Saturday, 30 January 2010

Institute for Global Ethics. UK Trust- WIN A TRIP TO SWEDEN


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World Summit Competition

IGE are currently launching a competition to take 6 young people to the World Summit on Media for Children and Youth, June 14-18 2010 to represent the UK and create a Global Youth Media Declaration. Contact Umi Warsan for more information.

Download the application form and terms and conditions here.
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Friday, 29 January 2010

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play Royal & Derngate Northampton

There will be 30 tickets available for each concert this season as part of our free ticket intiative for under 26s. Click here to find out more!

Sarah Beth Briggs

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Ravel Boléro

Buy Tickets Sun 07 Feb
Venue: Derngate

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain
Barber Adagio for Strings
Grieg Piano Concerto
Khachaturian Sabre Dance
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Ravel Boléro

Conductor John Rigby
Piano Sarah Beth Briggs

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor John Rigby present a concert featuring some of the most popular works from the classical repertoire. Samuel Barber’s exquisite string quartet Adagio has become better known in this version for full string orchestra, and is familiar to cinema audiences as the soundtrack to the films The Elephant Man and Platoon. Grieg’s ever-popular Piano Concerto retains all of its power to thrill and entertain. The concert ends with two contrasting evocations of Spain: Rimsky-Korsakov’s set of glittering regional portraits, and Ravel’s celebrated Boléro, a rhythmically obsessed crescendo for orchestra whose minimalist structure is so unusual that Ravel thought orchestras would refuse to play it!


Tickets from £14



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Band of HM Royal Marines

Band HM Marines

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Buy Tickets Sat 06 Feb
Venue: Derngate

The Royal Marines Band Service is world renowned for the quality of its music, visual splendour and meticulous attention to detail on parade. In a special one off performance, a ‘Concert for Charlie’, The Band of Her Majesty’s Marines Collingwood will play at Royal & Derngate on Sat 6 February.

A musical extravaganza which will delight music lovers of all ages the Band embraces all kinds of music and visual spectacle. The Corps of Drums bring movement, colour and a flavour of the Ceremonial and State occasions of which the Royal Marines Bands are such an integral part. The repertoire includes stirring martial music, popular classics, music of the Big Band era, exciting contemporary works and solo features which all combine to produce performances that are entertaining, engaging and a feast for the senses.

Director of Music, Major J Burcham and Warrant Officer 2 Bandmaster Ashley Williams will present a truly unforgettable evening of entertainment.


£18 £16

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Carers Direct is a free national service.Offering information, advice and support for people like you who care for someone else.
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  •  Carers blog and forum

If you care for a relative or loved one it's important to take 
care of yourself, 
and to have support. Anne Roberts of the charity 
Crossroads explains the help that's available.

Julie became a full-time carer when her husband and her mum were 
both diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. She describes 
how this affects her own health and her social life, and where she found help young carers talk about the reality of going to school 
and caring for their parents, and the support they've 
had from the Young Carers projects 

Becoming a full-time carer can be particularly difficult 
for men as it has traditionally been seen as a woman's role.
Two men talk about their own experiences as carers.

Mohammed is 18 and looks after his ill mother and younger siblings. 
He talks about the support and help available, 
including benefit advisers, respite care and support groups.

Call free on o808 802 02 02*
or go to

 * Calls are free from all UK landlines. The cost of calls from mobiles may vary. you may be charged a minimum cost per call. Lines open 8am-9pm Monday- Friday and 11am- 4pm on weekends and bank holidays.

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Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter or, less frequently, in the summer, spring or autumn, repeatedly, year after year. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), SAD is not a unique mood disorder, but is "a specifier of major depression".


SAD affects most people in the winter


Symptoms of SAD may consist of: difficulty waking up in the morning, tendency to oversleep as well as to overeat, and especially a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain. Other symptoms include a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating on completing tasks, and withdrawal from friends, family, and social activities. All of this leads to the depression, pessimism, and lack of pleasure which characterize a person suffering from this disorder.

A simple cure is to have 
artificial light boxes near where your are daily.

Well if you answered yes to some of the above, your not alone there.
In the UK, about one in 50 people has SAD. The condition affects twice as many women than men. SAD can affect people of any age, but it is most common in those who are between 18-30 years of age.

Like any type of depression, SAD can be a difficult condition to live with. Symptoms can leave you feeling tired, lethargic, stressed and unhappy. However, there are a number of treatments and medications available that have proven to be very effective in treating SAD.

for further details

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

BLOK PARTY - Promote your venue with BUBBLEE MEDIA clips

Promote your club, bar or restaurant!!!!......The Champagne Bubblee TV production Crew offer other services such as short promotional clips for use on websites and Social Networks as well as Photography for your night/event. Please email for further details..... Contact us for details



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Northampton Carnival 2010

  Northampton carnival team are now accepting single people, groups and communities to registar
their interest in carnival 2010. Please feel free by going to the carnival website and filling the online forms to take part as a trader on the park, performer on stage, parade as a troupe or float or if you want to sponsor the event.          

For further details at

Get involved in this years Northampton carnival

About the Northampton Carnival 

Look back to last years carnival.13 June 2009.
" Sole of the people"Raising money for good causes.
This was at the start before the parade hit the town centre.

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Monday, 25 January 2010


Every year in "Race For Life",  people run, jog or walk it doesn't 
 matter what. 
So get sponsored for this years event ! 

 Race for life website

Wed 09 June 2010
Event details 
Wed 09 June 2010
  Event details  

Together we will beat cancer
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 Inspiration FM Radio are 
looking for talented writers 
for a radio drama series of  plays.
The members in our Northampton community include 

2001 Census
White British 92%
White Other 1.8%
White Irish 1.3%
Indian 1.3%
Black Caribbean 0.8%
Mixed White and Black 0.6%
African and other Black 0.4%
Bangladeshi 0.4%
Mixed White and Asian 0.3%
Chinese 0.3%
Other Mixed 0.2%
Pakistani 0.2%
Other Ethnic Group 0.2%
Other Asian 0.1%

So any drama could involve these people in your stories.

  • Drama will be 5 minutes minimum in length
  • To a maximum of 30 minutes in length
  • Can be only one episode
  • Multiple episodes also welcome
  • To entertain
  • To inform
  • To educate 
  • To stimulate the mind
  • Create conversation
Please note: Radio Drama's do not have to be a soap, they can be a series of drama's. 
Drama projects can be 
from school students and drama societies , or writing

Individual writers welcome too, so get your thinking caps on everyone.

About "The Archers" 

about "Silver Street".

Example of  radio dramas "Archers" BBC Radio 4 drama

Example of radio dramas, "Silver Street" on BBC Asian Network

 BBC Website says:

"Silver Street: daily urban soap

Silver Street 2004-2010. Thank you to all of the listeners
who have enjoyed Silver Street for nearly 6 years. 
Sadly the drama and podcast came to an end on 28th March
2010 but we hope the characters will live on in your memories forever."

Tim doing a workshop at LBC

Tim Crook 

"Most radio drama is very badly written. Radio drama is an endangered species. It has never taken a hold of mainstream programming on commercial radio in the UK. It used to be the mainstream in the States and Australia but lost out to TV in the middle to late fifties." 

Radio Dramas 
Inspiration FM Community Radio
20 Sheep Street

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, Minister of State for Transport

Image: Sadiq Khan MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport.


Sadiq Khan has been appointed as the Minister of State for Transport on 8 June 2009.
This follows his tenures as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and as a Minister in the Government Whip's Office where he had special responsibility for managing Ministry of Justice legislation. Previously he was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Honourable Jack Straw MP, who was then Leader of the House of Commons. Sadiq was a member of the prestigious Public Accounts Select Committee between 2005 and 2007.
Sadiq was a Human Rights solicitor before entering parliament. He also co-founded a Human Rights firm and was chair of Liberty (NCCL) for many years. He was also a visiting lecturer at University of North London and London Metropolitan University, and is a former governor of South Thames FE College.
Sadiq is a Governor of two primary schools including the one he attended as a child (since 1993) and the country's first purpose built Islamic ethos primary school (since 2004).
Sadiq was a Councillor for Tooting ward in the London Borough of Wandsworth from 1994 until 2006 and was made an honorary Alderman in 2006.
Sadiq was born in St George's Hospital in Tooting in 1970.
Sadiq is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club and Surrey County Cricket Club respectively.
Mr Khan is married and has two daughters.


  • Leading on transport business in the Commons
  • City and Regional networks, including London and Crossrail
  • Environment and climate change
  • Europe

Bus Tour

Speeches and statements

Transport Minister carries out a mystery traveller bus tour to better understand the standard of bus services passengers are receiving.

Transport Minister Sadiq Khan wants to better understand the needs of bus passengers through first hand experience and see for himself what standard of service they are receiving across the regions. He decided to carry out his own personal mystery traveller bus tour. This video details the findings and experience of the bus tour.

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Saturday, 23 January 2010



Now Think of the best things in life:

1. Falling in love.

2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.

3. A hot shower.

4. A Car park with plenty of space to park.

5. A special glance.

6. Getting mail.

7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.

8.Inspiration FM Radio coming back this summer.

9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

10. Hot towels out of the dryer.

11. Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half price.

12. Inspiration FM Radio coming back this summer.

13. A long distance phone call.

14. A bubble bath.

15. Giggling.

16. A good conversation.

17. The beach.

18. Finding a £20 in your coat from last winter.

19. Laughing at yourself.

20. DJ on IFM Radio playing your tune.

21. Running through sprinklers.

22. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

23. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.

24. Laughing at an inside joke.

25. Friends.

26. Falling in love for the first time.

27. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.

28. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

29. Your first kiss.

30. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

31. Playing with a new puppy.

32. Late night talks with your roommate that keep you from sleeping.

33. Having someone play with your hair.

34. Sweet dreams.

35. Hot chocolate.

36. Road trips with friends.

37. Swinging on swings.

38. Watching a good movie cuddled up on a couch with someone you love.

39. Wrapping presents to put under
the Christmas tree .

40. Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can sing along without feeling stupid.

41. Going to a really good concert.

42. Getting butterflies in your stomach every time you see that one person.

43. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.

44. Winning a really competitive game.

45. Making chocolate chip cookies!

46. Having your mum cook you some of her good food!

47. Spending time with close friends!

48. Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from your friends.

49. Holding hands with someone you care about.

50. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

51. Discovering that love is unconditional and stronger than time.

52. Riding the best roller coasters over and over.

53. Hugging the person you love.

54. Watching the expression someone's face as they open a much-desired present from you.

55. Watching the sunrise.

56. Getting out of bed every morning and thanking God for another beautiful day.

57. Having friends you know you can cry on or talk to about your deepest problems

58. Opening that coffee jar for the first time and popping the foil top.

59. Holding that new born baby in your arms, ah!

60. Inspiration FM radio broadcasting your favourite tune.

Yes Inspiration FM Radio is coming back this summer, and yes , we are all the above !

About Inspiration FM Radio:

Since 1996 Inspiration FM have completed 15 Restricted Service licences (RSL). These broadcasts have developed into a popular, successful and well loved multicultural radio venture. The organisation was set up by community volunteers with support and funding from the Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council.

Our community programmes:

Asian Community
The Asian Music Mix with Paul Gera
The Asian Selection with The Spice Boys

African Community
Somali Sounds

Irish Community
The Irish Folk Show

Greek Community
The Mediterranean Mix with DJ Aggie & DJ Mario

Inspiration FM has unique radio programmes that have won awards. The Greek
show on Inspiration FM is the only Greek show on radio outside of London. The show
was featured in Greek magazines/Newspapers.

Polish Community
The Polish Show

The wide variety of music played on Inspiration FM will never be heard on any other
local stations.
Niche music radio shows for music lovers and dancers bringing back memories of
revival classics tunes played at clubs and pubs by the DJ’s of that time.

Styles of Music to played on the station. Chart, Dance, Rnb, Classics Sounds,
Reggae, Gospel 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s right up to date. Traditional Asian/Punjabi African
Mixtures/African Caribbean/ Northern Soul/ Jazz// Drum & Bass/ House/ Garage/Soca
, Rnb/ Bhangra/ Hip Hop/ Dancehall/ambient/Local Bands & Music/Country/Rock,

Inspiration FM Radio

Inspiration FM is supported by, Northampton Borough Council
Sonic 5
JCA Public Relations
BBC Radio Northampton 104.2 & 103.6 FM
Martin Ariel & Jared
The National Lottery
Northamptonshire County Council
West Northamptonshire Development Corporation

Supported by Northampton Borough Council, Sonic 5, JCA Public Relations, BBC Radio Northampton 104.2 & 103.6 FM, Msaada, Martin Ariel & Jared, The National Lottery, Northamptonshire County Council, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation
The National Lottery Northamptonshire County Council West Northamptonshire Development Corporation

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Lee Mack

Lee Mack

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Buy Tickets Thu 04 Feb
Venue: Derngate

BAFTA-winning stand-up Lee Mack, writer and star of BBC One’s hugely popular primetime sitcom Not Going Out, is coming to Royal & Derngate.

With his trademark razor-sharp wit Lee’s critically acclaimed style of comedy will have you laughing your socks off! Don’t miss the legendary stand-up comedian as he takes to the road in his brand new tour.






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The Imagined Village

The Imagined Village

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Buy Tickets Sat 30 Jan
Venue: Derngate

With an outstanding cast including Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy and Chris Wood, and backed by a band featuring Simon Emmerson, Johnny Kalsi, Ali Friend, Andy Gangadeen, Simon Richmond, Sheema Mukherjee and Barney Morse Brown.

Fusing together an eclectic combination of traditional music, electronica, fiddles and brilliant voices, this concert will honour the past of traditional music, while giving it a breathtaking update. Full of confidence, The Imagined Village is a sensational project that will no doubt be one of the highlights of your musical calendar.



£21 £19

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Screaming Blue Murder

Screaming Blue Murder

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Buy Tickets Thu 28 Jan
Venue: Underground

Royal & Derngate's Comedy Club returns for another season of laughs on our Underground stage. See some of the best new comedy acts around and laugh your socks off!

Line up to be announced

Doors 7.45pm
Show 8.15pm

£11 in advance
£12 on the door


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The Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

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The Pirates of Penzance

Buy Tickets Mon 25 Jan - Sat 30 Jan
Venue: Royal

The Northampton Gilbert and Sullivan Group are delighted to return to the Royal auditorium with their latest production.

Following the success of HMS Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan began working on their new collaboration. The Pirates of Penzance was an immediate hit and takes its place today as one of the most popular and enduring works of musical theatre; a firm favourite with both performers and audience alike.

Once again Gilbert's topsy turvey world cannot fail to delight and Sullivan's music is one of the highest standard. It is a tale of inept pirates and policeman together with all our favourite stereotypes - the elderly contralto, the handsome tenor and, of course, the Major-General with his bevy of beautiful daughters.

Swashbuckling fun for the whole family!

Eves 7.45pm, Sat Matinee 2.30pm

Mon Eve & Sat Matinee
£16.50 £15.50 £14.50

Tue & Wed Eve
£17.50 £16.50 £15.50

Thu - Sat Eve
£18.50 £17.50 £16.50

£2 off top price for u16, students, jobseekers and disabled patrons (Sat Mat Only)

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Friday, 22 January 2010

Boiler Scrappage Scheme UK

British Government’s new £50 million boiler scrappage scheme which has just been launched following the great success of the car scrappage scheme last year.

From the beginning of January up to 125,000 households in England with working “G-rated” boilers can apply for a voucher which will entitle them to £400 off the price of a new, modern “A-rated” boiler or a renewable heating system like a biomass boiler or a heat pump.

Not only will the new scheme bring huge benefits to the jobs market, by helping to sustain 130,000 installers, but will help save approximately £200 per year on family fuel bills and in the long run help climate change.

Householders and Landlords of privately let accommodation can find out more about the scheme and register for a voucher by calling the Energy Saving Trust’s advice line on 0800 512 012 or by logging on to

British Gas has now informed me that they are committed to matching the Government’s £400 voucher for customers who replace their boilers with a new energy efficient condensing boiler.

In addition they are is currently offering a year’s free Homecare 200 worth £204 and six free

thermostatic radiator valves worth £248. If you are interested in investigating their offer you can visit or call 0800 009 4450.

It is estimated that installing energy-efficient boilers can help customers improve their energy efficiency by up to 30%. Figures on the savings that can be made by installing energy-efficient boilers are available from the Energy Saving Trust:

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