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NEW POST - Grill On The Alley, Manchester #TCABurgerTakeover

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We headed down to the Grill On The Alley in Manchester, to sample their Americana-inspired burger menu yesterday. For the month of July (yes just two days left!) the team at Thomas Cook Airlines have taken over The Alley's menu, bringing in four brand new burgers combos for us to get their ...
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Inspiration On Instagram | Abstract Architecture by Ingo

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Instagram has became one of our main place to go to for inspiration - of any kind. Fitness, diet (I mean eating healthy, not eating less), travel destinations, up-and-coming brands, graphic designers, makers...It's all there. Design catches my eye, more than most other posts.
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Inspiration On Instagram | Conceptual Design by Ingo
I nstagram has became one of our main place to go to for inspiration - of any kind. Fitness, diet (I mean eating healthy, not eating less), travel destinations, up-and-coming brands, graphic designers, makers...It's all there. Design catches my eye, more th...
Instagram has became one of our main place to go to for inspiration - of any kind. Fitness, diet (I mean eating healthy, not eating less), travel destinations, up-and-coming brands, graphic designers, makers...It's all there. Design catches my eye, more than most other posts.
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Realm & Empire Summer Giveaway

Win a R/E Jacket + CC41 Utility Clothing Book worth £135.

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This month we've partnered up with long terms friend of the site, Realm & Empire, to bring you this months giveaway. Realm & Empire's unique take on military-inspired garments doesn't just stem from a place of passion, they're one of the only brands to have full access to the Imperial War ...
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NEW POST - Blogging | How Can We Keep Focus?

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I feel like it's time for me to look back over the past few months and see if we're still on the right path with Buckets + Spades. Where do we want to be in a year's time, are we still enjoying it, how can we continue to generate income without compromising our integrity?
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NEW POST - Outfit | Summer Tones

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I'm keen on wearing navy all year around, but this summer I've found myself mixing in more lighter colours - off-white is sure a new one on me. All in the name of keeping things simple I've been trying out styles that I reckon work well together; washed out denim, pale twill chinos, ...
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Grill On The Alley, Manchester #TCABurgerTakeover
W e headed down to the Grill On The Alley in Manchester , to sample their Americana-inspired burger menu yesterday. For the month of July (yes just two days left!) the team at Thomas Cook Airlines have taken over The Alley's menu, bringing in four brand new...
We headed down to the Grill On The Alley in Manchester, to sample their Americana-inspired burger menu yesterday. For the month of July (yes just two days left!) the team at Thomas Cook Airlines have taken over The Alley's menu, bringing in four brand new burgers combos for us to get their ...
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NEW POST - Inspiration On Instagram | Conceptual Design by Ingo

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Instagram has became one of our main place to go to for inspiration - of any kind. Fitness, diet (I mean eating healthy, not eating less), travel destinations, up-and-coming brands, graphic designers, makers...It's all there. Design catches my eye, more than most other posts.
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This month we've partnered up with long terms friend of the site, Realm & Empire, to bring you this months giveaway. Realm & Empire's unique take on military-inspired garments doesn't just stem from a place of passion, they're one of the only brands to have full access to the Imperial War ...
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Realm & Empire Summer Giveaway
T his month we've partnered up with long terms friend of the site, Realm & Empire , to bring you this months giveaway. Realm & Empire's unique take on military-inspired garments doesn't just stem from a place of passion, they're one of the only brands to ha...
This month we've partnered up with long terms friend of the site, Realm & Empire, to bring you this months giveaway. Realm & Empire's unique take on military-inspired garments doesn't just stem from a place of passion, they're one of the only brands to have full access to the Imperial War ...
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Blogging | How Can We Keep Focus?
Image by Jean Jullien for It's Nice That I feel like it's time for me to look back over the past few months and see if we're still on the right path with Buckets + Spades. Where do we want to be in a year's time, are we still enjoying it, how can we continu...
I feel like it's time for me to look back over the past few months and see if we're still on the right path with Buckets + Spades. Where do we want to be in a year's time, are we still enjoying it, how can we continue to generate income without compromising our integrity?
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Outfit | Summer Tones
Wearing - Bomber Jacket c/o Kommon Universe | J.Crew Shirt + Chinos (similar here ) | Nike Killshot2 | Fair Ends Cap | Skagen Watch I 'm keen on wearing navy all year around, but this summer I've found myself mixing in more lighter colours - off-white is su...
I'm keen on wearing navy all year around, but this summer I've found myself mixing in more lighter colours - off-white is sure a new one on me. All in the name of keeping things simple I've been trying out styles that I reckon work well together; washed out denim, pale twill chinos, ...
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Writer of Buckets & Spades - Fashion, Design & Lifestyle Blog
Introduction
Buckets and Spades is a Fashion, Design & Lifestyle blog by Matthew Pike.

Covering men's fashion, style, graphic & packaging design, photography, art and anything else that interests me.

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Featured in Susie Bubble's book - Style Feed: The World's Top Fashion Blogs
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Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
Previously
Stoke Newington, London, United Kingdom
Matthew Pike's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Making my Nike iDs
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I've been lucky recently, to say the least. About a year ago, I owned a single pair of Nikes (Nike Free 5.0 in black, if you're asking). Now

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: The...
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With Liverpool being a city close to my heart, I was very pleased to hear that my friends at IDMC° (Independent Map Company) are about to re

Google Lat Long: A new way to navigate the streets of Google Maps
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:36 AM. Over the years, we've updated Google Maps to make it more accurate, comprehensive and useful. From image

Universal Works x Walsh: City Runner Project
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Bolton. Not a town you'd associated with trainers. More likely Peter Kay, Championship football, and a town gradually being swallowed by Man

Ben's Cookies | That perfect post-lunch boost
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Okay, it's an odd one for a blog with this title, but sometimes you have to shout about those things that fall outside of the editorial remi

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: Wha...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

I'm not one to shy away from the fact that I'm not gifted in the technical department when it comes to photography. But what I lack in skill

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: UNI...
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I've been itching to share this one with you for what feels like ages! I do love travelling - it's a huge plus of working as a freelancer -

Geek Hour | Dancing with Gorbachov: In pursuit of graphics
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Homer: 'How can you love a box or a toy or graphics? You're a grown man.' - The Simpsons, 4F11: Homer's Phobia When I went back home for Chr

Barbour x Deus-Ex Machina | Menswear meets motocycles
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2014 was a year of collaborations for Barbour - they turned the level up to the max, picking to work with some straight-up menswear brands a

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: Exp...
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Getting my pose on with Natural Selection in London last week. And that my friends, is about the most "fashion" thing I've ever said. I firs

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: ASA...
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Cast your minds back to just before Christmas and you may remember me mentioning that I'd been challenged by ASAP54 to pick an outfit out, b

Sperry Top-Sider + Band Of Outsiders | Made in...does it matter?
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A tale I may have misheard from a dusty lecture hall many years ago features the words, ‘Made in Germany’. We’re talking history here…but I’

Men’s Grooming | The Bearded Man Co.
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Beard oil. Is it something I ever thought I need? No. Is it something I ever wanted? Not really. Is it something I like now I have some? Def

Keeping Fit | Original Penguin: Vintage Gym Collection
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I do love me some gym gear. Even my first post for Buckets and Spades, all those twelve months ago, was on a selection of clothes for the gy

Store Visit | Percival, London
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Any time I visit London, my “downtime" blurs into my “uptime” (is that a word?). It seems like it’s a done-deal now that Nik and I will no d

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: Shi...
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By nature I'm a curious person, and with that comes thousands of bookmarked pages from years of having access to the internet. As a self-con

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: Har...
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With Harry Stedman being no strangers to old blog Buckets (see here + here), I was chuffed to hear the team were planning a visit to my home

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I've always been interested in how + why things are made (you can read more about my thoughts on this subject here). Maybe it started with L

Garconjon: Drakes Lookbook AW14
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The past few months have been a whirlwind. If you've been following my Instagram you'll see I've been hopping across Europe, shooting a bunc

The Merging Tide Of Marketing & Technology | LinkedIn
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“The future does not fit in the containers of the past” I urge you to just think about that fantastic quote DigitasLBI & Razorfish Chairman

For what we paid I was happy but it was very basic indeed. We saw that people said the hotel was hot due to no air con, so we requested a room on a lower floor which did help. The room was small but had everything need for one night. The bathroom was quite poor though, and became very slippy after one quick shower. Staff were lovely. Gym, well, I don't think we can call such a small room a gym.
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reviewed in the last week
Decent enough for Kilwins but not the nicest I've been in. Staff were nice, potions were on the small side. Great ice cream as always.
Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
Lovely little inde coffee shop which stands out in Naples compared to the rest. I little more casual and fun loving than anything else in the city. We had ice coffees which were served quick and a good price. Funny characters in there too. Would recommend.
Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
Really enjoyed eating here, as usually Italian isn't really my think. I opted for the pizza as I'd hear good things, tasted great. Massive in size, traditional looking with thin crust. Liked the outside inside vibes, the service was 100% spot on as the waiter was attentive, charming and funny. We took this recommendation from a Naples local, and would in term recommend to anyone else. More expensive, but in keeping with Naples prices.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Friendly staff, decent selection of food, delt with queues well and a nice seating area.
Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
Just great. Did the 2 parks using a 2-day pass, rather than 2 parks in 1 day - much better idea and works out at about £20 extra in total. Simpsons section in is my fav but would be nice if there was more Homer + Bart stuff. Shame they got rid of the Comic section in the shop too, but still good.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great, fast service, packed out but no waiting time. Happy hour actually rocks, half price starters and all drinks $3 so worth going just before 6pm. Ate here 3 times on our recent holiday, tried the chicken + choizo rice bowl, steak rice bowl and buttermilk chicken. All ideal. Service was great, one of the times the fella was a little distracted but all good apart from that.
Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago