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This is a place where I will be posting all sorts of things not just things relating to Derby and Derbyshire. On here you will find details of any videos I’ve made of things in Derby and also Time-lapse, stop motion animation, Tutorials etc. If I find some useful software for PC or iPhone then I will feature it here.I’m sure that there will be something of interest to someone on my many posts.Please leave comments on any posts if you like them.
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Sunday 21 February 2010

2010 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football videos now online, Watch Tuesdays game here.

I have finally managed to edit together my clips from this years Tuesday game

Video Part 1 of 2:

Video Part 2 of 2:

Tuesday 16 February 2010

Ashbourne Shrovetide Football, Tuesday 16th. Video footage will appear soon.

I have just got back from todays Ashbourne Shrovetide football game. I have never seen so many people turn out for a Shrovetide game.

I took this photograph at 13:41 outside the Green Man Royal hotel where the crowd can be seen wating for the ball to emerge. (see my Shrovetide map for the ball parade route)

Patrick McLoughlin threw the ball into the crowd at exactly 14:03:28 GMT
It was bitterly cold and was snowing quite heavy when the ball was on Sturston Road.
When I left the game the ball had entered a tunnel next to Somerfield where it ran under the Shawcroft car park !

No one really knew where the ball was until it emerged at the other end of the tunnel near the Duck pond on Park Road. It was extreamly muddy around the Duck Pond. This was the first time I had seen the game actually take place under the car park, must be pitch black in there.

A goal was eventully scored by Kevin Clarke for the Downards at 6:27 at the Clifton goal.

Watch this space as I will soon be posting a video of todays game in HD (720p) quality. May be a few days as I will have to look at all the video clips, then edit them together, then render the final movie in sony Vegas 9 then upload it.

If you are planning on going to Wednesdays game then you may find my Shrovetide Guide Map of use and also my last blog post about the 2010 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football Game.

2010 Ashbourne Shrovetide HD Video coming soon, keep an eye out for it.

Update Saturday 20th, Videos now live :

2010 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football - Part 1 of 2

2010 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football - Part 2 of 2


Monday 15 February 2010

Ashbourne Shrovetide Football, Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th February 2010.

This photograph is one I took at Tuesdays game of the ball being presented to the crowd by Patrick McLoughlin.

Its that time of year again when the maddest game of football in the world takes place in Ashbourne Derbyshire.

Ashbourne in Derbyshire is host to one of the Oldest Shrovetide football games in England.

It was first recorded in 1682, though thought to date back to the 12th Century ,various attempts were made to suppress it over the years.

It has continued unabated ever since, and by 1928 it had become so respectable that the then Prince of Wales was invited to start the game. From that year on it was known as the Royal Shrovetide Football game.

The Game is played annually on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, and consists of two teams, one from anyone born to the North of the River Henmore, and one from people born South of the river, these are known as Upards and Downards.

The Goals are on the sites of Old mills, one at Clifton and one at Sturston, these are three miles apart.
A goal is scored by a player striking the mill wheel three times with the Ball.

The ball may be kicked, carried or thrown, but generally proceeds in a series of hugs invisible to the spectator. The game can last for many hours, finishing well after dark.

The game starts at 2pm in the afternoon, when a specially prepared ball - larger than a football and filled with cork which weighs around 4lbs is thrown in by a visiting guest of honor. The balls used for the Shrovetide games are made by Ashbourne man John Harrison who is turning up the ball this year.
The hand sewn leather balls are filled with cork chippings.
The balls are a work of art and take a few weeks to paint.

If the balls are goaled, then it will become the proud possession of the person who has goaled it. If no-one goals it, then the person that turned-up the ball gets to take it home.
The game starts in the Shawcroft Carpark (back of Somerfield supermarket), See my detailed map lower down.
I have provided a detailed interactive Shrovetide map lower down in this post which will enable you to see all the key points of the playing field which 3 miles between the two goals at Sturston and Clifton.

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is something that you just have to see to belive your eyes.

Here is a video I made of the game last year to give you an idea of what its like :

This year the game takes place on 16th and 17th of February.
On Tuesday Derbyshire MP Patrick McLoughlin will be turning up the ball at 2.00pm. And on Wednesday John Harrison who has been making Ashbourne Shrovetide balls for the last 20 years will have the honour.

I have lots of photographs and several videos from past games that you can view :

Photographs from the 2008 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Photographs from the 2007 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Photographs from the 2006 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Photographs from the 2004 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

Photographs from the 2002 Ashbourne Shrovetide Footbal game.

Video footage from the 2007 Ashbourne Shrovetide Footaball game.

Extra video footage from the 2007 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game.

I will post my 2010 Ashbourne Shrovetide Football video this Friday, so subscribe to my Youtube channel if you don't want to miss it.

I have created an interactive map which shows all the key points in the game such as the turning up plinth where the ball is thrown, the two goals and the Henmore which is what determines if you are a Upard or a Downard, Click the link below the map for a large view of all the points of interest :

View Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game map. in a larger map

In 2011 The Ashbourne Shrovetide Football game will take place on Tuesday 8th March 2011 and Wednesday 9th March 2011. Jim Boden from Cubley and Frank Lomas from Kniveton will be starting the 2011 games.
Put these dates in your Diary.

Thursday 11 February 2010

How to share large files across the world for free using dropbox, Upto 2Gb

I recently needed to send a large HD timelapse video to someone in Chicago, The file was over 250Mb so what options are available to achieve this? burn to a CD or a usb flash drive and post it but this takes too long.

The answer to the problem is http://www.dropbox.com/

This is a website that allows you to share files with people you choose to share them with. Your files are synced with “the cloud”. It acts like a regular folder on your PC. You can manage files within this folder just like elsewhere on your machine (add, edit, copy, and delete them) and changes will be automatically synced to Dropbox’s storage system.

You simply install the software and within minutes you are able to share files with anyone around the globe.

You get 2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers, Sync files of any size or type, Transfers will correctly resume where they left off if the connection drops, Shared folders allow several people to collaborate on a set of files, you can undelete files with 30 days of undo history.
Files uploaded via the web site are limited to a maximum of 300 MB per file but there is no limit on filesize for files uploaded via the desktop shared folder.
It uses SSL transfers and stores the data via AES-256 encryption.

There is even a free app for the iPhone that lets you sync files with dropbox and your iPhone.

I think this is a useful service for anyone that wants to share large files with individuals and a lot simpler to use than a BitTorrent client as a method of sharing files.

Hope you find this website of use.

Sunday 7 February 2010

Derby's No1 night dedicated entirely to music from the 80s, 1st Saturday of the month.

WeLuv80s at the Metro Bar on Albert Street, Derby.

Are you a fan of 80s music? Well did you know there is a bar in Derby where you can enjoy an entire night of music from the 1980s (8pm to 2am).
The welove80s nights take place on the first Saturday of the month.
So the next 80s night is on Saturday 6th March, put it in your diary now so you don't forget.

For more information on the dedicated 80s night please visit their website : http://www.weluv80s.com/

They have a page on Facebook, so why not add them as a friend : weluv80s Facebook.
If you love 80s music get yourself along to the next 80s night, you will love it.

Last nights 80s set included tracks from Adam and the Ants, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Dead or alive, Spandau Ballet, Belinda Carlisle, chaka khan, Paul Hardcastle, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Gary Numan, New Order, Go West, Human League, Pet Shop Boys, Heaven 17, Human League, The Smiths, Blancmange, Blondie, Martha And The Muffins, Michael Jackson, Ultravox, Wham, Simple Minds, Visage, Teardrop Explodes, Talk Talk, Kraftwerk, Madness, The Beat, The Specials.
Any many more, far too many to remember, all classic 80s tracks.

So stop playing Jet Set Willy that you bought from First Byte computers in the Main Centre, unplug your ZX Spectrum pop your Rubik's Cube into your C5 and get pedling into town to enjoy the best selection of 80s music Derby has to offer!

If you are interested in a bit of history about this pub then read on...
This pub has had many different names over the years. The building dates from 1848 and was called The George and Dragon, In 1872 it was renamed the Kings Head. In 1878 it was renamed The Central. In 1939 it was renamed back to The George and Dragon (Click here to see) and incorporated the building next door (as you can clearly see by looking at the Metro Bar today). In 1989 it closed and looked like it was going to be demolished for shops but ended up reopening as The Central Vaults in 1992. In 1997 it was renamed The Tap House, since 2002 it has become The Metro Bar.

Map location for the 80s night at the Metro Bar :

View WeLuv80s at The Metro Bar, Derby. in a larger map

P.S. They have now also started a dedicated 80s night at another Derby pub, This one is at The Slug and Lettuce pub on Irongate and takes place on the LAST Saturday of the month with 80s music played from 9pm-2am !
So the next 80s night is on Saturday 27th February 2010.

Do you remember Derby's Pubs in the 80s?
Did you see UB 40, Thomson Twins, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet, Human League and Soft Cell perform at The Blue Note on Sadlergate in the early 1980s?


Thursday 4 February 2010

How to test any suspicious file for viruses using every virus checker for free.

Website review : Virustotal
Do you have a virus checker running on your system and is it up to date?
Do you trust it 100%, well here is a useful website I found that allows you to upload any suspicious file you may have on your system and it will then test that file using pretty much every virus checker that you have ever heard of and show you the results for each virus engine.

The website is : http://www.virustotal.com/

In my example here I have uploaded a small Visual Basic program that I compiled using Microsoft Visual Basic a few years ago. Because I compiled this while at College I did not trust that the file was clean even though my Norton Antivirus 2010 said it was ok. So I used this website to check it using the many virus checkers it has. As you can see they all show that the file is safe.

It currently checks your file using the following virus checkers..
a-squared, AhnLab, AntiVir, Antiy, Authentium, Avast, AVG, BitDefender, CAT-QuickHeal, ClamAV, Comodo, DrWeb, eSafe, eTrust-Vet, F-Prot,
F-Secure, Fortinet, GData, Ikarus, Jiangmin, K7AntiVirus, Kaspersky, McAfee, McAfee+Artemis, McAfee-GW-Edition, Microsoft, NOD32, Norman, nProtect, Panda, PCTools, Prevx, Rising, Sophos, Sunbelt, TheHacker, TrendMicro, VBA32, ViRobot and VirusBuster.

The size of the file you can upload is limited to less 20Mb.
Of course this is not an alternative to having an up to date branded antivirus program running on your system at all times, but it is very handy if you have a file that you are not 100% happy with.
A very handy tool.

How to save lots of money on Antivirus Software.
If you want to buy Antivirus software then my advice is that you buy an OEM version, this means you get the software in a paper sleeve rather than a shiny box and it will save you a lot of money.
For example if you go into PC World you will pay £34.99 for Norton Antivirus 2010, but if you get an OEM version of Norton from Amazon then it will only cost £10.90 even though its exactly the same item.
I don't think many people realise that you can get OEM (sometimes refered to as System Builder software).
You will save a lot of money with OEM.

Hope you find this website useful.