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Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Posted onJune 30, 2014

Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Four huskies from Cabarfeidh Huskies (Dundee) Polo, Max, Zeus and Jet were among the first to sample ‘Ice Station Antarctica’, Dundee Science Centre’s brand new exhibition, which will run from Monday 30 June through to Tuesday 30 September 2014.

The family exhibition, which will see the Centre transformed into an amazing Antarctic exploration, is making its first public outing in the UK since its presence in London’s Natural History Museum.

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and most remote continent on this planet.  While terrifying, it is also beautiful.  There is no doubt that it takes a brave and tough person to live and work out here.  In this exhibition, visitors will brave a variety of Antarctic challenges, from coping in sub-zero temperatures and testing out a replica base station, to riding a snowmobile.  As well as exploring the skills it takes to work in and preserve this frozen wilderness, a series of mini-environments will help visitors to learn about and explore this unique continent.

Through video footage, an amazing cold room to replicate the extremes of Antarctica and authentic and life-saving Antarctic clothing, the exhibition brings the region to life – from its wildlife, living and working conditions and scientific research taking place there, to its sheer, breath-taking beauty.

Louise Smith, Chief Executive, Dundee Science Centre said, “At Ice Station Antarctica, we will really see who’s got what it takes to brave Antarctica.  Every year, hundreds of scientists and their support team of experts travel to Antarctica, braving the harshest of conditions and freezing temperatures in order to carry out crucial research and we are delighted to be opening up this incredible, treacherous world to our visitors, exploring whether they could survive the cold, live with wild animals, dive under sea ice and even camp out in this part of the World!”

Ice Station Antarctica was developed by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Dundee Science Centre and Discovery Point have teamed up to bring visitors the Antarctic adventure of a lifetime.  The Antarctic Explorer Pass allows entry to both venues – with over 20% saving on cost:  Adult £12.50 (normal cost £16), child £8.50 (normal cost £10.50) or concession £9.50 (normal cost £12).  The pass can be purchased at either venue and will be stamped at each destination.

Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.

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Charles Monteith Walker at Eduardo Alessandro Studios

Posted onMay 3, 2014

Charles Monteith Walker at Eduardo Alessandro Studios

Charles Monteith Walker at Eduardo Alessandro Studios

Coming up this week we have an interview with the artist whose exhibition opened today.

Born in Falkirk, 1957, Charles studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, between 1978 and 1982, under such artistic luminaries as Alberto Morrocco and David McClure.

During visits to Italy, Spain and Portugal, Charles was inspired by the warmth of light and rich colour provided by the towns and landscapes of the Mediterranean, which lead to the creation of his unique signature style and distinctive palette. Today ‘Monteith’ is widely regarded as one of Scotlands most original and creative landscape painters.

Since the mid 1990?s, Charles’ work has become increasingly bolder in both colour and composition, mixing imagery, symbols and shapes from a variety of different sources both geographically and historically. His versatile approach to subject matter allows him to move easily from representational landscape and still life to imaginative, vibrantly coloured stylised compositions all crafted in thick layers of oil paint giving his works a strong, sculptural quality.

The last 20 years has seen Charles producing a remarkable body of work which is highly distinctive in style and inspired by both Scottish and Mediterranean landscapes. His work is held in private and corporate collections in the United Kingdom and overseas and he is now regarded as one of our most original contemporary Scottish artists at the forefront of the New Colourist trend in Scottish Art.

Landscape artist Fiona Haldane at Eduardo Alessandro Studios

Posted onMarch 11, 2014

Landscape artist Fiona Haldane at Eduardo Alessandro Studios

andscape artist Fiona Haldane at Eduardo Alessandro Studios

Fiona Haldane

THE ROAD AND THE MILES

A Major Exhibition by one of the most talented and distinctive landscape artists in Scotland 8 – 31 March 2014

When Fiona Haldane was about 12 years old, her father, a sea captain in the merchant navy, took her on a voyage to Africa and beyond over four of the most fascinating and influential months of her young life.

“during the time he was away when I was a child, he used to send back photographs of India, china and spectacular seascapes, together with cine camera footage of his travels, so that I was seeing the world through his eyes. I think he would have liked to have been an artist, but the pull of the sea was too strong to resist.

When I went with him, it was the most amazing experience and something that I have never forgotten. Navigating by sextant and the stars, coming into ports along the coast of east Africa in the dark- you could tell that land was close by sense of smell, rather than anything immediately visible. The scent of spices in particular is incredibly evocative.

There were unbelievable things to see too. Crossing the equator, I remember a fabulous sunset, then turning around and seeing the moon begin to come up in the blackness behind. That’s not something you forget.”

Perhaps that early experience reinforced Fiona’s already existing eye for composition, but rather than inspiring the artistic youngster to seek her subject matter abroad, it instead served to concentrate her mind on the dramatic scenery closer to home.

“Scotland is a remarkable subject. There is everything here, and I suppose my work is a love affair with a country. I am drawn to contrasts of light and tone, and Scotland is such a land of extremes. It is truly a wonderful country for an artist to live in.”

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Microdot Films takes closer look at Lochee

Posted onMarch 5, 2014

Microdot Films takes closer look at Lochee

Microdot Films takes closer look at Lochee

Danny Ogierman explains how Microdot is aiming to tackle serious issues in local communities. Microdot Films received funding last year and has already helped those struggling to cope with the recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Danny explains that involving these people in making a film can have a very positive effect on their recovery and let them face issues within their own lives which they may have ignored up until that point. He also explained that Microdot has made a documentary in Thailand focusing on recovering drug addicts and closer at home a film and book is in production called Lochee Life.

 

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American Football Underdogs The Movie

Posted onMarch 2, 2014

American Football Underdogs The Movie

American Football Underdogs The Movie

Fife film maker Alex Harron who is making a documentary on Dundee Hurricanes last season the worst team in the UK. Alex has been filming the team for the last few weeks and will continue to do so throughout the new season. Alex explains what got him interested in the project, how its funded and where it’s at so far.

We met Alex during Sunday practice having played 10 games and lost all ten last season its back to training for the team who now have 35 team members signed up for the club. But they are always looking for new players so if you fancy giving this a go get in touch with Dundee Hurricanes on Facebook.

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Dragons Den Winners YogaBellies Comes to Dundee next week

Posted onFebruary 28, 2014

Dragons Den Winners YogaBellies Comes to Dundee next week

The Dundee Channel takes a look at a new business opening in the city in a new episode of New to Dundee.  In every high street in Britain times are tough and it takes people with vision and determination to bring a new business to any city. Recovering from one of the worst recessions in recent times the rewards are there for those who get it right. But who are these entrepreneurs and what business are they starting in ? We continue our series looking at who they are and how many can survive.

Previously working in hospitality management Austen Todd has taken a leap of faith into the world of self employed franchisee for a growing brand YogaBellies. YogaBellies gained recognition last year on BBC’s Dragons Den attracting a £50,000 investment from Dragon Duncan Bannatyne with their specialise yoga and exercises created for women, mothers and babies.

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Love is in the air

Posted onFebruary 27, 2014

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

With Valentine’s Day not long past this month, thoughts are very much focused on romance.  With Cupid’s arrow striking, February is a time when many couples decide to take the next step in their relationship, whether that be moving in together or getting engaged.

The Office of National Statistics confirmed that 5.9 million people were cohabiting in the UK in 2012. That is double the number of cohabiting couples in 1996.  In 2013, there were 12.3 million married couples living in the UK.  The provisional number of civil partnerships in the UK in 2012 was 7,037.

Unfortunately, figures released by the ONS last week also indicate that there were 13 divorces per hour in England and Wales in 2012. In the same publication, the ONS estimated that 42% of marriages will end in divorce. Figures for Scotland have not yet been released, but in 2012 we saw around 30,500 marriages take place and more than 500 Civil Partnerships. At the other end of the spectrum, around 9500 couples were divorced – or more than one every hour of the year.

Although couples embarking on cohabitation, marriage or a civil partnership may think it unfathomable that things will go wrong in the future, it is important that anyone deciding to take that next step in their relationship does so with all of the facts available to them.  Many people still believe in the myth of a ‘common law marriage’. There is, in fact, no such thing as a ‘common law spouse’ but it is important to note that cohabiting couples do have the right to make various financial claims in the event of either separation or death.

Similarly, in the event of separation for married couples or couples who have entered into a civil partnership, there are many financial elements to consider, including aliment, payment of a capital sum, pension sharing orders and more.

The only way to ensure that your interests are protected is to enter into an Agreement regulating what you wish to happen in the event of a future separation.  For cohabiting couples this is known as a Cohabitation Agreement.

For couples about to marry or enter into a civil partnership, the Agreement is known as a Pre-Nuptial Agreement.  The content of a Pre-nuptial Agreement can vary widely depending on the parties’ individual circumstances but can cover the division of property upon separation, rights to aliment and rights of succession in the event of one party’s death.   When people think of “pre-nups” they often think of Hollywood starlets trying to protect their fortune. The reality is that Pre-nuptial Agreements in Scotland are becoming increasingly popular as they provide peace of mind as to what would happen in the event of a future separation.

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Along Came Kirsty celebrates 2nd birthday raising over £760,000

Posted onFebruary 26, 2014

Along Came Kirsty celebrates 2nd birthday raising over £760,000

Along Came Kirsty celebrates 2nd birthday raising over £760,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along Came Kirsty CIC is a Community Interest Company that supports individuals, projects, groups, small/medium sized charities and social enterprises.

They take your time and stress away carrying out the following services: fundraising searches and producing reports from their extensive database of UK and EU funders, writing grant applications, monitoring projects, developing and completing evaluations and consultations.

The Along Came Kirsty CIC – Creative Fundraising Events Team are available to provide ideas for potential events and carry out everything from venue searching and liaison, right through to on the day management of the event.

Founded by Kirsty Thomson the company celebrated its second birthday this month and revealed they had secured over £760,000 in funding for the groups they represent. The Dundee Channel recorded some of the birthday celebrations and spoke to some well known local people who work with Along Came Kirsty.

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Launch of bigger and better Fife Science Festival 2014

Posted onFebruary 25, 2014

Launch of bigger and better Fife Science Festival 2014

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With just weeks until its kick off, Fife Science Festival will be stretching the definition of ‘science’ in the extreme, highlighting the sheer fun, fascination and intrigue of everything from rockets and robots to WW1 communications, astronomy, crystals, forensics and creepy crawlies.

With exciting, colourful and inspirational activities cropping up in a host of weird and wonderful venues ranging from museums and shopping centres to schools, busy streets, a farmers’ market and a café, the festival will run from Friday 14 until Sunday 23 March 2014.

The programme was unveiled today at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes when Raytheon UK showcased their ‘elephant toothpaste experiment’, one of many to be demonstrated at the free ‘Rothes Halls Family Fun Day’ on Saturday 15 March 2014. With demonstrations and workshops from Raytheon UK, SCI-FUN Roadshow and the Museum of Communication, the family friendly event will be packed with science learning fun.

Funded by The Scottish Government and Fife Cultural Trust , the festival will involve a diverse range of free events for the general public and both primary and secondary schools, all coordinated by Dundee Science Centre and Fife Cultural Trust.

Other festival highlights range from science busking in the streets of St Andrews and rocket-making at the Cupar farmers’ market, to an explosive look at medieval warfare at a Dunfermline community centre and a lively look at astronomy through the ages. Children can also learn how to be a scientist and explore forensics at Thornton Primary School, be wowed by some amazing experiments at Methil Heritage Centre, and make plastics fantastic at the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre in Kinghorn. The festival will also incorporate an impressive schools programme with topics on everything from medieval Construction and WW1 communications to lego, light and video game design!

As Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager at Dundee Science Centre explained, Fife Science Festival is for everyone – “We are delighted to be unveiling this year’s programme for Fife Science Festival, another cracking line-up of activities and events. With a number of new partners embracing this year’s event, not only is the festival reaching into new areas of Fife such as Anstruther and Methil but is branching into new venues, including places which you might not associate with science! With more events in schools, community and shopping centres and lots of full-day drop-in events, we’re really looking forward to bringing the festival to a wider audience, regardless of their age or interests. Browse through the programme, and get involved!”

Meanwhile, Heather Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, Fife Cultural Trust added, “Fife Science Festival adds to the diverse range of cultural opportunities which Fife Cultural Trust delivers with its key partners. The festival supports Fife Cultural Trust’s vision of making Fife a culturally vibrant and rewarding place to live, work or study.

The festival aims to celebrate science and to make it fun and accessible. The programme provides creative, entertaining and learning experiences that offer families across the Kingdom the opportunity to get out there and join in the many fun and engaging experiments. I would urge everyone to embrace the festival, get involved and have some serious fun in the process.”

For more information, please contact Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager, Dundee Science Centre on 01382 228800 or visit www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk

Your Facebook Twitter Personal Email once youve gone

Posted onFebruary 20, 2014

Your Facebook Twitter Personal Email once youve gone

Your Facebook Twitter Personal Email once youve gone

 

As we embark on 2014, our lives are increasingly conducted online. Now, a Fife Solicitor is warning people to give some thought to what happens to our virtual world when we die.

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The term ‘digital assets’ can cover everything from photographs and videos taken with a digital camera or mobile phone to Word documents, emails and social media pages.

Now, Lindsay Bryce, Solicitor with Murray Donald is warning people to bear these assets in mind when preparing one’s Will.

Miss Bryce said, “Although digital assets may have limited financial value, they will undoubtedly have sentimental value that cannot be measured.  It would be a tragedy if these items were lost to the next generation because your family members were unable to access them or were in the dark as to their existence.” 

The control of photographs and videos as well as word documents and other files which have been created by the individual and stored on a computer or memory stick is relatively straightforward.  These items can be specifically bequeathed to whoever you choose.  However, it is important to consider how that person will access them and whether they are password protected.

One of the most effective ways to handle such matters is to nominate a Digital Executor to access and sort through these assets after death. This individual need not be the same person named in the Will as Executor.  This nominated individual would also take control of the individual’s social media and email accounts, so far as is possible.

Miss Bryce explained, “It really is worth giving these issues some thought.  At the moment, the law on this area is undeveloped, and much will depend on the rules and regulations of the online service provider concerned.  Some internet providers, such as Yahoo, will simply deny family members access to a deceased person’s email account.  Others, such as Facebook, give the option to “memorialise” the account or have it shut down.  Twitter will close the account or provide a permanent record of public tweets.  Your digital Executor should be given the relevant instructions.”

For more information, please contact Lindsay Bryce, Solicitor, Murray Donald on telephone 01334 477107 or email lbryce@murraydonald.co.uk.


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