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Grays of Westminster Invitations

This year, I was very pleased to be invited to two highly prestigious events by the exclusive Nikon dealer, Grays of Westminster.

In July at a luncheon at the Goring Hotel, London, Nikon UK awarded Grays of Westminster a crystal trophy for 25 years of outstanding contribution to Nikon users. It was quite an honour to be invited to this highly prestigious event.

Earlier this month, I was also invited to the Grays of Westminster Grand Christmas Dinner at the IoD with guest speaker, royal photographer Julian Calder.

My ticket

The royal menu

Models of Diversity’s 'Curves in Couture' in Aid of Advance Centre was a Smashing Success

left to right: Miss Trinidad & Tobago, top British designer Zandra Rhodes, host of the event and founder of Models of Diversity, Angel Sinclair and Velvet d’Amour.
Photo by maxpictures.co.uk

This was the first plus-size catwalk show of such prestige to have ever taken place in the UK
London – Models of Diversity’s history-making catwalk show Curves in Couture of healthy, curvy models - all in aid of Advance Centre for The Scotson Technique - on 17 November 2011 at Tabernacle W11 in Notting Hill was a great success. Celeb presenters Natalie Cassidy and Pamela Stephenson wowed the crowd with their wit, beauty and support of the campaign. VIP guests such as CEO of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush, top British designer Zandra Rhodes, America’s Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson and the dance group Flawless were knocked out by the designs and the models.

Pamela Stephenson - one of the two MCs of the show.
Photo by maxpictures.co.uk
Major media partners were The Dish N…

Congratulations to Nick Robertson, CEO of ASOS.com, on his OBE

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One-time client, ASOS.com, used to take advantage of WorldWidePR.net's online press release service. As far as I understand, the company has now taken this service in house.


"Gap to Launch on ASOS.com": one of the many online press releases submitted by WorldWidePR.net on behalf of ASOS.com, 10 May 2009

So we would like to congratulate Nick Robertson, ASOS.com's CEO, on receiving his well-deserved OBE from the Queen last month, and for the astonishing success of ASOS over the last 11 years. We are very proud to be able to include ASOS in our client list.


Daily Telegraph, 15 Nov 2011

Many congratulations Nick Robertson, "one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the Twentieth century" - not bad!

School Play: Greenfields Theatre Company 2011 Presents 'The 39 Steps'

GTC (Greenfield Theatre Company) is dashed pleased to announce that this summer we will producing a bally exciting adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, based on John Buchan’s gripping whodunnit,The 39 Steps.

The show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero, complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and of course, devastatingly beautiful women in a bid to clear his name and solve a murder he did not commit.

Production for this fast-paced and thrilling comedy is now well underway with costumes being made, sets designed, computer animations and of course, actors' rehearsals – all organised by the children themselves in liaison with the teachers.

Costume making in full swing

The pictures show Richard Hanny (the star) played by Alex Gramman, and various other actors along with Mrs Bird, Head of Drama, during a read through.

Alex Gramman rehersing the lead role, Richard…

Been told that you don’t need to defragment when adding a SAN environment into your network estate?

With massive electronic data growth occurring today, there is now a much greater need for storage. SAN is at the forefront for most storage solutions and providers such as HP, IBM and NetApp, to name a few, are providing the necessary platforms to cater to this. Virtualisation and cloud solutions are promising less hardware in this respect, but data storage if held locally, will inevitably mean acquiring more hardware. This additional hardware is where the problem will lie in terms of cost for many companies today.


Diagram of Disk I/O as it travels from Operating System to SAN LUN
It stands to reason then that making full use of your SAN potential is vital. A common misconception related to SAN storage environments is that they don’t suffer from fragmentation related issues. This is the “party line” being handed out by many of the storage providers. There are plausibly a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, that each SAN provider will have their own propriety logic when it comes to arr…

The Secret to Maintaining SSD Performance

HyperFast SSD Optimizer
Why your Solid State Drive is not as fast as it used to be
By: Mandeep Birdi, Technical Consultant Diskeeper Corporation Europe
SSD hard drives are becoming increasingly more popular. Many portable devices such as laptops, PDA's, Tablet PC's and Netbooks are being used with SSDs. Although prices are still astronomically high - a 1TB SSD setting you back a mere £3000 - sooner or later the prices will fall into a more accessible range and they will become far more widely used.

Of course solid state drives have several distinctive advantages. Faster access times, lower power usage and rather pleasingly, run completely silent. The main disadvantage, although possibly undetectable at first, is over time you'll probably start to notice the write speed slowing down - even slower than those of conventional hard drives.

Solid state drives can access any location on the drive in the same amount of time. This is one of the key features over hard drives. So there is …

The Jive Aces at London's World-Renowned 100 Club

The "Bring Me Sunshine" video and interview with Ian Clarkson to hopefully appear in a forthcoming episode of On the Mike with Mike Sherman.

While The Jive Aces were setting up for their gig at London's famous 100 Club on 25 Apr 2011 (part of the band's never-ending world tour), trumpeter and lead singer of the band, Ian, was interviewed by Adam Hoffman for the prime-time Miami-based TV show "On the Mike with Mike Sherman" about the runaway success their new single "Bring Me Sunshine" which has had over half a million views in a little over a month, about their forthcoming album "King of the Swingers", and about their longterm involvement with the "Say No To Drugs, Say Yes To Life" campaign, supported by the Church of Scientology.

A poster by the front door of the club

Down to the auditorium (if you can call it that)

Setting up

The famous 100 Club stage

John Fordham and his 1952 saxophone

Getting ready for the intervi…

Styled and Frocked Fashion Show in aid of the Tree of Hope

Amazon Eve with Doran Scotson

On 28th April 2011, a fashion show with a difference was held at JuJu in the Kings Road, London to raise funds for specialist medical treatment and therapy for sick UK children.

The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity joined forces with JuJu and Models of Diversity to create a unique experience for all who attended.

Hosted by Sally Farmiloe-Neville, the guest list included:
Amazon Eve - the World's Tallest SupermodelCerrie Burnell - TV PresenterEmmanuel Ray - Britain's first It BoyCatherine BalavagerBen Duncan (Big Brother)
Leee John (Imagination)Mike Hollingsworth (TV Executive)
From Advance Centres: Linda Scotson and Doran Scotson who was one of the modelsThe Fashion Show featured creations by:
Bo CarterHoss IntropiaToni Pickles of Get WaistedNajlaa Jabri was the stylist for the evening and make up was by BellViso Global

Entertainment included:
Comedy duo TeakshowCrooner Don WilsonLipstick Bandits Burlesque
Leee John with Jeremy Marris of the Tree of Hope cha…

Porsche and the Legacy of Genius by Laurence Meredith

When Ferdinand Porsche was born, Europe was peaceful, developing, capitalist and largely feudal. Britain was the world's only true 'superpower', and America would not emerge as an economic giant for at least forty-five years. Motor cars, aircraft, television, computers, ballpoint pens and other modern conveniences didn't exist.
Ninety-five years after Porsche's arrival in the world, cars bearing his name were in action at Le Mans, their 4.5-litre 12-cylinder air-cooled engines propelling them to speeds of 240mph.
Conventional wisdom dictated that air-cooling was unsuited to high-speeds. Under the inspired leadership of three generations of the family, Porsche proved, and continues to prove, that traditional rules are there to be broken.
With more than a score of books to his credit on the great German marques, Laurence Meredith brings a unique authority to this, his eighth Porsche-related work, and the first to examine the prime movers and master engineers behind t…

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 theGold 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 theSilver 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…

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 happ…

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 bee…