Rory McIlroy wins the 2014 Open Championship


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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The Open 2014 – Thursday Roundup


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.”

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Event Hire install Reverse Osmosis Plant at their Walsall Depot


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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Sunshine brings 156th Great Yorkshire Show to a Close

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Glorious sunshine and blue skies brought three days of farming excellence and entertainment to a finale as the 156th Great Yorkshire Show came to a close yesterday (Thurs).

Organisers announced a gate figure of 130,949, compared with last year’s 134,837. HRH The Princess Royal and HRH The Countess of Wessex toured England’s premier agricultural event meeting visitors, seeing top class livestock and enjoying the diversity of rural life showcased at the event.

Bill Cowling said: We’ve had an exceptional three days with super crowds, record entries and of course, in what is a first for us, two royal visitors in as many days. Our gate figure is slightly down (less than 3%) on last year’s which is a bit disappointing, but to have had two amazing events showcasing Yorkshire within one week is just wonderful. And of course we’re already looking ahead to our autumn show, Countryside Live in October.”

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Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision opens at the National Portrait Gallery

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision exhibition

A major exhibition exploring the life and achievements of Virginia Woolf, one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century, opens at the National Portrait Gallery tomorrow, Thursday 10 July 2014. Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision, on display until 26 October, will feature painted portraits, photographs, drawings and rare archival material.

Guest curated by biographer Frances Spalding, Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision explores Woolf as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure. The exhibition looks at Woolf’s early life, literary interests and remarkable achievements, her fascination with London, awareness of modernity, and her developing feminist and political views. These are brought into focus through in-depth research and an array of archival material, including letters to and from her friends and acquaintances, extracts from her personal diaries, and original books that were first printed through the Hogarth Press.

Highlights of the exhibition include distinctive portraits of Woolf by her Bloomsbury Group contemporaries, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry, as well as a collection of photographs by Beresford, Man Ray, and Beck and McGregor who photographed Woolf for Vogue. The exhibition also features portraits of those she was closest to, including a selection of intimate images recording her time spent with friends, family and literary peers.

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Event Hire have been delivering to the Royal International Air Tattoo

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This coming weekend sees the 2014 Royal International Air Tattoo take place at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

Event Hire have been busy making multiple deliveries last weekend and this week to the hospitality and public areas of the event.

The origins of the Royal International Air Tattoo stretch back to an airshow first held at North Weald Airfield in 1971. Inspired by two air traffic controllers, Paul Bowen and Tim Prince, this modest event, organised wholly by volunteers, was originally held in support of the Royal Air Forces Association. Over the years this volunteer force has grown into an army, more than 3,500-strong.

Disney will be attending this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo on Sunday 13 July to promote their summer movie “Planes 2: Fire & Rescue“. They will be keeping kids entertained with their re-vamped fire truck, with some fun activities planned for all the family.

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July there will be a special flypast to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day when an RAF Typhoon from 29(R) Squadron and a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly together, both in their D-Day markings.

If you loved the Red Arrows flying with the A380 and A400M at the Air Tattoo last year then you will be in for a treat on Friday 11 July when the Red Arrows will be joined by the team leaders of four other aerobatic teams for a spectacular (Friday only) flypast!

The Patrouille de France, Frecce Tricolori, Patrouille Suisse and the Breitling Jet Team will all take part in this tribute to the Red Arrows in their 50th Display Season, with a single aircraft from each flying in formation with the Red Arrows in their classic ‘Big Battle’ formation.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Secures Arts Council England National Portfolio Funding Until 2018

NNF_2013Norfolk & Norwich Festival is delighted with the confirmation of its continued funding as part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of funded organisations. For 2015 – 2018 Norfolk & Norwich Festival will receive £814,527 per year for the May Festival and £500,000 per year for its Bridge work which develops arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England.

Alex Darbyshire, Executive Director at Norfolk & Norwich Festival, commented:

“The continued investment in the work of the Festival by Arts Council England demonstrates an ongoing confidence in our success in bringing international quality work to this region and making it available to the broadest range of people. The decision also highlights the success of the remarkable working partnership between Arts Council England and two other key partners, Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council, who have worked together for over 15 years to forge a vision for the region that puts art and culture at the forefront of community life.”

Each year over 27,000 people attend a ticketed event at Norfolk & Norwich Festival, whilst in excess of 40,000 people experience a wide range of free events and performances. One of the UK’s big four arts festivals, in 2013 alone the Festival was estimated to have generated more than £2.3 million worth of economic activity in addition to ticket sales during its 16 day programme.

The Festival programme includes support for emerging regional talent alongside large-scale outdoor work and presentations and co-commissions from leading international artists.

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The Tour de France 2014 opening ceremony is this Thursday

Tour-de-FranceThe Tour de France 2014 Opening Ceremony and Team Presentation will see the biggest stars from the world of cycling grace the stage as part of a spectacular live entertainment event – it’s a chance for spectators to become a part of history.

It will be the biggest in the history of the Tour, taking place at the Leeds Arena on the evening of July 3, just two days before the Tour’s Yorkshire Grand Départ gets underway.

Yorkshire will welcome all 22 of the world’s best cycling teams, including the stars of British cycling, in a glittering ceremony showcasing some of the county’s top entertainment talent.

Yorkshire band Embrace will headline the event, their first arena gig since their recent sell-out comeback tour and album.

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh will join York singer/songwriter Alistair Griffin on stage to perform The Road – the official anthem of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ 2014.

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Andy Murray has reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the seventh time


Defending Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray beat 20th seed Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

They had to bring the roof over Centre Court as rain began during the second set. Murray, 27, has now won 17 consecutive matches at Wimbledon since 2012. He will next face Grigor Dimitrov in the last eight.

“When it was outdoors I played very well and was in a good position, but when we came indoors he was striking the ball better and serving better and I was dropping shorter,” Murray told BBC Sport. “That meant there was a lot more running at the end because he was playing very well.”

“I knew I was going to get tested at some stage,” added Murray. “Today I was pushed, especially in the middle part of that second set, then obviously later on in the third there were some tight moments. But I handled them fairly well. It was a good match.”

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Regent Street invites all to enjoy Summer Streets

SummerStreets-4Summer Streets will be making a welcome return to Regent Street, London W1, for four Sundays in July, in partnership with the Mayor of London, Westminster City Council, The Crown Estate and the Regent Street Association. Regent Street will transform into a traffic free zone to celebrate the start of summer. Originating as part of the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy and following a similar initiative in New York City, Summer Streets will encourage shoppers to experience London’s finest retail destination in a traffic free, spacious and amiable environment.

Each Sunday will adopt a different theme, starting with the Regent Street Garden Party on 6 July, followed by Love Food, Love Fashion and a spectacular finish in celebration of Magnum’s 25th Birthday on Sunday 27 July. Free activities and pop-up entertainment, music and lots more will provide opportunities for all ages to enjoy Regent Street. Join Heart 106.2 at all the Summer Street dates with fun for all the family.

Sunday 6 July – The Regent Street Garden Party when the street will be transformed into a real life garden with beautiful sections of lawn courtesy of Easigrass.
Dance workshops on the Big Dance Bus, live jazz and entrants to the Mayor of London’s busking competition will add to the entertainment. Bees and butterflies will occupy the marquee close to Great Marlborough Street. Some of the Regent Street retailers will bring their shops out onto the street; the Hamleys Garden will be full of activities for families, in H&M’s garden area you can have your face painted and ICEBAR LONDON will entertain you with ice sculptures and Husky dogs.

Toothless the dragon, from DreamWorks’ animation ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’, will be flying in to Regent Street to give people the opportunity to have their photo taken with the films main star!

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