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Race around the world with ZSL

The international conservation charity behind London and Whipsnade Zoos, ZSL, is calling on animal lovers to get moving and walk, run, wheel or cycle ‘Around the World in 30 Days’ to raise vital money to save endangered wildlife across the world.  
Throughout the month of June, nature enthusiasts are being asked to collectively travel 40,075km - equal to the circumference of the globe to help fundraise in support ZSL’s conservation work around the world.  
Kicking off on 1 June, Around the World in 30 Days’ participants can set the distance they’d like to cover across the 30 days. Fundraise as much money as possible, then take on their challenge of choice whether it be running, walking, wheeling or cycling, whenever and wherever they’d like to, turning their daily exercise into fundraising. 
Fundraisers will add their efforts to a combined tracker, and every week they’ll unlock a new heart-warming story, showing how ZSL’s conservation makes a difference in some of the world's most important habitats. 
ZSL’s Fundraising and Engagement Director James Wren said, “From elephants in Africa to hazel dormice in Britain, species in every country are in danger of going extinct, but we can change this if we act now – and we’re asking the public to help us travel around the world to do so!” 
The Critically Endangered African elephant continues to face serious threats, causing their numbers to fall rapidly in many parts of Africa. Conflict with people, heavy targeting by poachers and loss and fragmentation of habitat are significant issues for the survival of this species. ZSL is working hard to address these threats by training park management teams and eco-guards, providing technical support to implement ‘PoacherCams’ and helping to improve law enforcement against poaching.

James Wren continues, “ZSL is helping vulnerable wildlife recover all over the globe and by taking part in this challenge, you will help us to continue this worldwide conservation work. I will be running and cycling throughout the month aiming to cover as many kilometres as I can. If you’re looking for ideas to make your challenge a little wilder, why not take inspiration from the animal kingdom?” 
ZSL have come up with a list of animal inspired athletics to try, including hedgehogs who roam an average distance of 2km on a single night, meaning they reach an impressive 60km in total during June. While tigers prowl over 10km a night to find food, totalling 300km a month.  
ZSL urgently needs your support, visit zsl.org/AroundtheWorld to find out more and sign up now.  

AMBULANCE - Movie Review

We were super excited to be invited along to the pre-screening of AMBULANCE the movie, an action packed thriller set in LA in America, the movie features two adoptive brothers, one who desperately needs money for his wife's medical bills, encouraged by his brother the pair soon find themselves in an action packed chase.

Movie SypnosisOver one day across the streets of L.A., three lives will change forever. In this breakneck thriller from director-producer Michael Bay, decorated veteran Will Sharp (Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman, The Matrix Resurrections), desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t—his adoptive brother Danny (Oscar® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Zodiac, Spider-Man: Far From Home). A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million. With his wife’s survival on the line, Will can’t say no.

But when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life and ace EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza Gonz├ílez, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Baby Driver) onboard. In a high-speed pursuit that never stops, Will and Danny must evade a massive, city-wide law enforcement response, keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen. 

Our Thoughts - Fantastic movie from the get-go, high action and high energy a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, with a few comical moments slotted in to keep the movie light hearted and upbeat, We loved every minute of this movie, most definitely a must-see movie that will not disappoint.

Ambulance is produced by Michael Bay, p.g.a., Bradley J. Fischer, p.g.a. (Zodiac, Shutter Island) for New Republic Pictures, James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, 2022’s Scream) and William Sherak (Ready or Not, 2022’s Scream) for Project X, and Oscar® nominee Ian Bryce (Transformers franchise, Saving Private Ryan).

The screenplay is by Chris Fedak (Prodigal Son, Chuck), based on the original story and screenplay for the 2005 Danish thriller Ambulancen by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen.

Ambulance is now showing across all UK Cinema's.

Jack and the Beanstalk - Hackney Empire

We were super privileged to attend the much anticipated annual pantomime performance at Hackney Empire - Jack and the Beanstalk. When happy-go-lucky Jack sells his family’s beloved cow for a fistful of magic beans, he finds himself on a marvellous yet dangerous adventure.

Join Jack on his journey up an enchanted beanstalk where he battles the rampaging giant and 
Fenella Fleshcreep with the help of his Simple Simon Jill Higginbottom and his larger then life mum Daisy Trot. 

Jack and The Beans star the legendary Kat B as Simple Simon, Zoe Curlett as Fenella Fleshcreep and Julie Jupp as Fairy Fusia,  Ellie Ruiz Rodriguez as Jill Higginbottom, Rochelle Sherona as Jack Trot, Tony Whittle as Councillor Higginbottom and Clive Rowe as Dame Daisy Trott. 

This fun feel good production is filled with laugh-out-loud gags, awesome costumes and scenery changes, along with stunning vocals and mesmerising dances, there are even some cool tap-dancing cockroaches.

Hackney Empire’s is one of the much anticipated annual pantomimes we look forward to as it never fails to disappoint, always a must-see production for the entire family.


A Hackney Empire Pantomime

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ

First performance: Saturday, 20 November 2021 2.30pm

Press night: Thursday, 2 December 2021 at 7pm

Final performance: Sunday, 2 January 2022 at 6pm

Sign Language Interpreted Performances

Saturday 4 December 2.30pm & 7pm

Friday 10 December 1.30pm & 7pm


Dementia Friendly and Relaxed Performance

Saturday 4 December 2.30pm


020 8985 2424

Tickets from £10 - £42, concessions available

Groups of 10+ discount available at certain of performances

Twitter: @hackneyempire

Facebook: /HackneyEmpire

Instagram: /HackneyEmpire


Lightopia Crystal Palace London is now officially open, we were privileged to be at the opening switch-on event last week which was hosted by Myleene Klass.

The stunning award-winning London Lightopia festival is finally back after a much-anticipated wait, and this time it's bigger and better than ever.  

The immersive 2km trail of illuminations includes 22 breathtaking trees symbolising unity and growth, coming to life through the power of light and human connection.


As we wandered through the light trail we passed the various stunning installations each unique and spectacular bursting with colour.


The multi-sensory interactive lights and lantern installations were breath taking some moved to music and whilst others were visually pleasing to experience, we were in awe as we took in the sights and sounds around us.

Throughout the Lightopia experience, you can enjoy a host of delicious refreshments to help keep you warm and energised. Lightopia is such an amazing and memorable experience to share with your loved ones, it’s a great evening out for the whole family and we loved every single minute of  Lightopia London.

The Lightopia can be experienced in London - Manchester - Alton Towers
The Lightopia Festival is now open until 2nd January 2022. For more information and how to book tickets check out https://www.lightopiafestival.com

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