News Roundup

With Issue #5 well on the way to completion (and appearing on a website near you in the next week or so) we thought that it was about time that we posted something of a news feature.

To begin with, a couple of items that relate to the magazine:

For starters, MAKE magazine have an excellent article in their latest issue, which is completely steampunk themed. The article is written by Cory Doctorow and is available to read online. It is titled ‘Love the Machine, Hate the Factory’, a motto which has long been associated with us here at SPM. In fact you can still buy patches with it on over at Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness, should be so inclined.

Also on the topic of the media for those of you in the UK, we will be taking part in an interview on BBC Radio Scotland. The interview is part of Radio Scotland’s Radio Café show (a culture program covering film, books, fashion and theatre), who are running a feature on steampunk on Wednesday 11th March. For those of you in Scotland, the show will be live from around 1:15pm, and for anyone who happens to be in the rest of the UK it will be available for seven days afterwards through the iPlayer.

Further afield, there are various other events taking place over the next few weeks to appeal. In Australia, the a steampunk club, Prometheus Bound, has just opened in Brisbane showcasing a variety of local musicians, writers and performers, while between 6th and 8th March, Pomona in California will be paying host to Gothla, a belly dance event that this year has a decidedly steampunk theme.

This weekend also marks the end of auditions for the Airship Diaries, a series of short podcast-style audio plays. Once the cast list is announced, there will be ten episodes of this in total, which will begin broadcasting from 11th April.

Finally, we would like to share the work of Andy Clark with you, who has just finished working on a painstakingly-crafted replica of a Victorian flea circus chariot using only the techniques and equipment that would have been available in the late 1800’s.

Flea Chariot

The chariot is around a centimetre long, and truly a marvel of engineering. There is a video available of the chariot in action, and it is also well worth taking a look at the Workshop Shed blog, where there is a step-by-step guide to just exactly how Andy did it, which should be of interest to all you metal-workers.

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2 Responses to “News Roundup”

  1. I just found out about your website from MAKE and I can’t wait to read all of your issues and I eagerly await your next one!

  2. So hey, what happened to issue numer five?

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