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New water at Olympics

Glacéau vitaminwater is proud to be worldwide partner and best mate for the London 2012 Olympic Games
September 2011, Glacéau vitaminwater®
is proud to announce its partnership of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The original, great tasting enhanced hydration from New York, is announcing its status as worldwide partner and best mate of the London 2012 Olympic Games. 
 Glacéau vitaminwater is also announcing that British pop sensation and style icon Jessie J, has been brought onboard as a brand ambassador. Glacéau vitaminwater will be inviting and inspiring people to get involved in a series of exciting projects and events, in which Jessie J will be bringing to life the colour, personality and fun of Glacéau vitaminwater.
The first of these projects will be Flavour Creator, an exciting and inspiring competiton that will be inviting the public to co-create, with Glacéau vitaminwater, the flavour of the Olympic Games. Jessie J will be encouraging Britain to co-create this new limited edition flavour of the Olympic Games via a unique Facebook application <>

Scheduled to hit the shelves in time for London 2012 this will be the official Glacéau vitaminwater flavour and the first time Flavour Creator will be activated in the UK – to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jessie J said, “The London 2012 games is a once in a lifetime event and I am so excited to have the chance to be part of it. It is a chance to show Britain at its best with music and sport and creativity combined. Good times

'Bike down' function released as free upgrade


vincentA new function on a pioneering, Thatcham approved tracking device could help bikers involved in an accident receive a much quicker response. The bike down functionality –has been introduced by Bike Trac this month as a free upgrade – will send out an alert when the bikes goes through an angle of 70 degrees or more from vertical when the ignition is switched on.

The alert can be configured by the biker to be sent by text or email to a chosen contact who will receive details including the address of the location that the bike is in, a latitude and longitude reference and a link to Google maps. If necessary, all of the information can be passed direct to the emergency services to accelerate the response time.

For riders, who are planning to drop their bikes frequently, possibly in off road riding and competition, the device can be easily switched off and then turned on again when the bikes are in storage for theft alerts to the owner’s mobile phone.

The discreet on-board motion detection unit is suitable for all types of bikes – on road and off-road and monitors any unusual movements. The clever accessory can detect whether your bike is moving and alerts the rider within a couple of minutes by text or email. Several stolen bikes, particularly in the London area, have already been located with the help of Bike Trac.

The recently released free upgrades also include a battery indicator that alerts the rider if the battery life falls beneath a set threshold, enabling them to save money on replacing a dead battery.

Bike Trac Marketing Manager Neil Kuiper says “We believe that the two new upgrades are useful bits of kit for most riders in the UK and they increase the superb value that a Bike Trac unit can deliver. You can’t really put a price on peace of mind for yourself and friends and family, but Bike Trac offers exactly that as well as much more fun stuff too like route trackers and an opportunity to share your biking routes online.”

The Bike Trac product, available in selected UK motorcycle dealerships now, costs £299 plus a small monthly subscription. The Bike Trac device is registered to the user and not the machine, so can be transferred from bike to bike. For further information or to locate your nearest stockist, please visit

Marmalade vodka!


The deliciously distinctive Marmalade Vodka from Chase Distillery in Hertfordshire is a worthy winner of a gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits Awards, and is all set to become a summer sensation here at home in Britain, lubricating the hottest events of the “season”.

Last year William Chase’s potato vodka – made from home-grown ingredients and distilled on his family farm – beat out 115 competitors to claim the title of “World’s Best Vodka” in San Francisco. This achievement was followed up this year with a gleaming gold medal for Chase’s unique Marmalade Vodka, which competed against more than a thousand brands of flavoured vodka from dozens of countries.

What makes Chase’s Marmalade Vodka extra-special is its unique flavour, acquired from marinating fine English marmalade preserve with Chase potato vodka and infusing it with fresh orange peel in a bespoke Alembic copper pot still.

 “Flavoured vodka is hot right around the world at present, but I believe it is our pure potato spirit at the base, and the precise fruit infusion, that makes our unique Marmalade Vodka stand out from the crowd,” said Mr Chase.

“It began as a bit of a quirky experiment with a limited edition, but proved such a hit that we have now decided to make it a permanent part of our portfolio,” he said.

Chase Marmalade Vodka is crystal clear, with a slight golden hue, exuding a zesty orange aroma. The rich, bitter-sweet flavour is ideal for cocktails, or extremely refreshing sipped neat over ice.

It’s already being enjoyed by connoisseurs of fine spirits around the world since it became available at World Duty Free outlets, and has had several promising pre-view outings at special events at home in England, including the opening of the new London Bistro du Vin.

Chase Marmalade Vodka is going high society at the Henley Regatta in July, when William Chase will be hosting a pop-up bar at the half-way line.

It certainly seems that anybody who is anybody will be mixing with Marmalade Vodka this summer.

Mallory Court 'Ten out of Ten'


Following the successful launch of ‘ten out of ten’, an exceptional industry led training programme designed to inspire young people and create leaders in hospitality, Mallory Court Hotel in Leamington Spa welcomed all hopeful ‘ten out of ten’ applicants to the hotel to run the gauntlet of interviews.

Mallory Court, alongside nine other prestigious hotels in the UK including Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, are hoping to find the future stars of the hospitality industry.

The scheme attracted in excess of 80 applications, scrupulously short listed to the most promising 35 individuals who were all invited to attend a full recruitment day at the luxury Warwickshire Hotel on Friday 10th June.

The day involved applicants taking part in group activities and a networking lunch, observed by industry heavyweights such as Andrew Stembridge, Managing Director at Chewton Glen, who was named Hotelier of the Year 2010/11.  Applicants were then invited to final individual interviews to discuss their skills and knowledge of the industry. The ‘ten out of ten’ panel is to decide on the top ten fortunate people to be offered the opportunity of a lifetime within the industry.

The successful applicants will be rewarded with two and a half years of the best instruction imaginable, working across all sectors of the industry in ten of the best hotels in the country. The training programme will give the lucky few the chance to work alongside Michelin star chefs such as Simon Haigh at Mallory Court plus some of the best hoteliers in the business.  

Mark Chambers, Managing Director of Eden Hotel Collection to which Mallory Court belongs, commented,

‘Mallory Court is excited to be part of ten out of ten and extremely proud to have hosted it. This event was the culmination of two years of hard work, resulting in the best young hopefuls in the industry being singled out and recognised for their extraordinary potential. We set out to find future stars of the industry and hopefully we have done just that’.

Oxford writer 'Keeping Mum' for Alzheimer's UK


marianne_tablot_-_pressUniversity of Oxford philosopher and writer, Marianne Talbot, is donating a percentage of her profits from her highly acclaimed book, Keeping Mum, to Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Published last month (April) and featured in the Daily Mail, the book tells Marianne’s deeply moving story of caring for her mother who died with Alzheimer’s two years ago. 

Fifty-five year old Marianne, who lives in Oxford, talked about the book and explained her motivation for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK:

“I’ve written Keeping Mum for anyone who has anything to do with Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia. By reading it they will know they are not alone. Everyone who buys the book will also help raise desperately needed money for dementia research as five percent of my profits will go to the experts, Alzheimer’s Research UK. 

“When my mum Lesley was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I looked after her in my own home for five years. Keeping Mum is a chronicle of the fears and frustrations, the love and laughter and the tears and trauma we went through. It also describes the agony of my eventual decision to put her into a care home. 

“Watching mum deteriorate was one of the saddest things I have ever done. So much more needs to be learnt about this cruel disease and this can only be achieved through research.” 

Miranda Mays, Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer’s Research UK, added:

“We wish Marianne continued success with Keeping Mum. It is a heart-warming and frank account of caring for someone with dementia with plenty of practical advice too. We greatly appreciate her support and every £20 raised will pay for another vital hour of pioneering research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia. 

“Over 6,000 people in Oxfordshire are living with dementia today but funding for research lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely entirely on our wonderful supporters like Marianne to fund our world-class dementia research.”  

Keeping Mum: Caring For Someone With Dementiais published by Hay House and costs £8.99. More information is available at

Brethertons launch hub


Property Management specialist solicitors Brethertons is pleased to announce the launch of the Property Management Alliance (PMA) Knowledge Hub.

The Hub is designed to provide up-to-date information on legal matters affecting the residential property management sector.  It contains a range of articles, factsheets and newsletters that clients, contacts, students or potential clients can subscribe to free of charge.

Alison McCormack, head of property management at Brethertons explains: "Whether you are a client, contact, student or potential client, we hope that you'll find this a useful and informative resource, our new PM Alliance Knowledge Hub underlines our specialist approach to solving your legal problems."

"We hope that those working in or connected to the residential property management industry, including managing agents, freeholders, developers, suppliers, members of residents associations, directors of RMC's and RTM companies together with members of ARMA, IRPM, ARHM, FPRA and the RICS will subscribe to this new online service."

For a direct link to the PM Alliance Knowledge Hub visit: featured factsheets include:


  • Understanding Collective Enfranchisement
  • What is Commonhold?
  • Energy Performance Certificates
  • Liability of Service Charge after a Flat is Sold
  • Consultation Regarding Major Works and Long Term Contracts
  • Reserve and Sinking Finds Explained
  • Understanding Residents Association
  • Understanding the Lease Ground Rent and Service Charge


Subscribers to the Hub will also be able to book onto forthcoming webinars, subscribe to Brethertons newsletters and will be able to join the PM Alliance Linkedin group. 


Brethertons' property management team operate in the complex area of recoveries, dealing with landlords and residential property managers to recover ground rent and service charge payments.  The team of 23 property managers work with their clients to recover service charge arrears for their sizable property developments throughout the UK. 


The team also works closely with the main recognised industry professional bodies, the Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) and the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM).  They deliver training sessions to hundreds of ARMA /IRPM members via a series of web based seminars throughout the year and are soon to host the fourth IRPM legal training weekend at which student members attend.

£200,000 Rolls Royce Auctioned


1929_rolls-royce_40_50hp_phantom_ii_weymann_sports_saloonA 1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Weymann Sports Saloon was one of the highlights of the Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia sale at Bonhams Oxford recently. The car sold for just over £200,000.

   The Phantom II, reputedly the last model that Henry Royce designed himself, was announced in September 1929 with deliveries commencing immediately.

   Immediately after the end of the Great War the recession in the motor trade prompted Rolls Royce to introduce a smaller, cheaper 20hp car to be built alongside the existing 40/50hp Silver Ghost. In 1925, the New Phantom (known as Phantom I) was introduced, taking Henry Royce’s designs from the old Silver Ghost as well as using the developments and modern features pioneered on the smaller 20hp car.

   Unlike its predecessor, which inherited its underpinnings from the 40/50hp model, the Silver Ghost, the Phantom II employed an entirely new chassis inspired by the smaller 20hp Rolls-Royce as well as a new engine.

   The Phantom II chassis provided a platform for some of the truly outstanding designs of its day, and was highly favoured by prominent coachbuilders. The example offered by Bonhams carries Weymann-type sports saloon coachwork by H J Mulliner.

   Taking its unique place within motoring history, the Phantom II’s few owners have been known for their taste in sporting motor cars, one of which affectionately naming the car “The Captain” in reference to it presence and authority. The Phantom II is presented in fabulous condition having received a complete restoration by Alpine Eagle, and is ready to use for high speed road trips and rallies.

   Further highlights of the sale include:

1921 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost Drophead Coupé with Dickey

£110,000 -130,000

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