Wednesday, 27 August 2008




To start off with, I'd like to mark this moment in time by quoting Yahoo's top news stories today:

Miliband warning on new Cold War
Millionaire missing after 'arson'
Fifth man held over Brown plot
Glitter 'spotted in orange wig'
No excuse for obesity, claim Tories
Archaeologists unearth 1,300-year-old mummy
Man found living with over fifty snakes

Just off the list there is also the Brass-eye-esque classic 'Paedophiles offered castration'.No joke.Yeah, so, I just wanted to point out that everyone has gone mad.

On a happier note, tomorrow night is the special Viva Cake doll's tea party at the Viktor and Rolf dolls exhibition at the Barbican.Woohoo!hoorah for cake, dancing and waitresses on roller skates!We are being overrun by obese, snake loving, wig wearing, paedophile arsonists, but at least Viva still know how to throw a great party. Get your 50s kit on and head over there.http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=7700

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Sew Vogue































Moving in with my boyfriend has required certain compromises from us both. Whilst he has had to learn to put up with my hair getting everywhere, (I malt like a cat) I have had to cut down on the amount of useless clutter I accumulate. I admit to having a bit of a magazine fetish, and whilst in my old house the girls I shared with would love the fact that I indulged in say, 5 or 6 mags a month, my man despairs of the piles and piles of glossy dead tree now lining his previously tidy surfaces. I have tried to cut down, honestly; and have even resorted to binge reading where I buy a magazine, read it on the bus, tear out the stuff I like then
 leave it for someone else to find. I've also started to do a monthly clear out where I chuck out old copies. This is new to me- at my family home I have cupboards full of issues of Marie Claire dating back to the 90s. (this is not my fault, its a hereditary thing; my mum has every Country Living since 1985) Anyway, yesterday I was flicking through a copy of Vogue from the 
 Spring, tearing out anything I couldn't bear to chuck, and I came across Kate Talbot's fantastic creations. Checking out her site, (www.hungdrawnandquoted.co.uk) you can see she's created some wonderfully witty woollen creations-all her images can be bought as prints, or if you're feeling flush, you can commission a bespoke piece; a cuddly iphone pehaps, or your favourite film poster stitched to scale?If this inspired you to get out a needle and thread yourself, head to one of the classes at Prick your Finger: www.prickyourfinger.com

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Make Stuff, Make friends, Make a mess


Sunday night is an unconventional time for partying, but then Hunga Munga is a pretty unconventional set up - 'make stuff, make friends, make a mess' is their motto; nostalgically nursery school- like, but with lots more booze.Tomorrow night is The Hunga Munga menagerie- an art and crafty celebration of all the best creatures-dress up, make up and win prizes. Animal inspired artists performing musical delights include Lucy and the caterpillars, and Gaby Young and other animals.£6 buys you entry and all the artistic materials you'll need to bond with other arty types whilst peeling gluey film off your fingers; priceless.
  In fact, Hunga Munga has orchestrated a one-off weekend festival at Bethnal Green Working Men's club, dedicated to arts and crafts, live music including Nizlopi, comedy from the likes of Josie Long, raffles,knitting, scones and all other party essentials. You can buy £25 tickets for the whole weekend, 27th and 28th September or for either day separately- go to www.hungamunga.co.uk.
HM isn't the only festival bringing up the rear of the season, that same weekend East London will also be hosting Gold; a new music and arts event coinciding with the official launch of the cultural Olympiad.Highlights include Orange prize winner Linda Grant who'll be talking about fashion in literature, music from  Turner Prize winner Martin Creed's band, tea and gay bingo with Jonny Woo, and a tour of Shoreditch street art from Time Out visual arts editor Ossian Ward. Dr Sketchy's anti- art club will be hosted by Dusty Limits, giving you the chance to draw burlesque dancer, Fancy Chance. I'm particularly excited about The Last Tuesday Society who'll be hanging out in the Town Hall crypt and promising tales, tears, ghosts and Punch and Judy....Get your early bird tickets for £15 now at www.gold08.co.uk, and keep the summer festival season going till the end of September; then we can start planning Halloween.
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