Filed under: Work experience pieces | Tags: becky barnes, Canterbury, joshua taylor, kentish gazette, olympics, st anselms
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.”
Filed under: Gig Reviews | Tags: Canterbury, Caseys, Joe Driscoll, Miss B, Music Review
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,