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Archive for May, 2009

Sound of Music Flashmob

by on May.27, 2009, under Random

Another extra post for you. This video came up on my twitter feed and I thought it was fantastic – probably better than the similar thing t-mobile did at Liverpool Street Station.

The performance happened at the Central Station of Antwerp. More than 200 dancers were performing their version of “Do Re Mi” from the Sound of Music, with only 2 rehearsals.

It’s certainly a different advertising method which stands out!

For those of you who haven’t seen the similar t-mobile advert, read on:

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Backstage: How Lee Gels and Filters Are Produced

by on May.24, 2009, under Backstage

This post is for Wednesday, 20th May, 2009

A very quick post this one. A lot of you have probably seen this video before, but I stumbled across it the other day and found it quite interesting so thought I’d share it.

The video is a brief look at how Lee produce their gels and filters – a chance to see where our money goes!

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University: What Bath Students’ Union Has Achieved This Year

by on May.21, 2009, under University

busu-logoI’m bogged down with revision for my last three exams at the moment, but saw this video posted by Bath Students’ Union President – Alex Nicholson-Evans and thought I had to share it

It’s a brief video showing some of the things BUSU has achieved in the last year – from Freshers’ Week to the success of societies to the various campaigns that have run throughout the year and of course – improvements to the buses.

At the end of the video, there is even some good news on their latest project – the new Student Centre.

More can be found out about BUSU at BathStudent.com

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Photo: Field in Broadheath

by on May.20, 2009, under Photos

This post is for Tuesday, 19th May, 2009

This weeks photo was taken in a field, near to where I used to live in Lower Broadheath, Worcester.

The photo itself is very simple and is just of the crop growing in one of the fields where we walked our dog.

Field in Broadheath

Field in Broadheath

I think the thing I like about this photo is the green of the crop, contrasted with the light blue sky – and a fairly clear sky at that!

I keep meaning to use the photo as a background to something – not necessarily a deskptop background, but a website or something like that. As of yet I haven’t.

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Random: Eurovision 2009 Interval Act – Fuerza Bruta

by on May.18, 2009, under Random

This post is for Sunday, May 17th, 2009

I didn’t watch much of the Eurovision song contest, but one bit I did hear a lot about was this one interval act. Although fairly random, it is something completely different and is fantastic.

From a slightly geekier technical point of view, it also gives some ideas, apart from also looking good too!

The performance itself is focussed around acrobats (or dancers or swimmers), performing in pools with transparent bottom and water within them. The larger of these pools are then lowered down towards the audience, to the point that they’re able to touch the bottom and interact with the performers through the plastic.

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University: Battle of The Buses

by on May.17, 2009, under University

This Post is for Thursday 14th May, 2009

At the start of this week a new battle started around Bath – the Battle of the Buses between First and Wessex Connect.

The Existing Service - The 18/418 - The Bright Orange Bus, provided by First

The Existing Service - The 18/418 - The Bright Orange Bus, provided by First

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The Newcomer - The U18 - UniConnect - Provided by Wessex Connect

The Newcomer - The U18 - UniConnect - Provided by Wessex Connect

This Monday Wessex Connect launched its rival service to the 18/418 – the U18. Concentrating on the Oldfield Park to University route, it has been highly campaigned for from the Students’ Union as an improvement to the bus service from First – a topic of conversation which seems to frequently come up.

The U18 was announced at the same time that Wessex Connect announced that they would start providing an alternative to the cancelled 20a/c service in Bath. As well as providing more buses and lower fares than first, they also announced that they would be donating 1p per ticket sold to a charity, chosen by students.

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Photo: The Automatic Stage Setup

by on May.16, 2009, under Photos

This post is for Tuesday 12th May

This weeks photo is a slightly different style photo. It was taken on my phone (I forgot my digital camera this day – doh!) and is of the stage set up ready for The Automatic’s performance in Elements at the University of Bath

The Automatic Stage Set Up - Elements, Bath University

The Automatic Stage Set Up - Elements, Bath University

The thing I found most amazing was how much we fitted on such a small stage.

To say our standard set up in Elements isn’t that large would be an understatement. To fit The Automatic on their, with all their equipment, plus that of support acts etc. was nothing short of a miracle.

Although a big (ish) named band, they did struggle to get a crowd. Their performance at the University of Bath was part of the uLive tour which goes round a number of Students’ Unions in the UK. Apparently we weren’t even the smallest venue on the tour.

I believe only a few over 100 people came to see them in the end, which was surprising considering they’d had a number of hits – tickets weren’t even too expensive at only about £12. I think it perhaps came down to timing, with a lot of people starting to become busy with coursework at that time in the semester. That said, live music seems to struggle at the University of Bath in general.

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Theme Parks: Manta Opens for Soft Openings

by on May.13, 2009, under Theme Parks

manta-with-signThis post is for Saturday 9th May 2009

In the last week seaworld has started opening Manta for some of it’s theme park guests.

Feedback on the internet seems to be very positive on the ride on the whole, as well as the theming of the lagoon in the queue area (although not all the sealife is present in the pool yet).

The Manta Wing Dip

The Manta Wing Dip

Feedback on the ride itself has suggested that (from Orlando Sentinel):

Row 8 — the back row — is a very intense ride, according to folks who have been front and back of the coaster. In fact, we’d say the back is best reserved for coaster buffs, not the lily-livered. It’s all about the G’s. One rider told me Row 7 was “bad” but that 8 was significantly more jarring. You’ve been warned.

Hopefully, when I’m over in July I’ll get a chance to try a few different rider positions and see if there is much difference.

One of the things I was worried about was the ride capacity, having seen these flying coasters take a lot longer to load than your standard coaster. Seaworld are saying that they could get up to 1500 people through, but as humans are involved, so will want to remove shoes etc. They’re hoping to get a throughput of 1000 people an hour which is similar to Kraken. I think this is largely being assisted by the fact they have 2 loading stations – but no complaints there!

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