Archive | March, 2012

Zippo – The Fragrance!

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Zippo – The Fragrance!

Posted on 29 March 2012 by Chris Ford

the Zippo lighter is a iconic item,  the look and the sound of the click when you open it ooze cool and make me think for just a moment  I’m Steve McQueen (Yeah right!)   well now you can get the coolness of the Zippo lighter in the form of a men’s fragrance  – and guess what?  it even makes the ping sound when you open it!!!!

In fact the case is exactly like a classic Zippo lighter except of course instead of lighter fluid it contains a lovely citrus based scent,  I’m sure Steve would approve.

Zippo Original is available now in 50ml EDT for £27.00 exclusively from The Fragrance Shop

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Jonathan Ward for Douwe Egberts

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Jonathan Ward for Douwe Egberts

Posted on 26 March 2012 by Chris Ford


I love my coffee and have recently become a bit obsessed with different brewing methods and bean types, to be honest I love the smell of a good coffee as much as the taste which is why I was quite excited to find out that Douwe Egberts has partnered with luxury candle maker Jonathan Ward London, to develop a limited edition coffee inspired candle.  This comes as part of the £1m relaunch of the Douwe Egberts ground coffee range and major category re-vamp.

The re-launch has seen Douwe Egberts embrace its heritage, dating back to 1753, when Egbert Douwes and his wife Akke Thijsses opened their first coffee shop in Joure, Netherlands.  It is this distinctive heritage that has formed the unifying concept  – ‘the story behind each and every scent’ – bringing together the candle maker’s interest in rich flavours and the blending process for each Douwe Egberts ground coffee.

I was recently  given the opportunity to visit Jonathan Wards warehouse and see how the Douwe Egberts candles are made for myself.


What struck me was the care and attention to detail that went into the process, there is certainly not a traditional production line , all the candles are hand made using quality materials and this really is noticeable when you have a look at the finished product, in fact the moment you open the box of the candle a waft of scent hits you, that’s without even lighting it up!

Jonathan Ward explored the humble beginnings of the Douwe Egberts coffee shop, looking to capture the nostalgic and seductive aroma of the shelves from the very first store.  Jonathan explains:  “When creating the evocative scent I imagined years of spilled coffee grains and tobacco notes infused into the hand crafted woods.

The Douwe Egberts inspired candle captures a fragrant rich coffee aroma of roasted coffee beans, infused with sweet scents of syrupy molasses, dried fruits and the woody fragrances of cinnamon, sandalwood and tobacco.

I think Jonathan Ward really nailed it too, the coffee smell isn’t the overpowering scent I thought it would be, its much more subtle than that.

The limited edition candle is contained in the finest Italian cut glass crystal and packaged in a rich espresso brown and gold embossed box, highlighting the luxury offering.  Adding a further touch of opulence and heritage, each box has been sealed with the original Douwe Egberts wax seal.  Dating back to 1925, when the seal was first incorporated into Douwe Egberts packaging design, the stamp has been brought out of the archives and now finds itself included in another piece of fundamental Douwe Egberts history. In fact watching Jonathan and his assistant create these wax seals summed up the care and detail that goes into the candles, with each seal made by hand its a tricky and delicate process requiring two people to achieve, I cant imagine many other companies going to this much effort on the packaging of their product and this is what sets Jonahan Ward candles apart, the quality.


Corrine Hopwood, UK Marketing Director at Douwe Egberts comments:  “We wanted to bring to life and celebrate the unique heritage of the Douwe Egberts brand but with a modern twist and the partnership with Jonathan Ward London is a natural fit.  Not only do we have a new product that represents the brand in a distinctive way, drawing on our heritage, but it allows us to operate in a new luxury consumer market.”

Jonathan Ward adds:  “It has been extremely exciting to work with a brand, which like mine, represents quality. I was completely inspired when looking at the history of Douwe Egberts and am excited to be launching a unique coffee aroma candle that is completely different to anything else currently on the market.”


The limited edition Jonathan Ward for Douwe Egberts candle will be available to purchase from the Jonathan Ward online store from April , rrp £25.00


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Not On The High

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Not On The High

Posted on 23 March 2012 by Chris Ford is a fantastic idea, the site brings togther thousands of small designers and gives them a platform to show off their items on one very easy to navigate website. You order and pay through the site and them the designer sends you their item directly.

I recently bought this Personalised Silver Union Jack Plectrum for my brothers birthday.  He’s a musician so I thought he would get a kick out of the plectrum shape and I was right he loved it!

I was given the option to personalise the necklace so I has the designer add his date of birth. In fact a lot of the items on Not On the High Street have the option to personalise in some way which  I find people really appreciate when they receive something bespoke, it shows you have put some thought into the gift and you care.

There are a few similar sites to Not On The High Street around but I think what sets them apart is they seem to have a good quality control as to the items they carry and its all very well organised and easy to find something for that special someone or even yourself!

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Sponsored Video -Volvo XC60 R-Design: Command the Extreme UK

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Sponsored Video -Volvo XC60 R-Design: Command the Extreme UK

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Chris Ford

I love traveling and i love an adventure not dissimilar to most men
I’m sure but there are those that take things that little bit further
in search of that adrenalin rush, and I’m very envious of the guys
competing in The Volvo Ocean Race.

The Volvo Ocean Race is not a race as such, but recording the fastest time between ports. This event pays tribute to the commercial sailors that many years ago battled to get their cargo to its destination on time battling the same fierce difficult conditions those sailors faced those competing have to trust their vessel and the skill of their crew to command it. This contest is now seen as the pinnacle of achievement in the sport. During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concludes in Galway, Ireland, during early July 2012, the teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient. The race is the ultimate mix of world class sporting competition and on the edge adventure, a unique blend of onshore glamour with offshore drama and endurance. It is undeniably the world’s premier global race and one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world.

Sponsored by Volvo

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Sponsored Video –  UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour 2012 presented by Heineken

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Sponsored Video – UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour 2012 presented by Heineken

Posted on 15 March 2012 by Chris Ford

Heineken are known for their clever adverts and they continue that tradition with this rather clever film they have made to promote their global UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour.

The film involves setting up football fans to find out what they would do if they found themselves unexpectedly alone with the trophy.
Well-known UEFA ambassadors will also join the tour, including two-time UEFA Champions League winner, Christian Karembeu in Mexico, Chelsea legend Celestine Babayaro in Kenya and Dutch footballing hero Ronald de Boer in China.

Commenting on the Trophy Tour, David Taylor, UEFA Events S.A. CEO, said: “The UEFA Champions League has a long and distinguished heritage and is the pinnacle of European club football. The Trophy Tour really demonstrates the true global reach and appeal of the UEFA Champions League. We are delighted that together with Heineken we can reward the passion and dedication of football fans around the world by taking the trophy to them.”


Sponsored by – Heineken

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Gifts for Mothers Day

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Gifts for Mothers Day

Posted on 12 March 2012 by Chris Ford

Mothers Day is coming up on Sunday the 18th March and there we have put together some ideas on what to get the person that brought you into this world


Thea Skin Cares Home Spa Range

Thea Skin Care have a wonderful Spa range, moisturiers , exfoliants, scrubs ,  face masks and more. Elegantly packages and perfect as a gift for Mothers Day. Prices start from £9.95  and


Not On The High Street

If you are looking for something a little different would be an excellent place to start, each item on the site is made by small business and are the sort of items you would find at craft fairs and similar.  In fact     Not on the High Street have made things very easy for us men and created a whole Mothers Day Section,  head over to :



The Body Shop

The Body Shop have put together a fantastic selection of bundled gifts for Mothers Day, taking the hard work of picking through all the products is something I approve of massively!







Of course if all else Fails Flowers are always a winner….

Interflora have you covered,  they will write the card, organise delivery on the day and even have a special selection to choose from



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Top Five Podcasts you should listen to

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Top Five Podcasts you should listen to

Posted on 01 March 2012 by Chris Ford

So first of all what is a Podcast?

According to Wikipedia:
“A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of files (either audio or video) subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication. The word is a neologism derived from “broadcast” and “pod” from the success of the iPod, as podcasts are often listened to on portable media players”

I love my Pod-casts, perfect to listen to on the train home or the 20 mins you are waiting in the pub for that annoying friend who is always late ( you know who you are!)

So here is my Top Five pick of the Podcasts currently out there :

Ian Collins Wants a Word
I grew up listening to Collins on his late night / early morning talk show and just recently he has entered the Podcast world , with special guests and such regular features as Random Acts Of Irrational Annoyance, the Showbiz Shoebox, Voice-mail Roulette, The Court Of Collins, and more!



Answer Me This

Answer Me This! is a weekly comedy podcast in which Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann answer questions on any subject submitted by their listeners, with the assistance of Martin the Sound Man.
The Show has been nominated for Best Internet Programme at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, winning a Gold in 2011 and Silver in 2010. The show has been named ‘Critic’s Choice’ in The Times, Time Out, The Guardian, Q Magazine, Radio Times, and The Independent , as well as being named one of iTunes’ Podcasts of the Year


WTF Podcast with Marc Maron
American stand up Comedian Marc Maron talks to everyone from Louis C.K. to Conan O’Brien to Russell Brand, not your typical interview either more like two guys chatting about their life and profession.



The Ricky Gervais Podcast
This podcast is quite possibly the podcast that broke the whole medium and made it the massively popular thing it is today. The Ricky Gervais podcasts have been running for many years now, the consist of Ricky, his writing partner Stephen Merchant and producer Karl discussing a range of topics to great comic effect. My favourite section is of course ‘Monkey News’ I will say no more go download it now! (£ – some of the RG podcasts are free however most do cost to download)

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The Steve Allen Show – LBC
Steve Allen is the early breakfast talk presenter on London based talk station LBC. He’s bitchy, he’s miserable and he’s critical, I can’t start my morning without  him! ,To listen to Steves show you have to subscribe to the LBC podcasting service but its quite reasonably priced and you then get access to all the LBC shows on podcast as well as past shows and specials.

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