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Charter Focus: Exploring the West Med With Andiamo

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:00
Charter Focus: Exploring the West Med With Andiamo As winter perseveres, chartering a yacht in some of Europe’s sunnier regions becomes a beguiling prospect. Currently cruising the balmy waters of the western Mediterranean with Hill Robinson, Andiamo represents the perfect escape from the February blues.

Baglietto build Andiamo, which was delivered to new owners during the summer of 2018, represents a contemporary twist on the classic Italian profile. She cuts an impressive figure, with Francesco Paszkowski’s signature clean lines and innovative architectural features such as reverse angled wheelhouse windows.

A perfect charter vessel, opportunities for relaxation abound onboard Andiamo. A vast 140m² sun deck features a unique infinity pool with a waterfall, as well as an area served by a barbeque and bar for the ultimate in al fresco dining.

The 48m displacement is further equipped with a beach club that skims the surface of the water, with fold-out balconies that bring the superyacht experience even closer to the water, yielding gorgeous panoramas that would be unachievable from other angles. Andiamo’s original calling as a family cruising yacht is apparent - ample lounging areas are matched by a tender garage bursting with exciting water toys.

Her indoor spaces are just as rewarding, with fantastic luxury extras including a cinema - the perfect way to wind down a long day of sunbathing, swimming and socialising. The Baglietto build is notable for her onboard comfort; warm, chic and contemporary are achieved by precious wood including lacquered ebony and oak, luxuriously finished in onyx and leather. She can accommodate 12 guests across a VIP cabin, two double cabins and 2 twin cabins.

The craftsmanship of this Andiamo exemplifies its Italian heritage - her Francesco Paszkowski-curated exterior and interior is a beacon of the quality vessels for which the region is celebrated. We cannot think of a better way to explore the sumptuous climes of the Mediterranean.

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The Perfect Valentine's Charter Destinations

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:00
The Perfect Valentine's Charter Destinations Love is in the air this week, and if you’re stuck for an original idea to celebrate Valentine's Day, why not consider a romantic yacht charter? Here are our top picks for an intimate, impulsive getaway...

1. Cote d’Azur
Sipping champagne on the French Riviera is a failsafe option for old-school romance. Here, glorious natural beauty is counterposed by chic seaside enclaves buzzing with glamorous resorts and swanky restaurants. And why choose between the exclusive glitz of Cannes, the haute couture of Saint Tropez and the sumptuous eateries of Antibes when a West Med yacht charter can take you to all of them?

2. Italian West Coast
A charter beginning at the Italian Riviera and stretching down to the Aeolian Islands will yield unbridled beauty. The Tuscan Archipelago is a rustic paradise crystallised in time, whilst Corsica’s rugged terrain blazes with year-round sunshine. Sardinia, meanwhile, is an arcadia of rolling hills dotted with lemon groves. The soaring cliffs, crumbling villages and cerulean sea of the Italian coast is the perfect joint experience.

4. The Caribbean and Bahamas
A Caribbean or Bahamas charter is laid-back affair to be enjoyed at a different pace of life. Days are for languishing away, whilst evenings buzz with the infectious rhythm of the steel drum. Whether you’re cruising the crystal waters of the Exumas or enjoying the powder-sand beaches of the Leeward Islands, the region represents the perfect opportunity to put life on hold.

4. French Polynesia
The South Pacific is a less-chartered destination, but one which is gaining ground. White beaches, technicolour reefs and water of the most intense aquamarine make up the distinctive allure of French Polynesia. However, whilst the famous overwater bungalows are the luxury honeymooner’s dream, the hibiscus-flowers-and-grass-skirt vibe of Tahiti, Bora Bora and Tonga makes for an authentic island-living experience. 

5. Antarctica
If you are one of those couples who consider Valentine’s a hallmark holiday, why not book a yacht charter that speaks to your unconventional nature? Antarctica is a near-deserted continent of hulking icebergs, glittering shores and striking natural beauty. On the itinerary is Deception Island, a collapsed volcano that forms a natural harbour, Paradise Harbour, a spectacular glacier befitting of its name, and Lemaire Channel, a narrow waterway snaking between Antarctic cliffs. One thing is for certain: it will be memorable.

Abaco, The Bahamas Antigua, Leeward Islands Tahiti, French Polynesia Sardinia, Italy

Charter Focus: Burgess Presents Va Bene

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:00
Charter Focus: Burgess Presents Va Bene If you are thinking of chartering this year, Burgess might just have the yacht for you. At 47.8m the Kees Cornelissen built vessel, Va Bene is a perfect specimen for chartering - large enough for the luxe experience but small enough for intimacy.

Up to 12 friends and family can join you onboard Va Bene in what is sure to be an experience that you will treasure for years to come. Cosy communal areas, an expansive sun deck and an attentive, friendly and expert crew set the wheels in motion for the ultimate charter adventure.

Listed with Burgess, the yacht is notably family friendly, with a large selection of water toys, RYA qualified instructors and themed entertainment evenings ensuring that there is never a dull moment onboard. However, she also caters to the grown-ups, with versatile guest areas transforming into sophisticated settings for eating, socialising and entertaining.

With an outward appearance designed by The A Group and interiors masterminded by H2 Yacht Design, Va Bene has a striking silhouette. Built in 1994, her recently re-fitted spaces feature a timeless design of pale, limed wood to optimize the abundance of natural light which pours in, resulting in a light, airy and non-oppressive interior. With a separate dining room and large al fresco dining area on the aft deck, Va Bene prioritises both casual and formal communal settings.

Where the yacht really has the edge is in the wealth of entertainment facilities and extra features. The sun deck is able to transform into a dancefloor with a state of the art sound system, and also boasts a six-person jacuzzi. The aft section, meanwhile, entails a barbeque and vast sun pads that can be cleared to make space for gym equipment. Va Bene’s versatility also makes her a great yacht for charter - the full beam master cabin has a private study which converts to a children’s cabin with a pullman berth.

Va Bene will be cruising to the Mediterranean this summer, and Burgess are open to enquiries for winter charters.

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319 joins Virgin Atlantic for a day

Booker Gliding - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 23:18
The club's ASW19 took part in Virgin Atlantic's Future Flyer and Exceptional Engineers event at their headquarters at Gatwick today.

The objective of the event is to "inspire children and young adults to showcase the amazing opportunities available to them by sharing our wonderful world of aviation".

Organisations supporting the eventOver 800 people attended the event over the course of the day with opportunities to fly Virgin Atlantics Airbus simulators, try out their training escape slides, meet and talk to various aviation related organisations and crucially sit in a real glider and find out about gliding. 319 was a popular attraction with a constant steam of 'future flyers' throughout the day.

319 on display in front of Virgin Atlantic's training rigs
Highlight of the event had to be Maddi giving a group of Virgin Atlantic pilots a very practical lesson in weight and balance....
Maddi's take on "Catch me if you can"



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Windsurfing holiday in paradise: 10 best Caribbean windsurf spots

Windsurfing - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:55

Looking for a windsurfing holiday in paradise? With enchanting islands, warm waters, beautiful beaches, steady winds and friendly locals the Caribbean fits the bill. But what are the best Caribbean windsurf spots? It would be ever so easy to rattle off a top 10 based on visitor numbers or Google search...

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The Must-Sees of Miami Yacht Show

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:00
The Must-Sees of Miami Yacht Show From February 14-18, the biggest and best in boating flock to Florida for the annual Miami Yacht Show. This year, household names in build and brokerage will be docked along the glittering coastline in a turnout of epic proportions. If you are lucky enough to be living it up on the east coast, make sure to catch these beautiful boats…

Kismet
At 95.2m, Kismet is one of the biggest boats in show, as well as one of the most impressive. This custom Lurssen is the product of the collaboration of a host of award winners, including interior designer Reymond Langton and exterior stylist Espen Oeino. A specimen of uncompromised perfection, Kismet is known for her graceful silhouette and ‘Champagne and Caviar’ themed spaces. She is presented at the show by Moran Yacht and Ship.

Excellence V
Available for sale and charter with Burgess, 60.9m Excellence V will also be at the upper end of the size spectrum at Miami. However, Reymond Langton curated spaces work with sweeping exterior lines to create the interior volume of an even larger boat. This Abeking and Rasmussen build has everything that you would expect of the regarded German shipbuilder: class, quality and capability.

Minderella
Merle Wood & Associates bring this graceful 57.3m build to the shores of Miami - a timeless yacht which was originally built in 1986 and benefitted from a 2016 reift. The chic De Voogt naval architecture of this luxury Feadship won her a finalist position in the 2017 World Superyacht Awards, and is bound to stir interest at the show.

Lazy Z
Exhibiting with Burgess, this 51.4m build is a yacht of considerable capability. Since leaving the Oceanco shipyard in 2013, Lazy Z has gone through multi-million dollar refits in 2015 and 2017 which brought the yacht up to scratch mechanically and in terms of her design. The Baron Gurney/The A Group exteriors and Richard Hein interiors are well worth a look.

Kinta
Available for sale and charter with IYC, Kinta was built in the Prokestan/Turquoise shipyard in 2008. This 54.6m yacht is a shining example of the pedigree coming out of Turkey in recent times, and a standard bearer for the emerging market. A stunning 2011 refit by Jean Guy Vergas made Kinta into a completely new yacht - she now epitomises contemporary and sophisticated interior style, and is certainly one of the major players at Miami Yacht Show.

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Charter Focus: Around the World on Lili

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00
Charter Focus: Around the World on Lili Imperial Yachts introduce Lili: The Amels 55m embarking on a round the world charter tour. We speak to CA Julia Buklina, who reveals how this ambitious superyacht is redefining charter standards and what vessels like Lili mean for a shifting industry.

Lili began her circumnavigation in mid-December of last year in the Maldives, and will be cruising the Indian Ocean and the Seychelles until April. She then plans on heading to Thailand, before making her way to the Mediterranean for the summer of 2019. Finally, a year after her embarkation, she will cruise to the Caribbean - the best place to be during the bleak winter months.

Having ticked off many of the time-honoured cruising idylls in 2019, 2020 will be a year of adventure, with Lili setting out for some of the world’s less-chartered recesses. “Costa Rica or Ecuador already pinned on the map,” Julia tells us, “She will then cruise north during spring 2020 and explore Alaska through the summer, before heading south and visit the Pacific in August 2020.”

With trips planned in French Polynesia and Fiji, the preliminary plan for winter 2020/2021 is to scale the Oceanic continent until hitting New Zealand waters. Llittle explanation is needed as to why a Lili charter is ideal for those seeking new sensations at sea - not content with exploring just one far flung region, she is heading to all of them.

So why the need for cruises like Lili? According to Julia, the charterers of today have more exotic ambitions than their predecessors. “More and more clients are looking for unconventional and unusual places for their holidays. We’re seeing an influx in enquiries for wild and remote destinations,” she says.

Lili was the perfect boat for the job. She is, first and foremost, eminently capable of completing the task at hand. Julia elaborates on the aptitude of the Amels 180 model for the ambitious tour: “She was customized following the wishes of our client, and the result exceeds expectation.”

“Her layout is very unusual for an Amels 180,” Julia continues, “Lili has 6 cabins with two masters - one on main deck forward with private folding-down balcony, one on the upper deck aft with a private aft deck terrace, and four guests rooms.” An abundance of outdoor space means room for a 4m counter-jet swimming pool, whilst cosy indoor spaces entails a gym and cinema.

Lili also boasts a friendly crew, including a host of multi-skills specialists including a talented chef and an expert spa professional. Full diving equipment and seasoned dive instructor are also at the disposal of guests, who are able to explore the diverse depths of the unique waters that Lili will be cruising.

“With all these elements combined, Lili represented the perfect opportunity to push the boundaries and satisfy the enquiries of the most demanding charter guests,” Julia concludes. The 55m is bound for a stunning couple of years and we can’t wait for updates on her progress, as well as the progress of an industry teeming with a new demographic of charterers pushing the boundaries of traditional cruising.

Lili is available for charter.

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Snowy Saturday

Booker Gliding - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:08
While the briefing room was sheltering those who attended Chris Rowland's lecture on Aircraft General Knowledge, a hardy few set up on 35 for Graham's aerobatic course and some check flights for those wanting to get current - after we had managed to get the frozen hangar doors open. The airfield was surprisingly clear of snow but the fields round about were well covered and the views were stunning.

Attaching the triangle for aeros
Maddi launching the first flight, Bob D in the tug
Luke looking for the airfield
Ah yes, there it is
A good warm hat was essential
Hangar packed, off to the clubhouse for a hot drink

48 Hours in the Dreamworld of Dubai

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 17:45
48 Hours in the Dreamworld of Dubai As you cruise into Dubai Marina, skyscrapers towering overhead, you immediately feel the singularity of the place. Dubai is a self-contained world with endless things to see and do. However, if your cruise or charter only allows for two days, then look no further for best way to pass a dazzling 48 hours.

It is hard to believe that until recently the site of modern day Dubai consisted of arid desert. In the 1960s, a newly oil-based economy sparked a successful attempt to wrench a lagging region into the modern world, and culminated in a West-modelled metropolis being constructed as if out of thin air. Today, Dubai is a wonderland of soaring buildings, labyrinthine malls and ultramodern architecture; a veritable SimCity with a population of 7.8 million expatriates.

Once you have anchored your superyacht in the state of the art marina, it is time to check into one of Dubai’s ultraluxe resorts or hotels. Many of these are concentrated on Palm Jumeirah, the tree-shaped artificial archipelago whose birdseye aspect has made Dubai famous. At the apex of this landmark is a staggering staple of the Dubai skyline: Atlantis the Palm. Mythological architecture meets kitsch, under-the-sea decor in this palatial resort, and it’s perfect for a one night stay.

Your first day anchored in Dubai should be passed enjoying all that Palm Jumeirah has to offer. The island boasts a waterpark, two pools and a mile of your archetypal white sand beach, not to mention a palm-fringed lagoon where you can swim with dolphins. The ultimate adrenaline trip - skydiving above the unique landmass - is at your fingertips, and the archipelago is overflowing with high-end dining spots such as Nobu and 101 Dining Lounge. Cruising around Palm Jumeirah by yacht is also an option - the islands are yacht-friendly, with the Dubai International Boat Show running from 25th February-1st March.

On your second day, you should visit Burj Khalifa. At 830m, this is the tallest building in existence, and an observation deck on the 124th floor provides breathtaking aerial views. At the base lies Dubai Fountain - in the supersized spirit of the city, this jet, light and music choreographed water feature is the largest in the world. Another UAE institution is the Dubai Mall, a retail utopia that sprawls across 502,000 square metres and famously features an Olympic-size ice skating rink. It is a browsing and buying bonanza of such magnitude that it hosts its own ‘shopping festival’ in January and February.

Today’s Dubai might be a destination best known for putting ski slopes inside shopping malls, but behind the glitz and glamour there is an ancient realm steeped in culture. Traditional gold, spice and textile souks are located around Dubai Creek, and visitors can encounter the region’s past as a sleepy fishing village in the Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. It is well worth taking an afternoon to explore Dubai’s rich history.

There is something inherently fascinating about a desert outpost-turned-urban Shangri-la. Dubai represents a fantasy realised, and appreciators of luxury should not miss the chance to charter this outlandish metropolis, even if it is only for 48 hours!

48 Hours in the Dreamworld of Dubai Photos Courtesy of the Dubai Media Office Photos Courtesy of the Dubai Media Office Photos Courtesy of the Dubai Media Office

Henry and the Winter Lectures

Booker Gliding - Sun, 01/27/2019 - 11:54
The room was well-filled yesterday to hear Henry de-mystifying radio comms in the third of our Winter Series of briefings. Next week Chris Rowland will be tackling the subject of Aircraft General Knowledge.

Henry keeping calm

We fly in snow!

Booker Gliding - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 22:22
There's been a bit of snow here in the Chiltern uplands, but not enough to stop us having fun.

Still smiling






New World Experience Part 1: Mark Robba on Dunia Baru

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:00
New World Experience Part 1: Mark Robba on Dunia Baru “Dunia Baru was never built for charter.” began the superyacht’s owner and businessman Mark Robba. “I built her as a platform for my family to explore the 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and when we decided to offer her for charter the feedback was really amazing.”

Not built on a budget, nor with a time schedule, Mr Robba had the patience to create an Indonesian phinisi masterpiece; built with the elegance and drama required to reflect her surroundings. Mark explains, “Dunia Baru is a truly Indonesian yacht, down to her very soul. She was crafted by hand by the renowned Konjo Boat Builder, who have been building the finest phinisis for generations. Asmat wood carvers made incredible wall panels on board, while artisans from Bali did paintings and extraordinary artwork was collected for the yacht from across the archipelago.”

Now available for charter, Dunia Baru is a rare superyacht that has been purposely crafted to fit with one destination. “South East Asia has so much to offer visiting superyachts,” Mark shares, explaining the reasoning behind a destination-built vessel... “We've explored the waters around Malaysia, Thailand, Palau and the Mergui Archipelago, but honestly, we could spend the next 20 years in Indonesia and still find new things.”

What’s slightly, less-rare, however, is the conversation on South East Asia as a growing yachting destination. Seeing the traffic first hand, Mark describes, “It is a booming yachting destination as well and an increasing number of foreign flagged superyachts are coming here. There is so much to explore.”  But, as the experienced owner explains, only Indonesian flagged boats are allowed to charter in these remote waters. Dunia Baru of course, makes this list.

So with a vessel more than fit for purpose we asked the question, why Indonesia? “It is astonishingly beautiful here. And, unlike the beautiful places in the Med or Caribbean, it is still an untouched paradise. You can find yourself in remote bays or anchored off of deserted beaches without another vessel in sight. You could pass a whole charter without seeing another soul a part from the people on your yacht,” surely what every superyacht owner or charterer wants?

Aside from the off-radar ability of the country’s 1,700 islands and islets, Robba mentions a handful of other major draws which include the natural diversity of the renowned Coral Triangle, housing some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, as well as birdwatching and animal-spotting… not to forget the Balinese Beach Clubs.

So with a one of a kind built vessel in an other-wordly location, Mark continues this conversation in Part 2, explaining the unusual charter experience on board…

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Snow joke

Booker Gliding - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 16:03
There was some gliding today at Booker in the fine morning sky, but the day was cut short by a heavy snow shower. Jim Roland managed to get the tug away just in time.
Booker tug pilots remain cheerful whatever the weather throws at them.

First first solo of 2019

Booker Gliding - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 21:15
Today the Kosogorin family took advantage of the glorious sunshine to come to Booker to see 14 year old Sacha do his first solo. Sacha did his training last August, mostly with Graham Saw, but he had to wait until his 14th birthday before he could go solo. His younger brother is hot on his heels!

Congratulations Sacha!
Mum, Dad and younger brother with Graham
The traditional instructor handshake

News from Australia

Booker Gliding - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 20:59
Club member and DCFI Steve Williams is currently enjoying great weather in Australia.
Here are a few pics that he has sent to cheer us all up while we await the arrival of Spring.
Looks like the Discus 2 fits.
9000Ft Climb in convergent air.
9000 Ft in convergence above mountains North of Lake Keepit

Guide to Camber Sands beach holidays in East Sussex, UK

Windsurfing - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:13

Not planning to go abroad for your next vacation? Fancy a British beach holiday? Then check out this guide to Camber Sands beach holidays in East Sussex, UK. Being an island, Britain is surrounded by 11,000 miles of coastline. Much of which is dotted with glorious sandy beaches that on their day can be...

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National Geographic and Herbal Essences Unearth the Power of Botanicals in New Storytelling Partnership that Launches with Premiere of Branded Content Special, Secrets of the Garden

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:00

The branded content special and extended short video digital content will take viewers inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where scientists are working to unlock the full potential of real botanicals.

WASHINGTON (January 17, 2019) – Today, National Geographic and Herbal Essences announce a new branded content partnership, SECRETS OF THE GARDEN, which premieres tonight, January 17th at 6/5c on National Geographic. It highlights the first global hair care partnership between Herbal Essences and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which celebrates the real botanicals used in Herbal Essences bio:renew products.

The partnership kicks off with a branded content special, SECRETS OF THE GARDEN, which chronicles the remarkable story of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Located just outside of London, Kew is the most biodiverse place in the world and one of the world’s leading authorities on plant science.  Herbal Essences has partnered with Kew, which has over 250 years of botanical expertise, to bring consumers more transparency and confidence in the ingredients that go into the Herbal Essences bio:renew products.

In the special, National Geographic turns their lens on London to explore the authority and scientific knowledge behind the Gardens and illustrate how Kew’s botanists are able to continually unlock the incredible secrets of the diverse plant kingdom. Viewers are taken on a journey through both the Gardens and laboratories where they meet the scientists who identify the unique ‘Botanical Fingerprint’ of each real botanical used in Herbal Essences bio:renew collections.

Professor Monique Simmonds, Kew Gardens’ first female Deputy Director of Science, and a true pioneer for botanical science, highlights the unique power of plants as they relate to the world of beauty, and underscores why Herbal Essences is the first global hair care brand endorsed by Kew.

“Herbal Essences places a high value on biodiversity and the wonders of the natural world, which aligns perfectly with the vision and values of National Geographic,” said Brendan Ripp, EVP Sales and Partnership at National Geographic. “We’re thrilled to offer our iconic storytelling to Herbal Essences, to bring their commitment to science into context, while generating both impact and engagement for the brand.”

In addition to the custom 30-minute special, National Geographic will produce a series of short videos that serve as explainers, a dynamic digital experience that takes visitors behind the scenes at Kew, and social posts to fully distribute the story to audiences across its vast media ecosystem.

The special will be available on demand beginning tomorrow, January 18 at: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/secrets-of-the-garden/. Please visit the link to learn more about the essence of great hair and the unprecedented collaboration between Herbal Essences and the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.

“I am excited to share a deeper look into P&G Beauty’s collaboration and partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This is an important story to tell. The ground-breaking work with Kew is not only shaping how we work with plants and botanicals to bring exciting products to our Beauty brands but also is setting new standards of natural ingredient quality for the beauty industry. National Geographic’s expertise in exploring the power of nature coupled with their unique storytelling ability brings this story to life and helps us connect with people interested in more natural products in a compelling way,” says Alex Keith, CEO P&G Beauty.

Sandra Botterell, Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprise at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said, “We are proud to be working with such a well-respected global haircare brand as Herbal Essences, and cannot think of a better platform on which the story of the partnership can be told as National Geographic. This incredible special will bring Kew to a global audience, highlighting the beauty, size and diversity of Kew’s collections. It really shows how we use these collections along with cutting edge analytical methods to ensure the quality of the plants being gathered from different parts of the world are of the quality required by Herbal Essences.”

This partnership demonstrates National Geographic’s unique ability to simultaneously support partners’ brand development goals while shining light on everyday scientists and their endeavors.

 

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About Herbal Essences

Herbal Essences was born into nature with a free spirit and a joyful heart. Our bohemian roots still have the power to inspire young women today with products that merge the best of nature with science. Because there will always be women who aspire to a unique and authentic beauty that can only come from a closeness to nature and a true sense of self. Herbal is not about problems, but the freedom to immerse yourself in nature & indulge in the thrill of letting go for a little moment of joy. Herbal believes in ingredients with intent, packaging as items of beauty for her & the earth, colors found in nature, irresistibly delicious fragrances, & formulas that are as clean as possible without compromising the results women crave. And Herbal hair? Herbal hair is hair that is undone, natural looking and free – just like the women who choose it. Simply put, Herbal Essences does beautiful things for your hair & your head. To learn more about Herbal Essences visit www.herbalessences.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

About the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew believes in a world where plants and fungi are understood, respected and celebrated daily – because our lives depend on them. Kew leverages the power of science and the rich diversity of their extensive collections and gardens to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is home to over 30,000 different plant and seed species from around the globe. Here, scientists celebrate the world’s biodiversity and plant richness and make it accessible to everyone. Kew Gardens was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrates its 260th anniversary in 2019.

 

About Procter & Gamble

At P&G, Diversity & Inclusion are at the heart of our Purpose, Values and Principles.  And we recognize that an inclusive culture goes well beyond race, gender or creed.   We benefit from the best thinking, ideas and innovation when people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and ways of thinking work together. A more inclusive workplace and world means we can do a better job of delighting consumers with our products and brands.

About Procter & Gamble: P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®,  Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®,  Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®,  Wella® and Whisper®.  The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

 

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National Geographic Offering Federal Employees Complimentary Tickets to See Free Solo in IMAX

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:24

National Geographic will offer complimentary tickets to select screenings of FREE SOLO at AMC Georgetown for federal employees who are impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the theater starting one hour before the screening. Federal employees with a valid government ID may each receive up to two tickets and vouchers for popcorn and soda.

FREE SOLO is playing in IMAX for one week only nationwide and in Canada. Contact pressroom@natgeo.com with questions.

Screenings:
Tuesday, January 15, 1 PM
Wednesday, January 16, 1 PM
Thursday, January 17, 1 PM

Theater information:
AMC Georgetown
3111 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

About the film:
From award-winning filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned filmmaker, cinematographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin (MERU), FREE SOLO is a breathtaking portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares for an unprecedented feat: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock … the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park … without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit. Click here to watch the trailer and learn more.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LAUNCHES NEW MOBILE APP IN UNITED STATES AND CANADA

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 20:34

New digital experience gives users 24/7 access to Nat Geo in their pockets

(WASHINGTON DC – Jan. 10, 2019) – National Geographic just launched a new mobile app that is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store to customers in the U.S. and Canada. Compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, the app provides users with a personalized digital experience that includes access to the National Geographic magazine archives, an immense photo library, digital articles and over 3,000 captivating videos. Designed to be the most convenient way to access National Geographic’s rich content, the National Geographic app empowers users to discover the world, be inspired by stories and build their own adventure through a personalized feed.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us through ground-breaking storytelling across our unparalleled portfolio of media assets,” said David Miller, executive vice president and general manager of National Geographic Media. “The new app is a valuable addition to this portfolio as it further expands our touchpoints beyond our television channels, magazines, travel offerings, books, events, and existing digital and social platforms that already reach millions of consumers around the world every month.”

For the first time, the National Geographic app has been developed for both Apple’s iOS ecosystem and Google’s Android operating system, bringing National Geographic’s 130-year storytelling legacy to consumers all over the world. Designed to learn from users’ behavior, the app will continually refine their experience through the “For You” tab that highlights the most relevant, curated content to provide a highly personalized experience. Content will be refreshed regularly; it currently features:

  • Over 3,000 long- and short-form videos
  • Over 28,000 photos by some of National Geographic’s legendary photographers
  • Curated archive of National Geographic magazines, including the original issue from 1888

“We’re delighted to launch this new app to help our audience have the best possible experience when consuming National Geographic content,” said Marcus East, National Geographic’s executive vice president of product and technology. “The app provides our fans with a personalized portal into the world of National Geographic and we have an exciting roadmap of enhancements and developments planned for the coming months that will make it even better.”

The new National Geographic app replaces the previous National Geographic magazine app and, through a free account, provides full access to a source of endless inspiration for the everyday explorer. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and is available on  Google Play.

 

Press Contact:

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, 202-912-6703

 

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