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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Events: The Lost World - Paper Cinema in Maumbury Rings

Maumbury Rings Saturday 31st July – gates and bar 7.30pm / Performance 9pm – £8 / £5 (In case of bad weather relocate to Dorchester Arts Centre)

This evening step into 'The Lost World', where shadow puppets hunt for dinosaurs in a magical tale for children of all ages.

As a finale to the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival, Dorchester Arts presents Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World  - a tale of adventure, discovery and dinosaurs - in the outdoor setting of Dorchester’s Maumbury Rings.

When lovestruck reporter Edward Malone agrees to travel to a remote South American plateau to impress his lady friend Gladys, he hopes to return a hero, but along with his four fellow Edwardian explorers, finds a Lost World beyond imagination, from which they’ll be lucky to return at all… What will they find? Will Malone win the heart of his lady? Will any of them come back alive? Watch and see...
Someone once described the work of Paper Cinema as like finding yourself in a village where television had not been invented, but something altogether more enchanting had been dreamed up in its place.

It’s a live animation to live music which takes on a filmic quality because of the way the artists use the camera to film the drawings being projected onto the big screen.  Music and live sound effects by Chris ‘little boat’ Reed, performed by Imogen Charleston and Nic Beard.

More information visit www.dorchesterfestival.co.uk

Thursday, 29 July 2010

News Clipping: Mystery "Cave Man" spotted in Dorset woods

A mystery ‘caveman’ has been spotted in the woods along the coastal path. He was snapped by holidaymaker Nuala Hamilton from the Mull of Kintyre. Ms Hamilton, 43, had travelled to Lyme Regis on holiday with a friend and her greyhound Judy to look for fossils

 READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Thursday 29th July 2010

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

News Clipping: Lot Less Monster

Grabbing the binoculars at his ageing mobile home, Steve Feltham focuses on a splash in murky Loch Ness. Sadly for the monster hunter it is just two swimmers further along Dores Bay at the north end of the stretch of water - but the ultimate Nessie fan does not give up hope of a sighting.

Below: Desperately Seeking Nessie,The video diary of Steve Feltham, Monster Hunter, his first year at Loch Ness.
 

It is 19 years since Steve left his girlfriend, well-paid job and Dorset home to live without electricity or running water in a bid to solve the riddle.

Read More: Source:, The Sun 28th July 2010

Monday, 26 July 2010

News Clipping: Makeover begins for Osmington's White Horse

Efforts to give Osmington’s famous White Horse a makeover starts today. Youngsters from the Dorset Army Cadet Force will work with Royal Engineers, Royal Navy personnel and members of the Osmington White Horse Restoration Group on the initial phase to restore the 200-year-old King George III monument to its original condition.

 READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Monday 26th July 2010

READ MORE - Source: BBC News Monday 26th July 2010

News Clipping: Turtle fossil may be ‘new species’

A turtle fossil which dates back more than 140million years could be a new species. The complete specimen was found at a quarry when a four-tonne block of Portland stone split.  Mark Godden, a manager at Albion Stone at Portland, Dorset, was with his wife Diane when she spotted the specimen – identified as Hylaeochelys ‘Shell Genus’. Mr Godden said: ‘It could be a new species, which would be amazing.’

Read More: Source, Metro UK - 26th July 2010

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Dorsetarian: Fossil Folklore - Sea Dragons, Fairy Loaves & Serpents of Stone

Fossils have inspired tales about their magical or medicinal powers to their many religious and decorative uses. Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker explores the fascinating folklore that has developed around these ancient relics of the past.

Click here to read - Sea Dragons, Fairy Loaves & Serpents of Stone

Friday, 23 July 2010

Events: Meet Gary Biltcliffe (The Spirit of Portland) and Carol Hunt (The Portland Sea Dragon) at WH Smith, Weymouth

Meet Gary Biltcliffe (The Spirit of Portland) and Carol Hunt (The Portland Sea Dragon) at WH Smith, Weymouth, on the 24th July 2010 between 11.00am to 1.00pm.

A great opportunity to meet Gary and Carol and discuss their books and Portland in general.  For more information contact Roving Press on 01300 321531.

News Clipping: Andrew Motion to open Thomas Hardy festival in Dorchester

Former poet laureate Andrew Motion will open the Thomas Hardy festival in Dorchester tomorrow.

He will be speaking in the Thomas Hardye School theatre on the first night of the 19th international conference.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 23rd July 2010

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

News Clipping: Poetry written in stone on Portland

Poetry celebrating the glory days of quarrying, penned by a former Portland stonemason, has been engraved and laid into dry-stone walls on the island. The poems, written by the late ‘Skylark’ Durston, were carved in large plaques of Portland stone by Weymouth College stonemasonry student Ian Chalmers and laid in walls next to the Old Engine Shed at East Weares.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 20th July 2010

Friday, 16 July 2010

News Clipping: Archaeology roadshow at Dorchester Library

Dorset residents can get their archaeological finds identified at a special roadshow at Dorchester Library between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday, July 27.  This free drop-in event is a chance for visitors to find out what their finds are and how they contribute to knowledge of the county’s past.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 16th July 2010

Thursday, 15 July 2010

News Clipping: Digging in for Portland Museum workshop

People have had a chance to find out more about any unusual objects they may have found or dug up in their back gardens. Weymouth and Portland Spirit of the Sea Festival held a workshop at Portland Museum for the public to bring any finds that they have discovered and learn about their history and archaeological value.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 15th July 2010

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

News Clipping: 'He's going to need a bigger bowl': Schoolboy angler amazed after he hooks a monster 5lb GOLDFISH

Even if you're known for having a three second memory, it's an unforgettable catch. And Nick Richards was bowled over when he reeled in this 5lb goldfish.  The 16-year-old angler was amazed to have caught the massive orange specimen while fishing at a local lake in Poole, Dorset.

READ MORE - Source: Daily Mail 14th July 2010

READ MORE - Source: The Sun 15th July 2010

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo



News Clipping: Civil display at Weymouth's Old Town Hall

Step back in time during the Spirit of the Sea maritime festival to learn more about Weymouth’s past. History enthusiasts can discover all there is to know about a range of historical events including famous shipwrecks, the English Civil War, the plague and the Spanish Armada at the Weymouth Through Time event.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 14th July 2010

News Clipping: Poole’s phantoms brought to life by Granny Cousins

Murdered mayors, swarthy smugglers, long-dead pirates, and ghostly goings on. The history of Old Town Poole and the Quay will once again be brought to life by storyteller Michele O’Brien – now in her 13th year giving Granny Cousins’ Ghost Walks around the town.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 14th July 2010

More information visit Granny Cousins Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town 

Friday, 9 July 2010

Events: New Morris Dancing Group - 'Anonymous Morris'

Anonymous Morris are a brand new Border Morris side based in Poole, Dorset.

They are running a free Border morris workshop at Poole Old Town First School on Thursday, 16th September 2010. 7:30 - 9:30pm  Anyone in the 18-28 age group is welcome to turn up and join in, no previous experience of any kind required.

If you’d like to be added to the mailing list for dancers and musicians, please contact Judith@anonymousmorris.co.uk or alternatively visit the website at www.anonymousmorris.co.uk

News Clipping: Black Dog Map of Great Britain

In the July issue of Country file Magazine (Issue 36).  Outdoors editor, Jo Tinsley investigates the origins of Britain's most terrifying shaggy dog story.

Visit the Country File magazine website to discover the Black Dog mythology near you with their exclusive guide to Britain's ghostly spots.


View Black Dog in a larger map

 READ MORE - Source: Country File MagazineWebsite July 2010

News Clipping: Pathé film and photo archive shows Dorset's past

Footage from Dorset's 20th Century history have been made available to the public by a historical film and photography archive company. British Pathé holds thousands of items of material, and its oldest Dorset footage shows Weymouth in 1910. The archive has now been placed online and includes material that was not thought to exist such as the funerals of Thomas Hardy and Lawrence of Arabia.

READ MORE - Source: BBC Dorset Friday, 9 July 2010

Thursday, 8 July 2010

News Clipping: Treasure hunter unearths Iron Age grave in field near Weymouth

A treasure hunter has unearthed the ‘find of his life’ – a grave containing a 2,300-year-old skeleton and his possessions. Carl Walmsley, who has been using a metal detector for 25 years, came across the find in a farmer’s field just outside Weymouth. 

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 8th July 2010

Artefacts discovered by members of the Weymouth Metal Detecting Club will be on display at Weymouth Museum in Brewer’s Quay from June 21st to September 30th 2010

Sunday, 4 July 2010

News Clipping: Hunt for the huge Black Dogs haunting UK's countryside

The fiery red eyes and the blood-curdling howls of ghostly Black Dogs have long haunted the pages of British literature. From Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles to the sinister Padfoot in the tales of Harry Potter, time and again nailbiting stories have been woven around the legend of mythical huge dogs. Whether such tales are just fiction is now open to doubt.  In recent years reports have continued to emerge of wolf-like Black Dogs seen roaming the country. Now zoologists and experts in the paranormal are calling for a probe to prove their existence. 


Saturday, 3 July 2010

News Clipping: Weymouth Born Psychic Octopus does it again

The talented octopus at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, predicts Germany win over Argentina.

Events: 'Weymouth Through Time' Exhibition at the Old Town Hall Weymouth

Step back into history at the Old Town Hall Weymouth  with 'Weymouth Through Time' Exhibition from 5th - 15th July 11am - 4.30pm daily. More details and other events visit www.weymoutholdtownhall.co.uk

Events: Shanty Theatre Company’s ‘A Rat’s Tale’

The village graveyard is heaving with excited fans as the people of Woodston jostle to see the final showdown between their wrestling heroes, Man Mountain and The Plough. As the crowd roars its support, an inconspicuous ship slips into Weymouth harbour carrying a lethal cargo.


Join Shanty Theatre Company this year for a hysterically historical musical tale of plague, pestilence and puns. Never has the Black Death been so funny.
  • In Lyme Regis at the Marine Theatre, 28 July - 29 August 2010. You can book tickets here
And then on tour.  Visit www.shantytheatrecompany.co.uk for further details of dates, times and venues.


A Rat’s Tale. Warning! It’s contagious!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Events: Happy 80th Birthday Weymouth Town Bridge

Weymouth's famous lifting bridge will be 80 years old this Sunday and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, in partnership with the Dorset County Council and the  Weymouth Harbour Board is celebrating it.

The bridge first opened at 12.30pm on  July 4th 1930, and an anniversary exhibition will be held at the Harbour Office on July 4th from 1-4pm and again from noon until 4pm on July 11th during the Seafood Festival.
 
The following weekend there will be a second celebration during the Seafood Festival on 11 July for local children to join the festivities, with a ‘Happy Birthday Bridge’ birthday card competition. The ten most creative young card makers from local schools will be invited aboard a round-harbour trip on local boat the ‘Melwey’, and will be treated to an exclusive guided tour of the secret inner workings of the bridge, where they will be able to watch from inside as it is raised and see how it is operated.

Below: Foundation Stone Laying of Weymouth Town Bridge



Bridge birthday festivities during the Seafood Festival on the 11th will also include Pommery Champagne, and the opportunity to sample a special celebratory ale brewed exclusively for the occasion by Festival sponsors Ringwood Brewery. A small flotilla of decorated local vessels will sound their horns to celebrate the occasion, and a waterborne musical tribute to the Bridge will be performed by the Weymouth Sea Cadets Band. Local boat owners who would like to be part of the celebrations can travel through the bridge at 11am – you are invited to dress boats with bunting and make as much noise as possible!

Cllr Peter Farrell, chair of the Harbour Board, said: “Weymouth’s town bridge has been an iconic landmark of this town for nearly a century. The bridge plays a key role in our history; the first bridge across the harbour was built in 1597, when Queen Elizabeth I ordered the feuding boroughs of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis to unite.

“I’m sure there are many residents amongst us who have memories attached to the bridge, or perhaps even helped build the current bridge when it was installed in 1930. We’d be “I’m sure there are many residents amongst us who have memories attached to the bridge, or perhaps even helped build the current bridge when it was installed in 1930.”

“The town bridge plays a vital role in our local infrastructure and has done for generations, and it is important not to overlook the hard work that goes into maintaining and operating this facility throughout the year.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to everybody who has worked on the bridge, past and present, and to celebrate the important role that the bridge plays in Borough life.”

Events: Dorset Legend & Mythology Exhibition



Saturday 3rd July 2010 until Sunday 25th July 2010

Portland Arts Centre
The Old Laundry
Brymers Avenue
Fortuneswell
Portland
Dorset
DT5 1JS

Private View Saturday 3rd July - 7 - 9pm

Exhibition opening times Every week Thursday, Friday, 11am - 4pm.  Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5 pm

For more details visit www.portlandartscentre.co.uk

Events: Sir Terry Pratchett and the Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe in Dorset for Oxfam Bookfest

Oxfam Bookfest is preparing to make its celebrated return this month with one of the heroes of modern literature making an appearance in Dorset.

The Oxfam bookshop in Shaftesbury will be making a huge contribution to the national Bookfest festival with a wealth of activities and events taking place across the fortnight in July.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 2nd July 2010

Saturday 17th July 2010 at 11.30 am in the Shaftesbury Oxfam bookshop.  Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe of ‘Fortean TV’ fame will be in the Oxfam Bookshop, Shaftesbury, to sign some of the books that he has written.

Saturday 17th July 2010 at 1.30 pm in the Shaftesbury Oxfam bookshop.  Terry Pratchett will be in the Oxfam Bookshop, Shaftesbury, to sign some of the books that he has written.

Times could be subjected to changes due to unforeseen circumstances

Oxfam bookshop, 19 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8JS. Tel: 01747 854636

More details click here.
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