Monthly Archives: August, 2012

ATOS/DWP “Fit for Work” protest

To coincide with the Paralympics, Up to 150 disability rights campaigners including members of Disabled People Against Cuts and UK Uncut, have been protesting outside IT Firm Atos headquarters in protest of the “fit for work” assessments which it carries out on behalf of the Government, This culminated in an attempt to bring the French …

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60th Anniversary tribute to the Avro Vulcan

To mark 60 years since it first soared into the sky, the worlds only remaining air-worthy Avro Vulcan 558 will be flying at the Bournemouth Air Festival this weekend. The Prototype Avro Vulcan No.698 first flew on August 30 1952, and now Sixty years later, the last flying example of that plane, which was later named …

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Happy Birthday Rudolf Schenker

Guitarist, and founder member of German Rock Group The Scorpions  Rudolf Schenker was born on this date 31st August 1948. Formed in 1965 , the Scorpions first had beat influences and Schenker himself did the vocals then things began to come together in 1970 when Schenker’s younger brother Michael and vocalist Klaus Meine joinedthe band. In 1972, …

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Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival 2012

Here is what is happening during the final weekend of Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival. I’ve seen Ross Kirk and Clear Vinyl a few times, I think they are really great. Plus a few songs from “Bird” who incidentally played the High Street Stage last Weekend and have also released an EP which can be …

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Bridgnorth Music & Arts festival open Studios

As part of this weeks ongoing Bridgnorth Music & Arts festival, it is Open Studios Night on Thursday 30th August from  6pm to 9pm. Giving people the chance to Visit the  a participating  artists in their studios, see them at work and chat to them in their natural environment. There is also plenty of great live music being played …

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Dissolution by C.J.Samsom

After my previous post about the forthcoming Television Adaptation of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, I recently found about that BBC Radio 4 has also made A ten part adaptation of C. J. Sansom’s Tudor crime novel Dissolution, which is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 3rd to Friday 10th September. Adapted …

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Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival Poetry Evening

Building on the success of the first poetry event in 2011, Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival hosted another Fantastic evening of poetry, rhyme, wit and insights at Costa on Wednesday 29 August 2012. Starting at 7pm it featured a fantastic line up of poets including compere for the evening Emma Purshouse, who headlined the event …

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Paralympic Opening Ceremony

Tonight’s event will open with the words ‘O wonder! How many goodly creatures there are here’ from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as read by  actor Sir Ian McKellen, 73,  with a young actress playing the character of Miranda who will lead the audience through the ceremony. Six athletes will then ‘fly’ into tonight’s spectacular Paralympics opening ceremony in …

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Tribute to Ludwig Guttmann

Here is my tribute to the inspirational Jewish German neurosurgeon Sir Ludwig Guttmann, who saved many fellow Jews from Nazis before fleeing Germany and became the  founding father of the modern day Paralympics after WWII. Born in the coal-mining district of Upper Silesia (now Poland) in 1899 to an orthodox Jewish family, he took a volunteer job …

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I like reading historical Fiction and recently read that The BBC is to adapt Novellist Hilary Mantel’s fantastic multi-award winning best-selling 2009 Booker Prize winning historical novel Wolf Hall,into a six-part mini-series. The book is the first in a planned trilogy; and the sequel Bring Up the Bodies was published in 2012 Set in England …

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