Ark° Photoshoot


Ark° Photoshoot

Posing for the Movember campaign with Ark° T Shirts and taches

Following on from my request for people to model the new T shirts from those clever boys over at Ark°, I was able to get the call answered via 4 friends on Twitter. I managed to secure a location and the deal was done. 60 minutes of fun, poses, taches and Acts of Random Kindness! Thanks to Andi, Lee, Sharon and Laura. You guys rock! Check out the samples from the shoot here

If you want to look as cool as them (taches optional), check out the Ark° online store and pick up a great looking new T shirt.

Once again, the power of Twitter shines through.

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Halloween Costume Workshop

I was sent this and felt it was a great idea. It is open tonight and tomorrow night and may just be the answer to your Halloween Costume dilemma. It’s eco-friendly too and looks like it would be a lot of fun.  If you don’t fancy the queues outside Elliotts, why not give it a try.

Halloween Costume Workshop in upstairs of Vintage Shop, 78-80 Royal Avenue, Belfast.

  • Wed 27th October & Thursday 28th October for 2 hours each evening, 6pm – 8pm.
  • Entry will be completely free of charge to the public.
  • Call Claire on 90 237 268 to book a place or call in now!
  • Workshop co-ordinator: Lucy Smyth from Stitch

Lucy will bring dummies, machinery, all necessary haberdashery and books for both drawing inspiration from and drawing sketches in. Lucy will have a few simple samples made, and will advise each customer on what they can do with their purchases from the store to create some fabulously SCARY outfits!!

Lucy will help customers on their way and give helpful tips on re-styling what they may also have in the back of their wardrobes, or on re-using last year’s or maybe a friend’s garment. The key is to make the most of what customers have, and not going out and buying a new throw-away costume. This event is funded by DOE Rethink Waste Project – “Waste isn’t Scary”.

Kind People Wanted

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I am doing a photoshoot for Ark° tomorrow afternoon and need a couple of extra people, preferably in your early/mid twenties to model 2 new T-Shirts, one of them is to help promote the Everyman Movember campaign.

I need a couple of guys and a couple of girls. Location will be in Belfast area and you do not need to have previous experience. It will take about 1 hour and you need to be available tomorrow (27th October) afternoon. I am giving my time for free as part of the Ark° philosophy and therefore there would be no payment for models, just the warm fuzzy feeling from doing some good, and of course seeing yourself on an international label’s website.

If you are interested or know someone who would be, get in touch here

The Queen visits UTV in Belfast

Crazy day at work, all the hush hush security stuff I couldn’t talk about for days finally came to light today. The Queen visited UTV in Belfast to launch the new UTV HD service.

The frosted sticky plastic on the windows to prevent (unfriendly) snipers seeing in, sealed doors, drains being searched, (friendly) snipers on the rooftops, airport style security. Just some of the measures in place to make sure she was safe.

Her Press Officer is amazing, a girl of clearly fine stock with long red curly hair and the most fabulous moss green, full length, wool coat. You wouldn’t mess with her.

As for the Queen, small, looking more frail than I remember her last but still every inch the powerhouse. A real privilege to have the opportunity to get up close and personal with my camera. Rest of the shots here

Beautiful paper animation of Star Wars

I’m always on the lookout for videos that combine originality, beauty and a gorgeous soundtrack. This video by Eric Power does just that. The paper based animation depicts the original Star Wars Trilogy accompanied by Jeremy Messersmith’s delightful Tatooine. Enjoy.

 

“I’d like to think that there’s a star for me and you,
Spinning round, falling for one another…Twin suns of Tatooine”

25 Years of Mario

So it’s been over 25 years since Mario first picked up a wrench and started doing his thing. I thought I would share this video and a few of my experiences of Nintendo’s favourite son.

The video is something I came across a couple of years ago and had me wishing I could either beatbox or play the flute. Nevermind both at once. Check him out. He’s done loads of great things along the same lines. Properly awesome. There’s just something about that theme tune!

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As for Mario, I first got involved back in 1982 on a trip to New York where I spent my entire visit there with my head in an original Donkey Kong Jr Game & Watch.

Donkey Kong Jr. Game & Watch

This is the view of New York I had as 6 year old

Mario had captured Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr was tasked with rescuing him. I was hooked and saw none of New York, much to my parents’ chagrin.

Some years later, I was introduced to the NES and subsequently the SNES, with Super Mario and eventually Mario Kart all but responsible for less than perfect A-Level grades. On to university and the N64 brought me back to Mario during my 4th year (once again, Nintendo contributing to my grades…) following a brief flirtation with a Sega Megadrive. Mario featured highly although it was James Bond in Goldeneye who got the majority of game time. I have a DS and a DSi in my house now and my kids love them. They love to play the Wii at other people’s houses and constantly moan that I bought a PS3 and not a Nintendo console. Sorry guys!

So, Nintendo and more importantly Mario really have been around and a part of my life for pretty much as long as I can remember. Great effort guys, you really are part of the family.

Virgin Atlantic do it again

Once again, Virgin Atlantic have managed to pull out the stops and create a fabulous new ad campaign. Based on a Bond-esque theme it marries up the big visuals with a great sound track (Muse’s cover of Nina Simone – Feeling good). It’s a great follow up to their last TV campaign which was a massive success.

“Is that Linda?” Excellent.