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.

A Bronze Award, A Farcical Production and Marathon Run!!

Friday already and time for our weekly blog, we have a few stories and photos for you this time, so enjoy the read.

First this week is a big Congratulations to the Stow College Marketing Department, who won the Bronze Award in the Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Scottish Colleges Marketing Awards.  The Marketing Awards and Annual Conference, which was held on the 23rd of February in the Royal Hotel, was a celebration of the excellent marketing practice in Scotland’s colleges and colleges from across Scotland were recognised for their hard work in a number of categories.  For a full list of categories and the winners, visit the Scotland’s Colleges website and well done again to our Marketing Team.

Now for some Creative Industries updates.  On Thursday the 16th of February, several of our NC, HN1 and HN2 Sound Production students visited the BBC studios in Pacific Quay at the invitation of the Audio Engineering Society (Scotland branch).  The evening included talks on the technical aspects of the move from Queen Margaret Drive, their sound desk and communications systems, followed by a tour of the studio facilities.  The highlight (for students and staff) was the tour of the studios and control rooms. The talks were quite intensive, and although sometimes struggling to understand the content, the students appreciated the information, found it interesting, and gained an insight into possible career opportunities.

Also David Hughes has let us know that our TV production Learners, who have been working, under the supervision of Stella Tobia and Fiona McEwan, with the GFT to record many of the interviews and events that occur during the Glasgow Film Festival.  The link below takes you to the Festival site where many of the short video clips  -typically 3 minutes are posted.  These are interviews with Directors etc. discussing their films.  These clips are a sample of some of the completed work of out Learners and demonstrate the standard to which they are working.

If you want to see some of the work from our Learners then have a look at the GFF website: 6th down – Decoy Bride, 7th Down – Cloudburst and 12th  down – The Monk.  Given that this goes out to an International audience it is tremendous marketing for the College.

Next a performance, Stow College’s Stowaways are set to have audiences laughing in their seats with their version of a classic comic farce when the theatre group take on their biggest show yet, the 1982 classic British comedy Noises Off.  Dave, who directs the show, said: “Noises Off is a big production, it requires a massive set which revolves as it is a play within a play”, however the technical theatre students took on that challenge.  The small cast of nine will portray the tangled relationships at the fictional drama group and the farce that follows.  Claire Grant, Brian Farrell, Phillip Toop, Jacqueline McDade, Erin Elkin, Nicky Gibb, Laura-Catherine Woods, Noel Boyd and Matthew Topping will debut the show at Rutherglen Town Hall on Wednesday, February 29.  Curtain up at 7.30pm, tickets priced £9/£6.50 concession. To buy tickets call the theatre box office on 0141 613 5700.

The last two pieces of Creative Industries news come from Mark Baillie.  We are pleased to announce that we will renew the partnership established last year between Stow College and Material, the Marketing company behind T in the Park. This will involve a Music Business 2nd-tear student assuming responsibility for various aspects of the annual T-break project, including marketing, social networking, liasing with press and radio contacts, and acting as artist liaison on-site at T in the Park. The following interview between George Kyle of Tennent’s and Geoff Ellis of DF concerts makes reference to the partnership – Interview Link.

Also Electric Honey South by SouthWest hopefuls Woodenbox will play a special fundraiser in King Tuts on March the 9th, the eve of their US tour.  Electric Honey would like to wish them, and label mates French Wives, who have also garnered a prestigious festival slot, every success in capitalising on this tremendous opportunity.

Related to the same faculty, but on different track, we have a man with a mission – Mr Douglas McIntyre.  Douglas is attempting to run the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for Down’s Syndrome Scotland. This year DSS celebrates 30 years of working to improve the quality of life for everyone with Down’s syndrome and their families. Douglas has never run a marathon before, and assumes it’s a mid-life crisis on turning 50!  The training is a slog, but he is determined to make it, and he promises to give us a picture of him crossing the finishing line.  Douglas’s 8 year old daughter Matilda has Down’s syndrome and is an inspiration to the family and everyone who meets her.  DSS has been an invaluable source of support and information, so this is a cause close to his heart and any donation would be greatly appreciated.

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Next …… Douglas Thomson has passed on the following piece of news.  On Wednesday 25th January an enthusiastic group of S3 girls from Notre Dame High received an award for successfully completing a “French for Work” unit last term. The girls produced original websites using Dream-weaver. The initiative was another successful interdisciplinary partnership between Glasgow City Council, Stow College and Celtic Learning Centre. The participants were presented with a certificate by Celtic player Dylan McGeouch in the Number 7 restaurant.  If you are interested in seeing some of the work produced, you can see it by visiting the website.  Well done girls!!

That’s just about us again for the week, but before we go Ken McCluskey has been telling us about a gig he played with his brother at the CCA on Saturday the 25th of February.  The gig was organised by another member of the Stow staff, Ishbel Murray, from Stow West for a Ceol’s craic.  The event saw popular Scottish musician Alasdair Roberts launch his new album and folk duo The McCluskey Brothers, both founding members of the chart-topping Scottish eighties guitar band The Bluebells, brought their brand of jangly folk music to the busy evening programme.

Well we are finished for now, but make sure you come back again next Friday for more updates.