Monday, 16 December 2013

Is Winter the hardest season to get off the ground?

It’s 11th December 2013. As I write this, which, if we’re splitting hairs, is technically still the end of Autumn, I can foresee nothing but pain ahead for Christmas and New Year travellers trying their very best to get away from the UK over the coming weeks.

Here’s the thing. Just today, my regular mode of commuter travel, a ferry from the Isle of Wight, was severely delayed by a collection of liquid water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth's surface. Yep, you guessed it – fog!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Christmas Wonder Windows

Not in the Christmas spirit yet? Head to London’s Oxford Street and you soon will be.
Last weekend I went to London to start my Christmas shopping. Madness you may think but in no time I was swept along (literally) and landed up in the sparkling, perfumed, fairy lit wonderland that is Oxford Street at Christmas.

After a short walk from the tube I found myself staring a little bewitched into the windows of John Lewis.
For 2013 they have created displays to reflect their animal themed Christmas “winter wonderland” TV ad. Over 7,000 products were taken and reconfigured into a series of animals. A huge brown bear created from leather furniture, hampers and baskets. A turkey made from flannels and towels and a series of penguins make from Kenwood kMix kettles to name just a few.
Apparently the entire process took a year and with that in mind, John Lewis is already working on next year’s creation!

Spectacular over-sized gifts surrounded by snowy festive landscapes greeted me at Selfridges. A giant glittery cat slipper, a gold YSL clutch bag, a huge trainer, headphones, play-doh, perfume and champagne. You name it, they had created it and surrounded it with abseiling Santas, skiing penguins and fir trees.

So go on… press your nose against the windows and bring back your child like sense of wonder! And have a very Happy Christmas shopping experience this year.

John Lewis’ animals were designed by creative consultancy Chameleon Visual and brought to life by Setsquare Staging. 

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To see the making of the Tate & Lyle ‘Lost London’ gingerbread wonderland click here:

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