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Stella Artois Connoisseurs: Ben Wheatley

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Stella Artois Connoisseurs: Ben Wheatley

Posted on 27 July 2013 by Chris Ford



Continuing the excellent Stella Artois filmmaker series that we have featured before is British director Ben Wheatley  who has brought us the modern classics Kill List , Sightseers and his new much hyped ‘A Filed in England gives us a insight into how he works in film and the process behind it, if your a film buff like me its a great insight, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have

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Functionalab Eye Contour Serum

Posted on 24 July 2013 by Chris Ford

I had my 32nd birthday a few weeks ago and with each passing birthday if you are anything like me you start to examine your face more and more for signs of aging, not that 32 is old but Im still not immune from lines forming around my eyes, Im sure many of you can relate with my concerns.


I knew I was looking a bit tried,  maybe its due to that extra year or maybe its partying too hard  whatever the cause I thought I would do something about it so I started using Functionalab’s Eye Contour Serum a few weeks ago.

The results ?  interesting, I don’t usually hold much faith in these things but I have genuinily had comments like  ” whats different about you?”  ” you look great?”  that sort of thing and I really must put it down to the product as Ive not really been doing anything else different.

Functionalab say the Eye Contour Serum provides an instant lift and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and I have to hand it to them, I think it works!

The Eye Contour Serum is part of a range from Functionalab and is available now at and Boots Stores at £45.00

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Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Noir

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Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Noir

Posted on 23 July 2013 by Eddie

The box of this new scent tells us “The iconic L.12.12 polo shirt is now captured in a fragrance collection”. I’m not sure I’d want a tennis t-shirt that I wear distilled into a bottle, so I have to guess that they are saying that this will be a timeless classic. On opening and spraying this new scent from Lacoste my first impression is that it is a dark and manly scent with sweet notes. Lacoste says that there are notes of watermelon, pineapple, lavender, basil and dark chocolate to name some of these.


I don’t have a refined nose able to pick out these individual scents, but I do know what my olfactory system likes and I like L12.12 Noir.

I’d say this is a masculine scent that reminds me of evenings out, but lively enough to wear all day. Personally I don’t often wear a scent during the day beyond an antiperspirant, but this bottle has inspired me to start. It is not overpowering, but still strong enough to enjoy for hours. From now on I’ll reach for this bottle for business meetings and special occasions.

The obligatory “girlfriend comment”: A pleasant and masculine scent that is subtle and not overpowering. It is fresh enough not to remind me of something that my dad would wear.

In conclusion: if you wear a suit to work I’d say this could be an every-day scent, but if not it would be a great evening scent that “encompasses a warm summer evening” for nights out.

Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Noir is available from  starting at £27.50

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Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo

Posted on 18 July 2013 by Chris Ford

Recently I have been using Ermenegildo Zegna’s Uomo fragrance and the results have been rather pleasing.
The fragrance feels very adult, this is what I use when I’m going somewhere a bit special and I think that’s a good way to think of the fragrance, ‘Special’ this is now my top shelf fragrance.

So what’s good about it other than the smell? well the smell of course is the most important part and to me it just smells of quality, you know its not cheap and the amount of positive comments I’ve had suggest the ladies like it too, all good things. I think the most impressive aspect is the staying power, yesterday I gave this a quick spray after my morning shower and while I was at lunch nearly six hours later a woman in the queue at Pret remarked on the lovely smell and asked what it was.

So in conclusion if you are looking to try something new and bored of your current choice I would most certainly give Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo a try I dont think you will be disapointed.

Starting at £38.50 for the 30ml and available at

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Sponsored Video: Trailer: All-New Range Rover Sport, Pikes Peak Driven Challenge

Sponsored Video: Trailer: All-New Range Rover Sport, Pikes Peak Driven Challenge

Posted on 10 July 2013 by Chris Ford

This post was Sponsored by Range Rover

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Guide to the Top Ten UK Golf Courses

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Guide to the Top Ten UK Golf Courses

Posted on 09 July 2013 by Chris Ford

Golf  – A true gentlemen’s game,  what better way is there to while away a afternoon than to to spend it with a friend touring the 18 holes then onto the clubhouse to hopefully celebrate your victory!

Golf  was once a game restricted to the more upper-class members of society, now its becoming much more accessible to the every-man and with that in mind we have researched the top top gold courses in the UK for you to enjoy the great game


1.Royal Birkdale

The pros love its flat fairways and lack of blind holes and these aspects also make England’s highest-ranked course very playable for amateurs.

2. Sunningdale Old

Not long by modern standards, and the occasional birdie is on offer, but its tight par keeps you honest.

3.Woodhill Spa, Hotckin

Built on sand, it’s always in fantastic condition and springy turf gives no excuse for poor iron shots.

4.Royal Lytham and St Annes

Bordered by a railway line and red-brick houses, it has never produced a poor Open champion, from Jones to Duval.

5. Royal Liverpool

Hoylake returned to The Open rota in 2006 and that dusty, scorched week reminded everyone what a fantastic course it is.

6. Royal St Georges

Sandwich was the first English course to host The Open (in 1894) and only St Andrews, Prestwick and Muirfield have staged it more times.

7. Walton Heath Old

Both courses here were designed by Herbert Fowler but the Old is very much the brainchild of James Braid, who was professional here for nearly 50 years.

8.Saunton East

If the R&A were ever of a mind to add another English course to The Open rota away from the south east or north west, this would be the obvious choice.

9. Wetnworth West

Els’ significant changes in the last two years have had their critics, but Wentworth remains one of the best inland tests in England.

10. Sunningdale New

At 6,700 yards with a par of 70 it is no pushover despite being designed in 1923 and with only minor tweaks – apart from to the 18th – since then.


When attending one of these courses remember that its important to look the part on the green and that means you must wear quality golf clothing, my prefered choice being the galvin green collection from Function18 which you can check out at

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Anatomicals – We Never Forget A Face !

Anatomicals – We Never Forget A Face !

Posted on 03 July 2013 by Eddie

This week I’ve been trying the “Anatomicals we never forget a face” daily face wash followed by the daily moisturiser. In keeping with the company’s cheeky and not to be taken too seriously style they both had a picture and caption pointing out that if you look good people will remember your face more than your name and that these product will help in this. The boxed products look better than price suggests they should.


Anatomicals we never forget a face daily face wash, £3.79 (150ml)

First up was the face wash, I found this lathered well, but not so much that I looked like I had a pie stuffed in my face. The scent was pleasant, slightly floral, but in a masculine way. The details accompanying the products explained this as a “delicate orchid scent”. As expected my face felt clean and fresh after using it, but not dry and stripped of all moisture as a simple soap would do. The addition of aloe vera will help in any skin repair needed due to daily ritual of shaving.


Anatomicals we never forget a daily moisturiser, £3.99 (50ml)

The obvious next step was to moisturise. Once again the same subtle scent was present in the moisturiser. It did exactly what I expected, it moisturised without making my skin feel greasy, it is described as oil free and easily absorbed and it felt like it lived up to this claim on my skin . The scent hung around for a while which I enjoyed.

I asked my girlfriend’s opinion on the scent, as let’s be honest this is possibly more important than my opinion and she said “although a pretty smell, it is still masculine”.

In conclusion I’ll continue to use these great value products and will probably buy more in the future, they punch above their weight given their low price.

Now available from and other selected retailers.

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