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Aug
30

The World Bogsnorkelling Championships were conceived in 1985 by Gordon Green, former landlord of The Neuadd Arms Pub, and are held every August Bank Holiday at Waen Rhydd Bog in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains. Competitors swim two lengths of a 55 metre trench cut through a peat bog wearing snorkel and flippers without using conventional swimming strokes. The previous world record held by Andrew Holmes was broken in 2013 by Dineka Maguire with a time of 1 min 23.13 secs. Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, UK. 24th August, 2014. Photo: SnapDragon  click here to see all the photos http://bit.ly/1wTaB2C29th World Bogsnorkelling Championships.

 

Jun
08

Tour de Force-s: Mark Cavendish leads wounded Heroes and over 1,000 cycling supporters riding to raise £1million

•Over £1 million fundraising aim for the Help for Heroes ‘Hero Ride 2014’
•Hero Ride 2014 enables Help for Heroes to provide long term support to thousands of wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel
•Cyclists complete journeys totalling approximately 160,000 miles through Europe and UK – equivalent to six times the circumference of the earth

Cycling legend Mark Cavendish has set off over a thousand riders this Sunday on their final ten miles as Hero Ride 2014, Help for Heroes’ latest fundraising challenge, culminated on the streets of London.

Over 1,000 fundraising cyclists rode into Central London on Sunday 08 June following a week full of money-raising efforts across the country and the continent. The cyclists congregated in Blackheath, following their own individual charity bike rides, to cycle the final ten miles to the finish line at Horse Guards Parade.

At 14:00 on Sunday 08 June, the cyclists paused at The Cenotaph on Whitehall to lay wreaths and pay respects to those who have fallen or been injured in combat.

Accompanied by Mark and Peta Cavendish, they formed in the shape of the familiar Help for Heroes medal emblem, encompassing the Cenotaph and surrounding the monument with wounded veterans, servicemen and women.

Help for Heroes Patron Mark Cavendish said, “I know about how much training and dedication has to go in to a cycling event like Hero Ride – you have to be so disciplined and all of the cyclists taking part on Sunday have a great cause in Help for Heroes that they’re fighting for.

“I am delighted to have started the riders and joined them on their final ten miles into central London. I hope as many people as possible support the challenge, donate to Help for Heroes and celebrate each rider completing their own personal challenge.”

Hundreds of organised bike rides have taken place in the lead up to Sunday’s finale, all helping Help for Heroes reach their fundraising aim for Hero Ride of over £1 million.

On the back of the hugely successful event last year, Hero Ride 2014 saw organised routes from Brussels, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre at Tedworth House, Tidworth.

One of the rides was the annual Big Battlefield Bike Ride, with 300 cyclists having ridden 335 miles from Brussels to Paris. The large group of fundraisers, including British, Australian, and Canadian wounded Servicemen, women and Veterans, as well as Mark’s wife Peta Cavendish have raised millions to date for our wounded, injured and sick Heroes and their families.

With 10,535 British men and women injured or struck down with sickness in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Combat Stress estimating that 40,000 Servicemen and women will suffer from some form of invisible injury over the coming years, Help for Heroes have stressed the importance of the £1 million fundraising target.

Help for Heroes will deliver two key new projects this year; The Hidden Wounds Psychological Wellbeing Programme (providing support for those with lower-level mental health issues) and an expansion of the Northern Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Catterick. Both projects will be instrumental in the long term support of individuals and their families.

Help for Heroes Patron Peta Cavendish, who completed the 335 miles-Big Battlefield Bike Ride from Brussels to Paris, said: “I have supported Help for Heroes since the charity was founded and took part in their first ever cycle ride back in 2008 so it’s great to have done the Big Battlefield Bike Ride again.

“Hero Ride is a true show of support, the biggest cycling fundraiser that has been done to date and I really hope the public get behind us and donate.

“Everyone taking part in Hero Ride has taken on their own personal challenge, they have been training hard for this event in support of our wounded and it means so much to see people on the streets supporting us as well. I have witnessed the great work that Help for Heroes do to support those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses and I want to do all I can to help raise as much as possible.”

Bryn Parry, Co-Founder of Help for Heroes said: “This year’s annual Hero Ride has seen hundreds of cyclists gather on the streets of London in the biggest national demonstration of support for our wounded heroes. The funds raised will be used to support the wounded and their families who have already given so much on our behalf.

“Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support tomorrow and in the days that follow, for the rest of their lives. They are still battling and we won’t let them battle alone.”

For anyone wishing to donate to the Hero Ride, text ‘RIDE’ to 70900 to donate £5 to Help for Heroes. You will be charged £5 plus your standard network rate. Mobile Text Telephone helpline: 01494 750 500.

To register interest for future Help for Heroes fundraising events and Hero Ride 2015, please visit: http://www.heroride.org.uk

BAE Systems Rochester and Chain Reaction Cycles are the official supporting partners for Hero Ride 2014. We have also received generous nutritional support from High5, Kraft and Mars.

May
01

The Virgin Money London Marathon is pleased to announce the introduction of a new charity ballot for 2015. Following consultation with over 40 charities of differing sizes, the ballot will enable any charity who does not already have places in the 2015 event to secure one of the 500 places available.

This ballot opens today, Thursday, May 1st and closes on May 23rd. To enter this new ballot charities should follow this link: http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/charity-ballot/

Up to 500 charities will be allocated one place each – should more than 500 charities apply, there will be a random draw and the successful charities will be notified on 30th May. As with existing guaranteed charity entries, this place must be filled by 30th January 2015.

Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said: “Fundraising events like the London Marathon make a huge contribution to good causes. Not only are significant amounts of money raised, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for charities to gain more visibility, engage with their donors, and for thousands of volunteer fundraisers to be involved in raising money for causes that they care about.

“We are glad that the London Marathon has consulted with a range of charities to look at how best places can be allocated – we hope that the changes will improve accessibility for charities who have not been involved with the London Marathon before, as well as being fair to those who have a long relationship with the event and have raised millions of pounds.”

This new ballot follows the success of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 entry ballot, which closed last week in nine hours and 41 minutes, beating the previous record by 1 hour and 47 minutes, with over 125,000 runners accepted into this ballot.

Race Director Hugh Brasher said: “We are delighted that we can offer 500 places to charities who would not have had a chance to secure a place for 2015. As the popularity of the marathon continues to grow, demonstrated by the ballot closing in record time, places are always going to be extremely sought after.”

Brasher added: “At this year’s London Marathon we witnessed record crowds who were rewarded with two course records and one world record, and we are naturally very happy about the continuing popularity of our event, now in its 35th year.”

Paul Lloyd, Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin Money, said: “The Virgin Money London Marathon is unique among international sporting events in that ordinary people can compete and join in with the best in the world. The effort of the runners and their charity fundraising never ceases to inspire, so it is very good news that 500 additional charities will have access to places for the event in 2015.”

Despite the ballot for places closing in record time there are other ways to enter the 2015 event. People wishing to run for a charity dear to their heart may still be able to do so. Many major charities will have a set number of entry places in the Virgin Money London Marathon each year. They will allocate these places to runners on the basis that they will raise an agreed amount of money for the charity. For more information potential participants should visit http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/raising-money.

There are usually more runners interested in running for each charity than there are charity places available, so the charities will select their runners based on the runner’s connection with the good cause and how much money they are realistically able to raise for the charity.

The 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 26th April. For more information go to http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

Apr
07

  Colin Jackson CBE becomes founding patron of new charity SPAT, as the London Marathon grants their support to help more homeless youths across the capital

The London Marathon has given its official support to the new running charity, SPAT, providing financial backing for the next two years to help it expand its innovative services, to engage with and help more homeless young people.

SPAT (Social Purpose And Time) is a unique new charity that uses running as a catalyst for proactive and productive social change – the first of its kind in the UK. Engaging homeless youths in regular running & fitness-based activities run by voluntary instructors from local running communities, as well as inspiring professional athletes, in a supportive and safe environment. The aim is to empower young people, dispelling negativity and instilling confidence and self-worth – fundamental in their personal development.

Nick Bitel, chief executive of the London Marathon, said: “The London Marathon is delighted to be able to support this innovative new charity as part of our corporate social responsibilities. It’s long been recognised that sport can be an important tool for tackling social exclusion but this is the first time we have seen running used explicitly for this purpose.

“SPAT has shown within its first year that running can be used successfully to improve the employment, education, health and social life chance of young people. As an organisation which promotes the joys and benefits of running, we are pleased to be able to help it expand its activities, to bring support to more homeless young people over the next two years.”

Participants typically encompass a range of high support needs including mental health issues, drug & alcohol misuse and anti-social behaviour. SPAT is focused on addressing the underlying issues and counteracting harmful repeated patterns with healthy and productive lifestyles. Harnessing the psychological benefits of regular activity and improved physical health, it has and will continue to support more young people in successfully transitioning into employment, education and accommodation.

Tony Young was homeless for six months before taking part in the SPAT programme – now in long-term accommodation, he also volunteers with the charity: “SPAT taught me not to underestimate myself; they supported me every step of the way, helping me to overcome struggles and achieve goals I never knew possible. Now my life is back on track, I’m so much more positive and feel like I can pretty much accomplish anything.”

Colin Jackson CBE is SPAT’s patron, having initially engaged with SPAT’s founder on Twitter expressing he was keen to get involved: “Sport is the greatest passion in my life and has played such an important role in shaping me as a person. It’s given me discipline, focus and the confidence to believe in myself. All young people deserve equal opportunities and for those socially-marginalised, fitness can be pivotal. Creating positive and sustainable change takes time; what I love about SPAT is its uncompromised commitment to each participant.”

The charity was founded by keen runner James Gilley when he lost a close friend to a drug overdose, and co-created with the help of old college friend James Butler and Alex Eagle – a youth worker at New Horizon Youth Centre where SPAT piloted it’s services last year with overwhelming success. Of 37 graduated participants:

●    100% secured suitable or long-term accommodation
●    91% gained employment, education and/or training
●    91% ceased anti-social behaviour and/or re-offending
●    95% significantly reduced or stopped using drugs and/or alcohol

An audit conducted by Sportworks calculated a projected social cost saving of £4,427,008.

Apr
07


 

Ground breaking facilities for disabled swimmers were among the 59 sporting projects awarded grants worth more than £3.6 million by the London Marathon Charitable Trust this year, helping to take the total allocated by the charity to more than £50 million since it was set up in 1981.

The Trust, whose Patron is Prince Harry, awards grants from the surplus made by the London Marathon, organisation each year to help build, preserve, refurbish and purchase sports and recreation facilities in areas where the London Marathon stages events. It has aided more than 1,000 projects so far in its 33-year history.

Among the projects it has funded over the years are:
•    an ecology-themed community hub and play space in the north of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
•    the world’s first compact athletics facility at Stoke Newington School in Hackney
•    refurbishment of the Earlsfield sports ground in Wandsworth, home to two historic London sports clubs
•    redevelopment of Hackney Marshes, the ‘home of grassroots football’ in east London, including new pavilions and changing facilities
•    re-orientation of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic stadia for community use, venues such as the Olympic Velodrome, recently opened to the public in the Olympic Park.

This year projects in 25 boroughs and counties received grants of between £7,085 and £150,000 from the surplus made in 2013, while the Trust put another £750,000 into the London Marathon Playing Fields scheme, a fund set up to ensure money is available to save sports fields threatened by developers. The scheme has helped to save seven playing fields so far.

Among the facilities purchased with funds from by the Charitable Trust this year were two Poolpods at the London 2012 Aquatic Centre. The Trust awarded £30,000 to the London Legacy Development Corporation as part of its commitment to supporting community legacy facilities following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Poolpods are submersible mobile platforms designed to give disabled, less mobile or pregnant swimmers independent access to the pool, removing the need for a hoist or swing. The innovative system enables less mobile people to remain standing as they enter the water, while a submersible wheelchair allows users to transfer from their own chair in the privacy of the changing room.

The unique Poolpod design was the result of an international competition in which three shortlisted companies were funded by the London Marathon Charitable Trust to develop their ideas. The winning design received £280,000 from the Trust in 2012 to create a prototype which was successfully tested at Mile End Leisure Centre, close to the Olympic Park in east London.

British Swimming has now bought seven Poolpods for use across Britain while the Trust also provided funds for Poolpods at Clapham Leisure Centre in Lambeth and the Botwell Green pool in Hillingdon.

John Bryant, chairman of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “Swimming is one of the best ways of keeping active and it is wonderful to have been able to play a part in the creation of a product that will open up access to pools for people with a range of requirements.

“The Poolpod is a fantastic piece of British-designed kit that will be seen as a natural option for leisure centres up and down the country. The Trust is delighted to be able to fund Poolpods for swimmers to use at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, and for other locations around the capital.

“This is an important part of our commitment to seeing the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy come to fruition.”

Karen West, Head of Sport and Health, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “This brilliant Poolpod is part of our commitment to deliver a lasting legacy from the London Paralympic Games. Using the power of the Games, we worked with the operators of the London Aquatics Centre to challenge companies to design a better, more independent way of getting people into the water. Sport is for everyone and we are very proud that the London Aquatics Centre will be one of the first swimming pools to be truly accessible to older and disabled people.”

Among the other grants awarded by LMCT this year were:
•    three of £150,000 for outdoor sports pitches: at the Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington; at Enfield Grammar school; and at Ashton Playing Fields in Redbridge.
•    £125,000 to Ealing Cricket Club to resurrect a cricket field at Popefield
•    £96,244 to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for a parkour, gym and ballcourt space at Fulham Court and Barclay Close
•    £100,000 to Silverstone Racers Junior Football Club to buy land for sports fields in Northampton
•    £62,500 to the Circus Space in Hackney for a new semi-sprung floor and stair lift.

Numerous smaller grants were also made, including:
•    £10,000 for a wet room and disabled changing facilities at the Training Ship Broadsword in Barnet
•    £12,000 for two changing rooms at Guildford City Youth Project
•    £7,085 to refurbish a play structure at the Challengers scheme in Surrey, one of 10 projects in the county to receive funding following the London Marathon’s involvement in the 2013 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling festival.

A full list of all the LMCT grants awarded from the surplus made the London Marathon Limited in 2013 is available on request from the London Marathon press office.

Apr
04

KATY PERRY 37372An amazingly life-like wax figure of one of the world’s most colourful
performers was revealed at Madame Tussauds London, as Katy Perry takes
up residence in a special candy-themed set complete with giant gummy bears,
ginormous cup cakes and massive candy canes. The figure, which is visiting
from Madame Tussauds Sydney, will wear one of Perry‘s most flamboyant
costumes, a heart shaped tutu-style dress with sequin encrusted
candy-striped corset.clickhere to see more of Simon Fords Photos http://celebrityphotosuk.photoshelter.com/gallery/Katy-Perry-candy-wonderland/G00005fmzN8yCpRg/

Mar
29

The tour will open here in the UK and will comprise of 31 shows in 15 countries – including 12dates in the UK and Ireland.   Famous for her live shows, Kylie’s Kiss Me Once Tour will be true to form as a celebration of both new and old material.
The brand new album, ‘Kiss Me Once’ is Kylie’s first studio album since 2010’s ‘Aphrodite’, and her first since signing to Roc Nation Management. The album was executive produced by Kylie and Sia, who also penned the title track. Kylie also teams up with Pharrell Williams (who wrote and produced ‘I Was Gonna Cancel’). Other producers include Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM) on ‘If Only’, MNEK on ‘Feels So Good’, and Greg Kurstin on bonus track ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’.
Tickets for the Kiss Me Once Tour go on sale at 9am on Friday 21st March here –
 
(Tickets subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee.)
 
UK Tour Dates Below:
 
24/09/14 – ECHO ARENA, LIVERPOOL
26/09/14 – PHONES 4u ARENA, MANCHESTER
29/09/14 – THE O2, LONDON
30/09/14 – THE O2 ,LONDON
 
03/10/14 – MOTORPOINT ARENA, CARDIFF
05/10/14 – CAPITAL FM ARENA, NOTTINGHAM
07/10/14 – THE NIA, BIRMINGHAM
 
08/11/14 – THE O2, DUBLIN
09/11/14 – THE ODYSSEY ARENA, BELFAST
11/11/14 – METRO RADIO ARENA, NEWCASTLE
12/11/14 – THE SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW
13/11/14 – MOTORPOINT ARENA, SHEFFIELD

Mar
29

 Britain’s best-loved rockers will undertake the 11 date “Status Quo Live In Concert” UK Winter tour in December 2014.  The tour will go on general sale on Friday, March 28th from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. The exclusive Fan Club pre-sale will commence on Monday, March 24th. The band are delighted that support at all dates will come from Chas & Dave!
This tour sees Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and new boy Leon Cave bringing back their thunderous live show to the nation’s venues. Packed with hits, both new and old, taken from that unbelievable back catalogue, “Live In Concert” is a series of dates not to be missed. 
2014 has been a vintage year for the band in every sense.  March 2014 sees the “Status Quo Live In Concert” go on sale but also the valedictory dates from the Frantic Four line-up of the band.  Additionally, the band’s seminal 1972 ‘Piledriver’ album – their first on the legendary Vertigo label – is being issued as a Deluxe Edition with bonus material by Universal.  The band have also teamed up with the Wychwood Brewery to create the ‘Piledriver’ beer which is now on sale in thousands of pubs nationally. Cheers!
Rossi and Parfitt are undoubtedly one of British music’s most enduring partnerships and the same is true of the evergreen Chas & Dave.  Masters of the quick quip but also with an ear for a catchy tune, and a knack for writing hits, this duo have become part of the social fabric of the nation, in much the same way as Quo themselves.  With tracks like ‘Gertcha’, ‘Snooker Loopy’ and ‘Rabbit’ always raising a smile it’s easy to overlook the fact that they’ve played at Glastonbury, perform this year at Sonisphere and once opened for Zeppelin!
Status Quo Live – December 2014
Sat 6                       Liverpool Echo Arena
Sun 7                      Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Mon 8                     Newcastle Metro Radio Arena                                
Weds 10                  Leeds First Direct Arena                                        
Thurs 11                  Nottingham Capital FM Arena                                
Sat 13                     Birmingham The NIA
Mon 15                    Plymouth Pavilions                
Tues 16                   Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena                      
Thurs 18                  Bournemouth BIC
Fri 19                       London, O2 Arena
Sat 20                     Brighton Centre
With two great bands offering a night of classic hits and more, this tour is unmissable. See also www.statusquo.co.uk [the site for ticket pre-sales, album purchases and more information].
 
Status Quo tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 28th March priced £39.50 (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk  or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Mar
25

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Prototypes and breathtaking new concepts at Gadget Show Live – 9-13 April, Birmingham NEC
24 March 2014: The technology of tomorrow will be showcased in less than two weeks at the Future Tech Project at Gadget Show Live. This area of the show, dedicated to products not shown publicly in the UK before, brings together prototypes and ground-breaking designs from developers around the world.

A world first for visitors, the GameVice will premiere at the show. The prototype attaches to the sides of a tablet to act as a next generation games controller. Visitors will also be treated to the Chocabyte, a 3D printer that makes chocolates which is being shown for the first time in the UK. They’ll also see OneWheel, the revolutionary one-wheeled electric skateboard, the Double low-cost robot, and get to try out Mogees, an app and sensor, which will turn any ordinary object into a musical instrument.

Gadget Show Live event director Sally Bent commented: “This year’s Future Tech Project is characterised by some great designs – products that will make our lives easier and enhance the way we work and play. The zone will give visitors a great insight into the technologies of the future. And who can resist a printer that makes chocolate?”
Based on the popular Channel Five television programme, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Gadget Show Live is the leading consumer tech event in the UK showcasing amazing gadgets from around 200 exhibitors. It takes place from 9-13 April at the NEC in Birmingham.

Future Tech Project – the products
Jon Bentley, presenter of The Gadget Show, shared his thoughts on each of the cutting-edge products in this year’s Future Tech Project:

Wikipad Inc  – Gamevice

World exclusive

Wikipad will showcase a prototype of the Gamevice, the next generation mobile games controller, for the first time anywhere in the world at Gadget Show Live. Gamevice deploys a patented ‘Flex Bridge’ design which allows two halves of a controller to attach to the sides of a tablet allowing for use on a wide range of tablets and mobile phones, turning them into portable gaming machines. Gamevice is incredibly responsive thanks to its patented design and ergonomic controls, allowing users to get the best out of any type of games, including shooters, adventures and racing titles.  <gp_link loc=”//www.wikipad.com” type=”http”>http://www.wikipad.com

Jon Bentley: “Tablets are increasingly being used to play games and this device takes that one logical step further.”

Bike Systems – Bike HUD

British designed and manufactured

UK Launch at Gadget Show Live

The first and only head-up display available for motorcyclists. Bike HUD has a flexible and affordable in-helmet display that communicates speed, engine revs, gear selection, turn indicators and more using graphics, colour and sound – all without distracting the rider.  <gp_link loc=”//www.bike-hud.com/” type=”http”>www.bike-hud.com/

Jon Bentley: “An innovative and flexible piece of design that helps bikers concentrate on riding without looking down at the instruments. Great for track days and road use.”

Future Motion Inc – OneWheel

UK launch at Gadget Show Live

Onewheel is the world’s first self-balancing, electric, skateboard. The Onewheel is an entirely new breed of light electric vehicle that turns any arduous commute into an awesome ride. Riders can accelerate up to 12mph just by leaning toward their front foot.This will be the first time a Onewheel will be ridden in the UK. <gp_link loc=”//rideonewheel.com” type=”http”>http://rideonewheel.com

Jon Bentley: “Everyone is going to want to have a go on the Onewheel – a really clever mechanism and surprisingly easy to control.”

Incident Technologies – gTar plus Sequence app

UK launch at Gadget Show Live

This interactive guitar uses LEDs in the frets to show you how to play songs and sensor technology to detect where your fingers are playing. Available music includes songs from the The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Sequence is a brand new, free of charge app for gTar which will be launched at Gadget Show Live. Sequence was initially designed to be used on the gTar, but will also work as a standalone app, a musical application that allows anyone to compose beats, songs, and melodies on the fly with no previous musical skills. <gp_link loc=”//www.incidentgtar.com” type=”http”>http://www.incidentgtar.com

Jon Bentley: “So many people would love to be able to play the guitar. They’re sure to embrace an app that helps you get to grips with the correct technique.”

FitBark – FitBark

UK launch at Gadget Show Live

FitBark is a tiny wireless activity monitor for man’s best friend. Made in the shape of a tiny stylish dog-bone, FitBark attaches easily on to any collar and collects activity data 24/7, helping owners feel connected with their dogs throughout the day. Via the Fit-Bark mobile app, owners will receive unprecedented insights into their dog’s health and lifestyle so that they’ll know when to take action. <gp_link loc=”//fitbark.com” type=”http”>http://fitbark.com

Jon Bentley: “It’s not just a lifestyle accessory for dog lovers, Fitbark will also be incredibly useful as a health monitoring tool. After all, dogs can’t tell us when they feel a bit off-colour, but this device can.”

Rethink Robots – NAO Humanoid, Baxter Research, and Double robots Rethink Robots specialises in robots which work uniquely with their surroundings and with people. The company will be launching Double, a robot specifically for use as a telecommuting tool. Double is a great way to stay in touch with colleagues, friends and family.  It can be used by everyone, enhancing their everyday lives from workers in offices through to sight-seers in museums. <gp_link loc=”//www.rethinkrobotics.com/” type=”http”>http://www.rethinkrobotics.com/

Jon Bentley: “We’re just beginning to see how robotics may become more affordable in the years ahead – the potential for growth in this market is enormous.”

Mogees  Ltd – Mogees

British designed and manufactured

Mogees is an innovative new way for everyone to let their musical imagination run wild, transforming the objects around us into unique and powerful musical instruments. Mogees consists of a mobile app and a small sensor that detects and analyses the vibrations that we make when we interact with the objects around us, and uses a special sound technique to alter their acoustic properties so as to make them musical. <gp_link loc=”//mogees.co.uk” type=”http”>http://mogees.co.uk

Jon Bentley: “A fascinating way for anyone, using anything, to express themselves in music.”

Solid Idea – Chocabyte The world’s first affordable personalised chocolate 3D printer enables you to print out chocolates in around 10 minutes, ready to eat. <gp_link loc=”//www.solididea.com/” type=”http”>http://www.solididea.com/

Jon Bentley: “A clever idea that’s perfect for extending the appeal of 3D printing to a wider audience.

CUER – Resolution  solar-powered racing car

British designed and manufactured

Resolution is the newest prototype car from CUER, Cambridge University Eco Racing, and was built to race in Australia in the World Solar Challenge 2013. It has the world’s most efficient terrestrial photovoltaic (solar cell) system combined with a tracking system that follows the sun in its trajectory. The car is built fully out of carbon fibre composites and includes an additional solar concentrator system developed specifically for this vehicle. <gp_link loc=”//www.cuer.co.uk/cars/resolution/” type=”http”>www.cuer.co.uk/cars/resolution/

Jon Bentley: “The Resolution is a superb way to demonstrate the power that can be harnessed by solar technology.

NFC Ring The NFC Ring is secure wearable tech that can be used to unlock doors, mobile phones, transfer information and link people without the need for charging.  At Gadget Show Live, the current range, the Stealth Bomber, V1ntage, Classic and Signature will be available for pre-order, plus a selection of prototype designs.

The NFC Ring was originally designed to interface with a digital door lock. It quickly became obvious that the same technology could be used to unlock mobile phones and share information. In the future it could be used to open your house, start your car and make payments. <gp_link loc=”//nfcring.com” type=”http”>http://nfcring.com

Jon Bentley: “A great piece of wearable tech. Wonderfully simple. One ring to rule them all indeed.”

Further details on all the products and exhibitors in the Future Tech Project are available on request.

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NOTES TO EDITORS
Tickets for Gadget Show Live are available to buy now at <gp_link loc=”//www.gadgetshowlive.net” type=”http”>www.gadgetshowlive.net

Opening hours for the Gadget Show Live are as follows:
Wednesday 9th April      9:00-17:00
Thursday 10th April         9:00-17:00
Friday 11th April               9:00-18:00
Saturday 12th April          9:00-18:00
Sunday 13th April             9:00-18:00

Gadget Show Live ticket prices:

Please note a £0.99 booking fee applies per purchase in advance
Standard tickets
Adult Wednesday-Friday                                              £15.99
Child Wednesday-Friday                                               £8.99
Adult Saturday-Sunday                                                 £17.99
Child Saturday-Sunday                                                  £10.99

Super Theatre
Standard (lower)                                                              £11.00
Standard (upper)                                                             £9.00
Premium                                                                             £16.00 SOLD OUT
Front row                                                                            £30.00 SOLD OUT

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Mar
20

Veronica Henry triumphs with

 

A Night on the Orient Express

 

Trophy and £5000 cheque

presented by Darcey Bussell CBE

 

 

RoNA Rose winner collects a trophy and £1000 cheque

 

Dr. David Hessayon and Helen Fielding receive

RNA Outstanding Achievement Awards

 

Veronica Henry triumphed over her fellow competing authors to win the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s highest accolade, the Romantic Novel of the Year with A Night on the Orient Express, published by Orion. Darcey Bussell, CBE presented Veronica with her trophies and a cheque for £5000.

The independent panel of five judges were fulsome in their praise of Veronica’s book

                 “Most accomplished and most romantic – it epitomises romance.”

                 “One cared about the characters, who were from different times of life.”

                 “Good pace, it really was a page turner.”

                 “The characters were well differentiated, and continued to develop throughout.”

                  “Feel good romantic book with very natural dialogue.”

Veronica’s novel won the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Category, for which she also received a specially engraved star-shaped trophy. Her book then went forward, along with those of the four other category winners – Epic, Historical, Romantic Comedy and Young Adult – to contest the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) most coveted award, the Romantic Novel of the Year.

The independent judges read the five genre category winners novels before meeting to debate the finer points of each book. This year the judges included Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller; Alison Flood, Guardian.co.uk; Jane Mays, The Daily Mail; Karin Stoecker, ex-Editorial Director, Harlequin Books and Chris White of Waterstones.

The RoNA Rose Award

This Award is for shorter category/series fiction and while it does not go forward to contest the main award, the authors are recognised through the presentation of a trophy and, this year, a cheque for £1000.These were presented by Darcey Bussell to Kate Hardy for her book Bound By A Baby, published by Harlequin Mills & Boon.

 

Romantic Novel of the Year Category Winners

Just prior to announcing the main award winner Darcey Bussell recognised the achievements of the category winners by revealing who had won and presenting them with star-shaped trophies, engraved with their names and genre. The winners were:

 

Jennifer McVeigh, The Fever Tree, Penguin Winner Epic Category Romantic Novel of the Year (for mainstream romantic novels set post 1960 and can include genres such as chic lit, paranormal and romantic suspense)

 

Christina Courtenay, The Gilded Fan, Choc Lit Winner Historical Category Romantic Novel of the Year (for novels set in a period before 1960)

 

Milly Johnson, It’s Raining Men, Simon & Schuster Winner Romantic Comedy Category Romantic Novel of the Year (for consistently humorous or amusing novels)

Imogen Howson, Linked, Quercus Winner Young Adult Category Romantic Novel of the Year (features protagonists who are teenagers or young adults)

Katie Fforde, President of the RNA said, “Every year we are astounded by the quality of writing and enthusiasm from our entrants. Their passion is evident in their writing and all can be proud of having been part of the Awards this year. Our congratulations go to Veronica Henry, who is thoroughly deserving of her win and provided the judges with an intriguing plot with some twisty turns that delivered what can only be described as a page-turning novel. All in all a very well-earned win.”

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Helen Fielding, author of the popular Bridget Jones novels, who defined the romantic angst of a generation, and Dr. David Hessayon were both presented with outstanding achievement awards.

Dr. David Hessayon is a long-time friend of the RNA, having sponsored for many years the association’s annual award recognising the best in new writing. The Joan Hessayon Award is named in memory of his late wife, an ardent and longstanding member of the RNA and great supporter of New Writers’ Scheme (NWS).

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