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Presenting lighting, theatre and weather: formerly from the hills of Yorkshire, with bits and pieces of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and trips to Edinburgh; when the music stops, where will neel end up?
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Easedale Force

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I live near the Lake District, me. Don't go up there much, mind. It's usually damp. Sometimes it's pretty.
25th Jan 2007, 23:38   | tags:comments (1)

Five Fotos

Aaaaaaaand we're back.

1: Euston Tower? Or something. Tall, anyway.

2: Please bear with us. Brilliant.

3: Roy Castle - still looking out for us.

4: paws_mcgraw's cat, Dido.

5: What kind of a message are they trying to send, here?
25th Jan 2007, 23:29   | tags:,,,comments (3)

A Final Bunch Of Wackyness From The Frozen Tour

1: Bad soap dispensing technology at the Byre.

2: "Wacky" audience warning notice.

3: "Crazy" extra "buttons" on the Byre's sound desk.

4: Working prohibited in Aberdeen.

5: Those kids just love coloured plastic!

6: Ladies and Gents, presenting another Worst Lighting Desk Evar (see also and also) - the Eurolight LC2412. See all those buttons and faders and stuff? They do nothing that is at all useful, whilst at the same time trying to do far too many things which themselves prevent all the buttons and faders and stuff from doing the basic functions that a lighting console should be able to perform! Useless!

It may have two axis of faders but the bottom one has to be presets, they can't just control individual channels; that means that only the top faders are assigned to channels - but in a venue with 18 circuits (that you can't repatch to something more convenient) 12 faders aren't enough! Sure, you can switch pages of channels but that makes live operation completely impossible! Lame, lame, lame, lame, lame!

A completely manual desk, something like a Level 12, would be so much more suitable. Lame. When the instruction manual's instructions (I'm not too proud to read the manual) didn't result in the most basic things happening proper like what they should have done, I didn't even bother attempting to program my 106 cues into it. Which wouldn't have worked anyway. 'Cos it could only, maybe, store 99 cues. Lame!

So, to sum up: it is an appalling lighting console - the sort of thing that you'd find in a club that didn't know better / was too cheap to get something decent. Not a theatre desk, by any means. It's also useful to point out that it's made by a sound company. Tch! Noiseboys. No idea at all.
9th Dec 2006, 12:18   | tags:comments (2)

Frozen Grinds To A Halt

The final leg of the tour, up in the North Lands then installed in the Citz in Glasgow for a week.

1: Tullynessle Village Hall
2: The Byre Theatre, St Andrews (note copy of EDGE on my sound desk)
3: The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
4: Warehouse Theatre, Lossiemouth (note pillar in exact middle of the space)
5: Citizens Theatre Circle Studio, Glasgow
9th Dec 2006, 11:55   | tags:,comments (1)

Window Display Light-y Thing

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In the window of the (I think) Versace shop next to Edinburgh's
Harvey Nicks.
27th Nov 2006, 15:15   comments (5)

Increasingly Frozen

More from the tour.

1: Ladies and Gentlemen, another contender for Worst Lighting Desk Ever (see also) - the Strand Action 24 at Airdrie Arts Centre. Only one axis of faders so you can't even do proper manual control. Cue playback is via a split fader - no go button - with a display that only shows the next cue number, not the one you're actually in. Only 99 memories, so not enough for the 106 that I really, like, need. And it would occasionally only accept single-digit cue numbers for no reason at all. Brilliant.

2: Carlops Village Hall.

3: Harbour Arts Centre, Irving (thrust stage so no walls).

4: Tollbooth Theatre, Stirling.

5: The Old Jail in Stirling. Very pretty.
27th Nov 2006, 12:09   | tags:,comments (0)

Angels The Costumiers

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We went to Angels to pick up costumes for a couple of Penny Dreadfuls' gigs. Angels is stupidbig and superspangle. Enough to turn us into fanboys for half an hour...

1: The impressive foyer. Showoffs.

2: Very blurry shot that doesn't really show the full extent of how massively massive the main storage area is. Stupidbig, and organised into historical eras. Uttercool.

3: Costumes from The Prestige, on hold for some reason. It was about then that we had to stop ourselves squealing.

4: Doctor Who costumes! Squeal!
27th Nov 2006, 11:51   | tags:,comments (0)

Another Place

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Anthony Gormley's Another Place. An incredibly windy day on a very exposed beach. Well worth a trip if you're in the area.
27th Nov 2006, 11:45   | tags:,comments (6)