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New Years Eve Celebrations

November 25th, 2014 5:13 pm


So Christmas is only a month away which means New Year’s Eve isn’t far behind. So you can celebrate and welcome in the New Year in style, we’ve made a list of things to do up and down the country. Plan ahead so you’re not disappointed and end 2014 with friends and family.

London – NYE Fire Work display

In the past few years the popularity of London’s New Year’s Eve firework display has rocketed and ever increasing numbers have been turning up to see the spectacle live. So many, in fact, that this year for the first time the show is to be ticketed. The £10 cost will go towards the cost of safety and administration. Of course you may ask, why do I have to pay for something others and I have enjoyed for free? Well Boris argues that the 100,000 ticket holders will all get a decent view as well as a safe night out (apparently 500,000 people turned up last year and the huge crowds are becoming a worry as you can imagine). You can book up to four tickets from noon on Friday September 26 at london.gov.uk/nye. Or plan to watch the action live and free on telly.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the biggest and best New Year celebrations in the world. Things get underway on 30 December with the spectacular Torchlight Procession. Join thousands of torch carriers as they create a river of fire from the historic Royal Mile to the son et lumiére and fireworks finale on Calton Hill. On Hogmanay itself, the action moves to Princes Street in the very heart of the city of Edinburgh beneath the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Around 80,000 people party their way into the new year at the Concert in the Gardens featuring incredible live music From Lilly Allen and entertainment, DJ’s, giant screens, outdoor bars and of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks on the castle ramparts.

And if you need something to clear your head the morning after, why not take part in the (literally) breathtaking Loony Dook, the annual splash in the River Forth at South Queensferry. Take part in the Dookers Parade through the High Street before taking the plunge in the freezing Forth with the iconic Forth Bridges as a backdrop. And don’t forget your fancy dress!

Tickets are now on sale for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Allendale Tar Barl Ceremony, Northumberland

The pretty little town of Allendale in Northumberland, blazes into the new year (literally) with a Pagen fire festival that lights up the midnight sky. The local townsmen, or “guisers”, march towards a ceremonial bonfire carrying whiskey barrels filled with burning tar, clad in Pagan costumes and chanting “Be Damned to He Who Throws Last”. As they toss the barrels into the bonfires, the flames get wilder and cheers get louder. It’s an incredible spectacle and a great night for everybody in the town.

Cardiff Calennig Celebrations

The Welsh capital city has its very own name for its New Year celebrations. ‘Calennig’, which literally means ‘first day of the month’, is always a fun, family friendly occasion, culminating in a fantastic firework finale to start off the new year with a bang.. Enjoy the magic of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, party to music in the civic centre and soak up the atmosphere as the spectacular firework finale brings in 2014. There is a free Cardiff bus service from 7.30pm until 2am to ensure you get in and out the city safely.

Newquay Night Out

Newquay is known for its festive nightlife and New Years Eve is no exception. It’s local custom for everybody to get dressed up and take to the streets for a night on the town. The local pubs, restaurants and clubs are ready for the big one, offering great specials on food and booze for the crowds that descend. Central square is where everybody gathers to catch a glimpse of the fireworks show.

Newcastle Winter Carnival

It’s Newcastle’s turn this year for its moment in the spotlight as it gets ready to welcome Rugby World Cup 2015. Celebrate the arrival of 2015 and a year of rugby in Newcastle with a brand new Winter Carnival Parade that will ring in the New Year in style.

The city centre is where the carnival parade will welcome you to sway, stomp and dance your way down to the Quayside. Down by the River Tyne is where the party really gets started though. Celebrate all things rugby with music, performance and dazzling firework displays to light up the Quayside. It might be cold along the Tyne but there will be amazing musicians on hand to keep your feet moving and add to the lively New Year’s Eve atmosphere. The family friendly early evening celebration and the midnight fireworks are commissioned by Newcastle Gateshead Initiative in partnership with Newcastle City Council Arts Team, working with creative director Jeanefer Jean-Charles and produced by award-winning outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank.




Spotted in Albert Square

November 25th, 2014 4:44 pm


Children in Need always brings plenty of laughs and giggles whilst raising money for an amazing cause. This year was no exception with the cast of Eastenders coming together to create a CIN special. You may have noticed a familiar print amongst the famous cast in the Queen Vic. We love how Pat has lent a touch of glam to our Shimmer Jersey Double Strap Maxi Dress.




The New Barbie?

November 20th, 2014 4:24 pm


Over the years there have been many arguments to do with the child toy Barbie and the unrealistic body ideal she portrays.

An American artist, Nickolay Lamm decided, due to his own negative attitude to his own body growing up, to create a ‘normal Barbie’, named Lammily, which represents an average BMI and body size.

The doll comes with a realistic wardrobe and stick-on acne, scars and stretch marks to combat the false ideals that dominate the children’s doll market.

He used a crowd-funding project and US government health data to make the brown-haired Lammily doll, which reflects what a Barbie doll would actually look like, if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman’s body.

He also edited a video which shows how it’s body would change if she were made into the average barbie. The results are shocking.

Lammily’s instant popularity was largely driven by a concern for body image,” he said in a statement on his website. ”I believe this issue is of great magnitude. I myself have lived through my share of insecurities. Back in high school, I starved myself and exercised to exhaustion to have a set of six-pack abs. After achieving my desired BMI, I looked and felt terrible. This experience taught me to keep things in perspective. Every one of our bodies is different, so we should not be aspiring to some idealized standard.

“When I look at current fashion dolls, I’m reminded of my experience in high school… I’m reminded that there are some things that are just a mirage and not worth emulating. Moreover, I’m reminded that there is beauty in embracing all the aspects of who you are, and in staying true to you.”

With the concept of the doll revolving around being true to you, Lammily also has an average wardrobe and accessories that reflect her many different facets – such as gardening or book-reading. The graphic designer has also created a series of realistic stickers which can be added to the doll, including cellulite, scars, moles, freckles, acne and the ability to blush.

Lamm aims to extend the Lammily doll in the future to include different ethnicities and different healthy body shapes, along with special edition toys based on inspirational role models from the world of sports, actors and world leaders. And of course, a line of male dolls.

Here are some links and videos to explore for yourself.

https://lammily.com/

http://nickolaylamm.com/





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