Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bank Street Play Writing Competition Latest

 The last few entries for the Bank Street Writers Play Writing Competition have been coming in this week and  it is interesting to note that there was only one American entry though we had entries from several other countries. I suspect this was due to a) poor advertising stateside and b) the entry fee being in sterling. I will try to let more American sites know about future competitions and also persuade my venerable colleagues that we should accept payment in USD which may help. I will also ask some of my American contacts to suggest where we could advertise. In the U.K. we advertise our competitions  to two hundred writers' groups and in various writing magazines.

So over the weekend I will get all the scripts to our judge, Jolyon Coombs and he will then have the happy task of reading loads of one act plays and picking the best ones which will be staged at the Little Theatre in Bolton. . In August I will publish the results and the judge's comments which always make interesting reading.

Good luck to all those who have entered.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Antoninis or Antuninis, Dubrovnik

A tip for visitors to Dubrovnik: there is a street in the old town called Prijeko Street that runs parallel to the Stradun or main drag. On this street is one of the many restaurants which calls itself Antoninis but on the wall it's spelt Antunini. This place will sell you a big beer for half the price (i.e. 25 kuna) of the flash eateries at the far end of the Stradin and the waitress called Ana is a lovely person whose Mum is the chef. And once they know you, they don't charge for everything on the bill. Lovely people. Hvala, Ana!
 

Thursday, May 03, 2012

And some

Unfortunately, I have ignored Phil Crippen's advice that a blog is not just for Christmas and haven't posted for ages so here's the nooz.




1.The Bank Street Writers' latest competition is for one act plays. An easy 75 smackeroonies could be yours just by penning a winning one act play and entering the comp. Details on the Bank Street Writers Website.



2. My shortlived love affair with the Huff Post is over. I had got so used to the garbage on AOL that I thought the Huff had higher standards...as if. If anything it is even more celebritized (scilicet trivial) than AOL.



3. An excellent recent article on the Occupy movement by Naom Chomski in the Guardian. Important reading.



4. Bank Street Writers this week visited Bolton Museum and were regaled with resources provided by their untiring staff. Thank you so much for that.

Teaching an old blog new tricks

This why I hate IE

5. This has been the shortest April on record since records began. I don't know where it went, except that wherever it went, it went very wet.

6. Musically, things are a bit quiet around here at present gigwise, but I'm hoping Brad will come up with some monster hidden talent soon. For my sins, I am working on a transposition of Holdsworth's lyrical Sphere of Innocence at the moment though there have to be some compromises because a standard guitar won't do baritone. I may also resurrect my guitar version of Eric Whitaker's Sleep. Not that anyone would know wtf I was playing.


7. Film poets and put them on youtube and they get maybe 60 hits in a couple of years. Put on a basic intro to guitar chords for non standard tuning and you get thousands of hits in a short time. Clear there are more twangers than onthewordsofhangers.


8. I'm waiting for someone to put a handle on these post-realist times we live in. What we call reality TV is really surreality. Who would have thought that our present day redtops would survive by not containing any news at all except rumours of possible sightings of a nobrain nobody doing absolutely nothing of consequence?


Dormez bien, mes amis.