@nowtv can read your mind…well sort of! #technology #television #NowTV #magic

So earlier this month (and as you can see from the fun video above), the fab people at Now TV teamed up with the even more fab magician/oddball John van der Put and his pooch, Mr Piffles, to predict what you’ll love to watch on the NOW TV Box this winter…

With a captive audience at Waterloo station van der Put was put to the test earlier this month and managed to wow commuters with his magical prowess and predictions.

However, Now TV realised that van der Put was proving far too popular, and seeing that they couldn’t mass produce him, the easiest thing would be to add a new element to its already popular device, and they called it…the Mind Reader.

NOW TV Mind Reader, is a new magical predicition tool that helps viewers select the perfect film, sporting event or TV show for them from NOW TV’s expansive offering…keen to find out more?  You can try it for yourself here www.nowtv.com/mindreader and see what NOW TV predicts for you!

Sorry, I’ve forgotten, what’s NOW TV again? 

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The NOW TV Box, which turns your TV into a smart TV and gives instant access to Sky Movies, Sky Sports and the 10 entertainment channels including Sky 1 and Sky Atlantic, is available for £9.99 right here: https://shop.nowtv.com/

If you want to watch the great content NOW TV will predict for you, take advantage of a free NOW TV trial. Head over to www.nowtv.com to get started.

 

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Time to get your running shoes on and look FABULOUS! #exercise @proD_running #prodirect

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 Thinking you could do with a revamp for your running shoes. Are your trainers playing tricks on you and making you feel like they should still be in your wardrobe? Well, take the plunge and get yourself ready for a running revolution from the worlds largest online sports retailer Pro Direct. Its Pro Direct Running range have some of the newest and most stylish shoes for you to choose from, and here are some of our favourites. 

 

Asics Gel-Kayano 20 – Black/White/Gold – £125.99

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The Kayano is the most popular and successful of all Asics’ models, with its dedication to technical excellence maintaining its reputation as the gold standard of running shoes.

With over 18 million pairs sold since the trainer’s introduction in 1993, the Kayano 20 is here with innovative new FluidRide and FluidFit technology, with all the features that made the Kayano what it is today.

Key features:

  • Impact Guidance System (I.G.S.), allows the foot to perform in a natural manner.
  • GEL, Asics’ most famous of technologies located in the rearfoot and forefoot to counter shock during the impact and toe-off phases. 
  •  FluidFit technology replaces the Biomorphic Fit Upper seen in previous versions. FluidFit consists of a webbing of stretchy overlays along the midfoot and forefoot for a more adaptive and personalised fit.
  •      Gender-specific fit and cushioning, the men’s version has an offset 3mm lower than the women’s model.

 

Puma Mobium Elite Glow – Lime Punch – £89.99

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The Puma brand is always at the forefront of innovation, and their Mobium Elite Glow running trainers are no different.

With PUMA MoveCELL technology, they’ve developed the first ever trainer that adapts to your foot, rather than your foot adapting to the shoe.

Key features:

  • ·         PUMA MoveCELL is designed to expand and contract right along with your foot, inall directions.
  • ·         Lightweight upper combines breathable mesh with synthetic overlays for asecure fit.
  • ·         Uniquely sculpted, IMEVA midsole that expands and contracts along with the movement of your foot to mimic the “windlass mechanism”.
  • ·         The outsole of the PUMA MoveCell takes this functionality to the human foot in the form of Expansion Pods. The size, shape, and location of the pods are based on the bones and fat pads of the human foot. 
  • ·         The BioBands is a finely tuned elasticized band that runs through the outsole in a ‘figure eight’ design. It works dynamically just like your foot’s tendons: the more force applied, the more spring it returns.

Nike Free Flyknit+ – Volt Electric Green/Wolf Grey – £109.99

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The Nike Flyknit+ combines the stability and shock absorbing properties of a traditional running shoe, with the comfort and unnoticed feel of a sock.

Available in huge range of vibrant designs, the Flyknit+ is sure to remain at the forefront of running innovation for years to come.

Key features:

  • ·         The revolutionary Nike Flyknit upper delivers a compressive, second-skin fit that secures your foot over the Nike Free midsole.
  • ·         For ultimate flexibility, the shoe’s Nike Free 5.0 midsole features flex grooves to promote natural motion and help increase stability and foot strength.
  • ·         Ultra-light Flywire cables are woven into the Flyknit upper and connect to the laces, offering a dynamic, supportive fit that adapts to your foot’s movements.
  • ·         To construct the upper, polyester yarn is fed into a proprietary knitting machine, creating little to no waste and minimizing weight so the shoe’s incredibly efficient to produce. 

adidas Energy Boost – Electricity/White/Black – £98.99

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The adidas Energy boost promises to give you 15% more energy return than any other running trainer.

And with the all new Boost foam midsole, with extraordinary comfort, you’ll be able to keep going for longer.

Key features:

  • ·         Upper comprises synthetic overlays and ventilated air mesh for a super lightweight finish.
  • ·         Boost foam runs the full length of the trainer, giving 15% more energy compared to any other premium trainers.
  • ·         PU welded stripes and a one piece construction provide a seam free upper and ultimate comfort.
  • ·         A brand new heel counter, which ‘locks’ the heel in place while still allowing some natural vertical movement.

So what are you waiting for, its time to get out there and get running!! 

Forget a treasure hunt, you need a @nowtv Box Hunt! #TV #nowtvbox

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To celebrate the launch of the NOW TV Box, the tiny device which turns your TV into a smart TV and opens up a world of Sky content for an unbeatable price of £9.99, NOW TV have launched the #NOWTVBox Hunt campaign which aims to let people ‘look through the eyes of the box’ and guess where in the world they are – sounds cool right?!

To get going,  visit the #NOWTVBox hunt website, where you’’ll be dropped into a location relevant to film and sports content available on NOW TV using some neat Google Maps and Street View integration. You’ll have to  then guess where in the world you are by placing a pin on a world map – simples!Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 09.06.50

you can get clues to the content and location by sharing to Facebook and Twitter and guessing which film or sports event the location is from. Points are then awarded based on how far the pin was dropped from the actual location, with the highest scorers each day winning TV’s and NOW TV Boxes.

Remember the NOW TV Box gives you access to Sky Movies, sports and entertainment content available, all without a contract.

The campaign runs until 25th October so get involved! We will, it sounds like so much fun!!!!

 

 

Go Nuts for National Peanut Day!!! #peanuts #food #celebration @foundationwc2

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There’s a new date for your diary people and its called NATIONAL PEANUT DAY!!

To celebrate, Foundation Bar in Covent Garden are launching ‘Big Peanuts’ a brand new peanut cocktail oozing with nutty goodness!

Foundation Bar mixologist David Kay whipped up Big Peanuts cocktail and describes it as a ‘bold nutty cocktail comprising of a generous helping of creamy peanut butter mixed with Baileys, Butterscotch Schnapps, and a lot of vodka.’ YUM!

 

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Why we’re celebrating National Peanut Day!! 

Well, there’s a reason why peanuts have a whole day dedicated to them and that’s because they are more than just nutty.

Did you know that…

  • Peanuts are cholesterol free naturally
  • They are rich in vitamin B3 which is good for your memory
  • It takes 540 peanuts to make a jar of peanut butter
  •  Peanuts contribute $4 billion to the US economy every year
  •  Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon
  •  The peanut,  isn’t really a nut at all. Technically, peanuts are legumes—simple dry fruits in the same family as peas and beans.

With all this goodness and the peanuts visit to the moon it was clearly a no-brainer to create a cocktail devoted to the little guy. 

So if you fancy going nuts this National Peanut Day head down to Foundation Bar, Covent Garden where Big Peanuts will be launched on  Friday 13th September.

But if you fancy just going plain nuts at home, then here’s the recipe for “Big Peanuts…” so go on, give it a go and GO NUTS today!

Ingredients for Big Peanuts:                      
25ml Finlandia vodka
12ml Frangelico
12.5 Butterscotch Schnapps
10ml Baileys
100ml Half & Half
25g Peanut Butter
Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a peanut butter rimmed martini glass. Serve with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

And if that doesn’t float your boat then how about celebrating like this: bake peanut butter cookies, watch some sport with a bag of whole peanuts, enjoy a nice chunk of peanut butter fudge, or make a peanut butter and jelly/jam sandwich for lunch!

But remember, today, GO NUTS!!!!

 

Fancy a Flutter? – betting on the history of the #grandnational with @ladbrokes

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Its here once again – The world’s greatest steeplechase. The most challenging and often deadly test for both man and horse, some people love it and some people loathe it, yet since 1839 The Grand National has been THE horse racing event of the sporting calendar.

With a course covering almost 2 ¼ miles with 16 fences, the horses have to complete two full circuits and jump 30 fences (two fences are only jumped once).

 But where did it all begin?

Although officially The Grand National began in 1839, in the mid 1820’s innkeeper and entrepreneur William Lynn, sponsored a hare coursing event called the Waterloo Cup. This became very successful and on the back of this, Lynn looked into possibility of leasing some land at Aintree and began to hold race meetings. On the 7th July 1829 racing officially began with three meetings per year. Over time and following increasing success, William Lynn added a steeplechase and by 1839 The Grand National was officially born.

In the late 1800’s one of the greatest horses to ever win the Grand National ran, it was called Manifesto and held the record for the highest weight carried by a winning horse of 12st 7ils. It also held the record for the most number of runs in a race – 8 times.

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The 1920’s saw radio bring The Grand National to its biggest audience yet, and between 1941 and 1945 the races were put on hold due to Aintree being used for military purposes during WW2.

Moving forward in history, in 1960 the BBC showed The Grand National live on television for the first time and have been covering the race ever since.

The most famous horse ever to race was Red Rum. In 1973, the young pretender won its first race and followed that up with an unprecedented two more wins in 1974 and 1977.

The 2003 Grand National was the turn of Monty’s Pass to win the race but his win was overshadowed by one of his owners who had bets on the horse to win a total of over £800,000.

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And speaking of money…

Now you know the rough history of this most famous of horse races, then the next logical step would be to bet on the next big winner right? So what are the odds…

Well, Sunnyhillboy came incredibly close to winning the Grand National last season, so everyone has their eye on him this year to take the title. But hot on his heels as another keen favourite, is SeaBass and came in third last year too.

So if you fancy a flutter, why not head to Ladbrokes to place your bets, and fingers crossed you could be a big winner too!

Happy Horse racing everyone!