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Sir Kev Grey…

  • Posted by mark
  • 29 March 2011

Liverpools very own Kev Grey has a new book of illustrations out, he has worked with howies a number of times on various t shirt designs which are featured within the book and has also had his very own exhibition in the Staircase Gallery here at Carnaby Street.

Find out more about Kevs work and how to purchase his book here... http://kevgrey.blogspot.com/

New Bird

  • Posted by mark
  • 4 February 2011

i blogged this a while back DIY or DIE about a Skatepark being built on some disused land in Liverpool. Even with the owners eventual permission, help from the local builders, alot of bad backs and a fair bit of money from all the skaters involved, the inevitable has happened and the local council are trying to close it down.

i know for a fact that there's alot more pressing issues in Liverpool that deserve the councils attention, this is not one of them.



show your support.

Logs a Burnin’

  • Posted by mark
  • 2 December 2010


he's usually busy building custom hotrods but recently my mate mike has been putting together these log burners made from old stainless steel beer kegs and other assorted bits and pieces, perfect timing for the months ahead if December is anything to go by. you can't beat transforming something old and useless into something new and useful, not to mention it'll defrost your fingers and toes pretty sharpish too.

for info... [email protected]

Le Lomo!

  • Posted by mark
  • 1 October 2010

i've just returned back to rainy London after a trip to the sunny South of France with the wife, we took the eurostar to Paris and then the TGV all the way down to Nimes, i can't recommend the french rail system highly enough, it beats hanging round for hours in airports by a mile.

whenever we go away we take hundreds of photos on my little digital camera but by the time we return home we've already looked through them a million times, deleted all the ones that make us look fat and ugly and are generally pretty bored of them all, this time however was a little different. i bought sarah a mini diana lomo camera as a wedding present and this was our first opportunity to use it, it goes without saying that neither of us read the instructions and just made it up as we went along, i lost count just of the times we forgot to even take off the lens cap.

as we were both pretty excited about seeing the results i dropped the film in to get developed as soon as we got back and here's a couple of the better ones, they are both taken at Pont du Gard just outside the town of Remoulins.

the waiting for the photo's and the complete suprise as to what you end up with brought a whole new element to the holiday for us, i think it's safe to say we'll be taking it every we go from now on.

Long live 35mm

The fox

  • Posted by mark
  • 12 May 2010

the other day i called round at my mate howard's to borrow a saw, as we were talking something out of the kitchen window managed to catch my eye just before it dissappeared behind a tree, at first i thought it was a massive ginger cat walking along the top of the garden wall but howard was like 'nah it's just the fox, everytime i make a curry he comes and sits at the bottom of the steps' so i went outside and had a look, low and behold there he was sitting in the garden just staring at the kitchen window. i managed to get pretty close to him before he got up and wandered off followed by martin the cat. unfortunately i only had my crappy camera phone to get a picture of him so here he is, the curry loving, cat friendly clapton fox!


  • Posted by mark
  • 3 March 2010

Ade you're in good company, the RZA's on a no caffeine tip too...

(apologies for the swearing on behalf of the Wu)

Such Hawks Such Hounds

  • Posted by mark
  • 2 March 2010


Not sure how this slipped my attention for so long but for any fans of the riff, it's a must see.....


For every music fan who says rock ’n’ roll ain’t what it used to be; for every pundit who concurs with Hunter S. Thompson’s assessment of the music business as “a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free;” there are an equal number who will say that the business of creating and releasing innovative and satisfying music is as healthy as ever — it’s just done on a smaller scale.

Such Hawks, Such Hounds is a testament to the vitality of rock music. Relying only marginally on nostalgia, it says that at any point in history, the music being made is as worthy of attention as that of times past. It’s an introduction to an underheralded subgenre and a realization of its cinematic possibilities.

Such Hawks tells a story that needs to be told. Since the Alternative Revolution of the early 1990s, there has been a heightened interest in music with roots in the underground, hence such excellent genre studies as Hype!, Scratch and American Hardcore. While a similar celebration of sounds held dear, Such Hawks captures a moment as it is happening.

Such Hawks explores the music and musicians of the American hard rock underground circa 1970-2007, focusing on the psychedelic and ’70s proto-metal-derived styles that have in recent years formed a rich tapestry of unclassifiable sounds.

go hard or go home

  • Posted by mark
  • 19 February 2010

Banff Film Festival on Tour

  • Posted by mark
  • 19 February 2010

been a bit slow with this one seein as thought theres only a couple of screenings left, but one of those screenings does happen to be in Cardigan tomorrow night, i also just realised tims already posted about this but a little reminder never hurt anyone...


The Banff Mountain Film Festival is uprooting from the mothership festival in the Canadian Rockies and will shortly be heading for the UK to tour to a location near you.

The Banff World Tour features award-winning films and audience favourites from about 300 films entered each year in Banff. Come and see why more than 200,000 people across the globe gather at Banff screenings indoors to celebrate the outdoors!

The climbing films featured on the Banff 2010 tour will include:

First Ascent: Alone on the Wall - Follow the groundbreaking free-solo ascents of Alex Honnolt. After gaining international climbing renown for his landmark free-solo climb of "Moonlight Buttress" in Zion National Park, Alex moves on to his next big challenge: the first free-solo of the massive "Regular Northwest Face" route (2000 vertical feet) on Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.

Hunlen - See what happens when two climbers show up to climb one of the biggest frozen waterfalls in Canada -- but it isn't completely frozen. The climbing is technical—all 1,000 feet of it — but it’s the giant slabs of ice breaking free beside the route that makes the climbers very nervous.

Progression World Cup - An insightful and entertaining look at the intensely competitive world of top-class indoor rock climbing.

To The Rainbow - Paul Pritchard was one of Britain’s most talented climbers in the late 1980s. A head injury received while climbing the Totem Pole in Tasmania left Paul with severe injuries and partly disabled. Now, 13 years on, he makes an emotional return to climbing – on The Rainbow in North Wales.

As well as climbing flicks, there will be a selection of other brilliant mountain based films featuring mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, whitewater kayaking and speed flying (a cross between paragliding and skiing including some incredible aerial footage as they descend Mont Blanc). Full details of the film programme at each venue, as well as more information and how to buy tickets can be found at http://www.banff-uk.com

UK tour dates include:

• 29 January Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
• 3 & 4 February Union Chapel, Islington, London
• 6 February Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
• 11 February Komedia Club, Brighton
• 13 February Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester
• 18 & 21 February Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
• 20 February Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan

As well as seeing some great films, you can also win some great nightly prizes as well as go in the draw to win a 7 day Mont Blanc trek. A bar will be open at all screenings before the films and during intermission.

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