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5 Helpful Tips for Beginner Artists

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Art is the way of life for many people, and every day more people are inspired to create their masterpieces. Honing one’s artistic skill to create these masterpieces requires time, effort and dedication to the craft. This might sound daunting to beginner artists, but the journey to becoming an artist is worth all the hard work it requires. There are a few easy tips that can help in simplifying your artistic journey. Here are a few of them.  

Choose your medium

It is important to experiment and try different art styles but choosing a medium to focus on for a period of time helps you to hone that skill before moving on to another. Many beginner artists start with pencil drawings and then proceed to ink drawings and coloured pencils. These mediums teach you about shading, creating value, perspective, gradient, and so on. These are core skills to build when beginning as an artist, so they can be your first medium.

Get quality art supplies

The quality of the art supplies you use can make or break your artwork. When starting out, it is important to utilize different tools to see which you prefer for the medium you have chosen. If you are too busy to get to the art store, consider shopping for art supplies online. TheWorks is a great place to find a variety of quality art supplies at budget-friendly prices.

Create a schedule

Some people believe that art should be spontaneous, and this is not to dispute them, but when learning a new skill that one wants to perfect, it is important to have a practice schedule. A routine is essential in tracking one’s progress and ensuring that you practice often enough. When your skills have improved to a considerable extent, it would be much easier to be spontaneous because you have practised and honed certain fundamental skills.

Keep an inspiration folder

An inspiration folder is a folder of the things you would love to draw someday. Keeping an inspiration folder helps you to have a resource of images to practice with.  It also helps you to discover the kind of work that you gravitate towards. It can be a physical file of magazine cutouts or a folder on your mobile phone or computer.

Follow art tutorials

For artists that do not have access to or the time for traditional learning opportunities, following video tutorials can pose a worthy alternative. It can even give the feel of being in a class. There are different platforms for learning art online and utilizing them in your journey can help you improve quickly.

When making art, it is important to enjoy the process. Mistakes are normal and expected so do not fret when you have made a mistake; instead, let it be a teachable moment for you. Sometimes, these mistakes turn out to be great art pieces. For more tips on art and budget-friendly prices for art supplies, visit TheWorks today. 

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Top Care Tips for Your Horse

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 3 m read

Whilst many horses are owned for working purposes, there are also a large number of them that are kept as pets. Horses are large, loving animals and with the right care and attention, they can make wonderful companions too. As many horses can live to an old age, many reaching 30 years, it’s important to know exactly what you’re committing too when you bring a horse into the family. From managed nutrition to the perfect living environment, the following care tips will help you to ensure your giving your horse the very best quality of life to keep them healthy and happy. 

Managed Nutrition

Horses large, strong animals that require a lot of attention when it comes to their nutritional needs. The most important thing to do is monitor your horses age and ensure they are receiving the right nutrition to support them. For example, older horses may require a joint or mobility supplement, to help keep them comfortable and mobile when they start to struggle. If you’re keen to invest in any joint care for your ageing horse, but you’re not entirely sure where to start, you can find a varied selection at online retailers like Petwell. It’s always beneficial to consult your vet too, as they may have recommendations or advice when it comes to the specific brand or type of supplement that’s going to work best for your horse.   

Regular Vaccinations 

Your horse should be protected from diseases all year around, so it’s important to ensure they are receiving their regular vaccinations to help keep them healthy. Illnesses such as tetanus and equine influenza are really common within the horse world, but you can easily get these vaccinations by booking a slot with your vet. You may also find that your horse requires a rabies injection too, as this can help to protect them further and keep them safe when out in the fields. The condition of your horse’s environment and daily activity can play a role in the illnesses they are prone to catching, so it’s worth assessing these elements and ensuring you have the best protection for your horse. 

Controlled Environment

Providing your horse with the perfect controlled environment will really help to ensure they get are happy and comfortable, whilst keeping them safe at the same time. Horses require lots of space to gallop around and be free, so you want to try and give them access to an open field throughout the day. Similarly, they also require a warm, dry space to protect them from certain elements, so having a comfortable stable for them to use is going to be really beneficial. Horses are used to being in company, so try to find a stable or farm that houses other horses too, so you can let your horse out into a field with the others to keep them happy and give them plenty of company to prevent them from becoming anxious or lonely. 

Frequent Exercise 

Just like large dogs need long walks and plenty of exercise, horses also require a frequent amount of exercise to ensure they are well stretched and healthy. You should ideally take your horse out and exercise them for around 2 hours, anywhere between 5 and 6 times a week to ensure they get the exercise they require. You’ll also find that taking your horse out for a long ride will help to grow your bond, which is extremely beneficial. You can find a range of lovely riding clothes here, to really boost your riding to the next level making both you and your horse feel fantastic. 

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Creative and Crafty Christmas Décor Ideas

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 3 m read

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it’s made even more wonderful when you can spend quality time with your family creating crafty Christmas decorations. There’s something really special about spending time with family and friends whilst getting creative, with so many unique ways to add a touch of Christmas magic to your home. From hanging paintbrush Santa to a body poufGrinch, there are some great ways to bring a unique touch this Christmas. 

Hanging Paintbrush Santa’s

With an adorable bristle beard and stylish string for hanging, these hanging paintbrush Santa’s are great fun to make and really cute to look at. All you need to do is simply get yourself a few large paintbrushes like these, some paint, cotton wool and string. Paint the body of the brush red, with some delicate white spots for added character, then glue your cotton wool to the neck of the brush. This creates Santa’s hat, with the bristles providing the perfect beard to complete the look. To ensure your Santa’s hang safely, get some durable patterned string to tie through the brush loop and hang on a hook in any room to bring the Christmas spirit. 

Recycled Candle Bauble Holders

Ever wondered what you can do with all of those beautiful glass holders that once had your favourite candles in? Well, with Christmas just around the corner you can utilise them properly and turn them into bauble displays. By filling your old candle holders with some shiny baubles, you can transform the original holder and create a lovely Christmas display. This would look perfect in the bathroom, kitchen or hallway where you may keep the décor levels a little lower. For added effect, why not try adding some delicate fairy lights to the jars too to really make the decoration come to life. 

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Bath Pouf Grinch

This is a great one for the kids, especially if they love the Grinch. Get a bright green bath pouf just like this one and print off an image of the Grinch smiling. Carefully cut out his eyes and mouth and attach them to the bath pouf. Once you’ve created the face, add a cute little Santa hat to the top of the pouf and you have yourself a Grinch to hang in the house. This decoration is so easy to make its great fun for the kids and is really cheap to make too. You could look at other characters such as Peppa Pig with a pink bath pouf and Winnie The Pooh with a yellow one. 

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Delicate Spotty Pinecones

Whilst they may be very easy to make, they provide a beautiful decoration for your Christmas tree. These cute little pinecones only require two other items to make them look as cute and colourful as this and they take minutes to make. Invest in some brightly coloured, small pom poms and some shiny string. Use glue to stick the pom poms to the edge or many of the pinecones edges and use the string to delicately hang the new decorations to your Christmas tree!

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Vegan Cheesemas with Branston and La Fauxmagerie

As the prime cheese-eating season falls upon us, iconic festive staple Branston pickle has partnered with La Fauxmagerie, the first plant-based cheesemonger to be established in the UK, to ensure that no one needs to compromise on their cheese eating occasions this Christmas!

The collaboration between the UK’s best-loved (vegan) sweet pickle and cheese disruptors La Fauxmagerie highlights Branston’s commitment to bringing delicious pickle and cheese pairings to all, no matter what your foodie inclinations may be. Did someone say Bring Out the Branston?

La Fauxmagerie’s vegan cheese and pickle pairings

La Fauxmagerie has crafted tasting notes which pair a flavoursome vegan cheese selection with Branston’s tangy pickle range. From the Original pickle everyone knows and loves, to the easy to spread lavishly Small Chunk, or the newest member of the Branston family Smooth pickle, Branston and La Fauxmagerie invite you to be the ultimate cheese and pickle party host, as they help you to cater to all of your guests’ needs and tastes this Christmas.

Sisters Rachel and Charlotte Stevens, the masterminds behind La Fauxmagerie, say: “Branston is a classic British staple on any cheese board. The pickle’s characteristic tangy flavour pairs beautifully with creamy, cheddar-style plant-based cheeses such as the Farmhouse or even in gooey toasties with the Red Queen. We are excited to offer vegan cheese fans the chance to buy our exclusive Branston x La Fauxmagerie December Taster Box, full of delicious vegan cheese and Branston pickle, as well as the chance to bestow our knowledge for plant-based cheese.”

Nisha George, Branston Senior Brand Manager, says: “The Christmas season is firmly upon us and we’re so excited to be heroing a vegan partnership made in heaven. Pairing with La Fauxmagerie’s tasty vegan cheeses our Branston pickle is a delicious vegan choice that brings punches of flavour to any cheeseboard occasion! Delivering crunchy texture and delicious tangy taste, let your tastebuds revel this Christmas with Branston pickle and La Fauxmagerie!”

Branston x La Fauxmagerie December Taster Box (£25,

The Christmas cheese and pickle selection will be available on La Fauxmagerie’s website and in-store for purchase as part of the ‘Small December Taster Box’ – on sale from 1st December until the end of the month for £25. These limited-edition boxes are the perfect purchase for yourself or a plant-based loved one to indulge and enjoy that festive tradition of cheese and pickle, allowing festive memories of yester-year to come flooding back, but this time with a modern and plant-based take, helping you to Bring Out The Branston this Christmas. The La Fauxmagerie x Branston December Taster Box can be bought at The boxes include the following vegan cheese & pickle pairings:

  • Farmhouse by Kinda Co. & Branston Small Chunk Pickle – Farmhouse is a semi-hard cheddar style cheese made from cashew nuts, with a strong cheddar-like profile and sweet buttery notes. Its smooth, mouth-watering umami flavour, much like that of a mature dairy cheddar, make it a natural companion to Branston Small Chunk pickle. A classic British staple on any cheese board, Small Chunk’s characteristic tangy flavour pairs beautifully with this creamy, cheddar-style cheese.
  • Papa Rica by I Am Nut Ok & Branston Original Pickle – Papa Rica is a smooth, smoky cashew cheese with a bold hit of Paprika. The combination of this cheese with Branston Original pickle packs a punch with its strong smoky finish as the Branston brings the tang and a deliciously lingering aftertaste. Best enjoyed on oatcakes or water crackers for added crunch.
  • Muenster by The Arty Vegan & Branston Smooth Pickle – Muenster’s firm bite provides the perfect base for the Smooth Branston Pickle, with its smokiness nicely complementing the tanginess of the Branston. The smoothness of this particular pickle also provides the perfect texture and ‘spreadability’ to achieve a more balanced cheese-to-pickle ratio. An absolute joy to devour on crispbread.
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Dragon-Backed Entrepreneur Puts Together His ‘Dream Team’

‘ParkingPerx’ businessman Chris Reed has announced the appointment of a highly experienced Board of Directors for the company. 

The appointments come after the founder of ProxiSmart Ltd secured co-investment from Mercia Technologies and BBC Dragon Jenny Campbell.

Coming from a wide range of sectors, the Board has been specifically designed to add value and traction in different areas. Reed said: “ParkingPerx involves several stakeholders from very different specialties. Whether it’s town centre merchants, car park operators, consumers, local authorities, or place managers, we have different audiences, each of which require different strategies. 

“I needed to assemble a team with experienced business minds, who will help the company grow from strength to strength. I also focussed on gaining team members who have a specific knowledge in these specialist areas. I am delighted – I have my dream team! And then of course I also have a Dragon!”

Diane Cheesebrough takes up the position of Chair of the Board, and announced her passion for the business:

”ProxiSmart is an exciting and compelling prospect bringing forward products that will support Smart Cities and the environment for years to come. I am extremely proud to be involved”

Along with Cheesebrough are the Redu Group’s CCO and CEO, Sam Morton and Gary Hunter, Place Management Consultant and former CEO of the Association of Town Centre Management, Martin Blackwell, Operations Director at Dransfield Properties, Medi Parry-Williams, and Managing Director at Advance Northumberland, Ken Dunbar. 

Jenny Campbell is confident that this team will help lead ParkingPerx to success, alleviating the pain of parking for shoppers throughout the country and bringing life back to the UK high street. She added: “It’s an incredibly impressive Board. Chris has surrounded himself with very talented, experienced people. I’m looking forward to adding value, but I now know the Company is in good hands.”

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Other Side Fried Has Opened

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 2 m read

Street food favourites, Other Side Fried, have opened their doors to their very first bricks and mortar restaurant in a converted railway arch in Brixton. The launch marks a homecoming for founders, Matt and Tommy, who started the brand when living together in the area and took their fried chicken burgers to Brixton night market in their converted food truck.

Now, the two are bringing an updated menu of signature burgers, strips and sauces – with the addition of the team’s very first vegan burger and vegan Dirty Tots! The site will also serve a drinks menu of Camden Hells lager on tap and NICE white wine cans as well as whisky and coke, gin & tonic cans. 

Designed as a 16 cover takeaway restaurant, the site will join Other Side Fried’s kiosks at Leicester Square, Pop Brixton, Peckham Levels and Camden Market – and will mark the fifth anniversary of the brand. 

On 6th December, Other Side Fried will be giving away 500 FREE Buffalo burgers from 12pm to people who subscribe to their newsletter here. First come, first served! 

Other Side Fried Buttermilk fried chicken kings will open a permanent home in Brixton on 2nd December *MENU CONFIRMED* 

MENU BURGERS Classic Fried chicken, mayo, lettuce 

Buffalo Fried chicken, hot sauce, ranch sauce, lettuce and pickles 

Kiev Fried chicken, parmesan, kiev mayo, lettuce and pickles 

Vegan go vegan! Fried CHIK’N, ranch sauce, hot sauce, pickles, lettuce 

OSF Fried chicken, bacon, double american cheese, bacon, OSF sauce, pickles, lettuce 

Honey Bacon Fried chicken, bacon, smoked honey butter, pickles, lettuce 

SIDES Chicken strips 3 piece buttermilk fried chicken tenders 

Fries With cajun salt 

Dirty fries Bacon, parmesan, ranch sauce, hot sauce 

Vegan dirty tots Tater tots, “bacon” bits, ranch sauce, hot sauce 

DESSERTS OSF Brownie Salted caramel 

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Casual Dining Raises Spirits – Unveiling New Drinks Exhibitors for 2020

Four months out from Casual Dining 2020 (25-26 March, London ExCeL) and two of the show’s popular drinks pavilions are already sold out.  Boasting a dozen exhibitors each, the Artisan Spirits Lounge and The Taphouse will sample new innovations from an exciting mix of independent breweries and distilleries.

Making their show debut in the former are: Belgrove Rum, Faith & Sons Gin, Strawbar (eau de vie spirit distilled from organic Greek strawberries) and Tarsier Spirit (Southeast Asian dry gin).  In the latter: Binary Botanical (a lightly sparkling table beer aimed at ‘wine lovers’), Freestar, Lucky Saint, Orbit Beers, ShinDigger Craft Beer, Small Beer Brew Co, and The Five Points Brewing Co.

While The Vineyard – a new area for 2020, has been launched to sate the growing demand for wine at the show.  It’ll boast a raft of new companies (expect sparkling wine producers to feature strongly), with The Emissary Prosecco, and its vegan friendly Doc Treviso Brut 2017, having already snapped up the first stand.

Casual Dining’s event manager Eva Ellis says: “Offering a varied drinks menu – full of differentiation, innovative styles, flavours and blends, and distinctive ‘brand’ personality – is essential for any successful restaurant, pub and bar operator.  But where do you start?

“For example, according to some of the latest industry research this year: wine is the UK’s favourite alcoholic tipple, gin is the No.1 spirit, sparkling wine is booming, beer trumps wine in pubs, the premiumisation mega trend is helping drive alcohol sales, quality’s up but quantity’s down, all-the-while more British consumers generally are regularly choosing more low-and-no ABV options.

“That’s a lot of bases for casual dining operators to cover.  Fortunately, our exhibitors range from some of the world’s biggest-selling beer and cider brands to some of the industry’s newest start-ups – so, whatever your customers’ favourite drink there’s sure to be plenty to suit every taste here.”

Other new names announced today include Rémy Cointreau, LYRE’S Spirits, Soulfresh, Nirvana Brewery, Punchy Drinks, and Love Drinks (which represent Abelha Organic Cachaça, Bitter Truth, Brighton Gin, Einstök Icelandic craft beers, El Dorado demerara rums, Four Pillars Gin, Gosling’s Rum, Hernö Gin, Kamm & Sons British aperitif, and White Heron liqueurs).

Among the returning exhibitor highlights are Carlsberg, Mast-Jaegermeister UK, Diageo (whose portfolio includes J&B, Johnnie Walker, Windsor, Cîroc, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Tanqueray, Shui Jing Fang, Ypióca, and Guinness), Molson Coors Brewing Company (Carling, Coors Light, Staropramen, Cobra, Doom Bar, Rekorderlig, Aspall, Bavaria and more), West Berkshire Brewery, Toschi UK, LA Brewery Kombucha, and Pedrino.

Conker Spirit, LUXLO Spirits, Sea Arch – Not Gin, Manchester Gin, Pinkster Gin, Pococello, Poetic License Distillery, and The Sweet Potato Spirit Company are back in the Artisan Spirits Lounge.  Big Smoke Brew Co, Big Drop Brewing Co, Celtic Marches Beverages, Hop Kettle Brewery, and Wild Beer Co complete The Taphouse’s line-up.

Soft drinks – particularly premium adult offerings – are always a big category at the show.  Coca-Cola European Partners, Britvic Soft Drinks, Fentimans, Nix & Kix, Karma Cola, Belvoir Fruit Farms, Dalston’s, Lemonaid, Pip Organic, Batch Organics, Long Tail Mixers, Lixir Tonic and many more – will be sampling everything from craft sodas, seltzers, fruit juices and cordials, to mixers, tonics, flavoured waters and smoothie kits.

The initial exhibitor list will be available online in early December.

Over 5,000 attendees will attend Casual Dining 2020 at ExCeL London over 25-26 March.

Visitors annually include senior buyers and decision makers from Admiral Taverns, Aramark, Azzurri Group, BaxterStorey, Benugo, Bill’s Restaurants, BrewDog, Carluccio’s, Casual Dining Group, CH&Co Group, Charles Wells, Center Parcs, Côte Restaurants, Daniel Thwaites, Dishoom, Domino’s Pizza Group, DoubleTree By Hilton, Ei Group, Elior UK, Flat Iron, Fuller’s, Greene King, Hall & Woodhouse, Hard Rock Café, Harvester, ISS UK, Loungers, Marston’s, Mitchells & Butlers, Nando’s, NWTC, Oakman Inns, Papa John’s, PizzaExpress, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK, Pizza Pilgrims, Prezzo, Punch Taverns, Revolution Bars Group, Shepherd Neame, Sodexo, SSP, Stonegate Pub Company, TGI Fridays, The Restaurant Group, wagamama, YO! Sushi, Young’s, and more.

“Casual Dining is the best show out there for pubs and restaurants that want to find innovative new products and inspiration,” says Ross Pike, chef director at Oakman Inns.

“Casual Dining continues to go from strength to strength.  Loved the products, the layout and the new venue.  See you next year,” says Paul Lewis, head of food and drink at Prezzo.

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New Street Food Favourites Arrive at Trinity Kitchen in Time for Festive Season

Trinity Kitchen has welcomed brand new vendors Let’s Go Dogs, Kara’s Kitchen, CrockPot Passion to its line-up – along with returning favourites BangWok and Nelly’s Barn Ltd – just in time for the festive season.

Taking residency for the next eight weeks, the latest arrivals will serve up unique dishes to fuel busy shoppers and partygoers in the lead up to Christmas, alongside Trinity Kitchen’s two new 16-foot shuffleboard tables from SHUFL and the self-serve beer wall from Beer Hawk.

Let’s Go Dogs will serve traditional German Bratwursts with a range of delicious toppings. For those looking for a pre-Christmas treat, the Bratwursts can be wrapped in bacon to create the ultimate pig in a blanket.

Meanwhile, Kara’s Kitchen offers the best paella with toppings including chorizo, chicken thigh, or king prawns with squid, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Alternatively, go for a wrap with sobrassada topped with paella rice, homemade scotch bonnet bravas sauce, aioli and pea shoots.

CrockPot Passion specialises in comforting slow-cooked food using fresh, seasonal produce. Visitors to Trinity Kitchen can indulge in a succulent lamb hot-pot, winter fish casserole and stuffed butternut squash, washing it down with a homemade pressed apple juice.

Back by popular demand, Nelly’s Barn has swapped their West Country farm for another stint in Leeds, serving up dry-aged, locally-sourced burgers. Hungry customers can tuck into their signature ‘Streaky Blinder’ bacon cheeseburger with 28 day, dry-aged beef and the finest melt-in-the-mouth bacon and mature cheddar cheese.

Also returning to Trinity Kitchen is BangWok, offering shoppers a range of sweet, sour and spicy authentic Thai dishes, such as sriracha fried rice which comes fully loaded and topped with grilled meats.

Danielle Harris, Marketing Manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “We are very excited to welcome this latest round of street food vendors for the festive season. The run-up to Christmas can be a busy time for everyone, and with an exciting new line-up at Trinity Kitchen, there’s plenty of choice for those who want a break from their Christmas shopping or partygoers looking for a place to refuel.”

With a concept that is completely unique to Trinity Leeds, Trinity Kitchen rotates several new food retailers every few weeks, offering visitors a vibrant mix of restaurants, bars and street food vans.

The new arrivals will be at Trinity Kitchen trading alongside permanent outlets Chicago Rib Shack, Pho, Rola Wala, Tortilla, Doner Shack, Absurd Bird, Beer Hawk, Pizzaluxe and two SHUFL tables.

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Skate Into The Season With Festive Films On The Ice at QUEENS

QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl, central London’s only all-year-round ice rink is excited to announce the launch of their Christmas pop-up cinema experience on ice, brought to you by Big Screen, one of London’s best loved screening event producers. Launching on Sunday 1st December, these uniquely festive film screenings will be sure to get even the grumpiest Grinch into the festive sprit.

With nine weekends of festive film fun, everyone will have the opportunity to see their favourite Christmas movies, either whilst lounging on candy striped deck-chairs, wrapped in cosy blankets, à la après-ski vibes, or on skates, enjoying all time classic movies, whilst twirling into the festive season. Enjoy a magical experience, whilst watching Holiday Season classics on the ice. Big Screen at QUEENS will offer Londoners the perfect festive weekend activity for families and friends alike, offering two screenings per-day at this novel indoor pop-up, complete with a super-sized LED screen on the ice.

Family Screenings: will start at 5pm on Saturday & Sunday afternoons, guests purchasing seated tickets are invited to enjoy the (ice hockey themed) SIN BIN café, over-looking the ice-rink before the film starts, where hot-chocolates and other winter warmers await.
Adult Screenings: will start at 8pm on Saturday & Sunday evenings, guests purchasing seated tickets are invited to enjoy the (ice hockey themed) SIN BIN, over-looking the ice-rink before, after and even during their film, where MEATliquor will be serving their irresistible cockle-warming cocktails. These perfect ‘date night’ screenings will feature multiple intervals for some much needed winter warmer drinks and snacks.

‘Tis the season to enjoy this stellar line-up of the nation’s Christmas classics including; Home Alone, Elf, the Holiday, Love Actually and many more favourites, each guaranteed to make these Big Screen On The ICE weekend pop-ups the best place to be this festive season. Guests can experience QUEENS’s brand new state-of the art lighting, programmed to amplify and accent each movie perfectly, as well as on-skates servers bearing popcorn and treats.

The SIN BIN is London’s only dedicated rink side bar and diner offering guests the perfect spot to refuel, recharge and relax. Guests can tuck into delicious dishes and Christmas cocktail concoctions from MEATliquor, or even take part in ten-pin bowling with pals in the 12 state-of-the-art bowling lanes at QUEENS.

With a multitude of activities for all, make it a festive evening to remember this holiday season. Be it with friends or family, everyone is invited to take to the ice for these wonderful winter movies.

Following Big Screen’s unprecedented success of the Rugby final showing earlier this month at QUEENS, as well as this summer’s event topped off by the supreme Wimbledon and Cricket World Cup Finals victories, the founders of Big Screen are delighted to curate an even more exciting offering this winter.

Quote from Rob Barry (Project Director at BSOTI):
“It is a pleasure to Partner with; QUEENS, a fellow leading brand in the entertainment sector for this much anticipated Festive Pop-Up campaign at this iconic London venue. Bringing together the community to enjoy these unique and immersive screening events, combining all-time festive classic films with ice skating and an on-ice experience.

Big Screen is hugely passionate about producing enriching novel events that incubate meaningful connections and real-life experiences, whilst challenging the status quo for passionate fans.”

Screening Schedule: 5pm for Families // 8pm for Adults
1st December | Frozen // Love Actually
7th – 8th December | Elf // The Holiday
14th – 15th December | Muppets Christmas Carol // Home Alone 1
21st – 22nd December | Miracle on 34th Street // Notting Hill
28th – 29th December | Lion King // Die Hard
4th – 5th January | Up // Cool Runnings
11th – 12th January | Wall-E // Dirty Dancing
18th – 19th January | Finding Nemo // Bohemian Rhapsody
25th – 25th January | Toy Story // The Greatest Showman
*new movie titles might potentially be revised or added to subject to any extension of dates

Ice Skating + Film tickets. NO seating
From £11 kids + £2.50 skate hire (u12)
From £12 adults + £2.50 skate hire (over12)

Ice Skating + Film tickets. PLUS private seating
From £13 kids + £2.50 skate hire (u12)
From £16 adults + £2.50 skate hire (over12)

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Which Road Laws from Across the Globe Could the UK Benefit From?

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 7 m read

When we learn to drive and take to the roads in the UK, there are plenty of driving laws to make yourself aware of. If you head abroad and get behind the wheel though, you’ll also need to take note that different countries have their own road laws.

Take a look through a selection of the road laws from around the world and ask yourself, could Brits benefit from some of them being introduced onto UK roads? VW service providers: Vindis, investigates below. Carry on reading…

Road rage fines 

Enforced in: Cyprus

Road rage certainly appears to be rife throughout the UK, with a poll carried out by and involving 2,000 UK motorists finding that 61 per cent had fallen victim to either a verbal or a physical attack during a 12-month period. The same survey also established that one in five motorists were left too scared to get back behind the wheel after the ordeal.

In Cyprus, if you wave a fist at a fellow driver in anger or give another road user a rude gesture using your hands and you could be slapped with a hefty fine while driving. The law is linked to motorists being penalised if they unnecessarily raise a hand from their steering wheel while on the road. 

The Accident Advice Helpline has carried out their own research into road rage as well, in which they recorded that the average road-related bout of anger across the UK will only last for a few seconds but can take over four minutes for the driver to calm down entirely.

David Carter, from the Accident Advice Helpline, commented: “It’s very easy to get frustrated while driving — it happens to nearly all of us at some point. But road rage can end up being really dangerous. If you experience a bout of road rage, you may end up driving more erratically than whoever annoyed you in the first place.”

Carrying an additional pair of prescription glasses

Enforced in: Spain

If you get behind the wheel in Spain and require prescription glasses to drive, it’s a requirement that you always carry an additional pair of glasses in your vehicle. Fail to show a spare pair and you could be penalised with a small fine.

According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), there’s currently more than two million people in the UK living with sight loss. The RNIB predicts that this number will surpass 2.7 million people by 2030 before hitting close to four million by 2050.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) do have measures in place when it comes to the issue of driving and sight loss — you can find full details about the parameters here. Furthermore, figures which were released to Optometry Today following a Freedom of Information request revealed that the DVLA had either revoked or refused 42,519 car and motorcycle licences between 2012 and 2017 due to poor vision. During the same period, it was also found that 6,739 lorry and bus drivers had lost their licence as a result of their failing eyesight.

What is concerning though is that, according to a survey carried out by road safety charity Brake, a quarter of drivers in the UK haven’t had a vision test in the past two years from when the poll was conducted. What’s more, four per cent of respondents had never had their eyes tested.  

Trevor Warburton, the clinical adviser at the Association of Optometrists, stated to Optometry Today: “In the UK, there is currently no requirement for drivers to have regular sight tests. We believe that compulsory vision screening for all motorists would help ensure that drivers’ vision meets the required standards, significantly reducing the risk of someone having an accident due to their poor vision.”

Drivers must carry a breathalyser kit in their cars

Enforced in: France

Enjoy a drive across France and you’ll have to make sure you’re carrying a breathalyser kit in your vehicle — this includes when using a motorcycle. The devices are there so that motorists can check whether or not they are exceeding the drink-drive limit.

There are several penalties in place if a motorist is caught drink-driving in the UK. A guilty party can expect a hefty fine, a ban from driving, and possibly even imprisonment. 

However, there will likely to be little resistance if British motorists were requested to carry breathalyser kits in their vehicles at all times. This is especially after the Department for Transport reported that around 9,040 people were injured or killed on roads across Britain in 2016 after being involved in incidents where a driver was found to be over the alcohol limit to be behind the wheel.

Having a breathalyser kit to hand may also reduce the number of morning-after drink-drivers. This is after a survey commissioned by the AA involving close to 20,000 motorists suggested that one in five motorists had driven the morning after drinking during the previous day — despite the drivers being aware they may still be over the drink-drive limit.

Edmund King, the president of the AA, pointed out to the BBC: “I think people have kind of got the message when they go out in the evening, so they’ll book a taxi or they’ll have a designated driver and they’ll be responsible. But once they get home, they go to bed, they have some sleep, and then they kind of think well I’m OK, it’s the next day.

“So, they’re not equating the next day with what they’ve actually drunk and the problem is if you really have had a lot to drink, your body can only really break down one unit of alcohol per hour…it is relatively easy to be over the limit the next day.”

Compulsory to drive on the snow only with snow chains or winter tyres

Enforced in: Italy

When the snow begins to fall in Italy, it is compulsory that motorists only drive in vehicles that have been fitted with snow chains or winter tyres. Fail to follow this law and a driver can expect to be slapped with a fine if caught by the authorities.

Neither of these items are obligatory when the wintry weather hits across the UK. With the effects of the Beast from the East earlier in 2018 still relatively fresh in our memories though, should this change?

When blizzard conditions swept the nation at the end of February and into March, traffic came to a halt for several hours on the M80 between Glasgow and Stirling, various parts of the A1 were closed several times, and thousands of drivers were left stranded on roads throughout the UK. 

In general, Continental Tyres has suggested that there are 6,393 more accidents involving cars on UK roads in the winter than those recorded in the summer. 

Despite these findings, a poll carried out by Falken tyres found that a quarter of drivers refused to invest in a set of winter tyres due to the cost being too high in their opinion and 19 per cent said they couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of changing their tyres.

Matt Smith, the UK director at Falken, offered an alternative for Brits: “Switching to an all-season tyre could well be the solution for Britain’s drivers unwilling to commit to pure winter tyres. With many sizes on offer, it is often possible to find a tyre that fits the standard rims, eliminating the cost and hassle of having an extra set, solving another issue raised in the survey.”

A ‘colour coding’ system to fight back against major congestion

Enforced in: Manila, the Philippines

Planning a holiday in the Philippines and looking to rent a vehicle so that you can get in and around the metro area of the capital city Manila? If so, you’ll want to top up your knowledge on the district’s ‘colour coding’ system. Introduced as a measure to prevent major congestion throughout Manila, the law is linked to the final digit of a vehicle’s number plate. There are a few regulations in place, such as vehicles with a number plate ending in the number 1 or 2 being restricted from driving in Manila’s metro area between 7am and 7pm on Mondays.

Action to battle congestion across the UK will surely be welcomed. After all, a study conducted by traffic data firm INRIX has suggested that the UK is currently the 10th most congested country across the globe and that London is the second most gridlocked city in Europe, behind only Moscow.

INRIX’s research involved analysing direct costs, for instance wasted fuel and time, as well as looking into indirect consequences like the higher prices being charged for household goods because of increased freight fees. From this data, the organisation calculated that drivers in the UK wasted 31 hours last year when they were stuck in rush-hour traffic — at a cost of £1,168 per motorist.

Dr. Graham Cookson, the Chief Economist at INRIX, observed: “Combined with the rising price of motoring, the cost of congestion is astonishing — it takes billions out of the economy and impacts businesses and individuals alike.

“With the Office of National Statistics showing more cars on the road than ever before, we need to consider innovative new approaches to solving the issue. Increased flexible working or road charges have potential, however, transport authorities should be looking to exciting developments in data analytics and AI which promise to reinvent our approach to traffic management.”

As this article has no doubt highlighted, there are some road laws used in countries across the world which law authorities throughout the UK would benefit from enforcing too.


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