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A Village Affair – a shop full of treasure in Townhill, Dunfermline

Any shop that welcomes you and your dog in out of a rain and thunder storm and is happy for you to drip water all over the place as you look around is ok in our book. Other than this kindness to wet strangers however, A Village Affair in Townhill, Dunfermline is worth a visit. Packed with a regularly refreshed selection of secondhand furniture and oddities - we spotted a fine antique abacus and some croquet ...

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Take a shower in a work of art

Until now the humble shower curtain seems to have been overlooked by designers but a clever American company called Deny have transformed artists' illustrations into a wide range of home accessories such as shower curtains, duvet covers, cushions and coasters. The shower curtains aren't cheap, averaging around $100 each, but it's not every day your coasters can match your shower curtain. ...

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Craft Scotland Summer Show 2014 starts next week

The always excellent Craft Scotland Summer Show 2014 gets underway in Edinburgh on 1 August. It's a chance to see top quality work and meet some very skilled craftsmen and women. Products are available to buy at the show as well as online through Culture Label. Items that cost over £100 are available to buy through the Own Art scheme, spreading the cost over a period of ten months. Buying using Own Art help ...

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Finding Vivian Maier: documentary released in UK

We were very excited back in 2012 to bring you the fascinating story of Vivian Maier, the reclusive street photographer whose previously unseen work was discovered in a Chicago auctionhouse by John Maloof. The lifetime's worth of stunning pictures are these days celebrated the world over and now a brilliant new documentary made by Maloof charts Maier's life and work as well as his own journey of discovery. ...

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Twenty One Pilots and Catfish: new for T in the Park this weekend

It's T in the Park this weekend and to celebrate here are tunes from two bands making their debut at the festival this year. First up is a gentle offering from Ohio's Twenty One Pilots. Below that we have the new single from Avocado Sweet favourites Catfish and the Bottlemen. Enjoy and see you at Balado! [video width="600" id="eCeBNwBUkcI" type="youtube"] [video width="600" id="cyLTRjMSX6k" type="youtube"] ...

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Jim Morrison on why Fat is Beautiful

In this interview with Jim Morrison he explains why fat is beautiful. Below Larry King reveals what happened when he was seduced at the tender age of 23. Both interviews are cassette recordings from journalist interviews and appear on Blank on Blank which has animated the sound recordings. Other gems include an interview with Meryl Streep discussing beauty and Dino de Laurentis. ...

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From Scotland with Love featuring King Creosote

Highly recommended viewing is From Scotland with Love, a brilliant and inventive film project made by Virginia Heath using only Scottish film archive. The film, which was commissioned to mark the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow  this summer,  features an orginal - and stunningly evocative - soundtrack by Fife's Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. With neither voiceover nor subtitles, the perfectly edited foota ...

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First Aid Kit – sumptuous summer sounds from Sweden

Lurking behind the ungainly name of First Aid Kit are beautiful Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg who have just brought out the perfect summer soundtrack. Stay Gold, the band's third album, is packed with great tunes and gorgeous harmonies. Neither so dreary as Haim, nor so noodly and wistful as many current female singers, First Aid Kit are recommended summer listening with or without sunshine. [ ...

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Fashion Grandpas

Fashion Grandpas, is another welcome variation on the theme that style is not confined to the young - although not sure how happy the subjects would be with the 'grandpas' tag. Advanced Style, led the way a number of years ago showcasing the style of older women and has already being featured on Avocado Sweet - you can see the new Advanced Style documentary showing at cinemas in the UK during June and July ...

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