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.

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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

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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
The petition can be found at

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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 –


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

23 – 25 July 2010

BOOKING LINE: +44 0845 146 1735

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.

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