28 June 2018

What To Do... What To Do?

So this year is a big year for me (Dan) I am getting married to the love of my life. Its an extremely exciting time, there is so much to plan and I am not going to lie.. it's stressful! So of course I drafted in my best man (Carl) to help me with the Stag do! It might not be the biggest thing that needs planning but I will only be doing this once so It's got to be fun.

To start with we just looked at different places within the UK over and over again but nothing stuck. We were looking for a vibrant city with lots to do and could provide a great night out, one of the place that kept on popping up were Newcastle.

Now the problems were, where are we staying? where are we going to eat? Where is the beer? but not only that I wanted some epic deals. I come from a smallish town where drinks aren't pricey, so when I go out in the city I feel like I need to take out a mortgage! We were looking around loads of sites, different bars, restaurants but it wasn't impressing me. Just menu after menu, we were looking for a happy hour etc...

We were looking for the best deals on things to do in Newcastle,We found some amazing deals on Groupon which really fit the type of stag do I wanted. We found beer tasting sessions at Brew Dog, Pool sessions with amazing food and at a decent price. No matter what Stag/hen do or party you are looking to arrange in a big city I strongly recommend checking out Groupon. Especially if you are trying to do it on a budget, you can get some pretty deal on higher end places for the price of the lower end.

I honestly cant wait for the Stag do now, its going to be an amazing night out. If any of our readers have any tips on planning a stay over night out on a budget please leave a comment below it might just help others!

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27 June 2018

At Home With The Marshall CODE 25 Amp

At Ablokeseyeview we love to see tech advancing and changing, so it was great to check out the Marshall CODE series Amp. Its your standard guitar amp but with a whole load of tech thrown in.

The design of the amp is really sleek, it has a simple black box design with the classic Marshall logo on the front. On the top on the amp is where all of the controls, inputs/outputs and the on/off switch are located. The controls are on a sunk bronze panel, more information on these controls can be found in the full specification below.

The Code 25 has an epic sound for a compact amp, it is great for use in small spaces and practice at home. We have never had this amp anywhere near the highest volume and it still sounds epic. The Code 25 has 24 built-in effects along and it has up to 100 presets in total. This gives you a massive range of effects to play around with and customize. This is great if you have limited space of pedals or want a more portable all in one system.

One of the specs that really stood out on this amp is the Bluetooth connectivity. From the speaker side there are so many possibilities, you can download tracks to play along to, you could even download backing tracks or you can just simply use it as a speaker. It also allows you to connects to the Marshall Gateway App, where you can control the amps settings. The Marshall Gateway App is really responsive and allows easy switching between effect. There are a whole load of options available which give you the ability to get the sound you are looking for. Also, in built into the app is a tuner, I was skeptical about this at first but it is really easy to use and caters for non standard tuning.

For anyone interested in the full specification of this amp please see below, Its by no means at the top end of the spectrum. However if you are looking for a good quality amp that sounds great on a budget then we recommend this one.


Output wattage

1 x 3.5mm headphone out

1x instrument jack, 1x Aux In (3.5mm)

100 editable presets, bass, middle, treble, gain, volume, pre-FX, amplifier models, modulation effects, delay effects, reverb, power amplifier models, speaker cabinet models, additional controls available via the Marshall Gateway app for iOS and Android devices


24 different built-in effects (5 simultaneously)

Speaker configuration

Weight - 6.1kg
Width - 350mm
Height - 340mm
Depth - 215mm

If you are looking for a new amp we hope this has been helpful. We love checking out new music, so if you are a musician or have any recommendations please comment below!

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