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Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Posted on 25 November 2015 by Chris Ford

Like last year I’ve tried to bring you a selection of things I’ve liked this year and Id love to get as a gift this Christmas, I’ve also tried to think what do you get for the man that has everything?  Well here’s some ideas.

 

Swigg Hip Flask

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Swigg is a fairly a new British startup who produce beautifully crafted high quality hip flasks that you are able to fully personalise to your taste, whether you prefer the naked stainless look, leather bound or even harris tweed there are options for everyone in a variety of colours.  I picked one of these up earlier in the year in black leather and am blown away by the quality, this would truly be the perfect gift for spirt loving man… mine currently is looking after my Woodford Reserve.

swigflasks.com  From £41.00

 

men-ü  wash bag

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The Travel Kit is the perfect companion to keep well groomed whilst on your travels. the kit include handy airport friendly size shampoo, shower gel, liqiflex (a hair gel suitable for all hair types) as well as shave creme, face wash and a skin refreshing gel. All the liquids are under 100ml so if you are doing the hand luggage only thing the are perfect although you will have to temporarily decant into a plastic bag to get through security!

The toiletry bag itself is perfect, its not bulky but has plenty of room for everything you need including a separate compartment for your toothbrush and razor, this was a real discovery for me this year.

www.men-u.co.uk  £29.95

Gear 4 shower Party

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Sing in the shower?  errm yes I confess I do well with the Gear 4 Shower party you can be accompanied by your favorite music! With a handy suction cup the Shower Party attaches to your shower wall and connects seamlessly to my phone via bluetooth which I leave on the table just outside the bathroom with absolutely zero distortion it seems bluetooth has come a long way.

Amazon.co.uk £29.99

 

Antler Cabin bag?  Delta C1 Cabin Suitcase Black

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Budget airlines are great but you have to work really hard to keep them budget seeing as they seem to charge for absolutely everything! this includes hold luggage which is why the savvy traveler takes hand luggage only, simple right? well not exactly.

The bag has to conform to a very strict size of 55 x 40 x 20 cm and the Delta C1 from Antler does this exactly. The bag is sturdy well made and surprisingly spacious considering the size restrictions. Fitted with a built in TSA approved lock, internal zip pockets, four spinner wheels  and with a lifetime warranty from Antler which certainly gives me the confidence that this bag is going to last.

 

www.Antler.co.uk  £135.00

 

 

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century

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As the world celebrates the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra, Jack Daniel’s is giving Ol’ Blue Eyes the ultimate salute with the release of a brand new, limited edition expression, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century.

Celebrating the legendary friendship of two global icons, only 100 barrels of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century have been created, captured in individually numbered bottles making each as unique as the man it’s attributed to.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century is housed in a tailor made, lacquered carry case that resembles one of the grand pianos Frank famously played upon. A previously unreleased recording of Frank performing live at the Sands sits alongside the bottle embedded in a stylish tie clip, as well as a specially created book filled with stories, cocktails recipes and songs.  A perfect gift for the whiskey loving man. I really want this!

www.jackdaniels.com   £399.99

Dyson V6 Total Clean

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Yes I know what you are thinking a vacuum cleaner as a gift? but hear me out I got one of these this year and it’s absolutely awesome for lazy men like me! I find I can nip round and clean the flat so much quick with the Dyson as there is no need to plug it in and it’s so light I really do find myself spending half the time I once did vacuuming up of a weekend. Also it’s great for those awkward little corners you normally can’t get at with your corded vac and finanly well it’s a gadget and what man doesn’t like a new gadget?

www.currys.co.uk  £279.99

Dolce Gusto® Stelia Coffee Machine

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I decided to brew my own coffee at home for my morning cup and set about doing some research on the different pod based systems out there on the market. My Brother has a Nespresso machine which while the coffee was impressive is very limited in two factors, firstly you have to buy the pods online (no nipping down the supermarket) and secondly the drink types are basically limited to a espresso or a long espresso… not what I’m after.

So I thought I’d go down the supermarket and see what pods they actually stock and the main one in all of the major shops near me seems to be Dolce Gusto, what’s more they come in a variety of pod types from Latte, to Americano, Hot Chocolate you name it.

Overall I’m really impressed with the Dolce Gusto Stelia , the system is convenient and easy to use which is exactly what I want in the morning when I’m rushing around.

www.amazon.co.uk  £149.99

 

Jack Daniels Stainless Steel Hip Flask

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Yes I know I already suggested a hip flask but one thing you should learn is you can never have too many hip flasks! also this ones a bit more budget friend and cool as hell in the process! you can pick up the Jack Daniels hip flask from the newly launched Jack store.

www.jackdaniels.co.uk

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Keith Lemon’s Back T’Future Tribute

Keith Lemon’s Back T’Future Tribute

Posted on 16 November 2015 by Chris Ford

Here’s a strange one just in time for Christmas and in the shadows of Back to the Future day, Keith Lemon has recreated the film starring errr  himself!

Keith Lemon’s Back T’Future Tribute sees Keith, with the help of his celebrity friends, remake some of his favorite Back to the Future scenes, with Paddy McGuiness playing Biff, Gino D’Acampo taking on the role of Doc and McBusted performing the film’s iconic song, ‘Johnny B. Goode’.

Keith also heads off on a transatlantic pilgrimage to visit the film’s iconic locations and meets some of the original cast and crew, including co-creator Bob Gale. He hangs out with the film’s biggest fans, real-life time travel boffins and shows off his skateboarding skills.

Keith Lemon’s Back T’Future Tribute’ broke records when it aired recently on ITV2 and the DVD is out now through Universal Pictures. To celebrate its success and for a bit of fun we have created a brilliant limited edition run of VHS packaging for the DVD.
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Available from Amazon now as well as all the usual places

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Jack Daniels UK store now open

Posted on 12 November 2015 by Chris Ford

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Jack Daniels fans are a loyal bunch and the iconic logo has been worn on many a t-shirt for years even by non-whiskey drinkers! Well as of now you can pick up all your Jack related goodies all from their new official UK online store.

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Whether you fancy a Jack Daniel’s T-shirt , hip flask (my fave I have one its awesome) or the latest limited Sinatra Select limited Whiskey  or they even have a gift set in a mini guitar case how cool is that???   the Jack Daniels store has you covered … just in time for Christmas too!

 

head over to www.Jackdaneils.co.uk  to check it out

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Breaking Mad – immersive party experience

Posted on 10 November 2015 by Chris Ford

SAY MY NAME! – this December with Shout About London and Secret Party TT launch this year’s biggest immersive party experience – .

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Launching on the 1st December, for 8 nights only, Breaking Mad pays homage to the modern day Godfather. Perfectly located within the Old Truman Brewery, this addictive attraction will provide one final ‘fix’ before the holidays take hold.

Leaving judgement (and gray matter) at the door, this new immersive experience will have party-goers questioning their morals and second guessing their motives as each is taken on a journey into their deepest, darkest thoughts for a personal adventure like no other. Cartel inspired dens will consume innocent souls and feed off bad behaviour, whilst custom ‘cooked’ cocktails will leave the weak begging for more – there’ll be no half-measures here!

Through a series of high octane, sensory explosions of consumption and intriguing encounters, lasting for two-and-a-half hours, everyone will get a glimpse into the lives of those in their favourite TV show, all in one awesomely fun and perilous night.

Whatever the reason for going, guests are advised to tread lightly and take no prisoners, as no one knows who will come knocking at the door.

Tickets are priced at £44 and include two themed cocktails.

Available exclusively from Time Out

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THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

Posted on 10 November 2015 by Chris Ford

Are you a Twin Peaks fan? Then this could be the event of the year for you!
THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM inspired by the world of Twin Peaks and David Lynch has extended their dates so more ticket buyers who couldn’t make the first round can enjoy the amazing experience and some DAMN FINE COFFEE…
I experienced the show? Is that the right word? Or immersive experience last week and while I cant really say much as to give away things from the moment you walk in the door you are in the world the actors have created, you walk into the diner for a Damn Fine Coffee and the entertainment begins! The food is strange but authentic American diner kind of, the coffee and booze filed and the night is bizzare!

To book tickets head over to www.notwhattheyseem.com the run has been extended until November 21st

The Owls Are Not What They Seem photo 1 by Paul Choy

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August EP715 – Active Noise Cancelling Earphones

Posted on 09 November 2015 by Chris Ford

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August have come up with a fantastic idea here, noise canceling ear buds that can be powered by your phones own battery! I have owned a similar product before but this involved using AA batteries which not only bulked up the device its just plain annoying when the battery runs out! The Beauty of the EP715 from August is the fact they come with a cable to be powered by either your apple or android device allowing you to make use of the noise canceling capabilities.
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Noise canceling works well, the hum and drone of the train or the plane you are on is almost gone, it wont block out outside noise completely but then I have yet to find a product that does.

The only downside for me is the the doesn’t come with the usual selection of differing size ear buds meaning its a one size fits all situation which thankfully for me worked pretty well but I could see others having an issue.

A must buy if like me you are commuter

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Mangal 1.1 comes to Shoreditch

Mangal 1.1 comes to Shoreditch

Posted on 04 November 2015 by Chris Ford

Started in 1990, Mangal Ocakbasi has become one of London’s most iconic restaurants. Located in a Dalston backstreet off the Kingsland Road, the smell of smoke and charcoal lingering in the air, will soon guide you directly to the queues of people waiting to get into this top eatery.

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Winner of Time Out’s Eating & Drinking Awards in 1993 and runner-up in 1994.Mangal has become one of the most sought after places to dine in London. (You will often find a star hidden in the corner of the restaurant tucking into one of Mangal’s staple dishes.)

And now, 25 years on since this family-run business first opened their doors, they have finally decided to expand to uber trendy Shoreditch on Rivington Street.
Chef /Owner Ercan CUCE, who inherited the family-run business from his father, describes the decision to expand as a ‘momentous occasion and a natural progression’ for his much-loved restaurant. ‘We couldn’t think of a better or more exciting time to grow Mangal. Here at Mangal, we have a passion for fresh, exciting Turkish food and we want to continue to share our love and passion to a wider audience.’

The restaurant is located inside the Bedroom Bar & Comedy Cafe and open for lunch Monday to Friday, and dinner Monday to Saturday and last week we were invited to give the menu ago and were totally blown away.
I have never actually gone to the original Mangal but have heard amazing things over the years so with this latest expansion right on my doorstep it seemed rude not to go along.
The restaurant is situated in small but perfectly sized area of the comedy club set to relaxed rustic surroundings, they serve simple well-made food and the setting is the same.

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We started off with a plate off with some hummus and bread with a ice cold Effes beer to wash it down.

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Our starter proper was a large fresh plate of salad to share, Im not one to order a salad but the veg was fresh crunchy and lightly dressed perfect for me.

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Our main was another sharing plate this time we were brought a selection of the charcoal cooked meats Mangal 1.1 has to offer which were all beautiful but the stand out for me was the chicken which was absolutely gorgeous!

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We were totally stuffed by this point but our waitress insisted we must try the desert which Baklava which is a blend of filo pastry pistachio nuts and cream.. delicious!
My Verdict?
Forget what you know about kebabs head along to Mangal 1.1 and let them show you how it should be done, I certainly plan on returning very soon.

Mangal 1.1 is located inside the Comedy Club & Bedroom Bar at 68 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY

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Competition: Sony Smart Watch Worth £159.95 Up For Grabs!

Competition: Sony Smart Watch Worth £159.95 Up For Grabs!

Posted on 04 November 2015 by Chris Ford

Be a Part of a Heritage of Innovation on a Graduate Scheme with Nationwide Building Society

 

A graduate scheme is a great opportunity for rapid career progression for successful applicants, and in an area as fast-paced and exciting as digital and technology, the sky’s the limit for opportunities.

 

As the UK’s largest building society, Nationwide’s graduate programmes offer something a little different for people who are interested in a career within the financial services sector. Their size means you can expect enormous scope, variety and opportunity within a modern business with traditional mutual values at their core.

 

Named one of the best companies to work for (6th in the Sunday Times ’Best Companies’ Best Big Companies to Work For List 2015), graduates will be offered a permanent contract and roles and responsibilities from day one, as well as award-winning training and development. As part of the programme, they will develop technical knowledge tailored to the division and business area in which they are working.

 

For more information and to apply, please visit: www.nationwide-jobs.co.uk/et

Responding to the evolving needs of its members, Nationwide has a heritage of innovation; in 2014, Nationwide became the first high street provider to offer 24/7 customer service with their @AskNationwide twitter team, it became the first financial services provider in the UK to offer a wearable banking app which was rolled out to Apple Watch this Summer, and in 1997 was first to offer an internet bank.

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As part of their effort to foster a culture of innovation and to help you in your job search, Nationwide Building Society want to give you the chance to win a Sony Smart Watch worth £159.95! Not only will you be able to check on your emails for interviews, you’ll also be on time for them too.

 

To be in with the chance of winning, simply answer the following question:

 

In what year did Nationwide launch their 24/7 customer service Twitter team?

  1. A) 2013
  2. B) 2014
  3. C) 2015

email your answer to enterthecomp@gmail.com  by Friday 20th November 2015 for a chance to win.

 

Good luck!

 

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