Why say thank you this Christmas when you can SING IT?!!! #bigthankyou @tesco

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So are you lot on to your second or third Christmas dinner yet? Need to say thank you to those family members who have slaved away for hours to cook that perfectly stuffed Turkey, roast those potatoes and sizzle those sprouts? Then Tesco has the perfect thank you gift, which should put a smile on everyone’s faces in time for 2014.

The supermarket giant has launched  the #Big Thank You campaign, providing fun ways to say thank you for the little things that matter to you at Christmas, using short songs.  (The Big Thank You videos can be watched and shared here.)

They’ve already had a whopping 200,000 views and shares between them and its not hard to see why… here’s one of our favourites, its the Instagram thank you…

Thank you’s are a changing and look set to go even more digital in 2014, so… 

Tesco’s jumped on the band wagon, and decided to join the social media fun by  providing a series of short YouTube videos for a fun way to share a thank you through entertaining songs.

With videos featuring a singing trio whose songs cover everything from Christmas socks to sprouts and cooking the dinner, the campaign has been running from Christmas day. There are 15 short clips which can be emailed, tweeted or posted to family and friends.

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But what about tradition we hear you say… 

It’s a traditional part of Christmas day to call friends and family and to say thanks for the gifts received, but this year we did it online more than ever. With over 90% of 16-24 year olds and 74% 25-44 years olds on social media, it’s clear that many of us will be spreading the Christmas cheer online.

Tesco has been emailing their millions of Clubcard customers the Big Thank You videos to offer their singing services, as well as sharing them through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 22.45.28

This is all young people nonsense no? 

And it’s not just youngsters who’ll be on social media during this festive period either, as 19% of 65-74 year olds are also online tweeting and posting. Tesco expect to see grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles all sharing the Big Thank You videos with relatives. And, with record numbers of us expecting to unwrap tablets – 60% of us have one our wish list** there will be a tuneful way to say thank you with your new gift.

Get sharing and Sing a song of Thank You’s! Thanks to Tesco! 

The Big Thank You videos can be watched and shared here.

Have a happy and safe New Years everyone and bring on 2014!! x

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Get yourself top of the Glam List with @lip_smacker @Barrymcosmetics @GloMineralsUK @styloko #beauty #makeup #shopping

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 09.03.27So every girl loves the opportunity to play around with the newest and hottest make up trends. There’s a never ending flow of amazing products coming our way, so its hard to try and find the best of the best. Well, fear not Snoochers as we’ve done it all for you…From eyes to lips to foundation, we’ve picked our top two  make up brands to show off some of their latest trends and then introduce you Styloko a whole new shopping experience that will help you finish up that ultimate glamour puss look!
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First up, the most fun make up brand Lip Smacker is back with a whole new collection ready for the Autumn//Winter season. From cleverly allowing you to channel your inner Disney princess with its fun Lip Smacker Disney Collection, you’ll feel more like Beauty than the Beast in no time.Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.50.27
 And priced at a super affordable £2.50 you’ll be rushing to Debenhams to grab the full princess line up! 
Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 09.06.08Launching on the 25th September, well known beauty brand Barry M has some incredible new buys which will give you everything you need to party this Winter. Another very affordable buy, these products range from £3.99 upwards, which wont break the bank for your own purchases before you start spending on everyone else this festive season…so go on, spoil yourselves! 
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  • Palettles- A first from Barry M these eye and cheek palettes can you give you party glamour or daytime beauty in an instant. Complete with 6 eyeshadow shades that compliment each-other, a blusher, a large mirror and  two brushes- these palettes will become your go-to for eye and cheek colour every time! – £6.49Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.54.57
  • Matte Nails – A/W13’s must have nail look, available in matte Nude, Berry, Black and Brown you can have this seasons hottest grunge nails for just £3.99 .

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If you need something a little bit more sensitive for your skin, then look no further than Glo minerals which offers a naturally nourishing array of products and beauty tools suitable for all skin types. Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.58.01

From bronzers, foundations and concealers to mascaras, eye shadows and lipsticks – The range’s pharmaceutical-grade ingredients with high-pigment minerals, and exclusive combination of Vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract heighten the skins natural lustre. glō minerals also offers broad-spectrum UV protection to maintain the health of the skin while protecting it from further damage. 

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And finally, if you need more than just make up in a hurry this party season, then online site Styloko promises to slash the search time for online shoppers. 

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Having just re-launched, Styloko is offering a brand new online shopping experience connecting people to the products they love quickly. The new-look site is based around personally curated virtual boutiques, which contain only the brands and items users love and want to shop.

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On Styloko you can add products to your very own virtual boutique either from Styloko’s own website, which aggregates almost 700,000 products from nearly every major UK retailer, or from any other site across the web – simply by using their browser button.

And if you want to tell everyone about it, you can then share your boutique, comment on items, follow other stylish users and shop from other peoples’ boutiques. And, (BARGAIN ALERT!) when an item in your boutique falls in price, you’ll get an instant notification by email – so you will never miss a sale again.

So there you have it – dont get down in the dumps about the impending winter ahead its time to get prepped for the party season in a big way!! Enjoy!

Now TV movie Festival winners announced! @NOWTV @vine #film #competition

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You may have seen our post about the NOW TV Movie Festival a few weeks ago, telling you how NOW TV were challenging people to enter their best Vine videos into a mock film festival in order to win prizes. Well, they’ve just announced the winners, and we have to say, there are some really great Vine’s in there! As part of the competition, NOW TV asked the winners to post their acceptance speeches on Vine; here’s what the winners had to say:

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 13.14.05Moose Allain (Overall winner + Comedy) – https://vine.co/v/h7IaPItQgZi
Yad Deen (Factual) – https://vine.co/v/h7Fp07O7u5V
Trevor Coultart (Special Effects)  – https://vine.co/v/h7UJieAXQPV
Ryan McHenry (People’s Choice) – https://vine.co/v/h7U6gu9dDnJ
Lauren Dooley (Action) – https://
vine.co/v/h7TpjXIpKve 
John Edward Doyle (Horror) – https://
vine.co/v/h7IQBp3P3iH

Head over to the dedicated website to check out the winning entries as well as all of the other submissions here: http://bit.ly/13LbVnn

And don’t forget, you can get a completely free 30 day trial of NOW TV right here: www.nowtv.com

What are you waiting for!!

Hayley Atwell to take the stage in multi award winning play The Pride @traftransformed #theatre

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Jamie Lloyd’s third production for Trafalgar Transformed is the multi award-winning play The Pride, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. Starring Hayley Atwell (Captain America, Life of Crime, The Faith Machine, A View from the Bridge) as Sylvia, Harry Hadden-Paton (Posh, She Stoops to Conquer, Flare Path) as Philip, Al Weaver (Inadmissible Evidence, Coram Boy, Hamlet) as Oliver and Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey, Bad Education, Charley’s Aunt) as The Man/Peter/The Doctor.

The Pride follows the critically acclaimed The Hothouse, starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm, which continues at the Trafalgar Studios until 3 August 2013 and Macbeth with James McAvoy.

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 12.54.15Directed by Jamie Lloyd (Donmar’s Passion, Old Vic’s The Duchess of Malfi, National Theatre’s She Stoops to Conquer) with design by Soutra Gilmour, winner of the 2012 Evening Standard award for Best Design for Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse, The Pride runs from 8 August until 9 November 2013.

When the play premiered Upstairs at the Royal Court in 2008, only 85 people a night got to see this play come to life, however now, it will open to a much larger and diverse audience in its new London home.

As is the case with Trafalgar Transformed productions, The Pride will be accompanied by an eclectic mini-festival of extra events, which will, this time, explore and analyse contemporary gay life and the history of gay theatre.

Whats it all about?

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 12.54.47Philip, Oliver and Sylvia exist in a complex love triangle, which spans over half a century, living and loving simultaneously in 1958 and the present against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality. Past and present worlds grind together and melt apart, yet the future and its promise of sexual liberation remains ever elusive, as societal repression gives way to self-deception.

The Pride is Alexi Kaye Campbell’s hilarious and heart-felt landmark play about courage, compassion and the fear of loneliness in life’s journey towards self-discovery.

Tickets, Tickets please! 

As part of the Trafalgar Transformed season all tickets will be £15 on Mondays. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme led by the Ambassador Theatre Group Creative Learning Department, targeted towards schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month for 24 hours, starting on 1 August 2013*, and will be available online or at Trafalgar Studios box office. Additionally, day seats will be available at £10 for all performances, Tuesday through Saturday.

* In September, the tickets will be released on Monday 2 September, as the first day of the month falls on a Sunday.

Daily Day seats will be available for £10. These are limited to one ticket per person and tickets can only be collected two hours before the performance time.

Keeping it social!

Website: www.thepridewestend.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/traftransformed

Twitter:  @traftransformed

A little bit more about the cast

Hayley Atwell was last on stage in Alexi’s The Faith Machine at the Royal Court, also directed by Jamie Lloyd. Previous stage credits include A View from The Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre (for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress), Major Barbaraat the National Theatre (for which she received an Ian Charleson Commendation in 2009) and Women Beware Women for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hayley’s television credits include Life of Crime (for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Award at the TV Choice Awards), Black Mirror – series two, Be Right BackRestless, Falcon: The Blindman of Seville and The Silent and the DamnedAny Human HeartPillars of the Earth(Nominated for Best Actress in a Mini Series, Golden Globe Awards 2011, Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini Series, Gemini Awards 2011), The Prisoner,Mansfield Park and Ruby in the Smoke. Her film credits include All Is By My SideThe ManThe SweeneyCaptain America – The First AvengerThe Duchess (Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, British Independent Film Awards 2008, Nominated for ALFS Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards 2008) Brideshead Revisited,How About You and Cassandra’s Dream.

Harry Hadden-Paton’s stage credits include The Changeling at the Young Vic, She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre, No Naughty Bits at Hampstead Theatre, Flarepath at the Haymarket Theatre, The Prince of Hamburg at the Donmar Warehouse, Posh at the Royal Court Theatre, The Rivals at Southwark Playhouse and The Importance of Being Earnest at Bath Theatre Royal/National Tour/West End. Harry’s television credits include Drifters, Silk, Richard II, Waking the Dead and The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and his film credits include About Time, Having You, The Deep Blue Sea, In the Loop and La Vie En Rose.

Al Weaver’s stage credits include Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse, The Seagull at the Arcola Theatre, The House of Games at the Almeida Theatre, How to Curse at the Bush Theatre, Coram Boy at the National Theatre, and Hamlet at the Old Vic. Al’s television credits includeSouthcliffe, The Frontier, Secret State, Sherlock – The Blind Banker, Survivors, Personal Affairs and The Devils Whore. His film credits includeHoneymooner, Powder, Me and Orson Welles, Marie Antoinette and The Merchant of Venice.

Mathew Horne’s stage credits include Charley’s Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Entertaining Mr Sloane at Trafalgar Studios. He is best known on screen for his regular roles in Gavin & StaceyBad Education and The Catherine Tate Show. Other television credits include Hey Diddly Dee,Death in ParadiseSinbadMarpleWorried about the BoyHorne and CordenRoman’s EmpireTeachers20 Things to do Before you’re 30 and The Proposal.

Alexi Kaye-Campbell’s first play was The Pride, staged at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, directed by Jamie Lloyd, and the winner of an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an affiliate theatre, a Critic’s Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and the John Whiting award for Best New Play.  Alexi’s second play, Apologia was staged at The Bush Theatre and was short listed for The John Whiting Award and nominated for Best Play at the Writers Guild Awards 2009. His fourthplay, The Faith Machine, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and his current play, Bracken Moor(for Shared Experience) is currently running at the Tricycle Theatre. He is currently working on his first feature film, Woman in Gold, with Simon Curtis for BBC Films and Origin Pictures.