Feature Part 19! Looking Back On what Was a Lovely Spring & Summer and giving thanks for that and the amazing companies and services who contribute so much to human progress and happiness!

Sick of being a straighty-180 when it comes to your hair? Fret no more because market leader in curling tools, BaBylissPRO, has a Miracurl with your name on it. After […]

Sick of being a straighty-180 when it comes to your hair?

Fret no more because market leader in curling tools, BaBylissPRO, has a Miracurl with your name on it.

After taking the world by storm in 2013, BaBylissPRO is making waves – literally – with the launch of the next generation model – the Miracurl 3. The 3-in-1 Miracurl has elevated the ground breaking auto-curl technology to create three different curl sizes at the touch of a button.

Upon choice, the advanced curl management system of the BaBylissPRO Miracurl 3 automatically adjusts the central barrel to regulate the heat and time needed to create each of the three levels of curl. The ceramic curling chamber carefully controls hair tension for smooth curling action, and new features include the ability to adjust curl direction to left, right, or alternate.

Multiple heat settings from 180 to 230 degrees al lows the user to create styles from tight defined curls to soft natural waves, or loose relaxed waves and curls. With the ability to mix and match random organic styles, the BaBylissPRO Miracurl 3 offers endless at home styling potential to achieve that perfect in salon look curl everyday!

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

Pantone have just revealed its colour of the year for 2018 and it’s ULTRA VIOLET!

Pantone describes this special colour as, “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own. Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality.

Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Premium Romantic Purple venetian blind priced from £17.50

Hadley Linen Blooming Violet roller blind priced from £26.95

Arboretum Linen Heather Roman blinds priced from £23.45

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world.

The colour is reflected in the logo as well as a wide range of window blinds and curtains from the UK’s largest online window blinds retailer Blind 2 Go.
Take a look at the pretty Hadley Linen Blooming Violet roller blind with its delicate violet petal motif or for a bold statement in purple opt for Premium Romantic Purple venetian blinds or a Spectrum Mist Violet roman blind. Or if you are looking for just a subtle hint of violet Arboretum Linen Heather roman blinds is the perfect choice.

All Blinds2 Go window blinds and curtains are made to measure. For further information and inspiration visit www.blinds-2go.co.uk or tel 0800 862 0464.

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle — the world’s best travel water bottle! > On Amazon & www.nomader.com


Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

Uniquely portable and versatile, the Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle makes on-the-go hydration easy and enjoyable for travel, fitness and an active lifestyle. NOMADer where you go, it helps keep you healthy and hydrated.

Affordably priced, wow-worthy, and available in 11 stylish colors, the Nomader makes for the perfect gift for friends, family, and co-workers.

For more info, visit www.nomader.com. Use promo code HYDR8NYU to save 10% on your order (expires February 28, 2018).

Product Features

• Folds up or squashes down for compact travel
• Locking screw cap design ensures no leaks
• Easy to carry with attached ergonomic strap
• Shatterproof silicone survives accidental drops
• Rigid sleeve makes it comfortable to drink from
• Wide mouth makes it easy to add ice and clean
• Made of 100% BPA-free, health-safe materials
• Handles hot, cold, and frozen drinks
• 11 stylish colors to choose from
• Includes a lifetime warranty


Protein ice cream with half the calories of a Magnum and over 50% less sugar than Ben & Jerry’s

Koupe, the guilt-free protein ice cream with more protein than three egg whites and less sugar than an apple in one serving, is now available for the first time in the UK.

Already going down a storm and revolutionising the healthy treat market across Northern Europe, Koupe, founded in Holland, is high in protein and fibre and available in four delicious flavours; Clever Chocolate, Brilliant Banana (20% real fresh bananas), Victorious Vanilla and Smart Strawberry (30% real strawberries).

Koupe contains only a quarter of the sugar of traditional ice cream and is free from artificial flavourings or colourings. Containing no cream, just milk, Koupe is low in fat, with half the calories of a Magnum. The protein ice cream has over 50% less sugar than Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and as much fibre as a serving of broccoli.

A proven year-round favourite, with 95% of Brits typically eating ice cream*, fans of the frozen treat who can sometimes feel guilty after indulging can now enjoy their favourite flavour guilt-free from Koupe, with 40% less calories, 70% less sugars and 80% less fat than traditional ice cream.

Jaco Pieper, Founder of Koupe, said: “Whether you’re looking to maintain your protein levels after a work-out or are simply making healthy food choices, you shouldn’t have to compromise on great taste.

“Reach for a tub to enjoy on the couch or team with favourite cakes and fruity desserts – Koupe has finally arrived in the UK, and you can enjoy all four flavours guilt free! Feeling good has never been so tasty.”

Koupe, the healthier alternative to ice cream, which was founded in Holland in 2015, is now available to buy online through Ocado in 500 ml (pint, 360g) and retails for £5.49.

* Mintel’s Ice Cream and Desserts UK 2016 report. Mintel research reveals that most Brits are hot for ice cream as just 5% of UK consumers say they don’t typically eat ice cream in the spring and summer months.

My Fairy Garden – Discover the magic of nature through play



With the My Fairy Garden range, children can imagine, create, nurture and grow their own fairy garden. My Fairy Garden is a collectable girl’s range that encourages interaction with nature through play. The kits offer children a delightful experience of imaginative open-ended play whilst discovering the magic of growing real plants. There are cute little flowerpot fairy homes, fairy doors to place in your house to allow fairies to enter and Fairy Tale stories to encourage children’s imaginations! Make your child’s bedroom an enchanted place with these magical toys!

My Fairy Garden: Your fairy will love to live in the enchanted cottage and grow her own living garden using the grass seeds provided. This kit contains everything you need to make your fairy and her mouse friend feel at home; just add imagination and a little sprinkling of the fairy dust included!

Follow the 8-page colour illustrated activity guide to learn how to construct the enchanted fairy cottage.
Grass seeds are provided to create a beautiful living garden for your fairy and her mouse companion.
The kit comes with a shell water feature, washing line, mushroom, plastic flowers and gravel for a path.
Add more features by making your own garden furniture out of recycled materials.
Just one of the collectable my fairy garden kits available from Interplay.
Available for £14.99rrp from toy retailers, supermarkets, department stores, homeware/garden stores and online


The one essential product for the perfect movie nights in? Popcorn!

Ignore the burnt pot agony from trying to pop your own –
Just use Flying Tiger’s microwavable popcorn maker to enjoy perfectly popped treats all night long!

The National Theatre Bookshop is delighted to introduce a new collection of products inspired by their new Shakespearean revival, Macbeth.

To complement the live show, the Bookshop’s new range of products seeks to mirror the dark nature of the production in edgy, period designs. Influenced by Macbeth’s Scottish setting, evoke the play’s mysticism with rustic brass, linen and tartan details in store.

Macbeth runs from 26th February until 23rd June. As the drama unfolds onstage, take a piece of Macbeth home with you today.

Available from the National Theatre Bookshop from 25 February – shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Transform your study into quaint quarters with timeless accessories from the National Theatre Bookshop.

With brass accents and warm leather, bring a rustic setting worthy of Shakespeare into your home.

RFL aims for ‘state of the art leadership’ with new management course

The Rugby Football League (RFL) director of projects and people Jon Dutton and finance director Tony Sutton have kicked off the organisation’s bespoke leadership development programme at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

Running for ten months, during which time ten delegates from the RFL leadership group will attend six half-day sessions at the university, interspersed with workplace projects, the course has been two years in the planning. Teamwork, coaching and mentoring, change management and leadership all feature on the RFL’s tailored syllabus.

The course is based on the university’s acclaimed Masters of Sport Directorship (MSD), which qualifies its students for the role of sporting director and has attracted a host of high profile professional sports people including St Helens RFC CEO Mike Rush and Mark Bitcon, director of performance at Wigan Warriors.

Stephanie Sturges, programme leader at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, said: “The RFL has made an innovative move to improve its sustainability and leadership structures and we got off to a great start with our inaugural session in January: the feedback from the delegates has been fantastic.

“Forward thinking sporting organisations are now acknowledging that they need to professionalise and actively support progression if they are to lead the way in promoting a successful organisation that leads by example across the whole sport.”

RFL finance director Tony Sutton said: “As Rugby League’s national governing body we want to invest in our people so that we have continued excellent leadership that will future proof us as an organisation and enable the RFL – and all levels of the sport – to operate as effectively as possible.

“This programme is an important step for us. We approached Manchester Metropolitan because they have proved with their superb MSD course and the high calibre of students it attracts that they are the leaders in this field, which merges the best in corporate governance with state of the art leadership in sporting organisations.”

The RFL employs 150 people between its Leeds-based headquarters and its Salford and London offices. The organisation manages the England Rugby League team, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, Betfred Super League, the Betfred Championship and League 1, and also supports and administers the grassroots game.


1st February 2018 – The UK’s favourite canned peas brand, Batchelors Peas, has partnered with Betfred Super League for the third year running.

As an Official Partner for the 2018 Betfred Super League, fans of the sport can look forward to an action-packed season of special offers, money-can’t-buy prizes and match day activity led by the Batchelors’ mascot, Can of Steel.

Dean Towey, Marketing Director at Princes, said: “Building on the success of the previous two years and securing the partnership for a third year is a brilliant step for Batchelors Peas and a great way to start 2018.

“We’re thrilled to be progressing year on year and engaging with as many fans as possible throughout the season with exciting events and activities.”

An on-pack promotion will run until July 2018 with a headline prize of a trip to Canada to watch Toronto Wolfpack with £1,000 spending money.

Other exciting prizes to be won throughout the season include signed shirts and tickets to some of the biggest events this season – look out for the unique code on the underside of every label and enter online for the chance to win!*

The Betfred Super League season kicks off on 1st February 2018.

Batchelors produces top quality Marrowfat, Mushy and Garden Peas, and has been a teatime family favourite for decades.

Taken for a ride
Most rail passengers unhappy with their journey
Transport Focus announced today that their latest National Rail Passenger Survey showed that only a third were happy with their last journey.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus, said:

“For passengers, it’s all about performance – these value for money scores reflect patchy reliability. In London and the South East, Southern, Thameslink and Southeastern passengers have felt performance pick up. However, South Western Railway, TransPennine Express and Arriva Trains Wales passengers, among others, have been buffeted by poorer performance.

The survey, which included more than 27,000 passengers, showed that satisfaction has dropped to 75% overall and to 64% for South Western Railway. These results contrast starkly with Thameslink, where satisfaction is up 13%, one assumes due to the increase in investment by the company.

“Train companies and Network Rail need to keep to their basic promises and deliver a relentless focus on day-to-day performance and better information during disruption”, said Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus.

Penny Thompson, blogger at Pennyssavings.com uses Thameslink and agrees. “Despite really mucking it up when things go wrong, the new 12-car Thameslink trains really have been an improvement. Yes, services are still busy, but those extra carriages have made a difference, as have the in-train information systems which show you live data on the passenger loading across the carriages.”

Helen Dewdney, The Complaining Cow – consumer blogger and author of How to Complain: The Essential Consumer Guide to Getting Refunds, Redress and Results! – is not surprised by the results. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that investment in the railways will improve the service! Although many people moan about rail services, they don’t complain to the companies and get the redress to which they are entitled. If more people did this then at least they would get some recompense and send a strong message out to these companies.”

Network Rail compensates train operators for delays due to track problems which is their fault. But the companies do not hand over this compensation to the customers who were inconvenienced. So, what do we need to make sure we get redress in the easiest way possible?

Dewdney shares some of your rights and tips:

1. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 covers rail travel, so you can complain about more than just delays! If that journey was provided with poor service and therefore without “reasonable skill and care”, according to the law, write and complain!

2. Passengers are entitled to have their compensation paid within 14 days, issued by the same method the passenger used to pay for the ticket.

3. Keep your tickets as evidence and take a copy if you have to post them.

4. Make a note of your journey: Date, time, where travelling from/to and how long you’ve been delayed at the time, before you forget!

5. Make a note of the reason given by the train company for the delay.

6. Check how long you have to claim, it is usually up to 28 days.

7. Passengers can claim for any length of delay. If you suffer repeated delays of less than half an hour or overcrowding due to an unexpected lack of carriages, you might get money back if you take your case to court. Currently, no compensation is offered for delays less than 30 minutes.

8. Where a service has not been provided with “reasonable skill and care”, passengers will now have a right to a refund of up to the full ticket price.

9. Put your complaint (unless web based delay/cancellation refund) in writing so that you have a record.

10. You don’t need a third party company to claim for you, just like claiming for delayed airline flights. Instead, do it yourself and get 100% of the refund.

11. If the issue was within the company’s control, be objective, succinct and clear in outlining the issue that occurred.

12. Make it clear what you want to happen as an outcome and what you will do if you are not satisfied with the response (e.g. take it further through Transport Focus or if inside London, London Travel Watch or the Small Claims Court.

13. If you are still not satisfied with the response, write to the CEO of the train operator using contact details from the CEOemail.com website. The matter will then be escalated and taken seriously.

14. It may also be possible to claim from your credit card company under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act for non-delivery of services.

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is the first and only official illustrated book to be produced in collaboration with the members of the band. Celebrating 50 years since their formation, it covers the group’s unparalleled musical career and features photographs of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham on and offstage, in candid moments and in the recording studio. This definitive 368-page volume includes unseen photographs and artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world.

Released October 2018 – available to pre-order now.

Enter code: LZ50 at checkout for free shipping on your pre-order until April 1st


Fruit Bowl® have created an exciting range of irresistibly tasty and fun to eat fruit snacks!  www.fruit-bowl.com


At Fruit Bowl® they aim to help families by providing handy fruit snacks to naturally fuel their kids’ daily fun.

Eating healthily and getting fruit into your kids’ diet isn’t always easy, especially when they’re hungry or fancy something sweet. To help make eating fruit a bit easier, and without the mess or waste, Fruit Bowl® have created a tasty range of fruit snacks packed with real fruity goodness. The range includes peelers, school bars, fruit flakes and the deliciously creamy yogurt range, perfect for a more indulgent treat.

The Fruit Bowl® range is made with real fruit, and are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.

For many parents, the inspiration for both cooking and things to do is always a great resource, if you are looking for ideas check out the www.fruit-bowl.com as they have a wonderful array of recipes and crafty corner activities.



· Recent news stories highlight the need to recognise and educate on the link between child sexual exploitation and sport

· It’s a Penalty exists to protect children from abuse and exploitation globally through work on the ground and advocacy for global enactment and implementation of Extraterritorial legislation against child sexual exploitation

· 2018 sees the largest campaign to date and this week focus moves to Sunday’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis

· Previous campaigns have helped facilitate the protection of over 16,300 victims and have impacted over 519 million people worldwide

Former NFL star running back Rashad Jennings has voiced his support for the 2018 charity campaign It’s a Penalty, ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Harnessing the power of sport and its ability to unite and to break cultural barriers, It’s a Penalty positions major sporting events as platforms for positive change across all societies by educating, equipping and encouraging the general public to #knowthesigns of child abuse and exploitation, to know about the penalties for offenders and to take action – ‘If you see something, say something’.

The 2018 campaign is the largest to date with the Super Bowl LII the first of four major sporting events targeted. Collaborating with the Super Bowl anti-trafficking sub-committee and partnering with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel group and 14 of their hotels in Minnesota, the campaign targets sports fans who have travelled to the event, athletes and locals through a variety of tactics including a short film featuring Rashad Jennings – which is being shown in three of Carlson Rezidor’s major hotels in the city – the Radisson Blu Downtown, the Radisson Blu American Mall and the Radisson Red during the event.

Of his involvement, Jennings said “I am proudly taking part in the It’s a Penalty campaign, because I believe every child should be defended against sex trafficking.”

The need for the campaign has never been stronger, with recent stories in the media highlighting the very real examples of child exploitation that happen throughout sport. It is also an issue particularly relevant in Minnesota, where in 2015 there were 943 minor female victims of sex trafficking and 36 minor male victims, although it should be noted that this figure did drop in 2016 when 27 boys and 371 girls were victims of sex trafficking[1].

Furthermore, according to a report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services last year, state officials say nearly 40,000 children were suspected of being abused or neglected in Minnesota last year, a 25 percent increase from 2015 (https://www.twincities.com/2017/04/13/reports-of-child-abuse-spike-dramatically-in-minnesota/).

Alongside the specific Super Bowl activities, the global campaign highlights a new first-of-its-kind safeguarding map (see: www.itsapenalty.org/makeareport) which explains how to report such crimes against children worldwide, in addition to a new global safeguarding It’s a Penalty app enabling the general public to interact, share and learn about ways to protect children.

Working with its partners – including Comic Relief, A21, The McCain Institute, World Vision, Sysdoc and the Carlson Rezidor hotels – and backed by sporting legends including Gary Lineker, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Liam Malone, Francois Pienaar, Maro Itoje, David Luiz, Usain Bolt, Denise Lewis OBE, Cathy Freeman and Rashad Jennings, four major global sporting events are being targeted in 2018 including Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis (USA) on 4 February, the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea from 9-25 February, the XXI edition of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia (4-15 April) and the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens (6-8 April).

An international initiative, It’s a Penalty works with the governing bodies of sport and organisers of the sporting events, hotel partners, international airlines, NGOs, NGBs and other stakeholders within global sport to not only highlight the global problems of child abuse and exploitation but also the specific dangers of vulnerable children being groomed and exploited during global sports events[2].

It does this by:

· Educating sporting fans, tourists, local residents and the general public about the issue, and about the penalties for offenders, as well as to #knowthesigns of child abuse and exploitation in order to report it

· Encouraging people ‘If you see something, say something’

· Equipping the general public with global mechanisms to report what they have seen through a local telephone or text number

The campaign was originally conceived by Sarah de Carvalho MBE and UK charity Happy Child International to protect children and eradicate child exploitation in the run-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and, subsequently, the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. Central to the campaign was the education of sports fans, tourists, athletes and local residents on the risk of inadvertently having paid-for sex with children aged 17 or under, believing them to be older.

By working in conjunction with NGOs around the world, British authorities and the Metropolitan Police, It’s a Penalty, together with their partners, helped facilitate the protection of over 16,300 victims of child exploitation during the 2014 football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics & Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The It’s a Penalty campaign has now reached and impacted 519 million people worldwide.

The long-term objective of It’s a Penalty is to achieve systemic change in order to protect children on a global scale. To achieve this goal, they are advocating for the global enactment and implementation of Extraterritorial legislation against child exploitation, which will allow countries to prosecute their citizens for the abuse of children abroad.

Sarah de Carvalho says: “There is no doubt that prevention is infinitely preferable to cure when it comes to child abuse. We know how crucial it is to educate, equip and encourage the public to stop more children becoming victims of sexual violence and are pleased to be working with our partners, the NFL and the Carlson Rezidor hotel group to educate, equip and encourage around this spectacular global sporting event.”

She continues: “With over 2 million children exploited into the global sex trade every year[3], it’s never been more important for sports fans to work together as a team to protect vulnerable children and we hope our new initiatives will inspire much-needed change.”

Nicolas Tiziou, Director Responsible Business, Americas, from Carlson Rezidor Hotel group in Minneapolis – “As a global hotel group being ahead of the game when it comes to preventing human trafficking is critical, even more so during large sporting events. It’s a Penalty is the right platform to engage better with our guests and train efficiently our hotel teams, bringing a simple yet fundamental message: if you see something, say something. The Polaris line integration makes it a powerful instrument. We, at the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, are thrilled to join forces with It’s a Penalty and its partners, protecting children and young women”.

Andrew Hassett – Senior Director, Advocacy & Global Campaigns, World Vision International – “Violence affects more than 1.7 billion children every year, in every country and every community. It robs them of their dignity, their rights, their future. It will take all of us working together to break the silence and offer hope for children like Haim in Myanmar, forced to fight in adult wars, or Abigail, a 13 year-old advocate fighting to end child marriage in Ghana. The good news is that there is growing evidence of the most effective solutions to end violence against children and mounting public pressure that it will no longer be tolerated.”

Lisa Bedding – Senior Investment Partner, Sport for Change at Comic Relief – “Comic Relief is delighted to be funding Happy Child International’s innovative work around the power of sporting events to campaign against child exploitation.”

Christian Elliott – A21 Global Anti-trafficking organisation – “We are delighted to be a founding partner alongside the Stirling work of Sarah and her team. The success of IAP is contingent upon the successful collaboration between the Public, Government, law enforcement agencies, and the Hotline to raise public awareness, and provide a reporting mechanism to prevent crimes against children. We are thrilled to be part of this campaign and believe it will become the largest of its kind.”

Katherine Corich – Founder and Chair of Sysdoc – “It is a privilege to once again put our full support behind the It’s A Penalty Campaign, ahead of a big year of international sport. The importance of a global effort to raise awareness of, and prevent, exploitation of children should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. These young children have ahead of them a life of discovery and growth, and we must ensure that this is unhindered in its boundaries. The It’s A Penalty Campaign has, and continues to play a major role in achieving this, and I hope that together, we can put an end to child exploitation.”

To find out more about the charity campaign, the difference being made or to donate please visit, visit www.itsapenalty.org

Twitter: @its_apenalty

Facebook: FB.com/itsapenaltycampaign

Instagram: @its_apenalty

Hashtags: #itsapenalty #knowthesigns #togetherwecan

Affordable Art Deco style from MY Furniture

MY Furniture have created two stunning new collections, channelling the opulence, glamour and decadent design of the Art Deco era in their new Pino table and Bellini furniture ranges.

Art Deco style is characterized by rich colours, bold geometry, and decadent detail work. Having reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s, the signature aesthetic still evokes glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes.

The showstopping PINO range of tables, priced from just £119.99, includes an incredible circular, glass topped coffee table and matching side table. In addition there is a breathtaking, rectangular console table with rounded corners and the signature curved geometric structure with brass effect finish.

The BELLINI upholstered furniture collection comes in a range of striking statement chairs and 2 seater sofas upholstered in rich velvet fabric. With signature Art Deco style fluted back rest and characterful antique brass upholstery tacks and ferrules, this collection is available in a range of bold, rich colours including Bottle Green, Ink Blue, Olive, Storm Grey and Black.
Whether you incorporate Art Deco from floor to ceiling or just add a chair or side table into the mix, the style is sure to elevate your space.
For further information visit www.my-furniture.com or call freephone 0800 092 1636.

Pino console table £239.99

Pino Coffee Table/£199.99 Pino Side table/£119.99

Bellini chair Ink Blue £279.99

Across the planet, amazing creatures have been discovered…

Epic nature documentary-style short celebrates more Pokémon discovered in the real world

Featuring narration from the iconic Stephen Fry and an all-new symphonic soundtrack from legendary composer George Fenton.

A stunning nature documentary-inspired short has been released to celebrate the next wave of Pokémon appearing in Pokémon™ GO.

From the bright peaks of snowy mountains, to the shadows of the forests, to the bustling city and down into the dark of the oceans around the world, the video pays homage to world renowned nature documentaries as it gradually reveals a variety of Pokémon in their real-world natural habitats—bringing augmented reality one step closer to life.

The animated short is so realistic, viewers may not immediately realise what they’re watching, with the shadows and footprints of the latest Pokémon™ GO characters creating a hyper realistic viewing experience.

The video is narrated by national treasure Stephen Fry with his dulcet tones complementing an original symphonic score by legendary nature documentary composer George Fenton.

This is the third wave of Pokémon to be released for Pokémon™ GO following the game’s hugely successful launch in 2016. Each selection of Pokémon initially appeared in different versions of main series Pokémon games; this latest release includes Pokémon from the games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire.

The video features some of the newest creatures debuting in Pokémon™ GO, that include cute cheerleader pair Plusle and Minun in a forest along with Mawile and the Bug- and Flying-type Pokémon Masquerain. In the oceans, a huge underwater Wailord makes a big splash, as well as a school of Luvdisc—a heart-shaped and water-dwelling Pokémon—under the shadow of a looming threat as they are passed by a Sharpedo. There are also appearances from the amphibious Mudkip playing in a pool, cold-loving Snorunt on a high mountain and a cityscape with the elegant Pokémon Delcatty.

See the full trailer here: https://youtu.be/eMobkagZu64

Half term is fast approaching but there’s no need to panic!
Keep the kids occupied throughout the week with these interactive and hands-on arts & crafts from Flying Tiger.

Love Stickers – £1

Marker Bucket – £5

Colouring Book To Go – £3

Modelling Dough Kit – £3

Gel Pen Mini Set – £5 / Colour Penciles Set – £8

Black Clay – £3

Chalk Pastels – £5

SketchBook – £3

All products available from Flying Tiger Stores Nationwide


New Plates for 2018: “Undercover Imari” by Young & Battaglia

Undercover Imari Plates

Beauty, tradition and irreverence are invited to dine with you with a collection of three stunning new pates from Young & Battaglia.


OUT ON DVD 26th MARCH 2018

Call The Midwife, the smash hit BBC series created by Heidi Thomas, inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and starring Helen George, Jenny Agutter and Stephen McGann among its stellar cast, returns for a seventh series on DVD and is available to pre-order now.

Series seven sees the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House tested, both personally and professionally, as never before. They find themselves facing a wide range of challenging issues from breech birth to cancer, Huntington’s chorea, cataracts and unmarried mothers.

Poplar welcomes a new midwife, Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), the first West Indian midwife to be featured as a series regular. Elsewhere, Trixie (Helen George) and Christopher (Jack Hawkins) continues to develop their romance, and Tom (Jack Ashton) and Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) enjoy life as a married couple. Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) finds her authority questioned from an unexpected quarter, and Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) is forced to accept her failing faculties. While Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) and Shelagh (Laura Main) find their lives turned turned upside down when they hire au pair.

Additionally, Call The Midwife Series 7 DVD release includes the latest Christmas Special and DVD Extras that feature behind-the-scenes interviews and featurettes, making this the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

RELEASE DATE: 26th March

DVD RRP: £20.42

Nature lover? Set the scene of a misty forest in your own home with these assorted tea light holders from the National Theatre Bookshop.

With earthy tones and a metallic shine that gleams when lit, imagine you’re deep in the woods under a bright night sky.
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Assorted Tea Light Holders, £12
National Theatre Bookshop: shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk


has a flair for show business
No.1 at the UK Box-Office in 6th week of release

LONDON, UK, Monday 5th February: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN continues a remarkable run at the UK Box-Office reaching No. 1 in its 6th week of release, taking an outstanding £2.206k over the 3-day weekend, bringing the cumulative total to £23,239k. This is the first time a film has ever claimed the No.1 spot over the weekend this far into release and the 6th weekend of THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is bigger than the 6th weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (£2,013k), the biggest film of all time in the UK (£123,054k).

By the end of the week, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN will be the biggest film of 2018 in the UK.

Since its Boxing Day release, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN has continued to perform consistently, capturing the hearts and voices of audiences all over the world (including Australia where the film also achieved a first place finish in the 6th week of release). The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack also continues its dominance in the Official UK Album Chart, spending a fourth consecutive week at No. 1, with the show-stopping anthem of empowerment ‘This Is Me’ currently No. 8 in the Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sing-Along version will hit cinemas nationwide from the 23rd February and available to book now.

Managing Director, Twentieth Century Fox UK (Theatrical), Cameron Saunders says: “Audiences across the country are looking for joy and happiness, and with The Greatest Showman joy and happiness has found them, shaken them by the hand and given them a great Hugh Jackman sized bear hug. We’d like to thank everyone for returning the embrace, making it the UK’s No. 1 during the most vibrant time for cinema going in recent history. At the beginning of the movie, Charity Barnum says: “I wish for happiness like this to last forever” – this timeless, modern day classic promises to do exactly that. Experience it in cinemas today, tomorrow and again next week!”

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN stars Hugh Jackman in the title role, alongside Michelle Williams (All the Money in the World), Zac Efron (Baywatch), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Tony Award nominee Keala Settle. The film is directed by Michael Gracey; produced by Laurence Mark, p.g.a., Peter Chernin, p.g.a., and Jenno Topping, p.g.a., with songs by Academy Award and Grammy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land), THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox and opened in cinemas nationwide on 26th December 2017.

What’s your Life of Lovely?

A warm cup of tea and a good book?
Having friends round for a gossip over cocktails?
The latest blockbuster and a bowl of salty popcorn?

Whatever your idea of lovely is, Lovely Sofas has your perfect match.

Lovely Sofas build all of their sofas to order in their Lancashire workshop, meaning that you can create something which fits perfectly into your idea of lovely. With a fresh look and a whole host of brand new designs for 2018, they really do have something for everyone.


Get your little ones ready for Easter with seriously sweet style from Love Keep Create.

Handmade with 100% organic cotton jersey, add pop of colour to every baby’s outfit.

These adorable dribble bibs also perfectly match their larger cloud collection for a mix n’ match wardrobe.

Love Keep Create – https://lovekeepcreate.co.uk/

Matchstick Monkey, the award winning baby teether brand, is proud to introduce the newest additions to his family… soft, cute and cuddly Plush Monkeys!

This brand new and exclusive collection, includes three different sized monkey friends, providing warmth, friendship, fun and comfort when little ones are feeling out of sorts.

As with all members of the Matchstick Monkey family, these new cuddly monkeys include a number of innovative features designed by Matchstick Monkey’s creator, Katie, who with three young children at home, understands families needs first hand.

Handy velcro hands make them perfect for entertaining, hanging from cots, prams and pushchairs.. as well being able to hold hands and look out for each other.

A bottom filled with beans, enables them to sit upright with ease so they’re easier to play with, while soft, crinkly textured feet will keep little ones intrigued for hours.

With their cute yet functional design, Matchstick Monkey’s Plush Monkeys are set to become every little one’s new best friend!

Available in three sizes – Small (21cm): £11.00, Medium (28cm): £17.00, Large (38cm): £27.00


With Spring (hopefully) fast approaching, style your kitchen with a kitsch bold design to brighten up your home with Flying Tiger.

Subtle touches to your kitchen are sure to keep your guests talking.

Available from Flying Tiger Stores Nationwide / gb.flyingtiger.com

Mammoth Sport features the latest comfort technologies, with a key focus on ensuring a great night’s sleep.

Studies show that athletes who sleep longer experience improved performance as muscles gain and build while you are asleep. Mammoth’s technologies have been scientifically proven to improve sleep, helping people fall asleep 29% faster, cool 69% faster and relieve pressure 47% better than memory foam.

Create the Cotswold Look with The Painted Furniture Company

When people think of the Cotswolds, they tend to imagine rolling hills, ancient woodlands and thatched stone cottages, and it is this quintessentially British style which is embodied in this kind of interior scheme. Painted Furniture is a fantastic way to achieve this timeless look.

Today’s modern country interiors combine cool contemporary colours with a timeless, classic feel that’s just as at home in a London townhouse as a country pile. To achieve this, consider selecting solidly built wooden furniture pieces which will stand the test of time. All of The Painted Furniture Company’s collections are made from American Oak. This beautiful material is heavy and strong, and also has a beautiful grain pattern and long lifespan, making it perfect for furniture.

Although exposed wood always looks great, painted furniture is a fantastic way to unify a scheme or add bursts of colour. When paired with natural textures and rustic accessories, it is easy to create that effortless country feel which is at the heart of the Cotswolds.

One of The Painted Furniture Company’s first products was the bestselling Oak collection in a lovely, calming grey green; a colour the owners always referred to as the ‘Cotswolds window frame’ colour. This subtle, yet beautiful shade has continued to be one of the company’s most popular options through the years, and is the epitome of modern country living.

When it comes to selecting which furniture is right for you, there are a few anchor pieces which The Painted Furniture company would highly recommend. As the kitchen is the heart of any Cotswold home, a solid wood table and chairs is a must-have for the family to gather around. The Millbrook, Oxford and Island Breeze collections are all perfect choices for this.

Freestanding units are also a must-have for the Cotswold look. Consider dressers and sideboards, both of which are ideal for showing off collections of classic crockery. No matter how small or large the space you’re looking to fill, The Painted Furniture Company has an option which is bound to fit your scheme perfectly. From narrow sideboards to glazed and open dressers, you can be sure that your displays will have pride of place.

The great thing about a Cotswold-inspired scheme is that it can be incorporated into any style of home. No matter if you live in the middle of a busy city or off the beaten track– it is simple to welcome the style of the British Countryside into your home.



Equifax reveals that 9% of those in a relationship have hidden credit card debts from their partner


London, February 2018 – Whilst romance will be on the cards this Valentine’s Day, consumer credit expert, Equifax, is warning about financial connections that might carry on long after a relationship has ended.

Recent YouGov research commissioned by Equifax[1] reveals that 9% of UK adults who are married or living in a civil partnership said they hide credit card debts from their partner. Unfortunately, when a relationship ends, this hidden debt could have a long-term impact on the other person in the relationship, especially if the couple had taken out joint financial agreements during their time together.

According to the Office of National Statistics[2], the average marriage lasts 12 years, and men aged 45 to 49 and women in their thirties (ages 30 to 39) are the most likely age groups to divorce. And, the longer the relationship, the more likely there will be joint property and assets to divide when a couple parts. Crucially, any joint financial agreements need to be dealt with too, ensuring they don’t have a negative impact on future finances for either party.

The Equifax commissioned research of people who are married or in a civil partnership shows that 15% have missed a repayment on either a credit card or short-term loan that they hold either solely or on a joint account. In addition, 48% of married respondents who hold a joint or solo credit card can’t afford to pay the full balance due each month.

If a couple has applied to take out a joint financial agreement, their credit information will be linked on each other’s credit files. Once a couple split a lender may look at both individuals’ credit history for future applications, even if they are no longer a couple and the account has been settled and closed.

“Whilst romance is definitely in the air, it’s important to be aware of the long-term impact of joint finances, should the relationship not last, explains Lisa Hardstaff, consumer credit information expert at Equifax. “Our research shows that some couples hide missed payments and credit card debts from each other. But once a relationship is over, this could come back to haunt them with the bad credit behaviour of an ex affecting future credit applications.

Anyone facing a relationship break-up should make sure all accounts are settled and closed down. In addition, they should place a ‘notice of disassociation’ on their credit report. This prevents lenders from viewing an ex’s credit file when they apply for credit, which could impact the application.

“Whilst this isn’t the most sentimental message for Valentine’s Day, people should take care of their financial relationships, as well as their romantic relationships. It pays to take practical steps at the end of a romance to ensure there are no nasty surprises when making new credit applications after the relationship is over.”

[1] All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2122 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 2nd – 3rd January 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

Workshops Offer

Those of you who’ve ever experienced injury from playing your favourite game will be VERY happy about this news. The Pain Care Clinic have two upcoming workshops where you can learn hands-on techniques for managing injury and chronic pain. It’s a whole new approach to injury recovery, by understanding the role fascia plays in the human body. Incredible value at £85 (£95 in London) for a whole day, it gives you the opportunity to get to the bottom of what’s causing your pain.

“Fabulous workshop… so useful, clear and well-paced”
“The small group meant we could all contribute and had appropriate attention” –

These are a few reviews from recent ‘graduates’ of the myofascial release workshop. You’ll learn about referred pain – how your pain in one area could be caused by a restriction elsewhere – how to use MFR balls to relieve your discomfort, stretches, release techniques and so much more. Book now for the workshops in London on 3rd March, or Leeds on10th March, and help yourself out of chronic pain or injury. Available here – https://paincareclinic.co.uk/product-category/workshops/

And if you can’t make it to either of these, then we recommend giving the following book a try. Written by Amanda Oswald who runs the Pain Care Clinic, it’s a must-read for any sports lover, anyone living with chronic pain or anyone who wants to understand more about how to recover from injury, maintain great health and genuinely live pain-free. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Pain-Free-Healing-Myofascial/dp/1905367813

These workshops will help you be able to keep on playing the sports you love, recover easily, and stay pain-free.

Get Nourished is the world’s first high-protein lactose-free iced coffee made with premium quality 100% Arabica coffee and 25g lactose-free protein per bottle. www.getnourished.co.uk


In Holland & Barrett stores from January.

Choose from vanilla, hazelnut or coconut for a great-tasting, high-protein pick-me-up without compromise.

Get Nourished creates delicious high protein, free from food and drink so you can achieve your ambitions without compromise.


In a week that saw the centenary anniversary of British women starting to win the right to vote, make the work of Emmeline Pankhurst and other activists come alive for little ones ahead of International Women’s Day this year.

With the Little People, Big Dreams book series at the National Theatre Bookshop, introduce children to inspirational women who changed the world.

From Marie Curie’s life-changing work to Rosa Parks’ activism and Frida Kahlo’s paintings, engaging illustrations and extra facts celebrate the revolutionary journeys of wonderful women across the globe for the next generation of leaders.

Little People, Big Dreams: £9.99 each
National Theatre Bookshop

Did you know your blood could save your receding hair line?

If you are currently suffering with thinning hair, don’t worry you are not alone. In the UK 40% of men will experience baldness, with nearly 65% losing their hair by the age of 45. In women, over 35% will notice hair loss over the age of 25. For both men and women, losing your hair can be a distressing time and can impact your self-esteem leaving you feeling very low.

A revolutionary new aesthetic treatment promises to save your receding hair line with your own blood – meaning no need for invasive, painful and expensive transplant surgery.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP Therapy) is a non-invasive hair loss treatment available at Health & Aesthetics, and is fast becoming the go-to treatment for reducing hair loss and stimulating hair re-growth.

This natural treatment includes extracting the patient’s blood from their arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge, to separate the blood into blood cells and plasma. The protein-rich plasma (PRP) obtained by this process is rich in growth factors and natural proteins, which can help to stimulate hair growth and rejuvenate the affected areas. When injected into the scalp this plasma helps to repair DNA and reverse cell damage, which are the most common causes of hair thinning and therefore reverses hair loss.

With prices starting from just £450 and the treatment taking just 45 minutes at the Health & Aesthetics Clinic , this works out a lot more affordable and quicker than other hair loss treatments – plus its suitable for everyone.

What Our Patients Think:

“PRP HAIR TREATMENT – I WAS ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY BY THE RESULT I’m 23 and I noticed early stage hair loss and wanted to act on it soon to avoid any baldness. I did some research online into the topic and heard about PRP therapy. Unfortunately, there were no clinics providing such a treatment where I live, so I started looking in Surrey and London and found health + aesthetics in Farnham at the end. It felt comforting that there is a real doctor and not a beauty therapist delivering such treatments and I had more trust in her. I found it easy to book my consultation and appointments and my first impression was great. The website was slick and informative, had videos and proper information about my treatment. The clinic was easy to find and when I entered it seemed so clean and pristine. At the beginning, I felt embarrassed about my problem but everyone was professional and kind from the receptionist to the doctor, that my embarrassment just vanished.” – PRP Therapy Patient

*all images are courtesy of B/A images.

Collectibles from Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces online store and on-site palace shops sell collectibles of the highest quality, ideal to mark anniversaries, birthdays, births and marriages.

With so much to look forward to in 2018, here are some of our latest gift items available online at www.historicroyalpalaces.com

Royal Mint coins, perfect to celebrate the birth of a child….

The Queen’s Beasts silver proof Red Dragon of Wales £2 coin 2018

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New for 2018, this silver proof collectible £2 coin featuring the Red Dragon of Wales comes in a presentation case, and forms part of the third set of coins in the Queen’s Beasts collection created by the Royal Mint. Price: £95

The Queen’s Beasts The Red Dragon of Wales 2018 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin IN Packaging JPEGThis attractive Queen’s Beasts £5 coin is finished to a brilliant uncirculated standard, and is presented in a colourful casing. Price: £14.99

Royal Mint Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Wedding Anniversary 2017 official silver proof UK £5 commemorative coin
In November 2017, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip celebrated their platinum (70th) wedding anniversary.

This top of the range coin comes displayed in a stylish presentation case.

Price: £95

Platinum Wedding 2017 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin in packaging – UK17PWBUThis uncirculated £5 coin from the Royal Mint celebrates the platinum (70th) wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, and comes enclosed in a casing bearing a dual profile photograph.

Price: £17.99

Royal Guardsman Bear

Teddy bears have proven valuable collectibles in recent years, often reaching thousands of pounds at auction. This Royal Guardsman 1m tall teddy bear is exclusively designed and made for Historic Royal Palaces. Soft and cuddly, he wears the famous uniform and bearskin hat in the style of the guards at the Tower of London. Price: £90

Limited edition hand carved white knight wooden rocking horse
Inspired by a knight’s trusty steed, this decadent wooden rocking horse comes complete with traditional saddle and is ready for a royal battle! A true work of art, the white knight rocking horse is created exclusively for Historic Royal Palaces and would make a very special gift for the younger members of any family. Price: £4,000

Henry VIII and his wives dolls

Henry and dolls

This set of exquisite handmade dolls is made from start to finish in the UK and each one is signed and numbered by the artist. The clothing is subject to variations. Price: £1,450 (full set)

Fine royal china

From mugs and teapots in fine bone china to enamelled china boxes from Halcyon Days, Historic Royal Palaces offers the perfect gift for every occasion.

Palace Rose and Royal Palace Crest are Historic Royal Palaces most popular china collections, and the Palace Rose range now includes chocolates, preserves and biscuits presented in the beautiful floral design. For formal dinner settings that require wow factor, Royal Palace Crest remains an ideal choice. Tea cup and saucer £55, plate £40.

Collectible enamel boxes from Halcyon Days

Royal Warrant holder Halcyon Days has created a range of collectible enamelled boxes inspired by the iconic palaces in the care of Historic Royal Palaces. Each box has been lovingly handcrafted by a team of highly skilled artisans, and comes presented in a giftbox with a certificate of authenticity.
Price: £145

Royal Collection official Queen Elizabeth II
70th Wedding Anniversary fine bone china

This new range of fine bone china is made in the UK and embellished with 22 carat gold. The range celebrates the platinum wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Price: from £39

Signed books by Hampton Court Palace’s curators


Signed books by recognised authors are always popular and can increase in value over the years. New for 2018 are these two books from Historic Royal Palaces’ own chief curators Lucy Worsley and Tracy Borman. Courtiers explores the glamourous world of Kensington Palace in Georgian times, while Elizabeth’s Women tells of Elizabeth I’s relationship with women and how this shaped her reign.

Price: £11.99 (Courtiers) / £12.99 (Elizabeth’s Women)

Bianca Blu – SS18 Collection. biancablu.co.uk.


Luxury fabrics from Italy have been designed with comfort and style in mind. Bianca Blu was born out of the idea that professional clothing should be made with good quality fabrics whilst also remaining affordable and wearable. With the exception of unique French lace, all fabrics are sourced from Italy. Bianca Blu are also proud to manufacture all garments in Italy.






Audeze, the leading manufacturer of high-end, Audiophile headphones, reinvents a classic with its updated acclaimed LCD2 headphones with a fresh specification and a new entry-level retail price of £599.

The new LCD2 Classic headphones are an over-ear, open-back design with advanced planar-magnetic technology, a lightweight suspension headband, special crystal-infused nylon rings, and redesigned audio jacks.

The LCD2 Classic will be available later this month from Selfridges, Audio Sanctuary and High-end Headphones with a SRP of £599.

Aeropress, an innovative new way to make the perfect cup of coffee! It requires no batteries, makes the smoothest cup of coffee and is incredibly easy to clean up.

The SRP is £29.99: www.aeropress.co.uk



AeroPress, a revolutionary new way to make coffee every time. The AeroPress uses gentle air pressure which creates a smooth rich flavour with lower acidity and without bitterness. The AeroPress comes with full instructions for use; just add your coffee and water!


– Takes just one minute to make smooth perfect coffee every time.
– Lightweight and portable makes it perfect for camping and holidays.
– Micro-Filtered for gift free coffee results.
– Actual press time is just 20 seconds.
– Simple and quick to clean; there’s no washing-up of fiddly parts.
– comes complete with 350 filters, scoop, funnel and stirrer.

Everything you need to make professional coffee at home.

SRP: £30 available at www.aeropress.co.uk










Get on board with multiple gardening trends in 2018 with the exclusive Pure range from Elho. Suitable for indoor use, these stunning pots and planters are ideal for the latest 1970s-style houseplant craze. But Pure pots are highly versatile and just as eye catching outdoors. Perfect for protecting exotic plants such as cacti and bromeliads from winter frosts and then enjoying them outside during the summer months.

The Pure Edge (pictured above) was specially designed for Elho by Dutch designer Sander Lorier. Made up of geometric facets, known as polygons, the Edge has a modern and slick look. The angular facets combine well with curvaceous plants such as aloe vera and other succulents. An asset to any living room, patio, roof terrace or garden.

Make a design statement with the rounded shape of the Pure Amphora (pictured right). Place the Amphora in a living room characterised by straight lines or a modern garden to create a striking contrast. Mid-sized plants such as palm or olive trees produce a stunning statement in this classic Elho design.

Prefer a no-nonsense pot with sleek lines? The Pure Grade (pictured below) is at home in any residential style. It stands out in a modern interior but also fits perfectly in a house with a Scandinavian or traditional feel.

All Pure pots and planters are lightweight. Convenient for finding the best indoor or outdoor location for your favourite plants. Move them around with the seasons or to suit your mood.

Pure pots are UV resistant and retain their colour in full sunlight. They are easy to clean, unbreakable, frost resistant and adapted for temperatures down to -400C. The raised bottom means the entire pot doesn’t need to be filled with soil, making Pure pots easy to plant and reposition.

Pure Edge, Pure Amphora and Pure Grade are all new Elho innovations for 2018. Handcrafted products with the utmost attention to quality and detail.

Pure Edge




Colours: white, anthracite

Pure Amphora




Colours: white, anthracite

Pure Grade



Colours: white, anthracite

Elho pots and planters are widely stocked at all good garden centres, retailers and online.

W: www.elho.com

F: www.facebook.com/elho

REVIEW: Bendy Wendy and Jumping Jack! Join Gymnastics, by Gemma Coles! Its a great read!

A www.headoverheelsgymnastics.co.uk series!

“What a fantastic book! Its something we can all relate to! Gymnastics can be such a daunting new experience like so many things in life! But taking that first step often reveals just what we can do with concentration and practive! Learning is so much fun!” InTouch Rugby athletics and lifestyle editor.




Bendy Wendy and Jumping Jack Join Gymnastics Perfect Paperback
by Gemma Coles (Author),‎ Anthony Charles (Illustrator)


This book is inspired by real life class experiences to which we can all relate, adults and children alike. Two young, apprehensive gymnasts step foot into what would appear to be a daunting new experience; their first gymnastics lesson, only to find that all is not as overwhelming as it would first appear. In no time at all Bendy Wendy and Jumping Jack make new friendships, gain confidence and learn new skills leaving them excited to return again.

Vyta Sports Day!

Olympians Andy Turner and Martyn Bernard are to attend a VytaApp charity sports day at The Foundry in Vauxhall on Saturday (February 17th)



Former Commonwealth Games record hurdler Turner and high jumper Bernard, who are now personal trainers, will be assisting competitors compete at shot put ,high jump and the 100 metre dash.

The event, is being organised by a new on demand personal training App Vyta and more than £3,000 of prizes are available to win on the day.

The sports day is raising money for the Felix Project to help feed hungry children and is free to enter.

Vyta founder Josh Ashley said: “This gives members of the public a unique chance to meet and train with world class athletes, they are the best in the business.

“It should be a fantastic afternoon of competition and there are some amazing prizes up for grabs.

“Best of all, we are making a generous donation to The Felix Project which helps feed hungry children. And for the next two months only there are some amazing offers on the Vyta App when you purchase multiple training sessions.”

Competitors need to be over 18-years-old, male or female and can enter from 1pm-5pm.

Hurdler Andy Turner, 37, has competed in three Olympic Games and is a European and Commonwealth Gold Medallist.

High jumper Martyn Bernard, 33, is a silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games and a bronze medallist at the European Championships.
For more information: vytaapp.eventbrite.co.uk


Sealy UK develops state-of-the-art travel companion for Wigan Warriors players ahead of long-haul flight to Australia
The unique sleep-support will ensure players are well-rested when they travel

Sealy UK, is kicking off its second year of sponsorship with the Wigan Warriors in style. The world’s number one bed brand has developed a state-of-the-art sleep aid that will help the Rugby League club’s players achieve deep and restful sleep whilst travelling to Australia on their upcoming three-match New South Wales tour.

The Sealy TravelPRO is a unique joint creation between the leading bed manufacturer’s New Product Innovation (NPI) team and Wigan Warrior’s Director of Performance, Mark Bitcon.

It combines the club’s expertise in physio and player requirements together with Sealy’s in-depth knowledge of product and sleep technology, to ensure the team arrive in Australia well-rested, effectively managing the sometimes-difficult job of achieving quality rest on a long-haul flight.

As Wigan Warrior’s official sleep partner since 2017, Sealy UK has ensured the TravelPRO is packed with the very latest sleep technology and design, including:

· Unique INTENSE® Fibres which get rid of negative static charges from personal electronic devices such as phones and iPads, helping players get to sleep quicker

· Smart Fibres® which help prevent over-heating, keeping players cool at all times

· Aurora Foam® to offer the best in zoned pressure relief, while still having breathable qualities, ensuring players do not over-heat

· A moveable and detachable extra lumbar support pad to offer the best lower spine support for each individual player.

· Ergonomic design so it gives generous comfort without taking up valuable space

Holly Housby, Marketing Controller at Sealy UK, who oversaw the creation of the TravelPRO, said: “This is a truly fantastic joint creation from the Wigan Warriors and Sealy. We’re absolutely delighted with the result and we’ve been able to incorporate some of the most advanced sleep technology into a portable, made-to-measure seat cover that can be used again and again. It truly is a unique piece of kit that will hopefully give the players an advantage on the pitch”.

Wigan Warrior’s Director of Performance, Mark Bitcon, said: “With rest and recovery being such an important factor when it comes to player performance, the TravelPRO is going to be invaluable on the upcoming long-haul flight. History is set to be created as this is the first Super League game to be played outside of Europe, so we need the players in peak physical condition to make this a game to remember. The Sealy team really has created something which has exceeded our expectations”.

The tour underpins Wigan Warrior’s strategic direction to promote Rugby League on the national and international stage. Wigan Warriors, together with Hull FC will compete in an official Super League fixture in Wollongong when Wigan take their home game to WIN Stadium on 10th February 2018. The following week, the two English clubs will then take part in the first ever double-header games between Super League and NRL teams at a single venue when Wigan face South Sydney Rabbitohs and Hull FC play St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium, Sydney on Saturday 17 February, 2018.


– E&J Brandy introduces E&J Apple to UK –

Now that DRY January has come to an end, E&J Brandy are getting ready to celebrate this spring with the new and exciting flavour, E&J Apple. As one of the nation’s best-loved brandy’s, E&J Apple takes the smooth taste that E&JBrandy is recognised for and introduces the tangy taste of refreshing apple, creating a unique taste guaranteed to bring a flavoursome addition to any celebration this season.

Available nationwide E&J Apple is made using the unique E&J Brandy base, combined with apple liqueur. Offering a sweet, crisp, juicy apple flavour with a hint of vanilla, caramel and citrus, the new flavour delivers a distinctive twist on a time-honoured classic and isthe perfect choice for anyone looking to enjoy an apple flavoured spirit.

Serve E&J Apple on the rocks, neat or with complimentary mixers, such as cranberry juice or ginger beer.

E&J Brandy Apple 70cl is available nationwide RRP £16.49. Fans can also look forward to exclusive content and competitions on the E&J Brandy Instagram page @EJBrandyUK during February and March 2018.






Date: Tuesday 6th March
Venue: Vue Manchester Printworks
Media area open: 5:00pm
Media area shuts: 6:00pm
Talent arrivals: 6:15pm
Film starts: 7:20pm

TRAILER: https://youtu.be/yP2dapvPbb4

British comedy WALK LIKE A PANTHER will be released in cinemas in UK and Ireland on 9th March 2018. Starring BAFTA Award nominee Stephen Graham, British Independent Film Award winner Dave Johns and Jill Halfpenny.

WALK LIKE A PANTHER revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes sets out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.

The ensemble British cast also includes Sue Johnston, Lindsey Coulson, Julian Sands, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Tompkinson, Michael Socha and hip hop artist/poet Scroobius Pip.

WALK LIKE A PANTHER is directed by Dan Cadan, making his feature film debut from his own original screenplay.

The soundtrack has been produced and composed by Guy Chambers and features a new version of ‘Walk Like a Panther’ by Rick Astley along with music from artists including Adam & The Ants, The Coral, The Housemartins, Kasabian, Lightning Seeds, Miles Kane and Spandau Ballet.

 A wide variety of easy to install premium stainless steel accessories for muscle cars, jeeps and more! americancarcraft.com


American Car Craft is a design company devoted to creating the latest custom Stainless Steel – Automotive Accessories as well as custom applications and art work. Our work with 304 Stainless Steel is guaranteed to never rust or corrode and as long as you keep it clean it will have a lasting finish for the life of your application.

A wide variety of easy to install premium stainless steel accessories for muscle cars, jeeps and more. They have full print catalog for Mustangs and the C7 Corvette as well as this in production catalog for all of our Dodge/Chrysler vehicles.

Many of their customers have 1st place show trophies from the biggest Corvette and Hot Rod car shows in the US.

100% Stainless Steel parts and accessories for Corvette, Camaro, HHR, H2, Charger, Challenger, Magnum, Ram, Chrysler 300, PT Cruiser, Mustang, F150, Raptor, Pontiac G8, Miata, Mini Cooper and Scion.



Put simply, they build tech startups. They work with founders from the moment they have an idea all the way through to building the tech.

However, unlike the current incubators and accelerators on the market, their focus is on product development and confirming the market need. With 42% of startups failing due to lack of need, the market is huge and ucreate’s model aims to drastically reduce this figure.

The market need model also addresses the common phrase “I could have built that” or “I had that idea” (we’ve all had that friend who’s said it).

ucreate evaluates the market need of an idea without potential founders having to risk it all and leave their job. It allows people to put their money where their mouth is.

Some of the founders they’ve worked with include the former head of global sales for Xerox and traders in Canary Wharf. And… In the last 3 years, ucreate’s gained over 100,00+ hours of startup expertise, built 20 startups and helped their startups raise over £25 million.

B-Hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer! Automate, manage and optimize the entire watering process! bhyve.orbitonline.com/hosefaucet


B-Hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer.

RRP $69

The smart Hose Faucet Timer allows consumers to automate, manage and optimize the entire watering process whether that is potted plants, container gardens and lawns from the B-hyve app or Amazon Alexa.

The first and only smart, EPA WaterSense-certified faucet timer on the market, B-hyve Hose Faucet saves water while maintaining a lush landscape managed from anywhere with a cellular or internet connection. B-hyve products also include proprietary Smart WeatherSense technology that receive local weather and soil data and automatically adjusts the controller to deliver the right amount of water to plants and lawns.

Additional features include:

Custom smart watering schedule – Users can choose the level of automation and monitoring they’re most comfortable with.
Built-in Flow Meter– B-hyve tells users how much water they’re using and allows them to program specific amounts. It can also be programmed by time.
Integrated, “Daisy Chain” System– Multiple B-hyve timers can be connected to one B-hyve Hub. This allows users to coordinate all of their watering needs on one system, while providing the flexibility to set different timers as disparate “zones.”



Lambada Hammock and Stand Set. £320. Brazilian Hammock with weatherproof wooden stand. Can be enjoyed by one or two people up to a weight of 150kg. Easily moved around the garden to capture the sun or moved out of a cooling breeze. Relax and enjoy https://www.hammockbarn.co.uk/products/carnival-hammock-with-stand-set

Barbados Hammock. £75. Classic hand made Brazilian Hammock. For up to two people with maximum weight of 200kg. Great for relaxation and sleep. https://www.hammockbarn.co.uk/products/barbados-black-hammock


The world’s leading fintech, cryptocurrency and finance experts set to speak at Web Summit’s MoneyConf this June at Dublin’s RDS

Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum amongst the speakers announced today

MoneyConf 2018 takes place at Dublin’s RDS on June 11-13

5,000 attendees expected over the course of the three days

Dublin, February 13, 2018 – MoneyConf, Europe’s largest cryptocurrency and fintech event, today announced the first speakers for its 2018 edition. The event takes place on June 11-13 at Dublin’s RDS and is organised by the team behind the world’s largest technology conference, Web Summit.

Now in its 4th year, MoneyConf is expected to attract 5,000 attendees from over 100 countries to Dublin this June. They will network and learn from the industry’s leading lights about the future of finance, cryptocurrency, technology and banking, regulation, Brexit and much much more.

MoneyConf will have over 100 world class speakers and today the team have announced the first 30 including:

Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of cryptocurrency, Ethereum – Forbes claim he may be the single-largest holder of Ether, with valuations as high as $10 billion, the Canadian entrepreneur co-founded Ethereum which has been hitting headlines in recent months

Sarah Friar, CFO, Square – Jack Dorsey’s Square has recently been called ‘Amazon or Google in their early days’ by analysts and Tyrone native, Sarah, successfully led Square’s IPO in 2015.

Valentin Stalf, Founder & CEO, N26 – TechCrunch calls them “a bank designed for the 21st Century” and they’re not wrong. The mobile bank Number26, founded by Valentin Stalf and back by Peter Thiel, is competing with traditional branch-based retail banks by offering a suite of mobile banking services that customers can use entirely from their smartphones. They are signing up 2,000 new customers a day and plan to acquire 5 to 10 percent of established bank customers.

David Chaum, Cryptographer – David Chaum who WIRED calls “ The Father of online anonymity” is a cryptographer and inventor of e-cash which allows people to use virtual money, stored on their computer, to make purchases and send money to other people.

Kristo Kaarmann, CEO, TransferWise – Kristo Karmann is co-founder and CEO of Transferwise, one of Britain’s few tech unicorns who Forbes say are “shaking up the world of international finance”. The company is a loud opponent of Brexit and are using technology to make it faster and cheaper for users to send money abroad.

Kathryn Patralia, Co-Founder & COO, Kabbage – Kathryn is co-founder of Kabbage one of the leading fintech lending companies in the US market. Kathryn co-founded Kabbage in 2009, and Kabbage has since provided approximately $3 billion to SMBs through a fully-automated platform.

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit and MoneyConf said:

“It’s great to be able to bring these leaders in technology and finance to MoneyConf in Dublin. Over the course of the three days attendees will have the opportunity to hear from these speakers about how technology is changing finance forever and where finance is going in the future. I’m excited to be hosting this event where Web Summit began and look forward to showcasing Dublin to the great speakers we have coming to MoneyConf”.

Through the Looking Glass with MY Furniture

Mirrors can do so much more than simply show your reflection. The right one can act as a focal point and enhance a room’s natural light. They can even complete a feature wall or make use of wasted space. Whatever your plans, MY Furniture’s collection of gorgeous wall mirrors offer the perfect choice.

There are a multitude of beautiful shapes and styles of mirror to pick from within MY Furniture’s collection. But which one will work best for you?

Left: Artemis Starburst Wall Mirror (£99.99), Right: Dipre Wall Mirror in Copper (£94.99)

“The most important thing when selecting a mirror is to consider how it will work with the rest of the room,” commented Dimitri Pappas, Director of MY Furniture. “Circular shapes are the most versatile – they work especially well in the bathroom as they break up hard lines and surfaces. Rectangular mirrors, on the other hand, need to be hung more precisely but can create a really bold look, especially if they have a real statement frame. MY Furniture have all these and more, so you’re sure to find the perfect piece for your scheme.”

Left: Beron Wall Mirror Brass (£114.99), Right: Roedera Wall Mirror – Gold Gilded Edging and White Glass (£99.99)

Cog Mirror

The Cog mirror’s statement design will create a striking focal point wherever used, be it a hallway, bedroom or over the mantelpiece. Each one has been carefully hand crafted from an intricately shaped and bevelled mirror, creating a prettily stylised look which is just as at home in a modern of traditional setting. Priced at £139.99.

Bluebell Mirror

This ornate decorative mirror features a deep frame made from individual circular mirrors, creating an intricate effect which captures the light beautifully. It is made of steel with an antique brass effect paint finish that is really on trend for 2018. For a luxury look, this mirror looks amazing with MY Furniture’s popular Ravello range. The Bluebell mirror costs £179.99.

Fern Mirror

For those looking for a more traditional style, Fern is a classically beautiful mirror with bevelled mirrored frame. It can be hung in either landscape or portrait orientation, with back fixings for both, and would look beautiful over console table or on a chimney breast. Priced at £99.99.

Velma Mirror

Velva is another classic. A timeless design with a stunning bevelled mirrored frame, it is sure take pride of place in any room of the house. Prices start at £99.99.

Marigold Mirror

Finally, the ornate, deep carved Marigold mirror is inspired by timeless French Vintage style. With a beautiful antique gold paint finish, it would look especially beautiful over a fireplace or against a dark wall. There are fittings for it to hung in both portrait and landscape orientation, and it is priced at £99.99.

With so many options available, you’re sure to find a mirror to complete and enhance any interior scheme.

Weight Watchers® from Heinz revamps frozen ready meals with its NEW Balance Range

October: NEW Weight Watchers from Heinz great tasting Balance range is hitting the frozen aisles across UK supermarkets. The range is set to transform frozen ready meals, thanks to its collection of recipes inspired by world flavours. Packed with quality ingredients, the delicious meals taste great with no cooking hassle.
Available in eight mouth-watering world flavours, these meals are the perfect addition to a healthy and balanced lifestyle, allowing you to continue eating the food you love, without compromising on taste – convenience never tasted so good.
Each Weight Watchers from Heinz Balance meal is under 500 calories, low in saturated fat and a source of protein. The meals are clearly marked with the Weight Watchers SmartPoints® value to easily keep track of your daily allowance.
The Balance range promises a delicious and easy to prepare menu for the week:

Creamy King Prawn Pasta – Juicy king prawns, garden vegetables and tagliatelle tossed in a delicious creamy sauce.

Meatball Penne in spicy tomato sauce – Beef meatballs with penne pasta in an arrabiata sauce, with cherry tomatoes, Italian herbs and a kick of fiery chilli.

Chicken and Chorizo Paella – A Mediterranean inspired paella with tender chicken, smoky chorizo and roasted vegetables.

Chicken Tikka Masala – Tender chicken pieces and lentils combined with a blend of warming Indian spices and a creamy tikka masala sauce.

South Indian Vegetable Curry – An aromatic dish of chickpeas and vegetables, with a mix of warming Indian spices.

Chinese Style Chicken Noodles
A delicious fusion of seared chicken with crunchy vegetable and noodles coated in an oriental style sauce.

Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Jalfrezi
Tender chicken pieces & roasted vegetables in an aromatic curry sauce with a fiery chilli kick

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta
Tender chicken pieces & roasted vegetables cooked with spirali pasta in a rich tomato & herb sauce

The Weight Watchers from Heinz Balance range is available in stores from early October 2017*, with a RRP of £2.79.

You’ll always have a drink to hand with these quirky Flask Bracelets around your wrist.

This one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery reinvents the classic ‘hip flask’ while doubling up as a stylish fashion accessory.

Available from the National Theatre Bookshop in a classic metallic black or white matte finish- great to pair with any outfit for any occasion.

Bracelet Flask – £40
National Theatre Bookshop: shop.nationaltheatre.org.uk

‘K West Live’
Launch of Monthly Music Nights

K West in Shepherds Bush, a Bushstock Festival venue, will launch ‘K West Live’ monthly music nights in its Studio Bar, kicking off on Thursday 15 March 2018.

Held on the third Thursday of every month, K West Live will showcase the best in emerging UK talent with a cutting edge mix of new bands and established acts. The free nights for around 150 people will include three live music performances, alongside DJ sets.

Local craft brewery Portobello Brewing Company is giving-away FREE 330ml cans of London Pilsner to the first 100 guests.

K West Live will open at 6pm, with artists appearing from 7pm. Acts will be supported by notable DJs, who will play until 1am. The launch night DJ will be Ryan Scott. On 15 March 2018, the line-up will feature a varied genre of music:

SEN3: www.sen3.co.uk
An exciting new genre-hopping guitar trio rich in melody and emotive harmonies, contemporary beat-culture and heavy riffs. The band released its debut album The Drop in 2017 to rave reviews and plenty of attention from Jazz FM, BBC Radio, Ronnie Scott’s, and Jazzwise Magazine.

Richard Maule: www.richardmaulemusic.co.uk
Richard has performed a 30 minute live session/interview with Radio 2 on Dermot O’Leary’s show for his EP release ‘esoteric groove’, played at Wilderness Festival on the second largest stage and was also short listed for Shure’s song writing award for his previous EP.

Rothwell Music: www.officialrothwell.com
Rothwell is a young British singer-songwriter from Bristol, tipped by Metro as an ‘Up-and-coming star’. Rothwell supported Justin Bieber on his Purpose UK Tour and played to sold out crowds at British Summer Time and the Isle of Wight Festival. Rothwell recently launched electropop smash Velvet Heart on 9 February 2018.

Future K West Live music nights will be held on the third Thursday of the month throughout 2018. Event dates: 19 April, 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August, 20 September, 18 October, 15 November 2018.

K West has established itself as a regular haunt for many artists and bands over the years, due to its close proximity to The Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherd’s Bush Empire. The hotel has become a festival hub, being one of the venues at the annual Bushstock Festival where artists including Nick Mulvey play on its secret stage in ‘The Courtyard’.

Joe Laventure, Portobello Brewing: “We’re excited to be bringing our brand new London Pilsner cans to K West Live. London Pilsner is our take on a classic lager, brewed the Westway in London W10. Long cold-fermentation and maturation delivers a beer that’s balanced, well rounded & crisp.”

K West, Richmond Way, London W14 0AX
Tel: 020 8008 6600 or www.k-west.co.uk
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @KWestHotel

Smashers Get ready to smash the ball & collect ‘em all with Smashers – the hottest new collectables from ZURU! Smashers have over 100 wacky collectable characters, which can only be found in the innovative Smashball that puts the action right in your hand!



Smash open the Smashball to reveal your character hidden inside. Smashers Series 1 is all about sports and includes both “good and bad” sports characters, along with limited edition and very rare figures to find and collect! Battle against the Bad Sports to earn Smash Points and become a Smasher Elite! Just throw, smash, and surprise! The line includes the Smasher 1-Pack (SRP $2.99), Smasher 3Pack with 2 Smashers hidden in Smashballs (SRP $4.99), and the Smasher 8-Pack with 6 Smashers hidden in Smashballs (SRP $9.99). The Smashers Tin comes in two versions, Football and Basketball, and contains a Limited Edition Smasher (SRP $7.99), and the Smashers Team Bus also comes in two versions, Football and Basketball, and contains 2 Limited Edition Smashers (SRP $19.99). Ages 4+

About ZURU

ZURU is a disruptive and award-winning company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets innovative toys. Inspired by kids and imaginative play, ZURU is one of the fastest growing toy companies and is known for their agility, creativity and new-age manufacturing techniques. The company employs more than 400 staff, has 10 offices and supplies most major retailers in 120+ countries. ZURU has delighted millions of families all over the world through partnerships with entertainment properties, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Universal Studios and DreamWorks as well as successfully building their own global brands such as Bunch O Balloons™, ZURU Fidget™, Mayka™, X-Shot™, Robo Alive™, Micro Boats™ and Hamsters in a House™. Let’s reimagine play, everyday!

Visit us at www.zuru.com, Like us on Facebook @ZURUToysCompany, or Follow us on Twitter @ZURUToys.



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Warner Bros. UK is pleased to reveal the official poster for Steven Spielberg’s pop culture odyssey, Ready Player One, based on the bestseller from Ernest Cline.

The poster can be found below or by logging in at https://dpk.thinkjam.com

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Joining Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, Bloodline) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Silicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) round out the cast. Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, Ready Player One was produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman as executive producers. The film is slated for release worldwide beginning 29th March, 2018, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Make a statement with a gorgeous glass light, sculpted by hand in the UK from Urban Cottage Industries.

From the length of fabric cable, through to the size and shape of the bulb, your perfect light is just a click away thanks to their Made For You online configurator, the first and only next day bespoke lighting service. Simply ‘pick n’ mix’ online and your bespoke light will be made up in their Yorkshire factory you’ll receive your perfect light straight to your door the following day.



World Rugby League (WRL), a breakaway governing body representing a growing number of developing RL nations, has welcomed the news that the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has been granted observer status with GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), previously known as SportAccord.

The WRL was set up in 2017 to tackle the growing issue of developing nations failing to gain accreditation with their relevant national sport bodies affecting the credibility and integrity of Rugby League within developing nations.

WRL represents a number of nations’ ‘rebel’ Rugby League associations, including Italy, Greece and Pakistan, whose affiliation to their national sports body has been arranged or is pending.

Former England RL international Ikram Butt, one of the founders of WRL, commented: “We are pleased to see GAISF give RLIF observer status as it suggests that international Rugby League is learning the lessons of past mistakes when it comes to expanding the geographical reach of the sport.

“The RLIF has, on a number of occasions, established a ‘token’ presence in developing Rugby League nations, without going through the proper channels in order to gain official accreditation.

“The WRL was set up to highlight those nations where Rugby League has a foothold but no real integrity in terms of recognition. We have already established strong links with GAISF and it’s good to see the RLIF now following suit.

“The question is whether they will learn from their past failings and be sensitive to the individual sporting cultures of developing nations,” added Ikram.

Pierluigi Gentile, Secretary General the WRL, commented: “After meeting with GAISF last June we already knew that the RLIF was going to gain observer status. This is a positive step for Rugby League as GAISF is an organization with credibility and integrity.

“During that meeting we were informed of the criteria for full accreditation to the GAISF which involves having 40 member nations, each with official recognition from their own government or Olympic body. It’s also a requirement that there is only one global governing body for Rugby League.

“We hope that GAISF, who already have our documentation and evidence about the legitimacy of our organization, will apply due diligence when it comes to dealing with both ourselves and the RLIF,” added Pierluigi.

Shine A Light On Your Travels

If you’re an outdoor explorer then the Mini Camping Lantern makes the ideal addition to your backpack whether your camping, boating or trekking the list goes on. After all nobody likes to lug around a hefty backpack but with this handy little gadget you can save yourself the unnecessary weight leaving space for what really matters.

As a high quality and durable piece of kit the Mini Camping Lantern offers 3 different light modes to suit your needs including strong, medium or automated flash. Designed with convenience in mind the 2 in 1 device transforms from a torch into a hanging lantern in a matter of minutes simply by untwisting the light extending and hanging it wherever you may like.

It’s no longer a fight against the clock for sunlight when you have the handy Mini Camping Lantern to guide the way. So if you’ve got plans for a summer road trip in the UK or abroad make sure you don’t go anywhere without this backpack essential. If your a camper or a glamper just add 3 AAA batteries and your set for your next road trip no matter where the road takes you.

But even at home, it is always a great idea to have a torch safe to hand for those little emergency’s and inconveniences whether that be a power cut or broken down car.

The Maniska Mini Camping Lantern is available to buy online from 7 Day’s To Shop for £12.04.