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Gorillaz Move Into Recruitment With JLR

Multi-platinum Gorillaz has paired up with multi-selling Jaguar Land Rover in a novel way to recruit bright candidates for the latter. Chris Page

The aim is to work together to recruit the next generation of world-class electronics and software engineering talent. The method is to use a code-breaking challenge found in the virtual band’s app.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) hopes to fast-track the best applicants via the Gorillaz App challenge in a major change in the way the business looks for candidates. JLR says it helps tackle the engineering skills gap and inspire and attract a diverse range of talent and new thinking.

Noodle, the band’s guitarist and a JLR ambassador, said: “Can you crack the code? Put your skills to the test!! Hey, maybe you might land yourself *the* most BADASS job you can imagine. Dare to win!”

The Gorillaz App has now launched a new JLR recruitment area featuring a 360-environment of the band’s garage which also features all the iconic vehicles of the Gorillaz. Here, applicants can explore and take a two-part challenge. The first part, designed to educate users about the benefits of electric vehicles, involves assembling the Jaguar I-PACE Concept, Jaguar's first all-electric five-seater sports car. Users can learn about the vehicle’s performance, battery technology, space, charging and range.

The second and more demanding part of the game, developed to engage and recruit budding electronic wizards and coders, will focus on cracking code – there are more than 4,000 combinations, as well as cipher in an alternate reality format. The challenges put a stronger focus on skills and talents than on qualifications.

Alex Heslop, head of electrical engineering, JLR, said: “Here we’ve found an engaging way to recruit a diverse talent pool in software systems, cyber systems, app development and graphics performance. It will be the first of its kind.”

The Jaguar I-TYPE, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's all-electric Formula E racecar, appears in the garage. Users can click on a poster of Noodle with the I-TYPE and ‘FanBoost’ which enables them to vote for the @JaguarRacing team drivers to gain a power boost during their next race or to follow @JaguarRacing twitter channels.

The project follows on from Jaguar Land Rover’s STEM initiative with Gorillaz in 2016, where  founder member and guitarist, Noodle, became Jaguar’s Formula E Racing Ambassador. As the UK’s leading investor in research and development and a leading global automotive manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover is putting Noodle at the forefront of its campaign to address the skills gap that manufacturing worldwide is facing.

JLR recruitment: www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com

JLR says traditional application methods remain open and CVs will be accepted, but it invites potential applicants to download the app and break the codes and solve the problems to fast-track their way into employment.

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Dickie's Bar Launches At Corrigan's Mayfair

 

Corrigan’s restaurant is set to open Dickie’s Bar at the end of June in collaboration with Gregory Buda from The Dead Rabbit, New York.

 

Located in Mayfair, Dickie’s Bar will serve drinks ‘til late using the best of the season’s harvest largely sourced from Richard Corrigan’s garden and farm, Virginia Park Lodge.

Collaborator Gregory Buda has picked up awards including World’s Best Bar (World’s 50 Best, 2016) and states his inspiration emerges from his own discoveries in his kitchen at home. He will oversee a menu that takes a culinary approach to cocktail creation by mixing the season's finest ingredients and distillations.

On the menu cocktails such as The Professional Stalker will feature an earthy, dark and boozy mix using Power’s John’s Lane 12-year Irish Whisky, Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Fig, Allspice and Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters. Also on the menu, Stage Door Johnny made with Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey, Peach, Bergamot, Vanilla and Lemon is a tart, soft and smooth creation.

The menu will be designed by Drinksology as a storybook, telling the tale of Dickie’s Bar, the characters behind it and the journey of ingredients, from farm to glass.

"It is extremely exciting to be working on a project with Richard Corrigan,” said Gregory Buda. “He incorporates his Irish roots into his work in a really intriguing way, and at Dead Rabbit, Irish culture and hospitality runs through everything we do, so it makes for a really perfect partnership. We are well on our way to building a bar program that will be on par with the incredible food that is coming out of their kitchen, and that hopefully will draw people's attention on its own as well."

The newly renovated terrace will lead guests to Dickie’s Bar via a separate entrance and picks up the hunting lodge design cues of the main venue. A marble top bar runs down the length of space towards a feature laser cut aged copper wall, behind which the restaurant is located.

Following Richard Corrigan’s success at Michelin-starred townhouse Lindsay House and London favourite Bentley’s Bar and Grill, Corrigan’s Mayfair opened in 2008, simultaneously winning the Evening Standard ‘ London Restaurant of the Year’ award. Last year Corrigan’s Mayfair won ‘Best Dish’ at the Tatler awards.

 “I decided to work with Greg from The Dead Rabbit because he has a true talent, he is experimental with flavour, but has a lot of respect and understanding for the ingredients he uses. It was a natural fit and progression for us,” said Corrigan.

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The Rolls-Royce "Me"

Rolls-Royce Torpedo
Photo: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

The malleability of automotive luxury has been unveiled on the shoreline of Lake Como in the form of the striking Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’ - short on background detail but long on presence.

The car represents the vision of a very wealthy Rolls-Royce customer who worked with the marque to commission his very own coachbuild. The cost of the car, like the name of the owner, is undisclosed but reportedly exceeds £10 million. And so it was, this weekend at Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este that the one-off Sweptail was presented at a press call by Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös. The name of the car emerges from the swept tail of vintage Rolls-Royces from the 1920s.

The most striking feature of the car is its panoramic glass roof which is unobstructed and one of the largest and most complex ever seen on a car before, with a smooth end-to-end curvature that floods the cabin with natural light.

 

 

The secretive customer approached Rolls-Royce in 2013 with a very specific request informed by his background as a connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items including super-yachts and private jets. The client collaborated closely with design director Giles Taylor who helped bring the vision to life: a coachbuilt two-seater coupé featuring a large panoramic glass roof.

““Our job was to guide, edit and finely hone the lines that would ultimately give our client this most perfect of Rolls-Royces,” said Giles Taylor. “Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture. It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer. This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him. You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by.”

 

The iconic Rolls-Royce Pantheon grille, the largest of any modern era Rolls-Royce, is milled from solid aluminium before being painstakingly polished by hand to a mirror finish. The size and scale of this regal-looking coupé is imposing; from the leading edge of the windscreen, the roofline accelerates as it fires backwards towards the rear of the motor car, overshooting the boot lid edge to emphasise its length.

The car comes with identifier and registration number, 08, two individual digits milled from ingots of aluminium and hand-polished.

 

The two-seat configuration simply adds to the image of a car that isn’t concerned with pragmatism, just bygone opulence for the hell of it or as Rolls-Royce puts it, it “exudes the romance of travel for its own sake.”

Inside, precedence goes to the exquisite materials with switchgear kept to a minimum lest it divert attention from the visual luxury of the cabin. It’s a haven of polished Macassar Ebony and open-pore Paldao, creating visual and tactile contrasts for the owner, both classical and contemporary. This contrasting dark/ light, Ebony and Paldao, is set off by light Moccasin and ‘Dark Spice’ leathers that cover the seats, armrests and dashboard top.

Even the customer’s laptop has been taken into account in the tailored design phase. Secreted in the outboard walls of the car, behind the opening of the coach doors, are two identical panniers. Each pannier deploys forward to present the owner’s bespoke made attaché case which has been carefully packaged to exactly house his personal laptop. The case has been hand-constructed and wrapped in the finest leather to match the car’s interior.

Another personalised ‘wow’ is that the entire centre console houses a one-off hand-built mechanism that, at the touch of a button, will deploy a bottle of the owner’s favourite vintage champagne – the year of his birth – and two crystal champagne flutes. As the lid of the chiller opens, the mechanical action positions the bottle to the perfect position for the owner to pick up. No spillages there, then.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said the car is “in the pantheon of the world’s great intercontinental tourers. We are listening carefully to our most special customers and assessing their interest in investing in similar, completely exclusive coachbuilt masterpieces. At the same time we are looking into the resources which will allow us to offer this unique service to these discerning patrons of luxury.”

Photos: James Lipman

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Island Yachting

You don’t have to travel to the other side of the globe for crystal clear waters and luxurious stays. Specialist tour operator, The Discerning Collection makes that clear with the addition of luxury yachts to its portfolio. Abigail Parkin

The privately owned company features exclusive, hand-picked hotels and villas across a number of Greek islands. Its yacht announcement this month only adds to the indulgence with two yachts and a catamaran ready to cast off for those island tours.

 

 

Based in Corfu, two yachts, Jeannous a 65’ super yacht (sleeps 6), Argentous, a stunning 57’ luxury yacht (sleeps 8) and a state-of-the-art catamaran, Aurous (sleeps 10) will all be available for sole charter from May – October 2017.

They come with skipper and private chef so you can try sailing alongside your skipper or group around the  BBQ, all, of course, while enjoying the lush scenery en route. Guests can dine on board throughout the day, but can later sample one of the charming tavernas on shore in a picturesque Greek village. Head north to the Faraway Islands or south via Paxos and Anti-Paxos down to Kefalonia or east towards the mainland.

 

 

Facilities include equipment such as wakeboards, water skis, paddleboards and inflatables – perfect for the youngsters.
 
The Discerning Collection offers seven nights aboard Argentous from £1,460pp (based on 8 sharing), Jeannous from £1,580pp (based on 6 sharing) and Aurous from £1,400pp (based on 10 sharing).

Prices include flights and transfers, breakfast and lunch daily as well as tea, coffee and all soft drinks.

See: www.discerningcollection.com)

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Engineering An Airline

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The history of British Airways from the perspective of its engineering division is chronicled in a new book Engineering an Airline published by Amberley Books and available now.  Abigail Parkin

Your BA flight lands, the baggage is reclaimed and off you head, homeward, thinking nothing of the thousands of miles you’ve safely spent mid-air. Such insouciance is thanks to the behind-the-scenes teams whose challenge lies in maintaining that very safety. Paul Jarvis’s book brings their engineering prowess forth with intriguing photos, many never seen before, from British Airways’ 90-year past. It’s a testament to the evolution of the engineering role from before its Imperial Airways days to British Airways today.

It’s not a book that blinds the reader with science despite the title. Instead Paul Jarvis takes us on a jaunty read beginning with his own start at the airline as a technical clerk in the engineering department in 1966 when the planes were in BOAC livery.  

Here we take a visual tour of its engineering strides through the ages…

 

BA Statocruisers at engineering LHR (700 x 529)

 

The Boeing Stratocruiser was introduced in 1949

 

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VC10, the first commercial 'clean wing' aircraft, here at its BOAC hangar

 Paul Jarvis, now curator of British Airways’ Heritage Centre, said: “Aircraft have long held a fascination for many people and our highly trained engineers are the unsung heroes of the airline. “This is the first book to look at the history of British Airways through its engineers and tell the story of those who can offer a unique insight into the complexities of running a fleet of highly sophisticated flying machines.”

 

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The Douglas DC10 entered the BA fleet around 1988

This is Paul Jarvis’s fourth book and draws on a wealth of fascinating and unique material from the British Airways archive and uses 200 full colour images to show the development of the airline’s engineering division.

 

BA Concorde in hangar (700 x 519)

 

High-maintenance Concorde in hangar

 

BA Planes on Stand (800 x 474)

Sibling jets parked on stand

 

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BA engineers at work

 

BA Cockpit

Engineered to perfection - the array of flight deck systems

 

‘Engineering An Airline’ is priced at £18.99 and is available at all good book shops and via Kindle, Kobo and iBook formats.                                          

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BA Launches Oakland Route

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Made in Chelsea’s Stephanie Pratt is the poster girl for British Airways’ new route to Oakland, San Francisco Bay.

 

The TV star, who went to college in San Francisco, posed in a shoot to mark the airline's first route from Gatwick to California. The route takes off from March 28 with flights launching from £210 each way based on a return fare. 

Stephanie Pratt blended a rose-gold dress from her own Godiva line with Christian Louboutin court shoes and a sequined dress from ASOS with navy sandals from Alexandre Birman. 

 “I absolutely loved studying in the Bay Area as Oakland and San Francisco are both such cool cities,” she said. “Oakland is super edgy, it’s like the Californian equivalent of Brooklyn as there are just so many quirky shops and cool bars and restaurants. It’s less than a 20-minute car ride from San Francisco and the perfect place to start a road trip to Napa Valley, Yosemite or Lake Tahoe.”

 

She numbers the NFL Oakland Raiders, Donut Savana and Lake Merritt among her must-visits.

British Airways Holidays has the following packages on offer:

Five nights at the 4* Hilton Parc 55 San Francisco from £699 per person, travelling November 1 to November 30. Includes World Traveller return flights from Gatwick and accommodation. Book by March 30. For reservations visit ba.com 

 

Seven days, from £479 per person, travelling November 1 to November 30. Includes World Traveller return flights from Gatwick and an Economy car. Book by March 30. See ba.com/car

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Jamiroquai's New Single - Catch It Here

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The new single Cloud 9 is Jamiroquai’s first new release after a gap of seven years and it emerges from the album Automaton.

The album was written and self- produced by Jay Kay and Jamiroquai keyboarder Matt Johnson will be available for release on 31st March via Virgin EMI. To commemorate the release, the band have announced they'll be playing a series of headline shows & festival dates, including a hotly anticipated one-off date at London's iconic Roundhouse on the day of album release.

This will be preceded by their first live-show in six years at Pleyel in Paris on the 28th of March. Both dates sold out within one minute.

On 'Cloud 9' Jay Kay comments, "Cloud 9 is a song that's written in the style that I hope people know us for and are familiar with. It's a song that if anyone that has been jilted and yet found love somewhere else will no doubt relate to. Can't wait for you to hear it - get in the car stick it on the radio and just drive."

Jamiroquai has scored a combined total of over 26 million sales worldwide and the band currently holding the Guinness Book of World Records for best-selling funk album of all time.

LISTEN to the single HERE

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Bunga Bunga Launch

Sheridan Smith

 

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden launched last night with a headline performance by Sheridan Smith on 12 January. Abigail Parkin

The new live entertainment dining venue hosted guests including Lottie Moss, Donna Air & Joshua Kane who watched Sheridan Smith perform Don't Rain on My Parade and People.

 The event was staged in association with Martini and guests enjoyed cocktails such as Don Silvio Bunga Martini Rubino while rousing performances from the Man in the Balloon took place along with the Champagne Juggler and the Jersey Boys who played alongside the Bunga Boys.

Sheridan Smith wowed the audience in a gold wrap-around dress, in her first performance since her father passed away last year. Her ‘Daddy’s Girl’ tattoo, etched down her arm, made its public tribute to him.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is the latest project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, and boats a new address. BungaTINI on the ground floor is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar. However, look again and located in the far corner of BungaTINI is a secret door to a meat locker. Those brave enough to venture beyond the meat locker can expect  some of London’s finest acts. 

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Archer Street Calls Talent

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Soho's Archer Street bar is making its annual call-out to future stage stars with its 'Archer Street's Got Talent' contest on 21 Feb. Abigail Parkin

Entrants are in with a chance of scooping a £3,000 cash prize and a profile-enhancing media and support package. The judging panel claims previous names such as Piers Morgan and Michael Ball and the 2017 event promises a panel comprising  three industry professionals from the world of pop, theatre and television with a surprise celebrity guest judge each week.

Previous winners of Archer Street's Got Talent include Alex Francis, brother to BRIT Award winner James Bay who recently played at Time Out's Rising Stars and will launch his debut EP in January. The competition is well attended by talent scouts from all areas of the music industry, with other past contestants going on to X Factor & The Voice.

Archer Street's Got Talent finalist Kerrianne Covell made it through to the judges' houses on X-Factor, Rozzy Turner joined Will.i.am's team and Deano Boroczky joined Paloma Faiths team on The Voice

This year's contest will begin with auditions at the end of January in Archer Street's après-ski pop-up bar Piste before the heats begin on 21st February. Guests are welcomed down every Tuesday thereafter until the 2017 Voice of Soho is crowned on the 18th April.

Archer Street's Siobhan MaGill has brought the essence of the theatre into Freedom on Wardour Street and at Archer Street, whose bar staff comprise singing talent that's performed at London musicals including Thriller, We Will Rock You and Book of Mormon.

 

To enter, email: gottalent@archerstreet.co.uk

Over 18s who want a grab at the voice of 2017 should email with a photograph, a brief description of vocal experience and a music or video link.

Closing date for applications Jan 23rd 2017.

Auditions: 30th January & 1st February - 10am to 6pm

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Rimowa Joins LVMH

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Rimowa, the luxury luggage and leather goods maker has announced a partnership with the LVMH Group making it the first German brand to join LVMH. Sat Bal 

Founded in Cologne in 1898, Rimowa has become one of the quintessential houses for innovative, high-quality luggage over the course of the twentieth century. The business has built its reputation designing lightweight and easy to use luggage and RIMOWA suitcases today serve as the industry benchmark for German quality.

Since its creation by Paul Morszeck, innovation has been at the heart of Rimowa’s strategy. In 1937, his son Richard launched the first aluminium suitcase available on the market. The aluminium structure comprising parallel grooves makes the luggage instantly recognisable and has played its part in building the reputation of Rimowa among a sophisticated international clientele.  His son Dieter designed the first waterproof metal case in 1976, since which time Rimowa suitcases have become the travelling companion of choice for the greatest filmmakers, photographers and journalists.

Since 2014, RIMOWA has also been developing its exclusive “Bossa Nova” range which combines lightweight polycarbonate with the elegance of leather. This suitcase is a tribute to the English artist and botanist Margaret Mee who devoted her life to painting and protecting plants from the Amazon. Rimowa donates a portion of its sales to the Association Saúde e Alegria which supports social projects in the Amazon.

More recently, in partnership with Lufthansa, the company has launched the Electronic Tag. This innovative feature simplifies baggage check-in by matching, with the use of a smartphone, the boarding card with a Bluetooth electronic tag integrated only within Rimowa suitcases.

Upon completion of the transaction with LVMH, Alexandre Arnault will be appointed co-CEO of Rimowa.