Friday, 25 April 2014

Film Friday: The Punk Singer

Plot: This documentary focuses on the life of Bikini Kill & Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, showing clips of early performances as well as commentary from others in the music scene on how influential Hanna was.
Guest appearances: Hanna is married to Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys which I didn't realise til watching this film, so we see how they first became a couple and how conflicted she was when they first got together..
Watch this if you're a fan of.. riot grrrl, feminism, punk rock
Fun facts Hanna talks in the film about how she inadvertently named Smells like Teen Spirit one drunken night with Kurt Cobain.
Overall: This is a great documentary, and made me really want to listen to Le Tigre again! Towards the end the film takes a sadder tone as it focuses on the illness that Kathleen suffers which prevented her from touring, and her new band The Julie Ruin.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Some nice bits from across the internet recently..

Hundreds of photobooth pics tell a story of one man's life (very Amelie-esque)

+ Make your own natural deodorant via knitting on trains (very impressed with this!)

+ 10 illustrated travel guides (inspiration for my travel zines)

+ Interesting but alarming graph showing the ages of leading men compared to their love interests

+ the 30 harshest musician-on-musician insults (Richey Edwards' are best)

+ my friend Adam has begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new distillery in Chicago, check it out!

+ 70 of the best blogs for creative inspiration

+Will you be blogging every day in May? I'm thinking about it..

+ Tom drew this comic about saying goodbye to his beloved guitar


Monday, 21 April 2014

Turning 30 - new comic!

Last year was the final year of my twenties, and around this time I started to think about where my life was heading and whether turning 30 would change anything. 30 seems to mean different things to different people, but it is around this age when it becomes harder to deny that you're now officially a 'grown up.' Friends start to settle down and have children and conversations turn to adult things such as the pros and cons of fixed rate mortgages! So I started drawing this comic to document my feelings, and I'm excited to say it's now complete and available to buy in my Etsy shop

I'd love to know your thoughts on turning 30 - or 18, or 40 or 75 - and whether age changes anything or is really just a number. And if you'd like to buy a copy of my This is 30 comic I'm offering you lovely readers free postage until April 28th, if you enter the code BLOGGER at checkout. Hurrah!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Film Friday: Blue is the Warmest Colour

Plot: Based on a graphic novel of the same name, Blue is the Warmest Colour (or La vie d'Adele) is the story of Adele, whose life changes when she meets blue-haired Emma and they embark on an intense and passionate relationship. 
Guest appearances: The two main actresses are relative newcomers, but both were brilliant and they ended up winning the Palme D'or at Cannes.
Watch this if you're a fan of.. French films, coming of age stories
Fun facts The film contains a notoriously long sex scene which took ten days to film!
Overall: I really enjoyed this film, it was a moving story of a first relationship and the emotions and pains that come with it.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A day out on a budget - the £3.50 challenge!

I've been living in the city centre since I first moved to Nottingham seven years ago. I love the fact that it's just a five minute walk from shops and pubs and we never have to pay for taxis home at the end of a night out. But despite the convenience of city living I'm starting to think more about owning a house, one with a real fireplace, wooden floors and a garden!

For this reason Tom and I are trying to cut back on unnecessary expense, and on Sunday we decided to head into town with just the money Tom had in his pocket - £3.50 to be precise! What can you do with such a small amount of money? We decided to find out!

At first we popped into a couple of shops to see if anything good could be found for a pound. The pound shop proved rather fruitless - there were some fun outdoor games for sale but the grey rainy weather put us off this option (I did spy My Girl for £1 but as Tom pointed out I already had it...).

We then headed to a few charity shops, and I spotted this brilliant board game, Race Around Britain. However it would have severely cut into our budget, so I had to sadly leave it behind. Sniff. (Tempted to pop back this weekend to see if it's still there!)


Next we headed to the Lace Market to see what fun could be had. Unfortunately our usual source of free art Nottingham Contemporary was closed as it's in between exhibitions. So we headed instead to the Galleries of Justice, a museum dedicated to the history of crime.

There is a permanent free display inside with lots of artifacts related to the history of crime - a personal highlight was the cabinet of swallowed objects! There's also a Robin Hood room where you can dress like a Medieval Knight/Maiden and put yourself in the stocks. COST = £0 

After this we took a trip to the Bowling Alley, where we were tempted to try the Hurricane Simulator (£2) but instead opted for a frantic game of air hockey. I sadly lost. COST = £1

We wandered round the beautiful Lace Market, through St Mary's Churchyard and then popped into a Chinese supermarket, where we picked up a couple of fortune cookies. COST = 40p. Finally we headed to Hockley for a pot of tea. Lee Rosy's was slightly too pricy for our budget but we managed to get a (real leaf) tea for two at Broadway cinema. COST = £2

We then had chance to open our fortune cookies - Tom's seemed apt!

... and mine was encouraging! 

We then discovered a 'photobooth' style screen on the outside of the Broadway which was fun to play around with! COST = £0

TOTAL SPENT = £3.40 This left us with the princely sum of 10p left. Try as we might, we couldn't find a place to spend just 10 pence. Even Space Raiders cost 30p these days! We headed home and decided to keep our last coin for a rainy day. We had a fun day of exploring the city, although keeping within our budget was tricky. I'd love to know how others would get on with a similar budget, why not have a go too and let me know how you get on!
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