Promising athlete needs sponsorship

I am having a fantastic time on Western Morning News and have two stories going in the paper tomorrow.  Friends from my journalism course who call me Baked Bean will be amused to know that I wrote about an article about broad beans today.  I won’t reveal anymore of the details until the paper’s out.  It is so much fun working on a daily paper.

Here’s an article I wrote while I was at the Kentish Gazette.  It was in last Thursday’s series of papers.  It followed my meeting with a very proud mum.  Enjoy.

A PROMISING young athlete with cerebral palsy and epilepsy has a chance of competing in the 2012 Paralympics.

Joshua Taylor, 15, a pupil at St Anselm’s Roman Catholic School, Canterbury needs sponsorship to travel to UK competitions.

The teenager, who lives with his mum in Faversham Road, Seasalter, starting running a year ago and is already ranked UK number two.

Athletics assessors have said his future as a competitive sprinter is extremely promising.

He was spotted by talent scouts at the England Athletics and scored a gold medal in the Cerebral Palsy Grand Prix.

Coach Marianne Underwood, of Invicta East Kent Athletics believes his fast progress is a tribute to his maturity and dedication.

His mother Sian Taylor, 38, a care worker, said: “I am so proud.

“He needs sponsorship to get him round the country.

“The more competitions he does the better.”

To follow Joshua’s ranking visit: http://www.thepowerof10.info. If you would like to sponsor him please contact: anntaylor908@btinternet.com.

Interview: Jamie Finn
September 4, 2011, 9:03 pm
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Following last night’s No-Wave Social Club, I’ve been chatting to No-Wave curator Jamie Finn, 24.  Yesterday evening, the DJ played a variety of danceable favourites at the Farmhouse, resulting in a happily heaving dance floor.

Alongside his final year of studies at Kent Uni, Jamie has a massive presence on the social scene of Canterbury, as resident DJ and promoter at Indiecate, a monthly night at the Attic and curator of No-Wave.  As well as playing other slots in bars between here and Brighton, he is the editor of a new magazine which he also does design work for.  Read on to find out more details of this new mag, as well as some exciting stuff coming up in Canterbury, as well as recommendations from the innovative fellow…

What brought you to Canterbury from Liverpool?

Well, University I guess. I visited Canterbury on an open day and really liked it here. The uni also offered a year abroad which in the end I did not take but that helped. The inevitable deciding factor was its distance from Liverpool. I wasn’t enjoying being in the city anymore and going to probably the furthest away city in England appealed to me.

What’s your favourite venue, a) as a punter, b) as a DJ?

Locally? My favourite place to go is the Farmhouse – really different music and a great crowd. As for DJing, you can’t beat The Venue for equipment but without being too obvious, I’ve been doing Indiecate for so long that I get a really good response from the crowd. It’s always so much fun.

What do you think about Canterbury’s nightlife and social scene? Is there anything you would like to see change?

If you’d have asked me this a few months ago I would have definitely said live music was missing but with Indiecate putting on live bands and No-Wave likely to do the same, (as well as a few other new exciting events coming,) I think this year is going to be loaded. I am personally in the process of putting together a live music week where loads of venues and loads of bands get involved. It’s very much in the planning stage but watch this space. If I had to say now what I think Canterbury needs it’s a few more later opening bars willing to take chances on interesting events. I recently saw that Ballroom is going to host a new event called Bombo which seems very exciting.

So, No-Wave Social Club, how did it all begin?

Well, No-Wave began as a cinema club running as an offshoot of UKC’s Art Society but it quickly grew to surpass that. No-Wave Social Club started because I used to DJ at the Farmhouse’s previous indie night which now no longer takes place. When they stopped, the venue asked me if I would fill in with a new night. I had to idea to extend the name from the cinema club since it already meant a certain notoriety. The Social Club, like everything No-Wave does is non-profit. All the money from the night goes to pay for other No-Wave projects to make it even bigger.

You’ve posted some opportunities up on Facebook regarding a magazine and some music stuff, what’s coming up?

YES. I’m quite excited about this actually. We tried to start a magazine earlier this year but due to poor financial planning it fell apart but was definitely a useful learning curve. Now, with regular funding secured (thanks to No-Wave Social Club) we’re ready to go. The first issue of the rebranded No-Wave Magazine will be out first week of October and will be monthly!

Exciting! What’s the mag about?

It will be an alternative culture magazine focused on music art and film. There will be a leaning towards local events but also some really good international stuff. I’m quite excited about our interview with Canadian director Guy Maddin in which he reveals an exclusive for us!

You’ve certainly got your fingers in lots of pies, which one’s your fave?

I am very proud of Indiecate, it’s kind of became the flag-ship for the indie scene in this city and I get nothing but good feedback and I work with some really great people on it. I have to say though, that since No-Wave is entirely my project, I do have affinity for it. I’m very proud of No-Wave as a whole so I would probably say that. I would like to give a little mention to my new club night Hang The DJ which will be launched later this month in The Attic. 

So lots of new ventures in the near future! Where would you like to see your No-Wave enterprise going next?

Well, interestingly enough someone asked me to work with them on some experimental theatre pieces recently which is really exciting. I’d like for the magazine to be a success and I think that it will be. I’ve thought about trying it in different cities as well but we will see.

Also, please can you recommend any books/films/music and why you rate them.

Oh, wow, there are so many! I’ll give one for each:

Book – I recently read ‘I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive’ which I really enjoyed. It’s about a doctor turned heroin addict who is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams. It’s very fun and quite well written.

Films – My favourite film of the year is Animal Kingdom. It’s a drama about an Australian crime family, but it’s about so much more than that. Power dynamics for example feature heavily in it. I am a fair believer in the power of realism over idealism. Not in terms of plot so much but in terms of believable characters and dialogue. A film can be said in space but as long as the human interaction is real then I think it’s good. This was full of that backed by some amazing performances.

Music – I love the Balam Acab CD. I actually did a remix of one of the songs on it, which I am quite proud of. It was the album of the week on the radio show I host which is every Wednesday at 8 o’clock on CSR FM.

Thanks Jamie!  What an inspiring chap.

See Jamie at No-Wave Social Club is at Farmhouse once a month.

High Rankin plays at Indiecate this Thursday.

Bye for now xx

Joe Driscoll 1 September 2011
September 2, 2011, 10:24 pm
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Last night, Joe Driscoll lived up to his exceptional reputation, and packed out Patrick Casey’s Ale House once again.  Combining tunes from his albums plus some classics re-branded, Joe gave an unflagging, artful performance that made the folks of Canterbury very happy indeed.

This savvy musician is all about the live performance, as his art relies upon layers of sound which he records on the spot.  He might start with some beat-boxing, or some tambourine shakin’  or both, adding soundbites of rhythmic vocal or guitar, in countless levels.  With all that going on, his hand’s moving skilfully between microphone and instruments and he does a subtle tap dance as feet dart between pedals with absolute precision – yep, this guy sure can multitask.

The crowd relished the free gig, with the whole pub on their feet and getting down on whatever ‘dancefloor’ they could find.  Energy really soared when popular numbers such as ‘I want you back’ and ‘Man in the Mirror’ were stamped with the unique and energetic Driscoll stamp.

This virtuoso is the latter-day one man band.  A one man band you want to dance to.

Canterbury awaits his return, go see him anywhere else if you can!  See here.  He’s playing Brighton on September 16, I’ll see you there.

In the meantime, a tasty slice of the evening’s music was provided by Canterbury DJ duo Wax Hands.  With a rotational Thursday residency at Casey’s and numerous gigs around the city, they’re absolutely worth following.

In other news, please feel free to use my new ‘feature’ of being able to rate my blogs and its posts.  This is all a work in progress and I appreciate feedback.  (Feel free to comment.)  Also my confidence has been majorly boosted by this article in the Guardian today.  If Katie Price can launch a magazine completely dedicated to her views, her ‘real-life’ stories and just exactly what her tattoos mean, then surely I can reflect and ramble for those that want to read it.

Until next time,