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The Late Greats- Life Without Balloons

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

The Late Greats - Life Without BalloonsEastbourne’s finest The Late Greats released their debut album this week, ‘Life Without Balloons’, on the brilliant Izumi Records label.Taking their name from a song by the band Wilco, The Late Greats other influences can be heard all over this album, from At The Drive In to Bloc Party, this is spiky indie pop at it’s best.

The double vocals of Max ‘Velvet Hands’ Arnold and Ryan ‘Piss Whiskey’ Griffiths complement each other perfectly, and their ridiculously catchy riffs will be in your head for the foreseeable future after one listen. Life Without Balloons is cheerful, unpretentious, solid music that has a comforting familiarity about it. They’re not trying to break boundaries, change politics with their lyrics or invent new sounds, but this record is like a cup of tea – dependable, perfect for lifting spirits, and quite good at fixing problems.

You can get a copy from Amazon for £7.98.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Irish cloverIt might not be an official holiday here in England, but for many today is a time for celebration – as it is St. Patrick’s Day. For those keen to acknowledge the best-loved Patron Saint of Ireland, traditions include wearing green and getting plenty of Guinness down you (as if you need an excuse!) Of course, these customs vary all over the world, with some countries enjoying street parades while others keep it more socially conscientious with Charity events.

Many events have already honoured the day here in England, with London hosting a parade and a festival yesterday. However, for those of you still keen to get involved in some Irish fun tonight, The Dublin City Working Man’s Band will be performing at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith while the Annual Met Police Concert will also be in full swing at the Barbican Centre. For more information on these London-based events and all things St. Patrick’s, head on over to the website.

March 8 – International Women's Day

Friday, March 7th, 2008

IWD logoTomorrow is International Women’s Day and for those of us proud to be of the female variety, it’s an important time to reflect on what it means to be a woman in today’s world. The day has been marked since 1908, with this year’s slogan “campaigning for change… for 100 years” perfectly depicting the long journey that we have been on.

IWD has grown and developed with the support of governments, universities, organisations and media groups and for those of you interested in getting involved, there are numerous events marking the occasion across the UK. So for your local celebration of womanhood, head on over to the official site for further details. And if you do make it to one, please do contact us here at The New Pink – we’d love to hear your stories.

Stylish Scrapbooks And Notebooks

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

notebooks.jpgAmongst the varied range of products Hargreaves-Gervis stock these stylishly vintage covered scrapbooks and notebooks are a must have.

Every so often there comes a time where you need to jot something down while your out and about and a scrap piece of paper just doesn’t do justice thus investing in a note book seems like the right way to go. These scrapbooks and notebooks come in a selection of colours, and are hand bound in limited edition, 30’s through to 70’s style prints.

Visit Hargreaves-Gervis to get yourself one starting at £30 each, as seen in British Vogue and Elle Decoration.

We Play Wii Play

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

04_features_mii_channel.jpgWe don’t often write about computer games on this blog which is a bit of a shame because there as so many great games about at the moment. I’ve recently had some more time and some more hard drive space so I’m back into gaming again… but I still think the best computer games are ones that you can play with your friends and obviously console games are the best for this.

At our house we have been particularly enjoying playing Wii Play for the Nintentdo Wii. This is quite a basic game but its simplicity makes it great for playing with a large group of friends. There are 9 games in the package and they are all really easy to pick up. You can design your own character, a Mii, and pick yourself and your friends out in a crowd in a “wheres wally” style observation game. There is Wii billards and air hockey which are so much more fun to play using the wii controllers that the usual wired controllers.

There are also some quirky games such as fishing and “Charge!” a crazy cow racing game! The only snag with this game is that you can only play with two players at a time so you will have to take turns but the games are really short so you shouldn’t be waiting for two long. Plus watching others is as fun as playing yourself. To find out more visit the offical Wii Website.

London 2012, Can You Do Better?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

London 2012 Official LogoIs it me or does the London 2012 logo look like it was drawn by a five year old? Apparently £400,000 was spent on the deisign but since it was released it has had nothing but criticism. Today I came across a website that is inviting users to submit their own designs with the question – can you do better?

Already they have had some really great ideas submitted, in my opinion they are far better than the official logo and obviously didn’t take as long to create. If you think you can do better than this then send in your design to the London 2012, can you do better? website.

Birds on Bikes

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Birds on BikesBirds on Bikes are a team of ladies who are raising the profile of female motorcyclists as well as raising money for charity. Last year they raised over £10,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign and this year their target is £20,000 for Macmillan cancer.

They are currently organising some small ride outs as well as the large sponsored charity bike ride. The rides will take place on 7th, 8th and 9th September 2007. Register now to receive your sponsorship form and to get a chance at winning their golden goodie bag – this will go to the member who raises the most for charity. Register by 25th August to ensure your place in the ride, see the Birds on Bikes website for more information.

Fun facts

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Aviva Trivia BlogI love a bit of trivia especially when it’s on the net, if you are the same then I have a great website to share with you: Aviva Trivia Blog. The blog is completely dedicated to posting fun facts about different categories such as animals, clothing, history and make-up. They have a great article called Weird Jobs posted in late September, the ideas are imaginative and funny, things that you probably didn’t even realise were real jobs. Also ladies check out their Ten Alternative Uses for Hairspray, it’s a pretty useful article! I am looking forward to seeing what other funny facts they come up with.

Review from Fashionista TV

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The New Pink was recently reviewed by Fashionista TV as one of their favourite fashion blogs – Episode 4 : Fashion is Violent. I really like their idea of video reviews, they are well thought out and easy to follow, I think Fashionista TV may be the next up and coming blog!

Holy Toast

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Holy ToastAs I was walking up the steps at the train station today I was struck by a vision of the Virgin Mary on a piece of toast. Unfortunately I wasn’t experiencing some miraculous apparition, but an advert for displaying probably the best product they’ve ever sold – Holy Toast Presses.

These ingenious molds create an imprint of the Virgin Mary on your toast. Just press the plastic mold onto your toast, put your toast in the toaster and serve to a friend and see their reaction as they think they have been divinely blessed!

I’ve always been a fan or religious kitsch merchandise and needless to say I could not wait to get home and order a pair of these beauties. I wonder if people will flock from far and wide to pay homage to my holy breakfast tomorrow. To make icons appear on your bread visit – its more reliable than praying.