Speedo’s space age swimsuit set for take off March 19, 2008Posted by grhomeboy in Business, Fashion.
Tags: Fashion, Speedo
To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Speedo, the world’s leading swimwear brand has launched Speedo LZR Racer suit, which independent testing has shown to be the world’s fastest swimsuit.
Speedo has harnessed the expertise of the United States space agency NASA amongst a number of international research institutes to create a faster suit which has 10% less passive drag than Speedo’s Fastskin FSII launched in 2004 and 5% less passive drag than Speedo FS-PRO, which was launched in March 2007 and has seen swimmers break 21 World records as a result.
Made from an ultra lightweight, low drag, water repellent, fast drying fabric, unique to Speedo, called LZR Pulse, the LZR Racer is the world’s first fully bonded swimsuit that is ultrasonically welded and gives the effect of no seams at all. Ultra low drag LZR Panels are embedded into the base fabric to create a ‘Hydro Form Compression system’ helping to compress the entire swimmer’s body into a more streamlined shape and enabling them to cut through the water with more power and agility.
“When I hit the water, I feel like a rocket”, says Michael Phelps, holder of six World records, who has been involved in the development and will be sporting the LZR Racer suit as he sets out to achieve a world record breaking 8 gold medals later this year. “I can’t wait to race in it – this is going to take the sport of swimming to a new level”.
His comments, echoed by other elite swimmers, are gratifying for Speedo’s research and development team, Aqualab, who have spent more than three years in intensive research and development to create their most hydro-dynamically advanced swimsuit to date.
Speedo scanned the bodies of more than 400 elite swimmers and held technical tests involving more than 100 different fabrics and suit designs in the world’s leading flume and test centres. Their quest to enable swimmers to swim faster than ever before, took them all over the world from the NASA Langley Research Centre to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Otago University in New Zealand and working with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software from ANSYS, Inc., whose technology is also used in F1 motor racing and America’s Cup yachting.
The result is an engineered swimsuit whose 3D anatomical shape has a Core Stabiliser with a corset-like grip to support and hold the swimmer so they can maintain the best body position in the water for longer without losing freedom or flexibility of movement.
The LZR Racer suit’s unique design also provides swimmers with up to 5% more efficiency in terms of their Oxygen intake, enabling them to swim stronger for longer. “It makes it easier to swim faster,” says Rick Sharp, Exercise Physiologist, Iowa State University.
The Speedo LZR Racer suit has been declared ‘out of this world’ by swimmers involved in its development and testing. “It’s like swimming downhill” says World record holder, Libby Lenton (AUS). According to Women’s World and Olympic backstroke champion, Natalie Coughlin (USA), “It’s super tight but it really feels like part of your body when you put it on”, while double Olympic champion Grant Hackett (AUS) comments “It’s the best suit yet and looks like something out of a futuristic movie.”
The unique ‘space age’ design of the Speedo LZR Racer suit brings about another world first – where elite performance meets avant-garde fashion, through the involvement of international fashion label Comme des Garçons whose founder Rei Kawakubo formed a key part of the design team.
Her striking design on the side panel of the suit incorporates the character ‘kokoro’ meaning Heart, Mind, Spirit, by celebrated Japanese calligrapher, Inoue Yu-ichi. Kawakubo said: “When we come to combine the development of the highest technology that is the realm of Speedo, with the force and spirit of the art of Yu-ichi, records will surely be broken.”
Speedo co-President, David Robinson said: “Speedo has been leading the world in swimwear design since 1928 and our commitment to innovation in design and technology is the backbone to everything we do. We are particularly proud, in our 80th year, to be launching the Speedo LZR Racer which has broken new boundaries in performance swimwear and which we know will help elite athletes achieve their ultimate performances in 2008. It’s our 80th birthday present to the world of swimming.”
The Speedo LZR Racer suit, which has been approved by FINA (Fédération International de Natation Amateur), will debut at national trials around the world from March 2008. A retail version of the suit will go on sale in May 2008.
If Very Lazy is good enough for Delia March 19, 2008Posted by grhomeboy in Food Drinks News.
Tags: Food, Lifestyle
It’s not only us mere mortals who know we are onto a good thing with a jar of Very Lazy in the kitchen cupboard. Saint Delia herself also uses them, and is proud to say so.
In fact, Delia Smith has declared both The English Provender Company’s Very Lazy Ginger and Very Lazy Caramelised Red Onions an official “cheat’s ingredient” in her new book and accompanying TV series How to Cheat at Cooking.
The English Provender Company’s Very Lazy range has cleverly already done the hard work – the peeling, chopping and crushing. So all you have to do is add a spoonful of real ginger or a scoop of deliciously sticky caramelised red onions when you need a meal in a hurry. That way you get all the flavour with none of the fiddle. And you’ll be pleased to know the range includes Very Lazy Garlic and Chillies.
Use Very Lazy Caramelised Red Onions to >
Whip up an almost instant French onion soup
Make silky onion gravy in the time it takes to grill the sausages
Spread over tartlets before topping with goats cheese
Use Very Lazy Ginger to >
- Pep up a Chinese stir fry
- Add a kick to steamed or oven baked fish
- Make a citrusy marinade
Very Lazy range available in major supermarkets. Visit www.Englishprovender.com for full product range and more recipe ideas.
Rolling Stones unveil details of new live album March 19, 2008Posted by grhomeboy in Movies, Music.
Tags: Cinema, Movies, Music
The Rolling Stones have unveiled the details of their next album, ‘Shine A Light’, to be released by Universal Music/Polydor. The album is from the Martin Scorsese-directed concert film ‘Shine A Light’ and will be released simultaneously with the movie.
From the unmistakeable opening riff of ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ to the classic sounds of Tumbling Dice, Sympathy For The Devil, All Down The Line and Start Me Up plus some unusual gems from the Stones catalogue – ‘You Got The Silver’ and ‘Faraway Eyes’ – ‘Shine A Light’ will be released on 7 April 2008. Included are three stunning collaborations – with blues legend Buddy Guy on ‘Champagne and Reefer’, Jack White from White Stripes on ‘Loving Cup’ while Christina Aguilera duets with Mick Jagger on ‘Live With Me’.
‘Shine A Light’ will be released on double CD worldwide with a single disc version available in the US. ‘Shine a Light’ is a 22 track Rolling Stones live double album recorded during two memorable nights at New York’s Beacon Theatre in 2006. Produced by The Glimmer Twins and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood are supported by their long-standing backline including bassist Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell keyboards, Bobby Keys on saxophone, backing vocals Lisa Fischer, Blondie Chaplin and Bernard Fowler, and the horn section – Tim Ries, Michael Davies and Kent Smith.
Martin Scorsese’s Shine A Light film recently kick-started the Berlin Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim and receives its New York premiere on March 30 and European premiere in London on 2 April. UK Cinemagoers will have the chance to experience a Stones concert as never before, as the fifth member of the band, from the front row and from behind the scenes.
No stranger to rock concert films, Scorsese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. With performances from Buddy Guy, Jack White of the White Stripes and Christina Aguilera, and integrated with rarely seen archival footage, Shine A Light is a unique cinema experience. Twentieth Century Fox will take the ultimate Rolling Stones concert film from Oscar- winning director Martin Scorsese to over 100 cinemas nationwide on 2 April via satellite link for simultaneous premieres alongside the London Leicester Square opening.
For more details visit www.Shinealightmovie.co.uk. Tickets on sale from 7 March.
The feature film Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese, is on UK national cinema release from 11 April 2008.
‘Shine A Light’ the album is released on Polydor/Universal Music on 7 April 2008.
Album track listing >
CD 1 > Jumping Jack Flash, Shattered ,She Was Hot, All Down the Line, Loving Cup (with Jack White), As Tears Go By, Some Girls, Just My Imagination, Faraway Eyes, Champagne and Reefer (with Buddy Guy), Tumbling Dice, You Got The Silver, Connection.
CD2 > Sympathy For The Devil, Live with Me (with Christina Aguilera), Start Me Up, Brown Sugar, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Paint It Black, Little T&A, I’m Free, Shine A Light.