My Summer Moroccan Adventure

In April 2016 we visited Agadir in Morocco for four nights. Here’s our handy Agadir travel guide, and tips for if you’re planning your own visit.

This year I completed my first ever proper holiday in the sun, with a challenge given to try and spend some time just relaxing, instead of trying to pack in as many excursions as possible so I need a holiday when I come back to recover from my holiday away. Here’s our handy Agadir travel guide to give you some tips if you’re planning your own break in this amazing country.

We decided after Christmas to book four nights away in Morocco. Other than a day spent in Egypt as part of a Mediterranean cruise when I was 16, this would be the first time either of us had been on holiday to Africa. Travelling to Agadir, we were looking forward to a sun filled beach break.

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Supernova 2016 – Full line-up released

Supernova 2016 have released the full line-up for Manchester’s first sci-fi & fantasy film festival, and it looks like it’s going to be an amazing weekend!

Supernova 2016 line-up

Supernova 2016 is a two-day sci-fi & fantasy film festival coming to Manchester on the 28th and 29th May. Hosted by Odeon Printworks, the creators of Grimmfest are bringing us a fine selection of films to occupy our weekend.

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Game Review – Knit Wit

Knit Wit is a social game for all the family, using Venn diagrams and adjectives to test you creativity, this is a game for all word geeks.

Knit Wit is one of the strangest games I have played for a while. It’s designed by Matt Leacock who also designed Pandemic, one of my favourite games of all time, but Knit Wit is something quite different.

What is Knit Wit?

Knit Wit is a light social game with easy to pick up rules and quick play. A far cry from the in depth co-operative and strategy style of Pandemic, and with a knitting theme, I wasn’t initially sure what to make of this game.

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HiddenCity Manchester – Creative Spaces

HiddenCity Manchester is a puzzle hunt designed to help you experience new places by solving cryptic clues which send you to quirky and exciting locations.

HiddenCity Manchester

HiddenCity is a company who turn a city into an experience. Currently available in four major UK cities, I happen to be lucky enough to live in one of them. HiddenCity Manchester is called ‘Creative Spaces’, and is designed to help you see classic and contemporary art and design, explore shops and chill out in independent bars and cafes. You don’t require any local knowledge to take part, you just need a map, and a few hours of time.

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Vapiano Manchester

Vapiano have recently launched their Eat Pasta Run Faster campaign, and last week, we visited Vapiano Manchester to give it a try.

Whilst my visit to Vapiano Manchester was complementary, this review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Last week we visited Vapiano Manchester to check out their new restaurant, and their #EatPastaRunFaster menu.

What is Vapiano?

Vapiano is a laid back, quirky, self service restaurant. On entry you’re each given a card, which is swiped each time you place an order, and handed over when you finish to work out how much your visit has cost. You place your orders direct with the kitchen, and watch your food being prepared right in front of you. All ingredients are super fresh, with pasta & pizza dough being made on site each morning, and fresh herbs are readily available on each table.

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The growth of CodeUp

CodeUp was devised in November 2014 as a code club for adults, has grown over the past 18 months, and is now branching out!

The Beginning of CodeUp

Back in November 2014, the idea for a Code Club for adults was devised, and CodeUp Manchester was born. In February 2015, we saw our first ever meetup. Fast forward to March 2016, and it’s astonishing to think of how much the organisation has accomplished.

The number of attendees at the regular monthly Manchester sessions has steadily increased, from 27 in February 2015, to 81 in March 2016. So far, we have had over 650 people in attendance since we began, and in 2015, 29% of our attendees were women, and 18% of attendees were from a black or ethnic minority background.

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Geek fashion from BBT Clothing

Looking for some geek fashion? Check out this bundle we put together from BBT Clothing, your one stop stockist for all your geek clothing requirements.

Having a geeky blog means that my articles are often covering the more unusual topics or events than the usual lifestyle, fashion or beauty blogger, but today I get to do my first ever fashion post!

Well, sort of. I’m pretty sure the fashion bloggers out there would not refer to this as such, but as far as I’m concerned it’s geek fashion, and that’s good enough for me.

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UK Premiere of Moonwalkers announced for Supernova

The UK Premiere of Moonwalkers is coming to Manchester as part of Supernova, it’s first sci-fi and fantasy film festival, held at Odeon Printworks over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Supernova is the Manchester’s very own Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival, brought to us from the team behind Grimmfest, and they’ve just announced the UK premiere of Moonwalkers, the Rupert Grint moon landing comedy, for their debut run this year.

The first look at this brand new festival is very promising. Supernova will take place at the end of May 2016, and will be the counterpoint to Grimm up North’s Horror and Cult film festival Grimmfest in October. Spanning four days, from the 27th to the 30th May, the festival will take over Odeon Printworks for the bank holiday weekend.

Supernova intends to be an International film festival which celebrates the past, present and future of Sci-Fi cinema. The opening night brings us the red carpet premiere of Moonwalkers, starring Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan and Ron Pearlman. Set in 1969, Moonwalkers tells the hilariously dangerous tale of an unstable CIA agent who fails to locate the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and must instead team up with a seedy rock band manager to develop the biggest con of all time: A live television staging of the moon landing. Members of the cast and crew will also be in attendance for the screening.

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Doctor Robot’s Heart Rate Monitor – Raspberry Pi Project

Our Picademy hack was Doctor Robot’s Heart Rate Monitor, & involved hooking the Adafruit Heart Rate Educational Kit up to our Raspberry Pi & blinking an LED

Last week I attended the Manchester Picademy training, and became a certified Raspberry Pi Educator! As part of the training, we spent a day creating our first hack. We could be as creative as we wanted to be, and produce anything we liked. We produced, the Doctor Robot’s Heart Rate Monitor.

I arrived in the morning with my box of kit, things I have acquired over the last few years, but not really used (as I didn’t know what to do with them), and teamed up with my partner in crime Claire Foster. We decided to come up with a project that used the coolest items in my kit, which we decided would be;

  1. Adafruit Heart Rate Monitor Educational Kit
  2. Display-O-Tron
  3. 4tronix Picobot

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Manchester International Film Festival 2016

Thursday 3rd March saw Manchester kick off it’s second International Film Festival with the International premiere of Dennis Viollet – A United Man. While we couldn’t make it to the opening event, we did manage to make it to the rest of the festival. This year the MANIFF 2016 official film selections covered three themes, Music, Sport, and Women in Film. Inspiring Women in Film features films mostly from female directors, including Despite the Falling Snow, A Beautiful Now, and West of Redemption, all films we’re excited to see.

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