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The Unmissables – the top ten debut albums of 2012

It is almost the end of the year so time to start compiling those best of 2012 lists, and to kick things off we thought we ‘d take a look at the best debut albums. There has been an explosion of  great new guitar bands this year. From Alabama Shakes in the States through to Sweden’s bizarrely monikered Goat, the …

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AshleyThe Unmissables – the top ten debut albums of 2012
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So you want cheap Cashmere – here are six brands with jumpers for less than £100

Until about five years ago Cashmere jumpers were the preserve of ladies who lunch, golfers and tourists looking to take home something suitably pricey and Scottish (which they had invariably bought on London’s Regent Street !?). But then something very odd happened. Stores like Uniqlo and M&S began to sell Cashmere knitwear at prices that mere mortals could afford and …

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AshleySo you want cheap Cashmere – here are six brands with jumpers for less than £100
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What to look for when buying a vintage or used racing bicycle – video

So you you have set your heart set on the type of bike that Eddy Merckx used to spin around the Alps on in the 70s. Well you clearly have taste. There’s no denying that older racing bikes from the 60s through to the 90s have a tad more style than lot of today’s racers and consequently they have become …

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AshleyWhat to look for when buying a vintage or used racing bicycle – video
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MOVEMBER: Getting a Mo Bro shave at the Gillette “The Best A Mo Can Get” barbershop

16 days into Movember 2012, and taches up and down the land are starting to look like Basil Brush’s tail. Mo maintenance ain’t easy but, for a prostate cancer bashing worthy cause, men up and down the land are persevering, battling through the bedtime rebukes of their partners and the back-of-the-bus jibes from school kids. Thankfully, Gillette have spotted that a …

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Gerald LynchMOVEMBER: Getting a Mo Bro shave at the Gillette “The Best A Mo Can Get” barbershop
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Trend alert – 60s mod monochrome black and white shirts, trousers and more

One of the likely big trends in women’s wear for next is year monochrome black and white.  Think Bridget Riley, op art, stripes of varying lengths, maybe a bit of dogs tooth too. Apparently stripey op art style dresses by the likes of Marc Jac0bs are predicted  to drip on down to the High St.  Chances are that the mod monochrome look will also have an influence …

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AshleyTrend alert – 60s mod monochrome black and white shirts, trousers and more
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7 Classic Christmas jumpers – stylish men’s knitwear you can wear all winter long

There is a bit of trend in comedy jumpers this season. You only need to check out River Island’s selection to see how prevalent they are. If you want knitwear that doesn’t have to be teamed up with paper hats and plastic cracker jewelry that you can wear all winter long then check out this lot. These are our favourites …

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Ashley7 Classic Christmas jumpers – stylish men’s knitwear you can wear all winter long
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10 Men’s Trophy Jumpers to warm your winter wardrobe

Bit chilly out, isn’t it? If you’re still running about in flip-flops and short sleeves then a) You’re mental and b) take a look at the calendar, it’s the middle of October! Global warming may be jumbling up the seasons like a misguided game of drunken Twister, but winter’s definitely kicking in now. If the change in weather has caught …

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Gerald Lynch10 Men’s Trophy Jumpers to warm your winter wardrobe
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Apple announces new 7.9 inch iPad Mini – starting at £269

It’s here! Rumoured for pretty much as long as the iPad itself has existed, Apple have finally lifted the covers off the iPad Mini. And guess what? It’s smaller, lighter, and offering all the usual iOS apps and goodies that we’ve come to expect from Apple’s full size slates! Looking much like an oversized iPod Touch, it fits comfortably in …

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shinychrisApple announces new 7.9 inch iPad Mini – starting at £269
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Levi’s go green with WasteLess S/S13 jeans collection

Green is the new black over at Levi’s, who’ve just revealed the WasteLess jeans range for Spring/Summer 2013. Revealed at a slick launch bash at London’s Farmiloe Building in Farringdon, Brandish went down for a sneak peak at the new eco-freindly denims. Each pair of Levi’s WasteLess jeans is made from a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, roughly 12 to …

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Gerald LynchLevi’s go green with WasteLess S/S13 jeans collection
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How to devilishly decorate your own haunted house this Halloween

The witching hour is almost upon us! Yep, come the end of the month, the ghouliest ghouls and the creepiest creeps will stalk the streets in search of tricks and treats, as Halloween night descends over Britain. While the 31st of October bash is more of a big deal in the States than it is over here, every year us …

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Gerald LynchHow to devilishly decorate your own haunted house this Halloween
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Forget Adele and Skyfall, these are the best James Bond songs EVER

Gun sights darting from each edge of the screen. The iconic theme kicks in. A man in a tuxedo walks into view, turns to the camera. BANG! Fade to red. BOND IS BACK! We’re just weeks away from the release of Skyfall, Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007, and the 23rd adventure for the world’s most famous spy. Today’s also …

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Gerald LynchForget Adele and Skyfall, these are the best James Bond songs EVER
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Brandish guide to latest Amazon Kindles – Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD

By Becca Caddy, Shiny Shiny Editor Last night Amazon’s Chief Executive Jeff Bezos unveiled a number of highly anticipated new Kindle products and although they’d already been revealed in a US TV ad earlier in the week, the three new Kindle Fire tablets and Paperwhite eReader didn’t fail to impress us. Here’s a quick and dirty guide to the main …

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shinychrisBrandish guide to latest Amazon Kindles – Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD
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Sponsored video: Snoop and lion introduce adidas Space Diver trainers to Foot Locker

Well Prince did it. And now it seems that Snoop – real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. – has done it. The artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dog, then Snoop Dogg, wants to be known from this day forward as Snoop Lion after undergoing a spiritual rebirth during a stay in Jamaica. In this video, we see Snoop – …

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The Many Faces Of The Formal Shoe

The variety of styles, colours and looks of formal shoes is growing day by day. Long gone are the days of just being able to choose between a black pair and a brown pair, and having to have shoe laces, too. Here’s a look at some of the many new and traditional faces of formal shoes. Here’s an example of …

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LONDON 2012: The 5 worst kits of the Olympic Games

Team GB really lucked out when they managed to bag Stella McCartney’s superb skills for the design of their Adidas Olympic kit. But for some nations, the Olympic catwalk has not been so  kind. Forget the empty seats at many events – for Brandish it’s been far more distressing spotting the sportswear sins some nations have forced upon their top …

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Gerald LynchLONDON 2012: The 5 worst kits of the Olympic Games
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Carter and Bond: London’s hidden grooming gem

Hidden a few streets away from Latimer Road station, tucked inside a studio unit on the corner of a housing estate, is one of London’s finest hidden grooming gems. Carter and Bond, established in 2002, offers traditional cut and shave services of the highest quality, as well as a store touting a range of superb male grooming products sourced from …

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Gerald LynchCarter and Bond: London’s hidden grooming gem
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DARK KNIGHT GUISES: Who is the best Batman? Bale? West? CLOONEY?

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES IS ALMOST HERE! One of the most hotly anticipated movies of all time, it’s the final part of Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy which elevated the potential of comic book movies to Oscar winning heights. While Nolan’s take on the caped crusader is now widely regarded as the definitive silver screen offering, the debate as to …

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Gerald LynchDARK KNIGHT GUISES: Who is the best Batman? Bale? West? CLOONEY?

REVIEW: The Stone Roses at Heaton Park – A second coming worth a 16 year wait

Reunion shows aren’t quite the mystical occasion they once were. From the Pixies to Suede to Led Zeppelin to Pulp, long-missed musical heroes are now a staple head to the line-up of summer festivals. The Stone Roses reunion, however, sits outside the realms of regular reunion shows . Following an acrimonious split, it’s been 16 years since the original line-up …

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Gerald LynchREVIEW: The Stone Roses at Heaton Park – A second coming worth a 16 year wait
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20 Most Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Hairstyles

Rock ‘n’ roll can be broken down as follows: 10% fashion, 10% music and 110% HAIR. We know that adds up to 130%. That’s why we’re writing for a fashion site and aren’t quantum physicists. But it also acts to highlight just how important good hair can be in the making of a musical and cultural icon, and cementing the status …

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Gerald Lynch20 Most Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Hairstyles