Wimbledon 20120 the 126th Championship begins.

June 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Sport | Leave a comment
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The world’s oldest tennis tournament, The Championship, Wimbledon begins its 126th tournament in South West London today. The only Grand Slam to be played on grass, Wimbledon is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and a sporting event which I particularly look forward too. 

Novak Djokovic Wimbeldon

Novak Djokovic Wimbeldon 2012

Kick starting Wimbledon 2012 Men’s Singles is last year’s Champion, Novak Djokovic, who is currently seeded number one. Djokovic started play at 1pm against Juan Carlos Ferrero on Centre Court whilst the six times Wimbledon Champion, Roger Federer, commenced play on Court One against Albert Ramos. The Women’s Single are also underway as the female world number one, Maria Sharapova, plays Anastasia Rodionova.

As the players preparing for their first Wimbledon matched sports fans are looking forward to a fortnight of exceptional tennis.  I’ve always looked forward to the annual Wimbledon fortnight, much more than any other Grand Slam and that’s probably because Wimbledon is so steeped in history and is quintessentially British.

Punnets of Strawberries

Punnets of Strawberries served at Wimbledon

Traditionally spectators have enjoyed strawberries and cream whilst watching play, a tradition which I don’t see ending anytime soon and the players wear their brightest whites. The Wimbledon Royal Box is often occupied by members of the Royal Family too, who always amp up the excitement; a visit from the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last year added a touch of joy.

Who knows which royal faces will be present this year, or which tennis aces will go home as Wimbledon champions 2012; it’s far too early to make any assumptions on who will be triumphant, although a British win for Andy Murray would be prefect for the summer of sport in London 2012.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wimbledon 2012

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Royal Box Wimbledon 2011

However, I’m sure that the Wimbledon roof will most probably come into play at some point during the tournament if the past couple of weeks of gloomy weather are anything to go by but it wouldn’t be Wimbledon without a little rain.

Watch Wimbledon on the BBC and via the Red Button. Alternatively keep up to date with scores and matched on Wimbledon’s official website or Twitter page.

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Iconic hairdresser Vidal Sassoon dies aged 84

May 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today has brought the sad news that iconic British hairdresser Vidal Sassoon has passed away aged 84 after losing his battle with Leukaemia.

Vidal Sassoon rose to fame in the sixties when he created a series of fantastic geometric hairstyles for women. His creations include ‘The 5 point cut’ and most famously ‘The Bob’ which became Vidal’s signature cut and is still requested in hair salons today.

Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon

Along with creating fashionable hair styles for the ordinary woman Vidal Sassoon also worked with some of the most iconic names in Hollywood with cliental including Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth.

Renowned for revolutionising hairdressing with his series of short ‘wash-and-wear’ hairstyles that proved to be incredibly popular Vidal Sassoon was requested to cut the hair of actress Mia Farrow in 1968 for her role in the film Rosemary’s Baby.

He created a short pixie cut which became an overnight fashion sensation much like the ‘Nancy Kwan’ bob that liberated women across Britain and America to go for the chop. This trendy bob cut was arguably one of Vidal’s most notable looks and a favourite of mine.

Vidal Sassoon geometric hair styles

Vidal Sassoon’s most iconic looks

Along with creating cutting edge hairstyle which epitomised the era of Cool Britannia, Vidal Sassoon also created a legacy of credible hairdressing with a series of salons and hairdressing academies both here in Britain and in America. During his career he also commissioned a range of styling products that have proved popular amongst professional and amateur hair stylists.

Vidal Sassoon will be greatly missed in the world of hairdressing however I’m sure that this legacy of creating pioneering hairstyles will live on forever.

The WI Food Website

November 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The WI Food logoThe Women’s Institute has become an iconic organisation in Britain and today it has launched an exciting new website, which makes their famous jams and baked goods accessible to all.

Formed in 1915, the community based organisation exclusive to women, has brought females and their communities together for many years.

Famous for offering members a wealth of new skills and experiences, I always associate the WI with cooking as I’m sure many others will too. This is mainly because members of the WI played an enormous role in providing the nation with healthy, hearty food during both the First and Second World Wars.

In recent years the WI has sustained a positive and up to date image with some branches applying a modern approach, leading to a fleeting numbers of younger members joining the ever growing organisation, which now boasts over 200,000 members.

WI Jam

Adding to their contemporary new style the WI is rejoicing in the digital world. With a host of online campaigns their website also features competitions, how to get involved in the WI and all the work and activities which their current members are up too.

Adding to their online portfolio the WI have today launched The Women’s Institute Food website; an ecommerce site which sells WI’s famous ‘homemade’ jams, biscuits and chutneys. Along with WI cookery books harbouring many tried and tested recipes which have lasted the test of time.

All produce is inspired by the WI’s history of making well preserved, homemade food. With a variety of flavours and beautiful presentation the WI treats are sure to be a huge hit. And all of the goodies sound so delicious- butter crumbly oatie biscuits and fine cut English Marmalade- yummy!

WI Bakery

In addition the site also encouraging members and no members to look into cookery courses at the WI’s Denman College, which has become synonymous in offering a huge variety of courses educating and developing cooking and craft skills.

All in all, the site is a wonderful success and I’m sure that the produce range will soon expand in to more delicious goodies, which we can all order and enjoy greatly.

Visit The WI’s Food site here – www.wifood.co.uk

Tesco Strawberry & Clotted Cream sandwiches to celebrate Wimbledon

June 21, 2011 at 11:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I had to laugh this morning when I read that Tesco have launched a strawberries and clotted cream sandwich.

The bizarre sandwich was supposedly invented to celebrate the quintessential British summertime; it’s even packed in a Union Jack designed packet. I’m sure Tesco are hoping Wimbledon spectators will be stopping off to buy one just before entering Centre Court, but I’m not convinced.

strawberry and cream sandwich Tesco

I adore strawberries and cream, however, I’m not sure that making the classic summertime snack into a sandwiching filling is the most appropriate way to celebrate Wimbledon or British summer.

So the big question is will you be including Tesco’s latest sandwich into your lunchtime menu? We all seem to think not, but I would love to hear your thoughts.

And another thing… What is your favourite ‘bizarre’ sandwich choice? Leave a comment to let me know.

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