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Hopefully by now you will have gotten over your NYE hangover/comedown/boring night in and will have taken January 2011 firmly by the horns. Either that or you’ll be suffering from post-traumatic stress type symptoms, considering garrotting your boss on an hourly basis and thinking of how you can stow away on the next flight to somewhere, anywhere less cold and miserable than here.

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s you may or may not know I (Neil) am very fond of graphic novels,usually ones that have a factual narrative and are ideally based around a war of some sort. So just thought I’d give you a heads up on my latest find, actually it was more of a present than a find (thanks love). Having read all ten volumes of the brilliant Hiroshima survivor ‘Barefoot Gen’, I’d since experienced something of a lull in decent comics for grown-ups.

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Ok, so it’s not Christmas yet and it’s cool to pretend you’re really annoyed how everyone is going on about baubles and presents and fucking….other shit. But if you’re being a misery guts ahead of Baby Jesus’ birthday we’ve come up with a few youtube clips we thought might break your cynical resolve.

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We’ve been doing this magazine thing for almost 5 years now. It seems like yesterday that we were hastily stapling copies together in the spare room at Proper Towers, but having made an extra effort to improve things this last 12 months, the new and improved version of our “little fanzine” has come of age.

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Avid readers of Proper will remember our interview with Russ Gater from Heritage Research in Issue 8 of the magazine. We’ve kept a keen and appreciative eye on everything they’ve done since, and while we always write about stuff we’re into, Heritage Research gear is stuff we’re really, really into.

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Antony Crook, Glenn Kitson and James Bowthorpe went to Norway and filmed this beautiful video in the middle of the night. It’s Norway, see…Norway where the sun always has it’s hat on in summer. It pretty much hibernates in winter and there’s barely any daylight. That’s not important right now. What is important is you check this video out.

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It’s hard to find a decent chrimbo card these days innit? Much as we love getting any type of card, we were more than impressed on receipt of the iconic set of seasonal cards Oi Polloi have commissioned talented artist Ben Lamb to do.

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Following in the footsteps of Garbstore and Harvest our latest ‘Shop Ten’ comes from Bensons Outfitters. If you’re unfamiliar with the format, it’s where the world’s coolest shops compile us a top ten of whatever the hell they like.

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It’s not everyday we have a lady writing an article for us but since it’s that time of year and this bird really knows what she’s talking about, we thought we’d ask her to do us men a favour and find out what women really want to get in their stockings on Jesus’ birthday. CLUE – it’s not a new iron.

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You don’t need to be an avid Proper follower to be aware of our appreciation of 6876. With that and the recent inclement weather in mind, we’re cheered to see the arrival of the 6876 Brecon, a modernist parka style jacket in a couple of ace fabrics.

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I’ve loved quirky synth duo ‘Chromeo’ since day one, probably because they some-how manage to make credible 80- influenced electrofunk whilst also having the capacity to have make me piss myself with laughter (not literally). Though I’ve hung my DJ-ing headphones up for the moment, I never went anywhere without a bit of Chromeo in my box…