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People we love: Bangs and a Bun

18 Aug

We HTC girls have lots on our plates. Alongside our pretty pod, Sam is head of Catch 22’s volunteer unit and balances blogging with baking on an epic scale. Lea juggles Apple communications with magazines, lingerie and soon a little blogging for Old Spitalfields Market. We nurture and baby our lovely HTC blog in our own time. Wouldn’t it be just perfect to make a living out of our beloved blogging? What we need is a little something to show us how to brand, plan and publicise a blog that brings in the lolly and a career all at once.

Oh, hello Bangs…

Bangs and a Bun is a London based blogger of the most prolific kind. She’s smart, funny, gets thousands of hits every day on her blog and – most enviously – that is her job. She is a full time blogger.

The beautiful Jo Gifford of Cherry Sorbet hosted a Cyber Savvy event at our beloved Drink Shop Do so that Bangs – real name Muireann Carey-Campbell (pronounced Mirren) – could tell us how to make our blogs a real success… with a couple of epic stories thrown in (death threats for dissing Madonna… Only Bangs!). We tweeted live from the workshop under #CSBANGS about the key points you need to consider to be seriously blog and brand savvy. They are:

  • Have a plan! Bangs planned her blog posts for months before starting (so, my Digital Manager at work was right then!)
  • Be prepared to talk about your blog to everyone, and everywhere. Get blog business cards
  • Go self hosted – far easier to create your brand and image
  • Look at the posts that are getting the most attention, and work out why – maybe they are the ones that will keep your audience coming back
  • Tweet about your blog incessantly – if you are not annoying yourself, you are not tweeting enough! *
After a couple of hours chatting to the inspiration that is Bangs and consuming our fair share of tea and cake (what else?), we left with a handful of new friends, a massive girl crush on Jo – event hostess extraordinaire – and a big fat catalyst to make The High Tea Cast bigger and better as we build up episodes and attention.
Thanks Bangs – with you’re help, we plan to stick around for a good long while!
*Points taken from Sam’s blog: All things good and proper.

People we love: The Biblecode Sundays

3 Aug

The HTC girls are all too familiar with this utter delight of a band, and their belting Paddy anthems have been the soundtrack to many-a-drunken ladies nights out at Waxy O’Connors. These six Irish lads hail from North London, combining Irish trad’ music with celtic rock. The result? Immense tuneage that demands everyone sing along and attempt to jig while your Guiness topples helplessly in your hand.

Firm favourites include the likes of “Maybe It’s Because I’m an Irish Londoner”, their beautiful cover of the much loved “Galway Girl” (you may remember it from the Gerard Butler/Hilary Swank film PS I Love You… but Biblecode add in an accordion and a fiddle. A FIDDLE!), and – to Sam’s utter delight – they’ve managed to put an Irish twist on Dizzee Rascal’s “Bonkers”. You can imagine the carnage THAT causes during your average alcohol-fuelled evening.

They’ve recently been announced the “Official band of London Irish pubs”, appeared on the same bill as Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy at the London Feis festival, and for those heading out to Reading festival over the August bank holiday (we certainly will be – glamping boots at the ready!) they’re playing a warm up gig at Gateway on the Thursday before everything kicks off.

Check out “Drinking All Day”, their ultimate feel good tune (and the backing track to the life of the High Tea girlies…ahem) at the end of Episode 1. Happy jigging!


A Winter Road: The HTC’s first ever interview!

29 Jul

A Winter Road is a fantastic small budget film production company, created in order to experiment, showcase and create on self driven projects commission by allography, an artist’s response web magazine that publishes every six weeks. They have created stageplays, radioplays and a number of short films all with a collective of creatives which make up the company.

Of course, you’ll have to listen to episode one to hear from Andy Futaishi and Sid Phoenix about the ins and outs and all round crazy occurrences that…well…occurred…during their latest stint in the world of low budget Brit films.

Despite a six month stretch of working day and night to take three short films from scratch through to being fully fledged entries for this years festivals (Venice and Sundance, to name-drop just a little), they:
1. Didn’t die of exhaustion and…
2. Didn’t lose an ounce of their raw passion to make their visions into three astounding realities.

We hope that their fantastic short films Under The City (which is shaping up to be the HTC ladies fave), Like a Little Gift and The Last Seaside Variety Show kill it at the festivals this summer…check back on the blog as we chart their successes.

One thing that this charming duo make very clear is that the sheer dedication they show for their work will see them leap from strength to strength over the next 18 months.

Us HTC girls have been lucky enough to witness these small-time trailblazers in full flow… and now we’ve brought it to you. Hence forth to episode one and listen, and check them out at or on Twitter at @AWinterRoad.