking out expert advice,
The lack of expert knowledge needed to guide consumers through the tricky world of antiques and collectables is clearly felt with 78 per cent of consumers admitting to not knowing the true value of the antiques in their possession,
This is impacting peoples’ willingness to sell – almost a third of consumers fear that if they did decide to sell their items they would not achieve the true value,
Only one in five Brits are confident that they could achieve the best possible price for their heirlooms,
Half of us have no reservations over sentimental value.

According to Mike Shepherd-Smith, founder of WhereToSell.co.uk, this research indicates that one of the least considered, but potentially most lucrative ways of generating extra cash this Christmas is by selling unwanted antiques and collectables.

Mr Shepherd-Smith stated: “Selling your unwanted antiques or collectables could be lucrative at a time when people are looking to generate much needed extra cash. It is clear however, that for consumers pursuing this path guidance and expert advice is needed.

“The research revealed that the majority of people don’t know the true value of their heirlooms, a statistic that is not surprising. These items often find their way into boxes and then put into the attic or garage to gather dust, when in fact, if sold through the proper channels, could generate significant sums.

“Sites like Facebook Marketplace and eBay are great for everyday items, but for specialist objects – such as antiques and collectables – unless you know exactly what the item is, you could end up underselling it, which is what a lot of Brits fear. By seeking out expert advice, you are in possession of all the facts, so that when you do come to part with granny’s china tea-set, you could generate a very nice return for yourself.”

WhereToSell.co.uk Director, John Bly added: “Now is the time to search the attic and see if you have unloved and unwanted items cluttering the place up. They could be worth a lot of money and help family finances in this festive – and expensive – season. In the past, you would have had to spend time going from one antiques dealer to another, but now there is a new online option that takes the time pressure off and connects you directly to a local expert. With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to release the cash you could potentially lying about the house.”

Wheretosell.co.uk is a free website which matches potential sellers looking to part with their possessions, with the most appropriate buyers and auction houses

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE? FESTIVE GIFTING LEAVES HALF OF STUDENTS IN THE RED AND A THIRD WITHDRAWING FROM THE BANK OF MUM AND DAD!

Almost half of students (47%) have less than 10% of their loan remaining following Christmas celebrations with family and friends
Students set to spend an average of £141.20 on gifts, travel and festive celebrations this Christmas – 1 in 10 (9%) spend £100+ on travel alone
Four out of five (81%) admit they significantly cut back December spending to afford Christmas – a third (36%) borrow money from their parents until their next student loan
Three out of five (61%) say Christmas dinner is the best home cooked meal they’ve had all semester – half (49%) believe it’s the best thing about Christmas
TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER – With the Christmas break on the horizon, many students will be looking forward to indulging in gifts and too much food. However, research released today has revealed how difficult the season of giving can be for students hoping to take a break from university and join the festivities.

VoucherCodes.co.uk, the leading savings site, discovered almost half of students (47%) have less than 10% of their loan remaining following Christmas celebrations with family and friends, causing over a third (36%) to confess they need to borrow money from their parents until they receive their next student loan.

With the average student expecting to spend over £140 so that they can join their family in celebrating Christmas, four in five (81%) admit they have to significantly cut back during December in order to afford the festive season. The average student will spend £34.70 simply on travelling home for the celebrations, £64 on gifts for their loved ones on Christmas Day, and an additional £42.50 on socialising with friends from home.

Financial difficulties at Christmas

With typically less disposable income and a heavy dependence on their loan, the season of giving can be a difficult time for students hoping to embrace the festivities without the means to do so. Two out of five students (43%) even say they consider Christmas an inconvenience because it’s expected they will spend money, causing a third (32%) to confess they sign up for a part-time job in December specifically to afford the festive season.

This pressure to spend money is arguably at its peak when buying presents for their loved ones, with almost a third (29%) saying they spend over £100 on gifts despite three-quarters (75%) saying their family and friends understand they can’t afford to spend too much. This generosity quickly bites back, however, as money is at such a premium that three out of five students (60%) admit they’d rather receive cash than traditional presents from their family.

Student finances at Christmas

I search for discounts when buying Christmas presents
81%

My family understand I can’t afford to spend much
75%

I’m grateful for not having to pay for bills while I’m home
73%

I would rather receive money than traditional presents
60%

I don’t like that I’m expected to spend money at Christmas
43%

Christmas shopping is particularly tough for students. Indeed, with almost a third (29%) having less than 20% of their student loan remaining when they start searching for gifts, four out five (81%) admit they target sales and discounts when deciding what presents to buy. Half (46%) even awkwardly joke that being home from university should be their parents’ present.

Joining the Christmas festivities

Whilst Christmas undoubtedly adds a bit of financial pressure to the average student’s budget, it also represents an opportunity to see school friends for the first time in months and offers light relief from the pressures of studying. Almost half (46%) say they love Christmas so much because they get to celebrate it twice – once with university friends and then again with family when they come home.

But it’s not just socialising that the UK’s students are looking forward to, as three in five (61%) confess that Christmas dinner is the best home-cooked meal they’ve had all semester – with half (49%) believing Christmas dinner is the ultimate highlight of the festive period. This could be because most students (52%) buy and eat less food at university throughout December so they can afford Christmas.

Best things about Christmas for students

I come home to see my family
56%

I have a long break from university
52%

Christmas dinner
49%

I celebrate Christmas twice
46%

I come home to see my friends
32%

While the majority of students (56%) say the best thing about Christmas is being home with their family, today’s figures suggest it isn’t long before they miss the perks of student life. The average student is tired of listening to their parents nagging within four days of going home, with a quarter (26%) surviving just 72 hours before they miss the independence of being away from home.

Studying during Christmas

For many students, Christmas is one of few real breaks from lectures and seminars. However, there is little respite from the looming assignment deadlines and January exams waiting on the other side of New Year.

Four out of five students (84%) say it is difficult to work on assignments and revise for exams over the festive period, causing two out of five (39%) to admit they don’t enjoy Christmas as much because they can’t switch off from university pressures. Indeed, the average student starts preparing for exams and/or assignments within just five days of going home for the festive period.

Nevertheless, though most students (52%) say a long break from university is the best thing about Christmas, a third (36%) choose to go back to their university accommodation by New Year because they find it easier to study there than at home (34%).

Anita Naik, Lifestyle Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk, said: “Christmas is a special time of year to celebrate the festivities with family and friends. For students, it can mean so much more as they try to break free from the stresses of university life and briefly enjoy the perks of being surrounded by familiar faces, not least Christmas dinner and not having to pay bills!

“However, the season of giving can also bring unwanted pressure and become a heavy burden for students looking to nurse their loan through to the next semester. As a student, there are so many discounts available to help make limited budgets stretch that bit further – including some fantastic exclusive offers on the student section of VoucherCodes.co.uk. I would encourage students to have one eye on January while they shop for the best deals this Christmas and, as boring as it is, try and resist the urge to spend beyond their means.”

A family winter wonderland at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences

With the festive season in full swing, there is no better city than the glittering lights of London to celebrate this enchanting time of the year. Situated in the heart of Royal London, just a stones throw away from Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences is the ideal pitstop for families looking to experience the capital in all its glory.

Throughout the festive period, the hotel will be offering the Family Winter Wonderland package which includes a Coaster Pass with £30 credit for easy tap’n’ride access to all nine rollercoasters of Winter Wonderland.

Each of the luxurious two or three-bedroom suites offer the space and exclusivity of a private house, perfect for families with young children looking for a home away from home in the heart of the capital.

For more information or to book the package please visit www.taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk

Make an Entrance

It’s often said that first impressions count. So what is the best way of transforming the look of your property without spending vast sums of money? The answer is, to update your front door.

While a new door will certainly ramp up your kerb appeal, there can be plenty of other advantages too. The English Door Company™ uses the very latest in modern materials to emulate the richness and depth of real timber, but without the problems traditionally associated with wooden doors.

Our long lasting, highly durable doors may need a quick wipe over from time to time, but are virtually maintenance free. They have excellent thermal properties, keeping the heat in and saving money on energy bills. Your peace of mind is our utmost priority with the inclusion of secure glazing and comprehensive multi-point locking systems.

When it comes to choosing the look of your door, there are more options than ever, allowing you to reflect your personal style. A contemporary design can update a modern home, or a cottage style door can add fresh, timeless appeal to a period property.

With over 200 colours to choose from (including a bespoke colour matching service), a wide selection of glazing options and an array of door accessories, a new front door is the perfect way to make a grand entrance and give your property a new lease of life.

The English Door Company™ is part of the Evolution Windows, who specialize in timber alternative products. We employ traditionally skilled craftsmen, as well as technicians, in our Bedfordshire factory, to ensure exceptional quality.
Priced from £1850 including installation. For further information visit www.evolutionwindows.com or call 0800 773 4045.

LEICESTER SQUARE – THE WEST END’S HOME OF ENTERTAINMENT – PRESENTS A PACKED PROGRAMME FOR CHRISTMAS

Leicester Square, London’s home of entertainment since 1670, is buzzing this yuletide, with a sparkling programme of high energy entertainment and events. Special festive pop-ups, film premieres, new theatre shows and the BODY WORLDS museum experience are shining against a backdrop of star-shaped Christmas lights that spill out across the Square’s gardens and surrounding streets.

Christmas Market: From now until to January 5th 2019, “Christmas in Leicester Square” has transformed the Square’s central gardens into an exciting festive pop-up complete with a buzzing European-style Christmas Market featuring over 25 stalls plus, an exhilarating line up of shows all performed in a beautiful 1920’s Belgian Spiegeltent.

Full details on what’s happening in Leicester Square, including the yuletide shopping, eating and drinking options can be found at http://www.leicestersquare.london and to book tickets to the Christmas in Leicester Square Festival events www.christmasinleicestersquare.com

Theatrical entertainment: In Christmas in Leicester Square’s Spiegeltent there will be comedy, cabaret and burlesque for the adults – this year’s headliners are the hottest all-male “Boylesque” group with their Briefs: Close Encounters Show (now -3 January).

For families there’s the all new Brat Kids Carnival – a high action circus-style show (selected dates from now to 30 December) and The Showstoppers, are back with their acclaimed Christmas Kids Show (selected dates 2-30 December) offering a totally improvised musical for the whole family. For little ones Monski Mouses’s baby disco (17-19 December) will get parents and kids dancing to some festive classics and, for a post-Christmas treat (2-5 January), there’s the delightfully funny Shakepearience, which introduces families to some of the Bard’s best works.

For lovers of live theatre and comedy, the festive Pinter at Pinter season at the Harold Pinter Theatre includes a who’s who of British acting favourites and there will also be plenty of Christmas sparkle at the Hippodrome’s new Magic Mike show, with Channing Tatum taking the lead. There’s also laughs galore at the birthplace of London’s stand-up scene, The Comedy Store.

Christmas Blockbusters: Christmas isn’t Christmas without a feel good film and the Odeon’s new flagship cinema will be the place to go this festive season to catch the latest big screen releases. Or, for a more interactive experience, Cineworld’s IMAX or 4DX cinemas will be showing films including Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Mortal Engines and Aquaman. And art-house fans can catch the latest offerings at Picturehouse Central, which is also featuring a special Christmas classic programme of events.

Body Worlds’ Museum Experience – new visitor attraction

To check how the body copes with Christmas excesses, open throughout the festive period including Christmas Day, the world renowned BODY WORLDS’ museum experience is a must visit. Housed at 1 Piccadilly Circus, the new permanent collection of Dr Gunther von Hagens’ renowned exhibition of real human bodies has been especially curated for London and will enable visitors to journey through the human body and discover the magic and mysteries that lie underneath the skin.

As well as providing fascinating insight into the inner workings of the human body and showing the effects that daily lifestyle choices have on health – the exhibition is also designed to stimulate curiosity about the science of anatomy and physiology. Adult prices from £24.50. For more information visit: https://bodyworlds.co.uk

Festive cheer from The Spice Pioneer, the Christmas gift for foodies

The Spice Pioneer monthly subscription meal kits make the perfect present for foodies this Christmas. Each month through your letter box you receive a pack containing the finest spices and more, easy to follow instructions, a shopping list* and even a music playlist, to enable you to make authentic dishes from around the world and create an evening to remember.

This year, Spice Pioneer members have enjoyed creating the finest Spanish paella, the best Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Rice, a fragrant spicy Thai meal of coconut soup, followed by Prawn Penang and Sticky Rice and many more meals besides.

The Spice Pioneer meal kits are ideal for those who love to cook and try new flavours and cuisines. Each month The Spice Pioneer visits a new region or country and brings back a new recipe for members to try – each using the world-class spices. These spices are sourced by The Spice Pioneer, using decades of experience from trusted sources, to ensure that the meals you create are truly authentic.

With gift packages starting from £27 for a three-month subscription, The Spice Pioneer boxes can be ordered online to any UK address, making it effortless to send gifts to long distance friends and family. Or why not treat yourself and enjoy a culinary journey with your friends and family.

The Spice Pioneer is powered by spice experts, Seasoned Pioneers, who are famous for dry roasting world-class spices, sourced from only trusted suppliers around the world.

Find out further information at www.spicepioneer.com or via Facebook @SpicePioneer, Twitter @SpicePioneer and Instagram @thespicepioneer.

Prep & Prime!

Comprising of all the tools you need for a 5* manicure and great looking brows, it’s the Unicorn Vanity Tool Kit from ThumbsUp! Housed in a super cute unicorn case, this pretty pink mini expert beauty tool kit will have you looking your best, wherever you may be with these 5 essential beauty tools. We’re talking tweezers to ensure those brows on fleek, nail scissors, nail clippers, an unbreakable nail file and a cuticle remover for one unreal mani!

It’s super portable and compact exterior makes this toolkit ideal for life on the go. That handbag essential when you need to perfect that singular brow hair which is out of place or are in crisis with a mani emergency on your Christmas night out or commute to work.

Get yourself a unicure, each tool was crafted with authentic unicorn magic so you’re guaranteed perfect results every time. If you know someone who loves unicorns, then this adorable magical unicorn is that perfect gift idea for any beauty guru who loves to take care of themselves.

The Unicorn Vanity Tool Kit is available to buy online for £12.99 from Very.

Welcome to the jungle! Monkeys of all different colours are leaping through the trees… but who can swing the furthest?

This colourful, tactile, hard-backed children’s book helps children to learn their colours, as well as appreciate the story’s powerful morale!

The perfect Christmas present for all the family, and a wonderful way to include older children and share the love and magic of Matchstick Monkey.

Colours: A finger-trail adventure – £6.99 – www.matchstickmonkey.com

Vibrant, colourful and a whole lot of fun… the Lexon Mino Mini Speaker is perfect for music lovers on the go!

Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, this bluetooth rechargeable speaker allows you to listen to music, e-books and make calls.

Available from the National Theatre Bookshop in a range of different metallic colours,
keeping it sleek and simple.

Lexon Mino Mini Speaker – £29.95 each – National Theatre Bookshop -shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk

HTC VIVE AND McLAREN ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF LIMITED EDITION VIVE PRO HEADSET TO GIVE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE TO RACE FANS WORLDWIDE

VIVE Pro McLaren Limited Edition headset debuted at racing event in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI – 23 November, 2018 – HTC VIVE™ and McLaren Racing today announced the release of a special edition VIVE Pro McLaren Limited Edition headset, the first co-created product since the announcement of the partnership in May, which offers an unparalleled VR racing experience to fans. The headset combines Vive Pro’s crisp resolution, audio, and ergonomics to deliver the ultimate VR experience for audiences around the world.

In addition to a unique look and feel, the headset will be paired with the new ‘McLaren Garage VR’ experience—a Vive Studios release in cooperation with McLaren—as well as a custom version of ‘RFactor 2’ McLaren Edition VR racing that was designed to operate without any additional driving accessories. McLaren Garage VR experience is a multi-player simulation game where players can be part of the McLaren pit crew, learning how to complete tire adjustments just like crews do in a race. The experience includes the ‘Pitstop Challenge’, a multiplayer competitive game that allows users to explore McLaren’s latest pit garage in room scale, learn to change a car tire, and take other players on a timed tire change challenge. These special edition experiences are available exclusively on VIVEPORT, where current Vive owners can create a free subscription today to access these titles for free. With this partnership, HTC Vive and McLaren are offering customers the most immersive McLaren Racing and track experience from the comfort of their own home through VR.

“Grand Prix auto racing attracts over 500 million fans globally, and we’re excited to partner with McLaren to bring a unique perspective to race fans through VR,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China President, HTC. “Through our collaboration, we’re combining our best-in-class VR headset with their long heritage of racing expertise to create the most immersive experience for fans across the globe. This is a chance for customers to go beyond being a spectator and feel the excitement of being a McLaren driver or pit crew right from their living rooms.”

“It’s been brilliant to tap into HTC’s technology and work together closely to create this top of the range headset and VR experience, so fans can feel like they are in the heart of the action, at a racetrack with the McLaren Racing team,” said Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing. “We think this limited edition Vive Pro headset is hugely exciting for both racing and VR fans alike.”

“VR is an incredibly exciting technology that brings fans closer to racing than ever before. The realistic experience provided by the VIVE Pro McLaren Limited Edition headset can be enjoyed by everyone from casual gamers to professional drivers.” said Lando Norris, McLaren Racing driver.

The Vive Pro McLaren Limited Edition headset will also include a free six-month subscription on VIVEPORT, where users can exclusively download the McLaren Garage VR experience and customized RFactor2 McLaren Edition racing game, offering users a truly immersive experience into the McLaren racing team. Additionally, it is the official VR device for the McLaren Shadow Project. The finals of the competition will take place at the McLaren Technology Centre on January 14-17, 2019, and all finalists will train and compete using the Vive Pro VR headset.

The VIVE Pro McLaren Limited Edition headset is available starting today in select global markets—including the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain and Italy —and on the HTC Vive e-commerce store (www.vive.com/McLaren) at a MSRP of £1,450 (exact prices will vary by market).

Play it Safe with a Stocking Filler Favourite

Sugru Mouldable Glue fixes Christmas for one and all

Renowned for filling awkward gaps, Sugru is an ideal gift for the ‘hard to buy for’. Your quiet teenage niece, the brother-in-law you rarely talk to, Alan in Finance – whichever lucky blighter receives the gift of fixing with a pack of Sugru this year, will be forever grateful. Guaranteed.

So if you’re not already addicted to Sugru, with piles of it wrapped and already under the tree, here are just a few reasons why no Christmas should be without this magic rubber stuff:

FIX.

It’s the only way to stop the tears when toys get broken! Sugru’s new Family-Safe, Skin-Friendly Formula is the world’s first mouldable glue for the next generation of makers (+8 Years). Imagine your kids rolling up their sleeves and fixing their own toys – one less job for you and one brilliant project for them to do over the holidays.

CRAFT.

As well as being a fix-all hero, Sugru is a crafters dream. So if homemade is the vibe you’re going for then look no further. From repurposed snow globes and colourful jewellery to making your own wrapping paper with festive stamps, anything’s possible with Sugru.

MAKE.

Not only is Sugru kid-safe, but it’s also virtually kid-proof, being the only mouldable glue on the planet that sticks to almost anything. Make some seasonal hooks to hang those stockings and stick to any surface you like. And when Christmas is over, you can remove the Sugru hooks with a sharp knife and rub the surface clean. Job done.

GIFT.

Opening a great gift feels good. Wrapping one feels even better. Head to Sugru.com and fill your boots. Merry fixmas folks!

Sugru is available in a 3-pack from £6.99 at Sugru.com, Amazon as well as retailers including B&Q, Hobbycraft and Robert Dyas.

Nothing escapes Christmas.
and if you’re a serious music fan you’re no exception.

Since we’re halfway through November now it’s time to let the Christmas inside you and grab tickets for these 2 Christmassy music events now before they sell out. Don’t be that person crying on your knees in Westfield in the final week before Christmas. Do all your Christmas shopping now so you can have fun in the week before Christmas week FFS.

Please let me know if you can feature either of these or would like high res images?

Hip Hop Karaoke Christmas Special (Thursday 20th December) at Queen Of Hoxton
TICKETS: £5
Drop those Christmas shopping bags and get down to Hip Hop Karaoke on Thursday 20th Dec for this bumper Christmas special.

Added festivities include discovering ‘the best Wrapper of all time’ as two rap wannabes attempt to Wrap their Christmas presents while they rap live on stage. As well as the ‘Wrap Off, Santa will be giving out presents for performers including free entry to future events and much more.

Expect all the usual, plus Hip Hop Santa and a bumper sack of rap songs to belt out and get suitably on board with Christmas.

Happy Holla Days!

Hip Hop Karaoke:
Over the years Hip Hop Karaoke has established itself as a true ‘bucket list’ experience at both their London and national residencies and all major UK festivals and has seen thousands of amateurs and more than a few celebs on stage with DJ Rob Pursey, Host Bobby Champagne Jr. and the extended Hip Hop Karaoke family. Whether you want to go classic with some Biggie, Missy or The Fugees or keep it right now with Drake, Kendrick Lamar or Kanye, this is your chance to live out your rap fantasies to London’s most loving crowd. With hundreds of rap songs to choose from, all those years of rapping along in clubs, in the car, or in front of a mirror have lead to this moment!

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Hip Hop Karaoke happens every Thursday at the Queen of Hoxton
Tickets: https://queen-of-hoxton.eventcube.io/events/15133/hip-hop-karaoke-christmas-special/

Garageoke Christmas Edition (Friday 21st December) at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
TICKETS: £7

If Christmas shopping is summoning thoughts of I ‘Gotta Get Thru This’ by Daniel Beddingfield it’s time to forget about what your Aunty Maureen needs in her life under the value of £15 and focus on making YOU feel better this Christmas season.

Join Garageoke on Friday 21st December for the opportunity to sing all your favourite garage tunes on Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen’s live stage and party like it’s late 90’s London. Now if that isn’t the spirit of Christmas I don’t know what is.
Host MC DT will be serving up a song list of all your garage classics from Craig David’s ‘Fill Me In’ to MJ Cole ‘Sincere’ and all the classics from the UK garage vaults.

Get there early to SELECTAAAA your tune. Mic will be switched on at 10pm

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The Garageoke Christmas edition is on Friday 21st December at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Ticket link: http://www.hoxtonsquarebar.com/listings/club-nights/29547/garageoke-3/

Christmas… Gifts that last. www.scaramangashop.co.uk

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Scaramanga – Leather Barrel Bag


Whether you are looking for a barrel bag for the gym, or a trendy travel bag, The barrel-style bag is the perfect accessory to add to your collection.

Original Hunter Leather
Two long handles
Trendy gym bag
Exterior pocket
Classic grey cotton lining

Leather barrel gym bag size: W45cm x H22cm x D22cm (17.5″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″) Strap: L135cm

A barrel-style gym bag handmade by leather working experts from our best selling original Hunter leather, that ages beautifully and lasts for many years.

The multifunctional leather travel bag features two long handles, allowing you to comfortably wear it over your shoulder. This bag can also allow you to carry it your in your hand. The vintage gym bag features a detachable and adjustable strap, so you can carry heavy loads comfortably.

Additionally, you get an exterior pocket to hold your keys and phone. This is a great way to avoid your phone dropping to the bottom of your bag. Lined with our classic grey cotton lining, this barrel bag is a real beauty!

This sporty leather holdall is well suited for the gym. You can fit all of your gym clothes, with extra room for endless essentials. You can also double this travel bag up as a practical weekend bag. You will find it can easily hold shoes, a couple changes of clothes and personal items.

Like all our leather bags, this leather barrel gym bag is built to last, so you won’t need to replace it anytime soon.

If you want to make this a personalised gift for you or someone else, please know that we will emboss a bag tag (free of charge) rather than the actual bag. This is due to the size of the bag. Please proceed with choosing personalisation.Choose from all of the available options and enter your text as usual. Please note that personalisation costs £10-£15, only the bag tag is free.

See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/leather-barrel-gym-bag

 

Scaramanga – Leather Messenger Bag Medium 15 Inch


Description: Our 15-inch leather messenger bag is made from our unique distressed buffalo brown leather. Inspired by vintage mailbags and cycle courier bags, our stylish versatile leather men’s bag has a perfectly aged leather exterior. Its stylish sturdy construction, with double stitching and tough canvas lining, make them great bags for day-to-day stuff and everything you need to take to work. Perfect for carrying all your stuff around in style.
They can also be used as an overnight travel bag or college book bag. Each is so spacious that you will be able to fit many 15 inch laptops or Macbook Pros and have space for files and lots more. All our leather messenger bags have a unique vintage leather exterior, which adds to their character; so no two bags are ever exactly the same.
Under the flap is the main compartment large enough to hold a laptop or A4 files and folders, with a side zipped pocket and a further pocket at the front of the bag.
All our messenger bags have been updated with our new grey lining, a lovely gender neutral colour that complements the distressed brown leather perfectly.
Adjustable 58” shoulder strap.

Hidden magnetic snap fasteners for easy yet secure opening/closing.
Why not include one of our handy leather accessories: men’s leather wallet, leather iPad sleeve/cover, credit card/business card holders, leather bag/luggage tags, leather pencil cases, leather wash bag, leather travel wallet, or a leather journals to your order? They make a perfect bag accessory.

If you want to make this a personalised gift for you or someone else, please know that we will emboss the bottom, centre of the flap.

Medium leather messenger bag: W38cm x H31 x D10 (15″x12″x4″)

*Now updated with Brass Hardware*

Scaramanga handcrafts each leather bag and uses semi-vegetable tanned leather; which may result in variances in texture, colour and shading and natural lines and marks on the leather, which may be individual to each bag. There may be differences in the colour of the lining, style and construction of each bag compared to the bags shown on the website.

See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/leather-messenger-bag-medium-15-inch
Price: £119.50

Scaramanga – Leather Duffle Bag


Description: Use our new spacious leather mens duffle bag for your next weekend away or, take it with you as hand luggage for your next long haul adventure. A great gift for the man in your life.

We’ve designed this new leather mens duffle bag for those who like to travel in style and want a durable travel bag that can carry weight in a comfortable way. This travel bag is fully lined in our smart grey cotton which complements our distressed Hunter leather beautifully. It comes with a padded interior laptop pocket, so it will be safe and secure during your travels. Additionally, it has a long adjustable and detachable shoulder strap. We’ve finished this leather duffle bag with vintage style brass hardware.

Our new mens duffle bag can be used as hand luggage or as a carry-on bag. It fits most airline specifications, but it’s always a good idea to check with your specific airline first before purchasing.

If you want to make this a personalised gift for you or someone else, please know that we will emboss a bag tag (free of charge) rather than the actual bag. This is due to the size of the bag. Please proceed with choosing embossing and choose all the available options and enter your text as usual.

Leather Duffle Bag Measurements: W51 x H30 x D26cm

Make your next holiday easy & stylish by shopping our collection of travel essentials.

The delivery charge given for European and Rest of the World delivery is a standard charge. There will be extra delivery charges for delivery to remote regions of countries or other countries including, but not limited to, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, USA, Singapore and Australia and New Zealand. Please contact us for a price if would like to order a bag and you are from one of these countries.

Scaramanga handcrafts each leather bag and uses semi-vegetable tanned leather; which may result in variances in texture, colour and shading and natural lines and marks on the leather, which may be individual to each bag. There may be differences in the colour of the lining, style and construction of each bag compared to the bags shown on the website.

See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/leather-duffle-bag-2
Price: £220.00

Scaramanga – Large Leather Backpack


Description: Our boho womens leather backpack is guaranteed to turn heads with its style and splendour. This laid-back ladies leather backpack is this season’s must-have accessory. It will take you to work during the week and to the festivals, markets or getaways on the weekends.

• Beautiful everyday bag
• Crafted from distinctive hunter leather
• Thre external pockets
• Fits up to 15-inch laptop
• Two comfortable leather straps

Boho Womens Leather Backpack size: W29cm x H37cm x D16cm (11.5” x 15” x 6”), pocket sizes: 15cm x 4cm x 15cm.

*Current stock has updated brass hardware*
Our ladies leather backpacks are crafted from distinctive Hunter leather. This leather material gives the leather backpack a highly desired vintage look and ages beautifully.

The womens leather backpacks are designed with a large main compartment, which is lined with canvas and has a small internal zipped compartment. There are three external pockets, including one under the straps, two on the sides and one on the front perfect for keys, wallet/purse and smartphone.

The leather ladies backpack is big enough for a 15-inch laptop, books and folders. We have designed this rucksack with busy working life in mind. This bag will allow you to carry it all! Why not add a leather accessory to make this bag even more of a dream come true.

All our ladies leather backpacks have been updated with our new grey lining, a lovely gender neutral colour that complements the distressed brown leather perfectly.

If you would like to personalise this rucksack, we can offer a free embossed bag tag of your choice. Feel free to take a look at our personalisation service on our website now.

Scaramanga handcrafts each ladies backpack and uses semi-vegetable tanned leather. This may result in differences in texture, colour and shading. There is a possibility that there may be small marks individual to the backpacks for women. We think this adds to the individual character of the ladies backpack.
See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/womens-leather-backpack
Price: £140.00

Scaramanga – The Cityscape Laptop Bag


Description: The Cityscape Mens Leather Laptop Bag is the ideal blend of vintage classic style and modern functionality. We’ve thought of every design detail that will make this the most practical and functional work bag that will second as a great travel bag.

• Modern work bag
• Two large zipped compartments
• Two rounded handles
• Detachable and adjustable shoulder strap
• Padded interiors

Dimensions: W:42cm H:31cm D:18cm

Your work style doesn’t have to be plain and uniformed! You can update your style with a unique laptop bag without breaking the rules. The practical and professional design of the briefcase will give you the ideal business look required for working life.

The Scaramanga original Hunter leather gives this mens leather laptop bag it’s unique style. The leather brings the travel bag to life, giving you the opportunity to represent your personality perfectly. The small natural lines on the laptop case brings the character to light.

The new Cityscape mens leather laptop bag features two large compartments to keep your overnight clothes and laptop separate. We added padded lining to keep your laptop safe and secure during your daily commute or travel. The design of the lining compliments the leather beautifully and reinforces the professional style of the work bag. One compartment extends out and can easily hold a pair of shoes and a couple changes of clothes – business trip sorted!

You’ll find comfort whilst carrying this laptop bag with rounded handles and a long detachable strap. The shoulder strap is padded for extra comfort. The two front zipped compartments are great for storing small essentials such as pens, small files and cables. You can also store your keys in the front pocket to keep them close to hand.

If you are looking for the perfect personalised gift for the man in your life, the Cityscape laptop bag would make the perfect choice. We offer font and colour selections in our personalisation service that you may be interested in. We can also emboss a free bag tag.

See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/men-s-cityscape-laptop-bag
Price: £230.00

Scaramanga – Grooming And Make Up Roll Organiser


Description: Our leather make up and grooming roll organiser to help you stay organised in a unique & stylish way. The roll opens to reveal five pockets

This leather all in one make up and grooming roll is the item you never knew you needed but now can’t live without. Compactly rolled, our new leather organiser is a must have accessory.

Perfect for make up brushes, combes, scissors, straight razors, razor sets and much more.

Leather grooming and make up organiser size: 44cm x 20cm (17′ x 8′) rolled and empty: W21cm x diameter 5cm. Pocket size W5cm x H19cm

Features:

– A leather tie closure for keeping it secure no matter what is inside.
– Fold over cover to keep your stuff securelayed and easy to access.
Materials:

Our original top quality and durable Hunter leather.

Scaramanga handcrafts each leather bag and accessory and uses semi-vegetable tanned leather; which may result in variances in texture, colour and shading and natural lines and marks on the leather, which may be individual to each bag or accessory. There may be differences in the colour of the lining, style and construction of each bag compared to the bags shown on the website.

See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/grooming-and-make-up-roll-organiser
Price: £42.50

Mens Leather Wallet


Description: Handmade Men’s leather wallet. Each leather wallet has 6 credit card compartments, two side compartments and a bank note compartment. There is also a removable transparent compartment will fit a travel pass or Oyster card or ID card or driving licence.

Each has been made by skilled leather craftsmen made from our unique brown distressed Hunter buffalo leather.

These make fabulous Father’s Day gifts or even as groomsmen gifts.
Got a Scaramanga leather satchel? Then you will need one of these.

Men’s Leather Wallet Size: W11.5cm x 9 x 1 (4.5” x 3.5” x 0.25”)

Off on holiday this year? Try one of our mens leather wallets, guaranteed to hold everything you need for your trip.

See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/mens-leather-wallet-olgs15025
Price: £25.00

    

 

 

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Scaramanga – Upcycled Vintage Arcade Cabinet


Scaramanga is bringing back some vintage arcade nostalgia with this iconic ‘slot machine’ which has been innovatively upcycled into a wonderful storage cabinet.

Re-visit the vintage era of pinball and slot machines of the 1960′s to the 70′s with this vintage slot machine cabinet – an old arcade piece with its insides remove and replaced with a shelf.

We imagine that ‘Target 100’ – the brand name of this machine – was quite a hit in its heyday: flashing lights, hopes of getting rich quick double bonuses, credits and high-pitched electronic noises!

Ideally suited both wall mounting, sat on top of a counter or directly on the floor. At home, we’d recommend for a bathroom, hallway, kitchen or living room mounting.

The original front facade glass is a wonderful piece of arcade artwork. Its push buttons are purely decorative but make a super visual and stimulating conversation piece for a hipster office, cool retail environment or vintage influenced home.

Upcycled Vintage Arcade Cabinet size: W52cm x D20cm x H80cm.

This is an old piece of vintage history, its many minor scuffs and distressed surfaces reflect its long arcade and gaming history.
See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/upcycled-vintage-arcade-cabinet-cabs31336
Price: £325.00

Wooden Shaving Box


Scaramanga is fortunate enough to source a selection of these unusual lovely vintage shaving boxes which have been designed to look like books.

With embossed decorative designs and subtle colouring on some of the surfaces, they have a wonderful presence and essence.

Once upon a time, these vintage boxes would have been used by to store scissors, razor blades and other tools or the trade. The lid opens to reveal a fold-up mirror and storage compartment.

Each one of Scaramanga’s unique old boxes is slightly different – they have been lovingly restored to make them a perfect treasure box with a great t and feel which adds to their appeal – they would make a great jewellery, cufflink or make-up box.

Approximate sizes: W20-23cm x D13-15cm x H6-7cm

As you’ll see from the photographs, we have a selection of these boxes available – so the one you receive may differ slightly to the one you can see in the images. Each box is authentic and has historic marks and scuffs that make them unique and add to their character and appeal.
See more at :- www.scaramangashop.co.uk/item/10260/109/Old-Wooden-Chests-Trunks–Boxes/Wooden-Shaving-Box
Price: £42.50

Mumford & Sons’ Ted Dwane launches new multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibition

Mumford and Sons’ Ted Dwane has opened up for the first time about his family’s experience with multiple sclerosis (MS), and is launching a new photography exhibition for the MS Society.

‘The MS Connection’ explores the impact of social isolation on people living with MS. It comes after new MS Society research found that three in five people with multiple sclerosis (60%) feel lonely because of their condition1 – that’s 12 times the figure in the general population (5%)2. 58% feel isolated because of MS, and four in ten (42%) have felt both1.

The findings, released on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Monday 3 December), point to an epidemic of loneliness among some of society’s most vulnerable people.

Ted’s mum Sarah lives with MS. She was diagnosed after a decade living in Singapore, where her symptoms went unrecognised.

Ted says: “Mum was diagnosed around the time I started touring, and my sister moved to Australia. It was a period of huge change for my parents and we weren’t there for them in the way we wanted to be. I’m still away a lot, but back then it was especially hard because my parents were just coming to terms with the diagnosis.

“Having the right support can change everything, and ultimately both my sister and I made a conscious decision to move back closer to home. A lot of people with MS simply don’t have that network, and can end up feeling totally left out of society.”

MS is unpredictable and different for everyone, and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel. Issues with mobility, losing employment, stigma around disability, and a lack of understanding from loved ones can all contribute to social isolation.

The exhibition was created together with Dwane and music photographer Louis Browne from WMA. Louis is also known for shooting the likes of Lana Del Rey, Ludacris, and Liam Payne, as well as Mumford and Sons.

Ted continues: “Compared to what some people go through we’ve been very lucky, but I’ve seen first-hand how MS can leave people out or make them feel excluded.

“It’s unpredictable, and if mum’s having a bad day she has to opt out of things. It’s a bit like when I go on tour – once you turn down a couple of invitations, people stop asking. But even though it’s for reasons out of mum’s control, like mobility, or fatigue, people just see someone making excuses.”

“My mum was a photographer – she gave me my first camera. This exhibition tells the stories behind that three in five statistic, which let’s be honest is heartbreaking. But it will also hopefully alert people to the fantastic community and support that’s out there for people with MS.”

‘The MS Connection’ features 19 people affected by MS from all over the UK. The exhibition launches tonight at The Sidings in Southwark, a venue owned by Ted’s bandmate Ben Lovett, and will be touring the UK next year with the help of local MS Society groups.

Ed Holloway, MS Society Director of Services and Support, said: “Anybody can be lonely, but we know from our research that loneliness is an issue which disproportionately affects people living with MS. The MS Society offers a whole host of support, including a free helpline, information and grants. Our local groups are based all around the UK, and provide friendship, social events and support to those affected by the condition. To think 60% of people with MS are lonely is shocking and we hope ‘The MS Connection’ will encourage people to get in touch with us and join the fantastic community that’s out there.”

The MS Society offers vital care and support to anyone affected by MS in the UK. If you’ve been affected by MS and would like to speak to somebody, call the free MS Society helpline on 0808 800 8000. You can also visit www.mssociety.org.uk

STILL TIME!!! Christmas chocolate reindeer noses – box of 9 & rock salt gift set of 3 pots – infused with aromatic rosemary, roasted garlic and spicy red chilli ! >> www.rockingood.co.uk

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Christmas chocolate reindeer noses – box of 9

£10.00

PLEASE NOTE! If the 3 or 6 gift set of pots and the noses are added to the cart you save £5 on the noses, making them half price! The discount is automatically applied when you checkout!!

See more and buy at :- rockingood.co.uk/collections/christmas-gifts/products/christmas-reindeer-chocolate-noses

Hand made quality chocolates in a fun, christmas set of 9 reindeer noses.

Our box of reindeer noses has 8 milk chocolates and 1 red coloured white chocolate.
that gives us all of santa’s reindeer – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blixen, with Rudolph leading the pack!

All our chocolate is gluten free.

We use only the best ingredients in our rockin’ good chocolate range of delicious food.

Our chocolate is always very fresh and has a use by date well after Christmas so it’s fine to order early and get organised!

Our marvellous chocolate is made by our partner, Tilly’s Treats. every chocolate treat is tempered and moulded in house, making every bite delicious.

Our fun box of reindeer noses would make a great stocking filler or house gift when visiting friends and family over the festive season.

Maybe play the game of “name Santa’s reindeer” to see who gets to eat the most noses!!

Please see our other listings for more personalised christmas gifts and much more.

Let’s be creative together! get in touch for truly memorable rockin’ good gifts!

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Tracey and Sam

Rock salt gift set of 3 pots – infused with aromatic rosemary, roasted garlic and spicy red chilli

£18.00

See more and buy at :- rockingood.co.uk/collections/christmas-gifts/products/rock-salt-gift-set-box-of-3

A perfect seasoning alternative and unique foodie gift! our set of 3 best sellers includes aromatic rosemary, roasted garlic and spicy red chilli. each infusions is in a 150g pinch pot and nests in a great gift box with fab recipe ideas on the back.

Rockin’ good salt co.’s pinch pots are available as a set of 3 or all 6 of our fabulous infusions.

All of our flavour infusions are suitable for vegetarians and all but the red wine reduction are suitable for vegans.

A great present, this flavour infused seasoning is perfect as a cooking gift for foodies or just those who want to easily jazz up every day dishes. It makes the perfect Christmas food gift and is a great alternative choice.

Our 150g pinch pots makes pinching just the right amount when you’re cooking super easy. the pinch pots are stackable and look great next to your hob. individually, the pinch pots are £6 each. here, you get a great gift box, custom made to fit our pots, included in the price!

Our gift box is made using 100% recycled card and has some great recipe ideas printed on the back.

If you’d like a different combination, just let us know by sending a message with your order and choose your three flavours from the following:

aromatic rosemary infusion
roasted garlic infusion
spicy red chilli infusion
umami mushroom infusion
red wine reduction infusion
zesty lemon infusion

Transform everyday dishes into something extra special. here at rockin’ good salt co. salts are infused to combine saltiness with amazing flavour mixes. We don’t just throw the salt in a bag with an ingredient, we work our magic to give a more intense flavour and a fantastic look too!

Rockin’ good salt co. use only the best ingredients and they never use anything artificial. Our rock salt is pure and our infused flavours are all natural and make an amazing present for a foodie or any home cook.

As salt is a preservative, they last a long time, but as with anything the fresher the better. We recommend you use them within 6 months of opening but we’re sure you’ll use it up way before then!

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Tetley Cold Infusions – Starter Kit RRP £7.99 including 12 bags,1 bespoke bottle. Refill kits RRP £2.49 (20p per serve).


Introducing NEW Tetley Cold Infusions, a naturally tasty range of fruit and herbal infusions, created by Tetley’s master blenders. Designed to be brewed cold for a fuller flavour, simply add to cold water in a reusable bottle, leave and shake to infuse for guaranteed refreshment all day long. Available in four delicious flavours: Raspberry & Cranberry; Passionfruit & Mango; Orange & Peach; and Mint, Lemon & Cucumber. NEW Tetley Cold Infusions are available now in supermarkets nationwide. (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons)

Trying to wrap your head around how to prepare your Christmas presents?
Think no longer!

Flying Tiger’s beautifully designed wrapping paper is bound to make this Christmas the best.

Celebrate this year’s trend, with a gold and turquoise peacock design, or keep up tradition, with the colours of Christmas, red and green – either way, the fun is endless.

Available from Flying Tiger Stores – £2 each – uk.flyingtiger.com.

Introducing brand new SHØRE Seaweed Puffs

Superfood Seaweed Snacks: super healthy and delicious!

www.shoreseaweed.com

The spotlight is on seaweed and about time too! It’s finally being recognised as the natural, nutrient-rich, eco-friendly superfood that it really is. However, as lovely as walking along a beach and foraging for seaweed sounds – you really have to know what you are doing to seek out and find the tastiest stuff.

Introducing new SHØRE Seaweed Puffs

Now you can enjoy all of the amazing health benefits of seaweed in a tasty and bite sized puff. As moreish as crisps, but at less than 100 calories per 22.5 g bag and packed with nutrients, antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, SHØRE Seaweed Puffs are easily one of the tastiest, healthy new snacks in town!

With the equivalent over 6g of fresh Scottish sustainable seaweed in one bag, SHØRE Seaweed Puffs are naturally nutritious and packed with the good stuff, meaning that your diet is easily boosted whenever you eat them.

The range consists of four delicious flavours to suit all tastebuds:

• Sea Salt & Balsamic
• Sweet & Smoky
• Lime, Chilli & Coconut
• Thai Chilli

SHØRE Seaweed Puffs at a glance:

 Under 100 calories
 High in iodine
 A source of fibre
 Made from a super nutritious Wick No.2 Seaweed Blend, exclusive to SHØRE
 Baked not fried
 Gluten free and suitable for vegans
 No trans fats, GMO free

The nutritional benefits

There’s no denying that seaweed is something of a nutritional powerhouse. In fact, it is much more nutrient dense than just about any land vegetable and is rich in vitamins, minerals and protein, as well as being low in calories, high in soluble fibre and a great source of antioxidants.

Did you also know that seaweed is also a great source of iodine, a nutrient that is missing in almost every other food! Iodine helps regulate hormone levels and thyroid function, as well as supporting a healthy metabolism and maintaining energy levels. Many vegans and pregnant women need more iodine, as do those who have replaced milk with plant-based alternatives such as almond or soya, as cow milk is naturally high in iodine.

What does our Nutritionist think?

Nutritionist Fiona Lawson comments, “Studies suggest that humans have enjoyed seaweed for over 8,000 years. The ancient Chinese considered the sea vegetable a delicacy to be given to guests of honour, while the Welsh made the most of its unique flavour in laver bread. Today, seaweed remains a staple of the traditional Japanese diet, which is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world. It’s rapidly gaining popularity in the West too- and for good reason.

“As well as providing a host of vitamins, seaweed also offers the broadest range of minerals found in any food. Examples include calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. It is also a rich source of iodine, which contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism.”

Sustainable Scottish Seaweed

Most of us will have only eaten imported seaweed, usually from Japan or Korea, which clocks up thousands of air miles before even hitting supermarket shelves. You can be safe in the knowledge that SHØRE’s seaweed is homegrown, sustainable and 100% Scottish.

Based in the town of Wick, perched on the rugged windswept coast on the far North Eastern tip of Scotland, the SHØRE team ventures out in all weather to hand- harvest the seaweed in crystal clear, unpolluted waters. The team collect all plants by hand, taking only what they need for the puffs and leaving more than enough for the seaweed to fully regenerate, making the process completely sustainable.

Stockists: £1.19, available from www.ocado.com

In a recent consumer survey , it was found that:

• 43% of consumers are interested in buying a seaweed snack

• When it came to purchasing a seaweed-based product, seaweed puffs were ranked the number 1 format for seaweed based snacks, almost 70% more than nori sheets

Based on mobile research conducted by Field Agent. surveying 1,500 UK respondents, Nov 2017

SEE THE BRAND NEW TRAILER AND POSTER FOR

A DOG’S WAY HOME

Sony Pictures UK has today made available a brand new trailer and poster for A DOG’S WAY HOME. Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron (A Dog’s Purpose), A DOG’S WAY HOME introduces us to Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) and chronicles her journey to be reunited with her best friend, Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King).

Find on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ADogsWayHomeUK/videos/322208221703856

A DOG’S WAY HOME stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp, with Wes Studi and Edward James Olmos, and arrives in UK cinemas January 25th.
A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

All assets are available on the A DOG’S WAY HOME DPK here: https://dpk.thinkjam.com
Click Sony Pictures UK > A Dog’s Way Home to access
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A DOG’S WAY HOME releases into UK cinemas January 25, 2019

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With consumers searching for unique and memorable days out, iFLY indoor skydiving is the perfect gift this Christmas.

iFLY Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel, where visitors can fly in controlled winds of up to 120mph. It’s a fantastic gift with a difference and this year iFLY has introduced an incredible twist by adding a virtual reality headset to the experience!

The VR experience uses state-of-the-art virtual reality technology to combine an indoor skydive with the thrill of a simulated ‘real’ skydive from a plane. Strap on your specialised helmet and get whisked off into your virtual plane before descending 12,000 feet, taking in your choice of landscape: English countryside, southern California or Hawaii. Prices for the VR experience start from £69.99
For a standard two person flight experience (non-VR) iFLY is offering 40% off with a special Christmas offer. The standard non-VR experiences start from £53.99

Keep warm, cosy & stylish through the worst of weathers this winter
with the hand finished 100% Merino lambswool Bobble Hat & Gloves Designed by Catherine Tough,

available at the National Theatre Bookshop.

Lambswool Honeycomb Navy & Mustard / Cinnamon & Dark Green Bobble Hat – £42 Each
Lambswool Cross Navy & Mustard / Cinnamon & Dark Green Fingerless Gloves – £32 Each
National Theatre Bookshop – shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk

What is paddington’s parcels?


This Christmas, join Paddington and Unicef in sending a box of Unicef presents on behalf of a friend or loved one to children in the greatest need of care and kindness. You could share the gift of Christmas with children who may be in a refugee camp, or sheltering from a natural disaster.
Paddington is a champion for children in support of Unicef. With help from you and Paddington this Christmas, Unicef can continue to build a world where every child is happy, healthy and safe.

Why paddington?
Paddington has become a champion for children in support of Unicef. Paddington’s kindness, tolerance and perseverance in the face of adversity or marmalade-related mishaps make him the perfect champion for children.

With help from you and Paddington, Unicef can continue to build a world where every child is happy, healthy and safe.

unicef uk Christmas Concert

Central Hall, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH

19:00 – 20:30 (doors open at 18:00)

Tickets: £35 – £65

Hosted by: Lauren Laverne

Performances by: Jessie Ware, Singer & Unicef UK Ambassador, BalletBoyz, Blossom Street Choir and Glade Primary School

Attended by:

Muzoon Almellehan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Unicef UK invites you to join them on Saturday 1st December at a magnificent Christmas Concert in the stunning surroundings of Central Hall, Westminster.

Add some seasonal sparkle to your festive calendar with choral classics sung by Blossom Street Choir and Glade Primary School, readings from Muzoon Almellehan and exclusive performances from Jessie Ware and BalletBoyz under the dazzling roof of this historic London landmark, all to help keep children safe around the world.

Unicef UK is raising money for the children of Syria – whose childhoods have been shaped by fear and conflict. All proceeds from this event will go towards keeping Syria’s children safe and warm this winter.

Jessie Ware, Unicef UK Ambassador says: “I am extremely honoured to be performing at Unicef’s Christmas Concert next month. Not only does it promise to be a night of festive thrills and excitement, but all the proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales go towards keeping children safe around the world this Christmas. What a fantastic way to get the family together and give back, all the while enjoying the winter festivities.”

Book now to secure your place at this very special event, hosted by broadcaster Lauren Laverne, and share some festive magic with Unicef Ambassadors, supporters and friends.

Lauren Laverne says: “I would encourage anyone who is in and around London on Saturday 1st December to get down to Central Hall, Westminster as the Unicef Christmas Concert promises to be a wonderful evening of music, theatre and literature that families and music-lovers alike will never forget. There really is going to be no better concert, with a more worth-while cause, to attend this Christmas!”

Tickets available from £35 – £65 at https://unicefchristmasconcert.eventbrite.com

GIVE THE GIFT OF ADVENTURE THIS CHRISTMAS

THE BEAR GRYLLS ADVENTURE LAUNCHES GIFT VOUCHERS FOR THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT

GIFT FOR: Him, her, Mum, Dad, friends, fitness fanatics, hard to buy for

Price: Packages start at £20

Website link: https://www.beargryllsadventure.com/birmingham/tickets/gift-vouchers

Say so long to socks for Dad, and extinguish the tradition of candles for Mum, as The Bear Grylls Adventure launches gift vouchers, just in time for Christmas.

The world-first adventure attraction is perfect for anyone with an adventurous streak or for those who like to push themselves out of their comfort zone.

Vouchers can be purchased for one or more of the world-first attraction’s headline activities, which replicate some of Bear’s incredible adventures: feel the rush of indoor skydiving; climb replica routes inspired by the giant formations of Fontainebleau and El Capitan; dive with sharks; and take on the highest high ropes course in Europe.

Basecamp is included within the headline activity package, and is centred at the heart of the attraction. It consists of four team and individual challenges, equipping thrill seekers with all the skills needed for any adventure:

SURVIVAL MAZE

Navigate the tricky maze under pressure. When the lights go out and the walls are squeezing in, when faced with some terrifying encounters, you find out what you’re really made of!

Bear advises: “The best way through your fears is straight through the middle.”

ASSAULT COURSE

Channel your inner commando spirit and take on the assault course. This requires adventurers to balance, jump, climb and scramble their way through and always against the clock. This challenge is inspired by the famous royal marines course in Lympstone.

Guests are advised by Bear to push themselves hard: “It is only through adversity that we find what we are capable of – and it is always the struggle that develops our strength.”

TARGET ARCHERY

The ultimate adventurer must also possess pin point accuracy under pressure. Following a brief from trained archers, visitors will get to grips with a bow and arrow and put their skills to practice. Use the survivor spirit to get yourself onto the scoreboard and beat Bear’s own score.

Bear says: “No target is just practice.”

BREAK OUT – ESCAPE ROOMS

Those brave enough will race against time to crack codes, solve puzzles and find their way out of the themed escape room. Use logic and resourcefulness to get out in record time by finding clues and completing mental challenges with your team. This isn’t any regular escape room – be prepared for some BG-style surprises if you want to escape!

Bear’s hint: “Survival is about making calm, smart decisions under pressure. Get that bit right and the rest will fall into place!”

Tickets to Basecamp will be priced at £20, with combined Basecamp and headline adventure packages starting from £35. If visitors are up for the ultimate challenge, The Bear Grylls Adventure will offer a Go ALL in Pass for just £160 for a full day adventure.

The Bear Grylls Adventure attraction, the home of Earth’s greatest challenges, provides the ultimate way to test yourself physically and mentally, located at the NEC in Birmingham. Make sure you give a gift sure to get their heart racing this Christmas!

Visit www.beargryllsadventure.com/tickets for further information and to buy tickets.

EXPERIENCE THE AWARD WINNING KUMO SOFA AT THE HEM LONDON POP-UP STORE IN COAL DROPS YARD

The Hem Kumo Sofa designed by Anderssen & Voll wins the first Dezeen Award for Furniture Design

Hem’s London Pop-Up is open in Coal Drops Yard until 31 December with programme of public events including designer talks with Luca Nichetto, Studio DeFORM and Philippe Malouin

28 November 2018 – Stockholm-based design brand Hem has taken out the first Dezeen Award for furniture design at the award ceremony held in London on 27th November. The Award winning Kumo Sofa was designed by Norwegian studio and sofa-virtuosos Anderssen & Voll. Japanese for cloud, Kumo is a ship-smart modular system based on a single module, meaning that it can be shipped as a single pallet rather than needing a bulky crate or extensive handling.

Offering flexibility with an innovative frame and cushion construction, the Kumo can be configured as a 1,2,3,or 4-seater with components that can be easily added, removed or rearranged as your living circumstances change. The Sofa is available in three texture-rich woollen fabrics – Gravel, Porcelain, Mare, and ultra-soft tan leather.

Hem London Pop-Up Shop

LONDON POP-UP SHOP

Hem’s London Pop-Up in the historic Coal Drops Yard is open until the end of the year giving customers in London the opportunity to visit and see the award-winning Kumo first hand. The Pop-Up also features an extensive of Hem furniture, lighting and accessories by some of today’s most forward-thinking designers, including Max Lamb, Luca Nichetto, Pauline Deltour, GamFratesi and Philippe Malouin.

The pop-up’s interior has Hem’s furniture set inside a raw industrial space fitted with bright orange shelving and a large acoustic wall from BAUX. Undoubtedly the star of the store’s interior design is the eye-catching pink counter is bespoke, designed and built by London design studio Soft Baroque using a technique they developed in-house called Puffy Bricks.

Hem London Pop-Up Shop featuring counter by Soft Baroque

PROGRAMMING

Hem has created a programme of talks and workshops held at the Pop-Up for the duration of the opening with interactive events taking place over the next three weeks leading this week with Luca Nichetto and Studio DeFORM.

Full schedule below:

29th November, 6.30 – 8pm

Hem London Pop-Up Designer Talks: Luca Nichetto

30th November, 6.30 – 8pm

Hem London Pop-Up Designer Talks: Studio DeFORM

6th December, 6.30 – 8pm

Hem x Design Anthology UK Workshop

10th December, 6.30 – 8pm

Hem London Pop-Up Designer Talks: Modern Design Review

13th December, 6.30 – 8pm

Hem London Pop-Up Designer Talks: Philippe Malouin on Working with Hem

17th December, 6.30 – 8pm

Hem London Pop-Up Hosts Festive Floral Arrangements Workshop with Floom

All workshops and talks are open to the public and available to sign-up to via Eventbrite.

ABOUT HEM

Hem is built on the love for pioneering design. A straightforward direct-to- customer model allows Hem to conceive and manufacture trailblazing design of the highest quality and to make it available to an international audience.

Home offers over 400 products available in 34 nations. Hem is Swedish for ‘home’ and the company was founded in 2014 and is based in Stockholm. Working with the most relevant designers of today, including Max Lamb, Luca Nichetto, Pauline Deltour, GamFratesi and Philippe Malouin.

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Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas with ZERO PLASTIC recycled contemporary Christmas Decorations

Artisans & Adventurers shop, Margate

www.lambtoslaughter.co.uk

Artisans & Adventurers are committed to cutting down on plastic use, that means eliminating products that contain plastic or plastic wrapping and stocking environmentally friendly alternatives instead. Shop our selection of plastic free, recycled Christmas Decorations – decks the halls, walls and ceilings knowing that no plastic was used to create these wonderful seasonal decorations.

Indian Recycled Paper Christmas Decoration ‘Yellow Flower’

When strung from the ceiling, our ‘Yellow Flower’ Christmas decoration looks like a glistening star from below. Perfect for larger trees and grouping together in window displays. Sourced during our travels in India our Christmas decorations are handmade using 100% recycled paper in a socially accredited factory.

£8.50

Indian Recycled Paper 25 Meter Spool Garland ‘Hearts’

This string of paper hearts in white, silver and gold is perfect for all year around weddings and christenings or simply just as decoration for parties and a white sparkly Christmas theme.
Sourced during our travels in India our spool garlands are handmade using 100% recycled paper in a socially accredited factory.

£25.00

Indian Recycled Paper 25 Meter Spool Garland ‘Metallic Spots’

This metallic spot garland in shades of copper, orange and pink makes the perfect alternative to ribbon around presents or a colourful party decoration. Why not keep a spool handy for both? There is 25 meters of it after all!
Sourced during our travels in India our spool garlands are handmade using 100% recycled paper in a socially accredited factory.

£25.00

Indian Recycled Paper Christmas Decoration ‘Glittered Pink & Red’

Add some sparkle to the festive season with these beautiful, glittered pink and red, recycled-paper Christmas decorations. Perfect for larger trees and grouping together in window displays. Sourced during our travels in India our paper products are handmade using 100% recycled paper in a socially accredited factory.

£8.50

Indian Recycled Paper 25 Meter Spool Garland ‘Stars’

Adorn your walls with this pretty confetti star garland. Multi coloured stars sewn onto 25m of cotton string make the perfect party decoration for all occasions.
Sourced during our travels in India our spool garlands are handmade using 100% recycled paper in a socially accredited factory.

£25.00

Indian Recycled Paper Christmas Decoration ‘Blue Bauble’

Sourced during our travels in India, these paper Christmas decorations are handmade using 100% recycled paper in a socially accredited factory. Match our underwater themed beaded decorations with this marine-blue bauble, for an underwater extravaganza! The perfect decoration for larger Christmas trees and grouping together in window displays.

£8.50

GET YOUR POM POM ON!
POM POM HEART WREATH – CRAFT KIT – £24.99-

Pom Pom Heart Wreath Kit – from £6.99 – £39.99

Add a touch of festive style to any room with the gorgeously striking Pom Pom Heart Wreath DIY Kit from Wool Couture.

Available in 36 colours, this kit is super easy, and the pom poms will be made in no time at all – ready to be mounted onto the wooden heart wreath frame.

And, no need to take this down at the end of Christmas as this wreath will look great anytime of the year!

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Looking for your perfect little something for the stocking? Imperial War Museums shop has it covered!

Shop online and be sure to find a unique gift that they’ll love!

All available from Imperial War Museum Shop – www.iwmshop.org.uk

‘QUEEN’S IN WINTER’
by Francis McCrory
LIMITED EDITION PRINT NOW AVAILABLE

My brand new Limited Edition Print of one of Queen’s University Belfast is now available to purchase.

You can buy your signed & numbered print online here, from £95: https://francismccrory.bigcartel.com/product/queensinwinter

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* FREE UK & Ireland shipping until Christmas *

‘Queen’s In Winter’
by Francis McCrory
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Limited Edition Print
Signed and numbered by the artist
High Quality 315gsm Hahnemühle Rag Paper

Skullcandy

Venue the noise cancelling headphone – retails for £149.99
Goof for office workers and people who travel
24-hour battery life
Rapid charge = 10mins of charge gives you 5 hours of battery life
Tile to keep track on your headphones
Can be purchased from Currys or HMV

Hesh 3 is a comfy wireless headphones – retails for £89.99
22-hour battery life
Good multi use over-ear headphone
Custom tuned 40 mm drivers for a great sound

Quick charge, five minutes gives you 1.5hours of battery life
Currys and HMV

Last but not least Riff, the more youthful wireless headphone – retails for £49.99
12-hour battery life
Affordable over-ear headphone for the younger audience
Foldable and practical design
Sold at Currys and HMV

Wooden Spoon Charity launch My Everest

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, today launched their #MyEverest campaign. The campaign aims to encourage people to share stories of challenges they have overcome. By sharing these stories, the charity aims to inspire those who are facing adversity of their own.

The campaign is supported by the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge, a double-world-record-breaking attempt on Mt. Everest for the highest games of rugby in history. Rugby stars including Ollie Phillips, Shane Williams, Tamara Taylor and Lee Mears will trek and play alongside business leaders and members of the Wooden Spoon community.

Sarah Webb, CEO at Wooden Spoon said:

“Every day, children and young people around the UK and Ireland attempt to overcome their Everest. Wooden Spoon believes none of those children should face their Everest alone.

There are inspirational people overcoming challenges every day. We want to provide this inspirational community with a platform to share their voices. Their voices will not only be heard by the children and young people we support at Wooden Spoon, but they may also be heard by others who need it.”

Ollie Phillips, Team Captain for LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge said:

“Everyone’s Everest is different. Wooden Spoon aims to showcase the diversity of challenges we can face during our lives. To share the voices of an inspirational community and inspire those who need support most to overcome their Everest.”

#MyEverest – Share Your Story

Wooden Spoon will share inspirational stories from members of the Wooden Spoon community. These include the charity’s Ambassadors, rugby stars, LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challengers, project beneficiaries, regional members, Partner Rugby clubs and schools.

Wooden Spoon encourages people who have their own Everest story to share it on social media along with the hashtag #MyEverest

My Everest – Set Your Goal

Many of the Wooden Spoon community are also setting #MyEverest goals.

Wooden Spoon will be sharing these goals from members of the community. The goals being set are as diverse as the stories being shared.

Dan Lovat, Sports Marketing Director of leading mouthguard provider, OPRO, said; “The work that Wooden Spoon do to change the lives of children is incredible. We’re delighted to be a part of that and through the sales of our specially licensed Wooden Spoon mouthguards, we are able to directly contribute to fundraising efforts.

“We will be supporting the #MyEverest campaign and our staff are particularly looking forward to getting involved and doing their bit!”

Aida Yousefi, CEO of The Harley Street Clinic, The Portland Hospital and Leaders of Oncology Care, part of HCA Healthcare UK said;

“We are proud to support Wooden Spoon and the #MyEverest campaign to help inspire more people to reach for their goals no matter what challenges they face.

“At our state-of- the-art Outpatients and Diagnostic Centre in Chiswick we will be putting the teams through their paces, assessing their fitness and providing consultant led specialist medical expertise to ensure they are in peak condition to take on their Everest adventure.”

Wooden Spoon encourages people who have their own Everest goal to share it on social media along with the hashtag #MyEverest.

Launch Event

The campaign was launched at an event at CityCise Gym in London on Friday 23rd November 2018. The event saw six teams compete against each other in a gruelling 20-minute challenge on spin bikes, rowing machines and step machines. The teams comprised of sports stars, members of the Wooden Spoon community, members of CityCise gym and a team of LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challengers.

Natasha Murray, Co-founder and CEO of CityCise gym, said, “We are thrilled to be part of the #MyEverest campaign. Our members are setting their own My Everest goals, which we will be sharing with our community. Already, we have hugely diverse goals set by our members. We are working with Wandsworth College students, one of whom, Feven Haileselasie, has set her My Everest goal to become one of the first ever deaf Personal Trainers. Another of our members, former professional footballer, Ben King, is aiming to climb 8,484 metres a week on our step machines to regain his fitness.

LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge – Double World Record attempt

The LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge takes place across 24 days (13th April 2019 to 6th May 2019).

The challenge will see a group of rugby stars, business leaders and Wooden Spoon members battle acclimatisation and heights of 6,500 metres to play the highest game of full contact rugby and the highest game of mixed touch rugby in history – all in support of Wooden Spoon to help raise more than £200,000 for children with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK & Ireland.

IT’S CRYSTAL-CLEAR THIS CHRISTMAS
WITH EYE-CATCHING GIFTS FROM SWAROVSKI OPTIK

Providing the perfect blend of crystal-clear optics and elegant design, SWAROVSKI OPTIK has recently launched a trio of products ideal for gifts this Christmas.

Products launched in 2018 include the elegantly designed CL Companion NOMAD binoculars, with a tanned leather amouring and laser-engraved case, as well as SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s first-ever indoor telescope, the ATX Interior. For those who already own a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars or a spotting scope, the new universal VPA variable phone adapter enables users to attach their product to most smartphones, turning it into a telephoto zoom lens to take high-quality, close-up images and videos.

SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s New CL Companion NOMAD Binoculars, From £2,070
Handcrafted in Austria and launched in November 2018, SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s new CL Companion NOMAD binoculars have been designed with a deliberate emphasis on encompassing natural and authentic materials, including a vegetable-tanned leather for the exterior amouring. Available in 8x or 10x magnification, the elegantly-designed binoculars also feature stunning optics and will provide users with a field-of-view of 132 or 108 metres, respectively. For an extra special touch when purchasing as a gift this Christmas, the CL Companion NOMAD will come with an accompanying leather field bag and a detachable leather carrying strap, all packed in a laser-engraved case made from sustainably sourced wood. For further details, visit SWAROVSKI OPTIK.

SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s New ATX Interior Spotting Scope, From £3,800
The ATX Interior spotting scope was launched in November 2018 and is SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s first telescope designed specifically for indoor use. A perfect complement for any stylish room or home this winter, the ATX Interior’s armouring is an elegant terra brown colour. The scope, which can also be used outside, allows users and their guests to detect even the smallest details from the comfort of their home thanks to its state-of-the-art SWAROVISION technology, a remarkable 25-60x magnification and a field-of-view of 41–23 metres (m/1,000m). For further details, visit SWAROVSKI OPTIK.

SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s New Universal VPA Variable Phone Adapter, From £132
The new VPA variable phone digiscoping adapter from SWAROVSKI OPTIK will allow travellers who already own a SWAROVSKI OPTIK spotting scope or pair of binoculars to connect their optics to most smartphones, instantly turning it into a telephoto zoom lens and allowing users to take high-quality, close-up images and videos. The VPA variable phone adapter’s weight, height and camera recess position can be adjusted and can be easily mounted to SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s binoculars and spotting scopes using three different adapter rings. The adapter is available in an anthracite colour and is light yet rugged thanks to the use of fibreglass-reinforced polymer. For further details, visit SWAROVSKI OPTIK.

The world belongs to those who can see beauty.
Experience the moment!
SEE THE UNSEEN.

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Spoil Rugby Lovers with Melrose Sevens Rugby Tickets This Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about the rugby fans in your family. Whether it’s for a sport lover friend or family member – why not surprise them with tickets to the annual Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens?

The event takes place at The Greenyards on April 13th, 2019. Ticket prices range from £10-£50. Ground tickets at adult prices start from £20, children prices are £10, with concessions priced at £15. Tickets are available to order from www.melrose7s.com.

The Melrose Sevens is a truly unique event. First played in 1883 in Melrose, the event attracts both local and international talent and thousands of international spectators flock to Scotland every year for the event.

Crolla, Farrell and Yarde take centre stage to talk about mental health

Manchester-born Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla, former professional boxer Kieran Farrell and Sale Sharks star Marland Yarde spoke openly about some of the challenges they’ve faced during their careers

The discussion was part of an exclusive Sale Sharks Business Club event, which took place at the Morson Group offices in Salford

An all-star line-up of sporting icons including Anthony Crolla, Marland Yarde and Kieran Farrell were the special guests at an exclusive business event in Manchester focused on mental health.

Organised by Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks and Morson Group, more than 100 people attended a panel-style discussion to hear more from the two boxers and the Sale winger as they talked about overcoming challenges in sport.

Manchester-born ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla and former professional boxer Farrell relived their championship bout in 2012, where Farrell suffered a life-threatening brain injury and was subsequently forced to retire from the sport at the age of just 22.

Both fighters admitted struggling to come to terms with what happened that night with Crolla describing it as ‘the darkest moment of his life’ in his autobiography.

Since then, Crolla has gone on to have a glittering boxing career and is now preparing to take a shot at the WBA lightweight belt in a soon-to-be-arranged fight with Vasyl Lomachenko.

Farrell retired from the sport but went on to set up the ‘People’s Gym’ in Heywood in 2013 and his work in the community was recognised by the Queen in 2016 when he was awarded a BME.

Sharks star Marland Yarde spoke about the serious injury he sustained last month when he dislocated his left knee and ruptured his MCL and ACL ligaments against Newcastle Falcons.

The winger had been in impressive form before the injury put the brakes on his hopes of forcing his way into the England squad, and he talked about how he’s come to terms with the setback with the help of his teammates and family and is now totally focused on his recovery.

The three stars were joined on stage by Sale Sharks Mental Performance Consultant Mick Farrell; Kristina McGurk, marketing director at Sale Sharks’ principal partner, UKFast, and Dom McGuiness from talkSPORT who hosted the discussion.

“This was a fascinating event with some huge names from the world of sport in attendance to help shine a light on some of the key issues around mental health,” said Sale Sharks Commercial Director, Mark Cueto.

“The story of the fight between Anthony and Kieran is one that so many people in the world of sport will remember well, so to have both boxers together discussing that night and how they have individually dealt with everything that came after it was really inspiring.

“Marland is coming back from a really serious injury at the moment so it was great to hear him talk so positively about how he’s working hard to get back on to the pitch and stepping up his recovery day by day.

“As a player, picking up an injury like that can really affect you – especially when you’re in good form as Marland was – so I think the audience got a really good insight into his personality and strength of character.

“There’s a lot of work going on to break down some of the stigma around mental health in sport but also in workplaces around the country and that’s why we wanted to host this special event.

“Through our growing Business Club, we’re proud to be hosting topical and relevant events like this and look forward to hosting even more in 2019.”

For more information about Sale Sharks and the Business Club, visit www.salesharks.com/corporate/premier-business-club.php

Your Number One Narwhal!

The extraordinary unicorn of sea mammals like never before, now in the form of an adorable mug. Complete with blushing rosy cheeks, glistening eyes, magical protruding horn and a cheeky smile. This Narwhal Mug is made from high quality glazed ceramic.

While most whales live in freezing cold oceans, this little fella prefers his water hot, hot, hot, so keep up the heat by filling with your morning brew. We recommend an almighty hot chocolate, complete with cream, marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles to make the most of this mug! Offering 400ml of your favourite brew you won’t be left wanting more or constantly needing to run back to the kettle for a top up. Just remember to maintain his magical exterior be sure to hand wash only and refrain from putting your Narwhal in the microwave or dishwasher.

So if your stuck for a housewarming gift, stocking filler or secret Santa then this Narwhal Mug from ThumbsUp! could be just the ticket. Spreading a little joy and happiness on the most gloomy, dismal days, this little guy will take pride of place in any home, after all gone are the days when a humble chipped mug would do. Mugs have become an extension of who we are and how we see the world, so what better example of this then the Narwhal Mug from ThumbsUp! which does just that.

The Narwhal Mug will be to buy online for £9.99 from ThumbsUp! commencing 1st December.

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www.sweatandsound.com/rapitation – Rap & Spoken Word Meditation

https://www.sweatandsound.com/new-year-pass – Our New Year Pass! – a special pass to join 3 January events for a discount price. We also gift wrap the tickets and send to loved ones (if bought as a gift)

‘All I want for Christmas’ is to sail in style to see Mariah at The O2

Join MBNA Thames Clippers this festive period at The O2 and enjoy global superstar Mariah Carey who is performing on 11 December and operatic pop artist, John Groban, on 12 December. MBNA Thames Clippers (www.mbnathamesclippers.com) will be offering a £10 return deal for each of the shows as an extra special way to travel through the capital aboard its River Bus Express, fit for any diva.

The river boat operator is giving ticket holders the chance to save over 20 per cent on their River Bus Express tickets, departing London Eye (Waterloo) or London Bridge City Piers as you head directly to The O2 to be amazed by their phenomenal vocals this Christmas.

Plus, escape the post-show crowds on the way home, thanks to MBNA Thames Clippers’ dedicated after show express service which leaves North Greenwich Pier for central London 15-20 minutes after the event ends. Alternatively, join the after show request service and tell the crew where you want to stop!

MBNA Thames Clippers is London’s leading River Bus service, connecting some of the capital’s top attractions and providing passengers with the opportunity to take in the iconic London skyline from the river along the way.

Available to book online only with discount codes Mariah18 and Groban18.

For more information on the MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus Express service please visit www.mbnathamesclippers.com

Lily O’Brien’s Last Minute Christmas Gifts! Winter Desserts Limited Edition….

The Sweet Tooth

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If you’ve got someone who’s partial to a sweet treat, then the Lily O’Brien’s brand new limited edition Winter Desserts Collection is the ultimate gift to share with your loved ones this year.

The Winter Desserts Collection is made up of six carefully hand-crafted chocolate varieties. From Berry Eton Mess to Spiced Latte, Lily O’Brien’s has a festive treat for everyone.

The Lily O’Brien’s Winter Desserts collection contains 18 hand-crafted chocolates and is available from Tesco, Waitrose, Asda, Morrison’s and online at www.Lilyobriens.co.uk with an RRP of £7.00

 

Hayman’s For the Gin-Lover!

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Hayman’s Gin has all your last minute worries covered with stunning new limited edition gift wrapped bottles – the Hayman’s London Dry and True English Sloe Gin. They’re both the ideal gift for the gin-lover or cocktail connoisseur in your life and are already beautifully wrapped – so no need to worry about doing battle with the wrapping paper!

Hayman’s of London True English Gins are hand-crafted to a fifth-generation family recipe, using the finest botanical ingredients to deliver a classically balanced True English Gin that will appeal to established gin lovers and those newly discovering the style alike. The wraps use a contemporary colour palate paired with traditional English typography and custom-drawn illustrations from an English woodcut artist, highlighting the Hayman family’s roots and hand-crafted approach to distilling.

Hayman’s London Dry Gin is available in Waitrose and Hayman’s True English Sloe Gin is available in Marks and Spencer – both nationwide – with an RRP of £26.

   

The Foodie

 

This Christmas, The Cheese Geek, the modern cheesemonger, will make all your cheesy dreams come true. The Cheese Geek brings cheese into the 21st century, delivering handpicked, top quality cheese to your door every month, through its one-of-a-kind cheese subscription service and one-off boxes for special occasions.

Subscriptions can be bought for three, six, nine or 12 months and will make a perfect pressie for family and friends who are crazy for all things queso, or even those who are keen to kick-start their cheese adventure. Each caer-fully crafted cheese box delivers 4-5 cheeses per month and is guaranteed to be completely different every time!

The Cheese Geek cheese boxes are available on www.thecheesegeek.co.uk from £29.99.

The Christmas gift for the gamer enthusiast – VPL-VW270ES – RRP £4,999

If you’ve always wanted a home-cinema projector, then the VPL VW270ES is the perfect one for your house. This Sony model brings a breath-taking True 4K HDR experience at Sony’s most affordable price point yet. Blending sublime design with the latest technology, few competitors are able to offer a true 4K experience at such a competitive price point. The projector includes a new input lag reduction, making this the ideal present for gamers. Blank walls become ultra-high-definition “entertainment windows”, so whether you’re doing a Christmas movie marathon or settling down to play an intense game of fortnite, you’ll never feel more immersed in your favourite entertainment world!

The Christmas gift for the home-theatre dreamer – VPL-VW570ES – RRP £7,999

If you’ve always dreamed of cosying up in the warmth of your own home-theatre, then the VPL VW570ES is the perfect projector. This Sony projector is a particularly versatile model. It comes with enhanced features such as Picture Position Memory to quickly change the settings for ideal format, including 16:9 and Cinemascope, as well as high dynamic contrast by Advanced Iris. This projector is ideal for those putting together a home-cinema environment, ensuring you’ll never feel more immersed in your favourite film world!

The Christmas gift for the person who has everything – VPL-VW870ES – £24,999

For those people who have everything, this is an essential addition to your Christmas list. The VPL-VW870ES is Sony’s top high-end model and suited for the most discerning customer. The VPL-VW870ES contains a prestigious All Range Crisp Focus (ARC-F) lens, an 18-piece all glass lens that ensures high precision in every corner of the image, yet within a compact and lightweight design. Alongside this, the addition of the “Digital Focus Optimiser” in the VPL-VW870ES provides refined image quality and accurate focus without distortion. Most notably, this model’s lens is the same as those used by digital cinemas, bringing the big screen into your home. This is the must have luxury item for those wanting to create their first or upgrade their home-theatres, and enjoy a film fuelled festive period with friends and family!

THE LATEST DEALS FROM STAR BARGAINS!

These latest deals offer savings of 50% and more off RRP on food and drink
This week’s biggest deals include great savings on Coco Pops, Oreo and Heinz

StarBargains.co.uk offers a variety of food, drinks and home basics from big name brands at prices lower than the supermarkets.

Around 250 new product deals are added to the website every month with discounts available of 50% and more off RRP as the products are sourced both direct from manufacturers and from supermarkets’ surplus stock.

Start The Day Right

Crunchy, Chocolatey Granola With Wholegrain Oats

Kellogg’s Coco Pops Crispy Granola 380g NOW £1.15 each, RRP £3.00, SAVE £1.85 when buying from StarBargains.co.uk

Breakfast On The Go

Goodness Knows Apple Peanut & Almond Cereal Bar 3 Pack, Goodness Knows Cranberry & Almond Cereal Bar 3 Pack, NOW 89p, SAVE 60p on Iceland’s RRP of £1.50 from StarBargains.co.uk

Deliciously Smooth

Rachel’s Organic Vanilla Milk 275ml, Rachel’s Organic Chocolate Milk 275ml, NOW 59p each, or Buy 2 for £1.00 and SAVE £2.50 on the RRP of £1.75 when buying from StarBargains.co.uk

Indulge On These

Get Your Chocolate Fix

Oreo Chocolate Creme Thins 16 pack NOW 59p each, or Buy 2 for £1.00 and SAVE £1.20 on Ocado’s RRP of £1.10 from StarBargains.co.uk

Chocolate With A Minty Twist

Madécasse Madagascar Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch 75g NOW 79p each, RRP £1.99, SAVE £1.20 when buying from StarBargains.co.uk

Make The Perfect Burger

Heinz Burger Sauce 220ml NOW 39p each, or Buy 3 for £1.00 and SAVE £2.00 on Iceland’s RRP of £1.00 from StarBargains.co.uk

Quench Your Thirst

Perfect for a Christmassy Drink

Teisseire Hazelnut Syrup 1 Litre NOW £1.49 each, RRP £6.00, SAVE £4.51 when buying 3 for £1.00 from StarBargains.co.uk

This holiday season give those you love a DOUBLE GOOD GIFT, that not only provides joy to the recipient, but gives back to those with special needs.

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And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love popcorn, especially when the flavors include Butter Believe It!, Easy Peasy Caramel Cheesy, In Queso Fire and more!?!

Whether it is your family, friend, or colleague, (the list is endless) you can brighten their day and show your love with a box of popcorn! Each box features 3, 6, or 9 snack bags of incredible popcorn along with a personalized card for $39, $69, and $99! Customize your holiday box here!

Not only are you giving a gift that will tickle the taste buds, you are doing GOOD! 50% of every dollar spent goes to provide the equipment, education, and opportunity for kids with special needs to get all the benefits that sports, and extracurricular activities provide.

 

The Ultimate Gift for the Writer in Your Life: The ability to share their story with the world

Going one-on-one with a writing coach can spark a career

COLCHESTER, Vermont – Everyone knows someone who would like to write a book someday. Some people may want to write a novel, while entrepreneurs may want to write a book on their area of expertise, still others may be ready to take their writing career to the next level. Many people have one or more ideas floating around in their head and dream of getting them down on paper and into print, yet they may not know the first thing about where to start or how to make it happen. Those looking for the ultimate gift for the writer in their life should consider the gift of taking their book idea to the next level. They can do just that by giving them the gift of working with a writing coach who can help advance their career.

“I’ve worked with countless people who have wonderful book ideas, but just need a nudge in the right direction to help bring them about,” explains Annalisa Parent, writing coach, author, and entrepreneur. “When people give the writer in their life the gift of a writing coach they are often giving them a life-changing opportunity.”

Working with a writing coach is more than someone just telling you how to get the words from your head onto the paper. There are a variety of ways that a writing coach works with the writer in order to help him or her in the most needed areas. Some of the strategies that Parent provides to people with her coaching include:

● How to take an idea and turn it into a book. Many people have a great idea for a book, but they have no clue where to start and how to get the ideas onto paper. Parent works with writers to flesh out the idea and turn the entire idea into manageable parts that they can chip away at. Whether they want to write a novel or they want to write a book on something they can teach the world, they can make it happen.

● How to revise a draft to publishable. Most people who do sit down and take the time to write a novel will not realize that when they reach the end, it is still not ready to be published. There’s often a lot of editing, revising, and rewriting that needs to take place. Only once those areas are identified and reworked will the book be ready to be published.

● How to optimize the author’s platform so that they can reach more readers and sell more books. Writing the book is half the battle, but after that the writer needs to know how to get the book into print and how to get it into the hands of people who will want to buy it and read it.

● Helping writers to achieve the dream they have of being a published author. Rather than the book they want to write sitting on their bucket list, a writing coach can help writers get to the point where their finished novel is sitting on their bookshelf.

● The inspiration and confidence that people need in order to turn their idea into a reality and put themselves out there. Oftentimes confidence is what people are lacking and when they get that boost–based on their actual skills and abilities, they tend to make the book a reality.

“My mission is to help as many people as possible find their story and not only tell it, but tell it well, so they can reach their ideal readers and thrive,” adds Parent. “I show them how to get started, what to do once they get started, and what to do once they finish the first draft. You can have the best story inside of you, but if you don’t know how to find your process that it takes to bring it into a reality, it will never be heard.”

Parent has coached hundreds of writers and has taught over 100 writing courses around the world. She works exclusively with fiction writers looking to publish traditionally and entrepreneurs looking to highlight their expertise and sell books well.. Her book Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise Your Novel without an Outline won the CIPA EVVY Silver Award in Best Business Books, and earned a merit award in the Humor category. She has been a worldwide speaker on writing-related topics, and she has been a guest on a variety of television, radio, and podcast shows, sharing her secrets for how to write, publish, and sell your book.

For more information about Annalisa Parent, her book, and her coaching services, visit her site at: http://datewiththemuse.com and http://www.laurelelite.com. For more information on how to become a published author, download her free ebook The Six Secrets to go from Struggling writer to Published Author here: www.datewiththemuse.com/6secrets.

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Tesco has some great gifts for the whole family this year, including grooming sets, games and food & drink items. All the products are under £20 and are available in Tesco stores now.

Treat your loved ones to a selection of thoughtful, fun and affordable gifts this Christmas from Tesco – all for under £20

Whether you’re shopping for the ultimate foodie, cocktail connoisseur or quiz master, Tesco has a selection of fun, practical and thoughtful gifts, as well as stocking fillers under £10, for all the family – whatever your budget.

Gifts for her

Peony Hot Water Bottle, £10.00 Featuring a soft and shaggy faux fur cover, with a bold pink velvet bow, this Peony Hot Water Bottle is a gift for those who love a cosy night in.


Espresso Martini Set, £12.00 Including a stylish martini glass, chocolate-flavoured syrup, decorative coffee beans and chocolate truffles, gift the Espresso Martini Set to cocktail masters and coffee lovers alike. Allow them to impress their guests and show off their skills with the on-trend Espresso Martini Set.


Prosecco Flutes, Bucket & Truffles Set, £15.00 Kick off the festive celebrations with the Prosecco Flutes, Bucket & Truffles Set – designed with fizz-lovers in mind. Each set contains a hot pink ice bucket, a pair of glass flutes decorated with gold metallic bubbles and prosecco-flavoured chocolate truffles.


Unicorn Travel Mug and Earmuffs, £10.00 A fun and on-trend unicorn print ceramic travel mug with anti-spill lid for those who like to drink on the go. This set comes complete with a pair of playful earmuffs featuring a rainbow print headband and soft, fluffy turquoise ear muffs to keep cosy during the colder months.


Calcot Manor The Ultimate Spa Collection, £20.00 This selection of seven beauty treats contains a combination of body wash, body scrub, salts and balms in a variety of calming and invigorating fragrances such as Orange & Wild Rose and Papaya & Lemon. Packaged up in a stylish floral gift box, give the Ultimate Spa Collection to those who deserve some pampering this Christmas.

Gifts for him

World Food Garlic Lovers Set, £15.00 Treat their taste buds with this World Food Garlic Lovers Set, which contains garlic-infused oil, sea salt and dried garlic flakes, as well as a garlic-shaped ceramic storer to keep fresh garlic at its best.


The Ultimate Quiz Master, £8.00 The Ultimate Quiz Master set contains everything you need to test your knowledge. The set includes 300 questions, team sheets, Quizmaster hat, score pads and instructions, covering topics such as world history, music, sport and film for hours of competitive fun.


Multi-angle Screwdriver, £10.00 The Multi-angle Screwdriver is an upgrade for any DIY-lovers toolkit. Containing an assortment of 12 steel attachments and with an ergonomic and adjustable head, this is a must-have tool for any jackof-all-trades this Christmas.


Mr Gentry Ultimate Grooming Collection, £12.00 A luxurious set of pampering essentials such as shaving gel, moisturising lotion and muscle soak, fragranced with sandalwood, amber and tonka bean aromas, the Mr Gentry Ultimate Grooming Collection should be gifted to those looking for worthy additions to their grooming regime.


Cocktail Gin Botanical Gift Set, £10.00 The Cocktail Gin Botanical Gift Set is a gift for gin-lovers. Each set contains a glass mason jar as well as dried hibiscus flowers and juniper berries to create your own botanical infusions at home.

Stocking fillers

Table Tennis, £6.00 The Table Tennis set features a colourful retro design, is easy to assemble and can be used on any table for a quick game of ping pong for all the family. The set includes two wooden table tennis paddles, one ball and a net with suction cups.

I’ll Be Ready In A Prosecco Plaque, £6.00 Decorated with stylish cascading gold confetti, the I’ll Be Ready In A Prosecco Plaque is a gift for prosecco lovers. With an elegant pink frame and decorative hot pink ribbon handle, the plaque can be hung in the kitchen to kick off the festivities.


Battle of the Brains, £5.00 Containing over 200 multi-category questions, dice and simple instructions, this quick fire trivia game will provide family entertainment for ages 8 and above. Teams can take turns answering questions on everything from films and music, to science and art for hours of endless fun.


Peony Notebook Set and Pen, £8.00 A stylish stationery set for those who need to take notes on-the-go, the Peony Notebook Set and Pen contains an elegant gold ballpoint pen and two notebooks with textured gold covers.


Gin Glass and G&T Sweets, £8.00 A trendy gift for gin lovers, each set contains a stylish gin goblet featuring a playful Gin O’clock slogan and gin & tonic flavoured sweets.

 

FULL TRADITIONAL FESTIVE FAYRE – HOWEVER YOU CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, TESCO HAS ALL A HOST NEEDS TO HELP EFFORTLESSLY IMPRESS THEIR GUESTS  www.tesco.com

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From classic starters with a twist like the Thick Cut Salmon with Cranberry Bucks Fizz Dressing, to mains like the decadent Tesco Finest Golden Goose and the family friendly Tesco Festive Unicorn Cake for dessert, Tesco has made hosting Christmas simple with plenty to impress guests throughout the festive season.

STARTERS

Tesco Finest Scottish Smoked Salmon Thick Cut with a Cranberry Bucks Fizz Sauce, 130g, £5

This starter is a certain crowd pleaser – the thickly cut salmon has been smoked over oak chips, accompanied by cranberry, orange and Prosecco for a burst of flavour. Not just a Christmas Day starter, this salmon dish can be added to a Boxing Day buffet or served with scrambled eggs on Christmas morning.

Tesco Finest Shellfish Coquille Medley, 180g, £8

The Tesco Finest Shellfish Coquille Medley is a mix of scallops and king prawns cooked in white wine and cheese sauce, topped with a cheese and chive ciabatta crumb. Added indulgent extras include a lemon and pink peppercorn butter star that melts over the Medley when baked and a samphire bed to add a salty crunch. The Medley is served in a giant scallop shell to stand out on the Christmas table.

MAINS

Tesco Finest Free Range Narragansett Whole Turkey, 5.26-6.51kg, £9/kg

A heritage breed raised on farms in East Anglia, reared slowly in lush pastures with plenty of freedom to roam and forage. Traditional farming methods, their environment and a varied, nutritious diet makes the meat full-flavoured and naturally self-basting, so it stays wonderfully succulent as it cooks.

Tesco Finest Venison Rack with a Morello Cherry Sauce, 0.7-1kg, £30/kg

Lean and tender French trimmed venison rack perfectly paired with oak smoked cranberries and a sunflower pumpkin seed crumb to add crunch. Finished with a sweet and tangy Morello cherry glaze.

Tesco Finest Easy Carve Duck with Cherry Stuffing and Morello Cherry and Kirsch Glaze, 1.6kg, £18

This tender British duck is hand-cut and prepared by expert butchers from a family-owned business. All the hard work has been done for you – the part deboning process makes the duck easier to carve, and it comes with a stuffing of succulent, outdoor-bred British pork and a medley of cherries.

Tesco Finest Golden Goose, 3-4kg, £12/kg

The perfect luxurious centrepiece for Christmas Day, the goose is paired with a fruity pineapple golden glaze with added shimmer to enhance the flavour and bring extra sparkle to your festive feast. Full of flavour with dark, closetextured meat, succulent free range geese have been raised on a family-run farm in East Anglia. Great care is taken over diet and exercise, resulting in a naturally rich-flavoured bird.

Tesco Crackling Gammon Joint with a Maple & Bourbon Glaze, 2.8kg, £16

This impressive gammon has been partially deboned for effortless easy carving. Once the joint begins to crisp in the oven, brush the maple and bourbon glaze over the top for sweet, sticky crackling to impress loved ones.

Tesco Easy Carve Lamb Shoulder with Wild Garlic, 1-2kg, £10/kg

Prepared with a wild garlic butter for an intense flavour throughout, this lamb cut is prepared so that it is easier to carve. Slow cook for extra succulence – it will fall apart beautifully. It makes a great alternative to turkey on the Christmas table or party buffet.

DESSERTS

Tesco Finest Black Forest Meringue Wreath, 467g, £5

Inspired by Black Forest gateaux, this slow-baked chocolate meringue wreath is topped with sharp cherry kirsch, rich chocolate cream and dark chocolate shavings. A striking alternative to a Christmas pudding.

Tesco Festive Unicorn Cake, 885g, £10

A rich, triple-layered chocolate cake with a real ‘wow’ factor, tapping into the current unicorn trend. Filled and covered with chocolate-flavoured, cookie-crumb frosting, this gorgeous dessert is adorned with edible decorations including a Rudolph-inspired red nose for little (and not so little) unicorn-lovers to enjoy.

Tesco Finest Sticky Toffee Wreath Torte, 705g, £10

A truly elegant centrepiece. Layers of sticky toffee sponge, laced with sweet date pieces, a rich caramel, indulgent maple mousse and caramel glaze. Hand-decorated with an intricate chocolate wreath and silver-lustred chocolate pine cones for a festive finish.

Tesco Snow Globe, 969g, £12

A showstopping family dessert of white cream mountains, dark chocolate trees inspired by the Black Forest and served in a giant snow globe. Other details include white chocolate baubles, shimmery layers of white chocolate mousse, a decadent chocolate sauce, a sweet raspberry compote and a smooth white custard.

FESTIVE DRINKS

Tesco Finest Amarone Della Valpolicella, 75cl, £18

A classic Italian red with intense, full-bodied flavours of ripe black fruits and sweet spices – great for roasts. Amarone Della Valpolicella is still made today in the traditional artisanal method, which requires naturally-drying the bunches for a few months. The wine is then matured in oak casks to create a very intense wine. It releases rich aromas of ripe cherry and wild red berry, concluding on a note of luscious chocolate. Best if uncorked at least an hour before serving and served at a cool room temperature.

Tesco Finest New Zealand Sauvingnon Blanc Fumé, 75cl, £9

This oak-aged white has a ripe peach and melon-like character, which complements richer foods such as smoked fish and spiced meat.

Tesco Finest Franciacorta, 75cl, £15

Produced in the north of Italy in the same way as Champagne, this lemony fresh fizz will be welcome at every Christmas feast to impress guests.

Tesco Finest PX Sherry, 37.5cl, £6

A velvety smooth Sherry from the 180-year-old González Byass family winery in Jerez, Spain. Pedro Ximénez grapes are laid out in the vineyard to dry in the hot sun before pressing and ageing. The resulting nectar is deliciously rich and warming, brimming with raisin and fig flavours. Can be served as a digestif, to accompany a cheese board, with desserts or even poured over Tesco Finest Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream.

TikTok Sweeps Google Play Best of 2018 Award in 18 Regions Across the World

TikTok chosen as one of Google Play’s best apps of 2018 in the Most Entertaining category
Regions include UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, India, U.S.A. and Japan
TikTok also wins Best App: Indonesia

TikTok, the world’s leading short video platform, caps off an exciting year by being selected as one of Google Play’s best apps of 2018 in the Most Entertaining category, sweeping the award in 18 regions around the world.

The Google Play Best of 2018 award is a nod to the best and most popular apps of the year. With its easy-to-use tools for creating and sharing short videos directly from the smartphone, interactive features and an intelligent discovery system, TikTok has become extremely popular around the world, winning the award in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, UK, India, Middle East and North Africa, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, U.S.A., Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand.

This year marks a year of rapid growth and significant milestones for TikTok. In August, it was announced that TikTok and musical.ly would unite to create a new global app, becoming the world’s number one go-to destination for short-form video content creation and interaction, by empowering people to capture and share moments that matter in their lives. Recently in October, TikTok became the number one downloaded app in the U.S. on both the Apple and Android App Stores, according to data from Sensor Tower. Among its more prominent users, TikTok can count the likes of Cardi B, Jimmy Fallon and Ed Sheeran, social media personalities such as Joe Sugg and Arron Crascall, and has given rise to its own creators multi-million follower creators such as Amelia Gething.

TikTok is now available in over 150 markets, and in 75 languages, with a robust localisation strategy to encourage users to create and interact with content relevant to local cultures and trends.

Download the TikTok app via iOS or Google Play.

Need a different kind of gift?
In a foreign language you can riff
On life and love
Or none of the above

Giving someone foreign language lessons is the kind of present that will last for a lifetime, and is definitely thinking outside the (gift) box. I represent author/philosopher Benedict Beckeld, Ph.D., who supplements his income by teaching foreign languages. (He speaks 8 languages, but the ones he knows on an advanced level are: English, German, French, Swedish, Latin, and Ancient Greek.) He lives in New York City, and has had in the past students (within the five boroughs) whose homes he goes to for one-on-one lessons; otherwise he Skypes with students who live out of state/in another country. Rates start at $90 per hour. Interested parties can inquire about lessons via the contact section on his web site: www.benedictbeckeld.com.

About Benedict Beckeld

A native of Sweden but now an American resident, Dr. Beckeld, 38, holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Classical Philology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, specializing among other areas in political philosophy, ancient philosophy, and socio-cultural history. He has taught philosophy and classical languages at universities in both Germany and France, and has additionally worked as an educator and researcher in the U.S., Italy, and Namibia. He has published books and articles on philosophical and socio-cultural issues, and has appeared on radio and television as an expert panelist. His philosophical vlogs can be found on his eponymous YouTube channel.

These North Pole-approved reading glasses and fashionable sunglasses are ideal for any person this holiday season.

For mom, dad, or grandparents, a pair of Readers.com reading glasses make for great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers. With hard-to-find powers ranging from +1.00 to +7.00 and a selection of styles for every occasion – ranging from bifocals to sunglass readers to computer readers and more – lucky recipients of these glasses are bound to enjoy this gift.

Alternatively, Sunglass Warehouse is the place to purchase affordable and fashionable glasses. With hundreds of styles, $20 or less, these glasses could make for a nice gift or stocking stuffer for your significant other, sibling, parent, or BFF.

 

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR PETS REVEALED

Pets at Home has revealed the top 10 gifts for pets this Christmas.

The list is a sneak peek of what the retailer expects to be this year’s must-have pet products for involving furry friends in Christmas activities.

With unicorns being such a big trend this year, the Unicorn Dog Blanket, priced at £12, is predicted to be a big hit.

As well as toys and outfits, pet owners are expected to pick up pet-friendly festive food for their furry friends, including a Wainwrights Christmas dinner and bottles of Pawsecco.

Buyers at the nation’s biggest pet goods retailer have also spotted an increase in pet owners getting festive with small animals, not just cats and dogs, which is why the quirky Penguin bed is set to see sales soar.

A spokesperson for Pets at Home said: “It’s amazing to see how the ever-changing social and buying trends are continually influencing the pet market today. From unicorn-mania to our ongoing love for fizz, all are being picked up by pet owners.

“Christmas is a time for giving and pet owners want to repay the unconditional love shown by their furry friends by giving them extra special treatment this year.”

The top ten, trending gifts that pet owners are snapping up this year include:

1. Unicorn blanket, £12

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2. Cheeky sprout dog toy, £6

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3. Snowman dog outfit, from £10

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4. Rawhide Santa ‘stop here’ dog treat sign, £6

5. Penguin bed for small animals, £6

6. Christmas cat scrunchie, £3

7. Bark Snowman for small animals, £3

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8. Flashing Christmas tree collar tag, £3

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9. Wainwright’s Christmas dinner adult dog food, £1.50

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10. Pawsecco for dogs and cats, £2.99

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Pets at Home has a range of Christmas products available in store and online, from festive knits to sleek and stylish hideaways. Their Christmas look book can be viewed here – http://www.petsathome.com/xmaslookbook

COMRAD Companions, the premium and stylish, function-first graduated compression sock brand, top of mind for any upcoming editorial or gift guide lists. At just $18 a pair, COMRAD creates quality products that are affordable and effective in providing health benefits, yet also have a stylish and beautiful aesthetic.

As you probably know, graduated compression socks provide a variety of health benefits including, but not limited to, increased blood circulation, reduced swelling, fatigue, muscle soreness and injury during/after exercise.

They are the perfect gift for:

Travelers – Prevent your legs from swelling and increase circulation for a more comfortable and restful flight during the holidays (or for business)
Athletes/Gym Junkies – Provides quicker recovery time to get back to the workout faster
Pavement Pounders – For those on their feet all day (hello flight attendants, nurses, doctors, chefs, etc.) COMRAD companions reduce the daily aches and pains and increase your energy

 

Smithers. Premium men’s swimwear… designed for the modern-day gentleman.

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Smithers is a premium men’s swimwear range designed for the modern-day gentleman.

Classic swim briefs.
Swim trunks.

   

🥊GLOVES OFF🥊

Available On Demand & DVD now

“Classic British cinema…Similar in style to The Full Monty” ★★★★ The Sun

“A feel-good boxing comedy that goes the distance!” ★★★★ Britflicks

“A joyous British comedy that packs a laugh as well as a punch.” British Comedy Guide

“Gloves Off is a blast to watch” OC Movie Reviews

★★★★ Daily Star

Starring:

Brad Moore (North v South), Denise Van Outen (Run for your Wife),

Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family), Paul Barber (The Full Monty),

Alexei Sayle (The Young Ones), Alan Ford (Snatch) & Sally Dexter (Emmerdale)

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GLOVES OFF follows Doug (Brad Moore) who, after the sudden death of his trainer during his championship fight, has inherited a crumbling debt-ridden gym, packed with a mixed bag of crazy would-be boxers (Ricky Tomlinson, Paul Barber, Alexei Sayle). He must raise £50,000 fast or risk watching his mentor’s legacy re-possessed and transformed into a jumped-up Pilates parlour for stock brokers. Doug agrees to train a gypsy woman’s (Denise Van Outen) brother to fight in a £100,000 winner-takes-all bare-knuckle contest against the ‘King of The Gypsies’.

Lead actor & co-writer, Brad Moore: “Gloves Off is a piece of entertainment but it also represents to me what people can achieve when they pull together and pride kicks in.”

Featuring an all-star British cast including Brad Moore (North V South, Golden Years), Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family, Mike Bassett: Manager), Denise Van Outen (Keith Lemon: The Film, Run for Your Wife), Paul Barber (The Full Monty, Only Fools and Horses), Alan Ford (Snatch, Cockneys vs Zombies) and Alexei Sayle (The Young Ones, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).

Run Time: 95 Mins

Cert: 12

Cast:

Doug: Brad Moore

Vera: Denise Van Outen

Mick: Ricky Tomlinson

Albert: Paul Barber

Algy: Alexei Sayle

Burt: Alan Ford

Brigette: Sally Dexter

Nosher: Greg Orvis

Donny: Laurie Kynaston

Davros: Gary Cargil

Riz: Kab Silva

Mellissa: Sydney Wade

Big Bill: Adam Fogerty

Paddy: Joe Egan

Giles: Matt Barber

Rupert: Tom Craine

How to Give Gifts that Won’t Be Forgotten

With the festive season fast approaching, it’s a good time to start thinking about the gifts you’ll be giving. While it’s always the thought that counts, you don’t want people to be wondering what in the world you were thinking when you got them their gift. Fortunately, Cape Union Mart has some tips on how to give gifts that people won’t forget (for the right reasons).

Practical

When you’re a kid, practical gifts are the worst, but as you get older you come to appreciate useful gadgets that improve your life. One practical gift that is ideal for almost any recipient from avid adventurers to braai masters is the Kaliber Survival Knife (R699, available for purchase in-store and online). This lightweight tool comes equipped with a comfortable moulded ABS handle and a black oxidised blade coating that prevents corrosion. Plus, it is packaged with a fire starter and a knife sharpener – the utmost in practicality.

Another practical present is the K-Way Venture 60L Backpack (R1,599, available for purchase in-store and online). Ideal of course for exploring, this backpack features an Air-vantage Adjustment System that allows you to customise your fit, a rain cover, built-in hydration sleeve and multiple compression straps so you can shrink or expand the pack as required.

For the outdoorsman in your life, the K-Way Men’s Explorer Traveller Jacket (R899 available for purchase in-store and online) is a must. He will stay protected from the elements with this lightweight water-repellent jacket that features UPF40+ protection from the sun, back mesh ventilation system and an elasticated hem and cuffs to prevent cold air from getting in.

Multifunctional

Gifts that can be used in a myriad of ways will keep on giving. For instance, the Malkin 10 x 25 Roof Prism Binocular (R350, available for purchase in-store and online) can be used while bird watching but also during sporting events to get a better view of the action. Complete with an all-new design, this powerful, compact x10 binocular provides greater depth for a pleasurable viewing experience. It also features a 25mm objective diameter, eye cups for eye-glass wearers and a fine focus adjustable ring around each eyepiece to adapt to vision differences between the left and right eye.

A pair of trousers that can be turned into shorts is a must-have for spontaneous adventure enthusiasts. The K-Way Tempest Zip-off Trousers (R999, available for purchase in-store and online) offer versatility, practicality and comfort that will take you from hot days to chilly evenings and support you on any adventure – planned or not. These expertly-designed zip-off trousers feature 4-way stretch nylon fabrication, integrated ribbing in the waistband for adjustability, a UPF 30+ finish and cargo pockets for extra storage.

Personal

There’s nothing more special than receiving a gift, that’s been carefully selected – with your personal preference being top of mind. When purchasing a personal gift, why not go the extra mile and invest in a gadget that will take the recipient on many adventures? The Suunto 9 (R9,999, available for purchase in-store and online) is a multisport GPS that tracks up to 120 hours of exercise activity and can withstand extreme conditions. Equipped with a wrist-based heart rate monitor and barometer, the Suunto is water resistant up to 100m and supports over 80 sport modes. Plus it has 25 hours battery life in Performance mode and up to 120 hours in Ultra mode. Alternatively, there’s pieces from the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Range (priced at between R13,499 and R13,999, available for purchase in-store and online). All the watches are WiFi-enabled and feature GroupTrack, music streaming, trendline popularity routing, advanced navigation sensors and preloaded maps.

Being able to look back on their adventures is also highly personal so think about gifting your loved one with a drone or GoPro. Drone flying has just become that much easier with the DJI Tello (R1,999, available for purchase in-store and online) which features automatic take-off and landing at just a single tap, along with failsafe protection to allow for safe landing even when the connection has been lost. This small and agile drone captures 5MP hi-res images with its electronic image stabilisation feature. Another drone option is the Parrot Anafi (R12,999, available for purchase in-store and online) which offers all the accessories you need to capture high-quality images and videos such as a smart battery, a carrying case, 16GB micro SD card, USB-A to USB-C cable, a mounting tool and eight additional propeller blades.

For those wanting to help loved ones capture all the action of their outdoor pursuits or to snap memories from their travels, the GoPro Fusion (R11,999, available for purchase in-store and online) is a great gift. This 360 degree action camera enables images and videos to be shared straight to any smartphone that has the GoPro app downloaded. It is also waterproof with a built-in extension pole and tripod. What’s more, it offers a voice command hands-free function.

With these gift-giving guidelines, you won’t go wrong this festive season.

Visit www.capeunionmart.co.za for gifts and gadgets for all.

Ever dreamt of owning your own music festival? Well now you can!

The Wyldes, Devon and Cornwall’s only permanently licensed 10,000 capacity venue, has announced the launch of its equity crowdfunding campaign that will allow music lovers the chance to own a part of their own music festival.
The Wyldes group, which consists of Leopallooza Festival, Live in the Wyldes and Weddings in The Wyldes, has seen artists such as Thom Yorke, Bastille, Kelis, Rag’n’Bone Man, Chase and Status, Paloma Faith, Loyle Carner and IDLES grace its stage over the last ten years. In 2019 Paul Weller and Fat Boy Slim will each host a Live in the Wyldes event, with two more to be announced, as well as Leopallooza festival line-up.

The crowd-funding outreach aims to raise £250,000 via Crowdcube for 5% equity. With £82,000 already pledged, The Wyldes is well on its way to reaching its target by the closing date of 2nd Jan 2019. The money raised will fund continued improvements to infrastructure and assets, which will allow The Wyldes to bring in a more diverse range of shows and artists, and increase capacity throughout. The opportunity to be part of one of the UK’s most exciting venues is a golden ticket for most music fans and investors.

From as little as £45 anyone can be apart of The Wyldes, helping shape one of the most exciting venues in the UK. As well as being an equity shareholder you’ll also enjoying discounted tickets, and the more you invest, the more benefits you will receive.

Sam Dunnett – Co-director of The Wyldes said “We started over ten years ago as a small festival for friends and family, but have grown exponentially year-on-year and are now at a tipping point to start moving into phase two of our lifecycle. We’re perfectly positioned to offer a new, exciting and unique alternative style of show that can take the customer experience to a whole new level.

Matt Daniel, Co-Founder and Director of The Wyldes said “With the UK events industry worth £42.3 billion annually, we know that investors will be interested in getting a piece of the action. We’ve already had a great response and we’re excited to welcome new partners onboard to be apart of the evergrowing Wyldes family.”

Artists comments include Paloma Faith “Do loads of people come here? Because they should! It’s…brilliant!” and Dan Smith from Bastille “This place is Nuts” –
Anyone interested in owning a piece of The Wyldes can read the full story here on their CrowdCube page: http://www.crowdcube.com/thewyldes

IT’S ALL ABOUT LAYERING!
Base Layers From Muddy Puddles

Drift Base Layer Top & Bottoms – £16 each
(Navy Cloud, Baltic Cloud, Red Cloud & Navy)

With the big freeze around the corner, get your little ones kitted out ready to take on the snow and cold weather with the bold and funky base layers from Muddy Puddles.

Made from breathable soft fabric, these super cool tops have thumb holes on the cuffs to ensure sleeves stay down.

Pair with matching base layer bottoms for top-to-toe winter cosiness.

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