'A prominent peak and tourist location in Lancashire could be set to benefit from refurbishments, following a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Daniel Love reports.'
*This piece was originally submitted as part of a final year Broadcast Journalism portfolio.
Specialist writing lectures at university were rarely dull. Late enough in the day to have stretched of the hangover - with frequent guest lecturers from a variety of different publications and the occasional prize giveaway for the best piece of work.
One week, when someone from Shortlist magazine came in with a bag full of prizes, I decided it was time to bring out my A-game to the session.
The first two prizes slipped by fairly inconspicuously, a Kick-Ass 3 graphic novel and the entire box set of How I Met Your Mother. But when the shiny gold bottle was pulled out of the bag, it had my full attention. It was none other than a 1L bottle of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve - blended Scotch whisky.
The task to win it was to think of four questions to ask Christian Bale ahead of the upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings, in which he was playing Moses. As he's a notoriously difficult interviewee, I mixed some seriousness with a bit tongue in cheek. Here's what won me the bottle:
Introducing the smallest, lightest, quietest and most cost effective 3D printer on the market – the IBox Nano. Previously, 3D printers were only available to wannabe James Bond characters, but now it’s a reality for everyone at just £142.
Even more impressive is the fact it requires just a single battery to operate, and has the option to replace it with a USB chargeable one, saving even more on its running cost.
However, its dimensions are just 85 x 110 x 235mm, meaning you won’t be able to print yourself off a new girlfriend just yet; but it does mean you’ll be able to easily pack it into a travel bag. Who knows when you might need to print off a spare chess piece, a fishing hook or a screw to solve a DIY crisis.
So how does this witchcraft work? Basically its internal Wi-Fi allows you to send Computer Aided Designs (CADs) from any device. Once there, the resin-based printer uses UV LED’s to cure the resin; which last up to 20 times longer and give off less heat than existing models.
Don’t worry though this doesn’t compromise the quality, with a 328 micron resolution, it ensures you won’t be able to see the individual layers of resin.
Available in April 2015, you’ll have plenty of time gather enough funds in order to purchase this exciting gadget and extra resin, as you will have just 95mL to play with at first.
*This was originally written as part of a 3rd year specialist writing seminar
A care worker from Lancaster has denied mistreating dementia patients at a nursing home, Preston Crown Court heard earlier today.
Katie Cairns, 26, of Riverview Court, Westgate, Morecambe faces the allegations of abuse along with two colleagues at Hillcroft nursing home, Carol Moore, 53 and Gemma Pearson, 27.
Ms Cairns denied allegations that she had grabbed the loose skin around a male patient’s nipple, before twisting it and calling it a ‘mangina’.
She also denied deliberately throwing a softball too hard so that it caused harm to and humiliated a patient during a co-ordination building exercise.
Furthermore, another allegation the jury heard was that she intentionally stood on the foot of a wheelchair bound patient, which she also denied; although admitted that she may have done it accidentally.
However, Ms Cairns did admit to receiving a disciplinary for swearing in the presence of residents.
The court also heard a statement from Kathryn Horrocks, a colleague of Carol Moore’s from her time working at Fairfield Hall.
She said regarding Ms Moore, of Ripon Avenue, Beaumont, Lancaster, that: “At all times I have found her to be professional, caring and courteous.”
This was followed by six statements from relatives of patients at Hillcroft, all praising Ms Moore’s work at the home.
A fourth member of staff, Darren Smith, 35 has already admitted to eight accounts of ill treatment and is not on trial.
All three defendants face further questioning for misconduct between May 2010 and September 2011, under the 2005 Mental Capacity Act, as the trial continues.
*This was originally submitted as part of a portfolio for a 2nd year Print and Online module. The news was gathered during a visit to Preston Crown Court.
The fate of Preston bus station still hangs in the balance, as an event to support the claim to keep the building is planned for this Saturday.
The event, taking place at gate 81 of the bus station, promises guest speakers, art displays, films and workshops in an attempt to keep the building from being destroyed.
The future of the building has generated a lot of response from locals and officials alike, following the council’s plans to demolish the building, due to high running and refurbishment costs.
However, this plan was met with concerns that the city would suffer in the long term without a bus station of this size and national importance.
The hoped outcome for the building, which is a favourite amongst the people of Preston, is that it should be given listed status; a title which it was denied in 2000.
Amongst the supporters, and one of the guest speakers planned for the event, is Professor Tom Jeffries, head of the school of architecture at Manchester University.
He said that the building is: “One of the great heroic structures in Preston” and that it has: “Turned bus travel into a significant activity rather than a mundane”.
Supporting his claims is another guest speaker, Stella Hall, the festival director for Preston Guild. She said: “It really is an icon for British engineering; it’s kind of an emblem.”
Hall hopes that the event can help save more than just the bus station, as she hopes to use: “The energy of people gathered there to focus on Preston as a whole, rather than just one building”.
The council have already expressed that they do not wish to sell the building, to prevent it being used as anything but a bus station, but stick by their plans to pull it down.
*This post was originally submitted as part of a first year news writing portfolio