Thursday, September 27, 2012

Inside HBO's Game of Thrones

Bryan Cogman

An exquisite behind the scenes look at the most compelling TV series of modern times, Game of Thrones, with preface by George R.R Martin himself.

HBO's Game of Thrones reigns as cable's highest-rated series. This official companion book gives fans new ways to enter this fictional world and discover more about the beloved (and reviled) characters and the electrifying plotlines.

Hundreds of set photos, production and costume designs, storyboards and insider stories reveal how the show's creators translated George R.R Martin's bestselling fantasy series into the world of Westeros.

The book documents the painstaking and meticulous process of bringing Martin's richly imagined fantasy world of Westeros, and its cast of both heroic and despicable characters, to television. Featuring interviews with key actors and crew members that capture the best scripted and unscripted moments from the first two seasons, as well as a preface by George R.R Martin, this special volume, bound in a lavishly debossed padded cover, offers exclusive access to this unprecedented television series.
About the Author

Bryan Cogman is a script writer and editor. When not in Belfast shooting Game of Thrones, he lives in Los Angeles. He also serves as the unofficial 'keeper of the mythos' for the show and wrote the series bible outlining character and background information for other writers, actors and crew to consult.

October 2012
192 pages

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Triumph Steve McQueen Edition

Triumph has released a new tribute to the legend of cool– actor and speed fiend Steve McQueen. The new Triumph Steve McQueen Edition Motorcycle is inspired by the Triumph TR6 McQueen rode in the 1963 World War II film The Great Escape, in which McQueen eludes Nazis in the German countryside. Always his own stunt man, McQueen famously jumped his motorcycle over a barbed wire fence in the film, in a manner that doesn’t seem possible. Off screen, McQueen was an avid Triumph rider, carving up the pavement on his own Triumph Bonneville in and around Los Angeles. The new Triumph Steve McQueen Edition is based on the Triumph Bonneville T100, but with styling and feature enhancements that recall the 1963 original. These include a military-style khaki-green paint job, a stencil-style Triumph logo on the tank and a licensed print of McQueens’s signature on the side. 1,100 of the McQueen Edition Triumphs will be produced.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bangkok So Sofitel - So Cool

30-storey Sofitel So Bangkok

Water Element Room

Located on the corner of Rama IV and Sathorn roads, with a commanding site overlooking Lumpini Park and skycrapers, the 30-storey Sofitel So Bangkok has an interior design created around the Five Elements (Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire) which, combined, frame and form a refuge of sense and balance energy at the heart of vibrant Bangkok. Indeed, here is a truly innovative hotel that promises visitors and locals alike with a new focal point, a place to stay, eat, meet and be entertained in stylish fashion and totally connected.

New 'Euro' Corolla Headed Down Under

Toyota has taken the wraps off its new Corolla hatch, revealing a sleek, sporty new look for the latest generation of the world’s best-selling car.

The latest Corolla goes on sale in Japan today, just two months ahead of its local unveiling at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

Although Corolla has been a mainstay of the Japanese car industry since 1966, the latest model is the outcome of extensive research and evaluation in Europe.


Two Goodwood sales in 2012 realise a combined £35.6 million.

An extraordinary unrestored supercharged 'S' Type Mercedes that lay hidden in a garage for six decades led the pack at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester, UK, on Saturday 15th September, selling for more than £2.8 million. The sale achieved a selling rate of 84 per cent in front of a huge and enthusiastic crowd.

The "lost" 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 'S' Type Sports Tourer, described as one of the most important motor car finds of the past decade, went for £2,801,500 to an anonymous bidder in the room.

Almost without precedent for motor cars of its age and type, the dark battleship grey 'S' Type was owned by the same family from new and had never been restored, retaining its original blue leather upholstery in its entirety.

Meanwhile an important collection of Maseratis owned by the Hartley family, from the Home Counties, sold for a collective £2.88 million. Leading the way was a unique 1929 Maserati Tipo 26M four-seater sports racing car with Brooklands Double Twelve, Irish Grand Prix and RAC Tourist Trophy racing pedigree, which realised £1,681,500.

Another strong performance came from the Lagonda V12 Team Car borne out of the desire of a pair of enthusiastic Lords – Lords Selsdon and Waleran – to go racing at the 1939 Le Mans 24-Hour Endurance Race. It realised in excess of £1 million, selling for £1,289,500.

Top Alfa Romeo in this sale was the ex-Leonard Headlam, Tourist Trophy and Irish Grand Prix Team Car, a 1929 Alfa Romeo 1750 SS Competition Tourer which sold for £1,099,100, doubling its presale estimate of £500,000,.

Other highlights in the £13.6 million auction included the sale of 'ARX 91B', the 1964 Austrian Alpine-winning, 1965 Targa Florio 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII Works Rally/Race Car, which beat its pre-sale estimate to go for £242,300 – an auction record for a rally Healey 3000.

The sale saw Bonhams continue with its success selling Ferraris, getting the 1965 275 GTS Spyder away for £400,000 in a post sale deal. A 1968 Ferrari 330GTC achieved £230,000.

A lot that generated much interest was a unique piece of art modelled on the 'Airfix' kits lovingly built by generations of children. The life-sized model of the Aston Martin DBR1 that won the 1959 Le Mans 24-Hour Endurance Race, measuring 6.35m wide by 3.3m tall, sold for £27,500 to an unknown telephone bidder.

James Knight, International Managing Director Collectors Motor Cars, who took the sale with CEO Malcolm Barber, commented after the sale: "Once again Bonhams has shown its ability to sell every kind of marque. Today we saw the wonderful unrestored Mercedes 6.8-litre S-Type make £2.8m. This was followed by strong prices for Alfa Romeo, Lagonda, Maserati, Ferrari, AC Cobra and Bentley. With the world records achieved for Bentley and Rolls Royce at the Goodwood Festival of Speed it has been a very good summer for Bonhams at Goodwood. Given the economic context of both these sales – the worst financial downturn since the 1930's - this is a sterling effort and a very encouraging message for collectors about the intrinsic and long-term value of collectors cars."

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Formula One 2012 - Button wins Grand Prix of Belgium

Jenson Button won the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix from pole on Sunday after McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton and championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari were taken out in a major collision at the start. The 2009 champion Button revived his title hopes by winning the 12th season race from reigning champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus.

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