1. Valerie Blondeau, Andrew Neil and Valerie Austin at the CityWealth Award dinner St Pauls.
2. Valerie Austin in front of a splended Portrait of the young debonair Donald Trump at his amazing private club 'Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. A private place for the seriously wealthy.
3. A private tour around the 'Tower of London' to watch the famous nightly locking up of the Tower
4. Nick Cash at his 'LIFE' restaurant Brick Lane where you have an excellent supply of organic foor.
5. One of the many unusual and splendid arrangement of shops by Spitafield Market a few hundred yards from Brick Lane
6. Nick Cash showing off his healthy café and health center 'Life' in Brick Lane in the heart of the East End
Let the Summer Parties begin
There are so many parties this year that I am double booking events and trying to fit them all in. The economy must be on the up or people don't know it's down? But the result is a lot of fun and entertainment as well as marvelous networking opportunities.
The City Wealth Award Dinner 2013
What better way to get back into the London social summer scene than to join my good friend Valerie Blondeau at The City Wealth Awards dinner, which is always a sumptuous affair. The venue was the elegant Grange Hotel at St.Paul's with over 400 international guests from the banking and legal world, all hoping to win one of the coveted awards. This is the 8th awards dinner and is fast becoming one of the 'not to be missed' business events of the year.
Karen Jones, the founder of Citywealth magazine, introduced the host of the evening – famed political broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil (see photo above with Andrew, Valerie Blondeau and myself). He was certainly a little easier on the assembled guests than he is on the guests on his politics show. A good laugh was had by all! The food was the best I have tasted at a function and I look forward to 2014!
Gentleman's Clubs steeped in History
I was invited for dinner by my visiting friends from America. We started with cheese and good wine at my yacht and ended the evening with dinner at the prestigious Reform Club. The décor is incredible and I felt I was being transported back to another century of gentry and gentleman's clubs.
The founders commissioned the leading architect Charles Barry to build an imposing and palatial clubhouse and it is said to be as splendid today as it was when it opened in 1841. Back then membership was restricted to those who pledged support for the Great Reform Act of 1832. However these days it is no longer associated with any particular political party, and now serves a purely social function.
Of course ladies are now allowed in but it has that feel of manly elegance. I was shown the room where many of the war strategies were created and was told about the club's strict rule. You cannot talk about what you have discussed in the club outside or you can lose your membership so enough said, I want to be invited again.
In the same week it was off to the Garrick Club for one of Lady Olga's elegant evenings with a fascinating talk on the Japanese economy. The club is incredibly sophisticated with elaborate décor but with more of an entertainment feel.
Founded in 1831 as a private members club in the heart of London's West End by a group of literary gentlemen under the patronage of the King's brother, the Duke of Sussex, the Club was designed be a place where 'actors and men of refinement and education might meet on equal terms'. You could find patrons of drama mixing with university professors.
Steeped in history, it was the scene of a famous quarrel between Dickens and Thackeray and today the Club's members include many of the most distinguished actors and men of letters in England.
We had dinner seated at the most elegant table, set for twenty in a sumptuous cozy private room surrounded by oil paintings of famous entertainers from an earlier time. It gave an impression of dining with royalty and of course the guests were most impressive. It was a week to remember at these lovely historic clubs that have retained their original elegance and haven't been spoiled by modern minimalistic decoration.
Then to the many boat invites at my marina for the Bank Holiday parties on what turned out to be a lovely sunny day. There were so many invitations that I was spoilt for choice and it was difficult to decide which ones to attend.
I was invited to both the Mary Rose in Portsmouth for the spectacular celebration day and the opening for the new Mary Rose in Portsmouth Historical Dockyard but could not make either due to an important interviews with my cancer experts. It involved the Royal Navy who helped create a celebratory procession culminating in a museum reveal and Tudor Festival. The days sounded incredible but at least it looks to be a historical new place to visit.
However, meeting the cancer experts had to come first as I am concentrating on organizing workshops to train a team of hypnotherapist to work with cancer sufferers using hypnosis. It will also be one of the main presentations at my Austin Hypnotherapy Conference 13-15th September. We have 10 speakers and if you want to learn anything about hypnosis or you are a therapist it is a must to attend. You will find the link at the bottom of the page.
Lucien Morgans is one of our presenters at the conference training HypnoDrama which is great for training your voice for public speaking or for hypnosis. He is regularly in plays around London and getting excellent reviews and now playing a retired Professor in 'Chekhov's Uncle Vanya' at the Lord Stanley, a Camden pub with a cozy theatre situated upstairs often accommodating pop-up theatre productions. If you enjoy the theatre it is worth checking out and Lucien never disappoints with his many years in theatre, TV and long list of Film appearances.
GM food causing toxicity
So what is new on the nutrition scene? Monsanta is still pushing its GM (genetically modified) food and two million protestors in 400 countries came out to show their feelings of disgust for a company tampering with our food chain. A picture of young children with posters like "Don't mess with our food" and "Food is our Medicine" drove the message home for me.
Having just spoken to a friend who is a well-known professor, surgeon and researcher, she explained that the latest research shows that 6 out of 10 people have an intolerance to food because of GM intervention being introduced into the food chain. Creating digestive disorders with many side effects including weight gain, GM is not listed in the ingredients and instead of taking the GM out to eliminate the toxicity they are blaming Gluten and making it Gluten free.
However, the experts at the Caner conferences dealing with cancer treatment and prevention unanimously said 'Do not eat anything 'Gluten free", as what the producers have to add to the food to make it the correct consistence is worse than Gluten. They also insisted that you should not buy fat free or sugar free products and stressed that eating organic food is the best option or you are risking serious health problems. Even eating older fruit and vegetables that although loses some of it nutrients is much better than the fresh fruit and vegetables because of their added poisons from pesticides.
Eat great organic food and snacks in the famous Brick Lane
I enjoy supporting people who provide truly organic food and tell you where they buy it and how they use it. I have known Nick Cash for a few years now and his lovely wife Hannah, a marine solicitor, and when I arrived back from the US I was invited to see his all-day café called simply 'Life" in Brick Lane. He has recently turned his three story venue into a health center with meeting rooms on the spacious and airy top floor.
The second floor is a 'hot' yoga and Pilates studio and the ground floor is a café for snacks and meals. It's very elegant, with a terrific chef called Kirt who certainly has the talent for cooking; his beetroot soup was splendid. There are plenty of organic dishes to choose from.
Nick had the venue as a theatre and events venue with wild and wonderful parties open until all hours but now with a new baby he has decided to go healthy and changed his lifestyle. "I was up until all hours and then decided on a complete change of lifestyle" he explained it gives him more time with his family and chance to look after my health. Although he has always been into organic food and so it is easy for him to have the best true organic for the café. With a knack for design the place is worth visiting to eat healthily and treat your body to workouts with skilled professionals.
After a healthy snack or meal you can visit the East End of London with its eclectic mix of inexpensive shops, stalls and boutiques that are full of atmosphere. There are vintage clothes galore and the people are certainly colourful and fun and it's only 5 minutes from Liverpool tube. Worth a trip to enjoy some of the real London.
Cancer Loves sugar
To show how cancer loves sugar a surgeon explained that in order to see where the cancer is they inject it in the chemo to show where the cancer is hiding. So when you are eating sugary food just remember what you are doing to your body. At one time it was only desserts that had sugar and so we could cut down and know where we were. But now processed food is full of sugar and you even have to check your organic food labels to make sure it is sugar free. Check the salt also another poison to our systems if we have too much through processed food. Also it is advisable to check your organic labels for excess salt and sugar, always read the labels.
Save the bees or we will have problems in the future
Healthy bees are essential to the production of our food. They are attracted to floral nectars and help pollinate the plant, allowing it to reproduce. Therefore, without honey bees, our lives would be impoverished by a general lack of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other bee-pollinated plant products like corn, apples, oranges, lemons, broccoli, onions, blueberries, cherries, avocados, and many more.
Unfortunately, the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides is killing them off. The USDA is projecting that this year's corn crop will cover 94 million acres, all of which will be planted with seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. In small doses these pesticides damage the bees' immune systems and homing abilities; in large doses the pesticides are lethal.
Watch out! Our brains are no longer safe:
Phone app companies are gathering so much information about their users they will soon be able to sell our private information based on your brainwaves, the experts are predicting
Brain-computer interfaces, which have been used for medical and research since the 1920s (primarily in patients with paralysis), have now become cheaper and there is now a big demand in the 'neuromarketing' industry.
The interfaces work by recording brain activity and transmitting information to a computer. Electroencephalography (EEG), is commonly used via a headset with a small number of electrodes placed on different parts of the skull. Scientists are then able to interpret signals from the patients' brains and relay messages to other devices such as artificial limbs, a wheelchair, or a voice box.
"It can also detect electrical signals made by brainwaves, monitoring attention levels and emotional state" says Sean Vitka, a law student at Boston College Law School.
Recently the cost of EEG devices has dropped radically with a headset now available for a mere £65.
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Editors Note: VALERIE AUSTIN is an author of six successful self-help books including SELF HYPNOSIS (Thorsons), journalist and trainer with an international reputation in the field of hypnosis. Her best-selling books and training help people achieve their full potential. She founded the Austin Corporate Stress Management Company focusing on reducing stress and anxiety amongst executives and CEO's. She is also founder of UKRAH (1992) The UK Register of Advanced Hypnotherapy. Valerie has also worked as a consultant in hypnosis at the Priory Hospital, the UK's equivalent to The Betty Ford Clinic, which specialises in food addiction and alcohol abuse. Her work in the film industry (Hollywood) interviewing movers and shakers, producing TV news segments and publishing celebrity magazines in London gave her invaluable experience for her current Harley Street practice.
Links of the conference: www.austinhypnotherapyconference.com