50 Shades of Grey

Well, Through the Door Promotions has decided to fall prey to temptation and indulge in the seedy and seductive book that is currently on every woman’s minds. Originally released as an e-book in June 2011, 50 Shades of Grey is the creation of E.L James, who is now wealthier than her character Christian Grey.

Told by the female protagonist, Anastasia Steele, who is an undergraduate of Washington State University? Anastasia meets Christian Grey, a wealthy businessman when she interviews him for a newspaper. The story (and the clothes) begins to unravel when Steele embarks on a dark and dangerous love affair with Grey. With no sexual experience, Steele boards a rollercoaster ride of sexual encounters, limitations and preferences. Grey is a demanding, moody and charming character with particular sexual tastes, which would make even the most sexual predator cringe. Anastasia is warned by her friends to stay away but the female character is too easily seduced (and unclothed) by her lover.

The three-part trilogy takes the reader on a journey through raw emotion with both the relationship and the reading extremely intense. The thin and blurred line between love and lust is a dominant theme and tension is sustained between the innocence and naivety of Anastasia and the domineering and addictive Grey. The more time she spends with him, the deeper she falls and the more she risks falling in love. And eventually she will come crashing down to earth (once the chains and shackles are released) when she realises her love is unrequited.

And with a huge sexual appetite to quench and chaos to cause, the characters do not lose their depth. The author weaves voice of reason within Anastasia’s subconscious as well as voice portraying her inner desire for Grey, which accurately reflects the array of emotions that any woman would experience in this situation. This allows women to relate to the character of Anastasia adding further standing to the novel.

The writing is as tasteful as the content will allow, though with some repetition and the constant references to Icarus flying too close to the sun. However, these may be purposeful to add to the metaphor.

Fifty Shades of Grey is causing a stir amongst women with the novel dominating the conversation at all opportunities. If you are expecting a love story such as Twilight, you are in for a shock.

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FOOD: A CASE OF COUNTRIES

Jennyfer Taieb and Clemence Groseille are two French interns in Paris. They have come to London for two months to work for Through the Door Promotions. Below, in their blog post, they discuss the issues that they face being hungry students in the bright lights of the city.

As we welcome our second month and continue our affair with London, we are still experiencing a new culture, a new language and a new home.

Food is very important to us and we have been determined to do our own cooking, as we want to learn English recipes, we begun our English journey by writing a shopping list. However, we quickly realised that the price exceeded our simple student budget.

Therefore, because the price for healthier food is greater, crisps, sweets and fast food have become our staple diet. With the desire to eat equilibrium we admitted defeat, as the aspiration to live the high life in London including food, was deterred by the high prices in London.

Basic food prices are similar to those in France, but sincerely, the quality of meat and fish offered in supermarkets do not really inspire confidence. The best option is to go to a butcher or fishmongers, but we are wary of the cost.

But in a month, we have become savvy and have found solutions to this problem (not without difficulty). Buy basics in the bigger supermarkets that are still priced within our budget and make the rest of our purchases in low cost supermarkets. Therefore, we are not cutting quality, only cost. The solution works well, but London remains an expensive city, though this hasn’t removed its amazement, surprise or inviting ambiance.

Networking Event

This morning, Through the Door Promotions attended our first networking breakfast. Arriving at the RAF Club in Piccadilly at the bright but early time of 7am.

The networking breakfast happens once a week and is lead by a company called BRX, a business development group and a leading name in business networking.

As we arrived, we were ushered to the president suite where a breakfast was waiting as well as fresh orange juice, which was greatly appreciated in this hot weather. Multiple friendly faces greeted us and handshakes introduced the person attached to them and we were seated around a long table to begin the nuptials.

We expected a less formal event with standing and mingling involved. But instead everyone gave a formal one-minute presentation introducing themselves and their company and what they were looking to gain from the networking event. However, we realised that this was a far more efficient and organized strategy as it ensured that everyone was heard and placed in front of the correct decision makers, and companies could discover what other offerings and referrals were available.

Through the Door Promotions received positive feedback from a number of companies and received two referrals – one for a recruitment company and one from a public speaker. However, the most interesting aspect of the entire morning was receiving a range of cleverly and creatively designed business cards.

That Shit Cray

The ever modest Kanye West announced that “this is the best you will ever see in your life” as he dazzled under the spotlights of London 02 Arena. And last night, Through the Door Promotions was there to catch all of the action. Wearing a Givenchy leather T-shirt, Kanye West was joined on stage by a black clad Jay Z to present the biggest and most elaborate and electrifying show the 02 has ever seen! The two greatest performers nicknamed ‘the Throne’ who both have careers spanning over a decade, united to perform the track list from last years Watch the Throne album as well as diverting to their own extensive back catalogues. Jay Z’s best solo efforts provided well known songs including Empire State of Mind and Run this Town, while Kanye took the audience on a journey through his career performing songs from his first album College Dropout; Jesus Walks and All Falls Down as well as his more recent tracks All of the Lights and Stronger. And unsurprisingly, these solo choices were received with everyone out of their seats dancing and raising their glasses and with Jay Z a veteran of live performances, it is no revelation that he knows how to please a large crowd. And Kanye West must have been extremely satisfied to see over 23,000 people chant the lyrics to 2008 hit Heartless.

The opening sequence saw the pair stand aloft two vast pillars of light, upon which were projected scenes of wild animals. On such scene depicted an ocean view that hosted a great white shark swimming around, portraying the unnerving affect that the superstars were about to fall into their watery graves. Other animals featured included a cheetah and a vicious Doberman. And this animal theme was continued as they launched into ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ with images projected on a large screen including tigers, jaguars and cougars.

Other tracks featured further images that provided a respectful nod to the original music video. Otis came complete with a large American flag whist ‘No Church in the Wild’ offered a petrol bomb treatment.

Michael Jackson was also well and truly present at the arena; with Kanye claiming MJ had passed his gift onto the pair. And the banter continued during ‘All of the Lights’ where he stopped the track to announce, “This is the one time you can get away with it!” concerning the lyric following “Something wrong, I hold my head, MJ gone, our n**** dead!”

As Atlantic recently commented upon, one of the trademarks of the Throne tour has been the finale and Through the Door Promotions were not disappointed! “Big Pimpin”, “Gold Digger” and “99 Problems” were played in quick succession with the encore of “Paris” being played five times.  It is the biggest hip-hop song of the past two years and the entirety of the performance has now set a benchmark to which all stadium hip-hop will be judged.

Happy April!

April is a big month for Through the Door Promotions and a busy one for the team. And we can assure you if your April seemed uneventful, it certainly isn’t now! Public House, Islington is hosting a series of events throughout the month and you would be mad as a hatter to miss them. On Wednesday 8th, Public House are launching their new cocktail menu with a literary twist, and on the 24th they are hosting their 2nd monthly liquid book club with this months book being a Jeeves and Wooster novel and an absolute classic! And if this isn’t enough, Public House has collaborated with Sacred Gin and on the 10th April they are presenting an entirely free evening (which is never a bad thing) specifically for the Islington community. And to top it off in the most glamorous and extravagant fashion, deriving from the closure of the Angel Islington gay bar, Public House is opening its doors on the 19th for its very first “Inter Course” Supper Club. With food, drink and music, this is already proving to be an evening of dazzling entertainment. And with cocktail classes being offered throughout April, we can safely (but not very soberly) say that the cocktails will certainly be flowing.

Last week gave a substantial insight to what April and the rest of 2012 has in store for Through the Door Promotions! And to say that we are excited is an understatement. (We think quivering, nervous wrecks rocking back and forth aimlessly in the corner would be more accurate). With the rate the company is growing, we are super thrilled to announce that we have moved into our new offices in Shoreditch. We are settling in and loving the blackboard wall! We would also like to welcome Hayley Smith to the fold (cult), our new Account Executive. We are all enthusiastic to have her on board and looking forward to seeing the results of her contributions and efforts to the company.

Another glimpse into the future last week showed that not only is the company growing, but so is our reputation and client database. Through the Door Promotions attended a series of beneficial meetings with many potential clients and we are all looking forward to working extremely hard on the up and coming projects and events! Watch this space!

Mark Twain once said, “Work and play are used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.” And here at Through the Door Promotions, this is our thought exactly!

Lets MeetUp and try some great British Classics @Public House

Come along to our event at @Public House on Tuesday February 21, 2012, 7:00 PM

Public house is really cool venue in the heart of Islington. With quirky events and a really fun management team – this venue is the place to go! The event will be a night of great cocktails, great British dishes with an exciting twist… and more importantly a night of great people!

Follow the Link and come down and join us! Will be a great night!

http://www.meetup.com/Throughthedoorpromtoions/events/51552122/a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

Look forward to seeing you….

Roses are red, violets are blue… but is this commercial holiday really for you?

Working with restaurants and bars as you can imagine, means that we are heavily involved in the chaotic preparation that is Valentines Day.

Valentines Day is a strange one for the team at Through The Door, where we all remain undecided about this holiday, with conflicted opinions. Undeniably the the concept behind the holiday is a pleasant story – honoring the early Christian martyr names Saint Valentine. Traditionally, a day where lovers express their love for one another through quaint gifts like flowers and confectionary, this holiday has been an ongoing debate since as early as 496 AD, when it was first established by Pope Gelasius  but was later removed in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.

Yes… the day brings people happiness and love needs to be recognised as an important emotion – not just something you hear people singing about! But it’s such a sad thought that it has become so disingenuous these days, with large corporations and retailers somewhat preying on people’s love.

This year Through The Door is going in two opposite directions – firstly we are taking  a stand against the cheesy commercialised, greeting card, Valentines day. We shall only be endorsing a truly romantic evening for true lovers… A restaurant that exudes romance and love, like our much talked about restaurant Lena. Lena, is undoubtedly one of the only Italian restaurants that does Valentines day naturally well. Secondly, we are going in the complete opposite direction and helping all the singletons out there – who yet again don’t need to be surrounded by this disingenuous bullsh*t holiday, and provide them with the ultimate retreat that is Public House.

Public House, another fantastic venue – will be helping the singletons or the “I hate Commerical holiday’s,” t-shirt wearing lovers, and will be having a fun filled night for those who would sooner spend the night eating garlic, good food, holding a  tub of vaseline and a kleenix in their left hand.