Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Grays of Westminster announce their Grand Christmas Dinner with Mike Maloney at the IoD

Prize draw: one lucky attendee will walk away with a brand-new pair of Nikon High-Grade 2012 Olympic binoculars worth £469.00, courtesy of Nikon UK!

Mike Maloney OBE

London Grays of Westminster are delighted to announce their Grand Christmas Dinner at The Institute of Directors (IoD), London on Friday, 7th December, 2012, 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

The guest speaker this year is Britain’s most highly awarded press photographer, Mike Maloney OBE.

The evening will comprise a superb Christmas dinner in the magnificent period restaurant at the Institute of Directors at 116 Pall Mall, London, followed by a unique opportunity to listen to Mike Maloney’s amazing stories as he presents some of his images from a thirty-year career at the top of his field. Proceedings will begin at 6.30pm with a Champagne reception followed by an introduction and welcome by Gray Levett (founder of Grays of Westminster), the Christmas meal, then Mike Maloney’s talk in the Morning Room.

Nikon High-Grade 10×25 London 2012 Olympics Binoculars worth £469

Special Prize

The prize-draw will be held during the evening and one lucky attendee will walk away with a brand-new pair of Nikon High-Grade 10×25 London 2012 Olympics Binoculars worth £469, courtesy of Nikon UK! Waterproof and fog-free, these binoculars offer powerful features (including a close focusing distance of 3.2m.), with a compact foldable design convenient for carrying. Environmentally friendly materials have been used for the body, eyepiece caps, case and strap and the eco-glass optics are free from lead and arsenic.

The IoD is a grand Regency building and its sweeping marble staircase and vast walls covered in 18th and 19th century canvases provides a spectacular backdrop for the evening; the period restaurant at the IoD is a most fitting venue for this elegant, traditional Christmas celebration.

Institute of Directors, London

Cost of the evening: £155 per ticket, £95 for current Nikon Owner subscribers.*

How to book

To book a place, contact Gillian Greenwood by email only with your full name, Nikon Owner subscription number if available, postcode, daytime mobile and landline, your menu choice (traditional or vegetarian) and the name of any guest you would like to bring with you. It is important to note that we are unfortunately unable to take telephone messages with regard to your booking. Anyone interested in attending this very popular event is advised to book early - places are limited!


*if you are not a current Nikon Owner subscriber, you are welcome to join Nikon Owner when we call you to receive the benefit of booking the Christmas Event at the lower price.


About Mike Maloney

Mike Maloney has won over 107 major photographic awards and, in 2005, became the only “Fleet Street” photographer to have been awarded the OBE for services to photo-journalism. Three times voted Press Photographer of the year, he was Chief Photographer for Mirror Group Newspapers before turning freelance in 2002. He also has numerous Royal tours to his credit, as well as photographing world leaders like Clinton, Reagan, Gorbachev and Yeltsin with resulting invitations to dine at both The White House and the Kremlin.

Mike is a Freeman of the City of London, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree by the University of Lincoln, his hometown, for “a lifetime’s work in photography and his help to young people.” At the ceremony in Lincoln Cathedral he was able to read out a personal letter of congratulations from Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Mike was known to be the Queen Mother’s favourite press photographer.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a fellow of the British institute of Professional Photographers. Mike has held several exhibitions of his work.

This year, Mike is to teach aspiring photographers at the University of Lincoln after accepting a Visiting Professorship.


About Grays of Westminster

Grays of Westminster, the multi-award-winning Nikon-only shop, was founded over a quarter of a century ago by Gray Levett with the idea of creating a world-class camera store, offering a service that was second to none.

It is superbly located in a quiet area of central London, a few minutes walk from Victoria Railway Station; the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Tate Britain, River Thames and Knightsbridge are all within easy reach.

Grays of Westminster is not simply a famous Nikon camera shop; it is, to many photographers around the world, an institution. It can trace back its beginnings from a modest mail order company to its present, highly-respected position in the photographic industry.

For more information, please contact:

Gray Levett
Grays of Westminster
40 Churton Street

+44 (0)20 7828 4925

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Monday, 10 September 2012

Sussex Rock School: Introducing Multi-Talented Jasmine Straszynski

Jasmine Straszynski
East Sussex - Just 15 years old and Jasmine is a already a talented performer, composer and writer of songs, able to play piano, drums, keyboards, organ and violin.  In her playing and composing, she is inspired by famous names such as Adele, Michael Buble, Christina Perri and the late Whitney Houston and she recently joined the Sussex Rock School to learn new ways of improvisation and gain experience performing in public.  

With other students from the Sussex Rock School, Jasmine recently appeared at CJ's singing three songs and accompanying herself on piano and she is now preparing for another appearance on the same stage late in October, and for the annual Sussex Rock School Christmas concert in December.  

Jasmine is looking to the future and to taking her music to higher levels in song writing and performance.   The Sussex Rock School is opening new horizons for her with opportunities for Jasmine and other students to perform in public as part of their musical experience.   With expert musicians for her teachers, Jasmine will be able to continue performing solo and as part of any band or combo.

Jasmine performing Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri

Jasmine's YouTube channel is:  drummerjazzyb

About Sussex Rock School 
The Sussex Rock School is the oldest music school in the south east, celebrating its 18th birthday this year.   Lessons in vocals, drums, keyboards, guitar, bass and band work as well as solo performance are given to students of all ages in all kinds of music.  There are gigs every term and all students are encouraged to perform.

For more information, please contact:

Veronica Tupholme
Sussex Rock School
93A Hartfield Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5LY

+44 (0)1342 825657 / +44(0)7787 904 733


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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Exclusive to Decorex: Chadder & Co to Unveil their New Royal Collection of Taps and Accessories at the Show

A driving force in the World of Luxury Bathrooms, Chadder & Co. is exhibiting at Decorex International 2012, 23-26 September, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.

East Sussex: The well-known luxury bathroom supplier, Chadder & Co, will unveil their New Royal Collection of taps and bathroom accessories at Decorex International 2012 which takes place 23-26 September at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

Martin Chadder, founder of Chadder & Co Luxury Bathrooms which he established in 1985, started developing the styles and finishes needed to create the new look - the Royal Accessory range - two years ago.

Blenheim and Chariot Baths
To Compliment the Accessory range, Chadder & Co are developing two new cisterns finishes: black & gold, and silver & white, which they hope to display at Decorex.

"Our New Chadder Range enables clients to duplicate the complete Chadder & Co. look", said Martin Chadder, Founder. "Come and see us at Decorex International 2012 - we are on stand J319."

Another reason Chadder & Co are exhibiting at Decorex is because the company is working with Interior designers for hotels, yachts and luxurious homes around the world and it is keen to build new relationships and set up international distributors.

Blenheim Basin
About Chadder & Co

Chadder & Co was established in 1985 by Martin Chadder who is recognized as one of Britain's finest traditional bathroom product designers, famed for his cast metal designs as well as commissioned works. His experience enables him to offer the exclusive Chadder Collection, a range of products which can be found in many homes where attention to detail and quality are paramount. Martin Chadder was granted the Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen in 2005.

For more information, please contact:

Martin Chadder
Chadder & Co
Blenheim Studio
London Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5EZ

01342 823243


Monday, 6 August 2012

Mobile Payments War Heats up as new Entrant mPowa Offers Europe-wide Solution

LONDON, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

mPowa now live for Android - iZettle unable to process Visa payments in several European countries

Mobile point of sale company mPowa announced today that its mobile payments service covers Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Apple iPhones and iPads. Customers with mPowa's card reader may simply go to the Android Google 'Play Store' and download the mPowa mobile payment app to their phones, for free, and then make and accept card payments - using any major credit or debit card - on the go anywhere.

This news comes as iZettle has announced that from 1st August it cannot process any payments using Visa in Denmark,Finland or Norway. iZettle's device apparently does not meet Visa Europe's standard acceptance requirements. Visa is a highly popular card across many European countries, so this is a major restriction.
Dan Wagner, CEO and founder of mPowa, said: "With mPowa we are allowing businesses everywhere, from the smallest to the largest, to take payments wherever business is transacted.

"mPowa is the first to offer such an innovative and exciting mobile payment solution for Android.  The device accepts all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express."

"The recent extension to Android shows that mPowa is a truly universal way of making and accepting mobile payments, unlimited by geography, card issuer, operating system, device, currency or method of verification."

Sales of Android phones are increasing globally. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reported in July that for the first time Android has taken at least half of smartphone sales in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, US and Australia.[1]
mPowa's service includes a free mobile app and reader which turn any mobile phone into a mobile point of sale device. The reader connects to a smartphone or mobile device either by plugging into its headphone socket or via Bluetooth.
mPowa's reader can either swipe a card's magnetic strip or use Chip and PIN technology. Increasing numbers of credit card companies worldwide are introducing cards bearing a chip, so this is very important, both locally and internationally where in many markets it is a requirement for merchants.

For commentary or interviews contact Rani Gill [Rani@flamepr.com /  +44-203-357-9746] or Vivienne [Vivienne@flamepr.com+44-203-357-9747] at Flame PR on  +44-7590534173. Alternatively 


Dan Wagner
The Met Building, 9th Floor,
22 Percy Street,
London W1T 2BU


La guerre des paiements mobiles fait rage alors que la nouvelle venue mPowa propose une solution à l'échelle de l'Europe

LONDRES, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
mPowa désormais disponible pour Android - iZettle n'est plus en mesure de traiter les paiements par Visa dans plusieurs pays d'Europe

mPowa, société se spécialisant dans les points de vente mobiles, a annoncé aujourd'hui que son service de paiements mobiles couvre désormais les smartphones et tablettes Android, ainsi que les iPhone et iPad d'Apple. Les clients possédant un lecteur de cartes mPowa pourront dorénavant simplement accéder au Google Play Store d'Android et télécharger l'application de paiement mobile mPowa depuis leur téléphone gratuitement, puis émettre et accepter des paiements par carte - toute carte de crédit ou de débit majeure - pendant leurs déplacements, où qu'ils soient.
Cette nouvelle arrive alors que la société iZettle a annoncé qu'à compter du 1er août, elle ne pourrait plus traiter aucun paiement par Visa au Danemark en Finlande ou en Norvège. En effet, le dispositif d'iZettle ne répond apparemment pas aux exigences d'acceptation standard de Visa Europe. Visa étant une marque de carte très populaire à travers de nombreux pays européens, il s'agit donc d'une restriction majeure.
Dan Wagner, PDG et fondateur de mPowa, a déclaré : « Avec mPowa, nous permettons aux entreprises du monde entier, quelle que soit leur taille, d'accepter des paiements pour chaque transaction.
mPowa est la première société à proposer une solution de paiement mobile aussi innovante et palpitante pour Android. L'appareil accepte toutes les cartes de crédit et de débit majeures, dont Visa, MasterCard et American Express.
Cette récente extension pour inclure Android démontre que mPowa est une façon réellement universelle d'émettre et d'accepter des paiements mobiles, sans limite géographique, et indépendamment de l'émetteur de la carte, du système d'exploitation, de l'appareil, de la devise ou de la méthode de vérification. »
Les ventes de téléphones Android augmentent mondialement. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech a indiqué en juillet que, pour la première fois, Android représente plus de la moitié des ventes de smartphones en Grande-Bretagne, en Allemagne, enFrance, en Italie, en Espagne, aux États-Unis et en Australie[1].
Le service de mPowa inclut une application mobile et un lecteur gratuits transformant n'importe quel téléphone portable en dispositif de point de vente mobile. Ce lecteur se connecte à un smartphone ou à un appareil mobile soit en le branchant dans un port casque, soit par Bluetooth.
Le lecteur de mPowa peut soit lire la bande magnétique d'une carte, soit utiliser la technologie de carte à puce à code confidentiel. De plus en plus de sociétés de cartes de crédit à l'échelle mondiale lancent des cartes à puce. C'est donc d'autant plus important, que ce soit au niveau local ou international, car les commerçants de nombreux marchés exigent d'être payés par carte à puce.
Pour tout commentaire ou toute demande d'entretien, veuillez contacter Rani Gill [Rani@flamepr.com /  +44-203-357-9746] ou Vivienne [Vivienne@flamepr.com/ +44-203-357-9747] de Flame PR au  +44-7590534173. Vous pouvez également envoyer un e-mail à l'adresse mpowa@flamepr.com
Dan Wagner
The Met Building, 9th Floor,
22 Percy Street,
London W1T 2BU


Neueinsteiger mPowa stellt europaweite Lösung vor und heizt damit den Kampf um den Markt für Mobilzahlungen weiter an

LONDONJuly 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

mPowa jetzt live für Android - iZettle kann in etlichen europäischen Ländern keine Visa-Zahlungen verarbeiten

Das Mobilzahlungsunternehmen für mPowa gab heute bekannt, dass seine mobilen Zahlungsdienste jetzt außer für Apples iPhones und iPads auch für Android-Smartphones und -Tablets zur Verfügung stehen. Kunden mit mPowas Kartenlesegerät können einfach zum Google Play Store für Android gehen und sich mPowas Mobilzahlungs-App kostenfrei auf ihr Telefon herunterladen. Dies ermöglicht die Ausführung und Annahme von ortsunabhängigen Kartenzahlungen - mit allen großen Kredit- oder Geldkarten.

Diese Nachricht geht zeitlich einher mit iZettles Ankündigung, vom 1. August an in Dänemark, Finnland und Norwegen keine Zahlungen mit Visa mehr ausführen zu können. Anscheinend entspricht iZettles Gerät nicht Visas üblichen Anforderungen für Europa. Da Visa in vielen europäischen Ländern eine überaus beliebte Karte ist, stellt dies eine maßgebliche Einschränkung dar.

Dan Wagner, Geschäftsführer und Gründer von mPowa, sagte: "Mit mPowa ermöglichen wir die Geschäftsabwicklung  an allen erdenklichen Orten - wo auch immer sich eine Transaktion durchführen lässt, von der kleinsten bis hin zur größten."

"mPowa ist der erste Anbieter, der eine solch innovative und hochinteressante Mobilzahlungslösung für Android bietet. Das Gerät akzeptiert sämtliche großen Kredit- und Geldkarten, darunter Visa, MasterCard und American Express."
"Die jüngste Erweiterung auf Android beweist, dass mPowa eine wahrhaft universale Möglichkeit darstellt, Mobilzahlungen auszuführen und anzunehmen, ungeachtet der geografischen Lage, des Kartenausstellers, des Betriebssystems, des Geräts, der Währung oder der Überprüfungsmethode."

Der Absatz von Android-Telefonen nimmt weltweit zu. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech gab im Juli bekannt, dass Android erstmals für mindestens die Hälfte der Smartphone-Umsätze in Großbritannien, Deutschland, Frankreich, Italien, Spanien, denUSA und Australien verantwortlich war.[1]

mPowas Dienst beinhaltet eine kostenfreie Mobile-App sowie ein Lesegerät, mit dem sich jedes Mobiltelefon in eine mobile Kasse verwandeln lässt. Das Lesegerät lässt sich über die Kopfhörerbuchse oder per Bluetooth mit dem Smartphone oder Mobilgerät verbinden.

mPowas Lesegerät kann entweder den Magnetstreifen der Karte lesen oder die Chip- und PIN-Technologie verwenden. Da immer mehr Kreditkartenunternehmen weltweit inzwischen Karten mit Chips einführen, gewinnt diese Technologie zunehmend an Bedeutung - sowohl regional als auch international, wo sie in etlichen Märkten eine Voraussetzung für Handeltreibende ist.

Für Kommentare oder Interviews wenden Sie sich bitte an Rani Gill [Rani@flamepr.com /  +44-203-357-9746] oder Vivienne [Vivienne@flamepr.com /  +44-203-357-97-47] bei Flame PR unter  +44-759-053-41-73. Oder senden Sie eine E-Mail an mpowa@flamepr.com


Dan Wagner
The Met Building, 9th Floor,
22 Percy Street,
London W1T 2BU


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Nikon Owner Magazine Makes All of its Back Issues Available Online

Another benefit to subscribers of the prestigious Nikon Owner magazine has been introduced: access to all back issues as PDF files

Cover photos of 20 of the 38 back issues of Nikon Owner magazine, now all available online

London: The distinguished magazine of the Nikon world, Nikon Owner, has introduced a new benefit to its subscribers. Every single issue (currently 38) since the magazine was launched is now online and can be downloaded as a PDF file.

“We were continually asked for back issues of Nikon Owner as well as requests to view the magazine online. Back issues were always a problem for us because the magazine is so popular, any surplus copies we might have don't remain in the office for long! The obvious solution was to make all back issues available as a PDF. We chose this format because it allows you to see each issue in its entirety as well as preserve the layout and quality of all pages and their sumptuous images,” says Gray Levett, the magazine's editor.

This is yet another benefit that subscribers to the glossy full-colour 60-page quarterly magazine enjoy. Other benefits include:

  • Private user-name and password to subscribers-only website: www.nikonownermagazine.com
  • Access to Simon Stafford’s Technical Helpline. Simon Stafford is a recognised Nikon expert and renowned photographer and writer.
  • Special warranty on all new and second-hand Nikon equipment purchased from Nikon-only dealer, Grays of Westminster.
  • 10% off Think Tank bags purchased at Grays of Westminster.
  • Discounts on events and training sessions.
  • Gold Priority waiting list for all new Nikon releases (top of the waiting list).

A cornucopia of delights awaits those subscribers who delve into Nikon Owner's sumptuous back issues…

About Nikon Owner magazine

Nikon Owner is a worldwide publication with the purpose of uniting Nikon owners and bringing them unique free offers that will increase their skill and interest in photography and Nikon equipment. Nikon Owner is dedicated to bringing the reader all the latest news and authoritative product reviews on Nikon equipment by renowned photographer and writer Simon Stafford. Also featured are reader portfolios and inspirational pictures from the world's leading Nikon professionals. It offers a unique perspective on the history, latest releases and events that shape the Nikon world. Then too, there are interviews with some of the greatest names in photography such as National Geographic legend Jim Brandenburg to Richard Young, the single most sought-after celebrity photographer in the world, and the much loved actor and keen photographer David Suchet CBE, best known as Agatha Christie’s suave Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Nikon Owner is unmissable reading for anyone who takes an interest in Nikon camera equipment. Our special features are filled with unrivalled, compelling writing and superb photography.

For further information, please contact:

Gray Levett
Nikon Owner magazine
40 Churton Street,

+44 (0)20 7828 8971

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