Your chance to own a piece of contemporary jewellery! Suspended in Pink Raffle   

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Musings about the Suspended in Pink Raffle.

Thanks to Marthe Le Van's recent article, I have been thinking about the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.

Here is an extract:

"As a retail storeowner and salesperson, the raffle felt amateurish, gimmicky, and a bit desperate—like when I heard about Facebook for the first time. Ultimately, after reconciling all my perspectives, I believe there is much to applaud in the Suspended in Pink raffle. It feels fresh and innovative, optimistic and courageous, liberating and democratic—all worthy consequences pointing toward progress"

Now, I have no problem at all about an idea of mine being compared to the early Facebook- and I am the first to admit the visuals, practicalities and how the raffle is presented still needs some work!
Most raffles are devised as a means of fundraising, to enable an exhibition, event etc... Seen by the  Borax Collective , Handshake Jewellery and an American Art Jewellery group  ( i am sure there are many many more).

And as Le Van notices, through her many astute questions, fundraising is not the aim of the 'Suspended in Pink' Raffle...




So what is it? and WHY should you take part?


I go to many many exhibitions every year. But As a wanna-be collector, I have only three small pins.
I dont want a specially designed brooch with a groups logo on it, a sample piece or a bunch of postcards as a consolation prize- I want THE piece. 

          I want to own Silke Fleischer's amazing necklace and Sam Hamilton's 'Bread' Like brooch.





As a practitioner is who interested in engagement and audience interaction, I am always looking for ways to get my audience to wear the jewellery, understand it, and imagine owning it- and that, in my view, is the real strength of the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.




So the idea of raffling off one of the jewellery pieces from the Suspended in Pink Exhibition seemed an obvious idea.






 But its more then that.... Once a viewer decides   they wish to take part in the raffle, they then can spend up to an hour, going through the exhibition, trying on the jewellery, comparing, assessing, deciding which item THEY would take home.


Deciding which piece of jewellery spoke out the most to them.





And this was then the piece that they would then bet on.
Maybe they would win it, maybe not- but for £5/€6/$8 it seems like a worth while experience to have- the experience of wearing and imagining that favourite piece of jewellery which YOUR ticket could win you....


And here is the good news- the odds of winning in this raffle are actually really high!

Only a small number of people have guessed the same names, and there are a number of exhibitors who's name has not been guessed yet-

So you have a real chance of winning....


All you have to do is email:
suspendedinpink@gmail.com
with: your name, the name of the artist who you want to win-

And to send payment of £5/€6/$8 by paypal to:
suspendedinpink@gmail.com

The winner is announced this Autumn!








          

How Much Is China Worth To The NBA?   

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Adam Silver has been credited for many things in his time fronting the money of the National Basketball Association, and even after you allow for the 30 percent reputational mark-up when compared with the other commissioners in North American sports, he’s done quite well. But now he is confronted by the…

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India increasing combat capability for 'self-defence', says Rajnath after Rafale induction into IAF   

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaking to reporters in Bordeaux, France on Tuesday.

Bordeaux [France], Oct 8 (ANI): Shortly after taking a sortie in Rafale, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the jet has increased combat capability of Indian Air Force (IAF) and the country is doing this for "self-defence".
"The handing over ceremony of Rafale was completed after pooja. The French defence minister has handed over Rafale to me. We will get 18 Rafale jets by February 2021 and rest 18 will get all 36 jets by April-May 2022. With the induction of Rafale, the combat capability of the Air Force has increased. Since we are increasing our capability, it does not mean that we are doing this to attack anyone but for self-defence. It will be like a deterrent," he told reporters here.
"It was a very comfortable and smooth flight. It was an unprecedented moment, I had never thought that one day I will fly at supersonic speed in an aircraft," Singh added.
The jet was flown by Philippe Duchateau, head test pilot of Dassault Aviation.
The first of the 36 French-built Rafale fighter jet bearing the tail number RB-001 was formally handed over to India on Tuesday. Singh received the jet at the handing-over ceremony in Bordeaux, France in the presence of French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly.
The RB in the tail number denoted the initials of Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria who played a key role in the signing of the biggest ever defence deal of India worth above Rs 60,000 crore for 36 fighter planes.
The ceremony coincided with the foundation ceremony of the IAF.
Rajnath performed Shastra Puja (worship of weapons) on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami after receiving the first of the 36 Rafale jets in the French port city of Bordeaux today. (ANI)


          

1st Rafale handed over by France, Rajnath says induction to boost India's air dominance exponentially   

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaking at the handing-over ceremony of the Rafale jet on Tuesday.

Bordeaux [France], Oct 8 (ANI): The induction of Rafale fighter jets into the Indian Air Force will give a boost to India's air dominance exponentially, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday at the handing-over ceremony of the Rafale jet, and added that the occasion signifies the depth of the strategic partnership between India and France.
"Our airforce is the fourth largest in the world and I believe that the Rafale medium multi-roll Combat aircraft will make us even stronger and give a boost to India's air dominance exponentially to ensure peace and security in the region," Singh said.
"It is a historic and landmark day for Indian armed forces. This ceremony signifies the depth of the strategic partnership between India and France," he added.
The Defence Minister said that he is happy that the delivery of Rafale aircraft is on schedule. Manufactured by French firm Dassault Aviation, the aircraft will arrive in India only next year after refitment to Indian specifications and training of pilots and personnel.
"As you all know, the inter-governmental agreement for 36 Rafale aircraft procurement was signed between the government of India and the government of France on 23rd September 2016.", he said.
"Our Rafale project monitoring team is has been positioned in France since August 2017 to ensure the smooth implementation of this important project. I am happy that the delivery of the Rafale aircraft is on schedule," he added.
The first of the 36 French-built Rafale fighter jet bearing the tail number RB-001 was formally handed over to India on Tuesday.
The aircraft was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the Rafale fighter jet handing-over ceremony at Merignac in the presence of French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly. Members of the top military brass of France as well as senior officials of Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, were also present at the ceremony.
The RB in the tail number denoted the initials of Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria who played a key role in the signing of the biggest ever defence deal of India worth above Rs 60,000 crore for 36 fighter planes.
The ceremony coincided with the foundation ceremony of the IAF. (ANI)


          

First Rafale jet handed over to Rajnath Singh    

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The first Rafale jet was indicted into the IAF on Tuesday

Bordeaux [France], Oct 8 (ANI): The first of the 36 French-built Rafale fighter jet bearing the tail number RB-001 was formally delivered to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh here on Tuesday.
Singh received the aircraft at the Rafale fighter jet handing-over ceremony at Merignac in the presence of French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly. Members of the top military brass of France as well as senior officials of Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, were also present at the ceremony.
The RB in the tail number denoted the initials of Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria who played a key role in the signing of the biggest ever defence deal of India worth above Rs 60,000 crore for 36 fighter planes.
The ceremony coincided with the foundation ceremony of the IAF.
Singh arrived in France for a three-day visit on Monday. Upon the arrival, the Defence Minister tweeted that the visit was aimed at expanding the existing strategic partnership between both the countries.
"Bonjour Paris! Delighted to be in France. This great nation is India's important strategic partner and our special relationship goes far beyond the realm of formal ties. My visit to France is aimed at expanding the existing strategic partnership between both the countries." the tweet read.
"Naturally, everyone is excited about Rafale coming to India and Rafale will be handed over tomorrow (Tuesday), you too should witness the ceremony," Singh told ANI.
Earlier today, the Defence Minister held a meeting with French President Emanuel Macron during which the two leaders resolved to take the relationship between the two countries to the next level. Singh described the meeting as warm and productive and said it demonstrated the depth of India-France bilateral partnerships, "especially in the defence sector, which has significantly strengthened in recent times."
The minister will perform the Shastra Puja on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami and fly a sortie in the Rafale fighter aircraft. (ANI)


          

Kopi Luwak ( Luwak Coffee / Civet Coffee )   

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Kopi Luwak ( Luwak Coffee / Civet Coffee )

Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus


An Indonesian Island Treasure
Excerpts taken from a special article in Cafe Olé Magazine
by Chris Rubin

Some coffee varieties have earned a special reputation, often based on a combination of rarity, unusual circumstances and particularly good flavor. These coffees, from Jamaican Blue Mountain to Kona to Tanzanian Peaberry, command a premium price.

But the rarity, unique flavors and interesting background of Kopi Luwak are unlikely to be matched by an other. Its price is unmatched as well: Kopi Luwak wholesales for about $110 per pound, unroasted.

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee. Kopi Luwak comes from the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), which are part of the Indonesian Archipelago's 13,677 islands. (Only 6,000 of these islands are inhabited.)

But it's not strictly the exotic location that makes these beans worth their weight in silver. It's how they're "processed."

On these Indonesian islands, there's a small marsupial called the paradoxurus, a tree-dwelling animal that is a kind of civet. These catlike animals were long regarded as pests because they would climb in the coffee trees and eat only the ripest, reddest coffee cherries.

What these animals eat, they also digest and eventually excrete. Some brazen or desperate locals gathered the beans, which come through the digestion process fairly intact, still wrapped in layers of the coffee cherry mucilage. Apparently the enzymes in the stomach of the animal add something unique to the coffee's flavor through fermentation.

This "harvesting" practice has grown to the point that the beans are now available for sale, and they are now the world's priciest specialty coffee. Japan buys the bulk of Kopi Luwak, but M.P. Mountanos Inc., the first importer in the United States to bring in this rare bean, just imported 70 kilos after a seven-year search for a reliable and stable supplier.

Half Pound Unprocessed Kopi Luwak

One Pound Unprocessed Kopi Luwak

Quarter Pound Kopi Luwak Robusta Pouch

``It's the rarest beverage in the world", according to M.P. Mountanos President Mark Mountanos.

Richard Karno, owner of The Novel Café in Santa Monica, California, got a flyer from Mountanos' about Kopi Luwak and "thought it was a joke." But Richard was intrigued, found it was for real, and ordered a pound for a tasting.

He sent out releases to the local press and invited them to a cupping. When no one responded, he roasted it and held a cupping for himself and his employees.

Richard is a very enthusiastic convert to Kopi Luwak. " It's the best coffee I've ever tasted. It's really good, heavy with

a caramel taste, heavy body. It smells musty and junglelike green, but it roasts up real nice. The Los Angeles Times didn't come to our cupping, but they ran a bit in their food section, which hit the AP wire service." Richard and the folks at M.P. Mountanos have been inundated with calls ever since.

Mark Mountanos calls Kopi Luwak "the most complex coffee I've ever tasted," attributing this complexity to the natural fermentation it undergoes in the paradoxurus' digestive system. The stomach acids and enzymes the beans ferment in have a very different affect than fermenting beans in water.

Mark says, "It has a little of everything pleasurable in all coffees: earthy, musty tone, the heaviest bodied I've ever tasted. It's almost syrupy, and the aroma is very unique." While it won't be turning up in every neighborhood café any day soon, Mark reports that Starbucks bought some for cuppings within the company.

Mini Arabica Gift Box

In fact, most of Mountanos' customers have bought it for special cuppings.

Owner of The Coffee Critic, Linda Nederman carries Kopi Luwak in her Ukiah, California, store. Linda says that most of the people who try it are longtime customers of The Critic, and they're "game to try something different and unusual. I've never had anybody complain; they all seem to feel it's worth the price."

Linda also carries Jamaica Blue Mountain, Burundi Superior AA and Brazil FVA Natural Dry, so her customers are used to fine and exotic coffees. Still, she reports, many are afraid to try Kopi Luwak.

Intrigued by the hype, I drove out to the Los Angeles warehouse of M.P. Mountanos to cup some Kopi with company broker Andrew Vournas.

The green beans, which range in size from tiny to elephant, have a faint smell that hints of a zoo or stables. He lightly roasted about 21 grams, enough for three cups, in a jabez Burns two-barrel sample roaster, a rare and beautiful machine dating from the 1930s.

Andrew gave the beans a light roast* — just after the second popping — to accentuate the specific flavors of this rare coffee; a darker roast would obliterate the subtler flavors and replace this coffee, like most Indonesians, has lots of moisture and roasts nicely.

Andrew mixed 7 grams of the coarsely ground beans with 4 ounces of water in each of three cups.

The aroma was rich and strong, and the coffee was incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy. It was thick, with a hint of chocolate, and lingered on the tongue with a long, clean aftertaste.

It was definitely one of the best cups I've every had; but at these prices, I'll invest in precious metals before I start buying by the pound.

~Chris Rubin~

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Coffee! highly caffeinated beverage ecstasy ranked second this world, one level below the white water in terms of consumption. No fewer than two million people every day drinker, coffee became the third largest primary commodity below, oil and gas.
Because of its popularity, it's no surprise that there are tens, even hundreds of new varieties found intentionally or not appear. Starting from the known to the Arabica coffee, Yamen Mocha, Java, Oxaca, etc.. All types of seed varieties, the race - a race to supply the coffee, meet the high demand from various countries around the world.

Brazil, known as the largest coffee producing country in the world. The country is supplying two thirds, or about 67.77% in terms of exporting coffee. Next is the country of Kenya. Country located in eastern Africa relies on coffee as its main commodity.
While Indonesia, according to FAO statistics, at number three, as a supplier of world coffee. Incidentally, there were three types of superior varieties of this country are very famous and desired by the kafeinisme world, the nickname given to people - people drink coffee fans.
Into three types of coffee are known as the coffee of Sumatra (Mandheling Lintong), Sulawesi, and Civet.

Sumatra coffee is of superior varieties from Indonesia. At planting in the uplands, making it a sharp aroma, strong and slightly acidic. Sumatra coffee is what is the type of material in the manufacture of goods or any Espresso Doppio (double espresso) that has a strong aroma of black, eliminating drowsiness.
As for the fans of Star Bucks. World famous coffee shops, which have no less 100 outlets spread across every country, certainly not foreign to the taste of coffee Sulawesi. Yup ..! Sulawesi coffee, better known abroad Village Coffee called by Star Buck is used as a raw material mix their drinks range. Starting from Latte Macchiato, Viennese roast, Hazelnut chereme, etc..
Because of high demand from Japan, Star Buck was even willing to spend them for the sake of patenting this Sulawesi coffee.

While the latter is Luwak Coffee.
Some of us may still feel unfamiliar with the name of this coffee, some may only know as the label coffee sold in supermarkets. Actually, such as whether this coffee? Perhaps, Luwak Coffee is the most peculiar types of coffee in Indonesia, even in the world.
Why?
Because the process of picking Luwak coffee beans is very different from coffee - another coffee.
Coffee is generally harvested first and then seeds harvested when ripe. Meanwhile, the plucking process Luwak coffee, in a way is a bit disgusting. Whereby when the beans are ripe, the farmers took off Civet (a type of civet or civet) to eat the seed - seed that fell. After that they are waiting for the Luwang remove dirt. Well! coffee beans that come out along with the dirt that's Civet taken for further processing.

Many people who doubted this crate for fermentation. However, researchers in Canada's research proves, that the protein content in the Luwak's stomach, making the beans ferment and mature more perfect. Thus, the resulting taste much better and solid than coffee - coffee the other.
There was once a researcher from the UK dating far - far down over the java just to prove the truth of myth Luwak coffee. However, up to one month old she went around Java, no one who can show the existence of such Luwak coffee. So he says that myth Luwak coffee is just a lie "it's a big Scam."

However, as the saying goes. Dogs barking khafilah passed, Luwak Coffee has entered into a list of the most enjoyable coffee and the most wanted. The price in the world market soared. 635 U.S. dollars must be spent to get one kg of coffee Luwak. In America alone, for Luwak coffee tasting, we had to spend 50 U.S. dollars, when in the rupiah exchange rate, prices range from approximately 400-500 thousand rupiah. ONLY FOR ONE CUP! is equivalent to the price of two ribs Toni Romas, who sepiringnya worth 200 thousand. Figures are fantastic just to sip a cup of coffee.
This phenomenal coffee had even become hot topic in America, and went on Oprah Winfrey Show. Events Realiti Americans who guided Oprah show was watched by no fewer than four million people every day.

It seemed, when talking about Luwak coffee, people are no longer talking about myth. Myth or not, Luwak coffee from Indonesia is already a go-international, and holds a degree as the most expensive coffee and weirdest in the world.

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