1920s Makeup and Hair Tutorial

Halloween is slowly approaching, and therefore we are going to start sharing some really cool steampunk and dieselpunk tutorials for you.

This month we will focus on 1920s looks, starting off with this tutorial by ellimacs. Which may not be 100% historically correct, but it’s a great one for people with long hair that still want to do a really classy look inspired by those times.

Product of the Week: Pullip’s Alice in Steampunk World

Alice in Steampunk World

People into collectible dolls will certainly have heard of Pullip, a company known for its super cute big headed and big eyed dolls.

They are currently running a series called Alice in Steampunk World, of which the Cheshire Cat is the latest instalment.

Now this is certainly not a new concept, but that doesn’t stop Pullip from making really neat Wonderland themed steampunk dolls.

The site can be a little confusing as it is in Japanese and translators generally only go so far, but thanks to the global fame and popularity of the brand, I’m sure google can find a solution for a distributor closer to home. Alternatively, you could use a shopping service to order direct from Japan, if you feel like these dolls are a total must have.

I definitely love what they’ve done with these dolls, mixing up steampunk and Alice in Wonderland. Personally I love looking at Pullips, but I don’t feel the need to own any. If I did, I’d be doing my best to get several from this Steampunk World series.

Museum Review: Petrie Museum of Egyptian archaeology

Petrie MuseumEveryone that is more than casually interested in ancient Egyptian culture has heard of legendary archaeologist Flinders Petrie.

The UCL (University College of London), by means of tribute, houses a small, but nevertheless interesting, museum dedicated to his many finds.

The Petrie Museum may sound like something tucked away in a dank corner of a university building, but that is only true to an extent. Exiting from Goodge Street Station and turning into Torrington Place (if you get the wrong exit, simply walk around the station) it’s a simple matter of following the signs. To be honest, I’ve never even seen a museum with signage that good. So regardless of what you’d think, it’s easy to find.

The opening hours may seem a bit odd (Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 pm), but considering it is so small, you have to do put in a lot of effort to lack the time of studying everything on display if you make full use of the museum day.

What makes the Petrie Museum different is not only the cozy and friendly atmosphere, something, especially now with the exaggerated security measures some are putting on, the larger museums are totally lacking, but also the objects on display. Yes, there are some mummies and sarcophagi, but mostly this museum focuses on the every day objects that the ancient Egyptians used, as well as the world of queen Nefertiti and her husband, the infamous pharaoh Akhenaten.

Aside from that all researchers are welcome (check the site for details), which is always great to see.

The Petrie Museum is literally the place to be when you want to get a firm impression of how people lived in ancient Egypt, and not just the upper class. The amount of everyday objects, as well as jewelry, on display is simply astounding. The staff is also super friendly, and they often have at least one specialist around to answer questions.

Don’t expect a grand style affair, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up in content and atmosphere.

For those interested, there is a small set of photos on my flickr page here, but it barely scratches the surface of the amount of things the museum has on display.

Book Review: Dr DOA by Simon R. Green

doctor doa

Dr DOA is the latest installment in the ongoing Secret History series, and once again we find Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalf on a mission that is seemingly hopeless. Of course that doesn’t stop our intrepid heroes from fighting the good fight, beating clues out of bad people and doing what they can to guarantee the outcome of the story.

Whether they do or don’t, well, you have to find out for yourself.

The premise of Dr DOA is in itself simple: Eddie Drood has been poisoned and he has to find the antidote. Facing death even more closely than usual, our very secret agent goes through the motions of trying to survive, whilst at the same times trying to come to term with his own mortality. And that’s what makes Dr DOA stand out from the other books in this series, and even a lot of other books in this genre: the way the author describes the character’s emotions, as if you are actually getting an insight of what it would be like to walk a mile in Eddie’s shoes in that situation.

Another positive point about this book is that it goes back to a previous installment and builds on that. A good metaplot is so rare these days, and it’s great to see that Mr Green is still a master of them.

The possible tie to the Ishmael Jones series is also a beautiful addition. Continue reading “Book Review: Dr DOA by Simon R. Green”