An interview with Andy Pan Within – PART ONE

andy dolan and his wife michelle
Andy and his wife Michelle run Whitby Steampunk Weekend

You may know Andy Dolan by various other names; Andy Pan Within, Hubcap Diamondstar or even possibly Jam Man. It’s like he’s trying to avoid detection by Interpol, but it’s nothing like that. The organiser of Whitby Steampunk Weekend has acquired these names throughout his life. His fascination with the God Pan from Greek mythology, coupled with a love of the song Pan Within by The Waterboys gave him his current moniker. But what about Hubcap? “Hubcap is a nickname acquired during childhood from friends because I was into T. Rex and was always singing Get It On (Hubcap Diamondstar Halo is in the lyrics).” Obviously his nickname Jam Man comes from his company Decadent Preserves. Continue reading “An interview with Andy Pan Within – PART ONE”

Whitby Steampunk Experience Pt. 1 – Friday

Friday entertainment with Montague Jacques Fromage
Copyright Neal Rylatt, used with permission

Friday 28th July 2017 saw the opening of the second Whitby Steampunk Weekend and Steampunk Journal made the delightful journey to one of the most beautiful parts of the country to be there.

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A visit to Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Statue of Captain James Cook

Despite it’s relatively isolated location in the North East of England providing no large primary transportation links, Whitby has been one of the most popular places for steampunks, Goths and Vampires to visit for several years now. Immortalised in the works of Bram Stoker, the small fishing town already hosts two major events in the shape of Bram Stoker Film Festival and, of course, Whitby Goth Weekend. If that wasn’t enough, February 2017 saw the very first dedicated steampunk weekend held at the Pavilion, which is located at the top of a ridiculous amount of steps.

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The future of steampunks at Whitby Goth Weekend

Another Whitby Goth Weekend has been and gone and the arguments have started again. This time, it seems less about the paparazzi style invasive photographers and more about the weapons issue that I mentioned in this article from the last WGW (Whitby Goth Weekend). There’s also a relatively new problem that seems to be rearing its head. That problem is disgruntled Goths who attend the event but don’t think that steampunks should be there. Whitby Goth Weekend press coverage In the Guardian, they posted a number of pictures of the event but somehow seemed to miss Goths off of the … Continue reading The future of steampunks at Whitby Goth Weekend