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Mar
06

JENSON BUTTON HEADS CELEBRITY FIELD FOR 2015 VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON

Formula 1 star Jenson Button heads a list of stars from television, film, music, radio and sport lining up for the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26 April to raise funds for their chosen charities.

The 35-year-old former world champion and keen runner will be making his Virgin Money London Marathon debut in April and is hoping to beat his marathon personal best time of 2:58. Button is running for Charity of the Year Cancer Research UK and has set a fundraising target of £5,000.

Joining Button in the Cancer Research UK team is British fashion designer Henry Holland, who is raising money for the charity after several of his close family and friends were affected by cancer. Scottish television presenter and radio DJ Jenni Falconer will also be raising money for Cancer Research UK in her fourth London Marathon.

Several sports stars and presenters will compete with Button to be the quickest celebrity of 2015, all attempting to beat the current celebrity best times set by former professional cyclist Chris Newton (2:45:10) and model Nell McAndrew (2:54:39).

1968 Olympic 400m hurdles gold medallist David Hemery CBE, now 70, has been persuaded to run his first marathon for 39 years by former race director Dave Bedford. Hemery will be running with his son Peter and weightlifter Michaela Breeze to raise funds for his charity 21st Century Legacy. Breeze represented Great Britain at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and won six medals for Wales over four Commonwealth Games.

Olympic champion rowers James Cracknell (running for Headway, the brain injury association) and Zac Purchase (running for SportsAid) line up alongside Welsh rugby union star Shane Williams (running for the World Wide Fund for Nature).

Sky Sports’ Sarah-Jane Mee will make her London Marathon debut, raising money for the children’s charity Sparks, whilst veteran marathon runner and fellow presenter Charlie Webster will run for the fourth time to raise funds for Centre Point.

Juliet Aubrey, Helen George and Dervla Kirwan are three of the famous faces from the world of television drama taking on the London Marathon for the first time this year.

Aubrey, ambassador for the charity Women for Women International, is most famous for her roles in ITV’s Primeval, and the BBC’s The White Queen and The Village. George meanwhile is best-known for her role as Trixie in the hugely successful BBC series Call the Midwife and is running for Macmillan.

Star of stage and screen, Kirwan found fame playing Assumpta Fitzgerald in household favourite Ballykissangel. She is running for the charity ActionAid.

Reality television stars Hugo Taylor and Oliver Proudlock will put aside the dramas of Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea to run in aid of Malaria No More and The Rainbow Trust, and the British Heart Foundation respectively. Whilst April will be Proudlock’s first experience of the London Marathon, Taylor completed the 2014 race in a time of 4:17:51.

Greg James, BBC Radio One DJ and television presenter, will make his marathon debut in London, raising funds for The Lords Taverner’s.

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research will have a strong representation from the world of television including stars of Welsh drama Hinterland Hannah Daniel and Richard Harrington, Doc Martin’s Jessica Ransom, Casualty’s George Rainsford and Emmerdale’s Jeff Hordley and Tony Audenshaw.

Feb
17

TOTO DEBUT NEW SINGLE “HOLY WAR”

http://youtu.be/-fufU6fyZAo

Available Today Along With “Orphan”

When You Pre Order TOTO XIV

The second single from TOTO XIV “Holy War” is available to view now on YouTube: Frontiers Music Srl at: http://youtu.be/-fufU6fyZAo.

TOTO  have announced a March 20 release date for their new studio album TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on March 23, and North America on March 24. Fans can now listen to the second single, “Holy War”. The song is available along with the first single, “Orphan”, as an instant grat track on iTunes when you pre-order TOTO XIV from this link: http://geni.us/TotoXIViTunes.  Listen to the song here: http://youtu.be/-fufU6fyZAoOfficial UK press release: http://bit.ly/1AucNwh

The new album will be released on CD, with a Deluxe Edition available featuring a “Making Of” documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in-depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Toto XIV will also be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt, and lithograph.

TOTO XIV – TRACK LISTING

  1. Running Out Of Time
  2. Burn
  3. Holy War
  4. 21st Century Blues
  5. Orphan
  6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
  7. The Little Things
  8. Chinatown
  9. All The Tears That Shine
  10. Fortune
  11. Great Expectations
Feb
06

TOTO DEBUT NEW VIDEO FOR “ORPHAN” SINGLE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrnQORhbCWE 

 

Available Today When You Pre Order TOTO XIV

The first single from TOTO XIV “Orphan” is available to view now on YouTube: Frontiers Music Srl at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrnQORhbCWE.

TOTO announced a March 20 release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on March 23, and North America on March 24. “Orphan” is available as an instant grat track on iTunes worldwide when you pre-order TOTO XIV from this link: http://geni.us/TotoXIViTunes.

The album will be released on CD, with a Deluxe Edition available featuring a “Making Of” documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and lithograph.

TOTO XIV TRACK LISTING

  1. Running Out Of Time
  2. Burn
  3. Holy War
  4. 21st Century Blues
  5. Orphan
  6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
  7. The Little Things
  8. Chinatown
  9. All The Tears That Shine
  10. Fortune
  11. Great Expectations
Feb
04

Madame Tussauds London  announced a new multi-million pound Star Wars experience in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, and revealed the first wax figure from one of 11 immersive walk-in sets to be featured.click  here  to see  all  our photos  http://celebrityphotosuk.photoshelter.com/gallery-listYoda in his swamp as Madame Tussauds London announce a new multi-million pound Star Wars experience

The recently completed, amazingly realistic wax figure of Jedi Master Yoda was brought to a studio in London for designers to plan the final set, which brings to life the hostile swamps of Dagobah as featured in “Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back”.

Yoda’s swamp will feature mossy tree trunks, twisted roots and branches, decaying foliage and swirling fog to perfectly recreate his Dagobah habitat. The scene is one of 11 that will recreate iconic moments from Star Wars Episodes I-VI that feature 16 favourite heroes and villains, including Yoda on Dagobah, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader on the Death Star and Princess Leia in ’s Throne Room, among others.

Although only 66cm tall, Yoda’s figure took a team of 10 artists four months to finish and was recreated using detailed measurements and reference pictures from one of the original models used in the films. His distinctive green skin tone has been achieved with layers of carefully applied oil paint and his wispy grey hairs have been inserted individually by hand.

Work is now underway to bring the rest of the experience to life for a mid-May opening when fans will be able to co-star in some of the most famous scenes in film. Fans can sign up at www.madametussauds.com/london to be the first to know when tickets go on sale and to find all the latest news and updates.

Jan
21

ENABLER
recording of new album
‘Fail To Feel Safe’ has started

Ohio based hardcore/metal outfit ENABLER have entered Silver Bullet Studios with producer Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud) and engineer Chris Teti (The World Is A Beautiful Place). Thomas produced ENABLER’s 2012 critically acclaimed album “All Hail The Void”. Mastering will be done by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering. An early summer release date is planned.

Led by frontman, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, ENABLER stands as one of the most honest, pissed off and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today. The band’s sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock and hardcore, has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP “Eden Sank to Grief” was first released on Andy Hurley’s (Fall Out Boy, Racetraitor) FC Records in 2010. Two full length albums, three EPs and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including the last year’s “La Fin Absolue Du Monde”, which sat upon many “Best of 2014” lists. “La Fin Absolue Du Monde” was also ENABLER’s first collaboration with Century Media Records, who put out the album in Europe, spiced up with three previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Check out the exclusive track “Mortal Enemy” of the Euro version of the album:
https://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/enabler-mortal-enemy
The CD and LP versions of the album can be purchased directly at CM Distro:
http://smarturl.it/enablerCMDISTRO

or digital:
http://smarturl.it/enablerITUNES
http://smarturl.it/enablerAMAZONMP3

There is also a limited LP version exclusively available at Green Hell:
http://bit.ly/1u7sfP4

ENABLER line-up:
Jeffrey Lohrber – guitars, vocals
Amanda Daniels – bass, backing vocals
Ryan Steigerwald – drums

ENABLER online:
https://www.facebook.com/enablerband

Jan
20

PLAY PRINCIPLES LAUNCHED AT TOY FAIR CALL FOR POLITICAL FOCUS

20th January 2015; Today at the London Toy Fair the Make Time 2 Play campaign launched five play principles to ask politicians, in the lead up to the elections, to consider the importance of play for the healthy development of children.

The Make Time 2 Play Principles express the value of play across the policy landscape:

1. Every child needs space and time to play
2. Active play can help children keep healthy
3. Play-based learning adds educational opportunities at all ages
4. Safe places to play are good for families and good for communities
5. Children develop important life skills through play

Natasha Crookes, Director of Communication for the British Toy & Hobby Association, that runs the campaign, commented, “You can see the fun and enjoyment that children get from play and that should be the key driver for encouraging playtime. However behind all that fun children are developing the skills they will need for life. We are asking today that the political parties affirm the importance of play in the social fabric of family lives and the role that it has in getting children fit, aiding in education and making sure that there is time and place for play in our busy modern lives”.

Play is widely accepted to have huge value in developing children’s social skills, fitness levels, communication skills, creativity and imagination as well as teaching children about boundaries and risk.

The ‘Make Time 2 Play’ campaign highlights the importance of play in children’s lives, giving parents free play ideas that can be easily slotted in to busy schedules. The messages are promoted using primary research from academics and parents, free adverts donated by children’s broadcasters, and through a website, social media and free ‘play ideas’ app. For more information visit the new website – http://www.maketime2play.co.uk

Sep
21

Hostage Calm Premiere New Video for
‘A Thousand Miles Away From Here’ 

Die On Stage Out this week via Run For Cover Records

Hostage Calm have revealed a brand new video for the second track to come off the new album ‘Die On Stage’ which is released this week through Run For Cover Records.

The video for ‘A Thousand Miles Away From Here’ is now live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IyQ3hsb7eI&feature=youtu.be

The track recently premiered online pre album release with Vice Noisey.

When talking about ‘A Thousand Miles Away From Here’, band member Chris comments:

It’s just a classic song about leaving, about problems reaching a breaking point. That’s why it’s just a crushing two minutes. It’s the last straw, the final moment, the decision.”

Throughout ‘Die On Stage’, Hostage Calm expands on their own identity, adding Glockenspiel, pianos, organs and bells into their arrangements. The record captures a classic sound that Hostage Calm has developed into a progressive and original style.

More about Hostage Calm:

Politics and punk rock have always gone hand in hand, especially for Connecticut’s Hostage Calm. And while their sound may have shifted over the years from melodic hardcore to straight up power pop, their political message has only gotten stronger.  Hostage Calm first received national attention in 2010 with the release of their self-titled debut, using this success as a way to draw fans’ attention to the importance of LGBT equality. Through offering free downloads of the record to encourage the signing of an online petition to senators opposing marriage equality, playing numerous benefits, and distributing their now iconic “I Support Same-Sex Marriage” shirt, Hostage Calm demonstrated a commitment to their political beliefs that has become all too rare in punk rock today.

With their 2012 critically acclaimed record Please Remain Calm, the members of Hostage Calm continued to demonstrate their commitment to political punk.  Hailed as “the punk album of the Great Recession,” Please Remain Calm tackled the grim realities of the recessions’ effects on the younger generation head-on.  This time around, Die On Stagecelebrates the post-millennial fatalism in today’s youth culture, creating a message seldom found in pop-punk. The politically charged band continues to offer a genuine view of American culture through critical eyes.

The band entered Pennsylvania’s Studio 4 to produce their fourth full-length with Will Yip (Balance and Composure, Title Fight), as well as including long-time friend Vinnie Caruana (I Am the Avalanche, The Movielife) on the track “Raised”. The record will be out on the rapidly growing Run For Cover Records (Tigers Jaw, Modern Baseball, Basement, Pity Sex),  which is run by Hostage Calm guitarist Tom Chiari.

Sep
21

The London Spanish Film Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary from September 25 to October 3 offering – at both the Ciné Lumière and the Instituto Cervantes – a wealth of film screenings, talks, tertulias, book presentations and Q&As with filmmakers and actors. It will all be about films that will astonish, educate, fascinate, grip or simply entertain you.

This year we are pleased to present some really delightful comedies, such as our hilarious opening film, Tres bodas de más, and Sánchez Arévalo’s latest comedy-drama, La gran familia española.

Some films will offer glimpses into every-day life in Spain, such as Historias de Lavapiés or Os fenomenos. Others will examine the current situation in Spanish cinema, as well as its future (our Love Letter to Cinema section).

The relationship between food and film is something that has often been explored in cinema over the last few years – both in Spain and beyond. This year we are delighted to offer you some more “culinary cinema”, with The Food Guide to Love and El somni.

Our Sixth Catalan Window will once more offer a glimpse into what has been produced in Catalonia – and the wealth of talent and craft there – with a small but strong selection of films such as producer Lluis Miñarro’s first feature film, Stella Cadente, or Pau Teixidor’s tense thriller Purgatorio.

The strength of Basque cinema will be celebrated in our Fifth Basque Window, offering – among other long and short films – Las brujas de Zugarramurdi, another demonstration of Álex de la Iglesia’s distinctive and fascinating style. There will also be a special session with the screening of three short films showing two American filmmakers’ vision of the Basque Country: Orson Welles and Cyrus Sutton.

Sophisticated but controversial, Vicente Aranda is one of Spain’s most renowned filmmakers, and his films – exploring such themes as jealousy, sexual desire or complex social issues – have become cinematic classics. Taking the Prada brothers’ documentary, Vicente Aranda: 50 años de cine, as a starting point, we have dedicated a special feature to him. In it we explore some of the most important films of his career.

Last but not least, once again we have a treasure from the archives, which this year will be La vida en un hilo, a delightful screwball comedy by Hollywood devotee Edgar Neville, with Conchita Montes, one of Spain’s most popular actresses in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Additionally, 25 guests will be attending the festival and presenting their films to the British audience. We are delighted to be accompanied by:

Victoria Abril, Amantes (actress)

Leonor Watling,The Food Guide to Love (actress)

Dominic Harari and Teresa de Pelegri, The Food Guide to Love (directors)

Hugo Silva, Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (actor)

David Marqués, Dioses y perros (director)

Lluis Miñarro, Stella cadente (director)

Ventura Pons, Ignasi M. (director)

Ignasi Millet Bonaventura, Ignasi M. (subject)

Quim Gutiérrez, ¿Quién mató a Bambi? (actor)

Alfonso Zarauza, Os fenómenos (director)

Ramón Luque, Historias de Lavapiés (director)

Sandra Collantes and Lida Cardona, Historias de Lavapiés (actresses)

Pau Teixidor, Purgatorio (director)

Martiño Rivas, Tres bodas de más (actor)

Montserrat Roig de Puig, Meeting Sarah Jessica (actress)

Andrea Trepat, Todo parecía perfecto (actress)

Javier Prada, Vicente Aranda: 50 años de cine (director)

Leticia Dolera, Violet (actress)

Luiso Berdejo and Dario Troiani, Violet (director and producer)

Daniel San Román and Hugo Serra, BARATOmetrajes 2.0. El futuro del cine hecho en España (co-directors)

Adriana Páramo (filmmaker and speaker after Double Bill)

Film screenings and events will take place at Ciné Lumière and Instituto Cervantes.

The London Spanish Film Festival is organised by Tristana Media in collaboration with the Institut Français, the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and the Instituto Cervantes.

For the full programme go to: www.londonspanishfilmfestival.com

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.

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