A Reunion Tour, Great Opportunities and a Wee Bit of Rebellion!!

Friday again and welcome back to our Blog.  You’ll probably have noticed we have revamped our look for you, so hopefully you like it.  We have also updated our Facebook Page to the new Timeline, so make sure you visit the site and have a look.  Let’s get on with this week’s news.

First this week a few opportunities for our readers.  Bernadette from TwoFour has been in touch again about their new show.  BBC Three are looking for entrepreneurs now!  Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks, has up to £1 million that he is making available to entrepreneurs with brilliant business ideas.  He wants to give the next generation of Great British entrepreneurs a helping hand in getting started.  The application process is open for a limited time (only until the 8th of April) so if you’ve got a great business idea apply asap!  Just visit the BBC site.  Remember to take part in this exciting new BBC Three TV series, you need to be over 18 and have either started a small business or have a great idea.  Follow the show on Twitter ID: @BYOBoss_BBC3 or on their Facebook Page.

Our next opportunities are from Cara Clark, from Popcorn Horror.  Popcorn Horror is a small company based in Glasgow who aim to showcase and support independent horror film-makers. They are always looking for original short films to showcase on their mobile phone app (Android and iOS) and pay £200 for any film that they feature. These films can be live action, animation, stop motion, or any other genre within horror. Any inquiries or film submissions can be sent to cara@popcornhorror.com.  So if you are a budding horror director, get filming and send it to Cara.

Popcorn Horror are also currently running a ‘Movie Monster Makeup Event’.   They are asking people to create monster makeup (either of their favourite character or something they have created themselves).  Think zombies, gore, anything a bit spooky!  The winner of this contest would have a custom version of their makeup design printed on a glossy poster, be sent a copy of this poster and keep 100% of any profits it makes being sold in our store.  This is definitely worth a try!!  Both aspects of the project really do give students an opportunity to get involved in a really exciting local project.  Visit the Popcorn Horror site for more information.

Now for something a little bit new ….. a short piece by one of our students, Stuart Wilson, who is currently in his first year of the HND Music Business course.

“I started Stow College in August after deciding to learn about something I was passionate about instead of doing dead end jobs for the rest of my life.  I have always loved music and been interested in bands and artists from the 50’s/60’s right through until present day music.

The course is going great and as part of our end of year graded unit project we are asked to come up with a business plan either to be used hypothetically or one we can put into action.  As artist management is something that interests me for the future I thought why not start it now instead of waiting until I leave college.  So I started ‘Rebellion Music’ and put an advert on Gumtree asking for artists or bands who are looking for a manager to get in touch.  I was honest and said I had no experience or many contacts but I’m willing to work hard and it would be beneficial for them and me.  I received a lot of responses and finally met up with a Glasgow singer/songwriter called Cami who was looking for a manager.  She has been in a band before but decided to go solo and we both decided we could help each other gain experience and great contacts in the industry and around Glasgow.  Her single ‘Super Hero’ is being released this year.

I have a website –  www.rebellionmusic.co.uk – and a Facebook and Twitter account which details upcoming gigs and releases from Cami.  Although its just the start of Rebellion Music I’m very excited about the future and potential it has with some hard work and dedication.”

Thanks to Stuart for being our first student contributor to our blog.  We hope to make this a regular occurrence so if you or someone you know is a student at Stow and would like to tell us about their time with us and how it is helping them, then please get in touch, just email Tracey Borland with your details and we’ll make arrangements for you to write a paragraph or two.

Also this week, Graeme Wilmington, who is the guitarist/songwriter of the band Close Lobsters and a lecturer here at Stow College (he teaches on our Sound Production courses) within our Creative Industries faculty has passed on some great news.  Close Lobsters, who released their first album in 1987, will reunite for the first time since 1989 for a very brief “People of Europe Rise Up Tour” during the spring and summer.

During their 1985 to 1989 run, the Close Lobsters put out a number of singles and two albums, 1987′s ‘Foxheads Stalk This Land’ and 1989′s ‘Headache Rhetoric’. In 2009, the group released a best-of set called ‘Forever, Until Victory! The Singles Collection’, featuring, among other standouts, “Firestation Towers,” the group’s inclusion on the C86 tape.

Graeme has let us know that Close Lobsters headlined the Madrid Popfest, which was on the 10th of March and in the following months the band will be playing Glasgow, Hamburg and Berlin before moving over to the USA for some gigs in the late Summer/Fall.  If you would like to hear some of Close Lobsters music then visit the Madrid Popfest website or see an official video of their 19987 hit ‘Never Seen Before’ on YouTube.

Next, we have a wee update from John Briody about the food service over the Easter holidays, something that isn’t too far away now.  Easter is fast approaching and we are planning a service provision for those staff members and students who may be working part of or all through the Easter break.  Please see below for opening times for the service areas we plan to operate.

  • Market/ Week Commencing 02 April – The Market will be open 10.00 am until 2.00 pm each day of this week.
  • Market/ Week Commencing 09 April – The Market will be open 10.00 am until 2.00 pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.
  • Food on Five  –  Food on Five will be open for breakfast and lunch to order both Week Commencing 02 April and 09 April with 09 April again being Wednesday Thursday and Friday.
  • Stow West – Stow West will be closed during the Easter Break.

Lastly for this week an extremely serious update from Chris Greenshields, he has told us that the Stow Quiz Team consisting of Learner Services staff and some waifs and strays from Management and the Hub came 3rd out of more than ten teams on Tuesday (13th March) night in the Quiz at the Admiral Bar!  Named the Stowters the team lost out by 1.5 points.  The question which killed them was who used to say “dagnabit”!  It was a great showing though as our team beat the teams from the former Nautical College and The Met!  If anyone fancies coming along to the next quiz on a Tuesday at 6 p.m. then be sure to let Chris in Learner Services know.

Well that’s us this week, hope you enjoyed the new look Blog and will be back to see us again next week.