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Meet my new OTT phone cover, Nicola the sweet fox by Hello Geeks from the Forest #phonecase #case #fix #foxcase #hugeasscase #hellogeeks

Meet my new OTT phone cover, Nicola the sweet fox by Hello Geeks from the Forest #phonecase #case #fix #foxcase #hugeasscase #hellogeeks

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Losing My Edge

"I was there".

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"I have been going to the same party for ten years, and in no way is that sad"

Desert Island Disco marked my tenth year at Bestival. I’m a creature of habit. I like structure. But I also like to deviate from the plan… I sound like a bloody horoscope. So I like to party within an unorganised structure?

This year also felt like Rob da Bank’s festival baby had found it’s voice / groove / taste / bounce. And it shouted LETS DO THIS.

Bestival is a fancy dress party on an island where some bands play, DJ’s rock up, there’s a splash of arts, a dash of weird shit, and plenty of good views and vibes.

Each year I think “Alright Rob mate, what are you going to do this year? Are you going to change XXX and what the fuck about XXXX?”. You overhear people saying: “Is this your first year?”, and they add: “Yeah I was here for XXXX and saw XXX”. Yeah, it does sound dickish. And yeah, I think it is becoming one of those ‘I was there’ moments.

But each year I grow at this party, and each year I love watching this festival bitch grow with me. We’ve gone through some shit, Bestival and me. I don’t want to talk about the first year, or even the second. The one with the rain, SPACE, the three day bender, the Bestival letters, when we just stayed in the amphitheater, Neil-a-rama, the main stage locations, convinced we’d met Soulwax, the three chicken head mother fuckers….

To ease the memory triggers I’m just going to list stuff and then ramble at the bottom. This is all really for my pleasure anyhoo…

11th Bestival 2014
Theme: Desert Island Disco
Costume: Attempted ‘Castaway’ James Murphy

Bands: Beck, Caribou, Jenovah Collective, Bonobo (is he/it a band?), John Wizards, Major Lazor, Chvrches, Chic feat Nile Rodgers
DJ’s: Boys Noise, Rob da Bank (Port opening ceremony), Boys Noize, SBTRKT, DJ Yoda (twice)

Wot I saw: Opening Ceremony with the Druids, inspirational stuff from Kate Tempest, a woman from the Slits smashing ideas on goals and achievements, Reggaerobics, Mr Motivator, a huge synthasizer in the woods (pictured above), SHIT FACED SHAKESPEARE

Highlights: The best sausage rolls in town, 4 pint bestivales, that dick dance with the two guys - and one of them looked like pillowfort - Johnny’s calliope in the caravanserai and a world record breaking mahusive discoball

Negative note: I lost my phone which seriously sucked. But hey, first time for everything.

I feel warm knowing each year will feature my festival favourites and discovering new faces, things and shit. I met some great people this year. Plus some peeps allowed me to hang around with them… And I know it must have been annoying so I really appreciated that.

I’m already looking forward to next year, even though currently, I may not have anyone to go with. I’m excited about meeting people this year and seeing what situation I’m in when September rolls round. (I hear tickets are already on sale). I’m excited by the unknown and knowing you can always have a good time at Bestival. I have so far.

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ALL ABOARD! #BESTIVAL #thebestfestival #hmsbestival #ahoy #hellosailor

ALL ABOARD! #BESTIVAL #thebestfestival #hmsbestival #ahoy #hellosailor

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Sam & me tried out the new supper at Look mum no hands! Mare Street this week.

Their Italian head chef Andrea has whipped up a petite menu of glorious bar snacks. From chicken wings, burgers to veggie dishes. Each item also has a recommended local beer by manager and brew aficionado Christian.

We shared the BLPT (bacon, lettuce, pepper and tomato) burger with the aubergine and emmenthal ‘toastie’. As you can see it was like a delicious volcano with edible flowers and a seriously spicy pesto.

Sloshed down with a Rothaus Pilsner and Magic Rock Simpleton. You can’t really go wrong with craft beer on tap.

Grub is served from Wednesday to Saturday from 4 - 9pm and I seriously recommend dropping in to check it out.

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Banners based on the diagrams of tax avoidance schemes from the St Helier 2017 demonstration, made by Ed Hall  (at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery)

Banners based on the diagrams of tax avoidance schemes from the St Helier 2017 demonstration, made by Ed Hall (at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery)

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”..adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel” - Scott McCloud

”..adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel” - Scott McCloud

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I trundled along to Joypad's SUPER WAREHOUSE PARTY IV on Saturday night. It was like hanging out in a over-sized teenagers bedroom. Pop-corn, sweets, loud music, BOOZE, and a shit ton of computer games.

When I was at school we would all hang out round Mark’s house and play his N64 and Gamecube til the early morn. Super Smash Bros, F-Zero X, Mario Party…. There would sometimes be a weird competitive vibe if you seriously wanted to whip Chris or smack down Ben. We all had our top choice characters. You had to play as them or else. You had your weird technique, moves and rituals for making sure you won. Then maybe blame the controller if you didn’t. But that’s weak brah. You’d feel sick because you ate too many Star Burst Juicers.

I could taste the sweet revenge in my mouth. I wanted to play games, and I wanted to win.

This didn’t really happen though. Instead I had a lot of beer and jumped around to the Super Scratch Bros and Sabrepulse. I tried to beat Shirobon at Super Smash Brothers buy my age old Yoshi skills didn’t really come flooding back… I sang (shouted) along to the Sonic 2 Special Stage and I tried out some new indie games *edit* and was kindly informed by Joypad I was playing Gang Beasts: a really fun multiplayer involving four strange creatures in kigus trying to fling each other off things. Saw Nidhogg again. I got to have a go on this at the Creators Project London event a few years back (Just checked and it was 2010!!). It looks a lot more developed and still retaining that brilliant 8 bit look.

I feel like getting back in touch with the old gaming crew and telling them. It’s back on. They’ve created a party that encompasses that childhood love of computer games… whipping your friends while scoffing sweets and booze. Just be prepared to to stand up and dance this time.

Photos: Super Sonic Dr.Robotnik Android 18

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hannakdraws:

twitter doodle-comic inspired by the new Zelda trailer

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Where the F**K is Colchester’s Digital Economy?

marcde-ath:

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So 4 years ago when we first started fifteen Queen Street, I remember sitting in an empty front room trying to convince firstsite’s then Commercial Director that Colchester had an appetite for a shared work space for Creative Industry types.

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Don gon did a fabric print this evening

Don gon did a fabric print this evening

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August with S&B

Hey craft lubbers,

We’ve hosting two events this month to wet your textile appetite. Fabric printing & painting with Jacqueline Davis and knitting little hats with Knitterati for Innocent’s Big Knit. Find out more below.

As always you are all welcome. The workshops are free but you’ll need bring along what you need to join in. Or why not crack on with own projects with the group? We’d love to see what you’ve been making!

We want to start on another big project soon. If you’ve had any ideas or want help making your own big textile thing happen give me a shout.

Fabric Printing
Wednesday 6th August, 7.30 - 9.30pm
St Botolph’s Waiting Room
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Jacqeline Davies is teaching fabric printing.

Big Knit with Knitterati
Wednesday 13th August, 7.30 - 9.30pm
St Botolph’s Waiting Room
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We’re knitting little hats for Age UK with Shaz.

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Holy shit they’ve arrived

Holy shit they’ve arrived

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Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

(Source: vintagegal, via annalisemcnamara)

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Already getting settled into my new flat

Already getting settled into my new flat