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I have this friend, Kyra. Kyra is a bit of a geek, and she makes jewellery. I constantly tell her she is my most useful friend, which is about as nice of a compliment as anyone has gotten from me in years. I’m such a great person.

I’ve flogged HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras‘ jewellery on the blog before but over Christmas many more magical trinkets have appeared, so I thought it might be worth drawing them to your attention.

Also, I was bribed with a certain necklace. I’m not ashamed to admit that my love and admiration can be fairly easily bought.


First up, Lord Of The Rings things and bits. Makes perfect sense, given that the trilogy (and The Hobbit, for that matter) are essentially about what happens when jewellery develops self awareness and becomes evil. I can’t promise that this jewellery won’t do this.

Personal favourites include the Thorin’s map necklace with teeny dragon charm (see previous comment about bribery – this is what I got), and the Eye Of Sauron necklace (which I can’t believe I have never seen done anywhere else before, such a great idea).

OH! Also, the ‘Not All That Wander Are Lost’ cameo necklace. I love The Riddle Of Strider, Tolkien was an underrated poet, if you ask me.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.


Harry Potter quotation cameo necklaces, obviously. I have to admit, I’ve sort of been over Harry Potter since the final movie came out, it’s hard to get excited about something that a) you got into when you were eleven, and b) is totally and completely over. That is, of course, just me, I get the Harry Potter love, and I love the lace-edging on these pieces, they look so fancy.


BATMAN! I love Batman, did you know? There should be a Batman symbol on all jewellery, this is my honest belief. Grumpy Cat is also brilliant, because I’m pretty sure if I was a cat, I would look much the same.

Grumpy Cat

Sidenote: if you haven’t seen How To Train Your Dragon, you really do need to. Kids’ movies are not just for kids, y’know.

Anyway! Go buy things. You can find Kyra and her booty (ha, I worded it like that on purpose) here: &

There’s a lot of variety – Firefly, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Dr. Horrible, Batman, Moulin Rouge,  shots from tunder the microscope, tiny bottles of booze…seriously. The list goes on.

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It’s been a while since I did one of these that wasn’t themed around a holiday (Halloween and Christmas, mostly), so this should be a little different.

As usual, I have tried only to promote things here that were made locally, and for once, I have succeeded! All the wonderful, colourful things below were made in Belfast! It always makes me really happy to see the number of fun and crafty geeks that live in our little corner of the world, and it makes me even happier to see them selling those wares to the wider world.

Thank you, Etsy. Thank you, geeks.

Seriously sexy.

Seriously sexy.

First up is this amazing Wonder Woman print by Ciaran Monaghan. Fantastic colours, and a great way to get your geeky personality into your house in a grown up way. As ever, I have linked the picture to the Etsy shop, where you can find all the details and the price. Like I have said (rather a lot), this is the produce of Belfast! Amazing.

I really, really want to lie on the Avengers. Is that weird?

I really, really want to lie on the Avengers. Is that weird?

This made me giggle, it is just too perfect. Another way to get a nice injection of geekery into your house, this cushion features a bright and retro print of Marvel’s Avengers, and was made to be cuddled while you have a Marvel movie marathon. At a great price as well! You have no excuse not to.

His hair is perfect.

His hair is perfect.

Well, this is just too cute for words. A Captain America ring, made from polymer clay. Look at his little face! One for the ladies, obviously, but if you’re a man, I declare you are honour-bound to buy this for the lady geek in your life.

Uni-sex? Maybe? No. Okay.

Uni-sex? Maybe? No. Okay.

I can’t do a whole Etsy finds blog without featuring something from Game Of Thrones, can I? Given it has become a huge tourist pull for Northern Ireland. And it’s awesome, obviously. Jason Momoa fans will swoon, and this is subtle enough to wear without someone pointing and screaming ‘GEEK’ at you in the street. Unless that’s what you go for.

That’s what I go for.

Cute. Cute cute cute.

Cute. Cute cute cute.

Dinosaurs and crayons! The perfect mix. I love these little home-made crayons, I’m pretty sure I’ve featured them before. I must confess, over Christmas, I did try to make my own. I nearly melted my own hand off, and they didn’t turn out half as well. Best left to the professionals, I fear.

Far too cool for the likes of us.

Far too cool for the likes of us.

Another Etsy store I’ve mentioned before, this print from Peter Strain is definitely one for the ’80s children. I highly recommend a scroll through all his offerings, mind you. If you can’t find something you desperately need to own, you’re broken.

Another reminder that all the details of these pieces can be found by clicking on the picture – I have been terribly nice and linked you. Let me know if any of these inspire you into draining your bank account!


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Have I done this blog already? I feel like maybe I have, but I can’t find it. Apparently, I now write and publish entire blogs in my head.


ANYWAY. For anyone who is remotely business minded and lives in my neck of the woods, I have a semi-researched tip for you. Seemingly, no one makes fantastically geeky Christmas decorations in Northern Ireland. A bit of a niche market, I know, but it seems bizarre to me that there is all this inspiration on the internet, and no little Northern Irish elves have hopped to the challenge.

(Just to drop in something topical, did you know, according to the 2011 census, only 21% of the population would define themselves as being Northern Irish? As opposed to British or Irish. This seems strange to me, but every time I say something, someone rants at me about the country or flags or something. Get some national identity, nay, pride!)

Onwards. I have scoured the internet for the best geeky festive bits and bobs for your house! I realise I may be a tad late for this year…but you can always buy things and put them away? Or attempt to make them yourself! Even better.

The Disney villains were always the coolest bad guys.

The Disney villains were always the coolest bad guys.

Ideal from October right through to Christmas!

Ideal from October right through to Christmas!

Oh god, oh god! I LOVE THIS.

Oh god, oh god! I LOVE THIS.

And a spoonful of Nintendo...

And a spoonful of Nintendo…

Tah dah! As per usual, you can click the pictures and be magically transported to the web page on which you can buy them.

Merry Christmas, folks.



Geeky cupcakes. I’m not going to say much more, just LOOK. And then want. And then go eat some lesser food, and wish you had a cupcake.

On a cupcake related note, if you are about Belfast tomorrow, come check out St. George’s Market from 10am until 3pm! I’ll be chilling out at the HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras stall, munching cupcakes from The Lily Pink Bakery.


First of all. 

In light of all the things going on in Northern Ireland at the minute, I thought it would be sort of weird for me not to say something. Especially given my latest quest to keep things topical. 

Also known as – the quest for ratings. That’s a South Park episode, so. Yeah. I stole those words.

Anyway, in a nutshell, a middle-of-the-road political party sided with the republican/nationalist vote, and it was decided that the Union Jack will now only fly over Belfast City Hall on a few designated days. There have been riots, death threats, violence and a mob mentality oh-so-typical to this country and it’s reputation. 

The thing is, though, that the majority of the country aren’t really all that bothered. In fact, we’re embarrassed. Yeah, I personally think that we are a British country, and we should fly the Union Jack all the time, but when it comes down to it, it’s only a flag. For the sake of a flag, people are hurting each other, and the country, with their actions and their words. 

I truly thought we were past this, Northern Ireland. I’m so embarrassed to be from here, and I’m disappointed that a DEMOCRATIC vote resulted in this situation.

Anyway. On to something more fun and geektastic. It’s been a while since I had a Game Of Thrones themed blog, given we are stuck between seasons two and three in this horrible limbo. Plus, Christmas is coming up, so…


(That’s not very catchy. Sorry).

First up, I had to share something I actually recently got as a birthday present, from a much beloved and darling friend. Suck up, ain’t I? These figures are VERY new, in fact, Forbidden Planet isn’t actually getting them into stock until February.

Too bloody cute.

Too bloody cute.

Luckily, you can get this and a few other Game Of Thrones POP! figures on the HBO shop now. I’m so ahead of the curve, huh? Click on the picture to be magically transported.

Look boys, I'm trying to apply more to you!

Look boys, I’m trying to apply more to you!

This Disney-style Mother Of Dragons t-shirt would, I am sure, be greatly appreciated by any Game Of Thrones fan this Christmas – have a wee scroll around Etsy, it comes in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

Hardback coffee table book.

Hardback coffee table book.

Next up, another little item I got myself recently, it was also a gift. From me, to me. That still counts.

This coffee table book, ‘Inside HBO’s Game Of Thrones’, is, out of anything on this very useful list, a must have for any fan. It’s funny, colourful, interesting and informative. And sexy, it’s definitely sexy.

I’ll let you in on a secret, too – the RRP is £24.99…you can get it in Tesco for £15! Bargain!

Finally, I am going to be a wonderful person, and publicize the amazing crafty work of a friend…

Westeros & The Free Cities map bracelet.

Westeros & The Free Cities map bracelet.

This bracelet is lovingly crafted by fellow fantasy geek Kyra, at her HearHoofBeatsThinkZebras jewellery business. She makes a whole bunch of fantastic Game Of Thrones bling – for ladies and gentlemen. You can find her on Etsy, or at St. George’s Market on Sundays from 10am to 3pm. In case you were wondering, this bracelet is a steal at £13.

So, there you go! Ideas galore. Hope these are useful, either for buying the special geek in your life, or for buying something special and geeky for yourself. Which you are perfectly entitled to do at this crazy, stressful time of year.


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I have mentioned that it was my birthday about ten times between the blog and the Facebook page, so I thought I would be super smug and share with you the marvelous geeky things that were gifted to me over the last week or so.

I turned 23, by the by. Nobody likes you when you’re 23.

First up…graphic novel! Signed, by Gail Simone, the writer. This makes me happier than words can say, and she even spelled my name right. Lovely boyfriend buys lovely presents.

Yes, there is my entire name, all six laters. Please, don’t stalk me.

Onwards, talking Yoda. Self explanatory. Very cute. Says wise and noble things, on which I now intend to model my moral standards.

BATMAN DRESS by Vampire Bunnies. I might save this, and someday wear it as a wedding dress…it’s that cool. And it fits so well, for anyone who was wondering. I know sometimes handmade clothes are a bit uncomfortable and twisty, but this…oh goodness, how I love it.

For those long, cold, winter nights (as if I need an excuse), I actually asked for a particular present from my brother – Fable: The Journey. I am a huge fan of the Fable games (Fable 3 is, in fact, one of my favourite games of all time, even though it was infuriating and the citizens of Albion didn’t seem to understand that they would all die unless they stopped demanding TRIFLING FAVOURS) , so I was psyched to see a new adventure coming my way. A lot of reviews seem to focus on the pitfalls and downsides of using Kinect as a sole controller, but as a gadget junkie, I can’t get enough of connect. If you want your horse, you shout, ‘OI, HORSE’ and it’s freakin’ magical.

The same friend who kindly bestowed the Batman dress to my wardrobe also kitted me out with a little treasure chest of jewellery goodies, all made by herself (I harp on about her and her craftiness a lot, but I assure you, it is well earned! Go check her out at HearHoofBeatsThink Zebras).

I was going to model said jewellery fantasticness myself, but that would’ve meant brushing my hair, and putting on make up to hide the fact I am naturally green. So, Sackboy is doing it instead. Fabulous.

Sackboy makes a marvelous supermodel, yes? Yes. 

I got the standard loveliness as well, of course – pyjamas, lovely notebooks for my genius thoughts, more wine than I could safely consume in a week and a kittycatpompom hat. All in all, ’twas a wonderful birthday, and I thank you sincerely if you were a part of it in any way.



Occasionally, I remember that I started the blog to keep people up to date with fantastical geekery going on around the country.

Today, I remembered that. So, in the run up to Christmas, here are some things you might want to check out/do/see.

Firstly, and in my opinion, most importantly, the Continental Market starts this Saturday (17th)! Outside Belfast City Hall, and packed with amazing food, fantastic crafts and strangely flavoured beer, I don’t know a single person who doesn’t count down the days to the market every year. It officially marks the start of Christmas…but maybe wait a week or so before you venture down? You might get crushed. Crazy busy.

For anyone from my own precious home town, we get a mini version. Click the picture and find out about the Lisburn Market!

From the 21st to the 25th, the Foyle Film Festival is celebrating 25 years! A must for local movie buffs, the Foyle Film Festival has been known to attract some BIG names, and this year is no exception – feature films, special events, workshops and more, well worth the trip to Londonderry/Derry (don’t yell at me for not picking one, and/or using both, because I DON’T CARE).

Former guests include SIR Kenneth Branagh!

Next up is something I have mentioned before, but it’s still on the go, and well worth a look see. Comic book artist Will Sliney (perhaps best known for his work on the Star Wars comic books) has a temporary exhibition up in W5 (at The Odyssey). I’ve seen some of this guy’s work at a convention a while ago, and he’s fantastic. Go have a nosy.

Finally, my love of St. George’s Market and Christmas have been conveniently bundled together, for their special seasonal market. I know for a fact that every stall holder in the market goes into over-drive at this time of year, so there’s more variety, bigger smiles and more glitter. Sparkle sparkle. I’ve mentioned the assorted geekery of St. George’s Market before, and it only gets better.

Go forth and enjoy. ‘Tis the season.