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Fissure – A Theatrical Experience Set in the Yorkshire Dales

Fissure is a unique weekend-long, site-specific theatrical experience, created by acclaimed performance maker Louise Ann Wilson, who will be working with a rich and diverse team of artists and scientists in and around Ingleborough, at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Fissure is part of The Re-Enchantment, a national arts project exploring our relationships to place (see www.artevents.info for more information). Fissure will take place over three days from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2011, when the audience will embark on a walking exploration of the breath-tak

ing natural terrain of the Dales, tracking waterways, mountain peaks and valleys, and entering the ancient cave passages of the region. Fissure takes as its starting point the death of a much-loved young woman from a brain tumour. This deeply personal story will serve as the foundation of a new legend for the landscapes in which Fissure is situated, a tale that fuses neurological and geological mapping with archetypal, universally shared tellings of life, death, the underworld and rebirth.

Louise Ann [Wilson]’s haunting stillness was quite ominous and powerful. It was as if she was part of the surroundings, a presence that is always there and always watching – much like nature itself. – Spectator’s response to Far Arnside (an earlier piece by Louise Ann Wilson)

Fissure’s award-winning artistic team includes poet Elisabeth Burns (Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets and the Mirehouse Poetry Prize, both 2009), choreographer Nigel Stewart and composer Jocelyn Pook (winner of a British Composer Award and Olivier Award; Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee) who will be creating a new full-length choral piece for the performance.

Also involved are leading neuroscientists Dr. Michael Brada and Chris Clark, and a range of earth and environmental scientists. The people from the area – farmers, fell runners, cavers, choirs and potters – are sharing their stories, skills and resources as well as participating in Fissure.

Fissure is the fourth commission of The Re-Enchantment. It follows the successful publication of Artevents’ bookwork Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings (published November 2010).

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External Hard Drives For Travellers

If your going to backpacking or travelling for a long time one worry has to be backing up your data. External hard drives are a great way to ensure any photos and videos are keep separate from your camera and you free up space on your memory cards. However your average external hard drive from PC World might not withstand all the bumps and scraps travelling comes with.

First of all, a few points in what your looking for when buying a travel friendly external hard drive.

  • Drop proof
  • Protective casing
  • Waterproof
  • Single USB power, no need for a power lead
  • 2.5 size rather than the larger desktop size
  • Compatibly with a wide range of operating systems
  • You want a decent size, anything above 500GB should be fine.
  • Check how big your file sizes are from your camera to calculate the number of photos you can store

We’ve investigated the current market and here’s three options.

LaCie Rugged

The LaCie Rugged is a 2.5 drive with a protective rubber like sleeve. Single cable too and it can be dropped from a hight of around 2.2 meters. Also there is USB 3.0 which supports faster transfer of files on newer computers, so less time in computer cafes waiting for files to transfer.

Sizes range from 160 gb all the way up to 2 TB which is more than enough space. It is on the pricer side and a one missing feature is a USB lead that’s integrated into drive. A friend of mine left the lead plugged into the drive, placed it in their bag and this caused the lead to break the connector. The drive is ok and needed a new housing but not ideal on travel. It’s also bright orange so less chance of losing it! Weights in at 241 g the heaviest of our selection.

You can pick up a LaCie Rugged from Play.com or Amazon prices start at around £80 all the way to £164 for the 2 TB.

Freecom ToughDrive

The Freecom ToughDrive is a cheaper option and comes in three ranges TOUGH DRIVE, TOUGH DRIVE SPORT and TOUGH DRIVE LEATHER. The leather version is just for the buinsess traveler , the sport version features a toughened USB lead and a hole to clip the drive to your bag. It weights in at 200g making it the lightest of our selection. All of the ranges have anti drop up to 2 meters, similar to the LaCie it’s powered by a single USB lead.

However the Freecom ToughDrive has an intergrated USB lead which flicks out of the drive. Thats great as it avoids any probelems with it being snapped off like the LaCie, but it’s a short lead which can leave your drive hanging out of the PC. A few reviews on Amazon have sighted this as a problem.

Prices are cheaper and sizes are similar. Head over to Amazon or Play.com.

A-Data SH93

A-Data SH93 hard drives look tough! Most importantly they are the first-ever waterproof HDD. The device proved water-tight after being submerged in meter-deep water for up to 30 minutes. It’s also has a shock-absorbing structure, and it passed the U.S. military-class MIL-STD-810F 516.5 drop test2.

Like the Freecom ToughDrive the A-Data SH93 has a wrap around USB wire so it stays with your hard drive. It comes in sizes 320GB , 500GB , 640GB , 750GB and colours red, black and yellow. It’s slightly heavier than the Freecom ToughDrive at 240g.

Its competativly priced to at £58.48 for the 500 GB version. You can pick one up from Amazon. The black version seems to be slightly cheaper

 

Overall we have to recommend the A-Data SH93 due to the built in USB, shock proof and being waterproof. The pick of the bunch the Adata SH93 2.5 inch 750GB External Shockproof Hard Drive in Black for £72.

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Craghoppers to Support Malaria Awareness Day with 20% discount

World Malaria Day took place yesterday raising awareness of the disease that kills thousands each year. In the past year knowledge of the disease has increased due to celebrity Cheryl Cole and footballer Didier Drogba contracting the disease.

The aim of campaign is “towards malaria control and elimination and to renew efforts towards achieving the target of zero malaria deaths by 2015.” If your travelling into a Malariaous zone you need to be take Malaria tablets, however the chance of a bit can be reduced by using insect repellent and also clothing.

Craghappers are know for their NosiLife range which can reduce bites by 80-90%, and best of all NosiLife is permanent and lasts a lifetime. You can get a 20% discount on any product from the Nosi and NosiLife SS11 range. use the code CE37 when ordering. Must end 02/05/2011. Head over to Craghoppers to use.

For more information about World Malaria Awareness day see http://www.worldmalariaday.org/home_en.cfm and if your traveling into a Malarious zone please contact you local travel clinic at your doctors for information on how you get protected.

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25% off Plus free P&P at Craghoppers

If some some crazy reason your not outdoors this beautiful Bank Holiday weekend then here’s a little offer to cheer you up. 25% off and free postage on any full-priced items at Craghoppers.

Al you need to do is head over to Craghoppers use the banner below if you like. Then enter the code CE38 just before you checkout. The offer ends on 26/04/2011.

Any if you not online shopping this weekend then enjoy the weather!

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Glastonbury 2011 tickets re-sale

The Pyramid Stage
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If you want to go to this year’s Glastonbury, it may just be your last chance to get a ticket tomorrow. A limited number of tickets are up for re-sale tomorrow (April 17,2011) at 9am so don’t forget to set your alarm clocks!

Tickets are priced at £195 plus postage and packaging and a £5 booking fee.

Glastonbury 2011 will take place during June 24-26, 2011, and be headlined by U2, Coldplay and Beyonce with a whole host of other artists playing over the weekend. However, eager festival goers can arrive on June 22nd.

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Yet Another 20% Voucher Code at Blacks and Millets

We have another 20% discount code for Blacks and Millets after the recent success of another 20% offer. Once again it exclude buying any GPS products or gift vouchers, but there might be a little offer on free delivery during the offer period.

Valid form Friday 15th of April till Tuesday 19th of April.

All you need to do is head over to Blacks and use the voucher code : gqDiVK

Or

Head over to Millets and use the code : fLM4yK

Good Luck!

UPDATE : Yet another extension, Use the voucher code 9vTpiG for Blacks and Zux2xk for Millets. Valid for from Wednesday 20th of April till Monday 25th of April.

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Patagonia to open Flagship Store in Covent Garden London

Patagonia have announced that they will be opening a flagship store this summer in Covent Garden, London. A retail space of 2,500sq ft has been secured which will house a full selection of products, from core technical alpine and ski/snowboard products to the company’s lifestyle range and the new footwear collections.

The store will be in line with the companies retail brief, to use historic sites and to preserve the integrity of the building. The building was formerly part of the Watney Combe & Reid brewery, founded in 1837, which produced the popular Watney’s Red Barrel beer. Also the basement of the premises formally housed the fruit and vegetables ready for sale in Covent Garden market.

Robert Cohen, Patagonia’s VP of Global Retail explained the reason for the site location: “We want our stores to be gifts to their communities. Because we!re trying to create a living, breathing version of the brand, we view the building as much a part of the story as the products inside.”.

To have a look at products from Pategonia including its latest spring/summer 2011 collection head over to their site http://www.patagonia.com/eu/enGB/home

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20% discount off at Blacks and Millets

The season is starting to kick in, it’s been a great day in Manchester with the sun shining and there’s a forecast for sun over the next week. So to celebrate we have a great voucher code for Blacks and Millets to get 20% off online orders.

The deal does exclude buying any GPS products or gift vouchers, but it does mean you can spent it on jackets, t-shirts, trousers or walking boots. The offer is on from Thursday 7th of April till 12th of April.

All you need to do is head over to Blacks and use the voucher code : 8N8DAP

Or

Head over to Millets and use the code : BRStVE

Before heading over have a look at some of the latest products we have reviewed, just look on the right sidebar for the last ten product reviews.

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Perks for Glastonbury Cyclists

Glastonbury Festival's "Other Stage"
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Glastonbury festival is known for it’s green initiatives and this year anyone riding to the festival on their bike will get a few perks.

When you get to the site you’ll be able to lock your bike up for free and then head over to your own camping field reserved for just cyclists. As you’ll be arriving by public transport you’ll get a Green Traveller card which gives discounts on t-shirts, food, and access to solar showers and compost toilets.

For more information including how you can ride and get your gear dropped off at the festival see  www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/getting-here/by-bike