Vintage Winter Bites…
Brighten your dark winter with this 1940’s style recipe, with a pink twist!
1 cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
½ tspbaking powder
1stick butter, softened
(½ cup)½ cupsugar
½ cuplight brown sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
red food coloring (about 12-14 drops, or until desired pink color is achieved)
1 1/4 cuphomemade chocolate chunks (or anything you fancy e.g M&M’s)
- Whisk together the flour and baking soda.
- Beat together the butter, sugar, and light brown sugar. Mix in the food dye at this point.
- Add in the egg, salt, and vanilla.
- Gradually add in flour mixture and fully combine.
- Stir in chocolate chunks.
- Use a teaspoon to drop heaping spoonfuls out onto a cookie sheet. Bake one sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes.
This week we don’t have a band but instead a talented young singer-songwriter.
The 20 year old from Wiltshire, England, is slowly increasing in popularity. After gaining an incredible army of followers, on the ever popular YouTube, she has nailed her self a deal with Parlophone. She is currently recording her début album.
Her first real single to take was the beautiful track ‘Home’ named as single of the week on iTunes and was given fair airplay on Radio1.
However her cover of ‘The Power of Love’, on this years John Lewis Christmas commercial, is drawing far more attention to her talents.
She is an honest and refreshing musician in the Indie Folk genre. Expect big things.
Mumford and Sons have paved the way for this brand of music to go mainstream and it will no doubt bring Aplin much success.
The Editor In Chief
I was going to get one of the other staff writers to do this but then I would have missed a great chance to blow my own trumpet!
I started this blog and brought in some of my closest friends to help steer it in the right direction, at nearly 1000 followers in its first two weeks, needless to say I am very pleased.
So here is my bio from my own tumblr page:
Guitar is more or less my life i currently own three acoustics and play almost everyday, i like to find a nice quiet spot and just sit and compose to myself. I do sing and people say i am good but who knows!
I also love to write and hope to write films and novels for a living someday.
Is coffee a genuine passion…?
I am single on the off chance you wondered. People ask me why i am single, this is because i don’t have a girlfriend.
I can be sort of a bit up and down so you may see me make some cringe worthy depressing posts. Alternatively you may see posting naked/semi-naked photos.
what i am saying is that basically i am a happy-go-lucky, miserable, egotistical bastard with a penchant for cheeky blogging, but fuck it what else can i be?
Music- i am in to - The Black Keys, Ben Howard, Muse, Jack Johnson, ADTR, YMAS, Alex Clare, Plan B, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, The Civil Wars, Adele, Blink 182, Reel big fish, The Drifters, Al Green, Bill Withers, Otis Redding, Chris Cornell, The Roots, Rise Against, Limp Bizkit, Bombay Bicycle Club, Newton Faulkner, Elvis, James Morrison, James Vincent Mcmorrow, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Skrillex, Slipknot, Avenge Sevenfold, Taking Back Sunday, All America Rejects, The Strokes, Sum 41, Offspring….i could go on and on and on
Films - i am in to - Children of men, Labyrinth, Rock n Rolla, Lock Stock, Snatch, Layer Cake, Catch me if you can, Harry Brown, Love Actually, Batman, Marvel Films, Foreign Films with subtitles, Forest Gump, American history X, The Departed, there are more i am forgetting of course but you get the gist…
P.S I am Robin…
It has been a dismal, drizzly day in England. I know what some of our american readers are thinking, “It’s always raining over there, you must be used to it?”. I can assure you we are not.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a day sitting by the fire, coffee in hand, staring out at the rain. It comes to a point though, usually in the Autumn/Winter months, when there are only so many days of dreary darkness one can take.
I have found that film, music or good company are good ways to stay cheery through the darker months. We already publish out winter warmer series, showcasing the very songs that lift our spirits. I thought I would do something ‘different’ and compile one of those, very cliché, top ten lists.
So after much deliberating, here are my Top 10 rainy day films.
1.1952 -Singing in the Rain - Everything you don’t know about this film is in the title. For me though, just two words, Gene and Kelly. Masterpiece.
2.1994 -Forest Gump - One of my all-time favourite films.
3.1995-Toy Story- The most charming animated feature of all time.
4.1999- Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace - The film that introduced me to Star Wars, may not be the fan favourite but it will always be mine.
5.2002- One Hour Photo- If you are looking for a thriller watch, funny man, Robin Williams give a stellar performance as the dangerously obsessive Seymour Parish.
6.2009- 500 Days of Summer - do you need reason?
7.2012- The Avengers - It’s everything a trashy Hollywood movie should be, only it’s Marvel. Perfect geeky, don’t have to sit and think film.
8. 1997 - Up on the Roof - Little known musical film starring Adrian Lester, from Hustle. I somehow acquired this on VHS and it is a fantastic quirky story of a group of friends in an a capella group.
9.1974 - Blazing Saddles - Gene Wilder and Mel Brookes team once again, to make what is my favourite comedy film of all time.
10. 2003 - Love Actually - Well at least one cheesy British rom-com had to make it on to the list, might as be the one with Alan Rickman eh?
Well those are mine, let us know what yours are!
The Unknown Arts…
PJ Wood studied Art and Design at Kingston and then Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts. Since then he has moved back to Berkshire where he battles daily with back pain, chavs and the general snobbery of living in a ‘Royal County’.
He’s been drawing since day dot but it was only after attending Kingston that he stopped copying and started creating. His weapon of choice is a bic biro and with this he has filled boxes of sketchbooks with his thoughts.Most people say his artwork is like Tim Burton, read weird and quirky, but those who know what they’re talking about say its closer to Mark Ryden with a touch of Audrey Kawasaki.His main passion though is story telling and even his doodles have a story behind them. You can tell the people he draws have been somewhere interesting or have to do something drastic to get out the state their in. At the moment he is developing a series of narrated poems and a short animation about growing up. He also does bits of photography as its quicker than drawing.
I came across Phillip on Tumblr (http://pjwood.tumblr.com/) Which goes to show just how excellent this blogging platform can be. His dark imagery and impeccable sketching abilities, bring something quite excellent to the Art world. It’s not Tim Burton, it’s totally unique, personality and imagination prevalent in each piece.
See more of him here:
Like him, subscribe, share, contact. These are things that make it worth the effort.
You can’t speak of the 1950’s without the name Audrey Hepburn coming up.
So for this Vintage Friday why not give Roman Holiday a try.
Hepburn is cast as the labouring princess Ann, of an unnamed county, touring around Europe. The mounting stress of her regal position pushes her in to running off to explore Rome for herself. Here she meets reporter Joe, played by the outstanding Gregory Peck.
The role of Ann was originally intended for Elizabeth Taylor. Hepburn won the role based on animated footage captured of her talking to the director, after a cameraman accidentally left the tape rolling.
It was her first major cinema production and it introduced her to the wider public, she was an instant hit.
Roman Holiday has an innocence all its own and is one of the films you should be watching, if you are ever thinking of writing a romantic comedy.
Did you know…
Here are some things you might not know about the 1950’s.
J. R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, was first published in 1953.
Now having had three successful blockbuster movies, the world is waiting on the edge of it’s seats for the latest trilogy ‘The Hobbit’.
In 1958 Lego created the modern Lego bricks as we know them today!
Much like this picture, Lego and LOTR often combine with awesome outcomes!
Winter Warmer No.5. Paolo Nutini - White Lies.
This is a fantastic song from his 2007 début album ‘These Streets’.
Another track from The Introducing band of the week: BIGkids - Superhero
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