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Gadget Reviews Wire Worries

This month, Murphy Simmonds is wrapped up in wires

"You got wires going in. You got wires coming out of your skin." So sung Athlete, and while they were relaying the harrowing experience of having a loved one in hospital, we like to sing it at our toaster.

No disrespect to the band and their original sentiment – it’s just that the acoustics right by our toaster are amazing. And, of course, our toaster does have wires going in, and indeed wires coming out.

It’s really the only thing wrong with toasters. They are, by and large, the perfect product creating the perfect foodstuff, hampered only by the big…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Games Reviews Final Fantasy XIII-2, Soul Calibur V, Resident Evil: Revelations

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

Final Fantasy XIII won huge critical acclaim in its home turf of Japan. But while western audiences lapped up its luscious looks and smart battle system, many were frustrated by the linear gameplay. Sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2 (4 stars, PS3/X360, Square Enix) opens up that gameplay to the detriment of its story – a trade-off we’ll gladly accept. Refinements to the combat are welcome too: its core mechanic of shifting "paradigms" is faster, and monsters can be captured and levelled-up to fight as your third party member. This is not a game for those unconvinced by the fighting system first…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Interview One Night Only Play It With Style

We talk tailoring, shopping in the VQ and modelling for Burberry with two fifths of Yorkshire band One Night Only, singer guitarist George Craig and drummer James Craig

You got your big fashion break through the band.

George: Designer and Burberry’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey saw the video for ‘Just For Tonight’ and called me in. I tried on some suits and didn’t really know what was going on, but then I got a call to ask me to model for the brand. Talk about a big break. It opened so many doors and I’ve met some great people. Burberry’s a real part of my look and they’re so savvy when it comes to music, it’s brilliant to be part of it. The team at Burberry are…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Feature Playful Leeds

Stevie J Kilgour looks at a scheme to make Leeds city centre more fun

Already a thriving hub for music, TV and sporting excellence within these fair isles, our wonderful city is again looking to lead the way in interactive art, creative play and inspiring the imagination of every man, woman and child in Leeds.

The Leeds-based community development consultancy Cultivate are looking to inspire minds and bring out the playful side of the city, through a new project called Playful Leeds. It works on the idea that childhood is not the only time in our life when we should take a moment to push our imagination, let out a burst of energy and…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Try This CrossFit West Yorkshire

Lucy Adlard tries an intense exercise course – perfect for those with new year's resolutions

It’s the new year, you’ve eaten your weight in Quality Streets, you want to fit back into clothes that don’t have elasticated waists. Now you could go to the gym, fanny around on the treadmill, do a few sit ups and go home. Or, you could go hell for leather like we did and attend a session of CrossFit.

I’m not going to lie to you; it is not easy, not by any means, but it does the job. You will go away from it feeling like you have somehow done the work of about five hours in the gym…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Gadget Reviews Ride in Dalek

This month, Murphy Simmonds is raising a generation of killing machines

Kids these days, eh? You feed them. You water them. You move to the nice part of town to make sure they don’t become crackheads. You do damn near everything for the little blighters, but when the time comes to send them out on an assassination mission, what do they do?

Cry and go to their room, is what. Bam – you lose out on a lucrative £30,000 contract and the Queen of Bolivia, or whoever your target may be, escapes with her brains and skull frustratingly intact.

It was far easier in the olden days. Back then, children had…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Games Reviews Mario Kart 7, Sonic Generations, Assassin's Creed Revelations

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

It’s January, which means the great gaming drought has begun. So we’re taking a look at a couple of big titles from the end of 2011 that we didn’t have space for, because the only new games out this month are things like Cross Channel Ferry Manager and Super Binman.

First up is the best version of Mario Kart for 15 years. Mario Kart 7 (5 stars, 3DS, Nintendo) brings everyone’s favourite knockabout racing series to Nintendo’s 3DS handheld. Why so good? It boasts a wealth of superbly designed tracks (16 new, 16 cribbed from the prequels), it offers a…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Shop Profile The Kooples' First Yorkshire Store

The Parisian brand moves into York's designer outlet. Suffice to say, we're excited

There is excitement in the fashion camp up here in the north of England following the opening of ultra-chic Parisian brand The Kooples’ first ever outlet store at Yorkshire’s McArthurGlen York Designer Outlet.

The Kooples is the place to go for oh-so-Parisian sharp, chic, vintage-inspired fashion for both men and women. It has only been going for four years, but brothers Alexander, Laurent and Raphael Elicha (sexy, eh?) have already opened 194 stores across Europe (with 27 in the UK alone) and they don’t show signs of slowing down as they make their debut in Yorkshire.

The Kooples says:…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Shop Profile Ace Clothing, Duncan Street, Leeds

We met Sue Newal, owner of Ace Clothing, which opened back in 1977, making it one of Leeds' oldest independent fashion stores

Ace has come a long way from it’s origins as X Clothing on Call Lane (before it was the trendy end of town) to the shop they currently occupy on Duncan Street, which is rapidly becoming notorious for vintage inspired shops.

Ace isn’t just any independent clothes shop. Unlike many other shops of their kind they have stood the test of time and have been trading since 1977, making them one of the longest standing independent shops in Leeds. So what is the secret to owner Sue Newal’s success? "We’ve always stuck at it and we’ve always reinvested in…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Try This The Retreat at Split Farthing Hall

Ali Schofield spends a day of life coaching, yoga, massage and raw food at The Retreat at Split Farthing Hall in Bagby, North Yorkshire

I find myself at 11am, cross legged, prostate with hands slapping the ground in front of me while I shout ‘hargh’, in a relative stranger’s home. Life coach, Dr Claire Maguire invited me to try out her new retreat – set up with her step mother and business partner Andrea Maguire at her converted farmhouse overlooking the Vale of York – just a week before. If I had been able to see into the future I might have been more apprehensive to take her up on her offer. As it is, the retreat sounds inspiring and just what I need…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty


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Gadget Reviews Wire Worries

This month, Murphy Simmonds is wrapped up in wires

"You got wires going in. You got wires coming out of your skin." So sung Athlete, and while they were relaying the harrowing experience of having a loved one in hospital, we like to sing it at our toaster.

No disrespect to the band and their original sentiment – it’s just that the acoustics right by our toaster are amazing. And, of course, our toaster does have wires going in, and indeed wires coming out.

It’s really the only thing wrong with toasters. They are, by and large, the perfect product creating the perfect foodstuff, hampered only by the big…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Games Reviews Final Fantasy XIII-2, Soul Calibur V, Resident Evil: Revelations

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

Final Fantasy XIII won huge critical acclaim in its home turf of Japan. But while western audiences lapped up its luscious looks and smart battle system, many were frustrated by the linear gameplay. Sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2 (4 stars, PS3/X360, Square Enix) opens up that gameplay to the detriment of its story – a trade-off we’ll gladly accept. Refinements to the combat are welcome too: its core mechanic of shifting "paradigms" is faster, and monsters can be captured and levelled-up to fight as your third party member. This is not a game for those unconvinced by the fighting system first…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Interview One Night Only Play It With Style

We talk tailoring, shopping in the VQ and modelling for Burberry with two fifths of Yorkshire band One Night Only, singer guitarist George Craig and drummer James Craig

You got your big fashion break through the band.

George: Designer and Burberry’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey saw the video for ‘Just For Tonight’ and called me in. I tried on some suits and didn’t really know what was going on, but then I got a call to ask me to model for the brand. Talk about a big break. It opened so many doors and I’ve met some great people. Burberry’s a real part of my look and they’re so savvy when it comes to music, it’s brilliant to be part of it. The team at Burberry are…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Feature Playful Leeds

Stevie J Kilgour looks at a scheme to make Leeds city centre more fun

Already a thriving hub for music, TV and sporting excellence within these fair isles, our wonderful city is again looking to lead the way in interactive art, creative play and inspiring the imagination of every man, woman and child in Leeds.

The Leeds-based community development consultancy Cultivate are looking to inspire minds and bring out the playful side of the city, through a new project called Playful Leeds. It works on the idea that childhood is not the only time in our life when we should take a moment to push our imagination, let out a burst of energy and…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Try This CrossFit West Yorkshire

Lucy Adlard tries an intense exercise course – perfect for those with new year's resolutions

It’s the new year, you’ve eaten your weight in Quality Streets, you want to fit back into clothes that don’t have elasticated waists. Now you could go to the gym, fanny around on the treadmill, do a few sit ups and go home. Or, you could go hell for leather like we did and attend a session of CrossFit.

I’m not going to lie to you; it is not easy, not by any means, but it does the job. You will go away from it feeling like you have somehow done the work of about five hours in the gym…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Gadget Reviews Ride in Dalek

This month, Murphy Simmonds is raising a generation of killing machines

Kids these days, eh? You feed them. You water them. You move to the nice part of town to make sure they don’t become crackheads. You do damn near everything for the little blighters, but when the time comes to send them out on an assassination mission, what do they do?

Cry and go to their room, is what. Bam – you lose out on a lucrative £30,000 contract and the Queen of Bolivia, or whoever your target may be, escapes with her brains and skull frustratingly intact.

It was far easier in the olden days. Back then, children had…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Games Reviews Mario Kart 7, Sonic Generations, Assassin's Creed Revelations

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

It’s January, which means the great gaming drought has begun. So we’re taking a look at a couple of big titles from the end of 2011 that we didn’t have space for, because the only new games out this month are things like Cross Channel Ferry Manager and Super Binman.

First up is the best version of Mario Kart for 15 years. Mario Kart 7 (5 stars, 3DS, Nintendo) brings everyone’s favourite knockabout racing series to Nintendo’s 3DS handheld. Why so good? It boasts a wealth of superbly designed tracks (16 new, 16 cribbed from the prequels), it offers a…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Shop Profile The Kooples' First Yorkshire Store

The Parisian brand moves into York's designer outlet. Suffice to say, we're excited

There is excitement in the fashion camp up here in the north of England following the opening of ultra-chic Parisian brand The Kooples’ first ever outlet store at Yorkshire’s McArthurGlen York Designer Outlet.

The Kooples is the place to go for oh-so-Parisian sharp, chic, vintage-inspired fashion for both men and women. It has only been going for four years, but brothers Alexander, Laurent and Raphael Elicha (sexy, eh?) have already opened 194 stores across Europe (with 27 in the UK alone) and they don’t show signs of slowing down as they make their debut in Yorkshire.

The Kooples says:…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Shop Profile Ace Clothing, Duncan Street, Leeds

We met Sue Newal, owner of Ace Clothing, which opened back in 1977, making it one of Leeds' oldest independent fashion stores

Ace has come a long way from it’s origins as X Clothing on Call Lane (before it was the trendy end of town) to the shop they currently occupy on Duncan Street, which is rapidly becoming notorious for vintage inspired shops.

Ace isn’t just any independent clothes shop. Unlike many other shops of their kind they have stood the test of time and have been trading since 1977, making them one of the longest standing independent shops in Leeds. So what is the secret to owner Sue Newal’s success? "We’ve always stuck at it and we’ve always reinvested in…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Try This The Retreat at Split Farthing Hall

Ali Schofield spends a day of life coaching, yoga, massage and raw food at The Retreat at Split Farthing Hall in Bagby, North Yorkshire

I find myself at 11am, cross legged, prostate with hands slapping the ground in front of me while I shout ‘hargh’, in a relative stranger’s home. Life coach, Dr Claire Maguire invited me to try out her new retreat – set up with her step mother and business partner Andrea Maguire at her converted farmhouse overlooking the Vale of York – just a week before. If I had been able to see into the future I might have been more apprehensive to take her up on her offer. As it is, the retreat sounds inspiring and just what I need…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty


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