Saturday, 30 April 2011

Diana Ross, Queen of Motown

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Diana Ross Queen of Motown, written by Ian Phillips and published by Bank House Books, is not simply an homage to the Queen of Motown; the book delves into every album she made and charts her career to date.

It contains a complete examination of her work and exclusive colour photographs, so the devoted fan of Diana will definitely want this book in their collection.

The collector's edition is exclusively available from the Bank House website, so get your copy ordered now and it will be shipped on publication.

http://www.bankhousebooks.com/diana-ross-queen-of-motown.html

Foreword by Sharon Davis.

Price: £ 25.00 in Hardback

Royal Wedding Memorabilia

Limited Edition Commemorative Coins:


  • Royal Wedding commemorative silver plated coin.
  • Available in a beautiful gift box.
  • 4cm in diameter, weighs approximately 1 oz.
  • The front bears an image of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
  • The back features the HRH Prince Williams Coats of Arms.
  • RRP £7.99 (Inc. Vat).

Also available is the Gold Royal Wedding Commemorative Coin.



  • Royal Wedding commemorative gold plated coin.
  • Available in a beautiful gift box.
  • 4cm in diameter, weighs approximately 1 oz.
  • The front bears an image of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
  • The back features the HRH Prince Williams Coats of Arms.
  • RRP £9.99 (Inc. Vat).

Also available is the Silver Royal Wedding Commemorative Coin.



Prince William is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London.


Catherine Middleton is the oldest of three children born to Carole Elizabeth and Michael Francis Middleton. She was born at on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire.


GOLD COIN

  • Royal Wedding commemorative gold plated coin.
  • Available in a beautiful gift box.
  • 4cm in diameter, weighs approximately 1 oz.
  • The front bears an image of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
  • The back features the HRH Prince Williams Coats of Arms.
  • RRP £9.99 (Inc. Vat).

SILVER COIN

  • Royal Wedding commemorative silver plated coin.
  • Available in a beautiful gift box.
  • 4cm in diameter, weighs approximately 1 oz.
  • The front bears an image of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
  • The back features the HRH Prince Williams Coats of Arms.
  • RRP £7.99 (Inc. Vat).


Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Buzz Local Networking and Chocolate

Emily Smith addressing the group, holding one of her revolutionary hot chocolate dunking devices. That's @suzymiller, host and founder of Buzz Local Networking (and, let's face it, local celebrity) in the far right of the picture with @candidandy (Andrew Downing) in the background centre of pic. Other attendees included Mlke Grenville, Rebecca Lawrence of Innocent Vitamins, Dale Bulbrook of Village Cow and Matthew Knights of wiredthing.

Emily with her basket of chocolate wares (with @candidandy in the background)

Had a good time today at this month's Buzz Local Networking event at the Swan in Forest Row.

On this occasion, it was all about chocolate. Very good timing, what with Easter just around the corner. Emily Smith enlightened us on her yet-to-be-named chocolate company that specialises in hot chocolate with a difference. Instead of powder or syrup, her company sells chocolate on a stick that is dunked into hot milk. She told us the idea was inspired from the way she happened to be served hot chocolate when in Luxembourg.

Buzz Local Networking events are fun local business networking opportunities that I would recommend for all businesses in the Forest Row/East Grinstead area, and beyond. Often with business networking innitiatives such as this, one tends to bump into the same faces each time, but I am happy to report that every time I've turned up (I think I've been to all of them), I've met new people.


Sunday, 3 April 2011

GT Recycling: A unique combination of green initiatives and human rights


I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the Aylesbury-based firm, GT Recycling, by its founder William Souvatzoglou last Friday (1 April). The company's history and its activities are literally awe-inspiring. Not only is it of great benefit to the environment by preventing books, DVDs, clothes, metals and other item from going it landfill, but it is also of great benefit to the community with its numerous and generous donations to local charities. In addition, it has a heart-warming human rights success story to tell, as described very well in the 22/11/10 edition of the Business Herald, excerpted here:
"Most of the staff come from the same town of Slovakia, called Levoca. According to William, they were being exploited by an unscrupulous employer based in Berkshire, until he took them under his wing. He said his staff are now fitting in well into the Aylesbury community and are embracing British culture.

“Some of these people had been over here quite some time and had not been encouraged to learn the language and they were getting exploited because they did not know what their rights were. “They now have language lessons and are repatriating into the UK side of things. They are establishing bases here, providing an income for the tenancy market and strengthening the retail sector as they have money to spend. “I have also helped a couple of them get mortgages.”

He went on: “They work very well together as a team, they are from the same towns and we have a lot of families here, mothers, daughters, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts. “They work very hard for the company and are equally rewarded for their hard work.”
Here are some photos from my visit:

Some of GT Recycling's warehouses

Textile sorting

Books ready for sale on Amazon, ebay and other sites

William in front of the book scanning station

More books!

Yet more books!

One of a growing number of GT Recycling-managed high street shops that sell the items collected by the company

Most of the items have never been used, yet were destined for landfill

Just a few of the cheque presentations to charities that William has made on behalf of GT Recycling