The Room of Requirement Coming to Cardiff’s Historic Arcades

Calling all Cardiffian Potterheads – Magic is coming to town! In the coming months, should you find yourself traipsing through the Castle Arcade, concentrating on something you require in particular, you might just be lucky enough to stumble upon the arcade’s newest addition. Relocating from Hogwarts’ seventh floor is the ‘Come and Go Room’ – and if you’re not a Hogwarts house-elf – better known as the ‘Room of Requirement’.

In the past, the room has served to fulfil many witches and wizards’ greatest needs. Dumbledore once stumbled upon the room with an especially full bladder, to find it full of chamber pots. Whilst it transformed into a broom cupboard for the mischievous Fred and George to hide from Filch. Lest not forget, the room fulfilled the requirements of Dumbledore’s Army, serving as their headquarters and practice area. For you, the room will transform into a shop, stocking everything Harry Potter (basically essentials for every doting fan).

 

When the shop will be open for business remains a mystery (for updates you will need to keep an eye on the store’s Facebook Page). However, what we do know, after having a peak into the unit awaiting the room’s occupancy, is that the shop features a beautiful staircase – featuring its very own cupboard under the stairs – it’s as if it was destined to be.

Unfortunately, whether or not this spectacular store will be able to use the original name idea is still up for speculation. It seems that there is a possibility that it infringes copyright, and Warner Bros may not approve of the use of the name. The owners are still hopeful, however, and have taken to their Facebook page in high spirits to ask their ‘future customers’ for their ideas – we personally like the suggestion of ‘The Wizard’s Cwtch’.

Either way, we hope that the shop will be ready to fulfil the requirements of all our wizarding friends this Christmas. We can only wish that this is the beginning of Cardiff’s very own Diagon Alley.

 

A Wedding Amongst The Books

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The perfect wedding for many reading addicts would be held in a library or bookstore. To be surrounded by both the people and the objects you love the most sounds heavenly! There would be no need for flowers- who would want floral scents to mask the musty-vanilla of our papery companions? Just push the tables aside and there would be plenty of room for dancing and celebrating.

That is exactly what one couple did in New York City.

On the first of December 2017, among the rare books section of The Strand bookstore, two people who were very much in love made their vows in front of family and friends. Adam J. Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga eschewed traditional ceremonial practices for a service that included the guests through the ritual, the entertainment was brought to them by a drag queen singer, and a low-key dance space provided for those who wanted to shake their stuff in honour of the sweet couple.

Thanks to The Daily 360, and with help via technology from Samsung, their wedding video is an interactive affair where we are able to scan around the room via our computer.

Watch the video below for an insight into the wonderful day and share the love!

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Trainspotting Live Heading Back Out on Tour

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If you’re a fan of Irvine Welsh’s gritty style then you’re probably a fan of Trainspotting. The novel was Welsh’s debut novel and quickly achieved cult status, added to by the global success of the Trainspotting movie.

The novel first introduced us to characters such as Mark Renton, Spud, Simon Williamson, and the ultra-violent Begbie, and if these are characters you just can’t get enough of, then Trainspotting the live show is back out on tour in early 2018. Read More

Stephen King and Dr Seuss Mash Up

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As if Stephen King’s novels aren’t creepy enough some bright spark has decided to use their spare time to create something even creepier.

Dom Harkin used his video editing skills to mash up the Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss with the latest trailer for the movie IT. Check out the trailer below for a spine-chilling look at how it could’ve been.

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Beatrix Potter Coins Are Rare and Collectable

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In 2016 the Royal Mint introduced the new Beatrix Potter 50 pence coins with three different sets of five: Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and a special 150th anniversary coin.

The coins are currently ranking highly in the scarcity list based on the fact that not many people own them and they are in very high demand.

The coins are going for around £4 on eBay, and may only increase in value since they are not being produced any more. The Royal Mint is set to introduce new and exciting sets of coins, not for circulation, featuring COLOUR pictures of the beloved characters.

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A Very Literary Hanukah!

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A very happy Hanukah to our Jewish Reading Addicts!

If you are looking for some bookish ideas to spruce up you Hanukah celebrations then look no further. We have gathered together some of the internet’s finest literary bookish menorahs meant to interest the most dedicated bookish reader celebrating Hanukah.

Check out these fantastic creations.

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