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Music to shop by

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Music to shop by

This spring we took our first stroll through the Combe Down tunnel, a one kilometre shortcut into the countryside near our home in Bath. A few minutes into the tunnel we started to hear sounds, soon identifiably music and eventually recognisably classical, most probably contemporary. Definitely Michael Nyman, we joked to each other. As we exited into the light it occurred to me that even inside the longest walking and cycling tunnel in Britain you cannot escape piped music. Piped music. I like all kinds of music but I'm fascinated by softer sounds – easy listening, elevator music, muzak. These...

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Counterpoint

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Counterpoint

The tactile quality of a magazine has always been a clincher for me. Counterpoint winked at me from across the shop, with its grey paper, neutral splash of blue and bolt of pink. It truly is a beautiful thing to behold and simply done, too, which I guess makes it all the more special. Such effortless aesthetic is often very hard to pull off. A limited edition of 250, Counterpoint imbues ever more attractive and unique details: printing via risograph using recycled paper and soy-based inks. The typography and bespoke illustrations are printed using only neon pink, teal and black....

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Sketch Appeal

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Sketch Appeal

Never before has sketching had so much sass. Sketch Appeal is a freewheeling, straight-talking romp through creative expression through the simple act of drawing. There’s no need to fork out for bespoke paints or fancy brushes, this is where art is utterly accessible and, above all, welcoming. Here, the pen and pencil reign and they are mighty. Pick up your instrument of choice and dive in. Founded by London-based Dulcimer Draws, Sketch Appeal already has a broad fanbase and holds regular gatherings in London to unify fellow women artists and sketchers in zine-making and workshops. With the publication of its...

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Make Muse

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Make Muse

Here at Magalleria, there’s a magazine for everyone. And when it comes to women’s magazines, there’s probably more than one magazine for one person. There’s something for for female guitarists, for mothers, crafters, the whimsical and the academic. Make Muse has joined the ranks of our shelves as a societal standard smasher, covering wellness, education, entertainment, the body, community – and more. Based in The Bronx, New York, Make Muse’s concept integrates women, trans-women and non-binary individuals under its umbrella, creating a safe space in which to discuss issues which affect daily life. Its eclectic topics are mirrored with equally...

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Homesick

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Homesick

Such is my tumbling mind that I’m on a self imposed Reddit ban and limit my Youtubing to two videos a day. I always want to know more but I have to stop myself. I can read the IMDb trivia about a film I’ve just watched, but can’t allow myself any further searching, because link-click becomes link-click becomes link-click becomes 3am. Homesick is the result of the same restless – but importantly, productive – curiosity. Yes, it’s a deep-dive particularly interesting to the culturally aware, but unlike hitting ‘I’m feeling lucky’ on an obscure Google search, the findings shine from...

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