How to make a summer cocktail with a Pomegranate twist Check out our video for a step by step guide to make a refreshing Purple Lady Summer is here and that means it is time to enjoy some delicious cocktails in the sunshine! This year why not get mixing and shaking to create your own POM Wonderful cocktails! POM Wonderful has created 8 cocktail recipes. First up it's Purple Lady Purple Lady: Ingredients: - 20ml POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice - 50ml Gin - 10ml POM Syrup - 20ml Lemon Juice - 1 Egg White Glassware: Martini Garnish: Pomegranate arils Preparation: - Crack an egg and separate the egg white into a glass - Add the pomegranate juice, gin, POM syrup, lemon juice and shake with ice - Strained into a chilled martini glass - Garnish with a couple of pomegranate arils For the POM Syrup recipe and more delicious cocktails visit http://www.pomcocktails.co.uk
Commentator Phil Liggett reveals the 2014 Tour de France route Helicopter footage reveals exclusive access to the when and where of the event so that you can experience the route ahead of 2014 for the first time The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France – is coming back to the UK for the fourth time next year and Ordnance Survey have granted exclusive access to preview the route ahead of 2014 featuring commentating legend, Phil Liggett. Starting on Saturday 5th July 2014, stage one of the Tour de France will set out from Leeds touring through the Yorkshire Dales before finishing in Harrogate. The Grand Depart then moves to York on Sunday 6th July, passing through Huddersfield towards the finish line for Stage 2 in Sheffield. Finally on Monday the 7th the final leg will start in Cambridge, heading south to London via Epping Forest, including a circuit of the Olympic Park and onto a spectacular finish on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. But you needn’t wait for the event itself to experience the route beforehand by taking on parts of the 2014 course ahead of time. Ordnance Survey is mapping the anticipated route of the UK leg of the Tour De France 2014, to encourage cyclists to be inspired and ‘live the route’ and take part in one of the most famous cycling courses on Earth, following in the tyre tracks of world class athletes one year before the event takes place. In our video Phil Liggett reveals the route and his hints and tips on what cyclists can expect from the exciting race, with the help of a helicopter and Ordnance Survey. Phil also highlights how cyclists can access detailed paper and digital mapping from Ordnance Survey to help them plan and then live the routes. For more information: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/ Ordnance Survey has a suite of mapping products to meet the needs of all cyclists, whether that is online, mobile or paper. These products are the most detailed maps of Great Britain, which include extra detail that can be trusted by any outdoor enthusiast. Ordnance Survey maps show important information which cyclists require including terrain, heights, slopes and points of interest - toilets, picnic areas, pubs etc. Route of the opening three stages of the 2014 Tour de France Stage one - Saturday, 5 July Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate Stage two - Sunday, 6 July York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield Stage three - Monday, 7 July Cambridge - Epping Forest - the Olympic Park - the Mall
The Open University celebrates 40 years of graduationsI t has been a British institution since it was introduced more than four decades ago, and has helped more than one and a half million people broaden their horizons by opening access to higher education. This weekend The Open University is celebrating 40 years since its first ever degree ceremony. The OU has given people the opportunity to study that has helped them develop their careers, change careers or simply realise their dreams of getting a degree that they never thought possible. Around 1.8 million people have studied with The Open University and students include entertainers Joe Pasquale, Ian Rankin, Lenny Henry, Matthew Kelly and Joan Armatrading, politicians John Reid and Paul Marsden and children's writer Elizabeth Arnold. From its beginnings on late night BBC, The Open University remains at the forefront of innovation, now using a wide range of technology for teaching and producing materials for iTunes U which has had over 33 million downloads to date. In addition, every month, over 400,000 people use OpenLearn, the OU's free learning website which has received over 28 million visitors since it started in 2006. More than 70% of students work while studying, and because of its flexibility, convenience, affordability and the fact it is open to all, the OU continues to be an integral part of higher education in the UK. Watch the evolution of this great British institution and explore what the future of The Open University in this video... FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT http://www.open.ac.uk
Even with the temperature rising in the UK and summer holidays on the horizon new research has shown that many Britons are failing to protect themselves against sun damage. It seems we are not taking the necessary precautions, especially when the skies are overcast, even though the sun is still damaging. Research conducted by P20 has revealed that when abroad in overcast weather 44% of men and 29% of women do not use sun protection. The research also found there is a shocking 87% of us not aware what SPF actually means. Are you one of the people who are confused by what SPF means? Do you know what you’re looking for when buying sun protection? Do you even know the difference between products that protect against UVA and UVB? If you are confused about what to look out for when preparing for the warmer months, watch our video with Dr. Jonathan Bowling FRCP, consultant dermatologist, specialist in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, to reveal all we need to know about sun protection.
It's no secret that the way we dine and now choose our dining destinations are evolving at a pace. The shift from reading restaurant and bar reviews in the paper to relying instead more heavily on word of mouth and recommendations via social media is resulting in another trend -- the democratisation of dining. As restaurant goers and avid cocktail drinkers, we are now able to make more informed decisions about what and where we eat due to obvious readily available social media tools such as Twitter and Instagram making our interest and knowledge of food and drink trends even more ingrained into daily life. This also means we can be much better placed to critique and seek out new, more unusual experiences in dining. With current food and drink trends showing that as people embrace more theme-specific events, with a focus on entertainment as a big part of the dining and cultural experience, what are the key trends that we can look forward to enjoying in the coming years? In this video a selection of key Courvoisier The Future 500 ambassadors, Hayley Sudbury and Angella Newell of Tasting Sessions and Mike Knowlden, co-founder of design studio and catering company Blanch & Shock share their insight on the major factors driving food and drink trends over the coming years and impart their knowledge into what sorts of culinary adventures and ingenuity chefs, mixologists and restaurateurs need to be employing to keep consumers entertained. Alongside this our experts will provide insight into food and drink trend development and pin point what the up and coming trends are for 2013 and beyond. For more information on Courvoisier The Future 500's live networking events, visit: http://courvoisier.com/uk/the-future-series To win the chance to experience the revolutionary side of Paris with Courvoisier, visit: http://www.facebook.com/CourvoisierUK
Delicious and healthy: Vietnamese Pho with Turkey and Rice Noodles Watch our video where Phil Vickery teaches Gourmet Mum’s Filipa Kay and you at home the tricks of his trade with this healthy yet deliciously simple summer British turkey recipe Vibrant Asian cooking has become hugely popular in many British kitchens in the last decade and Vietnamese-style dishes are not only exciting dishes to cook but are also very healthy, perfect for looking your best this summer. Luckily, like many other Asian cuisines, Vietnamese cooking can be easy to master as there’s often no need for long cooking times and intricate recipes, it’s all about simple seasonal flavours and great ingredients. If you are looking at expanding your Asian recipe repertoire then you can’t go wrong with mastering the art of Phil Vickery’s Vietnamese Pho with turkey and rice noodles. His use of turkey breast meat is low fat and a twist on what is becoming an incredibly popular Asian favourite for many of us. Joining Phil in this recipe video is Filipa Kay, who has been blogging for over three years sharing easy recipes for busy mums on her blog, gourmetmum.tv. This recipe is tasty, healthy and quick to prepare which is key when entertaining this summer Keywords: Alton Towers, The Smiler, Theme park, rollercoaster, world’s first 14 looping rollercoaster, UK adventure park, merlin entertainments
A team of explorers return to London today after an expedition into the depths of the remote Venezuelan rainforest in which they uncovered a delectable plant species, which will be used to create a limited edition small batch of gin. The plant species, named ‘Scorpion Tail’ has traditionally been used in tea infusions to treat stomach complaints, but now its unique flavour and complex deep green note will provide inspiration for distilling and imbibing a very rare edition of HENDRICK’s gin. The jungle quest saw an intrepid team negotiate the remote landscape of the Guayana Highlands of Venezuela in order to discover rare and delectable plant botanicals, with the flavours providing inspiration for distilling. During the trip, a small portable alembic still was used to distil 8.4 litres of concentrate from the Scorpion Tail botanical, and this will now be transported to the distillery in Girvan, Scotland for work to begin. As well as having a unique flavour, the Scorpion Tail is also believed by jungle natives to be a plant with magical powers for warding away evil spirits. Leading the team of explorers was veteran Charles Brewer-Carias, one of the world’s most distinguished explorers, having undertaken over 250 expeditions into the rainforest and discovering the world’s largest quartzite cave, numerous plants, reptiles and insects along the way. He was also joined by renowned botanist, Francisco Delascio, who since 1966 has collected over 20,000 samples, discovered 12 new species, and is as a result one of the most prolific and eminent botanists to have worked in Venezuela in the last 200 years. The team was also in the company of HENDRICK’s Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, who helped unearth the plant as part of the ‘Perilous Botanical Quest’ expedition. South American rainforests have long been thought of as a treasure trove for botanists, chemists and biologists looking for previously undiscovered plants and flowers, with plants that struggle in tough environments often providing the most interesting flavours, from highly aromatic coriander seeds to musky sweet angelica root. The quest provided a remarkable opportunity for the team to use the expedition to provide inspiration for the rare gin edition, with the findings due to be documented in a scientific paper. This latest expedition bears testament to the lengths that HENDRICK’s will go to in order to excite the taste buds. Gin itself has long been a popular drink. It became widely popular amongst the poor in England in the 18th century after the Government relaxed laws on production, which led to the ‘Gin Craze’, a phenomenon recorded by the artist Hogarth in his engravings. And specifically the Gin and Tonic – or G&T as it is known – has since become an oft enjoyed drink, and an integral part of British social culture.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. Despite this, it is a disease which can often strike men ‘out of the blue’ due to a concerning lack of knowledge about the disease. Tamzin Outhwaite is joined on the sofa by her father Colin, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009; they are both backing Prostate Cancer UK’s drive to get more people talking about the disease. Tamzin hopes that her involvement with the charity and her talking about the disease will encourage more people to do so and in turn increase awareness amongst men. Thankfully her father made a full recover but she knows only too well the importance for men to be aware of the life threatening disease. Currently there are 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK and it is the most common cancer in men. Prostate Cancer UK offers support to the one in eight men who will be diagnosed this year and are constantly fighting to help more men survive the disease and enjoy a better quality of life. Drew Lindon, from Prostate Cancer UK, along with Tamzin and Colin are urging people to talk more about the disease and encourage you to submit any questions you may have about the disease. For more information visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/
Our video shows Sir Ian Botham being appointed as Beefeater's new Boss of Beef. He celebrates his new role by paying tribute to iconic bosses in a lighthearted photo-shoot before putting on his chef whites at the Whitbread Skills Academy. As England prepare to smash the Aussies for the sixth time in this year's Ashes series, cricket legend Sir Ian Botham is swapping his cricket whites for chef whites to become Beefeater's new Boss of Beef this summer. To celebrate his tenure as the official Boss of Beef and bowl Brits over, Sir Ian Botham - known affectionately to millions as 'Beefy' – pays tribute to iconic bosses in a series of tongue-in-cheek pictures. Watch our video to see the exclusive behind the scenes footage. Our video shows Beefy as he dons a mobster suit to recreate the classic shot of Marlon Brando's character in The Godfather; pointing the 'You're Fired' finger at a quivering Apprentice, dressed in a classy suit as no-nonsense entrepreneur Lord Alan Sugar and finally taking on the role of the nation's most cringe-worthy boss, The Office's David Brent. And of course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without Sir Ian Botham also commencing with an induction into his new role by spending time learning how to grill the perfect steak at the Whitbread Skills Academy. For more information visit http://www.bossofbeef.co.uk.
KONE, an innovative leader in the elevator and escalator industry, today announced a new high-rise elevator technology that is set to break industry limits and enable future elevator travel heights of 1 kilometer – twice the distance currently feasible. The KONE UltraRope™ is a completely new hoisting technology that eliminates the disadvantages of conventional steel rope and opens up a world of possibilities in high-rise building design – an important consideration as urbanization brings increasing numbers of people to cities. Comprised of a carbon fiber core and a unique high-friction coating, KONE UltraRope is extremely light, meaning elevator energy consumption in high-rise buildings can be cut significantly. The drop in rope weight means a dramatic reduction in elevator moving masses – the weight of everything that moves when an elevator travels up or down, including the hoisting ropes, compensating ropes, counterweight, elevator car, and passenger load (see image). Due to the significant impact of ropes on the overall weight of elevator moving masses, the benefits of KONE UltraRope increase exponentially as travel distance grows. KONE UltraRope is extremely strong and highly resistant to wear and abrasion. Elevator downtime caused by building sway is also reduced as carbon fiber resonates at a completely different frequency to steel and most other building materials. KONE UltraRope has an exceptionally long lifetime – at least twice that of conventional steel rope – and thanks to the special coating, no lubrication is required in maintaining it, enabling further cuts in environmental impact. All of this adds up to unprecedented eco-efficiency, durability and reliability in future high-rise elevator travel. “We are proud to introduce this innovation that we are certain will revolutionize the elevator industry for the tallest segment of buildings across the globe. The benefits of KONE UltraRope versus conventional elevator hoisting technologies are numerous and indisputable,” said KONE President and CEO Matti Alahuhta. KONE UltraRope has been developed and tested rigorously both in real elevators and simulation laboratories at KONE’s research and development facilities in Finland. Since 2010, it has been tested in operation at the world’s tallest elevator testing laboratory, KONE’s Tytyri facility built over 300 meters underground adjacent to an active limestone mine. Properties like tensile strength, bending lifetime, and material aging are just some of the qualities that have been measured. Urbanization is a key driver for the development of cities and the elevator industry. More than half of the world’s population already live in urban areas, and the United Nations estimates that by 2050 seven out of every 10 people on the planet will be living in cities. Building upwards is seen as the sustainable urban solution, and the number of tall buildings built around the globe has increased rapidly in recent years. Increasingly, tall buildings are also growing taller. Nearly 600 buildings of 200 meters or more are currently under construction or planned to be built over the next few years, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. While there are currently three buildings in the world that top the 500-meter mark, there are plans for 20 more such buildings to be built in coming years. Additionally, there are currently some 3,000 buildings in the world that could benefit from modernization with KONE UltraRope.