The Royal Mint Reveals The Official London 2012 Olympic And Paralympic Coins

The Royal Mint has announced that two British students have had the honour of designing the official UK coins to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The two designs – one for the Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games – will soon be in the hands of Games enthusiasts around the world, ahead of next summer’s Games.

Since the Helsinki summer Olympic Games in 1952 it has been tradition for commemorative coins to be struck in celebration of the Games. Now 24 year old architectural student Saiman Miah from Birmingham, and mature graphic and media design graduate Pippa Sanderson from Malvern, Worcestershire, have joined the artistic elite, creating two £5 coins which will be permanent and much-treasured mementos of London 2012.

The winning designs of the London 2012 coins were selected following a Royal Mint competition for art and design students attending higher education colleges and universities across the UK. Students were challenged to create a design celebrating the capital’s role as host city of London 2012, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games logos. Designs were requested that could be symbolic or literal and could involve the use of emblems or lettering.

As well as the honour of designing the official London 2012 Olympic coins the winners also receive £5,000 prize money. The coins, both of which are UK legal tender, will go on sale this month and are expected to be collected by thousands of Games enthusiasts around the world.

The winning designer of the official Olympic coin, Saiman Miah, is currently studying for his Master’s degree at the Birmingham School of Architecture. The inspiration for his design came from his love of architecture and includes a detailed impression of London’s iconic skyline. Saiman also incorporates pictograms of athletes around the edge of the skyline to create a clock face referencing to another London icon, Big Ben.

Pippa Sanderson, who recently graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Graphic and Media Design at Hereford College of Arts, designed the London 2012 Paralympic Coin.

Taking inspiration from the Games, Pippa’s design celebrates accuracy, manoeuvrability and speed by using the round shape of the coin along with circles found in the Games. Split into these four sections, her design features a spoked wheel for manoeuvrability, a target for accuracy and a stopwatch for speed and includes the face of Big Ben to represent London.

The Royal Mint was established over 1,000 years ago and has a long and distinguished history of commemorating important national events. With the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee both taking place next year, the eyes of the world will be on London and the UK; and both Saiman and Pippa have created coins that will be treasured reminders of the global celebration.

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The Book People Show You How To Build A Classic Library

The Book People has revealed the top classic book collections every household should own if they are looking to build a classic library.

In their latest blog post, the Book People lists the top 10 classic book collections for adults and children that are not only great for having in the home but that also make perfect Christmas presents. With Christmas less than four weeks away, fiction books and children’s books are in popular demand as parents buy books for children, friends buy books for friends and others treat themselves to classic books to get stuck into during the Christmas holidays.

Authors making an appearance on the classic library blog post include legendary children’s author Roald Dahl and his collection which includes the BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Enid Blyton and her Happy Days collection, and Roger Hargreaves’ must-have Little Miss collection.

For the older reader, the Book People recommends the Agatha Christie boxed collection, which encourages even those people who are short on time to enjoy the classics by presenting them on a series of CDs to listen to at home, in the car or on the move with a laptop. Other classic mystery collections that make the cut include Inspector Morse, and the Crime Classics collection which includes works by Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens. For those who prefer a collection of books from a range of different genres, the Man Booker Prize collection makes the perfect gift, with classics such as Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman and Snowdrops by A.D.Miller.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “Our customers love our book collections and if grouping a few of the best together in this way encourages adults and children to explore the classics then we feel our job is one well done.”

The Book People offers the latest fact and fiction books at hugely discounted prices all year round.

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Boots Treat Street Announces Deal With John Lewis

Boots Treat Street, an online shopping portal where customers can collect Advantage Card points when they shop online with top high street retailers , has announced a new deal with John Lewis which allows advantage card users to earn points for shopping at the much-loved department store.

The partnership works by offering Boots advantage card holders one Advantage Point for every £1 they spend at John Lewis. Users must first log-in to Treat Street and then click through to purchase their John Lewis items. Boots Treat Street automatically tracks each purchase and users can use their acquired Treat Street points to purchase items from Boots stores across the country.

John Lewis is the latest brand to join Boots Treat Street, which now offers discounts at over 90 retailers. This new addition adds a luxury high street brand to Boots Treat Street’s repertoire. As one of the UK’s leading department stores, John Lewis is an established name in men’s and women’s apparel as well as homeware.

Instead of searching for John Lewis discount codes, Treat Street users can make back the money they spend on clothing and homeware by collecting points to spend on essentials at Boots. This unique method of money-saving allows consumers to benefit from shopping for their favourite brands.

In response to the new partnership, Head of Partnership Marketing at Boots, David Robinson said: “We are excited to announce the launch of John Lewis on Boots Treat Street We know that Boots customers love the John Lewis brand, and with so many different fashion, homeware and cookware ranges, this addition to Treat Street will prove extremely popular in the run up to Christmas.”

David Robinson added that Boots Treat Street is will continue to bring customers the best of the high street online, and said that the fashion industry is at the core of that expansion. He continued: “By shopping through Treat Street, Boots Advantage cardholders can collect points on everything they buy online with our fantastic partner retailers. Plus, by checking the site regularly, you’ll be able to see all the latest offers and discounts available from our top shops like John Lewis and New Look.”

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