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SMGlobal Catwalk – LONDON FASHION WEEK (Season 3) 9.15.18

SMGlobal Catwalk – LONDON FASHION WEEK (Season 3) 9.15.18
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SMGlobal Catwalk – LONDON FASHION WEEK (Season 3) Saturday September 15th 2018 5pm: RED CARPET 6pm: FASHION SHOW 10pm: AFTER PARTY Location: CLAYTON CROWN HOTEL, The BENTLEY Ballroom, 142-152 Cricklewood Broadway, London NW2 3ED United Kingdom INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS, LIVE PERFORMANCES, CELEBRITIES, SPECIAL GUESTS, RED CARPET & AFTER PARTY From the runways of NEW YORK, LONDON, PARIS & DALLAS; British born, Award Winning International Fashion Designer & Philanthropist SAMINA MUGHAL returns with her new Collection and allows global opportunities for Emerging & Established Designers to showcase their collection in a Fashion Capital of the World. Supporting: Relief SMGlobal FOUNDATION Inc. (501c3 CHARITY) where Fashion Meets Philanthropy. A series of Global Events to promote International Fashion, Music & Culture whilst donating a percentage of the proceeds to charity. **************************************** MODEL CASTINGS: TBC ONLINE MODEL CASTING: **************************************** FEATURED DESIGNERS: *SAMINA MUGHAL Couture (New York, USA) *Fuschia (Birmingham, UK) LIVE PERFORMANCE: *GLEN HARTMANN DESIGNERS Register here: VENDORS Register here: PRESS / MEDIA Register here: SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – ******************************************* DISCOUNTED HOTEL GROUP RATES: Clayton Crown Hotel Call UK: 44 20 84524175 – Mention "SMGlobal Catwalk" (INCLUDES BREAKFAST) *Single occupancy – £105 *Double occupancy – £115 *Triple occupancy – £125 ******************************************** To "Join The Revolution" with SMGlobal Catwalk in London, Paris or New York, contact us: E-mail: All Sales are Final

The BENTLEY Ballroom , 142-152 Cricklewood Broadway
London, United Kingdom


Self Storage Spaces, Storage Facilities London From Space Station

Space Station provides all the storage facilities you would expect of a leading self storage supplier plus that little extra that makes them special. Space Station Self Storage comes in with the space you need and lots of it for just about anything you need to store including Furniture Storage, Student Summer Storage, Domestic and Household Storage, Help With Moving, Decluttering Your Home, Storage For Your Business, Access To Packing Materials And Boxes. Self storage refers to a business that owns and operates a facility that is subdivided into self storage spaces which are rented to tenants, usually on a monthly basis. The rented spaces, known as units, rooms or lockers are secured by the tenant’s own lock and key. Facility operators do not have casual access to the contents of the space, unlike a professional warehouseman. A self storage operator never takes possession, care, custody or control of the contents of the storage rental space unless a lien is imposed for non-payment of rent. Self storage facility operators frequently provide controlled access to rental space areas, individual door alarms, interior units lights, and security cameras. Goods or items stored are either not insured by the self storage operator, or insured only to a minimal degree.

Space Station offers Self Storage Space facilities. Self storage is a Secure Storage solution to storage needs. Self storage offers both personal and business users a storage solution that they can basically control themselves. As with more traditional storage methods, self-storage allows you to rent storage space where you can keep goods and belongings in specialist facilities. In most cases, you’ll be expected to provide your own lock for your space giving you an extra guarantee of security, Space Station offers. In addition, reputable self-storage operations will have a range of their own security measures in place, these can include CCTV, guards and alarm systems. More and more people today are finding it hard to manage the space they rent, own or lease and are turning to self-storage as a solution to cluttered personal and business lives. Whether you’re looking to store just a few items, archive your business paperwork or put most of your possessions in Storage Facilities London for a few weeks, months or years, this could be a cost-effective and flexible solution for you. You can choose to store more or less anything you like in the space size that you choose for as long or as short a time as necessary. self-storage allows you to access your storage space free of charge at any time (subject to facility opening times) which not only means that you can easily access what you have stored but that you can take parts of it out of storage and replace it with other items with no hassle, no waiting and no additional cost.

Space Station provides all the storage facilities you would expect of a leading self storage supplier plus that little extra that makes them special. Space Station offers Self Storage Space facilities. Self storage is a Secure Storage solution to storage needs. Self storage offers both personal and business users a storage solution that they can basically control themselves.


Find Perfect Location With London Hotels Near Tube Stations

London is a vibrant city with thrill and bash happening in every corner of this city. Still there are some locations where life moves with so many events happening throughout the year. Visitors can choose to stay at Hotels in London near one of the tube stations, which will bring them an easy commutation facility. Besides, some of its tube stations are really famous and have a lot of things to do around. You can look for a suitable accommodation near tube stations suggested here, as they are plush with a huge range of options.

Hotels Near Westminster London:
Several famous hotels near Westminster Underground serve the visitors with luxury and cheap accommodations in London. These lodgings bring utter satisfaction to the travellers vacations with its financial range. Find a suitable lodging near this tube station, to have the amazing London attractions accessible on a foots distance like the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower and the Whitehall. Besides, you can look for some ongoing event near it, as it hosts numerous interesting events throughout the year.

Hotels Near Oxford Street:
Oxford Street is rich with options among the best five star London hotels and budget hotels near the Oxford Street. Your stay at this famous street of London will bring you to a rich shopping option at the Oxford Street, besides enjoying amazing theatrical shows at the London Palladium, located on a short foot from here.

Hotels Near Russell Square:
A stay at the hotels in russell square shall be a very rich source of pleasure for the visitors, whether they are looking for budget hotels in London or a luxuriously pleasure bringing five star hotels. Having chosen a befitting accommodation, you can walk around to reach the famous London attractions like the British Museum, Cornfield or a series of amazing museums located around this tube station. Besides, travelers can also see for the ongoing event Russell Square is hosting.

Hotels Near Knightsbridge:
A melange of hotels near Knights bridge can offer most satisfying stay in London through the vacations. Choose to stay at one of the bed and breakfast hotels if you have economic concerns. However you will also find leisure providing five to four star hotels. Travellers will get a proximity to the popular London attractions like Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum. Besides, shopping at Harrods will be a great experience near your accommodation.

Merycox is an associate editor to ukhotels4u, a website which offer cheap & best Hotels in London can be searched at


Night Life In London

When the sun sets over the horizon and the night dawns, the folk of London move to the streets in search of excitement and fun. Home to a culture for the night, London is one of the favored nightlife spots in the world.

Being honest with ourselves for a moment, we can visit only so many museums, art galleries or exhibitions, or take the dog for so many leisurely walks around Richmond Park before we become very thirsty. As luck would have it, the quality and variety of London after-dark is comparable to its more refined daytime cultural offerings.

The National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square is mere walking distance from the clubbing three-storey Mecca at Heaven, and so there are sights and spots for persons of all entertainment persuasions, lurking around every corner, as it were.

Themes or Club Nights are popular in London Clubs, and descriptions can be found online, on the U.K. Clubbing Directory for the hundreds of different themes available in the city on a given night. A good example of a club night is the Notting Hill Arts Club whose club nights include Beachclub, billed as “A Smorgasbord of London Creativity & drunken Scandinavian snow urchins” with cheap beer, mulled wine, pretty ladies, great bands, DJs, art, and meatballs every second Monday of the Month. Other club nights include Disco Death, and Craft Night.

A distinguished and elegant bed and breakfast, the Lincoln House Hotel is perfectly situated close to popular attractions and within walking distance of gay and lesbian night life; it offers surprisingly low rates and, of course, features the ubiquitous wireless internet access so necessary to modern life. Rooms are equipped with a mini-fridge and unlimited coffee and tea, ensuring perfect comfort for couples looking for a romantic getaway in the heart of London.

For an international, slightly underground feel, head to Favela Chic; a bar/restaurant/club that loves to blur the boundaries and has much coveted free entry between 6pm and 1am. This laid back venue treads the line between Shoreditch cool, Sao Paolo exoticism and Parisian chic serving drinks and food to a cosmopolitan crowd. Highlights include Carnival night with Caipirinhas made from premium Cachaca and ‘Viva le France’: a French themed night that aims to make French rock relevant again.

If that is all too pretentious for you then I would suggest a party club in London that should provide more of a friendly and fun atmosphere for you. There are heaps of clubs in London offering up the party experience and these often have drinkonomical prices so the bonus of cheap drinks! How about Club Aquarium in Old Street that boasts a swimming pool and pop music, an enticing combination!

Torture Garden Halloween ball will take place on the 30th of October 2010. An admirable collection of things can be found with the body art feature, Bondage and latex organised in Debut London. This is going to be one of the most happening nights of Halloween’s eve. Do not miss it if you want to enter the world of horrors.

My next recommendation for a student night in London is a place called Infernos. This is the ultimate cheese fest that will take you back to your student union days. I almost felt like I was stood right bang in the middle of the union dance floor singing to Baywatch! I would recommend going with a big group of friends, so is perfect for fresher week bonding or just getting your new friends together and rock out to pop music classics! It is located on Clapham High Street but is well worth the trip south.

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Catch the best of world cinema at the London Film Festival

Catch the best of world cinema at the London Film Festival

Film lovers will be flocking to London this autumn when the UK’s largest public film event takes place at venues across the capital. Now in its 54th year, the London Film Festival is one of the biggest entries on the international film scene, and this year’s programme of events offers something for movie buffs of all interests.

While the London Film Festival is a chance for home-grown talent to make itself known, the international event has a distinctly multicultural flavour that’s very fitting given London’s status as a cosmopolitan city. Across 16-days, from 13 to 28 October, the BFI-hosted festival will screen a combined total of 197 feature films and 112 short films from around 50 countries, including a number of world premieres.

Showcasing the best of world cinema with a focus on challenging and imaginative works, the London Film Festival is the ideal alternative for film lovers looking for something different to the commercialised flicks of Hollywood and large production companies.

That’s not to say the festival only focuses on the obscure though, and attendees of this year’s event can see big-budget films such as Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley, and respected filmmaker Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, starring James Franco, which open and close the festival respectively.

As well as the chance to see numerous premieres and screenings of contemporary and classic pictures, the festival also gives more to film fans taking flights to London for the occasion, such as the chance to attend lectures hosted by filmmakers and pose questions at Q&A sessions with panels of directors, actors and producers. And, of course, the celebrated awards that recognise the most promising emerging directors as well as established talent making its mark at the festival.

With hundreds of films to choose from, the festival is handily categorised to help audiences track down their interests, so whether you’re eager to see the best of British talent, Francophone flicks or animated films, you can find the venues and times best suited to you. The BFI will also be delving into its extensive archive to unearth forgotten classics, with this year’s Archive Gala feature being The Great White Silence, accompanied by a new, live score by Simon Fisher Turner.

Not only is the London Film Festival a great occasion in its own right, but it’s also an excuse to travel around the UK’s remarkable capital and experience its diverse pleasures. London’s bustling West End is a key festival district, where you’ll have the chance to mingle with the stars and catch the latest theatre shows on your visit, as well as tuck in to international cuisine at some of the country’s finest restaurants.

Disclaimer: The information contained within this article is the opinion of the author and is intended purely for information and interest purposes only. It should not be used to make any decisions or take any actions. Any links are included for information purposes only.

Paul Buchanan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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Cladding on the IBC (International Broadcast Centre) London 2012 Olympic Site

A few nice broadcast images I found:

Cladding on the IBC (International Broadcast Centre) London 2012 Olympic Site
Image by Andy Wilkes

Cladding on the IBC (International Broadcast Centre) London 2012 Olympic Site
Image by Andy Wilkes






WHEN I first arrived in London some 35 years ago, life for Indians and Asians from the Indian-sub continent settled here was very different.

When they walked the streets of London or went to their work places, everything to them was so British. Super stores stocked everything that was British and European. Indian goods were frowned upon by English shopkeepers.

The earliest wave of Indians had arrived from the sub-continent during the British rule there. They were largely students who settled here. At that time migration was difficult and not many Indians could settle here.

They struck a compromise – outside they lived life as the rest of Britons. The only Indian touch they enjoyed was at home. They ate Indian food cooked in their kitchen, and within

their four walls, listened to Hindustani music with records and tapes bought while visiting India on holiday.. The weekends were spent enjoying the best of Indian life in the privacy of their homes.

Racism was rife in the UK in those years. The natives of England looked down upon Indian food and culture and considered Indians a species from another world. Winston Churchill’s famous uncharitable remarks describing Mahatma Gandhi, as the “naked fakir” added fuel to fire stocking racism to its zenith.

Even when educated Indians wore English suits and bowler hats in the public, they were put down as foreigners who had no right to be in the UK.

There were fewer cinema halls offering a fare of Indian movies. Those that catered for Hindustani films showed them on the weekends under special arrangements with cinema owners who normally screened Hollywood films. It was a rare treat for Indian film fans that flocked cinema halls not only to watch Bollywood films but also to socialise because they missed India.

We all watched three channels on British television – BBC 1, BBC2 and ITV, mostly on monochrome sets. Colour TV was a rarity. Indian television was non-existent except for some educational Hindi and Urdu programmes such as Nayi Zindagi Naya Jeewan shown by BBC Television with erstwhile presenters such as Mahendra Kaul, Salim Shaheed and Ashok Rampal, among the few household name Indian presenters. The programmes largely reflected

issues confronting Indians and other Asians and their lives in their country of adoption.

The only entertainment slot was a few minutes of Indian music and singers at the end of the programmes. The programmes, beamed from Birmingham, used to be a treat for Indian households on Sunday mornings who would watch these while leisurely tucking into paranthas and puris for breakfast.

When I first arrived here in the 1970s, there were few Indian journalists around. I was among very few Indian journalists settled in London. Unless you were the London-based correspondent of Indian newspapers, it was very difficult to get into mainstream British journalism because the profession was a closed shop and jealously guarded by the White British elite. You had to be a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Indians were caught up in a catch 22 situation – you could not get a job unless you were a member of the NUJ and you could not join NUJ unless you worked as a professional journalist. It took a very broadminded white editor to welcome you on his staff.

Those Indians who managed to get into main stream journalism were achievers. The British population landscape was changing. The trickle of Indians of arriving in the UK was going to turn into a torrent. The first hint of things to come was in 1968 however when a new wave of Indians started arriving from Kenya following that country’s Africanisation policy. Indian businesses were refused trading licences forcing them to leave the country in bif numbers.

Plane-loads of Indians started arriving in a cold Britain. The exodus is still fresh in the minds of those who arrived here in 1968.

Four years later, the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, was upset with Indians living in his country, He was livid that they had monopolised the economy and taken over the entire business sector. To add fuel to the fire one Sunday afternoon he saw Indians milling around in groups and walking leisurely in Kampala and he lashed out accusing them of treating his country’s main city as if it were a suburb of Bombay. His mind was made up to expel all Asians from his country in August 1972.

Thousands of British passport holders packed their bags and arrived in the UK as refugees.

They started their life afresh. With some 150,000 Indian families from Kenya and Uganda settling in Britain, There were panic waves in neighbouring Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, from where whoever could prove British citizenship connections, arrived to settle in this country.

It had suddenly become fashionable to emigrate to the UK. With the settling of so many Indians, London suddenly lacked infrastructure to meet the needs of the new-arrivals, some of whom were not educated.

Africa’s loss was Britain’s gain.. These Indians were well-trained businessmen and started taking over corner shops from the English owners. They stocked groceries and newspapers, the daily needs of their local communities. They offered their customers a quality service which snooty British owners had not cared to give. Woe betide if you were to go and ask for a pint of milk at their closing time – they would say ‘we are closed! Come back tomorrow’. Not so with the Indians, even if they were about to put a padlock on their front door and somebody dropped in to buy a bread, they would happily open their store and serve them with a smile.

Indian-owned corner shops were an institution as they were open all hours and attracted mainly Indian customers and also some English.

The major top name super-stores were watching them in awe as they attracted business. Even they decided to join in the competition by keeping theirs open all hours. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, paid a tribute to the Indian-owned corner shops by saying they had revolutionised Britain’s shopping system.

By using their clout for bulk-buying and lower prices to their customers the super stores succeeded in routing the small corner shops which have been closing in the current economic downturn. But history is a witness to how these small Indian shopkeepers taught the giants that quality service attracts customers.

Today Indian shops stock virtually everything produced in India complete with labels in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati and other Indian languages. While shopping in these stores sometimes one virtually forgets that they are shopping in a store on British soil and not in Mumbai. Every summer mangoes imported from India and Pakistan are in popular demand as are other fruits and vegetables flown from there.

As the community settled, their social needs also grew. London lacked a radio station offering Indian music.

It was a great day when London Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) teamed up with Indian broadcasters to launch Geetmala, a weekly entertainment programme. It was presented by Chaman Lal Chaman, a well known Indian broadcaster from Kenya and produced by Suresh Joshi. LBC’s Keith Belcher was credited with allowing Geetmala to come to fruition. That programme became a firm fixture with thousands of Indian listeners.

Geetmala ended its run a few years later, but this proved there was a need for radio stations offering Indian programmes. Other radio stations followed.

There were several pirate radio stations run by various ethnic communities, which were raided and closed down by the Home Office, the Government authority. They rose again until the authorities realised they had to cater for Britain’s ethnic minority communities and the best way to regulate them was to licence them.

Sunrise Radio was born out of such a creation. It has prospered with the creation of several radio stations and a small slice of satellite broadcasting.

It is now very easy to set up a commercial Asian radio station. All you need is money and a set of very sound reasons to convince the Home office to grant a broadcasting licence.

Meanwhile, BBC TV’s erstwhile Nayi Zindagi Naya Jeevan was also on its last legs. It had served its purpose (and bored its audiences thoroughly). BBC TV in Birmingham started

revamping itself and its Asian Unit looked at different ways to develop programmes for the growing Indian, Pakistani and other Asian communities. ITV also jumped on the bandwagon with its own programmes for Asian and Black viewers.

For Asian viewers, Eastern Eye was broadcast under the watch of Indian broadcaster Samir Shah and a team that once included the famous Karan Thapar, Narendra Morar, Ziauddin Sardar, Shyama Perera and Aziz Kurtha. I worked for Samir Shah on a series of programmes.

For Afro-Caribbean viewers, there was Black on Black under the watchful eye of the highly respected broadcaster, Trevor Philips, who is today the chairman of Britain’s Commission for Racial Equality.

These programmes ended their run after a few years.

While BBC and ITV-controlled the terrestrial airwaves for many years, there was ample market for cable and satellite TV.

The arrival of Zee TV and Sony TV revolutionised the entire Indian media scene. Now, viewers in the UK enjoy whatever is being shown on these channels in India. With a wide array of programmes to choose from, these TV networks have actually brought India into the living rooms of British Asians. Apart from these two networks, Star TV, Star Plus, BFU, Zee Music and a wide array of other channels such as Vectrone, Alpha Punjabi, Zee Gujarati, have set the media scene ablaze in Britain.

In many Asian households, terrestrial TV channels such as the BBC and ITV have long been ignored as there is great enthusiasm to watch Indian soaps and films every day.

Added to this is the plethora cinema houses such as Cineworld, Himalaya and various other theatres offering latest Indian film releases.

So, far away from home, people still feel at home in Britain with a wide variety of choice.

Alas, the same cannot be said of newspapers for the Asian community.

The print media, which first started revolutionising coverage of Indian events has long been left behind.

There have been household names as India Weekly (where I worked as an assistant editor in the 1970s), Eastern Eye, Asian Voice, Garavi Gujarat, Gujarat Samachar, Asian Trader, Des Pardes, Navin Weekly and a variety of other language newspapers and magazines offering a regular diet of news from back home.

The newspapers and magazines used to have a good readership base at one time but nowadays, apart from first generation Indians who enjoyed a good read, a lot of these have now crossed the floor to Indian TV and radio channels.

The late Chottu Karadia, editor of the weekly current affairs magazine, Asian Post, once said sardonically: “Asians simply do not read! Why don’t our Asians read newspapers?”

The magazine was losing sales and consequently, advertising revenue.

Asian newspapers have depended very strongly on local government advertising and a band of loyal readers. Both of these have been dwindling in recent years, making enterprising Indian publishers live on precarious budgets.

The future for the Indian owned print media is not very strong. Radio and TV have a future here, though, the Chief Executive of Sunrise Radio once lamented on air, that while Indian traders stocked Coca Cola in their shops and stores, the multinational did not see it fit to advertise its brands on his radio station.

That perhaps, says a lot about the business of publishing for the Indian community in the United Kingdom. — Shamlal Puri

Shamlal Puri is a veteran British journalist, broadcaster, author and press photographer. He has worked with the media in Europe Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He was the founding editor of Newslink Africa, a pioneering news service for the continent, He has worked for Daily News Tanzania, was a senior journalist on Kenya Times, Nairobi and worked for Drum magazine.

His latest novel ‘Dubai Dreams: The Rough Road to Riches’ ISBN – Hardback 978-0-9552627-2-2, Softcover – 978-0- 9552627-3-9 will be released around the world in 2010. Contact:

He is widely traveled in a journalistic career spanning 30 years. His work has been published in more than 250 magazines, newspapers and journals around the world.

He is also the author of Axis of Evil: Blood Money and That’s Life; Michael Matatu at Large (based on his columns in Drum and its sister magazines.)

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Rules restaurant, London

Some cool restaurants images:

Rules restaurant, London
Image by Kurt Wagner
Dinner at Rules ( "London’s Oldest Restaurant". A fine experience indeed. One of the best meals I ever et.

Sushi Chef at the Asian Restaurant Dragon Noodle Co. at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino
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Sushi Chef at the Asian Restaurant Dragon Noodle Co. at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino.

RN74 Restaurant and Wine Bar San Francisco Agnolotti
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www.foodnut.comRN74 Restaurant Review


#2 London UK – Edgar Davids Street Soccer Tour 2010

Edgar Davids takes his team of Street Legends on a tour of Europe and Africa to battle against the best local teams. Who will be the undisputed rulers of the streets? The undefeated Street Legends travel to the Westway, London to take on the finest street soccer players the city has to offer. Michael Essien comes to support Edgar and the team in battle.

This week Lon and Farrell take a look at the surprise #1 film ‘The Roomate’ and the lesser know Natalie Portman film ‘The Other Woman’ . In an effort to help guide your cinematic cravings through Netflix streaming our hosts highlight a couple classics ‘Homicide’ and ‘A Wedding’ that are online now. If you are like us and wonder what happens after someone becomes a youtube phenomenon join us as the director of ‘Winnebago Man’ explains his journey to uncover the man behind the angriest man in the world Winnebago viral video. Do me a kindness and enjoy the show. For more information, show notes and an upcoming schedule, go to


Clare Maguire – Ain’t Nobody (Live at St Luke’s Church, London)

Live version of Clare Maguire’s Ain’t Nobody, recorded live at St Luke’s Church in London in November 2010, featuring Wired Strings. Debut album Light After Dark released 28 February 2011. Pre-order here: (including a signed copy): Amazon (including a free track): HMV: ————————— Free download of ‘Strangest Thing’ available from Facebook – ————————— Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: MySpace: Official Website:
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