IN TO GIFT' FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED FOR LIVERPOOL
A truly unique arts festival will
visit the Bluecoat, Liverpool this December. From smaller beginnings
in 2011 and 2012, 'Giving In To Gift' returns for 2013 from
6 December to 8 December 2013, as a fully fledged festival with live theatre, audio
performances and a symposium, all exploring attitudes to giving in
Festival producer Tim Jeeves said:- "For a long time now,
ideas of gift have featured in my art practice, not always
consciously, and I often wonder how much this has to do with the
bone marrow transplant I received 15 years ago. This work has felt
even more relevant in the time since the financial crisis and the
introduction of austerity measures, where, in the context of the Big
Society and Workfare, there has been an increase in people being
asked to do things without payment. I see Giving in to Gift as a
platform through which the social relations, power dynamics, and, of
course, the joy that are a part of gift-giving can be explored." For the live performance strand of the festival, producer Tim Jeeves
will appear in a one-man theatre piece, The Kindness Of Strangers,
which premieres at The Bluecoat on 7 December 2013. In 1997, Tim was
studying for his A-Levels when he first encountered Tennessee
Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and the tragic
character of Blanche Dubois, a woman, dangerously mismatched to her
surroundings, whose eventual undoing is encapsulated in the line,
'I have always depended on the kindness of strangers'.
A year later, in 1998, after intensive treatment for malignant
tumours in his leg, lungs and liver, Tim also turned to the kindness
of a stranger when he was given bone marrow by an anonymous donor.
Partly a return gift to the most significant person Tim has never
met, but also an exploration of how we deal with another's
generosity, The Kindness of Strangers opens a bag of marrow and
even though it might get a bit messy; takes a look at what's
'If You're Not Paying...' the Audio Performance aspect of
the festival, Giving In To Gift is looking to commission 4 new sound
works, each made to be listened to in a specific situation, for free
distribution online. These will explore the unique potential for
generosity that the internet provides (massive distribution reach
with minimal distribution costs), which is often rightly subject to
a degree of suspicion and qualification when the privacy concerns
around the business model of internet behemoths such as Facebook and
Google are taken in to account. The commissioned artists will
receive an artist fee, recording sessions in Liverpool, travel costs
and digital and print marketing. Those interested in applying to be
one of the four commissioned artists should visit:-
The 4 commissions will be made available online on Friday, 6
December 2013, launching the festival weekend. Rounding off the festival on
Sunday, 8 December 2013, a symposium entitled Generosities in Economy will
provide an opportunity to explore the role of gift-giving and
generosity in a range of fields and disciplines. The symposium will
take place at community enterprise Homebaked in Anfield featuring a
range of speakers who will be announced very soon.
Giving In To Gift is free to attend but ticketed. Tickets will be
available from the Bluecoat in November. For more information see:-
years of wheelchair services
SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust's Wheelchair Service celebrates 10 years of
supporting patients across North Sefton, West Lancashire, Chorley
and South Ribble.
The Wheelchair Service, based in Skelmersdale, has around 6000
patients and marked its anniversary by hosting an open day for
patients past and present. The day was a chance for patients glimpse
behind the scenes, including the stores and workshop. There was an
opportunity to meet not just the therapists, but administration
staff and those involved in the maintenance of their wheelchairs,
some of whom they may never otherwise meet.
The service was set up to provide seamless care and support for all
full time wheelchair users across West Lancashire, Chorley and South
Ribble and has been so successful it was recently extended to cover
patients in North Sefton.
Yvonne Baron, Wheelchair Service Manager, set up the service in
2003. She said:- "It's great to see the service going from
strength to strength. We work hard to ensure we provide the best
service possible for our patients, whilst striving to be cost
efficient. We re-use and recycle everything, nothing is thrown
Attendees also included Peter Cousins, Chief Executive at Brighter
Future Workshop, a charity that provides new and recycled mobility
at a cost effective price. The Wheelchair Service donates unwanted
equipment to Brighter Future Workshop to enable it to be recycled
Peter, a wheelchair user himself, who was involved in setting up the
original service, said:- "I'm delighted to see how the
Wheelchair Service has developed over the last 10 years."
link service announced
MERSEYTRAVEL has launched a
new weekday service linking Alder Hey Children's Hospital,
Stockbridge Village, Prescot and Whiston hospital.
Running every hour during the daytime, Route 111 will run from Alder
Hey Hospital at Eaton Road, via Princess Drive, Stockbridge Lane,
Knowsley Lane, to Prescot Bus station, continuing along Warrington
Road and Dragon Lane to Whiston Hospital, from where it will loop
back along Kingsway and Manchester Road to Prescot Bus station. The
service will then return to Alder Hey Hospital via its initial
This new Monday to Friday daytime service has been introduced by
Merseytravel, with funding from the Department for Transport's Local
Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) in response to requests from
residents and community leaders for a better link between
Stockbridge Village and the hospitals.
Councillor Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel said:- "This
new service will provide a more direct link for people travelling to
the two hospitals, making it easier for them to attend appointments,
visit patients and also for those who work at them.
The LSTF funding has given us the opportunity to provide this
service for a limited time, after which if it proves to be a viable
proposition, we hope that it will be taken on as a permanent route
by a commercial operator."
For timetable information visit:-
merseytravel.gov.uk or for a printed copy of a
timetable please visit one of our Travel Centres or call the
Brochure Hotline on:- 0151 330 1066 or by email request to:-
The Future of
THE rail industry's powers
to increase fares are being curbed as part of the Government's drive
to cut the cost of living and overhaul the existing rail fare
The ability of train operators to add an additional 5% to some
individual fares, as long as the average rise of regulated fares is
maintained at one per cent above inflation, is being limited to just
two per cent as part of the Government's Fares and Ticketing review
published today by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
As well curbing the rise in fares, the review opens the door for
future innovations such as the end of paper tickets, a code of
conduct for train companies to give passengers the confidence that
they are getting the best deal for their journey, and a flexible
approach to season tickets which could benefit part-time workers.
"By capping fares we are protecting passengers from large rises at a
time when family incomes are already being squeezed. We will need to
wait for the rail industry to calculate individual ticket prices for
next year, but this cap could save some commuters as much as £200 a
year. Alongside this, the Government is investing over £16bn to
transform our rail network, which will make sure we can respond to
increasing passenger demand and drive forward economic growth that
will help strengthen our economy."
'The Fares and Ticketing
Review' sets out the
Government's vision for a modern, customer-focused fares and
ticketing system aimed at encouraging even more people to travel by
rail and ensuring they have a better experience.
In addition to the limit on the maximum increase in regulated fares,
the review includes a range of further measures:-
A Ticketing Code of Practice. The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)
will oversee the code to ensure that passengers are provided with
the information they need to choose the best ticket for their
journey and that this information is clear and not misleading.
Ticket Offices. A strengthening of the rules around how train
companies alter opening times at station ticket offices. The
Government's intention is that passenger representative bodies can
play a greater role in shaping any changes and ensure that
appropriate passenger safeguards are also put in place.
Flexible Ticketing. The Government is committed to introducing more
'touch in – touch out' rail tickets across the network
which could mean part-time workers receive a discount on season
tickets for travelling 3 days rather than 5 or for travelling
earlier or later. The Department for Transport's £45 million South
East Flexible Ticketing programme will pilot many of these
innovations next year.
Market Review. The ORR will look into the sale of tickets and
consider whether current markets are operating efficiently,
effectively, and in the best interests of passengers and taxpayers.
The Department has committed to consider any cost-effective
recommendations that come out of the review.
Annual Surveys. ATOC has agreed to release information to customers
from next year on how well ticket office staff, ticket machines, and
websites perform in regards to selling passengers the best ticket
for their journey.
Single Leg Pricing. The DfT is planning a pilot scheme which will
allow passengers to more easily 'mix and match' each
ticket type when planning a return journey, giving passengers extra
confidence that they are getting the best deal on their journeys. e