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Comics Galore

Graphic novels are great. Unfortunately they can also be really expensive, so online comics are super useful, when you don’t want to break the bank. Here are three online comics that I’m loving reading at the moment.

1. Lore Olympus

I’m a sucker for retellings of the Hades and Persephone myth. I’m not sure what it is, but something about that pairing gets me every time. Which is where Lore Olympus comes in.

Updated once a week, this is an updated version of Persephone and Hades, where everyone is still a god but they also have mobile phones and business cards and limos that vengeful love goddesses can stow drunk spring godesses in.

I really love the art style and the artist’s use of space in the strip, and I find myself checking for an update even when I know it won’t update till Sunday. I’m really interested to see where it’s going to go.

2. The Substitutes

There’s always a chosen one. Or a chosen group of friends. But what would happen if they were beaten to the punch by people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? The Substitutes follows two groups of three friends. One, a band of adventurers in a fantasy world poised to take up magical artifacts on their quest, the other, a band of friends from our world who nab the artifacts first, by accident.

I love the switching between our world and the fantasy world, and with updates every other Tuesday, I’m always excited for the next page to be uploaded.

3. Peritale

Fairy tales always have a fairy godmother. But how do fairy godmothers get to be godmothers? Passing exams, of course. And Periwinkle desperately wants to be a godmother and help some humans out. Only problem is, she’s the only fairy in fairyland who doesn’t have any magic.

Periwinkle is a fantastic heroine, throwing herself into every challenge that comes her way. I’m also jealous of her outfits. Peritale updates every Monday and Thursday which means there is plenty of comic goodness to keep you going all through the

Have you guys read any great online comics recently? Have you read the ones I’ve recommeded? Let me know what you think^^ 

All comics have been recommended because I really enjoy them. I’ve no contact with the creators – this post is sponsored by no-one.

 

 

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Launches

Last Thursday, I was off on a special mission. A mission that took me all the way to Kenilworth, faster than a shooting star, headed for Kenilworth Books to make it on time for the launch of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

Last time I was at a launch for a Lauren James book, I’d already read the book. This time, I had to wait until the launch to get my own copy,  so anticiaption levels were high, because 1) book launches are inherently cool, 2) I haven’t seen Lauren in a little while and 3) I could finally get my hands on a copy off The Loneliest Girl.

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It’s such a pretty cover, guys

Me and Beth rocked up in our finest space gear. The Loneliest Girl is set aboard a spaceship called The Infinity, and so the invitation encouraged space inspired outfits. And the first thing we did when we walked through the door was get glittered up.

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Not featured: my space skirt and Beth’s space top. 

As ever the food was themed, meaning lots of star and moon shaped biscuits, star sprinkled brownies and a fabulous looking cake inspired by the book cover. Fun fact: the cake had skittles and popping candy inside it. Absolutely delicious.

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So impressive

Lauren’s editor made a speech about how great the book has been to work on and how great Lauren has been to work with. And then Lauren made a speech about how excited she is about The Loneliest Girl. Last week it was announced that Harper Collins will be publishing the USA run, so it’s no wonder that Lauren’s super excited for her third book.

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Srs author business

Before cutting the cake and signing everyone’s copies of The Loneliest Girl, Lauren read the first chapter aloud. I’m so looking forward to reading The Loneliest Girl – a space romantic thriller. Not a combination of words you hear every day.

You can read the first chapter for free here or listen to Lauren read it here. And if you want to get your hands on The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, you should be able to at your nearest bookshop.

I had a great time at the launch, and I’m sure reading The Loneliest Girl is going to be just as good. Watch this space for a review.

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Space glitter nerds

I was invited to the launch of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe as a friend, not as blogger. This blog post is entirely just because I had a great time, and book launches are cool.

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Good Times at Greenbelt

I spent my bank holiday weekend at Greenbelt Festival, in the grounds of Boughton Estate in Northampton. The weather was glorious, the company was great and I have a list of acts and things I took part in that were so good and you should check out.

1. La Chiva Gantiva

La Chiva Gantiva were really really fun. Formed in Brussels by 3 Colombian immigrants, the band is super high energy with music you can’t help but dance to. I couldn’t stop the entire set, and was exhausted by the end. But no-one in the band flagged, and even when we met them afterwards, they were still up and going. And so so lovely.

2. Toby Campion

At a spoken word event hosted by Harry Baker, several great poets performed – Erin Bolens, Bridget Minamore, Gecko and Toby Campion. As you can probably guess from the title of this section, I’m gonna talk about Toby, but you should check the others out too. Because who doesn’t need more poetry in their life?

Toby came on and performed a drunk love poem about a chance meeting abroad, about meeting someone called Marcus. I can’t deny that LGBT content always has me paying a little more attention, because as a queer woman, I’m alway looking for representation and community. And the poem was also well written and highly enjoyable.

Following the poem about Marcus, came a poem about imagining your ex in twenty years time that expressed feelings about the homophobia still riven through our society that I don’t know whether I could put into words. And then a poem about the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, which had me in tears.

To end, Toby weighed in on the great debate of whether the Midlands is in the North or the South, reminding everyone that the Midlands is it’s own unique entity. At Uni this was well worn terrority, and this poem rings true with all the things I wanted to say about being from the Midlands. All in all, every poem Toby performed rang true to me, and if you’ve got the chance to go see him, I would really, highly reccommend it.

3. Harry and Chris

I saw Harry and Chris by myself at Greenbelt last year and have spent the whole year listening to Simple Times, so I was pumped to see them again, this time with family in tow.

Bringing their second Edinburgh fringe show to the stage, Harry and Chris were just as enjoyable as last year. I was a little disappointed that most of the songs I’d heard before, but I have been following their YouTube channel closely so it’s not too much of a surprise. Besides, hearing people live is always good. They’re touring now so you can catch them in a town hopefully vaguely near you.

4. Herstory

This year, in addition to all their usual areas (The Canopy, The Big Top, The Playhouse to name a few), Greenbelt had The Red Tent – a space for those people who identify as women. While some talks were open to all genders, for the most part over the weekend, it was a female only space.

One of the events was Herstory by Alice Wroe. Firstly, Alice gave a talk about the importance of finding women in history, reasons why we often can’t find women in history with the way we think about the past at the moment, and what the Herstory project is. Alice is a really engaging speaker, and I left with a lot to think about, particuarly about why, when I’ve questioned the lack of women in history books, I haven’t gone looking for them.

The second event was taking part in the Herstory project, where you are invited to recreate Judy Chicago’s art work, ‘The Dinner Party’. An important piece of feminist art from the 1970s, it remembers and celebrates women from history. At the Herstory event, you are invited to explore the story of a woman from history, to assemble her story in your voice and to present it back to those gathered as if you are her. Not only does it mean you learn about several women who you might never have heard of before, but you celebrate and support each other.

Both Herstory events were incredible, and if you ever get the chance to go to one, I would highly reccommend it. It’s left me trying to find the women in the history of the places I go to and the things I take part in, and not just accepting that history is always men because that’s the narrative we’re so often told.

All of the people mentioned above were really great, and I loved seeing all of them. If you get the chance to see any of them, I hope you have a great time. Let me know what you think.

I paid in full for my ticket to Greenbelt and no-one has asked for my opinion on any aspect of it, never mind asking for a list of my favourite bits. I just really enjoyed the people listed above. 

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Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones

I picked up Sworn Virgin at least three years ago, at Daunt Books in London, because it looked interesting and I didn’t want to leave such a nice bookshop without a book. Fast forward a while, and I finally got round to reading it. Turns out that once I actually started it, I couldn’t put it down.

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I’m milking my sweet peas for pretty pictures until they are no more

Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones is the story of Hana Dodes, an Albanian woman, who, for traditional, cultural and personal reasons chooses, as a young woman, to live as a man. But years later, she moves to America and chooses to start living as a woman again. The novel follows two time lines – the present day, beginning with Hana on a flight to the States, and the past, following her life as a university student leading up to her deciding to live as a man.

Originally written in Italian, my copy of Sworn Virgin was translated by Clarissa Botsford. It’s a measured translation, care taken over the words used, and it feels as if the translator and author have thought as much about how to tell Hana’s story as Hana thinks about how to live her live throughout the book.

The present day story line follows Hana trying to shed her male life, while clinging to the familiarity of it, while also contending with the culture of America which is new to her and so different from what she has so far experienced in her life. Immigration stories are always interesting, and I find they encourage me to look at the culture I live in a little differently, to questions things that have always seemed to be how life is and explore whether they should be that way.

The novel is an interesting look at gender and gender inequality, focusing on Albanian traditions and culture. When I initially picked it up, I thought it was about trans issues. However, as Hana chooses to live as a man for cultural reasons rather than as an expression of her gender identity, I didn’t read her as trans or gender fluid, but rather as a cis woman, who was unhapppy living as a man but had no other choice. That said, I feel that sentiments and issues expressed throughout the book about gender identity could be similar thoughts and experiences of those in the trans and/or gender fluid communities. And, on reading Sworn Virgin, you could disagree with me and read Hana as trans or gender fluid. As no definitive label is put on Hana’s gender identity, you can read this novel in whatever light you choose.

Normally I rush through books, but how considered every aspect of this novel was slowed me down, and while I wanted to know how Hana’s story played out, I was also wanted to savour every page. I’d definitely recommend Sworn Virgin if you’re looking for a measured look at how society shapes and defines our gender, as well as an expertly navigated immigration story.

I bought Sworn Virgin out of my own pocket back when I was a poor student. All opinions are mine, so if you agree, disagree or just want to talk more about what I’ve said, drop me a comment. 

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Time for Tea: Melbourne Breakfast

Tea is a big deal in my house. If you can remember my post about my new house, I talked about how much tea we had. That hasn’t changed. Well…actually, the numbers gone up.

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So. Much. Tea

So, I was going to do a whole blog post about my favourite teas. And while it would have meant being able to make, like, 8 cups of tea in one go for some very pretty photos, it’s way too warm for that. And so this is the start of a series that probably doesn’t have a end about my favourite teas.

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I introduce you to: Melbourne Breakfast

Melbourne Breakfast entered my life, courtsey of a friend who served it at her house. It was a++, exactly what was needed after casual drinks in the nearby pub. Then it came into my house via Beth, who bought me some for my birthday.

It’s sold by Tea2 as bags and as loose leaf tea. You can get in in bright yellow cubes of 25 bags or 100g or in large foil packs or tins of 60 bags or 250g. Beth bought me a gift cube of it, and we drank all of it in a week and a half.

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It’s so bright. I love it.

The description says ‘A deep and warming tea with a hint of sweetness, reminiscient of Melbourne. Full bodied with vanilla notes. An essential tea.’ I think that’s pretty bang on, though I’ve never been to Melbourne so can’t speak to that. I love this tea because its comforting. And because it’s part vanilla, it’s perfect morning, noon and night.

I think how fast me and Beth drank it when we first had it in our house speaks for itself. Oh, and one of our friends came over that week, tried it too, loved it so much that she went and bought some for herself. Legit good tea.

Was not sponsored in any way to make this post. The cup of it I drank while writing this post was made from teabags I bought – I just really love Melbourne Breakfast tea.

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Queer and Now

On Saturday, Tate Britain held an event called Queer and Now, launching Pride in London for 2017. They’ve also currently got an exhibition called Queer British Art 1861-1967, which is on until 1st October. All in all, it promised to be a fantastic day, and me and Beth headed down to London.

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Right queer, right now

A note on the use of Queer: Tate Britain outlined in the Queer and Now programme that ‘the word queer has been used both as a term of abuse and by LGBTQ+ people to refer to themselves from the end of the 19th century onwards. Queer and Now is inspired by its usage as an inclusive, fluid term for people of different sexualites and gender identities, and as a way of expressing ways of being in the world that don’t conform to the established norms’. Please be aware that I use queer throughout this post to refer to the LGBTQ+ community, as I both use it to refer to my identity as a bisexual woman in a relationship with a woman and it was part of an event called Queer and Now. However, I feel it’s important to acknowledge that while queer has been reclaimed by some members of the community but not every member of the LGBTQ+ community is happy to use queer, so it’s always worth talking to members of the community about how they would like to be referred to.

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The size of a giant wall this was

First thing we did was go round Queer British Art 1861-1967. Starting, as you might expect, in 1861 it chronicles art created by people confirmed or believed to be queer, which was often of people confirmed or believed to be queer. My favourite rooms were Blooomsbury And Beyond, which focused on the Bloomsbury group – a set of artists and writers whose gender identities and sexualities spanned the full LGBTQ+ spectrum, and the Defying Convention room, which focused on how gender norms were challenged in the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly by women* and non binary people.

These rooms in particular, but also the rooms before them, tried to be representative past white gay cisgender men, including several women, trans men and nonbinary individuals. Most notably, the self portrait used in the promtional material for the exhibit is of Gluck, whose name, as stated by the artist, is to be used with “no prefix, suffix, or quotes” and resigned from an art society when this wasn’t followed. However, there was little racial diversity throughout the exhibit, and the final three rooms, as far as I saw, focused on cis men, as if the rest of the queer community stopped produing art in the early 20th century. The exhibition also had a real problem with deadnaming trans and nonbinary people. (Deadnaming is when when a trans person’s birth name is referred to either in addition to or instead of their chosen name.)

As exhibits go, it was so great to see myself represented in art, and to have this representation explicitly referred to in the signs next to the art. Some of the pieces in the exhibit were on loan from Birmingham Art Gallery, and I have seen them several times, never knowing they were part of queer art history. However, while I could see myself represented, there was still huge swathes of the community who were not. As I said earlier, the racial diversity in the displayed art was poor, women disappeared from the exhibit past the early 20th century and I imagine it must be upsetting for trans and non binary people to see themselves in the art, only for the artists identities to be disrepected in the contextual writing. I’d still recommend the exhibit, as the sheer joy of being in a space where queer artists were allowed to be queer was exhilirating, but as a white woman, I do speak from a position of relative privilege in being able to see myself in the art shown.

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Solid sign this is. To the point, I like it

While we were in Queer British Art,  Queer and Now got off to a swinging start, and when we came out of the exhibit the gallery was busy. All the activites were free, some were explicitly family friendly, and the variety on offer was incredible. From LGBTQ+ vendors at the pop up esty store, to performance art to make up workshops to talks about queer history, there really was something for everyone.

We learnt about queer convicts in Australia before we headed to The O Show on female masculinity. Hosted by Oriana Fox, this was a chat show style talk about the expression of female masculinity. Guests included Lucy Hutson, a performance artist, Temi Wilkey, actor and drag king who co-runs Pecs, a Drag King collective, and Del LaGrace Volcano, an international photographer who has referred to themselves as a ‘part-time gender terrorist’.

Drag King Cole (Temi Wilkey) and Thrustin Limbersnake (Lauren Steele), two Drag Kings of the Pecs collective, performed a lip sync, which was incredible. The discussion on female masculinity was really interesting, and two days later I’m still thinking about issues discussed. But, in all honesty, the thing that has most stuck with me was Temi’s solo performance as Drag King Cole, which was about police brutality against the black community in Britain and the USA. I’d never realised how political drag could be and how it could be used to make such a powerful statement. The room was silent when she’d finished, as well it should have been.

As the day turned into evening, there were several DJ sets beginning, but after so much to think about (how much do I subscribe to traditional gendered dressing, if I have kids how do I raise them in this society while being aware that the gender binary is a harmful contruct, where is my closest drag king night), we headed home for Birmingham.

It was glorious to be in such a queer coded space. It felt more queer coded than Pride, and that’s saying something. Coming back into the real world was a bit of a shock, especially when a stag do took over our train carriage on the way home, but I feel buoyed up by my queer Saturday in London. We have always existed. We produce art, we form academic theory, we hold hands and kiss in art galleries. We exist.

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Love happens here

*To confirm, whenever I say women, I include trans women.

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Bats, Bees and Chutney

This weekend I was at the Good Food Show and Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC in Birmingham. Last November I was at the Autumn Good Food Show, so I had some idea of what to expect. Or so I thought.

It was so much bigger than I expected. Not only had it taken over several halls, but outside was teeming with people and stalls and flowers too, and it all looked a lot like the Malvern Show. In short, it was going to be a great day.

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Do love a good floral marquee

And it was pretty incredible. Food samples, interesting plants and lots of lovely people happy to talk to us about the best way to keep our herbs alive. There was a lot of great stuff at the show, so I’m going to list my favourite bits, otherwise I’ll ramble on about everything. And I do love a list.

  1. Tracklements

The packagaing for Tracklements is what drew me over – there’s something about it that caught my eye. I think it’s the modern take on a traditional looking label. When I realised it was mostly chutneys, my heart sank a little, because I’d bounded over quite excited but I don’t really like chutney.

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Proper eye-catching packaging

Reader, I bought some. I tried their beetroot and horseradish relish and it was incredible. I walked away still thinking about it and had to come back later because I was still thinking about it. Would highly reccommend.

2. The MS Society ‘A Journey to Hope’ Garden

Gardener’s World Live even had show gardens. The MS Society’s Garden was gorgeous and accessible, something that a lot of beautiful gardens don’t seem to consider.

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Being such a popular garden, it was difficult to get a photo without people in it

Aiming to raise awareness for the 100,000 people who live with MS in the UK and the work of their support groups, the garden was a big hit. And in the leaflets telling you about the garden, there were gardening tips for people with MS, to help those with MS work out a way they can still enjoy their garden.

3. Ecotalk

Powered by green energy, Ecotalk is a mobile phone company, who use their profits to buy up land in order to give it back to nature. I got talking to them because they had houses for solitary bees on their stall, and bees are their main focus right now. And saving the bees is a big deal.

4. The APL Avenue Artemis Landscapes ‘Living in Sync’ garden

This was my favourite part of Gardeners’ World Live. Designed to be wildlife friendly in conjunction with Wonderful Wildlife, this garden was a front garden with as many wildlife friendly elements as possible. Bug towers, bird and bat boxes and plenty of bee friendly flowers.

It was gorgeous and is my new garden goal.

5. Bat Conservation Trust

Our garden’s pretty bee and butterfly friendly now, which is a big mission accomplished. Pretty much at all time there’s at least 2 bees buzzing around. So next step is to encourage more wildlife. And who better than bats?

The most common bats in the UK are the pipistrelle and aren’t very big, which means you can easily make a bat box for them to roost in. The Bat Conservation trust had some very lovely people on their stand, who were more than happy to talk to us and ply us with information about how to help bats. I think our next job is finding somewhere to put a bat box.

I went to the Good Food Show and Gardener’s World Live as a member of the press with a press pass (which, ngl, was very exciting). All opinions are my own. 

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A Gardener’s Paradise

Last weekend, me and Beth spent the day in glorious sunshine in Malvern. And this was no ordinary day out – this was the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. A paradise for all those with plant growning inclinations.

We bought quite a lot of plants. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen work in progress on our garden. There’s a post planned eventually when it’s all finished, but in the mean time, let me show you things other people grew.

1. Community Farms

The first place we checked out were the community farms. Growing huge amounts of crops flowers in small raised beds to show off what you can do with a bit of faith and work, this was really interesting.

We’re trying our hand at gorwing all kinds of veg and bee friendly plants this year, so it was really hopeful to see so many different kinds of vegetables and wildflowers thriving together.

2. The National Sweet Pea Society

I love sweet peas. They’re my grandma’s favourite flower and they remind me of summer. So I was thrilled to discover that a) there’s a national society of sweet pea and b) that they had a fantastic stand in the Floral Marquee.

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I’m hoping mine end up looking like this

I ended up buying one of the displays and they’ve looked glorious in the house. Here’s hoping the one’s in our front garden grow to be half as lovely as these.

3. School Show Gardens

Malvern has show gardens that attract various famous names to try their hand at creating. But they also run a school show garden competition, and as the theme was space, I was so more intriuged by these.

All of the entries were great, each of them with a different take on the space theme. I was kind of hoping one of them would just be rows and rows of potatoes a la The Martian, but thankfully, kids are more inventive than I am

4. My Visible Object

I discovered My Visible Object at the Malvern Autumn Show last year, where I bought a leaf that read ‘Tis now the very witching hour of night’. I’ve been planning to hang it up outside ever since. I’ve finally picked a place for it (in the honeysuckle) and am just waiting for the rain to stop so I can go hang it up.

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I’m a big be-leaf-er in garden art

This year, I was determined. I was going to buy some art for the garden. It didn’t have to be from My Visible Object, but I was going to get something. I ended up walking away with another leaf as well as a blossoming cow parsley.

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Cow parsley in the rain

I love My Visible Object. While Beth loves putting plants in the garden, I’m more into the design aspect, putting art in the garden that complements and enhances. And My Visible Object creates art that helps me do just that – and at very reasonable prices too

 

The Malvern Show was a fantastic day out. Plants, sun and ice cream. What could be better?

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Visiting Emerald Island

It is now tradition that, when Caro Emerald comes on tour to the UK, me and my Dad go to see her. Because she’s fantastic and electro swing is clearly where our musical tastes intersect.

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Concert photos blurry as ever. Caro Emerald fabulous as ever.

Irjit Dekel, a singer from Tel Aviv, kicked off the night with some great singing and an accordionist. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an accordionist on a stage, especially not one playing pop so that was pretty cool.

But everyone was there for Caro Emerald, and seats quickly filled up when the main act started. The title of the tour (and her new EP) is Emerald Island, the idea being that it transports you to a far away place, where the days are long, the clubs are hot and everything is fabulous. And after that concert, I’d like to book my next holiday to there, please.

Inspired by the genre Exotica, where jazz musicians evoked a peusdo-experience of the South Pacific islands in their music, Emerald Island (the tour and new music) made me think of bright colours, cocktails and a 50s american depiction of tropical paradise. Last tour was heavy on the elctro side which I loved. This time, the arrangments of familiar songs in an Exotica style was really enjoyable, but I missed how electro it was last time. At least, I did until she showcased 4 new songs, and while my heart will always belong to the electro heavy versions of her songs, my head has definitely been turned by her new style.

The Emerald Island tour is ongoing. She’s in Birmingham again tonight, and there’s tickets left – see here for full tour dates and tickets. Caro always brings the party, and is my favourite artist to go see live. The entire band always looks like they’re having a great time, the atmosphere is always great and I defy you not to dance.

Caro’s latest single is my current favourite song

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Food Round Every Corner

I promised a blog post on great food in Barcelona and here it is. There was such great food everywhere in Barcelona, including bakeries down every side street that it was a) difficult to track everywhere we ate because we ate alot and b) to narrow down what exactly to put in this post. But I have managed to do it. Behold, the best places we ate in Barcelona.

Rasoterra

Off La Rambla, the vegetarian bistro Rassoterra is down a side street and inside is gorgeous inside – modern and chic and low lit.

The menu varies dependent on what’s in season and all of it looked incredible.

The best colour for food to be

Everything we had was fantastic, but beetroot soup was definitely the highlight.

Chivuo’s

Serving street food and craft beer Chivuo’s was a life saver on the first night we got to Barcelona. Then it turned out to be so great we went back another night.

Jam jar beer and chili popcorn

It’s a little hipster so if you’re not into that, this probably isn’t the place for you. But if you’re looking for great beer in jam jars and street food snacks, I highly reccommend Chivou’s.

Flax and Kale

Serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food along side meat and fish, Flax and Kale was highly reccommended and it turned out to be worth the half hour wait.

The presentation was great

Such a great combination of colours

I started with the fish taco, (though it turns out I don’t like fish tacos) and Beth had feta and watermelon, which I feel shouldn’t have worked but was fantastic.

Colours like the food fight in Hook

 Have I mentioned how much colour the food had?

Then Beth went vegan with stuffed courgette flowers which was one of the most colourful meals I’ve ever seen. And I had mini salmon burgers. I still think about these burgers in an almost daily basis. That’s how good they were.

Flax and Kale is guaranteed to have something even someone with the strictest of dietary requirements can eat, and that dish’ll be delicious. If you can reserve a table, do. While the restaurant is worth the wait, the waiting area gets a bit cramped.

Bacoa

We found Bacoa by accident in Madrid, but we loved it so much we went there on purpose in Barcelona.

Avacado for days

Beetroot and bacon = a fantastic burger

With a tick box menu, Bacoa makes it really easy to get exactly what you want. For me that was beetroot on a burger, and Beth that was smothering her food in avacado. Anything is possible when you eat at Bacoa.

Eyescream and Friends

Ice cream with eyes. What more could you want?

Each flavour has its own character and there are so many different topping to choose from. If you’re looking for something slightly different, Eyescream is the way to go.

Milk

A bar slash club that becomes the best place to get brunch when the sun comes up sounds like a pipedream. But Milk does exactly that.

We only went for brunch so I can’t comment on their bar slash club aspect, but this was the best brunch I’ve ever had.

Possibly the best food I’ve ever had

French toast with yoghurt and redcurrants was incredible. I would go back to Barcelona just for that.

Beth described it as vegetarian hangover cure

Beth had avacado, tomatoes, feta and egg on toast, which looked delicious too. Basically, go to Milk. The staff are lovely and the food is amazing. Just go.