Stephen Joseph Theatre – Upcoming events for 2012

JT Productions

Geordie Sinatra
16 May – 2 June

Absurd Person Singular
8 June – 13 October

Lost & Found (double bill)
29 June – 1 September

3 July – 31 August

4 July – 31 August

12 July – 13 October

Soul Man
3 August – 1 September


Playing Burton
10 March

Love’s Labour’s Lost
12 – 17 March

20 – 31 March

2 April

Your Last Breath
25 – 26 April

30 April – 2 May

12 May

18 – 19 June

Dickens’ Women
5 – 6 September


Girls Night
3 – 7 April

Barry Cryer in Butterfly Brain
5 May


Ludwig String Trio
8 March

The Manfreds
14 April

The Townsend Blues Band
20 April

Adam & Greaves Band
27 April

Doric String Quartet
28 April

An Evening with Tom Townsend
4 May

An Intimate Evening with The Unthanks
11 May

Ensemble 360
14 June

Alan Price
21 June

The Cole Porter Songbook
8 September

Children’s Productions

Tiny Time Tales – At Home With The Grimms
22 October – 31 March

Tim and Light
13 – 14 April

The Feather Boy
1 – 2 June

Tiny Time Tales – Jeffrey the Janitor and his Journey through Picture Land
21 July – 25 August

Youth Theatre

Young People’s Theatre Festival too!
9 May

Other Events

Poetry Cabaret
21 April

Two for Tea: John Godber & Jane Thornton
4 July

Two for Tea: Alan Ayckbourn
19 July

Michael Parkinson
26 August

Two for Tea: Miriam Margoyles
6 September

Upcoming events at the Scarborough Spa 2012


The Stones
Saturday 10th March 2012, Grand Hall 7:30pm

Leeds United on the Road 2012
Thursday 15th March 2012, 7pm

90’s Skool Disco Night
Saturday 17th March, 7:30pm-1am

Boyes Celebrity Concert with The Steve Waterman Sextet
Saturday 17th March 2012, 7pm

Over the Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story
Sunday 18th March 2012: 7:30pm

Northern Magic Circle: Sooty & Guests
Saturday 31st March, 2pm

Northern Magic Circle: The Best of British Gala Show
Saturday 31st March, 7.30pm


Vienna Festival Ballet present Swan Lake
Friday 6th April, 7.30pm

One Night Only – The Ultimate Easter Variety Spectacular
Saturday 7th April: 7:30pm

A Feast of Gilbert & Sullivan
Sunday 8th April at 7.30pm

ECG Conference
10th-15th April 2012

Broadway and Beyond
Saturday 21st April at 7.30pm

Robin Ince: Happiness Through Science
Sunday 22nd April: 7.30pm

20-22 April 2012 THIS Amazing Love

Sessions: The Big One 2012
Saturday 28th April (8pm-1am)


The Antiques Roadshow
Thursday 3rd May

Vintage Fair
Sunday 6th May, 10am – 5pm

An Evening With Caring Clairvoyant – JEANNETTE DUPONT
Sunday May 6th 2012 Spa Sea View – 8pm (Doors open 7.30 pm) £12.50

Clairvoyant Fair… Featuring top UK Psychics!
May 6th 2012 Spa Sea View – Open £2 per person

Rory Bremner and Friends
Monday 7th May at 7.30pm

The Pigeon Detectives
Monday 14th May at 7.30pm


Blake: The Love Lifts Us Up Tour
Saturday 9th June at 7.30pm T

Scarborough Spa Orchestra, 2012 Centenary Summer Season
Sunday 3rd June-Thursday 13th September

Howard Beaumont: King of the Keyboards
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays – 2.30pm  Tuesday 5th June-Thursday 13th September

Open Air Theatre season 2012 acts and events

JLS, Olly Murs and Dionne Warwick will all perform at the Open Air Theatre this summer. These shows were booked by the Scarborough Council.  Dionne Warwick will perform on June 6th, Olly Murs July 15th, JLS August 18th.

Tickets will be on sale via Ticketmaster on 12th March

JLS are a British boyband, who were runners up on the 2008 show The X Factor they have gone on to record 5 number one UK singles and their debut album went to number one and has since sold one million copies.

Olly Murs a British pop artist, and TV presenter. Having been a runner-up on the X-Factor and has gone on to record 4 number one UK singles with his album becoming double platinum, with his second album going to number one.

Dionne Warwick is an American singer, actress and TV show host, who became a Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organisation.  She is ranked among the 40 biggest hit makers for the entire rock era (1955-1999), based on the billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. She is ranked as the second most-charted female vocalist with 56 singles between 1962 – 1998.

John Barrowman Star of Doctor Who, Torchwood, is a Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, musical theatre performer, writer and television personality.

Russell Watson is an English tenor who has released singles and albums of both operatic-style and pop songs. He came to attention in 1999 when he sang “God Save The Queen” at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, “Barcelona” at the last match of the Premiership season between Mancher United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and a full set of songs at the final of the UEFA Champions League in Barcelona between Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

Update: 09/04/2012

Ticket prices for the above acts are as follows:
JLS – Aug 18th – £33
Dionne Warwick – Jun 6th – £33
Olly Murs – Jul 15th – £31
John Barrowman – June 21st – £35
Russell Watson – 4th August -£35

This post will be updated when more acts get announced.

Italian Gardens

The Italian Gardens (sometimes referred to the South Cliff Gardens) located in Scarborough. In the 1850’s, Sir Joseph Paxton created the initial aspect of the gardens with staircases and other features.  Further developments were made by the Borough Engineer, Mr Harry. W. Smith the same man behind Peasholm Park in the early 20th Century. The sheltered garden features formal planting, seating and a fishpond overseen by the Roman God, Mercury, the winged messenger.

Scarborough Rock Pooling

The rock pools located in the southern end of the South Bay and the northern end of North Bay will be of interest to any young David Attenborough. All different types of crustaceans, echinoderms, chordates and other species can be found in Scarborough and the surrounding areas. We recommend taking a net and bucket to inspect them closer.

However please check the tide times before adventuring so it doesn’t catch you by surprise.



Excel Crashes everytime you data sort, data filter in Office 2010


Excel crashes when a particular spread sheet is being used, the spread sheet is a 2003 or 2007 version (or any spread sheet created before December 2010) the crash happens consistently when using a specific function such as Data Sort, Charting, Data Filters etc..

Often this suddenly happens to an old spreadsheet you have had a few years say from an older version of Office XP, 2003 and Office 2007.


1  Open the 2003 or 2007 file in 2010, then save it as a 2010 “Excel Workbook” (Select ‘Save As’, then under the filename select ‘Excel Workbook (*.xls)’).

This will save it in Excel 2010 format (However, this is not enough.  If you look at the top of the screen (in the middle  ) near the file name, you will see ‘[Compatibility Mode]’, indicating that you are not working on a pure Excel 2010 file yet, but a sort of hybrid version.

2  So, after saving the file, close it, then re-open it, and you will see that [Compatibility Mode] is now gone, and data sorts (and filters) now work!

This fix seems to work with any old .xls (2003 2007 Office Excel) files which occasionally crash.


I’m pretty sure there is a problem in Microsoft’s handling of the old Excel file format (.xls) and the newer XML file format (.xlsx).

For other issues which are more random run the Microsoft Office Repair in Control Panel (programs and features)


Health & fitness in the news – 01/03/2012

1. Why we need to convert sport to suit today’s lives
City AM

Maintaining and realising the sporting legacy of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games is a huge challenge. But it also presents the chance for those governing sport to do things differently, and find a new generation of participants as a result.

City AM

2. Get fit with a virtual trainer
Evening Standard

It’s one thing taking up a new exercise regime, it’s quite another sticking to it. But help could be at hand: research from Michigan State University has revealed that having a virtual exercise partner can improve your motivation to get fit. A video game companion will last longer than you and will push you to work harder. On the same note, if you know you often stray off course, new apps can help you set up spoken comments which stream in from friends on sites like Facebook or Twitter and tell you to keep training.

Evening Standard

3. London 2012 Olympics: all 900 British Olympians and Paralympians to be tested for drugs in Games run-up
The Telegraph

All 900 British Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be drug-tested at least once in the build-up to the London 2012 Games, UK Anti-Doping has confirmed.

The Telegraph

4. Fancy lunch on the run? How exercising in your lunch hour can make you happier
Daily Mail

If you are too tired to go to the gym after work, there is an answer. More than two million of us now go for a run during our lunch hour – or a ‘runch’, as it has been dubbed – instead.

Daily Mail

5. The Rising Tide of Men Suffering Body Image Anxiety
Huffington Post

It appears that the contagion of body image insecurity that has historically afflicted women is beginning to infect men. Last year Central YMCA collaborated with the Centre for Appearance Research and the Succeed Foundation to undertake a major piece of research to better understand men’s attitudes to their appearance.

Huffington Post

6. Does Wii work? Study shows virtual boxing, bowling and dancing do not help children with exercise requirements
Daily Mail

They are billed as the perfect way to exercise and have fun, all without having to leave the comfort of your own living room. But playing active video games won’t help you stay fit, a study has found.

Daily Mail

7. Gastric bands at age of 14 in obesity crisis
Daily Express

Dr David Ashton, medical director at Healthier Weight, said: “The UK does not want to be champions of obesity in this Olympic year.”

Daily Express

8. Yes, you CAN think yourself thinner: The mind exercises that can help you stay slim
Daily Mail

‘There is a non-stop communication between your mind and body, but the mind is the most important because it drives your behaviour,’ says nutrition and exercise specialist Janet Thomson, author of Think More, Eat Less.

Daily Mail