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19 Sep 2014

Food Friday - House of Tides, Newcastle 13/09/2014

In a first on the site, I have welcomed a guest review for Food Friday. 

Carter (or Andrew to his mother) is a talented local DJ who has pioneered club nights for many many years. Not only is he a ska punk legend he is a good old local lad and all round super top chap.

I challenged him to give food reviewing a go on his visit to House of Tides and I think he has done a bloody good job.....

You can follow Carter on Twitter over at @carter182

Having been excited at the prospect of eating at Kenny Atkinson’s latest project House of Tides and bragging to Katie of fame I decided that I needed to get in there before rumoured “higher praise” arrived*. Of course in retort she challenged me to blog about it, something I’ve never really done despite my love of talking food…

*Michelin awards are due later in the year.

17 Sep 2014

A mod / Punk inspired OOTD with New Look, Simply Be and Clarks

Hello Lovelies,

I somehow took inspiration from Lol from This is England when I put this outfit together today.

I obsessively stalked this jacket when it first appeared on the site until I collected it on Sunday. I think I could team it with casual clothes and wear it draped over my shoulders over a smart outfit for a chic touch.

My brand new mint jacket from New Look (£49.99) teamed with their graphic grid shirt (£19.99) teamed with my rolled up skinny jeans from Simply Be(£35) and my trusty tan Hamble brogues from Clarks (£54.99).

I'll be lugging my junk around in my giant tan leather handbag.

I absolutely love this look and it is very me. Comfort yet on trend but with a little nod to my taste in music (I used to be in the Ben Sherman and braces brigade when I was younger!).

I have embraced autumn pastels, duster style coats and the graphic check trend all in one!

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16 Sep 2014

Travel - Grassington 1940s Weekend

Hello Lovelies,

This coming weekend sees the annual 1940s weekend held in Grassington, Yorkshire. The entire village gets in to the retro spirit and embraces the yesteryear festival.

We visited last year and are going back for the weekend this year.

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The 1940s weekend features Spitfire flyovers, tea dances, Lookalikes, Military vehicle parades and musical entertainment all from the period.

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The park and ride is operated on vintage buses and there is a great re-enactment camp where they fire up a stationery Spitfire engine. My gosh that sounds insane!

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This year's 1940's weekend is to include:
A full size 18 ton tank in Grassington Square
West Yorkshire Austin / Classic Car Club parked around the village

Re-enactor camps and displays in YDNP Car Park to include:
A large selection of Vintage Military Vehicles
Fox Commando Royal Navy and Combined Operations Unit
American encampment
German 21st Panzer Div LHG
German 1st Kompanie GD
German Heer Signals Unit
Russian 13th Guards ‘Poltavaskaya’ Rifle Division
West Riding 28th Battalion Home Guard - 'C' Company
Some displays will include pyrotechnics.

There is also a help for heroes stall where you can practice your shooting practice (I perfected my shot last year on a print out of the Go Compare man right between the brows!)

The best thing about the1940s is the atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and the businesses have really embraced the weekend with everyone dressed up to get in to the swing of things.

You will find American airmen having a pint with a german soldier, with a land girl serving behind the bar. Costumes aren't a requirement but they certainly add to the fun!

It is just brilliant and I wholeheartedly recommend making a trip over the weekend.

You can find more information on the Grassington website here.

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