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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Sure, we’re late on this.

But that’s the best thing about mothers (or maternal types in general).  They’re understanding.  A lovely card with a note explaining the gift is on it’s way should quell even the most persnickety mother types who will be happy that you even remembered them (like you could ever forget).

They’re always in your corner, backing you up, encouraging you and providing tough love when you need it most.

So, if they happen to have a hankering for pop culture, here’s some pretty sweet gifts that they might enjoy.

 

Visualizing The Beatles by John Pring and Rob Thomas

This is the story of the Beatles told as never before

Filled with stunning full-color infographics, a unique, album-by-album visual history of the evolution of the Beatles that examines how their style, their sound, their instruments, their songs, their tours, and the world they inhabited transformed over the course of a decade.

Combining data, colorful artwork, interactive charts, graphs, and timelines, Visualizing the Beatles is a fresh and imaginative look at the world’s most popular band. Meticulously examining the songs on every Beatles’ album from Please Please Me to Let It Be, UK-based graphic artists John Pring and Rob Thomas deconstruct lyrical content, songwriting credits, inspiration for the songs, instruments used, cover designs, chart position, and more.

They also break down the success of Beatles’ singles across the world, their tour dates, venues, and cities, their hairstyles, fashion choices and favorite guitars, and a wealth of other Beatles’ minutiae. Visualizing the Beatles also includes illustrations involving the conspiracy theories of the “Paul is dead” hoax as well as A-to-Z lists of every artist or performer who has ever covered a Beatles’ song.

Comprehensive, entertaining, and packed with fun facts, Visualizing the Beatles is a wonderful introduction for new fans and a must-have for devotees, offering a new way to think about this extraordinary band whose influence continues to shape music.

 

Game of Thrones Candles

Now Game of Thrones fans have the chance to prepare for the coming of winter with these deluxe candles including House Lannister, House Stark and House Targaryen. Each candle features a sculpted, hand-painted emblem of their house crest.

 

Cheeky Oven Mitt: This Is F*cking Delicious

Of course it’s f*cking delicious – you f*cking made it. From the makers of Swear Socks, this 100% cotton, well-insulated and luxuriously quilted oven mitt is a must have kitchen accessory for all domestic gods and goddesses. Featuring charming retro-style illustrations, this will not only prevent your dainty hands from getting scorched, but also showcases your love of kitsch.

 

Cheeky Dish Cloths: Cute Little Fuckers

It’s the frolicking forest friends known as the ‘Cute Little Fuckers’ on these vintage-style tea towels. Super absorbent to mop up inevitable spillages, these 100% unbleached cotton dish cloths are cute and classy at first glance, but provide a sassy message to put the stuck up bitches in their place if they decides to invade your personal space.

 

Bettie Page Aloha Tiki Parasol

Bettie Page will teach you to hula. It’s all in the hips! Warm sunset colors are attractive and alluring as Bettie plays your favorite island song on the ukulele. Not in the mood for music; no problem, Bettie knows how to make the best tiki cocktails inspired by the islands. Whether you bring Bettie to a fun day at the beach, an outdoor event or feature your exotic pin up in your tiki bar, she’ll make an amazing companion. Paper Parasol measures 33″ diameter w/ a 22.5″ bamboo handle. Beautiful, hand-crafted worksmanship.

 

Masterpiece Mystery!: Unforgotten Season 1 & Season 2 Blu-ray

Two stone-cold cases of murder test the wits of crime-solving duo DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunny Khan, played by Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Indian Summers), in back-to-back seasons of the critically acclaimed UK crime series Unforgotten.  The duo re-open a series of chilling, decades-old cold murder cases. Yet their investigations still hold present-day consequences, throwing lives into turmoil as the detectives seek long-withheld justice for each unforgotten victim

Season 1 opens with a human skeleton found beneath a basement. The remains could be centuries old—or four decades, as comes to light upon further investigation of the crime scene. Cassie and Sunny eventually discover the victim was a young man, Jimmy Sullivan (Harley Sylvester) and his nearly-disintegrated pocket diary leads the detectives to a list of names that may hold the key to solving the murder.

The list of names includes Sir Phillip Cross (Trevor Eve), a mobster who bribed his way into the aristocracy; Father Robert Greaves (Bernard Hill), a beloved vicar with a dark secret; Lizzie Wilton (Ruth Sheen), a reformed skinhead; and Eric Slater (Tom Courtenay), an elderly, disabled bookkeeper taking care of his wife, Claire (Gemma Jones) who is suffering from dementia. They all lead very different lives, but something links them, something that explains Jimmy’s final resting place and the torture marks found on his bones.

Season 2 starts innocently enough with a routine river dredging operation. When the scoop brings up a soggy, old suitcase, the workers open it and find a corpse sealed up so long that the tissues have turned to a soapy substance. Gruesome forensic work identifies the victim as David Walker, a businessman missing for twenty-five years.

Cassie and Sunny locate Walker’s wife, Tessa Nixon (Ashbourne), now remarried. A hard-bitten DI herself, Tessa reminds her fellow police officers that “sixty-three percent of all murder victims are killed by their partners.”

“You’ll be thinking that, won’t you?” she says. “I would be.”

But Cassie and Sunny have other suspects to consider. A pager found with Walker’s remains leads them to Sara Mahmoud (Badria Timimi), a Muslim teacher who wishes she’d never heard of David Walker. Other clues connect Walker with Colin Osborne (Mark Bonnar), a gay attorney in the process of adopting a young girl with his partner; and Marion Kelsey (Rosie Cavaliero), a harried nurse in a children’s cancer ward.  The puzzle pieces won’t fit together—until Cassie has an inspiration that climaxes in “the perfect ending.”

 

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