A jet lag cure near? Qantas and researchers from the Charles Perkins Centre hope so!

Qantas passengers are set to benefit from a world first collaboration between the airline and one of Australia’s leading academic institutions to reshape the travel experience. I ventured to Sydney University to hear about the work that is about to be undertaken in order for feel better, pre, during and post any long haul fllying.

The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre will work with Qantas to help develop the airline’s new approach to long haul travel ahead of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights later this year. The centre brings together researchers across a variety of fields from nutrition to physical activity, sleep and complex systems modelling.

Qantas and the Charles Perkins Centre are looking at opportunities to involve some Qantas frequent flyers in trials that involve wearable technology in the measurement of existing biorhythms during travel, enabling future products to be developed and designed with the insight of robust data.

Professor Steve Simpson, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, said the partnership is hugely exciting as it’s the first time there has been an integrated multidisciplinary collaboration between an airline and a university around in-flight health and well-being beyond medical emergency.

Source: Qantas


RH Polo beat La Indiana in a thrilling match at the Cartier Queen's Cup

The biggest names in the sport of polo were in action yesterday on the Queen’s Ground at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park in a bid to win the prestigious Cartier Queen’s Cup 2017.

One of the most prestigious and renowned events of the British sporting calendar, hosted by Laurent Feniou, Managing Director Cartier Ltd, watched alongside a strong crowd of polo aficionados and illustrious guests, was played out on Sunday. The summit of the day was the exhilarating play for the Queen’s Cup between Ben Soleimani’s RH Polo and Michael Bickford’s La Indiana.

Cartier has a long-standing tradition of supporting polo for over 30 years and is delighted to continue its involvement in the prestigious high-goal Queen’s Cup tournament. To mirror the impressive talent on the field, Cartier invited guests from the worlds of stage, screen, sport, society, and literature into the Cartier enclosure, welcoming them to the elegant reception, serving Cartier champagne and a lunch created by Cellar Society.

Guests started with Goat’s Curd with Wiltshire Black Truffle, Zucchini Flower Beignets, Regent’s Park Truffle Honey followed by Roast Fillet of Hereford Beef, Chargrilled Summer Vegetables, Minted Peas & Anya Potatoes and finished on a sweet note with Hedgerow Berry Pavlova, Whipped Jersey Cream and Fresh Mint.

The afternoon finished with DJ Hugo Heathcote, accompanied with unique performances by saxophonist Ben Barnett and percussionist Tom Carr, followed by internationally renowned DJ Mark Ronson.

Source: Cartier


Inside a private dinner with David Furnish and Lqd Skin Care

One of the standout events of London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM) was held on Saturday night, an exclusive private dinner hosted by LFWM Ambassador David Furnish, in association with Liquid Skin Care (Lqd®).

Liquid Skin Care is Australia’s leading prestige men’s skin care brand and is the Official Skincare Sponsor of London Fashion Week Men’s. Alongside David Furnish, Lqd® Skin Care co-founders Anthony McDonough and Chris Glebatsas welcomed a mix of fashion industry insiders, international press and retailers.

David Furnish commented “Massive thanks to Lqd® Skin Care for their support of LFWM. Their commitment to quality and innovation in mens skin care sits beautifully alongside the same qualities in British mens fashion.”

Sponsors such as Mercedes Benz, Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka were on hand to ensure guests enjoyed the most debonair of dinners, catered by the renowned Cellar Society.

An extra highlight of the evening for invitees was an exclusive performance by Rosie Lowe (one of Sir Elton John’s hand-picked artists) and all guests received gift bags including a preview bottle of the soon to be launched Lqd Body Wash, along with Harrods Special Cuvee champagne.

The #DFxLqd dinner was yet another milestone for Lqd® as it continues its phenomenal global expansion, and a smart, elegant addition to an already remarkable LFWM

Source: Lqd Skincare


Australian Celebrities Thank Hugh – Logan

After 17 years playing the iconic character of Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is hanging up the claws. To celebrate the release of Logan on Blu-ray & DVD this week a handful of Australia’s media personalities, sports starts, celebrities and even politicians have sent their tributes, thanking Hugh for an incredible run as Logan.

Touting an MA 15+-rating, allowing fans to finally see Logan’s legendary berserk rage unleashed, Mangold brings a visceral and gritty realism to the story, based on one of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters. In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant (Dafne Keen) arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

A black and white version of the film, entitled Logan Noir, gives the acclaimed story an all-new look and is exclusive to JB HIFI for pre-order only or available on iTunes Extras when purchased on Digital HD. While nearly 90 minutes of original content, including deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes documentary immerse fans into the process of bringing Logan’s final ride to life.

Australian’s can submit their own tribute messages to Hugh here


The 64th Sydney Film Festival Begins

The 64th Sydney Film Festival has opened at the State Theatre with the world premiere of Australian film We Don’t Need a Map. Festival Director Nashen Moodley was pleased to open his sixth Festival to a packed auditorium including the film’s director Warwick Thornton and producer Brendan Fletcher, alongside Timmy Murrmurrnga Burarrwanga, Djimbalal Ngurruwuthun, Terry Mununggurr, Adam Briggs and Gareth Liddiard, who feature in the film.

NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, said at the Opening Night Gala, “Each year as one of eight UNESCO Cities of Film around the world, Sydney welcomes thousands to take in two weeks of incredible discussion and diversity on the big screen. This year I am particularly proud to launch the Screenability program in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services and Sydney Film Festival to extend the opportunities to see work produced by artists living with disability. From some of the very best in Australian storytelling to some of the highest profile international highlights, the festival and regional tour that follows is an opportunity to share our passion and diversity for a truly immersive experience of outstanding cinema and culture.”

Peter McGregor, Chief Executive of the Festival’s opening night partner Lexus Australia said, “Lexus applies and takes inspiration from craftsmanship, technology and innovation. In film, all these elements come together to make something truly unique and amazing. Through our partnership with the Sydney Film Festival, we are building on our support of emerging talent through creative initiatives such as the Lexus Design Award and the Lexus Short Film Series.”

Also in attendance were SFF Festival Patrons Jan Chapman AO, Gillian Armstrong AM, Bryan Brown; 2017 SFF Official Competition jury members, Jury President Margaret Pomeranz, Ann Marie Fleming, Rosemary Blight and Kini Kim; as well as Ellipsis director, Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship Jury Chair and Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture subject David Wenham.

We Don’t Need a Map is the work of acclaimed Indigenous director Warwick Thornton, winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes (2010) for Samson and Delilah. The film investigates Australia’s relationship with the Southern Cross through colonial and Indigenous history to the present day.

Source: Sydney Film Festival