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Combat Flip Flops creates peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. Our willingness to take bold risks, build community connections, and create distinct military-inspired designs communicate our, “Business, Not Bullets” approach – flipping the view on how wars are won. Through persistence, respect, and creativity, we empower the mindful consumer to buy products that encourage peace through trade. We’re a team with a passion for making cool sh1t* in dangerous places. We hope you like our flip flops, style, and approach to helping Afghanistan, Colombia, Laos and supporting our troops. We’ve grown from an idea to a globally recognized brand with a mission to create lasting change. As we push forward, we’ll continue communicating the positive impact your purchases make on the factory workers, their growing economy, and community.

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Combat Flip Flops creates peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. Our willingness to take bold risks, build community connections, and create distinct military-inspired designs communicate our, “Business, Not Bullets” approach – flipping the view on how wars are won. Through persistence, respect, and creativity, we empower the mindful consumer to buy products that encourage peace through trade. We’re a team with a passion for making cool sh1t* in dangerous places. We hope you like our flip flops, style, and approach to helping Afghanistan, Colombia, Laos and supporting our troops. We’ve grown from an idea to a globally recognized brand with a mission to create lasting change. As we push forward, we’ll continue communicating the positive impact your purchases make on the factory workers, their growing economy, and community. Want to learn more, get involved or share our story? Email us: social@combatflipflops.com

 

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Combat Flip Flops creates peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. Our willingness to take bold risks, build community connections, and create distinct military-inspired designs communicate our, “Business, Not Bullets” approach – flipping the view on how wars are won.
Through persistence, respect, and creativity, we empower the mindful consumer to buy products that encourage peace through trade. We’re a team with a passion for making cool sh1t* in dangerous places.
We hope you like our flip flops, style, and approach to helping Afghanistan, Colombia, Laos and supporting our troops. We’ve grown from an idea to a globally recognized brand with a mission to create lasting change. As we push forward, we’ll continue communicating the positive impact your purchases make on the factory workers, their growing economy, and community.

Lesser Spotted Road Signs Gifts… a funny stocking filler! www.lesserspotted.com

Over the last 20 years Lesser Spotted have photographed road signs for places with daft, silly & downright rude names. they’ve spent a lot of time in Ireland and England as well as covering other areas so they have got gifts featuring (relatively well-known) villages and places with amazing road signs!

So with many options they have a rangeof mugs which feature the photo on the front & a map showing the location on the back along with the origins of the village name.

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About Lesser Spotted and co founder Dominic Greyer

“I’m Dominic Greyer & I love daftly named villages! My gifts feature monochrome photos of signs for places like Twatt, Bell End, Ginge, Old, Muff & Keith
Additional information
My place name project first appeared as a tv series called “Lesser Spotted Britain” on UK’s Channel 4 in 2002 but the roots were sown at a much earlier age. From the age of 3 I spent many childhood holidays in the Cumbrian hamlet of Boot and as a teen, a Danish roadtrip inadvertently passed through Middelfart.
Combine this with a cultural diet that included Monty Python, The Goon Show, Dick Emery, The Two Ronnies and my parents’ love for Ansel Adams’ monochrome landscape photography and the result was 2004’s book “Far From Dull and other places”. A coffee-table book that was equally at home on that shelf in the toilet, this photographic road trip documented the abundant absurdity to be found along the B-roads of the British Isles. A truly quirky,lopsided representation of UK.
In 2008 I started up Lesser Spotted Images to publish my road sign photographs as greeting cards, mugs, coasters and other gifts under the brand name “Lesser Spotted Britain”. The range was awarded “Best New Product” at Scotland’s Trade Fair 2009. In the same year, Lesser Spotted Britain was nominated for the final of the Henries – the UK Greeting Cards awards – in the humour category.
July 9th 2015 sees the publication of my latest book “Lesser Spotted Britain” which features over 100 village name & road sign photographs – from surreal to downright smutty – from around Great Britain!”

Wallsend Boys Club kick off new season in new six figure 3G facility

North East footballing institution, Wallsend Boys Club, have kicked off their first full season with their new, state of the art, 3G pitch and facilities, now lockdown restrictions have lifted.

Both players and staff had been itching for a safe return to Kirkley Park, on Tyneside, after last season was cut short by the onset of coronavirus in March.

But the Football Association recently confirmed that grassroots football could restart – a welcome boost for the legendary amateur club famous for producing some of the region’s top professionals, including Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick and Steve Bruce.

Now the club is excited to be back developing successful local talent from its modern facilities, which comprise grass pitches and the new floodlit, all-weather 3G pitch.

The latest 3G facilities have been made possible thanks to investment of over £300,000 from Wallsend Boys Club and a grant of £564,799 from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through the Football Foundation.

Wallsend Boys Club were supported in the delivery of the new facilities by long-standing legal advisers Muckle LLP, whose sports, charities, commercial property and finance lawyers advised on the development.

Steve Dale, Wallsend Boys Club chairman, said: “The last few months have been difficult for everyone, but the safety of our people and players has always been the number one priority.

“Now we are immensely excited about getting back to the business of working with young people in the community with these sensationally improved facilities.

“It’s given the club a huge boost, and over the next five years the new pitch will support the recruitment of more than 300 new players across 21 teams and has already helped us significantly increase the number of our girls and women’s teams and allowed us to deliver disability football.”

Fundraising for the next phase of the project is also now underway. The club has so far raised over 40% of the £1m needed to develop a community hub above the existing changing facilities and create an open-access sports club for the Tyneside community.

“The club has always been about more than football,” adds Mr Dale. “It’s about the community and giving young people confidence, skills and ambition that will help them to be successful in whatever career they choose in later life.

“We will continue to deliver on these principles as we seek £1m funding to build a community hub above our changing rooms for our next phase that we call ‘Sporting Wallsend’.

“We are very grateful to all the people who have supported this development, the fund raisers, trustees and committee members and sponsors. We also appreciate the excellent legal support we have consistently received from Muckle LLP, whose advice has continued to play an important part in helping us to continue to realise our club’s goals and ambitions.”

John Devine, partner and head of sports law at Muckle, added: “It is fantastic to see grassroots sport starting-up again and we are delighted that Muckle have been able to help the club achieve this latest milestone.

“This is a really well run club that plays a vital role within its community and that is precisely why they have been so successful over the years, helping young boys and girls to fulfil their true potential. Representative teams have continued to remain strong at all levels, from under 7s through to veterans over 40s.

“While it’s great that the club has produced elite and professional footballers, with many having gone on to play at the very highest level, the core values it instils in its members from a young age are clear for all to see. These are the essence of the club and something which anyone can use, whatever they choose to do in life.

“Having acted for Wallsend Boys Club for over 20 years, it is great to see them making full use of their new facilities, which I am sure will help them to become even more successful in the years to come.”

Muckle LLP’s sports and charities advice was supported with commercial property advice from senior associate John Kellet, while banking partner Kevin Maloney advised on the finance elements.

John Devine and Muckle LLP have a longstanding relationship with Wallsend Boys Club , initially supporting their incorporation and relocation to Kirkley Park, built on the site of three holes of the former Wallsend Golf Club.

In 2015 the law firm helped the club secure substantial sums of money due as part of FIFA’s solidarity contribution mechanism, designed to compensate clubs who trained players between the ages of 12 and 23, who then went on to play for professional cubs.

To learn more about Wallsend Boys Club or support their Sporting Wallsend fundraising drive, email wallsendboysclub@gmail.com

Vahdam Teas Releases New Range of Adaptogenic Turmeric Lattes

Award-winning family-run ethical and sustainable luxury tea brand VAHDAM Teas has launched a new range of ​certified organi​c and​ vegan turmeric teas and latte mixes.

Blending premium-quality immune-boosting Indian turmeric with ingredients and superfoods including ginger, ashwagandha and moringa, the range is 100% natural and caffeine-free and packed with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

VAHDAM Teas brings India’s finest teas and superfoods to conscious consumers around the world – as endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Martha Stewart and more. VAHDAM Teas is also a certified ‘Climate Neutral’ and ‘Plastic Neutral’ brand, and donates 1% of its revenue to educating its tea growers’ children under its social initiative,‘TEAch Me’.

URBAN EXODUS FUELS SALES IN BIGGER KITCHEN SINKS

Pictured from left: Abode Xcite, Abode Provincial and Abode Ceramic Belfast.

The migration of city dwellers to the countryside resulting from the pandemic has had a surprising impact on kitchen sink trends too, with sales of large sinks enjoying healthy growth over the past six months Abode reports.

With working from home all part of the ‘new normal’ and less reason for city workers to be within commutable distance of the office, it is estimated that as many as 1.6 million Londoners (26%)* are now migrating away from the capital.

According to RIBA, the average size of a new-build one-bedroom home in London is now just 46 square metres, and kitchens have been shrinking in size since the 1970s. But with urbanites now snapping up older properties in more rural locations one thing they are enjoying is extra space, a shift that is being reflected in Abode kitchen sink sales.

“Our larger sinks, including double bowls and the Belfast models commonly associated with country-style properties, have been very popular during the latter half of 2020,” comments Leanne Adamson, Marketing Manager for Abode.

“It’s having an impact on material choice too, with ceramic and composite sinks being particularly popular among consumers fitting kitchens in more rural settings.

“Older properties not only tend to have larger kitchens than modern city apartments, but people moving from town to country also have larger plots of land so the potential to extend is greater too. Overall, more space is now being found for the kitchen and for one of the most important fixtures within it; the sink.”

With 30% of 18-34-year olds now interested in living in a rural area and employers becoming more flexible about remote working, this ‘urban exodus’ looks set to continue, with the trend for bigger kitchen sinks set to grow and grow as a consequence.

*According to ONS research and a study by TotalJobs

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You can put your best snapshots forward with the Alcatel 1’s social-ready 2MP front and 5MP rear cameras. Sharing your shots is simple with Social Mode.

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The Gourmet Grocer – a local store with an artisanal range

The Gourmet Grocer is a pandemic success story – the transformation almost overnight of the popular Voodoo Lily restaurant in Birdhaven, Johannesburg, into a retail outlet selling an exciting and ever-growing range of artisanal, locally produced grocery products.

Restaurateur Larry Hodes, who revamped and relaunched Voodoo Lily in July last year, recognised the need and opportunity for a quick pivot into a new sector of the food business when certain lockdown restrictions were lifted, moving into level 4.

“It was May, and Mother’s Day was around the corner. My wife Annie and I decided to invite small local producers to sell their stock from our premises. We put out a request for interest on WhatsApp and Facebook, and the response was remarkable – many were suppliers to restaurants and markets who were battling loss of sales, and they leapt at the chance to be able to produce and sell again. Within 24 hours we had a grocer.”

Hodes adds, “Setting up and getting the Gourmet Grocer operating successfully has been the result of excellent collaborative effort with local small suppliers. Since the start, over 90% of the Gourmet Grocer’s suppliers have been small businesses, and supporting SMEs will continue to be key in our evolving business model.”

The Gourmet Grocer has fast become a hub in Birdhaven’s village-feel community, and is steadily adjusting its range of products and suppliers according to growing demand.

Hodes has created what he describes as “a place of theatre” in the store, while the Voodoo Lily restaurant continues as before at outside tables. “We have regular customers who come back again and again, to buy their favourite food items or to see what’s new.” On entry into the store on a weekend, customers come face-to-face with ice cream being freshly made, then on to the deli where a French rotisserie prepares chipotle-butter-basted free-range chickens. The winery offers a collection of “great” wines, beers, gins and whiskies; the bakery, a tempting selection of fresh baked goods; and the “pantry”, a wide range of non-perishable goods.

The next aromatic treat is the brand new Coffefe Coffee Roastery, a collaboration between Hodes and coffee aficionado and supplier, Marco da Silva, which offers a range of “unpretentious and unapologetic” options in sustainably and ethically sourced coffee products, and has on hand, a roaster and barista who ensure a delicious and down-to-earth coffee experience served with more than a hint of humour.

Hodes says the evolution of the Gourmet Grocer and its different offerings is proving to be a win-win situation for the suppliers and the store, and has set the way forward for his business.

He knows and understands the local community, having owned and operated restaurants in the area for some years – first Arbour Café and more recently Voodoo Lily – and is deeply appreciative of the loyalty that the community shows to local small businesses. “Our customers are delighted with the new range of quality and often-unusual products in their area, so even as lockdown levels end, we will continue with a hybrid of the Gourmet Grocer and the restaurant.”

Also launched by Hodes in March was The Dark Kitchen – the first in Johannesburg. The dark kitchen concept, also known as ghost or cloud kitchens, are delivery-only restaurants that provide at-home diners with restaurant-quality food prepared in an industrial kitchen.

Hodes believes that “in times of crisis, the worst thing you can do is nothing. Even if you’re not sure what success you will have, it’s worth going for it – with a positive mindset – no matter how tough it is to keep going. Things will get better. We were not sure about joining the retailing sector, but we have done it and we’re overwhelmed at the success of it.”

For more information on the Gourmet Grocer, visit www.facebook.com/voodoolilycafe

THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY | WATCH THE UK TRAILER

Sony Pictures UK is pleased to make available the trailer for THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland

Charming and ambitious art critic, James Figueras (Claes Bang), has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a newfound love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki). An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger) who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist, Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland). Soon, James’ greed and ambition get the better of him, and he finds himself caught in a web of his own making.

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UPPAREL (formerly MANRAGS)
The world’s first circular essentials brand, UPPAREL products are not only stylish, but they’re good for the environment! UPPAREL is on a mission to reduce landfill and increase the lifecycle of textiles through their textile recycling programs, and just met a major milestone – this year alone, they’ve diverted ONE MILLION pieces of textiles from ending up in landfill. That’s over 100,000kgs of textile waste saved from landfill, and 400,000kgs of greenhouse gas from our air. Made of Egyptian cotton, MANRAGS provides colourful, stylish alternatives to boring old socks on a monthly basis, for just $15 a month! The subscription based service will deliver a fresh, stylish, premium pair of socks and/or jocks to your door monthly. The sock recycling and clothing recycling initiatives started by UPPAREL make recycling your old clothes as easy as possible, with charity partners receiving ready-to-wear products, and remaining products repurposed or recycled properly. You can book a pick up for $25, and will receive an UPPAREL voucher in exchange to spend online!

RRP: Subscription starts at $15, clothing recycling initiative will collect up to 10kg for $25.
Stockist: www.upparel.com.au

FRANK GREEN
Reusable, stylish, innovative – Frank Green products are the environmentally conscious peron’s dream! The wide range of products mean there will be something for everyone. Reusable cups and drink bottles bottles come in a range of styles and are customisable – including colour, size, and monogramming. Frank green also have new Disney and Minion ranges, perfect for kids or Disney and Pixar lovers!
RRP: Starting from $39.95
Stockist: www.frankgreen.com.au

HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
A comprehensive guide to the wine industry of Australia, the Halliday Wine Companion is curated by James Halliday and the Halliday tasting panel, details the tasting notes, pricing and ratings of wines from ALL over Australia. Featuring over 4,000 wines and insider information into each wine region across Australia, it truly is the Bible of Aussie wine.
RRP: $39.95
Stockist: www.winecompanion.com.au or all good bookstores Australia-wide.

Limited Edition Milk chocolate bar available for Christmas along with our Christmas Box.

Everything for the kitchen lover! Australian produce! Indigenous bush spices. 100% natural.
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Essaouira sports leggings (and matching sports bra available): www.madeofstoriesshop.com/product-page/essaouira-yoga-leggings
Marrakesh leggings (and matching sports bra available): www.madeofstoriesshop.com/product-page/yoga-leggings-4
Tetouan sports leggings (and matching sports bra available): www.madeofstoriesshop.com/product-page/colourful-yoga-leggings