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Luster – Teeth Whitening System

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Chris Ford

As we get older our teeth loose some of their sparkle and shine,  if you smoke even more so and we all want to have clean looking white teeth like all those movie stars do (well maybe not that white) but if you have ever looked into how much teeth whitening costs you will know its not cheap, at up to £700 a time the treatment is out of most peoples reach considering the other priorities in life which is why I was interested when I heard about a few home teeth whitening system that was under £50 I thought Id give it a go.

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Luster is clever in that it uses the same light treatment combined with gel that dentists use, the only real difference is you do the treatment yourself, cutting out the middle man and saving a tonne of cash in the process… and who likes going to the dentist anyway?  not me!

 

How Luster Pro Light Works

Step 1 : Rinse with the provided mouth wash for 10 seconds

Step 2: Brush the whitener gel on the top and bottom teeth

Step 3: Hold the whitening light about six inches from your teeth for 2 minutes ( there is a built in timer)

Repeat the Process ten times and the treatment is complete.

 

I have to admit ~I was a little skeptical about just how much a a home kit like this could work, but learning its essentially the same technolgy used by dentists gave me the confidence to try it and I’m so glad I did, my teeth a visably brighter and lots of friends have commented how good my teeth look ( they have no idea I have used the treatment) which I think is a great endorsement for the product.

 

The Luster Pro Light is available now for £49.99 although is currently on sale at  Boots for £37.49 , a total bargain!  from www.boots.com

 

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Moretti Gran Tour- Italian Pop Up Festival

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Moretti Gran Tour- Italian Pop Up Festival

Posted on 27 October 2014 by Chris Ford

Following the successful sell out of the Moretti Gran Tour summer sessions,my favourite Italian beer brand  are back by popular demand and will be hosting The Winter Edition for 3 nights only this November in London.

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Join Moretti on a journey across Italy discovering the different regions and tasting their unique speciality cuisine on the Moretti Gran Tour. The tour will guide you through Italian regions including Naples, Lombardy, Puglia and Sicily as you experience their traditional methods and try their signature dishes.

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The Lofts, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PC, will be transformed into a celebration of authentic Italian food in the Moretti Street Food Market, where some of the UK’s leading Italian street food vendors will be showcasing their winter themed menus designed especially to complement Birra Moretti. Vendors include Pizza Pilgrims, Roasticini, Forza Win and Gelupo each serving their Italian specialities, along of course with  Birra Moretti  at the bar to perfectly complement each dish, life doesn’t get much better!

For your £10 entry you’ll receive a Birra Moretti along with two plates of food and a Gelato as well as access to all master classes. Plus you’ll be able to purchase additional plates of food and Birra Moretti if you would like a wider taste of Italy.

Also a great atmosphere provided by The Book Club resident DJ Jimmy Plates. Come along and enjoy great beer, great food and great company I will see you there!

Book tickets here

Dates:  Thursday 6th, 7th, & 8th November 2014  at The Lofts, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PC

 

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20 Things To Do With Your Extra Hour When The Clocks Go Back

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20 Things To Do With Your Extra Hour When The Clocks Go Back

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Chris Ford

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The above infographic was put together by Tempur, they have also kindly offered readers some great discounts on headboards and mattress toppers, if you are interested check out the codes below

 

 

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LIFE AFTER ADVERTISING

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LIFE AFTER ADVERTISING

Posted on 22 October 2014 by Chris Ford

Before becoming a highly respected feature film director, Jonathan Glazer started getting people’s attention with his revolutionary work on Radiohead’s Street Spirit and Jamiroquai’s multi-MTV award winning Virtual Insanity video. However, he really leapt on to the scene for his work on 1999′s ground-breaking Guinness Surfer, which picked up 2 D&AD Black Pencils, a Gold at Cannes and the top spot at most of the other awards festivals that year. The film still tops many lists as one of the best commercials of all time.

It was in the world of advertising where he learnt about the tools of his trade.

To celebrate the highly anticipated release of MAD MEN SEASON 7, PART 1 we are looking at some of the other advertising minds of our generation, and seeing what they did next….

JIM HENSON

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Before Sesame Street and The Muppet Show took off, Jim Henson was responsible for the advertising campaigns for a brand called Wilkins Coffee. They starred puppets named Wilkins and Wontkins and used mock violence to sell the product.

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Hugh Hefner is known now for his Playboy empire, and is the envy of many a grown man. Not many people know that he started out in the working world as an advertising copywriter for the department store Carson, Pirie, Scott. He then went on to be a promotion’s copywriter for Esquire Magazine.
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Jonathan Glazer had a history in directing adverts and music videos, and it would be unfair to choose exactly what first drew industry attention due to the body of fantastic work he is responsible for. But, if we had to pick, it would probably be his work directing Jamiroquai in Virtual Insanity. It is still one of the most talked about music videos ever made. He also directed the Guinness Surfer advert whilst working with advertising agencies, which was voted the best advert of all time in a 2002 British poll. Glazer also worked with Radiohead for their Street Spirit video. His first feature, Sexy Beast starring Ray Winstone and Sir Ben Kingsley, blew people away, and was labelled as possibly the best British gangster film ever made. He then went on to direct Nicole Kidman in Birth, in a film that was compared to the films of Stanley Kubrick, and noted for the skill involved in his direction. His latest feature UNDER THE SKIN starred Scarlett Johansson in what was labelled as the best performance of her career.

JAMES PATTERSON

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James Patterson is currently one of the most famous writers on the planet having topped the New York Times bestsellers list over 35 times. Like most authors, James Patterson started out with one book, released in 1976, that he struggled to get published and sold about 10,000 copies. Before becoming a legendary writer, Patterson worked at J. Walter Thompson and rose from copywriter to become the agency’s youngest creative director. He went on to become CEO of JWT North America.
The “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid” slogan was a product of Patterson’s advertising genius.
Salman Rushdie
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Salman Rushdie worked as a freelance copywriter for about ten years, spending time at Charles Barker and Ogilvy & Mather, creating the tagline “That’ll do nicely” for American Express and “Irresistibubble” for Aero bars. He has gone on to become one of the most respected and controversial writers of the last 20 years.
Dr. Seuss
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Theodore Seuss Geisel was working in advertising from 1927 through to the mid forties. Various illustrations that were similar to those that could later be seen in his famous books accompanied posters for Ford, NBC, General Electric, and Esso (who were known as Standard Oil back then). He has gone on to become one of history’s most revered writers of children’s books.

MAD MEN SEASON 7 PART ONE IS AVAILABLE ON BLU RAY AND DVD FROM 3 NOVEMBER 2014 FROM LIONSGATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT

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Russell Kane, Travel woes and theBRITA Fill&Go

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Chris Ford

That awkward moment when, spotting a tube train on the platform, you break into a sprint, make a dramatic leap through the doors, and land with a flourish… Only to find that they weren’t about to close anyway.

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Or when you find the email that your seatmate is writing infinitely more interesting than your copy of Metro, but you look up to find her scowling, after she busts you spying on her dinner plans.

It seems that the London Underground is a hotbed of embarrassment (and many other things we’d rather not think about. How often do those seats get cleaned?)

Travel cringes and the general woes of the social awkward Brit is something that gave us a lot of laughs when we went along to 100 Club last month to watch comedian Russell Kane dissect this very subject.

Hosted by Brita, to promote their new Fill & Go Water Bottles, the gig was full of moments that made us cringe in sympathy and laugh hysterically as Russell shared some of his own travel nightmares, including a hilarious masterclass in how to get out of trouble when a fellow passengers find out you’ve been slagging them off on Facebook.

That, along with other gems from Kane’s 2014 Edinburgh Fringe tour, Smallness, made for an excellent night out and by the end of the evening, he had two new fans

Of course, after the gig it was time to go home, and that meant venturing on to the dreaded tube.

You’ll be glad to know, we managed to avoid any unnecessarily awkward eye contact… this time.

 

So what of the Brita  Fill and Go bottle ? well Ive been giving it a try alll last week and the results have been amazing, first off the bottle looks cool, when I take it into a meeting Im constantly asked ” what is that? ”  “where did you get that?”  and that’s just based on looks, when they hear the bottle also has a water filter in it they are sold, in fact I think I should be on some kind of commission the amount of sales Ive pushed Britas way this past week!

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I think whats most appealing about the Fill and go though is especially to Londoners is that filter,  the water in London especially central London is appalling, I certainly wont drink it out of a tap and spend a fortune on bottled water… or I used to, yes the Fill and Go is also saving me money!

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The Filters only last a week, which some might say isn’t very long but if you buy them from Amazon they work out at just £1.00 a filter disc and to me thats a small price to pay for a constant clean water supply I can fill up anywhere and compared to the cost of bottled water it really is a no brainer!

The Brita Fill&Go Water Bottle is available now from Amazon at a bargain £9.74

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Jack Rocks – Kele Okereke

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Chris Ford

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“Jack Rocks The Macbeth”  see’s Jack Daniel’s partner with Hoxton’s The Macbeth, a 150-year old live music pub that has seen the likes of Florence & The Machine and Franz Ferdinand tread its boards. Opening on weekdays from the hours of 5pm, the venue will feature a mixture of specially-curated live performances, stripped down acoustic sets as well as expert talks and workshops from music industry insiders and people working behind the scenes such as record label A&R maestros, music photographers and even fashion designers.

Last week I had the pleasure to attend Kele from Bloc Party’s album launch a Jack Rocks and from first hand experience I can tell you the place rocks!

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The venue is really small with an even smaller stage, I imagine its not often anyone will get to see big names like Kele at such a small venue, this made the night even more special. With Jack Daniel’s drinks specials and a excited into it crowd it really was a night to remember.

I’m not just bragging about a great night I had though fear not you can get involved too, head over to www.nme.com/jackrocks and find out about upcoming events at “Jack Rocks The Macbeth”  and how to get tickets you wont be disappointed.

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Bond Girl Eva Green turns cover girl for Campari

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Chris Ford

Campari have unveiled the cover image for their 2015 Calendar, entitled ‘Mythology Mixology’ confirming the official unveil date for the next edition will be the 5th November 2014.

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The iconic calendar cover image features this year’s leading lady, Bond Girl Eva Green against Campari’s wheel of time. The wheel symbolises the key dates in Campari’s rich and colourful past, where 12 of its most iconic and best-loved cocktail recipes were born.

The Calendar was shot by the worldwide acclaimed and exhibited fine art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten, the first ever woman to get behind the lens on the Campari Calendar.

The Campari Calendar, of which only 9,999 copies are printed, will not go on sale but will be distributed to friends of Campari around the world.

You can follow the journey on social media and get involved in the action at #CampariCalendar

 

For more information go to:

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Alex James And Kronenbourg Celebrate 350th Anniversary In Traditional Alsace Village

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WIN A LUXURY HAMPER PACKED FULL OF KRONENBOURG 1664 GOODIES!

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Chris Ford

This month, Kronenbourg 1664 is celebrating the 350th Anniversary of its founding brewery and to help celebrate we have a premium hamper package containing a selection of tasty French delicacies and of course some beer to give away to one lucky reader.
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The story began in 1664, when Jérôme Hatt set up a brewery a few steps away from the cathedral in central Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region of France. By 1850 the brewery was relocated to a village just outside the city, the village of Cronenbourg. This was the beginning of the brewery’s journey to great worldwide status. And a lot of it is down to Alsace – the place where Kronenbourg’s famous Strisselspalt hops are grown – which gets the most summer sun and some of the lowest levels of rainfall in continental Europe.
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Packed full of tasty treats such as Munster cheese, pate, Alsace sausage and Kronenbourg 1664 this Anniversary hamper will help you celebrate in style. So if you have fantastic taste and appreciate a hoppy, aromatic brew then this is for you.

For your chance to win the hamper simply watch the video below about food and beer pairing and tell us who the beer expert is. Email answers to enterthecomp@gmail.com by 26th Oct for a chance to win this amazing hamper. A prize suprême!

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Alan Ford – Interview

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Alan Ford – Interview

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Chris Ford

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Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Actor Alan Ford, probably best know for his role as Brick Top in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch.  Alan talked to me about his new film The Smoke.

You are about to star in ‘The Smoke’ can you tell us a bit about it?

It’s a story about some guys in London, including a lawyer called Brad (played by Matt Di Angelo) who get into some adventures, and fall foul of a Mr-Big type gangster, who’s played by me. I don’t want to give too much away! I’ve known the writer, Darren Ripley, for about 13 years now and he always said once he got his film together he’d give me a part in it- and eventually, he did.  He got it together, got it produced, and I was very happy to go along and be part of it.

In The Smoke you play a crime boss figure, this is the sort of role you are known for (and do so well)  is that a good thing as an actor or would you like to have more variety in your roles?

Well, it’s like I always say- it’s better to be typecast than not cast. When I worked in theatre I played all sorts of roles, everything was open to me- and when working in TV and film initially too. But it was when I played Brick Top in Snatch that I became well known for playing a gangster- and most of my work since then has been sort of recreating that role. I would like to – like all actors- show off and do different things- I’m capable of a bit more, but it’s not always in my control.

As for being typecast playing working-class, cockney type gangsters- I would imagine other actors, like Nigel Havers for example, have the same problem, from the other direction. I’m sure he would like to spread his wings a bit more- I think it’s just something actors have to accept.

I think you are best known for playing Brick Top in Snatch, working with Guy Ritchie did you know while filming you were working on something a bit special?

Absolutely. I read the script and thought it was really terrific. It was given to me because I’d been the narrator in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; I did have a big scene in that but it got cut, and when they were looking for the Brick Top character, Guy Ritchie remembered me. I read the script… and I think every London based actor in my age group went up for it. I auditioned for it four times- each time, I put my suit on, made sure I was having a good hair day, put my contact lenses in. And the 4th time I was so fed up with being called back, I didn’t bother to put my lenses in- I just turned up casually, and it worked! It was then I knew I had the part.

I did learn all the lines before my first audition too, which I don’t think the other guys did. I just thought it was a really great part, and so I really wanted to go for it. So I learnt every single one of the characters lines from the film- every line, dot and comma. And then, when I was being screen tested I didn’t have to refer to the script- I could look straight down into the camera and do the lines like I meant it.

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Playing so many intimidating characters do people ever mistake you for that on screen gangster in real life?

People do assume that yeah, sometimes. But people are also very nice! I meet young guys in the street who know the ‘nemesis’ speech from Snatch, word for word. They’ve obviously watched the film over and over again. They’ll stop me, and they generally say things like ’Oh you’re just like my dad’ or ‘you remind me of my uncle’- which is very flattering! Means I’ve done a good job doesn’t it?

Of all the film and Television you have worked on what was the most enjoyable?

I think the most important job I’ve been involved in was back in the 70s. I did a TV series called Law & Order. Not the American one, or the British spin off of the American one- this was the original. It was on BBC2 in 1978, and it was a very important piece of work- it’s the things i’m most proud of being involved in- it was real social history, about policemen, gangsters- but what it was really like. It wasn’t a Sweeney-type, flash show. It was what it’s all really about- corrupt police, corrupt lawyers- true crime. No one was glamorised, it was showing what it was really like.

You have enjoyed a long and successful career and in that time you have worked in TV as well as movies so how do the two mediums compare?

I prefer films. I like the whole business, the people who work in it- the way you get the film together, muck in, all work really hard, it’s really intense… and then it’s all over. Great relief, onto the next one. I wouldn’t like to be in a long-running soap or anything like that- I like to do one-offs. Get it done, and then go home, wait for the next one. I like the flux, and the constant change!

What’s next for you?

I’m between engagements at the moment! I’ve got lots in the can that’s coming up- I did a TV series in Ireland recently caller Damo & Ivor, for RTE. And I’ve got another film coming out on DVD next week called The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared- a really good film that I’m very proud of being involved in. It didn’t get a long run here, ultimately because it’s a foreign language film, but the DVDs out next week. I also did the second series of a show called Lilyhammer, which is being shown on Netflix, and I think the DVD of that is out soon. I’m very proud to be working on that with Stephen Van Zandt, one of the Sopranos. I had a great time doing it- although it was freezing cold last year- we were filming 20 degrees below zero out in the fjords of Norway.

But then my next job was in Phuket, sweltering, doing 100 year old man. I like never knowing where I’ll be going next- it’s always a surprise (and sometimes a shock!)

 

The Smoke is released on DVD & digital platforms on October 20th, 2014, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

 

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We have FIVE copies on DVD to give away, if you would like one just send us a email to enterthecomp@gmail.com , a winner will be drawn at random on OCT 31st.

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Polly Anna Mcintosh – Interview

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Polly Anna Mcintosh – Interview

Posted on 16 October 2014 by Chris Ford

Recently I spoke to Scottish actress Polly Anna McIntosh about her New film White Settlers, her controversial choice of Brown Sauce on chips and the Scottish / English relationship

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Can you tell us a bit about your new film White Settlers?

It’s about a newly married couple who move from the rat race of London to buy their dream home in the Scottish borders. It’s a foreclosed house that the family who owned it couldn’t keep up payments on and the couple get their dream conversion for a song. The house has a further dark history, having been the site of a ferocious battle between the Scots and the English but Sarah and Ed are not much interested in history, just their own future.  On the first night there together, Sarah gets spooked by bumps in the night which Ed teases her about and brushes off as her paranoia. In the middle of a petty argument Ed goes missing and Sarah must escape and ultimately fight the very real threat that descends upon her.

 

Being Scottish yourself was there any hesitation being part of the film and how it portrays the locals in the film?

I actually don’t feel it’s anti Scottish. It’s simply a setting for a tale about haves and have nots but I like the ambiguity of who the bad guys really are in this one. Having been written by a Scot and as a Scot I don’t feel so sensitive about exploring this theme in this setting.

 

Do you think there are enough strong female roles in films? Do you think Sarah is a strong woman?

I think both Sarah and Ed are flawed, I think that’s part of what interested me about doing it in the first place. I think she’s both strong, much more so than she knows at the start, but I also think she can be manipulative, needy and controlling. I feel “strong female characters” are those that the writer is unafraid to show the complexities of.

And no, there aren’t enough of them but I do believe there’s a market for them. Very much so. It’s not always that the mostly male writers out there are necessarily misogynistic, I think they are often just a bit thoughtless and we have this mire of our history to wade through where very often the male-centric industry is lazily unthinking when it comes to developing female characters. They could be having a lot more fun with their work by just looking at these characters as equal in interest to the men and with more women coming through as writers and directors and, frankly, with more actresses recognising they can encourage better rewrites when attached to projects, I think we can redress the balance all round.

 How has the feedback been from the public with this being released at such a sensitive time for Scots/English relations?

I’ve had my first shitty tweet on the subject. No one ever gave me grief before so yes, it’s clearly an incendiary subject. I think people get arsey about it “using” the referendum in some way but in fact the film was written ages ago and made last year when none of us were thinking about it.

It’s an entertaining thriller at the end of the day and I don’t feel it’s an irresponsible one either.

 

 Can you tell us one of your favourite places when  in London and Scotland?

In Scotland I just love walking my old home town of Edinburgh. I love to get a hot chippy in the cold and cover it in brown sauce. In London I love a walk through Richmond Park in the deer rutting season (October). It’s so dramatic. Of course that’s actually a very Scottish thing to witness…

 

White Settlers 2 – The English strike back ,  how about it? 

Pitch it to me!

 Whats next for you?

I’m in development on a comedy I’ve written, a film I’ll direct, and am preparing to play a comedian. As research I’m doing stand up comedy. Stand up is way scarier than shooting any scary movie.

 

White Setters is out now  to view-on-demand and  DVD on Monday. For more information on what Polly Anna is up to why not follow her on Twitter? @PollyAMcIntosh

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