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Posted by admin at September 1, 2016

Category: '30s, 1930s, 2016, Art, Autumn Leaves, Blues, Culture, digital media, Educational, Europe, French, Gershwin, Jazz, Music, Musicians, Summertime

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Back to the daily Grind; a new Seasonal Cultural Perspective for the Chalk Face?

 

Celebrating George Gershwin

Tip for young minds: make sure your children get exposure to this in your households along with some classical music before the anaesthetic of pop-porn hits them on their smartphones!

Finding a single composer is tricky as it appears to have French lyrics: if you listen, it definitely sounds like autumn with familiar falling leaves caught up in strengthening swirling breezes 🙂

 

Nick

Europe? Climate Change? Don’t forget to fuss the dog!

Europe? Get a dog!

Cottingham.tv urges more people in public office to own dogs!

Dogs can teach their owners quite a bit about basic human behaviour and empathy.

Our democratic system is after all based on localism, not globalism!

If you live locally, then you feel it is your right to obtain fair employment opportunities locally too – especially if you are white, UK-born, male and working-class!

Following on from the tragic killing of local MP Joe Cox, from West Yorkshire: however far-sighted and global your thoughts relating to politics are, local people and their interests need to be prioritized and supported too!

You may have heard of politicians kissing babies – a kind of ‘mother-fussing’ if you get the drift, but dog owners know about having empathy with their canine companions, and many also likely  own guns –  especially in America. In fact one can go further and state that guns and dogs go had-in-hand and wo-betide the politician who neglects this basic friending technique! If you don’t want your new baby to be attacked by your jealous yet most favourite canine companion, just remember to fuss the dog!

Understanding the building blocks of basic human psychology through dog-owning

Building empathy surely means adopting the politics of building rapport and localism with your electorate on an individual basis?

Paws for thought

Political Empathy-building with the Electorate

Cottingham.tv’s editorial is also under pressure to forget the big global stories and bring reporting  back down to a local level! Do you have a story to tell?

Politicians neglect this at your peril: people have basic human rights to work, self-respect and ownership of and within their local environment.

If you understand animals, you may just have a chance of understanding Human Beings too, at least in the minds-eye of many members of the National Rifle Association – although some may disagree!

It would be a sorry situation indeed if dog-owning was outlawed by red tape and criminal liability for damages – we would then be completely freed to ‘lose the leash’ (lose the plot) with empathy and localism altogether! Declare it null and void: ignore it as an uncomfortable truth!

Last night, the BBC broadcast two most interesting programmes on American Life: firstly the US President emphasising the reality of Climate Change visiting National Parks over the weekend and secondly coverage of life and inequality for poor Blacks living in Missouri. To win hearts and minds, you need to think local too!

For all your local dog requirements in Cottingham: –

Julie Thornhill, Cottingham Thursday Market

 

Nick

Lots of local Summer Activities await!

Walking around Cottingham Green, there are several notice boards featuring the many local activities Cottingham has to offer –

They’re regularly updated by the Parish Council (Offices located in the Green) and the Memorial Club (Finkle Street) – and a few window posters on the Civic Hall

The Memorial Club in Finkle Street hosts Cottingham Day – coming 2nd July!

 

Cottingham Parish Council – located centrally

 

Civic Hall Events

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Open Question Interview with local represetatives ..

Europe: Never was so much owed by so many to so few

Yes – this is indeed a tale about the few and the many

and what’s sauce for the goose ‘over there’ ..

Complementing the National Debate ahead of the Referendum: –

Stop Press! Oxford University Mathematics and Economics Professors Support Cottingham.tv’s assertions

UK Economy ‘has blossomed within the EU’

J DOYNE FARMER (Professor of Mathematics), Sir DAVID HENDRY (Professor of Economics), DR MAX ROSER (Project Director, Institute for New Economics Thinking), Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.

Letters to the Editor, The Times, Thursday, June 7th, 2016

Oxford Professors support Cottingham.tv’s assertions – we’re better off staying in!

With barely 3 weeks to go – do you think the mainstream broadcasters havn’t quite got it yet? 

12 (more) questions Cottingham.tv puts to ….

Q 1. Should we place our blind faith and trust the UK National Democracy to manage our affairs?

Q 2. And particularly ask: are our elected representatives with all their vested interests going to protect the public interest or place their own first?

Q 3. We should further ask: why would those with certain vested political interests seek to abolish the European Bill of Human Rights and replace it with our own, further to going without one, whilst our neighbours have enshrined theirs in Law for decades?

Q 4. Why has the UK establishment repeatedly failed to manage its economy over the decades since WW2?

Q 5. We should further ask: under existing (UK) democratic governance our aviation industry severely declined in the ’60s, the automotive industry followed in the ’70s, all the strife and class-ridden inequality in the ’80s, with issues of corruption abuse and bribery in other organisations only now surfacing, several decades later?

Q 6. Would those priviliged ‘the few’ who insist they are ‘on the side of the many’ risk plunging us back into all the post-war austerity decades we suffered prior to joining Europe?

A. For those of you who can remember, it took a good decade before the benefits of European membership started to become widespread over here

Q 7. We should further ask: subsequently to joining Europe in the mid-70s did not our economy turn the tide and economic conditions for the many get significantly better?

Q 8. Is the reason our manufacturing industry (especially automotive) is so successful today precisely because we have enjoyed substantial foreign investment and management practises as well as worker migration into the UK, not in spite of it?

Q 9. If we vote to leave the EU, would our industry base, seen as a gateway into Europe by many international foreign investors manufacturers and exporters from further afield be deserted, causing collapse of our financial services industry?

Q 10. If we vote to leave, will the Humber Region with its Billion Pound Inward European Investment from Siemens and Dong Energy turn into a decline – and would those “I’m alright Jack”, little Englander Exiteers with their vested interests even care?

Q 11. Back to trust: just why are some of our democratic representatives assumedly with those same vested self-interests supporting an escallating £ 78 billion ‘cost-plus’ investment in our future UK nuclear power station and placing their blind trust in an un-democratic unaccountable foreign power to build it?

A. If you do the maths, you can buy an awful lot of solar panels for this which now cost less than $1.0 per watt of solar electricity generated! I can take you through the costings step by step as an experienced environmental technology businessman

Q 12. If Germany can opt out of nuclear, why can’t we?

A 1. Germany can rely on the collective will of Europe to defend its economic and social interests, whereas if we go it alone, we may be left with the enormous £78bn bill to find – how would we finance such a sum? Would ‘the few’ be prepared to foot the bill for ‘the many’?!

A 2. What’s sauce for the gander: Germany and Northern Europe generally have a more scientific and technically literate democratic leadership than we do the UK, so I tend to believe them on balance when they say they can manage without nuclear!

A 3. If we left Europe, our Pound will likely plummet internationally and we would then not be able to pay for our escallating nuclear programme! The Chinese would indeed then have us over a barrel! If we vote to stay in Europe, we can hold onto our hard-won right to wield the nuclear deterrent by proxy as currently, thereby helping to retain our global policeman’s role in the World, military intelligence, armed forces, respect from the other super-powers.

Nick

2001 A Space Odyssey: Did Stanley Kubrick get it right in his iconic film?

Let’s find out!

Q. Did the space station spin at the right speed to recreate 100% artificial gravity?

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey

Now to estimate (guess) from the film: –

  1. angular velocity in rotations per minute (hint: is it rotating about as fast as the second hand on your watch = 1.0 RPM)
  2. diameter of the rotating space station (hint the approaching space ship is about 100m in length)

Now enter your results into the Calculator: –

Here’s how it works: –

Person p standing on rotating space station floor gets subjected to artificial gravity as velocity v is constantly changing direction as it spins, but not magnitude

The Editor’s first-guess estimate for the space station from the calculator: –

Enter data into the calculator: –

Radius = 500m

Angular velocity = 1.0 RPM

Reading data out from the calculator: –

tangential velocity = 52.35987755982988 (52.4 m.s(-1) approx.)

Centripetal force as acceleration (g) = 0.5591219790816185  = 5.6 m.s(-2)

Or has the Editor got it wrong?

Q. Could 0.5591 .. g actually mean 5.591 .. g? (being careful with your measures expressed as “equivalent units”)

A. No, as the calculator also has a m.s (-2) acceleration (deceleration) readout where 1.0  g approximates to 10 m.s(-2) or expressed in plain English, the acceleration of an object falling freely under gravity (being dropped to the ground) at or around sea level accelerates at 9.81 m.s(-2) (approximately 10.0 m.s(-2) therefore)

Found: other independent estimates of space ship’s length: “Orion”

Fairground Rides – roller-coasters 🙂

5.5 g is quite unpleasant compared to 1g (as we experience our full weight standing on the ground still) – and a fairground roller-coaster ride may only ‘pull’ as much as 4 or 6g in the z axis (acting forwards and or upwards through the seated body). Pull-down, pull-back and lateral forces (x, y and y axees) are far more unpleasant and potentially damaging – height and age restrictions also apply! Injuries can and do happen – fun does have an element of danger and risk!

What’s your favourite fairground ride?

Dont miss: the world’s first zero-gravity roller coaster

Discussion

Q. Given all the problems with long-term exposure to weightlessness in space like loss of fitness, muscle and bone mass, will astronaut Tim Peake wish the designers at the ESA had made the ISS to be rotating?

Q. The Editor’s estimate of the rotation and diameter of the space station were slightly too slow and too small respectively. Can you change the figures to approach an optimum 1.0 g using the calculator? The value for g was too low at 0.55912 g – however this might be quite sufficient for long-term exposure on space missions to Mars as it may reduce the hull stresses, size of space ship and hence mass involved. Scientists will no doubt work this out! There is a further question: what happens to the human sensation of rotation when she is subjected to 1.0 or more RPM over sustained periods?

The organs of balance in the inner ear also need to be considered.

Q. Is there a centrifugal force?

A. No, since in a rotating body the  centripetal force is always acting tangentially outwards in the direction of rotation, so the supporting floor will have to be on the outside surface of the spining body to allow the occupants (also rotating) to experience gravity as a deceleration force pulling them in and towards the floor giving the impression of centrifugal force (unless they’re riding a roller-coaster – that is!)

Q. Referring to the figure above; how would you break down the calculation to include  ‘x’, ‘y’ ad ‘z’ axees to create a more costant model for ‘g’ as the space station rotates through a full 360 degrees?

Answers please to cottingham.tv!

Nick 🙂

Our error proved to be correct about his being “Candidate Elect” after all

following his recent interview for Cottingham.tv, we wish to stress that being willing to appear on Local Social Media is important for all Candidates, not only the successful ones!

Please scroll down to see our interview ..

After a gruelling 10K run “around the houses” of Beverley and neighbouring Villages, Cottingham.tv gets a prime slot overviewing the finish line within earshot of the race coordinators!

Final stretch through Beverley Bar up Toll Gavel to Wednesday Market Finish Line with audio commentary (and below to the right)

 

Reception for runners finishing in Wednesday Market

Background of the Beverley 2K, 10K & Half Marathon Race

Contact Beverley Athletic Club homepage (for aspiring entrants)

The race is repeated in different venues around the UK, encouraging a broad mix of local and non-local entrants to take part

St Johns Ambulance were on hand to provide support for the reported 1,510 – 1,550 entrant starters!

Nick, Sunday 8th. May, Wednesday Market, Beverley in beautiful weather – following the recent wash-outs and cold weather (below)

 

Beverley Saturday Market in full swing 2 weeks ago just before the Bank Holiday

P.S.: It was impressive to see the age range of early finishers

P.P.S.: Does runing make you thin or do only thin people run?  🙂

 

Popular Saturday Market again in April – cold weather didn’t deter the many visitors

 

 

Cottingham Health & Fitness has a new owner

Wishing Mark Perkins as the new owner of Cottingham Health & Fitness success!

Located by Cottingham Allsorts above the shops opposite the Market

86a King Street, Cottingham HU16 5QE (it’s well signposted and located centrally)

Opening hours now extended

9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, 10AM to 2PL Saturday and closed Sundays

New equipment

Additions to the weights section featured

Pay as you go options retained

£5.00 per session payg, £20 monthly membership fee retained and £15 per session with a personal trainer for members, £20 for no-members

Contact Mark on 07854 808682

Comment

The pay as you go option and convenient access with local parking on the Green is attractive to the editor as an occaisional member and local resident who can pop in, shower and dress from home quickly

If you have a tendency to gain weight gradually without noticing and then try to lose it periodically but resolve to keep it steady this convenient venue could be right for you. The editor is an ‘air breather’ i.e. an aerobic ‘panter’ (as opposed to an ‘anaerobic load-pusher’ who just wants to maintain his expandable waistline rather than change his basic shape 🙂

Definitely worth a visit!

Nick

Posted by admin at May 1, 2016

Category: '50s, 1950s, 2016, Jazz, Music, Musicians, Oscar Peterson

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Cottingham.tv celebrates two ‘modern’ jazz piano music movements:

Brazillian “Bossa Nova”

Canadian “Mainstream” Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson

Comment

The Editor admires jazz musicians as many actually know how to play their instruments really well, without being hidebound by classical training!

Popular music nowadays seems to be much more about visual impact, posing and dance rather than skill and, dare I say it, loud noise!

Mind you, all successful music gets condemned to become ‘hotel lift music’, ‘soft music’ or “Musack” eventually – please don’t let them (Queen) turn Freddie Mercury into another ‘casualty’ like the Bossa Nova track above! 🙁

Wishing the Jazz and Quiz Night this evening in the Cottingham Civic Hall every success today – we’re busy watching the final leg of the Tour de Yorkshire as they pass Whitby Abbey heading South to Scarborough – it’s all up-hill and down dale and into the wind no doubt. To windy and cold for me – but did cycle to Morrisons this PM and was besieged with headwinds heading South to Cottingham and freezing drizzle!

Unlike many musicians who can ‘pack up their troubles in an old kit bag‘, a piano in the right hands is an orchestra in its own right ..

Listening to keyboard genius Oscar Peterson, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that his sheer virtuosity makes him struggle to be a ‘team player’ in today’s management-speak (see above). Look honey, I brought the whole damn orchestra!

Nick (wimp)

PS couldn’t resist adding a personal favourite 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y34I-NfHkVg&index=28&list=RDXzOwrqlVFu4

May Bank Holiday Weekend Approaches!

Plenty to see – but expect considerable traffic disruption

Friday 29th. April

Stage 1 Tour de Yorkshire departs from Beverley heading West through the villages including Cherry Burton and Market Weighton – we’ll bring you some pictures on Friday

Saturday 30th. April – through Bank Holiday Weekend

Stage 2 Tour de Yorkshire departs from Doncaster heading North to Otley

Stage 3 ends on Sunday heading South from Middlesborough to Scarborough

Sunday 1st. May

East Riding Jazz Youth Orchestra – Civic Hall

25th. – 27th. May

Cottingham Springboard weekend approaches

Olive Garden hosts some Cottingham Springboard events for 2016

4th. July

Cottingham Day 

26th. Aug

Chas & Dave – entertainers with a comedy touch 🙂

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