Niamh’s in the local paper! She is the best at drama in the whole of Leicestershire, yes she is. The Coalville Times published an article summarising the 2013 Leicester Competitive Festival of Music and Dramatic Arts, with Niamh’s picture in it. Fame, oh yes!NIAMH TAKES FIRST PLACE AT FESTIVAL School received fantastic results By LAURA EDGAR
STUDENTS at a Coalville dance school have achieved outstanding results at a recent festival.
Elle’s School of Dance and Drama, based at Coalville’s Marlene Reid Centre, competed in the Leicester Competitive Festival of Music and Dramatic Arts.
The school received fantastic results from everyone [who] competed at the festival, which took place on Saturday, November 9 .
In the class Verse Speaking from Memory, age nine years and under, second place went to Harriet Worth, with Tamzin Johnson achieving third place.
Placed first in the Solo Acting class, age 12 to 14 years, alongside winning the Sydney Hickling Memorial Cup, was Niamh Langridge. Niamh, who has been attending drama classes every Tuesday since June, took on the role of Miss Hanigan, performing an extract taken from the musical Annie.
Chantelle Ridout, the principal of the school said: “I am very proud of all the students that competed in the festival. It was the school’s first year competing and we achieved first, second and third place from two of the classes.
“All the students had worked extremely hard to achieve the results they got and they should all be very proud of themselves.
“The students are now looking forward to their LAMDA Drama exams that take place at the end of November.”
For more information regarding the classes that are available in Coalville and Swadlincote, call: 07940999500.
We have regular sessions each month. Bring a 'box', bring a notebook, bring anything that might run Linux, or just bring yourself and enjoy socialising/learning/teaching or simply chilling out!
This month's meeting is at the Red Hat offices in Farnborough, Hampshire. Our thanks to Dominic Cleal for hosting us. Note that it is on 23rd November, rather than the usual 'second Saturday'.
I've now completed all my KVM migrations. Moving my personal virtual machines from one host to another.
There were a few niggles, for example I didn't have a working IPv6 allocation at the time I moved things so I had to set that up post-migration.
I've also joined each of the hosts into a VPN which makes cross-guest communication secure and simple.
Finally I've overhauled my firewalls and service lists.
I installed a couple of extra guests, using libvirt and booting from the Debian ISO. The Debian installer continues to impress, though it did make me think I should overhaul my PXE setup at home.
It wouldn't be hard to have a Raspberry PI running as a TFTP + DHCP server. You could plug it into a network, reboot your desktop, and then have it boot into the imager. At the moment I run DHCP + TFTPD + etc on my main desktop, and that allows me to reimage any of the hosts in the flat easily, except itself obviously.
The last time I reinstalled this system I had to reconfigure DHCP + PXE + TFTP on another host. I think the next time I need to reinstall any system I'll "waste" an SD-card on an image-server host.
Finally I've recently read the Rick Cook Wizardy Series:
Fun idea. Horrible puns. Some of the books were too long, or left plot elements dangling, but on average they were more good than bad. Albeit a little predictable and "simple".
In our third episode, your hosts Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, and myself (our compadre Bryan Lunduke is away cavorting around Europe) bring you discussion, argument, and amusement on:
It has been a busy few weeks since I first blogged about Communicado, here are some of the highlights of what has been going on.
If anyone wants to provide working configuration examples for SpamAssassin (or other similar tools), I will cheerfully link to them or post them here.
More news when I have it, have a Communicado-free afternoon!
November is really going to be Doctor Who month for me. It’s been Doctor Who year really, but things really ratchet up a notch this month, as I am off to lots of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show.
Last week I headed to the BFI for the preview screening on “An Adventure in Space and Time”, by Mark Gatiss. It tells the story of how a small team of inexperienced people made magic, despite the hindrance of the old guard in the BBC. As bizarre as it might sound to say about a drama set so long ago, I won’t spoil it for you. I will say that it was a magical way to spend an evening, ninety minutes of joy watching the excellent cast wearing familiar costumes in loving recreations of vintage sets.
The engagement from the audience was intense, and there were lots of sniffles and tears throughout the drama. The standing ovation was well deserved. It’s on BBC Two at 9pm on Thursday, and you should watch it!
Yesterday saw stand-up comedian, presenter and fan Toby Hadoke perform a double-bill of his two Doctor Who-related comedy shows “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf” and “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver” at the Garrick Theatre. Although they are ostensibly about Doctor Who, and there are more than enough jokes to keep fans happy, both shows tell a much more human and personal story. It was clear that both stories were affecting and again there were a few tears amongst the audience. It was nice to see a fair few Doctor Who alumni in the audience, including Katy Manning, Nicola Bryant and Dan Starkey, and a pleasure to join what has become a little family of Doctor Who podcasters at yet another event this year.
It’s hard to imagine after this week, but the best this month is yet to come!Pin It
Having created an sshfs mount in /etc/fstab, I was frustrated that it would mount okay, but unmounting always resulted in an error “mount disagrees with the fstab”. The following solution worked for me:
There’s been a lot of talk recently about what Nadine Dorries was paid for her appearances on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here and why she hasn’t declared that fee yet.
By following the trail laid down by Unity in this excellent blog post and listening carefully to what Dorries says in this interview with Andrew Neil (I expect that’ll be there for another week or so) it becomes pretty obvious what has happened.
She hasn’t received the money yet.
Of course, you wouldn’t usually expect to wait six months for payment for a media appearance, so what has happened?
Dorries has a service company called Averbrook and all of her media work is now undertaken by this company. The Averbrook invoices media organisations for the work that Dorries does and the media companies pay the fees to Averbrook. The fees then sit in Averbrook’s bank account until needed.
At this point Dorries has received no money and therefore has no requirement to declare any income. In the Andrew Neil interview, she says “I have not personally benefited from going into the jungle”. She then explains that she has a company for her media work and although it isn’t made clear, it’s obvious that this company receives the money from this work.
Dorries goes on to say that when she benefits from that work, she will have to register the income. At some point in the future she will need to use this money and Averbrook will pay it to her. There are various ways for a director to take money out of a company. You might pay it as salary, you might pay it as dividends (if the director owns shares in the company) or, in extreme circumstances, you can close the company down and redistribute its assets. All of these will have varying tax implications and all of them will require Dorries to declare the income to parliament.
But here’s the interesting thing. The income that Dorries will receive from Averbrook will have no link back to its original source. The declaration will simply need to say “£X,000 dividend from Averbrook” or whatever is appropriate. There will be no way to say how much of the money comes from each individual source.
It’s a bit like money laundering. But, of course, this is all completely legal. Working through a service company is a really common way to manage tax affairs. It has tax benefits and (as we can see here) it has privacy benefits.
Of course, there’s a good argument that using a company like this goes against the spirit of the requirement for MPs to declare income. It would be hard to argue against that. But until the law is changed, you are very unlikely to see any MP stop using the system.
So what are the chances of the system changing? Rather slim I’d say. Why? Well because the people who would need to make the change are many of the people who are benefiting from this system.
But on this occasion, I’d have to say that Dorries isn’t the problem. She’s just taking advantage of a well-known system. And people aren’t asking her the right questions about it.Related Posts:
Of course it is slow as hell and not nice on the web host. It makes lots of byte-range requests on the host, downloading a few KB with each request, which is kind of the worst case for webservers to handle.
Note also that Fedora’s curl is broken. I compiled my own from upstream git.
This directory contains experimental up to date libguestfs packages for Ubuntu 12.10. You should be able to install them by adding this line to /etc/apt/sources.list:deb http://libguestfs.org/download/binaries/ubuntu1210-packages/ /
You will need to also:sudo chmod 0644 /boot/vmlinuz-*
because of this Ubuntu bug.
Let me know if the packages work. Also what other versions of Ubuntu I should be building them for.
It looks like I might be doing a short talk at the CentOS Dojo and Barbecue at Aldershot, UK, Friday 12th July 2013.
It’ll probably be about scripting/programming libvirt and the virt tools, but mainly it’ll be a chance for Q&A about any virtualization topic in RHEL / CentOS.
Also they have a BBQ — with beer! Sadly since I’m driving there I won’t be able to drink any of the beer.
(Thanks Karanbir Singh, Justin Clift)
I made a thing.
On Sunday I mentioned how OpenTech always makes me feel a bit embarrassed that I’m not doing more useful stuff – particularly in the kinds of areas that OpenTech speakers care about.
Usually, real life takes over before I get a chance to do anything about it and I forget about my embarrassment until the next OpenTech. This year, I managed to harness my embarrassment and actually do something productive.
It’s not like I built anything from scratch. This is is really just me finally shipping something that I’ve been working on (off and on – more off than on) for almost five years. I built the first prototype at a hack day in 2008. I even wrote about it at the time.
The Political Web is a site that is intended to be a one-stop-shop for finding out information about British MPs. Currently each MP has a page which lists a number of standard web pages that contain information about the MP (Wikipedia, The Guardian, TheyWorkForYou – things like that). Of course each MP also has a number of non-standard pages on the internet (an official web site, a blog, perhaps a Twitter account) and adding those is going to be a harder job.
Previously two things have stopped me launching this. One was the fact that I wanted to support those all of those other sources of information. But I’ve decided to go for a “minimum viable product” approach and show you what I’ve already got. The other thing that prevented me talking about it much was that I thought I’d need someone to make it look nice (my web design skills are horrible). But the arrival of Bootstrap means that even a design ignoramus like me can build a site that looks more than half-decent.
So there you go. It’s there for you to play with. And there will (hopefully) be more coming soon. Please let me know if you find it useful.