Looking For A City Break Not Far From Home, Canterbury Is A Stunning Cathedral Destination

Looking For A City Break Not Far From Home, Canterbury Is A Stunning Cathedral Destination

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If you are looking for a City Break not far from home, Canterbury is a stunning Cathedral destination in Southeast England, which really will tick all the boxes and cater to all palates and passions.

Canterbury was originally a pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages.  The Ancient walls which were originally built by the Romans, are the boundary for its medieval centre with cobbled streets and timber-framed houses.

Canterbury Cathedral founded in 597 AD is the headquarters of the Church of England and Anglican Church, boasting Gothic and Romanesque stone carvings and stained-glass windows. https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/

Ancient walls, originally built by the Romans, encircle its medieval centre with enchanting cobbled streets and timber-framed houses. Canterbury Cathedral, founded 597 A.D., is the headquarters of the Church of England and Anglican Communion, incorporating Gothic and Romanesque elements in its stone carvings and stained-glass windows.

There are plenty of wonderful buildings and churches to explore as well as the Cathedral, if you enjoy ancient architecture, but if you want to indulge in food, wine and entertainment, this is also close at hand.

On a recent trip we visited The Marlowe Theatre in The Friars, Canterbury. https://marlowetheatre.com/ which is the recently refurbished Modern theatre for Shakespeare, musicals and stand-up with a studio for contemporary performances.  They often have touring shows and household names appearing there so if you like a good play or musical, book to coincide with your holiday.

There are a plethora of restaurants if you are a foodie, and depending on your taste buds and budget you can’t go wrong with the centrally located Cote Brasserie either for a brilliant brunch, pre-theatre meal or romantic supper.  The food is excellent and the service first class. https://www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/canterbury/,  They also have a great variety of wines and cocktails to toast your time out.  The restaurant itself is huge and spacious and so you can also have an intimate meal at your own pace which is worth its weight these days.

If you are watching your diet or want to eat ultra healthy, then try The Skinny Kitchen, also near to the centre, which is ‘a healthy hangout serving clean, fresh food all day long. https://theskinnykitchen.co.uk/ Whatever your diet, goals or macros there’s something for you. Everyday food with a clean, healthy twist. HOW IT ALL STARTED Back in 2014 three friends realised Ibiza was missing a major part of their lifestyle; healthy food. Fuelled by passion and the desire to bring something totally unique to the food industry, they immediately set about opening Ibiza’s first healthy food hangout. But they didn’t stop there. Now with five locations across Ibiza and the UK, The Skinny Kitchen still focus on that initial concept; creative, clean and healthy food with lots of variety, to suit many diets. MISSION They create healthy…

If you are looking for a reasonably priced but highly recommended place to stay The Millers Arms Built in 1826 is an inn positioned in the middle of Canterbury.https://www.millerscanterbury.co.uk/
Guestrooms feature flatscreen TVs, telephones, work desks and complimentary Wi-Fi. Also included are tea and coffee-making facilities. Hair dryers and free toiletries can be found in the private bathrooms. Rollaway/extra beds can be made available upon request.
Wi-Fi and wired internet are both free in public areas is of this hotel, which has its own garden.
A complimentary breakfast is served every morning. Later in the day, guests can enjoy some food and a drink in the bar.

The Millers Arms is under half a mile from Canterbury Cathedral. Marlowe Theatre, the Royal Museum and Art Gallery, Westgate Gardens and Towers and Weaver’s House are all also within half a mile. Other local attractions include St. Dunstan’s Church and St. Augustine’s Abbey are within easy walking distance as well.

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WIN a special edition PINK FAB Handirest

WIN a special edition PINK FAB Handirest

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Handirest is a new innovation designed and developed by Adrian Houlder, who came up with the idea when observing that his wife and daughter had nowhere to rest their hands when applying their nail varnish. They say that the simplest of ideas are the most successful, and this is definitely the case with this product, which has already been featured in some of the top fashion and lifestyle magazines and TV channels throughout the UK.

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The Handirest is an ingenious manicure product for professional and home use. It is simple, easy and helps you to achieve a more comfortable and controlled manicure by supporting your hand and keeping your fingers secure and steady. The specially formed recesses help to keep your fingers still and therefore avoid accidental smudging or mess. The foam cushion is perfect for intricate nail art, applying false nails, and nail polishing. Handirest can be used anywhere. The cushion’s design means that one pad fits both your left and right hands, and any hand size.

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I met up with Adrian, who is still amazed by the overnight success of his invention, and he told us the incredible story of how it all came about.

‘The idea for Handirest began whilst I was watching TV with my family. An advert came on showing a woman painting her nails with her hand held up in the air. I asked my wife and daughter how they managed to paint their nails without their hands being supported? My wife said that she rested her hands on the table but found it uncomfortable. My daughter then suggested that I design something to overcome the problem.

The following day, I decided to find something soft, something to keep the fingers secure and something easy. I found some foam at work, I put my hand on it quite firmly and the foam wrapped around my fingers. I thought “this is exactly what is needed”. I then shaped a piece of foam with channels to support the fingers.

I took the piece of foam home and showed it to my daughter, who thought that there was probably a similar sort of device on the internet.   We went online and did a search, but we could not find anything that supported both hand and fingers.

At the time, I believed that was the end of it. I took what I had made back to work and left it in my reception area. To my surprise, the shaped foam started drawing a lot of attention, and became a talking point when customers were in the reception.

During one conversation, it was suggested that I should look into seeing if there was a market for the product, and also apply for a patent just in case something may come of it. I took my customer’s advice and came up with the name Handirest.

I began to research and speak to various nail technicians to come up with an improved version. After a few months, I had something ready to show. Shortly after completing the initial design, a customer came to collect some work that I had completed for a local radio station. The customer noticed the Handirest and we started talking about it as she just happened to be in charge of the beauty show which aired once a week. To my surprise she asked if she could feature Handirest on their show.

175As my background is manufacturing, I knew very little about marketing and retail sales. I spoke to a marketing company who offered to help and suggested they start a facebook account to see if Handirest would draw any attention. On the launch of the Facebook account it went viral with ‘Likes’ appearing every few seconds. This excited everyone and now we had to see if it would sell. An Amazon account was opened at the end of 2012 and Handirest started to jump off the shelf.

I decided that I needed to look into getting a reliable supplier who could produce in volume if necessary, and as a result, this required some changes to the material to make it more durable and high quality product.

At the start of 2013 I had made some changes to Handirest and it was now suggested that I put it in front of the public by doing an exhibition. My marketing company signed me up to the Beauty UK NEC taking place in February. About a week before the Beauty UK, I received a call from a Amazon buyer who asked if they could buy direct from me. I was a little confused as I was only selling very small quantities on my account, but they informed me that they were alerted to Handirest sales, as the conversion rate was almost 100% every time someone landed on my page.

At the Beauty UK exhibition, I was selling a Handirest almost every minute throughout the two day event. I was also approached by Capital Hair and Beauty wholesalers. A member of the Scratch magazine team also took an interest in the Handirest. A few days later, I received a phone call from Scratch magazine, I was told, to my surprise, Handirest was now featured on the home page of their website, and that the other employees at Scratch magazine loved my product.

During the remainder of 2013, I continued to look for a manufacturer to produce Handirest. Eventually I found someone that I felt could produce larger volumes with compromising on the quality of my product.

I continued to make improvements to Handirest and began using a material that would be acetone resistant so that the Handirest could be easily kept clean and wouldn’t be damaged by the acetone found in nail care products.

I decided to take the new and improved Handirest to the Beauty UK 2014 exhibition. Handirest sold more than one every minute over the two days. The feedback from the trade and public was unbelievably encouraging.

During 2014, I started receiving calls from magazines asking to do advertorials on Handirest. Salon magazine, Scratch, Look. Mail On Sunday, At Home With Tess Daly to mention a few. One call was from Cosmopolitan who asked if they could put Handirest in their ‘Must Have’ section of the magazine and would allow me to use their logo endorsing Handirest as a ‘Must Have’.

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Towards the end of 2014, I decided I now had the perfect Handirest, and finished making any alterations. I also felt that I was now ready to market Handirest in a bigger way. I took Handirest to the Autumn Fair 2014 at the NEC, so that I could introduce Handirest to retail buyers. The exhibition was a great success.

Handirest is currently available in over 150 stores, including; Bentalls, Fenwick, Capital Hair and Beauty, Dennis Willams, Alan Howard, Pompadour, and other online stores.

QVC have also signed up Handirest to be shown on their shopping channel.

Every week, there is new interest in Handirest, and I am extremely pleased to also have Handirest endorsed by Sylvia Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds and Lady Penelope, and we are now working with Breast Cancer Care with special edition PINK FAB Handirest.

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Web: www.handirest.com

Email: info@handirets.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/handirest

Twitter: www.twitter.com/handirest

Tel: 44 (0) 1494 440022

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ESCAPE TO THE CITY AND BEAT THE BLUES BY GLOTIME

ESCAPE TO THE CITY AND BEAT THE BLUES BY GLOTIME

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If you are looking for a bit of escapism in these turbulent times (didn’t even mention the B word), and if you can get the kids farmed out if you have any, or want to get away with a loved one.  Then you should seriously consider a City Break in the number one destination for adventure and diversity – London.

I am going to give you three options only to get you started, with some linked suggestions – ranging in price so that it does not pull too hard on your purse strings, or could equally cost you an arm and a leg if you go for broke.

 

40 WINKS

I have a rather interesting suggestion for you if you enjoy an artsy boutique hotel with an edgy interior.  40 Winks, which has housed both Hollywood Royalty and the more ‘under the radar’ glamorous guest is run by the charismatic but cosy Interior Designer David Carter who welcomes his guests as if they are family.

40 Winks is situated in the trendy eclectic East End of London but is only three minutes’ walk to the tube and only a 10 minute ride into the City Centre.

Each room is artfully designed and just stepping inside the door take you into another World.  Perfect for the quick getaway.  The prices are incredibly reasonable too, coming in at around £115-150 per night.

A great boarding platform in every way as it will set you up for the great venture into town, where there are a plethora of places popping up to explore and immerse yourself to finally sweep away those Brexit blues.

http://40winks.org/

 

THE KARAOKE AND BAO RESTAURANT

The Karaoke and Bao Restaurant which is opening in May should be your first port of call.

BAO is the great Taiwanese restaurant that took London by storm with its funky, animated steamed buns that have been plastered all over Instagram. So everyone is talking about the latest opening coming to Borough in May which will join the other outposts including BAO Soho and BAO Fitzrovia, XU Teahouse and Restaurant, as well as the original BAO BAR stand which remains at Netil Market.

Oh, joy of joy it’ll have a karaoke room named BAO KTV?!  This is incredible, as normally with Karaoke and bao never the twain will meet, although you can see why because Karaoke is incredibly popular in Taiwan so it all makes sense.  It opens on May 6th.  I have already made my reservation.

https://www.instagram.com/bao_london/

 

 

LYANESS

Lyaness has recently been reinvented from Dandelyan which was voted best bar in the World.

The bar rebranded as Sea Containers remains in the Thames-side ground floor position it’s been in for the last few years. But everything inside is different. Named after Chetiyawardana’s 2018 International Women’s Day pop-up that ran at bar Super Lyan, the interior is a gorgeous palate of powder blue, greys and golds channeling a 1920s chic and a 1970s retro. The work of creative director Jacu Strauss, and the team at Lore Studio, who also created Amsterdam’s Super Lyan with Chetiyawardana’s, Jacu.

There is also a sensational view across the Thames.

The cocktails are incredible as you would imagine from this great mixologist and you will relish both the drinks and the ambience in this mini paradise.

www.seacontainerslondon.com

 

If you are a fan of jazz then why don’t you come to the legendary Pheasantry in King’s Road on 9th June to see our very own Dee Anderson perform with her band Topsyike.  They are a funky Jazz fusion band of some notoriety, and will be performing their own compositions as well as some jazz standards such as Don’t Explain by Billie Holiday, Put a Spell on You and Amy Winehouse’s Love is a Losing Game.  You can listen to the music whilst devouring a very tasty Pizza and a glass of wine as this iconic venue has in recent years been taken over by Pizza Express.

www.deeanderson.co.uk
https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/dee-anderson-and-the-topsyike-band

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2019 marks the 60th Anniversary celebration of The Original Twilight Zone Series

2019 marks the 60th Anniversary celebration of The Original Twilight Zone Series

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There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man, it is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition,and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination it’s an area which we call…… The Twilight Zone

Mediumrare Entertainment is proud to announce The Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary Edition which will include all 5 seasons of the original classic cult TV series, Created by the legendary and visionary writer Rod Serling .

Being presented in an all new lenticular packaged limited anniversary Blu-ray Box Set which will include an 80 page companion book written by Marc Scott Zicree, plus a 60 page episode guide.

Reproduction Gold Key Comics, Post Cards and new bonus disc with brand new extra features only available on the Anniversary edition.

To order the exclusive limited edition 60th Anniversary Blu-ray Box Set priced at £149.99, please go to www.thetwilightzone.co.uk

(Please note the limited edition Box Set is not available from any other stockists)

The Twilight Zone Complete Collectionavailable now on DVD & Blu-ray from Amazon

‘Where is everybody’  was the very first episode of The Twilight Zone which was first broadcast on CBS network 2nd October 1959 

Synopsis:
Explore the depths of the unknown in this complete collection of episodes from the Twilight Zone. Funny at times, heart-breaking others,  and thought provoking the Twilight Zone was the most unique inventive and completely original concept shows in the history of Television.  Rod Serlings creation along with top writers such as Richard Matheson created a series that has been the main inspiration to TV and Film makers for over 50 years. All 156 episodes from the original classic show are collected here. 

60th Anniversary Box Set New Bonus Disc Details 

AMERICAN MASTERS PRESENTS: ROD SERLING SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL.

A biography of the late writer and producer, who wrote some of early television’s most acclaimed dramas and created the classic science fiction/fantasy series The Twilight Zone. Serling’s own words and extensive interviews with people who knew him chronicle the history and excitement of the early days of television.

TIMELESS AS INFINITY- ENTERING THE TWILIGHT ZONE

An all new documentary exploring the history behind television’s most influential series, as well as the life of its creator, Rod Serling. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Carol Serling (Serling’s wife), Jodi Serling (Serling’s daughter), Marc Scott Zicree (author/historian), Brannon Braga (Star Trek: First Contact), Wes Craven (A Nightmare of Elm Street), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Martha Coolidge (Real Genius), Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape), J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor), C. Courtney Joyner (writer), H.M. Wynant (actor), and MANY MORE! Produced and Directed by Daniel Griffith (“This Island Earth: 2 1/2 Years In The Making” & “The Flesh and The Fury: X-posing Twins of Evil). 

 DVD & Blu-ray Product information:

 

  •         Discs: 24
    ·       Cert: 12
    ·       RRP : Blu-ray £99.99 Blu-ray & DVD £79.99
  •         RRP:  Anniversary Box Set £149.99

 

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Announcing the 2019  Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival

Announcing the 2019 Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival

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The Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival is now celebrating its third year, thanks to the passion of its founder Sylvie Bolioli and the support of local businesses and the community who relish the importance of the creative industries, with Film and Television being a huge part their cultural appetite, and runs from the 13th to the 16th June 2019.

Sylvie is of French origin, but after falling in love with Ramsgate several years ago, decided to put down roots and make it home.  She has remained there ever since.

Ramsgate has already built its reputation as a stunning resort with its Royal Harbour being the central location for many film and television programmes over the years.  It is also being heralded as a creative hub for local artistry, and so it has already created its Karma for prominence time and time again.

As the Festival has developed, so has its followers – film makers and spectators are coming from all over the Globe, knowing they are taking part in history as the Ramsgate Film and Television Festival spreads its wings for the third year running.

The iconic Actor Brenda Blethyn, whose most recent role is the much loved Vera in the detective series of that name is the Patron, and so strong is her belief that she is behind Sylvie’s determination to build it into the most important multi-platform film festival in the South of England and she will help her take it to the next level.

GloTIME.tv is now working in collaboration with the Festival, in supporting emerging creative talent, and awards are in place to honour up and coming Actors, Directors, Writers and Film Makers, who could go on to make a mark within the industry.

Film submissions have been received from around the Globe with successful entrants representing countries including Australia, Brazil, Iran, Martinique, Philippines, South Africa and Taiwan as well the more established film-related European nations and the North American continent.

Screenings are scheduled throughout the four days duration, as well as talks and seminars from artists and Industry Professionals, and a variety of educational submissions from the local schools as a result of competitions run prior to the Festival.

Andy Mayson, who was on the jury panel in 2017, is coming back to give a talk on Distribution in the Era of Multimedia. Andy is joint CEO of Altitude, one of the leading production companies and distributors in the UK. He produced Big Game (starring Samuel L Jackson) and exec produced a plethora of films, including Whitney, Kill Your Friends, and Get Santa. Altitude also has the knack to pick Oscar- winning films, such as 20 Feet From Stardom, Amy Winehouse and Moonlight. In his career, Andy Mayson also worked with Working Title Films, including credits on Four Weddings and a Funeral and La Vie en Rose, with Icon among others.

There is also a retrospective dedicated to Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien during the week prior to the festival, together with the attribution of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Festival Patron Brenda Blethyn, the BAFTA, Globe and Cannes Best Actress and Oscar nominee, will again select the Best First Feature Film. Brenda will be joined by fellow jury members Dee Anderson (Thunderbirds), Julie Forsyth (Grant & Forsyth), Jan Dunn (BIFA winner), Simon Young (International Shorts), Stephen Frost and Tracy Russell (Leave Now).

It seems that the slogan ‘if you build it people will come’ has reached fruition, and all the hard work and commitment from Sylvie is paying off as we embark again on Ramsgate’s biggest and most exciting cultural adventure – The Ramsgate Film and TV Festival 2019. 13th to the 16th June 2019

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