For most mums, next Sunday might signify a day of flowers and possibly a lie in. But not so for Manchester duo Jackie and Caroline (Stott and Scott) as they prepare to launch the Kickstarter appeal they hope will take their fashion business to the next level on Sunday March 15th.
Best friends Stott & Scott came up with an amazing concept: a reversible hat that is a rain hat and sun hat in one beautiful and functional design. The Floppy’wester was born, and has been praised widely; from Good Housekeeping to Edith Bowman.
The duo explained ‘We were influenced by the fact that the weather in Manchester is so changeable and you need to have an umbrella at hand whatever the season, ‘ explain the duo, ‘We had both tired of carrying around a flimsy damp umbrella and thought it would be great to have a rain hat instead. When we searched in shops and online we couldn’t find a hat that was fashionable and yet practical. The idea is that the hat can be used in any season and will work for the rain or shine and will fit neatly in your handbag.’ (Viva Magazine)
The duo hail from Stockport, Manchester and they soon discovered on their millinery journey that the local area has a heritage in the hatmaking industry. Stott & Scott enlisted the help of the Stockport Hat Museum for their Kickstarter campaign and stress they are keen to revive this part of Manchester’s history. All their hats are made from locally sourced materials and produced in the area.
The Kickstarter funding will hopefully allow Stott & Scott to roll out their brand from it’s current position offering seasonal women’s collections to include bespoke lines, men’s and children’s ranges. Investments start at just £1 and investors will be able to play an active role in growing the company – as well as bagging themselves an exclusive and innovative hat!
The campaign launches on Kickstarter on Sunday night – check http://stottandscott.com/for more details and please do support this upcoming and unique British brand.
Tuesday 3rd- World Wildlife Day
CF24 Project will be celebrating and raising awareness about the World’s endangered species. As Cardiff’s new eco-friendly hangout and lovers of animals, there will be a series of events throughout the day at the venue.
Wednesday 4th - Boozy Burger
Bring your own booze down to the venue, whilst you enjoy one of our critically acclaimed burgers or other items from the menu. There is no corkage fee, as long as you are dining with us.
Thursday 5th - World Book Day
Win a free meal for two for the best dressed customers (outfits must be inspired by book characters). The costumes will be judged by our member of staff.
Throughout the day, and for the following week, the project will be running a book amnesty. Bought a book and finished it? Don’t know what to do with it? If you’ve read it, swap it! Come down to the venue with your book, and swap it for one someone else has finished with.
We will be hosting storytelling and book readings in the evening, check the facebook page for details.
Friday 6th – Cardiff Blues vs Connacht
Game shown live in the basement on the big screen, Kick Off 19.35pm. This will be followed by Live Music Friday – Act TBC
Saturday 7th – In aid of National Women’s Day on Sunday 8th, we will be hosting Ladies Night at the Project. Details to follow on the Facebook page.
Wednesday 11th Open Mic
Allowing Cardiff’s finest new musical talent to showcase at the venue. Sign up to play at email@example.com, subject Open Mic.
Thursday 12th - Stand Up Comedy with Ted Shiress
Support from Chris Chopping, Liam Schewitz, Charlie Smith, Mat Troy, Charlie Webster, Trevor J Williams.
£2 entry of the door, starts at 7pm
Friday 13th Live Music Friday
Saturday 14th- We will be showing the 6 Nations Rugby watch Wales take on Ireland on our big screen in the basement (kick off 2.30pm) to book your table for food or drinks contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Live Music will be provided by Graham Mckee.
Tuesday 17th – St Patrick’s Day
Come and enjoy our Guinness battered pickles, onion rings and gherkins. Whilst washing it down with a cold pint, come celebrate in style with us.
Wednesday 18th – Didn’t manage to get a ticket for Dirty Dancing at Millennium Centre? We got to covered…the launch of Cinema 24 brings the cult classic in the basement. Go to the facebook page for details.
Friday 20th – We are all geeks at heart, so we will be celebrating Comic Con with a local comic book store hosting a pop-up in venue with Live comic inspired Graffiti being done as a permanent feature downstairs in the basement. The artwork will be done by artists from Cardiff’s Oner Signs.
Live Music Friday – Act TBC
Also – In aid of International Happiness Day, we will proving free hugs for all throughout the day. All you need to do, is pop in and ask one of our staff.
Saturday 21st -We will be showing the 6 Nations Rugby watch Wales take on Italy on our big screen in the basement (kick off 12.30pm) to book your table for food or drinks contact email@example.com.
Tuesday 24th – Toss for Tuesday. Come down and create your own pizza (or just chose one of ours), then flip a coin against your server. If you guess right, you get your pizza for FREE. Are you feeling lucky?
Wednesday 25th – Student Night.
Details TBC on facebook page.
Thursday 26th – CF24 Social – Local Business and friends special event, come and get to know your neighbours down at the project.
Friday 27th - Live Music Friday -Act TBC
Saturday 28th – tbc
Sunday 29th - As it’s the First Day of Summer we will be hosting our CF24 Markets, enquiries and pitches for stalls at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be showing Westlemania at night on the big screen. Free meal for most convincing performance and best dressed. Can you smell what the project’s cooking?
Tuesday 31st – Project Quiz. Test your brain power against our quiz master? Get Fun, Better Prizes. £1 entry per team member (max 6 members per team).
Martin Ikin has had a whole phonebook full of pseudonyms, remixed and produced hits for the likes of Angie Brown and Juliet Roberts – but one thing he’s never done is a gig in Cardiff… But that’s all due to change this weekend as he breaks his duck at Cardiff’s new eco-friendly hangout The CF24 Project.
Read his full interview with Music News here
Get tickets for the Cardiff show on Skiddle here
Charlie Flowers was born in Eastern Europe sometime in the late Sixties and arrived with his family in Britain in 1975. After training as a journalist in London he had a varied career as reporter, roadie, truck driver and record label boss. In the late Nineties he formed two cult bands, and is currently an adviser on terrorism and extremism to certain departments and think tanks.
Charlie Flowers is published by Endeavour Press, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association and International Thriller Writers, Inc. He is the author of the Rizwan Sabir thriller series, recounting the adventures of MOD investigator Riz Sabir and his other half Holly “Bang-Bang” Kirpachi, and their run-ins with Islamist terrorists, far-right extremists, gangsters, serial killers, and much more besides.
The novels in the Riz series are: Hard Kill, Danger Close, Kill Order, Battle Come Down, and Murder Most Rural.
For review requests, interviews with Charlie Flowers or images please contact Firgas@raw-material.co.uk
PRAISE FOR THE RIZ SERIES:
“Absolutely rocks. Every line reeks with the raw authenticity of a writer who knows first-hand what the hell he’s talking about.” – Tom Cain, bestselling author of the Sam Carver thrillers.
“The most realistic account of undercover ops in the context of Islamist terrorism yet written.” – Mubin Shaikh, counter-terrorism consultant and former covert operative, Canadian Security Services
“Flowers is a Frederick Forsyth for the post-cold war world” – Tony Maggs
“I like Charlie Flowers. His writing is so sharp, so exact. Like slicing celery on a cutting board… as long as Charlie keeps pumping out these Riz stories, I’ll keep reading them.” – Rich Knight, author of The Darkness of the Womb
“In Riz Sabir, a former Jihadi now working for the Ministry of Defence, Flowers has created a Bond with the common touch; low on gadgets from Q-Branch, and more of a street-fighting man. Like Commander Bond, Riz is something of a girl-magnet. In the Black-Eyed Maidens, Charlie Flowers has created Bond Girls For Our Times. Imagine the fourth form of St. Trinians, fully-grown and just as quarrelsome, their appetite for heavy weaponry and general mayhem still insatiable, their aim sharper and their outcomes much, much … bloodier.”- Rachel Rider
“As always, author Charlie Flowers does not just weave a stunning tale of hardcore, tech savvy, gun wielding combatants creating a swath of death and destruction as intricate as a crop circle, he hits us with a number of moral dilemmas as the story unfolds.” – Teresa DiMeola, author of Ground Zero
“A non-stop, bang you over the head read, with a provocative plot. I suspect that the author has either done extensive research or has actually lived this.” – Rachael L McIntosh, author of Bubbles Will Pop
Murder Most Rural is the 5th in the Rizwan Sabir series of crime novels – follow on facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheRizwanSabirMysteries
Get Murder Most Rural on Amazon here
Extract from Murder Most Rural…
My boss had once described my other half as “Essex Girl, from Mars”. He was mostly right, I’d give him that. Our families were from Mirpur in Pakistan. Our mothers had lived on the same village street back in the old country. And they’d married us off.
Holly ‘Bang-Bang’ Kirpachi was a short, birdlike girl, with raven hair and non-committal hazel eyes. Her arms were adorned with several tattoos, and there was a gaudy golden ring in her nose. Every now and then she’d pop some bubblegum or her face would light up with a cheeky grin. Very little phased Bang-Bang. She was always happily singing to herself. And with good reason.
Bang-Bang was twenty-one. She’d shot her first man when she was fourteen, and she’d probably killed more than forty people in her career as faction leader of the Blackeyes, and then section leader in our Army unit.
I say “probably” because in our line of work, you stopped counting after the first few. All in all, she was a better person to have on your side than against it.
Something else that should be known about Bang-Bang. When it came to things mechanical or electric she was a sorceress. Her hacking skills were at an insane level and had saved my, and the country’s, collective bacon on several occasions. She’d been the star of her school’s science department, and had a bursary lined up at BAe Systems, before she’d just jacked it all in and got into burlesque.
In short, stuff WORKED for her. The downside was that you couldn’t leave her near equipment without her tinkering with it.
Shredded paper fell like confetti. I looked down at her. ‘Continuous improvement, I see?’
‘Always! Got the briefing then?’
‘We going anywhere nice?’
She jumped in the air and clapped her hands. And then stopped. ‘Oh no. Not that place your cousins live.’
I looked at her. ‘Yes that place our cousins live. What’s the problem?’
She looked up at me. ‘You know. I go that far north of the A414, I get a nosebleed.’
I resigned myself to griping and banter. Darkest Essex, here we came.
© Charlie Flowers RIZ 5 MURDER MOST RURAL. Published with permission of the author and can not be reproduced without his permission.
1: Legion & Logam – Warehouse
2: Legion & Logam – Blackout (VIP)
3: Legion, Logam & NC-17 – Trippin’
4: Legion & Logam – Red Letter
5: Legion, Logam & NC-17 – Gate
Release date – 16th February 2015
Next up on the New Playaz label is ‘The Warehouse EP’ from Atlanta based DnB duo Legion and Logam whose releases have been smashing it since they first collaborated, making them one of the South East US’s most exciting exports. This EP showcases a variety of styles; with influences ranging from Hip Hop to Techno and Progressive House, but they’ve delivered consistently solid, heavy, impressive tunes.
Title track ‘Warehouse’ is super catchy, a really timeless track that can sneak in anywhere in a set (Legion & Logam played it early in their mix for Mistajam) and Hype debuted ‘Blackout’ back in 2012 before it featured on the Flavours Vol 5 EP: there’s a lot of love out there for this sub heavy tune.
Friction featured ‘Trippin’ in his Best Bangers of 2014 mix (this one features Toronto based artist NCSeventeen also), then ‘Red Letter’ is a huge atmospheric anthem with a strong vocal and finally ‘Gate’ rounds off the EP fast and furious.
Media requests for Legion and Logam or to join the Playaz promo list contact: email@example.com