Embassy Gardens is a new Thames-side development in Battersea – next to the famous power station – which is made up of about 2,000 homes.

Developers Ballymore and Eco World unveiled plans today for the breathtaking suspended swimming pool which will join the two blocks.
The 25-metre long Sky Pool will be completely transparent and entirely free of any support in the middle as it towers a terrifying 10-storeys – 115ft – above ground.
  
    
 Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, London, UK

There are few development opportunities left in London that can offer the sheer scope of the Nine Elms site in Battersea. With the US government building their new embassy on 5 acres, we are developing the retained 15 acres and plan a bold 21st century mixed use development, drawing inspiration from the attractive residential and commercial estates which evolved over time in cities like New York and Boston – not inappropriate, we feel, as the new US embassy quarter will be a close neighbour. This will be a highly collaborative effort, calling for delicate and imaginative management of several different architect partnerships to create an entirely new district that Londoners can be proud of.
2,600,000 sq ft mixed use community of apartments, office space, retail and leisure, grocery store and flexible work and community space
2,000 new homes

Potential for up to 600,000 sq ft of office space

In excess of 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space

100 bed hotel

New Embassy plaza

New linear park linking Vauxhall with Battersea Park

Architects: Terry Farrell and Partners (Masterplan), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Fielden Clegg Bradley, and FLACQ (individual buildings)

http://www.embassygardens.com

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At 9′-0″ diameter, 7′-6″ high, and weighing in at 13 tons 10 cwts 3 qtrs 15lbs (13,760 Kg), the hour bell of the Great Clock of Westminster – known worldwide as ‘Big Ben’ – is the most famous bell ever cast at Whitechapel. This picture, painted by William T. Kimber, the head moulder responsible for casting the bell, shows George Mears with his wife and daughter inspecting the casting prior to despatch.
Big Ben was cast on Saturday 10th April 1858, but its story begins more than two decades earlier….

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by VOGUE.COM

London……. The fashion capital which has a major influence on international fashion trends.
London is a major playground for the fashion industry playing major part on design, production and retailing of fashion products; fashion events (such as fashion weeks and awards).
The fashion-related trade fairs generate significant business transactions parallel to the Fashion world .
London has a broad mix of business, financial, entertainment, cultural and leisure activities.

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London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. With an estimated 8,308,369 residents in 2012, London is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom and is the largest city in the European Union. London is one of the world’s leading financial centers.
The New Bus for London, sometimes referred to as NB4L, and colloquially as the New Routemaster or Borismaster.

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The Routemaster double-decker bus was designed by London Transport (LT) and built by the Associated Equipment Company (AEC) and Park Royal Vehicles (PRV). The first prototype was completed in 1954 and the last one was delivered in 1968.
The red double-decker bus is an iconic symbol of London.

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A black London taxi, also known as a hackney carriage.

A hackney or hackney carriage (also called a cab, black cab, hack or London taxi) is a carriage or automobile for hire.
In England, the name hackney carriage today refers to a taxicab licensed by the Public Carriage Office in Greater London or by the local authority (non-metropolitan district councils or unitary authorities) in other parts of Great Britain, or by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland.

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The red telephone box, a telephone kiosk for a public telephone designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, is a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom, Malta, Bermuda and Gibraltar.

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An example of the most common red telephone box model.
London the theater land capital.

The West End has always been the world’s most exciting theatre scene and the musical is the cornerstone of its success. From long-running shows to contemporary productions, at every bend in Theatreland, hit musicals emblazon the streets. We’ve put together a list of our current must-sees.

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The West End has always been the world’s most exciting theatre scene and the musical is the cornerstone of its success.
From long-running shows to contemporary productions, at every bend in Theatreland, hit musicals emblazon the streets.
When the curtain goes up, make sure you’ve got the best seats!!!!!!

We will Rock you is just one of the many musicals around but is the latest I have attended.

Enjoy your next trip to LONDON…… xoxo

BRUNO MASCOLO 

“My Intangible Truth”
Up Close and Personal with Bruno Mascolo

 

Walking along Davis street in London’s Mayfair. One of the smartest streets in central London in the mid 1970s, I saw a new beauty salon that had been featured in the trade magazine Hairdressers journal: “Toni&Guy”Four brothers Toni, Bruno, Guy and Anthony had been achieving some editorial coverage for their hair photographs. Their original salon was in a south London suburb Balham. Now they were aiming there sights high and the focus was on making a name and reputation for themselves bang in the heart of London’s Davis street, a stones throw from Bond street. You have to dedicate heart and soul mind and body on being a success, you have to give up so much at an early age.



Bruno Mascolo,Shane-,Harold Leighton and Guy Mascolo

I had already joined Glemby International (now part of the Regis group)  whose office was just around the corner in Grosvenor street. My walks through Mayfair were a daily ritual to see the beautiful women coming out of the top hairdressing salons, Martin Douglas, Rene, Raymond, Steiner, Dumas and Vidal Sassoon to name a few.

My next free time I walked into their salon and introduced myself to the brothers and from that time on we have been friends. I have watch them grow  in the world of fashion and become world statesmen photographer and product magnates into multi millionaires. Their name is around the globe in hair, their products are advertised in Vogue, Womens Wear Daily Harpers Bazaar internationally. If they sneeze they are written up in the media!

The names of there products range from Toni&Guy BedHead, Catwalk,TIGi, S Factor and makeup are sold around the world. In 2009 tragic news that Guy a talent in hair music writing, brother mentor and friend died suddenly some six weeks after they had sold part of the company to Unilever.  Like their father Guy had a huge passion with hair and  music, the brothers all mixed with artist musicians editors and grew so close developing their outside talents in the arts’ Guy’s talent and passion about his music art football and still playing in his sixties. His art captured the very essence of subjects and often sold his paintings to raise money for charities. As a talented guitarist he and all the brothers had such artistic talent, maybe one day there works will be in a museum!  Elder brother Tony went his own way with his family still in the hair salon business in Europe.

Today Bruno is CEO, Anthony the youngest and Image producer trend setter with hair and photography lives out of Battersea London and part on an air plane traveling the globe. Open almost any fashion magazine and you will always see there advertising on there product lines that stands out alongside L’Oreal, Paul Mitchell, Redken.

To mention the talent of the brothers in one feature is impossible and hope that I can show you the art side of the image maker Anthony Hairdresser and photographer. With offices and homes in London Dallas and LA they travel the world teaching training at hair shows almost weekly, an amazing task even at a young age.

In 2008 I was privilege to be asked to visit Bruno and Guy in Dallas to see the structure, workings of this vast organization and was astounded to see how they had grown since the mid 1970’s. On visiting Bruno’s home I saw his other side – an artist that has given me the insight of this talented man and given me the opportunity to show and tell and to share with readers of  The Epoch Times in this EXCLUSIVE interview. Not normally seen in this light. I felt the story had to be told and in Bruno’s words below with his own words “Intangible Truth”.

Colaboration of Harold Leighton,Paintings by Bruno Mascolo,Photographs Harold Leighton for Adriana Sassoon.

BOSTON BY BICYCLE

Boston area transit advocates are livid over the state’s attempts to weasel its way out of commitments made two decades ago to expand public transit as a requirement for building the $15 billion dollar central artery highway. Fred Salvucci, the former state transportation chief who championed the Big Dig, recently told the Boston Globe, “We always knew that this thing would create a very brief improvement and things would recongest if we did not improve public transportation.” Bicycling and pedestrian advocates, too, are disappointed that little money and attention has been allocated to their modes.

Advocates for safer road conditions for cyclists and the creation of off-road bicycle paths in Boston feel they have had limited success over the past several decades. “Bicyclists are a tiny minority of transportation mode users. We cannot rely on our numbers alone, rather on having the public and decision-makers realize that the entire community benefits when other modes of transportation receive necessary funding,” says Doug Mink, long time Boston bicycle advocate and MassBike Board member. In rethinking a strategy toward making Boston a more bicycle-friendly city, Mink believes that, “success requires proven coalitions with other groups, such as health and parks advocates, and acting opportunistically on as broad a field of issues as possible.”

Contemporary bicycle advocacy was born with the oil crisis and surge of environmentalist activity in the 1970s. Concerns were over the reliance on oil from governments we would rather not support, automobile pollution, and urban sprawl. Also touted were the positive benefits bicycling brings to health and community noting that a significant number of trips in Boston are under 5 miles. Early on, cyclists were simply fighting for their right to share the road. In 1990, an average of only $2 million out of an approximate $400 billion in Federal transportation funds were spent each year nationwide on bicycle and pedestrian projects, and only a handful of states and cities had bicycle coordinators.

Today, cycling has entered the mainstream of transportation planning concepts, at least as far as words and potential funding are concerned. After decades of highway-only federal spending, in 1990 the Federal Highway Administrator described bicycling and walking as “the forgotten modes” of transportation. For the first time, U.S. Department of Transportation adopted a national transportation policy to “increase use of bicycling, and encourage planners and engineers to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian needs in designing transportation facilities for urban and suburban areas.” 1998’s Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) allows states to apply for federal transportation dollars for a variety of modes, including biking, public transit and pedestrian facilities. By 2003, Federal spending on bicycle and pedestrian improvements reached over 400 million dollars per year. Tim Blumenthal, Executive Director of Bikes Belong, a bicycle industry group, is optimistic. “The past two years of strategic advocacy may result in the next Federal Transportation Authorization bill including twice the funding for bicycle facilities and programs,” he asserts.

At the local level, several cities such as London, Bogotá, and Chicago have emerged as visionary leaders in integrating bicycling into transportation policy, in partnership with hard-working bike advocate organizations. Chicago’s ambitious, multi-million dollar program with a staff of six has established 100 miles of new bike lanes, installed 10,000 bike racks, and will be installing 100 miles of signed bike routes in 2005. “My goal is to make the City of Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the U.S.” asserts Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago. Their new Millennium Park Bicycle Station offers free indoor secure bike parking, showers, lockers, bike rentals, tours, snack bar, and repair shop. “We’re not telling people to get out of the car, but we’re trying to provide incentives and encouragement to make the city more bicycle-friendly,” says Ben Gomberg, the city’s bicycle program coordinator.

Bostonians want more opportunities to bicycle. According to a January 2005 report, part of MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, a project of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), support for bicycle commuting was identified in a list of most critical issue facing Metropolitan Boston today. “We found that in nearly every community, people see a need for more sidewalks and bike paths to get around safely without a car,” says Tim Reardon, a Regional Planner at MAPC. “And when people talk about dealing with the region’s transportation problems, they don’t talk about new highways and wider roads–they talk about transit, bike paths, and walkable communities.” And with its compact nature and existing greenway bike paths, Boston is ripe for increased bicycling for transportation and recreation.

Founded in 1977, the Boston Area Bicycle Coalition became a statewide advocacy group in 1993 and changed its name to MassBike in 1998. Dorie Clark, MassBike’s executive director, says they are working on state-wide issues that have an impact on local bicycling advocacy. “We are actively involved in the State Highway Manual redesign which will bring modern standards into the document, last updated in the 1960s, that guides every new and reconstructed roadway in the Commonwealth,” Clark says.

“However,” says Jeffrey Ferris, Boston bicycle shop owner and activist, “MassBike’s focus on statewide bicycle issues has left a noticeable void in organized local Boston-area bicycle advocacy.” In 2001, the Boston Transportation Department, in collaboration with the Mayor-appointed Boston Bicycle Advisory Committee, published the “Boston Bicycle Plan” as part of the city 2000-2010 transportation plan. Sadly, four years later, few of the plan’s key recommendations have been implemented. There is currently no Bicycle Program Manager and no Interdepartmental Bicycle Task Force. To its credit, the City has adopted a bicycle parking ordinance to ensure adequate bicycle parking facilities in new buildings, but without adequate enforcement provisions.

In late January, Mayor Thomas Menino convened a high-level meeting to announce his support for the upcoming Boston Bicycle Festival, planned for Sunday October 2, 2005. This suggests a “renewed effort in giving bicycling legitimacy within City government,” says Steve Miller, Festival Director. Boston City Councilor Hennigan held a public hearing in November 2004 on the importance of reinstituting a Bicycle Program Manager. A newly formed organization called the Boston Bicycle Planning Initiative (BBPI) gave a coordinated formal testimony to a packed audience at the hearing, and is spearheading follow-up advocacy in collaboration with MassBike, Bikes Not Bombs, and WalkBoston.

But what can this new bike advocacy attempt do differently to get city officials to take bicycling seriously? New York’s advocacy group Transportation Alternatives appeals to a wider car-alternative audience by working toward “better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars; safer, calmer neighborhood streets and car-free parks.” “But Bike advocates don’t win by themselves,” says Noah Budnick, Projects Director of Transportation Alternatives and Board Member of Thunderhead Alliance, a national coalition of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. “Bike advocates and parents and health professionals and park users and businesses and block associations win when they work together.”

Bikes Not Bombs helped create and is on the steering committee of “On the Move: Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition,” a two-year old group consisting of 50 community organizations focusing on improved transportation services in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The advocacy group BBPI has been pushing the message of “Complete Streets,” arguing that all road users must accommodated, including handicapped, transit users, pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobiles. “The incremental costs of bike, pedestrian, and traffic calming measures are very low when considered during routine road redesign,” says Larry Slotnick, BBPI board member.

Groundwork Somerville, a group working toward healthier, greener neighborhoods, leads the Somerville Active Living by Design Partnership. With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Partnership supports the completion of the Somerville Community Path to Boston and sponsors urban cycling skills workshops in collaboration with MassBike. “People are more likely to be physically active if the exercise happens naturally in daily routines, for example walking up stairs or bicycling to work,” says their Executive Director Jennifer Hill. “That’s why the Partnership includes bike advocates, City planning agencies, and social service and public health agencies, to bring together the people who can make those changes happen.” With funding from the Center for Disease Control, Boston Public Health Commission’s new “Boston STEPS” program aims to reduce the burden of diabetes, asthma, and obesity for residents in seven Boston neighborhoods, and “bike advocates are urging them to develop programs to increase bicycling among their target populations,” says Mink.

BNB’s former Transportation Organizer, Mira Brown, says the challenges before bike advocates are formidable, but exciting. “We cyclists, have to get the entire community to realize that everyone benefits from improved cycling facilities, in combination with more walkable streets and better public transportation. To do this, cyclists have to listen a lot more to our natural allies – transit users and people stuck in cars they really can’t afford or don’t want. Then we have to work together in a diverse movement to force the city, state and federal governments to allocate transportation dollars wisely.”

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REFERENCED LINKS

MassBike
http://www.massbike.org

History of Boston Area Bicycle Coalition
http://www.massbike.org/groups/massbike/babchist.htm

City of Boston Bicycle Plan
http://www.cityofboston.gov/accessBoston/bicycle.asp

Boston Phoenix Article (May 2004) on loss of Boston’s Bicycle Program Manager
http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/
news%5Ffeatures/top/features/documents/03806097.asp

Boston Bicycle Festival
http://www.bostonbikefestival.org

Boston Bicycle Planning Initiative (BBPI)
http://www.bikethehub.org