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Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Monday, 07 September 2009 21:09
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The Smirnoff Co. has announced that it will be simultaneously unveiling five huge ice sculptures across the UK on the 11th of September celebrating the national launch of two new flavours of vodka; Green Apple Smirnoff and Lime Smirnoff.

Appearing in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and London, the ice sculptures will recreate iconic landmarks from each of the five major UK cities in the form of scaled-down replicas.  In Glasgow’s Buchannan Galleries, an ice carving of the Armadillo measuring 8 metres by 2.4 metres high will be constructed.  The infamous Forth Bridge will be rebuilt on the rooftop of Edinburgh’s Prince’s Street Mall, Manchester’s futuristic Urbis will be reproduced at The Great Northern and Liverpool One will be home to an ice replica of the top of the Liver Building.

Meanwhile coming to the capital’s beautiful Covent Garden piazza will be an ice sculpture of London’s skyline featuring Canary Wharf, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, St. Pauls Cathedral and The Gherkin, measuring 10 metres in length and 3 metres in height.

The installations will see some of the world’s top ice sculptors, Duncan and Jamie Hamilton, Ben Edson, Jack Hackney and Darren Jackson work through the night to carve the structures from a mix of clear and white ice.  The ice blocks for the sculptures, being prepared in giant freezers at the Hamilton’s workshop in South West London, will be transported to each location on the 11th of September.  Upon arrival, they’ll be slotted into place and shaped into their illustrious designs, incorporating limes, green apples and frozen bottles of Smirnoff flavoured vodka.

Sculptor Duncan Hamilton comments;
“We were delighted to be asked to work with Smirnoff Flavours.  This is the first time we have been asked to design and produce a project of this scale.  The challenge to present such unique large sculptures in five city centres, at the same time and on the same day is wonderful.”

Michael Martin, spokesperson for Smirnoff vodka comments;
“We wanted to do something original and exciting and resolutely iconic to mark the launch of Lime Smirnoff and Green Apple Smirnoff in the UK.  When we saw what the Hamiltons had in store, we were blown away.  Make sure you get to see the sculptures before they melt and check out the new flavours of Smirnoff which you can try in many bars around the country!”

Weighing up to an impressive 3 ½ tonnes, each sculpture will take four men approximately five hours to assemble and carve from the time the blocks arrive on site.  Once completed, they will be on show day and night until the ice melts and the monuments disappear.
Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Thursday, 27 August 2009 23:34
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In light of the forthcoming ice hockey season for the Nottingham Panthers, we locked ourselves in a room with a semi-naked 6'5" Coach Corey Neilson after the Panther's training session on Thursday 27th August. (He's MAASSSSIVVE!)

Having caught a few minutes of the session, the players looked to be gelling well, and the skill levels looked impressive. Kevin Bergin seemed to be a key figure and in good spirits and there was a definate positive vibe around the changing rooms at this early stage.

Gary Moran was accomodating enough to organise a few minutes with some of the players for us (he's very busy but sounds keen to get the season started with a visit from the Belfast Giants on Saturday 5th September) and you should look out for reports and news on the Panther's title challenge all season here at Freeq magazine.  Listen to the full interview with Coach Neilson here at Freeq interview Corey Neilson

We also had a quick chat with Brit forward Marc Levers to get his thoughts on the upcoming season (and to try and get a sneak preview of the lines) have a listen here  Freeq interview Marc Levers

Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Sunday, 28 June 2009 11:30
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Michael Eavis: “Best Glastonbury Ever” It’s official, 2009 is the best ever according to one of the music industry’s most influential figures, Michael Eavis, host of Glastonbury Festival.We spoke to the man himself today, and Eavis said that even next year’s 40th anniversary would not top this …
Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Saturday, 27 June 2009 20:11
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rolf_glasto09_20090627_3592reducedRolf Harris makes friends with Freeq magazine at Glastonbury 2009... (Rolf Harris with Art Director Mellisa Harrison) Ok so easily the most impressive thing so far was Q Tip on the Jazz World stage showing Jay-Z how a Glastonbury Hip-Hop set should be done.  Quite simply the guy is a legend. We…
Written by Sam Borrett (Editor) Friday, 26 June 2009 09:37
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Long live the King


Michael Jackson 'King of Pop' has passed away aged 50 after a four-decade music career that propelled him to super stardom of the kind that we will never again witness.

His moves are legendary, the genius of his songwriting not underestimated by those that love, or loathe him.  His mind troubled by a uniquely difficult, and abusive childhood.  This man's life will never be replicated, his musical achievements will stand alone, far beyond what any artist will ever accomplish.

He has influenced generations through his performances.  There is hardly an R&B or Pop singer the world over who wouldn't cite Michael among their idols.  Without MJ we would never have seen Usher, Justin Timberlake, Neyo, Chris Brown, countless boybands and many others; modern dance would not be where it is today.  What he has given us can never be taken away, despite ongoing media persecution and attempts to diminish the world's greatest performer, and that he now rests, can really only be a good thing for his sanity.  What it means for his children though is a different matter, it is not publicly known who the mother of his third child is and the Australian nurse who mothered his first two was bought out of the family unit years ago.

So, for the millions that love Michael and will cherish the music and the memories, be prepared for the minority that try to attack the man and ignore his legend.  Remember, he has never been found guilty of any of the highly publicised charges.  He was quite clearly a little naive in much of his conduct but what we know of his upbringing, who can say they would be more 'together' in the same situation?

He lived life like he wanted the world to be - innocent and in love - he lived in the hope people could change.  It's just a shame the world was too far gone to realise.

RIP Michael Jackson 1958-2009





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