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The American Musical in Europe

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Wednesday 22 January 2014, Give My Regards to Broadway: The American Musical is Reborn in Europe
A public lecture by Bert Fink, Senior Vice President (Europe) for Rodgers & Hammerstein

In this lecture Bert Fink who has been based in London since 2013, speaks about the musical, an art form fused in Europe, refined in America, and now flourishing throughout Britain and across Europe. Bert will draw from his experience working for Rodgers & Hammerstein for nearly twenty five years, teaching musical theatre history at New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and being a Broadway publicist prior to that.

A first class lecture starting with some Sound of Music songs in many different European languages to get us in the mood, then a resume of the musical theatre traditions from Gilbert and Sullivan in 1878 through the first and second world wars and their patriotic and international flavours to Lloyd Webber and the ‘coming of the British’ and right up to date. Gripping

Big New Year

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I am very grateful to the Editor of Emerald Street, a London-based daily girly eNewsletter for this excellent thought for the new year:

The period between Christmas and New Year is a good time to sit around thinking and sometimes (just sometimes) it feels like you’ve hit on something. Last week I was dozily watching Shirley Valentine, a film about a mid-Eighties Liverpool housewife who rediscovers herself by running off to Greece, and Shirley spoke a line I’d never really noticed before. “I have led such a little life,” she says to the camera, full of sad anger. “I have allowed myself to lead this little life when inside me there was so much more… Why do we get all this life if we don’t ever use it?” (more…)

Lost Cousins

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Lost cousins is a wonderful way to find the more obscure of your relatives easily and for nothing: See this flyer for more details

Carols from Kings

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for me the Christmas Eve Service of Nine Lessons with Carols from Kings College Cambridge, transmitted on BBC Radio this afternoon is where Christmas really starts. Here is the service sheet:festival-nine-lessons-2013

The Surveying Profession 11th December 2013

Thursday, December 12th, 2013


The role and future of the surveying profession, and its significance to the economy and society

A lecture delivered at Portsmouth University by Michael Newry, President Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Following a glowing introduction by Professor Galbraith the Vice Chancellor and a clever video Mr Newey outlined his thesis, that the world is changing and we have to change and adapt with it but standards are paramount.

He then outlined the history of the RICS from a Surveyors Dining Club in the 1840s, through Royal Charter in 1881 and so to >100,000 global members today. Throughout the motto has been to advance and enforce standards in the built environment for the public good.

Redeeming the Borgias – Portsmouth University 27 Nov 2013

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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Do it the Safety Way! 100 Years of Accident Prevention

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

A public lecture by Dr Mike Esbester, Lecturer in History, University of Portsmouth – Wednesday 6 November

An additional film evening in support of this excellent session will be held in Portsmouth at 6:30 on the 18th November 2013

We all recognise the annual Christmas anti-drink/driving campaign – but do we ever stop to think when messages telling us how to be safe started, and why?

Free e-book on eLearning

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

23 eLearning Experts Help You Become a Top-Notch eLearning Professional! The Free (compliments of Chris Pappas) How to Become an eLearning Professional eBook

actually more of a .pdf but useful nevertheless

is filled with the knowledge, wisdom, experience and inspiration of carefully selected eLearning professionals. This free eLearning eBook contains hot eLearning tips, secret concepts, specific steps and insider information that will help you become a top-notch eLearning professional. Enjoy reading this and our subsequent free eLearning eBook series and feel free to contact our team of eLearning professionals.

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

A wise, brief, thought-provoking ONE minute clip.
It’s not a joke, it’s not religious or political.

It’s just special.

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Algebra for kids

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Q. If 2 GET + 2 GIVE = 2 many problems Why will doubling this get you the recipe for a peaceful classroom? (more…)