Posts Tagged ‘xmas gifts’

The 24 Days of Christmas – Days 23 & 24

December 24, 2009

Right, well if you haven’t bought your loved ones anything by now, chances are you never will. That being said, there’s still time, and this last gift is so amazing we had to dedicate the last two days to it.

Days 23-24: The Ariel Atom.

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Form following function, race bred design and truly uncompromised performance. This is the Atom. Minimal bodywork, moulded to the highest standards possible, consisting of separate composite panels reduces weight, minimises costs and allows easy access for adjustment of most settings. Developed in the wind tunnel to generate front and rear downforce, with special attention paid to underbody air flow, the bodywork provides stability and precise steering at all speeds.

With its wide track the Atom can accomodate 2 large adults in safety, comfortably solving the space problems usually found in vehicles of this class. The composite twin seat unit, deisgned to be set up for the driver, offers high lateral support and a comfortable driving position.

On the dash housed in a minimal console the compact racing instruments feature stepper motor driven needles with clear, white on black, easy to read faces, LCD readouts for secondary information and all legally required warning lights for road use. A remote, keyless immobiliser allows for an ignition on/kill switch and starter button, ergonomically grouped together with other controls around the steering wheel.

The suspension used in the Atom is unique on a road car and has been derived from current single seat race cars. The suspension is by double unequal length wishbones and inboard, pushrod operated dampers, front and rear. The system features outboard rod ends all round for total adjustability and inboard rubber/metal bushes for compliance and comfort. Coil over dampers front and rear extend the adjustability of the car allowing the Atom to be quickly set up for road or track use or to individual preferences.

The Atom has been designed to be used on the road or the track. Race derived features include adjustable front/rear bias brakes with the option of remote operation while driving, twin brake master cylinders, hydraulic clutch, one and a half turn competition steering rack, adjustable allow pedals and ram air system. It is this thought for detail and lack of compromise that makes the Atom so totally unique.

Even in the standard 1.8 form the Atom’s power to weight ratio exceeds that of a 911 Porsche. The Atom power is from the Rover K Series as used in the MGF and Lotus Elise. Proven in road and competition use the engine and gearbox combines reliability and tuning options with economic servicing and practial ownership. With the performance emphasis of the Atom geared towards acceleration and handling, the power to weight ratio even in standard form exceeds that of most sports cars. In tuned form, capable of giving up to up to 500 bhp/tonne, the Atom approaches the levels of pure racing cars.

Available from firebox.com.

And to play us out, for this final time… Merry Christmas everyone.

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 18

December 19, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #18 – Ralph Lauren Polo Shirt

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Quite simply, fresh. Although Ralph Lauren can’t stake a claim as the inventors of the polo shirt – that honour goes to Lacoste, if my sources inform me correctly – RL’s are possibly the most iconic. In a classic vibrant red, 100% cotton with a subtle logo on the breast, this polo is perfect for those wanting to rock a preppy look this season. Which you do, trust me.

Available now from asos.com.

And now, simply for the immortal line ‘Ralph Lauren was boring before I wore him’, is Rhymefest feat. Kanye West – ‘Brand New’

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 17

December 17, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #17 – Frankie Boyle Tickets.

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Ingesting Frankie Boyle’s comedy is for me, a guilty pleasure. His shocking and downright horrible humour satiates the beast within. You know, that itchy, grumpy little bastard that would love to slap people that walk slowly, berate teenagers that piss about on the train as if everyone is in on the joke and kill idiotic celebrities in fantastically ironic ways. No? Must just be me then. Nevertheless, listening to Boyle’s jokes and tirades are a cathartic experience in the same way S&M must be for Eton tutors or Formula 1 bosses.

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Having made Mock The Week what it is, Frankie is now focussing on his solo career. His DVD, Frankie Boyle Live was very well received and cemented his status as one of Britain’s most outspoken comedians. It was so successful that even writes for The Sun now for god’s sake! Although I can’t say I approve.

Next year, the Scottish comic will embark on a new nationwide tour. All the details you need can be found here. We’ve got ours already!

And now, with a music choice that would undoubtedly piss Frankie off, I present to you Frankie Boyle look-alikes The Proclaimers, performing their seminal hit, (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles.

Kristian

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 16

December 16, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #16 – The Official CIA Manual of Trickery & Deception

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We all know someone with a (sometimes unhealthy) interest in the world of espionage. Well, for those people, who let’s face it, are notoriously difficult to buy for, get them the 1953 edition of the Official CIA Manual of Trickery & Deception.

Intelligence historian Melton and retired CIA officer Wallace (coauthors of Spycraft) reunite for this unremarkable reproduction of a long-lost cold war–era relic. In 1953, the fledgling CIA hired professional magician John Mulholland to adapt his techniques of stealth and misdirection to the craft of espionage. Mulholland produced two illustrated manuals featuring a range of tricks from placing pills into drinks to stealing documents and avoiding detection. The classified manuals were believed to have been destroyed in 1973, but the authors discovered a copy in 2007 among recently declassified CIA archives. The manuals are reproduced along with enhanced illustrations and an extended introduction by Melton and Wallace. Despite the authors’ best efforts to promote their discovery of Mulholland’s work as a rare piece of historical evidence of the CIA’s legacy of black arts, the manuals, with their earnest, how-to descriptions of surreptitiously spiking drinks, palming documents and signaling colleagues with a feather in a hat band seem more quaintly anachronistic than revealing or sinister.

© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Pretty cool, huh? Available from Amazon.

And to play us out, from the hilarious ‘I Spy’ starring Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson and Famke Janssen…

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 15

December 15, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Day #15 – Singing Star for a Day Experience

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For those with a desire to hit the big time, it’s obvious that we all have to start somewhere. Well, with this thoughtful and unique gift, you get to play Simon Cowell and give someone the chance to hit a recording studio for a full 6 hour session and record around 5 songs (although according to the website, they have actually managed 11!)

Obviously the musician-to-be will need to be well rehearsed and ready to hit the ground running, as it were, but hey – 6 hours with professional sound engineers in a full studio? AND you get to do your own CD artwork too?! Awesome. This would also be a good opportunity for producer friends as well – I’m sure they wouldn’t mind someone tagging along just to ask a few questions of the staff…? Although don’t quote me on that, I’m not being held responsible if it all kicks off…

Now to start hitting up those A&R’s!

Available from buyagift.co.uk.

Now let me think…. what song would go well with this particular gift? Ahh, I know.

This wasn’t actually the first song I wanted to put up – but unfortunately thanks to draconian copyright laws I wasn’t able to use it. Thankfully, this one’s still a banger.

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 10

December 10, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

S’easy.

Day #9: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Scarf

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Fairly simple one today… ever thought to yourself “Man, I’m cold… and I wish I had more pockets to carry all this stuff!”

Well worry no more. This charming JC/DC scarf comes in a block colour red with patch pockets on either end, putting an end to all your warmth and storage worries.

Available from menalamode.com.

As for a song.. yep, you guessed it, ‘One Hand in my Pocket’ by Alanis Morissette:

James

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 6

December 6, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

S’easy.

Gift idea #6: The Nixon Newton Watch.

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Everyone loves a nice watch. Except that whenever you get a watch as a present its always one of those really nice and quite obviously expensive ones that you save ‘for best’. As a result it sits in its case, in a drawer, being neglected and unused purely because you’re waiting for that special occasion when the Queen or an Ambassador comes to visit.

Not so with the Newton. Aside from its striking and modern looks that replace the conventional hands with rotating dots, it’s casual enough that you’ll want to wear it all day, every day – and coming as it does in a veritable rainbow of different colour options, there’s something to suit any taste, any look or any outfit.

Personally, I love watches like this. Far too many stick with the same old analog or digital format and it’s nice to see some different designs coming forward to reshape their design for the 21st Century. My favourite watch is one by Kede that cost me around £12 off eBay, and the reason I love it is because nobody apart from me can tell the time on it… its unusual and always gets people asking about it. Hopefully, the Newton will do the same for you.

Available from Streetgadgets.com or the Nixon website (although at the time of writing most colours were sold out)

But what song to go for? ‘Newton’ doesn’t really give you many options… Newton Faulkner? Olivia Newton-John? Oh hell no. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Jay-Z, Dr. Dre & Rakim – The Watcher.

James