5 4 3 2 1 – Thunderbirds Hotel is GO!

5 4 3 2 1 – Thunderbirds Hotel is GO!

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Paul Thomas talks to Thunderbirds heroine Dee Anderson about Slough’s new Marriott-owned Moxy Hotel, which celebrates the legacy of the popular puppet-based programme.

Thunderbirds heroine Dee Anderson – the latest voice of TV puppet icon Lady Penelope – has welcomed a new hotel being built just a mile from where the series was produced, saying it is a “fitting tribute and legacy” to  her parents, Sylvia and Gerry Anderson, who created the show.

Dee – who has recently voiced Lady P for a range of Halifax Building Society commercials, taking over from her mum, Sylvia, the original vocal talent in the famous 1960s show – said she was “proud” of the new venture. The new 152-room hotel in Slough will be adorned with images of the characters, space-age transportation and slogans.

Jazz singer Dee, whose Silver Screen Ball in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital takes place on Saturday 7 December at Pinewood Studios, says: “It’s fab. Thunderbirds Hotel is go!

“My mother had aspirations of Hollywood and she said she had brought Hollywood to Slough Trading Estate [where the show was filmed], her mini-Hollywood. Lady Penelope drove her pink Rolls-Royce, Mum drove a pink Sunbeam Alpine, and she took her pink nail varnish to the car sprayers so it would match.

“Mum was the creative part of the partnership, the best of which was Lady Penelope, and as she was so successful Mum took the shade to get the character’s Rolls done.

“Lady P’s face was based on Mum’s face, but her eyes, Mum told me, were taken from mine.”

When it opens in early 2021, Slough’s stylish new Marriott-owned Moxy Hotel is set to inspire guests with the town’s long-standing connections to Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s shows.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which airs Thunderbirds, agreed the deal with Marriott International franchise partner Cycas Hospitality for the use of Thunderbirds graphics throughout their new Moxy Slough property, so guests can relive the pop culture of the 1960s through the eyes of the original International Rescue team.

There will be themed floor- level signage according to the numbered Thunderbirds vehicles, pop art wall graphics of Lady Penelope and more motifs from the series in its public areas.

Thunderbirds ran on TV from 1964-1966 and used a technique of puppetry the Anderson’s called ‘Supermarionation’.

Its famous 5-4-3-2-1 intro and march music were household sounds to millions of children and parents, and the two series about the Tracy family and their International Rescue exploits were re-run time and again, with merchandise spin-offs lasting up until today, plus the shows were remade with modern techniques for new generations of youngsters.

The hotel, developed and owned by Slough Borough Council, is being built through Slough Urban Renewal (SUR),
a joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments, as part of a major redevelopment project to transform the former library site in the heart of Slough into a hotel, retail and residential hub. The site enjoys a landmark position in the town centre.

Planning consent was secured to deliver the Moxy Slough Hotel alongside a Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel, in addition to 64 apartments and 4,100 sq ft of restaurant and retail space.

Andy Howell, General Manager at SUR, said: “The Thunderbirds series is a treasured part of Slough’s history and we’re excited to see the new Moxy Slough Hotel bring this back to life through playful design references.”

John Wagner, co-founder of Cycas Hospitality, who will be managing the double-decker hotel, explained: “From Crossrail to regeneration schemes, there’s no doubt that Slough’s ongoing transformation is putting the town on the map. We’re therefore delighted to be incorporating subtle nods to this iconic TV classic into the design of our upcoming Moxy Hotel and look forward to paying homage to one of Slough’s most-loved contributions to popular culture.”

Dee, who will performing at The Pheasantry in London’s King’s Road early next year, says: “Mum would have loved to have been at the opening night and I am just so pleased that people, not just from England, but from around the world, will come to Slough and enjoy this hotel.” Sylvia, who lived in Bray, died in 2016 just shy of her 89th birthday. Gerry died in 2012 aged 83.

“So many fans, especially from Japan, come to Comic Cons and other events to celebrate Thunderbirds and with this hotel being so near to Windsor, I’m sure those who love the programme’s legacy will enjoy staying there. They came to see my mother, now they can come to the hotel with all its nods to her creations.”

Dee’s Silver Screen Ball will be enjoying its second year raising money for GOSH through ticket sales and an auction, plus it plays host to the Sylvia Anderson Awards for Emerging Talent in Film and TV for women.

The full guest list has yet to be announced, but Hannah Waddingham from Game of Thrones, Thomas Brodie-Sangster from Love Actually and Oliver! movie icon Mark Lester are confirmed as well as comedy legend Barry Crier OBE.

GOSH has cared for Dee’s granddaughter, Summer, eight, after she was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was just four. Dee said: “Without places like GOSH there would be nowhere else for children like Summer. It is ground-breaking in what it does, not only for the children who are suffering, but for the families who are trying to cope. Summer has been in remission for a year now.”

The ball also recognises her mother’s influence on TV and for Sylvia spearheading women’s talent in the business.
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For availability of ticets to see Dee performing at the Pheasantry see https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/

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It’s Only Rock N Roll But I Like It!

It’s Only Rock N Roll But I Like It!

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A major new exhibition from GALERIE PRINTS London, features gorgeously candid shots of the best known faces of Rock & Pop,

from Elvis Presley to The Rolling Stones  and  Led Zeppelin to Blondie and Bruce Springsteen , David Bowie to Amy Winehouse and Nirvana and Oasis plus many more –

from such heavyweight photographers as Terry O’Neill, Michael Putland, Jill Furmanovsky, Christopher Simon Sykes and Duffy – to name but a few. 

Exhibition runs October 1st until November 26th

Experience this spectacular display of iconic music imagery at

GALERIE PRINTS GALLERY 152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park, London, SW19 8AQ

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Free Admission

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THE SILVER SCREEN BALL AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS

THE SILVER SCREEN BALL AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS

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Glotime.tv will be hosting the iconic Silver Screen Ball at Pinewood Studios again on 7th December 2019.

This star studded red carpet occasion will be hosted by Dee Anderson, daughter of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, creators of Thunderbirds and a host of legendary ground breaking television programmes over the past five decades.

Gerry & Sylvia Anderson

As well a champagne reception, fabulous food, and wonderful entertainment, there will also be the Sylvia Anderson awards for emerging creative talent, and a ‘what money can’t buy’ auction for Gt Ormond Street. Hospital.

It is an exclusive event, as Pinewood Studios has celebrated eight decades of eminent film making as home to James Bond, Disney and the Anderson portfolio of films and television.

Your Host Dee Anderson

Tickets are at a premium, and practically sold out straight away after the last event, with guests commenting that the occasion is ‘stunning, exceptional, glamorous and outstanding’.

Anthea Turner

Brenda Blethyn OBE, Barry Crier OBE, Sanjeeve Bhaskar OBE, Cass Lewis (Skunk Anansie), Thomas Brodie Sanster (Game of Thrones), Anthea Turner, Liz Kershaw

As you can imagine, stars from the World of stage and screen have been in attendance each year and will grace the floors of the Ballroom at Pinewood Studios once again at this exclusive Christmas event.

Christian Vit (Game of Thrones & Holby City)

 

Stephen Dixon & Liz Kershaw (Sky News)

 

 

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ALL THINGS BEING ‘EQUAL’

ALL THINGS BEING ‘EQUAL’

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We have recently been introduced to this spectacular new magazine called EQUAL by the King of Introductions, Richard Selwyn-Barnett (see recent article).

EQUAL is published online and also as a magnificent high end journal that you can read and keep, showcasing Fashion, Art, Culture, and Music with a heavy emphasis upon diversity and uniqueness.

The charming and down to earth Shelley Rodgers, who is at the helm of EQUAL lives in a sleepy coastal village in between Dublin and Belfast with her musician partner Kieran Sherry and her daughter Maya.

Her stunning photography is shot through her own creative eye and embraces all aspects of our Planet and its people, from sub-cultures to those who have been excluded, with a particular emphasis upon the environment with cruelty free makeup, recycled jewellery and eco fashion.

EQUAL is also the perfect platform to promote both established and up and coming artists to showcase their work while also nurturing their talent.  They have live fashion shows in iconic and historic buildings.  Their most recent was held in Belfast Castle in February of this year, where they presented artists like Skyler Jett (the Commodores) with a life time achievement award for his career in music and other emerging creatives.

On Saturday 19th October at Belfast Castle there will be another ‘alternative’ fashion show with live music and a captivating catwalk featuring some stunning new designs like the new Bruno Tilley collection of T shirts, models from the LGBT community and those with severe injuries – the physically challenged.

Our very own Dee Anderson will be walking the catwalk and modelling a jean jacket in glittering Swarovski crystal, which has been designed by Rachel and Dean Mayhook, and their son Josh at jeanjacketdesigns.com

Dee will be performing her new song written especially for EQUAL entitled ‘You are Unique”.

Ticket sales will be announced in the next few weeks – watch this space and keep a close eye on EQUAL magazine.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – WHY WE SHOULD ALL STAND UP

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – WHY WE SHOULD ALL STAND UP

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I consider myself to be a ‘feminist’ – I have always loved being a woman, embraced the Goddess and unashamedly used every feminine wile in the book.  So why have do some of us have a problem with International Women’s Day?

As many of you know from documented accounts of my family’s legacy, my Grandfather was one of the first registered bare knuckle fighters at The Ring in London’s Blackfriars in the 1920s, and yet I regard him as one of the biggest ‘feminists’ at a time when females were constrained to the Kitchen.

Sid ‘Tiger’ Thomas was one generation apart from me, but taught his offspring how to box, how to stand up for ourselves in a male dominated environment and that there were no limits to what we could achieve.

As a result of this confidence to have this freedom, my Mother Sylvia Anderson went on to become a pioneer for women in television, having created characters and storylines for iconic TV whilst surrounded by a male team.  They were indeed hungry for her contribution and talent as they lacked her vision and creativity, but less able to give her the ultimate credit at the time, as women were not always celebrated.

I have always been my own person, taking risks and pursuing my own passions in spite of gender barriers and have encouraged my daughter and now granddaughter to do the same.

So why do some of us feel triggered to dispute the rhetoric of a day which celebrate an entire gender.  Perhaps it is its own PR which can be deemed as both political and gender biased.

‘After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.’

But if we look beyond the narrative – perhaps we can deploy our own interpretation and pay homage, not just to the suffragettes, but the women who have silently fought our corner, in both in our own environment and far reaching realms of our Planet – some of whom still do not have a voice, but are an integral part of the fabric of their society, and soldier on regardless without rights or recognition for their own talents or achievements.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States, record numbers of women march along 5th Avenue, past a banner that reads ”Women of the World Unite!’, New York, New York, August 26, 1970. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

 

This is why I will always celebrate International Women’s Day, and would encourage us all to do the same.

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