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Call us, quick

  • Posted by ruben
  • 25 September 2009


Quick message -

If you phone an order through to the howies mail order girls between now and 5pm, you'll get a FREE teepay t-shirt*.

That's 2 hours of free t-shirts. But you have to phone us.

01239 614 122

Go, go, go.

*You have to place an order to get the free shirt. We'll pick the shirts based on what's in stock, just tell us your size

Slowcoast T-shirt

  • Posted by ruben
  • 23 September 2009


If you are a follower of the blog, you probably know about our friend Nick Hand and his epic 5,000 mile bicycle ride around the coast of Britain.

He set off from Bristol back in June, and after and almost 100 days on the road he has now covered over 4,000 miles and is on the homeward leg of the journey. Pretty impressive, I reckon.

Check out his website here, where you can follow his progress on a map.

As well as posting some lovely soundslides and documenting his adventures on Twitter and his blog (which I have been religiously checking every day), Nick has been fund raising for the Parkinson's Disease Society through his justgiving page which you can find here.

To cheer Nick on for the last thousand odd miles, and to help out with his fund raising, we are printing this limited edition t-shirt featuring an illustration by John Spencer.

10% of the profits from this t-shirt will go to the Parkinson's Disease Society. The shirt is only available online and in the Bristol shop (where Nick will be arriving on the 3rd October at the end of his journey.

(If you want to welcome Nick home, a few of us from howies will be meeting up with him at Clevedon Peir around 3:30pm on October 3rd, then cycling in convoy with him back to the howies shop on Queen's Road for some tea and cakes by 4:30pm.... Super nice.)



Tea and...

  • Posted by ruben
  • 21 September 2009

In our latest catalogue, we happened to mention that despite our affection for tea, the kitchen in the office is noteably lacking in bicsuits.

When Sarah McKee and the lovely people at Yorkshire Te saw our shocking admission, they took pity on us and today, we found an unexpected parcel in the mail.

Imagine our surprise when we found this...



Many many thanks to Sarah and Co. It's a great start to our week

We now have enough cakes and biscuits to last... well... I'd like to say they'll last for ages. But when you introduce biscuits to an office that has endured the kind of biscuit drought that we have...

T-shirt of the Month

  • Posted by ruben
  • 17 September 2009

As of today, T-shirt of the Week will become T-shirt of the Month (just for the colder months). This means we'll still be bringing out some great tees, but instead of just being available for one week they will now be available for four weeks.

So, to kick things off, this T-shirt of the Month is 'Books Is Power' by Andy J Miller

What we love about books:

Books is relaxation.
Books is take you away from reality.
Books is learn some stuff you didn't know.
Books is great words, cool characters, bright colours and cool pictures.
Books is a beginning, a middle and an end (most of the time).
Books is turn that TV off for goodness sake.

Books is power.



Happy Hedgehog

  • Posted by ruben
  • 17 September 2009


Here's an email we received today -

hey howies®

after a good day at work with 'the  forest trust' (shameless plug alert!!), i arrived in my street at 5:53 (roughly!) and emerged from the confines of a trusty old red vw, looking forward to seeing my darling dog and the misses (is that right!?!). i take out the bunch of keys and look at the floor whilst finding the right key, and notice a blob..... a spiny blob, an unmoving blob, a hedgeblob!!!

the wee thing was not well. it was bright daylight, for a nocturnal thing that's not good. it wasn't running away from me either, that's not too natural. so we stood n stared a while, thinking, reading minds, wondering what life is all about.

seeing no movement, we took the hoglet gently inside the house, wrapped her (for we could see she was a lass) her in a towel, warmed a hot water bottle n wrapped that in a towel too, put some water n chickeny cat food in the box too with newspaper and let her settle down a while. she ate n drank n seemed very friendly, she let us check her out for mites n cuts and she looked ok. but we thought that she was underweight n could do with some pro help, so we goog'd poorly hedgehogles.

we got in touch with the 'british hedgehog preservation society', and the nice people we spoke to helped us to do the right things and then we found our local volunteers who had a hog hospital, we took oriel (as we had nick named her) straight down and janet at the  orston hedgehog rescue saw her immediately. janets surgery n hog beds were in her front room, she and her husband have been doing hog rescue for 9 years, they are volunteers, thanks to them oriel may survive the winter, a dwindling hedgehog population needs friends like janet.

have a look at oriel, she loves punked merino!!!

we'll let you know how oriel does.

ian, nina n rumbo

Kids these days...

  • Posted by ruben
  • 16 September 2009


we just looked out of the window and spotted three kids collecting conkers from a tree.

as i write, it looks like they're playing the game right now.

quite reassuring... if you watch the news, it seems like all kids do these days is hang out on street corners or sit in front of the TV (when they're not sniffing glue, stabbing each other or getting pregnant anyway)

Only joking. I'm off to find some conkers of my own.

Archive T-shirt of the Week

  • Posted by ruben
  • 15 September 2009

This week's Archive T-shirt of the Week is 'Rainbow'.

Ever had one of those sessions  when everything comes together?

The lines in your mind connect.
And the board follows.
Some days are just like that.
The tricks come easy and you find your flow.

It's like riding the rainbow.



Where The Wild Things Are

  • Posted by ruben
  • 11 September 2009



Where The Wild Things Are was one of my very favourite books as a kid.

I'm looking forward to the Spike Jonze film (even though I'm usually quite wary of films of books I like...)

Tidy just came up from the Printshop and showed me the new trailer. It looks great.

Check it out here on Apple

T-shirt of the Week

  • Posted by ruben
  • 10 September 2009

T-shirt of the week.

This week's T-shirt of the Week is 'Shine For Me'.

Lost at sea?

Cant see the wood for the trees?

Feel like you're sinking when you should be floating?

Then you might like to know there's a light on the horizon.

From the nimble hand of Kev Grey

Shine for me



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