2011 Predictions

Do forgive me for the lazy nature of this piece but i do stand by the content/my predictions so enjoy.


Spring/summer 2011 is all about the print baby; floral, geometric, animal, you name it. If it's the dresses you're in luck as the collections being lined up by the high street is bound to keep you satisfied. Trousers however are a particularly tricky option so expect some difficulty in finding that killer one.

The alternate to this spring/summer look is bold/colourful if indeed you are feeling that bold, else i strongly disapprove even an attempt at it. You either go full on with fantastic hues  to compliment it and perhaps invest in one of the new Nails Inc collection and the Côte D’Azur range by chanel to complete the look. Accessories this season must follow this trend and you can help yourself decide this by applying the same decision as you would do with your summer swimwear colour choices. Nothing dour please!

Gents, i personally believe tweed and colourful chinos (blue, red and coffee brown/khaki) should always be in the collection during spring/summer so next year should be no different.
Brown brogues are also imperative. A message for those of you still in those combat boots, that was a mistake, it's over now, you're forgiven, brogues are back to replace them. Suede ones will get you additional points as leather has dominated the market for too long. Go out there and be smart: your parents, girls and guys and your employers love smart so to coincide with the probable/imminent good weather over that period bring the sunshine to them early with that smart look.
Lose the loafers for some Nike air max light's or Nike air max 1's if you need to work it with the trainer look.
Very few trainers can work that look as good as the above mentioned ones.

In other news, whoever is chosen to replace French Vogue fashion editor Carine roitfeld has their work cut out so suggestions linking current fashion director Emanuelle Alt to the position may just be right because she has after all spent nearly 10 years under Carine, has extensive knowledge of the magazine and their audience and perhaps vogue may feel she can perform both roles efficiently which will aid in their cost cutting measures as contrary to popular belief Carine was actually fired.


The premier league has been the closest in years and i'm expecting arsenal to remain 2nd with 5 points behind manchester united in 1st place and chelsea in 3rd by early march and then the fireworks will really begin to see who maintains that level of consistency required to win the league.
Arsenal should comfortably win the carling cup which will also inspire them for the fa cup, where i see them getting to the quarter finals at least and IF they do not face a top 4 team, will ease into the semis.

The FA CUP and the PREMIER LEAGUE will be with 2 different teams next year and the champions league will NOT be won by an english club. Real madrid are my tip to win it if they do not face barcelona before the final and if Ronaldo and Alonso stay fit.

My prediction
Premier league - Chelsea or Manchester United
FA Cup - Chelsea or Manchester united
Carling cup - Arsenal
Champions league - Real madrid or Barcelona


I expect good things from nearly every girl's favourite girl of the moment Jessie J, a top 10.

Cher Loyd's first single will be well produced and you will be forced to like it, Number 1 guaranteed.

Kanye will NOT get a UK number one despite rave album reviews etc.

Rihanna however will get 2 top 5 chartings before the year ends.

Bruno Mars and Drake will also have successful years.

For all you in the cool/wanna be different/alternative set out there, watch out for SMITH WESTERNS, whose music i was introduced to by the "transparent records" team and have been carefully monitoring their progress and also YUCK, who are half of one of the acts i harped on about for years; Cajun Dance Party.

Wiley and Giggs will be prominent, however i would like to suggest to Wiley not to ever record such drivel with Alesha Dixon again whereas Giggs needs to lay off the weed and get some tracks out.

Magnetic man is here to stay so keep tabs on them including their upcoming collaborations with several acts on this scene.


My Top 5 to look out for;

Pirates of the caribbean on stranger tides.
The Hobbit part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows part 2
The adventures of Tintin, the secret of the unicorn
The Avengers

Guilty PLEASURE is "sucker punch"; hot, scantily clad girls fighting dragons, very evil guys and the awful conditions to still maintain their immaculate good looks. This film is just going to be ridiculously entertaining for all the wrong reasons! MUST SEE!

Any additions are most welcome.


Surface Festival

In 2011 the Surface Festival will be organising over 500 shows across 14 cities in the UK and Europe. Shows will take place in London, Portsmouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Barcelona and Budapest.

The climax of the Festival will culminate with 21 bands playing the IndigO2 at the O2 Complex - a venue which has seen acts such as Jools Holland, Timbaland, Joss Stone and Estelle to name a few. Dominic Nicholls, music photographer, explains “Surface gives bands the chance to play the type of venues that most bands only dream of when they've 'made it' - add to the expertise Surface offers in terms of lighting and sound management, PR and exposure and you're looking at an opportunity that's too good to miss”.

The main focus of a band should be live performance. The sweaty, loud and beer saturated venues across Britain are where bands are born and it’s this aspect that the Surface Festival is focused on keeping alive. Other venues Surface will be using include the O2 Academy Main stage in Birmingham and Bristol, the Dome in London, the Manchester Academy and Oxford Academy. Nights are set out by genre providing opportunities for bands and artists to gain exposure from new audiences, sell merchandise, promote networking opportunities and attract new fans. For a list of testimonials from bands that have played the Surface Festival check out: http://www.surfacefestival.com/testimonials.html

The Surface Festival works in association with 24 international sponsors that cover all bases for a band. “Marshall Amplification are extremely excited to be working with the Surface Festival for 2011. This event is truly inspiring for all involved” - Marshall Amplification. For a further list of sponsors see http://www.surfacefestival.com/sponsors.html

With a prize pot of £100,000 including a slot at Sziget Festival 2011, bands and artists get the opportunity to progress further in the music industry. “The prizes offered for the winning band and runners up are just fantastic and the experience all the bands gain from playing larger venues is priceless” - Alex Baker; Kerrang Radio Unsigned show.

The Surface Festival Committee consists of a panel of music industry representatives who will have the privilege of seeing the very best acts from around the UK and Europe that will appear at the National Showcase at the o2. Judge Alex Baker says that “the show this year was very hard to judge; amazing stage shows, amazing songs, amazing bands – congratulations to Great Imitation who blew everyone’s minds, a much deserved win!”

Surface Festival takes bands at grass roots level and brings them through a journey culminating in an industry showcase. The quality of the sponsors, judges and management lends colossal credibility to this event and should be a breath of fresh air to all bands and artists in the UK. In an uncertain time, where longevity and sustainability is rare in today’s music industry the Surface Festival can be exemplified as a solid force for good, offering some amazing opportunities to bands. Working together with key industry bodies and organizations is paramount to developing a model that is fair for everyone – the promoters, the venues, the fans and most importantly the bands taking part and the experience and value they get from playing the live shows.

“The Surface Festival was a fantastic experience for us, an unforgettable journey through many rounds at different venues. The ultimate prize and ultimate goal was to perform at the IndigO2. The chance to play at this incredible venue gave you a real sense of achievement and a wonderful feeling that will stay with us for a long time. The Surface crew were helpful, friendly and always very supportive which made the whole experience just that little bit better. Thank you guys for an amazing opportunity.” Loaded Dice.

For more info and to sign up see Surface Festival

Rainforest Foundation 12 Days Of Christmas

 The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) will be hosting an amazing online auction event called 12 Days of Christmas which will include an array of very desirable gift items available to online bidders wanting to score hot gift items for their friends and family while helping a good cause. Auction lots have been generously donated by celebrities, luxury labels and big name brands who want to help raise money to protect the world’s rainforests.

More than 120 items have already been donated with more arriving at the RFUK offices each day and it’s hoped 200 fabulous guilt-free gifts will be online for the pre-Christmas sale. Amongst the goodies for auction will be:

Signed items from Dame Judi Dench, Sting, Russell Brand and Kylie Minogue

Tea for Two with Zac Goldsmith MP at the House of Commons plus signed copies of his book.

Dresses from Giles Deacon, Jaeger, House of Bilimoria and many others (some from their not-yet-available Spring 2011 collections)

Clothing from Cynthia Steffe, LNA, Ashish, Ewa i Walla, Mary Katrantzou and more

A stunning beaded gown by Jenny Packham, favourite of Kylie Minogue, Heid Klum and Eva Longoria-Parker

New season Bvlgari handbag generously donated by Fran Cutler

Autographed cookbooks from Michelin-starred chefs

Travel items from luxury leather goods brand, Aspinal of London

Gig tickets, music & merchandise items from the likes of Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, Camden Crawl, Ninja Tunes, Hospital Records and many others

Perfumes and scented items from Vivienne Westwood, Boudicca, Miller Harris & The Body Shop

Stunning throw cushions and luxury over gloves from Mulberry

Impossible to book haircuts and exclusive products from the professionals at TiGi.

Wine from the biodynamic champions at Chateau Marais.

So, how does it work?
All lots will preview on the Rainforest Foundation UK website – www.rainforestfoundationuk.org – for 2 days, November 22 and 23.
Then the online auction for each item will become live on November 24 from the RFUK 12 Days Pop-Up Shop at eBay (www.ebay.co.uk/12days).
Bidding on all items will cease on Friday December 3.

And to guarantee these joyous lots can make their way under the Christmas tree in time, all items will be shipped by December 8. 
This auction will raise vital funds for the protection of the world’s rainforests, and give generous bidders the warm glow of shopping to help charity and no doubt some serious love in response to their amazing present giving come the big day!

The Koreans Are Coming

 The face of musical theatre in London is set to change as a Korean theatre company arrives in the city next month to perform an epic spectacular that fuses Eastern and Western cultures.
The Hyundai Theatre Company performed ‘Another Sun’ in New York last year on the anniversary of 9/11 and it is due to play in London, on August 27 and 28 with three free performances.
Musician and conductor Joseph A Baker, who first worked on Broadway with David Cassidy in Blood Brothers, and whose credits include Wicked, Lion King and Starlight Express, says he has never been so excited about a musical production.

Joseph, who is the show’s musical conductor, is working alongside Another Sun’s Korean director Kim, Jin Young, and production supervisor Jeff Markowitz, who like Joseph boasts impressive Broadway credentials.
The orchestra will include traditional Korean musical instruments such as the Daegum and Haegum that will give the production a unique sound for Western audiences and the dance scenes will reflect Korean martial arts fused with the best of Broadway.
Joseph A Baker said: “When I started on this project in Seoul I didn’t know anything about Korean audiences. I found they were sophisticated and they want genuine feelings and emotions in the play, not something overdone and fake.
“What Hyundai Theatre Company has done is to knock down the walls of the traditional musical, such as Phantom of the Opera, and to bring a new merger of Western and Asian philosophies into one stunning piece.
“The work of all the various departments that come together to create a musical: lighting, set design, videography, choreography, costume design, musicians, actors and backstage crew are equal to any other theatre company in the world and certainly the equal of Broadway.
“The fact the musical is based on Korean history made it easier for me because here was something uniquely Korean I could add to, not have to build from scratch! I was able to learn about traditional Korean music and give it a slight variation so it sounds neither too Western nor too modern.”
Another Sun is scored by Jah Eun Lee, arranged and conducted by Joseph A. Baker with veteran Korean actor Kim, Sung-Won, playing the lead role of Dangun, with the mythical Goddess Mago character played by Woo, Sang-Min.
Another Sun will be performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre at 8pm on Friday, August 27, and at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm on Saturday, August 28.

Wedge Wellies For Theo

 Fashion footwear entrepreneurs from Hull – the WedgeWelly Family, received a whopping £65,000 investment from the formidable retail guru Theo Paphitis in exchange for a 25 per cent share of the business, as witnessed on BBC Two Dragons’ Den.

WedgeWelly Ltd is the world leader in practical yet fashionable wellies for women, they are stylish, colourful and include a patented wedge heel. Every WedgeWelly is made with fashion and comfort in mind and the idea was the brainchild of company directors Mike and Sarah Longthorn and Laura Booth. All visited the V Festival together two years ago and decided that a 2½ inch heel provided the precise comfort and elevation needed to enjoy a field-based event.

The company obtained a Design Registration for Europe and UK Trademark, which means that they have design rights to the wedge feature in welly-style boots.

Theo Paphitis said, “I found the enthusiastic team at Wedge Welly an inspiration and believe that the business has great potential. When making an investment, the people are more important than the product. The great benefit in this case is that they also have a very exciting product that is well-designed to be both practical and stylish.”

Each boot design has been rigorously road tested and has received critical acclaim from fashion conscious festival goers nationwide who want colourful style combined with comfort. The WedgeWelly boot is the company’s flagship product and comes in two styles – WedgeWelly Unique (the standard fit boot) and WedgeWelly Curve (offering a wider fitting).

The WedgeWelly Family impressed all five Dragons but it was Theo’s deal that won.

Sarah Longthorn, WedgeWelly’s Managing Director (a.k.a. The WISE One) said, “We were overwhelmed with the response we received from the Dragons and we are delighted to receive Theo’s offer. He was always our first choice of investor due to his comprehensive expertise in the retail arena and we consider it an honour to have him on board.”

For more information about WedgeWelly Ltd please visit Wedge Welly

Pup Aid With Liam Gallagher

Oasis lead-singer Liam Gallagher signed a classic Epiphone Casino guitar with All Saints wife Nicole Appleton, their Dachshund 'Ruby Tuesday' and TV vet Marc Abraham in the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Central London to launch PUP AID 2010 - the UK's first charity boutique music festival and fun celebrity-judged dog show.

PUP AID 2010 - taking place in Brighton on Sept 19th - aims to raise awareness about the cruel industry of puppy farming - basically the battery farming of dogs in the UK purely for profit.
Marc, who’s the resident vet on ITV's This Morning and Sky1's My Pet Shame, commented: "As a massive Oasis fan I'm honoured Liam and Nicole are involved and helping me to promote dog welfare as well as raising much-needed funds for both rescue and the research into the health and happiness of all dogs."
Marc advises that: "People looking for a dog should always approach the Kennel Club for their list of Accredited Breeders or consider adopting from a rescue shelter instead. Never buy pups online, from pet shops or free newspaper ads, as these are usually farmed pups which - if they survive the first few days - will often develop severe behavioural and/or medical problems that can often be both impossible and expensive to fix - leading to pain and suffering as well as family heartbreak. Always insist on seeing the pup interacting with it's mother and beware of scams. Please remember that you may think you're 'rescuing' the pup - but its mother's still suffering and now must produce another pup you've just made room for."

This uniquely signed Epiphone Casino guitar will now do a tour of the festivals to gain even more legendary dog-loving signatures and will finally be auctioned at the PUP AID 2010 event with monies raised going to Dogs Trust, Kennel Club Charitable Trust, and Oldies Club - a small charity dedicated to the re-homing of older unwanted dogs.
To register for updates about the auction of the guitar, for more information about PUP AID 2010 and to book your tickets visit The Pet

Cézanne’s Card Players

Paul Cézanne’s famous paintings of peasant card players and pipe smokers have long been considered to be among his most iconic and powerful works. This landmark exhibition, organised by The Courtauld Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will be the first to focus on this group of masterpieces. Described by Cézanne’s early biographer, Gustav Coquiot, as being “equal to the most beautiful works of art in the world”, this will be a unique opportunity to enjoy these remarkable paintings in unprecedented depth. The exhibition will bring together the most comprehensive group of these works ever staged, including three of the card player paintings, five of the most outstanding peasant portraits and the majority of the exquisite preparatory drawings, watercolours and oil studies.
The first mention of the card player series comes in 1891 when the writer Paul Alexis visited Cézanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence and found the artist painting a local peasant from the farm on his estate, the Jas de Bouffan. A number of different farm workers came to sit for him during these years, often smoking their clay pipes. They included an old gardener known as le père Alexandre and Paulin Paulet, who posed as the figure seated on the left in The Card Players, a task for which he was paid five francs. Cézanne’s depictions of card players would prove to be one of his most ambitious projects and occupied him for several years. It resulted in five closely related canvases of different sizes showing the men seated at a rustic table playing cards, including versions from The Courtauld Gallery, the Metropolitan Museumand the Musée d’Orsay. Alongside these he produced a larger number of paintings of the individual farm workers who appear in the card player compositions, major examples of which will be reunited from the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, together with The Courtauld’s Man with a Pipe.

Shiri Zinn Bares It All

With Roxxxy the sex robot causing a stir (forgive my pun) in sex focused homes, rich single parents and perhaps who knows prisoners’ cells if a deal can be brokered, at a price more than most illegal brides are bought for, it seems the sex industry is not just about “quick slams” anymore but rather engaging individual users feelings and an appreciation of all the elements that encompass the love making process in the 21st century. London Fashion Week welcomed Shiri Zinn, the sex toy maker, whose work contained “ceramic toys of erotic luxury” and “diamond studded erotic glass toys”.

She graduated from the highly acclaimed Central St Martin’s and has since had her work exhibited in Japan at the Louis Vuitton building alongside other works, has won the International erotic award and has had the late body shop owner Anita Roddick’s daughter Sam’s team backing her.

Several ladies gather around her questioning her exciting motives as I browse through her beautifully crafted range and admire the brilliant workmanship from the toys and ornaments to the whips and outfits. There are a variety of colours and sizes to appease all tastes like the website suggests.

This collection knows its target audience and if it is a designer sex toy which looks like an impressive piece of collectable sex art piece you’re after and you can fork out just under a hundred pounds for it, then it is a very good investment but if like most sexually active individuals you prefer the excitement of just finding a way of getting “the job” done quickly and not spending time admiring your “equipment” then perhaps sadly this isn’t for you.

Donald Earl

Holly Bostock The Flower Maker

 This summer it’s all about flower hair accessories. Whether you prefer alice bands, elastic bands, hair slides or butterfly clips, they’re all in this summer so long as they have that floral touch.
Now, you could wander down to the high street and easily pick up several of these must-have accessories, but let’s face it, they’re made on a production-line, stuck together with cheap glue, cost too much and, most importantly, lack any personal charm. What you need is a truly individual, entirely hand-made, Beau Stock flower.

All Beau Stock creations are designed and made by Holly Bostock, a student from London. Carefully selected materials are combined and sewn together for a beautiful finish at a much more competitive price than the high street alternatives. For a year her flowers have been going down a storm at the trendy Brick Lane markets and now it’s time for you to get in on the action.

Beau Stock offers you the opportunity to design your own flower accessories, from selecting the accessory (slide, elastic, tie...) to choosing the colours you know suit your style and wardrobe. This summer sees several colour ranges in fashion, from ethereal and nautical, to pastels and vibrant jewel colours, the choice is enormous.

 With the drop of an email your personalized flower can become a reality, and you’ll never find anyone wearing the same all summer long!

Visit the website: www.beaustock.co.uk
Email Holly: info@beaustock.co.uk

Donald Earl

Kim Il Mode

Fashion has always been perceived differently in all cultures and countries and perhaps there is yet to be a universal "cool" for both fashion houses and their customers/clients.
We may get outrageous icons like zsa zsa gabor, lady gaga, michael jackson, madonna, pink etc but never have they been universally acknowledged as cool but it seems North Korea may be the first country to sort this lack of recognition out, thanks to their dictator Kim Jong "ILL" (pardon my urban talk)

The TIME website which previously awarded him the 2nd worst dressed world leader better sit back and take notice as the communist newspaper Rodong Sinmun said his modest suits have been causing a fashion furore worldwide. "The reason is that the august image of the Great General, who is always wearing the modest suit while working, leaves a deep impression on people's mind in the world," it said.
A mystery French designer was said to have also claimed "Kim Jong-Il mode which is now spreading expeditiously worldwide is something unprecedented in the world's history.

Well it seems all eyes shall clearly be on designers at the next installation of Fashion week's all over the world to recapture that dashing grey zip up couture wear and who knows throw on those 5 inch platform shoes he wears and gangsta shades for the full "IL MODE" effect. "IL MODE" may not be your thing yet but if you're one of the lucky few to be invited into NK, please make sure you invest in one of the finest you can lay hands on.

Donald Earl

The Dream Exhibition?

This should have been my dream exhibition. Alas, I left feeling rather unfulfilled and upset. To be honest, I had very high expectations. I wanted to see Michelangelo drawings (and lots of them) in an exciting display, which would indulge my Michelangelo passion for hours. However, upon entering the grey and dreary room at the top of the Courtauld Gallery my heart sank. Nonetheless, one should not let atmospheric concerns distract from the masterful skill and beauty of Michelangelo’s creations.

The exhibition was centred around Michelangelo’s drawing Il Sogno (The Dream), executed in c.1533 as a presentation drawing for one of his close friends. Most likely it was made for Tommaso de’ Cavalieri, the young Roman noble whose beauty and intellect captured Michelangelo’s heart. The drawings elusive content encourages personal interpretation, for it is not based on any particular text or legend. The image shows an idealised, nude male reclining on a globe which rests on a plinth filled with masks. Dreamlike figures (traditionally linked with the vices) surround him as a naked winged-spirit descends sounding his trumpet and awakening the youth from his illusions of earthly vices. The drawing is a superb example of Michelangelo’s talent of observing and reconstructing the male form and charging it with his deeply personal neo-platonic beliefs on beauty, love, the soul and the divine. No criticism can ever be levied against Michelangelo’s outstanding artistic ability, and thus I can only quip about the piece’s presentation. As the highlight of the exhibition, this phenomenal drawing should have been afforded greater significance; instead, I stumbled across it as I made my way around the room in a circular motion seven pictures in.

Alongside Il Sogno, the exhibition displays four other celebrated presentation drawings given to Cavalieri by Michelangelo at around the same time; The Punishment of Tityus, The Fall of Phaeton, A Bacchanal of Children and The Rape of Ganymede. The most exceptional of these is The Fall of Phaeton (1533) on loan from the Royal Collection. The pyramidal composition is surmounted by the figure of Jupiter on an eagle who hurls a lightning bolt at Phaeton below. His chariot plunges out of control resulting in a twisting avalanche of horses, who are heading towards his distraught relations below and Eradinus, the reclining river god. The technical mastery of this picture deserves close attention, and one can happily spend time fascinating over the bodies of the horses. The exceptional fore-shortening skill and ability to make unimaginable poses a visual reality is startling.
Less inspiring, however, is the rest of the exhibition which seeks to locate Il Sogno and the presentation drawings in the wider artistic context, by including works on the theme of sleep, dream and allegory, by Dürer, Mantegna and other contemporaries. Whilst this extra body of work increases the size of the exhibition, the relationship between Michelangelo and these pieces is at times hard to identify. Using the exhibition as an excuse to fetch out their sixteenth century drawings, the Courtauld’s “Looking at Michelangelo” display in a separate room (accessible by passing through their permanent fauvist collection) is an unnecessary and uninspiring addition with little relation to the exhibitions key pieces.
The contextual additions take away from the magic of the Michelangelo presentation drawings, and even his resurrection drawings, which we are informed are there because of their “thematic comparisons”, do not visually link the exhibition or give it any sense of coherence.
I feel that the Courtauld should have opted for a more intimate exhibition with a deeper, more focused examination of the key pieces themselves, instead of trying to clutch at distantly related thematic and contextual straws. They could also have injected a bit of colour and vitality in to the display to engage and uplift the viewer. However, the privilege of seeing these pictures is always a pleasure and the chance to see Michelangelo’s most exquisite drawings is a dream one should not pass up.

The Courtauld Gallery, ends 16th May 2010.
10am – 6m. Adults £5, concessions £4.

Holly Bostock (www.beaustock.co.uk)

Camp Bestival Lulworth Literary And Arts Fun

Having recently announced Fairy Tales as this year’s fancy dress theme and a host of knee-slapping comedy turns, the Camp Bestival crew are turning their attention to all the incredible extra-curricular cultural pursuits and surprises that make Camp Bestival so much more than just a festival. As ever, Rob da Bank and his trusty team have worked long and hard gathering together a host of party favours and cerebral treats that will amaze and amuse to join our mind-blowingly eclectic musical line-up that includes the likes of Madness, Friendly Fires, Human League, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Calvin Harris from July 3oth to August 1st at Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coast.

The cultural centre of this year’s Camp Bestival will be the East Lulworth Literary Institute. Set to be a hive of erudite amusements all weekend long we are very pleased to announce that legendary rock photographer Kevin Cummins is joining William Orbit, Andrea Arnold, Simon Raymonde and DJ Derek to share his insights into How To Be A Music Photographer. For those that enjoy the soothing sounds of narration we will have Author Readings so you can snuggle up and settle down for story time listening to readings from some of the best contemporary authors on the block, including: ‘Apples’ and ‘Ten Storey Lovesong’ author Richard Milward, Joe Dunthorne who penned the wonderful ‘Submarine’ and Jon Ronson who wrote ‘The Men who Stare at Goats’, which was recently made into a blockbuster movie starring George Clooney!

Poet and illustrator, Laura Dockrill (Dockers MC) is back at Camp Bestival by popular demand as part of Book Slam. Reinvigorating and reinventing the stilted world of book reading Book Slam brings literature into a more exciting social context borrowing a little rock ‘n’ roll ethos from the live music scene and transporting it into the world of spoken word and literature to create a unique ‘literary nightclub’ experience.

Speaking of Spoken Word, the cream of spoken word talent will be collected together by Camp Bestival favourite, Scroobius Pip to treat your ears to their latest offerings, with hip hop sensation Kate Tempest, politically-sussed refusenik Itch (King Blues) and tall tales and sonic sorcery from Ventriloquist plus Chris Hicks, Tim Clare, Ross Sutherland, Dizraeli, Sarah Olowofoyeku, Poem Inbetween People and of course, Scroobius Pip himself.

The scholastic and fantastic won't just be confined to The East Lulworth Literary Institute as we are delighted to welcome the Roundhouse Collectives for their debut festival performances! Over the past two years, Camden's legendary Roundhouse has launched and produced a number of creative companies, all under the age of 25 that have performed at the Roundhouse and at venues across the country. This year several of the Roundhouse Companies are coming to Camp Bestival and will be performing an array of Theatre, Circus, Caberet and Poetry

There will be a chance for 50 kids at Camp Bestival to take part in a live performance on one of the main stages! The Dulwich Ukulele Club, famed for creating The Night of 100 Ukes and The Camp Bestival Jug Band, are inviting the kids of Camp Bestival to join them for a mass performance to form the Camp Bestival Kids Chorus - an unforgettable chance to have a really rocking festival experience! Children can join on a first come first served basis.

Plus there will be A Chapter of My Life, which is a unique opportunity to tell your very own real life story to audiences at Camp Bestival. It could be funny, intriguing, unbelievable, moving or uplifting – share one of your personal experiences with the audience and let them into a chapter of your life! Stories should be submitted to chapterofyourlife@campbestival.net before the festival and the best ones will be selected to feature in this special story telling experience. Stories should last 5-10 minutes each, all ages welcome!

We’ve still got tons of fun to announce including copious kids’ treats, the House of Fairy Tales and lots more off-the-wall entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else. To keep yourself up to date make sure you keep checking http://www.campbestival.net/

Donald Earl

The Love Ball

Following the success of last year's inaugural Love Ball in Moscow, Natalia Vodianova has joined forces with Lucy Yeomans, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar UK, to host The Love Ball London on 23 February 2010. De Beers is proud to be the lead sponsor of this event in aid of the Naked Heart Foundation.

The centre piece of the auction at the event is The Magic Moment Necklace designed by Natalia and created by De Beers. This one of a kind piece of stunning diamond jewellery will be auctioned alongside bespoke pieces of art by artists such as Jeff Koons, Marc Quinn and Anselm Reyle.

"The Magic Moment Necklace was inspired by that precious instant when two people meet and immediately connect. Two stunning De Beers diamond hearts fit perfectly together becoming one - symbolic of a great love. I was reminded of the famous love poem by Pushkin and also of the first playground we opened when I saw the children's happiness and excitement. That was a magic moment I treasure and I instantly knew that the Naked Heart Foundation would be an integral part of me. It was a delight to collaborate with De Beers on this beautiful piece and I thank them for their generous support of the Naked Heart Foundation." Natalia Vodianova, on her inspiration behind the design.

The delicate diamond studded chains of The Magic Moment Necklace daintily encircle the body and capture the two heart shaped pink and white diamonds, a reference to love ensnaring and seizing a heart at that magical moment.

Stylish, modern and feminine, The Magic Moment Necklace delicately flows. The central pendant features a 1.10 carat fancy intense pink heart- shaped diamond seamlessly paired with a 3.06 carat white heart-shaped diamond and hand set in delicate micropavé adding texture and depth. The pendant dances elegantly on a chain of white gold studded with white, pink and yellow diamonds, part of the chain is detachable for versatility. The Magic Moment Necklace can be worn either as an intricate statement or a sophisticated pendant.

"Natalia is synonymous with style and elegance and De Beers is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with her on this exquisite piece. Her generous spirit and passion for the project is inspiring. The Naked Heart Foundation is a cause we are honoured to support and we wish Natalia every success." François Delage, CEO of De Beers Diamond Jewellers.

Combining the stylish flair and passion of Natalia with De Beers' peerless heritage in the selection of diamonds and their expert craftsmanship, The Magic Moment Necklace is a stunning piece of jewellery with an inspired story.

images by getty

Donald Earl

Creativity At Work

How to be creative when bored at work;

1. Collect some dead flies from the office windowsills.

2. Put them in the sun to dry for one hour

3. Once they are dry, pick up a pencil and paper... Let your imagination run free

Here are a few examples...

The Lady Magazine Celebrates 125 Years

England’s longest running women’s weekly magazine, The Lady, welcomes its 125th anniversary this month by unveiling a special commemorative issue naming the ‘125 Ladies of Today’.

The magazine, which was first published in 1885, is renowned for its consistent high quality, informative discussions and insightful interviews with some of the world’s most fascinating women. To celebrate this, its 125th year, for the first time the magazine has compiled a list of the ‘125 Ladies of Today’.

The Lady was first launched in 1885 and is England’s longest running weekly magazine for women.
Independently run, The Lady was founded in 1885 by Thomas Gibson Bowles, maternal grandfather of the Mitford sisters. Gibson Bowles started The Lady upon his wife’s suggestion that a women’s magazine would prove popular. Since then, The Lady has remained within the same family and is now run by publisher, Ben Budworth, and edited by journalist and author, Rachel Johnson.

The Lady has been based at the same building in London’s Covent Garden since 1891 and is renowned for her classified advertisements for both domestic staff and holiday lets.

Chosen by a distinguished panel of judges, including magazine editor Rachel Johnson, the list represents some of the most intelligent, empowered and inspirational women in the world. The choices have been broken down into categories spanning Business, Science and Research, Charity, Public Office, Publishing, Journalism, Writing, Food, Gardens and Interiors, Art and Design, Voluntary Sector, Fashion, Film and Theatre, TV and Radio, Sport and Royalty.

Notable choices stem from Buckingham Palace through to Albert Square; the list features names including The Queen and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, interiors specialists Cath Kidston and Emma Bridgewater, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, Vogue US and UK editors respectively Anna Wintour and Alexandra Shulman, controversial artist Tracy Emin, notorious lawyer Fiona Shackelton, British actresses Julie Walters, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, and popular television personalities Arlene Philips and Barbara Windsor.

On choosing the finalists, Johnson commented: “A distinguished panel at the Lady and beyond put their heads together and after many weeks of lively, free and frank (ie vicious) argument settled on the 125 women we regard as Ladies of Today. This is not a scientific list, nor are these your usual run of females: we haven't chosen them for their looks/vital statistics/ reality TV careers, but because we think these are women who think not, "what can I get out of this," but "what can I put in." So instead of Jordan we have the head of the Women's Institute; instead of Kerry Katona, the head of the Girl Guides. We here at the Lady are Gaga about our 125th anniversary issue - out Feb 16th - and hope all our valued readers and advertisers will be too.”

Since taking over as Editor in September 2009, Rachel has been orchestrating a re-launch, with big name interviews and brand new contributors, who include Lady Antonia Fraser, Sir Tim Rice and Sandi Toksvig. The 125th anniversary issue of The Lady was launched on the 16th February.

For further information on The Lady please visit www.lady.co.uk

Donald Earl for 3E News

Save The Abbey Road Studios

Fans, admirers and former employees are among the thousands joining the Facebook group, with the intention of saving the iconic Abbey Road Studios from the hands of potential property developers.

To date almost 8,000 people have backed the move to keep Abbey Road as a working recording studio.

Due to financial difficulties at the private equity company Terra Firma, which bought EMI for £4bn in 2007, this world famous studio where famous Beatles albums such as Let It Be and Revolver were recorded, as well as the classic Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon and countless others is now up for sale.

As has been widely reported, Terra Firma needs to find around £100 million within four months to keep EMI going and service all debts. The studio itself is understood to be up for sale for between £10 and £30 million.

”Abbey Road Studios holds a special place in the hearts of the general public. For many this world class studio was the birthplace of their favourite musical recording.” said former employee Roland Heap, founder of the Facebook group. “Music generated at Abbey Road Studios over the past 80 years has shaped many, many lives.”

“We appeal to EMI to reconsider the sale of this important historical institution and preserve for generations to come this bastion of recording excellence, or if there be no alternative to a sale, that a buyer is sought who can keep these facilities operating at the same exquisite standards as they have always done.”

The Facebook group have also set up a website which enables members of the pubic to sign a petition that will be handed over to both Terra Firma and the Minister for Creative Industries, Siôn Simon.

“Through the Facebook group and the online petition we hope to find and propose a number of solutions to ensure that the studio survives and continues to set the very highest of standards in sound and musical recording” commented Mr. Heap.

The Facebook page can be found at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=306022858586
The petition can be found at http://www.saveabbeyroadstudios.org/petition

Donald Earl for 3E News

WOMAD Festival Returns

The WOMAD Festival returns this summer to Charlton Park in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, from 23 to 25 July 2010. Promising another year of exciting artists and diverse musicians from across the globe, the 28th WOMAD Festival will be one of the best family events in the UK this summer.

The WOMAD experience is not about the familiar, the tried and tested; its essence is in the discovery and enjoyment of a totally unexpected artist or event which would never otherwise have been encountered. It’s a magical, musical melting pot, enriching all who experience it.

Over the past three decades, WOMAD has presented literally thousands of artists from more than one hundred countries and nationalities. Artists and acts for 2010 will be announced in the coming months.

Tickets are on sale now. WOMAD is pleased to announce, for the third year in a row, it will not be increasing its ticket prices for 2010.

Official WOMAD Website – www.womad.org/festivals/charlton-park/


WOMAD FESTIVAL 2010 - Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DG

23 – 25 July 2010

BOOKING LINE: +44 0845 146 1735
ONLINE: http://www.womadshop.com/detail/558

Adult Weekend Ticket: £125
Teenager (14-17 Year Olds) Weekend Ticket: £60
Disabled Weekend Ticket: £125
All Children (13 and under): Free

Please note that all minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Donald Earl for 3E News