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Henschke Master Class With Simon Woods

Henschke Master Class With Simon Woods

Hi everyone! It’s Matt the wine manager at ‘The Wine Cellars’ located in Big Yellow Self Storage’s Fulham branch with an update to the wine blog from some of the events we’ve had recently. At the end of September I attended the high profile, fine wine tasting of Henschke wines at The Wine Cellars in Fulham, hosted by the West London Wine School. Renowned wine journalist Simon Woods presented the tasting of the iconic wines from Henschke, Australia. Henschke wines have gained international recognition as some of the finest wines produced in Australia and amongst the most sought after wines in the world. The tasting worked through the excellent single varietal and blended wines within the range, leading up to the famous Mount Edelstone Shiraz (£55-£60) and the classic Cyril Henschke Carbernet (£60-£70). Simon Woods is a well respected wine […]

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  • 15th November 2010
  • News

Win A Fujifilm 14 Megapixel Camera With Big Yellow Self Storage!

Win A Fujifilm 14 Megapixel Camera With Big Yellow Self Storage!

We have launched the third round of our ‘Big Yellow Space Savers’ Facebook game after Emma Jacklin successfully won an iPod Nano by storing an amazing 461 items with the help of her friends. Round 3 of Space Savers gives you the chance to win a Fujifilm 14 megapixel camera when you store items in your virtual self storage room. You have to store as many items as possible to be in with a chance of winning the prize and you can even gain points by inviting your friends to play the game when they store items. To gain points you must catch falling items from a moving van before they hit the ground and once they’ve all been caught successfully, you’ll be able to store an item to go in your room. Each player can add one item per […]

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How To Start Your Own Collection

How To Start Your Own Collection

People collect things for many different reasons. For some it is a hobby, others are continuing a family tradition and many do it to make money. If you would like to start your own collection, first decide what you want to collect and why. For example there would be no point in collecting restaurant napkins because you think it will make you millions. Aiming to get rich is a risky reason to begin a collection, there are no guarantees that you will be in profit and you could end up losing cash. To make money from a collection you have to acquire something which other people desire and will pay for. Art and antiques can be very prosperous but often need a high investment in the first place. Unless you consider yourself to be an expert in your chosen field, […]

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Meet The Wine Maker – Jeremy Gordon

Meet The Wine Maker – Jeremy Gordon

On 22 September, myself and twenty others had the chance to meet Jeremy Gordon the wine maker for the Amelia Park label as he hosted the tasting session of premium west Australian wines for the West London Wine School at The Wine Cellars. We enjoyed the quality of the Amelia Park wines on offer and were guided through the tasting process by the wine making legend, Jeremy Gordon himself. Amelia Park Wines produce five quality wines from one of Western Australia’s most renowned winemaking regions, Margaret River. The tasting session allowed customers to enjoy all five bottles including the Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River, 2009 (£18.50). The award-winning La Violetta ‘La Ciornia’ Shiraz Viognier (£30) one of the best Western Australian wines tasted recently at the school was also on offer for guests to try. For those who don’t […]

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Big Yellow Self Storage’s Big Thinker

Big Yellow Self Storage’s Big Thinker

On the closing day of the Big Thinker’s competition, I was on my laptop at home feeling frantic. I furiously messaged friends, family and anyone else who would take any notice, to convince them to ‘Like’ my Big Thinker’s entry before 4pm so I could win the Big Thinkers Internship. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about – earlier this year the Big Yellow Self Storage Company launched a competition to win a month’s internship with their online communications team in London. I had to write something funny, catchy or downright silly, incorporating the words ‘Big’ and ‘Yellow’ and submit it on the Big Yellow Self Storage Facebook page. My challenge was to then get the most ‘Likes’ or retweets on my entry from friends and family. I was a Facebook fan before this competition, […]

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Tips & Tricks: What To Do If You’re Moving Abroad

Tips & Tricks: What To Do If You’re Moving Abroad

Moving to another country can be extremely exciting but can also be very stressful if you don’t have everything under control – follow these tips and tricks to ensure your move goes smoothly: To pack your things for shipping, use sturdy boxes and label each side so you know what is in every box, making it easier to unpack in your new home. For a full range of boxes and packing equipment visit our Boxes Etc page or visit your local Big Yellow store. Keep all the things you will need to access immediately separate such as passports, travel documents and tickets. Shipping can take a few weeks, so ensure you pack enough clothes and necessities in your suitcase so you can access your essentials from the minute you arrive in your new country. If you are downsizing your home, […]

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Superb Wine Tasting Events At Big Yellow Self Storage’s Wine Cellars

Superb Wine Tasting Events At Big Yellow Self Storage’s Wine Cellars

Hi, I’m Matt, the wine manager at ‘The Wine Cellars’ located in Big Yellow Self Storage’s Fulham branch. I will be regularly updating this wine blog to inform you of the exciting events we have coming up at The Wine Cellars at Big Yellow Self Storage. At Big Yellow Wine Cellars we’ve teamed up with the West London Wine School to provide wine loving Londoners with some exciting wine tasting events. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to attend these events, as they are led by experts who will guide you through the tasting process step by step. The sessions are designed to be a relaxed and fun environment for any wine enthusiast. Prices start from £20 and include a minimum of six wines, tasting foods, comprehensive tasting notes on the selected wines as well as professional ISO […]

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Make Some Space, Make Some Money

Make Some Space, Make Some Money

You don’t have to be David Dickenson to spot a valuable item in your home. Having a good search around your home may uncover some precious heirlooms you’ve previously overlooked. Most garages, lofts and sheds are crammed full of belongings, clearing out these spaces could have you laughing all the way to the bank. There are countless success stories of people finding antique items in their homes worth hundreds or even thousands of pounds. Ian and Lynda Spires from Milton Keynes uncovered some old railway signs in their loft, worth an amazing £20,000. The signs were being used as make shift flooring. Even if you don’t find a rare antique or priceless collector’s item in your house, it is a good opportunity to de-clutter areas which are getting a bit untidy. You will benefit from having more space in your […]

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Did You Know England Invented The Concept Of Self Storage?

Did You Know England Invented The Concept Of Self Storage?

Did you know the British banking industry came up with the idea of self storage? In the 1800’s business men about to go on long journeys asked bankers to protect their valuables for them until they returned. The bankers stored their clients possessions inside the vault, but this space quickly ran out resulting in the bankers finding an alternative storage solution, renting loft space from moving companies instead. However it wasn’t until the mid 1960’s in Texas that self storage facilities as we know them today were born. The concept was instantly successful and was quickly replicated across the rest of America and Canada. England was slow to react and didn’t adopt self storage for the general public until the late 1980’s. There were many risks involved for early entrepreneurs who developed the self storage industry in the UK. Land […]

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Organise Your Wine Cellar On Your iPhone

Organise Your Wine Cellar On Your iPhone

Forgetting what you have in your wine cellar could be a thing of the past thanks to the Cellar and Open Cellar applications available for your iPod and the Open Cellar software for your home computer. Cellar is an iPhone, iPod or iPad application, which is designed to help you organise your wine collection wherever and whenever you like. The application acts as a swipeable showcase of your wine rack. You can categorise your wine bottles, edit what is in your cellar and browse through your collection. Any bottles you have removed to drink or sell can be discarded to the ‘Garage’. This feature recognises that the particular bottles are no longer a part of your collection, but saves them in the Garage for future reference. Don’t have an iPhone? Not a problem! Open Cellar is an equally useful programme, […]

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