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Lest We Forget…

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of Sophie Lancaster, the young girl who, along with her boyfriend were beaten to a pulp and left for dead by a gang of delinquent and pissed Chavs purely because they looked different. I remember it being in the news at the time and it made me really sad that someone had had their life viciously taken from them just because she looked “different”. I’ve been into alternative subcultures since I was 11 or 12 years old and I’ve made a lot of similar friends in those 20 plus years. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard of and/or I’ve had to encounter grief with no other reason bar what fashion or music myself or friends prefer to follow.

As a result of her daughter’s death I really admire the stance that Sophie’s Mum has taken as a result of losing her daughter. It really is an excellent example of trying to turn a negative into a positive. The S.O.P.H.I.E. Foundation was set up by her and it’s aims are to provide work shops that challenge prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures and is also currently campaigning to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from “alternative subcultures” or “Lifestyle and Dress”. If you want to help support the foundation you can do so in many ways. You can make a donation or if you prefer, buy a t-shirt or wristband here. Illamasqua also have a pencil eyeliner dedicated to Sophie which promises to donate £3 from every purchase to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.


The following video is called ‘Dark Angel’ and was commissioned by Illamasqua. It’s by Fursy Teyssier whose work I love.

A week of debauchery…

At the beginning of May I went on a week long adventure which saw me in Leeds, London, Glasgow and of course my hometown of Sunderland.

The trip to Leeds was purely for Deathfest which was a rather enjoyable day out.  Discovered a band there called Volition who I rather dig and also got to see Negura Bunget” post Sol and Hupogrammos”.  Negura Bunget are still excellent, still atmospheric but there is a certain magic lacking since their departure.  The new Negura Bunget album came out the other month and I’m patiently waiting for this limited edition box set to arrive from Transylvania.  I’m a sucker for fancy packaging.

I went to London for a few days to essentially catch up with some friends and to finally see Hole, who I’ve been a huge fan of since I was about 15 years old.  Lots of good food (I love Bodeans), lots of singing and lots of shiny new hair courtesy of Angel Emma (I got some camouflage coloured extensions put in amongst my normal hair). As you can see from the photo’s I’m not a veggie any more either.  I may explain why in a later post.

L to R: Me having a snout on Emma’s patio, The warning sign in the Crobar and Gumbo inBodean’s, Soho.

L to R:  Pulled & Burnt End Pork at Bodeans (Needless to say I couldn’t move afterwards and I didn’t finish it all – boooooo), Ms Courtney Love @ Brixton Academy and my first ever Krispy Kreme doughnut.

Later on in the same week I went up to Glasgow to see KISS with a friend and was blown away.  Best gig of my life hahahahahha.  Paul Stanley is the man.  Check out the goofy video too (I never said I could sing either).

Awesome times.


A few gem’s that I’ve stumbled upon lately.

*  Microsoft have done it again with the really bad cheesy adverts.  This even beats the horrible Songsmith one.  I’d love to know who their target audience is with these.

*  Learn how to use Illustrator.  I don’t have much experience with Illustrator but I have always wanted to learn how to use the program properly.  I’ll probably give these a whirl at some point.

10 common typography mistakes.

An online kaleidoscope.  I’ve been playing on this loads whilst bored haha.