Archive for December, 2008

Dance and Performing Arts Evening School, sign up now for 26 Jan start

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Performing Arts and English division at the University of Bedfordshire has stepped up its after-hours timetable of classes to reach out to students, the local community and surrounding areas.

Street Dance, Contemporary Dance, Singing and Ballet are on offer.

Courses last for 7 weeks. You can ‘mix and match’ and attend any seven sessions from the four courses.

The fee for seven sessions is £30 (£25 for current University of Bedfordshire students).

  • Street Dance - starts Monday 26 January 2009
  • Singing - starts Monday 26 January 2009
  • Contemporary Dance - starts Tuesday 27 January 2009
  • Ballet - starts Wednesday 28 January 2009

New hub will encourage innovation during economic downturn

Friday, December 12th, 2008

The Innovation Director of the region’s new Enterprise Hub has outlined his vision for encouraging innovation and enterprise across the region.

Dr Abdul Al-Jibouri believes the new Hub, which will officially launch in February 2009, will act as a catalyst for helping companies adapt at a time of great economic uncertainty.

The Hub is backed by a number of partners including the East of England Development Agency, the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Borough Council and Basepoint, and has been set up to help businesses from across the region and north London to access guidance on a case-by-case basis, linking them to the support they need.

University conference highlights skills needs in Bedfordshire

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Almost 90 per cent of employers in
Bedfordshire believe improving the skills of their employees is very important
to ensure they remain competitive.

That was one of the findings at the
recent Skills to Innovate conference
which was held at the University of Bedfordshire.

The event brought together academics
and local businesses to discuss how they can work more closely to build a
highly-skilled workforce in light of recent research by Bedfordshire County
Council which revealed that business skills in Bedfordshire are below regional
levels.

Luton Art 2008

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Luton Museum’s annual showcase of works by regional artists. For over 50 years artists have submitted their works for display in this popular exhibition. Works are judged by a panel of experts and many are for sale. A good chance to enjoy some of the region’s artistic talent, including that of young artists.The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday and Bank Holidays from 1pm to 5pm. Closed Monday.

Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Enjoy the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition and see the winning images in this touring exhibition from the Natural History Museum. The judging panel, which included some of the world’s best nature photographers and most respected wildlife experts, deliberated over 32,000 entries from 78 countries. Ben Osborne from Shrewsbury, England was named as Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007 for his picture Monkey Moment. Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BB Wildlife Magazine, and sponsored by Shell.Entry is free, just drop in.Stockwood Discovery Centre is open during the winter season (November to March) Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Luton teacher’s teeny weeny bikini confession!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

An embarrassed Luton schoolteacher has broken nearly two decades of silence to claim that he sang the lead vocals for reality TV star Timmy Mallet’s ’90s hit Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.

The wacky I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star has been telling “teeny weeny” porkies in the jungle over his involvement in the number one song, according to Luton’s Lea Manor High School deputy year head Everton Barnes.

The 45-year-old has finally confessed that he was drafted in to sing on the novelty record by producers Nigel Wright and Les McCutcheon because Timmy could not nail the high notes.

The former Wacaday children’s TV presenter and his band Bombalurina held on to the top spot in the UK charts for three weeks in 1990 with their cover of Brian Hyland’s 1960 hit.


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