Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ideal Home Show comes to Manchester

For the first time in it’s 106 year history, the Ideal Home Show comes to Manchester, welcoming visitors across the North of England through it’s doors at EventCity.

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The annual event helps to transform homes and give inspiration to home owners on making a house a home. The show is not only visited by hundreds and thousands of visitors, both celebrities and royalty can also be seen at the event – Queen Elizabeth II has visited 11 times!

Founded in 1908 by the Daily Mail, it was originally envisaged as a publicity tool for the newspaper to increase it’s advertising revenue.  It soon became famous for introducing an array of new inventions and gadgets – the vacuum cleaner and electric kettle both made their debut a long time ago at the Ideal Home Show.  This tradition carries on today, with new technology always on display and on sale at the event.

Split into seven dedicated show areas: Interiors, Home Improvements, Food & Housewares, Technology, Gardens, Woman and Shopping – this iconic event allows you to discover and explore thousands of products and offers you won’t get on the high street.

A glimpse of their opening day event in London this year

Tickets to the 2014 Manchester Ideal Home Show are now on sale, don’t miss out on this award-winning event as it makes it North West debut.

Happy Birthday Kyle Walker!

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Kyle Walker is an English footballer who currently plays as a defender for the Tottenham Hotspur and national football team. Born in the Sharrow area of Sheffield on the 28th May 1990, Walker attended Porter Croft Infant & Junior School followed by High Storrs School until 2006.  The England right-back always had a passion of football and joined boyhood club Sheffield United when he was seven; he progressed and became a regular fixture in the reserves by 2008.

Walker made his full debut on 13th January 2009 starting in a third round FA Cup tie against Leyton Orient. He has also played for England, playing the first England game after Euro 2012, and won 2-1 against Italy. On 28th October 2013 it was announced that Walker had signed a new contract with Tottenham, keeping him at the club until 2019.

Uniquely Sheffield, Street Art

Street Art is a developing art form that’s becoming a mainstay in pop-culture and Sheffield is one city with a diverse street art and graffiti scene.  Many people have walked around the city searching for new artwork and almost every time, something completely brand new can be found. Here are few artists with a continued presence in Sheffield and worldwide that you should know about and should look out for.

One of the best works around Sheffield is by Phlegm, cartoonist and street artist who has risen to worldwide fame. Born in North Wales and now residing in Sheffield, Phlegm is one of the most exciting street artists in the world, famous for his intricate and precise fantastical characters from his imagination. His work inspires greatness and if often inspired by graffiti where Phlegm transforms run down urban spaces and factories. In the last few years, Phlegm has travelled and been invited to paint all over the world.

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Another popular artist with works around Sheffield is Kid Acne. He was born in Malawi, grew up in Leicestershire and now currently lives and works in Sheffield where his comic-like illustrations can be seen throughout the city. While studying fine art in Sheffield, his work gained the attention of WARP records which led him to illustrate the LP sleeve for Rest Proof Clockwork in 1999. From there, his work began to appear as backdrops for UK club nights and style magazines around Europe. Currently, his illustrations have adorned products for brands such as Kenza, Prada and Kid Robot and his art can be seen worldwide from Beijing to Paris. His signature style involves cartoons which are both playful yet inventive, and catchy slogan pieces that will make you think twice.

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Born and raised in Sheffield, Faunagraphic has a continued presence in Sheffield and worldwide. As a female British graffiti artist in a world mostly dominated by men, she refreshes the genre with her organic feminine style with a touch of elegance. Her unique style lends beauty and an element of hope to the urban areas her pieces are placed and has now expanded to working with large clients such as Ikea, Converse and TOMS shoes.

One of her more recent pieces is the mural of Harry Brearley, the man who discovered stainless steel in Sheffield in the 1913. Take a look at this amazing art piece for yourself; it’s at Howard Street which is just a stone throw’s away from the train station.

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Sheffield Food Festival

Coming this May over the spring bank holiday is the Sheffield Food Festival. From the 24-26th May, the festival will celebrate the vibrant and diverse food culture of South Yorkshire and also support our local food community. It is one of the largest free urban food festivals in the country, garnering over 244,000 visitors last year.

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This year’s festival will extend from Fargate to the newly redeveloped Moor, expect more vendors and more exciting activities happening. It’s a great day out for foodies and families with a mix of activities and workshops to keep the children entertained. Foodies will get to bring home local favourites and international delights from the artisan food market to continue cooking up a storm at home. Follow the event’s official twitter account @foodfestsheff for more information.

Book your stay with Citycrashpad this bank holiday weekend and attend this amazing culinary festival.

Happy Birthday Matt Helders

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Matthew Helders is an English musician and DJ, best known as the drummer and lead backing vocals for indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. Born in High Green, Sheffield on the 7th May 1986, Helders went to college in Barnsley with band mate Alex and had A-levels in music technique. The band rose to fame in October 2005 with “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”. The following January they released their album Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not, the fastest selling debut album in British history at the time.

This home grown band has stayed in the Sheffield area, saying ‘we still all Iive in the same place we grew up. It’s probably how we were brought up. We’re never going to move away to London’ and still stick to their roots by insisting on singing in their native Sheffield accent.

Arctic Monkeys recently made Official UK Albums Chart history with their new album ‘AM’. Released by Domino Records it is the band’s fifth consecutive Number One and the first indie-released album to achieve such a feat.

Happy Birthday Michael Palin

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Michael Palin is a famous English comedian, writer, actor and tv presenter most known for being party of the Monty Python comedy group. Born the 5th May 1943 in Broomhill Sheffield, Michael had an interest in acting since young and appeared in his first school performance at just 5 years old. He completed University at Oxford, where he wrote and performed a comedy piece for the first time at a Christmas party.

He gained fame in the same year when he won an acting award at a Co-Op drama festival. After finishing university, he became a presenter on a comedy pop show called Now!, And went on to write comedy for shows such as The Ken Dodd Show and The Illustrated Weekly Hudd. Starting in 1989, Palin appeared as a presenter in a series of BBC travel programs and continued so until 2012.

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Palin has announced his first solo-tour this autumn, based on the soon-to-be published third volume of his diary. “Travelling to Work” will see Palin speak about his career over the last 25 years and include anecdotes, photographs and footage that dates back to nearly 50 years.