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Thursday, 31 March 2011

News Clipping: County festival makes England award shortlist

A festival celebrating the art of Dorset Knob throwing is in the final shortlist in the hunt to find England’s most quirky and unique event. The Dorset Knob Throwing event that takes place at Cattistock has made it through to the final 10 in the Where Else But England Awards 2011.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 31st March 2011

Friday, 25 March 2011

Events: Rockers The Dolmen hold pirate party for charity

Piractical rockers The Dolmen are calling on everyone to indulge their inner seadog and come along to a special fundraiser at the weekend. The Weymouth-based band is holding a Pirates’ Keep to raise funds for the TS Pelican, the sail training vessel based in Weymouth.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

News Clipping: Book uncovers Dorset's first known tribe

A Dorset author has fresh evidence to suggest that Dorset's first-known tribe was made up of independent baronies and not of a unified state. The tribe of the Durotriges was listed by the Greek geographer Ptolemy in the 2nd Century AD. Dr Martin Papworth is the author of The Search for the Durotriges: Dorset and the West Country in the Late Iron Age.

 READ MORE - Source: BBC News 23rd March 2011

Friday, 18 March 2011

News Clipping: Brewers Quay items go under the hammer

A piece of Weymouth history will be up for grabs as items from a visitor attraction go under the hammer. With Brewers Quay closing its doors for redevelopment last month, a number of weird and wonderful exhibits from the visitor attraction are being sold at auction in Dorchester. Fibreglass horses, a classic red telephone box, full-sized cannons and life-size figures will be among the lots on the sale at Duke’s Auctioneers Grove saleroom on Tuesday, March 22.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 18th March 2011

Below: Highlights of the Brewer's Quay 'Time Walk'

News Clipping: Osmington White Horse to 'move' to original position

Work is due to begin to "move" the Osmington White Horse monument in Dorset back to its original position. The 260ft (79m) figure, which overlooks Weymouth Bay, was carved into the hills in the early 19th Century. Over time the outline of the 200-year-old figure has been "degraded", says Melanie Osborne from Ordnance Survey.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News

Friday, 11 March 2011

Events: "Frankenstein" at the Bridport Electric Palace

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has come up with a radical vision for his stage version of Frankenstein by casting two stars - ­Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller - to play the much misunderstood creature.

The actors will play Mary ­Shelley’s literary creations - the monster and his creator Dr Frankenstein - on alternate nights at the National Theatre when performances begin in early February on the building’s Olivier stage.

Danny Boyle’s reasoning for interchanging the actors is to keep the production fresh and exciting. Also, the show - a major coup for the National and artistic chief Nicholas Hytner - will be told from the monster’s point of view.

As a member of the National Theatre Live initiative, The Electric Palace will be screening the production live on Thursday 17th March at 7pm when the performance will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Dr Frankenstein.

Boyle, who won an Academy Award for Slumdog Millionaire, has cast two sensational actors for Frankenstein. Benedict Cumberbatch has been praised for delivering one of the year’s best performances in After The Dance and for taking the legendary Sherlock Holmes into the 21st ­century on BBC TV. The drama is now being broadcast in the U.S. Steven Spielberg has also cast him in a top role in his film of War Horse, based on the Michael Morpurgo novel that became a theatrical hit for the National.

Jonny Lee Miller has worked with Boyle before, playing Sick Boy in the director’s acclaimed film ­Trainspotting in 1996 - the year he married Angelina Jolie.

This is a return to theatre directing for Boyle, with his film credits including Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Millions, Slumdog Millionaire and his latest picture, the outstanding 127 Hours.

Tickets for Frankenstein are on sale now for £12.50 from Bridport Tourist Information Centre on 01308 424901. For more details see www.electricpalace.org.uk

Thursday, 10 March 2011

News Clipping: More of Dorset Roman road to be unearthed

Conservationists are hoping to unearth more of a Roman road which has been uncovered in Dorset.  Hundreds of trees have already been removed to reveal half a mile of 1,900-year-old road in Puddletown Forest.  The Forestry Commission, which owns the land, knew of the road's existence but it had remained buried until now.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News Thursday 10th March 2011

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

News Clipping: Nothe Fort sleep-out: Money raised for Alabare Christian Care

Freezing temperatures, sleep deprivation and ghostly sightings could not stop a group of volunteers raising hundreds of pounds for charity. Twenty volunteers set up camp on the parade ground at Nothe Fort in Weymouth on Friday night to attempt to sleep rough.

 READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 9th March 2011

News Clipping: Dorset Echo Pancake Day races were flipping good fun

The Dorset Echo Pancake Day Races were held in bright spring sunshine on the lawn of All Saints Church in Easton, Portland. Pancakes were tossed and dropped during the annual Shrove Tuesday event. More than 40 pre-school children, a record for the event, took part in the event and were split into two heats.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 9th March 2011

Saturday, 5 March 2011

News Clipping: Visitors given increased access to Thomas Hardy's house

Visitors are to be given increased access to the home of Dorset’s most famous literary son.  Max Gate, the house which was designed by its renowned former occupant Thomas Hardy, will be open to the public from April 1 until October 30.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 5th March 2011

Events: Graham Moore presents 'Darkest Dorset'

Accompanying himself on guitar or English concertina, Graham Moore presents a rural ride through the hard, dark times of 19th century Dorset - true tales of our rich social history in an intimate musical evening of 'Darkest Dorset', suitable for all ages. Hear news of Boney's invasion, warm your hands on Captain Swing's flames, swear an oath with the Tolpuddle Martyrs and tremble at tales of village witchcraft.

As well as being an acclaimed solo performer, Graham Moore has written and performed in several iconic Dorset-based folk musicals including 'Tolpuddle Man' and 'England Expects', and this is a rare opportunity to revisit some of his classic material on home ground.

See 'Darkest Dorset' at the following venues this season:
More information visit www.artsreach.co.uk or www.bymoore.co.uk

Friday, 4 March 2011

Film News: Way of the Morris

Morris dancing is one of England’s most ancient and enduring roots traditions. And yet to your average man-jack on the street, it’s seen as little more than a national joke. And a bad national joke at that.

A heartfelt ode to his agrarian roots, 'Way of the Morris' follows filmmaker Tim Plester on a journey from the English village green to the killing fields of The Somme, in search of a connection with the much-maligned native dance traditions that run deep in his blood.

A recipient of a FourDocs bursary, 'Way of the Morris' features contributions from Billy Bragg and Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie.

Scheduled screening at the South by Southwest®(SXSW®), Austin, Texas on Sunday March 13th 2011

WAY OF THE MORRIS: Official Trailer 1 (HD) from Way Of The Morris on Vimeo.

WAY OF THE MORRIS: Official Trailer 2 (HD) from Way Of The Morris on Vimeo.

For more information about the film visit www.wayofthemorris.com

News Clipping: Are ghost sightings the real thing or just a figment of our imaginations?

If you’ve had an experience with the paranormal then you aren’t alone. New research suggests that ghost sightings in Britain are becoming more and more frequent.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Friday 4th March 2011

Thursday, 3 March 2011

News Clipping: UFO files: "flying saucers" over coastline sparked full scale alert

A “War of the Worlds” incident in the south which sparked off a full-scale military alert is revealed for the first time in newly-released former top secret files.  The incident, contained in extra-terrestrial files released today by the Ministry of Defence, occurred during the 1960s when members of the public reported six small flying saucers positioned in a perfect line across southern England.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 3rd March 2011

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

News Clipping: Investors needed to finish Dorset ghost story

Film makers, Devils Avalanche Films are appealing for investors to finish off their Dorset ghost story which stars two actors from household name productions.  Former Grange Hill legend ‘Zammo’, otherwise known as Lee MacDonald, plays a teacher in the new film ‘Any Minute Now’.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Tuesday 1st March 2011

News Clipping: Join the Dorset Echo Pancake Day races

It's that time of year again and, with pans and pancakes at the ready, the whole community is invited to join in the Dorset Echo Pancake Day Races on Tuesday, March 8. This will be held, as it has been for around the past 20 years, at All Saints Rectory Lawn in Easton and spectators are encouraged to come along and join in the fun.

Pancake Racing at All Saints Church, Rectory Green, Easton, Portland, Dorset.

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