Thursday, 2 April 2015

Storey G2 'LANDED - Freeman's Wood' ownership arts project goes on display

Storey G2 invite the public to view a display of artworks commissioned for their project 'LANDED' (Freeman's Wood) which explores the concept of land ownership and its effects on people and places, taking the locally disputed territory of Freeman's Wood at the end of St George's Quay as an illustrative example.

The LANDED (Freeman's Wood) project will be displayed at  Campus in the City on Cheapside, Lancaster, on Thursday 9 April from 10am - 4pm.

The artists
Layla Curtis has created an iPhone app which features recordings of conversations with local people about their memories of the site, and hopes for its future. She will be there to demonstrate the app.

Stockholm-based artists Goldin + Senneby address global finance and the economic issues and injustices of recent years. For this project they bought a small plot of land and engaged a playwright to produce a script on its history, as part of the estate agent's sale details, which you will be able to view and read.

Sans Facon have developed a board game about landownership in which players take roles such as 'Developer', Planner', or 'Community Activist'. You can join in and play!

You can find out more about all these artists on the project website.

History of Freeman's Wood
The Storey G2 has done extensive research and the website carries a fascinating account of the history of the Freeman's Wood site using records going back to the 18th Century Enclosure Act. It also explores the contextual history of the site's ownership as it passed from common ownership, through many hands, until its current ownership by The Property Trust Plc, a "property investment company which is registered in Bermuda, and its owners are thought to be based in Hong Kong. The director of the UK development company for the site is a Punjab-born, polo-playing friend of Prince Charles. His son plays polo with Prince Harry. So this scrubby semi-derelict patch of land has direct links to global economic, political, and social networks."

Historical link to vast present-day political influence
It certainly does. The history also reveals the relationship of the Freeman's Wood site to the early development of the global corporation known as the Peel Group, through the marriage of James Williamson's (Lord Ashton's) daughter Ella to the 1st Earl Peel, grandson of Sir Robert Peel PM, who built up part of the initial holdings of the Peel Group (hence the name), a corporation with exponentially vast and diverse holdings in the UK alone.

The Peel Group and its subsidiaries, although now largely Qatari-owned, have a powerful influence on the national and local political, business and development landscape, not only in extensive private enterprise but wherever public money or license is channelled, from the Heysham Link road to housing development to Media City to the Fylde fracking, to name just a few. The 'Peel men' hold a greater influence in our local planning systems - and extract more from them - than Lord Ashton (who was said to be the richest man in the world in his day), ever could.

Landownership 'fundamental'
The project explores the concept of land ownership, noting on the website that it is 'is fundamental to all social structures. Unequal distribution of land provides owners with social and economic power. In Britain about 69% of the land is owned by 0.6% of the population.' As Peel Estates holdings also demonstrate, a very substantial and growing portion of UK land is effectively in foreign ownership.

'Landless' Arts Organisation
The choice of theme is telling - the Storey Gallery organisation itself lost its 'land' back in 2013 when the Storey Centre's owners fell into financial chaos, requiring a succession of council bail-outs. The Storey Gallery group was a charitable arts organisation that had used the Gallery space of the Storey Centre since the early 1990s.  Its council funding was cut and it lost the use of the Gallery space. This heavy blow followed on from its loss of Arts Council funding in 2012 in a nationwide round of  arts funding cuts. Since then it has itself become a 'landless' organisation, renamed Storey G2, creatively exploring new ways of bringing art to the public. (See previous news item: Storey Gallery: Putting it out on the Street)

There is more detail and information about this project on the website :

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Cyanide metal rods stolen in Morecambe


Police are appealing for information after 52 copper anodes stored in cyanide soaked cotton bags were stolen from Vickers Industrial Estate.


The rods, each weighing 30kg, measuring one metre long and  eight centimetres across, were stolen during a burglary at an industrial premises on Vickers Industrial Estate, Morecambe overnight on Monday 30th March.


The items appear to have been through a rinsing tank before they were taken.


Whilst the risk of harm is generally considered to be low, the rods or canvas bags are potentially harmful if any possible trace of cyanide is inhaled or if a person touches them and their hands then make contact with their mouth.


DC Dylan Hrynkow said “We believe this was professional job as the rods were put through rinsing tank before they were taken, reducing the risk of harm to those handling them.”


“That said, there is still a risk to those handling these items as they still may be contaminated with cyanide.


“We are urging anyone who may have any information about the location of these anodes to get in contact with us as soon as possible.


“If you have been offered these items for sale, please do make contact with us. Similarly, if you are wanting to hand these in, please call us prior to doing so.”


Similar advice was issued by police last month after 200 cyanide coated metal balls were stolen at from industrial premises on Poulton Industrial Estate.


Anybody with any information about the theft can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference 0140 of 31 March.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


If you are concerned about potential cyanide poisoning, please call 999 in an emergency or speak to the NHS on 111.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 1st to 9th April 2015 by

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day  listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

Four films, recently released, make it to our region this week. There is action and suspense with the latest in the fast and furious franchise with Fast and Furious 7 (12A). We have high school comedy with The Duff (12A) and drama with The Water Diviner (15) and White God (15).

Four films have returned to our screens following an absence. These are Fury; Into the Woods; Testament of Youth and the award winning Theory of Everything.

In order to make room, some films have to go. Specifically we have lost Fifty Shades of Grey; Kingsman: The Secret Service; Run All Night; Suite Francaise and The Duke of Burgundy. In addition the following films will soon be coming to the end of their screening: Annie; Focus; Selma; Still Alice and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Science fiction and fantasy are represented with the films The Divergent Series: Insurgent; Chappie and Seventh Son. There are no horror films being shown at the moment, but the foreign drama White God comes close.

Films of note this week are a prequel to the TV twin peaks series with Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and a documentary on Bob Dylan with Dont Look Back. The latter is followed by a rendition of Dylan classics by the Lancaster Folk Club.

Finally the Vue is showing a double bill of Fast and Furious 6 & 7 on the evening of the 2nd April.


Director: Kenneth Branagh
Certificate: U
Cast includes: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgard, Richard Madden
Disney's re-telling of the story of Cinderella. Cinderella (James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother Lady Tremaine (Blanchett) following the death of her father. The film sticks very close to Disney's 1950 animated musical. Cinderella is rather 'sickly sweet' but this is offset by the malevolence of the character of Lady Tremaine. The movie has some comedy action and a good selection of special effects. There is nothing in here to offend and the movie will be loved by all.

Fast & Furious 6
Director: Justin Lin
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson
Following from the previous film our hero's are trying to retire with their recent wealth whilst running from the law. Meanwhile a gang of professional hijackers led by ex-special operations soldier Owen Shaw comes to the attention of agent Hobbs (the DSS agent who pursued the cast in the last movie). Hobbs enlists the help of Dom and the rest and, in return for a full pardon, they must stop the criminal hijackers. From here the action takes place in London. In Fast & Furious 6 there is even less regard for the laws of physics which comes a poor second to the array of madcap mayhem of speeding cars, crashes, outrageous stunts and unmitigated action. Fast, furious and fun, but not very believable.

Fast and Furious 7
Director: James Wan
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham
Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O'Connor (Walker) and the rest of their associates return to the USA where they hope to find peace. However Deckard Shaw (Statham) is the latest villain after Don and the team as he seeks revenge for the death of his brother. The film is thus a sequel to the 2013 Fast and Furious 6 and it involves even more car chases and madcap action. The film suffered from the death of the actor Paul Walker during filming but this does not detract from the frenzied action. A worthy successor to this popular franchise.

Director: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Will Smith, Gerald McRaney, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Robert Taylor
Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) is a career con artist who, early in the film, takes on an inexperienced Jess Barrett (Robbie) as an apprentice. There is a sexual chemistry between the two, but Nicky and Jess part. Years later Nicky is running a con for the billionaire motorsport owner Rafael Garriga (Santoro), but finds that Jess is now Santoro's girlfriend. The chemistry again starts between Jess and Nicky and we find they are both trying to con Garriga. However the latter seeks revenge. The movie is something of a dark romance with some violence and a good amount of comedy. It is well acted in exciting locations and is sure to entertain.

Director: David Ayer
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Brad Pitt, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf
The film was written and directed by David Ayer following extensive research, and much of the filming took place in the UK. Set towards the end of the second world war, it tells the story of Sargent Dan 'Wardaddy' Collier (Pitt) and his crew of a Sherman tank as they undertake a mission behind enemy lines. One of the tank crew was recently killed in action and they are joined by a new recruit Norman Ellison (Lerman). The film shows war thought the eyes of Ellison as he becomes brutalized as a result of his experiences. All the actors give a stunning performance in this loud and intense portrayal of the violence and ugliness of war. An authentic and memorable war film.

Into the Woods
Director: Rob Marshall
Certificate: PG
Cast Includes: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, James Corden, Anna Kendrick
This is a Walt Disney adaptation of Sondheim's 1987 hit musical of the same name. The film posits that the fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel are all happening simultaneously. Meanwhile a Baker and his wife wish to begin a family, but they cannot due to a witches curse. To lift the curse they must collect items from each of the fairy tales. This is a star studded musical with excellent performances, especially from Meryl Streep who plays the wicked witch. The original stage musical had a number of adult themes which are softened for the Disney version, but the end result is a great and entertaining family movie.

Director: Ava DuVernay
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson
A slice of American History. The film follows Martin Luthor King (Oyelowo) and the events that led up to the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery which preceded President Johnson's (Wilkinson) signing the voting Act of 1965 giving equal voting rights to Afro-American citizens. Not only does this film show the build up to the march, it also portrays something of the humour and character of Martin Luthor King and the strain that his work imposed on his marriage to Coretta (Ejogo) and on his friends. It covers much of the political backdrop to the civil rights movement and contains images of violence and racial slurs that were endured by the marchers in their quest for equal voting rights.

Seventh Son
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Jeff Bridges, Olivia Williams, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes
A fantasy movie set in the far past and based on the young adult fiction 'The Spook's Apprentice' by Joseph Delaney. Master Gregory (Bridges) is the last of the Falcon Knights and in the past he imprisoned an evil witch, Mother Malkin (Moore). She is now free and seeking to wreck an awful revenge on the earth. Gregory must train an apprentice Tom Ward (Barnes) who is the seventh son of a seventh son, in order that they can fight the dark magic. The movie has an A list cast with an impressive selection of fiends, monsters and epic battles. An extremely enjoyable caper marked with fine acting, but ultimately a rather forgettable movie.

The Theory of Everything
Director: James Marsh
Certificate: 12A
Cast Includes: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox
A biopic of the early years of the world renown physicist Stephen Hawkins, based on the memoire 'Traveling to Infinity: My life with Stephen Hawkins' by Jane Hawkins. At Cambridge, Hawkins was an active young man who fell in love with literature student Jane Wilde. However, aged 21, Hawkins had an accidental fall and this led to his being diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given just two years to live. The film shows the marriage of Stephen and Jane and how she supported him and their children during the years of their marriage (they divorced in 1995). This is a beautiful film likely to leave the audience in tears. The acting is excellent especially Redmayne's portrayal of Hawkins and the movie shows the lighter side of Hawkin's character, his humour and his passion.

The Water Diviner
Director: Russell Crowe
Certificate: 15
Cast Includes: Russell Crowe, Isabel Lucas
Joshua Connor (Crowe) is an Australian farmer, water diviner and greiving father. He lost his three sons in the First World War Battle of Gallipoli and after a four years period he decides to travel to Turkey to locate their bodies. In doing so he comes to terms with the Turks as he finds obstacles to be overcome in getting to the battlefield. This is Crowe's first experience as a director and the result is a sombre but beautiful film, well acted and with a strong anti war message.

Safe Child Africa 10k Charity Canal Walk Challenge 2015

The Safe Child Africa charity is holding its annual Canal Charity Challenge on Saturday 18th April, starting at 10:15am.  You're invited to join them in a 10km walk along the canal towpath from Carnforth to Lancaster.

You can raise funds through sponsorship, or donation, and join the Safe Child Africa team.  Click here to register for the event and to receive more information.
You don't have to fundraise to take part, you can donate an amount of your choice instead. Please make sure that you have registered before you donate.

Stepping Stones Nigeria
Safe Child Africa is the new name of the charity Stepping Stones Nigeria, which was originally founded by Lancaster teacher Gary Foxcroft and his wife Naomi in 2005 alongside Nigerian teacher Grace Udua. Their work was featured in the award-winning Channel 4 Dispatches documentary called Saving Africa’s Witch Children

On Midsummer's Eve, Saturday 20 June Safe Child Africa will also be holding their annual Witches Way Challenge

Over 400 years ago a group, later known as the Lancashire Witches, made an arduous and doomed journey through the Forest of Bowland to Lancaster Castle to be tried and then hung for the crime of witchcraft.  400 years on and such accusations still exist: horrendously pointed at children. Safe Child Africa works to protect and prevent the abuse, torture and abandonment of children who are victims to such accusations.

This Midsummer they invite you to take on the Witches Way Challenge and retrace the steps of the past and help create a better future for these children.

This unique 23 mile adventure, starting in Slaidburn and finishing in Lancaster will take you up fells, through forests and across rivers: all while giving you spectacular views of Pendle Hill, The Three Peaks and Morecambe Bay. Along the way you can also try and spot the tercet waymarkers; all individually bearing the name of one of the Pendle Witches.

The Witches Way Challenge is a fundraising event and participants pledge to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.  The registration fee is just £20 before the end April and £40 after.
Click here to register.

You can find out more about the charity's work at or find them on facebook at

New permit needed to dispose of household construction waste at Salt Ayre

Lancashire residents who want to dispose of non-commercial construction and demolition waste for free at Lancashire County Council's recycling centres from 1 June are being reminded they need to apply in advance for a permit.

Residents can apply for a free permit allowing them to dispose of up to ten 25kg bags of construction and demolition waste a year without charge. A charge of £3.50 per 25kg bag or equivalent item will be applied for any further waste, or for any waste delivered without a permit. Permits are valid for a calendar year, or until the free allowance has been used.

You can find out more or apply for a permit at or by calling 0300 123 6871.

The council is bringing in the permit system to limit how much construction and demolition waste people can dispose of for free at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC). Residents can apply for a permit from 1 April to be ready for the new system which begins on 1 June.

The council needs to save £315m by April 2018 as a result of unprecedented central government funding cuts, at the same time as costs and demand for services continue to rise. The new policy will help to reduce the estimated £750,000 annual cost of dealing with 'inert' waste such as soil, rubble, ceramics such as toilets and sinks, and plasterboard.

County Councillor Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection and waste, said: "Our HWRCs are primarily for people to recycle and dispose of normal household waste free of charge, which is a statutory duty for all waste disposal authorities.

"However, our current service also allows unlimited free disposal of wastes which include rubble, soil and plasterboard, amongst others, which isn't a statutory duty. This is proving very expensive for the council to deal with, and unfortunately something we can't continue to do in the present financial climate. Many other councils already charge for or place limits on this type of waste.

"The new permit system will encourage people to be responsible by allowing for free disposal of a reasonable amount of this waste, allowing completion of small scale DIY projects without charge.

"At the same time, it provides flexibility for those who want the convenience of depositing this waste without a permit or taking more than the limited free amount, but they will need to pay for this service. However, other options such as skip hire will provide better value for money for people engaged in larger household projects.

"Your permit will be valid until 31 December 2015, and then residents will be entitled to renew their permit for another 12 months. So if you know you will want to dispose of construction and demolition waste in the coming months, please think about applying for your permit now so you've got it when you need it."

If you want to dispose of waste on or shortly after 1 June please allow two weeks for your request to be processed and your permit to arrive.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Costain: Caton Road to close at M6 weekend 10 - 12 April. Big Crane lifts scheduled to follow.

Drivers using junction 34 of the M6 in Lancaster are being advised of changes to the road layout and traffic light signals sequencing as part of ongoing works for the Heysham to M6 Link Road.

From 8pm on Friday 10 April to 8pm on Sunday 12 April a section of Caton Road (A683) engineers will close the road between the M6 sliproads north and south, located either side of the M6. This is to enable works on the Heysham to M6 Link Road to continue directly under the M6 motorway bridge.

Alternative Routes
Although diversion signs will be erected, it's important drivers familiarise themselves with alternative routes, and plan their journeys ahead.
See Google map.

Motorway traffic
Motorway traffic will be diverted to the next junction depending on the direction drivers wish to travel on the M6.
For example; Traffic from north Lancaster and Morecambe wishing to go south on the M6 should go north to junction 35 at Carnforth and then turn onto the M6 South.  Traffic from Caton wishing to travel north on the M6 can either go via Halton to Carnforth (junction 35)  or head in the opposite direction via Quernmore initially before re-joining the M6 at junction 33 near Galgate.

Northbound traffic from Lancaster and southbound traffic from Caton should use the sliproads as normal.

Non-Motorway Traffic
Non-motorway traffic such as tractors, scooters, and learner drivers must use Low Road and Halton Road from the Crook O’Lune. Lancaster traffic bound for Caton will need to use the A6 (Slyne Road), then turn at the Skerton Triangle to Halton Road and Low Road.

During the weekend closure of Caton Road (A683), Costain will also complete service diversion works (duct crossing) across Caton Road near the Holiday Inn entrance. This work was suspended during February half-term due to increased levels of disruption caused to traffic.

Costain’s Project Director, Andrew Langley, said: “Our engineers have rescheduled this work to a time when Caton Road will be as quiet as possible. This was the plan in February half-term, but we listened to drivers complaints and suspended the works.

The work is critical to remain on schedule in this location. We will need to use traffic light signals to control the traffic heading to and from the northbound sliproads of junction 34 on Caton Road at the same time as Caton Road being closed to through traffic under the motorway bridge.” 

The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website

Big Crane show to follow
On Monday 13 April a 1200 tonne capacity mobile crane, the Gottwald AK680-3, is due to arrive on site to be rigged over three days using 160t mobile crane (Liebherr LTM1160-5.1).

Currently the UK's largest mobile crane, the Gottwald AK680-3 has a boom that can raise a 100 tonne weight (equivalent of a Boeing 757) to a radius of 100m.  

The installation of north span beams including secondary girders will take place between Thursday 16 and Friday 27 April (inclusive). Rigged with a 89 metre main boom, 43 metre back mast and almost 600 tonnes of counterweight, the AK680 will move over 2300 tonnes of steel bridge sections each ranging from 160 to 360 tonnes.

Members of the public will be able to watch the operations from the safety of the Lune Cycleway situated on the south bank of the River Lune. There is only pedestrian access to the area; the nearest parking facility is located at Denny Beck, off Caton Road (A683). Alternatively, here are some nice pictures of a model one on YouTube.

The crane is owned and operated by the UK arm of Belgium based transport and heavy lifting specialist Sarens. The unit travels and works all over the world and has been on contracts as far afield as Thailand and Argentina.

Police warn to look out for dangerous murderer on the run

Police are urgently appealing for assistance in locating a convicted murderer who is wanted for emergency recall to prison, after he breached his release licence.

If they see him, people are asked not to approach him, as he is considered dangerous. but instead to call the police immediately on 999.

Mrs Maureen Comfort
murdered by Kerr
Kerr (53) was jailed for life along with co-defendant Christopher Moody, for the murder of a female friend, Mrs Maureen Comfort (43). The murder, by strangulation, took place in December 1995 after which her body was hidden in a cupboard in her flat in Leeds. She was not discovered until several several weeks later, when relatives became concerned that they had not heard from her for a while.

Kerr was arrested but for some reason was granted bail, which he skipped and went on the run for three years until his eventual rearrest. He was sentenced to life imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court on 26 June 1998, and released on licence on 23 January 2015.

The National Offender Management Service contacted North Yorkshire Police for assistance after Kerr absconded from approved premises, a halfway house in Hull.

His current whereabouts are not known, however he is known to have links to the Humberside, West Yorkshire and London areas. Officers are currently conducting extensive enquiries to locate him as a matter of urgency.

Two photographs of Kerr have been circulated to the press and published on social media.

Detective Inspector Eamonn Clarke, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “To assist our already extensive efforts to trace William Kerr, I am urging people to keep an eye out for the man in the photographs.

“We ask that you do not approach Kerr, as he is considered dangerous. You should contact the police straight away on 999 and officers will be despatched to arrest him or investigate the sighting.”

DI Clarke is also appealing directly to Kerr: “William, you know you have breached your licence conditions, and by continuing to do so you are only making things worse. It is now time to do the right thing and hand yourself in to the police.”

If you have seen William Kerr or have information about his current whereabouts, please dial 999 and pass details to North Yorkshire Police stating the “William Kerr appeal”.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting North Yorkshire Police reference number 12150049525 and say it is “urgent”.

Stalls from just £16pw at the Assembly Rooms Market

The Assembly Rooms Market in Lancaster is on the look-out for new stallholders who can introduce something exclusive to the mix of interesting and unique items on sale in this beautiful 18th Century building.

With space available to let from just £16 per week, anyone wanting to fill a gap in the market with a commodity not already represented in the market or commonly found on the high street should get in touch as soon as possible.

The market can found on King Street - Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4.30pm and Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm (except for Bank Holidays) and you can find the full list and descriptions of stalls currently trading at

Free Easter treats this Saturday!
This Easter Saturday visitors to the market are in for an eggstra-special treat as Traders will be handing out free mini-eggs to all customers with full-sized Easter eggs for every 25th visitor through the door!

Built in 1759, the Assembly Rooms on King Street provided a venue for balls and concerts for Lancaster’s elite to raise money to support the adjoining Almshouses.

New Cafe 
Today the Assembly Rooms provides the perfect venue for a trading hall selling  bespoke arts and crafts, period, vintage and retro clothing and accessories, antiques, collectables and curiosities.  The building also houses a new café selling home-cooked meals and snacks and a range of gluten free and vegan treats to a growing customer base.

Trader Fiona Gordon, who sells books, jigsaws, games and greetings cards, said: “The historic Assembly Rooms Market offers local small businesses a great opportunity to make themselves known by showcasing their goods or skills in a warm and friendly trading environment.

“Assembly Room stallholders are immensely passionate about what they offer their customers and if we don’t stock exactly what you want, we will do our very best to source it or make it for you.

I would encourage anyone considering joining us to come and have a look at the place and if you make yourself known to us we will be more than happy to have a chat with you about trading at the Assembly Rooms – and the kettle is always on for a brew.”

Register an interest
To register an interest in adding something special to the treasure trove of items currently sold in the market complete the online form at

For more information visit, check out the Assembly Rooms Market facebook page or contact the Lancaster City Council markets team on 01524 414251.

Dock of the Bay 2015 Festival rolls into Glasson Dock this Easter Saturday

This Saturday 4 April sees the fabulous 6th annual Dock of the Bay Festival roll its way into Shabby Meadow, Glasson Dock and Glasson Dock Village Hall  from noon 'til midnight.

So leave your home and you won't be wastin' time and you can't be lonesome (see what I did there?) and you're likely to be dancin' as well as sittin' - the festival features an impressive packed line-up on the fabulous Melodrome Stage in the meadow where you'll also find the tasty Sound Bites Cafe.
The weather forecast for the afternoon and evening is calm sailing and fair weather,  hurray!

Here's the impressive line-up:

The Melodrome Stage on Shabby Meadow
12pm. 78's on the gramophone
12.30. YourDad
1.05. The Situates
1.30. Joe Haslam
1.45. Charlie Parker Tribute
2.25. Lucky Red Wig
2.50. Richard Davenport
3.00. Greenheart
3.30. Alan Whittaker
3.40. Chat show with Lionel Spume and Sir Gideon Vain
4.10. Carmel and the Devil
4.40. Möbius Loop
5.15. Miniking
5.50. Emma and the Professor
6.20. Guns of Navarone assemble for the 61 gun salute to sister Ignatius

Village Hall Stage
7.00. Guns of Navarone 61 gun salute finale
7.30. James Atkin (former EMF frontman)
8.25. Get Carter
9.15. Captain Hotknives
10.05. Dohnut
11.05. Baksheesh

The suggested entry donation is £5 but nobody will think you aren't cool if you put more in :-)
For more info visit the Dock of the Bay on facebook or Tel 0845 330 7565

Ends piece with harmonic whistling uncannily like Otis Redding - all together now: 'peep PEEP peep peep-peep.....'

Monday, 30 March 2015

Lancaster astronomer works with NASA

Observations of Jupiter made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are being analysed by Dr Sarah Badman at Lancaster University.

Dr Badman, from the Department of Physics, is a Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellow and led the observations made by Hubble.

In January 2014, Jupiter was observed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope as well as the new Hisaki space satellite telescope operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).  

The observations by the Hisaki and Hubble successfully captured explosions of Jupiter’s extreme ultraviolet emission (EUV) aurora during periods when the solar wind (the constant stream of charged particles travelling away from the Sun) was very quiet.

These explosions are interpreted as the ‘internally-driven’ type aurora, which is associated with the rotation and magnetic field of Jupiter rather than the solar wind.

Dr Sarah Badman
Dr Badman is the co-author on research published in Geophysical Research Letters together with Dr Tomoki Kimura, Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

“The brilliant auroral display seen on Earth during the St Patrick’s Day storm was caused by a cloud of energetic particles and strong magnetic field arriving from the Sun," she said. "These new observations show that bright bursts of aurora can occur at Jupiter without the same input from the Sun.”

JAXA’s new space telescope on the Hisaki satellite found bright explosions of Jupiter’s aurora likely driven by the giant planet’s rapid rotation and strong magnetic field. The Hisaki satellite recorded the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emissions from Jupiter for a long period coordinated with observations by the Hubble Space Telescope in January 2014. Dr Kimura found an explosion of EUV aurora at Jupiter’s northern pole during a period of quiet solar wind.

Jupiter has a much stronger magnetic field than Earth’s. Jupiter’s moon Io, which has the most active volcanoes in our solar system, emits one ton of volcanic gas per second into Jupiter’s magnetosphere. The ionized volcanic gas is picked up by Jupiter’s strong magnetic field and starts rapid co-rotation.

• View a gallery of Hubble Jupiter images on the telescope's official site: