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Pop and his family have been serving Fish & Chips in the East End since 1945. No nonsense, friendly and quick. Takeaway or sit in to enjoy the informal, nicely surroundings and great value. Come and have a look! This place is already known as ‘the Best Fish & Chips in town! They offer several kinds of fish to choose: cod, hake, mackerel, sole… Also roasted chicken, sausages, hand-made fried fries… Mmm… Decorated and themed as an American Dinner, the service is very efficient plus it is next to Spitalfields Market!

Pop y su familia han estado al servicio de este Fish & Chips en el East End de Londres desde 1945. Aquí nada de tonterías, amabilidad y rapidez. Comida para llevar o disfrutarla sentados en las mesas del restaurante con muy bien ambiente y acogedor. ¡No dejes de venir a conocerlo si visitas la ciudad! Este lugar ya es…

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Around the world in 8 songs september


Song: Baby

Ostava are an alternative rock band from Bulgaria. They formed in 1991, but it was not until 2000 that they released a long-playing record (and subsequently received critical acclaim).

Dj Craze

Song: Going Native

DJ Craze, born Aristh Delgado, is a Nicaraguan American DJ who plays hip hop, Miami bass, breaks, Dubstep, drum n bass, and practices turntablism. He is the only solo DJ in history to claim the DMC World DJ Championships trophy three times consecutively (1998–2000).

Niki & The Dove

Song: The Fox

Niki & The Dove are an electropop trio that originate from Stockholm, Sweden. The group, which consists of members Malin Dahlström (vocals), Gustaf Karlöf (keyboards) and Magnus Böqvist (drums), formed in February 2010 and are co-signed by Sub Pop and Mercury Records.[1] On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that the trio had been nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll,[2] to which they ultimately finished in fifth place.[3]Niki & The Dove are an electropop trio that originate from Stockholm, Sweden. The group, which consists of members Malin Dahlström (vocals), Gustaf Karlöf (keyboards) and Magnus Böqvist (drums), formed in February 2010 and are co-signed by Sub Pop and Mercury Records.[1] On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that the trio had been nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll,[2] to which they ultimately finished in fifth place.[3]

Trent Dabbs

Song: Take it all in

Trent Dabbs is an American singer-songwriter who was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, but has been based in Nashville for his professional career. He co-founded the musical collective Ten Out of Tenn in 2005. Dabbs has released six solo albums and a self-titled collaboration album with Ashley Monroe since his move to Nashville. His first release in 2005, Quite Often, produced by Dennis Herring won the ears of Alexandra Patsavas and landed a spot on the TV show The O.C. and an opening spot for R.E.M. at the Ryman Auditorium.

Since then his songs have been played in several TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and Hawaii Five-0 and also the motion picture Nothing But the Truth.

In addition to Dabbs’ career as a singer, he has also co-written several songs with other artists.

Nacho Vegas

Song: El fulgor

Ignacio Gonzalez Vegas, aka Nacho Vegas (Gijon, December 9, 1974) is a Spanish singer who stylistically ranges from folk music and rock. Usually sing solo or with the group’s fourth frame Asturian.

Crystal Castles

Song: Lovers who uncover

Crystal Castles are an electronic/experimental band formed in 2004 in Toronto, Ontario consisting of producer Ethan Kath and lyricist and vocalist Alice Glass. Crystal Castles are known for their chaotic live shows and their lo-fi melancholic homemade productions. The duo released many limited vinyl EPs between 2006 and 2007, and two eponymous albums in 2008 and 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. Their debut album was included in NME’s “Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade” list at No. 39.

Fausto Miño

Song: Sometimes OK

Fausto Miño was born in 1980 in Ambato, Tungurahua, Ecuador, son of a Quiteño (a person from Quito) father and a manabita (Chone) mother. He began to compose and play music at the age of 15, thanks to a neighbor’s influence, with whom he learned to play the guitar. With only three chords he was able to compose 22 songs. Thereafter he composed more songs, now holding a repertoire of 70 songs.

Delia Matache

Song: OmaDeo

Delia Matache (born February 7 1982), known by the stage name of Delia, is a Romanian eurobeat singer. She has started her stage music activity in 1999 with N&D music band and had release 4 albums, and after the split off in 2003 she had released another two solo albums.

If you would like to be part of this segment, either by submitting your own band tracks, or offering a suggestion for a band/artist you love please visit this page. For artists and bands looking to particpate, you must provide a blurb about your band less than 200 words as well as an original sample track or video.


Credit: Band/artist info taken from Wikipedia, videos from youtube

Around the world in 8 songs

“Around the world in 8 songs” is a new segement that lets you travel by ear. Each month I’ll bring you tracks from different artists and bands across the globe. Genres will vary as I try to collect songs covering different styles of music. Many of these artists are new to me, a couple are old favorites.  This month we hear dance, alternative, and club beats from countries like Turkey, Sweden, Yemen and more.

Liam Finn

Song: Cold Feet

Liam Mullane Finn (born 24 September 1984 in Melbourne, Australia) is a New Zealand musician and songwriter. Born in Australia, he moved to New Zealand as a child. He is the son of pop musician Neil Finn (of Split Enz, Crowded House and Finn Brothers).

Sara Noxx

Song: Vampire

Sara Noxx is a German musician and artist. She is one of the award winners of the 1997 Zillo band contest.

Vanness Wu

Song: Reason

He sings in several languages and I wanted to share one of my favorite Japanese tracks from him.

Vanness Wu  is a American-born Taiwanese actor, singer, director, producer based in Asia. He was born on August 7, 1978 in Santa Monica, California and worked as a telemarketer before moving to Taiwan. Wu takes part in the Christian movement called the Moral Revolution, which emphasizes the importance of sexual intercourse only within marriage.

Anna Carina

Song: Dime

Anna Carina Copello Hora (Lima, August 14, 1981) is a peruvian dancer, actress, pop singer-songwriter and guitarist, known professionally asAnna Carina. Anna Carina is very popular in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Venezuela. In 2010, she was nominated for the Premios Orgullosamente Latino: Group of the Year, Song of America, Disco Latino Latino of the Year, and Video of the Year.

Keziah Jones

Song:where is life

Keziah Jones (born Olufemi Sanyaolu on January 10, 1968 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He describes his musical style as “Blufunk”, which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Also his Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound.

He is known for his distinctive style of guitar playing, including his percussive right-hand technique which is similar to a bass guitarist’s slapping technique. He’s also famous for playing most of his live shows with a bare torso.


Song: Is it Alright

FreddeGredde (born 16 September 1985) is the stage name of Swedish singer and musician Fredrik Larsson. FreddeGredde gained fame through YouTube and became the number one subscribed channel in Sweden. His first album “Thirteen Eight” was released on 13 September 2011 by White Knight Records

Nezihe Kalkan

Song: Depresif Kukla

Nezihe Kalkan (born 1979 in İzmir, Turkey), better known as Nez, is a popular Turkish dancer and singer known for her modern-oriental hybrid dancing style combined with techno-inspired pop music.

She spent a long time in the UK for education and after returning to her home country in early 2000s, she started performing regularly in a renowned jazz club in Istanbul with a unique show. She currently has two albums.


Song: Hasses Beya

Arwa (Arabic: أروى‎), born Iman Salem Ba’amiran (Arabic: إيمان سالم باعميران‎) on July 27, 1976 in Kuwait, is a female Yemeni singer and television host.

At the age of ten her family moved to Cairo where she later received her education at Cairo University studying engineering. She began her singing career in 1999 and has released four albums.


If you would like to be part of this segment, either by submitting your own band tracks, or offering a suggestion for a band/artist you love please visit this page. For artists and bands looking to particpate, you must provide a blurb about your band less than 200 words as well as an original sample track or video.


Credit: Band/artist info taken from Wikipedia, videos from youtube

Amazing Leaf Art

Leaves, as a product of nature, are in their own way beautiful but Spanish artist, Lorenzo Duran, creates delicate works of art using leaves as his canvas and natures as his inspiration. After washing the leaves, Duran cuts away segments with precison using a technique much like tradional spanish picado, chinese jianzhi, german scherenschnitte or swiss papercutting. The result are these beautiful leaf cutouts that capture the essence of nature.

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Ice Cream Around The World

Ice cream is one of the oldest desserts. No one country can take credit for inventing it as so many different forms of it exist. As the summer heat approaches, I decided to take my palate around the world to see just how varied this cold treat is.


The American version of ice cream is the most common and can be found in virtually every corner of the world. Perhaps it’s the texture, the ease of making, or the flavors but when people think of ice cream they usually envision a vanilla or chocolaty scope on a cone. Americans, however, are one of the only countries that like candy bits, and the chocolate-peanuts combination in their ice cream. While other countries prefer fruit, Americans like to top off their ice cream with sprinkles.


While not as popular as the American version, it’s actually one of my favorites and the kind I tend to crave when I want ice cream. Kulfi (Indian ice cream) is very smooth in texture. One could say it’s quite granular. Its texture comes from milk boiled down to a thick liquid. The treat is served on frozen solid on a stick and can be found in various flavors from vanilla to pistachio (my personal favorite).


Turkish ice cream is one of the most exotic in my books. It’s not the flavor that’s extreme, but the stretchy consistency. In Southern Turkey, ice cream is made from ground orchid root known as sahlab–this gives the ice cream an elasticity which is generally a hit or miss for the indulger. While it is still soft enough to eat with a spoon, it is undoubtedly stretchy and almost taffy like. It’s not uncommon for people to eat it with a fork and knife depending on texture.


France likes their flowers. Whereas you may find fruity flavors in other parts of the world, in France it’s a very floral experience. Rose ice cream and lavender ice cream are very popular there. The French describe these floral flavored ice creams to be very gentle, delicate, and aromatic.


Salmiakki or salty licorice is a local favorite in Scandinavia and Sweden. Dark in color and strong in flavor this ice cream is not for those looking for a sweet treat. Salmiakki contains ammonium chloride, a pungent-smelling form of salt.


Malaysia and other East Asian countries, such as Singapore indulge in a dessert made with shaved ice when they want a cool snack. Their form of ice cream is more ice than it is cream. Known as kacang in Malaysia, it is a concoction of sweet red adzuki beans, colorful gelatin cubes, sago pearls, sweet corn, and crushed peanuts, shaved ice, condensed milk, and rose syrup.


In England, the ice cream is very similar to America’s; however, the most popular flavor in England in Neapolitan. This has always been one of my favorite flavors so I guess I’m joining the merry lot of English who prefer this flavor to others.


Ice cream is seen as a treat in most parts of the world, but in Mexico it’s a meal. It’s not something you eat after a dish, it is the dish. Start your meal with some fig ice cream; move into your main course with some scrumptious tequila ice cream, and for dessert, some tangy passion fruit ice cream. Now that’s what I call a well-balanced meal.


Is it just me, or does Japan like to one up everyone? While the rest of us are satisfied with fruits, nuts and rose petals in our ice cream, Japan decides horse meat is the way to go. Basashi, is ice cream made with horse meat and in many cases has horse chunks inside. This is one ice cream I just can’t bring myself to taste. Perhaps because the version I saw was the chunky kind and it was a bit too adventurous for me. But it has been described as sweet.

What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

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AP Interview: Japan inspires Gaga’s shoe designer

In this May 29, 2012 photo, Japanese shoe designer Noritaka Tatehana speaks during an interview at his workplace in Tokyo. Tatehana has become a pop diva’s favorite by taking geisha and making it Gaga.

(06-06) 04:50 PDT TOKYO, Japan (AP) —

A Japanese shoe designer has become a pop diva’s favorite by taking geisha and making it Gaga.

Noritaka Tatehana is the man behind Lady Gaga’s towering, cloglike shoes, which have no heel and are 25 to 46 centimeters (10 to 18 inches) tall. Her appearances on TV shows and music videos, teetering in his creations, have helped make him such a fashion star that some of his shoes sell for more than $15,000 a pair.

Tatehana, who has made more than 20 pairs for Lady Gaga over the last two years, said he took the traditional “geta” shoes of geishas and made a modern form with his sculptural platforms.

“My work became an icon. It worked not only as branding for me. It also became part of her branding,” Tatehana said in a recent interview at his Tokyo workshop, cluttered with art books and his sleek shoes — some glittering with Swarovski crystals, others with golden studs.

The 26-year-old, who evokes the pensive mood of a monk with his quiet voice, long hair tied back in a bun and baggy Yohji Yamamoto pants, was still a student when his career took off. In fact, Lady Gaga’s first pair of Tatehanas had been the subject of his graduation thesis at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts, where he studied traditional weaving and kimono dyeing.

He made the shoes with pink, reptilian-looking leather from a stingray, common in Japanese crafts such as decoration for swords. He started his fashion brand by trumpeting the design in an email he sent to dozens of people in the industry.

He received just three responses: one from a blogger, one from a journalist, and one from Lady Gaga’s stylist.

Lady Gaga was not available for comment. But fashion guru and beer heiress Daphne Guinness said she is a big fan.

“I am so happy to have a friend who speaks the same language as me — not English or Japanese, but the language of art, which transcends linguistics,” Guinness said. “He is truly a unique talent.”

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, which has exhibited Tatehana’s work, said she hopes Tatehana eventually makes a more affordable line.

“Noritaka Tatehana is one of the most important shoe designers of our time,” she said. “His amazing, vertiginous heel-less high-heeled shoes have transformed the look of extreme footwear.”

The custom-made shoes look like the furthest thing from sensible; even Lady Gaga has occasionally lost her balance in some of the taller designs. But Tatehana said they’re actually more comfortable than regular high heels because they put the wearer’s weight on the toe rather than the heel.

Tatehana says he can even run in his creations, though he prefers to wear sneakers and loafers.

Tatehana grew up on the seaside resort of Kamakura. His father used to run a downtown Tokyo public bathhouse that has since become prime office real estate, and his mother teaches doll-making.

He says he would like someday to expand into clothing, maybe bags, or to work in costume design for films. He also wants to help raise the profile of his heritage around the world.

“I want Japanese culture to stay alive today and win respect internationally,” Tatehana said. “It’s creativity that defines a nation’s strength.”


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Lady Gaga wearing Tatehana during a performance:

AP Interview: Japan inspires Gaga’s shoe designer.

The Art Of Brewing Turkish Coffee

Michael Martinez of was good enough to post an article about a turkish festival happening in downtown reno, in it he described how to make Turkish coffee, something I’ve always wanted know:

To prepare a Turkish coffee and serve it in a traditional way, you need a Turkish coffee pot called a cezve. The special pot has a wide bottom, narrower neck, a spout and a long handle. You must have Turkish coffee, which is ground extra-fine, a Turkish coffee cup (or a fincan) and cold water. Sugar, to sweeten the drink, is natural. If you have Turkish coffee beans, consider a Turkish coffee grinder (which is called a kahve degirmeni).

Add one cup of cold water for each person into the pot and one teaspoonful grounded Turkish coffee for each cup while the water is cold and stir it with a spoon. Sugar can be added at this time.

After you add coffee and sugar in cold water and stir them, place the pot over low heat. The slower you heat the better coffee will taste. Wait for the mixture to boil and don’t stir until it starts boiling. When the coffee starts boiling on low heat, transfer the foam on top of the pot equally into the cups as it develops. Without this foam, coffee loses much of its taste. Then continue heating until coffee boils again. Once it boils, pour it into your cups.

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Color Trend Goes Wild in Peru – Trade Talk

So you think there’s a lot of color and animal prints in this season’s trends?

In Peru, they have been using color and animal prints as long as people have been wearing clothes.

I recently was in Peru attending PeruModa and happened upon a festival of dance presentation in Chiclayo, a large city in the north of Peru. Groups of dancers from surrounding areas were participating in an annual event that showcases traditional dancing skills. But with that comes the art of how to dress using an explosion of color and some vivid imagination.

So, if you are looking for some design inspiration, you might want to take a trip to the hinterlands of Peru.




Color Trend Goes Wild in Peru – Trade Talk.

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