Today, Grace Davies announces the release of her forthcoming ‘Friends With The Tragic’ EP. A powerful and emotive collection of songwriting mastery, the four-track EP will include the previously released and critically acclaimed single ‘Invisible’ alongside new banger ‘Addicted To Blue’ released through The Orchard/Sony Music.
The release of ‘Invisible’ at the beginning of 2020 marked the start of a new era in Grace’s career and cemented her reputation as a songwriter, racking up over 250K streams, landing places on influential tastemaker playlists and championed by a wealth of tastemakers including Sunday Times Culture who described her as ‘a remarkable talent’.
Smooth vocals infused with hypnotic melodies and cool Scandi pop vibes, ‘Addicted To Blue’ was recorded and produced in Sweden with producer Elias Kapari and is another beautiful track from this extraordinary talent.
Having independently released her debut EP at the age of 18, Grace Davies garnered the support of tastemakers including BBC 6 Music, became a staple fixture on BBC Radio Lancashire, as well as picking up coveted national ‘BBC Introducing’ artist support. The 23-year-old composer, pianist and singer is a songwriter who artfully documents the human condition, able to make the personal universal. With a poet’s ease, her honest lyrics come alive through her soulful, unique vocals and haunting melodies; traits that saw her ascend to the final of X Factor 2017. In a first for the programme, Grace shook up the format and confidently showcased her own songs at every stage, generating millions of streams and a top 2 iTunes chart position.
A true artist, Grace oversees every element of her music. Following extensive time in the studio writing for other artists as well as herself Grace’s unmistakable voice and fearless songwriting seems set to secure her future. Her ‘Friends With The Tragic’ EP will be released this summer.
Grace says: ““I feel like there’s something for everyone on this EP, and I was truly able to document a wide variety of happenings in my “tragique” life, as I like to call it. I’m so proud of these songs. Addicted To Blue is the bop I never realised I had. It lived as a piano ballad for over a year and I never knew which direction to take it in. I went out to Sweden to produce it with Elias Kapari and we had such a fun time with it because it was such a blank canvas, so we tried everything just for fun! I’ve always been inspired by the energy of 80’s pop production so I really wanted to bring some elements of 80’s to this track. It makes me dance around my kitchen no matter what mood I’m in. The song talks about the appreciation of a long distance relationship. My boyfriend at the time lived 3 hours away, which is far enough not to see each other often, so I wanted to touch on how amazing it is that someone can give you a reason to be sad when they leave – if that makes sense. The lyrics are so contradictory throughout – like, I’m happy when we’re together, but I also like not having you there all the time, getting on my tits! A happy medium.”
2019 saw The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, a team of engineers, designers and craftspeople residing at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, create more Bespoke motor cars than ever before in the marque’s 116 year history. Unprecedented levels of creativity, craft and imagination have brought the unique visions of the marque’s global patrons to life. Almost every one of the record 5,152 motor cars created in 2019 was respectfully tailored by this Bespoke division.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “I am proud to say that the craftsmen and women of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have surpassed themselves once again in creating an array of extraordinary motor cars, tailored to the requirements of some of the most influential and discerning individuals in the world. These motor cars become unique works of art and it is an extraordinary feat when you consider that each and every single one of these unique commissions has been created on one production line at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex – the skills of these individuals knows no bounds.”
What follows is an overview of some of the finest examples of Bespoke design and craftsmanship completed by the luxury house throughout 2019.
THE MILLION STITCH ROLLS-ROYCE
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: EMBROIDERY
A Stockholm-based entrepreneur with a passion for flowers challenged the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective to create a car that immersed its occupants in floral decadence. The result was the ‘Rose Phantom’: a vision made with a million embroidered stitches.
The starting point was a rose bred exclusively for Rolls-Royce by Harkness Roses. The Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England is the only place in the world where this rose is grown.
The Peacock Blue exterior of the Rose Phantom is punctuated with a Charles Blue twinned-coachline that intertwines organically like the stem of a rose, combining to introduce the rose motif.
Inside, the marque’s fabled starlight headliner illuminates the floral scene, with roses interspersed with Peacock and Adonis Blue butterflies. As a centrepiece of the interior, Phantom’s Gallery is adorned by stems of embroidered roses climbing through the glass fronted fascia.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marked the close of 10 remarkable years of Ghost by creating a limited edition ‘Zenith Collection’. With just 50 Ghost Zeniths made, the car featured the highest levels of Bespoke ever seen in a Ghost Collection.
The Ghost Zenith drew references from 200EX, the experimental car that introduced the contemporary expression of the Ghost nameplate in 2009. This design was immortalized in a blueprint-inspired artwork, divided into 50 distinct parts, and engraved on the centre console of Ghost Zenith.
A commemorative ingot, made from the original Spirit of Ecstasy of 200EX, was set into the centre console of each of the cars. The Collection’s own Spirit of Ecstasy and clock are engraved with the Zenith name.
Inside, ambient lighting shines through perforated leather, while the rear seats feature embroidery inspired by the seat details of the original 1907 Silver Ghost. The Ghost Zenith Standard Wheelbase also features an extraordinary starlight headliner with a unique Shooting Star configuration. Light trails fire at random across the cabin roof, which consists of over 1,340 individual, hand-finished fibre-optic lights.
BAYSIDE DAWN AERO COWLING
CANVAS: DAWN │MEDIUM: AERO COWLING
Following the arrival of the Dawn Aero Cowling in 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars paid tribute to the sea with the Bayside Dawn Aero Cowling. Commissioned by a customer in Yokohama, Japan, this maritime-themed Bespoke motor car paid homage to their seafaring home city.
This one-off model drew inspiration from yachts and speedboats, combining both technical and natural materials. Open-pore teak Canadel panelling, reminiscent of a yacht’s deck, is matched with cutting-edge technical fibre. The rear deck complements exterior paint and interior leather colours, evoking the blue seas and white sails associated with the finest traditions of Yokohama Bay.
CANVAS: WRAITH│MEDIUM: PAINT, EMBROIDERY
A Wraith in a rich Teal hue adopts the colours of the Arabian Sea. The interior leather colour-way is newly developed to precisely colour-match the exterior, ensuring the patron is cocooned in vibrant, luscious luxury. Contemporary architecture influences a large-scale embroidery positioned on the rear waterfall, with stitches positioned for optimum light refraction to accentuate the geometric motif.
The colourful canvas is offset with chrome controls, interior vents and speaker grilles, darkened with a PVD coating.
The Digital Soul Phantom is a study in contemporary artisanship; a fusion of human endeavour and computer-generated design. At the heart of this Carrara White with Smokey Quartz two-tone Phantom is a Gallery created by Product Designer Thorsten Franck. An individual’s characteristics are interpreted by an algorithm which translates the data into a swathe of 3D-printed stainless steel. This is then hand-polished and plated in 24-carat gold, resulting in a unique artwork that embodies jewellery, sculpture and architecture.
Gold detailing embellishes the interior of the motor car, with Gold inlays set by hand in Smoked Eucalyptus wood and gold-plated speaker grilles concluding the aesthetic.
WRAITH EAGLE VIII COLLECTION
CANVAS: WRAITH │MEDIUM: GOLD VACUUM METALIZED WOOD WITH SILVER AND COPPER INLAYS,
To mark the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown in June 1919, Rolls-Royce created 50 extraordinary Wraiths in the Wraith Eagle VIII Collection.
The story of their perilous night-time journey, propelled by Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines, is told using Wraith as a canvas. A unique starlight headliner with 1,183 fibre-optic lights depicts the night time sky at the time of their flight. The flight path and constellations are embroidered in brass thread and the exact moment the pair left the clouds, also illustrated in embroidery, and navigated by the stars is indicated by a red fibre-optic light.
Brass speaker covers depict the estimated 1,880-mile flight distance whilst a brass plaque engraved with Winston Churchill’s stirring quote commending the pair’s remarkable achievement adorns the driver’s door.
The Smoked Eucalyptus fascia, vacuum metalized in gold and inlaid with silver and copper, depicts a birds-eye view of the Earth at night, showing a light map of roads and homes glittering below.
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: STAINLESS STEEL AND GOLD INLAY, COACHLINE
The Horology Phantom is touched with elements redolent of fine timepieces. The car was inspired by a meeting of a Rolls-Royce Motor Cars designer and master horologists from La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, who convened to explore the complexities and exotic movements of contemporary luxury timepieces.
Set against a Gunmetal and Black two-tone exterior finish, a gold and silver hand-painted twin coachline incorporates an intricate watch-inspired design; the Spirit of Ecstasy is cloaked in 24-carat gold. Inside, the fascia features the largest stainless steel and gold inlay ever made for Phantom. Positioned below a multiple layered stainless-steel Gallery, the inlay depicts an abstract schematic of a watch movement. The Rolls-Royce clock, housed in the Gallery, is set in a solid silver, guilloché case.
The Pastel Collection, showcased at Pebble Beach, drew upon a palette of colours from this year’s ‘wildflower super-bloom’ on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Three unique Black Badge commissions brought new colours to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke palette, reaffirming the notion that a Rolls-Royce Black Badge need not necessarily be black.
The Ghost Black Badge featured a Light Green Solid finish, a pastel shade representing the rebirth of flora on the peninsula after years of drought and fire. The black leather interior features a striking Serenity Green splash, highlighting the technical fibre of the fascia.
The Dawn Black Badge, in Coral Solid, showcases a stunning Bespoke finish only achieved after seven coats of paint and more than nine hours of hand-polishing in the Surface Finish Centre at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood. The Coral colour carries over to the Aero Cowling, while the interior is finished in Artic White and Sunset, an illustration of northern California’s hills and valleys in bloom.
The third car is a Wraith Black Badge in Semaphore Yellow, a bright and sunny finish for the most powerful member of the Rolls-Royce family, complemented by a Selby Grey and Lemon interior.
CANVAS: WRAITH │MEDIUM: EMBROIDERY, PAINT
The Falcon Wraith features the most detailed single embroidery to ever appear in a Rolls-Royce motor car. An intricate embroidery of a Peregrine Falcon, the fastest bird in the world, is interpreted in photo-realistic detail amongst clouds on Wraith’s headlining. Consisting of nearly 250,000 stitches, the dramatic embroidery took more than one month to develop.
A unique coachline in Arctic White hints at the form of the bird’s wing, with the motif additionally embroidered between the rear seats and painted onto Wraith’s fascia.
The Arabian Gulf Phantom adopts the rich colours and historical narrative of pearl diving in the Middle East. The Turchese exterior hue is evocative of the vibrant local waters, while the Andalusian White upper two-tone recalls the purity of natural pearls, alluding to the story within. An Arctic White coachline introduces a hand-painted Nautilus shell motif that forms the basis for the car’s design.
A sculpted silk appliqué Gallery by British Artist Helen Amy Murray takes centre stage across the motor car’s fascia. Reminiscent of swelling oceans, the Turchese Gallery is punctuated by a Mother of Pearl clock.
The Nautilus shell is embroidered on Phantom’s rear doors, whilst the rear occupants may also enjoy the motif in Mother of Pearl marquetry on the picnic tables’ fascia. Once deployed, the picnic tables present a complex piece of marquetry, incorporating generously applied Mother of Pearl to the picnic table-top.
CANVAS: PHANTOM │MEDIUM: METEORITE, SPACE GRADE ALUMINIUM, GOLD PLATE
Named and crafted to celebrate the feeling of euphoric tranquillity one achieves within Phantom, this unique motor car is a curation of objects and inspirations from worlds beyond earthly bounds.
Tranquillity’s Gallery is inspired by the X-Ray coded aperture masks used on the British Skylark space rocket. The Gallery is made from stainless steel, 24-carat gold plating and space grade aluminium.
For the first time in Rolls-Royce history, meteorite has been incorporated into the interior of a car. Shavings of the Muonionalusta meteorite, which fell to earth in Kiruna, Sweden in 1906, adorn the Volume Controller, with a detailed engraving of the location and date of its discovery.
Inspired by the light and dark sides of the Moon, the interior colourway of Arctic White or Selby Grey leather integrates unique veneer combinations of gloss and satin, both with an exclusive metallic effect. Bespoke Audio speaker frets are finished in yellow gold, complementing the additional gold elements throughout the car.
A Bespoke ‘Technical’ yellow gold, vapour blasted and engraved titanium clock and engineered titanium Spirit of Ecstasy complete the aesthetic.
CULLINAN IN FUX ORANGE
CANVAS: CULLINAN │MEDIUM: PAINT
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars debuted the colourful ‘Cullinan in Fux Orange’ under the summer sun of Pebble Beach last year.
Working with the Bespoke Collective at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, a North American patron, Mr. Fux, challenged designers to match the exterior colour to vibrant orange shawl that had caught his eye in South Florida. The shawl was delivered to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where a colour-matching process began. Working together for nearly a year, the teams created a seven-layer surface, polished by hand for many hours in the Surface Finish Centre.
The interior is decked in hand-crafted Arctic White leather with contrast Orange stitching and Orange Rolls-Royce ‘RR’ headrest monograms. Arctic White is carried over to the box-grain leather fascia, steering-wheel control stems and carpets. ‘Fux Orange’ fascia veneer, rear-view mirror and lambswool floor mats complete the cabin, which showcase the exacting standards brought to bear by Rolls-Royce’s craftspeople.
JW Anderson x UNIQLO collaboration will be hitting stores worldwide and Uniqlo.com on October 17th!
Titled “The Great British Outdoors,” the new FW19 collection draws inspiration from the town of St. Ives in Cornwall, England, fusing traditional British elements with the modern silhouettes of JW Anderson. The pieces bring contrasting pops of color to classic heritage tartans, making for a unique LifeWear collection.
The FW19 designs retail from $39.90 – $179.90 and will be available in a full run of adult sizing.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing have today revealed their brand-new all electric racecar to challenge for season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The British team’s official launch in front of VIPs, media, partners and fans was at Jaguar’s brand-new design studio in Gaydon, Warwickshire – the most advanced automotive design centre in the world.
The Jaguar I-TYPE 4, featuring an all new motor, gearbox, invertor, rear suspension and dampers has seen its overall weight reduced offering improved handling and performance. The lightest and most efficient powertrain the team has ever produced, the Jaguar I-TYPE 4 has a lower centre of gravity and will allow the team to push towards even more points, podiums and wins in season six.
The team have also announced the signing of new driver James Calado, who teams up with New Zealander Mitch Evans for season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
The 30-year-old, who started karting in 1999, has competed against some of the biggest names in motorsport including Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne and F1 driver Valtteri Bottas, during his career. He became the 2017 WEC GTE Pro champion and early this year took victory in the GTE Pro class at the Le Mans 24 hours.
Calado, who is based in Penarth, Wales, has a wealth of single-seater experience in GP3, GP2, British F3 and F1, scoring points, podiums and wins which he is keen to replicate in Formula E.
With the green lights of season six just over 50 days away, James Calado and Panasonic Jaguar Racing teammate, Mitch Evans, are focussed on preparing for the most competitive season of Formula E yet as they look to build on last season’s success.
ABOUT PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING
Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship street racing series. In 2019 the team won the Rome E-Prix – Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991.
Formula E is a real world test bed for Jaguar to fearless progress the future of electrification.
As an official manufacturer team in Formula E, Panasonic Jaguar Racing designs its own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension. To control costs the carbon fibre chassis and battery are common components and the same for all twelve teams. This allows the focus to be on developing electric vehicle powertrains which are efficient and lightweight which will improve the performance and range of future Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles. This is the second year teams will be racing with the futuristic Generation 2 racecars. Teams have two racecars, one per driver, which will be used for the full race distance.
Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. The championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major cities including Diriyah, Rome, Paris, New York and ending in a double-header race weekend in London.
New Season Ticket Agreement between Sports Events 365 and Atletico Madrid will Allow Fans to Get Closer to the Team’s Football Stars.
Among other options, buyers of upgraded tickets from Sports Events 365 will be able to be part of the welcome team and arrive two hours before the match to receive the players.
Sports Events 365, the international provider of tickets for sports and music events worldwide, has expanded its existing season ticket agreement for the 2019/2020 season with Atletico Madrid, one of the leading clubs in Spain and Europe. This season is expected to be especially exciting due to the addition of Portuguese forward Joao Felix, the 19-year-old acquired earlier this year for 113 million Euro by the Spanish club. The wonderkid, who arrived at Atletico this summer, is already being dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
The expanded agreement offers fans new and unique opportunities before and after games. The options available include being part of the welcome team and arriving two hours before the match to receive the players; arriving four hours before the match for an exclusive guided tour through the Wanda Metropolitano stadium; a penalty shootout experience at the stadium 15 minutes after the end of the game and the midfield experience involving taking a picture on the field after the
match. The expanded agreement offers clubs additional sources of income.
“We are looking to offer this model first implemented with Atletico Madrid with other clubs interested in increasing their revenues,” says Sefi Donner, founder and CEO of Sports Events 365. He noted that demand for Atletico tickets witnessed phenomenal growth after the club won the 2018 UEFA Super Cup. Donner predicts “a further 15% growth in sales in the Spanish market in the coming year.”
Sports Events 365 also has season ticket agreements with other top La Liga clubs as well as with Italy’s AS Roma. The company is looking to sign similar agreements with other leading European clubs as part of its expansion strategy and direct contact with 60 major football clubs in Spain, Italy, England, France and Portugal. The season ticket agreements allow Sports Events 365 to cater to the needs of groups of tourists who are looking for a much larger number of tickets to
About Sports Events 365
Established in 2006, Sports Events 365 sells tickets to sports and music events which take place in 50 countries. Sports Events 365 has been selling tickets to customers from 150 countries to most of the 60,000 yearly events on its search engine. The company offers fully guaranteed tickets alongside personal and direct service seven days a week at competitive prices and selected technology tools for sharing content and online sales.
The range of sports events that the company offers includes tickets for football matches in major European leagues and international championships for teams. Sport Events 365 also offers tickets for prominent events in tennis, European basketball and rugby, along with American basketball (NBA), football (NFL), ice hockey (NHL) and baseball (MLB) events. The company’s website also offers tickets to concerts of world-class musical artists such as the Rolling Stones, U2
and Celine Dion. As a true global and multi-lingual organization, Sports Events 365 operates websites in 22 languages in addition to a large number of jointly branded websites with travel companies.
● The House of Rolls-Royce marks 115 years of pinnacle luxury at event with Sotheby’s
● The two brands celebrated the occasion with a spectacular themed five-course dinner held in the newly expanded and re-imagined galleries at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City
● Rolls Royce marked the occasion with the announcement of a one-of-a-kind 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom to be offered this fall in a Sotheby’s online-only auction in partnership with RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles
May 4th 2019 marks the 115th anniversary of the historic first meeting between the Honourable Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, UK. This first gathering lead to the birth of what has become the most influential luxury brand in history, Rolls-Royce. To mark this occasion Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated the evening with an exclusive dinner at Sotheby’s in their newly expanded and re-imagined 90,000+ square foot galleries in New York City. The event was a gathering of two historic brands who combined possess nearly four centuries of experience in providing the word’s elite with luxury client service. During the immersive, interactive dinner, Rolls-Royce showcased its family of motor cars and announced an online-only auction of a custom Rolls Royce Phantom to be offered this fall.
The House of Rolls-Royce revealed initial sketches of a stunning Bespoke Phantom. While every Phantom that is delivered from Goodwood carries with it a significant level of Bespoke craftsmanship from marquetry, hand-worked leather to precious works of art within the Phantom’s unique Gallery, this one-of-one commission celebrating the 115th anniversary of Rolls-Royce includes an inspired color combination themed in red, including an original hand-crafted leather work of art within the Gallery.
“While Roll-Royce motor cars have a history of crossing the block at RM Sotheby’s, tonight we are looking to the future of the brand. The eight generation Phantom will carry the longest running name in luxury motoring into a new era. Built on the ‘architecture of luxury,’ this new Phantom commission offers one special owner the chance to enjoy a motor car that is bound to be a classic over the next 115 years,” said Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas.
“We are honoured that Rolls-Royce chose to partner with Sotheby’s and RM Sotheby’s to offer this incredible Bespoke Phantom. It is far more than a car – it is a work of art. In a testament to our commitment to innovation, we are excited that it will be offered through our online-only auction platform, which continues to be a driving force of our business and the channel of choice for new bidders and buyers,” said David Goodman, Sotheby’s Chief Digital Development & Marketing Officer.
The new Phantom will be Sotheby’s offered this fall by Sotheby’s in an online-only auction on Sothebys.com and delivered though one of Rolls-Royce Motor Car’s 44 retail partners in the Americas. Last year the company delivered 4107 commissions for a record year of growing the family of clients. The Americas remains the largest global region for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where about one-third of all commissions are delivered. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars develops and delivers the world’s ultimate luxury vehicles. Each Rolls-Royce Motor car is hand crafted at the Home of Rolls-Royce, the company’s state-of-the-art facility in Goodwood England.
Bath takes top spot for second successive year in MoneySuperMarket’s annual Family Living Index
Bristol is the least family friendly city, with London again near the bottom of the list
MoneySuperMarket reveals how to manage your finances in preparation for buying a home
MoneySuperMarket, the UK’s leading price comparison site, today reveals that Bath is officially the best location to raise a family – taking the top spot for the second year in a row.
MoneySuperMarket’s annual Family Living Index, now in its third year, ranks 35 UK cities based on six key factors (local school rankings, access to green space, likelihood of burglary, house prices, job opportunities and average salary) to help parents find the city that best matches their family requirements.
Bath retains its title as the UK’s best place to raise a family, thanks to a high number of job opportunities and schools rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted per capita. Wolverhampton is the second most desirable city to live in, moving up one place from last year, followed by the north east heartlands of Newcastle and Sunderland. Manchester again features in the top five, but moves down a place from fourth last year.
At the other end of the scale, Bristol has overtaken London to become this year’s least family friendly city, due to a 33% rise in contents theft and a decline in ‘outstanding’-rated schools. Despite having the highest average income and level of disposable income, London continues to find itself near the bottom of the list due to high average house prices (£478,749).
Top five family friendly cities:
Retains top spot due to an increase in income
Similar results from last year, but benefits from other locations’ declining scores
Drops one place due to an increase in contents theft, despite having the most ‘outstanding’-rated schools per capita
Rises thanks to improved income metrics
Drops one place due to a fall in income
Least family friendly cities:
Falls into last position due to a rise in contents theft rate and high house prices
Places second to last in the rankings due to high house prices, despite having the highest income scores
Drops one place due to a decrease in average income
Drops three places because it has the fewest ‘outstanding’-rated schools in the country
Drops four places due to an increase in contents theft rate claims
The biggest climber this year is Newry, with the Northern Irish city jumping 10 places to 12th in the rankings due to an increase in disposable income and a high number of ‘outstanding’-rated schools per capita. Stoke, this year’s most affordable place to buy a home, Chester, Leeds and Brighton all climb seven places in the rankings.
Oxford sees the biggest drop, falling 18 places since last year to 30th in the rankings, due to its high contents theft rate, and a decreasing number of ‘outstanding’-rated schools. Cardiff also drops 14 places to 22nd, with a weakened position in almost every category, most notably in contents theft rate.
Further research reveals that two thirds (67%) of Brits believe they have seen a change to their quality of life in the last five years, with health (37%), a change in household bills (27%), moving to a new house (22%) and an increase in salary (21%) ranking as the top contributing factors. Other factors such as Brexit (8%), the local area changing (10%) and having to support an elderly family member (5%) also impacted their quality of life1.
Tom Flack, editor-in-chief at MoneySuperMarket, commented: “If you’re thinking of buying a home, it’s worth looking at the bigger picture and taking things such as local amenities, job opportunities and green spaces into consideration. If you have young children, take a look at the schools and the catchment area – many people will pick the area they live in based on this alone.
“When buying a property, it’s important to sort out the family finances so you can make the most of your money – and that includes purchases such as life insurance. If you have dependents, taking out a policy would provide financial support to your family if you were to pass away, helping them to clear outstanding debts and meet living expenses. Taking out life insurance will give you peace of mind, knowing that your family is protected financially in a worst case scenario.”
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS MIAMI CELEBRATED AS 2018 AMERICAN DEALER OF THE YEAR
Each year Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas singles out one dealer that exemplifies its ability to deliver on the complete brand promise of the world’s most coveted luxury brand. For 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami has been honored as Dealer of the Year for the Americas. This prestigious honor recognizes the efforts of the entire team in Miami in ensuring the experience that every Rolls-Royce Motor Car owner deserves and expects. The criteria for the recognition is consistency in delivering the ultimate luxury experience from the initial idea through the entire commissioning and ownership experience. While only a small factor in the evaluation, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami, part of Braman Miami, was among the top dealers in delivering Rolls-Royce commissions in 2018. This performance helped lead the brand to a record year, with 4,107 Bespoke creations leaving Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce, for collections worldwide.
“Being a part of the world’s leading luxury brand is an exclusive honor,” said Mike Rodriguez, General Manager of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami. “Everyone in our operation is dedicated to a single purpose, ‘ensuring an effortless experience.” He added, “Our clients and the weight of the Rolls-Royce brand demand the absolute highest level of service and it’s our commitment to deliver.” Since opening the doors to its new showroom in 2016, Rolls-Royce Motor Car Miami, part of Braman Miami, has grown the family of Rolls-Royce owners significantly and remains one of the top Rolls-Royce retailers worldwide.
“In 2018 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami continued to deliver the experience we know and expect for our owners. Commissioning and owning a Rolls-Royce is a rare experience for any lover of luxury. The entire team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami deserve this recognition,” said Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Americas. He added, “We are proud to have Mike and every member of his team represent our brand and deliver the ultimate in commissioning new motor cars and an effortless ownership experience,”
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chooses the Dealer of the Year after careful consideration of a wide range of criteria. As a brand that values the luxury ownership experience above all else, service and owner satisfaction are at the top of the list. The company also reviews sales and operational performance as well as client satisfaction. Every aspect of the Rolls-Royce Motor Car ownership experience is expected to be effortless. That begins with the initial commissioning of a truly unique and exclusive motor car with one’s retail consultant. In 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami set this standard.
Inside the Bespoke lounge, clients personalize their new vehicle from more than 44,000 available exterior colors and a wide variety of textiles and interior materials ranging from the highest quality leather to high-tech carbon fiber. Working together with a team of expert colour, material and design consultants in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce, the Bespoke process is what makes these cars exclusive and unique. In 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered significant bespoke activity in North America in more than 80% of all vehicles commissioned.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Miami is one of 44 Rolls-Royce Motor Car retail partners in the Americas, including 37 in the United States, 4 in Canada, 2 in South America and one in Mexico. Last year the company delivered 4107 units for a record year of growth. The Americas remains the largest global region for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where about one-third of all commissions are delivered. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars develops and delivers the world’s ultimate luxury vehicles. Each Rolls-Royce Motor car is hand crafted at the company’s state-of-the-art assembly facility in Goodwood England.
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS VANCOUVER HONORED WITH 2018 ‘INSPIRING GREATNESS’ AWARD
Dealer recognized for bringing the Rolls-Royce Brand to life in its May 2018 Showroom debut and Cullinan introduction
May 17, 2018 American premiere of Cullinan at the grand opening of Rolls-Royce Vancouver
Festivities brought the world’s leading luxury brand to life including a real-life Spirit of Ecstasy performance artist
Showroom was the first standalone Rolls-Royce building in the Americas
The event featured the American revel of Cullinan, the brand’s first-ever SUV
Nearly 200 guests including top media experienced the world class luxury event
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver has been recognized for its prowess in bringing the world most venerable brand to life with the marque’s coveted ‘Inspiring Greatness Award’ for 2018. Reserved for the most engaging and outstanding dealer client activity that embodies the brand promise and attitude of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the Vancouver team received the award for the festivities surrounding the opening of its new showroom that included the Americas-wide debut of the all-new Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
“It’s an honor to be singled out for the way we do business,” said Christian Chia, Principal of Rolls-Royce Motor Vancouver. “Our goal is not to be the biggest, rather, we strive to share the beauty and inspiration of the Rolls-Royce brand with every one of clients and potential clients.” He added, “We had the distinct honor of introducing the new Cullinan to all of the Americas during the opening of our magnificent new showroom. It was a perfect intersection of events for the brand.”
In creating this truly inspirational event for Vancouver, Canada and the entire Americas, Chia commented, “Cullinan was our muse, an unparalleled catalyst to inspire greatness through creativity and results.” The event reflected two facets of Cullinan, offering a Diamond Room and an Adventure Room. The world had never before seen a vehicle showcased on an onyx diamond LED platform imported from Brazil. The celebration also included a custom Rolls-Royce infinity mirror room of 88 candles endlessly illuminating a Spirit of Ecstasy living sculpture. Snow fell from the gobo-inspired sky while a 3D deer looked on from a cinematic mountain range inside the forested Adventure Room. All the while, guests sipped a flaming pine-infused mezcal while dining on lobster claw charcoal sliders, A5 wagyu sushi and salmon lollipops with silver leaf cotton candy.
“In 2018 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver inspired not only its clients, but also the entire Rolls-Royce family with this program.” said Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Americas. He added, “We are a brand that each of our clients aspire to in their own way. We build cars that inspire people who do great things. And it’s only fitting when we recognize that inspiration excellence among our family of dealers.”
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars new facility in Vancouver remains a showcase for the brand. Inside the Bespoke lounge, clients personalize their new vehicle from more than 44,000 available exterior colors and a wide variety of textiles and interior materials ranging from the highest quality leather to high-tech carbon fiber. Working together with a team of expert color, material and design consultants in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce, the Bespoke process is what makes these cars exclusive and unique. In 2018, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars delivered significant bespoke activity in North America in more than 80% of all vehicles commissioned.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver is one of 44 Rolls-Royce Motor Car retail partners in the Americas, including 37 in the United States, 4 in Canada, 2 in South America and one in Mexico. Last year the company delivered 4107 units for a record year of growth. The Americas remains the largest global region for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where about one-third of all commissions are delivered. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars develops and delivers the world’s ultimate luxury vehicles. Each Rolls-Royce Motor car is hand crafted at the company’s state-of-the-art assembly facility in Goodwood England.
Studies show that green space and landscaping contribute to health, happiness, and intellect.
It’s natural to long for spring when it’s cold outside. But did you know, there’s a good reason why you may pine for green? Living landscapes are an important part of the outdoor lifestyle that Americans enjoy, but the benefits go beyond the barbeque and backyard baseball. Green spaces are necessary for your health.
“The advantages of grass and landscaping surpass the usual physical benefits that result from outdoor activity,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “Numerous studies have found that people who spend more time outside or are exposed to living landscapes are happier, healthier and smarter.”
Researchers have studied the impact of nature on human well-being for years, but recent studies have found a more direct correlation between human health, particularly related to stress, and the importance of people’s access to nature and managed landscapes.
Getting dirty is actually good for you. Soil is the new Prozac, according to Dr. Christopher Lowry, a neuroscientist at the University of Bristol in England. Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. The bacterium stimulates serotonin production, which explains why people who spend time gardening and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier.
Children who are raised on farms in a “dirtier” environment than an urban setting not only have a stronger immune system but are also better able to manage social stress, according to the National Academy of Sciences.
Living near living landscapes can improve your mental health. Researchers in England found that people moving to greener areas experienced an immediate improvement in mental health that was sustained for at least three years after they moved. The study also showed that people relocating to a more developed area suffered a drop in mental health.
Greening of vacant urban areas in Philadelphia reduced feelings of depression by 41.5% and reduced poor mental health by 62.8% for those living near the vacant lots, according to a study by a research team.
Green spaces can make you healthier too. People who live within a half mile of green space (such parks, public gardens, and greenways) were found to have a lower incidence of fifteen diseases by Dutch researchers — including depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and migraines.
A 2015 study found that people living on streets with more trees had a boost in heart and metabolic health. Studies show that tasks conducted under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Spending time in gardens, for instance, can improve memory performance and attention span by 20%.
Living landscapes make you smarter. Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery, says a study led by Payam Dadvand of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. In addition, exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children.
This applies to adults as well. Research has also shown that being around plants helps you concentrate better at home and at work. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture believes that spending time in gardens can improve attention span and memory performance by as much as 20 percent.
A National Institute of Health study found that adults demonstrate significant cognitive gains after going on a nature walk. In addition, a Stanford University study found that walking in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination, and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits, such as increased working memory performance.
Living landscapes help you heal faster. Multiple studies have discovered that plants in hospital recovery rooms or views of aesthetically-pleasing gardens help patients heal up to one day faster than those who are in more sterile or austere environments.
Physicians are now prescribing time outdoors for some patients, according to recent reports. Park Rx America is a non-profit with a mission to encourage physicians to prescribe doses of nature.
All of these benefits reinforce the importance of maintaining our yards, parks and other community green spaces. Trees, shrubs, grass, and flowering plants are integral to human health. Not only do they provide a place for kids and pets to play, they directly contribute to our mental and physical well-being.