Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Gothing up my tablet case

In May, I was mooching around the tech aisle in Asda and eying up the Samsung tablets on sale; I wanted to replace my current one that worked brilliantly as a Kindle, but it was basic with only a couple hours of battery life.  I bought the Samsung Tab 4 for £120, indeed a superfluous purchase, yet operates more efficiently in comparison to the old one and the battery lasts much longer. I am happy to say the old tablet was donated to a very grateful individual who benefited more than I did as I detest throwing anything that still works.

I ordered a case from eBay for the tablet that was a great bargain price, the front of was plain, boring and needed jazzing up. I had some gothic patterned sticky back plastic that I used for another post as a decal for my netbook, DIY: Netbook Decal 

1. I traced around the case to get the outline for the pattern because of the awkward shape I only partially covered the front and side of the case.

2. I applied the backing on the front and wiped the front to ensure a flush finish, and trimmed to neaten the edges of the case front. 

This took less than five minutes to complete it's a great little project to excite or revamp any item.   

I love the final finish, and it coordinates great with my netbook, it looks great. 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Return of Trillians

Trillians is an integral part of the Newcastle rock scene, and providing a home to the cities alternative community for over thirty years. The venue has been threatened with closure on several occasions over the last few years, yet the bar's loyal supporters including Motorhead, have petitioned tirelessly every time to save it. Fortunately, new owners have always stepped forward saving Trillions.

I can't remember when Trillions closed down, I think it was before Christmas. Trillians left an empty place in  Newcastle as there are hardly any rock bars left. Over the last year, numerous Rock nights have started up but most of them held monthly, so there was no rock bar to sit and have a pint in Newcastle. 

Friday night was the unofficial opening, originally intended for families and friends of the pub management.  However, they had a change of heart at the last minute and extended the invitation to every patron is considered as Trillian's family. 

The night resembled a last minute get together as the draught pumps hadn't been installed, alternatively served bottles and cans for  £1.20. The night felt like a mates BBQ gathering with a Hi-Fi connected into the sound system, still playing incredible music.

The place was crammed with former patrons supporters celebrating the return of Trill's. It felt as though everybody's favourite inebriated uncle had returned from his stint in rehab. The new owners passion and love for the place is clearly evident;  it offered a  rejuvenated ambiance that had been missing for a long time. The New owners are Trillians former sound engineer, Dave Hill and loyal customer, Barbara Blair, certainly demonstrated they're more than up to the task from first appearances, they understand Trillians philosophy and its clientele.

The new owners revamped the place with a decent scrub and painted job creating an immense difference, but retaining the iconic features of the bar, like the rocking Gargoyle, stage, and bar.  The tables and gothic chairs were replaced by casks acting as tables offering extra room for people to stand. However, limiting the amount of seats available for people to sit. I'm getting older and lazier I like to sit while drinking. The casks and blood red paint on the walls felt as I was in the Tortuga, (the pirate tavern from Pirate of the Caribbean) all that was missing Alestorm * playing in the background and a tanker of grog; Trill's
looks fantastic now.

At 10:30 pm the festivities were interrupted by the fire alarms set off by somebody smoking an e-cigarette and the vapors activating the alarms. The positive side is the fire alarms work and the Trill's permitted to smoke an e-cigarette, yay.

The night was alive with merriment and rejoicing at the return of one of  Newcastle's longest rock establishments, which holds many memories for people. It's great to see the establishments stewardship granted to owners who deserve it and will ensure the venue's future.  The last few years Newcastle's been barren with limited rock nights to attend on Saturday evening; ostracising an entire community. Over several months Newcastle has seen numerous rock nights emerging and proving successful, with the reopening of Trillians this proves a significant changing point in restoring Newcastle's once vibrant and prosperous rock scene

Alestorm - they describe themselves as Patagonian Pirate Polka. Personally, I would describe them as Pirate Folk meta

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Primark - a budget Goth's dream

Primark is a budget retail stores found all across the Britsh Isles and recently expanded into Europe; I am not sure if its spread into America. The first store opened in 1969, in Ireland, Dublin on Mary Street and was called Penny's. The firm specializes in fashion are for all genders and ages; also sells accessories and homeware. The fashion media have hailed Primark for its catwalk replica's and gathered a plethora of celebrity fans donning its clothing. Primark has captured the fashion world's attention, often nicked name as Primarmi. The brands have found its place in London fashionable Oxford-street department stores.

However, Primark has faced criticism and controversy over its ethical working practices, through using third world labor. The company has always tried to act quickly by ensuring and implementing fairer practices for the workers and ceased business dealings with unreputable companies. In 2013, in Bangladesh where a clothing factory clasped because of the company owners corrupt practices and failed to carry out essential maintenance work on the building resulting in 1,127 people dying and over 2,438 were injured. Primark offered $200 compensation, emergency relief and agreed to carry out safety checks building premises it does business to do in the future.

I remember when I first became a Goth,  I was 13 years old;  I started shopping there, as it sold an array of velvet tops, long gypsy skirts and black boots at bargain prices. I used to save up all my dinner money, and on Saturday's during my teeny greeny years I would go shopping there to buy by goodies. My mam is an avid lover of Primark, especially when we went shopping (she sorted eventually accepted my love of black ) and would usually suggest another colour  I'd shake my head, said I wanted black.  At one point, she purchased me a gorgeous military velvet jacket for £6 and some beautiful long skirts I Still got lurking in my wardrobe. Mam and I would leave with bags of stuff for £20. I got some fantastic stuff that fuelled my goth years with fabulous clothing.
I 've even seen on other Gothic bloggers posting about amazing accessories they've bought from there.

Over the years, I've noticed that Primark's  quality certainly was deteriorated from what I can remember,  even back the it wasn't great. I over the years there hasn't been that much amazing stuff I do not know, it maybe a combination of fashion trends or I am just getting pickier about what I buy.

I still go into Primark occasionally; I do find some great hidden gems. I also have a cardigan fetish and purchased most of my cardigans along with pj's vest tops that are high quality, I usually end up wearing during the summer with long skirts.

Recently, I've brought quite a good few things there which have more appealed to my Gothic tastes.

These have been some of my recent finds

Cute cat gloves 50p and were on sale, so will do for next winter.

 I adore this umbrella's aesthetic the edge it trimmed with small ruffle on the edge £4

 I love to cuddle up with the blanket as it's incredibly soft, and the pattern makes me think of medieval tiles. Dexi, the cat, makes an excellent cushion.

I bought on Thursday for £3, a pair of jelly shoes, and received a load of compliments; they're perfect summer shoes.  

Life Update.

Hi, it's been a very long hiatus, not to say the least. Since my last post, a lot happened in October. I had a death in the family ...