Sunday, October 24, 2010

Announcing the new Navig8r P Series GPS - P50 PRO

LASER Corporation, makers of Navig8r GPS devices, today announced the new Navig8r P Series GPS – P50 PRO which comes packed with features ideal for consumers and commercial users.

The Navig8r P50 PRO is a deft device that combines sleek style with sophisticated software from leading global map, traffic and location data provider, NAVTEQ. With its 5-inch display and full NAVTEQ Australian and New Zealand maps on board, the P50 PRO incorporates features such as junction view and green routing. The device runs iGO primo with the full 3D suite to present supreme 3D views of landmarks in capital cities, city models showing buildings, terrain topography illustrating hills and valleys and virtual junction views.

Created to suit a variety of users, the P50 PRO comes with a complete suite of safety alerts that makes it a licence saving device. On board the P50 PRO, warnings for fixed speed, red light and combo cameras, school zones with 24 hour proximity warnings, town entry points, rail crossings, black spots, and speed warnings accurate to road signs are included. Additionally, the Advanced Lane Guidance feature encompasses virtual signposts to firmly forewarn drivers especially when entering and exiting foreign freeways.

The P50 PRO is purpose-designed for conventional, recreational and commercial drivers. Typically the P50 PRO can be used as a traditional personal navigation device fit for all types of drivers. Quintessentially, commercial drivers can benefit from the P50 PRO with the professional driver and truck profile feature which includes input vehicle parameters, warnings for bridges, high wind and weight limits, and reminders for driving hours and rest breaks.

Chris Lau, managing director of LASER Corporation, said, "The Navig8r P50 PRO GPS device caters to all road users, particularly commercial drivers and casual, truck rental drivers. It is an affordable GPS solution that enables drivers to get around conveniently and ecologically. With full 3D features and green routing, the P50 PRO provides users practical maps that are simple to follow, as well as more fuel-efficient routes to conserve money and fuel. For commercial drivers the P50 PRO is especially useful to maintain trip data logs including average speed, rest breaks, distance covered, fuel consumption and GPS tracks. LASER Corporation will be distributing the P50 PRO to auto retailers, in addition to its current dealer network."

Kirk Mitchell, vice president, NAVTEQ Sales, said, "NAVTEQ Transport™ incorporates over 20 truck-specific map attributes from across the region's extensive road network. This includes the physical and legal restrictions that can often cause frustrations and inefficiencies for Australia's commercial drivers. In a NAVTEQ global survey of professional drivers, Australian respondents expressed interest in using a device that can provide timely driver warnings, such as bridge heights and school zone alerts, while en-route. By incorporating our transport product into the Navig8r P50 PRO personal navigation device, NAVTEQ and LASER Corporation are delivering to Australia's professional drivers the GPS functionality they demand."

Furthermore, the P50 PRO is equipped with iGO primo that presents stunning 3D visualisation and smart routes, Loquendo text-to-speech (TTS) for natural sounding voices reading from data as well as multiple language support, and it even includes an FM transmitter, plus a calculator, unit converter, clothing size chart and picture viewer.

The Navig8r P Series P50 PRO GPS will be available in October 2010 through leading auto and consumer electronics retailers in Australia. RRP AU$249 inc GST.

Also available will be the P Series P43 – 4.3-inch version. RRP AU$179 inc GST.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


The Campari Calendar 2011 starring Oscar winning actor Benicio Del Toro has been unveiled in Milan, Italy, today. Puerto Rican born Del Toro is the first ever man to star in the iconic series of Campari Calendars, in this 12th edition. Entitled The Red Affair, the Calendar tells the intriguing story of a charismatic art connoisseur, Del Toro, who receives a mysterious message setting him on a fascinating adventure to discover its meaning, crack a ring of illegal art dealers and rescue a beautiful woman.

For the 12th edition Campari has taken a unique approach to the Calendar, taking inspiration from the power of cinema. The Red Affair seeks to capture the audience through an engaging and intriguing cinematic story told through a series of photographs. In order to achieve this through still images alone Campari wanted a lead actor to star alongside the Red Drink who could bring as much passion and authenticity to an image as they do to film, and found this in Benicio Del Toro.

Internationally acclaimed photographer Michel Comte has shot the Calendar in classic, direct, Comte style. He has created a cinematic feel by capturing the action – moments of both drama and intimacy – as it unfolds.

In its 150th anniversary year Campari has chosen to make a break with more than a decade of tradition by choosing to introduce a male lead to the Campari Calendar for the first time. Del Toro becomes the first ever Campari Man, taking on the lead role previously held by some of the world's most beautiful women, including the 2010 star, 'Quantum of Solace' Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes and Jessica Alba.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Campari has broken with tradition today as it announces that Campari Calendar 2011, The Red Affair,
is to feature a male star for the first time in its 12 year history.

Campari, renowned for its innovative and evolving approach to art and communication, has chosen to mark its 150th anniversary with a move certain to provoke debate by giving the star role to a man. The leading man, who is set be shot by internationally acclaimed fashion photographer Michel Comte for the 2011 Campari Calendar, will follow in the footsteps of some of the world's most beautiful women including Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes  and Jessica Alba, and the 2010 Campari Calendar star, Olga Kurylenko.

Fans will be kept guessing over the identity of the male lead until his name is revealed ahead of the full unveiling of the 2011 Campari Calendar, The Red Affair,  which will be held in Milan in October on October 21st.

Follow the intriguing story of  The Red Affair 2011 Campari Calendar on




Austin Reed will celebrate 110 years of 'Dressing for Success' later this year. To mark this historic landmark, it will officially launch the Austin Reed Q Club; a private members club with a clubhouse in the Regent Street flagship store.

The Q Club will be open to customers throughout the country with a dedicated clubhouse within the Austin Reed Flagship on Regent Street. A club like no other, it will be designed specifically towards dressing the modern man in a unique and relaxed environment focused on contemporary style.

Four celebrity ambassadors will be the face of the Austin Reed Q Club. As the best of British in their respective fields; Andrew Strauss, England Cricket Captain, Alastair Cook, England Cricket Vice Captain, Lewis Moody, Bath's England Rugby Captain and Courtney Lawes, British Rugby's newest star, will launch the Austin Reed Q Club.

Launching in October 2010, depicting quintessential British design and heritage, the Q Club offering will extend beyond private membership to Q Bespoke, Austin Reed's new made to measure service, Q Hirewear, which will provide a premium formal hire service and Q Corporate, Austin Reed's corporate arm.

See the Q Club Behind the Scenes shoot:
Q club Behind the Scenes Film

Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Grand Final : 19 October 2010

On Tuesday 19 October 2010 the final event of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize will take place in the Orchid Room at The Dorchester.  This anticipated fashion moment will see the five designers shortlisted for the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize display a selection of looks which they consider their best in an exclusive catwalk presentation.  The designers shortlisted for the honour include Louise Goldin, Mary Katrantzou, Chau Har Lee, Hermione de Paula and Thomas Tait.

The winner of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize will receive £25,000 to enable them to create their next collection as well as accommodation and an event at the Dorchester Collection hotel of their choice. The winner must demonstrate unique design flair as well as a capability for future critical distinction and commercial success. Their work must also evoke the spirit of Dorchester Collection's iconic hotels and, therefore, project a sense of individuality, luxury, style and craftsmanship.

Celebrating cutting-edge fashion is a natural move for Dorchester Collection. In every major fashion capital - London, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris and New York - there is a Dorchester Collection hotel and their renowned comfort, arresting style and impeccable service have made Dorchester Collection hotels the preferred outposts of discerning fashion icons.

The catwalk show will take place in the Orchid Room which was recently refurbished by Fox Linton to revive its original design by Oliver Ford. The Dorchester's first consultant interior designer, Ford, masterminded the interiors of the Queen Mother's residences at the Royal Lodge, Windsor and Clarence House in St. James.

Following the show, the judges will determine the outcome of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. The judging panel includes Manolo Blahnik, Giles Deacon, The Hon. Daphne Guinness, Stephen Jones, OBE, Yasmin Le Bon, Vanity Fair's contributing editor Elizabeth Saltzman, ES magazine's fashion director Gianluca Longo and Bronwyn Cosgrave, chairperson of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, who states: "The spirited contribution of the fashion luminaries who have judged the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize over the course of this year has helped make it another milestone in Dorchester Collection's fashion history. The calibre of the 69 designers who originally applied for the prize, upon its February 2010 launch, was impressive. In July 2010, our distinguished judging panel selected the shortlist and, no matter what tonight's outcome, they unanimously agree, that the five designers vying for the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize are among the most gifted fashion designers working in Great Britain."

Dorchester Collection is delighted to announce that 'New Faces' from Models 1 will walk the show. Paul Herrington, head of artistry for Bobbi Brown UK, will conceive the make-up and award winning hairdressers Royston Blythe will style the hair.  Daniel Pemberton, the BAFTA nominated composer, has arranged the score.  

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


70's band, Dragon rocks its way to Sydney's Hyde Park on Saturday, October 30th to show support for the AIDS Trust of Australia, performing at the Sydney Food & Wine Fair as the annual food event celebrates 20 years of giving.

Fronted by the legendary kiwi singer Mark Williams, bass player, Todd Hunter, guitar slinger, Bruce Reid and drum magician Pete Drummond will play some of their biggest hits like April Sun In Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Young Years, Dreams Of Ordinary Men and more.

Sydney's most famous food and beverage establishments will once again gather in Hyde Park North on October 30th, 2010 from 12-5pm to celebrate 20 years of giving.

This year promises to be a bumper year with celebrities already involved including; actress and entertainer, Maria Venuti, Underbelly's, Roy Billings and the fabulous Maxi Shields as the event's MC. Other talent includes; Candy Man's Wayne Scott Kermond, Dancing With The Stars, Rob Palmer, 70's rock band Dragon and many more to perform on the day.

For food lovers, MasterChef Australia runner's up, Jimmy Seervai and Courtney Roulston will also donate his time to appear on stage to take part in a fun cook-off and demonstration. 

More food and wine excitement is building as the hospitality industry donate their time, staff, produce and skills to help create the Sydney Food & Wine Fair, with Café Sydney, Flying Fish, Guillaume at Bennelong, Jimmy Liks, Longrain, Lucio's Italian, Mezzaluna Ristorante, Otto Ristorante, Wildfire, De Bortoli, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Peppertree Wines, The Oxford Hotel, Yellow Tail, Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Taylors Wines, Tempus Two, Brown Brothers and Milawa Vineyard with many more happily lined up to participate.

Each year it teases the taste buds of those who flock to experience the signature dishes of some Sydney's most renowned restaurants whilst enjoying a glass of wine from their favourite vineyard.

Add a sparkling splash of entertainment in the splendour of Hyde Park North and you've got the perfect social setting in which to sit back, relax and spoil the senses.

People still keen in securing a stall at the Sydney Food & Wine Fair can register their interest by contacting:

Pre-sale wine and food coupons will be available for those wishing to avoid any potential queues by contacting the AIDS Trust of Australia on 02 9285 4400


Two cars from the official BMW factory collection were among the top selling lots at Bonhams inaugural sale of Collectors' Motor Cars in Dubai yesterday (11.10.10), with both achieving world record prices for their models at auction. The sale was truly international with cars being sold not only to the local region, but also attracting buyers and bidders from Australia, USA and Europe.
This was the first time that cars have become available from the world-renowned BMW factory collection, so it was not surprising that buyers were keen and bidding was fierce. The white BMW 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile' – the 46th of only 57 examples built beat its pre-sale estimate of $165,000-215,000 to finally sell for $218,400.
A 1979 white BMW M1 with very low mileage and in concours condition was also consigned to the sale from BMW. A truly iconic car worthy of inclusion in any collection, it sold for - $264,000 (estimate $165,000-215,000).
The 1972 Ferrari Daytona Shooting Brake, which is recognised as a unique icon of design sold for $300,000 and a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246GTS sold for $174,000, while a 1965 Bentley S3 Continental DHC formerly the property of Alfred H. Heineken made $138,000.
The top selling watch was a rare 18ct gold Patek Philippe chronograph which sold for $74,400.
James Knight, Group Head of Motoring at Bonhams comments, "We are obviously delighted with the strong results of the two BMW world records for respective models but it is the general enthusiasm and positive reactions that Middle Eastern collectors reserved for Bonhams' first classic car sale in the area that were amazing - we are equally thrilled that the majority of the cars sold will remain in the region."

Friday, October 8, 2010

Study: 82 percent of kids under 2 have an online presence


Children can't change their DNA, and now it seems they're inheriting another permanent feature from their families -- an online presence.

Thanks to the ubiquity of photo-sharing websites like Facebook, 82 percent of children in 10 Western countries have a digital footprint before the age of 2, according to a study by internet security firm AVG.

The U.S. led, with 92 percent of American children under 2 appearing in online pictures, the report said.

New Zealand was a close second with 91 percent, followed by Canada and Australia with 84 percent. The study also covered the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Japan was the only country where less than half of 2-year-olds had an online presence.

AVG's report indicates that it's not necessarily a child's mother who is doing the uploading.

Only 33 percent of the 2,200 moms studied said they've uploaded pictures of their newborn or toddler to the internet. Other family members and friends often take the liberty of sharing baby pictures on the Web, making deleting them trickier for concerned parents.

Everyone likes to look at snapshots of cute babies -- or at least the babies' parents think so. But disclosing a lot of personal info, such as birth dates, middle names and mothers' maiden names -- which can be carelessly inserted into photo captions -- can aid identity thieves.

"Obviously there's a privacy issue," said AVG spokeswoman Siobhan MacDermott, "if they're applying for credit [later on] and having that information readily available for people who want to compromise their identities."

AVG, a company most known for its anti-virus software, helps governments track down people using data procured from the Web and provides helpful tips for those looking to protect themselves online. For this study, mothers from 10 countries were polled last week.

"It's a matter of being aware of what you're doing," MacDermott said. "When you're posting it to a public forum like Facebook, use privacy settings."

For many people, the next hurdle is figuring out how those settings work.

© 2010 Cable News Network

Monday, October 4, 2010


Le Mans Winner Derek Bell Prepares For Honorary Judging Role 

5 Times Le Mans winner, Derek Bell MBE will arrive on Australian shores the first week in October as he prepares for the role as an official judge at the first Concours d'Elegance Australia on October 10th at Manly's St Patrick Estate.

Derek Reginald Bell MBE (born 31 October 1941 in Pinner, Middlesex) is a former racing driver from England who was extremely successful in sportscar racing, winning 5 times at Le Mans. He also raced in Formula One for the Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees and Tecno teams.

He won two World Sportscar Championship titles in 1985-86, the 24 Hours of Daytona three times in 1986-87 and 1989 and Le Mans five times in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987, mostly teamed with Jacky Ickx in one of the Porsche 936 and Porsche 956/Porsche 962 models. Ickx/Bell is nowadays considered as one of the most famous pairings in motorsport history.

Bell was awarded the MBE in 1986 for services to motorsport.

Derek said: "I have always enjoyed Australia and from my early days racing with Chris Amon in Ferraris at Warwick Farm on the Tasman series, plus Sam Movizio's enthusiasm and passion for cars encouraged me to be part in what I anticipate will be a wonderful event."

Chairman of Concours d'Elegance Australia, Sam Movizio said: "We are delighted to have Derek Bell as our Chief Honorary Judge. Being one of the most successful endurance racers of all time, he will no doubt bring something extra special to the event."

To interview Derek Bell MBE please contact Adrian De Brock on 02) 9699 2000/ 0431 341 565 or

The countdown has begun as Sydney prepares for $100 million worth of luxury, classic, new and concept cars and motorcycles to converge on St Patrick's Estate, 151 Darley Rd, Manly as part of the first Concours d'Elegance Australia on Sunday 10th October, 2010 (10-10-10), from 10am till 5pm.

Countdown to Concours d'Elegance Australia. 

The countdown has begun as Sydney prepares for $100 million worth of luxury, classic, new and concept cars and motorcycles to converge on St Patrick's Estate, 151 Darley Rd, Manly as part of the first Concours d'Elegance Australia on Sunday 10th October, 2010 (10-10-10), from 10am till 5pm.

For the first time Concours d'Elegance Australia will host the internationally acclaimed event, where cars and motorcycles will be vying for the ultimate status of "Best of Show" judged by former racing driver and five times Le Mans winner, Derek Bell, MBE and a number of other key judges. Concours d'Elegance Australia is as much about style, fashion and elegance as it is a celebration of the enjoyment of amazing and exotic automobiles and motorcycles.

Little River Band's Glenn Shorrock will perform some of his biggest hits on the day and keeping in the spirit of fashionable cars, ladies will also get to experience the latest in fashion by Charlie Brown, with a fashion show commencing at 12pm. Prizes will also be awarded for the best dressed lady and couple on the day judged by a celebrity panel. If it all becomes a little too exhausting, there is a ladies marquee to indulge the mind and body; flowing with champagne, hair stations by Toni & Guy, manicures and much more to pamper and re-charge.

Chairman of Concours d'Elegance Australia and car enthusiast, Sam Movizio introduced the idea of Concours d'Elegance Australia back in 2008. An avid fan and attendee of Concours such as Pebble Beach, Quail and Goodwood, he believes that this prestigious event can really gain momentum in Australia. "We're behind the rest of the world in this regard and it's time we had a top-quality Australian event", he says.

Key sponsors include; Vittoria Coffee, Glasurit, SAPE, Lumley Special Vehicles, Ferrari Maserati Sydney, Alfa Romeo, Trivett, Pommery Champagne, Frederique Constant Geneve, Fairline, Cable Beach Club, Mount Pleasant, Peroni Italy, Faber-Castell, Luxury Brands Australia and many more.

Since its launch on 26th October 2009, Movizio and his team have been striving hard to bring this elegant automotive competition to fruition. With the venue set and the wheels firmly in motion, Concours d'Elegance Australia is on track to set a high benchmark for future Concours events.

Concours d'Elegance Pty Ltd is governed by an Executive Committee and specialist committees responsible for the preparation and the staging of this inaugural event. They are collectors in their own rights and members of some of the country's most important prestige car clubs.

For more information log onto:  

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Tiger : John Vaillant

A true story of vengeance and survival

The gripping tale of the hunt for a man-eating tiger across the forbidding landscape of Russia's Far East....

It s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia s Far East. The tiger isn t just killing people, it s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren t random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger is a tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.

About the Author

John Vaillant is the award winning author of The Golden Spruce. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic and Men’s Journal, among other publications. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and children.

  • Sceptre
  • 9780340962572
  • $35.00
  • Paperback - C Format
  • September 2010
  • 352 pages
  • True Stories

Even Silence Has an End : Ingrid Betancourt

My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

Ingrid Betancourt's astonishing, powerful and deeply moving account of her six-year ordeal in the Colombian jungle as a hostage of the terrorist organisation FARC.

Ingrid Betancourt’s story – her exemplary courage, spirit and resilience – has captured the world’s imagination. A politician and presidential candidate celebrated for her determination to combat the corruption and climate of fear endemic in Colombia, in 2002 she was taken hostage by FARC, a terrorist guerrilla organisation. She was held captive in the depths of the jungle for six and a half years, chained day and night for much of that time, constantly on the move and enduring gruelling conditions. She was freed and reunited with her children and relatives in 2008.It is Betancourt’s indomitable spirit that drives this important and deeply moving book, telling in her own words the extraordinary drama of her capture and eventual rescue, and describes her fight to survive, mentally and physically. As she confronts the horror of what she went through, her story also goes beyond the specifics of her own confinement to offer an intensely intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate reflection on what it means to be human.
About the Author

Ingrid Betancourt lived in France and New Zealand before returning to Colombia to campaign for the presidency, when she was kidnapped.

  • Virago
  • 9781844086122
  • $35.00
  • Paperback - C Format
  • October 2010
  • 608 pages
  • Biography: General

Megamind World Record Event

Will Ferrell and DreamWorks Animation to Suit up and Take on World Record for Largest Gathering of Superheroes on Saturday, Oct 2nd

Over 1,500 Costumed Superheroes Expected to Gather for Guinness World Records® Attempt in Celebration of MEGAMIND Release

800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Saturday, October 2, 2010

How to Land an A330 Airbus

And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

James May

Top Gear's James May presents his guide to the vital skills every modern man should have.

‘I reckon there are about twenty things a chap doesn t realise he should be able to do. Not stuff you can download from the internet at the touch of the button, but really important things. So, in this book, each is dealt with fully, and it s a good read rather than just boring facts. It s a series of chapters with some light gaggery, but also solid information and plenty of nice pictures and diagrams.’For example, in ‘How to land an airliner’ there is good background stuff about the likelihood of it ever falling to you (extremely unlikely), some stats on past dramas, plus good information on the controls, what they do and what they look like.’There s a range of subjects from the genuinely relevant how to deliver twins, for example to the absurd, such as how to play Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, so there s ample opportunity for me to rant, enthrall you with technical explanations and entrance you with interesting facts.’ – James May

About the Author

James May is a writer, broadcaster and co-host of Top Gear. He writes a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and has presented series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.
  • 9780340994566
  • $65.00/$35.00
  • Hardback/Softcover
  • October 2010
  • 256 pages
  • Humour

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