LONDON’S WESTEND LIVE 2014

West End Live 2013 in Trafalgar Square
West End Live 2013 in Trafalgar Square

West End Live returns to trafalgar square later this month – showcasing the best of what London’s West End has to offer.

The best thing about West End  live isn’t just that it all happens in the iconic setting of central London in Trafalgar Square or that you get to see brilliant acts – one after the other, from the best productions currently playing in London…one of the main attractions about West End Live is…. IT’S FREE!!!!!!

All you’ve got to do is queue.

When: Saturday 21 (11-6pm) and Sunday 22 (12-6pm) June
Where: Trafalgar Square
Cost: FREE ENTRY – this event is NOT ticketed

For more information visit their website : West End Live

Last year, Monday Matters sent our roving report Bonnie Britain and her producer Noor to Trafalgar Square for West End Live 2013  where they spoke with the cast of Let It Be, The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, Mouse Trap and actor and singer Oliver Tompsett.

 

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POEM Dear One Absent This Long While by Lisa Olstein

Lisa Olstein grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Barnard College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Her first book of poems, Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (2006), won the Copper Canyon Press Hayden Carruth Award.

On 106.9 SFM’s Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan – Gill Fraser Lee reads her poem Dear One Absent This Long While.

Brian Conley – He’s Back & It’s Personal

Brian Conley was born and raised in West London and studied Performing Arts at The Barbara Speake Stage School and then at the age of 16 hit the road and made a living performing cabaret in nightclubs.

He began his TV career as a warm up man for Terry Wogan, Noel Edmonds and Kenny Everett, but soon started appearing in front of the cameras with regular appearances in Five Alive and Live from the Palladium.

He spoke to Jason McCrossan about his life and also his one man show currently touring the uk “The Life of Brian Conley”.

 

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

Apple announced its Mac OSX software is to have a radical design overhaul, bringing its desktop and smartphone software closer together, and introducing a new feature called “Continuity” that lets users easily switch between the two.

I used to get excited at the thought of these conference – but year after, after year – rather than having my socks knocked off by the awe-inspiring wonder of looking into the future…I’ve always felt a little short changes.  Seeing those at the conference clap and whoop every 20 seconds – I’m sure they do the same when someone shouts lunch!  Apple probably think – “yeah we nailed another great conference” – which is fine if you are in a zoo playing to clapping seals…just don’t expect everyone outside the zoo to have the same zeal.

Apple will introduce:

  • HealthKit and Health app – letting fitness/health devices communicate to a centralised, privacy-respecting app on the iPhone which shares data between them as you allow
  • HomeKit – coordinating smart home systems
  • “Extensibility” for iOS 8 – so that apps can communicate with each other, and pass data between each other natively
  • Third-party keyboards are now allowed – though they won’t be able to connect to the network (to send usage data) unless you specifically allow them

 

CUTTING EDGE – MEET THE POLICE COMMISSIONER

Ann Barnes with Ann Force 1
Ann Force 1

Channel 4 recently aired a documentary entitled “Meet the Police Commissioner” – which was a fly on the wall look at Kent’s first Commissioner who is charged with efficient and effective policing Ann Barnes

The documentary paints a pretty unflattering picture of Ann who seemingly bumbles her way from one meet to the next.

And there in lies the trap door of life…never agree to a television programme without having a veto on the final edit.

Television makers employ people to make their subjects like and trust them.  To tell them all the stuff that said subject thinks and feels they want portrayed on the screen – make them feel like they are the ones writing the script.

The truth is – the only people writing the script are the TV production company and all those moments when you thought you had their trust, when you thought you’d made a real friendship – goes right out the window – they will tell you anything you want to hear to get their story.

And that is why I feel really sorry for Ann Barnes.   I do not for one second believe that the image portrayed by this documentary is fair and rounded and certainly not what was promised.  Out of all the hours of filming – they have focused on maybe 10% of who Ann is.

Imagine for one second, if you had camera’s following you 8 hours per day at work for 3 months and you were trying to be as open and honest as possible.  There would be, I’m sure, many good things – but also – there would be some embarrassing moments, a few mistakes, some points you’d rather weren’t show and some that you hope they do.

Now imagine if over the course of an hour – you saw all those negative bits – those big nasty warts that’d you’d hoped would have been cut or edited – the main focus of the programme.  I guess, like what may have happened to Ann – the blood draining from your face.

I can only imagine that Ann’s agreement was part genuinely wanted to engage the public in understand her role and part ego.  Maybe she allowed herself to believe the sweet talk from the producers who, I’m sure, assured her that she’d be pleased with the results and all was fine.

The truth is television relies on those who take part to be flattered into signing away the right to your personal identity and allowing a production company to define your image – put it out for everyone to see – then walk away.