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NEW POST - Three Places To Visit In Manchester

#manchester #cityguide #food #coffee #art  
We found ourselves with some free time in Manchester earlier this month, as we were down for burger eating at Grill On The Alley. With a few hours to kill we decided to join in with the new Blogger's Travel Guide which Think Money are currently creating; a UK town + city guide generated by the ...
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This Week's Kit | Packing For Scotland
T rips away and holidays always sneak-up on me. Without fail, if I book something in for a couple of month’s time, it’s always the day before that I’m frantically rushing around, checking the weather, throwing random clothes together, and searching for a ca...
Trips away and holidays always sneak-up on me. Without fail, if I book something in for a couple of month's time, it's always the day before that I'm frantically rushing around, checking the weather, throwing random clothes together, and searching for a case big enough to fit them in.
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When your basketball court is multicoloured and tucked away in between a row of buildings in the centre of Paris, you know you're onto a winner. So effective, and it certainly made us smile. Designed by Ill-Studio for fashion brand, Pigalle. First seen on Dezeen.
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We travelled to the South of France to experience the new +BMW 6 Series

#france #marseille #bmw #6series #lbloggers  
To me, France is quickly turning into the 26 Bus of countries; you live most of your life just near the route, without giving it a secondary thought, then something comes up and you have to use said route twice in the space of as many months. In May I had the opportunity to join the BMW team, ...
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Visiting Marseille, France with the new BMW 6 Series
T o me, France is quickly turning into the 26 Bus of countries; you live most of your life just near the route, without giving it a secondary thought, then something comes up and you have to use said route twice in the space of as many months. In May I had ...
To me, France is quickly turning into the 26 Bus of countries; you live most of your life just near the route, without giving it a secondary thought, then something comes up and you have to use said route twice in the space of as many months. In May I had the opportunity to join the BMW team, ...
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NEW POST - Bellroy's Philosophy of Design

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#bellroy #design #tech #iphone #apple  
Bellroy is a brand that just keep on delivering the goods. I remember when we saw their first offering - a simple slimmed down wallet; a really neat idea, but I did wonder how much further that could go. The fact that they were constantly releasing new versions of that first wallet, ...
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Three Places To Visit In Manchester
W e found ourselves with some free time in Manchester earlier this month, as we were down for burger eating at Grill On The Alley . With a few hours to kill we decided to join in with the new Blogger's Travel Guide which Think Money are currently creating; ...
We found ourselves with some free time in Manchester earlier this month, as we were down for burger eating at Grill On The Alley. With a few hours to kill we decided to join in with the new Blogger's Travel Guide which Think Money are currently creating; a UK town + city guide generated by the ...
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Multicoloured Basketball Court in Paris.
When your basketball court is multicoloured and tucked away in between a row of buildings in the centre of Paris, you know you're onto a winner. So effective, and it certainly made us smile. Designed by Ill-Studio for fashion brand, Pigalle. First seen on Dezeen.
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Visiting Marseille, France with the new BMW 6 Series

#bmw #6series #cars #france #marseille #travel #lbloggers  
To me, France is quickly turning into the 26 Bus of countries; you live most of your life just near the route, without giving it a secondary thought, then something comes up and you have to use said route twice in the space of as many months. In May I had the opportunity to join the BMW team, ...
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Our thoughts on Bellroy's approach to designing solutions

#bellroy #design #lbloggers #tech  
Bellroy is a brand that just keep on delivering the goods. I remember when we saw their first offering - a simple slimmed down wallet; a really neat idea, but I did wonder how much further that could go. The fact that they were constantly releasing new versions of that first wallet, ...
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Bellroy's Philosophy of Design
B ellroy is a brand that just keep on delivering the goods. I remember when we
saw their first offering - a simple slimmed down wallet; a really neat
idea, but I did wonder how much further that could go. The
fact that they were constantly releasing new ...
Bellroy is a brand that just keep on delivering the goods. I remember when we saw their first offering - a simple slimmed down wallet; a really neat idea, but I did wonder how much further that could go. The fact that they were constantly releasing new versions of that first wallet, ...
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  • Buckets & Spades Blog www.bucketsandspadesblog.com
    Writer, 2008 - present
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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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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
heavydenim.blogspot.com

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...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

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
google-latlong.blogspot.com

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
heavydenim.blogspot.com

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
heavydenim.blogspot.com

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...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

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...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

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...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

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...
www.bucketsandspadesblog.com

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

Buckets & Spades - Men's Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Blog: ASA...
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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

Sweet little coffee shop, recommended by a friend. Nice staff and good coffee
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reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tiny little place but packed a punch. Food tasted great, small dishes. Ended up being a little more money than I was hoping for but really nice experience and would go again. Staff were great, and helpful. Great character.
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reviewed 2 weeks ago
Probably the smallest pub I've ever been in. Full of local character and great garden view of the river.
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reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ooooof yes please, this place was great. Had a burger, side and a drink, came to £15. Deal!
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Honestly not as good as I was hoping for or had been told about. The view of the tower was amazing, but the food was just ok. Steak was chewy.
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reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nice little independent beer market, serving and selling craft beer, coffee and locally made treats. Well good.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Full English breakfast was excellent, even though it say 2 sausages and we only got 1.5.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago