CITIZEN TV REVOLUTION!
THE "Making News Roadshow"
is a series of free-of-charge large-scale workshops in citizen TV
reporting in locations around the UK, organised by visionOntv, an
internet television station and training project based in London. It
kicks off in Liverpool on the weekend of 17 June 2011, at The Casa,
29 Hope Street, L1 9BQ. The programme is also international,
starting in Japan in September 2011. "Making News" is
a radically different approach from conventional video training. Its
uniqueness lies in the fact that the skills of news reporting have
been boiled down to a few cartoons on a single side of paper.
Students will learn how to make quality news reports with their
mobile phone, or even no camera at all (just using downloaded
photos). Richard Hering, an ex-TV investigative reporter and one of
the visionOntv trainers, comments:- "For the coming citizen TV
revolution, people don't need expensive equipment, they just need
some basic skills." Director of visionOntv Hamish Campbell adds:
"There's far too much wobbly-cam out there with bad sound and no
story-telling. With what we're offering, students can match the
mainstream media." The Liverpool leg of the tour is
partnered by Liverpool Trades Union Council and the student group
Merseyside Network against Fees and Cuts. Celia Watson from MNAFC
attended a previous Making News workshop in London. "There are
as many angles on a news story as there are people witnessing it.
Also, lots of stories don't get covered. visionOntv is giving people
all the skills they need to make their own news and get their story
OVER 13 August to 14 August
2011 Verdin Park, Northwich will see the first Medieval Festival to
be staged in it. the event is intended that this becomes an annual
event, and Verdin Park provides not only a lovely setting...
Sufficient space for expansion as the event grows is now on offer as
well, thanks to it's sponsores Cheshire Wet & Chester Council. They
are sponsoring it as part of their Regeneration Project to attract
people into Northwich, which still boasts a superb array of
independent specialist shops and market stalls.
Visitors are being asked to park in the Town Centre and walk to
Verdin Park, as there is no parking available at the park itself.
The Northwich Medieval Festival that will be open from 10am to 5pm
each day, with a packed programme of things happening. Gates open at
9am, and each day’s fun and games starts with a very loud bang – on
the Saturday the Lady Mayoress will be asked to fire the cannon!
The Festival is being staged by the team who ran the Bodelwyddan
Medieval Festival from 2007 to 2009, and features the same top
quality Re-enactment groups and performers, including local group
The Poor Knights of St. Dysmas and the Chester-based Ya Raqs Dance
Troupe traditional Arabic Dance Troupe, performing Egyptian and
North African dance. As well as Living History encampments to
explore there will be Arena Displays including Sword Fighting,
Archery, Black Powder Fire-Power, Falconry and Dance. Medieval
Traders provide the essential retail therapy, and there will be
quality locally-based caterers and a traditional Beer Tent with
buxom wenches provided by the Trollsbottom. A lively skirmish is the
culmination of each days activities.
Adults £7.50, Children (3 to 17) £3, OAPs £6 at the gate on the day,
or advance tickets at considerable discounts are available from the
Chester and Northwich Visitor Centres, Northwich Memorial Hall, and
from Cheshire West & Chester Council offices by telephone.
feeding the giraffes at Blackpool Zoo
BLACKPOOL Zoo made dreams
come true for its oldest ever visitor, when staff arranged for 101
year old Marjorie Emile to hand feed the giraffes.
The lifelong animal lover, who will celebrate her 102nd birthday on
4 July 2011, visited the zoo with her nephew and nieces and was over
the moon to learn she would be getting up close and personal with
Marjorie was born in 1909, the year instant coffee, the toaster and
the first completely synthetic plastic were invented. Other notable
events included the first manned flight across the English Channel,
the discovery of the magnetic South Pole, the official opening of
Woolworths and Manchester United’s first FA Cup victory.
Speaking about her giraffe feeding experience Marjorie said:-
“I had a wonderful time at Blackpool Zoo, which was made even more
special by being able to feed the beautiful giraffes. My great
nephew works at the zoo and arranged everything for me with the
management. I also visited the ape house, where I fell in love with
the baby gorilla Meisie and I thoroughly enjoyed the sealion display
– in fact I bought a cuddly sealion to add to my extensive soft toy
collection. Next on my list of things to do is swim with dolphins,
although the pacemaker I had fitted last year may prevent that!”
Marjorie spent the first 41 years of her life living in her birth
city of Lahore in what was British India. She married sportsman Alf
Emile and although she never had children she has 27 nieces and
nephews and countless great nieces and nephews.
As one of eight children she went onto become a sergeant in the
Indian Army and moved to the UK after the death of her father in
She worked for Lloyds Insurance in London and moved to Harrogate,
where she still lives, after her retirement in 1982.
Jude Rothwell, Marketing and PR Co-ordinator at Blackpool Zoo said:-
“We were more than happy to arrange for Marjorie to hand feed
the giraffes and she really enjoyed the experience. She is
officially our oldest ever visitor to the zoo, although you would
never guess she has reached such a milestone age as she looks much
younger. It was wonderful to meet her and her family and we all
found it hilarious to hear that she regularly goes shopping for the
‘old ladies’ that live in her community – despite the fact that some
are more than 30 years younger than her! We do hope she comes to
visit us again and we are thrilled that she had such a fantastic
day. And of course it goes without saying that we wish her a very
happy birthday for 4 July 2011.”
The Straits Plus Special Guests
Will Be Live On Stage
ON Sunday, 16 October 2011,
2011, at 7.30pm the members of Dire Straits will be on stage in
Liverpool's Empire. The group are back, we have been told:-
"due to overwhelming demand to hear the band’s much loved catalogue
of great songs." The Straits includes original members Alan
Clark, Phil Palmer and Chris White. Dire Straits experienced huge
success with albums including 'Making Movies' and
'Brothers in Arms', in a career that saw them sell 120
million albums worldwide, receive 3 BRIT Awards, four Grammys and
two MTV Music Awards.
Tickets are £19.50, £29.50, £39.50, £44.50, so to book and to get
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