If you’re in need of some décor inspiation you’re in luck as we’ve created another Mio mood board. This week we have decided to pair our Evoke D2 Mio in Charcoal with some monochrome kitchen homewares for a Scandinavian interior effect.We love this modern simplistic look but as always, feel free to share your own interior ideas!
Another bank holiday means another three day weekend and with the weather heating up there is plenty to do – from music festivals, food festivals to street parties galore. So, if you were planning on setting up camp on the sofa with some box sets, think again…
As always we like to suggest some of our favourite live music events, so here are our top recommendations for the weekend across the UK:
On Friday 22nd May, Irish musician Hozier will be playing the O2 Academy in Newcastle. His self-titled debut album was released just last year and was met with great success. If you’re an indie fan this is a gig not to be missed.
Take That are playing shows all weekend at the Manchester Arena as part of their Arena 2015 tour. With support from former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson this will be an incredible event. If you were a fan back in the 90s and are feeling a little nostalgic take yourself down to the Manchester Arena on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.
As part of his 70th birthday celebrations, guitarist legend Eric Clapton is playing a series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall one of which is taking place this weekend, on Saturday 23rd May. He will be performing with his band members; Paul Carrack, Michelle John, Chris Stainton, Sharon White, Nathan East and Steve Gadd and will no doubt wow his audience as he has done time and time again.
Former Beatles star is playing The London O2 on Saturday and Sunday night. It’s been more than 50 years since he started in the music business and Sir Paul McCartney is still putting on a great performance for all his fans. With his most recent single, fourfiveseconds, collaboration with Kayne West and Rhianna receiving rave reviews, he doesn’t seem to be fizzling out any time soon.
Foo Fighters, one of the world’s most popular rock acts are playing the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Monday. You may not have the next day off work, but the Foo Fighter’s are sure to put on a performance not to be missed.
Let us know if you’re planning on attending any of these gigs, or any other gigs you’ve got lined up this weekend! Have a great bank holiday weekend!
Celebrating our Evoke Mio Cerulean with food you never knew was blue
We all know that colours affect our mood, but what about the colour of the food you eat? Did you know that you can “taste” different colours?
The Evoke D2 Mio and Evoke D4 Mio come in seven fresh spring/ summer colours thanks to interchangeable trims and we’re currently offering customers a free coloured trim and a ChargePAK, worth up to £59.99. So, to celebrate, we thought we’d share some food that’s – believe it or not – naturally blue!
Blue concord grapes
Often more purple than blue, some crops take on this beautiful blue hue and make great wine, or are great just eaten fresh.
Blue Chai Tea
Made with the Blue pea flower, this tea not only has some amazing health benefits but the flower’s natural hue is often used a dye.
This week’s Mio mood board features our vibrant Raspberry Evoke D4 Mio. We thought this would add great pop of colour to any bedroom. This week we’ve paired our Raspberry trimmed radio with a mixture of white and oak furniture. What would you pair yours with?
It’s becoming ever apparent that the future of radio is digital. If Norway announcing its 2017 switchover date wasn’t enough momentum, today the World DMB Automotive Event launches the first commercial DAB+ service in the Brussels region of Belgium.
The launch of the commercial DAB+ is set to enhance the offerings of the Belgian public broadcasters VRT and RTBF, which account for 16 different stations already using DAB.
Norking is continuing testing and expects to have DAB+ coverage for Antwerp and Ghent by 2017.
Pure’s Vicky Hewlett and Jasper Wybrants collecting their award from Auto Express’s Steve Fowler
We are delighted to announce that the Pure Highway 300Di has been awarded the Auto Express Product Award for In Car Adaptor for the third year running. Highway 300Di is a revolutionary product that, with professional, installation allows users to listen to high quality DAB digital radio in their car. It was first launched in 2011 after the roaring success of Pure’s original Highway and has been met with fantastic reception ever since. Take a look at more of the reviews here.
More information on the Highway 300Di is available on our website.
Kanye West: love him or loathe him, his commitment to his performances can’t be questioned. Surrounded by pyrotechnics recreating a scene from, what we consider to be a recreation of the cult horror film “Drag me to Hell”, Kanye could be seen bouncing around the stage dodging both flames and back-up dancers. But amid the roaring flames and Yeezy rapping his new single All Day, were boos from the audience. His sister in-laws, Kylie and Kendall Jenner were also booed as they introduced him onto the stage. Perhaps Kanye’s marmite personality is starting to effect his reception at live shows.
For those watching on the television at home (i.e. the rest of us mere mortals), profanities in his song were censored with silence, leaving gaps up to 15 seconds long in the song.
Taylor Swift unveils the craziest pop video since Miley swung in on a wrecking ball
Taylor Swift – as well as picking up eight awards- premiered her new video, Bad Blood.
Have you ever wondered what it would look like to get Lena Dunham smoking a cigar, Swifty walking through fire and Ellie Goulding shooting a bazooka gun, broken up by a superhero-esque cat fight to the background of a new pop hit? No?! Really? Us neither, but here it is:
The amazing Photoshop skills in this pic of Harry Styles from the event
Sam Smith’s Love Actually style acceptance speech
At home recovering from surgery on his vocal cords, Sam Smith was unable to be at the awards but gave this charming speech via cue cards, reminiscent of the silent love speech in Love Actually.
The brilliant thing about our Evoke D2 and D4 Mio digital radios with Bluetooth is that they come in seven different interchangeable colours, which makes them perfect for mixing and matching with your home décor. Our favourite colour this week has to be cerulean, a beautiful deep blue which would look perfect in a coastal inspired room. We’ve shared a few gorgeous home wares that we think fit perfectly with the Evoke D2 Mio in Cerulean.
The weather may not be as sunny as it was a few weeks ago, but we’re determined to get into the spring feeling with Mio’s range of 7 fresh pastel colours. We believe that your home gadgets should reflect your own taste in design, so the Evoke D4 and D2 Mio come in 7 different interchangeable colours.
We felt inspired to put some colour back into the rest of our lives as well, so we had some fun with a 7-layered rainbow cake.
Read on to find out how to make your own.
Here’s how you can make your own:
For 6 layers, you’ll need 3 x these ingredients, so to make 7 layers for your own Mio cake, just divide the amount below by 2 then multiply by 7.
For the cake
- 125g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing
- 225g plain flour
- 150g golden caster sugar
- 3 medium eggs (very important to use the correct size)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- edible food colouring – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, plus optional pink (see below)
For the icing
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 x 250g tubs cream cheese or mascarpone
- 350g icing sugar
Recipe (courtesy of Good Food Magazine)
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Tip all the sponge ingredients, apart from the food colouring, into a mixing bowl, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth.
Working quickly, weigh the mixture into another bowl to work out the total weight, then weigh exactly half the mixture back into the mixing bowl. Pick 2 of your colours and stir a little into each mix. Keep going until you are happy with the colour – the colour of the batter now will be very similar to the finished cake, so be brave! Scrape the different batters into the tins, trying to spread and smooth as much as possible – but try not to waste a drop of the batter – a rubber spatula will help you. Bake on the same oven shelf for 12 mins until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.
Gently turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool. Wash the tins and bowls thoroughly, and start again from step 1 – this time using another 2 colours. Unless you’re making the optional pink layer, repeat one more time to get 6 sponges, all of different colours. Leave them all to cool.
To make the icing, very briefly beat the vanilla and cream cheese or mascarpone with an electric whisk until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and gently fold in with a spatula. Be careful – the more you work it, the runnier it will get, increasing the chance of splitting.
Smear a little icing on your cake stand or plate – just a splodge to stick the first sponge. Start with the red, then spread with some icing right to the very edge. Repeat, sandwiching on top the orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple sponges. Spread the remaining icing thickly all over the sides and top of the cake. For more tips and expert advice on how to create the perfect rainbow cake, check out our tips, below.
The first single from Barker’s first album “Give The Drummer Some”, Can A Drummer Get Some, features Swizz Beatz on the hook, and Game, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross turning in vocal performances to make this a stunning debut single from Travis Barker.
Blink 182, Feeling This
Undoubtedly evoking nostalgic memories for most readers, Feeling This is not only a classic Blink 182 track but a 3 minute showcase of Travis Barker’s unquestionably impressive drumming skills. It’s not often that the drumming usurps a track’s lyrical legacy and creates a signature tone for a band, but Travis does just that here (as he does again and again with the band).
Dain Bramage, Drag Queen
Recorded when Dave Grohl was only around sixteen years old, this track might not be celebrated as his best but demonstrates how his skills were honed from a young age. His signature speedy form was already taking shape here.
Grohl’s drumming skills became better known in his days as Nirvana’s drummer, with the hypnotic beat conducting the uninitiated Nirvana fans to fall in love with the band’s cathartic chords and angst-driven lyrics.
Led Zeppelin, When The Levee Breaks
Not necessarily the most technical drumming in this track, but John Bonham’s background beat is what many Led Zeppelin fans appreciate about this track. It’s the rhythmic chant to a classic band that seems timeless in the world of rock.
The Beatles, Rain
Ringo Starr said Rain was among his favourite performances on a Beatles recording. “I feel as though that was someone else playing – I was possessed! …I think I just played amazing. I was into the snare and the hi-hat. I think it was the first time I used this trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat.”
Elvin Jones Special Quartet, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme: Pursuance