It’s over two weeks since the Bristol citizen journalism crew left Weymouth but their blog is still being added to (see below) and right now it’s been viewed 5555 times! Eleven young people have provided some great perspectives on Weymouth’s temporary Olympic life (being continued until the end of the Paralympics) with observations and reviews on cultural events and interviews with visitors, residents and businesses, and even a rival Olympic Sailing team from Denmark! (more…)
Please visit D Shed to see a recording of this fascinating talk.
While the Olympic Games continue (and you still don’t know the difference between all those cycling races!) don’t forget you can still buy the essential guide to The Games – David Goldblatt’s ‘How to Watch the Olympics’ – from Watershed’s Box Office!
You might also be interested to take part in Mike O’Mahony’s project ‘My Games: The View From the South West’ by contributing photographs of your personal experience of the Olympics here in the southwest.
David Goldblatt, Michael O’Mahony and Martin Polley have all written books about different aspects of the Olympics – how to watch them, the contribution made to them over the years by a wide range of visual material, and a look at the 400 year history of the British Olympics – yes 400 years!!
Come and learn more at an illustrated talk at 18:00 Wednesday 18 July at Watershed, full details here
Yesterday evening’s screening of Hugh Hartford’s film Ping Pong at Watershed was so popular we moved it into the bigger cinema! A very enthusiastic audience – of all ages from 8 to over 80 – loved the film that was followed by a lively question and answer session with the director, hosted by David Goldblatt. (more…)
Yesterday afternoon, David Goldblatt and co-author Johnny Acton were guests on Steve Wright in the Afternoon, talking about their book How to Watch the Olympics. You can listen to the interview here (maybe only for a few days so be quick!), and if you like the sound of this invaluable guide to THE summer’s sporting feature you can get a copy from Watershed’s Box Office!
We were delighted to welcome to Watershed yesterday Millbrook Academy from Gloucester – the first school from outside Bristol to participate in our annual Media Literacy Workshops with David Goldblatt and volunteers from the BBC. (more…)
David Goldblatt and tutor Sacha Butterworth are working once again with some of the students from City of Bristol College who took part in Oktoberfest. This time they are looking at the topic of young people and disability in sport. The project is part of research that Dr Emma Rich and colleagues at Bath University are carrying out about barriers to participation in sport and is being supported by RELAYS at Watershed, Matthew Swindells, RELAYS PhD student at UWE, and Greg Sharp, Sports Development Manager at the University of Bath, also a RELAYS colleague.
The students will be interviewing and filming young athletes in training at Bath University’s Sports Village which is hosting individuals and squads who are in training for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and beyond. There’s also a good chance the citizen journalists will get an interview with Ben Rushgrove, a professional disability runner from Bath.
At the launch of his new book How to Watch the Olympics on November 25th, David Goldblatt treated the audience to some of the odder moments of Olympic history – the accidental chargrilling of hundreds of Olympic doves by the lighting of the torch at Seoul, the ferocious competition between women BMX competitors and the bizarre world of synchronised swimming, originating apparently on the Thames in 1726 with Benjamin Franklin – he called it ‘ornamental swimming’ and also invented the swimming flipper.
These are just a handful of fascinating facts from David’s talk that can also be found – in the company of many more, in his book which can be bought at Watershed Box Office – great for Christmas presents!
If you come to Watershed on Friday 25th November at 7.00 pm, you can find out everything you’ll need to know about How to Watch the Olympics at the launch of David’s Goldblatt’s new book of the same name. David and co-author Jonny Acton have provided a clear, but humorous account of all the Olympic sports – including photographs and some intriguing diagrams.
David and Jonny will be at the event to give some background to the book and show a selection of some of their favourite Olympic film clips – see Watershed’s website for more details of the event and how to buy tickets.
You can see the last post about our third citizen journalism project here but we’re already discussing a new and imminent project with Dr Emma Rich from Bath University and RELAYS colleagues around sport and disability, more news as details are firmed up.
Negotiations are already underway with a range of people in Weymouth around finding accommodation for our citizen journalism students and acquiring access to a technical base for next summer’s planned visit to report on the Olympic sailing and windsurfing and also hopefully to the opening events.
Meanwhile come back soon to find out details of an Olympic-related event at Watershed in late November – our friend David Goldblatt has written a book with colleague Jonny Acton called How to Watch the Olympics and we’re having a book-launch evening to celebrate.