Abbey Clancey & James Brown in The Vauxhall’s Adam Rocks Air

Abbey Clancy stars in ‘The Vauxhalls’ a short film celebrating the launch of the ‘Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air’ directed by James Brown. 

The short explores the expression of individuality through fashion, music and attitude and showcases the latest addition to Vauxhall’s ADAM range, the ADAM ROCKS AIR.

The key credit is: Abbey Clancy stars in ‘The Vauxhalls’ a short film celebrating the launch of the ‘Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air’. To view the film go to:

Abbey Clancy stars in ‘The Vauxhalls’ a short film celebrating the launch of the ‘Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air’. To view the film go to:

Inspired by the visual style of counter-culture photographer Corinne Day, James Brown wanted his filmic debut to encapsulate the raw essence of rock and roll – the free spirit characters that use fashion as a form of expression and a means to push boundaries.

The film captures the fictional, aspiring band ‘The Vauxhalls’ preparing for a late night gig. First seen in a state of undress, she gets ready alongside her band, putting as much focus on her fashion selection as rehearsing for their performance. She takes the wheel of the ADAM ROCKS AIR, driving the band through London’s nightlife. Inspired by parkour athletes who negotiate urban spaces, the car features a state-of-the-art Intellilink infotainment system which plays the film’s soundtrack, “Heart Is a Beating Drum” by The Kills and a full-length electric folding canvas roof to embrace the open air.

ADAM ROCKS AIR is priced at £14,695 and the first Vauxhall to get the new 115PS 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine and an all-new six speed gear box.

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Saatchi Art & Absolut Vodka Studio Fund & New Sensations Artists

Using the bottle as inspiration, Absolut asked the finalists of New Sensations 2014 to create a new, original artwork, exploring the theme of transformation.

25 graduates from BA and MA courses at UK and the Republic of Ireland colleges and universities were chosen by the judges: gallery founder and curator Ceri Hand, artist Tom Hunter, arts writer Jessica Lack, Bloomberg New Contemporaries director Kirsty Ogg, and Saatchi Art chief curator Rebecca Wilson.

Of these 25 artists, one was selected as the overall winner of the Absolut Studio Fund (who receives financial support to help fund a studio space for 12 months)

Winner: Charles Richardson (The Slade School of Fine Art)

Charles Richardson - Rehearsal, 2014

Charles Richardson – Rehearsal, 2014


Three runners up included:

Emily Motto (Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford)


Emily Motto

Emily Motto – Absolut Play, 2014



Jessica Ramm (Edinburgh College of Art)

Jessica Ramm

Jessica Ramm – Source, 2014


Felicity Hammond (Royal College of Art, London)

Felicity Hammond -Curing Agent, 2014

Felicity Hammond -Curing Agent, 2014


New Sensations – exhibition

Dates: Until 18th October 2014

Times: 11-6pm

Address: B1, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London WC1

Entry: Free

We enjoyed meeting the ethereal Mollie Douthit,  with her wonderful fine art memory pieces.

“Bits” – a lime wedge triggers a memory of her grandmother who has a G.I. bride from London that went to live in Dakota USA.

“Show me that trick again” – is what her grandfather used to say when they had an accident and had to find a plaster.

Mollie Douthit

Saatchi Art New Sensations Longlist Nominated Mollie Douthit


Show Me That Trick Again Mollie Douthit  Saatchi Art New Sensations 2014

Show Me That Trick Again Mollie Douthit Saatchi Art New Sensations 2014


What’s an exhibition without a cocktail?

Absolut excelled themselves with this selection:

Absolut Saatchi Art New Sensations

Absolut Saatchi Art New Sensations

a touch of blue

a touch of blue

Absolut Hammond with new flavour cherrys

Absolut Hammond with new flavour Cherrys

Absolut Espresso Martini

The Absolut art of the Martini at New Sensations


Absolut has been active in the art world since 1986, when it invited Andy Warhol to create the first in a series of iconic advertisements inspired by the Absolut bottle. Since then, Absolut has collaborated with more than 1000 artists on over 800 commissioned projects including collaborations with Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Annie Liebovitz – and more recently Spike Jonze, Swedish House Mafia and Icona Pop.

Here’s to the New Sensations.

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The Defiled at the Jagermeister Ice Cold Gig

This gigantic iceberg in the Greenland Sea was turned in to the most unlikely of venues, as UK metal band The Defiled performed on top of a floating platform for the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig.


In order to capture the gig and the breath-taking surroundings in all their glory, the expedition team turned to the latest technology to film and photograph the event – utilising state-of-the-art ‘octocopter flying drone cameras’ to hover above and alongside the iceberg which were controlled remotely from the flotilla of boats nearby.

To thank the locals for making the gig a reality, the band donated their equipment to the local community hall. When the band heard that the Kulusuk village music hall, and all of their equipment, had burnt down in a fierce winter storm, Stitch D and his bandmates pulled strings with Mapex and Blackstar, two of their equipment suppliers, and donated a drum kit and guitar amp to contribute to the rebuilding of the facilities. and JagerUK

Jägermeister Music UK

Jägermeister #icecoldgig – serve chilled!


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Tea and Sea at Cape Weligama South Coast of Sri Lanka

Cape Weligama is the second hotel venture for Resplendent Ceylon, owned by the Fernando family of Dilmah Tea, sister hotel Ceylon Tea Trails offering the complement of ‘Tea and Sea’.

The family behind Dilmah Tea and Ceylon Tea Trails in Sri Lanka unveil their first beach resort

Cape Weligama

Perched on a spectacular cliff-top site, just south of Galle Fort on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Cape Weligama introduces an elegant resort overlooking bay, famed for whale-watching.

270 degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean can be seen from every curvaceous corner of the resort masterminded by Thai architect Lek Bunnag.

The 40 generously sized villas and suites range from 130m2 to 300m2, with contemporary interiors, custom-made furnishings, ocean-facing bathrooms, lush gardens and private butler service.

Dining options include a cliff edge Teppanyaki pavilion, an alfresco Sri Lankan restaurant and an ocean view dining pavilion where guests interact with chefs to select fresh seafood at the “Pola” (Market).

Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama Moon Pool

Other highlights include a crescent-shaped 60m cliff-top infinity pool; in-villa spa treatments with bespoke products made from local teas and spices; a fully-equipped gym and beachside dive centre that also offers whale watching in Cape Weligama’s 10-passenger speedboat.

 Villas are arranged in “Wattas” (Gardens) named after old Ceylon explorers. Suites are in “Walauwas” (Mansions), named after artists and writers who lived in Ceylon.

Like the company’s first resort  Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama will be part of Relais & Chateaux, the association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs.

Thanks to the new Southern Highway, Cape Weligama is less than two hours away from Colombo. A seaplane service will also connect Tea Trails and Cape Weligama in a scenic twenty-minute journey across Sri Lanka’s stunning tea country.

Cape Weligama ( / +94 11 774 5700) offers rates from $605 per room per night on a half-board basis including: accommodation on a double-occupancy basis, daily breakfast plus lunch or dinner; house wines, spirits & beers; laundry, all taxes & service charges plus one activity per day.

The signature Resplendent Ceylon “No bills to sign” rates include breakfast, lunch or dinner, all beverages around the clock, including spirits and wines, snacks, room service, a daily activity, laundry, taxes & service charges.

That’s certainly our cup of tea.

Cape Weligama logo

CAPE WELIGAMA, Abhimanagama Road, Weligama, Sri Lanka
Phone (+94 41) 225 3000, Fax 225 3001
Sales Office (+94 11) 774 5700, Fax 774 5731

National Curry Week 13th -19th October 2014

Street food restaurant Indigo and pop-up mall BOXPARK SHOREDITCH have come together to bring a weekend of great food, music and entertainment, showcasing the amazing sights, sounds and flavours from the Indian sub-continent – taking place during National Curry Week 13th -19th October 2014.

National Curry Week 13th -19th October 2014

National Curry Week 13th -19th October 2014

Tabla Vibe’ takes place at 2 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6HT. Open from 3-7pm on Friday 17th October and Saturday 18th October from  12 noon -7pm. Visitors will be able to tuck into chaat bites, wraps and biriyanis, while listening to live music from Jalali Baul, tabla drummers, with instant vintage photos by one of the team from PolarSnap.

There’s free chai and a number of great prizes, including a Valentine’s trip for two to India,  free  meals for four at Indigo, a year’s membership of Richmix 

BoxPark Shoreditch, London, shops in shipping containers



The first Brewhouse & Kitchen opens in London

Fancy supping a Suffragette Ninja? You can now do so  at London’s first Brewhouse & Kitchen in Islington. Already set up around the corner from Angel tube, and the second is set to open a couple of miles away, up towards Highbury.

Simon Bunn and Kris Gumbrell are passionate about their beer and have been behind a number of successful  brewpubs and popular bars. The first Brewhouse & Kitchen opened in Portsmouth in March 2013, followed by Brewhouse & Kitchen Dorchester. For the past two years, signature beers for London’s  mighty Craft Beer Rising festivals have been specially conceived and brewed in their brewpubs.

Reclaimed wood partner with industrial urban features, mismatched mirrors and gleaming copper to give a warm, comfortable feel. Adorning the long bar are lamps made from beer bottles and a beer tree.  The microbrewery stands at the back, where you will often see the head brewer, Pete Hughes,  at work or instructing a group for a Brewhouse & Kitchen Brewing Experience Day or beer tasting.

Bar and dining spaces for up to 120 where you can drink close-up at the bar, at your own table, or reserve an area for larger groups of up to 20. The food menu has its signature beer-can chicken,  beer battered fish & chips,  steak & beer pie, rib-eye steaks, pan-fried sea bass, Sunday roasts and  vegetarian dishes. Main courses are  priced from £10.

Brewhouse & Kitchen Islington, Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ. Tube: Angel

Telephone 020 7837 9421

Open Monday to Thursday 11am to 11pm, Friday 11am to 12 midnight, Saturday 9am to 12 midnight, Sunday 9am to 11pm. n

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Oh by the way Suffragette Ninja is a milk stout, 4% abv (rich, sweet, roast).

Brewhouse & Kitchen Islington

Brewhouse & Kitchen Islington

Fine Teas Are In Your Stars – Introducing Newby’s Zodiac Collection

The Zodiac Collection presented in crystal encrusted midnight blue caddy inside a lacquered wooden case contains some of the finest 5% of teas in the world,  foil wrapped for freshness. These chic mini caddies, individually decorated with Swarovski star constellations for each sign of the zodiac are available online at

Newby Zodiac Teas

What’s in your stars?


Selected to match the characteristics of individual star signs: from the meticulous and diligent Virgo who might enjoy a tightly rolled gunpowder tea; to the fabled romantic, Scorpio, who would enjoy the evocative fragrance of Jasmine. You are in good company as Newby teas are served at The Goring,The Historic Royal Palaces, Gleneagles, Blenheim Palace, Delia Smith at Norwich City Football Club, Burj Al Arab and Nobu.

An introduction to fine black, green and oolong teas, the Zodiac Collection costs £110 and contains 12, 25g fine, loose leaf tea varieties:

8 Black Teas:

Gemini – Indian Breakfast

A light, refreshing blend of black teas from Assam and the Himalayas. Lighter than English Breakfast in taste with a muscatel fragrance.

Libra – Earl Grey

A bright amber cup with distinct notes of sweet, fresh bergamot orange combined with a well-balanced body. Rich and balanced with an unforgettable citrus twist.  

Taurus – English Breakfast

A traditional, robust blend of the finest black teas. The quintessential English tea, brisk and full-bodied.

Aries – African Blend

An exclusive blend of the finest African black teas, with a spicy aroma and rich, earthy taste.

Capricorn – Himalaya

A majestic and memorable black tea with an intriguing fragrance of wild grass and mountain flowers. A smooth brew with a crisp finish.

Aquarius – Darjeeling

The finest of black teas from India’s Darjeeling region. This fine tea famously tastes of muscatel grape, earning it the description, ‘the champagne of teas’.

Sagittarius – Ceylon

From the Uva highlands of Sri Lanka, this amber cup has a spicy aroma with a hint of lemon.

Leo – Assam

From India’s Assam region – this cup has a malty aroma, with hints of walnuts and molasses.

Pisces – Green Sencha

Spring’s finest green tea leaves prepared in the Japanese sencha tradition. A light green cup with a vegetal aroma and delicate flavour with hints of rice.

Virgo – Gunpowder

The finest tea leaves, rolled in the Chinese tradition giving a distinctive light yellow cup – fragrant and slightly smoky with a mild finish.

Scorpio – Jasmine

A smooth, delicate green tea hand-scented with jasmine blossoms. Inimitable, layered and lyrical.

Cancer – Fujian Oolong

The finest tea from China’s Fujian province with a fascinating orchid aroma. A complex yet balanced tea – fruity, spicy and with a sweet finish.

No, don’t tell me. Let me guess, you’re a …..

Newby's Zodiac Collection

What’s your sign?