Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A movie that will inspire and uplift you - Searching for Sugar Man - Official UK Trailer



Imagine Jim Morrison or Elvis were found alive and well but without any recollection they had been a superstar?

How would they handle it?
Watch this documentary and find out how a working class man found out he was a rock and roll hero without ever knowing


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The future of news journalism and the rise of citizen journalism

Herefordshire Media Network takes a look at the future of news journalism
and the rise of citizen journalism.
Tuesday 11th June 2013, 7pm - Saxty’s Wine Bar, Hereford.
£5 Entry on door (includes light bites)

Google’s Eric Schmidt has forecast that over the next 8 years, 5 billion new internet users will come online, the vast majority accessing the internet via mobile devises.

There are now worrying signs of the decline of the news industry.  The radical connectivity of the internet has greatly diminished the scale of our local and national newspapers’ reach, and the value of their advertising.

Meanwhile the UK’s nascent hyper-local and community media sector has witnessed a step change in activity and recognition from policy makers and funders alike.

We are now seeing citizen journalism entering the mainstream and successful business models emerging for local news and entertainment platforms.

Herefordshire Media Network is delighted to welcome two distinguished speakers to lead a discussion on the implications of online journalism for local media and communities. 

Professor Richard Sambrook, former Director of Global News at BBC, is Director of Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism.  Richard will outline the reasons why one of Britain’s leading journalism schools has decided to focus on community journalism, and give an overview of its future plans.

Dr Andy Williams is a lecturer at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture.  He will provide insights into emergent forms of news and address key challenges for community news in the UK.

For rural counties such as Herefordshire successful roll out of superfast broadband will be critical to both media producers and consumers.   Matt Smith, Herefordshire Council’s Broadband Operations Manager will provide an update on Herefordshire and Gloucestershire’s ‘Big Build’ – ‘Fastershire’.

Many HMN members will remember Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce’s support when establishing HMN several years ago.  Colita Dainton, Area Relationship Manager for Herefordshire, will give a short update on the Chamber’s services and benefits of membership.

To round out the evening, members of Herefordshire TV’s Steering Group will give an update of progress and launch HTV’s website.

Refreshments will be available, together with information on all the above topics.   


The Herefordshire Media Network

T: 01432 344039


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Geeks, activists, media gurus all in one place in June

Brought to you by HacktionLab, Bristol Wireless and FLOSS Manuals, BarnCamp 2013 is the fifth edition of our summer camp at Highbury Farm in the beautiful Wye valley. BarnCamp is three days of workshops, discussions, demos and practical how-to sessions looking at how technology can be useful (and dangerous) for campaigners, community activists and general trouble makers. We have limited places so please book your place on-line today.

When is it?
BarnCamp takes place Fri 7th, Sat 8th and Sun 9th June 2013 (staying on site available between 5th to 10th, production crew from Wednesday 5th).

Where is it?

It's at Highbury Farm, a beautiful hilltop farm near the village of Redbrook. There are buses to Redbrook from Chepstow and Monmouth. There is parking in Redbrook village, and also on-site for live-in vehicles. People have also hiked and biked to BarnCamp and a mass "bike to BarnCamp" exodus from Bristol/Chepstow is being planned for Thursday evening (more info).
For more information about getting to BarnCamp, visit this page.

What do you get for your dosh?

  • Three days of workshops and open space sessions.
  • Four nights camping in the beautiful Wye Valley.
  • Food from Friday through to Sunday (9 meals).
  • Indoor and campfireside entertainment.

How do I contact BarnCamp?

The best way to get in contact with other BarnCamp people is to join the Hacktionlab mailing list. Alternately you can email us at barncamp2013 [at] hacktionlab [dot] org

How much does it cost?

£35 on the gate, £32 in advance, £? concessions available.

How do I book and pay for it?

Head on over to our registration form. We'll send you details of how to pay once you've registered.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Human Trafficking films wanted

Unchosen is an anti-trafficking charity promoting human trafficking film campaigns nationwide. Through film, documentaries, interviews and Q&As, Unchosen raises awareness about domestic servitude, forced labour, child and sex trafficking happening here in the UK. 

Unchosen is proud to be launching the first Human Trafficking Short Film Competition! We have collated 8 case studies from leading anti-trafficking charities across the UK and Ireland that include forced labour; forced criminality; domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.

The competition is open to anyone who would like to make a film- amateur or professional- on the case studies provided. The closing date for registration is May 23rd and final date for submission is 13th August 2013. Please go to their
FILM COMPETITION page for more information.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bill Oddie's BankWatch


Why was Bill Oddie evicted from HSBC's London HQ?

It takes a light-hearted look at a very serious issue. The UK's biggest bank has so far made around £100 million by providing loans and services to some of the most destructive logging companies in the world, often in violation of its own policies.

Please sign the public petition to HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver calling for the bank to stop profiting from the disappearing rainforests of Borneo. We can stop this.

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Riot Training as entertainment.

The World Economy is going to pot so turn riots into entertainment!
Companies who have spotted an opening in the emerging market is hosting Riot training just for you. Go along and get battered just for £159 each

Their statement is that
'You’ll receive training on how to defend yourself in the midst of a riot from an experienced ex-military instructor, who will introduce you to equipment and anti-rioting techniques. You’ll be able to experience the noise, fire, smoke, fear and excitement of the battle from both sides, acting as both a rioter and a riot cop!

They also write that 'your experience will also include a light lunch'. So all your bases are covered- is this a sign of things to come?
Check it out


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Smoking and Climate Change...

Then and Now....

'In 1998, the vice-chancellors of the UK's universities decided that they would no longer take money for cancer research from tobacco firms.
 

Over the past few days I have asked the Shell professor of earth sciences at Oxford, the university itself and the umbrella body Universities UK to explain the ethical difference between taking tobacco money for cancer research and taking fossil fuel money for energy research. None of these great heads, despite my repeated attempts to engage them, were prepared even to attempt an answer.'
Monbiot

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Filming TED talks in Swansea today

Undercurrents will be joining A Thousand pictures today to film the first TED talks in Swansea. The inspiring series of presentations will be hosted in the Waterfront museum 

The first TEDx event is the Swansea area will feature inspiring and insightful talks from a variety of professionals and guest speakers both local and regional - here is confirmed speaker list so far:

Professor Rory Wilson - 'Reading runes in animal movement'
This lecture will talk about new approaches for elucidating animal movement using state-of-the-art animal-attached tags and new, clever software for visualizing data.

Professor Harold Thimbleby – 'Bad design to die for'
Many computerized devices in hospitals have bad user interfaces, which encourage and cause errors. Instead of blaming nurses when things go wrong, we ought to be improving design.

Vikki Butler - 'Social inclusion and why it matters'
Drawing on approaches from person centered planning, community development, social anthropology and current social research in Wales I pose the question: What is social exclusion, and what are the costs of not having an inclusive society?

Stu Wootton - 'The idiots guide to DIY music making'
So how easy is it to be a DIY musician? Let's find out shall we? using gear we borrow or own, the talk will be a commentary on the methods and logic we used to create music on a tiny budget and how you can do it too.

Brian Spinks - 'The Invention of Telescopes: new horizons for Science'
A look at the past, present and future of telescopes in science and how the telescope shaped much more than our view of the cosmos, influencing many elements of everyday science

More details here

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Why is there a lack of Right wing comedians?



Radio 4 says it struggles to find right-wing comedians to balance its shows. Why do you think stand-ups don’t tend to be on the right?

‘If you’re trying to attack other races or attack women or alternative sexuality, you’d have to get very intellectual about it. Maybe that’s why: if you’re an intellectual right-wing comedian you actually run out of logic, you have to be some sort of brain-blocked person to shove out that hatred.’
 Eddie Izzard (now running for Mayor of London)

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