16 Apr 2014

| Ideas | Every Last Drop

The Model 401 Heavy Duty Tube-Wringer sat at the top of my wish list for months and months.

Why? Well, because we are the type of people who will cut open an tube and scrape out every last drop of something before binning it. And yes, I have a peculiar attraction to those ziggy-zaggy metal tubes that you sometimes find in well curated little shops.

Hiro bought us one of these nifty tube-wringers before Christmas. We got a bit addicted to it as you can see. We then gave it away to our friend who was visiting from Japan. He's a dentist (they have loads tubes no?) so naturally he NEEDED it. Last weekend , we bought a replacement and we are happily wringing every tube in sight once more. it works best with metal tubes and great with some of the thinner plastic ones, less good on the thicker plastic tubes.

The Model 401 Heavy Duty Tube-Wringer is an all metal construction with steel handle and aluminium rollers. The manufacturers, Gill Mechanical Company claim that the device gets 30% more out of each tube. While I cannot vouch for that, I can say it does help us get more out of every tube.

Funnily, every sales assistant we spoke to who's come across this contraception, seems to have taken one home and also developed a wringing fever of their own. If you fancy getting hold of one of your own, enquire with  J. Glinert for availability. 


Item: Tube-wringer
Country of origin: Made in Orgeon, USA
Made of: Steel and aluminium

LINKS | Gill Mechanical Company J.Glinert | 

15 Apr 2014

| Photo Diary | Blooming Sundays

It is rare to come across such efflorescent cherry blossoms on a roadside in inner city London yet this is precisly where we bumped into this band of trees. Against a backdrop of a railway bridge and disused arches, they seem to challenge urbanity with a gentle floral salute to Spring.

Hackney is a place of harshness is many ways. Harsh realities, harsh textures and contrasts are all everyday here. But Spring softens the edges a little and things begin to take on a slight glow.

Outfit of the day is blue like the moon in that old song (only the moon is never blue). The bag, I made myself using Marimekko cloth in a pattern called Jurmo which is inspired by a remote island and village in the Archipelago sea. 

The closeup blossom shots are all taken with my iPhone 5c using the Hipstamatic app with the Ray Mark II lens and the Irom 2000 film, just in case you wanted to know.

Details: Trousers from Oasis, plimsoles from H&M, top from ASOS, jacket from POP Boutique, belt from Warehouse, necklace is a family heirloom and the bag is from Stranger London.