CLANkidz photos

July 31, 2008

A small selection of photos taken at CLANkidz 2008

These photos are not all my own work – the output of at least four cameras that were swapped around by several people over the course of the week were brought together to around 1000 images. These were whittled down to around 120 of which I decided to upload a few representative ones. So these are in no way my copyright which means I can not grant the use to copy them and as such should not be taken or used in any way whatsoever by anyone ever, at all at all, amen! However, you can view them and remind yourself of CLANkidz if you were there or think about coming next year if you weren’t.


Germans at CLAN 2008

July 30, 2008

I have no idea what they are singing but I like the story behind filming this and making it happen….

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The story:  I’m running visuals at CLANkidz (the children’s work at CLAN Gathering in St Andrews 19th-25th July 2008) and had to spec the video equipment we were to bring.  Not too complicated this year as we were happy with what we had last year so 8 26″ CRT video monitors + two projectors set as five separately controlled feeds – I won’t cover how this was all set up as I aim to do that elsewhere when I get a moment.  The point for this story is that the stage wasn’t as big as last year so the band only had one ‘words monitor’ where I had planned two.

So one of the leaders from the Primary 4 tent asked if it would be possible to ‘record some Germans singing a song’ so that the children in that group could learn the song to perform in a talent show in a couple of days time.  OK, I had 4 video cameras available including Alan’s new toy so the easiest way for me to do this would be to record on video then grab it and output the audio track to a CD as each tent had basic PA’s with CD players – bring on the Germans.

So I sit on the grass to give (what I think is a) nice low angle shot with ‘big sky’ in the background and tell them to be as loud as they can.  The whole thing is shot in one take, no rehearsals which is why when they first dance the camera shakes and you can hear me giggle as I really wasn’t expecting that!  OK so doggy camera work aside the footage is shot.  It is at this point that the P4 leader says ‘how are we going to remember the dance moves to show the kids’ as the concept is still just to use the video to capture the audio track.  By the way, all this happened after our evening session as we were tidying and leaving the site…

Within about 20min I have a 26″ TV (which was spare) and DVD player (which was spare) set up, connected to their PA and tested.  Late that evening Alan captures the footage from his camera and one of us tops and tails it, puts together a DVD with a continuous loop, which burns overnight and is ready for the P4s the next  morning.  Now, THAT is why you always take Techs’ with you!  AND as a Tech that is why you always take as much as you can not just what you need, also never assume Germans won’t make you laugh when you don’t expect it :-)


CLANkidz Leaders Singing

July 30, 2008

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Beach Photos

July 28, 2008

First day at Ckidz we took some time out at the beach in St Andrews….


Anstruther photos

July 28, 2008

A group of us took an afternoon off from Ckidz
to get some fish and chips in Anstruther and
take lots of photos

If you ever find yourself anywhere near Anstruther you really should try the Anstruther Fish Bar & Restaurant.


Quick Quote

July 18, 2008

I popped along to visit some friends who were on an Impact Mission I was involved with last year.  The evening session was in The Upper Room where just after one of the leaders spoke about some of Jesus Miracles including when he turned water to wine the group were told they were to split into groups for the next thing they were to do – that’s when one of the guys piped up

“Do we get to make wine?”


Glasgow Demolition Map

July 13, 2008

Found this once, then forgot about it and was reminded when I saw some photos of a tower block that was demollished last night….  so in case I need it again here is a link to the Glasgow Demolition Map


Books: Agatha Christie “The Sittaford Mystery”

July 12, 2008

Agatha ChristieThe Sittaford Mystery

So I wondered into good old Biblocafe feeling like some kind of who-done-it mystery novel and asked for any Agatha Christie and this was the only one in.  It was a pleasant enough book, very much of its genre with lots of characters many of whom could be linked to and have motive for the strange murder that takes place at the start of the book.

A pleasant enough read and no I didn’t have a clue who the murderer was right up to the reveal moment.


Queen and Country

July 11, 2008

Just caught an item on BBCs Culture Show of Mark Kermode interviewing Steve McQueen (no not the one from The Great Escape, Bullitt and The Magnificent Seven as I first thought ’cause he died in 1980).

In the first part of the interview (which is online here) showed an art project by McQueen called Queen and Country.

“Official war artist and Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen, in collaboration with 137 families whose loved ones have lost their lives in Iraq, has created a cabinet containing a series of facsimile postage sheets, each one dedicated to a deceased soldier.”

Full details here where you can also sign a petition that the Royal Mail adopt this as a commemorative set of stamps for British troops.

I like many things about this concept, but mainly whether you are in favour of or against British action in Iraq this focuses on the individual people who have served and sacrificed for ‘Queen and Country’.


Proud to be Scottish?

July 5, 2008

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It is good to be reminded what it means to be Scottish by a pair of socks.