Tuesday, 22 November 2016

BRITALIA - Harvey Nichols

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Harvey Nichols teamed up with Italy - the country, the government to showcase, the wine, the food, and the clothing.

Attending the Wine tasting event at Edinburgh's 4th Floor Restaurant Talor and I had a great time - I'm sharing the highlights with you:

First up: Cantine Ferrari - a fine fizz offered in:
Ferrari Maximum Brut, Trento DOC NV - not too brut, slightly Cava'esque more than Prosecco 100% Chardonnay grape.
Ferrari Maximum Rose, Trento DOC NV - very similar to the above (too easy to drink!) even though made with both Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes
I didn't touch the Ferrari Perle, Trento DOC 2009, just knowing it would be out of my price range.

Quite enjoyed the reds from Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi - both of these wines were too heavy for me on the night, great with a Steak or a heavy beef stew. The heaviest:
Supertuscan Sodole, Rosso Toscano IGT 2008 - had aromas of mushroom and oak (my notes say expensive and dusty) - no price labels were shown.

Then we jumped to the Pasqua; there were two reds here, the one I focused on:
Az. Agr: Cecilia Beretta - Terre di Cariano, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG 2011 - my notes say, end of meal, luxuriate, drink slowly as a digestif. I definitely saw the potential in this one being enjoyed with friends around a roaring fire in a comfy sitting room  with heavy rugs, candle light and snoozing dogs at your feet.

The two other highlights for me were also red; from Piera Martellozzo the Terre Sauvignon DOC 2015 - this one I highlighted as Juice! This wine from the 2015 harvest won the Gold Medal at the "Concours Mondial du Sauvignon" and was chosen as a 5 star wine - truly glorious, light yet rich.

And finaly from the Vespa Vignaioli I honed in on the Il Bruno dei Vespa, Rosso Puglia IGT 2015, this light refreshing red is a blend of 2 different grapes - an everyday wine that can be paired with anything, fish or meat - a really enjoyable modern wine. My "if in doubt - get this" for a gift.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Caress of the Gaze

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My life is now complete - Caress of the Gaze is an interactive 3D-printed wearable top which can detect other people’s gaze and respond accordingly with life-like behavior.

This project offers a vision of the future by exploring the possibility of a second skin fabricated using multi-material 3D printing.

Inspired by the flexible behavior of the skin itself, this outfit exhibits different behaviors in various parts of the body ranging from stiff to soft. It explores the potential of an actuation system, which is assembled as a form of muscle system using Shape Memory Alloy actuators (SMA) that informs the motion of the skin. It also investigates how our clothing could interact with other people as a primary interface using computer vision technologies.

This project looks at the emerging field of shape-changing structures and interactive systems that bridge the worlds of fashion, art, technology, and design. It questions the relationship between our bodies and the surrounding environment. Even though this approach is still speculative, it opens up the possibility of a radical new approach to interactive clothing.

Her goal is to enhance the relationship between human beings and the built environment by implementing design/motion principles inspired by natural systems. Application areas include architecture, fashion and interaction design.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in several magazines and online websites including WIRED, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, Motherboard, Dezeen, Frame Magazine, The Creators Project and many more.

Meet: Behnaz Farahi 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

WANTED: Ladieswear Assistant Manager

Dear friends of mine are looking for some support in their stores in Kelso; the role is Assistant Manager to Ladieswear, the job spec goes as follows:

We are seeking a strong Assistant Manager to work within the Ladieswear department of a multi-award winning independent lifestyle country clothing retailer based in the Scottish Borders.

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This is an amazing opportunity to join a niche independent retailer that focuses on providing premium lifestyle country clothing for both Ladies and Gentlemen of a discerning and stylish nature. Focused on sourcing the very best of both local and globally hand-picked brands, no matter what the product, from caps to socks and shoes and everything in between, we aim to provide our customers with the very best collections and experience the country clothing market has to offer.

The successful applicant must have previous managerial experience, working within Fashion Retail.

This will be a dynamic and extremely hands-on, diversified role within our flagship retail store.

Job Purpose
To assist the managing of the ladieswear department and assist in all other areas of the business when required, achieving high standards through excellent team and customer service skills.

Core Job Duties
·         Greeting customers who enter the shop and answering any queries they may have
·         Acknowledge and establish rapport with potential and actual customers
·         Assisting shoppers to find the goods and products they are looking for
·         Assist the store team to deliver outstanding customer service and operational excellence
·         Assist with window and in store visual merchandising
·         Ensure visual merchandising standards are maintained to the highest levels
·         Accurately undertake store administration as and when required
·         Being responsible for processing cash and card payments
·         Replenishing the shop floor with merchandise and undertaking stock takes as directed
·         Dealing with discrepancies and problems if they arise and report them to management if
·         Ensure all retail areas are maintained to the shop floor standards at all times
·         Responsible for security within the store and being on the look-out for shoplifters and fraudulent credit cards etc
·         Assist with deliveries, checking all goods match delivery note and report any discrepancies
·         Demonstrate flexibility when required within the role and provide holiday and/or sickness cover
·         Any ad hoc duties

Additional Job Role Duties and Responsibilities
·         Build relationships with suppliers and brand agents
·         Support the Ladieswear buyer with buying, mechandising and stock control
·         Assisting with photo shoots and external events
·         To provide effective leadership and cover for management absence
·         Working within established guidelines, particularly with brands

Skills and Experience
You will need a range of skills, notably:
·         Retail Supervisory experience essential
·         Acting with a professional and respectful manner to all individuals
·         Effective delegation skills and ability to prioritise work activities
·         Able to lead by example to motivate, generate commitment and enthusiasm within the team
·         Excellent customer care and selling skills
·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills to build strong relationships internally and externally at all business levels
·         Decision making skills
·         Time Management skills
·         Understanding and implementation of visual merchandising
·         Enjoy working with the public
·         The ability to work in a dynamic environment
·         Have a polite, helpful manner
·         Be confident and assertive
Minimum 40 hours per week contract based on 5 days including Saturdays, however flexibility of working hours is essential.
Must be able to attend external events, which may involve nights away.
Salary: Competitive
A Hume: http://www.ahume.co.uk/

How to apply
To apply for this position, please forward your CV with a covering letter stating why you are the right person for our vacancies either by e mail to james(dot)abbott @ ahume.co.uk or by mail to Mr James Abbott, A Hume Outfitters Limited, 46 The Square, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 7HL.

Closing Date for Applications – Friday 10th June 2016

Thursday, 31 March 2016

What do your Pinterest Boards reveal about you?

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I've become fascinated by the amount of people "repinning" to the extent that it has become a challenge to see how many I can generate without succumbing to populist pins - weird, or normal? Pinterest have it going on, the gamification model is good, the business model for users is great, for Pinterest... I'm not sure

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Johnnie Walker - Dear Brother 2015

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CREDITS: Regie: Dorian Lebherz, Daniel Titz

Kamera: Jan Guenther

Filmmusik: Renée Abe

Sounddesign: Marvin Keil

Producer: Madlen Folk, Johann Valentinitsch

Sprecher: John Reilly

Produktion: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH


Mathew Lewis Carter, Robin Guiver

And the students, they study here:

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Talor Tries: Skinny Spaghetti Carbonara

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Published on Dec 9, 2015 FANS OF SPAGHETTI CARBONARA, I suggest you have a watch of Talor's latest recipe review, it is from Jamie Oliver's (her favourite chef...ever) SKINNY carbonara....that's right! A version of your favourite meal that will make you feel a lot less guilty when eating it!
Previous video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oojs2...

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200 g freshly podded or frozen peas

1 tablespoon flaked almonds

1 small clove of garlic

½ a bunch of fresh basil (15g)

15g Parmesan cheese

1 lemon

150g wholewheat spaghetti

1 rasher of higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon

olive oil

2 large free-range egg

100 g fat-free natural yoghurt

White wine vinegar

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Nectarine No.9 To Perform ‘Saint Jack’ Live in London

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Here's a gig I'd love to be at: Nectarine No.9 are fronted by Davy Henderson, formerly of The Fire Engines and Win, hailed by Irvine Welsh as “a genius” currently of SOB's (Sexual Objects) fame. Heavenly Records have decided to reissue ‘Saint Jack’ by The Nectarine No.9, a lost classic, originally released by Postcard Records in 1995! To celebrate the release, the Nectarine No.9 are making a very special, one-off live appearance at The Lexington on Saturday the 12th of December, where they’ll be performing the album in full. Tickets available here:

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Youtube goes 3D - Your Free Headset

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It's what you've been waiting for, right?


Now you just add 3D Video to your Youtube search and hey presto, your world just became a lot less distracting, or are you about to lose yourself?

Friday, 16 October 2015

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

APHIDS, Epic Contemporary Art Projects

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Aphids creates epic contemporary art projects using performance, music, site-specificity and new technologies.

The 2015 showreel:

Aphids Showreel 2015 from Aphids Projects on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Are we killing our grandchildren by buying that leather jacket?

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Burgeoning in the cities of Scotland we can see the growth of business hubs that nurture small companies and the buzz that it is creating. Fashion and retail is playing a part; the beauty, textile, fashion and jewellery designers are all seeing an upturn in their trade because we are seeing the value in "shop local", the value of investing in artisan or hand-made by our friends or people we know. Supporting a community approach to the clothing you buy.
But what of the big High Street stores? GAP, Zara, H&M, Primark..., will they react? Will they realise the benefit of taking a more holistic approach to business, or will they always bow down to share holder pressure, to improving on next quarters figures? Will there ever be a more balanced approach? Or should we / they embrace the capitalists we are, chase the mighty $buck, squeeze the margins, sod the wee guy, aim for the yacht in Monaco, let our kids worry about the planet that we are slowly killing...