For the summer issue of Shine On magazine we headed to Barry Island in South Wales to meet Marie Curie Cancer Care supporter Alison Powell. She organised a sponsored skinny-dip for the charity and raised an amazing £35,000. Our cover star bravely agreed to pose on the beach in her towel – despite occasional snow flurries. Of course, we were on hand with hot water bottles, extra layers, and to stop her hair from blowing all over the place. And the result? A fantastic cover that we will share with you soon.
Skinny-dipping in the snow
Up, up and away!
Northstar has produced the new 2013 membership pack for the Goodwood Aero Club (GAC), which was delivered this week. With a design inspired by flying literature of the fifties and sixties, the guide details events and listings for the months to come, and will be mailed to the GAC members in the weeks ahead. The aero club, which has its own Flying School and World War II vintage Harvard plane, exists to indulge its members’ passions for flying by being be part of the Goodwood estate’s rich aviation history – which dates back to its time as an RAF airfield during the war. Chocks away!
Preparing for spring
It may possibly have been the coldest, wettest, dreariest days of the year so far, but one recent morning, the Northstar fashion team were transported to the sun-drenched streets of LA. Albeit via a penthouse in North London, and some clever lighting, and rails upon rails of stunning new spring and summer fashion. We think the beautiful fifties-inspired pastel story – shot for Highcross (magazine delivered and in-store early April), Bullring and Queensgate – will have shoppers reaching for their purses and heading for some retail therapy before we can say ‘here comes the sun’…
Rise of the robots
‘Awww, isn’t it cute,’ cooed the small crowd of Northstarers, heads tilted, eyelashes fluttering, as Audi Magazine’s Editor Mark Walton cradled the new creation in his arms. Baby? No. Puppy? No. Kitten? No (sorry – we know the internet loves kittens). In fact, it was a robot called Darwin – the cover star of the new issue of Audi Magazine, available to download now as an iPad app. Our main feature looks at how robots could change our lives in the future, and we discovered how the future might already be here. Recently, a team from Audi and Stanford University sent an automated TTS round a race circuit, lapping close to a professional driver’s time. Audi has also developed a car that parks itself – little wonder that MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has recognised Audi as one of the world’s most influential innovators. Elsewhere, we unveiled, drove and examined the latest Audi models, spoke to the man who made the world’s first mobile phone call, and much, much more.
Italian passion on the iPad
One week we’re delving into the history of Alfa Romeo’s test track with one of their top engineers (you can read our Cloverleaf Club story here), another week, we’re sitting in the passenger seat of an Alfa Romeo MiTo, kitted out with the latest medical gear, en route to an emergency with a community first responder. It’s fair to say the content in the latest issue of Alfa Magazine is varied. And it’s all available to see in the latest iPad app, too, which has even more beautifully shot images, plenty of swiping and tapping interactivity, and some fascinating videos.