Archive | August, 2015

Insane shot from the top of The Orbit, Olympic Park, London

Insane shot from the top of The Orbit, Olympic Park, London

Posted on 31 August 2015 by Chris Ford

We dont usually share random youtube videos but this one is pretty cool, youtube mega stars How Ridiculous show some amazing skills atop of The Orbit Tower in Londons Olympic Park. I wont spoil it for you check it out for yourself!

The shot was part of Lucozade Energy’s Find Your Flow campaign

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Funzing, The AirBNB of experiences?

Posted on 31 August 2015 by Chris Ford

Funzing, is a new website which they pitch as The AirBNB of experiences, its an interesting idea, An events website in the style of a sharing economy, where a community of people can share their passions and hobbies (helping them to generate income from what they love) whilst giving Londoners a range of fun and unique events to fill their time here I have complied a few of the events that interested me to give you an idea of whats on offer, the only problem is which do I sign up for?

Debauched London, Bankside, Brothels and Beer


What: Just over the river from the City of London, is the infamous Southbank (aka Bankside), which has long been associated with distractions and debauchery! There has always been a history of entertainment south of the Thames, and in days gone by, cockfighting, bear baiting, drinking and gambling could be enjoyed, as well as the most debauched entertainment of the day…Theatre. Every day, thousands of visitors and Londoners alike enjoy all of the excitement that the Southbank has to offer, including Tate Modern, The Golden Hinde, The Clink Prison Museum and Shakespeare’s Globe. The entertainment may be different today than in times gone by, but it’s still a place to enjoy a wonderful afternoon. Join this tour to experience all the entertainment the Southbank has to offer!

Learn How to Make the Perfect Pork Sausage


What: Come along to Hampstead Butchery & Providore for a fun filled evening learning how to make the perfect pork sausage from Senior Butcher, Freddy. Freddy will pass on his professional

hints and tips in this most traditional of Butchery skills using only the finest free-range pork. The workshop will include preparation of the pork and your sausage mix, stuffing your sausages and learning the skill of linking. You’ll be able to choose your own sausage recipe from the delicious ingredients provided daily at Hampstead Butchery. You’ll also be provided with all necessary over garments. At the end of the workshop, you’ll take home around 6 kg of your very own handmade sausages, sure to impress your friends or family!


Secret Pub Crawl of Shoreditch Bars & Beer Pong


What: Secret Pub Crawls Shoreditch is an alternative pub crawl for locals, students or visitors who want to go beyond the standard tourist trails and discover the very best nightlife in super cool East London (Shoreditch). Jordan will take you on a Secret Route of the best bars in the area. You’ll receive free shots in each place, exclusive discounts and free entry to all locations. Plus there is even a chance to play beer pong! The focus of the tour is socialising, not just drinking. You’ll be part of a friendly, likeminded crowd who all want to unwind, meet new people and enjoy a fantastic night out.


Follow in the Footsteps of Jack the Ripper


What: The autumn of 1888 will forever be known in London as the Autumn of Terror. In London’s East End a serial killer stalked the streets, murdering prostitutes and mutilating their bodies. His name was Jack the Ripper! With nearly 100 suspects put forward to date, just who was this mysteries predator? What do we actually know about Jack the Ripper? This tour will explore exactly that. Your guide will sift through the evidence and eyewitness accounts; using the criminal, psychological and geographical profiling of the killer, to examine each suspect one by one. You’ll visit the murder sites and your guide will explain each gruesome killing. You’ll re-trace the killers footsteps and explore what life was like for the poor, living in the slums of London’s East End.


Graffiti & Street Art Workshop


What: Step into the underground street art world and experience Danny’s unique creative Urban Graffiti & Street Art Workshop. Danny, a professional London Graffiti artist, will share his secret techniques and assist you in creating an art piece of your own. The Workshop will include a basic introduction into the use of spray paints, stencils and other typical street art materials. You’ll also receive a basic art lesson in colour theory and drawing.


Parkour Outdoor Class


What: Do you want a really fun way to get in shape and have fun? Love to socialise and meet new people, engage in team challenges while at the same time increasing your fitness levels? Then this Parkour outdoor class is perfect for you! All classes last 2 hours and cover the basic movements used in the discipline of Parkour. You will be safely taught and instructed how to run, jump, climb and balance on loads of obstacles in the outside environment!


To find out more about the above events or discover your own head over to

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Quorn, What is it good for?

Quorn, What is it good for?

Posted on 31 August 2015 by Chris Ford

I’m a meat eater 100%, the idea of veggie alternatives to things like burgers, sausages and chicken have never really interested me, why would I bother?  and thats pretty much the mind set I brought with me when I was invited by Quorn to a BBQ event using you guessed it nothing but Quorn as the protein source.


So what is in Quorn I hear you ask?  well I wondered that too, Quorn’s main ingredient is Mycoprotein, a nutritious member of the fungi family that is grown by fermentation similar to the process used in the production of bread, yoghurt and beer.

Then you wonder Quorn foods healthy? or healhier than their meat conterparts? Yes!
Mycoprotein, the main ingredient used to make Quorn products, is a healthy protein source
and good source of dietary fibre and is low in fat especially saturated fat. Many Quorn products are
a source of protein, which contributes to the maintenance of normal bones. Many Quorn products are also low in saturated fat. Reducing the amount of saturated fat in the diet can help to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels as part of a healthy lifestyle and a varied and balanced diet.
All the above is all well and good but does Quorn taste any good? well that’s what we were at the BBQ to find out and we tried a wide range of products from Quorn and I can say I was mostly really impressed, certainly seasonings and dressings help, a plain Quorn burger to me is never going to blow you away but then would a plain beef burger do much for you? in my case no not really.
 I think my favourite Quorn products from the night were the burgers and the sausages,  with both I didnt feel like I was missing out by not having meat and the recipies created by by the Quorn chefs on the night were amazing, I have shared below a few of my favourties that I hope you can enjoy too, I have already made the burgers at home twice so they are a massive hit in my household


Serves 2 | 10 mins cooking time Z 426 cals per serving | 5.3g sat fat per serving
2 Quorn Chef’s Selection Classic Burgers
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 ciabatta roll
Handful of pea shoots
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 tbsp sliced red jalapeno peppers
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
200g sweetcorn
1 tsp chipotle paste, or to taste
1 tsp fresh coriander, chopped
1. For the chipotle salsa heat the oil in a pan and
cook the sweetcorn for 2 – 3 minutes or until just
starting to brown, stir in the chipotle paste. Cool
then stir in the coriander and tip into a serving
2. Lightly brush the burgers with a tsp of the oil
and grill or BBQ for 8 – 10 minutes (as per back of
pack instructions), turning frequently.
3. Meanwhile, slice the ciabatta in half horizontal
ly; brush the cut side with remaining oil and
place under a hot grill or on the BBQ to toast.
4. Place the pea shoots on the base of the bread, t
op with the Quorn burger and add some slices
of red onion. Finish with jalapeno peppers before s
easoning with freshly ground pepper.
5. Serve with the corn chipotle salsa.


Serves 3 | 15 mins cooking time | 243 cals per serving | 1.1g sat fat per serving
250g pack Quorn sausages – use your favourite flavour, if using frozen allow to defrost
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 rounded tsp wholegrain mustard
2 tbsp mango chutney
1 red onion, cut into wedges
1 red pepper, de-seeded and cut into chunky dice
cherry tomatoes
skewer sticks – soak wooden sticks in water for a few minutes before grilling or barbecuing to
prevent burning
1. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and mango chutney together in a bowl. Coat the
sausages with the glaze, cut into bite sized pieces
2. Thread the onions, onto the skewers or kebab sticks alternating with the Quorn sausage,
peppers and tomatoes.
3. Place the skewers onto a barbecue and cook turning frequently until vegetables are cooked
and sausages are piping hot throughout, brushing with any remaining glaze.
4. They are equally good roasted in the oven 200C,
Gas Mark 6 for 10-12 minutes.
Since the event Quorn has certainly become a part of my diet, for someone like me trying to loose some weight Quorn is an excellent alternative to processed meats that are high in fat but an alternative I can enjoy without feeling Im missing out on my favourite meals which is a real plus, so a big thumbs up to Quorn products from me!
for info on Quorn and for some more great recipes head over to

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Posted on 31 August 2015 by Chris Ford

Pressure stars Danny Houston, Daisy Lowe , Matthew Goode, Joe Cole and Alan McKenna as four deep sea saturation divers become stranded 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after disaster strikes their ship. With the air in their bodies compressed to withstand the depth, surfacing too fast without decompressing is unthinkable and will lead to almost certain death. With their diving bell damaged, rescue uncertain and oxygen depleting, they are forced to work together to fight for their survival.






To celebrate the release of Pressure on DVD we have THREE copies to giveaway, to win just email  with the subject ‘Pressure’ by September 11th 2015 upon which we will select three random winners, good luck!

PRESSURE is a nail-biting claustrophobic thriller set in a diving bell at the bottom of the sea

Starring Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna and Daisy Lowe

Available to rent and buy on DVD from 31st August, courtesy of eOne


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Making Cocktails with Jägermeister

Posted on 26 August 2015 by Chris Ford

the weathers been a bit miserable this week so to cheer myself up I thought I would make myself a cocktail and imagine I’m sitting by a sunny beach somewhere (or at least try!)

I had some Jägermeister in the fridge so thought Id try this recipe I found on their website called the Root 56 and very glad I did!

Jägermeister Root 56

Pour 50ml of Jägermeister over ice in a long glass.

Fill the remainder of the glass with Old Jamaica Ginger Beer

Finish with sliced cucumber and lime




The result is a very different drink to Jägermeister straight up the cucumber, ginger beer and lime all work really well to compliment the flavour of the Jägermeister making an absolute winner of a cocktail, I didn’t have any ice in so mine had a bit more space for ginger beer but if anything this was a great thing, I loved the ROOT 56 and Im sure you will too.


Bottles of Jägermeister are currently available in special Root 56 packs that combine a bottle of Jägermeister and a can of Old Jamaica ginger beer.

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Rise of The Krays Interview – Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie

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Rise of The Krays Interview – Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie

Posted on 24 August 2015 by Chris Ford

Recently I had the pleasure to talk to Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie who the Kray brothers in the new Krays movie The Rise of The Krays, we spoke among about how it felt to play such infamous figures, if they would have liked to meet the Krays and how they felt about the other two Krays movies that have been made.

To celebrate the release Simon and Kevin have also signed three posters which along with a DVD of the film we will be giving away.

To win one of the four prizes just email us at  with the answer to the following :

What is the name of the East End pub The Krays are famously associated with ?

A. The Blind Beggar

B. The Kings Head

C. The Dog and Duck

The Rise of The Krays is out on DVD and Blu-Ray from the 31st August and you can pre order your copy now

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My Morning Routine – National Grooming Day

My Morning Routine – National Grooming Day

Posted on 21 August 2015 by Chris Ford

Well today is National grooming day and to celebrate Mira Showers the bathroom specialists asked me to share with you what I get up to in my bathroom as part of my morning routine so here we go:

Brush My Teeth

The first thing I do is brush my teeth, I use a sonicare tooth brush and have done for years, trust me if you haven’t used one it will change your life!

Every morning I jump in the shower first washing a shower gel then on alternated days I shampoo my hair and finally while in the shower I use a facial cleanser, I love the bright awake feeling it gives me when I wash it off, amazing way to start the day!

I only started moisturising a few years ago but feel so much better for it, I rub some mosituriser in my face before bed and when I get out of the shower in the morning, if you don’t currently moisturise you really should start.
Style Hair
When I was younger I used gel to sickly heavy levels, now I use a simple Pomade to slick back my hair leaving a much more natural look and feel than that gel ever did!

I’m going through a scruffy beard phase at the moment but when not I would shave daily using a shave gel as opposed to cream, I’ve always found the cream messy and annoying a gel is a much simpler solution.


So there you go its basic but it gets the job done!



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The Pen – The Classic Status Symbol

The Pen – The Classic Status Symbol

Posted on 12 August 2015 by Chris Ford

I go through an awful lot of pens. Why? Brazen theft, that’s why!
Every day, my workmates will come over to my desk, pick up my pen, and walk off with it. They say it’s unintentional – after all, who can distinguish one disposable Bic from another? But accidental or not, I needed a solution to stop my pens vanishing, and opted for something classier than getting on of those chains they use in banks.
With my birthday coming up, I decided to treat myself to a decent pen. And not only a good pen but one with my name on it to try to curtail those klepto pen fairies roaming about my office.

I ended up at Pen Heaven. It was started in 2008 by owner Keith Cole who says he’s always had a passion for pens and the experience of a hand written note. I must say Pen Heaven really has something for everyone, from those on a budget to those really looking to splash out.
As mentioned I wanted to personalise my pen to try and stop it going walkies and the whole process was very simple. Select the engraved pens section (which narrows down the pens that are able to be engraved) then it’s just a matter of choosing your pen and typing in your desired text.

After much deliberation I selected a sterling silver roller ball from Otto Hut, a German pen manufacturer I hadn’t heard of before, but really like their simple elegant designs.
So I ordered my engraved pen about 3pm and to my surprise a courier arrived with it the very next day. Now that’s service.

The Otto Hut pen is reassuringly solid and feels extremely well made. I have been using the pen for about a week now. It’s a pleasure to write with and the subtle engraving is very impressive. I must also add that so far no-one has pilfered my pen or at least if they have they have seen my name on it and returned it to its rightful owner.
Pen Heaven have been a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. The website is cleanly laid out and it was very easy to customise my purchase which then arrived with superfast delivery. So if you are on the looking for a special pen you can’t go wrong with Pen Heaven!

For our readers we currently have a special offer code to receive 15% off your order at, just enter GG2015 at checkout.


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Hellmanns Easy Empanada Recipe

Hellmanns Easy Empanada Recipe

Posted on 10 August 2015 by Chris Ford

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A  Wimbledon Retrospective

A Wimbledon Retrospective

Posted on 06 August 2015 by Chris Ford

As I sit here on a as usual unpredictably sunny day at home stranded somewhat because of the tube strike here in London I hear a knock on the door from the mail man, and it’s a nice surprise instead of a bill for once!


Stella Artois are sponsors of this years Wimbledon tournament and kindly sent me some goodies from the event, I’ve just got the beer nice and cold and it reminds me how I do overlook good solid lagers like Stella Artois, sometimes I’m so focused on craft beers and local breweries I forgot there is a time and a place for all types of beer and for me on a hot sunny day nothing beats an ice cold glass of Stella, I’m not just saying this because they sent me a few bottles it really does hit the spot with its crisp smooth taste which is totally what you want on a hot sunny day.


Anyway back to Wimbledon, I really enjoyed the tournament this year I wasn’t lucky enough to go but the coverage on tv as usual has been excellent and in honor of that I thought Id remind you of the past Wimbledon men’s winners in the noughties :







2015 – Novak Djokovic (Serbia)


2014 – Novak Djokovic (Serbia)






2013- Andy Murray (UK) , Murray memorably beat Djokovic and was the nations hero







2012- Roger Federer (Switzerland) , Murray narrowly lost out to Federer in 2012

Novak Djokovic celebrates





2011- Novak Djokovic (Serbia)






2010- Rafael Nadal (Spain)






2009- Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2008- Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2007- Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2006- Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2005- Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2004- Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2003- Roger Federer (Switzerland)






2002- Lleyton Hewitt (Austrailia)







2001- Goran Ivanisevic (Croatia)







2000- Pete Sampras (Usa)



So as you can see there is defiantly form for multiple wins in the men’s tournament so will Murray do it again next year? I really hope so its time Britain starts winning things again!


oh and if you like my lovely Stella Artois Chalice you too can have one, they even have Wimbledon themed versions up for grabs! just head over to







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