COMPETITION: Win £1500 worth of cycling gear with Barclays

Originally seen on fulhamroad.co.uk – posted on 18 April. Unknown writer

It may have been a rather wet and windy past 2 weeks but it shouldn’t stop you cyclists and photographers from bringing your wheels and lenses out to enter Barclays’ competition! The bank is looking for photographs that capture the fun of cycling in the city of London. Winners of the best snap will receive a bunch of top-notch prizes as well as being featured in a London gallery.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice – such as myself – get snapping and join in.

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  Cyclists! It’s time to put on your brakes and start snapping. Barclays has teamed up with street photographer Nick Turpin to find camera keen cyclists to capture the adventure, inspiration and beauty of cycling in London

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Review: Made In Chelsea series 3 episode 3

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 19 April. Written by Rachael Grace.

To put simply, this week’s Made In Chelsea episode was all about the two horse race between sneaky Spencer and loveable pardy boy Jamie and the winner of this race wins the heart of Louise. Having lost Ms Caggie Dunlop more times than Proudlock’s visits to church, Spencer is not having another loss to his name and resorts to trickery that would make minxy Millie proud.

At least they’ve stopped worshipping church gal Kimberly. She was all over the boys last week, wasn’t she?

Nothing but sympathy for that poor canine in Cheska’s hands as its owner bickered – albeit awkwardly in typical Chelsea style – with Gabriella over some blonde fella (no idea about the name. Wasn’t paying attention). Drama is never too far away when you stick the pair in a room.

Speaking of Gabs, whilst she was having her dinner with the blonde, I can’t help but notice one thing:

You sly man.

Anywho, enough from me, handing over the Chelsea thrills and charms to Rachael.

Here’s an excerpt:

As they say in the Royal Borough, “Quam Bonum in Unum Habitare” – how good is it to dwell in unity, or not in this case. Made in Chelsea is becoming as predictable as Britney’s come-back hits. With more stops and starts than the Circle Line on Sundays, the boys and girls of Chelsea pouted their way through yet another mediocre episode this week.

Read the rest on kingsroad.co.uk

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Documentary Season at Gate Cinema, Notting Hill

In case you didn’t hear, Gate Cinema hit the ripe age of 101 last week so happy birthday to them. Here’s hoping for another successful 101 years!

Greetings aside, April has been quite a busy – and wet – month with the Easter holidays arriving early. So what does May have in store for Gate Cinema? Probing questions, sneak-peaks behind the scenes, peering into history and, of course, an depth look at the lives of extraordinary people – yup, Gate Cinema will be screening a fantastic variety of documentaries to unravel the mysteries and worlds of, well, see for yourself!

Revenge of the Electric Car

A quick look at the title and you might mistake it for a parody of the Transformers movies (terrible franchise by the way). Thankfully it’s not. This documentary takes a look at the companies that killed off their brand of electric cars. But now, in 2012, their cars have come back fighting. Here we look at their latest line of electric cars to take to the roads, ready to race into the hearts of motorists after years of stuttering starts in the industry.

Director Chris Paine says: “Tesla CEO Elon Musk puts his personal fortune on the line. Bob Lutz, GM’s Vice Chair, stakes the entire brand on the very technology it once tried to kill. Nissan’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, bets the farm on a car almost no one believes can happen. And my neighbor, Greg ‘Gadget’ Abbott, like thousands of other car converters around the world, sets out to prove you can do it yourself. The challenges they face are as tough as capitalism can be cagey.

“But the prize if they succeed is really for all of us: the reinvention of the car without gasoline, and potentially without fossil fuel at all.”

Book here | IMdB

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Town of Runners + Q&A with director Jerry Rothwell at Gate Cinema

With the London Marathon already across the finishing line and London 2012 warming up for the next race, Town of Runners is the perfect documentary to keep your running fix topped up. Director Jerry Rothwell heads to Ethiopia, where some of the world’s best runners are bred and born despite the poverty the usually dominate the headlines.

For three years, cameras follow the lives of aspiring runners all hoping to get a chance to get on the world stage and achieve the same success as their heroes.

Book here | IMdB

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Being Elmo

‘Elmo would like to know, who plays Elmo?!’ It’s a question that has been circling in my head since I was a little kid.

Oh hello, documentary that answers that very question!This docu is a great follow up for those who were tickled and chortled at the latest Muppets movie shown at Gate Cinema. Being Elmo follows Kevin Clash, otherwise known as the man behind Sesame Street’s favourite red muppet, Elmo. Ever since he was a teenager, Clash aspired to be a puppeteer and his dreams finally came true after joining Jim Henson’s and his legendary team.

This heart warming story won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Book here | IMdB

For a full list of films, visit the Gate Cinema website.

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Review: Made In Chelsea series 3 episode 2

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 5 April. Written by Rachael Grace.

It wasn’t as barking mad as last week’s episode but more sense is quite right. And with that, we were rewarded with a far more lively episode 2.

The reason for the shift in gear? It has to be the show stealing shenanigans of Jamie, Mark Francis and diamond lord Francis. I mean seriously, only those three can come up with classic TV lines such as this.

Nice to see Made In Chelsea back on top form.

Here’s an excerpt:

Made in Chelsea upped its game this week in the form of wardrobe foray’s at Glamour Magazine, a lesson in “sweat-working” and a doggie bash with more bitches present than at the Birmingham NEC in March. Yes, Cheska’s bid for a storyline of her own finally materialised this week as she hosted a fundraiser in aid of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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Bikes, camera, action! Film Tour with Bikeminded

You can follow my day to day cycling activities on my bike blog, beingbikeminded.tumblr.com

Yup, that was my first thought when I was invited to Bikeminded’s Film Tour.  But knowing Bikeminded, I knew they weren’t going to pull a fast one. Instead, they took us cyclists on a revealing journey of film locations in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).

Starting from the beautiful Albert Bridge (my favourite bridge in London), Jamie, our guide, revealed that the scene where tramps get their revenge on protagonist Alex from the acclaimed A Clockwork Orange was filmed there. For those unaware of the plot, A Clockwork Orange centres around Alex and his gang of friends who cause chaos in the city through their hunger for violence. A must see film, if you haven’t seen it.

Weaving through the backstreets of SW3 and King’s Road, we arrived at another local fav of mine, Brompton Cemetery. The latest Sherlock Holmes and Johnny English are just a few films that were recorded here. The latter wasn’t mentioned on the tour but I found this particular scene quite amusing:

Jamie also informed us that the many characters from Peter Rabbit are named after people who were buried in Brompton Cemetery.

Whilst heading north of RBKC we cycled up Notting Hill. The steep climb was much needed after consuming these little treats (thanks to the person who brought them!). Once the hill was tackled, we bumped into the hordes of tourists. Not particularly a great idea considering it was market day on Portobello Road.

We finished up near Latimer Road and learnt about how the borough isn’t just filled with your Made In Chelsea posh types. The borough is mixed with people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries – symbolised by the film Kidulthood, directed by Ladbroke Grove’s very own Noel Clarke (also known as Doctor Who’s Mickey Smith).

RBKC is a joyous borough to cycle through and oozes in history. It certainly one of the most beautiful areas to cycle through whether or not you tag along with one of the tours.

But if you do want to book for one of the tours, visit their website.

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Fiona Wood, one of the cyclists on the Film Tour, blogs about her experience too.

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ON BEINGBIKEMINDED.ORG: FILM COMPETITON

Bikeminded Cycle Shorts Competition

 

 

 

 

If Bikeminded’s tours aren’t enough to reel you in, then why not enter their film competition, Cycle Shorts. All you have to do is produce a 90 second film of any genre as long as you feature cycling and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in a creative way. Upload it onto Youtube or Vimeo along with the online application form. Simples!

Need inspiration? Here’s a lovely little clip from Bikeminded themselves.

Happy and safe cycling!

 

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Bikeminded is a 3 year cycling initiative that is raising awareness about the benefits of cycling and encourage more people to swap four wheels for two. Follow the hashtag, #bikeminded, to follow the campaign and other Bike Heroes.

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Easter Films at Gate Cinema, Notting Hill

So it’s finally Easter and I’m guessing many of you are procrastinating to escape from exams and assessments, ‘revising’, finished uni like I have or well, procrastinating some more. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to take a breather from academic or work life and refresh your head.

For me, trips to the cinema is an obvious move. A good ol’ Hollywood blockbuster or mainstream British film can do the job in getting our movie fixes. However, sometimes we need to step back from the bombast and dive into the world of independent films. Gate Cinema is just one of many independent cinemas in London.  Its facade and interior feels as if you stepped back in time to watch a play, offering a refreshing feel to those used to the modern venues (and wallet busting prices) such as Vue and Odeon.

As for the films they’re showing this Easter, they’ve got a variety of genres that’ll attract film goers of all ages:

 

A Cat In Paris

The French animated  A Cat In Paris follows Dino, a mischievous  cat who leaves his house and owner, Zoé, during the night to help and carry out daring burglaries with a burglar named Nico.  Of course, Zoé begins to notice Dino’s nightly exploits and soon tails her beloved pet to unveil a shocking discovery.

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Damsels In Distress

Don’t be fooled by the title. This comedy stars three woman hoping to help students at a local college who are on the brink of suicide and swimming in depression through dance and healthy living. Of course, not everything goes as planned as romances spring that threatens their friendship. As an added bonus, director Whit Stillman will be at Gate Cinema for a Q&A session so it’ll be definitely worth booking for!

Book here | IMdB

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This Must the Place

We turn things up to 11 with drama This Must Be the Place,  tells the story of a down-and-out rock star forced to hunt down a Nazi after an unexpected turn of events. Rock ‘n’ roll trainspotters will notice the references embedded in the film and even co-stars Bono’s (U2) daughter, Eve Hewson.

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Review: Made In Chelsea series 3 episode 1

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 5 April. Written by Rachael Grace.

They’re back! Our favourite posh socialites from West London are kicking off a ‘pardy’ once again to bring you drama, pointless ventures and the silly game of will they, won’t they? from Caggie and Spencer. Bless.

We start from the skies in some place that isn’t Chelsea and, unsurprisingly, everything nosedived from there. Union Jack cars, Sunday church services (what?!) and a boob party (double what?!) – not even those managed to get the ball rolling. Or egg rolling:

Don’t fret, though.  Rachael is also back to give you the lowdown on the rest of the series.

And oh, watch out for me next week as I live tweet on kingsroad.co.uk too. I will not be merciful.

Here’s an excerpt:

Jamie left church singing “God is greaaat” much to Proudlocks amusement. “It makes you feel good and fresh” the words reeling off his tongue, particularly as new comer Kimberley totted out of church wearing a fur and heels combo. In Chelsea, church just got sexy.

 

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Getting made in Chelsea at the Chelsea Day Spa

Originally seen on kingsroad.co.uk – posted on 26 Febuary. Written by Claire Lawson

Guest blogger Claire Lawson recounts her experience in the Chelsea Day Spa for kingsroad.co.uk; very Made In Chelsea!

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  I yearned for a haven on the KR that I could call a second home; I did try the King’s Road Sporting Club (KRSC) for a short period, but it was quite obvious I wasn’t there to buy a pair of trainers or a tennis racket.
Six years after my sojourn to King’s Road and I’ve found my much coveted sanctuary; The Chelsea Day Spa.

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Apply for a Diamond Jubilee street party

Originally seen on fulhamroad.co.uk – posted on 25 January. 

London 2012? Oh please, it’s all about the street parties in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Applications for the parties are now open and all bets will be placed on SW6 for the best street party!

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2012 is going to be a busy year folks. Yes, we’ve got both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics both approaching. And as we all like a good party in FulhamHammersmith and Fulham council has announced its plans to make it easier for you to organise a street party this year – without all that red tape.

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COMPETITION: Win weekend away in Wales

Originally seen on nottinghillgate.co.uk – posted on 13 January. 

It’s January and I’m guessing anyone wants nothing more than to stay home in bed all snuggly and warm. If that’s the case, take the opportunity to try your luck and spoil yourself by entering our competition to win a weekend away in Wales.

Here’s an excerpt:

With Sheepskin you can enjoy sumptuously comfortable places that blend contemporary style with rustic charm. Relax in private spaces that give you freedom to do what you want when you want, a true antidote to city life but also home from home.

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