The Force Awakens: These aren’t the Easter eggs we’re looking for…

The ubiquitous Star Wars universe is full of “Easter Eggs”, and favourites from the franchise can also be found in other movie classics:  E.T species hold seats in the Galactic Senate in Phantom Menace (with stranded baby E.T. crying “home” at a passing Yoda in the 1982’s classic Halloween scene); R2-D2 and C-3P0 are depicted […]

Super Science Day!

Last Saturday may have been Super Pi Day, but today was Super Science Day, as the Spring Equinox corresponded with the best Solar Eclipse in the UK since 1999. . We were fortunate enough to have crisp clear skies this morning to witness this remarkable celestial phenomenon, after the warnings of grey and overcast conditions […]

Yippee “PI” yay day!!

Today is “pi day”, and was established by American math geeks to honour the mathematical constant pi.  As you may recall from those long distant geometry lessons, Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle as against its diameter.  No matter the size of the circle, pi is always the same! This year, […]

Gingerbread project 2014 – T.A.R.D.I.S

After the success of the gingerbread AT-AT last year for our Star Wars Christmas party, I was pleased that I had the excuse to try my hand at another sci-fi classic this year, as I drew a fellow geek-chic-ette in our office Secret Santa. Sharon is an avid Whovian, and so, my mission to replicate […]

The day of the comet

Since the disappointment of Comet Ison’s failure to survive its fly-by around the sun earlier this year, I must confess that I had lowered my expectations somewhat for the landing of the Philae probe onto the surface of Comet 67P on Wednesday.   But the ESA and the Rosetta mission team pulled-off the impossible.   […]

A Survivor: The Legacy of the Alien Franchise

When we learned about the “Alien Encounter” experience being hosted at the National Space Centre in Leicester over the Halloween weekend at Comicon earlier in the summer, we signed up for tickets straight away.  The event included: a fantastic live-action experience where a bunch of real-life Colonial Marines from the UK division battled it out against large […]

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Science Cream!

Cardiff now has its very own liquid nitrogen ice-cream parlour! Using liquid nitrogen to make ice-cream results in a unique creamy texture, as the sheer speed within which the ice-cream mixture freezes means ice crystals do not have the chance to form.  Even with the best ice-cream churner, you will not succeed in achieving this […]

Independence Day 2014 – “Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind.”

As I may have mentioned on a number of occasions, the American Independence Day holiday is one of my favourites. It is a party planner’s dream: highly flexible, fun and always colourful.  To date, we have had a Luau, a Star spangled Captain America homage, and an outing to Amity Island.   So what this […]

Retro Reclamation – From Trash to Treasure

My latest project involved the up-cycling of my late gran’s pair of mid-century utility dining chairs.  They were not in a good state when I got them, and the leatherette plastic coverings were all torn and worn, and the paintwork flaked miserably with age.   These chairs were produced by a London firm called H.Lait […]

“If I was a criminal, stationery stores and bakeries would be the two kinds of places I would concentrate on”. – John Turturro

I have been a stationery addict for as long as I can remember.  During my school and college days, I enjoyed nothing more than heading on over to WH Smiths or Staples at the start of each term to purchase a whole bunch of exciting new stationery.  My love of stationery has continued into my […]