Welcome to the May Hot List!
Here is our monthly round-up of all the best things to see, do and eat - plus a fantastic competition to fill you with all the joys of Spring! We have created a Parisian Playlist, inspired by Tina B's recent excursion, along with a stylish trip to the circus, how to make food sexy (the RSG way) and restore calm with a bohemian blog that has us all inspired. We visited the Barbican last week and can't wait to tell you about an exhibition that closes at the end of May, all about Magnificent Obsessions. BBC TV Drama series Spooks hits the big screen as a feature-length thriller this month and we are anticipating a beach party debut at our favourite Cornwall Hotel - Watergate Bay. Find out how you can win tickets in the May Competition, below.
Our quote of the month... “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” - Tim Ferris
& the Rockett St George Team
WIN: TWO NIGHT STAY AT WATERGATE BAY WITH SURFING LESSONS - PLUS BEACH PARTY TICKETS
We are so excited to be working with our friends at Watergate Bay in Cornwall this May, to bring you another thrilling competition to celebrate this years Polo on The Beach sporting event. We have wangled not one, but TWO prizes for you to enjoy, at our favourite hotel in the south west of England. The first prize is a two night stay with breakfast for two people which includes surf lessons at the Extreme Academy for both of you. And if all that excitement wasn't enough, the second prize is two tickets to the first ever GWR Polo on the Beach Party on Saturday 27 June, where you can celebrate with the winning team, rub shoulders with the players and party well into the night.
There will be three polo matches with top-class polo players, a horse stunt team, a dog show, Surf Life Saving Club demonstrations, beach entertainment including Land Rover Experience, welly wanging and slacklining, live music and plenty of food, drink and Champagne over the three days; right on the stunning beach front. Then, on Saturday night Watergate Bay will play host to the first ever GWR Polo on the Beach Party with international DJ, Krystal Roxx. We'll see you there! To enter either competition simply click on the link below and fill in your details... Good Luck!
Follow: @poloonthebeach #POTB15
Take a look at the GWR 'Polo on the Beach' video online, and click here to see the full weekend timetable and buy your tickets for the beach party.
WHAT'S ON: GIFFORDS CIRCUS
Giffords Circus is a family-run, artisan, vintage circus which each summer returns with a show for families and film stars alike. They experiment with the circus form, weaving theatre, opera, dance and puppetry into a 90 minute fun filled show. The performers are unique, peculiar and beautifully designed creations, featuring alongside live orchestra, clowns, acrobats, horses, handmade costumes and a much loved goose! The much celebrated Cal McCrystal will return for his fourth year as director. Cal’s previous accolades include the National Theatre’s West End and Broadway hit, One Man, Two Gunners, the clown routines in Cirque du Soleil and the original Mighty Boosh. Most recently, Cal has worked on The Dictator, Paddington Bear and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Catch the current production, Moon Songs, on in Stroud, Winchcombe and Stadhampton throughout May, click here to check dates, times and book your tickets.
BLOG: MOON TO MOON
...and breathe. We all need a little reminder of this sometimes don’t we?
With many of the RSG office currently practising Yoga we thought this might be the perfect time to share the wonderfully bohemian, eccentrically spiritual writings of Gabi and her blog Moon to Moon.
Peruse through the tranquil imagery of the chic boudoirs. Be inspired to create your own meditation den or nose through the aspirational homes of some seriously stylish bohemians.
What we think is really important though, is to take a moment out of your day to let go of the stresses and strains of daily life and let Moon to Moon soothe you back tranquility.
MUSIC: PARISIAN LOVERS... OOOH LA LA!
There is nothing more chic and sexy than a Parisian Lover. Tina B's recent Birthday jaunt to the city has inspired her latest playlist; Oooh La La. C'est Bon, no? We can picture it now, sauntering around the fabulous Merci for a spot of shopping, scoffing delicious French nosh and hitting the abundant art scene for cultural delights! We'd recommend a visit to the architectural extravaganza that is the Fondation Louis Vuitton as well as The Fornasetti exhibition at Les Art Décoratifs which is truly brilliant (and on until June 14th if you have a trip planned).
Pop on our playlist and day dream with us - we'll be booking our Eurostar tickets pronto.
1. Fais Moi Plasir Mon Chéri - Djako
2. La Décadanse - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
3. Joe Le Taxi - Vanessa Paradis
4. La Vie En Rose - Grace Jones
5. La Pioggia Di Marzo - Trilogia Acoustic Trio
6. Au Fond Du Rêve Doré - Air & Françoise Hardy
7. La Dernière Pluie - Emmanuelle Seigner & Iggy Pop
8. La Cherche Un Homme - Eartha Kitt
9. Folle De Toi - Chiara Mastroiani & Benjamin Biolay
10. Comment Te Dire Adieu - Françoise Hardy
Listen to our Spotify 'Oooh La La' Playlist Here.
CREATE: MAKE YOUR FOOD SEXY
We all know that we should eat a rainbow of coloured foods, but black foods can be one of the most delicious — think espresso, squid ink risotto, black grapes, black beans and my personal favourite dark chocolate !! We have created a Pinterest page of delicious black foods to inspire you to get creative in the kitchen. Click here to visit our Pinterest page.
Simple Black Linguine with Kalamata Olive Pesto
1 cup kalamata olives, rinsed and pitted
1/3 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
1 pound black linguine (squid or cuttlefish ink pasta)
salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor pulse, olives, pine nuts, garlic, parsley and lemon juice until coarsely chopped. Then add oil and parmesan until just blended. Set aside.
Cook pasta in a large stock pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, then drain pasta. Toss the pasta with the pesto and thin to desired consistency with reserved pasta water.
Image and recipe from The Jewels Of New York.
FILM: SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD
Peter Firth returns as MI5's Head of counter-terrorism Harry Pearce in this feature length spin-off of critically acclaimed BBC TV Show, Spooks. We were obsessed with this series when it hit our screens over four years ago, and so are hugely excited to see it transformed into a thrilling British Film.
Harry takes the blame after a terrorist escapes during a routine hand-over and is quickly forced to resign and disappears without a trace. MI5 Agent Will Holloway (Kit Harrington) is suspicious of his former mentors disappearance and attempts to find out what really happened. In the wake of the Qasim debacle, an attack on London is on the horizon as Holloway begins to uncover a conspiracy that runs from Vietnam to the Mediterranean. We won't give any more of the story line away - You'll have to head to the cinema to find out what happens and how this thrilling drama concludes...
Original Spooks cast members Peter Firth and Tim McInnerny star alongside newcomers Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Tuppence Middleton, with original Spooks director, Bharat Nalluri, behind the camera with the series script veterans Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent.
In Cinemas from 8th May, watch the trailer here.
GO: MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: The Artist as Collector
Here at RSG we are always on the hunt for the most curious and quirky homewares. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as a Collector at the Barbican until May 25th is the perfect inspiration for those that seek out a something a little different. Take a little slice of the artist obsession home with you and learn how to create a collection and use your display skills to truly wow your house guests. Featuring personal collections from post-war to contemporary artists, such as Damien Hirst, ranging from mass-produced collectibles to one-of-a-kind artefacts. Discover the inspirations, influences motives and obsessions of these artists.
The Barbican until 25th May 2015.