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Anetta Berulons
geometric art
dedicated to childrens
story books simplifies
complex illustrations
to basic form.
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Features

The Geometric Anniversary addition of Third Rail


magazine continues to explore fresh and upcoming
news in the music and ar t industry. A spotlight
on humble under-the-radar ar tists that catch the
eye of large audiences internationally. This issue
includes an exclusive double spread on our history
as an editorial company and unseen ar twork from
various illustrators including Anetta Berulon.
Aurora Tapaz reveals secrets of cooking that are
typically underestimated by students and singles all
over the world. The question still remains, health
over comfor t? Most dabble in both, but can that
work harmoniously? New and improved recipes
would prove this point otherwise. JDP

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Review: Elderbrook
A new hybrid genre for the
music industry arises. Are music
tastes changing?
By Joseph Pattison

3rd Rail Magazine


An exlusive article on the
history of 3rd Rail magazine,
exploring the tastes and wonders of editoral design.
By Jack Gutoren
A New Look

New Era of Design?


We explore Anetta Berulons
fresh look on illustration and
her beloved inspiration for
gemoetric shapes.
By Micheal Reastron

Critique: Satisfying Taste


The understated taste of
hybrid foods is redefined and
revolutionised in cooking today.
By Aurora Tapaz

Pine Flurry
A short story based on true
events how a cat manages to
survive an 80-feet drop. The
science behind feline agility.
By Joseph Pattison

Kibble and Catnip


Is your cat in its prime? New
found tips and tricks on how
to keep your feline pet looking
sharp and healthy.
By Thomas Richmoor

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MUSIC
PROGRESSES

Taking a look at developments within the


Music industry that are turning heads
across the globe. 2015 is a new era for
new technologies.

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from Baths Alex Kotz alias Elderbrook makes for one
rather flawless listen. From its latent, tacit house cadences to
Kotz masterfully looped and layered vocal harmonies, he
may reassure: Its OK/ If you wanna switch off, you could.
However, wed vehemently beg to differ, for Could
couldnt feasibly be a great deal more addictive
insistently, it demands repeat plays, thereby disproving
Kotz opening gambit, It went on for just a little too long.
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Elderbrook is Alexander Kotz, a self-taught multi instrumentalist whose opening


track Could from his debut EP Simmer Down couldnt work as a stronger
introduction into the mind of the 20-year old Londoner. The subtlety in his
production almost has your eyes closed, head gently nodding, as youre lulled into
a trance. While the darker and brooding undertones formulate the structure of
Elderbrooks sound, theres a glimmer of tempo and pace on the horizon with
Rewinding and the open possibilities as to where Alexander will love to explore.
Elderbrooks most played track
is Rewinding; and with plays
stacking up online, the reason for
its popularity becomes clear on the
first listen: as its relaxing beat and
soothing vocals kick in your mind
starts to unwind. For fans of Alt-J
and James Blake, the tracks chilled,
down-tempo rhythm and catchy
hooks make for an addictive listen
thats sure to catch your attention.

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electro-pop,
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I try to forget the world


around me and focus on
the extraordinary.
Alex Kotz

Inspiration is not easy to get.


Ever since the likes of James Blake and
The XX arrived on the scene,
minimalism has found its space back in
pop music again. Less is more is very
much back in vogue, with the likes of
London Grammar and Lorde being
recent additions to the growing pop
arsenal of successful acts who keep
things simple to find success.
Today were introducing Elderbrook
(real name Alex Kotz), a UK based singer songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from the fair city of Bath,
Somerset, who has caught our attention
with a couple of downtempo smackers
hes uploaded to his Soundcloud titled
Going and Rewinding. Like all of the
above named artists Elderbrook never
over stuffs his music, although there are
bags of ideas going on in what he does.
Imagine Alt-J if theyd been gorging
on hip-hop records and soul in the
midnight hours and youll be getting
somewhere close to his sound.
Elderbrook is very much another
musician showing just what you can do
these days with modern technology
his Facebook quite clearly showing his
music recorded at home sweet-tempered vocals recorded in the bathroom,
snappy skittering beats on his laptop in
the lounge. Who needs expensive studios and a team of music wizards behind

you to create good music? All you need


is a creative brain and the tools to be
able to express your ideas. Elderbrook
has this mighty package and this is what
led on to it.
Its not like Im doing anything new here,
besides, who can truly create something
that revolutionary? Culture and good
taste is what it comes down to in the end.
People often ask me if there is anything
that inspires me or gets me going to
create something. But to be honest, I find
inspiration really hard to get and I often
have to actively seek it out.Whether this
be through watching movies, going for a
walk or engaging in light conversation with
my friends - eventually it will come. And
when it does come, youll know because
you wont find me anywhere else but my
bedroom for the next few days.That is
how I usually work my rhythm and flow of
music creation. -Alex Kotz
So is that the key for all musicians out
there? Actively seeking your inspiration
and getting pumped before churning
out some decent tunes. Yet Alex has
more to reveal to us about his dedication to graphic art as well as the music
industry. A man of one talent suddenly
becomes a man of many states His good
friend James A. Louren, co-producer
and director of Elderbrook:

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Many people underestimate the hard


work that Alex puts in not only to His
music, but His many other talents too.
Alot of you may not know Alexs gift in
art and sculpture. Much of the album
artwork is inspired and altered by Alex. He
is a humble man, something I admire in
many musicians who just want to express
themselves in the world of sound.
After confronting Alex with these
secret gifts the only reply we got was
a shrug and a grin. Perhaps too shy to
talk about these works of art. So after
talking about what truly inspires
Elderbrook, is there anything that can be
uninspiring for this talented musician?
There must be something that surely
drains and tires any creative being?
Gloomy weather? Weve heard of writers
block, but is there a musicians block?
Of course there are uninspiring things I
see that just make me want to die inside.
I guess it depends on whether you let that
emotion control you, or to find something that will get you back on your feet.
Sometimes the smallest of things will get
me uninspired, like a minor technical issue
on my computer. But I choose not to let it
stop me from creating, otherwise nothing
will get done. Infact, I dont think Elderbrook would even exist if I just shutdown
after an uninspiring episode. -Alex Kotz

A piece of the
artwork that didnt
quite make the cut. Alex
states that he found the large
blocks with high contrast too
distracting that didnt quite fit with
the smooth music theme. Although this
was edited by Alex, the original came from
a Norwegian artist: Micheal R. Worstratt.

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06: First image of 3rd Rail


magazine released.
Subway Trainz
by Joseph Pattison.

A
Brief
History

Rail
3rd

1995
2001
2010
2015
This is where is all started. A
couple of budding designers and
some inspired writers get together
to form the Third Rail. It was
a tough start in a competitive
market and we only just about
managed to keep our office
running! Oh how times have

The first expansion of our tiny office


as business starts to boom. Another 20
members are hired and Third Rail goes
international. Our first real success
was here. Writers and designers from
across the board want to work with us
as we do an entire re-brand.

The fifteenth year anniversary


commences! The parties were
incredible. By this point our famous
decade magazines were undergo
with niche and exceptional articles
from various writers. Little did we
know that the company was yet to
grow even bigger.

We come to today. What an amazing


few years it has been. We now
celebrate our 80th edition of Third Rail
magazine with included articles from
artists and writers we would never of
dreamed of having. Many thanks to all.
May Third Rail continue to prosper!

1995

It all started here, in an office,


with a team of just five members.

The day 3rd Rail launched.


Coffee shops partnered
with us nationally.

The Three rail deal was created.


First expansion.

2001

3rd Rail goes international.


Re-brand released.
15 Year Anniversary.
Celebratory decade
magazine released.

2010

First geometric issue released.

2015

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Recipes and reviews of


underestimated foods.
Aurora Tapaz

while back I made some


Chocolate Chip Cookie Stuffed
Cinnamon Rolls that were damn
good. Not being a super huge fan of
sweets though I wanted to do
something similar, but not quite
as rich tasting. So, I once used a
rolling pin to flatten out a layer
of chocolate chip cookie dough,
but this time I combined it with
croissant dough. 13 Minutes in the
oven at 350 and my masterpiece
was finally complete!
The resulting treat was everything I
imagined and more. It was flaky, it was
chocolaty, it was straight up delicious!
Now, Im not saying that these were
necessarily better than the Chocolate
Chips Cookie Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls,
but if youre like me and dont have too
much of a sweet tooth youll definitely
want to give the Crookie a try!
Ingredients are simple enough for
this impressive desert to be served
in no time. If you fancy having some
mates round for dinner in your newfound, kitted-out apartment, this is
definitely one to show off to them
for a surprise pudding. Find more of
these creative wonders on the
Third Rail website. A highly
suggested treat for all ages!

The
Crookie
Ingredients:
625g/1lb 5oz strong white flour,
plus extra for rolling out
If you want to
make the croissant
dough yourself from
scratch the recipe is
right here!

12g/oz salt
75g/3oz sugar
20g/oz dried yeast
500g/1lb 2oz butter, chilled
8 sticks chocolate (optional)
1 free-range egg, beaten
A bag of cookies with a flavour
of your choice (double chocolate
chip suggested)

Preparation method:
Place the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in
a large mixing bowl. Using a wooden
spoon, slowly mix in a little water until
the mixture forms into a pliable dough.

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Roll out the chilled butter into a


rectangle about 1cm/in thick, around
20x30cm/8x12in.
Place the butter rectangle in the centre
of the dough rectangle, so it covers the
middle third of the dough.

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Lightly flour the worktop and roll


out the dough to a rectangle, around
60x30cm/24x12in.
Repeat the folding process, folding the
long sides into the middle, then return
the dough to the fridge for an hour.

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Using a rolling pin, roll out the rested
dough to 3mm/1/8in thick.
Either use a croissant cutter to cut
triangles or cut the rolled out dough
into squares, each 20cm/8in square.

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Place the dough on a floured surface


and knead until it feels elastic.
Return the dough to the bowl, cover
and chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
Return the chilled dough to your
floured work surface and roll it into a
rectangle, around 60x30cm/24x12in.

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Fold each side of the dough over the


butter, so there is one layer of dough
on the bottom, a layer of butter, then
two layers of dough.
Wrap the dough in cling film and chill
in the fridge for another hour.

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Repeat this process of folding and


chilling two more times, then wrap the
dough in cling film and set it aside to
rest overnight.

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Cut each square diagonally, making two


triangles. Place the dough triangles on
a lightly floured surface with the right
angle away from you.

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If using chocolate, add the chocolate
and cookie across the widest part of
the triangle, before rolling it up.

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Preheat the oven to 300C/425F/Gas 6.
Lightly egg-wash the croissants and
bake for 10-15 minutes until it turns
golden brown.

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Roll the croissant towards the right
angle point and curl the dough roll
around into a crescent shape.

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Place the shaped croissants on baking
trays lined with baking parchment and
leave to rise for 1 hrs.

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The crookie will go down


extremely well at parties
and get-together meetings
across the board! Try cutting the
crookie pastry into different
shapes for other interesting
results (show below).

Got a Healthy
Appetite?
A few weeks ago, a few of my
friends and I co-hosted a Spring
Ladies Luncheon. We used to serve
sandwiches and salad for these
luncheons, but found that all the
salad would be gone in a flash, leaving
a platter full of sandwiches nearly
untouched. So, over the years, we
have gradually adjusted the menu to
include lighter and healthier fare, often
consisting of a few green salads, a pasta
salad and a fruit platter. Everyone seems
to be happy with the nice assortment
of fresh salads so weve stuck with it.
For this luncheon, we served a simple
spread of fresh fruit, Chicken Pasta
Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette and this
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy
Seed Dressing. I snuck a couple of
shots using my iPhone before we all
dug in. With fresh strawberries coming
into season, I immediately thought of
making a traditional Spinach Strawberry
Salad with a Poppy Seed Dressing. I
first had this salad a number of years
ago and was instantly hooked.This is an
easy salad to make for a crowd as there
are just a few ingredients in the salad
itself. I bought a few large containers of
baby spinach and one large container
of strawberries from Costcos to make
enough salad for 30 women.
Now let us also mention that the olive
oil used with this salad has proven
antioxidants that fight against and acne
or skin blemishes. So this tantalising
salad will not only help your palette to
be satisfied, but your skin too!

Photography taken by
Andrew.A.Millerbrand,
food prepped and created
by Aurora Tapaz.

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Feline Madness
The Science Behind A Cats Agility

Cosmos voyage
began with speed
and sophistication as
he swiftly scuttled up
the pine.

Pine Flurry
A short story written by Joseph Pattison

A streak of light hit Cosmos face as two curious eyes fluttered open with
excitement. The arrival of dawn sent him scuttling into the woods, toward the
power of nature.
Trees were in full bloom. The sun gazed upon emerald hills, its light touching
every blade of dew covered grass as a cool breeze swept across the Downs. Not
a sound to be heard but the rustling of leaves and a faint purr as Cosmo rolled
playfully across the forest dappled with golden sunlight. Paw by paw he graciously
bound from one piece of bark to the other, sharpening his claws on the trees
rugged skin. Effortless, agile movements were made, as if performing in front of
a crowd of eager critics at a royal ballet. He darted back and forth imagining
tiny mice hidden in the undergrowth, their distant squeaks being heard from
underneath fertile soil, No birdsong was heard, but due to experience, that did not
mean there were no aviary species nestled in the alcoves above.

Without a blink
of doubt, the
climb began.

The rustling stopped for a moment.


Ears twitched, and a long tail fluttered as Cosmo let his eyes drift upward. There
before him stood the most enormous pine he had ever encountered, so tall, infact, its branches had pierced the concrete of a derelict clock tower halfway up,
as if to declare its mighty strength. Now cats have not been known to grin, or
express any other human characteristic for that matter other than the evils one
may give to a nemesis. But this was most positively a grin, to be more specific, the
most mischievous grin ever known to man. This monumental gathering of wood
was to be climbed. No, not climbed, conquered. Ligaments extended as Cosmo
stretched his legs outward in preparation for the lengthy ascension. Without a
blink of doubt, the climb began.
Nothing else seemed to matter at this moment; Cosmos voyage began with speed
and sophistication as he swiftly scuttled up the pine. Higher and higher he climbed,
his gleaming eyes focusing intently on the prize. A sudden squeak of irritation
was sounded as one of Cosmos paws failed to grasp the bark with enough grip
causing a stumble. Nevertheless, he continued on with perseverance. A short
time passed and the derelict clock tower was reached, Cosmo decided to pause
for a moment and explore his newfound hideaway with pride. A trait found in
most felines. Cracks and broken pieces of rubble surrounded the worn tiles that
weaved together to form the bell tower roof. The large arched windows were
still surprisingly intact seeing as they were just above where the pine had pierced
through the building walls. Cosmo skulked onto the windowpane with ease,
gazing inside at the rusting, copper bell that had been corroded and discoloured
by previous rainfalls. With a twitch of arrogance at his new and ancient discovery,
Cosmo decided to move on, for the climb was barely half done.

Left: Artwork by Fredrick


Vamir inspired by Pine
Flurry. Now on display at the
museum of illustrative art in
Oxford, London. Exhibition:
To Frame a Natural Form.

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The world was getting smaller and smaller below, but Cosmo didnt look back,
only forward toward his goal. He could almost taste the warmth of the glistening
sun as he was close to its heat. The lids of Cosmos eyes thinned due to the
intensifying light, almost blinding in-fact. For the first time, doubt crawled into his
mind along with the question: Can I still do this? A faint bird-song was sounded
somewhere behind him, his furry ears turned 180 degrees slowly followed by his
head... and ever so suddenly, he slipped.
Quicker than what seemed possible Cosmo was flying through the air, plummeting
downward.Violently he thrashed his claws trying to find something to hold onto.
Far down below a group of bewildered students gasped at the animal writhing
in fear as it fell. That has to be more than 80 feet! one cried. An anti-climactic
sound was heard as Cosmo plunged into a shrubbery covered in leaves. A
screech was proclaimed as he lunged sideward into yet another bush. Footsteps
were heard as the students scrambled over to where Cosmo was now hiding.
He thrashed again, petrified as one of the students picked him up carefully, Is
it alright? squawked a young girl. A closer inspection followed, a few prods
and strokes were made with no reaction other than the rapid breathing of an
absolutely terrified cat. Impossible, proclaimed the student, Its completely fine.
And with that, Cosmo wriggled out of the young boys grasp and shot off into
the distance, a tail drooping in-between his legs. Maybe its true, the young boy
whispered, Cats really do have nine lives.

He could almost taste


the warmth of the
glistening sun as he was
close to its heat.

Feline Agility
Its all about balance and extra bones.

We all admire cats for their physical


prowess. Could you snooze on the
couch for a few hours, wake, stretch
once and then immediately tiptoe
along a narrow beam many feet above
the ground? Well I certainly couldnt,
at least not without a great deal of
practice, but cats make such feats look
practically effortless.
Yet under the skin, we are both
mammals, constructed from pretty
much the same kit of parts. Our
skeletons are similar, and we both rely
on the same sense of balance. So what
is it that makes cats such consummate
athletes? The cats skeleton is basically
the same as our own, but with a few
crucial differences that combine to
make their bodies so much more
flexible than ours.

Ben Knoress

closer together, and second, cats have


little or no collarbone. Our shoulders
are kept apart by our shoulder blades
(scapula) being connected above
our ribs by our rigid clavicle (or
collarbone). Some cats appear to have
no collarbone at all, others have a tiny
bone where the clavicle ought to be,
but not connected to anything at either
end. This allows the shoulders to float
more freely, and so the front paws can
be placed more or less anywhere that
the cat wants them to go.
At the other end, cats hind legs are
attached to a rigid pelvis, much as ours
are. Its the cats hind legs that provide the
power when hes running, the front legs
simply serving to hold the cats body
in the air while the hind legs are being
moved forward to start the next stride.

They actually have more individual


bones than we do about 240
compared to our 200 with most
of the extras being found in the tail
(obviously!), but their backs also
contain more vertebrae than ours. As
a result, the greater number of joints
between their shoulders and their hips
help to make them super-supple: not
many people can curl up in a ball as
easily as a cat can! Cats shoulders are
also more flexible than ours, allowing
their front legs to swing freely
handy when theyre picking their way
along the top of a fence or out along a
narrow branch.
This flexibility has two causes: first,
cats ribcages are narrower and deeper
than ours are, bringing their shoulders

Closer-together
shoulders for
additional flexibility.

Contracting muscles in
additional vertebrae.

Large hind legs for power


and suspension.

Front legs swing freely


with more joints.

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Article written By
Michael Reastron

Anetta
Burulon
introduces
her geometricinspired artwork
dedicated to children.
We take a deeper look
into Anettas motives and
why this incredible block-style
has emerged. Artwork printed
with stencils and acrylic while then
reworked on tablets and computers
within Blezaz Studio located in Bristol,
England. Article includes unseen artwork
that didnt quite make the cut.

Ge o m e t r i c

Po s s i b i l i t i e s

We all Have A
Star ting Point

Article written by Michael Reastron

Believe it or not, this is Anettas original


artwork from her Collage days! Times
have definitely changed since back then,
or should we more say: simplified?
Many people are very surprised to see
this as my starting point with geometrics,
some would even say I have gone
backwards! However I have found that
children respond to fun simplicity far more
than complex forms.This is my passion,
and so this is the route Ive gone down.
Ive always been a big believer that if you
sit down with time and purpose, results
will follow.Thats the approach I took for
this project.There were a couple of days
where I got caught a little short on time
and ideas, but I always managed to pull
something out! Actually, I was talking with
Jeremy Somers from We Are Handsome
about doing a collaborative piece featuring
one of their animal-related designs. I tried
a few abstract approaches, but Jeremy
thought it would be cool to try something
more literal, so I rethought my approach
and the illustrative geometric style was
then born!
Some of the more abstract pieces usually
took between two and four hours and the
illustrative animals more like four to six.
A lot of the work got done late at night
after I finished client work, but the more
elaborate ones were done during the day
during quiet periods. Ive probably taken
the most satisfaction from the animals
when creating, just because this is the first
time Ive ever worked in an illustrative style
that wasnt abstract or photo based. It was
really enjoyable to see that particular style
emerge and develop out pretty quickly Facets was great in terms of forcing and
condensing progression.
I just feel a lot of gratitude. Im grateful
Ting challenged me to do it, Im glad I
accepted and saw it through, and Im
appreciative of everything Ive been able to
gain and share. Its just been a wonderful,
positive experience.
-Anetta Berulon

I cant wait to start another project - Im


trying to see this one out properly first, get
an app developed, get the books produced,
have a show etc. Id much rather just move
on to the next project and get creating
again, but Im forcing myself to do the
development legwork and production I hate
so much first. Definitely will keep working
in these styles!
-Anetta Berulon
Anetta states that alot of her work
is inspired by Aztec design, the image
shown to the right proves that there
are definately echoes of this ancient
art in her work.
So although the childrens project
is going well, there are definitely
some hard miles when it comes to
kids design. Anetta specialises in
geometric animals and landscapes.
We are looking forward to further
developments in the future and
what will become of this talented
illustrator/artist. Watch this space!

Just a small example of how Anettas work


has transformed from complex forms to
simplistic shapes. This piece named Azure is
inspired by ancient Aztec architecture.

More of Anettas old


collage work can be
found on her website
www.anettaberulon.org.
uk. This includes an
entire range of
work collated with
other artists.

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