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  1. Through the Magpie Eye: The Archigram Archive Project

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    Archigram was a forward-thinking group of architects that joined forces in the early 60s. Whereas most architects spend their time working out where stairwells should go, this lot aimed to drag the world into the future by challenging pretty much everyone’s idea of what a house or a city should be. Bonkers ideas included a giant nomadic city that would walk around the countryside when resources were depleted, and an ‘instant city’ that would fly by balloon to dull towns, bringing the residents up to date on culture and technology.

    Unsurprisingly, none of their designs were ever built, but their influence can be seen on such bizarre buildings as the Pompidou Centre in Paris and that massive new Tescos in Trafford.

  2. Seasonal Mail Order Assistant Vacancy

    Posted: Oi Polloi /

    Want to stay busy over Christmas? If the answer is yes, then you might be what we’re looking for. We’re searching for a hard working and flexible individual to join our mail order department for the festive season and in to January. We’re looking for someone who has a good knowledge of the products we sell and won’t be afraid of a bit of light lifting.

    Could this be you? Send a covering letter and a C.V. to

    The closing date for applications is Monday 1st of December. Interviews will be conducted that week for someone starting the following week.

  3. Snooping Around in Nudie HQ

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    Ever wondered what the headquarters of a Swedish denim company looks like? Well, wonder no more… here’s some photos taken on our trip to Nudie Jeans Co's Gothenburg mission control centre last year.

  4. A Spezial Evening

    Posted: Oi Polloi /

    A few weeks ago Gary Aspden’s adidas Spezial exhibition rolled in to town. The trainers were rare, the drinks were free and a fair few members of the Oi Polloi goon squad may or may not have lost their minds. South Manchester golf prodigy Mike Sallabank was on hand to take pictures of people trying to hold it together…

  5. The Return of Pica~Sounds

    Posted: Oi Polloi /

    We've been taking a little break recently but we're pleased to say that Pica Sounds is back and you might notice a bit of a change…

    We are settling into new/old digs at everybody's favourite sanctuary, Soup Kitchen. Not only that, SK regular, music maestro and all round nice chap Tom Boogizm has kindly agreed to be the guest for our house warming party, and we're really excited about it.

    Expect weird and wonderful sounds from Tom, and our regular residents. 6pm till late.

    There's a Facebook page for it here.

    And you can check out more Tom Boogizm here

  6. Dispatches from Paris (Again)

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    Paris isn’t just the city of romance, it’s also a the city of shoddy supermarkets and dodgy characters. I spent a week there a few months ago, but don’t just take my word for it — here’s the pictorial evidence to prove it…

  7. Eatery of the Month: Yummy House

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    For this instalment of Eatery of the Month we’re putting on our dinner suits and heading to an aptly-titled establishment known as Yummy House. Situated on the food-eater’s mecca of Oldham Road, this gem is what’s known in the business as a ‘Chinese chippy’. Combining the exotic flavours of the east with the wholesome taste of the north, it’s fusion food at it’s finest.

  8. Interview: Justin Robertson

    Posted: Oi Polloi /

    Justin Robertson is a busy man. He makes his own records, he remixes other people’s records, he jets around the world playing these records — he also collects hats.

    Between all this, he somehow found the time to make a mix for the sweatshirt impresarios at Good Measure. This seemed like a good excuse to ask him a few quick questions.

  9. Worth a Watch: Don Whillans’ Last Climb

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    Anyone who’s lurked on here before probably recognises the name Don Whillans. He was the hard drinking Salford mountaineer who climbed alongside Sir Chris Bonington before receiving the honourable accolade of having a Cottonopolis parka named after him.

    This film here follows Don and his old climbing partner Joe Brown as they struggle to scale the notorious Cemetry Gates in Snowdonia — over thirty years after they first climbed the route. They’re hardly in their prime, but that’s probably part of the charm.