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La Notte Rosa at Bella Italia

Imagine my delight when I was invited at the party of La Notte Rosa at Bella Italia in Manchester, a Summer Festival until the 3rd September. Read more details about the Pink Festival on their website.

La Notte Rosa (Italian for pink night) is celebrated every summer along the Northern Italian coast, started in 2006. It’s a festival  celebrating food and friendship, and having a good time. At Bella Italia, restaurants across the country have been decked out in pink for the duration of the festival, including the three ones from Manchester.

Decorating is not enough, obviously, so special pink dishes and pink cocktails have been developed for the festival. These include ‘Antipasti Rosa’, Watermelon Rosa Salad and Pizza Rosa Coppa. The dishes were created by Vittorio Lettieri, Executive Chef at Bella Italia.

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As for cocktails, they include Cipriani Bellini, a classic cocktail invented in Italy in 1948 and an watermelon cocktail, like the one in picture. I loved it. There are two options, a mocktail and a cocktail with Vodka, both fab. I hope they will keep it in the menu, because I would order it.

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The restaurant is lovely decorated, with plenty of wonderful pictures on the walls. It has a nice and cozy atmosphere, it’s warm and informal.

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The Labyrinth Challenge

Last weekend my husband and I went to Haydock Park Racecourse for The Labyrinth Challenge*. There are 7 more events this year, from Edinburgh to Windsor, so make sure you have a look on the thelabyrinthchallenge website if you fancy taking the challenge.

The Labyrinth Challenge is the world’s longest, continuous inflatable obstacle course. There are five themed zones: Lava Zone, Jungle Zone, Toxic Zone, Combat Zone and Ocean Zone. You can choose the speed you go through the obstacles.

 The Labyrinth Challenge

This is us, after finishing the challenge. It was amazing, I had so much fun.

 The Labyrinth Challenge

It was very busy, but the start is a bit delayed, so it’s not very busy inside the labyrinth.

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Paladone Disney Quiz Night

Last week I’ve been invited to a Paladone Disney Quiz Night in Manchester. My husband and I managed to get there a bit late, as it happens so often, but just in time for the quiz. We’ve team up with Codie (from and we were ready for the challenge. While we were in the car driving to the event, my husband and I were talking about how little we know about Disney and that we should have watched Disney movies instead of the ones we saw (including 12 years a slave, amazing film, but not very helpful at the time).

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These pictures were taken at the end, it’s the three of us with our prize. It’s huge because we’ve won the quiz. 😀

Now let’s go back to the beginning. Codie had a name for the team: Quizney Princesses, but as hubby was in the team, we said we should add & King as well. Then we had a bit of delicious food and a cocktail.

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British Style Collective – Shopping and Designers

Yesterday I blogged about British Style Collective – Catwalk and Alcatel Arena Show and today I’m blogging about Shopping and Designers. More details on the BSC website*.

Shopping and Designers at British Style Collective

I mentioned yesterday about Gary McQueen (top-left) and his scarf debut collection: Life – Death – Rebirth. The collection is a tribute to Alexander McQueen, his uncle. For the Life scarf (top-right), the modernist fantasy birds design he said he used real pigeons, trained to take parts in photoshoots. That is impressive.
The second one (bottom-left) is Death – carved ivory. Alexander cared about animals and he incorporated that in his collections, like NATURAL Dis-Tinction, Un-Natural Selection in 2009. He presented the impact of humanity on the environment by using antique taxidermy in an artspace in a building used as a morgue in Paris. As I said, Death was my favourite scarf. As it’s silk and quite expensive (£250), I will not buy it. I don’t wear silk for ethical reasons.
The last scarf of the collection (bottom-right) is Rebirth, a celebration of femininity.

I’ve embedded the youtube video again, as it’s just as relevant today as it was yesterday.

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British Style Collective – Catwalk and Alcatel Arena Show

I wasn’t sure if I should make two posts or one about British Style Collective, a fashion event that took place in Liverpool last week. It’s The Clothes Show Live, renamed and moved to Liverpool from Birmingham. As I have over 30 pictures and a short film, the choice was made for me by the amount of things I want to share. Tomorrow a new post will follow with details about Shopping and Designers. Have a look at British Style Collective’s website for more information until then.

I was so excited about it, that I planned what I want to see every day. I didn’t make it to two of the things planned as they started at 10 and in the mornings we are busy and we got there a little late.

 British Style Collective Catwalks at St George Hall

The Catwalks were at St. George’s Hall. I think they couldn’t have picked a better location for them. St. George is a beautiful historic building with stunning decorations and a perfect place for high end fashion shows.

 British Style Collective Catwalks at St George Hall

Recognize her from Next Top Model? She is Hilary Alexander, a judge from Britain’s Next Top Model. I watched a few season of that show and I’m a big fan of hers. I also saw versions from US and Australia and I have to admit I prefer the British one.

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Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

Another fab thing I did last week was to go to Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage*. Bicester Heritage is the UK’s only centre for historic motoring excellence. It was founded in 2013 on the site of a derelict RAF base, that was marked at risk in 2008. It has 19 listed buildings and 11 areas of Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Now there are over 30 specialist businesses based at Bicester, making it the largest centre in the industry.
The first recorded flight here was in 1911, way before becoming an RAF base. So I don’t think there could be a better location for the Flywheel Festival.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

The Flywheel Festival was great, both my husband and I had a wonderful time. It took me a while to pick only a “few” pictures for this post, as I had almost 500 to choose from. I also made a 8 minutes clip with highlights of the day.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

The last flying display we saw was a dogfight between a Spitfire and a Buchon Messerschmitt. Both planes were piloted by two champions of Red Bull Air Race, Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones. When I heard the commentator saying that I was ecstatic. I watch Red Bull Air Race (RBAR) and I know them from the races. If you are not familiar with RBAR, search online, I’m sure you will find it fascinating.
The commentator said we should search on youtube two clips: Two Planes Fly Through a Hangar – Red Bull Barnstorming (same team as the one at Flywheel: Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones) and Spitfire under bridge. Both clips are amazing, do search for them.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

At the Festival there was a marque filled with vintage items. They all looked so nice. I was tempted to buy some props for my food blog.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

Of course, there were lots of stands with all sort of interesting things like model cars and planes, army style clothing. Lots of things for children too.

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In the Live Music Marque we listened to a few songs by The Candy Girls, a vintage style harmony trio. They are singing songs from the 30s up until the 60s. I really enjoyed it even though it’s not the kind of music I usually listen to. In the clip is a part of one of their songs.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

The flying displays were great too. I enjoyed all of them. They were flying in close formation at times and the commentator was telling us interesting facts about them, like when they were used, if it’s the real plane or a replica.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

One of the two helicopters in the Sioux/Scout helicopter pair flying display.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

Besides the airplane field, there were some army style stands with old items from the wars. It was really nice to have a look at them. The ones mending the stalls were dressed in vintage army costumes. It was lovely. I also liked the soldiers, showing a glimpse of how it was like in the old days.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

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Every Festival has food stalls and this vintage tea room was lovely, very popular. Huge queue of people wanting to have a delicious cream tea. The crockery was vintage and they were different. It looked really nice.
There were other food stands, but, unfortunately, not many vegetarian options for us. Other people were having a picnic and that was lovely too.

Among other attractions were pedal powered planes for children, very cute and fun for kids. There was also a Motorcycle Wall of Death, the thing where they are driving a motorcycle in circles on the wall. Sorry, but I can’t explain it better.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

At one end of the field there were the tank rides. That is something really different, I haven’t seen them before. They were very popular too with lots of people queuing.

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 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

Tiger 9 Aeronautical Display Team. It was very impressive.

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 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

In the Great War Display Team flying display there were planes from the First World War, most of them replicas if I remember correctly. It was an amazing flying display with sounds and fake bombs. I can’t imagine how it would have been in real war.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

This is an 1931 Invicta S-Type.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

It might look old, but this car is just 1 year old, made in 2016. Atalanta Motors made only 22 cars in late 1930s, all with different specifications. The new cars are built to order, hand crafted from scratch, all British made. The company is based at Bicester Heritage.

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

A 1901 Toledo Steam Car, isn’t it fantastic?

 Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage

The last car I’m sharing is the 1914 Fafnir Hall-Scott Special.

* I was invited. All opinions are my own.

Bridgestone Event

Last week I’ve been to a blogging event organized by Bridgestone at Chateau Impney, a stunning hotel, as you can see in the picture below. The gardens are so beautiful, I had to take a couple of pictures there.

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Bridgestone is a brand I know from F1 when they were supplying Ferrari. I was a Schumacher fan for a long time, since I’ve started watching the races a few years ago (19 to be more precise, gosh, that sounds like a lot). Bridgestone is the largest company of tyres and rubber products worldwide. It was established in 1931 in Japan. Today it has 13 manufacturing plants and offices in 35 countries; that is impressive.

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The event was focused on a run flat tyre called DriveGuard. This tyre will allow you to drive for at least another 50 miles at 50mph, while giving the same comfort and performance in wet conditions as any other premium tyre. I think that is fantastic. It doesn’t matter where the damage is done, even if it’s on the sidewalls. It can be fitted on most cars with TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system). The tyre is fully recyclable at the end of its life.

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