— Amazon - The Truth Behind the Click (BBC Panorama).
— Cash Money - Matt Adams (Blast Theory)
What I am trying to do with this blog is to shed some light on what I would call a total false economy. I am seriously being offered things from all different sectors at the moment, I am being offered much better money to leave this theatre malarkey once and for all. I have less and less time for a network of venues who do not value how AMAZING theatre makers are… yet pride themselves on presenting great work by great artists. There are more cost effective ways to be creative in this world, so we artists hit about 33, 34 (women more than men I have to add) and we leave to work in better paid industries elsewhere… you see it all the time. The drop off point. So most theatre is shit and made by inexperienced people.
The artist is always the one squeezed. I am sure venues will say that they are squeezed too… so stop with the false economy, be realistic with your funders about what their investment gets them, stop bowing down. BUT my concern is that the artists voice is the one with the least power but the one vital to keep art alive…so this is essentially bullying to keep bigger businesses afloat."
— You show me yours - Bryony Kimmings
— 'What would Maggie do today?' - Final paragraph of Boris Johnson’s speech to the Centre for Policy Studies, a veritable sackful of cornflakes, free market flailing and WTF.
— Hide and Seek to close - 26th November 2013
in advance, how many people are a) in each lane of your nearest swimming pool and b) what the average speed is in each lane. A little like Russell’s Homesense Bike Map, but with people.
(Yes, this would probably involve geo-tagging everyone but at the point when I had to choose between the lane filled with 9 billion people slowly floating like gossipy water lilies and 9 billion swim-boy racers, this seemed like a reasonable price to pay).
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced details of a new streamlined procedure for informing pilots of large firework displays which may affect their flight.
A dedicated webpage will now list all displays taking place outside of Controlled Airspace that are expected to reach heights of between 300ft-500ft, during the peak display period in early November. Displays happening inside Controlled Airspace will still be subject to the normal NOTAM process.
The new web-based notification system is intended to reduce the plethora of firework-related NOTAMs facing pilots in late October/early November. With the Hindu festival of Diwali (3 November) coinciding with Guy Fawkes Day (5 November), a large number of firework displays are anticipated in a short period of time. Pilots operating in Class G airspace over this period are advised to check the fireworks display log as part of their pre flight routine. The site will be updated daily.
Displays taking place in the vicinity of an airport, even if it is outside of Controlled Airspace, will also be the subject of a NOTAM, as will displays reaching heights of 500ft and above, regardless of location."