5 Welcome to the 30th issue of our magazine, which covers the dark and dreary winter months (they are if you're in the UK where I write this intro) of December, January and February. For some, there's no better time of year, as they head to the mountains in search of the perfect snow. We've included some great new tech for the lovers of winter sports and also a piece about some of the more niche cold weather pastimes, such as skijoring and shovel racing. We also feature our new online Around the Bloc Guide for Gatwick, with new and exclusive discounts at some of the airport's best cafés and restaurants. The main travel section features the majesty of Northern Norway, a winter paradise home to some of the world's most incredible scenery and wildlife as well as being a food-lover's paradise. We also marvel at the latest all-electric Rolls Royce and the Lincoln Star concept renderings. Then there are the usual mix of streaming, podcast, puzzles, Meet the Team and other features. I hope you enjoy this issue and we look forward to welcoming you back to a Bloc hotel in the new year. Rob Morgan, CEO. Whilst care is taken to ensure that Bloc magazine is as accurate as possible, no responsibility can be taken by Bloc Hotel Operations Limited for any errors or omissions contained herein. Furthermore, responsibility for any loss, damage or distress resulting from adherence to any advice, suggestions or recommendations made available through this magazine, howsoever caused, is equally disclaimed by Bloc Hotel Operations Ltd. Copyright 2019 Bloc Hotel Operations Ltd. All Rights Reserved. All text, images, graphics, and other materials in this publication are subject to the copyright and other intellectual property rights of Bloc Hotel Operations Ltd, unless otherwise stated. These materials may not be reproduced, distributed, modified or posted to websites or any other medium whether printed or otherwise, without the express written permission of Bloc Hotel Operations Ltd. Bloc magazine is a trademark wholly owned by Bloc Hotel Operations Ltd. Instant savings. Instant rewards. VIP+. The only hotel reward scheme that rewards you before you book. No points, no tiers, no need to register in advance and completely free. Always save at least 10%. Free Gatwick Premium Security. Free room upgrades.* Early check-in. Late check-out. How do I join? You join when you book. Simply select a VIP+ price when choosing your room and you're in. Instantly unlock all rewards! No need to register in advance. For full terms and conditions visit: blochotels.com/vip *Upgrades may be an upgrade in amenities and/or an upgrade of room type and are subject to availability.