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Success: getting up one more time than you fall

I reckon you’ll be familiar with this kind of dream: you’re sitting in front of a piano or some kind of musical instrument in front of a big audience, pregnant with anticipation.  You take your place at the stool and, fingers poised above the keys, you embark on your well-practised piece.  Your first notes ring out louder than you anticipated and jar with one another.  You’ve placed your fingers on the wrong keys.  You try again but it’s worse.  You’re sweating and your hands start to shake as you try to put it right.  You apologise to the audience and look down at your fingers, which have helpfully turned into huge, clumsy sausages, slamming down on two keys at once.  Try as you might you can’t belt out that tune you have been practicing until you’re blue in the face.  And then you wake up.  Phew.  It wasn’t real.

If only it was just a dream I thought to myself last Friday as I repeatedly offended the ears of my audience with a recital more akin to that of Les Dawson.  Try as I might I couldn’t get it right and yet I had practiced so hard.  In my head it was unfair, in my ears it was inaudible.  I looked across the room, panic stricken; to my music teacher, desperately.  After a couple of hearty apologies to the long-suffering audience and a useless rectification of the situation, my teacher came to my rescue.  “I’ll play the left hand Stephanie, you do the right”.  But my confidence had fled.  In my mind I wouldn’t even be capable of playing the right hand, on its own, one solitary hand with all of my attention on it. I limped my way through the piece until the eagerly awaited end wounded and ailing, came into view.  A relieved sigh of relief emitted around the room.  I had done it.  It had been tortuous for me certainly and no doubt everyone in that room because most of us have been there.

My initial thought was obviously relief that it was all over and then amusement that I could really have been as bad as that.  I was living the nightmare and it was real, that never happens.  It’s always better than you think, right?  Just to make you squirm a little more, there was an additional, juicy ingredient into the mix: my children were watching.  They witnessed their mother lose face in front of 200 people.  They cringed along with the rest of them but for them it was worse.  It was their mum:   the person in their lives they look up to, who knows everything and can do anything.  Only she couldn’t, that was plain to see. 

I pondered this scenario for sometime.  Should I have exposed them to such short comings?  Had I undermined myself in their eyes?  Had I bruised and scarred their little lives by my ineptitude?  How would I handle the aftermath?

I came to the conclusion that sometimes things go well and sometimes they don’t.  You can put so much into something and it still might go wrong but you learn from it.  What did I learn?  I learned that your attitude makes a whole lot of difference.  I addressed the audience with an apologetic smile across my face and confided that I was just a beginner [I’m sitting my Grade 1 exam next week].  I bowed at the end of my shabby performance and in response I received a rousing applause and, yes, I think I heard a cheer too.  Next time I will be better – I couldn’t be any worse – and the time after that I’ll be better still.  I will always remember that first time but as they say, success is getting up one more time than you fall down.  A motto I shall take more notice of in future, bring on the next concert.

My 6 tips on giving that presentation your best shot

When I was at college I remember my worst presentation ever.  I’d spent a lot of time on my outfit, my make up even but not very much effort went into the content.  Then came my turn.  The room warmed up, the gaze intensified, I clammed up and bang, I’d passed out on the floor.  That was 20 years ago and taught we a valuable lesson.  When presenting or an Emcee for an event; preparation is key.  I can’t stress that enough: do your homework.

Now I love presenting.  I enthuse about finding new ways to get a message across.  I thrive on making the audience smile and I dwell on the details, gleaning whatever I can to make it better next time.  I get butterflies in my tummy just before the big talk but I find that reassuring, it’s a big deal and I should be a little nervous.  After all I care about doing a good job.  My last big role was Emcee at the Polartec APEX Awards this July at the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen.  There were fabric types and garment names to learn, there were designers to be called up on stage from China, Taiwan and Iceland all with their own quirky ways of being introduced.  Then there was that sea of audience, ready and waiting for the patter.  However, I’d prepared and practiced, I’d rehearsed and filmed myself.  I was as ready as I ever would be.  I loved it!

So, I thought it would be handy if I pulled together some tips for pulling it off, preparing and giving it your best shot.  You always learn something from these events, so after a couple of times you’ll have your own list but here are my tips:

·      Start straight away:  the first spare minute you get after being invited to present write a quick plan.  Visualise your ideal performance and base your plan around that.  You start right then, you have time on your side and you might even deliver your dream talk.

·      Think of a theme to hang your presentation on.  E.g., if it’s about the British market why not research the top 10 traits of the British and weave this into your presentation – make it fun.

·      Look into different ways of presenting.  Power Point can be fun – you can use videos – or check out Prezi where you can create some cool graphic effects.

·      Write a time scale.  Something along these lines:

o   Step 1:  write first draft

o   Step 2:  research your theme

o   Step 3: write second draft

o   Step 4:  read aloud to a colleague and amend

o   Step 5:  read aloud on your own in front of a mirror twice

o   Step 6: have a friend over to film you so you can watch it back.  Critique it together [it’s amazing the traits you have which you weren’t even aware of].

o   Step 7:  tweak your presentation following the filming and then decide what to wear!

o   Step 8:  practice aloud and keep doing it until you feel comfortable.

·      Use cards as prompts if you’re worried you’ll forget things.  Personally I’d rather not use cards but sometimes there are too many details to remember.  Cards have their place.

·      Don’t forget to critique yourself afterwards.  What did you learn, how can you make it better.

And that’s it!  Good luck [and don’t forget to enjoy yourself – that bit’s very important].

Polartec APEX Awards at OutDoor 2013

Polartec APEX Awards at OutDoor 2013

EVENT ORGANISING: 5 QUALITIES WE LIVE BY

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Ahhh, another Spring PR London Open House done and dusted – the best ever, with the biggest haul of London-based journalists we’ve ever managed to tempt out.  How we love these events and showing off our clients’ latest gadgets but how challenging they always seem to be.  This year’s was no exception with the highest number of curve balls ever served up – good job we’re used to it really isn’t it?  Here are our five to-live-by qualities for a great Open House. 

QUALITY NO. 1:  Check, check and double check

We’ve done this kind of thing plenty of times before: hiring a desirable venue in a trendy part of London, inviting key journalists, hauling our clients’ products to the venue to be visually dissected by the great and the good of the media world.  The venue might change, the products definitely do change and the journalists may be different but never, never ever, have we left things to chance.  We check and we double check.  Which is why when our courier decided they couldn’t be bothered to deliver our eleven boxes to the venue by 12 on the day of the event and instead sent us an email at 4pm saying that the boxes had been returned to depot to be delivered the next day, we were ready for it [we’d been chasing since non-delivery at 12].  A strongly worded telephone conversation with a legal sway saw the courier company commissioning a van especially for our eleven boxes and delivering on time, albeit inducing a work pace akin to gold diggers in the gold rush.

QUALITY NO. 2:  Always approach these things on a full stomach

Lunch may of course be for wimps but here at Spring PR we treat it with the respect it deserves.  Those slicked back hair-types of the 80s would rarely have got down on their knees to unpack boxes or put mannequins together in record time.  Doing all this on a carrot and the whiff of a low fat chocolate bar just doesn’t cut it [we know all too well].  And don’t think that because there’s a wealth of food at your event you’ll be fed because you won’t you’ll be too busy.  And you’ll watch with longing as your 50 or so guests dig into goat’s cheese tarts, gourmet burgers … oh and they looked so good …

QUALITY NO. 3:  Say yes to an offer of help

If someone offers help we always grab it with open arms. Lorenzo – one of the venue staff - was in fact help personified and was particularly good at squeezing the sides of a cardboard box together so that the flaps would meet and we could tape them up.  “Can you do your squeezy thing” we would call to Lorenzo “Oo she’s likes my squeezy fing init” he would say with a cheeky grin.  Then, with a caveat, “There’s two things I don’t do, married women and drugs”.  Ok we thought, just do your squeezy thing, we’re not looking for you to marry us or snort drugs off the boxes.

QUALITY NO. 4:  Be persistant

Running for the train with just three minutes to spare is a heart-pumping experience.  High heels makes the task just that bit more challenging but of course, we all thrive on challenges.  When we reached the train red faced and panting with the exertion we knew – we just knew – that our reserved seats would be taken.  Two of the people in our three seats kindly moved.  The third was a little more difficult.  With big hair and an angry face, this 20-something young man had an air of intimidation about him.  When first asked to move he ignored us, when asked to move again, he acknowledged us and told us there was no ticket on the seat “init” [two ‘inits’ in one day].  On the third approach he suggested we move along the carriage and gave a nonchalant flick of his hand to indicate the direction in which we were to walk.  On the fourth approach when we declared that he really wasn’t being very fair as there were three of us and one of him he looked us in the eyes with his angry face and his abundant hair, and waited a tense, prolonged moment before picking up his things with attitude and stomping off.  Persistance, you see, really does pay.

 

 

Emily Penn - 2013 Aquapac Outdoor Champion

Aquapac has selected world-class sailor, oceans advocate and plastic pollution expert Emily Penn to be the Aquapac Outdoor Champion for 2013.

The Aquapac Outdoor Champion award supports those who devote their lives to making the world a better place, highlighting the blend between conservation and recreation. As recipient for the 2013 award Emily receives £1000 cash from Aquapac in recognition of her achievements and to support her future endeavours.

Emily is passionate about conservation and has endlessly campaigned to promote the use of alternative fuels and now organises and leads expeditions to tackle challenges facing the marine environment. Emily learnt to sail in challenging conditions from a young age and spent time at the helm in four different oceans which prepared her well for her RYA Yachtmaster exam and was awarded Yachtmaster of the Year by HRH Princess Anne. She’s currently running Pangaea Explorations – taking scientists and filmmakers to remote parts of the planet via the sailing vessel Sea Dragon.

Emily is all too aware of the importance of using the right equipment while out at sea and uses an Aquapac 100% waterproof iPad case to keep her primary navigation device dry on deck. She also uses the iPhone case and hard lens camera case from the company’s submersible range to keep her equipment dry.

“We are delighted to award Emily Penn as our ‘Aquapac Outdoor Champion’. Her efforts to clean up the environment and educate others are truly inspiring,” comments Tim Turnbull, CEO of Aquapac. “Emily exemplifies our Outdoor Champions programme – people who strive to help others to connect to the great outdoors and instill a greater conservation ethic in all of us.”

Check out the full interview with Emily via Aquapac’s blog here – aquapacblog.blogspot.com.

Emily Penn - Aquapac Outdoor Champion 2013

Emily Penn - Aquapac Outdoor Champion 2013

Paradiski: the complete green package

Now 100% of its energy is renewable, it's even easier to keep carbon costs down by taking the train and staying in an eco-lodge. Here's how:

Green Energy: Paradiski will be one of the world's first ski areas to power its lifts by 100% renewable energy and is certified by the European label TUV-SUD www.tuev-sued.de. To reduce CO2 emissions, Paradiski's lift companies are also AlpEnergie 100 certified receiving all electricity through the power company. This renewable energy is also supplied to shops, hotels and restaurants in the ski area.

Green Transport: As well as getting to the ski area by plane - the nearest airport is 2.5 hours drive away in Chambery - you can get the train. Leave London St Pancras and head to either Bourg St Maurice or Aime la Plagne via Euro Star or TUV reducing your carbon spend from 98kg - from Gatwick - to 11kg per person (Source: Best Foot Forward 2010).

Green Bed: And, for the complete green package, head to one of these three ski lodges/igloos for an eco break. Both ski lodges have been certified as being eco friendly.

Les Arcs - Bourg-St-Maurice - Bergerie-du-Miravidi Certification: Clévacances 4 Keys with Environmental Qualification This Chambre d'hotes is situated in Bourg-St-Maurice - a stone's throw from the train station and a Funicular away from the slopes. Green ethos includes an ecological build using natural resources and is insulated using materials such as wood and hemp; its homemade breakfast uses 100% organic and or fair trade products. Internally the residence is decorated using natural materials and oil-free paints and the use of rainwater recovery is the norm. Visit: http://bergerie-du-miravidi.fr/english/; Telephone: +33 623 347 559; Price: from 190-215 Euro for a double room for two persons for two nights, high season.

Peisey Vallandry - Peisey - Maison Coutin Certification: Gîte Panda WWF (held since 2010) This gîte is a beautiful, ethical renovation of a house. Solar panels provide the residence with its energy whilst a wood granule boiler heats the water that satisfies the needs of 17 people – the gite’s full capacity - throughout the winter and summer seasons. Menus use organic ingredients, local fruits and vegetables, eggs and honey and they also have their own vegetable garden. Visit: www.maison-coutin.com/en/; Tel: +33 614 115 465; Price: From 58€ for a double room with breakfast; From 551€/6 days/2 adults/half-board; From 72€/6 days/child under 12/half-board.

La Plagne - Plagne Villages - Village Igloo La Plagne Igloo Village, Paradiski : After three winters, the Village Igloo has undergone a number of changes. For a start it’s increased its capacity and can now take 25 guests, thanks to the creation of 5 igloo dormitories and two igloo restaurants. Dinner and breakfasts are now created from local produce and the Village Igloo setting now features ice sculptures to give visitors a really surreal, outdoor experience. Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm-8am. Meal 45 Euro. Meal and night in igloo (group) 80 Euro pp. Meal and night in private igloo 120 Euro pp. Further info: +33(0)4 78 72 4014 and +33(0)6 75 50 17 70 www.blacksheep-igloo.com.

Village Igloo in La Plagne for dinner anyone?  (c)Koumanov

Village Igloo in La Plagne for dinner anyone?  (c)Koumanov

Rain, rain, flipping rain: don't let it soak you to the skin

It's a lesser known fact that waterproofs don't stay waterproof, well not without a little help anyway. Whatever anybody says, at some point you'll need to reproof your waterproof. If the water's soaking in then the time is right. If it's beading, you've got no worries. So how easy is it? And how much does it cost? Cheaper than buying a new jacket (although not as much fun) and more environmentally friendly especially if you use Nikwax famed for its green credentials. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Buy Nikwax Tech Wash - this washes your outdoor gear, revives breathability and reinvigorates Durable Water Repellency [DWR] and TX Direct for making your waterproof waterproof again.  What's more, Nikwax doesn't need a tumble drier to kick it into action making it more environmentally friendly.  Twin pack of Tech Wash and TX Direct [300ml] around £11.25.  

Buy Nikwax Tech Wash - this washes your outdoor gear, revives breathability and reinvigorates Durable Water Repellency [DWR] and TX Direct for making your waterproof waterproof again.  What's more, Nikwax doesn't need a tumble drier to kick it into action making it more environmentally friendly.  Twin pack of Tech Wash and TX Direct [300ml] around £11.25.  

The great thing about Nikwax's Tech Wash and TX Direct is that you can them in the washing machine making reproofing even easier.  Start with Tech Wash to remove dirt and any previous traces of detergents which will interfere with a garment's waterproofness.  Tech Wash will revive breathability and, by removing contaminates, reinvigorate the Durable Water Repellency.  Once washed you can use TX Direct which will treat seams, cords and individual fibres making them waterproof again and keeping you dry.

The great thing about Nikwax's Tech Wash and TX Direct is that you can them in the washing machine making reproofing even easier.  Start with Tech Wash to remove dirt and any previous traces of detergents which will interfere with a garment's waterproofness.  Tech Wash will revive breathability and, by removing contaminates, reinvigorate the Durable Water Repellency.  Once washed you can use TX Direct which will treat seams, cords and individual fibres making them waterproof again and keeping you dry.

But before you go pressing any buttons you'll need to wash out the dispenser in your washing machine to get rid of traces of conventional washing powders and softeners that will interfere with Nikwax's magic.

But before you go pressing any buttons you'll need to wash out the dispenser in your washing machine to get rid of traces of conventional washing powders and softeners that will interfere with Nikwax's magic.

Add the required amount of Tech Wash or TX Direct to the dispenser drawer to treat the number of jackets you've put in the drum.   Choose a synthetic cycle and leave Nikwax to do its stuff.  And that's it!  Beats spending £200 on another jacket and once you've done it once you'll want to reproof everything.  We've done tissues and we've heard of someone proofing a teabag.  Yeah, we know, what good's a waterproof teabag ...

Paradiski: new accommodation with a cool factor ...

Ski season is nearly upon us - if you plan on visiting Paradiski then business opens on the 22nd December. And, like all of us, you're probably hoping for a deluge of snow akin to what we had last year. In fact last season, Paradiski was the proud owner of a "World's Most Snow" Certificate - courtesy of Skiinfo on account of the 161cms that fell in Les Arcs in the week ending the 16th December - great start to the season I'm sure you'll agree.

Well, with high hopes of equally good conditions this season, we've been sniffing out new accommodtion so that you can rest up and brace yourself for another day of great skiing. Here we go:

LES ARCS 1800 - 3* AIGUILLE GRIVE:  Situated at the piste edge, this hotel-styled group of chalets is constructed using wood and glass for a modern feel.  It consists of one large chalet which houses the reception, restaurant and bar and six small chalets for accommodation [these six small chalets are linked to the main hub chalet by a covered walkway].  The small chalets are rented as single units of five double bedrooms with a drawing room and an equipped kitchen may also be rented by room.

LES ARCS 1800 - 3* AIGUILLE GRIVE:  Situated at the piste edge, this hotel-styled group of chalets is constructed using wood and glass for a modern feel.  It consists of one large chalet which houses the reception, restaurant and bar and six small chalets for accommodation [these six small chalets are linked to the main hub chalet by a covered walkway].  The small chalets are rented as single units of five double bedrooms with a drawing room and an equipped kitchen may also be rented by room.

  • FACT BOX:
    Cool Factor:  designed by COS Architects who renovated the RITZ, Paris; A-la-carte dining available in your chalet.
    Prices:
      784 Euro per week [based on 10 people sharing.
    Reservations: 
    contact@hotelaiguillegrive.com
LA PLAGNE - Montchavin les Coches - Mont d'Eden Chalet:  High-end chalets [Maison d'Hotes Chalet label] comprising five rooms.  Mont d'Eden sleps a total of 15 people and offers a half-board service and spa comprising indoor and outdoor jacuzzi [10 person] with views of Mont Blanc, a sensory shower, sauna and Turkish bath with sound system.  Children have the use of a Playstation 3 and Wii.

LA PLAGNE - Montchavin les Coches - Mont d'Eden Chalet:  High-end chalets [Maison d'Hotes Chalet label] comprising five rooms.  Mont d'Eden sleps a total of 15 people and offers a half-board service and spa comprising indoor and outdoor jacuzzi [10 person] with views of Mont Blanc, a sensory shower, sauna and Turkish bath with sound system.  Children have the use of a Playstation 3 and Wii.

  • FACT BOX:
    Cool Factor:  iPad in every bedroom; delivery of rental skis to your chalet.
    Prices:  98 Euro per person per day; 40% discount for children under 12; children under 3 free.
    Reservations:  +33[0]643 326064
PEISEY NANCROIX - 4* CGH Residence L'Oree des Neiges:  This high-end residence, located near the slopes, is made up of two individual chalets, with a total of 23 apartments, with a capacity of 2 to 12 people.  the hotel is located next to CGH Residence L'Oree des Cimes whose pool, hot baths, steam room, saunas and exercise room are available to residents.

PEISEY NANCROIX - 4* CGH Residence L'Oree des Neiges:  This high-end residence, located near the slopes, is made up of two individual chalets, with a total of 23 apartments, with a capacity of 2 to 12 people.  the hotel is located next to CGH Residence L'Oree des Cimes whose pool, hot baths, steam room, saunas and exercise room are available to residents.

  • FACT BOX:
    Cool Factor:  a chef will come and cook you delicious Savoyard dishes in your apartment if you so wish.  You can arrange for delivery of rental skis directly to your residence.
    Prices:  start from 854 Euro [5th Jan-8th Feb] for one week stay in a one-bedroom apartment.
    Reservations:  0844 879 2903

Get the inside from the Outside £15 and less Christmas present ideas for outdoor enthusiasts

Our blog gives you the inside gen on what we’re doing for the outside community in which we work.  This week we’re looking at Christmas presents for £15 and under.

Gosh, yes, we’re deep into Christmas right now.  In fact last weekend [15th and 16th September] I was in a London hotel and they were playing Christmas tunes so we’re not the only ones. When I worked in Woolworths HQ our summer treat was to look at the Christmas show room.  But enough of the past, let’s see what the outdoor community has for the outdoor enthusiast this Christmas. 

Grower’s Cup - Coffeebrewer, £2.50: A disposable french press in an easy to carry pouch, containing 24g of fresh ground coffee and a filter. It’s easy: open the pouch; pour in half a litre of hot water; zip up the pouch; brew for 5-8 minutes - result...3 cups of fresh coffee. The pouch is designed to stop brewing after the first cup and half have been poured – perfect. Stockists: www.growerscup.com  023 9252 871

Grower’s Cup - Coffeebrewer, £2.50: A disposable french press in an easy to carry pouch, containing 24g of fresh ground coffee and a filter. It’s easy: open the pouch; pour in half a litre of hot water; zip up the pouch; brew for 5-8 minutes - result...3 cups of fresh coffee. The pouch is designed to stop brewing after the first cup and half have been poured – perfect.

Stockists: www.growerscup.com 
023 9252 871

GSI – Kung Foon, stainless steel £12.50:  An ingenious gadget.  Chopsticks slide into the foon (combination of spoon and fork) handle to create a long handled utensil that’s perfect for scooping, scraping or stirring rehydrated pouch without getting sticky fingers.  The deep foon bowl maintains full spoon functionality for soups or cereals and it includes a custom stamped, steel gift tin to carry and store your KungFoon.  Stockist:  www.gsioutdoors.com 023 9252 8711

GSI – Kung Foon, stainless steel £12.50:  An ingenious gadget.  Chopsticks slide into the foon (combination of spoon and fork) handle to create a long handled utensil that’s perfect for scooping, scraping or stirring rehydrated pouch without getting sticky fingers.  The deep foon bowl maintains full spoon functionality for soups or cereals and it includes a custom stamped, steel gift tin to carry and store your KungFoon. 

Stockist:  www.gsioutdoors.com
023 9252 8711

Mammut Ambient Light Dry Bag, £15 is a really cool idea.  This opaque dry bag can be used for loads of things: as a cushion as a dry bag [of course] but also innovatively as a lamp.  Slip a head torch [maybe a Mammut T-Trail head torch] into the strap at the bottom and turn it into a lamp. You can use the lamp for cooking or reading.  Stockist: www.mammut.ch 01625 508218.

Mammut Ambient Light Dry Bag, £15 is a really cool idea.  This opaque dry bag can be used for loads of things: as a cushion as a dry bag [of course] but also innovatively as a lamp.  Slip a head torch [maybe a Mammut T-Trail head torch] into the strap at the bottom and turn it into a lamp. You can use the lamp for cooking or reading. 
Stockist: www.mammut.ch
01625 508218.

Primus: Colourful mini flasks, £15  the C&H vacuum bottle is a mug-of-tea sized 0.2LT flask and comes in six colours: two types of pink, yellow, green, blue and orange. They are so handy you can’t fail to love them.  Stockists; www.primus.se 023 9252 8711 
Primus: Colourful mini flasks£15 

the C&H vacuum bottle is a mug-of-tea sized 0.2LT flask and comes in six colours: two types of pink, yellow, green, blue and orange. They are so handy you can’t fail to love them. 

Stockists; www.primus.se
023 9252 8711 

Nikwax - BaseFresh, from £3.49:  A deodorising wash-in conditioner for use in combination with standard household detergents. Designed to deodorise and accelerate the drying time of all next-to-skin base layers used by outdoor enthusiasts, runners, and other active people. Added to the laundry load via the fabric softener tray, BaseFresh conditioner deodorises, speeds up drying and keeps technical garments fresh and cool. BaseFresh-treated fabrics are also more resistant to stains and day-to-day soiling, and are easier to get clean once stained. Stockist: www.nikwax.com 01892 786400

Nikwax - BaseFresh, from £3.49:  A deodorising wash-in conditioner for use in combination with standard household detergents. Designed to deodorise and accelerate the drying time of all next-to-skin base layers used by outdoor enthusiasts, runners, and other active people. Added to the laundry load via the fabric softener tray, BaseFresh conditioner deodorises, speeds up drying and keeps technical garments fresh and cool. BaseFresh-treated fabrics are also more resistant to stains and day-to-day soiling, and are easier to get clean once stained.

Stockist: www.nikwax.com
01892 786400

Aquapac – 100% waterproof Keymaster case, £15 and 100% waterproof: Great for surfers or anyone playing in and around water who doesn’t want to lose their valuables.  With it’s neck cord you can wear it under your wet suit and keep you money and keys bone dry.  Aquapac make loads of waterproof cases for things [iPhones, iPads and cameras] so worth checking out their site. You’ve just got to over the fear of plunging your gadget into the water.Stockist: www.aquapac.net 020 7738 4466

Aquapac – 100% waterproof Keymaster case, £15 and 100% waterproof: Great for surfers or anyone playing in and around water who doesn’t want to lose their valuables.  With it’s neck cord you can wear it under your wet suit and keep you money and keys bone dry.  Aquapac make loads of waterproof cases for things [iPhones, iPads and cameras] so worth checking out their site. You’ve just got to over the fear of plunging your gadget into the water.

Stockist: www.aquapac.net
020 7738 4466
GSI - Ultralight Java Drip, £12:  An ultralight personal fresh coffee filter - a lightweight and easy way to make a fresh cup of coffee anywhere.  Weighs 15g and clips to cup [cup not included]. Stockist:  www.gsioutdoors.com 023 9252 8711

GSI - Ultralight Java Drip, £12:  An ultralight personal fresh coffee filter - a lightweight and easy way to make a fresh cup of coffee anywhere.  Weighs 15g and clips to cup [cup not included].

Stockist:  www.gsioutdoors.com
023 9252 8711

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Yeah, so do we!

Polartec says "Layer Up!"

Comfort. Warmth. Shelter. Learn about the complete layering system from Polartec and be prepared to meet the elements head on.