Food Through the Ages

398987_num991568_600x600The Geffrye Museum has collaborated with Matt Phelps from Funthyme Dining and Events to present ‘Food Through The Ages’, a unique and special evening combining historic food and interiors.

Guests will step back in time to experience how previous generations dined set against the atmospheric backdrop of the Geffrye Museum. The evening will comprise a chance to explore the museum’s period rooms from 1600 to the present day, followed by a 3-course meal with canapés in the restaurant. The menu will feature an historic drink on arrival, canapés and a starter from the 16th and 17th Centuries, a feasting-style main course from the 18th Century to reflect the 300 year anniversary of the Geffrye almshouse buildings and a celebratory dessert to mark the Geffrye’s centenary as a museum.

Introducing each course will be Kate Colquhoun, food historian and author of ‘Taste – The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking’.

Set in elegant 18th century buildings surrounded by gardens in Shoreditch, East London, the Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day, focusing on the living rooms of the urban middle classes in England, particularly London.  A series of period rooms and gardens show how such homes have been used and furnished over time, reflecting changes in society and patterns of behavior, as well as style, fashion and taste.

2014 marks two significant anniversaries for the Geffrye: 100 years since the museum first opened, and 300 years since the almshouses in which it sits opened to house London’s poor and elderly.  To celebrate, a full programme of exhibitions and events is being run throughout the year.

Tickets are £50 each and advance booking is essential via the Geffrye’s booking office on 020 7749 6024 or bookings@geffrye-museum.org.uk.  BYOB to accompany the meal.

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The 12th London African Music Festival – 19th – 28th September 2014

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The 2014 London African Music Festival will run for 10 days, across 16 London venues, produced by 10 producers under the direction of founder Biyi Adepegba of Joyful Noise.

2014 line-up:This year’s festival features the likes of BOMBINO (Niger), SEKOUBA BAMBINO (Guinea), KANDA BONGO MAN (Congo), vocalist GHALIA BENALI (Tunisia), RISE KAGONA of Bhundu Boys fame (Malawi), KING AYISOBA (Ghana), vocalist COCO MBASSI (Cameroon) andviolist SAMY BISHAI (Egypt). Making their London debut are Malian singer MAMANI KEITA (Mali) and Swedish/Senegalese couple SOUSOU and MAHER CISSOKO. DJ VOODOO FUNK (aka DJ Frank Gossner) presents his treasure of vinyl records he collected on his travel through Africa.

Two mainstay of British-African music guitarist ABDUL TEE-JAY (Sierra Leone) and pianist JUWON OGUNGBE (UK/Nigeria) play solo in the afternoon at the Green Note Club. The British-Ghanaian funk band YAABA FUNK and Nigerian afrobeat band THE RHYTHMS are two bands that know how to put the funk in the grooves adding to the ten days of wonderful music.

Check out the full line-up here.

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Event Hire supplied furniture to the Bakewell Show

logoEvent Hire have been supplying furniture to this years Bakewell Show.

One of the oldest agricultural shows in the UK with nearly 200 years of history, Bakewell Show has evolved from a purely agricultural display to the diverse event it is today with something for everybody.

Over almost two centuries the face of farming has changed beyond recognition, Bakewell Show – known as The Little Royal – has gone from strength to strength, building a well-deserved reputation as the friendliest show in Britain. Organised by Bakewell Agricultural and Horticultural Society, which has its roots in that first meeting of farmers and landowners, Bakewell Show is one of the oldest agricultural shows in the UK.

It has battled through a number of crises, from facing financial ruin in 1909 when the Dukes of Rutland and Devonshire agreed to underwrite the event ‘for the foreseeable future’, to the most recent foot-and-mouth outbreak during which it was one of the few shows to go ahead – without animals.

Over the years it has evolved from a strictly agricultural event, where local farmers would vie with the gentry for championship titles, to a show which reflects the diversity of farming and the countryside today.

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Enigma Machine, Paul MacCartney’s Front Door and Apollo 13 Mission Log up for Auction at Christie’s

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Christie’s London invite you to view an eclectic selection of fascinating items celebrating the joy of the unconventional. These rare and extraordinary works will be offered in the Out of the Ordinary sale on 3 September 2014 and will be on free public exhibition throughout August.

TOP LOTS 

Leading the sale is an extremely rare LATE MEDIEVAL BROADSWORD with earlier Viking blade and bearing the arms of the De Bohun family (estimate: £80,000 – 120,000). The sword’s illustrious story begins in the 11th century where it was possibly captured at the Battle of Hastings by Humphrey De Bohun and later remounted to become a family sword. Several generations later Sir Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford and Essex, fought in the Battle of Bannockburn where he witnessed his young nephew Henry de Bohun fall victim to King Robert’s axe, and joined the retreat after it became clear on the second day of fighting that victory belonged to the Scots.

The winner’s prize of a private wager between the Managing Director and Chairman of Harrods, Sir Richard Woodman Burbidge and Harry Gordon Selfridge, the owner of Selfridges: a SILVER REPLICA OF HARRODS (estimate: £70,000 – 100,000). On 4 January 1917 Gordon Selfridge wagered Sir Richard Woodman Burbidge that within six years that Selfridge’s would overtake and pass Harrods in annual returns. In 1927 Sir Richard, now chairman of Harrods, wrote to Mr. Selfridge to claim his prize, however, he asked that the wager might be varied slightly. Although he had great admiration for his competitor’s store he preferred a model of his own.

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Pro Direct Launches The World’s Largest Boot Room

Pro-Direct 6With a revolutionary retail concept, Pro-Direct opens the World’s Largest Boot Room this week in Carnaby, London W1.

A clever fusion of digital technology and cutting edge high street retail turns any visit into a virtual shopping experience. Customers can choose to browse through a seemingly endless selection of the world’s Best Football boots via the shop floor’s touch screen digital podiums. Consumers also can try, buy and take home any of their favourite boots from the trending selection downstairs.

The new age store displays clothing on full size digital mannequins in 4K definition. Walls come to life with creative content and lighting changes to reflect the mood. With staff at hand using their in depth specialist knowledge to bring the professionals choice to life the whole social experience takes shopping to an unprecedented level.

With this clever meeting of retail and e-tail Pro-Direct has responded to the shift in consumer behaviour, which has been driven by today’s continuously connected world by piecing together the world’s most digitally dynamic omni-channel retail system.

This brand new high street digital device is a portal to the website and its digital nature makes for instant store updates and takeovers, providing the ultimate showcase and stage, connecting all who visit to everything that’s happening in Soccer.

Expect celebrity visits and exciting reveals in the coming weeks…
19 Foubert’s Place , Carnaby , London, W1
Opening hours – Mon-Sat 10am – 7pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm

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Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular to Debut at Six Major UK City Venues in 2015

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Vision Nine and BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce the UK and European premiere of the hugely popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at six major city venues in May 2015.

The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a limited run of twelve UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow. It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series. Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the iconic Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series over the last eight years, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor.

The show will also feature Murray’s latest score and footage from the forthcoming series 8, which will be broadcast around the world later this summer.

The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Tickets will go on general sale via the event and box office websites at 9am on Friday 1 August 2014, 2014, with prices starting at £20 per person – www.doctorwhosymphonicspectacular.com

Fans will discover the identity of the guest presenter for the UK shows in early 2015.

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Rory McIlroy wins the 2014 Open Championship

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Rory McIlroy won the 2014 Open Championship at Hoylake with 17 under par. Sergio García and Rickie Fowler tied second, with a final round of 71.

McIlroy dedicated his victory to his mother, Rosie.

“This is the first major I have won when my mum has been here,” McIlroy said. “So mum; this one is for you. It was just great to see her on the back of the 18th there and how much it meant to her. I was trying not to cry at the time because she was bawling her eyes out. The Open is the one we all want and the one we strive for. To be holding the Claret Jug is an incredible feeling.”

In 2004, McIlroy’s father, Gerry, placed a £200 bet on his son to win The Open within 10 years with odds of 500/1 at the time. The winning bet meant Gerry not only got to witness his son win the open, but he also pocketed £100,000.

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Mila Kunis learns how to make whisky in new ads

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We have already seen Christina Hendricks in the Johnnie Walker ad campaign. Now Mila Kunis is doing the same for Jim Beam.

As the newest member of the Beam family, Mila Kunis took an in-depth tour of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse Distillery with 7th Generation Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe to learn about the history & to taste a little bourbon.

You can watch the ads below.

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The Open 2014 – Thursday Roundup

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At the end of a sunny Thursday at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, Rory McIlroy leads by one stroke with 66. Three birdies on the front nine and a matching three on the backside saw him take the lead.

The question is, can Rory keep the lead tomorrow. McIlroy has opened with rounds of 63 three times this year, and last week at the Scottish Open, he took the early lead with a 64. Yet the next day, in most cases, he wound up losing the lead.

“It’s just got into my head,” McIlroy told reporters at his Tuesday press conference. “I may be putting a bit too much pressure on myself going out on Fridays and trying to back up a score. I have no problem shooting a low one on Thursday. There should be no reason I have any problem shooting a low one on Friday.”

You can see the live leaderboard here.

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Event Hire install Reverse Osmosis Plant at their Walsall Depot

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In order to maintain and improve the quality of the china, glass and cutlery offered for hire, Event Hire have upgraded the water treatment plant at the Walsall Depot.  The new Reverse Osmosis Plant may not look sexy, but together with our Meiko dish washer and experienced, dedicated staff, Event Hire produces sparkling clean china, glass and cutlery for our clients.

Mains water quality is variable and can have a significant impact on the appearance and overall quality of machine washed china, glassware and cutlery.

Lubron Process Water is designed to control production performance and achieve reliable and consistent water quality in compliance with safety and water quality standards.

The Lubron water treatment plant and customer support adds value to our process by helping control water treatment costs and providing proper support and planned maintenance, affording real protection and continuity to our production.

Reverse Osmosis is a water purification process which can be used in many different markets. It was developed from the naturally occurring process, Osmosis. Osmosis, in basic terms, is about maintaining equilibrium: water molecules pass through a semi-permeable membrane from the side with the lowest concentration to the side with the highest concentration.

Reverse Osmosis is exactly the opposite – it is the process of forcing a solvent through a semi-permeable membrane from the side with the highest concentration to the side with the lowest concentration. The water is ‘cleaned’ by being forced at high pressure through an ultra-fine semi-permeable membrane so that only the water can be pushed through and the contaminants remain. This an extremely useful process, both on its own and combined with Filtration, particularly in Market Sectors that need water that does not contain any impurities, for example Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Catering.

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