Friday, 22 February 2013

A busy day for DNA at Who Do You Think You Are? Live

London's Olympia was packed out today with men and women of all ages tracking their family histories for the first day of the annual genealogy exhibition Who Do You Think You Are? Live .

Greg Wallace was among the guests speaking about his adventures into ancestry, and over the weekend we'll be joined by actress Samantha Womack and former England and Liverpool football player John Barnes.

Culture Compass's Loma-Ann Marks was among the press at the exhibition today, meeting up with the My Heritage and Love To Learn teams, whilst discovering facts about her past.

And of course, there were those who couldn't resist taking the ginger gene test...a DNA revelation that was covered across the national media only weeks ago.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Pop-up operas and silver screen flirting

It's Valentine's Week, which means we've been very creative planning campaigns for clients including flirting coach Jean Smith and The Bentall Centre, one of the leading shopping destinations in the UK according to The Sun newspaper in December!

Tonight, Jean kicks off her new workshop and seminar, 'Flirt Like A Silver Screen Siren' at the London Film Museum, which has had some great previews in ES Magazine and Metro.

Inspired by Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Mae West, Greta Garbo, Katherine Hepburn and Bette Davis, Jean Smith has created an inspiring talk to show women how the original Hollywood goddesses captivated audiences – as well as the many men who fell in love with them.

Jean also runs ‘Flirting and Walking tours’ in London, with her next tour taking place on February 15th at 6:45pm, from the foyer of the National Portrait Gallery.

And as if we need more romantic inspiration, we've already seen the incredible performers from the Pop-Up opera company tread the boards...or rather the lower ground floor of The Bentall Centre, surprising shoppers with scenes from love story L’Elisir d’amore.

The performers, decked in aprons and washing up gloves, filled Kingston with song as silent movie style captions played behind them, to the delight of those watching.

Clementine Lovell, director of Pop Up-Opera, said “The unique architecture and acoustics at The Bentall Centre are perfect.
It’s a beautiful building so we were delighted to have the chance to use this space as our stage, and bring our musical story to the shoppers. We’ve performed in many unusual places including boats made of scrap metal and a garlic farm! Here, because the audience was standing so close to us we were able to surprise them, not just with the performance, but also by handing out little romantic gifts”.