Saturday, 18 August 2012

Punx Inna Jungle - Part I

Had forgotten about this!

Harking back to earlier this year, a great event at a fab venue - Antwerp Mansion - quirky, eccentric and unique.

Not one for the squishy sofa and soft lighting lover, but plenty of grungy good atmosphere. A hiccup with the venue's liquor licence meant we had to turn up with carrier bags of alcohol - haven't done that in a while!

Our destination band was Sonic Boom Six but we also took in sets from Old Radio, Colt 45, Captain Hotknives, Revenge of the Psychotronic Man and Faintest Idea. The band pics aren't great but you get the gist.

As well as music, the venue also runs arts,  film and other great events. All funds are used to help restore this great building, a hidden gem in the centre of Rusholme, so keep an eye out for upcoming events. (Oh, for the artists out there you can also hire the venue or exhibit your work there).

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Physics SGS style...

After a hard year's AS level physics, the students put their learning into practice.....

And this year's Year 12 Physics Challenge was to build a trebuchet or similar and see which team could launch a projectile the greatest distance. I'm not sure that the team were going for distance so much as artistic merit, but I hereby give you (cue drum roll)

The Onagore... (which, I am reliably informed is a type of trebuchet)

Projectiles ready for launch...

 I don't recall Pictic Barbie but who knows?

The noble sacrifice by one team member of their collection of Barbie/Sindy dolls (it was for a good cause)

And the full-on view...

I do think that it's crucial for students to learn practical applications for their subjects don't you?....

Friday, 10 August 2012

July clubs - Bladderwrack

 Not quite sure what happened to June club photos - if anyone has a photo of their parcel, do send one in!

Moving on swiftly then to July and we are now on countdown to our annual holiday to Cornwall. Resisting the urge to do a sandcastle colourway (!) I found this photo of some bladderwrack in last year's holiday snaps and I thought the colours were just great. (I think this will be on its way to my pinterest account when I next get round to dusting it off and updating it).

This was the photo in question.....

And the colourway for the Roving Medley club....
Whitefaced Woodland roving

And superwash merino/nylon sock yarn for Sock Club members...

Now, where's my bucket and spade?....

Thursday, 9 August 2012


Thought I'd share these photos of a rainbow we spotted on our travels in Salford.

The difference in sky colour makes it look like there's a force field over the buildings!

The Apprentice - Tomkies-style Episode One

No Alan Sugar here, just a good old-fashioned apprenticeship in decorating skills for Will!

One of the pluses of one's offspring reaching near-adulthood is that when he wants to swap bedrooms it's perfectly fair to expect him to pitch in and share the work. So when Will decided he wanted to up sticks and shift into the bigger bedroom, I figured it was time to pass on some of the skills my Dad taught me and teach him to decorate.

Here's what we started with (well, strictly speaking, we started with a room fit to burst with everything that wouldn't fit elsewhere in the house!)

I grant you we didn't do the plastering (I watched very closely and am learning but I have limits and it's a skilled job!). Everything else was strictly a joint effort. There was stripping the walls and prepping the woodwork (sneezes all round - we must have kept Kleenex in business that week). Then Errol, plaster extraordinaire came and worked his magic on the walls. (Incidentally, I discovered the best decorating product ever - carpet clingfilm! Fantastic stuff for keeping carpets clean when you're decorating. Just roll it out over the carpet and it sticks like super-thick clingfilm without leaving any sticky goo when you take it up - amazing!).

I had planned a nice bit of bish, bash, bosh easy emulsioning. Will, however, had other ideas (note to self: collect paint charts and don't take offspring to decorating store where the wallpaper is - this can prove to be an expensive tactical error). Oh, and it wasn't just any wallpaper - three different wallpapers, two with vertical stripes and one with a huge, complicated pattern repeat - deep joy! Still, I figured if he was going to learn he might as well learn the hard stuff as well as the easy bits!

So we measured and pasted,

We hung,

(a bit of admiring our handiwork, too)

A bit of a tea-break for someone....

More papering and cutting

See what I mean about the pattern?

Et voila, the job's a good 'un.

Off to Ikea next for furniture.....

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