Moonko Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas seems to have come around pretty darn fast this year. I’m already seeing Christmas trees up and hearing Christmas songs at the shops. There’s a vast array of jumpers available for those in the Christmas spirit and it’s getting ridiculous the amount of people who I’ve heard have finished their Christmas shopping. Yep already in November.

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It’s sometimes hard finding gifts for loved ones and friends especially when you want something a little different or unique. Independent sellers are a great way to tick all these boxes and you can be happy knowing a lot of hard work and care went into your perfect pressies.

Moonko is one of these brilliant independent sellers. Based in a bright and cheerful shop on Division St, Sheffield you can buy a vast array of wears from many established and up and coming designers. There’s also a lovely website for those to far away from the shop.

Here’s a selection from the store that really caught my eye.

Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit
23uhOybfet7P07EUuaS2FoujkYwThis is a brilliant thing to give as a present because it’s so handy. It holds everything that you might need for those last minute repairs on clothing. I have one and it’s saved me plenty of times when the hems have come down on my trousers. The tin is small and portable and will suit complete novices who need to use it in an emergency up to those who frequently sew. Merchant & Mills are a well known brand in the drapery and tailor world so you can rest assured that the quality is top notch and that you’re giving the best.

Available online and in store for £15

Bonbi Forest Locket

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These look stunning! They’re available in silver or gold plated brass and all the artwork is unique. As you can see there’s a nice selection with some more Christmas themed than others. I love how different they are and how quirky the charm on the chain is. All the illustrations are drawn by Lee May Foster-Wilson and have been drawn with love and care. The lockets are a nice enough size to wear everyday or save for best. I’m sure there’ll be a locket with a design to suit everyones style and tastes. Added bonus they come in a little organza bag to make them extra special.

The store has a nice selection in and they’re available in the jewellery section of the website for a great price of £19

Nathalie Bond Handmade Candle and Soap

lqlJxDgUwoRAu2BH988ndBQweuAThis is one of those gifts that your nose will persuade you to buy. The geranium candle smells beautiful and luckily Moonko have it in two sizes. The geranium soap contains rose petals so will leave you feeling pretty and smelling flowery fresh. Both the candle and soap are handmade with natural and organic ingredients so are great for those of us that are sensitive to strong fragrances and nasty ingredients. All Nathalie Bond products are created in Sheffield and I’m sure you’ll be falling in love with the collection soon.

The Handmade Small Candle is £11 and the Handmade soap is £5.

Stoneware Whisky Cup

Everyone needs a wee dram of whisky or a hot toddy during winter so why not have aFRghBNBVy-njFuVLqHPg1yrvNsk proper whisky cup to drink it out of? And if you’re not a whisky fan then use it for the drink of your choice! There is a great range of cups available but these really caught my eye. They’re handmade in Scotland by Tom Butcher so each one is different and has it’s own character. They’ll stand out in any household and be useful to everyone.

Get your own whiskey cup for £10

 

Donna Wilson Squirrel Beaker and Tea Towel

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I love the entire Donna Wilson collection but the squirrels put a big smile on your face. Everyone uses a cup for their morning cuppa so what better gift to send. Tea towels are always useful too especially one that tells you to “Use my tail to dry your dishes.”tvaKLwj3QnUpoCdN2MbqEcjux20 These would be great for students and adults alike. You’ll definitely know who the cup belongs to. The illustrations look great and vibrant and the quality is brilliant with the cup being handmade and printed in Stoke-on-Trent and the tea towel printed there too.

The beaker is available for £15.25 and tea towel for £12.

 

Hopefully this list will have given you some ideas and steered you towards the independent scene for gifts this christmas. Everything should be available in Moonko’s store and online (subject to availability). Locals can also make use of the click and collect service which coincidentally gives you an excuse to go shopping. Don’t get stressed out in big stores this year and remember to treat yourself!

 

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BFI re-release classic film Gone With The Wind Nationally in Leigh’s centenary year

b70-3219We all know it’s Vivien Leigh’s centenary celebrations this year. I’ve also made clear on the blog that BFI in London were showing a lot of her films, some well known some not so. It’s now been announced that Civil War epic Gone With The Wind will be re-released in cinemas NATIONWIDE! Yes that means that coming to a cinema near you, in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to watch Vivien & Clark portray one of the worlds best known couples.

Gone With The Wind won 10 Academy Awards in 1940 and when you watch it you will easily see why. It was the first colour film to win the Best Picture Academy Award, remember Wizard of Oz was filmed and released in the same year. The film is a romance set in the American Civil War and contains something to keep everyone happy. Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara a feisty Southern Belle who as a difficult love life. Clark Gable who plays Rhett Butler the very handsome suitor who eventually wins Scarlett’s hand. There’s war, break ups and make ups, big life upheavals, sorrowful deaths and dresses made out of curtains.

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I’ve just checked and even Cineworld are having a showing (check their site for listings near you.) Locally for me we have Showroom in Sheffield who are having a showing a day 20th December to 24th December. What a perfect way to spend the Christmas week. Obviously some cinemas will include the interlude within the film so don’t worry about having to sit for four hours.

480px-Clark_Gable_and_Vivien_Leigh_-_WindRe-releases from the BFI are big news for old Hollywood lovers because they use the original negatives and make the colours, sound quality and overall viewing experience more vibrant and beautiful than ever before and yet you still feel the originality of the film you love.

I hope you’re all going to try and go! Check for listings with your local cinemas as Gone With The Wind will be shown in over 70 cinemas across the UK. As it’s a romance it’s a great excuse to take your partner with you!

Gone With The Wind Listings for Showroom Sheffield

Click here to see where Gone With The Wind is been shown near you!

November: Dracula, Classic Horror and Vivien Leigh

I was looking through my Simon’s Cat diary and was quite pleased by what’s coming up over the next month. We thought it was our duty to fill you in on all the goodies that we have to look forward to.

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Friday 25th October brings Dracula to US screens. This version looks sinfully brilliant with the very pretty Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing Dracula (We drooled and squealed so much when this was announced.) Meyers is a great choice for Dracula and after seeing him a few times in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones I think he’ll pull the sexy supernatural role off very well. The trailer also looks quite amazing. I’m hoping it lives up to expectations as there seems to be a few gothic style TV Shows airing this fall/ autumn. Sleepy Hollow and Witches of East End to name a few. British fans will recognise Katie McGrath who played Morgana in BBC’s Merlin, in Dracula she plays Lucy. The 10 episode show airs in the UK on Sky Living on 31st October. This means we’ll be in for a ghoulishly good Halloween Night.

Where Horror films are concerned there’s a great film event you need to look out for at Independent cinemas. The event creatively titled Gothic: The Dark Artelsa-lanchester-bride-of-frankenstein-c10102251-1_7942 of Film runs fully at BFI London where they are showing a huge selection of old and classic horror films. Think Nosferatu Symphony of Horror, Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee Draculas and The Bride Of Frankenstein and you’re definitely on the right lines. After some checking at my local cinemas (Showroom Sheffield and City Screen York) we’ve found out that they are also showing selected films (YAY!) Obviously they don’t have the full selection but they do have some corkers. This Sunday I’ll be in York to see Nosferatu in all it’s silent glory. Showroom are running Gothic well into December so people of Yorkshire you have no excuse to miss classic horror!

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For all the films in Gothic: The Dark Art of Film visit BFI: http://www.bfi.org.uk/gothic

Vivien_Leigh_BFI5th November marks Vivien Leigh’s 100th Birthday. Me and Cat are big lovers of this golden starlet and so are making the effort to make her birthday as big as can be. BFI Southbank are also celebrating by showing her films until January 2014. They’re showing classics like Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire along with Waterloo Bridge and The Deep Blue Sea. Keep an eye out because there’s also a few talks taking place at BFI, National Portrait Gallery (with none other than Kendra Bean, Exciting!) and one at V&A Museum on 13th November. I’m very much looking forward to all these. Those who are free on Saturday 16th or Monday 18th November can also buy tickets to have a sneak peek in the V&A archives which now contain some of Ms. Leigh’s clothing and personal affects. What a perfect month November will be!

For a more detailed list on Vivien Leigh talks and events visit http://www.vivandlarry.com This site is basically all you need for everything Vivien. It’s ran by Kendra Bean. All screening times are available here: BFI Vivien Leigh showtimes

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As you’ve been warned we will be contributing lots on Vivien Leigh throughout November. It’s our way of showing our love and appreciation. You’re welcome to get involved too!

Pride 2013. What’s Pride about?

Well Did You Evah couldn’t get down to London for the event at the weekend, but things like sexuality have a massive effect on all aspects in society. This isn’t a review on London Pride, I’m sure, from what I’ve seen at other Pride events, it was awesome. This blog entry is more to do with the Pride event itself, explaining what it supports.  Pride rainbowflag

So, hands up. Who has seen the negativity towards same sex marriage or even same sex couples? Homosexual couples since, prehistoric times possibly have had negativity towards each other. Yeah the human race has apparently evolved to the state it is now, but there are still people out there who can’t evolve their thought processes to accept the fact that some men and women are attracted to the opposite sex.

Pride events hold an open mind, party sort of thing. Bringing people together of all sexualities LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender) Pride tries to stamp out discrimination, the title itself suggest that these people are/should be proud of who they are, proud of the fact they are different in a society which is often bullied for anyone who tries to be different.

Hetrosexuals- those attracted to the opposite sex, Homosexuals- lesbians and gay people, those attracted to the same sex, Pride BiBisexuals- Those attracted to both sexes (male and female), really everyone is invited, even the lesser known sexual orientations such as Asexuals- Those who are not sexually attracted to any gender, this is not like Celibacy, Asexuals don’t choose not to be interested in sex-

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think such characters as BBC Sherlock and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, who show no interest in sex, this is not to say they cannot have a relationship, most asexuals identify themselves as been something like hetroromantic= romantically (willing to date) attracted to opposite sex,Biromantic or homoromantic

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Because the thing is, I’m not entirely sure why people discriminate against these people. I’ve met people of all orientations I have listed above and they are all brilliant people, they are happy, most times, with their lives, so why do people want to take that away from them? Most cases, they didn’t chose to be gay or whatever they are. If your hetrosexual, imagine whatever you feel when on a date with the opposite sex, for any orientation, it’s a similar thing only you might be faced getting those feelings, and feeling more comfortable, with someone of the same sex.

I accept that there are arguments against these different sexualities, some people might not understand how these relationships could work, or some people take the side of, “The Word of God.” But in the end, as much as people in society Bi Heterosexual_flagmay wish they could, you can’t change the way people feel, what turns them on, or who they are attracted too. Pride is also an educational event, willing to educate those who are willing to learn  or open their minds to the fact people aren’t the straight black and white. Most cases as well you can walk away from a Pride event with hand full of sweeties.

Pride promotes awareness for homosexuals and Bisexuals fighting against diseases, such as HIV and most importantly is seen as a social event. People get to meet with others have a good time, which is probably the most important thing about Pride. Yay fun! Pride often has a festival atmosphere, throwing in a parade and multiple stages of singers and performers allowing people to chat over drinks and food oh and face painting.

I’m not suggesting start planning to go to your nearest Pride event, If you do plan to go to the next Sheffield (South Yorkshire UK) Pride, be warned for the cues to the toilets, last year they were prettyyy long. If your not willing to have an open mind, I wouldn’t suggest it. If you are wanting to learn more, I may hint at it, I doubt anyone is going to come up with a device that can brainwash those of different sexualities to become the drones that need everything to conform to standards of the human race. So, people should be getting used to Pride promoting the idea that different sexual orientations are going no where!

DooDah Art Exhibition @ Castle Market, Sheffield

DooDah is a pop-up art exhibition by five very talented Sheffield Hallam Fine Arts students.  The name DooDah comes from the word we call things we don’t know the name of or what it does, very fitting for this exhibition. … Continue reading

Christmas presents you may actually want.

So did you know December= Christmas? Yeah it was a shock for me too.

Why run around the shops searching for the perfect present you probably won’t even find? Here’s my guide to the top 5 quirky and fabulous presents you could buy for the weird person in your life.

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