Eyewear : Super by Retrosuperfuture

X and Z are the new eyewear concepts by RETROSUPERFUTURE. SUPER by Retrosuperfuture® is a leading brand producing outstanding contemporary eyewear. Founded in Italy in 2007 by Daniel Beckerman, SUPER has become highly popular for its eclectic collection of colorful acetate sunglasses.

The two sunglasses are characterised by their unique lens shape, sturdy metal structure and thick acetate temples. Conceived as sleek, bold frames that bring together essential elegant design with a hard-line streetwear aesthetic. X and Z boast a sharp and determined personality.

Recognized for its distinctive mix of eclectic aesthetics and beyond exceptional manufacturing quality, SUPER has been the eyewear of choice for a number of celebrities. Kanye West, Beyoncé, Yoko Ono, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Jessica Alba and Valentino Rossi, have all spontaneously decided to sport SUPER sunglasses, confirming its position as one of the most interesting and innovative contemporary eyewear companies.

SUPER’s distribution network has significantly grown in the past years and its collections can currently be found in more than 20 countries around the world, especially in Asia, Europe and the United States, including some of the world’s most interesting shops, such as: Barneys New York, Ilori SoHo New York, Fred Segal Los Angeles, French Trotters Paris, SOTO Berlin, Excelsior Milan, Liberty House London, Lane Crawford Hong Kong, 10 Corso Como Korea. Additionally, SUPER has developed a series of special projects, teaming up with some of the most creative contemporary brands like Carhartt, A.P.C., 10 Corso Como, Études, Barneys, PAM or Liberty, as well as foundations such as Elton John AIDS Foundation.

After years of friendship and mutual admiration between the two companies and families, Red Circle—the family investment company of Renzo Rosso—acquired a minority stake in the Milanese brand in June 2017.

Starting from a classic, clean silhouette, SUPER has gradually built up their impressive collection, currently comprising of a long list of timeless yet cutting edge shapes. Silhouettes like the Flat Top, Ciccio, América, W, or distinctly feminine models like the Lucia and Drew, have become staples of SUPER’s collections and a continuous source of inspiration and playful interpretation by the brand’s creative team.

The new styles from the BMW Lifestyle collections

The BMW Lifestyle Collection, which contains an array of apparel and a large selection of accessories and luggage items, brings together modern trends and classical design elements to create a contemporary and elegantly sporty look.

The on-trend colour shade copper and eye-catching graphic elements inspired by the futuristic design of the BMW Concept Car Vision Next 100 provide stylish accents. For example, the “Alive Geometry” of the concept vehicle is reproduced in the haptic structure of the BMW Thermal Mug in high-quality stainless steel, as well as in the classy embossing on the BMW Notebook and on the inner lining of the high-sheen BMW Men’s Soft Down Jacket.

The copper colour shade brings an additional, very elegant contrast to the largely dark blue, grey and white items. The discreet shadow print of the BMW logo on the BMW Ladies’ T-Shirt in organic cotton and the copper-coloured zip fasteners of the sportyBMW Ladies’ Sweatshirt Jacket lend the outfits a distinctive style.

BMW Lifestyle
BMW M Collection – Sporty looks fuelled by dynamism and power.
By contrast, the dominant shades of the BMW M Collection are Black and Marina Bay Blue. The latter is the official colour of the new BMW M5 and was named after the Formula One race circuit in Singapore.

Employing high-tech materials such as carbon – which is used for the roof, rear spoiler and exterior mirrors of BMW’s M models – and Makrolon™ polycarbonate, the BMW M Collection reinforces its claim to elite sporting pedigree.

This is true not only of the apparel and accessories – such as the BMW M Women’s Sweatshirt Jacket, with carbon structure on the hood and back section, and theBMW M Rollerball, whose cap features the original BMW M5 paint finish – but also for the luggage items in the collection. The shape of the Makrolon™ polycarbonate BMW M Boardcase is inspired by the roofline of BMW M cars and is complemented to attractive effect by the distinctive carbon-fibre-look foil print in Marina Bay Blue and the four double-rollers featuring the BMW M5 rim design.

BMW i Collection.
The BMW i Collection embodies the fusion of sustainability, premium quality, innovation and exceptional design, and offers intelligent products for all areas of life.

The apparel stands out not only with puristic forms and understated colours, but above all through the use of distinctive cuts and resource-efficient materials. For example, the BMW i Women’s Jacket in organic cotton has an asymmetrical cut, a high-quality lining in an elegantly contrasting colour and a sophisticated design detail: its buttons are made from recycled paper.

The BMW i T-Shirt for ladies and men features both organic cotton and the eco-friendly lyocell-fibre material TENCEL®, which is produced from sustainably forested natural Eucalyptus wood and ensures the T-shirt is extremely soft to the touch.

The importance of conserving resources and enhancing sustainable production has also been taken into account with the accessories in the collection. For instance, “Appleskin” – an unusual vegan imitation leather made from apple fibre – is used for the BMW i Rucksack. Meanwhile, the selvedge residue left over from production of seats for BMW i cars is ingenuously reprocessed for use in the BMW i Pencil Set.

BMW Lifestyle
BMW The Collection.
A particular highlight of the BMW Lifestyle portfolio is the BMW The Collection. Inspired by the top-end BMW 7 Series Individual design elements and equipped with “Smart Travel Features”, the collection contains an exclusive selection of luxurious accessories and travel items, of which many have been co-developed with two highly credible premium partners: Montblanc and Horizn Studios.

Montblanc for BMW.
La Maison Montblanc – ambassadors for the culture of writing and purveyors of masterful handcraftsmanship for over 110 years – and BMW have extended their successful partnership into 2018. The collection put together exclusively for BMW includes large and small items made from the finest Italian leather, notably the Montblanc for BMW Pen Pouch, Montblanc for BMW Credit Card Holder andMontblanc for BMW Duffle Bag, and exquisite writing instruments, such as theMontblanc for BMW Fountain Pen with handcrafted 585 / 14 K gold nib and platinum-plated rings.

All the products in the collection share a unique Montblanc for BMW design, which takes its cues from the woven-look quilting of the seats in the BMW 7 Series Individual – in the form of either elegant leather embossing or the weave pattern of the royal-blue Jacquard lining.

Horizn Studios for BMW.
Since luxury also means providing thoroughly conceived solutions for our increasingly digitalised world, BMW Lifestyle has teamed up with international travel brand Horizn Studios to present a pair of chic travel items: the Horizn Studios for BMW Trolleyand Horizn Studios for BMW Boardcase.

As well as the tough, hard-shell construction made from aerospace-grade polycarbonate, the Italian leather and the low-noise Hinomoto® 360° rollers from Japan in exclusive BMW rim design, this luggage series also appeals with another, extremely practical feature: an integrated, removable power bank with a 10,000 mAh battery and two USB ports.

Two models will also be added to the BMW Bikes Collection in 2018. Thanks to its innovative folding mechanism and lightweight aluminium frame, the new and compactBMW Folding Bike makes the ideal city model for quick spins around town.

The new BMW City Scooter, meanwhile, offers even greater day-to-day flexibility with its folding mechanism, splash protection and kick stand for convenient parking.

BMW Lifestyle
BMW Lifestyle is also appealing to the youngest road users with the addition of the BMW Kids Scooter (in an array of colours) to the BMW Kids Collection. The BMW Kids Scooter can be adjusted according to age and ability, courtesy of a seat and integrated drawer for smaller children or a removable seat and height-adjustable handlebar as a pure scooter for bigger kids.

The line-up of BMW Miniatures will also gain a series of new models in 2018. Historic cars like the BMW M1 and BMW 507, and stars of the present day – such as the BMW M6 Convertible – all ensure that every detail of a BMW Miniature will put smiles on faces. The Miniature BMW Vision and Miniature BMW M6 GTLM John Baldessari add two very special models to the collection.

Superdry set to open new store in The Mall Luton

The Mall Luton has announced today that British lifestyle brand Superdry, will officially open its new store at the centre on Saturday 3rd November. Superdry who recently launched their A/W18 ranges topped The Mall’s list of ‘most requested’ stores in regular feedback from local shoppers.


The popular streetwear brand known for its high-quality products is set to celebrate its store opening with a DJ and scratch cards revealing exclusive discounts and free gifts available to Luton’s shoppers.

From versatile windcheaters for men to bright colour-pop women’s puffas to ready-for-anything multi-pocket backpacks, Superdry has the gear to see students through the year.

Drawing its influences from the 80s hip hop scenes of New York – Superdry’s outerwear, bags and streetwear are anything but subtle. Blacker than black jackets, bold clashing camos and neon will have others taking note; whilst an array of backpacks, shoulder and messenger bags help the struggle of adulating.

Featuring distinct hand-drawn graphics fresh out of the Superdry Creative Department, the brand’s unique tees and sweats will see students through – whether they’re headed out or recovering in. Underlining the season’s striking style is Superdry’s long term dedication to top-line quality.

A Superdry jacket is a real investment – whatever the weather. Fully quilted linings and double layer zip fastenings make them light enough for lingering summer days as well as crisp autumn and winter nights.

Superdry’s bags and backpacks are simply built to last – with padded backs and straps and a sturdy top-grab handle set to see students through anything, any day. And as with all products, Superdry sources the absolute best-quality fabrics for maximum comfort and longevity.

Introducing… E.N.B Watch Collection from ARMOGAN

Armogan introduce their new collection E.N.B, composed by 16 classic watches with a vintage and sporty image, especially designed for car lovers. The new watches from Armogan salute racing drivers and evoke the audacity, the refinement and the character of the adventurer who wears this watch.

In recognition of our Belgian heritage, E.N.B. refers to the « Ecurie Nationale Belge », Belgium’s celebrated formula one team of the 1950’s. Therefore, the E.N.B. collection pays tribute to the talent and perseverance of the Belgian racing drivers of the past, which are both part of the Armogan’s DNA.

Elegant, dynamic and sophisticated, the E.N.B. collection is available in a number of colour versions, and reflects for the audacious spirit of those with a hunger for the open road.

The new watches reinforce the attention to detail of Armogan, namely at the back of the dial, where there’s a car rim engraved. Also, the stopwatch with two counters inspired by these timepieces that measure the passion of the gentlemen drivers. The second subdial is a 24-hour indicator, recalling to these many endurance races. Finally, the contrast-stitched, perforated suede strap has been designed to echo the leather interiors of racing cars of the past.

Classic Ibiza to bring it back to Hatfield House next Summer

Classic Ibiza is bringing its heady blend of Balearic beats back to Hatfield House on Saturday 31 August 2019, following the resounding success of this summer’s concert. A limited number of early bird tickets are available today at a discounted price of £36 (£39.50 thereafter). Last year’s concert was a massive hit with the Hertfordshire audience, so sign up now if you don’t want to miss The Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and a host of live vocalists perform some of dance music’s most iconic tracks.

Lisa Ward, Director of Revival Productions, organisers of Classic Ibiza, comments:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by enquiries about next year’s concert following the resounding success of our Hatfield debut over the summer. The weather certainly treating us all to a true taste of the White Isle for the last show of our seven venue UK tour. It was fantastic to see so many family groups in the audience. We have got some really exciting plans for next year, which will take Classic Ibiza to another level, so watch this space!”


Classic Ibiza starts with a chill-out set where people can enjoy their picnics and a drink, or dance along as the sun fades. Then DJ Goldierocks will turn things up in the interval, getting the crowd into the mood before the Urban Soul Orchestra and vocalists return to the stage to bring a vibrant atmosphere to the summer evening. One classic dance track will follow another, as the delightful grounds of Hatfield House turn into a magical, alfresco celebration, with accompanying lasers.

Classic Ibiza’s Facebook followers will once again be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite tracks to be added to the set-list next year. This year’s poll saw over 10,000 votes being casted, and the winning tracks were: Out of Space (The Prodigy), Hey Boy, Hey Girl (The Chemical Brothers), Free (Ultra Naté), Touch Me (Rui Da Silva, ft. Cassandra) and Rhythm Of The Night (Corona).

Stephen Hussey, conductor and founder of The Urban Soul Orchestra, comments:

“Going by the reaction of the Hatfield crowd over the summer we clearly hit the spot with the set-list, but I’m already busy delving into dance music’s rich archive of classic tracks to add some truly stonking tunes to next year’s programme. We’ve got a few other surprises up our sleeve too, which I can’t wait to share. See you next summer, Hatfield!”


In addition to the amazing artists, what really sets Classic Ibiza apart is that it is a concert for all the family. Set in the delightful outdoor setting of Hatfield House, with easy access to transport links, concert goers can bring their own food and drink, or take advantage of numerous stalls selling high-quality street-food and refreshments. Car-parking is free (both for coaches and cars), so whether you are six or 60 you are assured of having a fantastic evening in a safe and family-friendly environment.

USO has released “Classic Ibiza”, an album of iconic dance anthems, which features many of the tracks being played on the night and is available on CD and all major music websites and apps.

Tickets: Adults: early bird tickets: £36 (£39.50 thereafter). Children (aged 5 –16): £17.50. Under 5s: free.

Programme: 5:30pm: car parks and gates open. 7:30pm: chill-out set. 8:30pm: interval with live DJ. 9:00pm: dance set and laser light show. 10:15pm: concert finishes.

Classic Ibiza will also be performing at a number of other venues next summer. Tickets are already on sale for Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire (Saturday 29 June), Ragley Hall, Warwickshire (Saturday 6 July), Harewood House, Yorkshire (Saturday 20 July) and Bowood House, Wiltshire (Saturday 3 August). More venues and dates to be announced soon.

Visit www.classicibiza.co.uk or call the event box office on 01283 841601 for further information.

H&M to open new store in Intu, Watford

H&M are excited to announce the launch of H&M located in Intu, Watford. Based over 2 floors, the store will open its doors to customers at 11am on Thursday 18th October.

With full ladies, divided, kids and men’s concepts available, this new store will provide great quality fashion, at affordable prices, in a sustainable way. On launch morning, the first 200 lucky customers in the queue will receive an exclusive goodie bag. All customers who join the queue before 11am will receive a 25% discount wristband to redeem against their entire purchase that day. Customers will be welcome to peruse the available fashion collections while enjoying the latest tracks from an in-store DJ. 

H&M launch Moschino tv X H&M

“We are delighted to be opening a brand-new store in Intu, Watford. This ensures our Watford customers have an even better shopping experience and we are confident this new store will offer exactly that.” says Toni Galli, H&M’s Country Manager for UK & IE. 

H&M has recently launched its latest designer collaboration with Italian fashion brand Moschino. Here are our favourite pieces from the release which hits the stores on 8th November.

H&M launch Moschino tv X H&M

The MOSCHINO [tv] H&M collection is a gift to my fans and I wanted to give them the most MOSCHINO collection ever. I tried to include all the ingredients you would expect from one of my shows – cartoon couture mixed with a street wear vibe doused with hip hop worthy amounts of bling bling to create a totally MOSCHINO look,”

Jeremy Scott, Creative Director – MOSCHINO

Beauty brands choose digital influencers over celebrities. Why?

Digital influencers have overtaken celebrities as the choice of promotional talent for 84% of beauty brands.

An in-depth report by celebrity and influencer marketing agency Celebrity Intelligence and media contact database Fashion and Beauty Monitor asked beauty marketing specialists about the ways in which their brands work with influencers.

A key finding was that brands’ investments in digital beauty influencer personalities is paying off – every £1 spent on beauty influencers in 2017 got an average ROI (return on investment) of £8.81, according to the report.

However, 33% of respondents said that their top reason for working with influencers is to build brand awareness rather than to drive direct sales, with 82% now relying on social media engagement figures as a strong measure of success.

A further 33% have been working with influencers for more than five years, and over that period have seen YouTube fall out of favour as the most successful platform for influencer partnerships in monetisation terms.

The report found that Instagram is now the channel of choice for 78% of the beauty industry in 2018 and is the best for monetisation, largely (57%) because an influencer’s audience engages the most on this channel – Instagram has an average engagement rate of 3.21% compared to an average of 1.5% across other social platforms, according to a separate study cited in the report.

Just 7% of respondents maintained that YouTube was still the channel that worked best for them. But regardless of the channel of choice, “female niche” (those who promote an organic or gluten-free lifestyle, for example) and “mid-tier” (with 100k-1m followers) digital influencers are in highest demand.

Beauty marketing specialists who answered the survey said this was because these personalities have few pre-existing commercial ties and are known for being authentic with their messages through everything they do. Authenticity is an important factor for brands when choosing who they work with now.

73% said Generation Z are pushing beauty companies to be more transparent and ethical, and 53% say this group has already been the biggest driver of change in business over past couple of years, as these digital-born consumers have a new set of expectations whereby they don’t want to be sold to in the traditional sense, but rather have a desire to be part of the creative process when working with or buying from brands.

The new Audi TT – an update for the design icon

Twenty years after the series premiere of the original TT, the third generation of the Audi TT is receiving a comprehensive update. The design icon takes the stage with a sporty and refined exterior design, higher-powered engines and an extended scope of standard equipment.

Audi TT Coupé

Young Drivers More Likely to Trigger High Impact Collision Alerts

Global pioneer of telematics based car insurance, insurethebox, has welcomed the recent EU law requiring cars to be fitted with an e-call button that alerts emergency services in the event of an accident. However, eCall will only be standard on brand-new cars manufactured after 1 April 2018; it won’t be retrofitted to older cars or existing models, leaving potentially millions of motorists without access to this potentially life-saving technology – especially young drivers who stand to benefit the most, but whose budget won’t stretch to a new car. According to new research by insurethebox, over 70% of high impact alerts recorded by its Accident Alerts service last year were triggered by 17-21 year olds.

Young Drivers More Likely to Trigger High Impact Collision Alerts

insurethebox believes that young motorists can access this critical safety feature through its Accident Alerts service, which does the job of eCall without the cost of a new car. The feature is part of an insurethebox telematics policy, and uses a number of data factors to assess a driver’s possible involvement in a collision. If a significant G-Force impact is registered, insurethebox examines the time of day, whether the vehicle is still moving, and the type of road the vehicle is on. If insurethebox detects a high impact, its team will attempt to contact the customer to check they are alright. If insurethebox is unable to reach the policyholder, its team will review and make a decision on whether to call the emergency services with the location of the vehicle.

More than 100,000 Accident Alerts have been triggered since insurethebox launched in 2010, and its most recent analysis shows that the emergency services were called 145 times during 2017 as a result of an Accident Alert.  The new research from insurethebox also revealed that vehicles on a 30mph road are six times more likely to trigger these high impact alerts, which indicate the driver’s possible involvement in a collision, than on a motorway. Additionally, nearly half of alerts (43%) are recorded after 5pm, with drivers six times more likely to require emergency services between midnight and 5am. In 2017, insurethebox received the highest number of Accident Alerts in December.

Young Drivers More Likely to Trigger High Impact Collision Alerts

Simon Rewell, Road Safety Manager at insurethebox, commented: “Our Accident Alert service is an example of telematics technology making UK roads safer. We provide young drivers the benefits of connected motoring – and they don’t need to buy a brand new car to access it. If an alert is triggered, we attempt to contact the driver to check that they are safe and help them if they have been involved in a collision. In the event of a high impact, if we cannot reach them, we will review and make a decision on whether to call the emergency services with the location of the vehicle,” he added.

Young Drivers More Likely to Trigger High Impact Collision Alerts

insurethebox policies offer an initial 6,000, 8,000 or 10,000 miles of cover. Through a telematics black box installed in the vehicle, insurethebox uses individual driver data to determine the risk profile of each policyholder and calculate their premiums. insurethebox shares driving data with each customer through a personalised online portal, empowering them to better manage their driving habits in order to reduce their insurance risk profile – and therefore their premiums.

Alesha Dixon’s LittleBlackDress exceeds £2.5m

Following hotly on the (kitten!) heels of Victoria Beckham, fashion icon Alesha Dixon, makes her own statement with fashion business littleblackdress.co.uk. The company has confirmed positive news about a recent investment process. With a fourth funding round closed, the business has now raised a total of £2.5m. The latest cash injection will be used for job creation and further expansion.

Now approaching it’s fourth year, the premium e-retailer Littleblackdress.co.uk is growing and is broadly profitable, the company has announced. The occasion-wear market place LBD, is the biggest pure play occasion-wear website, selling only fabulous dresses for balls, proms, race days, weddings, date nights and red carpet events.

Alesha is very much a part of the company. She’s a shareholder, a board member and has helped design some of the most successful dresses sold on the website to date.

Littleblackdress.co.uk milestones include:

  • 90,000 fabulous dresses sold since launch.
  • 5,895,000 people have visited the website.
  • Over 1,500 dresses are available online now.
  • £10,000 raised for women’s charity Refuge.

Chairman, Ian Langley, explains: “The process we have gone through has seen all the business stakeholders standing together in the firm belief Little Black Dress remains a unique and highly desirable business proposition. We are now moving towards profitability, which in today’s world of turbulence in the retail sector, is a major achievement. We are confident that we are continuing our growth rate and remain quietly confident the next season will be better than ever, as we begin to take a stronghold as a premium luxury marketplace for fabulous dresses”

The latest investment will go towards upgrading technology, raising brand awareness online and exploration of an exclusive brand party range of dresses for AW18/19.

CEO Mark Evans, e-commerce retail consultant and former Shop Direct Creative Director, added: “One of the biggest challenges the business has faced has been cash flow like any other business. It has been a challenging and exciting year to say the least. We are pleased to say that we are entering the next phase of the brand’s development with a sense of confidence and optimism.

“We’re a brand that is all about bringing fabulous to our customers and the continued support of our brand partners has been invaluable. Future growth and expansion will come from ensuring we have the newest and the best brands on board.

“We help premium designers and independent brands reach new audiences, supporting them every step of the way with marketing, sales, customer services and logistical expertise, enabling the brands to focus on creating beautiful dresses. With over 40 brands online, and a range of dresses from £50 to £500, plus soon to be £5,000 we are aiming to become the ultimate marketplace for fabulous dresses.”

Divorce & Separation: Coping with emotions

From Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, to the more recent Cheryl Tweedy and Liam Payne, it seems celebrity breakups often dominate the headlines and it’s no surprise that marriages and long-term relationships don’t always survive the strain of modern living, but there is some good news. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest there were 101,055 opposite sex couples getting a divorce in England and Wales during 2015, which is 9.1% fewer than in 2014 and a massive 34% fewer than in 2003.

Despite this downturn, there is still a need for support. A 2016 Relate report recorded that 2.87 million people in the UK were in ‘distressed’ relationships, with almost 1 in 5 couples arguing regularly or considering separating.

Coping with emotions

It’s often cited that along with bereavement, moving home, losing a job and being affected by a major illness, divorce and separation are regularly named as top causes of stress. And no wonder. The end of a long-term relationship can make you doubt your own identity and your ability to cope alone. It can also bring up feelings from past relationships, which may put a serious dent in your self-esteem.

Most experts agree that people going through a break-up typically experience feelings of overwhelming sadness or grief, not just when their relationship ends but for some time after too. Many also experience waves of other strong emotions such as anger, guilt, fear, worry and blame. Working on your resilience can help if you’re going through a divorce or separation. Being resilient helps you to turn negative life events into positive ones.

While nobody would ever suggest that going through a break-up is easy, there are some tips you can follow to try and ease the burden. The wellbeing experts at CABA offer their advice if you’re dealing with divorce or separation:

Seek divorce advice and information

Going through a separation or divorce can be particularly daunting if you’re in the dark about what’s going to happen. Get as much information about the process as you can. This will help you to feel more in control of the situation. A good place to start is Gov.uk/divorce.

Reconnect with family and friends

We all have people we tend to rely on when life gets tough. These are the people who, no matter what, are always there for us when we need support. If the trauma of recent events has made you feel isolated, try to reconnect with the friends and family who make you feel better about yourself.

When you feel the time is right, try getting out and about more, connecting with new people. It can sometimes be difficult meeting new people and making new friends when getting older. But it’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone, try new experiences and meet new people.

Talking about your feelings can help you to cope with what you’re going through. But if you prefer to confide in people you don’t know, try those who are trained to listen, such as Samaritans Relate, or CABA.

Be kind to yourself

Take some time to do something that’s purely for you. Think about what you enjoy such as a long walk, a soak in the bath, spending time on a hobby or other interest, reading a good book or watching your favourite film.

Try to devote some time to thinking positively about yourself. Try writing down something nice about yourself before going to bed each night for a week. Then during the following week, write down 1 thing you did well that day. Also, remember to eat as healthily as possible and get plenty of rest and sleep whenever you can. It’s important to ensure you’re not just physically but also mentally fit and healthy.

Seek out the positives

The saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ may not seem appropriate when you’re going through a difficult time – indeed, it may even sound offensive. But it really can help to try and find the positives among what may seem like an utterly negative situation.

These positives may not be obvious at first – or perhaps all the positives look like they apply to your ex-partner rather than yourself. But keep trying. Remember: if you choose to respond to your situation positively rather than negatively, it may help you to move on with your life sooner rather than later.

Get help for depression

Going through a divorce or separation is a grieving process. But sometimes this can lead to depression. It’s perfectly normal to feel low in such situations – at least for a while. But if you feel constantly low for more than 6 months and you experience other symptoms such as lack of energy and appetite, sleeping difficulties, lack of concentration or physical restlessness, it’s a good idea to speak to your GP in the first instance.

If you or someone you know is going through a divorce or separation, it’s important to remember that emotional wellbeing is just one aspect to think about. Financial matters are often cited as significant factors that can lead to divorce. But what about the costs involved in getting divorced or separating? It’s often a good idea to get expert help from an independent financial adviser because making sure your finances are in order is an important step in ensuring your overall wellbeing.

The all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe

The new BMW 8 Series Coupé is the start of a new chapter in BMW’s long and illustrious history of making iconic and sensational sports cars. With outstanding performance, emotion-stirring design, state-of-the-art luxury and advanced equipment technology, the BMW 8 Series is one of the most exciting new models to emerge in recent years.

The car will be launched in November 2018 and will be built at BMW’s Dingolfing plant, which is also home to the BMW 7 Series Saloon – a plant with a fine track record in dynamic luxury motoring. The number ‘8’ in the model name stands for a high- ranking status within BMW’s product range. As in the past with the BMW Z8 and also with the current BMW i8, it is reserved for sporty cars that also fire the emotions. It’s a key component in the luxury segment model offensive set out by the BMW Group as part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy.

As part of that strategy the primary development objective for the new BMW 8 Series was thrilling driving dynamics. Body, powertrain and suspension were consistently honed to achieve the best agility, precision and poise expected of a top-class sports car. In the process, remarkably powerful engines were combined with the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and BMW EfficientLightweight design measures.

Exterior design: new design language gives sporting appeal a new face.
The exterior design exudes sporting appeal, with a clear link to the BMW Concept 8 Series first unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2017. It shows a new styling language focusing on clarity, modernity and emotional engagement. The expressive design emphasises the character of the car with greater intensity than on any of the brand’s previous models.

Its low-slung design has an elongated silhouette with a slim window graphic and a roofline flowing elegantly into the powerfully shaped rear with distinctive “double-bubble” contours. With exterior dimensions of 4,843mm in length, 1,902mm in width, 1,341mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,822mm, the two-door coupé has a powerful stance on the road.

Extremely slim headlights, optional BMW Laserlight.
The sports car’s performance is set-off by an elaborate, jutting design of the front apron, large air intakes and the precise contours of the bonnet.

It comes as standard with LED headlights – the slimmest lamps of any BMW model to date. Both light tubes are used to generate the daytime driving lights as well as the low and high beam, thereby creating the signature brand look at all times. Optional BMW Laserlight with variable road illumination and Selective Beam has a high beam range of around 600 metres. Blue accents inside the trademark twin headlights are the hint at its presence.

The side view is dominated by dramatic surfaces. Whilst they curve inwards on the far side of the front wheels, they bulge outwards again in a real display of power above the rear wheels.

The glass area tapers at the rear, accentuating the muscular shoulderline, while the side window graphic terminates in a very tightly-angled version of the famous Hofmeister kink. The rear end emphasises the car’s width and low centre of gravity. The slender all-LED rear light clusters extend deep into the flanks while also emphasising the wide shoulders, while trapezoid rear exhaust pipes complete the look.

Precise details optimise aerodynamics and weight.
An almost fully sealed underbody, active air flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats and Air Curtains including Air Breathers help to reduce aerodynamic drag. Narrow exterior mirror bases are mounted directly on the side window weather strips to further enhance the airflow. This is the first time they have featured in this modern and elegant form on a model with frameless side windows.

High-impact design features with BMW M Sport as standard.
With extra-large air intakes in the front apron, a prominently contoured rear apron and specially designed side skirts, there is a host of design features that bring dynamics to the fore.

The interior is awash with high-precision details and creates a harmonious balance between driver- focused dynamics and luxurious elegance. The seamless transition between the instrument panel and door trim is made smoother by the coordinated surface textures and a careful choice of materials.

At the same time, all lines point lengthways, automatically directing the gaze forward towards the road and emphasising the focus on sporty driving. This is particularly true of the car’s wide centre console, which rises up towards the instrument panel at the front, separating the driver and front passenger.

The new multifunctional sports seats in Extended Merino leather upholstery offer high levels of long-distance comfort and excellent lateral support during fast cornering. The headrests are integrated into the backrests and can be adjusted as required both for height and fore/aft positioning. The seat position is adjusted electrically, while a memory function for driver and front passenger comes as standard.

There are large door pockets, a roomy glove compartment, two cupholders and a large storage compartment under the armrest’s divided cover flaps for stowing travel accessories, beverages and other items. Thanks to the low seating position of both rear seats, it has been possible to design the head restraints as an integral part of the backrests.

The backrest sections can be folded down either individually or together in order to further increase the load capacity of the 420-litre luggage compartment. The folding mechanism is released by means of levers inside the luggage compartment. Automatic boot lid operation is also a standard feature, while the standard Comfort Access furthermore permits hands-free opening and closing of the boot lid.

Power to match control
The BMW M850i xDrive is a true sporting flagship. Under the bonnet is a 530hp V8 twin-turbocharged petrol engine. This is the latest generation of BMW’s award-winning 4.4-litre eight-cylinder and has been radically revised. Two twin-scroll turbochargers with charge air cooling, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing all form part of the M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, whose extensive overhaul has given a substantial boost to maximum output, torque and efficiency.

The changes serve up an enthralling blend of power delivery and an equally impressive soundtrack, which is enhanced by the flap-controlled sports exhaust system. The Driving Experience Control switch can be used to activate an extremely sporty and a distinctly comfort-oriented powertrain set-up. In the SPORT and SPORT+ modes, accelerator response as well as the V8 engine’s power delivery and acoustics – which take on a particularly distinctive note in the SPORT+ setting – are all configured for a dynamic driving experience.

The crankcase is another of the new components. A new alloy has been used to increase robustness and wire-arc sprayed iron coating for the cylinder walls reduces frictional losses. Reinforced, Grafal-coated pistons and optimised piston rings are designed to endure strain on the crank drive that comes with extra output and torque.

Optimised power delivery, efficiency and emissions performance.
Thanks to a 68hp increase in output with no impact on weight compared to the engine it replaces, the new V8 unit is now able to generate 530hp. At the same time, maximum torque has been raised by 100Nm to 750Nm, which is available over a wide rev range.

The new M850i xDrive Coupé accelerates from zero to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds. The combined fuel consumption of 28.3mpg* and the combined CO2 emissions of 228g/km* clearly demonstrate that the increase in the eight-cylinder engine’s power has gone hand in hand with improvements to its efficiency too.

The new 840d xDrive Coupé produces a delightful mix of pulling power and excellent fuel economy. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology delivers a maximum output of 320hp and peak torque of 680Nm.

The engine employs multi-stage turbocharging technology and its performance characteristics permit relaxed cruising at low engine speeds, while also enabling the car to sprint to 62mph from rest in only 4.9 seconds.

Average fuel consumption comes in at a frugal 46.3mpg*, equating to CO2 emissions of 160g/km*. The system of emission control incorporating BMW BluePerformance technology comprises a particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst, a NOX adsorption catalyst, as well as an SCR catalyst with AdBlue injection for further reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions.

Both engines use an improved version of the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, with reduced weight, a newly developed controller and a gear ratio spread that has been increased from 7.07 to 8.59. As a result, it is possible to achieve significant efficiency gains with reduced engine speeds, particularly when driving in higher gears. Shift paddles on the steering wheel are included for manual gear selection, while the transmission features a Launch Control function for accelerating from a standing start with maximum power and traction.

The Steptronic transmission’s controller is able to adapt shift strategy to the current driving situation by means of intelligent networking with the standard Professional Navigation system, enabling it to take the planned route into account. Navigation data is used, for example, to shift down early when approaching a junction in order to use engine braking to slow the car down.

Four-wheel-drive as standard
The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system operates more efficiently than ever before. With its rapid, precise and fully variable distribution of torque between the front and rear wheels, it maximises traction and handling stability not just when driving in adverse road conditions, but in highly dynamic driving situations too. Power is split in accordance with demands at all times using an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch that is networked with the powertrain and chassis systems.

To increase efficiency, all of the torque is directed to the rear wheels in situations in which all-wheel drive is not needed. The rear-biased set-up, which is even notable in challenging driving situations, guarantees the sort of driving experience for which BMW sports cars are renowned. When taking corners at speed, for example, just the right amount of extra drive force is transferred to the rear wheels to help the car turn in to the bend with supreme accuracy.

Integral Active Steering as standard.
For a more focussed and sporty handling, Integral Active Steering is fitted as standard to reduce the turning circle when manoeuvring. This also increases agility at moderate speeds and optimises poise and assurance when changing lanes and cornering at high speeds. It becomes more direct as the speed builds but allows the driver to manoeuvre at low speeds with minimal steering wheel movement.

Optional active roll stabilisation further enhances the handling characteristics. Electric swivel motors on the front and rear axles ensure particularly fast and precise compensation of lateral forces.

Optimised weight thanks to an intelligent material mix.
BMW’s EfficientLightweight strategy includes the use of an intelligent material mix to optimise weight and body/suspension rigidity. In addition to the supporting structures at the front and rear of the car, other components such as the roof, doors, bonnet and front bulkhead are made of aluminium. The bracing tube for the cockpit is made from magnesium and the centre tunnel of CFRP. The roof and other body components can also be specified in CFRP as an option. The front axle is made almost completely from aluminium. The rear axle features a combination of lightweight steel construction with wheel carriers and forged control arms in aluminium.

Tech for safety and driver enjoyment.
A wide variety of standard and optionally available driver assistance systems marks out the 8 Series Coupé as an extremely advanced car. They also enhance comfort and safety in urban traffic and on longer trips by providing targeted assistance in complex traffic.

The driver assistance systems process camera images as well as data gathered by ultrasonic and radar sensors to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings, to warn of potential hazards and to minimise the risk of an accident with corrective braking or steering inputs. These integral features of the BMW Personal Co-Pilot represent the latest advances on the road to automated driving.

The car is equipped as standard with Cruise Control with braking function as well as Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, the latest version of which also alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Depending on the situation, the system can bring the vehicle to a halt to either avoid a collision or minimise its consequences.

The BMW Head-Up Display comes as standard in the new BMW 8 Series Coupé and projects relevant driving information onto the windscreen in the form of graphics, is another key safety factor. The latest generation features a projection area enlarged by 16 per cent, optimised graphics and additional content.

Active Park Distance Control (PDC) with sensors at the front and rear is standard and provides visual and acoustic warnings to avoid colliding with obstacles. The optional Parking Assistant is able to automatically select suitable parallel parking spaces and manoeuvre into them. Once activated, the system takes care of the accelerator, brakes and steering as well as changing gear.

The 8 Series Coupé comes as standard with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which combines a new display and control concept and maximum connectivity into a superb all-round package. The latest-generation display and control concept consists of a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches and a 10.25-inch Control Display.

The display and control concept’s most recent incarnation running the new BMW Operating System 7.0 has a cutting-edge, totally digital design. Further components of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional include an adaptive nav system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20GB, two USB ports (type A and C), plus Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces.

BMW Connected: digital services for individual mobility.
BMW Connected is the digital and personal mobility assistant for BMW. Intelligent connectivity helps drivers reach their destination easily and with minimal stress, not only when they are in their car. BMW Connected is an all-embracing concept that is designed to seamlessly connect the driver and their smartphone with the vehicle.

At the heart of it is the Open Mobility Cloud, which enables the personal mobility assistant to interface the car with the customer’s digital devices. These include iPhone and Apple Watch, smartphones and smartwatches running the Android operating system, as well as Alexa-compatible smart devices and Google Home.

Mobile office: Microsoft Office 365 with Skype for Business.
The integration of Microsoft Office 365 turns the 8 Series Coupé into a mobile office. Users of a business essential or business premium account are able to safely access their email from their car and manage appointments and contacts, meaning there is no need for them to use their smartphone while driving

Avengers: Infinity War SPOILER-FREE review

Writing a spoiler-free Avengers: Infinity War review without mentioning any key plot giveaways, easter eggs or deaths is probably as hard as it was for directors to piece together 18 movies and 10 years of emotional investment into this 2hrs 30min masterpiece.

Warning: If you have not seen any of the other 18 MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies, stop right now. Ask yourself why you are even reading this? Whilst we have avoided spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, this review does mention key plots and spoilers from the other 18 MCU movies.

Avengers: Infinity War | How did we get here?

If like me, you have invested over a decade of viewing time into the MCU, you will know how we have ended up at this ‘junction’ in the MCU. Three Iron Man movies, three Thor movies, two Guardian’s of The Galaxy movies, Spidey’s Homecoming, the Wakanda experience and a few other mentionable movies all bring us to a point where the twisted but slightly likeable Thanos, stands on the destroyed planet of Asgard set to put his equally twisted plan in action.

That’s about as far as I dare go with the an introduction as the roller coaster kicks in and doesn’t stop for two and a half hours.

Woah… did you say two and half hours?

That I did. Avengers Infinity War has a running time of about 2.30hrs and for some reason, it still feels a bit rushed in places. With that said, it doesn’t spoil the overall viewing experience and pace for someone who has watched the previous MCU movies but if you are a newbie or casual viewer, you will be lost after ten minutes and end up asking “who’s he?” and “but how does he do that?

At times it feels like mini Marvel movies all pieced together and for some reason like a ham and pineapple pizza, it just works. All the good parts from each movies work and the chemistry between the characters works as well. To be honest, it had to otherwise we would be looking at rewatching the awful experience was DC’s Justice League – praise Odin.


Final verdict

This movie is what I expected and more. The common complaint about the movie is the pace and yes, it does feel slightly rushed in places but merging so many back stories into one movie seamlessly was always going to be impossible tasks. 9 out of 10

The jokes are humorous, the story is well told and the acting, well, it’s not Oscar worthy but it what we are used to from the MCU. In summary, this movie is everything that we hoped Justice League would be.

Avengers: Infinity War is now out in the UK.

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo; Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely; Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt Running time: 149 minutes; Certificate: 12A

Is AJ the blueprint for the modern man?

Let’s be honest, becoming a modern man today is no harder than it was a century ago. It’s was simply about following basic principles to achieve set goals and that still applies. It can be argued that many of the components such as lifestyle, technology and attitudes to the opposite sex have changed the goals over time, but so has the type of role model we base the blueprint of modern man on.

But has it changed so much that a we could consider Anthony Joshua as the blueprint for the modern man?

Is AJ the blueprint for the modern man?

Traveling back to Heathrow from Vienna, I picked up my complimentary copy of British Airways’ High Life magazine. On the cover was the self made millionaire from came from humble beginnings to become on of the most recognisable faces in the UK. From TV to print media, AJ is everywhere. He represents a number of high profile brands including Land Rover, Beats By Dre, Audemars Piguet, Under Amour and many more. But does he have the qualities to base the model of modern man?

What is the modern man?

At the very core of the modern man regardless of his socioeconomic position in life, is the desire to be the hunter gatherer, protector and provider.

Nothing screams protector and hunter gather more than attempting to unify the heavyweight boxing division whilst walking away with a seven figure cheque. Using your hands to knock the living daylights out people for fame and money is about as alpha male as it gets. Think Roman Gladiator.

But what about the other unspoken qualities that make the modern man? The kind of qualities that replaced misogyny, boastful machismo attitude and a fear of PDA. Well, AJ has had no fear opening up publicly about things that once would be considered personal and is happy to show his love for his mum.

The other “qualities” of the modern man

  1. Allows himself to be vulnerable. He is willing to express his failures. He is able to be open and honest about his thoughts and feelings on particular beliefs, situations, or similar aspects with people who will respect him, even if they disagree.
  2. A modern man is willing to take a risk. He is willing to ignore the consequences or rewards and just do it.
  3. The modern man is self-sustainable. He can be on his own or with others, makes little difference.
  4. Modern men have integrity. They are rooted in their beliefs and values. Those beliefs and values are in alignment with who they want to be.
  5. He’s goal-driven. He understands the importance of setting goals and strives to meet those goals.


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