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Here we go! It’s been a big week for the events and hospitality sector, following the Government’s announcement on Monday. We’re already seeing the momentum pick up in anticipation of those target dates and it’s great to see some real optimism return to the industry. Key dates to remember: March 29th: Outdoor sports facilities open, organised [...]

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Spring Between Adam Curtis and Handforth Parish Council, it's been another full-on fortnight in the world of online consumption. With days nearing 10 hours of sunlight, we're feeling optimistic about the weeks and months that lie ahead. Theatre companies such as Arcola, Thorington and Without Walls are well underway with designs and plans for new [...]

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The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips is famous for his carnival-style live show extravaganzas, appearing in a Human-sized hamster ball as a staple part of the band’s live experience since 2004. I had the personal joy of seeing them at the fantastic Green Man Festival in 2010. Last week, the band took the strangely [...]
2020

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2021 Happy new year everyone! Credit to Reuben Dangoor on the artwork above. We can probably all agree that the rollercoaster of 2020 is not one that will be particularly missed. A huge well done to everyone on making it through an incredibly arduous year, whatever your circumstances. Despite quite a spectacular start to 2021 [...]

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2021 Almost there folks, well done! Hopefully, some of you have already been able to work with the Winter Plan set out last month which cleared the way for restricted capacity events, hospitality and retail. With more and more promising vaccine news each day, it's certainly getting easier to cautiously raise expectations for the new year.  [...]

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The Winter Plan With lockdowns easing next week and the list of vaccine successes growing, the light on the horizon is a little bit brighter. The Winter Plan set out on Monday clears large events in tiers one and two to run at specified capacity restrictions, including business events, elite sport events and live performances. There are roll-out [...]

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"Lockdown 2" Once again we find ourselves locked down. Despite last-minute disruptions becoming the norm this year, it's still hugely disappointing having to quickly adapt to new restrictions all over again. We've all seen the creative ways that those in the events, hospitality and many other sectors have adapted to safety concerns and we really [...]

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Good News Another instalment of good news this week, as Marcus Rashford MBE continues his fantastic and seemingly unstoppable campaign to ensure free meals for deprived schoolchildren. In the short weeks following being awarded an MBE, Rashford has raised over 1,000,000 signatures on his government petition and rallied a remarkable response from cafes, shops, restaurants, councils and charities up and [...]

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World Mental Health Day Last Saturday, the 10th of October, was World Mental Health Day. As years go, it's not been a particularly easy one. Most people across the planet have endured incredibly testing circumstances both privately and professionally and it's worth acknowledging the endurance that everyone has shown on occasions such as this one. [...]