23 Sep 2014

The only way is Bentley....

Bentley.....the name of this famous car manufacturer is recognised worldwide for their luxury and rather expensive auto-mobiles. The Bentley brand is synonymous with style, opulence and grandeur and it’s a mixture of these aspects and a self-perpetuating brand image that is part of the reason why Bentley have been at the top of the car manufacturing business for just shy of 100 years. From sports coupes like the Bentley Continental GT to the highly anticipated new SUV model, Bentley offer a menagerie of  cars to suite any particular buyer so long as you have the means to buy one.


 Bentley started its life rather humbly in the mind of the man from which is takes its namesake Walter Owen Bentley, the man below with the rather dashing tweed blazer…


Walter, an engineer by trade, was in partnership with his brother Horace Bentley selling French DFP cars (an old make of French cars to you and me) in the early 20th century. During his work in the trade, Walter one day took particular notice to an Aluminium paperweight thinking to himself 'why don't people create engines pistons out of lightweight metals instead of the cast iron pistons used by the industry to date' and so that's exactly what he did.  Always having dreamed of creating a car range with his own name on it, Walter quickly put these Aluminium pistons into productions and they were first used in the plane engines for the Sopwith Camel during WW1. 

  
The first fully produced Bentley wasn’t ready for sale until 1921, but they quickly garnered a good reputation for their reliability and durability. Due to this reputation Bentleys became popular with a group wealthy men in England who became known as the Bentley Boys – favouring the cars and using them to win numerous events such as the 24 hours at Le Mans (which as it sounds is a 24 hour endurance race). Bentley actually won the Le Mans 3 years consecutively between 1927 and 1930. This was also where the seed was likely planted for Bentley to become attributed with wealth and stature.


  
After some financial issues throughout the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression that followed (that American economy eh?) during which the sales of luxurious items such as cars took a hit, Rolls-Royce ceased the opportunity and bought Bentley in 1931. Both companies were then amalgamated into one entity under the name Bentley Motors.


Bentley has gone from strength to strength in many respects and not only does it offer luxury such models as the Flying Spur but also sporty cars which can be more of a fashion statement such as the aforementioned Continental GT. The later has been particularly popular with modern day celebrities, socialites and business people. Everyone from Robert Downey Jr to Mario Balotelli owns or has owned a Bentley, with Mario even getting a rather garish and characteristically loud Army print paint job.

  
For more information on the new Bentley SUV you can visit their site www.bentleymotors.com but you cab check out the sexy promo for it below.




12 Sep 2014

Thailand - more than just a home to the Lady's....

Well as you know here at Lady Boys HQ we love a bit of Thailand, from Lady Boys to Monkey Buffet Festivals it's certainly a country of contrasts! As Bangkok is the home town to the beautiful Lady's we thought we would tease you with some tantalising Thai treats and show you some of the places we and hopefully you would like to visit in Thailand. Hopefully it doesn't make the Lady's to homesick, although who could be homesick in the heart of Geordie land - never a dull moment that's for sure. We are going for a more natural wonder as opposed to the best bars in Bangkok - so on the with the scenery porn.


First up we have this masterpiece of natures relenting force, it may look like a painting but it is actually a waterfall dubbed Thi Lo Su. It's located in North West Thailand within the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary of the Tak Province and is claimed to be the largest and highest waterfall in Thailand. Though no actual surveys of the area have been undertaken, so this could be a fraudulent claim. You can never trust those waterfalls, very slippery customers.........*tumble-weed. Doing away with the terrible jokes, I think we can all agree this is one hell of a beautiful waterfall and it definitely makes its way on our list.


People may recognise this beautiful vista from the iconic plateaus of the Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand. This area is associated with lush rainforests, clear tranquil waters and those aforementioned tree topped pillars which tower out of the water proud and defiant of there difference - kind of like our Lady Boys! We would wager the Lady's have never been compared to a land form before so theirs a clearly a first for everything. This is an area of Thailand very popular with tourists and it's easy to see why, in fact we're going to give you one more picture to appreciate out of the kindness of our hearts. 


Whistle sufficiently wettened? Suddenly getting an itching sensation on your feet? Well before you don your boots and dart out the door lets wrap this blog up. As you can see Thailand is a very beautiful country which certainly has a lot offer, so every now and then you may see the odd scenery blog just to tide you over with some beautiful pictures of places in Thailand. Speaking of beautiful and Thai our very own Beautiful Thailand Scenery is currently coming to the end of its first amazing week in Newcastle, and that's The Lady Boys of Bangkok show of course. You can see all our tour dates and times here - link - hope to see you soon!