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UK Eurovision entry 2014 // Molly Smitten-Downes – Children of the Universe

While we’re slightly disappointed that Geri Halliwell/Wet Wet Wet/Rylan won’t be reppin’ the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, we must admit we’re slightly relieved to have a credible artist singing for…

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8 pictures where baby Prince George melts even our cold hardened hearts

We’ve tried, we’ve really tried, but we can’t seem to ignore the goddamn cuteness of one Prince George. He’s been described as a ‘bruiser’ – obviously polite and whimsical, royal-friendly code for being…

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How charming // Tatty Devine blings up Bestival

You know those people who wear their festival wristbands long after the hangover has subsided? Long after the ‘I haven’t come across a pair of scissors yet’ excuse has worn thin? Yep, some…

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Blow Out (and about) // Doing the Lambeth Walk (oi!) with actual Pearly Kings and Queens

We at Le Blow are kind of fascinated by Pearly Kings and Queens, though we’ve never been in close proximity to a real life one. And besides; the monochromatic, decadent look of the…

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Unlikely style icons // Lessons in Mod with Olympics hero Bradley Wiggins

One word, and it’s: WIGGO. Looking like a late ’70s PE teacher, with go-faster sideburns that speak to men (and women), who can deny the charismatic presence of the nation’s Olympic cycling hero,…

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The Manifesto // The London Olympics 2012: discus. Er, we, mean, DISCUSS.

The Le Blow Manifesto. Five men, telling it like it is. On important shizzle, like: Why do men always have to drive? Why do men cheat and/or have affairs (the bastards)? What suddenly…

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Running in heels // Nail the Olympic zeitgeist in actual performance trainers

News flash – Paloma Faith carrying the Olympic flame last week. She didn’t have to totter down the road wearing patent, skyscraper stilettos to make a fashion statement (or anti-fashion if you clock…

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The Olympics 2012 // We should totes get a gold medal for the epic Opening Ceremony

THE OLYMPICS HAVE STARTED! THE OLYMPICS HAVE STARTED *rings big Olympiad bell. And enjoys writing Olympiad* At Le Blow we will of course be bringing you all the up-to-the minute sporting news as…

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Blow Out (and about) // Olympics fun at The Fringe 2012 launch party

As London prepares for the Olympics 2012, The Fringe is preparing to party with it’s unique pop-up members club. Located in a four-storey converted Victorian warehouse, you can get your groove on mere…

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That Big Event in London AKA the anti-Olympic countdown // Ironic tote carriers unite

As all true Brits are well aware, the London 2012 Olympics wouldn’t be a truly British event if the weather wasn’t terrible, the organization a bit shambolic and everyone having a bloody good…

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Wimbledon 2012 // British brands that give you the SW19 look. Ace!

It’s that time of year when television programming gets messed up because all the BBC want to do is Wimbledon stuff. I like tennis, what I mean is I like playing tennis. It’s…

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Euro 96: When football came home // And Alan Shearer still had hair

Ahh, the Euros AKA the UEFA European Football Championships. If you don’t know what the bobbins it’s all about, read our Chrissy’s guide to Euro 2012 here. For me, the Euros kicked off…

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The Vintage Olympics 2012 at London Retro // Shell suits and cycling shorts and LOTS of lycra

The London Olympics 2012 take place in a few weeks. Not that I really give a shit. I mean, I would *like* to go and see an event (is that the right term…

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When Queens go bad // Why Queen Elizabeth II is a Diamond (Jubilee) in the rough

The sage words of Bubba Sparxxx: Shit I ain’t choose to rhyme; rhymin’ chose me This pretty much sums up a Queen’s royal obligation in a neat rap metaphor. Queens are born into…

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Jubilee hip-hop playlist // Ten top tunes one can shake one’s thang to

Now, I haven’t paid much attention to the finer details of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, but none of my friends are DJing at the palace this weekend. To prevent one of the…

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Right royal shite // Really crap Diamond Jubilee themed stuff

Not sure if you know, but it’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend. She’s spent 60 years on the throne. That must have been quite the crap on deck. Only kidding, Ma’am. Don’t…

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Jubilee parties // Finding the diamonds this Bank Holiday weekend

Being a Bank Holiday social butterfly this Diamond Jubilee weekend is harder than it sounds. As the long awaited four day hangover approaches, everyone seems to be treble booking high teas, flotilla views…

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Blow Out (and about) // The Book Club Diamond Jubilee Street Party

Fancy waving your Union Jack flag at a FREE all day street party in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? Sure. What: The Book Club Diamond Jubilee Street Party When: Sunday 3rd June…

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Julie Deane, we want your job! // The Cambridge Satchel Company creator

Julie Deane // The Cambridge Satchel Company creator Starting out at her kitchen table with just £600 to burn, Julie Deane created the Cambridge Satchel Company in 2007 as a way to pay…

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Beauty products fit for a Queen // Diamond Jubilee inspired beauty buys

It’s the Diamond Jubilee next weekend – oh, hooray! Hurrah! Yes, I hear you all – cheering and ‘whooping’ (pronounced wu-hooping) from the London rooftops, waving your little Union Flags and eating your…

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Worra tight bitch // Money saving tips: a royally good deal

Hello peeps. Welcome, welcome to my entry (said the actress to the bishop – arf!) on Le Blow. For those who know me they’d say my best skill is the ability to sniff…

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Best of British // RULE Bikes: supremely stylish bespoke bikes built by ex-Royal Marine Commandos? Ooh.

Aha! Just when you thought our Best of British section was only going to be about heritage clothing brands (and menswear ones at that, if Amy had her wicked way…), we go and…

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Best of British // Barbour: the uniform of Hoxton Farmers and Alexa Chung. And the Royal Family. Yah?

Oh, we all know how I love a heritage brand (have I mentioned I work in menswear 7,896,467 times yet? Oh, I have. Soz) and you don’t get much more heritage than early…

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Best of British // Terry de Havilland: putting the sole into rock ‘n’ roll

If we were playing that word association game (a game I’ve never actually played in real life, have you?) and you were to say ‘Terry de Havilland’, these are some of the things…

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Best of British // Fred Perry: from tennis lawns to laurel wreaths through to reppin’ the mod squad

Working in menswear I’ve always been intrigued by sports and heritage brands – the culture they inspire (and even embrace) as part of their identity; however none so much as Fred Perry –…

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Stereotyped // The Tennis Toff

Timothy is a tennis toff; a member of the prestigious Queen’s Tennis Club in West Kensington (second only to that All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club down the road. He couldn’t get…

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How to… ace at tennis (watching) // AKA the Le Blow guide to Wimbledon

So, that time of year is upon us again. The smack of felt covered rubber on tightly pulled strings, one of your healthy five a day hideously drowned in cream, the sexual grunts…

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New balls please! // Five male tennis players we’d give a good seeding…

If you know nothing about tennis and only want to watch Wimbledon for one thing and one thing alone, allow me to help you. Before you start getting a reputation for only ‘having…

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Royal appreciation society // Kate Middleton’s eyebrows

A British Royal Wedding took place last Friday. I know, right? If you blinked, you may well have missed it. Memo to the monarchy: a bit of PR certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss,…

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Royal Wedding street (party) style // royally good looks

Ah, the Royal Wedding. Let’s face it, apart from getting shit-faced, all we were interested in were the outfits. Yeah yeah, K-Mids looked divine; Posh’s shoes made up for her moody face; Chelsy…

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Get royally rat-arsed with our Royal Wedding Drinking Game!

As you know, here at Le Blow, we do not condone drinking and – oh, okay, you all know that’s bollocks. We’ll just cut to the chase. The Royal Wedding wouldn’t be a…

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Stereotyped // The Royal Superfan

Dedicated Elspeth Walpole, 76, from Pratts Bottom in Kent, is what one might call a ‘royal enthusiast’ for she’s simply mad about the monarchy. Armed with her fold-up chair, two carrier bags and…

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