By Matthew de Paula, Contributor Aston Martin recently threw itself a huge party at Kensington Gardens in London to celebrate its centennial. Among the 100 classic and contemporary models on display were two surprise gifts no one was expecting: a privately commissioned coupe and convertible with bodywork created by Zagato. …read more
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The production version of the BMW i3 was unveiled yesterday at three simultaneous events in New York City, London and Beijing. Given that the i3 grew out a BMW electric vehicle project called Megacity, the urban debut locations make a lot of sense. Since BMW literally spent years researching urban trends in the Megacity project, years when the competition was building and selling EVs already, there is a lot of pressure on the German automaker to come out with an EV that is the right fit for today’s cities.
BMW’s message is that the i3 actually represents the beginning of electric mobility for the company.
BMW had help in this from the Mini E and Active E electric vehicle pilot programs. One way you can see the company’s EV history is in the location of the charge port on the rear passenger side. Most plug-in vehicles today put the charging connector in the front, but both the Mini E and Active E had a rear charge port and BMW didn’t get enough complaints to change it for the i3. If you opt to pay the roughly $4,000 extra for the gas-powered range extender, then your i3 will be built with a second fuel door, this one on the right front of the car. Putting the ports in these locations cuts down on the amount of fuel lines and wires required in the car, which in turn contributes to the i3’s light weight (official figures are not yet available, but BMW estimates the i3 weighs around 2,700 pounds). It’s all connected.
Despite BMW’s years of testing and driver feedback on earlier EV programs, the official message in New York was that the i3 actually represents the beginning of electric mobility for the company. As Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, said in New York, “The car has existed for nearly 130 years. Today marks a shift – a change – in the future of mobility.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog
A riddle worthy of a detective novel – involving an internationally acclaimed violinist, her prized instrument stolen at a busy London station, and a false trail leading to Bulgaria – may be nearing its conclusion.
The discovery by police of a 1696 Stradivarius worth £1.2m and two bows with a combined value of £67,000 taken by opportunist thieves in 2010 while Korean-born violinist Min-Jin Kym was eating at a Pret a Manger cafe at Euston station has, she said, left her “on cloud nine” with an “incredible feeling of elation”.
Kim, 35, said in a British Transport police video: “This had been the instrument I had been playing on since I was a teenager, so it was a huge part of my identity for very many years.”…
When it comes to amazing architects, Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano is up there with the greats. After all, he did design The Shard in London, Europe’s largest skyscraper. But Piano has always had a deep appreciation for small structures too. Very small. So we weren’t surprised to learn about “Diogene,” a tiny home designed by the man himself.
Located in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the 81-square-foot home was created for furniture company Vitra. It is divided into two areas by a partition: A living room and a utility area with a shower, toilet and small kitchen. The space also has a fold-out table, pull-out sofa and storage tucked away throughout.
According to Vitra’s website, Piano said he has been fascinated by minimalist living for years. “This little house is the final result of a long, long journey partially driven by desires and dreams, but also by technicality and a scientific approach,” Piano said.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post
LONDON, United Kingdom — Alongside a thriving wholesale business that ships to 650 global accounts, severely cool Swedish apparel company Acne Studios has grown its network of directly owned and operated stores to a current total of 35 locations; the latest of which has just opened on London’s Pelham Street, in South Kensington. Though the company does have a minority investor that came on board in 2006 and owns 21 percent of the business, unlike many other labels at a similar stage of development, Acne’s retail expansion has been completely organic, financed exclusively through the cash flow generated by the business. …read more
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By Sara Bonisteel I’ve been drinking cold-brew iced coffee year-round since college, and so when I travel, it is always a challenge to find a suitable substitute that is as smooth and strong as my coffee back home. I like cold coffee. I like it because it takes less time to consume than hot coffee. Caffeination comes quickly. I use a Toddy maker at home (shown bottom right). It’s basically a plastic bucket with a filter in the bottom that holds a pound of coffee grounds and 10-12 cups of water. You let it steep overnight and filter the coffee concentrate into a glass carafe that can sit in the fridge for up to two weeks. You’re supposed to water down the concentrate before adding milk and/or sugar. I’ve been drinking it so long that I drink the concentrate watered down with just milk. One of my big complaints with ordering an iced coffee from anywhere besides my home (or the coffeeshops of New Orleans) is that it’s often made from hot coffee that’s just refrigerated. Which tastes exactly how you’d expect it too … like stale, acidic coffee. Yesterday’s brew. A three-month stint in London–where the coffee culture in the late 1990s was basically packets of Nespresso freeze-dried crystals–forced me to learn to like *gasp* espresso over ice. In a pinch, I’ll drink a few shots of this bitter brew, cut with a little skim milk. I still do this at turnpike Starbucks when necessary. But lately, I’m finding that there are more good coffee options out there for iced-coffee lovers on the go. By far my favorite is Cool Brew, a cold coffee concentrate sold at grocery stores in Louisiana. The 500ml container makes 16 coffees, and if it weren’t for TSA travel restrictions on liquids, I would bring back bottles and bottles. This is as good or better than most coffeeshop cold brews. (And it’s available online.) Barnies CoffeeKitchen recently released Pronto!, an individual serving concentrate that comes in seven flavors. The portable sleeves make it an easy win for road trips. The packets work out to be about a dollar a piece. A third option is finding the local coffee chain in the region where you’re traveling. Growlers of cold brew travel well in a cooler, and will get you caffeinated faster than that hot sludge they’re serving at the gas station. Are you a cold-brew fan? How do you cope while traveling? (All photos by Sara Bonisteel except for Cool Brew)
579 – Benedict I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1756 – Bartolomeo Rastrelli presents the newly-built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers.
1908 – Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris
1989 – Chile amends its constitution
1995 – Dominic Cork takes hat-trick in England Test Cricket win v WI
2009 – A bomb explodes in Palma Nova, Mallorca, killing 2 police officers. Basque separatist group ETA is believed to be responsible.
1641 – Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist (d. 1673)
1936 – Buddy Guy, rocker
1958 – Daley Thompson, London, Decathalete (Olympic-gold-1980, 1984)
1968 – Robert Korzeniowski, Polish athlete
1974 – Hilary Swank, Bellingham WA, actress (Karate Kid 4)
1978 – James Branaman, American model and reality show contestant
1540 – Robert Barnes, English churchman (martyred) (b. 1495)
1655 – Sigmund Theophil Staden, composer, dies at 47
1982 – Frank Nicholson, South African cricket wicket-keeper (1935-36), dies
1990 – Ian Gow, British Conservative parliament leader, murdered
1996 – Magda Schneider, actress (Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight), dies at 87
2007 – Ingmar Bergman, Swedish stage and film director (b. 1918)
A year on from the London 2012 Olympics, Transport for London (TfL) CIO Steve Townsend is still buoyed by his organisation's success in delivering a smooth service during Games time and is looking forward to his next projects, which include building on the underground WiFi rollout and a complete overhaul of TfL's end-user computing. …read more
By Randy Miller
Its logo may be a heart, but there’s one brand that’s not feeling the love for Victoria’s Secret Pink: Thomas Pink. Not to be confused with the intimate apparel’s youthful line of pajamas and underthings, the London-based shirtmaker filed an infringement case against Victoria’s Secret after the retailer launched stand-alone stores in London last year.
In response – and in efforts to stop the case, which would potentially place US Pink boutiques in jeopardy – Victoria’s Secret submitted a declaratory judgement lawsuit in America to establish “the rights of the parties, allowing them to continue the peaceful coexistence that has been in place for many years.”
In a statement, the Thomas Pink spokesperson told Vogue UK, “Thomas Pink is determined to protect the considerable investment that has been made into building the world’s luxury leading shirt brand.”
Working in team VS’s favor, we already know its models – like Elsa Hosk (above) – are handy with boxing gloves, should the case get unwieldy.
Source: FULL ARTICLE at fashionologie
* Shares in WPP, Interpublic, Havas leap on deal news
* Competing agencies will seek to poach big advertisers
* Conflicts possible in tech, telecom, autos
* Publicis, Omnicom say can manage conflict risks (Recasts)
By Kate Holton and Leila Abboud
LONDON/PARIS, July 29 (Reuters) – A plan to merge Publicis and Omnicom into the world’s biggest advertising group has begun a scramble by rivals to poach their blue-chip clients worried the new agency might face conflicts of interest.
Without any defections, the Franco-U.S. giant would bring the accounts of major competitors in a number of industries such as Apple and Samsung, or Coca Cola and PepsiCo, under one roof.
Publicis boss Maurice Levy and Omnicom’s John Wren spoke to some of their biggest clients before the $35.1 billion deal was announced on Sunday, and made further calls on Monday to reassure them they will be better served by the new group.
But rival chief executives from London to Paris and New York, including WPP boss Martin Sorrell, were already scouting on Monday for accounts to poach from the soon to be formed group, industries sources said.
Under the planned deal, the French and U.S. groups will form a giant that will have the necessary scale and investment firepower to cope with rapid changes brought by technology on the advertising business.
Rival ad groups have a rare opportunity to swoop as contracts between major advertisers and agencies often include clauses that say they can be renegotiated in the case of agencies being bought or sold.
“It’s good for us and other independents,” said David Kershaw, CEO of ad group M&C Saatchi. “It shakes out more people that want great creative and global capability but they don’t want to be involved with one of these behemoths, and also who feel uncomfortable having their competitors within the same group,” …read more
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Three-and-a-half decades before the first Store, there was the Apple Boutique. Located in London on the corner of Baker and Paddington Streets, and decorated with a four-story-tall rainbow mural, the retail shop was opened by the Beatles in 1967 as a “psychedelic Garden of Eden for lovers of hippie gear”. Clothing ran the gamut from trippy to granny to pseudo-Gypsy, and as far as customers were concerned, all of it was free. Within ten months, shoplifting and mismanagement had put the store £200,000 in debt. So George Harrison and John Lennon announced that the boutique was closing, and gave away the rest of the stock to anyone who walked through the door. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest