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October 2015


Fun for a rainy day : Enter Joules design a welly competition

October 21, 2015

Joules design a welly

I don’t know about you but I was soaked getting to work this morning. When it rains in London it really puts a damper on going out. So while you are stuck eating your lunch at your desk, put your creative hat on and enter this fun competition from Joules and win yourself an awesome luxury holiday worth £5000.

Joules is inviting all budding designers, doodlers and wellington boot lovers to design a welly. The winner will see their design put into production (with all proceeds going to CHARITABLY JOULES) as well as winning a luxury forest holiday worth £5000!

To enter submit a design here – Http://

Check out my entry below, I was inspired but the rather nice weather we are having.


The winner will receive:

  • 3 nights in a golden oak treehouse cabin plus lots more
  • Their winning welly design will go on sale at

And 10 runners-up will each receive a £250 Joules gift card.

All proceeds from the sale of the limited edition winning welly will be donated to our charity partners via CHARITABLY JOULES.



Art, Things to do in london

Date for your diary: Lighting Up, Bloomsbury Festival, 22-25 October 2015

October 21, 2015

bloomsbury festivalA four day explosion of arts, sciences and fun in the streets, parks, museums, galleries and public & (normally) private buildings of this vibrant cultural quarter. Marking the UN’s International Year of Light, the 2015 Bloomsbury Festival contains projects investigating light in technology, nature, music, performance, visual arts and of course enlightened thinking!

Producing, commissioning, and showcasing over 130 events (the majority are free), the programme ranges from classical concerts, theatre, film, dance, talks, installations, exhibitions, outdoor music stages, quirky and intriguing adventures, community outreach projects, and family friendly events.

2015 Festival highlights include:

bloomsbury festival

  • Light Up Store Street – FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER, 6.30-9.30pm.  A central London street is transformed by artists – featuring fire installations from Pa-BOOM, artists in shops, and musicians on a mini fire-lit bandstand.  Funded by Arts Council;

  • Living, Thinking, Looking – an evening with prize-winning author Siri Hustvedt;

  • Phos – a dance inspired by light in medicine and health, commissioned by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, created by The Place;

  • The Tempest for children with autism and their families by Flute Theatre, London premiere of the production created in co-production with RSC;

  • The Loris – a mobile performance by Significant Object (Mervyn Millar);

  • John Hegley’s Animal Alphaboat at The Grant Museum of Zoology;

  • Public Address: The Soap Box Tour by Apples and Snakes;

  • English National Opera’s Know The Show Workshop on The Force of Destiny;

  • Symphonic Illuminations by Goodensemble, Goodenough College;

  • 26 Pairs of Eyes: A Torch-Lit Performance at the Foundling Museum

For the full programme details, please visit The majority of events are free – just turn up. Pre-booking is highly recommended for some events with limited availability

Things to do in london

My 5 favourite London Landmarks

October 20, 2015


One of the things I love about living in London is all the amazing architecture that it around us to enjoy. I know when the weather is gloomy and cold, it can be difficult to appreciate the cities landscape but hopefully in the is post I will remind you to look up once in a while. One of the beautiful things about London’s architecture is the mix between old and new. At the moment the city is undergoing a bit of a skyscraper boom so it will be interesting to see which new buildings pop up in the next few years. Here is a list of 5 of my favourite landmarks in the city to enjoy.

St Paul’s Cathedral

st pauls cathedral

St Paul’s is an iconic building easily recognisable across the world as a London landmark. Built in 1673 by Christopher Wren, it stands at 365 Ft tall and was the tallest building in Europe in the 1700s.   I first visited St Paul’s as a child with school and I remember being in awe of the high ceilings and beautiful baroque design. We are very lucky that it still stands as it managed to survive both world wars and is still a working church today. No tour of London would be complete with a visit to this national treasure.

The BT Tower

bt tower

The Bt tower celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this year. Situated in Fitrovia it can be can be clearly seen from Tottenham Court Road. Popular from the sixties until the early eighties the towers rotating restaurant was the place to dine and see the best of London’s landscape. Unfortunately it is no longer open to the public after BT chose to close the restaurant in 1981.  Most recently the tower has had a large LED display board attached to it to displays important announcements, like the Queen’s birthday.

Big Ben (Queen Elizabeth Tower)

Big ben

As a monument, Big Ben is probably the worlds most famous clock tower. The tower is officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, renamed as such to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Nobody is quite sure where the nickname Big Ben comes from. The tower plays a major role in New Years celebrations with people around the UK tuning into watch the chimes ring in the New Year.

The Shard

the shard

New but nonetheless impressive, The Shard is a rather new and controversial landmark. No other building in the last 10 years has made such a big impact. Love it all or hate it, at an impressive 309Ft it juts into the sky, symbolizing the trickle of money, power and influence into the city in recent times. Although paying 25 pounds may seem rather steep the view from the top is truly amazing and on a clear day you can see for miles.

Michelin House

michelin house

I had to include Michelin House (Bibendum) in Chelsea on this list as it is one of my favourite landmarks in West London. Formerly the headquarters of Michelin, the building was built in 1910. Bibendum or the Michelin man as he is known in the UK is imortalized in the beautiful stained glass windows that are part of the buildings façade. There aren’t many Art Deco buildings of this calibre left in London. It truly is unique.