Still time to get tickets for the 8th Doctor BFI screening

September 16, 2013 by Tony

There’s still just under a week to be in with a chance to get your hands on two tickets for the BFI Doctor Who 50th anniversary screening of the Paul McGann TV movie. The man himself is going to be there on the 5th October to be part of the panel after the screening. I’m giving away a couple of spare tickets to people to donate to my Malawi Mission, which is raising money for the AMECA Trust to provide better health care in Africa.

Just donate £5 (or more!) to my charity fund between 9th September and 22nd September, mentioning “BFI” in the message to be in with a chance to get your hands on the tickets. Remember to leave your e-mail address when you donate: Don’t donate anonymously!

Donate here to enter the draw.

Please see last week’s blog post for the full details and T&Cs. And thank you for donating!

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    Tickets for BFI 8th Doctor screenings up for grabs

    September 9, 2013 by Tony

    I recently gave away a couple of tickets to the BFI Doctor Who 50th anniversary screening for the 9th Doctor as a thank you for donating to my charity fundraising. Well, I’ve got a spare pair of tickets for the screening of Doctor Who: The Movie at BFI Southbank on Saturday 5th October too. So I’m going to give them away again! Paul McGann’s only on-screen appearance as the Doctor – and he’s going to be there! Tickets for this screening are sold out, so this might be a good chance to get your hands on some. 🙂

    My Malawi Mission is to climb the highest mountain in southern Africa to raise money for the AMECA Trust, which helps provide better health care in Africa. I am going to get bitten by a lot of insects and generally have a tough time of it. I’ll also be seeing the work of the AMECA Trust first hand and be taking part in a community project to build a school.

    Just donate £5 (or more!) to my charity fund between 9th September and 22nd September, mentioning “BFI” in the message to be in with a chance to get your hands on the tickets. Remember to leave your e-mail address when you donate: Don’t donate anonymously!

    If you are a UK tax payer, please give using Gift Aid. This helps charities reclaim a whopping 20% extra on top of the amount you donate.

    Donate here to enter the draw.

    I’ll pull a lucky winner out of the virtual hat, e-mail them for a postal address and post the tickets to them.

    AMECA logo

    Terms and Conditions

    1. You are donating to support the work of The AMECA Trust, Registered Charity, No. 1121240. You are not paying any money for the tickets.
    2. All donations including anonymous donations are accepted in good faith. Refunds are not possible.
    3. Each eligible donation will be entered into the draw once. You may donate multiple times to increase your chances.
    4. The winner must provide a delivery address by Friday 27th September.
    5. I will cover the cost of first class registered postage to anywhere in the UK.
    6. My decision on the winner is final.
    7. No cash alternative offered.
    8. You are responsible for getting yourself and your guest to the BFI Southbank, London on 5th October. And remembering the tickets.
    9. This charity draw isn’t endorsed by the BFI nor the AMECA Trust.
    10. The BFI’s standard T&Cs apply.
    11. You can’t resell BFI tickets for more than their face value (£11 each). This is not an attempt to subvert that and the same rule applies to the winner.

    If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.

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      Lini and Huw

      September 2, 2013 by Tony

      I just published my write-up of Lini and Huw’s wedding on my website. The wedding was a fusion of East and West, with Indian, Chinese and British influences. Some photos from their ceremony are below, but if you’d like to read more about the Chinese meal reception and trip to the boating lake, head over to my wedding photography site.

      Bridal preparation at Burpham Country House Hotel

      Bridal preparation at Burpham Country House Hotel

      Lini met Huw at University when they became housemates. They lasted all of two days before getting together, and they now have a mad dog called Svetlana and a several rescued battery chickens to keep them busy. Their ceremony was at Arundel Town Hall, West Sussex. The undercroft of the town hall is full of fantastic arches, and the ceremony room has big windows on both sides, great for a photographer!

      Arundel Town Hall, West Sussex

      Arundel Town Hall, West Sussex

      Arundel Town Hall, West Sussex

      You can read more about Lini and Huw’s Indian, Chinese and British fusion wedding on my site.

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        Malawi Mountain Madness

        August 27, 2013 by Tony

        A few weeks ago I wrote about my Malawi Mission. I will be climbing up the highest mountain in southern Africa in aid of the AMECA Trust. They are a small charity set up in memory of Alex Markus, an Army doctor who died aged just 23. His mother Ruth used the money she received from the Army to set up the charity dedicated to a subject that was close to Alex’s heart: improving healthcare in Africa.

        Well, this week marks one year until I travel out to Malawi to climb that mountain and see the work of the AMECA Trust first hand. I’m a bit scared, but excited. When we were in secondary school, some of my friends went to Tanzania. When they came back they were full of experience and awe at the amazing things they’d seen. I am sure that Malawi will be just as awesome. It’s also special to be involved with a charity that is so small. Nothing against the larger charities, but by necessity they operate like large corporations. AMECA has Ruth and a small band of contributors. They don’t waste money on niceties, as much as possible gets put to work doing good.

        I’m so grateful to all those people who have donated to my fundraising campaign. It has already reached 25% of the target, which is fantastic. If you can spare a small amount of money to help support the work of the AMECA Trust in improving healthcare in Africa…

        Please donate on my Virgin Money page

        One of the things I did to raise funds was to give away a pair of tickets to one of the BFI Doctor Who screenings. The winner (chosen at random by entropy) was Alan, who collected the tickets a couple of weeks ago. See grainy camera phone picture below. Thanks to everyone who donated to be in with a chance of getting their hands on the tickets, sorry you weren’t lucky. Keep reading this blog though as I may have more Doctor Who things up for grabs.

        Tony Whitmore presents Alan Pope with his prize tickets

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          Video killed the radio star(s)

          August 19, 2013 by Tony

          We tried something a little different during the last Ubuntu Podcast recording session. Thanks to the nice people at BT who have installed fibre to the cabinet in the neighbourhood, we suddenly have lots more bandwidth available at Studio A. In turn that’s meant we can consider something that has only been a pipe dream before: video. We’ve been asked by quite a few people over the years whether we can have a video stream of our live recording sessions as well as the audio.

          I’ve always liked the glimpses behind the metaphorical curtain that started when radio stations installed webcams in their studios. Seeing the production team in action gave a better insight into the work required to make a radio show seem as effortless as they need to. Radio 1 in particular now goes even further and makes videos of segments. As a radio geek they fascinate me. Whilst I am in no way comparing our efforts with those of the BBC, hopefully having videos available will add something extra to our shows for those who are interested.

          We used Google Hangouts to broadcast ourselves (thankfully Alan was able to make all the stuff happen with accounts) and we took a feed from the mixer into Alan’s laptop. This means that the automatic voice detection doesn’t work, but Alan did a good job of switching between webcams manually. There are some things that aren’t great, particularly the resolution from the webcam I was using, and we could all do with finding more flattering angles on ourselves. But that’s showbiz!

          As an added bonus the stream is recorded and you can watch the video from the first live episode here:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=233xnDn1SyA

          Can’t see it? Click here.

          Have a watch and let us know what you think: podcast at ubuntu-uk.org and make sure you watch the next live recording on Wednesday 28th August at 1930 UTC.

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