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Music Montag: Jamaica Suk

by James Glazebrook

Jamaica Suk

Jamaica Suk is originally from California, but her music was born for Berlin. Just check out “Qurated”, the title track of the EP of the same name, recently released on Tim Xavier’s Face to Face Recordings imprint. Suk may have studied jazz and played in psych, shoegaze and math rock bands, but today she is laser-focused on rolling, big room techno. Get a free download of “Qurated” and hear more crisp productions on Jamaica Suk’s SoundCloud.

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Photo of the Day – February 27, 2015.

by Zoë Noble

TV Tower Fernsehturm Night Berlin

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Doggystyle: Mog, Luka and Gino

by Zoë Noble

“He only likes the ladies and his favourite place is in my bed. Oh and he’s a superhero! ”

Doggystyle in Berlin Kreuzberg Doggystyle closeup of Scruffy Dog

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Photo of the Day – February 26, 2015.

by Zoë Noble

Berlin Smoking Face

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Pro tips: shop at IKEA like a BOSS!

by Guest Blogger

By Danilo Sierra.

Going to IKEA is a pain in the butt, but it is a necessary evil, especially for any manager of an office or coworking space. If have a wallet as deep as the Mariana Trench, go ahead and get everything from somewhere fancy like Modulor or Minimum. And if you have endless amounts of time, get thee to the Trödel shops. However, the rest of us need to prepare for a quest.

Here are some tips on how to tackle your IKEA trip like a pro  <ahem, like James, Zoe and I!> and make the most of out of going there:

1. Be prepared.

Do your research. Make sure you are going to the IKEA closest to you. And measure the space you are buying for, because there is nothing worse than hoarding – especially IKEA furniture.

Use their shitty website and read the notes below each item, which describes its exact size. If you are some kind of retro oddball, use the paper catalogue. But go with a list already made!

Bonus points: add the article numbers (in this format xxx.xxx.xxx) to a printout of a mood board-style wishlist.

2. Measure up!

IKEA think they are helping by giving you those tiny pencils and paper tape measures, but they are complete shit compared to a proper aluminium or wood I’m-a-construction-worker-who-drinks-Sternis-at-9-am kind of meter. You know, the ones that cost two Euros in Bauhaus.

Using a proper meter will help you to measure accurately, check your angles, get a sense of the volume of your space, and save you tons of time.

Pro tip: bring a floor plan drawn to scale. Then you can be sure you’ve bought everything you need, and left space for important things like fire exits and humans.

3. Do it from behind <hehe>

You need to know exactly how much time you have, including the commute. If you have two or more hours, go ahead and run the maze like IKEA suggests/forces you to. But if you followed through on points 1 and 2, you should be able to cheat and start from the back.

Walk in through the out door and go directly to the warehouse. This is the best way to avoid the unnecessary showrooms, impulse-shopping, student-parent combos, new families (gross!) and their strollers. You are here in a professional capacity.

Pro tip: if you do find yourself in the maze, look up the short cuts (yes, they do have them).

4. Use self-checkout.

It is way faster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. TREAT. YO. SELF.

Have meatballs for dinner. And if you’ve left yourself tons of time, have meatballs before you shop, and hot dogs after.

As well as these culinary delights, treat yourself to a taxi, Möbeltaxi or delivery service. IKEA do same-day delivery through another company, with the cost based on how much you bought. If you don’t mind waiting something stupid like three weeks, buy online and pay them to assemble the stuff for you. That way, there are fewer things for you to mess up, not least your back.

6. Stay loyal.

Consider signing up for a loyalty program, like IKEA Business or IKEA Family. You will get proper invoices, gift cards, and a not-that-bad user interface which you can use to track your business relationship with IKEA (and download the old invoices if you lose them). It works, bitches!

Try these tips and track how fast you go from UGH to NOM! Meatballs!

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Gassi gehen in Grunewald

by Zoë Noble

If you go down to the woods today… you’ll see wild Bullies scurrying through the undergrowth! We took Olive and her bessie, Frenchie-pug mix Oskar, back to Grunewald for an epic dog walk (auf Deutsch: Gassi gehen). The weather may not have been as good as the last time we were at Grunewaldsee, but our silly dogs and their idiot owners had a ton of fun. Release the batpigs!

Grunewald Trees Sky

Grunewald Map Hannah Graves

Olive in Grunewald

Grunewald Trees Sky

Grunewald Walk Dogs

Rusted Metal

Grunewald Dogs Playing

Grunewald Lake Olive at Water Edge

Grunewald Lake Olive at Water Edge

Grunewald Lake Houses

Grunewald Lake Reflection Water

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Survey: what workshops would you like to see?

by James Glazebrook

Following the success of our first workshops, “How to Become a Freelancer in Berlin”, we’re keen to host more educational/training events in our space. If you could take a couple of minutes out of your day to let us know what you’d like to learn about, that will help us provide workshops that people really want. Thanks – we really appreciate it!

Create your own user feedback survey

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Photo of the Day – February 23, 2015

by Zoë Noble

Berlin Stairway Trees Black and White

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Music Montag: Young Legionnaire

by James Glazebrook

Young Legionnaire photographed by Danny North - http://www.dannynorth.co.uk/portfolio/

Young Legionnaire photographed by Danny North

Young Legionnaire are back! Something of a supergroup from the UK’s post-post punk scene, YL consists of Bloc Party’s Gordon Moakes, drummer Dean Pearson and frontman Paul Mullen, formerly of yourcodenameis:milo (one of our few sources of North East pride), and now the leader of the brilliant Berlin-based-ish electro rockers Losers. Young Legionnaire are writing news songs (yay!) and will be threatening to blow Idlewild off the stage at Lido this Sunday, March 1st. Come get some.

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Photo of the Day – February 22, 2015

by Zoë Noble

Berlin Architecture Bright Coloured Building Sky

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