soulinterpr asked: Dear Ms Foxo, which would win out of a small whale or a large horse? I've got a fiver riding on this. Thanks
It really depends on whether they are competing on land or in water. I’m tempted to say the horse in either scenario though, but wouldn’t like to bet a fiver on it without really giving it some thought with the relevant info to hand.
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So lots of people have been asking where I got the wonderful carving featured in the photo above.
It was made for me as a gift by my good friend Bryn, who is a woodcrafter by trade. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and then he came to one of my gigs and surprised me with this lovely piece of work! It is one of my most treasured possessions and adorns my wall at home so I can see it every day, but I decided the time had come to share it with the wider world and appreciate its beauty.
Bryn makes all sorts of amazing things - if you’re ever looking for something unusual to put on your wall, a personalised box to put your secrets in, a very special present for a loved one or just a well-crafted wardrobe, I highly recommend you check his stuff out. He makes beautiful things for all occasions, and will personalise them as you wish.
You can find him on tumblr here:
Bryn Jones Woodcraft on Tumblr
And you can find him on facebook here:
Bryn Jones Woodcraft on Facebook
Go and have a look at his stuff and treat yourself to some wood art!
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g2studios asked: Dear Oxo Foxo, do you know of a good vegetarian substitute for the anchovy? I'm worried about the level of salt in my diet and anchovies seem like a good way to boost my intake. Many, many thanks.
Hmm. I’ve been turning this one over in my head for some time. It’s a toughie. I guess olives are kind of a good substitute. You could also try some artichoke hearts. Roasted and salted cashews or mung beans are good too. And try making a nice salad dressing with lots of rock salt in it. I’m aware that most of this answer basically means ‘use some salt in your cooking’ - and if that’s your bag, just take a leaf out of Jamie Oliver’s book and use handfuls of the stuff in anything you cook. Or you could just get a salt lick like lots of my animals friends have in their homes.
Don’t forget, everyone, to pose a question to me just click on the ‘Ask Foxo’ link at the left of the page and ask me anything!
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It’s been a busy week or two here in the den…
I’ve stirred from my nocturnal slumber in order to give you all a quick update on the recent happenings, and to give you a heads up of some things to keep those bright eyes open for.
The lovely people at Exposed Magazine have been hanging out in the woods a lot, so they can feature me in September’s issue. Timm Cleasby did an excellent job of capturing me in my natural habitat, having a romp with some of my other woodland friends and generally frolicking about. His wife Sam Cleasby helped create a home from home in the depths of the forest and painted my face to make me extra foxy - many thanks to these guys for helping make it such a magical day. I also had a chat with one of their interviewers and discussed the animal kingdom, some of the stories behind my songs, and what future adventures lie in store. You can see all this in the next issue of the magazine, which will be available from the beginning of September, and can be picked up for free in all sorts of places across Sheffield - I’d suggest stopping in somewhere in town for a coffee and piece of cake and having a flick through. There’s tons of stuff in it about what’s going on in the city, as well as the page detailing what’s new with yours truly.
In addition to this, I’ve been asked to contribute something to Exposed’s In Session. The guys at G2 Studios let me invade their space and even brought a bit of the woodland in to make me feel more at home. I’ve performed three songs, one of which is a cover version of a certain dance track from back in the 90s that you’re sure to know. This will be up on the website soon so keep your ears pricked!
And if all that isn’t enough to keep your tail bushy, get yourselves down to The Forum on Sunday, September 16th for an extra special In Session Live gig which I’ve curated. The lineup comprises Jim Ghedi & Neal Heppleston, Oxo Foxo and Algiers. I’m super excited about this, it’s going to be a great night filled with friendly faces and sparky tunes so make sure you’re all there. I recommend getting down early to grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake - that’s what this fox will be doing anyhow, so come and say hi.
There’s more news to come as well, but for now I’d better go and make sure my fox hole has remained undisturbed and safe from danger - there was a badger sniffing around the other day, and I’m making sure I’m on the defence a little more than usual, as there are so many precious pieces of news to keep safe and secret. Keep those eyes alert and I very much hope to see you all at one of my outings soon.
So with Tramlines not even a week away now, I thought it might be a good idea to remind you all that for a taste of what to expect at the Cathedral, you can listen to various bits and bobs on my Soundcloud. Enjoy!
I’ve also had a mention in the lovely Emily Brinnand’s write up on the Guardian website about this year’s festival - she has picked out a few of the acts she’s most looking forward to, all of whom are top notch, so go and have a read and insert the bands in to your schedule accordingly.
p3oplearestrange asked: You should cover a marina and the diamonds song, like Obsessions! And you should do viva la vida at tramlines!
Ha - maybe I will! Not a bad idea at all. It’s a bit ‘Glee’ though. Someone told me that. Not sure if I want to be ‘Glee’. But it’s definitely a good idea, and perhaps quite fitting for my slot. Hope to see you at the Cathedral!
g2studios asked: What music do you want played at your funeral and what constitutes the perfect breakfast?
For my funeral, hmm, not sure. Something that makes a good soundtrack to everyone drinking lots of whisky, which is my main funeral request. Perhaps the greatest hits of Oxo Foxo although that’s a little egocentric. I’d quite like my friends who make music to sit around late in to the night and sing songs that remind them of me, if they wanted to. Although that seems a bit egocentric too. Mind you, part of me thinks that if you can’t be egocentric at your own funeral, when can you be?… Failing all that, ‘Electric Dreams’ by Phil Oakley. Or the theme from Back To The Future.
As for breakfasts, I’m pretty partial to fried mushrooms on wholegrain toast with a smattering of brown sauce, and about six cups of proper tea.
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p3oplearestrange asked: Have you ever done, or thought of doing, any covers of songs but using your looping in them?
I have indeed done this! In the past I have covered ‘Baby I Love Your Way’ by UB40, ‘Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay, ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears and most recently (and, in my opinion, successfully) ‘Saturday Night’ by Whigfield. Oh, and I also tacked a cover of ‘Happy Birthday To You’ by Stevie Wonder on to the end of my song ‘Turn It Back On’ when I played a gig a friend put on for their birthday - that one was a lot of fun. They’ve all pretty much been one-off covers to date but perhaps I should record a few of them for everyone to enjoy… I’m always open to suggestions of things I should cover too, so if any come to mind, feel free to give me a nudge!
thepurgatoryplayers asked: If you could work with any living artist on a collaboration, who would it be?
Shlomo. I want to sing loopy melodies over his beatboxing.
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