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Virtual Reality Starring at Venice Film Festival

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The Venice Film Festival is Europe’s most glamorous film festival, attracting many celebs and ordinary folks to Europe’s popular travel location. This year, virtual reality technology however might steal the show.

The film Jesus VR – The Story of Christ will be presented in Venice on Thursday. The film marks the biggest investment so far in bringing VR to mainstream cinema. The feature is 90 minutes long when it is released later this years, but 40 minutes can already be previewed at the festival if you are fortunate enough to grab a VR headset. The movie is shot in 360 degrees, where the audience can now directly spectate the nativity. The experience takes them right through to the resurrection.

Film and gaming expert Pigott of Warwick University: “Just as 3D cinema offered a way to draw audiences that had been lost to television back to the cinema, in the 1950s, so VR provides a unique selling point in the battle against the ubiquity and accessibility of online content. VR certainly offers a form of entertainment experience that is new and striking, but perhaps of equal importance is the fact it is tied to technology. Entertainment companies can market a unique experience that audiences can only have if they go to a VR-capable cinema or purchase the requisite headset and hardware.”

Victoria Pendleton Will Be At Cheltenham Festival

victoria-pendletonVictoria Pendleton, the UK’s cycling legend will be at the Cheltenham Festival next week. She will ride a horse trained by Olveston’s Paul Nicholls.

The 35 year old Olymic champion is looking forward to ride the Nicholls-trained Pacha Du Polder in the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase on Friday.

She told the press that she always had the extremely ambitious target of riding competitively in the Foxhunter as a goal, and that it’s a truly amazing feeling to her to be announcing that she has achieved this goal.

“This has been no walk in the park, it has been physically demanding. I’ve had to dig deep, but I never wanted to give up”, she said.

She continued to say “This is hugely exciting. There’ll be a phenomenal crowd at Cheltenham and I am so excited. Getting round would be incredible. If I get round on the horse and complete the course I’ll feel like that’s a gold medal.”

Mr. Pendleton is now active in British horse racing as part of a ‘switching saddles’ campaign which was announced last March. While she had some minor setbacks on the road to Cheltenham, she had her first win as a jockey on the Andy Stewart-owned Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton last week.

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This entry was posted on March 8, 2016, in News and tagged .

Why I Like Bespoke Designer Furniture

reclaimed wood tableIf you know me you might also know that I am always on the lookout for great, unique and innovative design ideas.

Creative ways to decorate a home or extraordinarily designed furniture has always been a passion of mine.

As someone who also owns a restaurant I am also always having an eye on those furniture designs that not only “look nice” but can actually be used by “real” people, so to speak. I am not really big on designs that don’t make much sense outside a museum or art gallery. Furniture must be functional AND look great, it’s as simple as that!

During my quest I didn’t take take too long until I came across the furniture designs by Mac+Wood from London. I guess that almost any owner of a hotel or restaurant who has class and style might have already heard about them.

Mac+Wood’s bespoke dining sets are different because the company uses reclaimed wood in their furniture designs. This type of wood does not only look gorgeous but is also ideal for some rough handling that can happen in bars, restaurants and cafes.

Now, I’ve been told that the furniture maker is expanding their furniture collection beyond their bespoke solid wood dining table and dining benches. They are now also offering custom-made office desks made from reclaimed wood timbers. So if you are looking for a great dining table or dining bench or a fantastic desk for your home office I recommend that you check out their wood furniture!

House Prices in the UK at a Record High

One of the main reasons that fewer houses have been put up for sale in the UK this year are the record average asking prices.

According to property online portal RightMmove, the average price for a home in the UK is now at £286,133-

What is interesting to note is that those new numbers come a month before the nation’s election. If one thing is for sure it is that  those numbers will put pressure on each of the parties. Compared to the last election back in May 5 years ago, property prices in the British capital shot up by a staggering 50%.

It is on that background not surprising that a number of new sellers decreased significantly. Compared to the previous year, this number dropped by 4%. At the same time, those who put their houses up for sale increased prices by 1.6%, accounting for the current record number of £286,133.

It remains to be seen what role the current housing crisis in the UK will play in the final weeks of campaigning. Labour says they want to build 200,000 new homes in the forthcoming years while the Conservatives say they want to extend the Right to Buy scheme.

If You Want Your Children Getting Interested In Arts & Music

arts-in-private-schoolMany familes families (and ours is sure no exception!) may have a keen interest in the arts whether it be design, music or any other of those great past times.

A good number of our own ancestors have actually become musicians, this is a passion that runs in our family for ages. The problem is only that our children can often not satisfy those interests in public schools.

Our public school system here in the UK sure is not exactly known for bringing about a lot of great artists. Most schools don’t even offer classes where the children can learn an instrument and arts in general are seen as “something less important”.

We’ve never been happy with this so we decided early on that our children visit a great private, independent school where their interests in arts and culture are truly supported. We cannot be happier with our choice!

We now see our own children enjoying how to play various instruments (the piano is one of their favorites) and the youngest is just extremely excited by the theatre class he is attending. There’s no day where he won’t tell us about how he wants to become an actor  – he’s already made big plans going to London and New York once he finished school.

I am always recommending that you listen to your children and make it possible they can pursue their dreams! It shouldn’t be the school they’re attending that poses an obstacle there. If you think that a public school cannot offer them what they really want to do with their life you should consider one of the fantastic private schools here in the UK. One of the best prep schools here in Hertfordshire is the Kingshottschool but the UK has many more great private school almost anywhere!

Tips For Moving House Without Stress

moving worriesSometimes, just the thought about moving is a nightmare. Especially if you need to move with invaluable artwork , designer furniture or expensive equipment such as computers.

With  this type of items, even the smallest damage would be obviously be a catastrophe.

Nothing can be worse for an art lover than a scratch, nick or ding on old paintings or a sculpture, I sure won’t have to tell you that.

Those who are thinking about moving with computer systems, damage there can also be a nightmare especially if we’re talking about business computers with data stored on them.

It just makes sense that if you move and are worried about any such potential problems that you want the most reliable and dependable movers you can find. Obviously you want to get your things from your old place to the new one in one piece. A move shouldn’t and doesn’t have to be a nightmare really.

We had the same worries just this last month where we moved the complete interior of an art gallery here in Bristol to their new fancy location in town. The owner was very worried about  pretty much everything, no surprise if you know that some of the pieces in the gallery are valued a several hundred thousand pounds.

But despite our initial fears and worries, the move went actually very smoothly. The owner  couldn’t have been happier  he told us afterwards .The guys at removals in Bristol really knew their trade, we didn’t have to tell them about the importance of careful handling of everything. In fact, the MoveIt Bristol guys gave us some great advice about packing and moving with minimal risk for damage.

So if you happen to be a business owner in the Bristol area and plan to move any time soon you should check out these guys, I can highly recommend them based on our own experiences.

The Frank Miller Artwork Exhibition in London

sin-city-3Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill has just been released on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Filmmaker Lionsgate took this as an opportunity to put on an amazing Frank Miller exhibition in London that is still going til Friday the 19th of December.

The exhibition is at 71a London Gallery in Shoreditch features and features work from Miller’s Sin City comics.

Yesterday at night they also had a special screening of Sin City 2.

The gallery’s website address is http://71alondon.com. There you can get more information and also get tickets for the event.