Trip to BBC Manchester

On arrival at BBC Manchester, our very able tour guides whisked us off into a maze of corridors, navigating us ably between various sets and studios. Although I’ve never had much of an interest in radio drama, after a behind the scenes look at how they’re created I may just have to tune into The Archers in future! Not only did we learn how the sound effects of a lamb being born are produced, as well as that of a flock of birds taking flight, but also that cold water being poured into a cup sounds very different to hot water, apparently! I’m going to have to give that one a try, I think, just to be sure… Next, it was on to the set of Northwest Tonight and it’s amazing how a clever bit of lighting can transform a small and shabby set into something that appears much more spacious and glamorous than it actually is! I think we all came away with a new-found respect for weather presenters too, who have to fill any remaining time at the end of the show, however much or little that may be, and all without the benefit of an autocue! One of the braver members of the tour group had a go at this for herself, whilst others starred in a radio drama – no lambing required in this particular scene, thankfully! Regardless, I have to confess, I was more than happy to just be a spectator for that one…

Being one of the hottest days of the year so far, we also managed to squeeze in a welcome drink in a nearby beer garden and make the most of the sunshine, so a big thank you to the chair for a great trip!

Comedy and Genius

In the last couple of weeks IVC have been to a couple of comedy clubs (at Alexander’s (very good) and Theatre Clwyd to see Silky and his chums (even better)).  In both cases we sat at the front!  Whose bright idea was that?  Oh well, we survived the experience and had a great time on both occasions and were fit enough to go on a day trip to Manchester to see Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry:

No pictures I’m afraid they weren’t allowed! However it was an excellent trip to Manchester and the exhibition. Train was packed in both directions so were lucky we managed to find seats, though not together! There were seven of us and on arrival in Manchester we all headed to Don Giovanni’s (appropriately an Italian restaurant) for a meal before heading to the exhibition! All of us ate too much so could barely walk after! The food was excellent, as was the exhibition. All of us were stunned at how much Leonardo Da Vinci did in his life that have a huge bearing on our lives’ today. Everything from the perfection of ball bearings, to cranes and the principle of helicopters right through to his artwork and sculpture, the obvious examples being The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. A very enjoyable day.

Christmas shopping and a show

Christmas is coming, the diary’s looking fat, please come to the pub for our club night?  Hmm: I think I might have to work on my rhyming…

Christmas is coming, the diary’s looking fat, please put a January event into the hat, if you don’t know what to do then God Bless You.

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, The new diary is on its way, oh what fun it would be to fill it up today!  We have a new diary so HEY HO HEY HO HEY! 🙂 🙂 🙂  Please come along to one of the remaining club nights and put an event (or two) in the diary for 2010! (Especially if you didn’t put an event on in 2009 as you are kind of missing the point of this being a club run by members for members 😉

If you didn’t get December’s bulletin please let me know as it is out!

If you need help planning an even or want to put a joint event on with someone else Aidan is there and will give you all the help that you need.  Poetry writing anyone… ?
ps. Thanks to Steph and Emma for putting on shopping trips to Manchester and Liverpool (although I think we had more fun in Liverpool as we went to see a show afterwards !)
Never Forget at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Thanks too to Jackie for arranging for a lovely Sunday pub lunch: see you all again this Saturday (well, it is festive meal season after all 😉 )