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Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • Music Note Knobs & Music Note Hooks

    Are you a music lover? ..As a country we have to be among the most ardent music lovers, with every summer seeing yet more fans flock to the widest range of festivals imaginable. From the not for the feint hearted Download rock festival to the family friendly glamping extravaganza of Suffolk’s Latitude, and of course, the daddy of them all, Glastonbury, all popular music tastes are catered for at these events. And you may have already guessed, from our traditional musical manuscript adorned cupboard knobs and coat hooks, that there is an altogether different type of music festival close to our hearts. One festival, that for longevity, total audience numbers, new works performed, and, most recently, for incredible innovation and creativity, can put all these in the shade. We are, of course talking about the annual classical music pilgrimage to the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms.

    Now in their 120th year, the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts are a series of predominantly classical music that run for eight weeks every summer at the Royal Albert Hall. Part of the Proms mission has always been to bring great music to the masses, and for that reason the promenade tickets (what would normally be the stalls, but for this series the sets are taken out and part of the audience stands) are sold cheaply on the day on a first come first served basis. This idea came from free concerts in pleasure gardens, where people were free to walk around, enjoying the music in a much more relaxed atmosphere.

    Recently, the Proms has really worked hard to deliver not only the best in classical music but also to introduce it to young people, with recent highlights being the Horrible Histories and Wallace & Gromit Proms. This year, tying in with his current level of popularity, the Sherlock Holmes Prom will pay tribute to this great fictional character’s love of the violin. Along with these initiatives, the Proms also run workshops, including this year a choir practice for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, as well as late night and Sunday afternoon concerts.

    And don’t forget of course, one of the biggest annual events in the classical music world closes this annual festival. And if the Last Night of the Proms strikes a resounding traditional chord with you, then our Union Jack drawer knobs will be the ideal lasting memento!

  • Reveal Your Personality With Our Colourful Coat Hooks

    Did you know that your favourite colour can reveal your personality? Colour psychology and theory is a much studied subject, and its leading exponent, Faber Britten wrote 24 books on his studies. Our new custom colour coat wall hanger hooks can be hung in every room in the house. They will not only reveal your personality but could also be a fun way of trying to guess those of your guests.

    Britten worked on a limited palette of nine colours, excluding black and white. Our choices can blur the lines as the range is so extensive the personality types could well run into one another—where does blue stop and become purple, when does burnt orange become brown and so on? And of course, many of us will have different favourites on different days, but here, just for fun, is a snapshot of Britten’s findings:

    RED –not surprisingly, this is the colour of extroverts, those with desire, and a hunger to live life to the full. Somewhat aggressive, quick to show feelings and emotions (which often change), impulsive, and may be sporty. Life is meant to be fun, you hate boredom, and you’re not shy in letting people know your opinions. Why not use this colour as an accent in your kitchen or bedroom.

    ORANGE—sociable, good natured, make friends easily, but you prefer friendliness and companionship rather than more intense relationships. A natural politician, great with groups of people and small talk, but not one for serious thought or discipline. A Warm and inviting shade so why not hang it in your hallway or porch.

    YELLOW—is the colour of idealism. You have deep thoughts and you use them. You may appear aloof, but are not shy, and never get rattled. You are good at logical thoughts, and formulating ideas.

    GREEN—outspoken, steadfast, respectability and social standing is important to you. You are resistant to change, tend to keep the same set of friends, often through social organisations, and love food.

    TURQUOISE—fastidious, with good taste, dressing well and enjoying great food. Poised, self-controlled, needing love and admiration. You could be a little vain, but always charming! This colour would look gorgeous in a bathroom

    BLUE—you long for calm and serenity, with everything orderly and neat. Introverted and introspective, also highly diligent, accepting your responsibilities and obligations. Emotionally secure and sensitive to others.

    PURPLE—the art colour, both those that create and those that enjoy creativity. Temperamental, passionate and unique. Purple people want courtesy, affection and fairness for all.

    BROWN—steady, conscientious, but also obstinate. Frugal, responsible and sensible. Thoughtful and reflecting rather than impulsive and quick thinking. Brown can also be very sensuous people.

    PINK—affectionate, romantic, gentle and with great inner conviction. It can also show naivety and a yearning for childlike innocence. Pink also shares some of the vanity and emotional qualities of its main constituent colour, red.

    A quick check here revealed a strong three out of four matches, with one orange being scarily close to the truth. With our colour custom service you can find your true colour, on which you can hang far more than your personality!

     

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