Sherlock teaches us many things, and being a fan of the latest BBC incarnation certainly teaches us patience. Over a year ago, we were tantalised with the promise of an official 'Sherlocked' convention, and I must admit I was beginning to suspect it would never happen, but a couple of months ago, the announcement we had all been waiting for was made, the game was on! A bewildering array of differently priced packages were launched in a wild flurry of internet bookings and website crashes, but I was in, I had my ticket.
The timing of the event attracted criticism, short notice for overseas fans and a very unfortunate clash with the London Marathon, meant that many hotels were already full and those rooms left were horribly expensive. I can only imagine that it really isn't easy to get the likes of Bendedict Cumberbatch, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott et al all in the same place at the same time, but I understand the frustration that was vented by many who couldn't attend.
Friday 24 April finally arrived. I boarded the train, full of excitement and anticipation, dragging a case brimming with photography equipment and cosplay and destined for the ExCel centre in London, my home for the weekend. Friday was registration day and the chance of a sneak preview of the displays and stands. The queues were well managed by cheerful event crew and it didn't take long to collect my pass, find some friends, and head into the exhibition area. The London theme was certainly evident, a full size London bus, black cab, red post box, army tank and front door of 221B Baker Street had all been transported into the hall, like a fleet of impossible ships in a bottle. Nestled between them was the BBC shop, traders stands and a Sherlock museum corner displaying props and costumes from the recent episodes.
Friday night was the first of the party nights and sadly the biggest disappointment of the weekend. With the promise of 'Two themed party rooms a night, overlooking the Thames with the London skyline in the background', I donned my PVC, tucked my riding crop under my arm and headed off for the Irene Adler's Boudoir/The Underground themed event. What greeted me looked like a 1980s wedding reception, a sad, tired conference room, no theming at all, curious brown balloons tied to tables, a cheesy DJ in the corner and lots of confused looking attendees. There wasn't even a view as the blinds had been well and truly drawn. After 10 minutes or so, many of us left and headed back to our hotels wondering how the entertainment had gone so wrong. Saturday was apparently the same, with a lonely soul posting a picture of an empty room on Facebook, with a caption of 'Where is everyone?'
Despite the disappointment of the previous evening, I sprang out of my hotel bed on Saturday morning, excited to discover what adventures lay ahead. I assembled my Hound of the Baskervilles costume, my Femlock friend grabbed my lead, and off we bounded back to ExCel. The clash with the London Marathon led to some curious glances and one lady asking me 'are you going to run the whole way like that?'
Each day was a bit of a balancing act with talks taking place on two different stages, six photo-shoot sessions running simultaneously and guests signing autographs in between. Everything was tightly managed by ticket type and group, those who'd paid a whopping £3,000 getting priority. Most of the event crew coped admirably with the masses of people with masses of questions and provided excellent assistance to those with disabilities. Waves and waves of excited fans filled the massive ExCel hall with the sound of accents from across the world and the almost subliminal loop of the Sherlock theme tune.
Our very first stop was a photo shoot with Jonathan Aris, who couldn't be more different than the unloveable Anderson he portrays in Sherlock. Jonathan was charming and dashing, enthusiastically greeted us and seemed very laid back amongst all the hustle. One of the things I love about conventions is the chance to meet the supporting actors that never normally receive much attention and I came away with a new admiration for all of the cast who took part in Sherlocked. Next came the biggie, my photograph with Benedict. Looking chiseled and immaculate, he politely greeted each guest, complying with requests for pointing poses, holding stuffed toys and lightly placing his arm around fans' shoulders. Suddenly it was my turn, Benedict held my lead, looked quizzical for the camera, and in a literal flash it was over.
We bounced along from shoot to shoot, signing to signing meeting Una Stubbs, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue, Rupert Graves, Andrew Scott, Clive Mantle, Lars Mikkelsen, Lara Pulver, Louise Brealey, Elizabeth Coyle, Louise Breckon-Richards and Arwel Jones, all of whom were a joy to meet and took time to say hello and admire the multitude of costumes worn by cosplayers. I say admire, but Moffat just looked at me and exclaimed 'why?'.
The talks were divided over two stages, the main stage impressively decorated as Sherlock's living room, it really was one of the best looking sets I've seen at any convention panel talks. The second stage hosted the lower key talks, which were still well worth attending, if you happened to have a handy time-turner or TARDIS with you. Moffat and Gatiss kicked off the panel sessions together, appearing very relaxed and comfortable in each other's company. Moffat throwing back his head in laughter as Gatiss entertained the crowd with Americanisms straight from a TV chat show, 'I've done this little show called Doctor Who, pause for applause'. Benedict's panel, although more reserved by comparison, was captivating, despite Benedict fighting a cold. He talked of how normal it seemed to be there with us all, but that he would never get used to being spotted whilst shopping, mentioned his excitement at soon becoming a father and was bemused at the thunderous applause for having got married. He fielded the crowd's questions well, throwing in a Chewie impression and using his Smaug voice to announce he was not a performing monkey. The odd naughty word slipped out, but who could possibly not forgive him.
Andrew Scott followed Benedict's session, very different, but utterly brilliant. Andrew is cheeky and delightful where Benedict is polished and polite, but both fantastic viewing. Watching Andrew on stage, it is hard to imagine just how he transforms into the chilling menace that is Moriarty. Warm and funny, he won everyone's hearts by talking about how fabulous he thought fans of the show are, to much applause. But in true Jim style, he left us with an instruction not to get nervous or worried about anything, we'd all be dead soon so it didn't matter.
I must admit to feeling an involuntary chill in the presence of Lars Mikkelsen, almost waiting for Magnussen to spring to life, but his relaxed air was an excellent balance to Rupert Graves' exuberant naughtiness as they took to the stage together. Saturday ended with a big screen showing of A Scandal in Belgravia, introduced on stage by Benedict. One last glimpse of our favourite consulting detective before he disappeared for the weekend.
Despite the lack of Benedict, Sunday was probably the highlight for me. There were noticeably fewer attendees which made it much easier to move around and not to mention cooler, which certainly went down well with this hound in a corset! We started the day with Jonathan again, now feeling like old friends, just time to grab an autograph from him before he kicked off the main stage sessions with Rupert. They were followed by Andrew and Mark, which I felt was the jewel in the crown on the whole event. Irreverent, wicked and razor sharp, they really should have their own late night chat show. Topics hurtled from scripts and filming, to gay marriage and integration. We learnt that they ARE both beach body ready, even if it is Morecombe in the winter and that yes, Mark does shave for Sherlock, but he's not telling you where. It was the session I hoped would never end and I have bruises from where my corset fought with my laughter-racked body.
As a seasoned convention goer, it was a delight to see the second stage reduced to standing room only for the cosplay parade. My hound scuttled along with Femlocks, Watsons, Irenes and Moriartys abound. The grand prize went to a very worthy Mary, every inch of her costume stitched, dyed and beaded by hand.
All too soon, the end neared. Just time for one last photo shoot, with the awe inspiring Mark Gatiss, who I think we had all well and truly fallen for over the weekend. Greeted with a 'hello again puppy', he grasped me firmly by the lead and generated the picture that still has me laughing days later. I staggered to the tube with a grin on my face, fighting my way through spent runners who had completed the marathon that afternoon. Yes I was exhausted, yes it was expensive, yes there was lots and lots of queuing but this is all par for the course in the world of fandom. Apparently there were nearly 7,000 of us there over the weekend, but what was really special was that I have never heard so many people say it was their first ever convention. Not only that, they had flown from Japan, Germany, Poland, Chile, America and Australia to worship at the doorstep of 221B Baker Street. So Sherlock definitely does teach us patience as we wait for episodes, wait in queues, wait for the next titbit, but it also teaches us the value of newly forged friendships, comfortable shoes and that sometimes, just sometimes, a bit of magic can leak out of that TV screen.
SANDRA FRANKLIN You can find more photos of the Sherlocked event in glorious technicolor on the official Sandra Franklin Photography page here All photos property and copyright of Sandra Franklin Photography.
Welcome to the City of Nottingham! In association with Travelodge let us confidentially reveal to you our top favourite Nottingham haunts, fabulous secrets and absolute must-sees for your perfect Nottingham day.
First, fuel up for your busy day with the best slap-up fry-up in town at the breakfastalicious Brown Betty’s on St James’s Street, just a close couple of streets away if you book your stay at the Travelodge on Maid Marian Way in the heart of the city centre.
Now you’re all set up to get down to the serious business of shopping! For under-one-roof chain stores including our massive flagship Boots shop plus an indoor market try Victoria Centre, the lovely shops in The Exchange located inside the Council House in the Old Market Square or the beautiful Bridlesmith Gate which leads up to Nottingham designer Paul Smith’s flagship Byard Lane store. For independents, try the extraordinary Ice Nine in the arty area of Hockley for gorgeously-unusual sterling silver jewellery and fun trinkets. For vintage music fans, the second hand vinyl treasure-trove Rob’s Record Mart in Hurt’s Yard is a must.
Lunchtime already and step briefly out of Nottingham and into the enchanting wonderland of The White Rabbit Teahouse on Hound’s Gate. With daintily-beautiful mismatched china teapots and teacups, confidentially, our favourite treat is the adorably-indulgent afternoon tea, tiered with sandwiches, jam and cream scones and mini cupcakes. Or try lunch with scenic views of the city in the café at Nottingham Castle, for a small entrance fee you can visit the castle’s museum, art gallery and beautiful grounds.
Ready to get scared? Check out the spookily-fascinating Galleries Of Justice Museum, pre-booking is advised, as at the mysterious City of Caves. If you’re staying at the Wollaton Travelodge you’re right on the doorstep for free entry to the glorious Wollaton Hall which starred as Wayne Manor in Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, read the exciting story of how it all happened here
Dinner time already and you’d better be hungry for the awesome Annie’s Burger Shack! Located in Nottingham’s beautiful Lace Market area, these epic mouth-watering burgers are the most popular in town, so make sure you book well in advance! Follow up with drinks at legendary ‘England’s Oldest Inn’ Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem or if cocktails are your cup of tea, follow our confidential clues to the superb secret speakeasy Boilermaker bar.
Night time and let us entertain you with top class theatre and shows at the Royal Centre. Capital FM Arena is within easy walking distance of the city centre where you can catch entertainment’s biggest names or head next door to the National Ice Centre where you can skate in the footsteps of Nottingham Olympians Torvill and Dean. Fancy a dance? Try the famous ‘sticky floor’ at Rock City or end up all the way back in St James’s Street at the Cookie Club where Nottingham’s singing-songwriting superstar Jake Bugg has been seen hanging out.
Finally, here are Five FREE Things To Do for that genuine Nottingham experience:
1. Strike a bow and arrow/raised arm clap pose at the Robin Hood/Brian Clough statue
2. Engage someone with the traditional Nottingham greeting ‘Aye Up Me Duck’
3. Skip (carefully!) through the fountains in the Old Market Square and watch the trams go by whilst the Little John bell chimes in the Council House.
4. Visit the plaque of Nottingham’s most loved busker Xylophone Man who couldn’t actually really play the xylophone at all.
5. Never, never, never refer to football club Nottingham Forest as ‘Notts Forest’.
Have a fantastic time in our City! From Nottingham Confidential with love x
You can check out our full Get Up And Go Guide to Nottingham together with full details of all Nottingham and natioanl Travelodge hotels on their official website here
"Some things change and some things stay the same" the philosopher said. Actually, the philosopher was Morpheus in The Matrix, but if Laurence Fishburne is a cricket fan he too may have cast his mind back to 1989 today and the last time an Australian side arrived for an Ashes series to be rated by the media as the "worst ever" to tour England.
Of course, Australia went on to win that series 4-0 with the lowest in a series of low points for England that summer a crushing innings defeat inside four days in Nottingham. So while the glitter and swagger of Trent Bridge in 2013 bears hardly any resemblance to the gently fading grandeur of two decades ago, the sense of impotence and frustration that took hold of a partisan crowd just after tea seemed all too familiar.
All this after an auspicious opening ceremony earlier in the day for which full marks for pomp and circumstance are due to the ECB, Investec and Notts CCC. The band of the Coldstream Guards, Lesley Garrett and the Red Arrows produced a surge of patriotism to inspire the crowd and English cricketers, even if one or two couldn't quite remember the words to the national anthem. In fact within a couple of hours it seemed one or two had forgotten which way round to hold a cricket bat as in the face of steady, if unspectacular Australian seam bowling, wicket fell after wicket giving plenty of opportunity for the scorers to give the new, space age scoreboard at the Radcliffe Road end a thorough workout.
It seemed with Bell's dismissal leaving England at 178 for 5 as if things could not get any worse. They did however and despite some spirit from Stuart Broad who endured a verbal battering and a clout to the shoulder for his troubles that put paid to his afternoon, the tail duly collapsed with the last five wickets falling for 37 runs.
But just as in The Matrix the resistance called for and were delivered by The One, circumstances duly conjured up a saviour to the English cause in the unlikely form of Stephen Finn. An unprepossessing start of long hops was followed by a correction to his navigation system and rewarded by two wickets in two balls. Clearly uncomfortable with a mere co-starring role, Jimmy Anderson promptly made the stage his own with headline-grabbing deliveries to undo Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers, passing Fred Trueman's Test wicket record in the process.
Fourteen wickets, just under 300 runs and this is only the first day of the first instalment of the 2013 Ashes blockbuster. England's day, just, but the tourists have showed sufficient discipline to suggest this will be a far closer struggle than previously advertised. Fate, as Morpheus would attest, is not without a sense of irony.
Spread over four buildings in their city centre site, The Nottingham Trent University Art and Design Degree Shows Festival 2013 is now open to everyone until Saturday June 8 and entrance is FREE.
Transformed into creative spaces for the festival, visitors can enjoy viewing the various collections of the final-year work from over 20 courses from the School of Art and Design and School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment in the different locations.
Disciplines including photography, fine art, furniture and product design are exhibited and highlights from the Bonington and Waverley building include spectacular theatrical costumes, beautifully ornate embroidery, imaginative textile design and interactive art exhibits with live participation and inventive artistic surprises. Moving images, cryptic messages and hidden rooms to explore are displayed along with light shows, peep-hole box artworks and even a real live sleeping princess sprawled in a castle cut-out montage in the Fine Art section.
It's the largest showcase so far of the final-year Art and Design student exhibitions, it's right here, in the city centre of Nottingham and it's completely FREE, so confidentially, we cannot recommend highly enough that you take yourself on a magical mystery tour around these four buildings crammed to the rooftops with creative talent and designs.
You can see lots more colour photos of the exhibition in our Nottingham Confidential Facebook photo album here
The exhibitions on display are:
BA Fine Art
BA Textile Design
BA Costume Design and Making
BA Design for Film and Television
BA Fashion Communication and Promotion
BA Fashion Marketing and Branding
BA Fashion Management
BA International Fashion Business
MA Theatre Design
FdA Media Creatives
BSc and BEng Civil Engineering
BA FAshion Design
BA Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles
BA Furniture and Product Design
BA and BSc Product Design
BA (Hons) Decorative Arts
BA Graphic Design
BSc Architectural Technology
There are also taster creative sessions, art trails and many more fun and informative activities taking place around Nottingham as part of the festival, full details can be found on the Nottingham Trent University website here
Nottingham group In Kind has declared Saturday July 27 2013 as Nottingham's Day of Kindness to tie in with the UN International Day of Friendship on July 30.
In Kind was set up two years ago to promote more compassion and kindness in the daily lives of local people and also to influence private companies and public bodies to recognise the genuine benefits of adopting a more empathetic and compassionate approach to all aspects of their work.
For the last two years, In Kind has carried out on all-day Random Acts of Kindness event in Nottingham city centre, giving away sweets, cakes, flowers, balloons and hugs and passing on kindness challenges to persuade people to carry out their own random acts of kindness to make a real difference to both the giver and the receiver.
The ultimate aim of the group is to have Nottingham officially declared the first City of Compassion in the UK, joining Seattle (Washington), London (Ontario) and Louisville (Kentucky) and others that aspire to the title, such as Amsterdam, Barcelona and Jerusalem.
In Kind member Jeff Buck said: "As well as doing another Random Acts of Kindness event in the city centre, we'll be encouraging individuals, communities, voluntary groups and local companies to do their own acts of kindness during the week leading up to the 27th or on the day itself. Big or small, they all count and we want everyone to get involved."
Making a psychedelic hypnotic-swirled light show grand entrance, suited, high-heel booted, kohled-up and with a scarlet kerchief peeping from his top pocket to match his every-other scarlet fingernails, Eddie Izzard launched the first Nottingham night of his Force Majeure World Tour with the immortal words, "Let's get this show started with human sacrifice!"
Thus began the always extraordinary Eddie Izzard torrent of educational historical nonsense consciousness and almost true stories, from monarchical re-enactments to the Clash of the Titans, French asides, Olympic dressage, foreign language misunderstandings, Scandinavian box-sets, make-up and a bit more French.
Confidentially, our favourite routine also happens to be an important psycho-emotional discovery: the cure for fear, which is, rather prosaically but nonetheless very pragmatically: boredom. Explaining through a highly entertaining comparison with the Rock Paper Scissors game using boredom, fear (and... diarrhoea) Eddie insists that boredom cancels out fear, so you cannot be bored and afraid at the same time. Useful in haunted houses, try it yourself!
Meanwhile, audience members can amuse themselves- and have a go at amusing everyone else- by sending Eddie Izzard text messages which will appear up on screens before the show and during the interval. Sexily witty, endlessly fascinating, impeccably made-up, and gloriously downright bloody funny, if you missed him last night, Monsieur Izzard is spoiling us with a second show at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham tonight, ooh la la!
Tickets priced £35 are available for tonight's show, full details are on the Capital FM Arena website here
Professional ice skaters Matt Evers and Frankie from smash hit tv show Dancing on Ice wowed Nottingham skaters at Capital FM Arena this week as they gave them a taster of some of their ice dancing tricks, lifts and spins - including the infamously nerve-wrecking head-banger- from their forthcoming Professionals On Ice show on April 27.
One of the show's producers is former Dancing on Ice champion Suzanne Shaw. "I'm the media producer and creative director producer with Matt for the show," she told Nottingham Confidential. "I'm loving doing this side of things and I want to potentially stay away from the front of the camera a little bit more and do more of this kind of thing!"
"As the Dancing On Ice Show isn't going out on tour this year, we thought we'd give the audience what they absolutely love which is to see the professionals skate. It's going to be a very different show, full of stunts and with lots of tricks and lots of fast skating together with lots of intimate skating moments and we'll possibly have a live band with us as well. We're also going to hold a competition to give the opportunity to find the next generation of skating stars from different skating teams, solo artists or duos to appear in the second act of our show, so altogether it's going to be jam packed full of family-fun entertainment!"
The Professionals on Ice will also star many other skaters from the current and previous Dancing on Ice series and you can find out more details about the show, including booking and ticket prices, on the Capital FM Arena websitehere
And you can watch our exclusive Nottingham Confidential footage of Matt Evers And Frankie showing some of their amazing ice dancing tricks- including that awesome head-banger spin- in the video links below!
***UPDATE: SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY BLUE!***
It's just been announced thatpop act Blue will make a special guest appearance at the first Professional On Ice show on Saturday April 27 and will be performing some of their greatest hits together with new single 'Hurt Lovers'.
One hundred and twenty jobs are to be created with the opening of a new Red Hot World Buffet at The Cornerhouse in Nottingham on January 24th.
Originally launched in Nottingham eight years ago, Red Hot World Buffet has expanded to seven restaurants around the country and their new £2.7 million premises at The Cornerhouse complex on Burton Street promises a 'world of escapism' with no rules or limitations, where guests will be able to interact with five-star chefs to design bespoke dishes, all for one set price.
The 500 seater restaurant will lift its specialist chefs' kitchens from behind the scenes to front of house and diners can choose one cuisine or their own combination unique to their taste, as well as helping themselves to the restaurant's famous buffet.
All dishes will be prepared from scratch on-site in preparation zones divided according to cuisine type. Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes will be cooked with traditional Mongolian sword and shield techniques on a centre-stage unique oriental grill, whilst expert chefs in the Indian kitchen will cook specialities from the North and South of the country. Handmade pasta and dough will be made at the Italian kitchen and diners can also create their ideal gourmet burgers or choose from the eight-metre long sushi counter.
For dessert, diners can choose from the custom built patisserie kitchen where pastries, cakes and desserts will be baked in full view of the restaurant, the unique double chocolate fountain or the cold-stone creamery designed by corporate chef Deepak Bahuguna, where staff will whip up ice cream sundaes according to the diners' tastes.
Directors Helen and Parmjit Dhaliwal said, "Our new restaurant is the first of its kind and will attract people from around the UK, who will flock to Nottingham to witness this milestone in culinary history."
Nottingham got its Christmas skates on Chico-style today as the singer and Dancing On Ice finalist opened the enchanted starry night sky Christmas Ice Rink at Nottingham's National Ice Centre.
Happily signing people's ice skates, posing for photos and deftly skating around the rink with fans, Chico proved a big hit with Nottingham skaters and you can watch videos of Chico opening the rink in our Nottingham Confidential footage below. "I never skated before I did Dancing on Ice," he told us confidentially, "but I was a huge Torvill and Dean fan and remember being so amazed when I watched their Bolero, so it's wonderful to skate here now in their home town!"
The Christmas rink will run until January 6 2013 and includes a huge six metre tall Christmas tree and thousands of twinkling lights. Other exciting events taking place throughout the Christmas period include a Christmas Skate With the Panthers event on December 13, a Capital FM Christmas Party Night on December 15 and a Christmas Bubble Neon and Foam Party on December 21.
Tickets can be pre-booked for skating sessions and events at the National Ice Centre to guarantee tickets and avoid queuing and full details of prices, including discounts for school groups can be found at www.national-ice-centre.com,
You can also see lots more colour photos of Chico opening the Christmas ice rink on our Facebook page here
Carl Froch retained his IBF World Super-Middleweight title, stopping Yusaf Mack in the third round at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena last night.
The news managed fifth place in BBC Radio 5 Live's sports headlines at midnight, behind qualifying for the US Motor Racing Grand Prix.
It continues to be a mystery as to why the world champion has not received the acclaim his incredible record, including nine consecutive title fights, merits- the introduction of three British Olympians to the audience perhaps providing a reminder of what a spectacular year it has been for Britain's sportsmen and women- but the clinical demolition of the hapless Yusaf Mack sets the Cobra up for a thrilling run of confrontations in 2013 that could cement him as an authentic legend.
Froch's last fight at this venue against Lucien Bute was fought in a ferocious, medieval atmosphere on a warm May night, with the challenger as he was ultimately overturning odds to prevail amidst scenes of relief, astonishment and euphoria.
This time around it was different, Froch now champion, an expectant crowd and a performance as cool and crisp as the November evening.
Delayed slightly by an entertaining light heavyweight bout on the undercard, Froch seemed determined to make up for lost time. After exchanging blows in the first round Mack paid an early visit to the canvas following a Froch left hook with the champion, perhaps remembering some ill-judged pre-fight remarks by the American, taking the opportunity to stand over and snarl at his opponent.
The second round was more even with Mack finding his defence, range and glare, but a pummelling set of body shots in the third culminating in another left to the ribs left the American back on the floor and out for the count.
'Easy! Easy!' roared the Capital FM Arena and indeed Froch seemed barely to be breaking sweat as he embarked on his post fight interviews.
Promoter Eddie Hearn went on to call 2013 the year of the rematch with a three-fight pipeline planned comprised of Bute, Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler, the latter also rumoured to be staged at Nottingham Forest's City Ground.
If this is indeed to be Froch's farewell to the Capital FM Arena, it could not have been in more emphatic style.
Christmas will be coming just that little bit earlier for local film fans this year as Nottingham's Cineworld opens an IMAX® on 14th December 2012.
The new IMAX promises to offer cinema goers a uniquely immersive cinematic experience with its patented crystal-clear digital projection on a larger, slightly curved and specially treated IMAX screen together with powerful digital sound.
The screen allows the audience to enjoy blockbusters 'like never before' and will be installed just in time for Nottingham Hobbit fans to enjoy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which is released in the UK on December 14th.
Cornerhouse Centre Manager Suzanne Green said, "We're very excited to have the only cinema in the East Midlands with an IMAX screen. The work to install it is creating a real buzz at the venue and we can't wait for cinemagoers to come to Cineworld Nottingham and experience it. We believe it will be the perfect place to watch this year's Christmas blockbusters."
In a conference suite on the fourth floor of Nottingham's Capital FM Arena, a confident Carl Froch and a quiet but buff-looking Yusaf Mack spoke to the gathered national and local media ahead of Froch's second fight at the Arena this year, but what could also potentially be his last fight in Nottingham on November 17.
"It's not even five months since that epic night here in this very arena against Lucien Bute," began promoter Eddie Hearn, "an unbelievable night, an epic night for British boxing. So we're delighted to bring Carl Froch back to the UK and delighted to welcome the challenger today who's flown over from America, Yusaf Mack."
"I'm happy to get the opportunity, just wanna tell him, you know, come fight time, fight night, that you're going down," said Yusaf Mack, briefly.
"It's fantastic to be back at home," said Carl Froch. "After the Lucien Bute fight and winning the IBF title, I feel like I've rekindled the old flame, it never really burnt out but I feel like I'm back on top of the world, I'm back on great form, great shape, I'm 35 years old but I'm running faster and feeling fitter and feeling stronger...I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life.
"There's only going to be one winner and I'm there to do the business and on the 17th of November, I'll do whatever I need to do to put Yusuf Mack on his back, simple as that. You're talking about me going down, I don't go down, everybody knows that, it's trash talk, I don't want to get involved in that," said Carl Froch before adding, "but there's only one winner, three times World Champion, eight world title fights on the spin, I'm feeling fit, strong as I ever felt so I'm just looking forward to putting on a great fight for my fans."
"The local support is fantastic," Carl Froch told Nottingham Confidential. "We sell out the arena every time I fight and it's a great feeling. I've got a great, great following, even when I fight abroad. But wherever I fight, it's a boxing ring, put it wherever you want, I'm in there, against an opponent with a referee.
"Training is the same for this fight, sparring is always different, sparring partners to try and emulate the opponent but physically, runs, bags, pad work, circuit work, strength and conditioning, I know what I need to do, get myself in peak physical shape and fitness. I've started cycling a little bit, which is a bit different, takes a bit of pressure of the knees and I enjoy it."
And ahead of potentially his last fight here in his home city, does he have a message for Nottingham? "They know what they get with me, they know who I am and what I do, and the place is nearly sold out because I excite when I fight, I entertain, I'm not a boring fighter, I'm the people's champion and I'm looking forward to having another great response."
You can see lots more of the press conference photos on our Facebook page here and watch our Nottingham Confidential footage of the whole conference in the link below.
Carl Froch versus Yusuf Mack takes place at Capital FM Arena on November 17. Full details and ticket prices are available on the Capital FM Arena website here
This October, Nottingham will be transformed into a fashion runway for two whole days as fabulous events are held all around the city centre to celebrate and showcase both local and national fashion brands and strengthen Nottingham's position as a major fashion centre.
48 Hours of Fashion, organised by the Nottingham Retail Business Improvement District (BID) will take place in the city on Friday 12 October and Saturday 13 October and will feature four main events:
Stunning choreographed model performances styled by Nottingham fashion retailers will be running throughout the day at Broadmarsh Centre and other locations in the city, including the streets of Nottingham, weather permitting.
Stylists will be on hand to chat about Autumn/Winter 2012 collections at the Victoria Centre in a busy styling hub which will include a body scanner for body shape analysis plus free hair and beauty mini makeovers.
The Fashion Ambassadors
Male and female ambassadors will be on the streets of Nottingham throughout the weekend 'working' a gorgeous winter coat for this season and promoting the events direct to the public.
The 48 Hour Wardrobe
Presentations by stylists will show the pick of this season's collections and the perfect capsule wardrobe pieces for the Autumn/Winter 2012 season.
Special fashion offers and retailer-specific events will also take place during the 48 Hours and award-winning fashion photographer Guy Farrow, whose work has appeared in Vogue, GQ and Time and whose clients include Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney, has taken promotional photographs for the event of models dressed in top fashion labels around Nottingham and you can watch a video of the fashion shoot in the clip below.
With the first Jack Reacher film starring Tom Cruise in the eponymous role coming out later this year on December 26, this is a chance for Nottingham fans to meet his creator, the internationally best-selling thriller writer Lee Child, at Waterstones on September 5th, where he will be signing copies of his new book, A Wanted Man.
Lee Child's books about the ex-military policeman and maverick drifter Jack Reacher have made him a household name with one of his thrillers selling somewhere in the world every twenty seconds and fifty million copies sold to date.
Described as a 'taut new thriller' with 'signature Swiss-watch plotting and heart-thumping suspense', A Wanted Man sees Jack Reacher hitch a ride to Virginia with three strangers- and within minutes it becomes clear they're lying about everything...
Lee Child will be appearing at Nottingham Waterstones on Bridlesmith Gate from 12.30pm on Wednesday September 5th and fans are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. A number of signed and reserved copies of 'A Wanted Man' are also available.
Following his tremendous and spectacular triumph in May over Lucian Bute at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena crowning him IBF Super Middleweight Champion Of The World for a mind-blowingly astonishing third time, local hero and Nottingham's hardest guy and favourite son, the one and only boxing legend Carl Froch spent a Thursday evening with his fans in Nottingham this week, talking about his life, his fighting career and announcing his exciting plans for what else is in store very soon for Team Froch.
The Approach on Friar Lane in Nottingham is now renowned for holding their 'An Evening With...' nights with well known sporting stars, hosted by Darren Fletcher from 5 Live, and it really is the perfect venue for these type of events, with an open, comfortable and laid back setting and friendly atmosphere where you can book a ticket to watch the interview, or pay more and sit and have your dinner while you watch too, if you want. The audience for the evening comprised, not surprisingly, of approximately 97% Nottingham bloke, and with beer and boxing mixed into the equation, it was a big, bellowing, bustin'-all-over with-local-pride roaring reception for Carl Froch from his deserved loyal and fervent fanbase as he came on stage bringing his IBF world champion belt with him, smiling and admitting "I'm really humbled that everyone's come tonight."
Dressed in open neck white shirt, jeans and suit jacket, Carl Froch looked every inch the lean, mean, fighting machine, whilst also coming across relaxed, engaging and entertaining in his stories of his fighting life. From reminiscing about joining the Phoenix Amateur Boxing Club in Gedling at ten years old, "I'll never forget that stale smell, it was a hot, humid place, hot and sweaty" to the realisation of the emergence of his talent and ability. "I boxed from the age of 10 to 15 and then we moved to Newark and my interest in boxing slipped away, but I got back into it at 18 or 19 and even though I went back to it just to get fit, I found I could still punch very hard and found it quite easy to fight everyone at the gym. I started to realise, this is easy for me and I found myself ranked Number 2 in the country as an amateur and I was only really playing at it and when I saw my ranking I thought, if I take this seriously, I could maybe do something."
Turning pro in 2002 with training from Rob McCracken, he moved down to London and admits "There's no glitz and glamour early on in the professional career, I lived in Hackney and Clapton in North London and the road at the top of our street was called The Murder Mile, people at the top of the street got murdered on a regular basis, it was run by lots of local drug dealers and gangsters, stealing and causing all sorts of chaos. I lived above the gym that I trained at, cooking my own food, it was what I needed to keep me disciplined, there was nothing else to do but get up, go for a six mile run then hang about for a few hours, get some rest then get back in the gym. So for the first four or five years of my career I was stuck away from my home, away from my family and friends and I was pretty much secluded, leading a little bit of a monk lifestyle but I took to it, I enjoyed it because boxing was my life.
"I come from working class, my dad didn't go to school, he went to borstal and then he went to prison, my mum worked really hard and brought us up single-handedly from the age of ten or eleven. I worked at different jobs and the longest job I stuck out was at NTL, it was Diamond Cable, now it's Virgin, at Daleside Road in Colwick. I was there three years, stuck in front of a computer, answering the phone, looking at my watch every ten minutes, counting the time down to when I could go home, so for about three and a half years I was wishing my life away, I was still boxing but part time amateur, so I know what it's like to be in a mundane job, and not enjoy what you're doing. So when I started boxing, there was a chance for me to make something of myself and to achieve something for myself. But I was winning my fights quite easily and it was a natural progression for me and my career went from strength to strength and I enjoyed it and I still enjoy it ten years later. And when I got the chance to fight for the World Championship in Nottingham at the (then) Trent FM Arena and win a World Title in your home town of Nottingham, with the whole crowd screaming for you, you can't really beat that."
Candid about the tough realities of training and discipline he says, "I'm an athlete and I have to watch what I do and watch what I eat" and, famously partner to the beautiful glamour model Rachel Cordingley, there are other more, ahem, personal sacrifices to be made. "Yes, I live downstairs in a room in my house when I'm training for a fight. You've got to keep your eyes on the prize! You've got to be focused, you're at the level of a stud racehorse. It's how Rocky said, 'women weaken legs'! And it's all part of the training. And to be honest, when I'm training in the morning, doing six mile runs and then in the gym sparring in the afternoon, and I'm getting hit with shots and I'm feeling a bit wobbly and then I'm back in the gym later doing conditioning, the last thing I want to do when I go home is you know what! I want to go to sleep. It's not that hard."
So the big question is, of course, when is Carl Froch going to fight next? "I'm 35 now, the plan is to carry on for another 18 months to 2 years or to have three fights. And November 17th looks like it'll be the date of my next fight and it will be a massive fight, hopefully in Nottingham, which will be phenomenal again and we'll be making an announcement about that next week. It's going to be a hard fight, if you look at the resume that I've been fighting, and it could potentially be my last fight in Nottingham. The rematch with Bute if it happens looks like it's going to be in Montreal in Canada, and then another fight in America and so potentially I'm looking at that three fight plan before I hang the gloves up."
And so with that big fight announcement planned live on Sky television tomorrow, Monday August 20, Nottingham and boxing fans everywhere had better get ready because Carl Froch The Cobra is going to sock it to them big time.
You can check out more photos from the event on our Nottingham Confidential Facebook page here
If you haven't heard of Nelly yet, you will do very soon because Scandanavia's number one online fashion retailer is now launching here in the UK and they're doing it in style...
Founded in 2008, Nelly.com are famous for their creative and generous events and on July 11 Nelly will be holding one of their High Heels parties at Coco Tang in Nottingham.
The first 150 guests to arrive at this free event will choose and receive a FREE PAIR OF HIGH HEELS from Nelly's upcoming collection (yes, you did read that right, FREE SHOES!) The first 100 guests will also receive a free goodie bag from Nelly's sponsors and there will be competitions with more great prizes running throughout the evening.
And what's more, Nottingham Confidential have ten VIP Passes to give away free for the event which will allow you to jump that long shoe-hungry queue and will GUARANTEE you your free pair of high heels! Nelly's parties are renowned for being very, very popular so it's definitely worth getting your hands on one of our free passes and winners will be notified by noon on July 10. *Please note you have to attend the party to receive your free pair of shoes!*
To enter our VIP Pass Draw, simply like our Nottingham Confidential Facebook page and write your name on our wall here or send us a tweet with your name to our Twitter page here
The Nelly High Heels party starts at 9pm on July 11 at Coco Tang on 45 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham.
You can find out more about Nelly and check out all their fabulous shoes and clothes at nelly.com
"How are we Nottingham? This is going to be such a fun experience...You will witness something this evening...you are going to say to your children, to your grandchildren, your grandchildren's grandchildren, I always remember, being in the arena, at that moment, when the Olympic torch came in and something very special happened," declared host Robin Cousins, skating deft circles around the National Ice Centre to a cheering, capacity and totally Olympically-psyched Nottingham crowd.
And it was no over-sentimentalised exaggeration of the enormity of this event for Nottingham, starring its own ultimate world-renowned home-grown legends Torvill and Dean, on the site where they started their own Olympic dreams, in front of a home-crowd bursting and ready to pop with local pride. With a cast of hundreds, including multi-coloured-lycra-clad ice-skating teams, pairs, teenagers, kiddiwinks, ice hockey and speed skaters performing to the Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass and a shimmering Lace City Chorus all mixed up with a special skating guest appearance by a beaming Rosemary Conley, the gala built up a thrilled and chilled frenzy of excitement for the arrival of the Olympic Torch and The Dance We Were All Waiting For...
Arriving almost exactly on schedule, despite a day of travelling through the region's torrential downpours, thunderstorms and head-numbing humidity, the Olympic torch was brought into the National Ice Centre to a more-welcomely-thunderous and ecstatic reception and transferred to a fit and still very fantastic-looking Torvill and Dean who swept onto the ice with that familiar, elegant and awe-inspiring ease accompanied by a gorgeously-glittering Nottingham Synchronized Skating Academy ensemble.
To a very emotionally-rousing and exhilarating soaring musical-score, Tovill and Dean danced with the Olympic Flame across the National Ice Centre in a thrillingly-beautiful, elegant, stylish and very moving routine. Performed, orchestrated and choreographed with fantastic elan, this truly was an extremely special event for Torvill and Dean fans, for the Olympics and for the whole torch flame relay journey but most of all and above all, this was very much Nottingham's moment, when everything came together in an unforgettable and magical event right here in the city where we live.
A spectacle of grace, glamour and great gravitas, both heart-swelling and eye-welling, confidentially, hands down and heads up, this was without doubt the Nottingham event of the year, if not the decade, Torvill and Dean, your home town loves you forever. And if you haven't seen it yet, you can catch the whole amazing routine in our own Nottingham Confidential video footage in the link below.
You can also see lots more photos of the whole Gala event in our photo album on our Facebook page here
Curated by local legend Dean Jackson from BBC Nottingham's long running music show The Beat, From Notts With Love is the first of a series of events celebrating Nottingham's music scene.
Taking place at The Space at Nottingham Contemporary on July 6th, the event is presented by Farmyard and Mantra promotions. Performers include Natalie Duncan who started on the Nottingham open mic scene in 2007 and has gained respect and admiration for her piano playing, stunning vocals and timeless, classic song writing and soulful pop singer-songwriter Nina Smith, one of the most talked about artists on the Nottingham music scene, who has also supported Belinda Carlisle, Finley Quaye and Alicia Dixon.
Liam Bailey, whose initial introduction to the music business came via the late Amy Winehouse who, after meeting him, released his first two EPs on her Lioness Records imprint and is known for co-writing Chase & Status' Top 5 smash Blind Faith feat Liam Bailey will also perform along with Chris McDonald, who has supported Pete Doherty and who makes acoustic guitar music with a folk and soul mix. Other performers will include the soulful vibes of Harleighblu and Tim McDonald, whose music is compared to Rufus Wainwright's epic string-based songwriting with a world music influence.
From Notts With Love is at Nottingham Contemporary on 6 July 2012 7.30pm- 1am. Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door and are available from the Nottingham Contemporary Shop and Gigantic.com
This June, and for the ninth year running, Nottingham will be hosting the largest Indonesian cultural event in the UK and it's FREE.
With the theme of 'Discover the Beauty of Indonesia' the festival is organised by the Indonesian Student Organisation Nottingham and aims to promote the culture of Indonesia. The festival will have thirty-five stalls selling authentic Indonesian food, clothes and souvenirs and visitors will have the opportunity to sample over one hundred types of Indonesian dishes including the colourful steamed cake kue mangkok, and the savoury fishcake delicacy pempek.
The festival will also be hosting traditional Indonesian performances including folk games such as Bakiak Racing, the Bali dance Angklung and also a cracker-eating competition called Lomba Makan Kerupuk where participants have to eat up the crackers that are hanged with strings. There will also be a fashion show showcasing the different types of traditional clothes in Indonesia.
Indofest 2012 will be taking place on Sunday June 10 at Chilwell Olympia Sport Centre, West Entrance Field, University Park at the University of Nottingham
This June, local legends Torvill and Dean will skate with the Olympic torch in Nottingham in a special gala event at the National Ice Centre and everyone is welcome to apply for the specially issued tickets which will be FREE. The event will take place on Thursday 28 June with Torvill and Dean taking to the ice in a one-of-a-kind performance of a choreographed dance with the Olympic flame. The skating pair, who are currently in Nottingham for the Dancing on Ice Tour said, "We couldn't be happier to be a part of the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in our home town, we've been developing our choreography for the gala and we're very excited to welcome the Olympic Flame to the National Ice Centre, where it all began for us." City schools can expect invitations to the event next week before tickets are made available to the public, and seating for the gala is unreserved, however people will need to register for a ticket. Registration will commence on May 18 and the tickets will be distributed on a first come basis. Further details about the gala and the ticket application process will be released closer to the time at www.National-Ice-Centre.com
This April, Nottingham designer Callecia J Brown held a fashion show at Eschucha entitled 'Desvalido' for her latest collection and gave Nottingham Confidential exclusive backstage access...
Callecia J Brown is a Nottingham fashion label which provides a bespoke service where customers can choose their own fabrics and have a garment designed and made just for them. Collections are also designed seasonally which are sold through independent boutiques around the country and this collection, with its beautifully tailored women and menswear, is designed to showcase the designer's many inspirations. "This collection is a history of me and everything I like" says Callecia, "it has Edwardian, Victorian, 1950s and 1980s themes, as those were the eras where people liked to dress up and fashion was important. I'm very inspired by drawings in old Victorian books and old pictures and I love old films, MGM films, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford films, I love those women, that's how women should be dressing!
"I was born in Jamaica and I've lived in Nottingham for about eighteen years, I studied at Nottingham Trent University and then did an apprenticeship with a local tailor called Roy Smith where I learned how to do tailoring and how to make hats and corsets. I'm always learning and I love making things, and I've been working full time as a designer for four years now.
"I love Valentino, right from the beginning from the 1970s and I love Vivienne Westwood, she inspires me because I look back in history and try and make things more modern, all my jackets are influenced by something from the Edwardian or Victorian period and she does that as well. A lot of my clients come from word of mouth, about ninety-nine percent and I actually do a lot of wedding dresses and it's like a circle, people tell each other and they come back as well.
Callecia dressing her models
"The fashion scene in Nottingham is not conducive to my type of work, it's very t-shirt orientated, it's very street and someone like me doesn't really fit in to the Nottingham scene so it's very difficult. What I produce, everything comes from design, conception, I make the patterns and I cut out the fabric and make everything, the whole process is me, whereas someone will get an image maybe from the internet, buy a printer and print it onto a t shirt, I just don't think people appreciate or understand that I've created these things, people sometimes ask me if I've bought it all from Japan! But I plan to keep producing beautiful clothes."
You can see more photos from the fashion show and from behind the scenes in our Facebook photo album here and watch footage in our video clips below.
A new series of evening courses has just been launched by Nottingham Writers' Studio for Spring/Summer 2012 covering both fiction and non-fiction.
Occupy the Cannon starts on April 18th and is a poetry workshop exploring the use of literature to create poetry, run by local poet and creative writing tutor Jane Bluett, Editing Your Prose starts on June 13th and covers various aspects of self-editing and Writing Reviews for Professional Publication starts on May 9th and includes book, movie, theatre, holiday and product reviews.
The courses, which will run on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm, cost between £24 and £48 for non-members and last between three and six weeks at the studio in Nottingham's Lace Market.
Next week The Cornerhouse complex will be turning itself into the chicest place to be seen at in Nottingham when it hosts a charity fashion extravaganza on Thursday April 5 with activities taking place on all four floors.
The leisure and entertainment complex has teamed up with John Lewis to showcase all the latest spring trends for men and women with a twist- all the clothes will be modelled by ordinary people, who will be sashaying down the catwalk in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The event begins at 6pm with cocktails and canapés and expert beauty and fashion advice available on all four floors of The Cornerhouse, with the Fashion Show itself taking place at 8pm in the Slug and Lettuce. Tickets are priced at £5 and include a glass or fizz, or why not be absolutely fabulous dah-ling, and upgrade to a £10 VIP ticket which will get you a fantastic seat right near all the catwalk action, a free drink and goody bag. All the money raised will go to charity and there is also a chance to enter a prize draw to win £500 worth of John Lewis vouchers and a personal shopping experience.
Tickets are available from Icon Hair and Beauty on the fourth floor of The Cornerhouse or by calling0115 9240 200Friday, 16 March 2012
Finally published for the first time after nearly two decades, Skagboys, the long-awaited prequel to 20th Century cult classic Trainspotting, is coming out in April and you can hear a talk by its legendary author Irvine Welsh at Nottingham Broadway Cinema on Thursday April 19th. The event, which is in association with Nottingham Waterstones, begins at 6.30pm and promises to explore Irvine Welsh's amazing body of work as well as further revealing the backstory of Renton, Spud, Tommy, Sick Boy and Begbie through the 1980s. Skagboys is the first half of the original manuscript for Trainspotting and, opening in the early eighties, reveals how it all went so wrong for the boys. Charting their journey from likely lads to young men addicted to heroin, the novel explores a time of drugs, poverty, AIDS, political strife, a lot of laughs and a little love during a decade which changed Britain forever.
Tickets for the event cost £5 (£3 with a Waterstones loyalty card) and are available from Broadway Cinema box office on0115 9526600Wednesday, 11 January 2012
If you've got the post-Christmas blues and are getting withdrawal symptoms from the festive party season, here's another chance for you to dress up in those glad rags and LBDs. Browns Bar And Brasserie opens on Park Row in Nottingham next month and is celebrating its launch with a Champagne and Cocktail opening party on Thursday 2nd February with complimentary drinks and nibbles served from 6-9pm. After opening its doors for the first time in 1973 in Brighton, Browns has gained a reputation for classic food and signature cocktails served in a stylish environment and caters for breakfast, brunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea with cakes and finger sandwiches. To register for the opening night party, simply fill in the form at http://brownsnottingham.co.uk Everyone who registers will also automatically be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win dinner for four and a bottle of champagne.aturday, 10 December 2011
Nottingham Contemporary was the setting for a fabulous and glamorous evening of vintage fashion and music this week as local event organiser Clementine Paro brought together a beautiful selection of Nottingham independent boutiques, designers and vintage clothing specialists. Featuring stalls, dozens of models parading in a catwalk show, a 50s inspired band and a mesmerising Argentine Tango, the event played to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience in a packed-out Nottingham Contemporary cafe bar. The fashion show clothes were provided by the very well-established Celia's Vintage Clothing on Derby Road who exclusively specialise in authentic clothing and accessories from Victorian to 1980s fashion, BooBoo Kitty Couture, who offer a bespoke made to measure dress making service inspired by film and sewing patterns from the 40s and 50s and A Vintage Obsession on Goose Gate in Hockley who specialise in designer pieces at great prices and offer a 'made to measure' service. More clothes were also on show by The Collar Worker who create innovative designs that are as far as possible sustainable, Frock studio/shop on Forest Road who design and make vintage inspired dresses that can be bought off the peg or in house, Oxfam D.I.Y from Goose Gate whose clothes are all donated by members of the public and whose proceeds go to overcome poverty and suffering and finally Callecia J. Brown, whose designs are handmade in house in Nottingham and create dynamic silhouettes incorporating femininity with meticulous detail. Hair styling was provided by Lucille's Locks who create high class vintage styling and other stall holders included the boutique and antiques centre from Hopkinson Gallery and vintage jewellery, handbags and accessories from Eden Bea Vintage who hand-select each item from the 1920-1980 period. You can watch every single outfit modelled in the fashion show encore video footage below. Later in the evening, the audience were also treated to a dramatic and seductive tango by Luna y Molino Tango who offer lessons and private lessons in Nottingham and can be contacted at http://lymtango.com/ You can confidentially watch one of their dances below....
Originally formed all the way back in 1998 as Mission: Improbable, MissImp improv comedy group has morphed and evolved and performed in venues around Nottingham before now settling with a regular residency at The Glee Comedy Club. Describing themselves as 'the evil child of theatre and stand up comedy- unedited, uncensored, from brain to stage with nothing in between' the group follows the Whose Line Is It Anyway? tradition for their performances, taking suggestions from the audience and playing a combination of improv theatre sports games and making up comedy on the spot in the form of sketches and songs. Fancy having a go? MissImp also hold a weekly jam session every Thursday at the Hopkinson Gallery where any aspiring comedians can go along, join in and develop their skills within a loose workshop structure, with the chance to also join the regular MissImp team performances.
You can catch the MissImp team at The Glee Club the last Friday of every month or to get more involved you can attend the workshops which are held every Thursday at The Hopkinson Gallery 7.30-9.30pm, tickets £3
Recently described as one of the best secret art galleries by The Independent newspaper, One Thoresby Street is located in Sneinton in Nottingham and comprises a collection of artists, galleries, studios and project spaces hosting art exhibitions and events.
Their new exhibition 'An action, event or other thing that occurs or happens again' launches on November 11 in conjunction with The Trade Gallery and The Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University and looks at repetition as a tool for the manipulation and control of the masses and explores the relationship between repetition, sound and image.
The exhibition begins with a performance by artist Francesco Pedraglio who will be exploring repetition in a fictional context using language and the physicality of form and the project also includes a screening of Nam Paik's 'Good Morning Mr Orwell' on November 12 at 6.30pm, 'Perfect Lives' by Robert Ashley launching at The Trade Gallery November 11 and a whole range of talks, performances and music. The project is produced by Candice Jacobs whose work will also be on show alongside fellow artists Bruce Asbestos, Athanasios Argianas, Rachel Coldicutt, Katie Davies, Dani Gal, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Sally O'Reilly, Mark Titchner, Jack Strange and Ruth Proctor.
The University of Nottingham will be hosting a series of Question Time-style debates next week to mark the launch of Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, the biggest fundraising campaign in the University's history.
Everyone is welcome to attend the free debates and join a host of TV stars, academics, students and business leaders including GP and comedian Dr Phil Hammond, award-winning broadcaster and writer Adam Hart-Davis, TV presenter Maggie Philbin and Sky News presenter and former Nottingham University alumnus Jeff Randall.
Pills, potions and prescriptions, or care, community and lifestyle? What works best for health and well-being today? Tuesday 18 October 6.30-8pm
This first debate takes place at Nottingham Contemporary and will be chaired by Jeff Randall. Dr Phil Hammond, Dr Mike Stroud, Professor Ian Hall, Dean of Medicine at Nottingham University and Jane Todd, chief executive of Nottingham City Council, will also be taking part and this event is preceded by a networking reception at 5.15pm at the University Park Campus, with a return coach laid on.
What is the role of universities in nurturing talent? Wednesday 19 October 6.30-8pm The second debate is chaired by Alex Corck-Adelman, president of The University of Nottingham's Students' Union and will be held at Business School South. Former Labour MP Paddy Tipping, Bahram Bekhradnia, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, Dr Rachel Carr, chief executive of IntoUniversity and David Harris, principal of Nottingham University Samworth Academy will be taking part and this event is preceded by a networking reception at 5pm.
From mind to market: where do good ideas come from? Thursday 20 October 6.30-8pm Chaired by Professor Martin Binks, Dean of Nottingham University Business School, this debate will be held in the Keighton Auditorium. Adam Hart-Davis, Maggie Philbin, Bruce Savage and Professor Keith Campbell will also be taking part and this event is also preceded by a networking reception at 5pm.
All of the debates are open to members of the public with free admission but places must be booked by registering at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details about the all the debates can also be found on The Nottingham University website here
Entering a darkened Galleries of Justice lit by candlelight from moodily-scattered candlebra with organ music playing disconcertedly in the background is spectacle enough and certainly gets you into an unsettled and eerie mood all nice and ready for the Ghost and Ghouls Tour at Nottingham's old Court House and County Gaol, voted the most haunted building in the UK by Fright Nights paranormal investigators. After a bit of a wait in the sinister foyer with our nervously-giggly and very friendly fellow visitors, a costumed character with freakish eyes descends dramatically from a staircase and begins to regale us with the tales and history of the museum and beckons us to follow as we are led through to the courtroom and down to the haunted cells.
A whispy breeze follows you on your journey (confidentially, we recommend you bring a cardie) and it's an intimate and intriguing tour, stylishly and impressively presented, and although only available to over 18s, it's more emotive than spine-chilling, with the odd scare and gory detail thrown in. There are no tacky fairground gimmicks, the stories of the convicts, their imprisonments and executions are told in a way to get your own imagination working, and also presumably to leave room for the genuine haunted sightings and presences that have been experienced in the Museum. Without giving too much away about the tour, it's unnerving, fascinating and disturbing all at the same time and it does make you want to see a ghost pretty badly. The most cynical member of our group proclaimed loudly as we passed though the torture chamber to a small hole where prisoners were measured for coffins 'nothing scares me!' But someone must have been listening- because as we were led back to the courtroom she happily admitted that on the way back something had touched the back of her leg- and there was nobody behind her- yikes!
Thought-provoking, scary and exciting, steeped both in history and sadness, confidentially, whether you are a resident or a visitor, we definitely recommend a tour of the Galleries of Justice should be part of your Nottingham experience.
The Ghosts and Ghouls Tour is available before Hallowe'en and on the first Wednesday of every month at 6.30pm, booking essential. Tickets are priced from £8.95 per person
There are lots of ways to explore the Galleries of Justice Museum with free exhibtions, audio and performance led tours and a themed cafe. Full details are available at http://www.galleriesofjustice.org.uk/
Nottingham, hold onto your sides because they're in danger of splitting when the fabulous and fantastic feast of fun the Nottingham Comedy Festival hits the town from September 23rd to October 1st. All kinds of comedy events, from stand-up and improvisation to plays, workshops, musical comedy and films will be happening in venues all around the city including The Glee Club, Jongleurs, The Royal Centre and Nottingham Playhouse, and here are our Nottingham Confidential Top Five Recommendations for the festival:
1. ISY SUTTIE After catching her show at Nottingham's Just The Tonic earlier this year, we can confidently and confidentially recommend Isy Suttie's live act. She's a stand-up, story-telling, guitar-strumming troubadour, she's from just down the road in Matlock and most importantly of all she's FUNNY. October 1st at Bunkers Hill courtesy of Magners Funhouse Comedy tickets £7 2. SHAZIA MIRZA We're bigging up the girls this year with the world's premier Muslim stand-up Shazia Mirza who will be performing at Bunkers Hill on September 24th tickets £7 3. FREE LAUGHTER SESSION Apparently one hundred laughs equals ten minutes on the rowing machine so get your full laugh-exercise quota at this one hour session that mixes comedy improvisation games with laughter yoga September 25th at The Canalhouse
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
4. IMPROVISATION COMEDY WORKSHOPS If you've always fancied having a try at Whose Line Is It Anyway, you can have a go at this beginners workshop at The Lord Roberts September 24th £3 in advance. 5.SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATREBringing a new show of of 'songs, sketches and violence', what's not to like about Scottish singing socks? Part of the Bunkers Hill All Dayer September 25th £7 (full day) £5 (half day) Full details of all the events in the Nottingham Comedy Festival including times, dates and ticket prices can be found on the official website http://www.nottscomedyfestival.co.uk
You heard it here first and confidentially, of course- Nottinghamshire Pride, the annual free festival celebrating diversity and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual life in Nottinghamshire will be a two day event next year for the very first time! Running over the weekend of 28th/29th July 2012, the festival will take place on Nottingham's Goose Fair site. The second day of the event will be a more relaxed 'Hangover Day' for those who have partied long and hard the day before with picnics, chill out music and tea and cakes planned. You can become a member of Pride and see images from this year's Pride event at http://nottinghamshirepride.co.uk/support-us.html
The BAFTA Young Game Designers Workshop will be held at Antenna on Beck Street in Nottingham on Thursday September 29 at 2pm for young game designers aged 11-16. First-hand advice will be available from industry expert Pete Collier, the Creative Director at Hogrocket and former Senior Level Designer on Project Gotham Racing 3, who will explain the planning and creative process for new video games and will show new designers how to create their own games. The workshop is also part of the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition where young designers can submit their ideas for a new video game for a chance to win fantastic prizes including a trophy, games hardware and work experience at a UK games studio and the winners will be announced at the glittering Children's Awards in London in November. To apply to attend the workshop with your school email email@example.com with "Nottingham" in the subject line. More details of the workshop can be found on the BAFTA website Full details of the BAFTA Young Game Designers Competition can be found at http://ygd.bafta.org
Nottingham Council House, the Cornerhouse and other key city centre buildings will be illuminated in purple and purple flags will be flown in the castle and Market Square to celebrate Purple Flag week from 19-25 September. Bars and restaurants will have special offers and there will be a 'Purple Carpet' screening of locally made short films at Broadway Cinema. Nottingham is the only city in the East Midlands to win the prestigious Purple Flag Award from the Association of Town Centre Management for being one of the best places in the country to go for a great night out and for its efforts to improve cleanliness and safety. The city will hold the title for another twelve months and is one of only sixteen locations in the UK to have the award. The success is accredited to a collaborative effort between the Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham Businesses Against Crime and We Are Nottingham amongst other city centre partners. Any other local businesses who would like to get involved to help the Purple Flag Award are encouraged to get in touch at http://www.wearenottingham.co.uk/contactus.php On Friday 23 September there will also be a Twilight Charity Walk in aid of the Street Pastors scheme, a charitable initiative that offers help and support to anyone in need in Nottingham city centre at night. The walk will begin at the left lion in the Market Square at 8pm and a host of musicians and entertainers will lead a route around the city which will take in Nottingham's nightlife and cultural offerings. Everyone is welcome to take part and are invited to wear purple- and comfortable shoes!- for the event.The Twilight Charity Walk has been organised to bring the community together and celebrate Nottingham's vibrant night-time offerings as well as raise money towards the £450 it costs to train and equip each Street Pastor volunteer.
They say everyone has a book in them, but not everyone can write it, but you could help unleash that inner novel with a a free two-day writers' event coming to Nottingham this October. Aimed at anyone interested in reading or writing books, the New Writers UK Book Festival & Fayre will be held at County Hall in West Bridgford, Nottingham on Friday October 7 from 6pm-10pm and Saturday October 8 from 10am-5pm.
Guest speakers include former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Mark Crossley who will be talking about his new autobiography and holding a Q and A and signing session, Mills & Boon author Kate Walker who will talk about writing romantic fiction and Dee Whitehead who played Maggie Calder in Emmerdale.
Other events planned for the festival include a creative writing workshop, advice on writing non-fiction, a storytelling masterclass from Pete Davis from the Storytellers of Nottingham and a talk on Being a Children's Writer from Lucy Daniel Raby, whose screenwriting credits include Angelina Ballerina. It's a packed programme of events with opportunities to meet authors, hear advice on getting published and visit a range of book stalls and there is also a special creative writing workshop for children aged 7-12. Best of all, with no entrance fee, all of the talks and workshops are free, as is parking, which is available on both days. No booking is required (excluding the children's creative writing session.) Full details of the event are available on the New Writers UK Website http://www.newwritersuk.co.uk
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Robin Hood Beer Festival
Tickets are already on sale for this year's Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival which will be taking place from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th October in the grounds of Nottingham Castle.
The festival already holds the world record for offering the largest selection of real ales and this year plans to beat its own record of 848 different cask beers on sale. As well as as this huge choice of ales, the festival also offers stouts, bitters, milds, porters, ciders, perries and barley and country wines.
The festival will be open from 11am till 11pm each day and although it is possible to pay for entry at the gate, the organisers advise buying advance tickets to guarantee admission. Tickets, which cost £12.50, can be bought at Nottingham Tourism Centre in Smithy Row as well as through the festival website and will include a 2011 commemorative tankard and ten mini tokens. As no cash will be taken at the bars to help speed up the event, the mini tokens can be used as a payment system to buy drinks and for the first time this year, the festival offers visitors the option to buy their drinks in thirds as as well as half pints.
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Robin Hood Beer Festival
The festival is also looking for caterers, in particular those offering locally sourced products and anyone who wishes to apply can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any entertainers who wish to perform can also apply at email@example.com If you would like to volunteer to help with the festival, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Local fashionistas had better start planning their outfits for the Pins and Needles Fashion Exhibition at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham on the 3rd September which promises to be an 'accessible, unique and interactive event.' But even before then, keep your eyes peeled Nottingham, as 20 VIP passes for the exhibition will be scattered around the city centre!
Ms Moo Make-Up Photo by Miss Rain
Organised by MA fashion student Charly Calpin, the event has free entry for all with a complementary glass of wine and cupcakes from Yummiyummy Cakes for the first forty guests, and begins with a fashion exhibition from 10am-6pm which will display a number of garments and offers visitors the chance to be a fashion critic with a twist. Tickets are available to be filled in with comments on your favourite item which will be entered into a special prize draw. Some garments will also be available for visitors to try on and even dance in. The event will reopen at 8pm with a fashion show featuring models Bea Sinful and Madi Doyle wearing fashions in both vintage and contemporary styles and live music by Ransom and Joe Slater. Everyone involved, including bespoke dressmakers BooBoo Kitty Couture, Rose Handmade Clothing and make-up artist Ms Moo will be donating their time and are hoping to raise money for Nottinghamshire-based homelessness charity Framework with a charity box available for donations at the venue. More details of the event can be found on their website http://charlyiswry.blogspot.com/2011/08/pins-needles.html#comments
One year ago a small group of people who work in the community development sector in Nottingham came together to do something to encourage local people to treat others better and generally spread compassion, empathy and happiness around the city. They decided to hold a Random Acts of Kindness Event in Nottingham which will take place at St Peters Square in the city centre from 9am-9pm and aims to inspire local residents to do one small thing to make a difference to another person that day. "Random Acts of Kindness events aren't new but we think this is the first time one has been done in Nottingham," explains a spokesperson from the In Kind group who are organising the 12 hour event. "We're going to spend the day shaking hands, saying hello and smiling at people and hope that we can inspire people to go home and be nicer to their neighbours and partners. There will also be music, cakes, balloons and sweets we'll be giving away for fun too but we do want to emphasize the day is more about giving rather than just freebies! Kindness and happiness are also contagious and have been scientifically proven to be good for us and others, whilst kindness, compassion and altruism are associated with protecting our hearts and healthy immunity and increasing wellbeing and workplace performance." Confidentially, we're very excited about this event and we will be covering local acts of kindness live on our Twitter account, so feel free to get in touch and tell us what you get up to! For ideas for your own random acts of kindness check out http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ More information about the Nottingham In Kind group and the event can be found on their website http://grou.ps/inkindnotts/home
So Batman may have just left the building, but Wollaton Hall promises to have plenty more fun and games in store. On Saturday 29th October 2011 you can spend the entire evening ghost hunting until 2am at the hall which has recently doubled as Wayne Manor for filming of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises see full article here.
"This is actually very rarely done and only a handful of tours have done it," says Lee Roberts from event organisers Haunted Events UK. "We're very excited because we're the first team to get access to Wollaton Hall past midnight and although we still have tickets available there are only limited places left."
Nottingham residents may be familiar with the hall and park during the daytime, but at night it is a very different place. The rear of the building is supposed to be home to the white lady whilst the most active place for ghost hunters is Room 19. During this event, visitors will have access to all five floors of the hall including the cellars and the top floor ballroom which is only accessible by a 200 step staircase and is usually unseen by the public.
The event includes the opportunity to use all the paranormal equipment and visitors will be guided by local mediums and historians. Ticket prices are £59.95 with group booking discounts available, further details can be found on the website http://hauntedeventsuk.com/#/halloween/4549261951