Which are the most steampunk films ever made?

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Will Smith and Kevin Kline

Filmonic posted an interesting article earlier this year which showed a list of the 11 (why that particular number is beyond me when 10 is a perfectly rounded figure) films ever made that have a steampunk element. Continue reading

Why are steampunks being blamed for a lack of smallpox?

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iO9 talk about the Forrest Gump effect

Back in January 2014 I reviewed a pleasant book by the Sheffield Science Fiction writers. It contained a foreword by noted SF writer Ian Sales who was polite enough to point out that steampunk only takes the desirable elements of the Victorian era, missing out the less desirable parts.
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Attack of the Atomic Airships book review

Attack of the Atomic Airships by Steven Harrison

Attack of the Atomic Airships front cover

Introduction
Great steampunk adventures do not feel complete without airships, action, adventure and Queensbury rules. Attack of the Atomic Airships! is a fantastic book filled with adventures, mechanical wonders and an abundance of humour that would be a great read for most young adults. This book can be found on Amazon.co.uk brand new priced at £6.99 and is also available on Kindle for £1.98. Continue reading

Interview with Scarlet Butterfly

Scarlet Butterfly

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Scarlet Butterfly has burst onto the steampunk scene in the past year with a unique act which involves moving around on a pole, making it look far easier than I’m inclined to think that it really is. One delightful summer evening, we had a wonderful chat about the inspiration for her character Scarlet Butterfly, the idea of Fairies and how hurtling to the ground at terminal velocity is actually a good thing. Continue reading

BMW Z4 gets a steampunk themed makeover

Carlex Design BMW Z4 steampunk upgradePolish company Carlex Design have unveiled a BMW Z4 with an interesting steampunk look. The prestigious car modification experts have used a blend of steampunk based components to create the classic look which they’ve nicknamed PUNK Z”. Continue reading

Knicks Knacks Antiques Emporium review

Knicks Knacks Antiques Emporium review

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Introduction
While recently visiting the East coast of England, I stumbled across a small antiques outlet called Knicks Knacks Antiques Emporium which is located in Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire. Easily identifiable by the masses of antique furniture on the pavement and the two mannequins dressed in period clothing, the small shop is owned by husband and wife team Robin & Jeannie Nicholson. What I found on the inside is nothing short of spectacular. Continue reading

Steampunk band in Battle of the Bands final

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

The Copperfield Ensemble Project in the Final of Battle of the Bands

The Copperfield Ensemble Project is an imagining of Victorian music played today: a cross between Chamber Music and Music Hall, this is Classical music to sing along to.
Born out of an experimental attempt to put the ideas Drustan Durman had bouncing round his head in the summer of 2012 into something he could hear instead of being driven mad by, the experiment continues. With Mel Orriss’ incredible musical ability and The Rev JD’s tweaks and engineering, Drustan’s slightly odd song ideas continue to reach reality in a catchy, breathtaking and completely unpredictable way!

The Copperfield Ensemble will be performing in front of 1500 revellers in the final of The Okehampton Battle of the Bands as part of The Big Party in the Park on 2nd August 2014 – http://www.okehamptonbattleofthebands.org.uk/ before undertaking the first leg of the 2014/15 South West UK tour, details attached.

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The Copperfield Ensemble Project

From The Okehampton Times / Battle of the Bands Review:
‘The last heat of the 2014 Okehampton Battle of the Bands crashed its way through the Charter Hall on Wednesday night making it difficult once again for the judges but a great one for the crowd. First Band of the night, and winners of the heat were The Copperfield Ensemble Project. This Okehampton based outfit described themselves as Neo-Victorian Steam Punk and came dressed as the part. A string quartet, amazing vocals and percussion and a hauntingly mesmerising performance where dark cabaret meets theatre.’

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

The Copperfield Ensemble Project Battle of the Bands

As you can see we believe we are the most authentic Steampunk Band in the UK, bringing music of the time into the 21st century and will be playing at a host of major Steampunk & alternative festivals next year.

Catch a live performance of ‘Steampunk March No1′ here –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnOZvMIE7r4
The Copperfield Ensemble Project are on Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/TheCopperfieldEnsembleProject

Tips on staying safe when modelling outside of events

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Group Captain Tony “Bootstrap” Bates

Tony Bates is the Group Captain of Steampunk Doncaster and he’s taken time to draw on his vast experience to give us all a few guidelines when arranging photography shoots outside of steampunk events. Continue reading

Heresy n Heelz Alternative & Burlesque Fair birthday revisit

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I mentioned in the Journal’s birthday post that the Alternative & Burlesque Fair was my first official press event, so I thought it fitting that, as they were back in Sheffield so close to the anniversary, I would pay them another visit and I’m ever so glad that I did. Continue reading

Ladies spotted having tea on London Bridge

Tea Bombing

Two ladies in Victorian outfits set up a table and chairs then had tea in the middle of London Bridge.

A member of the steampunk community posted a link to a news story about two ladies that got dressed up and had tea on the central reservation of London Bridge on Monday morning. No-one is entirely sure why they did and it doesn’t look like anyone has found out who they are.Were they wearing Victorian? Someone has speculated Georgian.

Could it be a PR stunt? Prank? Or they simply got thirsty and just happened to have a full brew kit, china cups, Victorian outfits and a wrought iron bistro table and chairs on them at the time.

Whatever the reason, the term “Teabombing” has been coined and I’m willing to create a page dedicated to examples of it. Well as long as it’s in more sensible areas than the middle of a road in one of the World’s busiest cities at rush hour.

Image provided courtesy of @VEaslea on Twitter