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Lucyd Signs Richard Sherman as Chief Brand Officer

Lucyd Pte Ltd, the developer of an eShop for innovative spectacles, announces the signing of Richard Sherman, cornerback of the San Francisco 49ers, as Chief Brand Officer. Mr. Sherman will bring a large fan following and international recognition to the Lucyd brand. In his role as Chief Brand Officer, Richard will not only be an ambassador for Lucyd, but will also guide design and development of a new athletically-inspired line of performance eyewear.

Mr. Sherman is a highly respected athlete. Since entering the league, Richard leads the NFL with 32 interceptions and has 99 pass break-ups. Considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Richard has been named to four Pro Bowl rosters and four All-Pro teams in his seven seasons in the NFL. On March 9th, 2018, Richard was released by the Seattle Seahawks. One day later, Richard agreed to a three-year, million contract deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

Richard is not only dedicated to his team and perfecting his craft, he also works hard off the field to raise his two children and give back to his community through his foundation, Blanket Coverage. He was taught the power of education and hard work from his parents, and wants to teach younger children they can accomplish anything when they work hard and have dedication. He aspires to make a positive impact on and off the field and be an example to youth everywhere.

Richard Sherman said, “Lucyd is an exciting new eyewear company. I believe they can become the go-to place for cutting-edge specs, both in style and tech. Their glasses are fun, affordable and a real upgrade to eyewear.”

Harrison Gross, Co-founder at Lucyd said, "We are delighted to bring on Mr. Sherman as our first brand ambassador. We believe his involvement with the company will bring significant brand awareness, both among his personal following of over two million on social media, and across the sports fandom in general.”

About Lucyd 
Lucyd operates an innovative eShop that provides advanced eyewear to enhance the visual experience. To learn more, please visit https://lucyd.co.

Photo credit: Taylor Baucom, The Players Tribune

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Affordable Winter Travel Destinations Shared By National Debt Relief

A lot of people are eager to get on a vacation during winter, and that is why National Debt Relief shares some tips to do make it an affordable plan. The article titled “Best Winter Travel Destinations For An Affordable Vacation” released November 23, 2018, aims to give people vacation ideas that will not break the bank.

The article starts off by explaining how a lot of people are already planning on getting away before the holidays. That desire only increases as the holidays roll in. The good thing is that there are a number of fun and interesting vacation ideas people can consider for the holiday. One of the things consumers need to pay attention to in order to avoid the crowd and save some money is booking “off-season.”

The article shares that people usually love to go to the beach to get away from the cold of winter. This means that during the holidays, there are not many people on the beach and even in hotels and restaurants. People who choose the beach could get huge discounts because it is an off-season and enjoy the location without a big crowd.

The article also explains that National Parks can be a great idea for people to visit during winter. This might sound like a bad idea since national parks are best visited in the warm weather months when they’re easily accessible and full of lush, green beauty. However, winter gives a unique glimpse into winter wildlife and the stunning elegance of snow-capped evergreens and glass ponds.

The article also explains how a staycation can be a great way to plan a winter vacation. People will be able to do away with the stress of a long travel and enjoy locations close to home. To read the full article, click https://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/winter-travel-destinations-affordable-vacation/

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MELANIE HAYNES Delivers Holiday Fun in Lifetime’s ‘MY CHRISTMAS INN’ and Sony’s Animated ‘SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE’

LOS ANGELES -- Actress MELANIE HAYNES delivers plenty of fun this holiday season appearing in Lifetime’s TV movie, MY CHRISTMAS INN, and then in theaters with Sony’s animated Marvel feature film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Haynes will head back to the small screen in 2019 when she emerges in season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama TRUE DETECTIVE.

On November 21st, Haynes joins the festivities as Ruth in the Lifetime holiday movie MY CHRISTMAS INN. The story follows Jen Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardict), who inherits a cozy Alaskan inn and unexpectedly discovers a spark of love with small town attorney Steve Anderson (Rob Mayes). Ruth (Haynes) and her husband are regulars at the Inn who demonstrate to Jen just how fulfilling a loving relationship can be.

Then hitting theaters on December 14th, Haynes lends her voice to the Marvel Universe for the new Sony animated feature film SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality. Haynes joins the action as the Logic Teacher alongside the all-star cast including Nicolas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, John Mulaney, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin.

Coming in 2019, Haynes heads back to the small screen for the anticipated season three of HBO’s anthology crime drama series TRUE DETECTIVE, premiering on January 13th. The next installment tells the story of Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), a state police detective tasked with investigating the disappearance of two young children in the Ozarks. Haynes joins the cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Ray Fisher, Sarah Gadon and Rhys Wakefield among others.

Haynes is excited by the diverse projects she’s been part of recently, adding “I love working on such a variety of projects in drama and comedy – traveling to new, beautiful locales and working with such wonderful actors, directors, and crew!  Since so much of my work has been in voice over through the years, it was especially delightful to be asked to voice a character in this ground breaking new animated Spider-Man feature film. Excelsior!"

Haynes has landed in several celebrated indie films, including as the awkward Aunt Patty in the comedy Antiquities, starring Andrew J. West, Ashley Green, Mary Steenburgen and Michaela Watkins; and as Aunt Trish in the new digital buddy road-trip comedy release Chasing the Sun. Her film roles also include Mother of Mackenzie Davis in the coming-of-age drama, A Country Called Home; as a Church-going, pyramid scheming deceitful woman in Heartland; as the charming but lonely Southern belle Cordella in the award-winning short Tender Moments; and as the no-nonsense bar owner Sissy in the indie drama The Last Mark.

Splitting her time between Los Angeles and her hometown Houston, Texas, Haynes has appeared in and voiced numerous television projects, most recently as a Southern Chef opposite Adam Conover in TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything. Her TV credits also include The Middle, Salem, A Face to Kill For, The Con, Arrest & Trial and The Daily Apple. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in Theater and English at the University of Houston, and danced for several years with Patsy Swayze’s Houston Jazz Ballet Company. Haynes served on the board of SAG-AFTRA’s Houston Local Branch for 15 years and as the President for two terms. Today, Haynes continues to run her own professional voice over studio which she established back in 2002.

Melanie Haynes is represented by Aqua Talent, Caviar Enertainment, Osbrink Agency (VO), Pastorini-Bosby Talent (Houston/SE) and Stars Talent Studio (Utah).

For further information on MELANIE HAYNES visit: www.MelanieHaynes-Actress.com

photo - on set: MY CHRISTMAS INN (LtoR) Rob Mayes, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Melanie Haynes, Richard Benedict

photo - on set: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - Melanie Haynes

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Filmmaker / Actress ANGELA MATEMOTJA Earns ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for Debut Feature Film ‘ELEVATE’ at 2018 DTLA Film Festival

LOS ANGELES – Filmmaker and actress Angela Matemotja picked up the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ for her feature film debut, ELEVATE, at the recent 10th annual DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles.

The theme of the 2018 festival was women’s empowerment, a nod to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements launched one year ago. Writing, directing and starring in ELEVATE, Matemotja delivers a drama of intertwining stories about people who must fight to overcome their struggles with homophobia, food addiction and racism. For this, she proved an exceptional choice for the ‘Female Pioneer Award’ honor beside ‘Independent Film Pioneer Award’ winners Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette and Malcolm McDowell, who all starred in prominent films at the festival.

"It’s a tremendous honor to receive such an award from DTLA Film Festival," Matemotja shares. "Karolyne Sosa did an outstanding job. Because our film touches on many social issues, I am pleased that she recognized the women's issues the film deals with as well, particularly the #MeToo aspect of our story. Our screening had a great turnout, audience was extremely receptive and what a great venue. It was such a success, I’m thrilled."

ELEVATE follows the story of Trina, an overweight elevator switchboard operator who desperately tries to accomplish just one day of healthy eating. Overwhelmed by her abusive boss and by the trapped elevator occupants that reach out to her for help, her fitness guru provides the inspiration and escape that she craves – or does she? Ultimately, all of the occupants in this trapped world find themselves caught face-to-face with their inner demons.

The film also stars Brianna Brown (CW’S Dynasty), Kit Williamson (creator/star of award-winning and Emmy nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders), Alexis Carra (Latina star of ABC’s Mixology) and Matemotja (Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club). 

To produce, Matemotja turned to Dele Ogundiran, who is also African, and Brown, who is the CEO of the non-profit The New Hollywood, which is dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers.

Leading up to its premiere, ELEVATE has already earned an award of Merit for Best Feature Film and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Angela Matemotja) from the Accolade Global Film Competition.

As an actress, Matemotja has appeared on screens big and small. Her notable feature film credits include the role of ‘Christina’ in Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club and alongside Kevin Hart in the indie comedy film Something Like A Business. Her television roles include appearances on the CBS mega-hit comedy How I Met Your Mother, Amazon’s top cop-drama Bosch, ABC’s long-running series Castle and edgy sitcom Don’t Trust The B…, and Ryan Murphy’s modern laugher The New Normal on NBC.

Behind the camera, Matemotja earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary. Her first short film as writer/director, The Encounter, screened at over 30 international film festivals, earning the Grand Jury Award at the White Sands Int’l FF, Honorable Mention at Toronto CommFFest and nominations for Best Short Film at SoCal FF, SOHO FF and Long Island Int’l Film Expo. Her second short, The Untimely Concurrence, won Best LGBTQ Film at AOF FF, San Francisco Black FF and San Diego Black FF, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Int’l FF. In addition, her screenplay Drunk Book was awarded Best Comedy Short for the written word competition at AOF FF.

For more about ELEVATE visit: ElevateFilm.com

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"Taking a Bite out of the Apple" Rob Janoff's stunning first book for young graphic designers and everyone! – will be revealed in November 2018

Rob shares through his book how an unknown young art director in Silicon Valley back in 1977 created the design, now known beyond all others throughout the world, of a simple bitten apple. 

Rob Janoff explains that this is “The first full account by the graphic designer himself of how he came to create the most famous logo in the world”.

Rob Janoff‘s inspiring “Taking a Bite out of the Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale” is one of the ‘Hearing Others’ Voices’ series.

Rob liked the idea of the series so much that he himself created the logo uniquely for it, also the beautiful Chinese version.

On October 9, Rob’s fabulous personal memoir and his newest fantastic logo will be revealed in China, in Chinese translation. The ceremony will be at the amazing Michael Bishop Institute for Cancer Research, Shengdu, which unites the latest in biotechnology with Chinese herbal medicine.

After that, Rob and the book will tour China and Australia. During this time he hopes to meet some of the upcoming young graphic designers of the new generation.

The English version of Rob’s “Taking a Bite out of the Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale”, will be released on 15th November. Readers can buy its paper version from Amazon.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Bite-Out-Apple-Designers/dp/1911221612/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538660629&sr=1-1&keywords=Apple+bite+rob

This book is the first to be published in a stunning new series for young adults ‘Hearing Others’ Voices’.

Here is the logo that Rob created especially for it, in both English and Chinese:

Hearing Others’ Voices’ (https://www.balestier.com/category/hearing-others-voices/) is an ambitious new series co-edited by Taiwanese physicist Roh-Suan Tung and distinguished British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan. Its aim is to challenge and encourage general readers, final year school pupils, undergraduates, and above all the growing young adults of our time to reflect on who and where they are, and to understand better the world that they will soon hold in their hands.

Ruth Finnegan and Roh-Suan Tung, the general editors, have done a tremendous job in eliciting books that tackle enduring topics such as mental health, pain, sounds from the beginning of the universe, percussion (by the celebrated percussionist Evelyn Glennie), grass, storms, shamanism, Native American science, voices of the Christian west, and our awesome minds and bodies.

The first volumes will be released in mid-November 2018.

“Taking a Bite out of Apple” is a close view of how Rob’s design for a young, newly Start-up Company became a defining moment in a long career. After serving many national brands like Apple, IBM, Intel, Kraft, and kleenex at top US agencies, Rob presently appreciates working with a diversity of organisations from Japan, Italy, Australia, China and the UK.

Telling the true tale of how the globally loved icon came to be, Rob offers knowledge, inspiration and motivation to youngsters considering the field of graphic design. Rob’s first book will be a huge inspiration to the young and the young at heart who share his love of memorable graphics.

About Rob Janoff

Rob Janoff is a graphic designer of corporate logos and identities, printed advertisements and television commercials. He is known for his creation of the emblematic Apple logo that we all know. Janoff was born in Culver City, California. He completed his degree from San Jose State University. After college in 1970, Rob decided to focus on graphic design and began sharpening his design skills at small Silicon Valley agencies with high-tech clients. In early 1977, he started a position at Regis McKenna which was an established advertising agency in Palo Alto. Shortly after he began, Rob’s creative director chose him to design the corporate identity package for their new client, Apple Computer. Rob later went on to top agencies in New York and Chicago, designing print and TV advertising for major national brands and global clients. Rob is also a prolific speaker who has delivered keynote addresses and master classes in design for universities and academic facilities, including the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE IN THE HOV SERIES and read the graphic designer’s fantastic tale “Taking A Bite out of The Apple: A Graphic Designer’s Tale“.

For more information, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Taking-Bite-Out-Apple-Designers/dp/1911221612/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538660629&sr=1-1&keywords=Apple+bite+rob

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Chinese artist Fu Wenjun latest Digital Pictorial Photography works solo show at Dairy Arts Center

What is photography? When the question asked, everyone will have an image/images appear in their mind. Does the photography art just stop growing, existing as these commonly acknowledge schemes? The artist Fu Wenjun doesn’t think so. Turning away from the recording function of photography widely recognized by the public, Fu Wenjun aims at exploring to place photography art in dialogue with other art media, like Chinese painting, oil painting, print, sculpture etc, so as to extend the possibility of photography art and to provide the viewers different visual experience. Based on these reflections on the photography art, Fu Wenjun put forward concept and practice of “Digital Pictorial Photography”, an innovative photography art style.

On the occasion of the solo show at Diary Arts Center, titled “Is it photography?”, Fu Wenjun will exhibit his latest Digital Pictorial Photography works, which focus on his exploration of photography with the connection of painting, especially with sculpture. Apart from the aesthetic and artistic features, Fu Wenjun’s works show an Eastern philosophy thinking towards the global or regional issues related to history, culture, human life and nature. He brings another angle to view things happening around us and in our world. Is it photography? Yes, it is. It’s not the common one, but brings new interpretation to the definition of photography art.

The works June Snow, Tang Ceramic Horse, Play Shadow, Mysterious Ceramic Figure present the rich and colorful history of the city Xi’an, continuously inhabited since about 1100 BC. The objects like pagoda, ceramic art, shadow play show the open attitude towards different religions and integration of Chinese and other ethic culture in a long history happened in this city, as the starting point of the Silk Road, connecting East Asia and Southeast Asia with East Africa, West Asia and Southern Europe.

Under the Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 16,000 ft. This “isolated” wonderland is given not only breathtaking natural landscape, but also the Tibetan people, their lifestyle and their unique culture are very fascinating, which lead to the series Wind from Tibet. The series focuses on the Sho Dun Festival, known as Yogurt festival is an important celebration for the Tibetan lay people as well as the monks usually in the middle of August, after a month's retreat by the monks who stay within their monasteries to avoid walking on the emerging summer insects and killing them.

The works of Fu Wenjun may confuse the viewers at a first glance if they are photography. In this way the artist called attention to people’s activity of reading images, highlighting processes of translation and interpretation that are shared by artist and viewer alike. In the process these works provoke us to reconsider the degree to which our pictures of reality are shaped by the visual conventions and codes of particular media.

About the artist

Fu Wenjun (b.1955, www,fuwenjun,com), graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and currently lives and works in Chongqing. He creates principally through the art media of photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting, and has put forward the concept and practice of “Digital Pictorial Photography”.

His works embody his reflections on many issues related to the Eastern and Western history, culture and humanity, including the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalisation, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, industrialisation and urbanisation in Chinese cities.

His solo exhibitions are presented at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), at the Museu Europeu de Arte Moderno (Barcelona), at the Old Summer Palace Museum (Beijing), at the Today Art Museum (Beijing), at the United Nations Headquarters (New York), at the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou) and at other international art organizations.

Fu Wenjun exhibited at significant international exhibitions, including the Esposizione Triennale di Arti Visive a Roma, London Art Biennale, Biennale Internazionale d’Arte del Mediterraneo, Triennale dell’Arte Contemporanea, 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, XVIII Bienal de Cerveira, NordArt, collateral exhibition of Biennale di Venezia 2013, entitled Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today.

He has won numerous awards, including the first prize from International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina, “The Best Artist in the World” at Tour Eiffel La Grande Exposition Universelle, International Award “Lorenzo il Magnifico” of X Florence Biennale.

His works are among international organization and museum collections, such as the National Art Museum of China, Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts in France.

About the exhibition

Title: Is It Photography? Fu Wenjun Solo Exhibition
Duration: October 12 – November 25, 2018

Venue: Hand-Rudy & MacMillon Family Gallery, Diary Arts Center
Exhibition reception: October 12 | 5-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 – 6 or later | Saturday: 12 – 7:30 or later | Sunday: 12 – 5:30 or later

Address: 2590 Walnut Street (26th & Walnut) | Boulder, Colorado 80302, USA

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Author Ruth Finnegan Chosen As One Of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' In 2017 Book Awards

Author Ruth Finnegan has been chosen as one of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in the 2017 Book Awards. Finnegan was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. The award is the latest in a string of international awards for her published works.

"I am so thrilled with this," Finnegan stated. "I have had many book awards but this is by far my most precious win because it's not for an individual book but a voted-for endorsement of myself as an all-round author and, yes, dreamer of dreams - an author of full-length fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories and picture books, as well as a screenplay and libretto writer."

Finnegan's previous awards include:

Folklore Society, short list Katharine Briggs Award 1992
British Academy, longlist Book Award 2003
British Association for Applied Limguistics, short list 2003
Herskovits Award, Honorable Mention 2008
National Indie Excellence, Finalist ( visionary fiction) 2016, Finalist (religious fiction) 2017
New York Book Fair, Honorable Mention (romance) 2016
Readers Favorite, 4 Awards (fiction and nonfiction) 2016
Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book, Runner up 2016
Readers Favorite, Honorable Mention
Hungry Monster, Silver award, 2016
Literary Titan, Silver award, 2017
Book Excellence, Winner (friendship) 2017
Kirkus Reviews, one of top 25 of 2017

In addition to a large number of academic works, Finnegan has written three novels.

'Pearl of the Seas' is the tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful - but accident-prone - dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names'. After an incredible sacrifice of his dearest dream by the boy (now growing up) they return - another dream - to a family tea with their loved ones. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan's award-winning epic romance 'Black inked pearl', here adapted for preteens but characterised by (in a simpler form) the same unique dream-like and enchanted style as in the original novel.

'Pearl of the Seas' received a Hungry Monster Silver Award in October 2016. The book has received a number of positive reviews. Tshombye K. Ware of Reader's Favorite stated, "If you're looking for a reader friendly story that touches the depths of your soul, this is definitely one of those books."

The companion work, 'Black Inked Pearl', tells the story of a naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects in panic and then spends her life seeking. After the opening rejection, Kate recalls her Irish upbringing, her convent education, and her coolly-controlled professional success, before her tsunami-like realisation beside an African river of the emotions she had concealed from herself and that she passionately and consumingly loved the man she had rejected.



The novel, born in dreams, is interlaced with the ambiguity between this world and another, and increasingly becomes more poetic, riddling and dreamlike as the story unfolds. The epilogue alludes to the key themes of the novel - the eternity of love and the ambiguity between dream and reality.

Since its publication in 2015 'Black Inked Pearl' has won five international prizes and its screenplay version is top genre winner in the 2017 Capital Fund Screenplay Contest. It was recently named as a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards in the "Fiction Visionary" category.

'Black Inked Pearl' has received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. Scott Neuffer of Forward Reviews stated, "If James Joyce's dream-like opuses were written from a more feminist perspective, they might look something like Ruth Finnegan's Black Inked Pearl, a rapturous fantasia of words and images set somewhere between ancient myth and the green shores of modern Ireland." Chris Fischer, in a Readers Favorite review stated "I just finished reading 'Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest' by author Ruth Finnegan, and all I can say is 'Wow!' It's written in a unique and creative style, one that at times blends poetry with prose ... enviable and beautiful at the same time ... any reader who enjoys a lovely, unique and interesting work of fiction should absolutely read Black Inked Pearl. I will be eagerly awaiting the next offering by author Ruth Finnegan. If it is anything like her debut novel, it will be simply magical!" Kirkus Reviews said, "Kate's romantic quest calls to mind Paradise Lost and Greek mythology as it weaves together biblical allusions, fantasy, and details of the modern day." Like other classic and unusual literary works, the book has given rise to many interpretations and, as Christiana Fatoki perceptively put it, like its more recent prequel 'Pearl of the Seas,' it "sinks into your unconscious."

'The Helix Pearl' is currently in production and will be released in 2018.

Ruth Finnegan is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at r.h.finnegan@open.ac.uk. More information is available at her website at http://www.ruthhfinnegan.com.

Ruth Finnegan OBE is a renowned scholar and celebrated writer who is Emeritus Professor, the Open University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford. She was recently elected as one of the first four International Fellows of the American Folklore Society, a much valued honor. She was born in Derry (on the last day of December 1933) and grew up there and in the remote countryside of Donegal where, as poetically recalled in the second chapter of her novel, 'Black Inked Pearl', she spent the war years; went to a literature-imbued Quaker school in York where, a fellow-student with the actress Judi Dench, she learned to read the resonant poetry of Yeats and Shakespeare and to repeat texts that, with others, she had to learn, aloud (a good training for the sonic style of her novels); earned top degrees in classics and anthropology at Oxford; and carried out fieldwork on story-telling in Africa - a revelation of the multi-sensory nature of performance that has affected her all her life, and constantly comes through in her writing. From 1969, apart from three years in the South Pacific island of Fiji, she taught and researched at the pioneering Open University. She is the author of over twenty academic books, several of them prize-winning. She has three daughters (two of them born in Nigeria), five grandchildren (one in New Zealand), and now lives in Old Bletchley, England, with her husband of over 50 years.

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Vendetta Drama Feature Film ‘THE PAPER STORE’ Starring STEF DAWSON and PENN BADGLEY Streaming Wide VOD Beginning July 24, 2018

NEW YORK (July 10, 2018) – Academic cheating, romance and revenge intersect in the award-winning indie drama THE PAPER STORE starring Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games franchise), Penn Badgley (Lifetime’s upcoming series You, Gossip Girl) and Richard Kind (Inside Out, Argo). The vendetta drama is set to release across broad VOD streaming platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, beginning July 24, 2018.

THE PAPER STORE follows academic ghostwriter Annalee (Dawson), working in the shadows of a college campus until Sigurd (Badgley) hires her to author his entire graduate degree. Their working relationship evolves into a romance, until the affair turns sour and secrets start to spill. Annalee rats out Sigurd to Professor Kane (Kind), but instead of swift justice Kane has his own idea of what should happen next. Call it extortion; call it blackmail. Whatever you call it, the ugliness is just beginning.

THE PAPER STORE is based on Pew award-winner Katharine Clark Gray’s original play, 516 [five sixteen]. She produced the project with her creative partner and husband Nicholas Gray, who also directed, under their Uncompromised Creative banner. 

THE PAPER STORE received numerous awards on the festival circuit, including ‘Best Drama’ at Manhattan Film Festival, ‘Best Drama’ at Los Angeles Film Review and ‘Best Foreign Drama’ at Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. Badgley and Dawson took home ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ respectively at Oxford International Film Festival, along with a ‘Special Jury Mention’ for Badgley at the Manchester Film Festival. Besides earning awards, the film has also been resonating with audiences and for good reason. Katharine Clark Gray explains, “In addition to being a juicy revenge drama, the film also shines a light on the issues of spiraling tuition costs and student debt—issues that will ring out to anyone managing an unwieldy student loan or struggling to finance someone's higher education.”

Behind the camera, the Uncompromised team brought in as principal producers Emmy-nominated producer Jonathan Gray (HBO’s Nightingale), no relation; producer / casting legend Bonnie Timmermann (Heat, Bull Durham, Miami Vice) and producer John Grossman of Front Wheel Productions; as well as veteran cinematographer and lighting designer Richard Sands as director of photography.

About Uncompromised Creative Uncompromised Creative is Nicholas Gray and Katharine Clark Gray, a husband-and-wife team based in Brooklyn, NY. They make films, plays, and assorted web content, and provide script and production consultation services to a range of fellow creatives. Nicholas and Katie believe that compromise means each side ends up disappointed. Consensus, on the other hand, gets everyone on the same team. Because when you’re jumping a gorge, you don’t go halfway. uncompromisedcreative.com

THE PAPER STORE will be available for VOD streaming on Amazon and iTunes beginning July 24, 2018. For more about THE PAPER STORE visit: http://www.thepaperstoremovie.com

 

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80's UK Pop Star and Music Industry Veteran with Surprising Comeback!

Just like Hugh Grant in the movie 'Music and Lyrics', 80's heartthrob Mark Jones was on everyone's lips, fronting his band 'Perfect Day'. Now 30 years on, Mark is back with a bang, performing the brand new World Cup Football Anthem, 'England's in My Heart'.

Unlike Hugh Grant's character in 'Music and Lyrics', Mark Jones has since his 80's heyday been a key player in the UK music industry. As head of the legendary record label Wall of Sound, Mark has both worked alongside and released acts like Grace Jones, Basement Jaxx, Röyksopp, Propellerheads, Mogwai and Human League, only to mention a few.

Now, in support of England's trophy hunt at the World Cup in Russia, Mark Jones makes a sensational comeback as frontman and lead vocalist. The football anthem 'England's in My Heart' has all the necessary ingredients; it's an immensely catchy tune with a groovy stadium rock beat and timeless sing-along chorus. 

The official video is available here:
 


The song can be streamed and downloaded here: https://lnk.to/EnglandsinMyHeart

GO ENGLAND!

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Dr Ashish Dutta - Everything One Need to Know About The Non-Surgical Butt Enhancement Treatment

If you are also curious about this procedure and wish to give it a try but are confused and unsure, we've got you covered. Here's all you need to know about the non-surgical butt enhancement procedure so you can make a decision is this treatment is right for you and proceed with confidence.

Dr Ash Dutta, Founder of Aesthetic Beauty Centre and one of the few highly trained and accredited surgeons in the UK will take us through the Non-Surgical Bum enhancement treatment.

What is a non-surgical bum enhancement procedure?

A non-surgical bum enhancement procedure essentially involves adding volume to the butt area to enlarge, as well as add definition and shape. The procedure also helps in boosting skin elasticity and lifting sagging buttocks and thighs back into their rightful place.

How does the non-surgical bum enhancement procedure work?

As the name suggests, the treatment does not involve surgery. Unlike the traditional enhancement or enlargement surgeries that extract fat from other parts of the body to place it in the desired area, or the use of implants, the non-surgical butt enhancement procedure aims to add volume to the butt area using dermal fillers. You may have seen many celebrities including Nicki Minaj and Beyonce who are flaunting fuller butts in style.

Why should one opt for a non-surgical procedure?

The greatest benefit of opting for a non-surgical procedure is the fact that there is reduced downtime and less tissue trauma involved. Also the fact that there is no scarring makes it the ideal treatment to go for. There is also a very much reduced risk of infection and complications.

How is the non-surgical procedure better than the traditional surgery?

Injections of dermal fillers make it possible to create subtle changes in the process of reshaping the butt which is not necessarily possible in the traditional surgery. This helps create a nicely shaped butt instead of only a larger butt. The traditional surgery involves addition of volume to the area but tends to make the skin around the area saggy, droopy, spongy and loose. The non-surgical butt lift procedure involves addition of a significant amount of volume in the area as well as tightening and lifting the skin with the use of advanced technology. This leads to a well shaped, well-toned butt.

Another fascinating feature available in the non-surgical treatment is the controlled amount of volume addition. One can look mid-way into the treatment as to whether the desired volume has been attained and if not, one can go ahead with adding more. This is not possible in the traditional surgical method as you are likely to be under sedation or general anesthesia so cannot contribute to the outcome once the surgery has begun.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone who wishes to enhance or enlarge their butt area, over the age of 18. It is a great alternative for anyone who does not enough fat to harvest for the Brazilian Butt lift (from other parts of their body) and/or are not keen on liposuction.

How long does the procedure take and what is the downtime involved?

The duration of the procedure and the number of sittings required will vary slightly in each case. At the consultation you’ll receive a tailored treatment plan, after an examination. As a rough guide: treatments can take about 45-60 minutes.

As for the downtime, there is a very short to no downtime involved depending on the requirements and the kind of procedure one has opted for. There can be a little tenderness and swelling in the area for around 5-7 days.

Are there any risks of deformities?

The surgical method including liposuction and fat transfer involves a risk of deformities since fat is extracted out of the body and placed inside another part of the body, so there is a slight chance that it does not ‘take’ well, or there may be unevenness and asymmetry; and hence a corrective procedure may be required. The non-surgical butt enhancement however, is different. It does not include any risks of deformities.

Are there any side-effects involved?

The non-surgical treatment is a relatively safe treatment to go for but one must always book an appointment with a professional to assess one’s individual case. Before going for any sort of treatment, it is advisable to have a detailed consultation since there may be slightly different consequences; everybody is unique. It is also important to gather all the relevant information regarding the procedure; ie. do your research.

Know more about the Non-surgical Bum Enhancement Treatment at Aesthetic Beauty Centre , schedule a free consultation or call on 01915672900.

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How to Choose a Cosmetic Surgeon/Clinic

As a patient considering surgery one must check the surgeon’s expertise, his/her credentials, qualifications and also testimonials and reviews, which give an insight into other patients experiences and satisfaction levels.
 
Don’t be swayed by glamorous advertising showing unrealistic and ‘picture perfect’ ideals as results. This is bound to create false expectations and one must be vigilant and discerning.
 
Things like the standard of service and care, levels of hygiene in the clinic, experience of the surgeon, nurses and/or technicians and ease of aftercare are the key aspects that must be taken into account.
 
Nowadays it’s very easy to look up websites, see a surgeon’s work and be impressed by the images one sees there. But unless one has thoroughly assessed the surgeon and researched all aspects you won’t know if the surgeon is right for you personally. Cosmetic surgery really is bespoke in every sense of the word. There is no ‘one size fits all’. Everyone is different !!
 
It’s also important to think very carefully before opting for surgery abroad as there are a vast array of companies offering cheaper surgery outside of the UK – a tempting proposition – however there are various additional factors to consider and be aware of in this case (link to blog-Dr Ash Dutta on Cosmetic Surgery Abroad – Should you consider or not ?)
 
Finally it’s about achieving ‘natural results’ that are not just aesthetic but also lessen the risks associated with surgery. Be wary of a surgeon who promises to make you look more like that film star or celebrity you idolize.
 
Consider surgery not because you feel pressurised by the ideals of beauty presented by the media – magazines, TV shows, advertisements or even peer pressure.
 
You must do it only when you want to improve an aspect of yourself; something that can’t be resolved by just a healthy lifestyle.
 
Cosmetic Surgery if done right can restore one’s confidence and even be empowering!! The author, Dr Ash Dutta, Founder of Aesthetic Beauty Centre, is one of the few highly trained and accredited surgeons in the UK. He has registration with the GMC, BCAM, BAAPS, IHRS. Read Dr Ash Dutta’s review on trust pilot. You can also follow him on Vimeo, Facebook & Twitter.
 
The procedures he routinely performs can be found on and an appointment with him can be booked for free. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr Ashish Dutta please book your free consultation or call us on 01915672900.

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Hollywood starts to go crazy for the artist Cesare Catania.

There is still eagerness and warmth on the French Riviera for the Italian artist Cesare Catania. After the amazing success obtained during the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco during the Rolex Master Cup no more than 15 days ago, one of the most popular Italian contemporary artist Cesare Catania leaves his mark on the French Riviera and he has just been the guest of honor among one of the most sparkling evenings of the Cannes Film Festival period. Catania presented, on May 14th 2018, at the gala night on the Radisson Hotel rooftop, one of his sculptures in silicone and acrylic.

The master has repeatedly amazed the international criticism for his works and his techniques. How he mixes together substances so different from each other, like silicone and acrylic to make his sculptures, is today a mystery.

In reality, Catania presented, at the gala dinner on the rooftop of the Radisson Inn, certainly one of its sculptures in silicone and acrylic.

Nicknamed as the “The Modern Leonardo Da Vinci” by some English magazines, Cesare Catania’s paintings are a “still image” of actions and feelings, an extreme synthesis between obscurity and attention to detail. All his paintings are fascinated by modern art, from architecture, from cubism and from painting masters from the classical age, Cesare Catania’s artistic maturity is still evolving; always looking for new techniques to make the most of his inspirations, and this success says a lot about his imagination.  

Guests of the evening in the colors of white and gold, surrounded by a luxury cocktail and a breathtaking view, many VIP such as the actress Farrah Abraham and the Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat. Among the participants will be raffled off a lucky one who will take home a numbered copy and limited edition of the book called ” Genesis “, more of 450 pages with the life and works of the author with signature and dedication of the same Cesare Catania.

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Cesare Catania exhibits his art in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival period

After the amazing success obtained during the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco during the Rolex Master Cup no more than 10 days ago, one of the most popular Italian contemporary artist Cesare Catania leaves his mark on the French Riviera and he will soon be the guest of honor among one of the most sparkling evenings of the Cannes Film Festival period. Catania will present, on May 14th 2018, at the gala dinner on the Radisson Hotel rooftop, one of his sculptures in silicone and acrylic. The master has repeatedly amazed the international criticism for his works and his techniques. How he mixes together substances so different from each other, like silicone and acrylic to make his sculptures, is today a mystery. During the evening in the colors of white and gold, surrounded by a luxury cocktail and a breathtaking view, there will be a prize draw among the participants and the lucky winner will take home a numbered copy and limited edition of the book called "Genesis", more of 450 pages with the life and works of the author. Obviously with the autograph and a dedication by the contemporary painter and sculptor Cesare Catania. Contacts: Cesare Catania ART ingenuity works – paintings – sculptures Art Gallery: Via Del Progresso 18 – 20125 – Milan (IT) web: www.cesarecatania.eu mail: press@cesarecatania.eu IG: @art_cesarecatania

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