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HUMOURCARDS Finest OMG moments

WRITTEN by women for women, Gasp from Paperlink combines vivacious vintage ladies in pretty pastels with fabulous female-to-female humour. Sometimes observational, sometimes situational, always with a very `that’s us, that is` feel, it acknowledges the sheer strength of women’s friendships, the importance of the positive affi rmations they give each other and their ability to laugh off whatever life may chuck at they – hey, even the most ladylike get a little lairy sometimes! The bonkers girls’ nights out, that `just one glass` of Pinot Grigio that turns into a whole bottle, the overwhelming urge to dance like Beyoncé – fuelled by a vodka shot or two – not to mention a die-hard determination never to act your age. Gasp recognises there’s humour in all that women do, from shopping in Ikea to embracing the inner crazy. It celebrates fun and fabulosity and applauds the ability to end up snorting with laughter even after a bad day – basically it’s all the fi nest OMG moments! The whole philosophy of this range is, quite simply, pour yourself a vino and have a good old giggle, everything’s going to be OK.

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Smut and nonsense

DOMINIC Greyer loves absurdly-named British villages – his place names project fi rst appeared on Channel 4’s Lesser Spotted Britain in 2002 but the roots were sown at a much earlier age. He spent many childhood holidays in the Cumbrian hamlet of Boot and, as a teen, a Danish road trip inadvertently passed through Middelfart. Combine this with a cultural diet that included Monty Python, The Goon Show, Dick Emery, The Two Ronnies and his parents’ love for Ansel Adams’ monochrome landscape photography and the result was 2004’s book Far From Dull And Other Places. This coffee-table book is equally at home on that shelf in the toilet, as the photographic road trip documents the abundant absurdity to be found along the B-roads of the British Isles. This ongoing project has now gone global and evolved into

Birthday fun pays off WITH his 40th birthday celebrations taking

centre stage this year Dean Morris decided to concentrate on travel and eating in Michelin- starred restaurants rather than trade shows, but still launched new designs. “I’m having a quiet, relaxing year work-wise but I had quite a response even though I wasn’t there,” he said, “I have new designs in my Fabulous, Bubbles and Twisted Vintage ranges and I spent the show money on a huge catalogue mail-out that’s worked very well. I’ve got orders from shops that haven’t ordered for a couple of years and refresh orders too.

“My Fabulous range which is the one everyone knows me for the most and has been going since 2006 and will probably still be going until I retire, I’d love to win one of those fancy Henries but I’m never going to because they’re just too rude, but I’m putting it out there!

“My trainer called me something during a session at the gym and I thought ‘that’s quite good’, tweaked it a bit and put it on a card and it’s going the best of all the new ones. He’s quite pleased and doesn’t even want any money for it! “It’s ‘Happy birthday you self-centred macho prick’ which is quite funny because my gym is very friendly but there are plenty of others where you see them all the time.”

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Lesser Spotted Images, publishers of award- winning photographic greeting cards, mugs, coasters and the Rude Britannia tea towel among other gifts. They feature iconic monochrome photographs of road signs in the surrounding landscape that make a statement – usually rude – in a Carry On style but at the very least funny! The cards and mugs happen to be educational as well as funny as they are all backed with a map showing the location of the place and an etymology detailing the origins of the place name. If you want the best in real Great British Smut and Nonsense, Lesser Spotted Images are the people to see.

T: 07932 086581

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