I was invited along for a behind the scenes look into a venture from another one of the North East's individuals. This time, it was Joe Meagher, of Flat Caps Coffee. Joe has owned Flat Caps Coffee for a number of years and wishes to expand to be able to give what customers cannot get at the original due some restrictions, without breaking his brand's ethos. I had a chat with Joe about his ideas for an expansion and what it could do for Newcastle, and invite you to have a look at his Kickstarter where you can get involved but also receive some fantastic perks in return!

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Recently, I was kindly invited to have a poke around The Ship, Eighton Banks after a recent redecoration and new Head Chef. A really promising rebrand, Chef Stuart Niven is looking to switch things up. He came to The Ship a couple of weeks ago and has great aspirations for turning the place into something really special. The decor is already beautiful; cosy, industrial and even botanical in parts. I couldn't help myself but to even include a picture of the bathroom sink! With a separate section for the possibility of formal dining, a fantastic outdoor space with plans for a new childrens' play area and marquee, Stuart's excitement began to rub off on me.

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I've had a radio show, I've had many blogs before, you could say I've had my fingers in many pies. Always wanting to get involved in the goings on of my own community, often, to keep my eyes wide open. One project, in 2013, was //NEMusic. I was in 2nd year at university and sitting in my apartment, bored of listening to the same old pop songs. I'd always been interested in live music and local talent, but for a 19-20 year old 2nd year student living away from home, I was completely in the dark as to what the North East had to offer.

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The best thing about an idea to have a murder mystery party to celebrate my birthday is that I can bring back one of the best events of the year - in Spring. Halloween. A little party never KILLED anyone...

I bought a murder mystery story online for about £30 but I wanted to still put my own twist on it by doing some DIY projects to make it my own. I always had the impression that murder mysteries could get quite boring with people just sitting around a table, people might not stay in character and it ends up just a Q&A. No. Not on my watch.

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On a recent and literal Shop ’til you Drop session, we needed to go somewhere to refuel and I’ve been wanting to try Time Banhmi since it opened. Time Banhmi is a healthy alternative to other sandwich bars on the Newcastle High Streets and offers a small variety of fillings as Vietnamese sandwiches Bánh mì, tofu vegetarian options bánh mì chay or with rice depending how hungry you are! Today, 8th February is Tết, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and considered as the first day of spring (I’ll go with that!)

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