CNM Estates is a property development company based in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in South London.

CNM Estates has property interests in KingstonSurbitonNorbiton and Weston Super Mare.

Read more about the company here: www.cnmestates.com

Travelodge Welcomes Its First Ever Writer In Residence Who Will Pen A Book Titled ‘How To Live Like A Celebrity For Free’

How To Live Like a Celebrity for Free by  Neil Sean

How To Live Like a Celebrity for Free by Neil Sean

The UK’s first budget hotel brand, Travelodge welcomes renowned world-wide celebrity broadcaster and journalist Neil Sean as its first ever writer in residence.

Whilst staying throughout the Company’s collection of 504 Travelodge hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain, Neil will pen his first book which is titled ‘How to live like a celebrity for FREE’. Within this publication, Neil will share a compendium of money-saving tips and facts he has obtained when interviewing A-list movie stars, TV & sports personalities, pop idols and even Royalty. In addition to the tips, Neil will reveal many tricks of the trade and inform readers: on how they can get their hands on free red carpet premiere tickets, on how to obtain a free holiday, free clothing, make-up, food – basically all the facts and knowhow to live a free celebrity lifestyle.

The book will also contain never seen before celebrity pictures too.

Some of the celebrities quoted within the book include:

Jennifer Lopez, actress, singer and businesswoman who said “Before I became famous and I had an important audition I would visit one of the many branded make-up counters such as MAC in stores such as Macy’s and get a free make-over. I would ask the assistant to create a  look that was required for the audition. It did not cost me a dime and by looking the part I usually won the audition”.

Simon Cowell may have had a tough time of late, however the star and  creator of Britain’s Got Talent & X Factor has revealed his secrets for getting on in the world and his top tip to succeed in life.

Beyonce may be a worldwide superstar and new mum worth millions but in Neil’s guide she reveals her secret for flowing manageable hair. Her secret costs the price of a fabric conditioner.

Sir Michael Caine may be an award-winning actor with a career spanning 50 years but the London boy has not let his super star status affect his eagle eye for saving money. He has revealed to Neil his secret for travelling around the world at zero cost.

Neil Sean, the world’s most read and most watched showbiz reporter said: “I am honoured be the first UK budget hotel resident writer. I choose Travelodge as the brand totally cements the rational behind my latest book, ‘How to live like a celebrity for FREE’. Travelodge is a facilitator that provides a low-cost clean comfortable room whilst travelling between A and B. The money that you save by staying with Travelodge you can use to dine out in a flash restaurant, see a top show, hang out in a trendy bar or just go shopping; just like a celebrity.”

“I choose to write this book, as we have become a nation obsessed with celebrity culture and Britons want to replicate an A-list lifestyle but can’t necessarily afford it. Over the years I have interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars and in my new book I will be sharing a compendium of tips and facts on what they did before finding fame to save a buck.

Some of the stars featured in the book include: Beyonce, J.Lo, Madonna, Simon Cowell, Daniel Craig and even President Obama.”

Neil will be checking into various Travelodge hotels across the UK over the coming weeks so that he can write his book and interview some more celebrities who are performing over the country. Some of the locations include:London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

Jon Hendry-Pickup, Travelodge Operations Director said; ““We are delighted to have Neil Sean stay with us whilst he pens his latest book.  It may surprise you to know that lots of celebrities stay with us across our 504 hotels – Neil may even bump into a well-known personality in our Bar Café and pick up some extra money-saving tips for his book.”

The book ‘How to live like a celebrity for FREE’ contains over 500 money-saving tips which have been donated by over 200 celebrities. The book will be available to purchase from June 2012 from Amazon, www.bankhousebooks.co.uk  & all leading book stores and from on-line book stores.

We wonder if their tagline is #DevelopingStyle?

2012 Olympic Torch Route in Kingston

2012 Olympic Torch

2012 Olympic Torch

The route that the Olympic Torch will take through the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has been confirmed by LOCOG (the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games).

The Torch will start its journey at 8.22am on Tuesday 24 July, 2012 at the Hook Centre, Chessington.  It will travel down the Hook Road (A243) and Upper Brighton Road before turning right into Victoria Road (Surbiton town centre).  It will turn left at the roundabout outside Surbiton train station, travelling down Claremont Road, Surbiton Crescent and on to Penrhyn Road; past Kingston University, Surrey County Hall and Kingston College.

At College Roundabout the Torch will turn left onto Kingston Hall Road and then right on to High Street, moving past the Rose Theatre and Kingston Guildhall.  It will then travel through the Market Place before joining the one-way system and heading out of the Kingston town centre along Richmond Road.

The Torch will be handed over to Richmond at approximately 9.45am near the junction with Tudor Drive.

A map of the route through the borough is available at www.kingston.gov.uk

Councillor Simon James, Executive Member for Sport and the Olympic Games at Kingston Council, said: “For most us witnessing the Olympic Flame pass through our area really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  While it is disappointing that the route does not take in all four neighbourhoods as we had requested, I’m sure I speak for us all when I say that we are looking forward to welcoming and cheering on all the inspirational Torchbearers as the Olympic Flame, which has travelled all the way from Greece, passes through our communities.”

The Torch will be carried through the borough by Torchbearers who were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners: Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.  Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which has been designed by Adidas.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might  celebrate and make it Kingston’s moment to shine.”

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A map of the entire route is available at http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/index.php

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.

Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (http://getset.london2012.com/en/home) the official London 2012 education programme. The activities are designed to help schools and colleges make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and cheering on their local Torchbearers. Resources include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing one Get Set network school’s preparations for the Relay.

For more information on the borough’s preparations for the Olympic Games and the cultural programme of events taking place in Kingston over the summer, please visit the Go Kingston web pages at: http://www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/leisure/go_kingston.htm

Kingston Olympic Torch Route 2012

Kingston Olympic Torch Route 2012

The Olympic Torch arrives in the UK on Friday 18 May 2012.  It will travel around the UK for its 70 day journey with at least 8,000 torch bearers running through major cities and towns.

Each torch bearer will carry the torch for 300 metres and will take in National Heritage sites, locations and venues with a sporting significance, schools and school sports days, festivals and events and green spaces.

Kingston will twice bask in the glow of the Olympic Flame. If you miss the Olympic Torch Relay through Kingston on 24 July then the torch will be on the River Thames on the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay (Day 70) on 27 July.

It will start at Hampton Court and make its way down river passed Kingston to the London 2012 stadium. Time not confirmed yet, but we think it will be early.

New Look Surrey Comet

The Surrey Comet has undergone a re-launch with the introduction of a new masthead and new content.

The Kingston Life section has been revamped and content includes the regular Unsung Heroes feature and a regular column from TV personality Angellica Bell. It also includes a regular column entitled In my View, which features a different person each week and was kick-started by Cabinet Minister Edward Davey. Along with this, the newspaper has revamped several regular features such as the heritage page, Vintage Kingston, which was previously called Memory Lane.

A refreshed education section has been introduced and includes 60 second interviews with local headteachers, as well as report cards and stories about their accomplishments.


Developing Style at HOUSE 2012 in Phoenix, Brighton

An extraordinary exhibition of multidisciplinary arts in one of the UK’s most vibrant destinations; HOUSE 2012 in Phoenix Brighton.

Bathe in the light of David Batchelor’s luminous artwork or lose yourself in an absorbing Patrick Hamilton 3-d adaptation or be humbled by Helene Kazan’s heartfelt film of a domestic struggle set in the politically volatile Lebanon.

Uniting fine art from international David Batchelor (who will be showcasing the largest survey yet of his brilliant work in the elegant Regency House) to the unusual wallpaper-inspired outdoor designs running through the streets by emerging artist Deb Bowness, to an immersive literary installation of the darkly humorous novel, Hangover Square by the artist and Cine City directors Tim Brown & Anna Deamer, HOUSE 2012 is a visual arts festival not to be missed.

David Batchelor, as lead artist, influences the selection and development of 5 smaller satellite commissions that make up HOUSE Festival 2012.  Where HOUSE 2011 attracted over 11,000 visitors in 8 days, HOUSE 2012 is set to be the biggest curated visual arts festival in Brighton yet.

Sally Abbott, Regional Director, Arts Council England, South East, which is supporting HOUSE 2012 with more than £90,000 in funding, said: ‘We are very proud and excited to be supporting HOUSE 2012. This year’s programme, with its association with renowned British artist David Batchelor, represents a significant leap for the organisation and for the visual arts in Brighton.”

HOUSE Festival 2012 - Brighton
HOUSE Festival 2012 – Brighton

Dates:          4 May – 10 Jun  Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm; 18 & 19 May to 9 pm

Venue:         Phoenix Brighton | 10–14 Waterloo Place | Brighton BN2 9NB

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 603700

Email:          info@phoenixbrighton.org

Twitter:       @PhoenixBrighton

FB:              www.facebook.com/IdeaGenerationGallery

Flickr:         www.flickr.com/IG_gallery

CONTEMPORIST Whistler Residence by Battersby Howat Architects


An an impressive project for this Battersby Howat Architects designed house in Whistler, BC, Canada.

Description from the architect:

Located in an exclusive Whistler, B.C. neighborhood halfway up a mountainside, this house was designed for a client from London, England who enjoyed the timber structures characteristic of the typical Whistler Chalet but wanted something unique that would capture the ambience without the cookie cutter organization and aesthetic. Located on a smallish, yet prominent site, the visual mass of this large structure was diminished through making a substantial portion of the house appear to be below grade. Thoughtful removal of bedrock and the careful allocation of program to allow for both adult and children’s retreat zones resulted in a structure that is extremely private and looks deceptively modest in relation to its neighbors.
To read the full article with photos please see here:

Visit the Battersby Howat Architects website – here.

Photography by Sama J. Canzian



Create Instant Floor Plans Using Your iPhone or iPad Camera

Magic Plan logo

Magic Plan logo

MagicPlan  allows you to hold up your phone then scan the dimensions of the room to create an instant floor plan. It measures the size of the room, draws the floor plan and creates a DXF, PDF or JPEG image onto a website with an interactive floor plan.

You just stand in one spot in the centre of the room, move the camera around tapping on the screen to label corners and doors. It doesn’t even matter if furniture is in the room.

Magic Plan Screenshot

Magic Plan Screenshot

The floor plans the app creates are available for free, but only for non-commercial use. For commercial use (and to remove the watermark), subscription plans are available.

Over one million users downloaded the original version of MagicPlan released last year, and version 2.0 brings a number of improvements based on user feedback, including a newly redesigned interface, a full HD iPad version, and improvements to MagicPlan Cloud which allows the startup to exchange data with partners via web services.

The technology is not just for a quick layout of your home, it’s also available for companies such as CNM EstatesCentury 21, real estate and home improvement services, crime scene investigation, insurance claims etc.

The updated version of MagicPlan is live in the App Store here. It’s Apple’s App of the Week in France, Austria and the Netherlands.