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Volunteering at Light Up Bristol

Light Up Bristol 2007Ideas always seem great at the time you make them.  It's only when you have to carry them out do you feel the weight of the decision made.

I was feeling not so much the weight as the bitingly bitter cold on Monday night.  Hundreds of people came down to see Light Up Bristol kick off for another year of festive illumination on College Green.  TV crews, excitable kids, parents, corporate liggers and a fair smattering of creative types all converged on the freezing turf to see what the cream of Bristol media had come up with this year.

I don’t think anyone was disappointed – apart from the unfortunate weather presenter I managed to cover in huge gobs of fake snow (just who thought I was the best person left in charge of one of the soap-snow cannons I don’t know – it was too dark to see either them or any of the settings on the machine!).  The kids loved it all, the parents took advantage of the mulled wine and roasted chestnuts from the Watershed marquee, and those lucky enough to come clutching a VIP invite headed straight for the Glenmorangie bar for their free wee drams of whiskey.  The folk from Spike Island even turned up, hosting an art stall that became bathed in psychedelic lights that span off from the cathedral in rhythmic waves.

The main show consisted of a series of moving images projected across the entire 400ft Council House façade and set to a soundtrack loud enough to be heard at the top of Park Street.  Images from baubles to beautiful reindeer that emerged through a sparkling blizzard of individual snowflakes created a magical scene.

The finale – from world-renowned Anti VJ – left all who watched awestruck.  Lights played perfectly over brickwork, tracing every corner and angle of the façade.  Colourful maelstroms of light were played precisely over all windows, creating a dizzying feeling of watching the inside of the building bursting into flame.
 

Created on Thursday December 20 2007 11:53 AM


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More Google world domination....

Looks like Wikipedia is next in line as Google continue to trample over everyone on the Internet:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7144970.stm 

So if you're any expert on something - anything - just let Google Knol know.....good luck 

 

Simon Newing
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Created on Monday December 17 2007 12:48 PM


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And the winner is....

The lovely people at Sustrans!!!! 

We have been following the fate of one of our favourite clients with bated breath for some time now.  Sustrans' Connect2 project was pitted against three other environmental schemes via a live TV vote last Friday on ITV.... and won!

They will use the £50 million from the People's £50 million lottery giveaway to improve sustainable transport links for 79 communities across the UK.

With 42% of all votes cast in their favour, Connect2 were the clear winners, beating bids from Sherwood Forest, The Black Country and Eden Project. 

Simon Newing
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Created on Wednesday December 12 2007 12:00 AM


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Youth Matters

South Gloucestershire Council have just asked us to help create an exciting and interactive web site promoting positive activities for teenagers in the locality.

Featuring a forum, a prominent events diary and an extensive services directory, the aim will be to encourage young people to discover what's going on in their area and be inspired to get involved.

We're pleased to be kicking off 2008 with such an enjoyable project and look forward to working with the local councils again, particularly after the success of 1 Big Database

 

Simon Newing
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Created on Friday December 07 2007 12:00 AM


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A day in Dublin!

Lisa and her GuinnessSo yesterday, myself and Lisa spent a day in Dublin mixing business with a few pints of Guinness and a wander round one of my favourite cities.

We were invited over by one of Ireland's biggest charities to talk about a new web based project - which meant the joys of the Bristol to Dublin Ryanair route (which I have to admit was on time both ways) and over an hour spent in traffic getting into the city centre - Dublin has some serious traffic issues.

However Ireland's capital looked lovely decked out for Christmas with lights everywhere and it certainly has a different feel from most cities I've been to in the UK - it feels cleaner, safer and adds a bit of a 'European' feel into the mix. It was Lisa's first visit, and apart from the price of the beer (take plenty of Euro's if you're thinking of heading there for a few days) she seemed impressed.

Fingers crossed that we'll be making many more trips in the future - we'll let you know how we get on.

Simon Newing
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Created on Wednesday December 05 2007 01:59 PM


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Birthday fun in the name of Cherry D

Charity... Cherry D... geddit?!I’ve found my next addiction:  live auctions! 

Last night Lisa and I joined Cherry D for their 4th birthday celebrations, where salty daiquiris and sumptuous vol-au-vents prepared us for a hugely successful charity auction. 

Although we were keen to bid on a number of items, we soon found ourselves slightly out of depth amongst what appeared to be a sea of seasoned bidders. 

Cherry D had persuaded Richard Madley to preside over the event, an auctioneer experienced both at exciting the crowd and making them eager to part with their cash.  Items donated ranged from the bizarre to luxurious - a ghostly tour of Clifton, a hot air balloon ride and a weekend for two at one of Europe’s most exclusive hotels being just 3 of the 15 lots called.

Over £3,100 was raised in less than an hour but more importantly, many of the charities that Cherry D have helped over the past 4 years were given an opportunity to talk about their recent developments.   Cherry D have clearly made an important impact on Bristol’s 3rd sector, providing practical business skills to people passionate about their respective causes.

Click here to find out more about Cherry D and the charities they support.

Created on Thursday November 29 2007 02:43 PM


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Our very own blog!

The tireless dedication we lavish on our lucky clients often means that amendments to our own web site take a back seat. Which is why I am so pleased to announce the final arrival of the Focus blog! 

We hope to pack it full of insightful comment and general ramblings regarding the wide world of web development; feature good nights out and the fun things we get invited to; it may even go so far as to supply cake recipes!

The main objective of starting a blog, however, is to create a dialogue between us, our clients, our competitors and just about anyone that happens to be visiting our site.  Comments can be added to any post - and we promise to answer any questions posed.


Feedback on general issues can still be sought via our 'Contact Us' page but go have a look at the blog first!

Simon Newing
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Created on Wednesday November 28 2007 12:00 AM


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We're pleased to announce the launch of our new blog

team blog!So after a bit of head scratching, articulating and discussion in the office, we're pleased to announce the launch of our new blog, which we hope will give you all a bit more of an insight into all things Focus New Media - what we're up to, what we like and don't like and some of our thoughts and opinions on things that are going on in the world.

Technically, the blog hasn't been an issue. Most of the chat's that we had centered on the sort of things that we want to publish. It's tricky - stuff needs to be relevant and of interest but with that personal and informal touch. So we decided to keep our news page for announcements, project wins and company developments - and our blog for a bit of playground gossip.

Whilst we're hoping for the whole FNM team to come on and have their say, there will be four main contributors to the blog. Amy, our account exec, will have plenty to say about us, all the work we're doing for various charities and the world in general. Account manager Lisa will no doubt be filling us in on all the networking events she manages to invite herself to. And myself, MD Simon, who's rantings may range from Google's latest products to the search for decent offices in Bristol. The fourth contributor we hope will be you - through our 'comments' facility you'll be able to give us your thoughts as well.

So fingers crossed you'll find our blog a bit different and that it fulfills it's purpose - letting you have a sneaky peek at us 'behind the scenes'. Please do get in touch with your comments, we'd love to hear from you.

Simon Newing
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Created on Tuesday November 27 2007 10:03 AM


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Vote for walking & cycling

Online voting has begun for The People's £50 million lottery giveaway, a national competition designed to find the project  most likely to change peoples quality of life.

Sustrans project Connect2 was established on the belief that everyone should be able to choose a form of transport that neither impacts negatively on the environment or the health of their family.  While Britain's obesity crisis worsens every year and the damaging effects of our carbon-hungry lifestyles becomes clearer to one and all, Connect2 strides leagues ahead of the competition as the only scheme to directly address these issues.

To get an unbiased look at all four contestants - and more importantly, to vote - go straight to The People's £50 Million website, where details on each project can be viewed before you make the final decision. 

 

Simon Newing
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Created on Monday November 26 2007 12:00 AM


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Saintly Shelter Solutions

Two Saints have launched their first ever website today - just in time to give homeless people in the south extra support during the cold winter months.

Providing an extensive support service online will help the housing association to achieve its key aim: to assist people to make the life changes that will enable them to find and keep a home and to reintegrate with society. 

More news will be up shortly but in the meantime take a look at the site here.

Simon Newing
Simon

Created on Thursday November 01 2007 12:00 AM


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