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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Espezially For You

    Posted: Oi Polloi /

    Hide those new Nikes quick! Gary Aspden’s adidas Spezial exhibition is coming to Manchester. Featuring the collections of some of the North’s most dedicated adidas hoarders (including Oi Polloi boss-hogg Nigel), there’s alleged to be a grand total of 650 ultra-rare trainers on display. How many stripes is that? Answers written in marker pen onto the toe-box of your deadstock Tahitis to the usual address…

    Click the 'read more' button for more insightful information and some spy shots of the exhibition-space.

  9. Through the Magpie Eye: National Geographic Found

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    National Geographic Found is a cracking time waster from the dusty fingered folks in the archives of everyone’s favourite yellow magazine. Featuring photos of all sorts, from ‘a sled dog, tied to a whale rib, howling under the midnight sun’ to ‘two men struggling to free their scooter from a barbed-wire barricade’, this blog should provide you with hour after hour of rainy day fun.

    Click that little ‘read more’ button to see some stand-out images that we thought we worth copying and pasting.