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Environment
Uploaded at: 24 Jul 2008 01:20 EST Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, England, GB
Do we want cheap flights that leave us with extra spending money in our pockets, or beautiful country side and a thriving local national trust? 

The plans for a second runway at Stansted Airport begs the question: what does the community surrounding Stansted airport want? 

I myself am guilty of living on both sides of the fence. I have spent whole afternoons perusing low....
Do we want cheap flights that leave us with extra spending money in our pockets, or beautiful country side and a thriving local national trust? 

The plans for a second runway at Stansted Airport begs the question: what does the community surrounding Stansted airport want? 

I myself am guilty of living on both sides of the fence. I have spent whole afternoons perusing low cost air fair websites trying to fly to various destinations in Europe as cheaply as possible. I’ve then driven out to where I keep my horse, saddled up and enjoyed a beautiful, peaceful hack through Hatfield Forest marvelling at the beautifully preserved areas of the forest. It amazes me how easy it is to lead these double lives until something like this encourages you to look deeper.

Now that the public enquiry for Stanstead expansion has been submitted (21st July 2008) it is time to take stock and see where both parties battling this particular issue are heading. 

It looks to me like the SSE (Stop Stansted Expansion) is relentlessly raging it's war that started back in December 2005 when BAA unveiled plans for the Stansted Expansion. The project known as Stansted Generation 2 or 'G2' detailed savings of around £1 billion less than initially predicted. 

Mike Clasper, Chief Executive Officer of BAA, said “We’ve worked very hard in the last two years to ensure that Stansted G2 will deliver great value to the UK economy, to our airlines and to people using the airport. We’ve also examined in great detail the environmental impacts of the project, in order to ensure that they are reduced as far as possible."

These words sounded impressive - environmental issues had been considered. But that's not the view of SSE Campaign director Carol Barbone: "A second runway in any position would be an environmental catastrophe for which there is absolutely no economic justification." This too cannot be ignored, and over the last three years SSE have kept up the pressure. But it doesn’t look like the battle is going to be easily won, for either side.

So why should any of us care about the outcome at Stanstead? Well, modern day policies are encouraging us all to think about the environment. We recycle daily rubbish. We think before we use our cars for every little journey. These small actions show we care about our environment. But we now are faced with a crumbling economy and the cost of living is rocketing. A new runway may help lift our fiscal situation - generate income for the local area, and who can blame those who have little money as it is wanting to 'get away' for a short while. Life here's no picnic at the moment!

Unfortunately it’s not an easy decision to make - grow our local economy or ecosystem? Is there a way to get the balance right? For the moment, I'm reluctantly having to remain on the fence, but these are choices we are all going to have to take notice of, and action around. 

 

The World's First Urban Geopark

 
 
Uploaded at: 21 Jul 2008 10:54 EST Paignton, Devon, England, GB
With its successful bid for admission into the European and Global Geopark Network confirmed, the English Riviera is set to capitalise on this world-wide recognition. 

Now, as one of only six in the UK, and 53 around the world, the new Geopark status will have a dramatic effect across the local community, impacting positively on education, economic regeneration, European partnerships and Torbay’s widely acclaime....
With its successful bid for admission into the European and Global Geopark Network confirmed, the English Riviera is set to capitalise on this world-wide recognition. 

Now, as one of only six in the UK, and 53 around the world, the new Geopark status will have a dramatic effect across the local community, impacting positively on education, economic regeneration, European partnerships and Torbay’s widely acclaimed cultural and heritage sites. 

Enthusing about this prestigious accolade, Torbay Mayor Nick Bye said: “This is great news for Torbay and its beautiful and geologically rich landscape. I am truly delighted that our wonderful natural heritage has been recognised on a global level through gaining Geopark status and I pay credit to those who have achieved this accolade. 

“The array of international opportunities now open to the English Riviera is phenomenal and we must fully embrace them. Torbay is already promoted on a global level, but this new Geopark branding will undoubtedly enhance our tourist status amongst overseas travellers and those who love the environment even further.

 

WE WANT YOUR SHORTS!

 
 
Uploaded at: 21 Jul 2008 10:10 EST Paignton, Devon, England, GB
The team behind the first ever English Riviera International Comedy Film Festival, are calling for submissions for the inaugural Eat My Shorts comedy film competition, which is being held as part of the festival which takes place between Thursday 25th and Sunday 28th September. 

The rules couldn’t be any more straightforward. The films need to be short, and they need to be comedies. Ideally the films need t....
The team behind the first ever English Riviera International Comedy Film Festival, are calling for submissions for the inaugural Eat My Shorts comedy film competition, which is being held as part of the festival which takes place between Thursday 25th and Sunday 28th September. 

The rules couldn’t be any more straightforward. The films need to be short, and they need to be comedies. Ideally the films need to be up to 15 minutes long, although we will allow up to 30 minutes - if it is a work of comic genius. Entries must have been produced within the last twelve months and submitted on DVD in any regional format. Films in languages other than English require English subtitles. 

The deadline for entries is 15th September 2008. A panel of industry and comedy experts will grab their popcorn and watch all of the entries, whittling the witty creations down to the very best. These will then be screened in the Groovy Movie Solar Powered Cinema as part of the festival. 

Obviously, filmmakers will be entering the competition because they have a passion for the genre and not for any sort of financial reward – although as a bonus, you will be glad to learn that prizes will include cash, flights and a very quirky award to pop on your mantelpiece! There are three categories for entry based on age: 16 and under, 17 to 21, and 22 and over. 

For more information and to download entry forms for the Eat My Shorts competition, please visit www.icff.co.uk 

 

Murder She Wrote

 
 
Uploaded at: 21 Jul 2008 06:49 EST Paignton, Devon, England, GB
More murder, mystery and mayhem is being planned by some very devious minds on the English Riviera this year, with the fourth annual Agatha Christie Festival taking place between Monday 15th and Saturday 20th September. The undisputed Queen of Crime was born in Torquay in 1890 and the festival marks the anniversary of her birth on September 15. 

Highlights this year include a professional theatre production of â....
More murder, mystery and mayhem is being planned by some very devious minds on the English Riviera this year, with the fourth annual Agatha Christie Festival taking place between Monday 15th and Saturday 20th September. The undisputed Queen of Crime was born in Torquay in 1890 and the festival marks the anniversary of her birth on September 15. 

Highlights this year include a professional theatre production of ‘And Then There Were None,’ an open-air cinema screening of “Evil Under The Sun” in the stunning grounds of Oldway Mansion, a period tea dance in an opulent setting and a series of boat trips around the beautiful Devon coastline to the River Dart and then onto Greenway Estate, the former home of Agatha Christie. 

Other new events for 2008 include a ‘big read’-style event across the Bay, a murder mystery dinner and an exclusive talk by Agatha Christie’s grandson, Matthew Prichard. They will also be hosting a classic car treasure hunt on the Saturday of the festival, meaning the area will be full of stunning vintage cars and some very confused passengers. 

For the latest news, tickets and accommodation enquiries, keep visiting the Agatha Christie section of www.englishriviera.co.uk. It would be a crime not to. 

 

Cash v’s Conservation

 
Environment
Uploaded at: 24 Jul 2008 01:20 EST Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, England, GB
Do we want cheap flights that leave us with extra spending money in our pockets, or beautiful country side and a thriving local national trust? 

The plans for a second runway at Stansted Airport begs the question: what does the community surrounding Stansted airport want? 

I myself am guilty of living on both sides of the fence. I have spent whole afternoons perusing low cost air fair websites trying to fly to.......
Do we want cheap flights that leave us with extra spending money in our pockets, or beautiful country side and a thriving local national trust? 

The plans for a second runway at Stansted Airport begs the question: what does the community surrounding Stansted airport want? 

I myself am guilty of living on both sides of the fence. I have spent whole afternoons perusing low cost air fair websites trying to fly to various destinations in Europe as cheaply as possible. I’ve then driven out to where I keep my horse, saddled up and enjoyed a beautiful, peaceful hack through Hatfield Forest marvelling at the beautifully preserved areas of the forest. It amazes me how easy it is to lead these double lives until something like this encourages you to look deeper.

Now that the public enquiry for Stanstead expansion has been submitted (21st July 2008) it is time to take stock and see where both parties battling this particular issue are heading. 

It looks to me like the SSE (Stop Stansted Expansion) is relentlessly raging it's war that started back in December 2005 when BAA unveiled plans for the Stansted Expansion. The project known as Stansted Generation 2 or 'G2' detailed savings of around £1 billion less than initially predicted. 

Mike Clasper, Chief Executive Officer of BAA, said “We’ve worked very hard in the last two years to ensure that Stansted G2 will deliver great value to the UK economy, to our airlines and to people using the airport. We’ve also examined in great detail the environmental impacts of the project, in order to ensure that they are reduced as far as possible."

These words sounded impressive - environmental issues had been considered. But that's not the view of SSE Campaign director Carol Barbone: "A second runway in any position would be an environmental catastrophe for which there is absolutely no economic justification." This too cannot be ignored, and over the last three years SSE have kept up the pressure. But it doesn’t look like the battle is going to be easily won, for either side.

So why should any of us care about the outcome at Stanstead? Well, modern day policies are encouraging us all to think about the environment. We recycle daily rubbish. We think before we use our cars for every little journey. These small actions show we care about our environment. But we now are faced with a crumbling economy and the cost of living is rocketing. A new runway may help lift our fiscal situation - generate income for the local area, and who can blame those who have little money as it is wanting to 'get away' for a short while. Life here's no picnic at the moment!

Unfortunately it’s not an easy decision to make - grow our local economy or ecosystem? Is there a way to get the balance right? For the moment, I'm reluctantly having to remain on the fence, but these are choices we are all going to have to take notice of, and action around. 

 

Fire on Woodlawn Street

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Community
Uploaded at: 18 Jul 2008 08:20 EST Whitstable, County of Kent, England, GB
Witnessed this fire on my street. 

A faulty heater caused the extensive fire that threatened neighbouring homes.

Since the incident we've had all our smoke alarms tested by our local fire service (the guys you see in the footage).
Witnessed this fire on my street. 

A faulty heater caused the extensive fire that threatened neighbouring homes.

Since the incident we've had all our smoke alarms tested by our local fire service (the guys you see in the footage).

 

Sports
Uploaded at: 28 Aug 2008 17:03 EST Wales, West Midlands, GB
October 25th sees the return of the annual Snowdon Marathon. The race is run along the roads that go round Snowdon the highest peak in Wales. The race usually attracts a good number of runners, from all parts of the UK and around the world. Running this year for the 3rd time is Indiconews' latest report Phil (Lunatic) Richards. Snowdonia is renown for its beautiful rugged scenery and breath taking views. The race starts at the visit....
October 25th sees the return of the annual Snowdon Marathon. The race is run along the roads that go round Snowdon the highest peak in Wales. The race usually attracts a good number of runners, from all parts of the UK and around the world. Running this year for the 3rd time is Indiconews' latest report Phil (Lunatic) Richards. Snowdonia is renown for its beautiful rugged scenery and breath taking views. The race starts at the visitor centre at Electric Mountain, and straight away takes the runners up the famous Llanberis pass. This is a gruelling trek up to the top, before the long downhill stretch which takes you to the other side of the mountain. Once in the bottom, the long climb starts which takes the runners around the mountain and back over the shoulder on the far side before leding them down into the visitor centre and the finish. Further details of the race can be found at www.snowdoniamarathon.co.uk

 

 

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