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Yorkshire in bid to be European sculpture capital

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to make Yorkshire the sculpture capital of Europe.

This major new project is spearheaded by the Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

With support from the Arts Council England and Welcome to Yorkshire, the four galleries will work together to create a unique offering for visitors.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle will build on the county’s unique sculpture heritage as the birthplace of two of the most important 20th Century sculptors, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

Henry Moore, Three Pie#BE9EIt will encourage visitors to see sculpture at four outstanding venues which all offer free entry to world-class exhibitions and are visited by more than 1 million art lovers every year.

The project will also provide a boost to the tourism economy by signposting visitors to the great local hotels and impressive nearby restaurants dotted around the attractions.

Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: “The Arts Council has invested significantly in several of the organisations involved in the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and I’m delighted that we can support a project which will attract further investment and visitors to Yorkshire. It is a great example of how partnership working can help more people to become familiar with Yorkshire’s pre-eminence in modern sculpture.”

Following the opening of The Hepworth Wakefield in 2011 the county now has four major sculpture venues all within a few miles of each other.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the first of its kind in the UK and the biggest in Europe, opened in 1977 and is now one of the UK’s premier art attractions. The park has continued to be popular since its creation; 2011 proved to be the best year in the sculpture park’s history with 350,000 visitors passing through its doors.

The Leeds Art Gallery has been a much loved cultural highlight in the heart of the city for over a century, with visitor figures now pushing half a million a year. The gallery’s fabulous art collection is designated by the Government as being of national and international importance and it is particularly strong in the area of twentieth century sculpture including works by Moore, Hepworth and Gormley.

Linked to Leeds Art Gallery by a glass bridge, the Henry Moore Institute is not only an impressive art gallery but maintains a reputation as a world-leading centre for the study of sculpture. It is part of The Henry Moore Foundation, which was set up by the artist in 1977 and is now one of the UK’s leading arts charities.  Hosting temporary exhibitions ranging from ancient to contemporary sculpture, the Institute also has a unique sculpture library which is open to members of the public and scholars alike.

The newly opened The Hepworth Wakefield is named after one of the city’s most famous former residents, artist Barbara Hepworth. Opened in early 2011 as the largest new gallery outside London, the initial target of 150,000 visitors in the first year of operation was smashed when this many people visited in the first few weeks. By the end of the year over half a million people had passed through its doors, three times the number expected, putting it firmly in the top 3 most visited galleries in Britain.

Henry Moore, Three Piece Reclining Figure No. 1, 1961-2. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation. Photo Jonty WildeGary Verity chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire believes the secret will be to not only showcase the cultural attractions but to also signpost visitors to the terrific selection of hotels, bars and restaurants surrounding them.

He said: “We will be highlighting how to get to Yorkshire, how to travel from gallery to gallery as well as signposting visitors towards the great places to stay and impressive places to eat. We will make it easy for those tempted, to come to Yorkshire and see some of the best sculpture in the world.”

There will be an impressive programme for 2013 including; The Henry Moore Institute which will exhibit sculptures by Dennis Oppenheim featuring fireworks and flares. Leeds Art Gallery will be home to the prestigious Northern Art Prize, Yorkshire Sculpture Park will host the biggest UK exhibition to date by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and

The Hepworth Wakefield will present the UK premier of a dynamic new performance piece by artist Linder Sterling. It will include collaborations with Northern Ballet, British fashion designer Pam Hogg, and musician Stuart McCallum.

A major TV and high-profile marketing campaign will promote the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle with new brochures and a website to attract visitors and spread the word.

People are urged to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle website www.Ysculpture.co.uk; follow on Twitter @Ysculpture and #Ysculpture and like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YorkshireSculptureTriangle.

NYMR 40th Anniversary Logo Winner

40th_LogoThe North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced details of the official logo chosen for the NYMR 40th Anniversary in 2013.

After hundreds of entries the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is pleased to announce the winner of the 40th Anniversary Logo Competition as James Bozeat, 13 years old from Scarborough and a member of the Railway’s Junior Volunteers Group.

Danielle Ramsey Marketing Manager explains, “The NYMR is delighted to announce James’s design as our official emblem for the 40th Anniversary in 2013. We were inundated with entries but eventually after much debate narrowed it down to 12 finalists with James coming out as the clear winner.”

All entries had to include a reference to either NYMR or North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the number 40 with entrants accepted from anyone under the age of 16.  The chosen logo will feature on items ranging from retail products, in all marketing campaigns and on all 465, 000 NYMR 2013 timetables to mark this landmark year for the charity. All previous emblems have all been created by professionals, or taken on logos adapted from the previous Railway artwork when the line was connected to the main line.

James who came up to claim his prize on Saturday 8th December with his parents was over the moon with his logo being chosen and said “it has completely made my week, I love volunteering on the railway and to have my logo chosen and used throughout 2013 is the best Christmas present I could’ve wished for”.

The competition was judged by a panel including the Railway’s very own Artist in Residence Chris Ware and NYMR staff and Volunteers.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is currently running Santa Specials 15, 16, 22 and 23 December and will be running trains daily from 27 December to the 6 January giving you the perfect chance to work off that Christmas stuffing.

For more information please call 01751 472508, visit www.nymr.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @NYMR or Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Witches and wizards at Scarborough Art Gallery

Young witches, wizards and warlocks can brush up on their magical skills at Scarborough Art Gallery this summer.

The Witches and Wizards Academy, a drop-in workshop for youngsters aged five and over, will be held at the gallery throughout the school holidays. Each day, would-be Harrys and Hermiones can take part in broom-making workshops, learn how to pot up medicinal herbs, and many other essential skills.

And on Saturday 11 August, there’ll be some very special guests when owls from the Falconry UK Birds of Prey Centre at Kirby Wiske, near Thirsk, pay a visit.

The Witches and Wizards Academy will be at Scarborough Art Gallery from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 July, Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 August, and Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 August. The daily programme includes:

11-12.30: Essentials (including making broomsticks and hats)
12.30-2pm: Pets at home (looking at some of the museum’s collection of stuffed animals, and making owl and cat masks)
2-3pm: Wicked Words (spell-writing, inspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes)
3-4pm Hypnotic Herbs (Herbology; learning about and planting medicinal herbs)

On alternate weeks, the Gallery is hosting the Haus of Faeries workshop, which proved a big hit with youngsters during the Easter holidays (11am to 4pm on Tuesday 31 July to Saturday 4 August, Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 August, Tuesday 28 August to Saturday 1 September).

Summer events on the Dinosaur Coast

Fossil fans and geologists of all ages are invited to join Scarborough Museums Trust’s team of geology experts on a series of outdoor events along the Dinosaur Coast this summer.

The Trust’s Head of Public Programmes, geologist Will Watts, said: “This is an opportunity to find out about the amazing geology of this area, with local experts including John Hudson, Roger Sutcliffe and Byron Blessed.”

The events are:

Filey Devils Fossil Hunt (Mondays) – 1pm, 23 July; 1.30pm, 6 August; 12 noon, 20 August (meet on the Coble Landing at Filey)

Plesiosaur Hunt (Tuesdays) – 2pm, 24 July; 1.30pm, 7 August; 1pm, 21 August (meet outside the supermarket within Reighton Sands Holiday Park)

Boggle Hole Belemnites (Wednesdays) – 1pm, 25 July; 2pm, 8 August; 1pm, 22 August (meet opposite the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole)

Sandsend Sea Monsters (Thursdays) – 2pm, 26 July; 2.30pm, 9 August; 1.30pm, 23 August (meet on the slipway to the beach, near the boatyard car park, at Sandsend)

Runswick Prey (Fridays) – 3pm, 27 July; 3.30pm, 10 August; 2.30pm, 24 August (meet at the bottom of the slipway to Runswick Bay).

And keen geologists will also enjoy the current exhibition at Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum. Scarborough’s Lost Dinosaurs can be seen until September 2013, when it will end with a week of geology and fossil events. It aims to answer a question which has baffled geologists for years: why, when so many ‘trace’ fossils – mainly dinosaur footprints – have been found in the Scarborough area, have so few dinosaur bones been found?

Cloned Workstations Not showing in WSUS? Troublshooting WSUS

Did you clone some machines?

You may find that some of the machines that do not show up in Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) just happen to be machines that you cloned? Or a machine broke and you recreated it by cloning another machine?

Other Sympthoms You May Get which have the same fix.

  • Computers randomly disappearing – reappearing into the WSUS console.
  • Computer will receive updates, but not report into the server properly (if at all!).

Why does this happen?

Each computer on a network requires a SID (Security IDentifier), which uniquely describes that computer account to the rest of the Windows network resources – supposedly not as big of an issue with computers in a domain environment as it is with workgroups.  However, it is best to avoid this issue at all costs.

If you clone a PC the OS and such is copied to the new PC, and you change the windows product key, office ect.. The windows SID used by WSUS DOES NOT CHANGE WITH THE PRODUCT KEY CHANGE! :(

The PC you just cloned now has the same SID for WSUS as the original PC, so you can now see why you may be getting any of the afore mentioned sympthoms.

Do I have this Problem? :)

The Microsoft team have a tool called “PsGetSid” the link is below.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb897417.aspx

Run this on the machines you have an issue with and comfirm that you are running duplicate keys first.

It is a great tool to verify the issue.

Run it from CMD Prompt to see the result.

One or Two Machines Cloned?

Just delete the following keys in the registry and reboot the PC

  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAccountDomainSid
  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdatePingID
  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateSusClientId

Then run “PsGetSid” to confirm the SID has changed.

Lots of Machines Cloned?

To get round this you will need to run a script for each machine at logon, there is a guide here http://www.petri.co.il/setting-up-logon-script-through-gpo-windows-server-2008.htm on how to run logon scripts.

 

Once you know how to run a script at logon you will need to compile a script to perform the changes needed to the registry automatically at login by deleting the following keys

  •  HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAccountDomainSid
  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdatePingID
  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateSusClientId

Using a script when the PC is at Logon means that you will also need to stop services, then delete the keys then start the services again.

Therefore, the script will need to be a little more complex than just a bunch of REG DELETE commands.

I first did a lot of reading up on the issue on various “quality websites” (not everything on the web is useful! or true!)

In the end I used a modified login script per below which I copied into a .txt file and then changed the .txt suffix to .bat which was subsequently ran at logon.

Any way you run the below script at you own risk, no warranty is given or implied for the below script in any way or form!

Please read this script and get an understanding of each stage of the process that the bat file goes through and you will see how it works and so you can even write your own solution, my BAT file was called “FixMy_WSUS.bat”

 

REM ** Start FixMy_WSUS.bat script  Echo This little bat file will stop services, delete the required REG keys, re-register the windows update components, restart the required services. Then initiate windows update detetction cycle.

@echo on

echo stopping Windows Update cpmponents and deleting logs..

net stop wuauserv /y

net stop bits /y

rmdir c:windowsSoftwareDistribution /S /Q

del C:WindowsWindowsUpdate.log /S /Q

echo deleting the registry keys..

REG DELETE “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdate” /v AccountDomainSid /f

REG DELETE “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdate” /v PingID /f

REG Delete “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdate” /v SusClientId /f

REG Delete “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdate” /v SusClientValidation /f

REG DELETE “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAuto Update” /v LastWaitTimeout /f

REG DELETE “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAuto Update” /v DetectionstartTime /f

REG Delete “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAuto Update” /v NextDetectionTime /f

 

echo re-resistering Windows Update cpmponents..

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wuapi.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wups.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wuaueng.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wucltui.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32msxml3.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wuaueng1.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wups2.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wuweb.dll /s

 

net start wuauserv /y

net start bits /y

 

echo Initiating Windows Updates detection cycle…

wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization

wuauclt.exe /detectnow

wuauclt.exe /reportnow

@echo off

REM **End FixMy_WSUS.bat script

 

Planning permission granted for 5 wind turbines at Crown Spa Hotel

 

BREAKING NEWS

Planning permission has been granted for the creation of 5 wind turbines to be erected on the Crown Spa Hotel roof.  Recently plans were thrown out due to the non-atheistically pleasing design, after a few design modifications the new turbine design has now been passed.

Scarborough Borough Council planning representative J. King stated, “We are quite happy with the re-design and feel it matches with what we believe to be quintessentially Scarborough, we think everyone else will be happy with the results also.” However some locals have hit back stating the meeting shouldn’t have been held behind closed doors Mr J.R. Hartley said “This is going to affect hundreds of people, and they had the brilliant idea of not involving the residents. It’s just mind boggling”

The design mock-up below should hopefully be started in the next two weeks, with work due to finish in a month.

For more information and reaction read the paper tomorrow.

Green Tourism Business Scheme Goldstar Awards 2012

The Crown Spa Hotel has been shortlisted for the Green Tourism Business Scheme Goldstar Awards 2012. The shortlist is compiled from the highest scoring Gold graded businesses from 2011 representing the greenest 2% of the total 2400 Green Tourism Business Scheme membership. The awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Edinburgh on Friday 25th May.

To vote “like” us via this link

Scarborough Shrove Tuesday traditions

Scarborough has had a long running tradtion on Shrove Tuesday which has been running at least since 1903. It has been thought that local fisherman who were getting rid of the ropes and nets not fit for fishing to children who would then use the ropes to skip.

Since at least 1853 a person has run a bell at noon on Shrove Tuesday, which is though to signal to people they should begin pancake making when the tradition began. Nowadays it is run to tell people to start skipping.  The area used for skipping is closed (foreshore) for traffic for the event these days.

Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions

On Boxing Day, usual tradition has it that almost the entire town goes out, to catch up with friends and prolong the festive fun.  To many it is the favourite day of the year.

It seems to be a local tradition that doesn’t happen elsewhere, or if it does in limited areas.  It’s a Scarborough tradition, a festive occasion which is termed “Ladies Day”. There are various explanations as to how it came about, but the most common held one is that the fishermen’s wives were given the day off to go for a drink after they had worked really hard in preparing and delivering Christmas.  So the pubs opened to give them a place to relax after the previous days festivities.

Although it’s called “Ladies Day” still, it is now for everyone to enjoy.  The pubs usually open at 11am, everyone is in hight spirits and happy to talk about the good and bad of their Christmas. It’s also a time to catch up with people you see every day, or the ones you occasionally see.

There is also the other traditional events we are talked about in the other blogs:
Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Harbour Raft Race)
Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Mile of Pennies)
Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Fishermen vs. Firemen football match)

On Boxing Day, people meet up with friends and go round the pubs from 11am onwards – as you can imagine there’s a good chuck of drinking time and fun.  Extra police are on hand, although I haven’t seen any trouble since I started the Boxing Day tradition.

For everyone the Christmas build-up is intense that once presents have been opened and the turkey eaten it can seem a bit of a let down, however in Scarborough it is not.