Women in Radio – #VlogChallenge Week 4 – Music

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I know I don’t need to explain why I do the #VlogChallenge & what the topic (this one was music) is all about. But I have a blog and if Vlogging makes me Blog more then it’s win win.

Week 4 was all about music, so  after checking that it would be ok with the Station Manager, I took my camera down to Preston FM and recorded the Vlog whilst I was recording Geek On Radio.

First of all, IT IS CRAZY HOT IN PRESTON FM STUDIOS, so hot that my camera overheated and didn’t want to play at first. Then my computer wasn’t too impressed. But eventually I actually mamanged to record something worth uploading to YouTube.

Any there you go.

So the report that I was talking about was an American one, by Media Matters for America. You can read it all here if you like, but I have got some of the slides ready for you, if you’re not in the mood.

MediaMattersChart1-791eee1276e99cac7ba5b35135a493aeoh and this one too,

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SO These are the things I posted on Facebook, way back at the start of the year, and I was prodded in the right direction. I love my radio show. I love doing it, the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been, and it’s not even six months old!

Have a listen,

Cloudcasts by Geek on Radio on Mixcloud

Let me know what you think, and if you live in Preston & South Ribble sign up for some of the training courses at Preston FM and come join in! (www.Preston.fm/training) 

And if you’re not in the area, check out this list of all the UK Community Radio Stations, find yours and of course get involved!

 

I was Runner 5! My 2.8 Hours Later Review

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It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of Six To Starts running game Zombies Run, and I frequently pretend to be Runner 5 whilst out around the park.  (I even have an Official Runner Five Shirt, that’s how much a fan I am!)

So it was AWESOME when I received some tickets to 2.8 Hours Later, in Manchester, as part of my leaving present from Lush Preston, this meant I could actually be Runner 5 and see if I could dodge & out run zombies for real!

If you’ve never heard of 2.8 Hours Later, it’s an event put on by Sling Shot Effect, that are literally real world games. Basically, you’re off on a mission and a points you’re going to encounter Zombies & others who may help or hinder your mission, and scare the living daylights out of you. My present was tickets 2.8 Hours Later : Survival, the sequel to the 2013 game 2.8 Hours Later – Asylum.

We arrived a little late for our 7:30pm start, it was a little hard for us to find the start location. We followed directions from Google Maps, and called the box office for some help, but couldn’t seem to locate it. We re traced our steps and when we reached our our starting point, we bumped into some others who were due to play, and we went the opposite direction to Google maps, and eventually found the start… and a giant queue.

Leila, Tanya & me after seeing the A4 sheet with all the T&Cs!

Leila, Tanya & me after seeing the A4 sheet with all the T&Cs!

We were really worried about arriving late, but we didn’t need to, we had no problem joining the back of the queue and were handed a sheet explaining the event and some Terms & Conditions, given a brief explanation of what was on the paper and then asked to write our full name, and sign on the bottom. T&Cs were long, 2 sides, but after reading them all (we were in line for about 40 min) they were mostly what you’d expect. Including the brilliant reminder that even though we were about to play a game, physics still applies, and we should also look out for things like cars!

We went in a team of 3, but when we reached the start of the line we were grouped up with two other teams of 2, as a super team of 7. I’d like to say I can remember everyone’s names, but I’m really rubbish at that kind of thing, and didn’t really take anything to write that kinda stuff down, sorry!

Now, I don’t want to give the plot away, the game is running in other cities until the end of the year, and I’ve been told off by listeners at Preston FM for giving away spoilers for films & Game of Thrones, so I’m going to do my best to keep this spoiler free… but it was an awesome event & I might not be able to help it!

SO after they grouped us up, we went through a quick safety brief , we were given a map & sent through to The Game…

The basics were this;

We had been sent on a mission to collect some much needed supplies. We weren’t sure where they would be, but we were trained in how to hack into a computer system that would tell us where more supplies would be if that stash was empty. Once we had supplies, we needed to head to the rendezvous, and then we could head back to base.  We had to ensure that the supplies (and the nominated team member carrying them) we completely uninfected.

We set off, and our first encounter with the Zombies wasn’t too far away. It was both terrifying and hilarious! Hearing your mates scream like terrified horror film extras is something everyone should have the chance to discover! The Zombies were incredible, both creeping & quick, and incredibly great at making you forget that this was make believe!

There were approximately 8 zombie events that happened across the 90 (ish) minute game, but it’s really hard to recount them all, as they were all part of the narrative. There were some great set pieces in locations, and the “random encounters” on the street between them were brilliant. It all rounds off into a “run the gauntlet” style encounter.  We even had a few spectators, as some factory workers had obliviously heard the human (& Zombie ) screams and nipped out for some entertainment on a fag break!

So did I survive the Zombie apocalypse?

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All that training Runner Five, didn’t do much good, did it?

When you return to Base, there’s a giant scanner, and you queue up to see if you survived infection. I didn’t think I had, I volunteered to run the point on one of the encounters, and I know my movie tropes, I was never going to be the hero that survived, but it was all about getting the supplies back to base & making sure the runner with them was clear of infection. Our nominated runner was Tanya, we’d make loads of effort to ensure she lived & was fine…

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Imagine my surprise when I saw her in the Infected Zone with me! In the end there was 3 out of our team of 7 infected, we didn’t bring home any supplies for our base. We did have a great time, and I had a hell of a hunger when we got through to the after party!

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Leila survived… I think it was down to her amazing horror film scream at the first encounter!

It was a brilliant event, and you really don’t need to be that fit to do it. We rocked up in running kit, but could have easily done it in a pair of jeans & some fashion trainers. There was even a team who did it dressed as a Start Trek away team, 2 guys in blue, one in gold and one “Redshirt” (yes, the Redshirt was the only infected on their team) those guys were dedicated to their memes and it made a great after party photo!

There was an after party at the base, but we didn’t stick around, we had to head back to reality, it was Thursday night. But we all agreed if we went on a Friday or Saturday event we’d be cracking out the moves to Thriller at the Zombie Disco! I’m 100% going to sign up for next years event, and possibly even consider volunteering to be a Zombie.

Thanks very much to survivor Leila, who let me use her photos for this post, because I didn’t take many, I was having too much fun!

Has anyone been to the event in other cities? I’d love to compare notes and see how / if the story changes?

#VlogChallenge Week 3 – Books!

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So for Week 3 of #VlogChallenege, Nickie set the topic of books. Well, being a Vlog Challenge, Nickie can tell you herself & also answer some FAQs

I did have a really great plan, and wanted to do something cool. What you got was this…

 

Mostly because I only had this much time, and pretty much what you see is what you get with this video.

 

I picked the Fitz Bunny book whilst I was in New Zealand, in a comic book store, where I also discovered my love of The Authority comics.

Authority_8_1600x1200-375631And that neatly lead me onto the comics I’m currently reading, part of DCs New 52, The Futures End.

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I picked up issue zero on Free Comic Book Day, and it was surprisingly dark & gruesome, and I was a little excited to see The Authority in the early issues (I’m not telling what happens, no Spoilers!) But so far, it’s a great serise, although its a weekly comic, and I admit we normally pick monthlies at home.

But what you got was a wonder through some WFRP 2nd edition, and I didn’t really explain much about it. So there’s 2 videos for another time eh?

If you’re tempted to join in #VlogChallenge, then don’t dither just do! There’s a linky page (http://t.co/v9ZC8j60nE) so you can see everyone is just diving in & having a go!

#VlogChallenge Week Two #Beauty

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Ah, week two.

Kate is Nickie’s partner in crime for #vlogchallenge. She is blogging queen over at I am Wit Wit Woo and the topic was a beauty (or fashion) Vlog!

So I sulked a bit, and then realized that I go to the effort of Hennaing (is that right?) my hair on a semi regular basis, and that’s a beauty thing. Isn’t it? Yeah.

I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now, and to me it’s quite an easy process, but I’ve been surprised from some of the Twitter / YouTube comments that it seems laborious to others? How easy is it to commercially dye your hair these days?

Anyway, here’s my Vlog, have a look and let me know if it seems like extra effort to go to!

I must admit I’m loving the Vlog Challenge, and although I’m unlikely to head down to London any time sooN, I quite enjoyed Tinuke Circusmum‘s Tips for getting around London!

The next #VlogChallenge is tomorrow & set by Nickie, so keep an eye on iamtypecast.com for the next topic!

Rock n Roll Liverpool Marathon.

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It’s a funny running habit I’ve got. My husband described it as “do nothing for 6 months, then run a marathon.”

He’s right, that’s pretty much how I did the Rock n Roll Liverpool marathon this May, and it’s taken me nearly 2 months to sit down and write about it. Mostly out of laziness. Seems like my blogging & running habits are in sync.

So The Liverpool Rock N Roll Marathon.

indexLets start by saying a BIG THANK YOU to Stephen, a (not too) old friend I haven’t seen in years for letting me crash at his house the night before the Marathon. And also the other Stephen (two Stephens in one flat, confusing for blogging about, but possibly an awesome sitcom premise) who loaned me his bed & cooked a lovely carbalicious meal the night before.

THANKS GUYS. We’ll do lunch soon I promise!

The marathon, well it was mostly UP. I know Liverpool is very up, I saw the course profile, and the first marathon I did was Liverpool (different organizer) but I was expecting that after the UP there would be a little down. It’s only logical. There wasn’t. Liverpool defied all know geographic laws. I have reason to suspect M.C Escher was part of the route design team.

So it was a very up marathon, more up that I anticipated.

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So I wanted a 5:30 marathon. Not massively ambitious.  Northing too fast, and I set off with the 5:30 pacer and stuck with them for a large part of the first 10k, then I sulked a little and dropped back to the 5:45 pacer…. then at about mile 16 I lost the will to run uphill any more and walked… FOR AN HOUR.

The Liverpool people were great, I had plenty of locals shouting “GO ‘ED GURL” and such, which did make me smile, and a few snarky comments about my “Training for the Zombie apocalypse” t shirt (“You’re going to get eaten then eh?”)

The race was a little bit disappointing. It was billed to be a Rock N Roll marathon with bands and music at every mile, but there really weren’t that many bands playing for the slow coaches at the back of the pack. Even when I was still with the official pacers I only saw one band, a group of drummers just after Everton Football grounds. They were pretty spectacular,, definitely motivating to get up the hill they were on. Not so much Rock N Roll, as here’s a Mix Tape N Some Speakers for you to run past.

That said, I could still be sulking at my in ability to continue running up hill & even after I started to run again, it was more of a run/walk/moan effort, but I completed the course.

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Owch, I know. A full hour and fifteen after I hoped to end. Miserable. The upside of this is that my walking meant I wasn’t too sore the next day, and I didn’t fall asleep on the way home either. I did eat the world.

 Would I do it again?

No, I think I’m over marathons now thanks.

What’s the next running thing then?

Well, as a leaving present, aside from some cake, the Lush Preston team got me a ticket to 2.8 Hours later a Zombie Running thing on 24th July in Manchester. So I at least should get my trainers back on once this month.

 

I did knitting! Hooray!

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I realise that I have it written over there in the little discription of my blog, yet I’ve never really mentioned things I’ve knitted.

So here are the last thing I knitted…

Socks for Hevs

Hevs, aka Heather Smith, is an amazing illustrator who I have the pleasure being friends with & spent many Monday mornings opening up Lush Preston with.

Back in December Heather posted this beautiful drawing to her Tumblr.

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And I thought “SOCKS! I can do that, no problem, 2 weeks is an easy deadline!” I bought a bamboo / cotton blend yarn & cast on.

I finished & gave the socks to Heather at the end of June. Yeah.

Visit Heather’s beautiful Tumblr over at http://lightfeets.tumblr.com/

or her instagram page over at http://instagram.com/_hevs (where I’ve stolen copied the photo of the socks on feet from as I failed to do that before I gave them over and made my son sing a pathetic Happy Birthday to her)

I possibly made some notes of how I knit them, leave me a comment if you’re curious about how they were made & I may attempt to write up an actual pattern.

There, knitting, now for the coffee.

#Juneathon Day 2 – a plan begins to form.

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So here’s today’s lame #Juneathon effort.

I did actual shopping in a supermarket, instead of shopping on line. And I took the kids.

This basically equates to doing a half marathon around the shop as I have to chase my son as he makes a
Mad dash for the toy aisle at every opportunity.

I’d also like to add, that I don’t drive. So schlepping a week of shopping on the bus along with 2 kids, even with the help of my husband, is an activity all by itself. I think it would make a great addition to the Commonwealth Games.

So it’s the little things that count, allegedly, and I’ve set myself a simple goal of being more active than the day before.

I’m going to track it with my Fuel Band, and go back to being obsessed by it, like I was 18 months ago.

What’s the score so far?

Sunday 1st June – 1998
Monday 2nd June – 2102 (+104)

#Juneathon Day One

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So it’s back. And the excuses begin.

I didn’t run today, but if you ask me nicely I might get around to telling you about the Liverpool Marathon I competed last week.

Today I walked 2.2km from my home to the city center. It took about 25 min. It’s about 20 more minutes walking than I would do on a Sunday.
I think it’s almost a tradition that the first day of a Jan/June- athon is a bit lame.

I’ll make a better effort tomorrow. Probably.