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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

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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Art just keeps on getting better and better!

Local artists exhibit their works of art

Roy Carmichael 002, 008: Cutty Sark and Last Voyage

Local organizers – local artists!

Haltemprice Art Group

Haltemprice Art Group

Do you recognise this ‘not such a bad old cove’

Local artists painting local scenes and events are a delight to behold and to own!

Labour of love: numerous local events are being held throughout the region so there are plenty more opportunities to see their work

Great effort goes into producing works of art – and you don’t have to be wealthy to own them. They can also work to compliment an interior design or even simply a decorative colour scheme – or even just to set the tone for visitors to your home – or factory or office.

Art is, like beauty what you make it to be and what you make of it, in the eye of the beholder!

Exhibition and catalogue for 2015/6

Syllabus and Catalogue 2015-16

Contacts:

Haltemprice Art Group:

Pat 01482 352840

David 01482 633397

Cottingham Civic Hall, ERCC, Saturday 16th April

Nick

 

Having the gift of the gab is rarer than you might suppose:

lifes journey, sometimes refered to as the bumpy road, can be made a lot easier and smoothed-out if you have it and a lot rougher if you don’t!

Although Sir Terry was much liked, the Editor struggled at first to find common ground here: the Eurovision Song Contest and its organizers as headquartered in Vienna which he visited briefly last year – and bumped into on the central station there, managing to crack a joke with the Station Master about golf whilst not personally considering retirement just yet. He thought it was more funny than the Editor did at the time – but we do share a slight sense of dark humour with our Saxon friends, also having a bit more of the Blarney in common. Terry didn’t take things (work, retirement or life) at all too seriously it appeared, including humour itself that is, unlike our foreign German-speaking friends 🙂

The Editor thinks both Terry Wogan and David Bowie read and listened to music and the arts widely (as enthusiastic autodidactic learners rather than structured academically-trained thinkers) and that therefore they were able to experiment more freely with ideas.

Bawler or Boomer?

Terry was certainly a boomer, never a bawler!

Life compared to a Waltz rather than a bumpy road

As he might have said: And now for some some steam music? Why for steam radio of course – to be enjoyed by older boilers like me – and you, and you!

To be followed hastily by; and of course younger boilers like your dear self, Madam!

(In typically self-deprocating manner)

And something for Radio 2 Listeners?

This one’s definitely more for Radio 3 listeners however: –

In some ways, life for Terry could be regarded as a waltz rather than a bumpy road, rather like Johann Strauss’ steam engine where dancers glide and reciprocate in gentle circular motion with each other – rather than clash up against immovable obstacles! Perhaps this is why people liked the elegance of steam engines compared with the rough argy-bargy of engine and carriage-shunting, Diesels, buffers and all the ‘stop-go’ motion involved in marshalling yards!

Round House Turntable – seeing things in the round – good things like music come in round packages

And for a Radio 4 type discussion perhaps..

Waltz piano sheet (and pianola) music from Vienna: the popular music of the time

The Editor claims also to be 1/16th. Irish though, from those Kellys from Cork rather than neighbouring Limerick.

Let us know of your encounters – witticisms, be they informal, remote or otherwise, with Sir Terry!

Terry shared with the Editor a common reluctance for having scripts for what he said live and online, and much of what Terry said was indeed straight from the heart and un-rehearsed, which gave it a spontaneity – and also made him inadvertently a master of understatement.

read on ..

Nick

(contact: nick4182@hotmail.com)

Bowie Songs

David Bowie Tribute

Supervillians: this week we’re featuring the dreaded dyno-sprout!

Fear not: sprouts really needn’t taste awful!

Follow our step-by-step guide and you too can produce veges that you and your kids will actually like!

One of the problems with the well-known purveyors of “fast food” is that they too understand our preferences and especially the younger mind with it’s shorter route to gratification! We need therefore to make good ‘slow food’ more accessible like fast food! If you’re watching MacDonalds, here’s an autumnal serving tip for you!

Learn how to emulate their tricks using healthier fresher ‘un-processed food’ ingredients with our step-by-step guide ..

Our series continues with some flavorsome additions

We’ve given ourselves a 90-minute time frame for scheduling the cooking into a ‘Brussels away match’ with quarter-time, half-time and three-quarter-time sequenced activities – and even allowed ourselves 10 mins extra time for penalties!

Showing you how to bake your vegies rather than boil them to death!

 

Continued ..

Tips for midnight fridge-raiders .. keep a plate of roast veges under cling-film in the fridge – this will stop them drying-out

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Dyno-sprouts on the vine can be twice as big as their smaller relatives served-up in-the-bag .. the final reckoning is to cut them in half so they will cook within the 45 minute time-frame allotted – without requiring extra-time!

 

Final stages – finishing touches

Review and feedback

Stop Press!

Cottingham.tv is  getting noticed! Step into the Adventure this Christmas with Sky Movies!

Nick

Are you a bawler or a boomer – or are you just super cool?

Which empty vessel makes the most noise?

‘Superheroes’ can come in many different shapes and guises!

Spiderman (above right) has lots of speed dynamism and tenacity, whereas Supervan (centre) is very sedate and thoughtful with much carrying capacity and dyamic duo Zen (left) has lots of taste with a calming yin and yang balance! Which type of mug best depicts your personality and when with other people, which role do you prefer to take on? Would it be supercool to take Spiderman to Glastonbury?

Coffee break tip from Cottingham.tv

Here’s a trick I learned from teaching: purchase some coffee mugs locally and the next time you have a coffee break, make them available for staff to choose!

#bawlerorboomer

Nick

 

 

 

Europe 2.0: Great Scott!

There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots!

And so it is sadly with today’s politicians, their pundits, commentators (and lecturers): – going to begin this lecture by making some bold mission statements, debunking some historicism and rehashing some old  declarations – and support our retailers: –

 

But back to the future:

it was assumed that we would have made great strides discovering the ‘governing dynamics’ of the Scientific Universe at least by now – as in “Back To The Future”: –

Finding the 1.21GW required for fictional time travel by DeLorean – but only just in time!!

Time flies like an arrow ..

The DeLorean time machine’s destination date was set to 21st October 2015 Wednesday last week as Back to the Future Day, a time the scriptwriters predicted when we would have discovered and invented gravity-defying hover-boards and time-defying flux capacitors!

In our parallel future however, the 1.21 gigawatts required to power the famous Flux Capacitor is replaced by 14 TeV at CERN today, as the quest for the ‘governing dynamics’ of the universe  (hence providing us with an understanding of Gravity and Time ultimately) a “Theory of Everything” – which still eludes us.

Flux capacitor

.. but fruit flies like a banana!

‘Back to the future’ in the political democratic arena: –

In the political and democratic arena by comparison, there appears to have been be little or no change in managing basic human nature: 21/10/2015 still retains the undemocratic and dystopian economic and political structures that Biff Tannen and his henchmen inevitably created!

Karl Popper echoed this pessimistic view of utopias in his devastating critique of the use of Historicism in the Social and Political Sciences. If you want to have a deeper understanding of politics and economics, you need philosophy too – as well as an understanding of the economics of supply and demand.

So what are the governing dynamics – of government?

Popper asserted we just don’t know and that government by precedent and historical analysis of its constituent social and human sciences is incomplete i.e.  flawed.

One thing is certain however, the future is not inevitable!

Both unpredictable and unexpected things events may take place in government by politics. “Events, dear boy, events”.

In one mechanistic political future; the inventors get the upper hand with discoveries and hover boards make levitation and flux capacitors make time travel possible. In another predicted informatic or technical metaphor future as predicted here; online democracy becomes ubiquitous through online gaming and creates governmental and electoral reform! Technology can and does inevitably change our methods of working and their governance over time.

The quest for a gravity-levitating machine as a device as a mechanistic invention rather than a scientific discovery has not, as far as the editor knows, produced a sustainable lift system; only brief and small changes in an objects weight over short periods. If such a system were to do so, it would have a profound way in which we govern ourselves!

All rise!

The last time the editor researched “gravity drives” along with “perpetual or practicular motion”  was a over decade ago, so things have developed since rotating pairs of gyroscopes on a balance to measure their weight! Perhaps it is also interesting to note that so keen were the Victorians to invent and patent ‘practicular motion’ devices, the Patent Office actually wrote a clause to refuse their submission!

Europe 2.0

  • Europe 2.0 should and could (therefore) be a region and a zone where individuals, groups and Nation States can experiment creatively with participating democracy, constitutional framing, economics and social groupings – not an over-arching bureaucracy where all practices are locked-down and set in stone!
  • Europe should (following on) be thought of as a collection of dynamically-re-configurable systems rather than static immovable bureaucracies
  • In case you were pondering; – “just in time” governance as in manufacturing is not, repeat not the same as dynamic constitutional framing –but  rather, it forms an important sub-set thereof!
  • Back in the days of the early computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, we had punch cards for ‘batch card processed’ production relating to automating weavers looms. Our democracies have however remained set in stone i.e. ‘batch card processed’. This can be referred to as ‘static constitutional framing’. The result is pre-ordained, bureaucratic, exclusive and inflexible
  • Modern computing comprises real-time user interfaces like Windows. ‘Front end’ user-driven screen processes operate  ‘middleware’ business logic to manipulate ‘back end’ data processes to realize their ‘just in time’ governance in production systems – working in ‘real-time’ as “three-tier systems”
  • Take a moment to consider this: a flexible manufacturing system with its distributed economies of production can be compared with a future Europe with its distributed democracies – as a user-friendly computing machine metaphor.
  • A future Europe can therefore be considered to be an aggregate of dynamic economies and dynamic democratic constitutions with dynamic resource allocation!

 

Europe 2.0: Dynamic Constitutional Framing for Economic Growth: what are the   advantages?

  • Interactive government by eDemocracy as proposed engages electorates through real-time user (hence electorate) participation in online gaming
  • A Europe comprising a collection of dynamically-reconfigurable systems is a Constructionist Europe comprising building blocks, rather like ‘smart social LEGO’
  • Used as an antidote to, rather than a replacement for, elective representative democracy within and between bureaucracies
  • Provides pathways to implementing smarter government aka. electoral reform that will be required to match smarter technology on a country-by-country basis
  • A recipe for economic and social growth
  • Leaving the best until the last: a Super State as so described – namely Europe 2.0 – can maximize the choices available for its ‘end-users’ – namely its electorates – on demand and on an individual by individual basis. The parallel is drawn with modern automobile production where no two cars leaving the production line are necessarily identical as each has been chosen from a wide array of choices available to the individual purchaser: for example body color, engine, model, interior trim and optional extras. No two cars rolling in sequence off the production line are alike.
  • One size no longer has to fit all and we each have the right to govern and be governed by consent as self-determining individuals!

 

Nick @NPRFTEDesign

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P.S. Update: for a most recent example, The UK House of Lords exercises ‘dynamic constitutional framing’ to defeat the House of Commons in today’s news!

If you are concerned the reforms will hit you as a carer, we’d like to hear from you!

Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington hosts a local arts and crafts show today 25th July!

Fantastic range and level of locally-made crafts, bric-a-brac and hand-made produce on offer

Entry free

Knitpickers Babywear

Knitpickers

(above and on Facebook) babies and toddlers handknits

 

Dietary solutions to health and slimming

24 : 24-Hour Athlete

Metabolic training, body transformation: workout smarter not harder (above) a combination of diet, workouts and physical training designed to burn fat more efficiently!

Hull, Brough / Elloughton Space limited: TEXT 24LM to 074 115 172 03

 

Kevin Sugden and Family

Simply Gifts

(above) gifts for all occasions bric-a-brac memorabilia (contact on Facebook SIMPLY GIFTS; kevin@hillsugden.co.uk Tel: 07852 278772)

 

Beverley-based local craftswoman

Visiting The Ferguson Fawsitt, Walkington

Renowned for its excellent meals providing some of the best value pub food and dining in the region!

A square deal for a square meal – with greatly appreciated consistent quality and variety – the editor is a long-repeated Sunday lunch-diner there since childhood and it remains a firm favorite!

 

Visiting Walkington

Quack! Quack!

We return to the theme of ducks and geese – how could we resist!

Duck Island takes centre-stage (centre-left)

 

Walkington is famous for its duck pond – providing a watering hole for both geese and ducks!

And of course, the duck house on the pond is easily missed if you don’t get out of the car and have a look round (next to the long pond grass)! For those in the know, a walking path exists signposted from the spot we’re standing on whilst photographing this)

Duck Island, Duck House

Please shut the gate afterwards for some obvious reasons and other less-obvious ones – it’s part of the Countryside Code!

Cottingham And District Life And Times

Local People relating local life stories

We are delighted to involve you in a new level of local engagement through video conversations with local people relating the life and times of Cottingham and district

We want to help make you part of local history too

You can help make local history more accessible through taking part in story-telling and discovery!

We are recording interviews with local people and we would be delighted if you would like to take part

If you have a local story you would like to tell or know an older relative who could help, please contact Mike Anne or Nick (contacts menu – top)

We would like to thank Dorothy for her kind support

Christ Church Community Coffee on King street a special thank you for the room – more about CC coffee  soon.

The Cottingham Local History Society meets in Hallgate Primary School 7:30 PM Tel: 845734

Nick

PS we may change the camera angle for future presentations ..

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