Steampunk sequel to Oliver Twist gains momentum

Scene from Oliver Twist

Scene from Oliver Twist

An idea for a steampunk sequel to Oliver Twist – Charles Dicken’s famous story about a down and out boy who is really the son of a wealthy gentleman – has been completely redrafted from it’s previous version by none other than Cornetto Trilogy director Edgar Wright. Continue reading

Marvellous Japanese steampunk tinkerer

Frisk_P garter heart rate monitor

Frisk_P garter heart rate monitor

It’s nice when I stumble on incredible steampunk work, especially when the inventor has a sense of humour. In order to maintain decorum and to remain gentlemen, we have to refrain from possible exposure to ladies that are unsuitably clothed. It’s one thing secretly noticing the turn of a pretty ankle, but to see leg right up to the garter could see you laying down in the front room with a cold flannel on your forehead.

wpid-img_20150123_234509.jpgThankfully, Twitter user Frisk_P has come up with a suitable invention that will make sure that gentlemen who have a dicky ticker won’t be caught unawares. He’s combined a lady’s garter with a heart rate monitor. Let’s face, the sight of a lady’s thigh is enough to set even the most resolute of pulses racing, so this invention is perfect for such an occasion.

Feel free to take a look at Frisk_P on Twitter. His link is here: @Frisk_P Twitter

It should be noted that unless you can read Japanese, you’ll need a Translation tool to help.

Texas State Railroad starts steampunk event to increase footfall

Texas State Railroad steam train

Texas State Railroad steam train

The Texas State Railroad has seen healthy growth over the last 12 months and now for 2015 they intend to grow it even further.

They have five different events going on through the year, with the most interesting being the three day steampunk weekend. There will be four trains that you can choose to ride on including the Steampunk Photo Train, Victorian High Tea Train, Victorian Dinner Train and Victorian Brunch Train.

Janet Gregg, the Marketing and PR Manager for Texas State Railroad said: ““Our goal is to make this railroad stable and growing not only for today, but for its long-term future,”

We want this railroad to be here long after all of us are gone. And we want those future riders to enjoy it as much as today’s riders do.”

For more information and contact details, visit the STRR website here: Texas State Railroad website

League of S.T.E.A.M. release their 5th episode

League of S.T.E.A.M.

League of S.T.E.A.M.

The League of S.T.E.A.M. are back in the fifth installment of their popular web series. The episode – “It’s Not Easy Being Green” - sees the intrepid explorers venturing into the Louisiana Bayou to capture an abnormally sized Swamp Rat. Instead they come across an alternative legendary creature; The Swamp Man!

League of S.T.E.A.M. screen shot

League of S.T.E.A.M. screen shot

This is the third series of the League of S.T.E.A.M. and they don’t show any signs of slowing. Financed purely through crowd funding via Kickstarter, the action program has lots of fun and comedy with plenty of references to other highly popular films, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghostbusters and Labyrinth.

If you’ve missed previous episodes, ensure you watch the rest of them here.

League of S.T.E.A.M. screen shot

League of S.T.E.A.M. screen shot

New wine tasting room employs steampunk aesthetic

Coastview Vineyard steampunk inspired label

Coastview Vineyard steampunk inspired label

A new wine tasting room is opening in the Carmel Valley area, taking the total wine tasting rooms to 23 in the local area. Based at the Coastview Vineyard (Carmel Valley, CA), the room has been designed with a gentle push towards steampunk without being too immersive – if the photos on the Monterey County Weekly website are anything to go by.

The wines feature a label in brown and gold with a hot air balloon flanked by old maps of the globe.

There’s a grand opening on January 31st, but the tasting room is already open and in full swing.

For more information, you can visit the company website by following this link: Coastview Vineyard

 

Paddington film displays immense steampunk sorting machine

Paddington and Mr Brown at the Geographical Guild Headquarters

Paddington and Mr Brown at the Geographical Guild Headquarters

Have you seen the new Paddington film yet? I haven’t, but after a friend showed me the scene in the link below, I certainly will be doing now.

The scene shows Paddington and Mr Brown arrive at the rather splendid Geographical Guild Headquarters. They require assistance for something – which I’m sure watching the whole film will explain – and the lady behind the desk sets a massive operation into motion that involves massive lengths of brass piping to create a grand pneumatic tube system that runs along the entire area they’re in. Which is big.

The rest of the room is covered in portraits, marble, expensive carpets and two enormous globes, which can be seen in the background of the image above.

Sadly, I can’t add videos here. so please adjourn to YouTube to watch the scene by clicking on the link here: Paddington at the Geographical Guild Headquarters

Toxic Nursery book review

Toxic Nursery by Carlie Martece

Toxic Nursery by Carlie Martece

Introduction
Toxic Nursery is a semi-autobiographical novel by author and illustrator Carlie Martece. The book explores the human personality using personal accounts and blending them into a seemingly twisted melange of stories, observation and sarcasm.
Toxic Nursery is available from Amazon at £8.56 (£3.14 on Kindle) or if you frequent steampunk markets, you could pay the author directly. Carlie trades as part of the Traders of the Floating Market Guild. Continue reading