Call yourself a storyteller? Then this competition is just for you…@jura_whisky #winningwords

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Ever thought you were un-appreciated for your literary talents? Found people wouldn’t take the time to read your stories? Well, nows the time to make them all stand up and listen, as Jura Whisky is launching a new campaign to search for the world’s best stories!!

The brand is looking for pieces of Flash Literature to be submitted in 1,000 characters or less and one lucky winner will receive an all-expenses paid VIP trip to the 2014 Jura Whisky Festival!  

As part of this amazing prize, the winner will be staying in the distilleries lodge, a beautifully grand 5 bedroom retreat on the Island of 170 inhabitants.Stewart/Scotland

This place is so amazing that even literary great George Orwell referred to Jura as “the most un-get-able place on earth” whilst writing 1984 there.  

So how does it all work?

Well, Jura Whisky will be providing you budding writers with five themes each running for two weeks, and kick off this week with Travel Adventure, followed by Day Dreams, A Brush with Death, Into the Wild and Happily Ever After. You can submit a story of up to 1000 characters based on these themes. Six favourites from each theme will have an illustration created of their writing; similar to what Jura have done to its  own tale of triumphs, catastrophes and whisky. Once all themes are complete, voting will open for one lucky writer to win.

Here’s the link you need to get started: http://bit.ly/JuraStory 

Need some inspiration?

Here’s a picture of the illustration to support ‘The Jura Story’ cute huh?!

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Oh and the wonderful people at Jura Whisky also commissioned this video to be made about writer Marcel Theroux, where he talks about his own inspirations for writing, hopefully that should help you all too!

So what are you waiting for? Get those creative juices flowing and enjoy a little sip or two of Jura Whisky (only if you’re old enough though!) to help you win this fantastic prize!

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Start your week by giving – with these awesome pressies! @rolleigermany @velodyneaudio @papertango #tech #gift

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Ok folks, so if you need to start your week buying some cool gifts for someone in your life, we’ve found some super fun technology that anyone with an interest in gadgets would be itching to get their hands on. 
Rollei Action Camera
First up, is a new Action Camera from German camera manufacturer Rollei. These guys have been making cameras since the 1920s, and not only do they have prestige in this area, they are in no way dated, with this little number:
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Camera details: S50 WIFI Actioncam: 14 Megapixel WiFi Action-Camcorder with Full HD Video Resolution 1080p (1920x1080p/30 fps)
The camera allows live video streaming and immediate upload to social networks: Adventure lovers can use the Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi via their smartphone with an app. They can view and share videos in real-time – enabled by integrated WiFi (up to 20 m range) and corresponding app (for iOS and Android). Full HD Resolution (1080p) guarantees breath-taking results in optimal quality. You can increase the frame rate up to 60 fps (1080i) to capture crystal clear slow-motion images. Photos can be taken while video recording. The video time lapse function gives you a whole new outlook for video recordings and boasts intervals!
There’s so much packed in to these little numbers you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to consider anything else! So get snap happy!
Next up, for all you music lovers, who hate other noise, Velodyne has just introduced its latest vQuiet line of noise-cancelling headphones. 
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vQuiet headphones are designed to reduce jet engine and other ambient noise by 90 percent while delivering the highest-quality musical or other audio experience. The headphones are available in matte black with a diamond-blue Velodyne insignia on each ear cup that serves as a bypass/mute button, and are foldable for easy storage. A control module on the vQuiet’s detachable audio cable enables users to seamlessly transition from listening to music or watching video to talking on the phone when connected to devices that have these features.
Oh, and did we mention how cool they look too??!!!
And finally, its not just about the gifts you give, but also the way you give it, so step ahead of the game and give the coolest cards in existence via Paper Tango.
Paper Tango 
Founded by designer Judy Robinson, Paper Tango is a London based company specialising in origami-inspired gifts and 3- dimensional greeting cards.  All of Paper Tango’s cards are intricately laser-cut and hand folded to produce a 3D pop up; creating a unique gift. Paper Tango’s latest range of greeting cards ‘Spots London’, is a range of pop up cards showcasing various London architectural landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye and more. Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 20.38.55
The cards, made from the premium British and Italian paper, are laser cut and then hand-folded, glued and trimmed in Indonesia, where Judy personally trained her workers in the craft. Each card is then carefully assessed, before being packed with the envelope and a small map of London showing where the landmark is.
In addition to the ‘Spots London’ range, Judy has started to develop a Paris range with the Eiffel Tower currently available online.
So now you have everything you need to start your week with giving someone  a truly awesome gift! Have fun snoochers!! 

 

Take a bite of the big Apple iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and the new #juicecube from @johnlewisretail

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Well phone lovers, its probably the most exciting announcement you’ve heard all year, there is not one but TWO new iPhones coming our way. Yesterday in sunny Cupertino, California,  Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage to announce the new technology coming from the ever so exciting giant. What he/they managed to do is bring Summer back into our lives with the colourful iPhone 5c and make us feel a little more futuristic with Apples new flagship phone the iPhone 5S.

So lets take a closer look shall we?

Say bye bye to the iPhone 5 as it will no longer be produced. Instead you’ll have a choice of five colours to start with, for this “bridging phone’s” plastic casing, which everyone has been anticipating and predicting!

Don’t be fooled by its looks, the iPhone 5c will end up being almost identical to the iPhone 5 in terms of its internal features, which for the more tech savvy amongst you will mean an A6 processor, 4-inch retina display and an 8 megapixel camera.

In terms of what is different from the iPhone 5, and better, you’ll find with the iPhone 5c, that it has a much larger battery (which means longer talk time!) and it also has a new HD Face time camera.

This new handset will set you back (out of contract)  16GB £469 and 32GB £549.

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Next up, the biggy….

The  iPhone 5s is really what everyone was waiting for with baited breath – with all its new features its hard to describe this in anyway other than a ‘mega-phone’ it really feels like Apple have upped its game once again and given the crowds what they want.

So remember its what’s on the inside that counts. First up you can expect a brand new camera called iSight, which boasts a new lens with an F2.2 aperture, new sensor and bigger pixels. Guess how good your Instagram pics are gonna be now?! And, no more password protecters, with this tech beauty, you’re going to feel like Tom Cruise in Minority Report as you get to grips with its fingerprint sensor! Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 08.42.15

In terms of speed, its new processors mean that with its A7 chip, the iPhone 5S will be twice as fast as the iPhone 5 and 5C. And here’s another bit of cool knowledge, the iPhone 5S has a 64-bit processor, which makes it 5x faster than the iPhone 5 and 56 x faster than the very first iPhone!! (We’ve come a long way baby…)

The battery will also be longer lasting giving you 2 more hours of talk time and 25 more hours of standby time.

And finally, say bye bye to the old colour iPhones, this new version is available in three colours including silver, gold and space grey.

Get some future tech for these prices (outside of contract) 16GB £549, 32GB £629, 64GB £709.

The Apple iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s will be available to buy in the UK from the 20th September.

But I can’t wait that long and neither can my current iPhone!

Don’t despair, we know the new iPhones look appealing, but for most of us, buying these are still a long way off, and we’re still having to struggle with the lesser lasting battery lives on our current iPhones. So fear not, we’ve found a solution …. introducing, the Juice Cube!Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 08.43.29

With prices around £24.95, this is an absolute life-saver for those who can’t do without their gadgets on the go; the Juice Cube has been designed to deliver power when needed. Simply charge the compact Cube and attach it to a phone, games console or MP3 player via a USB cable with the appropriate connector. A three-hour charge will deliver up to six hours of power for a 3G mobile phone, 13.2 hours for a 2G mobile phone, 60 hours for an MP3 player and 20 hours for a games console.

If you need to get your hands on one of these ASAP, then we’d recommend contacting www.johnlewis.com

Treat yourself to a healthier life with #InnocentInspires @innocentdrinks #review #event #health

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When you think of the word smoothie a few brands probably pop into your head – more often than not, its Innocent Smoothies. Believe it or not, but this ‘Innocent’  brand has been around for 14 years, and ever since its conception, the ethos behind Innocent is to do products in a truly good way – to make products that taste good, that do people good and to do good in the wider world too. With these values, it’s not hard to see why Innocent has become one of the UK’s most well-known and loved brands, bringing health and goodness to all its customers in a small bottle.

Now that Innocent is well and truly established, it has the ability to expand beyond its product range and really try to make an active difference in the wider world, and in 2013 this starts with a series of Innocent Inspires events. These events are a series of five evenings where all of Innocents key values are brought to life in one place. Yesterday, for the kick off event, it was brought to life in a church hall, cleverly transformed into a school gym with a difference.

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This was known as Chapter One: How to live well and die old. This event was all about health, how we can live healthier lives and eventually live longer. To say this event was inspiring is an understatement. Considering the rubbish weather we’ve been having lately, smiles are hard to come by, but the moment we arrived at Latimer Road station, we were greeted with big smiles by an Innocent representative donned in flourescent head-gear and that was just the start! As we reached the hall, the helpful staff (and you really do get the unusual feeling that everyone who works for Innocent loves their job!) took our coats and showed us the way to a healthier lifestyle… it was upstairs.

What innocent did was create an atmosphere that made exercise fun. Becky our reporter will tell you a thousand times how she hates exercise, so it’s no IMG_2732wonder she was the perfect choice to send along! From delicious smoothies handed out as you entered the room to yummy plates of hummus and vegetables and teams of Innocent staff just waiting to get you involved in mini exercise events such as the ‘toilet squats.’ It really made the idea of eating and living healthier that little less daunting. Once everyone had gathered, it was time for the main event. Three inspirational speakers.

Legendary Olympian and extreme adventurer James Cracknell, was the first to take to the stage, he talked about the power of human will, about overcoming the odds and how everyone can really achieve great things if they put their minds to it. In short form, this sounds quite patronising and like a cheesy American life coach trying to sell you the solution to a happier life, but with someone like James Cracknell (who was armed with videos and photos of all his outstanding achievements) you realise he was an ordinary person, who embraced his drive and focus to achieve great things. Taking the audience on a journey from the Olympics to the Antarctic, we all quickly realised that he really had done it all, and with that he was someone to aspire to be like, to learn from and to feel very lucky to be in the presence of.

Next up was an equally inspiring person, but in a completely different way. Charlie Dark is the founder of Run Dem Crew, an ex DJ who took solace at night with his passion for running and a want for a healthier life. He turned this passion from something he did for himself, to something he involved his friends with and now something that inspires hundreds of people. Charlie’s aim is to get the younger generation off their backsides, doing something active and finding a community they can trust in which helps inspire, guide and encourage. IMG_2733What Charlie spoke about was team work, and how helping others is far greater than just helping yourself. Running, is the perfect example of this, a solo sport, where the majority strive to achieve personal bests. With Run Dem Crew, its not all about PB’s it’s about supporting each other and embracing the fact that you reached the finish line, not how quickly you did it in. Through this it seems very apparent that a lot of people in London are now enjoying the sport of running, but they’re also meeting new friends, feeling better about their lifestyles and encouraging others to do the same.

Finally, we had Dr Pixie McKenna from Embarrassing Bodies and other health programmes. She took the audience through the top ten things that can really affect our health, and was the perfect end point to the other talks. Dr Pixie talked through in a very down to earth manner, how the smallest of changes could have a more positive impact on our lives. For instance, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and without it you risk becoming obese in later life, fish is incredibly important in our diets – we need Omega 3 which our body doesn’t produce itself, and how 30 minutes of exercise a day can make you live a longer and healthier life.

We caught up with Dr Pixie and also Charlie Dark as part of our v-log we created for the event. Why don’t you check it out below. And if you want to find out more about the Innocent Inspires events (and we really recommend that you do) you can do so here. The next Innocent Inspires event will feature supermodel Erin O’Connor and will be all about Ethics, so make sure you book your place now!

 

Summer Blockbusters all you need to see in 3mins via @awarmann

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Summer is just around the corner, and with that you’ll be guaranteed to get some huge blockbuster films hitting the cinemas. So what is out there ready and waiting for you?

Film critic (and superhero expert!) Amon Warman has come up with a brilliant 3 minute video showcasing the best of Summer 2013 film. Do you agree? Disagree? What are you most looking forward to? Leave us a comment and let us know!

You can follow Amon on Twitter @awarmann and check out his super blog Amonymous

Happy Film Watching!

 

Out of the Emerald City and into your wardrobes #EmeraldGreen feat. @modamob #fashion

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So not only will we find this colour covering the Emerald City but also in our wardrobes this year! It’s official, 2013’s colour of the year is Emerald Green!

Pantone who is the world renowned authority on colour has appointed its colour of choice for this year, and here at Snoochie Boochies, we can’t disagree. What better way to celebrate the beginning of the summer weather with this gorgeous bright block colour, perfect with a wide variety of fashion pieces.

Lets have a look at what we can look forward to fashion wise with our official colour of choice:

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Whether its a blouse, a dress or some form of accessory, Emerald Green is one of the most wearable colours out there at the moment!

We’ve seen it on the catwalk:

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In the movies

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And even in the home:

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So where will you be able to buy your colour of the year?

Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 18.08.08Well, one of our favourite items is a really simple offering from Topshop. Its an “Eerie Indiana” t-shirt. Its in emerald green and reminds us of one of our favourite 1990’s programmes! Perfect for all you tom-boys out there!

Something a little more glamourous more up your street? Then how about Reiss’s Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 18.13.48structured Venna dress, perfect for a night out, and an absolute steal at £92 (reduced from £189).

Finally, why not accessorize it all with these gorgeous Aurelie Bidermann Emerald earings from Net-A-Porter. They’re a complete pamper item at £570 but they do look gorgeous dahhhrrrllliiinng!!!

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So there you go, one piece of fashion that you can wear all year round – it’s official! – so make sure you find your must have item!

Happy shopping fashionistas!

Free popcorn and more with the @odeon #cinime app #film #movie #cinema

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Right cinema goers, we’ve just come across this cool app from Odeon Cinemas which helps enhance your cinema going experience. What we really liked about it is that it seems to be the gateway to unlocking cool offers and information about the films you’re watching.

It’s called Cinime and you can download it onto your iPhone from the app store or if you’re on Android, from Google Play. Its currently compatible in 11 Odeon cinemas and when you see this sign:

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You have the chance to scan and interact with posters or connect whilst watching the screening to receive exclusive content.

So what is it that you might be able to get…

Well, There’s everything from exclusive video content, to photos from the films and its stars and also vouchers. To start you off, there’s a free box of popcorn to get you started.

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We think this is a cool and innovative app idea from Odeon and certainly adds a lot of value, but the argument may be whether or not it opens the door for more people to (annoyingly) play around with their phones in the cinemas whilst the film is screening. Only time will tell on this one, so we’ll have to wait and see, but if you want more information make sure you check Odeon’s website here where you can find out all about it.

Here is a list of all the Odeon cinemas which currently support the app.

  • ODEON Bath
  • ODEON Brighton
  • ODEON Guilford
  • ODEON Hatfield
  • ODEON Huddersfield
  • ODEON Liverpool One
  • ODEON London West End
  • ODEON Metrocentre
  • ODEON Norwich
  • ODEON Uxbridge
  • ODEON Surrey Quays

Happy Cinema Going!