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BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVI-CHEESE! With Christmas only around the […]

BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVI-CHEESE!

With Christmas only around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the beloved Christmas cheese board…

From Organic Cheddar and Godminster Truffle Cheese, to a Chutney Trio and Cheddar Cheese & Sweet Chilli Biscuits, your cheese board will most definitely go down a treat!

Chesse Selection – Houses of Parliament Shop – shop.parliament.uk.png

Alternatively, if you are looking to treat your cheese-loving friend or family member, these are perfect as individual gifts, or combined to create a bespoke cheese selection!

House of Commons Godminster Star Organic Cheddar – £7 • House of Commons Godminster Truffle Cheese – £8 •
House of Commons Biscuits for Cheese – £6 • Chutney Gift Pack – £12 • Handmade Portcullis Wooden Cheeseboard – £29.95

Houses of Parliament Shop – shop.parliament.uk

BRITS SLASH XMAS SHOPPING BUDGETS BY 6%

Average spend on presents will be £341, say Brits — 6% lower than 2019, with food and drink items among the most popular gifts, followed by beauty products
Two thirds of Brits have already started their Christmas shopping, while a fifth of people living in the UK said they plan to wait until early December
A fifth of Brits will double the amount of online shopping they did last year when buying gifts for friends and family

London, 10 November 2020 — The global pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives this year, including Britons’ Christmas shopping budgets, according to research by the Fashion Retail Academy.

On average, people are planning to spend £341 on gifts this Christmas — 6% less than in 2019.

However, despite prevailing uncertainty about how Brits will spend Christmas this year, more than a third (37%) have already started shopping.

The early start to stuffing stockings will come as one small scrap of good news for retailers and comes after the British Retail Consortium launched a campaign encouraging people to start shopping early to help spread demand[1].

Nearly two-thirds of Brits (63.4%) have already began their Christmas shopping. A fifth (19.5%) said they would start shopping in early December, and only 3% of consumers said they will wait until the week before Christmas before getting their gift-buying underway[2].

In terms of budgets, planned spending varies among age groups, with younger people aged 18-24 — many of whom are in lower paid jobs or facing the greatest employment uncertainty — budgeting to spend £221, which is 6% less than last year. People aged 45-54 are prepared to commit £382 to gift-giving, but this is still 10% less than last year.

The survey, conducted before the Prime Minister’s announcement to close non-essential businesses as part of a second national lockdown, found that a fifth (21.2%) of shoppers were expecting to double the amount of online shopping they do compared with last year.

The proportion of shopping being conducted online reached an all-time peak in May, during lockdown, with internet sales representing 33.9% of all purchases. Online shopping remains higher than pre-pandemic levels and may continue to grow this autumn with England coming under new restrictions[3].

Food and drink items will be among the most popular gifts this year, with 40% of people saying they will buy edible goods for their family. A third (33.9%) of shoppers say they will buy their family beauty products. A quarter of respondents (26.8%) said they would buy vouchers, despite the risk that retailers and other companies could go out of business, rendering the voucher unusable.

Lee Lucas, principal of the Fashion Retail Academy, says: “Retailers desperately need a strong Christmas to make up for the decline in sales seen during the first lockdown in the spring.

“Our research, showing two thirds of shoppers will already have started their festive shopping in early November, spells good news for retailers in what is set to be one of the most difficult Christmas periods in decades.

“It suggests shoppers are not waiting for Black Friday discounts and, instead, have decided to plan ahead and spread out their spending in anticipation of further disruption to come.

“However, the amount shoppers are planning to spend is down on last year. Financial pressures are impacting Christmas budgets across the country, with job security hanging by a thread for many. There’s also a lot of uncertainty about how much of a family Christmas we’re all going to be able to enjoy if lockdown measures are extended.”

BRAVADO, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP’S GLOBAL MERCHANDISING AND BRAND MANAGEMENT DIVISION, PARTNERS WITH ALIBABA’s TMALL GLOBAL

Bravado will launch an online store on Tmall Global to bring iconic artists’ merchandise and exclusive collaborations to Chinese shoppers

Pasadena, CA (October 27, 2020) – Alibaba Group today announced a partnership with Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandising and brand management division, to help bring iconic artists’ merchandise and exclusive collaborations to Chinese consumers. As part of the world-leader in music-based entertainment, Bravado is the premier global provider of consumer, lifestyle and branding services to recording artists and entertainment brands around the world.

The Bravado store will launch today on Tmall Global, the largest cross-border business-to-consumer marketplace in China, and will showcase merchandise from an unrivalled roster of top international recording artists from; Tupac, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley and including Taylor Swift, who will be the store’s first featured artist. Other artist collections and collaborations will be added each month.

The store launch will be the first time that merchandise from Taylor Swift’s most recent album, folklore, will be available in China. In addition, Swift will debut her newest collection exclusively on Tmall Global during Alibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, giving Chinese shoppers access to it for two full weeks before anyone else in the world. The collections will also be offered through Alibaba Group’s Hey Box, one of the most powerful marketing channels for new products.

In addition to offering a full range of premium merchandise and exclusive and bespoke designer collaborations from a growing list of global recording artists and entertainers, the store will showcase a different featured artist each month, offering a specially curated range of products inspired and influenced by each featured act. These will include new and exclusive products and seasonal ranges, to coincide with album releases, tours, classic catalogues and other product innovations.

Universal Music China together with Bravado will work closely within Tmall Global and Alibaba’s ecosystem to help expand fan reach and interactivity through its technology and entertainment channels. In recent years, Bravado has successfully leveraged merchandise as a platform to elevate artists’ individual brands and helped nurture new relationships with fans. The company’s partnership with Tmall Global will enable artists to share their full lifestyle experience, including collaborations into fashion, art and design alongside music projects. Bravado’s Tmall store, will serve as a one-stop shopping destination for music and artist culture in China.

“We’re extremely pleased to partner with Bravado to give fans in China the opportunity to connect with these remarkable musicians,” said Emma Lee, Head of Fashion for Tmall Global and Kaola, Alibaba Group. “Through this partnership, Chinese consumers will be able to access exclusive merchandise from their favorite international recording artists that we know they will enjoy.”

John Habbouch, GM and CFO, Bravado said, “At Bravado our mission is to amplify artist initiatives and create moments and experiences beyond music. This partnership with Tmall Global, in conjunction with our colleagues at Universal Music China, will provide both international and domestic artists with opportunities to engage more deeply with fans in China, and to continue to reach new consumers and audiences around the world.”

About Tmall Global

Launched in 2014, Tmall Global (www.tmall.hk) is an extension of Alibaba Group’s Tmall platform that addresses the increasing Chinese consumer demand for international products and brands. It is the premier platform through which overseas brands and retailers reach Chinese consumers, build brand awareness and gain valuable consumer insights in forming their overall China strategy, without the need for physical operations in China. According to Analysys, Tmall Global was the largest import e-commerce platform in China in the 12 months ended March 31, 2019, in terms of GMV.

About Alibaba

Alibaba Group’s mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a good company that lasts for 102 years.

About Bravado

Bravado is the leading global provider of consumer, lifestyle and branding services to recording artists and entertainment brands around the world. Part of Universal Music Group, the leader in music-based entertainment, Bravado represents artists in more than 40 countries and provides services including sales, licensing, branding, marketing and e-commerce. Their extensive global distribution network gives artists and brands the opportunity to create deeper connections with their fans through apparel, consumer packaged goods and unique experiences. For more information: www.bravado.com

Bosch Home & Garden’s Bumper Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Christmas is on its way! It’s that time of year again to spoil your loved ones. But if you’re always in a dilemma for what to buy that special someone, never fear – Bosch Home & Garden is here with its Bumper Christmas Gift Guide.

Here’s the pick of top tools that make those seasonal household jobs effortless and, most importantly, save time for spending together.

Stocking-sized levelling helpers (from £49.99)

Flexible attachment on different surfaces: Line laser Atino from Bosch for DIY usersBosch Atino (NEW)

When doing a spot of DIY, having a little helper on-hand to keep things level is invaluable. So, when you run out of hands to complete the job, the Bosch Atino alignment and measuring tool is here to help out.

Whether you’re mounting a TV or hanging door hooks for clothing, the Bosch Atino helps you complete alignments and distance measurements all in one. You can attach the tool to any wall with its reusable gel pad or, for rougher walls, a pin adapter plate. Once done, simply switch on the line laser and rotate the tool to your desired alignment angle, then use the integrated tape measure to plot distances up to 1.5 metres.

Product is widely available in the following packages (all prices RRP): £49.99 (tool, 1 gel pad, pin plate with 2 pins and battery); or set £61.74 (tool, 6 gel pads, pin plate with 2 pins and battery)

Bosch Quigo Green

This compact cross-line laser levelling tool is ideal for fast and easy alignment on the go. Tasks such as tiling and installing kitchen or bathroom fittings are effortless thanks to the Bosch Quigo Green’s self-levelling, along with versatile positioning courtesy of universal MM2 clamp and tripod compatibility.

Thanks to optimised green laser technology, the tool projects the line with up to four times better visibility than red lasers, even in bright lighting conditions.

RRP: £79.99

The gifts for every home: POWER FOR ALL ALLIANCE range (tool selection below from £78.23)

The Christmas ‘to-do’ list is the gift that keeps on giving. Tackling the housework, cutting up firewood or doing some festive decorating – there’s always something to keep you busy!

The last thing you want to do is spend time looking for different batteries and chargers for your cordless tools. To help you get the jobs done and get partying, the new POWER FOR ALL ALLIANCE makes Bosch’s ‘one battery for all’ technology more flexible than ever.

Expanding its interchangeable battery system to multiple partners, Bosch Home & Garden has founded the POWER FOR ALL ALLIANCE with GARDENA, Bosch Home, GLORIA, Emmaljunga e-powered by Bosch, Wagner and Rapid. The new alliance is one of the largest cross-brand 18V battery systems, incorporating everything from DIY and household tools to leisure, cleaning, decorating and crafting applications – the range increasing to 70 products in 2021

Whether you’re using an impact drill, orbit sander or vacuum cleaner, one 18V battery and charger is all you need. Reducing the number of batteries required helps protect the environment, and save more space, money and time to enjoy the festive season.

Bosch AdvancedMulti 18

Being able to multitask at a busy time like Christmas is a gift, and the adaptable Bosch AdvancedMulti 18 is the perfect partner. Able to complete cutting, sawing and sanding jobs with the accessories available as standard, you can change the application of this multitalented tool in three seconds with Bosch AutoClic accessory functionality. A host of additional accessories are also available, expanding the applications to grouting, scraping and polishing.

Product is widely available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Tool only – £113.01; Tool, battery (2.5Ah), charger (AL 1830 CV), sanding plate, sanding sheet and 4-stage depth stop for segment saw blades – £174.99

Bosch AdvancedImpact 18

Wood, steel, concrete? The Bosch AdvancedImpact 18 combi drill helps you get the job done with all of them. For both screwdriving and drilling, the tool automatically changes gears for you, managing the job at hand so you don’t have to. Change quickly between screwdriving and drilling with Bosch QuickSnap adapters, whilst the efficient brushless motor balances endurance with power to keep you working for longer.

Product is widely available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Tool only – £113.01; Tool, battery (2.5Ah), charger (AL 1830 CV), chuck adapter and screwdriver bit – £189.99

Bosch Advanced Orbit 18

Sanding on awkward surfaces can be tough, but the Bosch AdvancedOrbit 18 random orbit sander is built to make the job as comfortable and efficient as possible. The ergonomic two-handle set-up ensures you can maintain an easy grip at any angle, while the intuitive speed selection dial allows you to optimise the power required. Bosch Low Vibration technology absorbs shocks and uncomfortable vibrations, allowing you to focus on the job.

Product is widely available in the following packages (all prices RRP): Tool only – £78.23; battery (2.5Ah, £60.85) and charger (AL 1830 CV, £35.66) available separately

Something special: Bosch Indego M+ 700

Give someone the gift of beautiful lawns – without them having to do any of the work! The Bosch Indego M+ 700 robotic lawnmower is the latest in autonomous lawncare technology, able to cut lawns up to 700m2 on one charge. This smart little gadget uses Bosch’s bespoke LogiCut technology to mow in a consistent pattern, remembering where it has been for the most efficient cut. The SmartMowing feature allows the Indego to use the latest weather forecast to schedule mowing – all by itself. You can also control the lawnmower from wherever you are through the Indego smartphone app, whilst Amazon Alexa compatibility makes managing the product truly effortless. Say it, and the mowing is done!

RRP: £1,169.99

BORA: cooktop extractor systems for the heart of the kitchen

As we spend more time at home now, many of us are taking the opportunity to make some changes,

particularly in the kitchen. BORA offers a wide range of innovative cooktop extraction systems, to

ensure the kitchen is well equipped. Whether you have a small space, are a keen cook, or simply want

to add a touch of colour to your kitchen, BORA offers a range of high-quality solutions.

For small kitchens …

When space is tight a streamlined finish is important. BORA extractors are directly integrated into the

hob for the ultimate space-saving solution, while the modular system enables the cooking zones to be

tailored to individual needs. With cooking vapours sucked in from the worktop, odours that would

otherwise spread throughout the living area are a distant memory. Finally, the unique design of the

various BORA ranges creates the sense of discreet modernity.

… for colourful kitchens

Colour is an on-trend way of adding personality and character to the kitchen. With BORA Pure the

German manufacturer offers a myriad of colourful variations to give the kitchen a touch of sparkle;

green, blue, greige or red, anything goes!

Equip the kitchen as you wish

At the heart of the home, the kitchen is often where we spend the most time. Now more than ever, it

is important to feel comfortable, not only with the decor and layout, but with the addition of quality

household appliances.

The wide range of BORA products means that all needs are catered for, putting professional cooking

techniques at the fingertips of even amateur chefs, with a variety of cooking zones that also include a

Teppanyaki cooking plate and a hob dedicated to wok cooking, all with an elegant and modern design.

About the company:

Since 2007, BORA Lüftungstechnik GmbH, headquartered in Raubling, Upper Bavaria, has successfully

developed and sold cooktop extractor systems that draw vapours downwards thanks to the use of

patented technology. The innovative BORA Professional, BORA Classic, BORA X Pure, BORA Pure and

BORA Basic product ranges are sold in 60 countries worldwide.

BORA founder Willi Bruckbauer has a vision: the end of the extractor hood. The patent he developed

has multiple advantages: the premium-quality systems are more effective than conventional hoods,

extremely quiet, energy efficient and easy to clean. They enable maximum design freedom for

kitchens and a clear view.

The company received its first award within the scope of the innovation contest “365 Orte im Land der

Ideen” (365 Places in the Land of Ideas) back in 2009, followed by the German Entrepreneurs’ Award,

Red Dot Awards, Plus X Awards, German Design Awards, Iconic Awards, German Brand Award, Good

Design Awards, iF Design Awards and others.

For further information, please visit www.bora.com.

Courageous Kids Must Save Santa in Time for Christmas

New York, NY, November 10, 2020 — Amid the backdrop of an overindulgent culture and waning Christmas spirit, one company, Eastern Industries, is uniquely poised to monopolize the attention of children with the launch of its latest video game. But things have gotten way out of hand. Santa is missing, the North Pole is in a state of chaos, and Christmas may not happen at all! With the holiday traditions of the world hanging in the balance, can a team of intrepid youngsters drawn from the Naughty List, some toy soldiers and living snowmen save the day?

Author Thomas Conway sets the stage for worldwide adventure in The Naughty List, his imaginative, modern Christmas tale that blends elements of pop culture with the age-old tradition of Santa Claus. The story begins at a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade without Santa, where toy manufacturer Eastern Industries has just released a new holiday marketing scheme, which keeps kids glued to their devices and drains everyone’s holiday spirit. With Christmas fast approaching and Santa nowhere in sight, a team of daring youngsters recruited from Santa’s Naughty List aim to rescue Santa and save the holiday.

While primarily a Santa tale, The Naughty List cleverly incorporates Winter holiday beliefs from around the world, including the legend of Marduk, a Babylonian god; the Roman feast of Saturnalia; the epic story of Jangar from North Asia; Moravian traditions of animal communication; and the present real-life adventures of Israeli Santa Claus, Nicola Abdou.

Also sprinkled with references to holiday favorites such as Miracle on 34th Street, T’was the Night Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and others, this wonderfully rich tale promotes right over wrong, good over evil and love over fear.

Suitable for all ages, The Naughty List skillfully weaves valuable lessons about overindulgence and society’s tendency to put labels on children, with the overarching theme that when kids misbehave they should not be defined by their bad deeds but rather see it as a learning opportunity, since when we appreciate the best in humanity and combine our talents, we are capable of almost anything.

The Naughty List, winner of the 2020 Indie Book Award in the E-Book Fiction category, is the first release from Thomas Conway. His 30-year career spans various industries. When not at work, he devotes his time to environmental matters and inventing stories for his two children.

The Naughty List

Publisher: Skylands Publishing House

ISBN-10: 1734123400

ISBN-13: 978-1734123401

Available from Amazon.com

New Holiday Adventure Features Team of Intrepid Youngsters on Quest to Save Santa

New York, NY, Oct. 26, 2020 — Not even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade could persuade the people lining the streets to look up from their phones. Only a few small children even noticed that something was horribly amiss: Santa Claus was a no-show. In an era when children practically dictate their wish lists and parents scramble to outdo each other, it seems the holiday spirit — along with Santa — has disappeared. When word spreads that Santa has, in fact, been kidnapped, it’s up to a group of unfairly labeled children culled from The Naughty List to rescue Santa and remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. Will these intrepid youngsters rise to the challenge? There’s only one way to find out!

Author Thomas Conway sets the stage for worldwide adventure in this imaginative, modern Christmas tale that blends elements of pop culture with the age-old tradition of Santa Claus. The Naughty List opens in a world without Santa, where toy manufacturer Eastern Industries has just released a new holiday marketing scheme, monopolizing the attention of the children and draining their holiday spirit. With Christmas fast approaching and the North Pole in chaos, a team of intrepid youngsters recruited from Santa’s Naughty List aim to rescue Santa and save the holiday.

While primarily a Santa tale, The Naughty List cleverly incorporates Winter holiday beliefs from around the world, including the legend of Marduk, a Babylonian god; the Roman feast of Saturnalia; the epic story of Jangar from North Asia; Moravian traditions of animal communication; and the present real-life adventures of Israeli Santa Claus, Nicola Abdou.

Also sprinkled with references to holiday favorites such as Miracle on 34th Street, T’was the Night Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and others, this wonderfully rich tale promotes right over wrong, good over evil and love over fear.

Suitable for all ages, The Naughty List skillfully weaves valuable lessons about overindulgence and society’s tendency to put labels on children, with the overarching theme that when kids misbehave they should not be defined by their bad deeds but rather see it as a learning opportunity, since when we appreciate the best in humanity and combine our talents, we are capable of almost anything.

The Naughty List, winner of the 2020 Indie Book Award in the E-Book Fiction category, is the first release from Thomas Conway. His 30-year career spans various industries. When not at work, he devotes his time to environmental matters and inventing stories for his two children.

The Naughty List

Publisher: Skylands Publishing House

ISBN-10: 1734123400

ISBN-13: 978-1734123401

Available from Amazon.com

BIGGER THE BETTER – ALDI LAUNCHES WHOPPING GALLON OF PORT FOR £165 CHEAPER THAN HARVEY NICS

Guaranteed to make for an un-fir-gettable Christmas, this year Aldi is SUPERSIZING the ultimate post-dinner indulgence by launching a 4.5L 10-Year-Old Tawny Port. The first time Aldi is selling port this size! Similar big bottles are sold at other more expensive retailers, but at Aldi the gallon bottle is just £99 – a third of the price of the Harvey Nic’s £265 bottle!

This whopper of a bottle is rich and elegant combining aromas of fruit, a hint of nuttiness and subtle notes of chocolate, oak wood and butterscotch. Aldi is offering a premium experience which is certain to be a hit at the Christmas dinner table for under £100.

This jumbo bottle is also ideal for enjoying any day of the week, but the beauty of purchasing a bottle this size is there’s enough for everyone and no need to leave the table! Aldi’s Tawny Port can be paired perfectly with a variety of sweet desserts from Christmas puddings and chocolate, to walnuts and cheese boards for a delicious festive accompaniment.

Great for this wine-derful time of the year, this seasonal special is set to land online only from 9th November, so no need to worry about the workout required to carry it home. As with all Specialbuys though, shoppers will need to get in there quick, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

This tasty addition joins Aldi’s delicious selection of fortified and dessert wines, which includes Specially Selected Sauternes (£6.99), Specially Selected Cream Sherry (£5.99), Specially Selected Medium Dry Sherry (£5.99) and Fletchers LBV Port (£9.49)

To find out more about these or any of Aldi’s award-winning drinks head to www.aldi.co.uk/c/wines.

Be Adventurous this Christmas with the World’s First Tequila Matured in Whisky Casks, Storywood Tequila

If you are looking for a truly innovative gift to give this Christmas, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of award-winning Storywood Tequila!

Storywood Tequila is a premium sipping tequila that is redefining the category, the first and only range of tequilas fully matured in whisky or sherry casks, in the world. The whisky-like characteristics drawn from the wood mean they can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks, perfect for a winters evening by the fire or in a celebratory Christmas cocktail.

Storywood Speyside 7 Reposado – raised over 7 months in a single malt Speyside Scotch whisky cask. Tasting of caramel with subtle oak and hints of vanilla and honey on an earthy, lowland agave base.

Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo – this adventurous tequila is raised for over 14 months in a single malt Scotch whisky cask and embodies the sip slow attitude of Storywood. Tasting of toasted oak, roasted nuts and treacle toffee – perfect for a whisky lover looking to try a new and exciting dram.

Sherry Cask Strength 7 Reposado – bottled at cask strength, Storywood Sherry 7 is one of a few limited edition expressions. Raised over 7 months in Oloroso Sherry casks. Bold, full flavoured with cherry and dark fruits on an earthy agave base, it’s the best of both worlds.

For a festive serve, try mixing the Storywood Sherry 7 Reposado Spritz:

30ml Storywood Sherry Cask Strength 7 Reposado, 15ml Cherry Heering, 5ml Yellow Chartreuse, Sparkling Wine, Two Dashes Mole (chocolate) Bitters

Stir all the ingredients with ice and strain into a Coupette glass. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Storywood Speyside 7 Reposado ABV: 40% RRP: £38.95 for 700ml. Available from: amazon.co.uk, storwyoodtequila.com and proofdrinks.com

Storywood Speyside 14 Añejo ABV: 40% RRP: £47.45 for 700ml. Available from: amazon.co.uk, storwyoodtequila.com and proofdrinks.com

Sherry Cask Strength 7 Reposado ABV: 53% RRP: £46.46 for 700ml. Available from proofdrinks.com

Bring the warmth of Mexico to your Christmas celebrations and live free, sip slow with Storywood Tequila.

A Kitchen Pro with Anysharp

The Anysharp Pro is the world’s best knife sharpener. It turns blunt knives to like new, super sharp, slicing machines. Simply put the device onto any solid work top and pull the level so it’s suction sticks it firm. Grab a knife and gently pull it through the blades 2-3 times and within seconds and you’ll have sharp knives once again.

The Anysharp Pro is used by many celebrity and professional chefs and is a staple in many homes. Save Knives and Reuse – Whether you’re slicing meat, dicing vegetables, or carving the Sunday Roast, a sharp blade makes cutting effortless. AnySharp Pro restores a super sharp cutting edge to blunt knife blades that have dulled with use.

The Anysharp Pro has a ten year warranty and available in a range of stunning colours so suit every style. The Anysharp Pro costs from £16.50 from Amazon

With the imminent lockdown approaching, BabyBjörn have a selection of products to help parents with little ones from 0-3 years, enjoy this time at home as much as possible.

The BabyBjörn Newborn Bundle features the multi award-winning BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini, and BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss in 3D Jersey fabrics, it is a super-soft and comfortable place for your newborn – with optimal ergonomics and fabrics designed to be soft on delicate newborn skin. £239.98 www.babybjorn.co.uk/starter-kits/basic-starter-kit-for-newborns/

There are many benefits of babywearing for maternal mental health, as well as bonding by keeping your baby where they are happiest, close to your heart and perhaps most importantly it allows parents to be hands-free to get things done, and go out for a walk while Baby Carrier One with 4 carrying positions – BABYBJÖRNtheir baby is close to them.

The Bouncer Bliss allows your baby a safe place to rest or play, no batteries are required as the bouncer operates just on a babies own movements, helping develop motor skills.

The Baby Carrier One, can be used from newborn all the way up to 3 years old, available in cotton or cool mesg fabric in a variety of colours, it offers hours of comfy carrying with superior back support for parents with a padded waist belt and shouler straps, the carrier can be used in 4 different positions to grow as your baby does, for perfect carrying ergonomics. This premium baby carrier is used from newborn, facing the parent, then from 6 months the baby can look out on the world, then from 1 year it can be used as a back carrier. £143.99 www.babybjorn.co.uk/baby-carriers/baby-carrier-one/

Waterdrop® specializes in providing all kinds of water purification solutions. Their brand has a wide product spectrum including water filter pitcher, refrigerator replacement filter, water filter straw, and the under-sink water reverse osmosis system.

As the holiday season is near, their newly released water filter pitcher and their portable water filter would be popular options for your audience. Please visit their site at :- www.waterdropfilter.com

Water filter pitcher

Portable water filter

Waterdrop® Waterdrop’s products have passed certifications and tests, such as NSF, CSA, WQA, UPC, WARS, UL, and FCC test. These certificates ensure that the harmful water contaminant rate is up to 99.9%.

Top quality has always been their approach to water purification. They source their materials in accordance with the highest standards of the industry. Their professional team members vet every piece of the materials to ensure it meets those standards by researching ingredients, auditing sourcing practices, and testing products—all to make your shopping secured. The Waterdrop goal is, and has been since the beginning, to design, engineer and deliver products that meet our—and their—uncompromising standards.

Avocado: the versatility of the pandemic-proof superfood

AS EUROPEAN AVOCADO CONSUMPTION IS EXPECTED TO GROW BY 15% IN 2020, TOP CHEFS HIGHLIGHT ITS VERSATILITY WITH THEIR SIGNATURE #AVOMYWAY RECIPES

The World Avocado Organization (WAO) has invited the UK’s top chefs to develop new avocado-based recipes, as part of the #AvoMyWay challenge. The prize for the winning dish is a pallet of avocados donated to NHS Charities Trust in the chef’s name.

The winning chefs, Tom Aikens (Muse) and Sanjay Dwivedi (COYA), created recipes that celebrated the avocado’s versatility.

The avocado has also proved pandemic-proof as its popularity with British consumers continues. Over 6,000 avocados are now sold every hour in the UK, used as an ingredient in the kitchen and at-home skincare routines.

London, 13th of November 2020 – To celebrate the versatility of the avocado, the World Avocado Organization (WAO) challenged some of the UK’s top chefs to create a dish with the avocado as the star ingredient. The winning chef will have a pallet of avocados donated to the NHS Charities Trust in their name.

The competition was fierce as the inspired chefs smashed, grilled, piped and puréed their avocados. WAO chose the winning recipes as a testament to the chefs’ creativity and flair as well as the avocado’s unique versatility as an ingredient. COYA’s Sanjay Dwivedi created a sumptuous avocado mousse with coconut, passion fruit sorbet and rice crackers while Tom Aikens from Muse reinvented a classic with his avocado cannelloni.

For the full list of entries, see below:
TOM AIKENS from MUSE: Avocado Cannelloni
SANJAY DWIVEDI from COYA: Avocado Mousse, Coconut, Passion Fruit Sorbet, Rice Crackers
JOE GRANT from ISSHO: Dragon Rolls with Tempura Tiger Prawns, Avocado and Spicy Mayonnaise
RUTH HANSOM from PRINCESS OF SHOREDITCH: Gin Cured Sea Trout and Bream, Nori, Avocado Purée Coriander and Citrus
ATUL KOCHHAR from VAASU: Hawkyns’ Crispy Soft-shell Crab with Avocado Panna Cottas
CYRUS TODIWALA from CAFÉ SPICE NAMASTÉ: Avocado and Parsee Wedding Pickle Cake
CHRIS & JEFFERY GALVIN from GALVIN RESTAURANTS: Avocado Puree
JOHN WILLIAMS from RITZ LONDON: Roast Scallops Bergamont and Avocado
PAULO DE TARSO from MARGOT: Guacamole
THEO RANDALL from THEO RANDALL AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL: Toasted Sourdough with Smashed Avocado, Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Chill and Parsley
RICH HENDERSON from CORNISH ARMS TAVISTOCK: Salmon Avocado Pink Grapefruit Fermented Cucumber Nasturtium
JODIE KIDD from THE HALF MOON: The Half Moon King Prawn and Avocadotini
SOPHIE MICHELL: Salmon Yuzu Ceviche with Avocado and Crab
BEN BARTLETT: Grilled Avocado Salad with 21 Aged D Rump Steak
BRIAN TURNER: Avocado & Asparagus Salad
THOMAS LEATHERBARROW: Avocado Toast with Poached Egg
CHING HE HUANG: Ying-Yang Chilli Eggs
CHRIS PROW from the CAPITAL HOTEL: Avocado Chocolate Mousse with Avocado Coconut Frozen Yoghurt
ALFREDO RUSSO from THE FRANKLIN LONDON: Cocktail di Gamberi con Emulsion di Avocado
OLIVER MARLOWE from THE HUNTER’S MOON: Scallop Ceviche with Whipped Avocado, Pickled Ginger and Ponzu
ROBERT WALTON (PRESIDENT OF THE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION): Avocado Rose Toast
DIANE KOCHILAS: Greek Guacamole
Avocados: the pandemic-proof superfood
The chefs aren’t the only ones making the most of the avocado’s health benefits. So far this year, Europe has consumed 700 million kilos of avocados, 100 million kilos more than last year. During the pandemic, the avocado has become the new healthy comfort food both for the body and mind. It was a key part of embracing a healthier lifestyle under lockdown, along with sourdough starters and the boom in YouTube fitness videos.

Avocado consumption across Europe has been steadily growing for years, with the United Kingdom and France being the two biggest markets. Over 6,000 avocados are now sold every hour in the UK!

“During the pandemic, many people have started to pay more attention to their diets and are turning to foods that will strengthen their immune systems. The avocado, along with a balanced diet and an active lifestyle, is our body’s best friend, ideally matched to new consumer habits and needs in 2020”, states Xavier Equihua, CEO of WAO.

And it’s not just being bought as an ingredient in the kitchen. Providing a wealth of essential fatty acids, vitamins C and E, and minerals, the avocado is proving popular in at-home skincare. Avocado oil soothes burnt skin and boasts regenerative properties for both the face and hair.

About WAO:
WAO is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 that represents the main producers, exporters and importers of avocados around the world. WAO promotes the consumption of avocados based on their nutritional value and recognised health benefits.

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