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The Emotional Driving Test

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on Wednesday, 21 September 2016
IMG 3343When I got the call about participating in an 'emotional driving test', one that would put my senses through their paces to determine my emotional intelligence behind the wheel, I jumped at the chance. What exciting technology, I thought to myself, and how on earth is it going to know how I feel and what I need to better myself into a cool, calm, collected driver? Only one, small problem. I don't drive.

Luckily, Hannah from Hyundai UK and the designated researcher for the test does, so it was no issue she arrived. With surprise, confusion and laughs, we swapped places for the day. I was to be the researcher, and she was to be the guinea pig. After hooking her heart monitor up and fixing the GoPro's in place (so behavioural psychologist Patrick Fagan could assess her reactions to the test), we were off on our 30 min designated route around London.IMG 3364
My job was to listen to the computer and complete its robotic voice orders throughout our drive. We had to remember to remain quiet to get a more accurate reading of Hannah's reactions and expressions to the test while on the road. My first task was to feed Hannah sour sweets, which she was more than happy about.

Throughout our route around Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and back, the tasks varied: spraying new car smell, feeding her chocolate, smoothies and water, playing unnervingly loud car beeping noises and metal music (then turning it back to Pharell's 'Happy), spraying a seaside scent, speaking to Hannah for an allocated time about her day, and then opening a jar filled with petrol. On top of all that, we were told to open and close the windows sporadically, where noises from the aligning streets would be equally as loud and distracting. Needless to say, I wasn't even driving, and it was a rollercoaster of the senses.

Hannah handled the tasks well, and her driving was superb. Although there were some intense distractions, Hannah kept her calm. I failed my driver's test twice in America, so I can only imagine how I'd do in the middle of England's biggest city with IMG 3353noises and smells and tastes being thrown at me. Her GoPro footage will be sent back to Patrick to determine her emotional intelligence behind the wheel, and as well as what would conditions would best suit her for a casual and calm driving experience.

Over 1,000 people have taken the same test in the UK, and as it so happens, women are 12% angrier drivers than men.
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A Silver Screen Evening at Somerset House

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on Friday, 26 August 2016
Now summer is here, it is important to make the most of the light evenings and good weather we’ve been having of late. So when an invitation came through to attend the Somerset House Silver Screen to the Catwalk exhibition followed by the Film 4 screening, I was ready with my tartan blanket and Pimms!

The screening was hosted by Pamela Hutchinson, Polly Devlin and Amber Butchart who spoke about their inspirations of Fashion and how it’s portrayed through film. Polly had worked closely with Diana Vreeland in New York so had many an anecdote and funny tale, which kept the audience delighted- I particularly liked her story of being asked what was the next big thing in fashion. Her reply? Hay fever!

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Amber also showed us how patterns and themes run through the storyline. When they got to the Audrey Hepburn slides I was all ears as she is my favourite actress (Think Pink!) We were also fully educated on other films such as The Red Shoes and Marlene Dietrich, which still inspires the fashions of today.

Afterwards we were treated to cocktails on the terrace (yes please, don't mind if I do), a 1950’s D’J who also danced amazingly and then the film started…

I loved how everyone had picnics and blankets spread out in the courtyard. I had obviously positioned mine in the correct place as the chaps next to my friend and I kindly offered us some homemade rolls. Let's just say they didn’t last long!

Watching a film outside is a very unique experience and quite refreshing seeing the sun set behind Somerset House on a beautiful Sunday evening- a lovely end to a lovely week.

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/events/2016
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Introducing Grace Belgravia - Health and Happiness under one roof

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on Thursday, 18 August 2016
blog-176This week Annette Kellow discovers you can find health and happiness under one roof...

As a fan of spas, products and basically anything beauty, I’ve often been told if I use this product or try that treatment my whole life will be transformed- if only there really was a miracle in a bottle! I also feel that it takes more than a lotion to have complete wellbeing and love to look for holistic alternatives.

So when I heard about Grace Belgravia, a women's only spa that combines beauty, health and fitness I decided to see what their unique approach was and if it differed from other spas.

From the outside, it looks like a secret door, all shiny and black and I had no idea what lay inside. Imagine my delight when I discovered an 11’000 foot grade-two listed building with original artwork and the highest ceilings known to mankind (no wonder Daylesford based their headquarters there).

The staff are less stuffy and pro friendly which instantly put me at ease and my kind assistant even waited patiently whilst I stopped to gawp at all the décor! Indeed it is bright, classic and spacious giving the whole spa a relaxing, homely and healthy feeling about it.

As I had been sick last year I decided to book a consultation with a nutritionist. She immediately checked my diet and gave me some cleansing food advice along with further information about vitamin intake, directing an exact combination for my body type.

She also informed me of the spas other treatments. They basically do everything a girl could ever dream of! Vitamin infusions, massage, facials, dance lessons, Pilates, hydrotherapy, lasers and a menu free from gluten, diary and sugar- which I soon found out tastes like heaven!
 
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At Grace Belgravia their mantra is highly concentrated on ‘beauty from the inside’ so they also offer GP services, emotional wellbeing and acupuncture with the club’s intention to combine these in a sanctuary of quality.

I decided to have a full body massage as my busy week was coming to a close and I could feel weekend leisure mode coming on. As I entered the nicest smelling room and lay down amid fluffy towels all I could do was will myself not to fall asleep, it was irresistibly relaxing!

After my massage (which I just about managed to stay awake for) I tried the grilled peach and asparagus salad which I then washed down with a smoothie, a protein banana number infused with raw cacao that made me ready to face the day with gusto! Grace Belgravia, you have changed my mind about spas, I will be back!
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The Lady Meets The Eagle

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on Friday, 05 August 2016
James Crawford-Smith got the chance to meet Eddie Edwards at the Eddie the Eagle movie DVD launch this week...

Eddie Edwards was just an ordinary boy from Cheltenham once upon a time - learning to be a plasterer. Well on Wednesday night I attended a special screening of a movie dedicated to the life story of that plasterer, held at the Ice Bar and attended by a handful of stars... well semi-stars, and Dame Kelly Holmes!

The Eddie the Eagle movie tells the tale of England's first competitor since 1929 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. The DVD release party was held in the very apt location of the Ice Bar, off Regents Street.

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As I walked in I had a cape thrust upon me with fur lined hood and gloves attached, I was guided through some frosted double doors and taken into a world of (well unsurprisingly), a world of ice. Drinks were served in a two inch thick ice cup, the goal on a usual night I was told, was to see if you could stay in the ice room until your glass had melted. I'm glad to say I wasn't given that challenge.

After sampling what the ice room had to offer I was joined by a team of journalists as we had a photograph taken with Eddie, and mingled with the other guests, which included a rather famous Beatle's ex-wife and amateur snow sports fan, an ex-boy-band heartthrob and a soap star and of course - Olympic angel Dame Kelly Holmes. All of whom followed Eddie down to the screening room where we settled in for the film.

For part of the experience Eddie sat behind me and I caught a glimpse of him watching his life's story unfold- 'it must be surreal I thought. It's not the usual thing is it to watch your own life on screen'. Well if the Eddie the Eagle movie taught me anything – it's that Eddie Edwards from Cheltenham was and still is anything but usual.
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The London Cabaret Club

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on Thursday, 28 July 2016
For three years the London Cabaret Club has been keeping audiences entertained with their chorus of song and dance and this year their offering The Best Of British Pop does not disappoint.

Taking place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the oh so glamorous Bloomsbury Ballroom (which is also now the productions permanent home), you can expect dazzling costumes, much loved hits (I have no shame in saying I sung along for the majority of the show!), spectacular dance numbers, with a few extras which I won't divulge so as not to spoil the surprise. Featuring numbers from the 60s right up to today, it really is a show everyone will love.

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Tickets options mean you can simply come along and enjoy the show with a drink, or you can make a real event of the evening and have dinner too.

In previous year the dinner had been a three course style meal, this year they have slightly altered this and instead is offering tapas. Delicious as it was, I do feel that a proper dinner they used to do added to the glamour and excitement a night at the cabaret should be. Nonetheless, the tapas was delicious, to the extent that sharing with my guest was a tad difficult. All of the staff were incredibly attentive too, the minute my glass was drained there was someone there ready to fill it back up again. I really did feel truly pampered and entertained.

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There isn't anything I can think of I didn't love about the show except that trying to encompass the best of British pop in a mere few hours will always mean there are songs there simply weren't time to include; being a lover of the 80s, that era could warrant a whole show itself in my opinion. But what wasn't performed by the ensemble, the after party dj certainly made up for, making for an evening that certainly does not disappoint.

The London Cabaret Club, The Best Of British Pop is at the Bloomsbury Ballroom until August 27th. Tickets start from £30. www.thelondoncabaretclub.com
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