Friday, February 20, 2009

Will Europe become a green energy centre?

Bournemouth will host MEP Graham Watson later today, who encourages making the green energy switch at a time of crisis.

He will speak at Bournemouth Adult Learning Centre in Slades Farm at 7pm about the European initiative on a proposed new supergrid, using high voltage direct current (HVDC), to bring together all the various renewable energy resources within Europe.

European Parliament wants to create a whole system of green energy supplies throughout the world.

Its project includes building solar, wind and hydro stations in different regions of the world and transmitting it by HVDC cables.

Members of European Parliament sent an official letter to Nicolas Sarkozy on 18th July 2008, encouraging him urgently to begin work on creating the new infrastructure Europe needed if they were to make a rapid shift to clean energy.

Emily Bullock from Dorset Energy Advice Centre says: "The UK and EU have ambitious renewable energy targets.

"These are important as a response to climate change and to reduce our dependence on current fuels such as nuclear, coal, gas and oil, for environmental and energy security reasons."

Bournemouth Liberal democrat Councillor Roger West: says: "We must move towards stopping burning fossil fuels. The Council has signed up to the Earth Charter and our major 2026 conference at the BIC I believe endorsed it."

Emily Bullock says: "Bournemouth and Poole's Energy Efficiency Strategy will aim to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2025 based on a 2005 baseline by saving energy."

Boscombe has to wait for flats

A Boscombe area renovation project is paused, as Bournemouth planning board can't get the height of the proposed development right.

Bournemouth planning board discussed a planning application of a developer Dave Wells on Monday.

It sought planning permission for the demolition of the existing buildings and their replacement with a four storey block of 46 flats on the Christchurch street frontage, extending into Gloucester Road and the erection of a separate 3 storey block of 5 flats in Wolverton Road.

After the meeting Chairman John Beesley said: "Members agreed with the Planning Officer (Stephen Clark) that in terms of height massive bulk, it was inappropriate development and it didn't respect the neighboring properties which were domestic in scale."

However, developer Dave Wells said: "We will go back and talk to the Officer. We will explain to him that he was very wrong.The buildings are the same height as the ones around it."

He said if the Officer doesn't agree he would appeal. "We'll go to the government. In the government we will come and decide the application, which they are all so frightened of."

But Chairman said that he suspects Mr Wells will come forward and do as he suggested, which was to have further pre-application advice with officers and come forward with a more appropriate scheme that they will be able to support.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Speed driver avoids disqualification

A woman driving over 64 mph in Bournemouth was able to avoid disqualification from driving today.

Ms Julie Fiona Bateman, 38, of Connaught Crescent, Parkstone pleaded guilty to speed driving, Bournemouth Magistrate’s Court heard today.

Prosecuting Paul Griffin said Ms Bateman was driving over 64 miles an hour on Wessex Way on January 15 at 6am.

Defending Justine Gayfors said Ms Bateman had exceptional hardship pointing that her father was very ill and she was transporting him. If she would be disqualified from driving, he would have grave problems being unable to walk on long distance.

Ms Bateman gave evidence trying to point out another problem. “I have a £28 000 debt that I am paying of working on two jobs. I’m also paying a fixed mortgage for my house in Southsea.’’
She also provided character references from both jobs.

District Judge (MC) Roger House said: “I want you to know that neither your debt problem nor your jobs cut the ice. The thing that I take into account deciding the case is your father’s case.” He warned Ms Bateman that if she breaks the law within next 3 years she would not have any opportunity of providing mitigation.

Ms Bateman got 3 point on the licence and was conditionally disqualified from driving. Besides she will have to pay £35.

Psychic holistic event

Ferndown village hall will become a home of psychics, mediums, palmists and others on Sunday.

Psychic holistic event will union different kinds of spiritualists on February 15 who will give lectures and demonstrations as well as tell your fortune, heal and put a spell on people.

An organiser Robert Broadhurst-Browne says: “Twelve years ago I went to a psychic fair and I’ve looked how they were running it. I saw that they were trying to make money out of it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m trying to help the public. You’ve got to make business as well, but you’ve got to help people.”

He says he works in this field for a while and this year it is his second event of this kind. He claims this business to have much success. The admission to the event costs £1, but the service fees vary.

Chaplain at Bournemouth University Sharon Hartwell thinks there can be a danger in such things. She fears that people believing in the things that are not real may harm themselves without even realising it.

“Say for example they were very ill and instead of going to a doctor, they decided that some spell or crystals could make them better.

“If you are dealing with anything in spiritual nature, at best it could be something you will be deceived by or it could be something quite dangerous. So we have to think carefully before we get involved in spiritual things and what we’re actually looking for.”

Friday, February 6, 2009

Saucy exhibition draws to a close

An exhibition of cheeky postcards was available for the last time at Bournemouth's Russell-Cotes Art Gallery on Sunday.

The collection of Bamforth postcards (Secrets of Saucy Seaside Postcards) were exhibited there for three months, but crowds of people still visited on the last day.

There were people of different ages and nationalities laughing and giggling in front of the postcards.

Bamforth comics used to deal with taboo subjects, anything that was a bit embarrassing. Bodily functions, being naked and, of course, sexual relationships were favourite topics.

This explains the big notice on the wall saying: "Some of the pictures in this exhibition may be regarded as racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. We regret any offence this may cause. It should be noted that all the images were available to view in stationers and card shops across the country."

The cards feature fat ladies, down-trodden husbands, busty girls, with red-nosed men taking the lead. Next came drunken men, cheeky boys and goofy girls. They are essentially real people, but with certain aspects (bottoms, noses and bellies) exaggerated.

Like the cast, the scenes are essentially realistic and well-observed. Setting jokes in the bingo hall, barber shop and bar room gives them an intimacy and realism that makes the humour even funnier.

The whole point of many Bamforth jokes and comics was to be a bit shocking.

On one of the postcards, a woman says to the other who is in a very open swimming suit: "Heaven's - Are you trying to catch pneumonia?" And the answer is: "No darling I'm trying to catch a man!"

On another postcard it's written "Happy birthday to a man who can carry his drink" and there is a picture of a man going to the toilet with a glass of beer in his hand and a bottle in the back of his trousers.

There's also a postcard with a naked man and a woman in the bushes. It reads: "A nudist camp is where men and women get together to - Air their differences!!!"

It was also amusing to see a mother attempting to explain to her young son what all the cheeky postcards meant. For instance, a postcard with a picture of a woman on the sea shore, sitting on a tummy of a huge, fat, naked man said: "I'm writing this sitting on the front."

Art Boot Sale

Eight women were warming the Study Gallery of Modern Art with their charming songs in the Poole College on Saturday.

They gathered there to promote their ensemble La Nova Singers, in a new monthly event.

Art Boot Sale invites artists of all art forms to come and sell their work in a creative way.

La Nova Singers was formed four years ago and has already become highly sought after. They are recognised for their beauty of sound, harmonies, diction and eclectic mix of music.

They gave a live concert in the gallery without any microphones. Seven of them were standing in a semi-circle and head of the group, Michelle Nova, was conducting and singing with them.

Michelle Nova, Director Conductor and soprano trained in London and is well known for her performing and teaching skills.

The group performed many beautiful songs, but 'You Raise Me Up' played magic on the audience. Quite understandably they had to sing it three times.

They study at La Nova Studios following the discipline of the Bel Canto technique. They give regular concerts throughout the South West and are regularly booked for weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, festivals etc.

Bel Canto singing characteristically focuses on perfect evenness throughout the voice, skilful legato, a light upper register, tremendous agility and flexibility, and a certain lyric "sweet" timbre.

The atmosphere during the concert was very relaxed and friendly. The singers were exchanging comments and even talking to the audience.

On the other end of the gallery there was an artist working quietly. After a while she became so enchanted with their songs, she started painting the whole ensemble singing.

The audience was a bit lost afterwards. They couldn't decide whether to look at the artist painting or at the group singing!

Tamila_La_Nova_Singers from Mammj on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 5, 2009