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Trafford Council Defer IGas Application

By: Erol

Trafford Council have deferred making a decision on an application made by fracking firm IGas for exploratory drilling in Trafford, explaining that it would not approve the procedure until “it can be proved safe.”

If the application is successful the firm will be able to develop any methane it discovers, yet those against the application argue that coalbed methane extraction is damaging and harmful to the environment.

Online Campaigners ‘Frack-Off’ explain the procedure CBM undertakes:

“To extract the gas, after drilling into the seam, it is necessary to pump large amounts of water out of the coal seam to lower the pressure. It is often also necessary to frack the seam to extract the gas. There are a similar catalogue of negative environmental and social effects as with shale gas..

CBM wells do not produce large amounts of gas per well and production declines very quickly. It is necessary to drill large numbers of wells, covering huge amounts of land.”

In the year 2000, America’s shale beds provided just 1% of America’s natural gas supply. Today that figure has risen to nearly 25%.

Earlier this year Germany banned fracking completely as they fear it contaminates the water.

Listen to the following radio interview, which discusses whether fracking is beneficial or simply hazardous:

 


 

 

 

Radio Interview by Ezzblog on Mixcloud

 

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Oliver East: The Homesick Truant's Cumbrian Yarn

By: Erol

                               Oliver East
                        As He Remembers It                                                                                                 

            “Art Is Not What You See, But What You Make Others See” – Edward Degras

 

Oliver East has emerged as one of the North West’s leading comics who distinguishes himself from his peers through technique and strategy. He is a ‘walking artist’ whose compelling stories are documented through narratives detailing accounts of his journeys.

For the past nine years East has embarked on his travels with the intention on reaching a specific destination, without the use of technology. Once he has completed his expedition he recounts his observations by drawing different stages of his adventure as he remembers them. The culmination of drawings creates revelatory soundscapes, giving the audience the opportunity to curate their own perceptions and consequently a fascinating account of East’s journey.

Earlier this year East walked over 140 miles in 10 stages from Arnside train station to Carlisle train station keeping as close to the 30 or so stations that form the Cumbrian Coastal Train Line. The exhibition was displayed at ‘The Lakes International Comic Art Festival’ where East gave an interview regarding his evolution as a comic and his interest in arts.
 

“I just wanted to make comics like other people made comics – I like comics” East said as he explained how reviews always labelled him ‘unique’, “there’s a long history of walking literature and art in this part of the world and this is just a drop in the ocean – I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

East’s modesty towards his craft helps the audience further engage with his work. He makes no attempt to convince his onlookers that he is incomparable as an artist but prefers that his audience visualises his work for what it is – art in comic form which narrates a story from which each individual creates a perception from their own perspective.

“Rather than a record of the walk – it is a record of the walk as I remember it” explains East. “I do like a narrative but I’m not overly concerned if you don’t know what’s going on,” he continues, “I’ve had people comment on my work and they’ve completely misunderstood what I was trying to say – but what they thought I was trying to say was better than what I actually meant” East says jokingly.

There is much to desire from Oliver East’s work from anyone interested in art or comics. His exhibition was a fantastic addition to The Lakes International Comic Art Festival and was certainly appreciated by visitors.

See below for full interview:

 

 

OE Interview by Ezzblog on Mixcloud

 

 

 

 

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Where Were You On D-Day?

By: Erol

Peter Henshaw is a World War II Veteran who was involved in one of the most historical days in history.. D-Day. 

On June 6th 1944, Allied forces invaded the Normandy forces breaking through the German defense. It was a significant victory which will forever remain one of histories greatest triumphs. 

It is calculated that 4,413 soldiers perished during the invasion. 

The following video follows Peter Henshaws accounts of his experience on such a triumphant day.

 

 

 

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The Big Picture Show

By: Erol

                                    REVIEW: IWM North Big Picture Show

This year Imperial War Museum North launched The Big Picture Show - an award-winning 360-degree experience. In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the First World War and 70 year anniversary of D-Day I decided to review the exhibition.

When researching events taking place at IWM North, it became quite apparent that there was a wealth of exhibitions which covered historical affairs from the First World War up until recent warfare in Syria. As my interest lied predominantly with the Great War itself, I was apprehensive that the museum would be disorganised and confusing – on the contrary my concerns were without cause. The layout is simple yet effective; a timeline of history is printed on the wall straight away on entry. It continues round the room with an abundance of facts, memorabilia and artefacts.

 Whilst proceeding down the timeline, there are small rooms which encompass a variety of themes from imitation 1930’s house lounges to a memorial of fallen soldiers with heirlooms that have been donated from families.

Every hour on the hour The Big Picture Show takes place. Throughout the day there are six shows including the following themes:

Rotten Rationing, War at Home, Children and War, Remembrance, Weapons of War, Build the Truce, Al-Mutanabbi Street: A Reaction.

As the hour commences, darkness descends upon the room. Guests roaming take a seat on surrounding benches attached to the walls. A loud voiceover introduces what the following exhibition is about before projected images envelope the wall.

Each show lasts 15 – 20 minutes and completely immerses visitors into a mind-set which distances and almost disconnects an individual from their current lifestyle and makes you contemplate the prospect of living in an era where bombings, evacuations, rationing and losing your loved ones was commonplace.

People living during such times tell of their personal experience. The stories are often harrowing yet emotional and thought provoking.

Sound effects including destructive bombings and traumatizing screams completely submerse the audience. There is a certain realisation that the stories you hear are not fabricated or created for shock purposes but were a genuine reality. It encourages you to think about your own family members. Personally it made me think about my Grandad who fought in the Second World War who unfortunately passed before I was born, but allowed me to get an insight into what he would have experienced.

Visually the images are bright and the way in which they are projected on multiple walls which stand facing different directions is what creates the 360-degree experience. This effect in my opinion is what makes the show completely unique to any other historical exhibition I have encountered.

The Big Picture Show is a complete sensory experience which is a memorizing, informative, educational exhibition. The show exceeded my expectations and does not get the recognition it deserves. The exhibition is completely free and accommodates for all ages.

It is worth bringing to attention that upon entering the IWM North via the main entrance, visitors are greeted by friendly staff who are readily available with any information you may require. There is an option to purchase a guestbook for £5 which also credits you with a 10 % discount in the canteen.



 

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By: ninawhitehouse

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Judge Rinder - Day Two!

By: BethanyTimms

So I completed my placement at Judge Rinder (ITV)!

The second- and last- day was much more insightful that day one, as I knew the building better, I was familiar with how thins worked and also I was given the chance to sit in the gallery to shadow & ask any questions, also I got to watch the show being recorded whilst sat in the studio.

Overall, it was a really helpful placement and I really want to go back, so I'll definitely keep in touch!

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Salford International Festival

Salford International Festival

By: MatthewLisle

I am looking forward  the Salford International  Next Generation Media Festival at MedaiCityUk on Thursday and Friday, 20th-21st November in which many principal players in television will be arriving to give their views on the future of the industry. There will be a mix of views and ideas which include a discussion on animation, children’s television (e.g. CCBE) newspaper journalism and sports. It covers a wide spectrum and range in which the movers and shakers of different disciplines come together to blend their experiences. There will be a question and answer session to allow people to express their own views and ideas. There will also be a number of master classes where interested individuals and students can experience at first hands the day to day operations of a TV studio. I will be particularly interested in attending an audience with Jeremy Kyle, as I will be doing a placement as a runner in December for this particular show. When the festival has come to an end I will incorporate another blog giving my opinions and impressions. 

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 LinkedIn

LinkedIn

By: MatthewLisle

I recently joined LinkedIn and I am enjoying the experience. I think that it is a wonderful way to interact and get to know people in the industry. I see it as a gateway to my ambition to be a technical engineer. The richness and diversity of contacts have enhanced my personality and opened up a new world to me. LinkedIn is an environment in which people say ‘yes’.  Already my contacts have expanded and introduced me to new narratives. I am a naturally sociable person and I believe that I fit into organisations easily. Already I am getting to know people from BBC producers to runners and researchers. 

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Studer OnAir 3000

Studer OnAir 3000

By: MatthewLisle

I helped a friend with the recording of an interview in the radio studio. I drove the desk (Studer OnAir 3000) by adjusting the sound levels, doing mike tests and ensuring that it was recorded in a smooth manner and no interruptions. We had to book the room before we did this. I am glad that he came to me because it allowed me to practice my inter-personal skills and increase the levels of my responsibilities. The show took about half an hour, and was a success. I did not participate in the editing, but I am confident in the future that I will be able to extend my skill set in this direction.

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Avid ICON D-Command ES Main Unit Control Surface for Pro Tools

Avid ICON D-Command ES Main Unit Control Surface for Pro Tools

By: MatthewLisle

I have just started using this desk as of my sound project. I will be using ProTools HD. I have picked a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, The Black Pearl, which features the sword fight between Jack and Will.

The scene is four minutes long, and there is a complex series of actions which will need a completely new set of voices, diegetic and non-diegetic sounds. I will be using the vocal booth for some sounds and be assembling others in a sound catalogue that I will record loud. 

This desk looks complicated, but with practice I will increase in competence and confidence, and be able to complete my assignment on time.

I have created up to 64 scenes on storyboard/ dubbing sheet to give myself the broadest range of options possible to carry out this task. I am proud that I am using up to the mark kit that is standard issue in the film industry.

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ipad Air 2

ipad Air 2

By: MatthewLisle

This week I have purchased a little treat. I got the new IPad Air 2, gold version with a 16 Gb capacity. This is the latest IPad module alongside Apple’s new IPad Mini 3.

The IPad Air Original came out last year 2013, which just weighted under a pound. However a year on they have bought the Air 2, which is 18% thinner than last year’s module and at  0.96 grams weighs less than the iPad air 1. However they both have the same screen size at 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and the same amount of resolution at 264 pixels per inch. There is, however 3.1 MILLION PIXELS in the iPad air 2

However this version comes with Anti-reflective coating which now lets you work anywhere with it without too much light on the screen. This is a great feature as you can see clearer on a sunny day or in a bright room where you would struggle with the any other tablet in general!

The height is 240 mm (9.4 inches) and Width:169.5 mm (6.6 inches)  This is the same apart from the Depth:6.1 mm (0.24 inches; on IPad Air 1 it has a depth of: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches) This indicates how fast technology is changing and tells us what it can do!

The new version also incorporates an A8X chip with 64-bit architecture, and an M8 motion coprocessor.  IPad Air 2 has an M7 motion coprocessor and you 64-bit screen. Its Graphic card has 40% extra capacity compared to the last version.

The battery life is still the same on this year’s model at 10 hours, but it is thinner, lighter and easier to install.

It also comes with a fingerprint scanner known as ‘touch id’ which the iPad Air 1 didn’t have. There is a slo-mo feature that allows you to shoot HD video at 120 fps in 720video. At 8MP this camera is an improvement on the 5MP on the iPad air 1. The iPad Air 2 is the 1st Apple table to come with 2 Gb of ram compared the normal 1 Gb or ram. 

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Guest Speaker Tony Ward on "Personal Branding" 10/11/14

By: LucyCassidy

The guest speaker for our Professional Practice lecture today was Tony Ward, who taught us the importance of "personal branding" when searching for a job. It was interesting to see how we could utilise techniques such as a "skills analysis" or "star technique" to pinpoint our strengths and weaknesses and what skills we need to develop to make ourselves more appealing to employers.

The lecture was insightful in helping us identify the key employability skills employers are looking for and how we can harness our own strengths to apply for the right jobs.

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NHS Initiative Filming 5/11/14

By: LucyCassidy

Today was the first day as a camera operator for 6 short films illustrating the ‘6 Cs’, an NHS initiative that promotes good standards of practice in healthcare. This consisted of filming acted scenarios that depicted the right and wrong ways to approach these 6 principles. The videos are going to used as a teaching aid on the Occupational Therapy programme and during conferences by academic staff. Since we are a bit pressed for time to have all 12 videos finished before Christmas (6 right strategies and 6 wrong strategies), we have decided to film the 6 wrong ways before Christmas and the 6 right ways in the new year.

We covered "Courage" and "Commitment" today, and it went quite smootly thanks to the blocking with the cast yesterday. However we were quite delayed as actors showed up almost 2 hours late which pushed everything back. We had everything set up for their arrival though and somehow managed to get back on track.

For next week we have learnt we will not need the tracking dolly, and to ensure everyone is clear of the start time. We also learnt a lot about lighting in regards to the room in the Mary Seacole building and the importance of getting the shots quickly before the lighting changes.

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Final Zipwire Edit 3/11/14

By: LucyCassidy

After receiving feedback from Tony on the second edit of the film and receiving the GoPro footage from the BBC, we have completed the final product and emailed it to Tony.

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Scott Robert Work Experience 31/10/14

By: LucyCassidy

Hannah Cook was using the university's green screen in TV Studio B on behalf of the company she works for, Scott Robert, to produce and present a series of short corporate films on financial consultancy. My role for the first half of the day was to control the autocue for Hannah and revise/edit the script with her. For the second half of the day I was the engineer in the gallery recording and saving the filmed footage.

I had never filmed any corporate films before so it was interesting to see how they differed in content and structure compared to the genre of films I have made previously. It was also interesting to see the green screen used during filming compared to how it looks in the final product.

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Zipwire First Edit 9/10/14

By: LucyCassidy

We emailed Tony, Joy's husband, the first edit of the zip wire challenge today. We are still awaiting the GoPro footage from the BBC who were also filming that day (a lesson learnt in not being afraid of asking for something you want), so hopefully we can send him the second edit soon.

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Living Well With Dementia - A Leap of Faith Filming 5/10/14

By: LucyCassidy

Today I was part of the crew who filmed Joy Watson's zip wire challenge to raise awareness for dementia on behalf of the Salford Institute of Dementia and for her own personal life story film. She descended from the top of the Imperial War Museum to the base of the bridge by the Lowry Outlet Mall. Filming went a bit too well so we'll see how everything pans out in the edit.

After initially hearing Joy's emotional story and struggle with dementia, I knew it would be hard not to get emotionally invested in this project. It isn't simply another project to put down on my CV, I really want to impress Joy and her husband Tony with something that they value and are happy to include in the film of Joy's life story.

 

 

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Judge Rinder - Day One!

By: BethanyTimms

So today I did my first day as a runner on ITV's Judge Rinder!

Was an early start, beginning at 7:30am, however it was an insightful day - and not at all what I expected! 

It was great to shadow a few people who had worked there for a while, to get my bearings, but once the afternoon came I was confident to be abit more independent!

Everyone was so helpful and friendly - they gave me more inspiration for other paths I could potentially explore!

Overall, a successful day and I can't wait for tomorrow!

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Capital FM Manchester Presenter Training/Shadowing

By: isaacajones

From the 29/11/14 I will be shadowing Capital FM Manchester presenter Adam Brown on Saturday and Sunday weekend shows. As broadcasting is the specific area I want to pursue a career in this will be a great chance to learn and watch first-hand what goes into making a commercial radio programme. 

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Peterborough United Football Club TV (PUTV)

By: isaacajones

After contacting Peterborough United Football Club I’ve managed to secure myself work experience with them. Starting on the 22/11/14 I will be assisting the club photographer and camera operator as well as filming the game during home and away match days. This will give me a great insight  into how sporting events are filmed as well as a chance to be in the press room where all the pre and post-match interviews take place. I will be working with them on a casual basic during the weekends I am available to work without affecting other work experience opportunities I currently have at this period of time. 

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