1 October 2012
The summer would appear to be well and truly over. October has brought chillier days, darker evenings and yet more rain. With it comes a clothing dilemma – it’s not cold enough for full-blown coats, but it definitely isn’t warm enough for a light jacket. So we are embracing the sudden need for leather jackets, ankle boots and those nice fur gilets that people are suddenly buying. What better excuse do you need than to head to Topshop and kit yourself out in some gorgeous boots, cosy leathers and sheepskin jackets?
Fortnum & Masons
Although we are beginning to see shops stocking up on mince pies and Christmas puddings, Fortnum & Masons haven’t forgotten about this October’s Halloween! With food such as ‘Fresh Jellied Brains’ and a ‘Confectionary Casket’, Fortnum & Masons are giving us the perfect of opportunity to indulge ourselves with these extraordinary ghoulish ‘treats’. We are particularly intrigued by their ‘Edible Toasted Scorpion’...
The Big Draw
Everybody’s heard of the Big Read, but throughout all of October, The Big Draw brings drawing and art into the limelight. The Big Draw is an event where everyone can get together to participate in creative activities and gives us the chance to produce our own masterpieces! It is supported by some of the UK’s top artists and designers, such as Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Quentin Blake. There are events all over the country suitable for all ages, so there’s no reason not to get involved. You can get the latest news and information for the different events by following their Facebook page.
The PRWeek Awards
As we enter October, the JFL team is looking forward to getting all dressed up for the PRWeek Awards 2012. Held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane on the Tuesday the 23rd, we will be celebrating the innovations and successes of agencies in the industry and is a chance for everyone to come together for a well-deserved night off after everyone’s efforts throughout the year.
London in Puddles
We may not be appreciating the departure of our brief summer weather, but photographer Gavin Hammond has managed to turn the miserable weather into art work. Hammond has created an album titled as London in Puddles, with spectacular images capturing the well-known sights of London in the reflections of puddles.
Halloween might not be until the end of this month, but pumpkins are beginning to appear everywhere, meaning that there is no excuse not to make one of our favourites - pumpkin pie! The JFL team particularly love Nigella Lawson’s recipe for miniature pumpkin pies, which can be found at http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/little-pumpkin-pies-930. These little seasonal treats are perfect for sharing during the chilly autumn evenings at home, and with the flesh scooped out, you can use the rest of your pumpkin for your Halloween lantern!
Throughout October, until 10th November, the Old Vic Theatre is showing a new production of the classic Hedda Gabler. A dramatic play originally published in 1890 by Henrik Ibsen, stars Sheridan Smith portraying the main character Hedda Gabler. With superb reviews all round, attributed to the director Anna Mackmin and Sheridan Smith’s performance, this is certainly an adaptation worth seeing this October.
October has seen the return of the glorious Downton Abbey for a third series. Sunday nights are now fully booked for the foreseeable future as we settle down to watch the goings on of the Grantham and Crawley families. Will Lord Grantham have to sell the estate? Will Edith ever marry the man she loves? Will Bates continue to dwell miserably in prison, cheered only by the visits of his maid wife Anna? And will Matthew and Mary ever have a happy life together? Tune in at 9pm on Sundays to find out.