Monday, 30 June 2014


Ok! Friday Night myself, Sandy, Miles and Max went to the new Five Guys in Birmingham to give it a whirl. Sandy was the only one out of us who had been to one before, but for the three of us this was our first Five Guys experience.



ATMOSPHERE: I had a little think about this. Given the rigid criteria of what I'll do these reviews by, wether 'atmosphere' is really applicable to what is ultimately a fast food burger shop. Then I thought about the actual atmosphere on Friday at Five Guys and it's totally applicable. The atmosphere was awesome. They were pumping out a really good playlist of 80s songs, where almost every song made you go I LOVE THIS SONG and the staff were jokingly singing along. All the customers were enjoying it and in good spirits, it seemed like there was a little buzz because it was still relatively new to the city. Everyone was super friendly. The music was the perfect volume level not to take away from your experience, it was just all on point. 9/10

DECOR: The decor was cool. It was all red and white (as I'm sure you can see) and seemed to stay true to the original American diners they've got that I saw whilst doing a bit of research. the main area was below ground level, then the ground level was the main dining area and they had a mezzanine floor too. it was well lit and all looked clean and smart. As fancy as a burger shop could look without looking contrived. 8/10

This drinks machine is called 'Coca cola freestyle' and has 127 different drinks flavours. Every single drink that Coca Cola PLC do is available, from Peach Sprite to Grape Fanta to Blue Powerade. Insane. £2.50 unlimited refills

FOOD: The food was crazy. It was so classic, a real example of something simple done very well. I'll go on record as saying it's the best cheeseburger I've ever had. Max has been to New York twice and ate cheeseburgers non stop and also agreed that this was the best one he had ever had. They also did hotdogs, but we didn't order those. I had heard big talk about the fries. They were good but left a little to be desired for me, maybe I'm being harsh for the sake of it. They were delicious, salty and home cooked. The menu is short, but this place know what they do and do it well. If you want a burger and fries, you go to Five Guys, although a milkshakes and sides menu wouldn't have gone a miss. 9/10

We all had bacon cheeseburgers which in true fatty American style come as doubles as standard then you add any toppings you so choose for free. Everything from jalapeƱos to gherkins to fried mushrooms. 

SERVICE: The service was great too! We were faffing a little given that we hadn't been before and didn't really know what to do and they were really patient with us. Right at the last minute as my food was being made I realised ketchup technically counted as a topping on the burger and asked to change my order to add it, the guy did, with no hesitation. Any time we needed sauces or whatever they were cool.

The girl who took our order looked like one of those sexy black girls from Birmingham who have bad attitudes but she was actually really nice and helpful. She broke it down for us and even when we were asking her questions about the portion sizes of chips she was fine with it. Even after we finished and we were just finishing our drinks and letting our food go down and chatting in our booth they weren't in a rush to move us on or come clear our table. They just left us alone, it was perfect. They couldn't have been better. 10/10

PRICE: I suppose this depends on your outlook. I spent £14 on a regular chips (that was huge as you can see), a double bacon cheeseburger and unlimited drinks. For me, that's ok given that it was the best cheeseburger I'd ever had. In terms of price I was comparing it to the Handmade Burger Co in terms of going out for a meal that happens to be a burger and fries rather than holding it up against McDonalds or something of the like. Other people might argue that £14 for a burger and fries is steep. But given that I'd happily go and pay £15 + for a Nandos I didn't feel like I was getting ripped off or leaving dissatisfied. The obviously salty food took it's toll and when you think I had 3 refills it really does make it good value for money. 8/10

CONCLUSION: I like American food and as much as I wouldn't like to admit it to myself I eat a lot of burgers of an average week. I think American food is so simple, but also so easy to do badly, the margins are very fine. Given how poor a lot of the places that jump on this American trend are (see Coast to Coast) I went in expecting to be disappointed and it to have been overhyped to me. It was spot on, seriously. I almost wanted it to be bad but it delivered.

The return journey on the train was £12 and the food was £14 so for roughly £30 all in I had a really nice evening and felt like it was money well spent. Believe the hype, Five Guys is fucking awesome. I'll be going back very soon indeed. 44/50

Saturday, 28 June 2014


WUDDUP WUDDUP WOSKENON YOU LOT!? Blog game Phil Collins back at this shit, let's talk about nothing and anything.

Look at this old guy. Tie Dye shirt, jean shorts and a bucket hat and I'm guessing he has no idea that most weed smoking Leicestershire teenagers try and dress it off like him.

Some showerman canvases from the HQ done by little kids. I think Izzy told me these kids were 7 years old and did these canvases when some artists from the HQ went into a school for a workshop.


Seeing more and more brolly wallies as time wears on.

The world cup has obviously started and the African fans have been so good. I bet they have some absolutely insane fancy dress parties. 'I've come as the spirits of our fore fathers' and shit like that.

Vodka Revs aka Werdy rervs get their design so so spot on. Sign up to their mailing list and get wonderful e-flyers all year round.

I don't know if you can make it out but she has the Gareth Bale love heart hands tattooed on the back of her neck hahaha. That's good isn't it?

There is an old bloke who goes around cleaning up the tables in the new Burger King who has some insane tattoos. He has EMINEM down his fore arm in a straight line similar to how Eminem has his tattoos and he has 'G Unit' scripted across his wrist, as pictured. He must be in his 50's.

Do you see the style here? Oil slick glasses and a bandana tied over his head. This is street fucking style. This is the real levels. The bandana has barbed wire print on it, do not fuck about.

Hollywood bowl taking the piss out of my life, showing the football on the smallest screen in the whole building.

We went bowling for our end of year staff party! It was such good fun, while I was there I was thinking this is something I should do far more. Bowling ally in the highcross please, then You'll see me become that strike guy. Enter a fucking league with some of the guys and get matching jackets and shit.

Lewis and Darryl doing some pretty groundbreaking special effects in Baynsement last week.

This shopkeeper is 100% trying it. 15p each for chocolates out of a Celebrations box haha. Imagine the profit. I was asking him about it and he refused a comment.


It was so hot. Like literally 26c or some shit. This guy was wearing a heavy, thick tweed coat and jeans. Not to mention his huge, hot backpack.

On the way to London last weekend I basically figured out that Jaffa Cakes are fucking sick

This was the day after England got dumped out of the World Cup. A pair of boots ontop of a bin in London. #Art #Symbolic #YouWouldntGetIt

I tweeted this photo of Toms veiny arms telling those Tumblr yats to put their money where their mouths are. If they love this shit so much, shut up and date Tom. He got absolutely drowned in abuse, poor lad. Everyone was giving him grief.

My favourite World Cup babe in crowd has been this treat from Bosnia. High ponytail just screaming that she enjoys fun.

This pigeon was eating sick. Im not having a go but like if in your culture you already eat out of bins and that dont eat dried sick off the pavement mate.

Ben and Rebecca came over to see Nat and Curtis's new place and the six of us went out for some Turkish food. Nat and Curtis's local is a pretty good one. We had desert and everything, it was absolutely on point.

Summer Ball drunkeness that evening. I was so so tired and pissed hahaha

Bees made this superb cake yesterday for Sarah's birthday and brought it with us for lunch. It was tremendous and surprisingly nice with the skittles and the chocolate mixed together haha 

That's WICKEDLAND for you! a barrel of Lols! enjoy your life!

Friday, 27 June 2014


Yooooooooo it's been a while since I did one of these posts. Here's some lovely stuff I've enjoyed recently. I feel so so chronically uninspired, I need to clean my studio space over the weekend and just sit in and get to work.

I know it's awful not to credit artists and whatever but fuck it, I'm lazy and I don't care. If you wanna find out who did something do a google image search by dragging one of these images into the search bar.

I've been waiting for this song to come out for so so long. Seriously, how good is it?