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Quote of the Week

“My dad has suggested that I register for a donor card. He’s a man after my own heart”

Masai Graham joke was voted the funniest from the Fringe

Others from the top 15:


“Hillary Clinton has shown that any woman can be President, as long as your husband did it first”
Michelle Wolf

“Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy, I hear you ask”
Jordan Brookes

“Elton John hates ordering Chinese food. Soya seems to be the hardest word”
Phil Nicol

“I’ll tell you what’s unnatural in the eyes of God. Contact lenses”
Zoe Lyons 

Tweet of the Week

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Story of the Week

Story of the Week Pokemon

BaxterStorey unveils Pokémon menu

With the UK going crazy for Pokémon Go, BaxterStorey has worked with client ITV Southbank to launch a limited edition Pokémon themed menu. The menu features dishes such as ‘Sourdough Pokéball Pizza’, ‘Jigglypuff Jambalaya’ and ‘Hypno’s Healthy Bar’.

Nick East, General Manager at BaxterStorey, said: “We worked closely with our client to design an innovative menu based around the Pokémon phenomenon. The playful menu is a fantastic talking point and has received extraordinary engagement from ITV’s staff.

Will the platful menu increase customers at the site and improve staff morale?

News of the Week

ALICE COOPER on U.S. Presidential Election: ‘Nobody Wants To Vote For A Candidate’

Alice Cooper commented: ‘I can do nothing as well as they can do nothing’. Following the declaration, the web came up with the idea of having Alice Cooper as one of the potential U.S presidential candidate.

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Take a look into Alice’s Manifesto

1. Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC
2. A snake in every pot
3. No more pencils, no more books
4. Adding Lemmy to Mt Rushmore
5. Rename Big Ben “Big Lemmy”
6. Groucho Marx on the $50 bill
7. Peter Sellers on the £20 note
8. Cupholders required for every airplane seat
9. Ban on talking during movies in movie theatres
10. Ban on taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day
Find out more 

Global Hospitality News

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Conrad Xiamen, on the southwestern coast of Xiamen Island. Owned by Shimao Group and managed by Hilton, Conrad Xiamen is the first Conrad hotel in Fujian province, the sixth in China among a portfolio of over 70 hotels in China. Read more

Hotelier Jerry Schwartz has launched a ‘green corridor’ between his hotels and the capital in New South Wales (Australia). This is an example highlighting the potential of environmental initiatives in the tourism industry. Check out the green initiatives that have been undertaken by this hotelier.

Contactless spending jumps 2.7 times following £30 limit increase. Spending data, release by Barclaycard, reached a record high in the first six months of 2016. Consumers splashed out £9.27 billion between January and June.

The hospitality markets of the UAE and Qatar are expected to grow the fastest in the Gulf region over the coming four years. According to the latest report by an investment banking advisory firm tourism-related developments are certainly being a catalyst for growth. Read more

Corners of the world

Hedge Funds Avoided Big Losses Despite ‘Brexit’ Shock. Hedge fund managers cite a number of factors that explain how some funds avoided losses. Unlike the sudden collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, Britain’s vote was well telegraphed. Read more

We found Amazon’s secret drone testing site hidden in the English countryside. Amazon’s delivery drones are being put through their paces at a secret location in the heart of the English countryside. Find out more

Russia banned from Paralympics after losing appeal against doping exclusion. Russia will not compete at the Paralympics in September after it failed in an appeal against its exclusion from the Games, the court of arbitration for sport has announced.Read more

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