The digicam that captured readers’ life

A modern Journal article appeared at one particular of the most vital cardboard packing containers ever produced – the Brownie camera. Produced by Kodak, it turned everyday persons into photographers for the to start with time – the snapshot was born. Visitors sent us some of their possess pictures taken with Brownies, new and old.

In the short article Stephen Dowling described how the primary design of 1900 was adopted by dozens a lot more above the upcoming 80 or so years. Judging from your shots it appears a lot of men and women are nonetheless employing Brownies of different vintages now – there’s even a secret to be solved and another person seeking for old college pals.

Rod Kruger, Strubens Valley, South Africa:Like most family members, our Brownie pictures exhibit us as young ones. Taken in the nineteen fifties they are standard of the way of living. The auto (pictured above) is an English-made Ford Prefect that my crazy moms and dads took their two whiny young children to Durban on holiday break in, quite a few occasions from Johannesburg – a trip that took 3 days in an age when all many others went about night time by teach. The car might have been excellent for an English village but was very seriously beneath-powered for South Africa, and boiled on each and every up-hill. The lady (under) is my mom Phyllis, who emigrated to South Africa with her mom and dad when she was 7. I am the boy and the woman is my sister Karen. The picture was taken on vacation at Brighton Beach front near Durban.

Rod Kruger with his mother and sister at the beach

Victor Morgan, Caerleon: I often preferred a digital camera and I purchased that 620 Brownie all over 1946 in Bombay for 6 rupees – nine shillings. I experienced to help save up for it. It’s a pretty straightforward digital camera to use and I’ve even now obtained the lens. I was a regular soldier stationed in India and we ended up despatched to Razmak in Waziristan (now Pakistan) near the border with Afghanistan – it was kind of frontier territory. We were minimize off and they put the large guns up there, the infantry guarded the street for us to go through in our cars – they’d open it up the moment a fortnight. I took this photo circa 1947. That 620 Brownie served me properly – most people was eager to be photographed, while folks weren’t so applied to cameras in people times.

Gun in Razmak, circa 1947

Lawrence Harris, Stowmarket: I was seventeen a long time old when I took these shots from my bedroom window just exterior Plymouth in 1961. The skies were being incredibly obvious and I experienced been presented a Brownie Box digital camera by my grandfather who had purchased himself a new digicam. For sky shots it was necessary to have the camera fastened, therefore the chemical stand, and I employed a shutter guide to hold the shutter open for an arbitrary time. All those have been the longest seconds at any time. I had been warned by individuals who have been experimenting with astro-photography that I should hardly ever hand about this sort of a film to the chemist mainly because they would method the movie and declare the success to have unsuccessful and would just give a replacement film. Following exposing a number of photos, I processed the movie at home in my darkened bed room and was delighted with this, my very first at any time astro pic. It currently discovered stars that were fainter than the naked eye could see. I inevitably labored as a specialist astronomer at the Radio and Area Investigation Station in Slough from 1968.

Brownie attached to a telescope and the resulting picture of the night sky

Gill Lucas, Worcester: Though biking in Spain final calendar year, my colleague Nigel acquired a Brownie from a village flea current market – when he inspected it later on, he discovered inside of a shot roll of movie. On returning to the Uk, he had the movie processed and on the movie had been pictures definitely taken in England which was quite strange. We contacted the Triumph Herald register and Greeves bike associations, but experienced no luck on finding any information on the rider and how the digicam made its way to Spain. The car amount plate indicates it was from the Northampton region.

Motorbike, car and unidentified man

Jaffer Bhimji, Hunton Bridge: I took a picture of Princess Margaret with my beloved Kodak Brownie in my university days when she frequented my property town, Mwanza, in Tanzania, East Africa close to 1956/seven – it was then acknowledged as Tanganyika. I was 12 when I was supplied my initially new Kodak Brownie camera – I liked it so a lot that I was unwilling to use it. Someone produced a comment at my digicam club that I should have fallen in appreciate with the digicam to start with and then images – that seems just proper!

Princess Margaret in Tanzania

Merryl See Tai, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: Our loved ones (parents, more mature brother and sister) still left Trinidad and Tobago in 1959 and travelled to England by boat. I was 8 yrs old at the time and entered primary university. My brother joined the RAF and my sister entered secondary university. The Brownie 127 Design two, was a gift from my father shortly after we had arrived. I recall retaining it spotlessly clean up, practising, with no movie, to keep it firmly and steadily and to carefully squeeze the shutter button fairly than urgent it. My mother and I returned to Trinidad and Tobago in 1962. I was ten several years aged in this image taken by my sister in 1960/61 in our back again garden at forty three West Stop Lane, West Hampstead, London.

Merryl See Tai as a child

This image of my classmates at St Mary’s Church of England on West Stop Lane close to Kilburn Superior Road is of excellent significance to me – taken by me at 11 several years of age in mid 1962, it was just ahead of we left England and I have never found any of them all over again, notwithstanding a number of endeavours to trace them and an precise take a look at to the school and common area in 2005.

Merryl See Tai's classmates at school

John Reardon, Waltham, MA, US: I have a image taken in the early 1950s, possibly late forties. My father, John Reardon, was in the US Military stationed on the border of the new Iron Curtain in Trieste, Italy. He was out on teaching and he took a picture of himself smiling in a foxhole/ dug-in place. He has a excellent handful of photos taken all-around the identical time of manoeuvres in mountainous regions with snow, so I am guessing they ended up around to the Austrian border someplace. When I went by means of this stack of photographs, I observed it humorous that he took a selfie sixty many years right before selfies became awesome.

John Reardon

Eric Whitfield, Redcar: This photo was taken in 1949, at a guess I was 5 many years aged. I was going for walks together a nation route with my mom and close friends at the time, and the mole abruptly showed up crossing our route. It was a fortunate locate as they usually hardly ever present on their own for very long, but I managed to get it. My mother took the photo and I ultimately allow it go since its entrance digging ft had been very highly effective which frightened me a bit as I considered it was heading to chunk me. The mole swiftly located a place in the grass and disappeared, likely underground. The nation route continue to exists, but is typically overgrown now. The Brownie 127 was owned by my mother and was a relatives digicam – properly cherished, but unfortunately no more time all around as it ultimately bought outmoded by a newer product.

Three children - one is Eric Whitfield holding a mole

Ann Evans, Wrexham: I feel that this image would have been taken with my mom’s brownie camera as I don’t believe that other spouse and children users would have owned one particular at the time. My mom received hers in a each day newspaper competitors in 1926. This is me and my older sister in about 1948 in Rhyl – a well-liked getaway vacation resort.

A girl with a young child in a pushchair

Phil Bulmer, Nottingham: I purchased a Brownie No. 2 past calendar year and took it on a university excursion – I am a trainer. We went to Beaumanor Corridor in Leicestershire for a Earth War Two working experience and I brought the camera alongside for a small quotauthenticityquot. The camera dates from about 1930. At the finish of the vacation, I took a photograph of the two fabulous customers of workers from Beaumanor who made our day distinctive. The print was really special so I popped it in a period searching frame. In advance of I handed it to the ladies, I passed it close to a couple retired people who were being about in the course of Earth War Two and questioned them when they considered the image was taken. Naturally the two girls have been dressed as an ARP warden and land lady. The response was quot1943?quot They have been instead taken aback to obtain it had been taken the working day before.

Two women dressed in the kind of clothes that might have been worn in the 1940s

Niall Wallace, Dundee: I was on a tour of Switzerland in 2013 – this is the Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge) in Luzern, immediately after restoration from a devastating fireplace. The surviving panels inside of the bridge depict scenes from local history and were additional in the seventeenth Century. The Camera is a Kodak (United kingdom) Six20-B from 1937-1941, I acquired it on eBay for £5. One of the most difficult components of shooting on a Six20 Brownie is the re-spooling of 120 movie – it involves rolling the movie off the a hundred and twenty spool in a darkish bag and rolling it back again on to a 620 spool.

Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge) in Luzern, Switzerland

Pieter van Hiel, Hamilton, Canada: This is a photo of a Victorian-period family vault at Hamilton Cemetery. It was taken with a ninety-calendar year-outdated Brownie No. 2A, which was the 1st Brownie I acquired. The very same cemetery is the closing resting location of Isabella Whyte, who nineteenth Century locals believed (even though without a great deal proof) to be Queen Victoria’s fifty percent-sister. The digicam was a birthday present from my mother and father 10 many years back. I assumed it was irreparable and stored it on a shelf as ornamental piece for several a long time. In late 2013, I did some investigate on the internet and observed out just how uncomplicated these cameras are, took it apart and received it again in doing work order with just a little cleaning. The 2A employs obsolete 116 movie, which is no longer designed, but I had some spool adapters designed with a 3D printer. It continue to suffers from gentle leaks, but in several conditions this just adds to the character of the shots.

Victorian-era family vault at Hamilton Cemetery, Canada

This was taken one early morning soon after a poor storm in Dundas, Ontario. For the duration of the evening, a 150-calendar year-old oak tree had blown more than and crushed this parked motor vehicle and a single other motor vehicle. I’d been walking in a nearby wooded location getting photographs, and experienced just 1 body left to seize this shot. I took this photo with my Brownie two, which I purchased on the web very last summer months. Designed in 1908, it is the oldest operating digital camera I own. I love shooting with Brownies because they represent a pure atavistic pictures experience. There are no electronics, no filters, no automobile aim. You basically capture an prompt of mild with a very simple cardboard box fitted with a bit of spring and a piece of glass.

Car which has been partly smashed

James Wray, Plymouth: I acquired a No. two Brownie from an antiques good in the south-west virtually a calendar year back – as considerably as I know, it was designed sometime all over 1919. With it I bought a portrait lens and a boxed roll of 120 movie from 1953. This photo was taken at Restronguet Creek close to Falmouth. I travelled there from Plymouth at 3am so that I could capture the sunrise in time. I couldn’t use a tripod for this digicam effectively due to the fact it doesn’t have wherever to screw into one particular, so I had to harmony the Brownie on best of the tripod without having the screw attached. The publicity time was two seconds on its medium aperture environment.

Restronguet Creek near Falmouth

Hazel Edmunds, Lancaster: In September, my most effective good friend sent me a belated birthday existing which was two Brownie cameras – Box Brownie one and a Brownie Reflex. It was the starting of a little something really unique, it was the commence of a new journey. I sourced movie from a organization in the south of England as these cameras just take either a 127 or 620 film which are incredibly uncommon. The consequence was past my expectations – the pics are stunning and give a vintage really feel. This a person was taken with the Brownie Reflex on a windy day in Arnside, Cumbria, in Oct. It’s the railway bridge heading towards Barrow. I took it simply because it speaks of a journey and I’m on a journey with the cameras.

Railway bridge in Cumbria

Tony Platt, Newton Abbot: Brownie 620 – the digicam was purchased at a local charity store in Newton Abbot, Devon for £1 in July 2013 and I took photographs with it in the afternoon. I experienced to re-spool a hundred and twenty film from a quotmodernquot roll to the thinner metallic older ones. Not becoming guaranteed if the camera labored, I went out on a especially sunny working day to Decoy Region Park. There was no actual program behind what I was accomplishing, just having photographs, the quotold-fashionedquot way.

Decoy Country Park

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Cycling-Out of Africa and ready to roll on Le Tour


By Martyn Herman

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The cut-throat world of professional cycling has produced its fair share of villains and is still saddled with cynicism but even its harshest critics may struggle to sneer when Doug Ryder says “Bicycles Change Lives”.

That is the catchphrase of Qhubeka, a project close to the heart of the 42-year-old Ryder, which has handed out 50,000 bikes in rural South Africa and Rwanda as a reward for community work such as growing trees or academic achievement.

The organisation is also the partner and inspiration behind the MTN-Qhubeka professional team that, in July, will become the first African-based outfit ever to start the Tour de France.

“It’s a door opening that will never close,” team principal Ryder, who has been involved since 2003, told Reuters.

He was speaking a day after admitting how he was left “hardly able to breathe” when news emerged that MTN-Qhubeka had been granted a wildcard to compete in cycling’s blue riband event.

Of the 20-odd pro riders on the books of Africa’s largest cycling team, about half of them are Africans, and for a few, the Qhubeka (the Xhosa word meaning move forward) slogan is apt.

Take Adrien Niyonshuti, who survived the Rwandan genocide that killed his brothers by hiding between two mattresses for five days, and went on to carry his country’s flag at the London 2012 Olympics where he competed in mountain biking.

Another, Songezo Jim, was orphaned as a young boy and only learned to ride a bike aged 14 after watching in awe as the Cape Argus race sped past his aunt’s home in a Cape Town township.

In 2013 he became the first black South African to ride on the UCI’s elite World Tour, taking part in the Milan-San Remo classic.

Then there is Daniel Teklehaimanot, who in 2012 became Eritrea’s first Olympian in a sport other than athletics.

All three will be vying for a Tour de France spot and Ryder says they are pioneers for a sprawling continent that has blessed the world with runners and footballers but few cyclists.

“Our theory behind the team is that Africa has developed the best endurance runners so why not cyclists?” South African Ryder, who competed at the Atlanta Olympics, told Reuters.

“Look at what African runners did 40 years, how the likes of Kip Keino revolutionised endurance running forever.

“I wouldn’t be surprised in the next three years that a black African rider will be on the podium in a Grand Tour.

“I honestly believe that.”

The team’s sports director Jens Zemke said an invite to the Tour de France is a major step forward for African cyclists and a perfect showcase for the work of Qhubeka which receives 10 percent of all prize money earned by the team.

“Cycling I think is 75 percent about the Tour de France in terms of exposure so this brings us to a whole new level, ” he said. “It’s a very historical moment for the continent.”

MTN-Qhubeka, resplendent in an eye-catching black and white kit similar to the Juventus soccer team, will not just be making up the numbers though when the Tour rolls off in Utrecht.

This is no two-wheeled version of Cool Runnings – a film inspired by the plucky but hapless Jamaican bobsleigh team.

Ryder, while passionate about Qhubeka, describing the bikes they provide as “hand-ups” not hand-outs”, has built a team to compete at the top.

Financial backing from South African telecommunications giant MTN and now Samsung means Ryder can pay attractive salaries, provide state-of-the-art equipment and hire the physios and technicians who make cycle teams tick.

Austrian rider Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo in 2013 and since then the likes of experienced American sprinter Tyler Farrar and Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen have joined. MTN-Qhubeka are sending a message.

“We have clear goals and we will decide whether we go for a jersey or a stage win. There are many options and the team is strong enough to compete with the best,” Zemke said.

The Tour de France team will have no ‘quota’ of African riders and will be picked on merit.

“The good young European riders can help mentor and fast track the Africans to success,” Ryder said.

“With Boasson Hagen, Farrar and Theo Bos we know that our finger is on the pulse.”

For Songezo Jim, the prospect of riding in the Tour de France is a dream come true – a long way from his first “terrible” experience of racing.

“My first race in Cape Town I had no idea what I was doing,” he said. “I was lapped by the peloton three times and the guy in the break lapped me four times. But it motivated me

“I will work hard to make the team.”

Whatever the Tour has in store for MTN-Qhubeka, Ryder says victory has already been achieved.

“If we can never win the Tour, that’s fine. We are exposing the potential of what Africans can achieve.

“In fact, the passion and the commitment is far more and far bigger than any European rider we’ve seen. These riders come from so little that they value everything that they get.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband)

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Grantham scouts among 3000 youngsters who took part in winter camp near …

Grantham scouts met up with 3,000 others from across the UK to welcome in a new year of adventure while camping near London.

The annual winter camp this month at Gilwell Park in north east London, the home of scouting and outdoor adventure. provides the opportunity for scouts to take part in over 70 different adventurous and fun activities ranging from abseiling to Zorbing.

The boys and girls, aged between 10 and 18, along with nearly 1,000 adult leaders, enjoyed the experience of sleeping in tents for two nights, cooking on open fires and enjoying a packed programme led by a team of 200 adult volunteers.

Jacob Wand, from 9th Grantham, said: “I love camping in any weather, so this weekend has been great. Winter camp is such fun, and I’ve enjoyed trying new things like climbing the coconut tree.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “Winter camp provides a whole new adventure experience for young people. The challenge is all about empowering scouts with the skills to survive challenging conditions and how to keep warm and comfortable in their tents. It’s great to see so many young people enjoying such a wide range of activities, from climbing, abseiling, quad biking and high ropes. I’m super proud of their enthusiasm and spirit of adventure.”


Assessing The Legacy Of The London Olympics

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to name the city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles are competing to win that competition. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the summer games since Atlanta in 1996.

Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Tokyo got the nod for the 2020 games. London hosted the summer games in 2012, so we thought we’d check in there to see what the legacy is two years later. Did the games live up their promise as a boost for the city?

The BBC’s UK political correspondent Rob Watson joins Here Now’s Lisa Mullins to discuss the topic.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here Now podcast or with the WBUR app.


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Assessing The Legacy Of The London Olympics

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to name the city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles are competing to win that competition. The U.S. hasn’t hosted the summer games since Atlanta in 1996.

Rio won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Tokyo got the nod for the 2020 games. London hosted the summer games in 2012, so we thought we’d check in there to see what the legacy is two years later. Did the games live up their promise as a boost for the city?

The BBC’s UK political correspondent Rob Watson joins Here Now’s Lisa Mullins to discuss the topic.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here Now podcast or with the WBUR app.


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Puglia’s Gattarella holiday camp has Dirty Dancing feel

16:23 23 January 2015

The Gattarella resort.


If you’re looking for non-stop around-the-clock holiday action for teenagers and grown ups alike, don’t look any further than the Gattarella Resort

Beau in the Gattarella Vans skate park.

Walking through the pine forest back to our cabin at the Gattarella holiday camp on a balmy summer’s evening, and hearing the 50s ballroom music blasting out from the amphitheatre’s speakers mixing in with the high pitched cicadas, I couldn’t help but feel I had been transported onto the set of Dirty Dancing.

There’s more than a hint of innocence about the Puglian set-up to remind me of the 80s Patrick Swayze film, especially as I watched Italian teenagers join in en-masse with synchronised dancing to mega-disco tunes by the edge of the sea.

The resort was set up over five decades ago which perhaps lends to the nostalgic air, although it’s anything but dated.

From the moment you walk in to the holiday camp, set in the Gargano National Park, there’s non-stop round-the-clock entertainment.

Emma Bartholomew windsurfing at the Gattarella resort. Photo Emily Morgan.

Even if dancing isn’t your thing you’ll be hard pressed not to find something that suits, from golf to windsurfing, horseriding and tennis, mountain biking, BMX, swimming classes as well as a kids club.

Brave-hearted Italian speakers could even take comedy classes.

Just minutes after setting foot there my 12-year old twins joined in with the daily Vans skate boarding session, starting off the whirlwind holiday the way we meant to carry on.

My sons, already keen skaters here in London, tapped into the wealth of knowledge of the four Vans instructors on-hand to learn a “power slide”.

With the adults fuelled with the breakfast Cappuccinos the Italians do so well, and my sons from their own natural energy – despite their protests to join in the coffee drinking – we threw ourselves wholeheartedly into the programme, barely stopping only to sleep at night.

I hadn’t windsurfed since I was a teenager, but soon got back into the swing of tacking under the guidance of Luca.

Giovanni meanwhile is the golf-fanatic, who drove us in his four by four over the road to the range, carved out amongst the ancient olive trees.

If you do get a few minutes out of the packed schedule to laze on your personal beach lounger, you can take in the breathtaking eye-candy of the Gargano National Park, with its emerald pine trees flanked by the azure blue sea.

The resort is cleverly hidden into the hillside, and apparently can’t even be seen from the air.

We were booked into the hotel, which is in fact a series of chalets built up the hillside, from where you go for meals at one of the two centrally located restaurants and pizzeria.

They’re all no further than a few minutes walk, although if you time it right you can jump on one of the little buses constantly lapping the resort.

Our chalet accommodation was really modern and we made the most of our veranda, eating lunch there we had bought from the supermarket, which is stocked up with food every bit as tasty as you’d expect from this land of food connoisseurs.

We were so tired by the end of the day we didn’t ever make it to evening entertainment.

But I like to imagine that as we were deep in slumber Luca, Giovanni and Lisa were sneaking into the staff after party, watermelons in hand.


The perfect job for Britain’s disenfranchised young men: boar hunting

When I went to stay with my German cousin and he showed me the room where I’d be sleeping, the first thing I noticed were the hairy hides on the floor and the spears mounted on the wall. ‘Boar skins,’ he told me. ‘The forest is full of them.’ ‘And the spears?’ I asked him. ‘For hunting.’ I was intrigued. ‘Tell me more,’ I said. He didn’t need much prompting. Apparently, there’s not a great deal of skill involved – only nerve. A cornered boar will charge you. If you turn and run, you’ve had it. But if you stand your ground, they’ll impale themselves upon your spear.

This story sprang to mind when I read Alexander Chancellor’s fascinating Spectator column about the growing perils of British wild boar. Hunted to extinction in the Middle Ages, during the last 20 years or so a small but hardy population has re-emerged, mainly in the Forest of Dean, and along the wooded border between Kent and Sussex. Initially believed to be escapees from private estates, these hefty beasts have gone forth and multiplied – from a few hundred in the late 1990s to several thousand today. It may sound quaint or comic, but clearly it’s no laughing matter. Tragically, a motorist was killed recently when he hit one on the M4.

Sensibly, Alexander Chancellor suggests shooting them. Naturally, I have no idea whether hunting them with spears instead would be a viable alternative (it might very well be extremely dangerous, for all I know) but I must admit the romantic – and the Prussian – in me rather relishes the idea. Where I live, in Ruislip, on the scruffy edge of North West London, listless young men stuff their pallid faces with kebabs and burgers, then drive up and down the high street in their souped-up cars, in a futile search for some excitement. Of course I have no wish whatsoever to see them savaged by wild boar, but it does strike me that hunting might be a good way for them to combine these two pursuits. Ruislip Woods is the largest forest in Greater London. Muntjac deer (illegal immigrants) roam wild in here. You can still see traces of the medieval ditch that once surrounded this ancient woodland, dug to keep in deer and boar.

In Germany, Wildschweinwurst (wild boar sausage) is regarded as a great delicacy, and rightly so. Healthy and tasty, it’s lean yet full of flavour. So why don’t we see more of it over here? The main reason, not surprisingly, is that the Germans have far more Wildschwein than we do – more than two million of the pesky blighters (they shoot half a million every year). For fretful Britons, Deutschland’s Battle of the Boar constitutes a sobering cautionary tale – hundreds of road accidents, dozens of fatalities, plus countless scares and inconveniences (admittedly the stuff of classic slapstick): policemen pursued onto balconies; joggers forced to shin up trees. The Germans have far more forest than us – eleven million hectares compared to our three million. A third of Germany is forested, compared to just an eighth of Britain. Our woods have doubled in size during the last century, but they’d need to double again, and then again, to support medieval levels of wild boar.

Yet maybe, come to think of it, that’s not such a bad idea. Visit a Forestry Commission site like Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent or Haldon Forest in Devon, and you’ll leave in little doubt that user-friendly forests are the future. Sites like these used to be cordoned off – today they’re open to the public. People come here to go hiking and mountain biking – it’s like a massive outdoor gym. Entry is completely free – you only pay for parking. It’s the ultimate loss leader – what you save on admission, you spend in the bike shop and the café. Maybe in years to come, we’ll be sharing these forests with wild boar, and wolves and lynxes. Until then, better buy a nice sharp spear.

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Jamie picks up a Gold Award from the Earl of Wessex

A young man from Merthyr Tydfil celebrated his 21st birthday by collecting a gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Jamie Brown, from Heolgerrig, was one of many young achievers from across the UK to have a date in the prestigious setting of St. James’s Palace on January 13.

Jamie has attended Georgetown Boys and Girls Club – where he achieved his bronze, silver and gold award.

And he travelled to London to receive his gold certificate from the DofE’s Gold Award holder HRH The Earl of Wessex.


The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a celebration and recognition of Jamie’s achievements.

The GAP is a unique event and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required.

Jamie worked tirelessly through the five sections of his DofE programme over to achieve his Gold Award.

His diverse activities included mountain biking and coaching young children how to fish.

He has obtained fishing coaching badge level 2 and for residential sailed on a tallship from Southampton to France.

His skill activity was helping primary school children to pass their National Standards in cycling and his expedition was in Scotland trekking and camping in Glencoe for four days.

Jamie Brown received his Gold certificate from the DofEs Gold Award holder HRH The Earl of Wessex
Jamie with his award


Jamie said; “Having participated in all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, I have become much more confident in dealing with adults and children.

“I have learned many lifeskills along the way and obtained many qualifications.

“The addition of this award certainly helped with my entry to university and will serve me well as an addition to my CV.

“I would wish to express a strong thanks to my mentor during the whole programme. Ray O’Neil has been an inspiration, giving strong support, leadership and became a good friend while ensuring all my experiences were positive and prepared me to become a better person in life.

“He has supported countless young people over the years through his committed work both in the youth centre and in his own time. He develops young people in becoming good role models for their peers.”

Jamie’s Gold Award helped to identify the university course to pursue. He is currently at Trinity St Davids completing a BA Honours in Primary Education with QTS to become a primary school teacher.


Factory Media brings Jonathan Bates on board

London-based content creation house Factory Media has brought in Jonathan Bates as its new creative director of partnerships, to lead the expansion of the company’s distribution network.

This includes launching a dedicated YouTube channel, creating a syndicated publisher network and formalizing the shop’s partnerships with creators and talent.

“We are building an action sports-focused video content business with an emphasis on reaching 16- to 36-year-old millennials on multiple platforms,” Bates said in a release. “This is a richly valued and fragmented demographic, so our aim is to offer an authentic way of engaging with this group at scale.”

Factory, which also has offices in Munich and Cologne, Germany, specializes in content creation in the extreme sports and culture genres, working with such brands as Adidas, Canon and Red Bull. It collaborates with celebs in the biking, boarding and outdoor space to create co-branded content for various digital properties, including the windsurfing site Boards and the motocross magazine Moto.

Bates joins the team from video distribution house Rightster, where he worked as director of entertainment, leading the company’s distribution, monetization and strategy for the MCN’s right-holders. He’s also headed up multi-platform video department at ITV, responsible for the U.K. commercial broadcaster’s short-form video operations.


Girl on Campus

With New Year’s Resolutions there seem to be two groups of people: the reformers who don their lyrca and are seen biking up hills at 10am on January 1st , and the “why bother”-ers who can be found snuggled up on the couch, content that they are not facing a steep climb with a hangover. Nevertheless, don’t let your version of a New Year’s Resolution turn you into a trackie and grandma knit jumper wearer – even a couch potato can have style. This year it’s all about making goals for yourself, challenges to embark on that are achievable- well that’s according to Style magazine and their back to back issues of food, detox and exercise tips.

All this “body is a temple” encouragement is fine and dandy but I’ve decided to take my own approach; this 2015 I want to see the rejection of the January Blues uniform. While browsing the feeds of LCM (London Collection: Men) fashion week I was in awe of the sophisticated dressing of the street style elite and have decided to take heed of them. I am determined to resist putting on comfy black leggings and the oversized knit, this January it’s all about the tailored jackets, fitted turtle neck and sharp accessories.

I associate the word “detox” with vegetable juices, so I’ve decided to think of cleansing in a new way. A far more enjoyable wardrobe cleanse- getting rid of those items I never wear, shouldn’t wear and no matter how hard I breathe in just can’t wear. When was the last time you were able to close your closet door? You’re not alone. The task of cleaning out your closet solo is near impossible. When I look into my wardrobe, I see memories of times I wore certain outfits and I’m also aware of the money I spent on them, so each time I consider extracting a piece, a chorus of “what ifs” sings in my head: What if miniskirts come back? What if I take a trip aboard? What if Eddie Redmayne turns up and asks me out on a date? No one likes limiting their options and finding an advisor you trust who has the patience to take on the task with you can be near impossible. We don’t all have a closet-cleanse-giddy husband like Kim K. Vogue have developed a fabulous flowchart that addresses all the excuses you can make for yourself helping you edit your wardrobe into keep, store for a season and donate. Ask yourself do you need it? Does it fit? What is its sentimental value? Do you look like future you or past you in this?

After the Golden Globes last Sunday night I’m sure everyone has been putting in their order for the latest Givenchy haute couture (cough), but I must request please refrain from following Kiera Knightley’s lead. It might be Chanel but the butterfly and tiered frills look fell flat on the red carpet and I definitely don’t think it will translate to Hull Road street style. Look for inspiration from Emily Blunt in her beautiful neo-Grecian dress, a style to emulate at the upcoming Burn’s night ball, but stay away from the long white gloves (Amal Clooney) remember you’re not the queen.