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The Big Picture

  • Posted by hollie
  • 28 January 2011

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I've been meaning to blog this link for ages, but things have been a bit manic in HQ the past few weeks!

National Geographic announced their 2010 photography contest winners a little while ago, with some properly jaw-dropping images making it to the finals.

Being a massive photography geek, I will happily sit and scroll through online galleries for hours on end, but if you don't have the time to trawl through all the images then Boston.com's The Big Picture website has a really good round up of some of the images that made it to the final.

Actually, that's a pretty good website anyway. So go and look at it.

now.

do it now.

Way too many good 'uns to choose from, but here are a couple to whet your appetite.

Crazy train by Brian Bielmann

Liquid Planet by Freddy Cerdeira

Shifting the Christmas weight...

  • Posted by hollie
  • 5 January 2011

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Yeah, so...it's busy in the office!

Due to the Christmas & New Year break, and then the hundreds of Bank Holidays we've been treated to lately, we haven't been in the office to process all the masses of sale orders through - so it means that things are taking a lot longer to get out than they usually would do.

But people back at their desks, queues to use the kettle and leftover Christmas cake up for grabs means the party is well and truly over.

Mail order have been staying late and the warehouse have been coming in at the crack of dawn the past few days to try and shift the 'excess Christmas weight'  (see the order pile in the picture above!)

So if you’ve ordered with us in the past week or so and haven’t received your dispatch email yet, or haven't heard back from us about something you've returned recently then please bear with us!

If you need to call us to check anything though then we’re here as always on 01239 614122.

Right then,  i'd better get back to it!

DON’T ORDER!

  • Posted by hollie
  • 22 December 2010

….well, not really, you can of course still place your orders with us online.

But due to the lovely festive mix of bad weather, courier backlogs and our warehouse having their stock take, we aren’t going to be able to process or dispatch any orders until we’ve polished off all the mince pies and are able to waddle back to the office on the 29th of December (next Wednesday)

I’ll be in the office until about 5pm tomorrow, so if you need a hand with anything just give me a call (…well, not ‘anything’ … I can’t wrap your presents or make you mulled wine, but anything order-related I’ll do my best to help)

Have a very merry (white) Christmas!

Below is a picture my mate Fenrich took of a snowy looking Aberporth beach last night.  Beautiful.

Carnaby calling

  • Posted by hollie
  • 21 December 2010

We've just recieved smoke signals from Mark at Carnaby that their phone line is down, so apologies if you've been trying to get through all day!

But don't despair....their email address is still up and running, so if you needed them to check stock at all then just drop them a line at carnabyst@howies.co.uk and Mark, Naida, Jess or Jeff will do their best to help you out.

thanks!

pummelvision

  • Posted by hollie
  • 20 December 2010

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2010.

It's been a funny old year.

It's nice to look back though.

My year in photographs...

(thanks to @jonheslop for tweeting the link to pummelvision )

Doh boy army: Operation Sheffield

  • Posted by hollie
  • 18 November 2010

Last week i blogged about Doh boy's latest mission - marching up to Sheffield to continue the ongoing fight for a return to simple baking, y'know, simpler times - where all they used was a handful of ingredients and a bit of patience.

Anyway, John at LITF sent me over an email to let me know how it all went - along with a few photos that i probably shouldn't have looked at before lunch...as they've made me massively hungry!

Here's what he had to say -

"Doh Boy had a great time in Sheffield on Saturday. With a little help from the Lost in the Forest Institute, Dan from the Handmade Bakery and Colin from the Archer Project, team Doh Boy made fresh, fat-free bread for everyone at Interesting North.

We made plenty of dough (for over 140 people) and plenty of dough (£700 for the Archer Project).

We all got up at 4am on Saturday, got down to the bakery and started mixing dough, shaping rolls and making soup. We were done by 11, giving us a couple of hours to get everything set up in the dining hall, then ferried everyone from the talk over to the Archer Project (the howies tees made that super easy, we just had to point to the next green tee).

Everyone had couple of bowls of soup and a few rolls each, so everyone was full. Probably wouldn't have wanted to be the speaker on after lunch, because I imagine everyone fancied a little nap, but the bread and soup probably kept everyone going to the end of the day.

...So hopefully we'll have converted quite a few people to fat free, hand made bread"

Good work guys, Doh Boy would be proud.

The best thing since (un)sliced bread

  • Posted by hollie
  • 12 November 2010

Doh Boy is leading the fight for a return to simple.

To good old fashioned bread that tasted of something and yet contained no fat.

He and his army are on the move again and will be marching to Sheffield tomorrow, filling the bellies of hungry people at the Interesting North talks with the help of Dan McTiernan from The Handmade Bakery
John and a few of the guys from the LITF Institute are going to be on hand helping Dan with all the kneading and baking - making sure that no one sneaks off to the nearest supermarket for a sandwich by giving them some of that proper hand made bread along side some soup.

Tom and Tidy in the printshop have printed them their very own Doh Boy uniforms to wear too (under Doh boy's strict instructions)

On top of that, all the proceeds will be going to The Archer Project, who help the homeless and vulnerable.

If you aren't off to the talks tomorrow, you can always give the old handmade bread a crack at home - here's Doh boy's very own recipe. - although the guys at LITF have advised using 20g of salt, rather than the 30g stated...(bad Doh boy!)

God that Handmade Bakery website looks good.

build it and they will come

  • Posted by hollie
  • 1 November 2010

I found this really nice little vid while doing my usual sunday night browse on the 500 photographers website last night.

Swiss photographer/videographer Yann Gross travelled to Uganda in 2009 to document the building of Kitintale skatepark, the first (and at the time) only skatepark in East Africa. Built entirely by the community, without help or support from the government, his documentary below is a really charming watch, and a nice way to spend 10 minutes of your day.

oh, and "You can be a doctor AND a professional skateboarder" is one of the best quotes i've heard for a while :- )

Foodscapes

  • Posted by hollie
  • 14 October 2010

If there are two things in the world i am a big fan of, it's food and photography.

If you are in London at all today then please go along to St Pancras International station and see the amazing Carl Warner's Foodscapes exhibition.

I was in London just last weekend and am a bit gutted i missed out on this one. He's a British still life photographer who creates insane landscapes entirely out of food.

The exhibition is totally free, and he'll even be at there at the station, working on, and then unveiling a brand new lanscape that's made entirely out of chocolate.

click here to visit Carl's website.

hmmm... i'm hungry.

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