Monday, 1 December 2008

18 Days Of Christmas Deals

Starting from 1st December, 24Studio is offering a special Christmas Deal every day for 18 days!

From Christmas gifts and stocking fillers to new ideas for the home, you'll find a new promotion every day for 18 days!

Plus: from now until Christmas we've taken an extra 20% off selected ranges from the Christmas Book and Christmas Living collections.

Don't delay, visit today and check out the latest Christmas Deal Of The Day!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

24Studio Deal Of The Day

24Studio Deal Of The Day

A very special offer - every day.

Each day we are offering a product at a specially reduced price - for one day only!
Updated daily with a new special offer, our Deal Of The Day gives you even better value. Products on offer might be homewares, toys and games, gifts, home electricals or branded clothing - check back each day to see our latest offer.

Recent offers have included this 5-piece Viners Atelia pan set, which was reduced for the day to just £39.99 - saving £100!

Today's offer is a set of Dragon jigsaws for just £4.99 - saving £11.00!

Don't miss out - visit our Deal Of The Day to see today's offer - hurry, these special deals last for one day only!

You can also find Deal Of The Day by visiting the 24Studio homepage.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Winnie The Pooh Kitchen Gift Set

Here's an unusual gift for grown-up Winnie The Pooh fans!

This lovely kitchen gift set comprises 4 mugs, two tea towels, an apron and oven mitt.

Featuring Disney Winnie The Pooh "sketchbook" designs - each mug features a different character design. The mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe and are 9.5cm in height. The tea towels and oven mitt are 100% cotton. The apron is also cotton, with a wipe-clean PVC coating.

Set comprises: 4 Winnie the Pooh differently designed character mugs. Height 9.5cm (3¾"). Dishwasher and microwave safe. Pack of 2 100% cotton tea towels, 100% cotton double oven mitt and a wipe clean 100% cotton PVC coated apron.

We think this is a lovely gift that's sure to be a big hit this Christmas.
Order your Winnie The Pooh Kitchen Set today.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Winnie The Pooh Song Book

More Winnie The Pooh fun for the young ones with this delightfuly pop-up song book.

A great gift for Winnie fans aged 18 months or over.

Press the buttons to sing along to classic children's songs plus delightful pop-ups - sure to bring a smile to all those little faces!

Available in the Studio Christmas Book 2008.

Winnie The Pooh - What Pooh Can Do Song Book

For children a little older, there is also a Winnie The Pooh Play-Along Piano songbook - complete with electronic piano, this song book has 10 easy to learn classic children's songs and is suitable from age 3 and over.

NOW HALF PRICE - was £15.99, now only £7.99!

Winnie The Pooh Play Along Piano Song Book

Winnie The Pooh Chocolate

After our blog post last week highlighting our fantastic Winnie The Pooh gift range, we can't not mention these Winnie The Pooh chocolate bars, also on sale at 24Studio.

For just £5.99, you get a massive 50 bars of milk and white chocolate, in a handy re-usable tub.
Each bar is 12g net weight.

Box of 50 Winne The Pooh Chocolate Bars

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Winnie The Pooh Christmas Gifts 2008

This year we have a great range of items at 24studio for Winnie The Pooh fans of all ages, from toys and games to bedding, towels and rugs.

So if you're looking for the perfect gift for a Winnie The Pooh fan, look no further.

Winnie The Pooh Musical RailwayLook at this fantastic Winnie The Pooh Musical Railway toy - sure to delight, complete with all your favourite Winnie characters, and suitable for children aged 12 months and over.

Press the chimney to hear different musical instruments.
Now reduced to just £19.99 (was £29.99).
Buy it today: Winnie The Pooh Musical Railway

Winnie The Pooh Mega BloksWinnie The Pooh Tub & Blocks - great fun for children 12 months and older, this Winnie The Pooh Mega Bloks set features all your favourite Winnie characters.

Now HALF PRICE at just £9.99, this is a great Christmas gift.

Buy the Winnie The Pooh Mega Bloks set now!

Winnie The Pooh Light PuzzleLook at this gorgeous Winnie The Pooh 352-piece jigsaw puzzle that includes 25 mini lights with 7 different light effects. When the puzzle is complete it can be fixed into it's unique frame (supplied) to hang on a wall. Suitable for children aged 7 years or older, it measures 68 x 49cm when completed and requires 2xAA batteries for the lights (not supplied). Only £17.99.

Order your Winnie The Pooh Light Puzzle online today.

Winnie Puzzle

For younger children, how about this Winnie The Pooh Educational Puzzle, suitable for children aged 3 and over.

Only £3.19 (was £7.99)

Order your Winnie The Pooh Educational Puzzle today.

Disney Baby Winnie The Pooh

This adorable 38cm soft bodied doll with vinyl arms and legs is a firm favourite - dressed in a Winnie The Pooh outfit, the doll comes complete with it's own Winnie soft toy.

Suitable for children aged 10 months and over.
Now just £17.99 (was £19.99).

Disney Baby Winnie The Pooh - order online.

Winnie Ride-onThis Winnie The Pooh Ride-On is lots of fun for children aged 2 years and over. Complete with 6v battery, charger and automatic security brake.

Find out more about the Winnie The Pooh Ride-On at

Product video demo available.

More Winnie The Pooh items you may be interested in:

Winnie The Pooh Plush Toys - Available in 4 character options - Winnie, Piglet, Tigger and EEyore.

Winnie Talking Toy - Winnie Stories and songs - Winnie narrates 8 exciting adventures with his friends in 100 Acre Wood.

Winnie The Pooh prams, dolls and play sets

Pooh Poncho - ideal for bathtime or at the beach or pool

Personalised Winnie the Pooh Bubbles Towel - free personalisation!

Personalised Winnie The Pooh nightie - free personalisation!

1000-Piece Disney Winnie The Pooh Jigsaw - "Around The Fire"

Winnie The Pooh character wall canvas, fleece blanket & rug - "Super Sleuths"

Winnie The Pooh character duvet set and curtains - "Super Sleuths"

Monday, 1 September 2008

Personalised Gifts for 2008

Christmas is just around the corner and we'll all soon be wondering what to buy for friends and family this year. Why not make it personal this year and choose from our best ever range of personalised gifts.

personalised dolls house
For the young ones, how about this brilliant personalised dolls house?

Complete with figurines and five sets of furniture, the roof of the doll's house can be personalised with any name up to 11 letters.

Now at 60% off the original price, it's a great value gift at just £39.99.

personalised racing car rocker

Or how about this personalised racing car rocker - priced at just £23.99, with FREE personalisation, it will make a great gift for Christmas.

The racing car can be personalised with any name up to 11 letters.

For older children, there are lots of personalised gifts available, from personalised swimming bags and towels to sweets and treats.

Bratz personalised swimbag with towel

High School Musical personalised swimbag and towel
Spiderman personalised swimbag and towel

Our personalised range isn't just for children: we also have a wide range of items suitable for adults that can be personalised for free, including football memorabilia, robes and towels, plus gift sets with personalised glasses, wallets, diaries and more.

personalised message purse

personalised Magners gift set
personalised key chain and photo holder

And let's not forget the animals - we even have personalised gifts for pets!

More personalised gifts for all the family now available at

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Ronson slams Noel

Mark Ronson has responded to snide remarks that Noel Gallagher made about him in recent Radio 1 interview.

As well as criticising Kaiser Chiefs, Scouting For Girls and Amy Winehouse on Chris Moyles' breakfast show, Gallagher said Ronson "needs to learn three chords on the guitar and write a tune, instead of ruining everyone else's".

However, Ronson – who has produced both Winehouse and the Kaiser Chiefs – had a few words to say on the subject on his MySpace blog.

"Noel Gallagher said I should 'learn three chords on the guitar and go write a tune'," he wrote.

"So I just wanted him to know that I'm actually taking guitar lessons from Jay-Z right now and he's already taught me both chords to Wonderwall."

He added that he also wrote a song called Back To Black, which "has seven chords in it."

Gallagher caused controversy earlier this year when he said that Jay-Z and hip hop had no rightful place at the Glastonbury Festival.

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Monday, 11 August 2008

Dannii planning to welcome Cheryl

Dannii Minogue has said she intends to make new X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole feel welcome on the show, despite rumours of a feud between the two.

The Girls Aloud singer has made disparaging remarks about Dannii's cosmetic surgery in the past, suggesting the Aussie star may have gone over the top with her ops.

"I think she should get all her plastic surgery reduced. She doesn’t look natural," she said.

"I don’t think men find her attractive."

However, Dannii says she is not going to make an issue of any such comments, noting that Cheryl is still upset over the revelations of husband Ashley's cheating.

"Cheryl's been through a very tough time, so I went to her dressing room on the first day of filming to introduce myself and wish her luck.

"She was so nervous - her hands were shaking."

Cole was brought in to replace Sharon Osbourne, who quit the show recently in a row over pay.

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Monday, 28 July 2008

Carol Vorderman quits Countdown over pay row

Carol Vorderman has announced she is quitting the Channel 4 gameshow Countdown after she was asked to take a per 90 cent pay cut

She has been the resident maths whiz on the show since it began in 1982 with original host Richard Whiteley.

However, Vorderman was reportedly "extremely sad" when current host Des O’ Connor announced last week that he is quitting in November.

The row over pay was apparently the final straw for Carol, with her agent John Miles confirming she was told the show could "easily survive without you" if she refused to accept the new deal.

"I was stunned that my client's 26 loyal years were discarded in such a cavalier manner," Mr Miles said.

She said in a statement: "I am devastated that my joyous time with one of the best programmes on TV has ended this way,"

Countdown was the first programme to air on Channel 4 in 1982.

Watch all your favourite shows on a new televison from Studio.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Des O' Connor to quit Countdown

Des O' Connor has announced he is to quit as the host of Channel 4 show Countdown in November.

The veteran TV star took over from Des Lynam in January last year, who left after hosting just one series of the show.

However, O Connor has said he misses the "thrill" of performing live TV shows and concerts.

Speaking about his stint on the long-running word game, he said: "It's been wonderful hosting a programme which is part of TV folklore. I have really enjoyed my two years with the show and I would like to thank all concerned at Channel 4.

"I've made a lot of new friends. Carol Vorderman has been a joy... it's been a giggle since day one. But I miss the thrill of stepping out on a live stage for the one-man concerts and the challenge of live TV entertainment-based shows."

Des, 76, is currently recording his 36th album Setting New Standards.

Listen to all Des' hits, on this Portable Record Player

Amy's new waxwork unveiled

A waxwork of singer Amy Winehouse has been unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London.

The model was constructed using photos and images taken from her live performances and sports the star's trademark beehive hairdo and old school tattoos.

Amy's parents, Mitch and Jan, were present when the waxwork was uncovered, describing it as an "incredible likeness", but Mitch added that "she's not that skinny anymore".

He even joked that the new version was less unlikely to display the notoriously erratic behaviour of his daughter.

"We're going to take this one home with us and take the real one back. This one does what she's told and doesn't move," he said.

He went on to say that Amy is currently undergoing a drug replacement programme and added that she is "doing really well".

Amy's husband, Blake Fielder-Civil has just been sentenced to 27 months in prison for assault and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Sienna is 'so in love'

Actress Sienna Miller has claimed she is head over heels in love with new billionaire boyfriend Balthazar Getty.

The Alfie star has been enjoying a romantic break with the married multi-millionaire after splitting from Welsh actor Rhys Ifans less than six weeks ago.

After the split, Ifans was regularly seen moping in London, while Miller has been spotted enjoying dates with Getty in Prague and Los Angeles, reports the Sun.

The couple are currently enjoying a romantic holiday on a private boat off the coast of Italy, with the 26-year-old actress having told friends she has "never been so in love".

"Sienna is totally besotted with Balthazar. Their relationship has gone from strength to strength over the past month and Sienna finds him utterly irresistible," said a source close to Miller.

"Balthazar arranged for the trip to one of the most beautiful and exclusive parts of the Med."

Notting Hill star Ifans recently insisted he was over his split from Miller.

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Friday, 11 July 2008

A big welcome to the new Studio website.

At long last it's arrived, your brand new Studio web site. A huge improvement on the old site, we hope you agree.

Our new tab based navigation system, designed to make your shopping experience less frustrating and a whole lot easier also ensures a clean fresh design with a lot less clutter. This said, we've kept all the things you like such as Quickshop where existing customers can use their printed catalogue to enter product codes directly in to the site and the ability to view your account details and to track your orders.

As you may know Studio offers a wide range of personalised gifts - where ever you see this symbol next to an item, it means that the item can be personalised for FREE. For example mugs, wallets, pens, gift sets and a lot more besides.

We've also an opportunity for you to enter a £15,000 prize draw - whilst being kept informed about new offers and money saving promotions. Why not have a look around the new site now.

Pat Mathews

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Fearne Cotton 'addicted to tattoos'

TV presenter Fearne Cotton has been speaking of her fondness for body art, claiming to be addicted to tattoos.

The 26-year-old said she would like to have designs "all over my whole body" if she wasn't on TV, but joked that she has yet to tell her mother about how may she already has.

Speaking to Glamour magazine, the blonde presenter said: "I got a new one in Los Angeles, it covers most of my back at the bottom and it's a 50s pin-up mermaid, lovely boobs, beautiful.

"I love Amy Winehouse's tattoos but I can't do arms. I can't do 'Children In Need' with a naked chick on my arm, can I?"

She added that she has experienced pressure to be a little "more conservative" in the past, but that she prefers to stick to her "quirky look".

Ms Cotton recently claimed she looked "like an egg" when not wearing make-up, reports Digital Spy.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2008

We won't give away music, says Gallagher

Noel Gallagher has said he has no intention of following Radiohead's lead by releasing Oasis music for free.

Oasis' new album Dig Out Your Soul is due to be release in October, but Noel told BBC 6 Music that he will not be adopting a similar strategy to Thom Yorke's band

"I wouldn't have thought so. That's not our bag," he said.

"I didn't spend a year in the most expensive studio in England, with the most expensive producer in America, and the most expensive graphic designer in London to then give it away. F*** that."

He went on to say that Radiohead's approach was a good way of getting free marketing, but praised them for being "rebels and outsiders".

The new Oasis single The Shock Of The Lightning is scheduled for release on 29th September.

Gallagher recently claimed to be a fan of Jay-Z, following the rapper's much publicised appearance at Glastonbury.

Listen to all Oasis' top tunes, on one of these
iPods from Studio.

The latest gaming Buzz!

Its here! The game that turns your living room into a game show! This is the first of the Buzz games that has been released for the Playstation 3. The game uses the PLAYSTATION Network to offer you the chance to quiz against people around the world, and even write your own quizzes.

The game comes with 5,000 questions on the disc and the option of downloading thousands more.

The questions are split into topics called channels. There are five channels: The Sports Channel, The Movies Channel, The Music Channel, The Lifestyle Channel and The Knowledge Channel. This means you can play the full quiz on a single channel or play in channel hopper mode and take questions from multiple channels.

Buzz! Quiz TV available now at Studio.

Monday, 30 June 2008

Ne-Yo knocks Coldplay from top spot

Ne-Yo has knocked Coldplay from the top of the singles chart with his track Closer.

The song overtook sales for Coldplay's single Viva La Vida to give the US singer-songwriter his second number one in the UK.

Viva La Vida, the second single from the album of the same name, went straight to the top of the charts last week on downloads alone.

Elsewhere, Jordin Sparks was the highest new entry with his single No Air, while Chris Brown's song Forever climbed one place to number four.

The album charts saw the top three remain static, with Coldplay, Duffy and Neil Diamond staying put, while Darren Styles' Skydivin' went straight in at number four.

In related news, Coldplay are planning to give away a free song on their winter tour.

The band wants to give away an unreleased track to fans who have bought a ticket for the UK shows, reports the BBC.

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Eavis says Noel Gallagher can take a joke

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis thinks Noel Gallagher will be able to take a joke after Jay-Z poked fun at his comments onstage.

The superstar rapper entered to a backing tape of the Oasis star's suggestions that hip hop does not belong at the event, following up with a rendition of their hit song Wonderwall.

However, Eavis was confident that Gallagher would be able to take such antics in his stride.

"Jay-Z's intro tape was great, wasn't it?" he said.

"Noel can take it, they're tough fellas, aren't they? They used to work on a building site, didn't they? They can handle it. They're good friends of ours though, they've helped us a lot in the past the Gallagher brothers, I'm not going to slag them off.

Eavis claimed the rapper's performance proved the doubters wrong, declaring it "a real triumph".

The Verve drew the festival to a close last night with their headline slot on the Pyramid Stage.

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Thursday, 26 June 2008

Madonna and Guy Ritchie to split

Madonna and Guy Ritchie are to announce they are separating when the singer finished her world tour, it has emerged.

The couple have been married for seven years and have three children – seven-year-old son Rocco, two-year-old adopted son David Banda and 11-year-old daughter Lourdes from Madonna's previous relationship with dancer Carlos Leon.

She is due to begin her Sticky and Sweet tour in Cardiff in August, but the couple are expected to officially announce the split after the final concerts have taken place in Mexico.

It has been rumoured that the pair have been having difficulties for the last two years.

"They're obviously sad but they're dealing with it like grown-ups," said a friend of the couple.

"Things have run their natural course. [But] although the marriage is coming to an end, they don't want to say anything until the tour is over."

It has been reported that Madonna has been consulting Paul McCartney's divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton.

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Monday, 2 June 2008

Naomi Campbell charged over airport incident

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been charged with five offences after being arrested for clashing with a police officer at Heathrow last month.

The highly-strung 37-year-old was held at the beleaguered Terminal 5 in April after a row broke out with airline staff who informed her some of her baggage had been lost.

Consequently, the police were called and Campbell was handcuffed and led off the plane, before being released on bail.

She answered bail at Heathrow police station yesterday (May 29th) and was charged with three counts of assaulting a police officer, an offence of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and one count of threatening or abusive behaviour towards a cabin crew member.

A spokesman for British Airways said last month: "All incidents of abusive or disruptive behaviour towards fellow passengers or staff are taken extremely seriously and will not be tolerated."

Ms Campbell was sentenced to community service in New York last year after being convicted of assault.

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Thursday, 29 May 2008

Michael Sophocles fired from Apprentice

Telesales executive Michael Sophocles has been fired by Sir Alan Sugar in the tycoon's hit TV show The Apprentice.

The 24-year-old was given the boot after his Renaissance team were trounced in a supercar rental task.

Rival Lee McQueen and his Team Alpha made over £11,000 by renting cars to London businessmen as a result of their risky decision to offer a Pagani Zonda - which could be rented for a daily charge of £2,700.

Sophocles had been expected to attract plenty of custom with his Ferrari, but lack of direction and naivety about cars let him down and he failed to make a single sale.

In his exit interview with the BBC, Sophocles said he thought his time to be fired had come three weeks previously.

"I was almost like a dead man walking," he said.

"I'd run my course and the five people who are in the final five deserve to be there."

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Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Indiana Jones pulls in the crowds at Cannes

he A-list stars were out in force at the Cannes premiere of the fourth Indiana Jones film, with director Steven Spielberg hinting there could yet be a fifth movie in the franchise.

Harrison Ford, reprising his role as the adventurous archeologist Dr Jones, appeared on the red carpet with his co-stars Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and Shia LeBoeuf.

Mr Spielberg said public demand had led to the return of the character, adding that this may not be the last that audiences see of the explorer.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "If you want more of them, we'll have our ear to the ground to hear what happens and will decide where we go from here."

It is almost 20 years since Ford appeared in the last Indy movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which has led to criticism from some quarters that he is too old for the role

The movie opens here in the UK on Thursday May 22nd.

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Janet Jackson announces world tour

Janet Jackson has confirmed she is to tour for the first time in seven years, with Vancouver set to be the first date of the music extravaganza.

The Rock Witchu tour will then move across North America - including stops in New York and Washington - before going worldwide, reports the Associated Press.

"It's been a while so I really want to make my rounds," said the star, "I haven't been to Australia in a very long time; I can't wait to go there.

"There are a lot of places where I really want to stop off at, and that's the idea, that's the goal with this tour."

Ms Jackson's latest album Discipline reached the stores in February and Jackson had promised a dramatic stage show to support her last two releases.

Tickets for the tour, for which the full itinerary will be announced next week, go on sale on June 7th.

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Friday, 16 May 2008

Competition: WIN a fantastic 4GB MP3 Player and a FREE album download!

For your chance to win simply answer the following question:-
In total, how may tracks are available at the Music Shack?

A. under 200,000
B. over 750,000

To enter, simply text MUSIC followed by either A or B to 62299

If you think the answer is A, please text MUSIC A to 62299
If you think the answer is B, please text MUSIC B to 62299

Please note, each entry will only cost your standard network text message rate and a confirmation text will be sent each time you enter (this is not chargeable to you). All entries must be received by July 2008 and one correct entry will be chosen at random. If you enter after the closing date , you will not be entered but you may still be charged.

Competition Terms and Conditions

The competition is only open to account holders.

Entries from employees of the promoters, its families, its agents and persons connected with the promotion will not be accepted.

Only one entry per account holder will be accepted.

Entries will only be accepted via text message.

Offer only available in the UK.

You will be charged your standard network text rate to enter the competition.

If you enter after the closing date you will not be entered into the competition, but you may still be charged.

By supplying your telephone number you indicate that you are happy to receive SMS messages from or in association with Express Gifts.

Entry into the competition is deemed as acceptance of the rules and any other requirements set out in the promotional material.

No responsibility will be accepted for lost entries, delays or errors via the Internet or the registration of incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate information whether fault of the participant or by the malfunction of any equipment or technical problem or by any other technical or administrative error.

The decision of the judges is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

At the close of the competition, one winner will be selected at random from all correctly completed entries.

Winners will be notified within one week of the competition closing date.

By participating in this competition you agree to allow the use of your name(s) and/or personal details for promotional use and publicity, without any compensation unless prohibited by law.

A list of winners will be available by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the Competition Secretary, Marketing Department, Express Gifts Limited, Church Bridge House, Henry Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 4EE

The promoter may offer this promotion across other catalogues and promotional material.

The closing date is midnight 28th July 2008.

The promoter is Express Gifts Limited, Church Bridge House, Henry Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 4EE

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Making new Star Trek movie was 'thrilling', says director

The new Star Trek movie will not compare to anything avid fans have seen before, its director has claimed.

JJ Abrams – the brains behind hit Channel 4 show Lost – said he expects to attract a whole new generation of Trekkies to the exploits of the Starship Enterprise.

Speaking to the Associated Press about the eleventh Star Trek flick, he remarked: "It was an opportunity to take what I think has been a maligned world - to sound crass, a franchise - and treat it in a way that made it something that I wanted to see."

He continued: "To take the characters, the thoughtfulness, the personalities, the sense of adventure, the idea of humanity working together, the sense of social commentary and innovation, all that stuff - to take it and apply it in a way that felt genuinely thrilling."

Opening across the pond on May 28th next year, the movie sees old favourites Captain James T Kirk, Dr McCoy and Mr Spock in their formative years at Starfleet Academy.

Director Abrams concluded by suggesting that the film is intended for people who are "completely enamoured" with Star Trek, as well as "fans of movies, not fans of Star Trek necessarily".

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Doherty thanks Thatcher as he leaves the clink

Musician Pete Doherty walked free from prison today saying he was drug-free and handing a sarcastic 'thank you' to Margaret Thatcher.

The 29-year-old Babyshambles singer walked out of Wormwood Scrubs prison in London early in the morning dressed in suit and tie and carrying his belongings in a duffel bag.

He had just finished serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching his probation and was greeted by throngs of reporters and photographers.

Doherty was heard uttering: "Thank you Mrs Thatcher for putting me in the company of the most dangerous criminals in the country."

He also showed waiting reporters a certificate saying he had passed a drugs test while locked up.

His freedom means he can now play at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset next month.

Reporters later caught up with Doherty at his rented home in Wiltshire where he was seen relaxing in more cosy surroundings.

He reportedly said he was looking forward to a rum and coke and seeing his pet cats after his spell inside.

In October 2007 he had been given a suspended sentence for drug and driving offences, and landed in hot water again after missing a probation appointment.

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Kidman signs up for Dusty movie gig

Hollywood heavyweight Nicole Kidman has been signed up to star as songstress Dusty Springfield in a film of her life.

Although the project is yet to be given a title, it will see the ex-wife of Tom Cruise team up once again with Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer-prize winning writer of The Hours.

Speaking at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the author said Springfield is "clearly going into history with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones", New York Magazine reports.

As well as starring as the British music legend, Moulin Rouge star Nicole will produce the feature through her Blossom Films company.

Dubbed the White Queen of Soul, Dusty's success was overshadowed by her problems with drugs and alcohol, as well as her struggles with mental illness.

Her record sales experienced a resurgence after Quentin Tarantino used Son of a Preacher Man on the soundtrack for Pulp Fiction.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and succumbing to it four years later, Dusty has since been credited as an influence and inspiration for current chart stars Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele.

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Tina Turner to tour for first time in years

Tina Turner is to embark on her first tour in eight years in the autumn, kicking off in Kansas City.

The big-haired songstress will begin the shows in North America, but reports suggest she may add dates in Europe and around the world.

Tina made the revelation while recording an appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show, in front of an audience of 4,000.

She is expected to make an official announcement when the show airs next week, with tickets likely to be on sale by May 12th.

The star performed with Beyonce last February at the Grammy's, where she was introduced on stage simply as "the queen".

Her last tour in 2000 was said to be her last, and grossed $110 million (£55 million). At the time, it was the top-selling tour by a female artist, although this record has since been topped by Madonna and Cher.

Get all Tina Turner's greatest hits here.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

A Wii Product Review

Note: Sorry this item is currently in short supply. All orders placed will be delayed for 10 - 12 weeks.

Great product,

Wii TreeHaving gained a few pounds over the years and as someone who finds exercise boring I took a bit of a flyer on the wii fit. Now having used it for a weekend I can confirm the product is fantastic; best £70 I have ever spent - It simply makes exercise a real laugh. You can hoola hoop, go jogging, ski jump, do a bit of yoga, practice your football heading - but watch out if you are rubbish, you'll get a few teddies and football boots thrown at you for good measure!

Wii BoardOn a more serious note the board calculates your BMI works out your weight and is intuitive to ensure you don't over do it. It also tracks your progress and makes recommendations on how you might help yourself to get fitter. Plus don't worry if you don't want others knowing all your personal details (such as your weight), you can password protect your details so only you can see them.

Wii Fit BoxIn short its a great product that makes exercise fun and will (if you let them) have the rest of the family in stitches as they watch you go ass over tip on the ski jump, or get smacked in the head with a football boot.

Well done Nintendo, another product that it well worthy of the hype - and there's not many of those these days.

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Monday, 28 April 2008

Wii Fit Has Arrived!!!

Note: Sorry this item is currently in short supply. All orders placed will be delayed for 10 - 12 weeks.

Wii Fit sold over a quarter of a million copies in a week over in Japan. The game is designed to help you get fit and enjoy yourself at the same time whilst becoming more aware of your physical condition. With a variety of exercises that focus on helping you to improve your balance and posture or to just simply relax, Wii Fit uses the latest technology to assist you in leading a healthier lifestyle.

The game offers over 40 different exercises to get your whole body involved. You can burn off those calories with aerobic exercises, bulk up with muscle building exercises, improve your balance with a selection balance games and relax with a bit of Yoga.

You can keep track of your progress with the Wii Fit Channel, in fact you can keep track of the progress of up to eight people in personal fitness files.

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Wii Fit Box Wii Board

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Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Christmas Living Competition Winners Anounced!

The Studio Blog Team would like to offer a big congratulations to the winners of our Christmas Living Competition:
  • Mrs Amanda Scott from Edinburgh
  • Mrs Joyce Noble from Ashingdon
  • Ms Catherine Sarella Clark from Cheltenham
Each lucky winner has won a prize of £100 to spend in any of our catalogues.

PM: Rowling has got the whole country reading

Harry Potter author JK Rowling received an outstanding achievement award at the Galaxy British Book Awards and was commended by the prime minister for her achievements in children's literature.

Other authors noted at the event included novelist Ian McEwan, who won the Galaxy Book of the Year award for his tragedy On Chesil Beach as well as the award for Reader's Digest Author of the Year.

Gordon Brown said of Ms Rowling's accomplishments: "She has joined a distinguished line of British authors whose work has got the whole country reading, and whose books will be read for many years to come by successive generations."

Ms Rowling said of the honour: "I haven't been pensioned off just yet with a Lifetime Achievement Award", which was given to thriller write John Grisham last year.

The WH Smith Children's Book of the Year, meanwhile, was Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman.

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Monday, 7 April 2008

Who's a ratings winner for the Beeb

The BBC's new series of Doctor Who has proved to be a ratings success among British audiences.

Saturday night saw around 8.4 million viewers settle into their sofas to catch up with David Tennant and new sidekick Catherine Tate.

Although previous instalments of the Time Lord's adventures had been screened at around 19:00 BST, the first show in the new run was shown at 18:15.

Queer as Folk's Russell T Davies – now at the helm of his fourth Dr Who series – had criticised the new slot, but was proved wrong when Saturday night's episode grabbed a 39.4 per cent audience share and scooped the top spot in the evening's ratings battle.

"This is a great start for the new series of Doctor Who," remarked a BBC spokesperson.

Pointing out that comedienne Tate had successfully reprised her 2006 Christmas special role as Donna Noble, the representative continued: "The show kicked off a fantastic night of family entertainment on BBC1, which pulled in big audiences across the evening."

Other ratings winners this weekend included the BBC's Casualty, which pulled in 7.1 million viewers, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's new talent show I'd Do Anything, which had 6.8 million fans putting on the kettle and snuggling up on the sofa.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Soft beds 'better for people with lower back pain'

For anyone who ever suffers from lower back pain, sleeping on a softer mattress that adapts to the body's shape could relieve you of pain and provide you with a better night's sleep.

While many people may think that it is better to sleep on a hard mattress or on the floor if suffering from a sore back, researchers found that this is something of a myth and that doing so can actually make pain worse.

Writing in the new edition of medical journal Spine, they explained that they had tested 160 patients with chronic lower back pain using three different types of beds for one month - a waterbed, a body-conforming foam mattress, and a firm futon mattress without springs.

Those on the softer mattresses were able to sleep longer and witnessed significant reductions in their back pain, while those sleeping on the firm mattress tended to have more pain after one month, and found it more difficult to sleep during the night.

The authors of the study noted that both the foam mattress and the water-bed shape themselves around the body's natural curves, placing joints under less pressure than harder mattresses.

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Pen spinning champion named in Japan

A 16-year-old student from Japan has been named as the first ever pen-spinning champion.

Reports suggest that Ryuki Omura was named the champion of the strange sport after competing in a tournament in Tokyo over the weekend.The event was organised by the Pen Spinning Association of Japan and featured the 16 finalists chosen from 276 video entries.

The entrants were then asked to showcase their pen spinning skills, and performed a host of dazzling flicks, spins and throws. People were judged on their technique and artistry.

One of the organisers, Mitsuhiro Nakamata, clarified to the Reuters news agency what it was that the judges were looking for. "The most important thing is to make the combination of tricks as smooth as possible."

He added: "Pens are always around, so you can practice and enjoy pen-spinning anytime, anywhere. If we can find a sponsor, we want to take this contest international." According to the report, toy maker Takara Tomy has already released a pen specially designed for the young sport.

Why not have a look at this personalised ballpoint pen, you could use it for spinning or writing, the choice is yours. Enjoy.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Summer Living

The Studio Summer Living catalogue, packed with great ideas for the warmer months is now available.

If you’re planning on getting in to the great out doors some time soon, then why not check out our extensive range of camping equipment, gazebos, garden furniture and family pools, all at great prices.

Prefer to stay in doors until it warms up, maybe your right for now at least – why not take a look for the latest we have to offer in home entertainment, including HD televisions, DVD players and recorders and games consoles such as Play Station 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Available To Pre Order Now

We're on the home straight, not long to wait now. Pre-order the drive of your dreams from 24Studio and it wont be long before your PS3 delivers the most realistic HD graphics, on line racing and the most accurate physics ever seen in a racing simulator.

Although the long awaited Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is not due for release until the 28th March it is possible to pre-order your copy now from 24studio.

Features include:

  • 16 drivers racing simultaneously.
  • Up to 50 high performance cars including Ferrari, Lotus, Nissan and Mitsubishi.
  • A new cockpit view with customisable dashboard gives a unique perspective within each car.
  • Gran Turismo 5: Prologue runs in stunning High Definition at 1080p (race: 1080p-60fps, replay: 1080p-30fps).
  • 'My Garage' allows users to develop a personal profile page within the game and interact with other car enthusiasts from around the globe.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Mothers Day

Mother's Day is fast approaching, falling this year on Sunday 2nd March – so get your skates on and shush……’mum's the word’. Say thank you with fragrances, a personalised gift or a selection of cosmetics on this special day.

Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent - three weeks before Easter Sunday. The celebration is believed to have originated from the 16th century Christian practice of visiting one's mother church annually, meaning most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day. It is now principally used to celebrate and give thanks for mothers, although it is still recognized in the historical sense by some churches.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Helly Hansen Internet Exclusives

The week is getting colder and colder, so if like me you’re feeling like you need an extra layer of warmth you’ll appreciate our ‘internet exclusive’ Helly Hansen jackets, available now in our Brandelicious store at

Not only will you be able to pick up these Helly Hansen bargains, you’ll also find other top brands such as Adidas, Regatta, Kickers and Timberland at prices that will save you up to 60% on high street prices.

Men’s Titanic jacket by Helly Hansen - £24.99
Zip through styling in a waxed, antiqued fabrication. Waterproof and mesh lined.
  • Water repellent nylon
  • Water repellent zips
  • Adjustable waist and cuffs
  • Hip length cut

Men’s Wing jacket by Helly Hansen - £49.99
Heritage and the future collide in this progressively designed, weathered casual jacket, available in Navy and Steel.
  • Waterproof and mesh lined Exterior taping
  • Concealed hood and large logo to back and neck.
  • Adjustable cuffs.
  • Available in navy or steel

Ladies Breeze jacket by Helly Hansen - £19.99
Casual feminine jacket inspired by nautical design. Keeps you comfortable on a windy summer day.
  • Zip through styling
  • Two front pockets
  • Mesh lined with branding to chest

Ladies Exponent jacket by Helly Hansen - £24.99
Modern women's wind jacket with a classic Helly Hansen water sports look.
  • Zip through styling in waxed, antiqued fabrication
  • Water repellent nylon
  • Water repellent zippers
  • Feminine fit and design

Ladies Zero jacket by Helly Hansen - £24.99
Helly tech technology with great attitude and style.
  • Hooded with zip through styling in Helly tech fabrication
  • Mesh lined
  • Three front concealed and zipped pockets
  • Toggle adjusters to hem and head

All the best,