The pub isn’t dead, it’s different…

As the Government relentlessly increases the tax on beer, pubs are suffering the most. According to the Campaign for Real Ale, 46 London Pubs have been turned into supermarkets, and a further 2,400 pubs have vanished completely from the capital. But it’s far too early to call time on the local. In London, many of our grand Victorian gin venues are being preserved and beautifully restored, as well as being revolutionised. A brand new breed of beer loving entrepreneurs are stripping back old pubs and revealing their bare essentials and restoring them to their former glory. But Sky Sports and cheap beer are nowhere to be seen. Craft Beer pubs around London can show just what can be achieved by disconnecting the old PA system and replacing it with micro brewed beers. London is witnessing the most active breweries and chain brands since the early 1900’s; but it isn’t just about the beer. The food has improved, nightlife has had life pumped into it – you are never far away from a quiz night, live music or open mic comedy nights. And now, to really outdo the competition, many pubs are hosting in house hairdressers, knitting groups and even vintage fashion boutiques are propping up the bar. With many reasons to stay in on a Saturday night, London’s pubs are offering reasons to get off the sofa and down your local. 

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Ripped to Shreds

A cutting edge new report aims to destroy many of the myths surrounding fat loss and muscle gain.

The report, Ripped to Shreds, has been co-authored by Liverpool duo Shaun Petafi and Dean Connor and has brought fitness and nutrition in to a whole new era, using the latest scientific literature behind rapid body transformation.

Shaun Petafi believes people looking to improve their physique through diet and exercise are frequently accessing obsolete information.

I think it’s safe to say that no matter how determined one is to lose weight, we all have our days where we would love to chuck the regimented eating schedule into the bin and simply collapse on the treadmill. Well, its not recommended that one collapses on the treadmill as it may result in slight bruising but according to the Ripped To Shreds report skipping breakfast may actually be the way to slimming down- fast.

Waiting for 14-16 hours is also one of the reports suggested methods to speed up weight loss. Simply leave a 14-16 hours gap between your last meal the night before and your lunch as this gives your body a break allowing it to process the food from the day before. That’s all it takes to make your body a “master of controlling insulin”.

As for exercise, we’ve been taught that the longer you exercise for, the more fat is burnt. Well how about the idea that exercising for long periods of time actually encourages your body to store fat? The time taken to boil an egg- 6mins- is a time saving routine that re-programmes how the body uses fat for energy. Whether your lounging on the sofa or panting on the floor afterthis workout, only after 36 hours does your metabolism stop ‘raging’. Awesome.

Kindness UK

The London 2012 Olympics was the epitome of patriotism, sincerity, pride and British culture and attitude. When something big happens, we all come together and share the experience.  And we are sure that Great Britain will share this enthusiasm for the upcoming Paralympics also!

The legacy is the next topic of discussion, and whatever is decided, the London 2012 Olympics and the British attitude should continue, and Kindness UK are making sure that it will.

Kindness UK, a non-profit humanitarian organisation with the sole endeavor of sharing, promoting and uniting kindness, are soon hosting a General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement at their Cricklewood Headquarters from the 18th – 20th September 2012. The conference will bring together kindness movement from across the world including Australia, China, Dubai, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the USA and obviously the UK. Chosen members of the public will join the delegates and Dr. David R. Hamilton PhD, a world expert in Oxytocin (the Happy Hormone) will be presenting.

David Jamilly, founder of Kindness UK said; ‘we are incredibly excited that London can once again be the forefront of developing a brighter and kinder future.”

 

 

Booking tables Vs. Reservation free

Booking tables Vs. Reservation free has been a debate that has been going on for years. Which way do we prefer to dine? Do Brits prefer to book in advance at a known restaurant so there are no surprises, or do we prefer to be spontaneous and go where we find?

Sometimes life is thinking outside the box and leaving your comfort zone, and not knowing exactly where you are going to eat. This can lead to some of the best restaurants, and some of the worst. But isn’t life all about trial and error and trying new things. How can you taste new experiences if you visit the same restaurant and order the same dish every week? Would you go on holiday and eat British food the entire time? No booking required not only gives you restaurant leverage and life experience it also gives dining an edge.

However, queuing half an hour for a table is not fun, and unless you visit an unpopular restaurant, then queuing and waiting are the ultimate sacrifices. It is a great feeling when the maître d finds your name and ushers you efficiently to your waiting table. There is also a quality of dining, which can only be achieved when reserving a table, and this is beneficial when you bring guests and business prospects. Familiarity of a good venue and great food provides a relaxing experience without any unwanted hiccups.

There are strong arguments for and against, and it is all about individual preference and situation. Finding new restaurants can be just as exciting as dining at old ones, but the comfort and recognition within a good restaurant cannot be beaten. What do you think? Do you prefer booking or reservation free?

 

TUKcic Launch for Charity

Last night was the fabulous launch party of TUK in Old Street with the store filled with press, bloggers, fashion influencers and insiders. The TUK Store is a creative platform to exhibit and sell an eclectic mix of innovative products by indie and handmade designers. All the profits from the TUK store help TUKcic fund complementary healthcare therapists to help treat individuals with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The shop was filled with people keen to hear TUKcic director Gregg give a passionate speech. Guests were supplied with amazing orange cocktails, which where donated by the not new bar Callooh Calley and Becks donated the beer. Restaurant of the moment Tramshed provided delicious canapés for the guests and Say Cheese on Toast provided some delicious chocolate cupcakes, which were topped with sprinkles in the shape of the TUK signature. To top off this amazing night, goodie bags were given out which contained Vita Coco drinks, Popchips crisps, Revital Vitamin samples ad some handmade pieces by some of the incredible designers that TUK supports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Book Migration

Here at Through the Door Promotions, we all enjoy relaxing with a well-made cup of team and immersing ourselves with a good book. There is nothing better than entering another world and being introduced to an entire range of heroes, heroines and villains and being told their stories regardless of whether they are fact or fiction; realistic or unbelievable.

So that is why were extremely happy to hear that according to a poll of 2000 people, the average UK resident spends 7 hours and 54 minutes reading a book each week. Over 53% of the nation welcome a good book and read on a daily basis for at least an hour, and 7 out of ten people will have heard of an E-reader.

But what do you prefer, the convenience and efficiency of an E-reader or the feel, smell and representation of a book?

The same poll also revealed that the average UK bookworm will get through two and three quarter books each month. The most popular reasons for picking up a book are escaping the everyday stresses and problems of reality and to broaden ones knowledge. However, for some, reading books hide ulterior motives.

Over a third of people admit that they have hidden behind a book to check on someone they admire, avoid a conversation or simply sit back and indulge of a spot of subtle people watching.

This national joy of reading has prompted laser eye surgery specialist, Ultralase to launch the campaign, The Great Book Migration with the support of former athletic – and patient – Jonathan Edwards. The campaign will track 100 books, and their travels, across the UK. The titles will vary from classic horrors such as Dracula to modern day romances such as One Day. The titles can be found in a range of public places with ‘Read Me’ labels attached to their covers. Those who find one of the marked books will then be invited to join the migration and using social media and mobile technology such as QR codes will be able to let followers know where they found it. Let us know what you think about this!!

If you want to find out more information about The Great Book Migration please visit www.on.fb.me/JX5CR4

 

 

BA: Giving Holidays a Sporting Chance

British Airways has announced that it will be showing a selection of the best sports films voted by Team GB and Paralympics GB. The films will be showcased to BA customers flying during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The athletes nominated over thirty titles with Coach Carter receiving the most votes, and Cool Running’s (which would have got our vote) coming a close second.

Oliver Stone’s award winning Any Given Sunday took home the bronze medal and was favoured by various athletes including Gymnast Louis Smith. Triathlete Helen Jenkins voted for the boxing classic Rocky while Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie swaps water for racing with his preference to Formula One documentary film Senna.

Other nominations included Chariots of Fire, Dodgeball, Goal, Bend it like Beckham, Remember the Titans, Million Dollar Baby, Wimbledon, Jerry Maguire, Invincible, Happy Gilmore and Rumble in the Jungle.

Team GB rower, Zac Purchase said of his favourite film; “I don’t think you could get better than Al Pacino’s ‘inches’ speech in Any Given Sunday. It’s such a poignant moment, with many true parallels with the way each and every sportsperson across the world prepares for the performance of their loves.”

Facebook users were also asked to vote, with the winning vote being Chariots of Fire, with Cool Runnings (our favourite if we haven’t mentioned it before) and Rocky taking silver and bronze. The classic films were the Facebook voters choice.

Everyone enjoys a good film whilst on a plane journey,  and this campaign allows customers to enjoy the great sporting classics in preparation for London 2012.

As well as the film initiative, BA customers will also be able to enjoy an Olympic themed menu created by Michelin star chef Simon Hulstone, who worked with Heston Blumenthal to develop this project. To accompany the food, a specially created soundtrack will be available for passengers to tune into where they will be able to hear uplifting music and commentary from iconic British moments from previous games.

Along with the classics, British Airways will also be playing 2012 Olympic film Fast Girls, which follows the British relay team. There will also be a dedicated sports channel, which includes a number of Olympic, and Paralympic related programmes, such as the journey to London 2012.

Finally, BA customers will also be able to enjoy to short film BOY. BOY was produced exclusively for British Airways. Starring veteran British actor Timothy Small, it is filmed in the Velodrome in the Olympic Park.

The Airline is encouraging the nation to get behind the UK this summer, as well as giving you a sporting chance to book a holiday. Where were you during the London 2012 Olympics?