Archive for November, 2008
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
Gregory and the Hawk in fact isn’t someone called gregory, or a hawk. It’s actually a singer called Meredith Godreau, who releases music under Gregory and the Hawk to avoid being lumped in with the rest of the female singer/songwriters. Her new album, Moenie and Kitchi , is out now, and definitely worth a listen.
Why? Well in a nutshell, Gregory and the Hawk make lovely, lovely music. But not in a ‘what’s a cute word that rhymes with rabbit way’, in a simple, pure way. No aims, no agenda, just an album to take you to another place where everything’s just a little bit better. Meonie and Kitchi sounds like a Fionn Regan track but with a more charming vocalist and with hints of Regina Spektor. If this album had been made before the film ‘Juno’ was released, I imagine Kimya Dawson would’ve been out the door to make way for these guys. Catchy, but not over-whelming or obvious, these songs make you want to lie back and just listen whilst your troubles ooze away.
You can get Meonie and Kitchi by Gregory and the Hawk from Amazon for £8.98, or download it from FatCat Records.
Friday, November 14th, 2008
We’ve done scarves, we’ve done hats, and today I’m rounding the week off with gloves. Whilst some may say they’re the least exciting winter accessory, they’re definitely the most essential, and believe it or not there’s quite a few options – mittens, fingerless, long sleeved… So here’s my hand-picked selection.
On the left are Long Arm Warmers. They’ve got a thumbhole, but apart from that they’re fingerless, but good for keeping your arms extra warm, especially if you want to wear short sleeves. They cost £8 and are available in black, grey and cream. Next up are some old fashioned Hand Knit Mittens. They can be a bit impractical, especially when it comes to using your phone, but they’re ultra cute and will keep your hands nice and toasty. The design on these Hand Knit Mittens has a hand made feel, and they cost £10. Last but not least, if you can decide if you want mittens or gloves, never fear, because you can have both! These Striped Converter Gloves means you can have fingerless gloves, and then just pull down the top for mittens. And they’re a bargain at £8.
You can have a look at all these hand warmers over at ASOS now.
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
Bill Bailey is one of the UK’s best comedians, and his live shows have to be seen to be believed. With the release of his new DVD, Tinselworm, you can see what all the fuss is about. A former professional musician, Bill Bailey incorporates his musical talent into his show, composing and performing funny songs about just about anything on a variety of different instruments. It’s also a fully multimedia show – there are also video clips and special effects.
His show is definitely a contrast from traditional stand up shows, but undoubtedly still funny. If you’ve seen the show live, then you can relive your favourite moments, or if you haven’t seen it then this is a great introduction to his surreal world of comedy.
You can get Bill Bailey -Tinselworm from Amazon now for £12.98.
Friday, November 7th, 2008
We’ve done hats, and now it’s time to search for the perfect winter scarf. Scarves are increasingly being seen all year round – from the tassled checkered scarves we’ve seen all summer, to the silk head scarves being sent down the catwalk for A/W08, to the versatile staple that is the pashmina.
For winter though, I think only a knitted scarf will do for maximum warmth and cuteness. This Maniyak Pure Wool Chunky Hand Spun Scarf, £20, has that great hand made look to it, because it is! The pure wool will keep you nice a warm, and the contrasting colours of blue and white means it’ll go with any outfit.
Or if you want to add a touch of this season’s check trend, try this ASOS Oversized Check Blanket Scarf. It’s available in purple of pink, and the extra width means you can wear it however you fancy. If you’re allergic to wool, this is a good choice as it’s 100% acrylic but has the look of wool.
These and a whole host of other scarves are available at ASOS now.
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Good news Gavin and Stacey fans! After months of waiting, series 2 is finally available to buy on DVD this week. The second series sees our favourite couple face the trials and tribulations of married life, we find out what Nessa does about her baby, and Bryn and Jason’s slightly disturbing secret is finally revealed!
There will be a Christmas special for Gavin and Stacey, but so far there’s no news on a third series, suggesting that after Christmas there may be no more Gavin and Stacey, so even more reason to get your hands on this.
Starring award winning comedians Mathew Horne and James Corden this is one of the funniest shows to grace our screen in quite a while, and is starting to become a bit of a phenomenon, thanks to it’s slightly surreal humour and memorable catchphrases.
Gavin and Stacey Series 2 is available now from Amazon for £12.98.