Very short notice but it’s only just come to my attention. York Literature festival has a day of free online events from11am and throughout the day
From the festival website – “There is no denying that 2020 has been a tough year for everyone. So it is with great pleasure that we are bringing you a day of online events on Saturday 17th October, in association with MyVLF and Arts Council England.
Every event on the day will be FREE. All you need to do is to register with MyVLF before the events (also free) and then visit the website in time on the day. The great thing is that after you have joined the MyVLF community you can engage with the other literary events on their website as well. If you can not join us on the day, the events will still be on the MyVLF website for you to enjoy!”
Poetry, literature and history are on the agenda for the York Literature Festival
12pm: Young, Black & British, Join Jeffrey Boakye and Okey Nzelu as they talk about race, religion and a lot more
2pm: Locating York in Literature with Dr Robert O’Connor and Drs Zoë Enstone and Adam James Smith.
4pm: Suzannah Lipscomb, historian and presenter, shares the voices of sixteenth century women and the realities of their lives.
5pm: Poetry with Andrew McMillan & Joshua Judson. Join them for readings from their latest collections.
Leeds City Council is encouraging people within their household groups or support bubbles to collect tree seeds in their local parks and green spaces to help support the growing of future woodlands across Leeds.
Running until November, residents can collect acorns, beech nuts, chestnuts and conkers, and leave them in seed collection boxes across the city for use as part of the council’s Woodland Creation initiative.
The Corona-19 virus is an ill wind that blows nobody any good, unless you happen to be the very same Eric Yuan who introduced the Zoom corporation to the public in 2013, without realising that soon afterwards the public would find uses for Zoom that probably hadn’t occurred to Eric Yuan.
He must have thought there would be a host of business and educational uses for Zoom, which allows up to nine people at a time to appear on one screen in a conversation from their own homes.
True they’ve been shrunk to matchbox-size and have a tendency to freeze mid-frame, as if they were having an extreme cardio-vascular event, but it’s not wholly unlike being in a roomful of people trying to carry on as if nothing too much had happened,
For example, a group of regulars at the Chemic Tavern in Woodhouse, Leeds – including me – meet twice a week on Zoom to try and recreate the aimless chat we used to enjoy before the big lockdown and now continue because, although it’s nothing like being in a pub, it’s something like being in the human race.
The problem is that we don’t have much to tell each other because there’s very little news that’s not virus-relayed and we don’t get out much. Often we end up showing each other what we’re making for tea or trying to remember all the good stuff we’ve seen on telly, which doesn’t take long.
The community group Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London, which offers activities and advice for the over-55s and which Lynne and I belong to, has thought of a more imaginative use of Zoom.
Last week it attempted to recreate the full cinematic experience without big screens, screaming music or precariously-employed staff. There was, however, a Zoom showing of the 2017 musical The Greatest Showman, a bag of popcorn, nuts and pleasantly unhealthy sweets, and, to represent the bit where the audience shuffles around looking first for their seats and then for the exit, a short Zoom discussion before and after the show.
It all made for something that felt like an Occasion because watching a film at home isn’t an Occasion and talking on Zoom isn’t an Occasion but combining the two, so that there is some sense of communal activity, is at the very least an Event, similar, in quality, if not in size, to a big sports final or a premier at the Odeon, Leicester Square.
Incidentally, The Greatest Showman, based on the life of the circus entrepreneur PT Barnum but not to be confused with the 1986 musical Barnum, was… well, not exactly Oklahoma or Carousel but still welcome enough in troubled and very rainy times.
Thank you for sharing Oliver, until next time….
p.s. And a big thank you to Ann for sharing your film with us 🙂
“Trains & Boats & Planes” so goes the song by Dionne Warwick. I can’t say there’s much to report on Planes as commercial aviation’s never been to my liking despite being interviewed for a job at BOAC in the late 60s. Before you think it involved globe-trotting and wings on a navy uniform, it was a clerical job in the Leeds office on The Headrow. I’d never flown by the time of the interview so that probably didn’t bode well when I told them I preferred travelling by sea.
Shortly afterwards though, a couple of friends offered to take my friend Jill and I for an hour’s flight from Doncaster Aero Club. A ‘Cessna 172’ was parked up on the grass, from where we took off and landed! We circled around South and East Yorkshire and to say it was exhilarating looking down the cooling towers of Drax Power Station at low level was an understatement and I was happy in photographing my new adventure. My Mum was terrified at the thought of what I was to do that day and I was lectured many times but being 21 and pretty fearless I dismissed, as one did, but felt guilty each flight I took thereafter.
Sunny weather was no longer a priority, just clear skies and light clouds. The best flight was in a 8-seater ‘Cessna’ though from Leeds Bradford Airport. David was co-pilot this time with his Tutor, Mike Woodley in the ‘driving’ (?) seat. Some time ago I ‘Googled’ Mike to see whether there was any mention and was impressed to read his Film aviation services were responsible for breathtaking aerial stunts in the ‘Bond’ films and many others. That day the plan was to fly to Blackpool but due to low cloud we did a few ground controlled approaches (GCA’s as known in the trade) to assist David with his flying of a larger aircraft, which I enjoyed and felt quite blase about the whole thing. Fortunately in those days pilot Mike wasn’t into aerial stunts.
Four years later in 1972 I went to Majorca, flying at midnight from Manchester. Commercial aircraft at last, with ‘Britannia Airways’, but this time far from blase – I was terrified! Shaking uncontrollably from taking my seat to landing at Palma. I hated every minute. I spent the entire four days dreading the return, not helped by disliking the food. Being early February the weather was much better than in Leeds and surprisingly I actually enjoyed the return flight. As fellow passengers took deep breaths in readiness for the landing, I had no fear; I was excited as I knew I was nearly home. My ordeal was over and I never flew again.
Thank you Maureen, until next time….
On Saturday we posted about free tickets to the dress rehearsal for Dr Blood offered to us by Leeds Playhouse
Two Caring Together members attended this production and sent us some pictures. They commented that it was very well organised with great care taken by all the staff to help people stay safe.
Keep yourself up to date and safe with the latest from West Yorkshire Trading Standards. This session is open to everyone, members, neighbours, partners, friends, and volunteers. It will be an informative discussion about the latest scams and frauds with space for you to share your own experiences if you wish and to ask questions too. If you don’t have the technology yet would like to chat further about this subject then please call. If you would like to join us then email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07436 530073and I can send you an invite nearer the time.
The British Library is hosting a number of free online talks and the links for those coming up this week are below. These are free but you would need to put in some details to register and book a place.
Mood Food: with Jack Monroe and Kimberley Wilson Sat 3 Oct 2020, 15:00 – 16:00 https://www.bl.uk/events/mood-food-jack-monroe-and-kimberley-wilson
River Cottage: More Taste, Less Waste: 2020. Sat 3 Oct 2020, 17:15 – 18:15 https://www.bl.uk/events/river-cottage-more-taste-less-waste-2020
Cookery Book Collections (featuring the collections from Leeds Library and Special collections from University of Leeds), Tue 6 Oct 2020, 17:00 – 18:00 https://www.bl.uk/events/cookery-book-collections
Feeding Our Children, How our relationship with food is forged in early life, Fri 9 Oct 2020, 19:30 – 20:45 https://www.bl.uk/events/feeding-our-children-october-2020
There are also some talks on the British Library site that have a fee to attend. There are also lots of free resources – articles, online exhibitions etc and you can find it all here: https://www.bl.uk/discover-and-learn
This weekend The Shows Must Go On celebrates Michael Ball’s legendary career on the West End stage and the full performance of his Past & Present show live from the Royal Albert Hall.
Join Michael Ball as he belts show-stopping hits from the musicals including Gethsemane (Jesus Christ Superstar), Empty Chairs At Empty Tables (Les Miserables) and Love Changes Everything (Aspects of Love).
Premieres tonight (Friday 2nd Oct) at 7pm and then available for 48 hours