Pin Collection Part Four

Sunday, 8 July 2018

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Pin Collection for Typewriter Teeth

For the fourth instalment of my pin collection I'm focusing on gifted pins from pals!

Typewriter Teeth Enamel Pin Collection 4  David Attenborough Wren and Wilson

First up is this amazing David Attenborough pin from Wren & Wilson that was a gift from the amazing Dulcimer Draws for the In Colourful Company secret santa! So now I get share my love for the big D with everyone! Pick it up here for just £7.

Pin Collection Part Four Typewriter teeth Aloe Plant  

Then this beautiful little aloe is from my incredible friend Nat from sunning herself in Barcelona! I've had some incredible support the past few months and cannot thank Nat enough for being a great listener for all the bat shit stuff I say. And now I get to think of the fantastic plant mum every time I look at my lapel! 

Another absolute star (i've got some great pals and this post isn't going to cover them all) has been my friend Jess throughout this all, and even more so with this lil Dwight pin! A few years ago Jess got me a pin that resembled my dog and I was devastated when I lost it, so now I have this little guy to replace him. 

typewriter teeth pin collection pizza pin

Jess also picked me up a pin of my one true love whilst she was in NY. 

And finally, this amazing glittery pin is from Bloody Nora Pam and was a gift from another amazing friend, Gemma, another babe I could never live without.  I've mentioned this pin before but couldn't resit sharing it again. 

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Interview: Norma Jean (circa 2014)

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

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So with the sad news earlier last month that Protest The Hero and Norma Jean had to cancel their UK tour and headline sets of UK Tech Metal Fest due to voice issues, I thought it seemed like an appropriate time to dig out an old interview with Norma Jean from 2014 that never saw the light of day. 

The impromptu interview happened in 2014 when Norma Jean were on tour with Branson HollisLiferuiner and Night Verses in Manchester touring their latest album at the time 'Wrongdoers'. 

So please keep your negativity away from young and nervous Amber with half an hour notice...

Amber: How was Europe? 

Corey: It’s been awesome, we’ve had a blast. This is the first date in the UK and I think we did three weeks in mainland Europe. We’ve got five shows in the UK then we fly to Russia then Belerus and then we head to Groezrock .

A: How was writing 'Wrongdoers' with the line up change?
C: It went really well, it is not easy to lose a member. I’m not going to lie, you get a chemistry with someone that you build over time but when these guys came in we kind of had instant chemistry. It was really seamless so we kind of started over writing the record  from scratch with similar ideas we’d already presented so it wasn’t that hard to do really. 

A: How have the tracks been received live? 

C: Really awesome, people seem to really enjoy the record and sing along which i hope this means they love it!
A: You are renowned for unusual album art, where did the idea for 'Wrongdoers' come from? 

C: We just think that the artwork should be fitting of the record and that it should be one theme between the music, the artwork and the live show. But really it comes from our interpretations of the songs or another artists interpretation of the record and the songs.

A: Just before I came in we were just discussing how ‘Hive Minds’ would be the perfect introducing song but you play it midway through the set - why have you placed it there? 

C: It’s in the middle somewhere because it’s tuned to B and we put all our B songs together. 

A: Finally, who threw up the most in the 'If You Got It At Five, You Got It At Fifty' video?

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June Book Haul

Sunday, 1 July 2018

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Selection of books for typewriter teeth

So I think June ended up being a bit over the top in the book purchasing department, there are definitely too many books and not enough time. But that doesn't seem to stop me! Let me know if you've read any of these as I cannot decide where to start!

Typewriter Teeth book haul june sarah waters and iain banks

First up are gifts from a friend, which means they already come with recommendations. 

'Whit' by Iain Banks is about Morag who goes missing from a cult in Scotland and the woman who is sent to look for her.  From what i've already heard about the book it is coming of age story of sorts as Isis Whit searches for Morag, meeting strange characters, searching for knowledge and questioning the values and rationale of the cult she has come from. 

typewriter teeth june book haul sarah waters and tea

The same friend also gifted me 'The Night Watch' by Sarah Waters who I haven't read since university. The novel follows five characters through the second world war and I have tried not to read too much about the book in case I accidentally see a classic Waters twist! 

typewriter teeth june book haul

I only got a few charity shop bargains this month (I think I need to to start scouting some new areas). I picked up Rainbow Rowell's 'Fangirl' for a little bit of YA, M. R Carey's 'The Girl With All The Gifts' for some sci-fi and Margaret Atwood's 'Oryx and Crake' for some speculative fiction.  

typewriter teeth june book haul  margaret atwood

typewriter teeth june book haul foils

But my bookish treat for June was a little budget for a trip to Foyles whilst in London to see 'Harry Potter and The Cursed Child'. After a quick coffee in their cafe we slowly worked our way down each floor and because they had a half price offer on it meant I could afford two books. 

june book haul typewriter teeth

I picked up Han Kang's 'The Vegetarian' after reading so much about it online and I have already finished it. The novella comes in three parts after Yeoung-Hye decides to stop eating meat, the sections following the mental and physical collapse of Yeoung-Hye and her family in extreme ways. I shall post a review soon hopefully! 

june book haul typewriter teeth

On my way to the counter I also spotted an offer sticker on Olivia Laing's 'The Lonely City' a non-fiction collection in which Laing delves into what it means to be alone through art after finding herself isolated in New York City. So I had to treat myself. 

june book haul typewriter teeth

Earlier this month I went to a garage sale in a village near my grandparents, I think it's something unusual for the UK but it was essentially a village wide car-boot sale. Yet I only managed to pick up one book, 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' by Haruki Murakami as Tsukuru Tazaki attempts to find out why his life took a strange turn sixteen years prior to find his own truth and happiness. 

june book haul typewriter teeth

I was also lucky enough to receive a couple of books from publishers throughout June for books that will be available later in the year and I cannot wait to get stuck into them. 

june book haul typewriter teeth

Firstly I was sent 'Sweet Fruit, Sour Land' by Rebecca Lay published by Sandstone Press and due for release on July 19th so you can pre-order it here. The novel follows Mathilde holding on to the last circle of luxury in a barren and restricted London by attending glamorous parties that escape ration cards and child policies. But what price does she have to pay for it? (Review will be posted soon)

june book haul typewriter teeth

I was also lucky enough to be sent 'Now, Now, Louison' by Jean Fremon and translated by Cole Swensen. I was sent the short text from Les Fugitives, an independent publisher dedicated to publishing francophone authors who have previously been unavailable in the UK. 

june book haul typewriter teeth

'Now, Now, Louison' is the first of Jean Fremon's work to be published in the UK following the monologue of artist Louise Bourgeois, a woman who devoted her life to art. Louise comes to life through the pages of the work in a poem-in-prose style that give a closeness to his renowned friend through his masterful writing. 

'Now, Now, Louison' will be published on September 24th but you can pre-order it here

Now where should I start? 

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Monday, 25 June 2018

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With a spare few hours in Nottingham last weekend I couldn't help spending most of it in FOPP.

FOPP HAUL image of carrier bag with products in

For those who have not been lucky enough to come across one, FOPP are a chain selling films, music, books and other entertainment. You can find your nearest one here. 

With my favourite part of FOPP clearly being the books, which for the most part are 2 for £5 I think I did really well to only leave with six. There was a horrible moment where I laid all my choices out and had to reduce my pile to meet my budget but I've still came out with a beautiful lot.  

Stack of books purchased at FOPP

First of all I added to my Virgina Woolf collection with copies of 'To The Lighthouse' and 'Orlando' in beautiful Vintage Classics editions with introductions by Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Reynolds, Eavan Boland and Maud Ellmann. 

Images of Virgina Woolf and Angela Carter books

In the Vintage editions I also picked up Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories' a famous collection of short stories based on fairytales whilst challenging how women are represented in them. 

There was so much choice, varying genres and some incredible music books and biographies I could have stayed there all day. 

Fopp Haul Simone De Beauvoir, Stephen King and Carrie Brownstein

The next three I chose were Stephen King's famous 'The Green Mile', Simone de Beauvoir's 'The Second Sex' and Carrie Brownstein's 'Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl'.

Unless I need a book quickly I love coming across them rather than actively seeking them out or ordering online and i've really enjoyed finding King's book and charity shops recently. 'The Green Mile' was published as a whole in 1997 but was previously published as a serial. I have only read a few of Stephen King novels but he is an author I want to read more of and these last few book shops have really helped out. 

I also picked up Simone de Beauvoir's 'The Second Sex' which definitely slipped through the feminist reading net, although I am intent on catching up. I was also really chuffed to pick this up in the 2 for £5 deal, have you seen the size of this book? I don't think it will be one i'll be sliding in my bag on a daily basis. 

Carrie Brownstein's memoir 'Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl' was also part of the unbelievable deal.  Following her through feminist punk music, women in rock and how these would define music and culture from the 90's through to today. 

Frances Ha DVD as part of Fopp Haul

The final addition to my FOPP shop was the incredible 'Frances Ha' on DVD. I love a DVD and when 'Frances Ha' was taken off of a popular streaming service along with 'Lola Versus' I started to keep an eye out for them. Luckily FOPP came through on this one and added to my Baumback and Gerwig pile. 

If you're visiting a city that has a FOPP it's well worth popping in. I'm thinking next time i'll treat myself to more vinyl, and probably more books.  

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200 Degrees comes to Sheffield

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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Taking over the midlands, the north and south wales, 200 Degrees has opened in Sheffield this week, joining the titans of coffee on Division Street. 

Coffee at 200 Degrees Sheffield

With the Sheffield shop opening that makes it seventh across the UK and it is easy to see why. Last weekend I was invited to their pre-launch event to sample their food, drink and decor before they opened their doors but I couldn't resist going back this week to see if the amazing standards were maintained.

Food at 200 Degrees Sheffield

A beautiful selection of sandwiches and wraps are the first thing that takes your eye on the left hand side as you walk in, you can view the menu here but with only one vegan and one vegetarian option we're hoping 200 Degrees step up their game for Sheffield. I've yet to try their breakfast options but give me another week and i'm sure i'll be pretty much living there. 

I tried the hummus & beetroot baguette, which did not skimp on the filling! Plenty of fresh, tasty ingredients and I loved the mixed seeds for a bit more texture in the baguette. I also sampled the falafel and pepper wrap which went down in one. The wrap was soft, fresh and floury and I cannot wait to have a proper lunch there, I heard the potato salad was perfect. 

Food at 200 Degrees Sheffield

Of course I had to leave room for dessert, we sampled a couple of different cakes including the vegan banana bread with chocolate chips and the gluten free courgette loaf cake. 

cakes at 200 degrees sheffield

But when I went back for my second visit I was recommended the espresso brownie which was also NGCI! I am not gluten intolerant but when you notice how much your pals cannot have when you're out for a brew it really makes a difference. It was beautiful, rich and dark and paired perfectly with a flat white. 

cake and coffee and 200 degrees sheffield

Our second visit was just as great as the first, staff were friendly, familiar and even remembered our previous orders (cue feeling like walking into the cheers bar) so we settled in and chatted away the hours over a few drinks. For our second order I tried their famous nitro cold brew and I 100% recommend buying a can or seven. By using nitrogen instead of carbon dioxide you get a smoother and thicker texture from the drink, perfect for coffee just like it is for stouts, giving a creamier and sweeter effect of a milky coffee but with a crisp taste. 

Cold Brew Coffee at 200 Degrees Sheffield

It helps that 200 Degrees are all about their roast, it's not an easy task and they've nailed it. Everyones taste varies so finding a roast that works across the board is amazing. Roasting since 2012 their signature blend 'Brazilian Love Affair' is slow roasted at the lower temperature of 200° for a smoother taste, retaining its full bodied richness that creates a beautiful espresso but also holds up its flavour in milkier drinks. 

Neon at 200 Degrees Sheffield

But the perfect cup of coffee isn't just about the roast, it's about the environment and customer service too. A range of lampshades on different levels brings the heigh ceilings down for a cosier atmosphere and also added to different sections of the seating, ranging from work areas with plugs to cosey seats and the neon fire. It's a large venue to fill and hopefully with time it will get a warmer atmosphere with some plants and artwork to clash against the stunning copper wall and contrasting metals.

Lights at 200 degrees sheffield

In my time off from work a cup of coffee wth friends has been a saviour not just a drink. A moment to reflect, talk with friends and embrace my own need to take a break in the day. There is something lovely about someone else making you a drink, especially when the staff are so proud and passionate about who they work for. I am attempting to go back to work next week and I can see myself becoming a regular at 200 Degrees, especially with that neon that matches my hair. 

Welcome to Sheffield 200 Degrees it's incredible to add another independent business to Division Street.

Check out their website here, or follow them on twitter, facebook and instagram or give me a shout if you fancy popping in for a brew. *

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