‘Estate agent staff like me are quitting London for a better lifestyle’

first_imgThe well-documented population exodus from London during Covid has included many estate agent staff who have used the shift to hybrid-style home working to escape London. And one high-profile example is former Marsh & Parsons sales manager Richard Towler who, after 14 years working in the Capital as an estate agent, has returned to his home town.He has joined Teeside two-branch estate agency Clarke Munro as its Sales Director, telling The Negotiator that many more from his former London estate agent peer group have quit London too.Clarke Munro recently rebrand from Thirlwells following the purchase of the business from its founders by Nicola Munro and Wendy Clarke (pictured).It has now embraced a more digital future and turned its two branches into hybrid-style hubs as the business expands without establishing more offices.Towler says: “North Yorkshire had always been somewhere that my wife, Debs, and I had planned to move back to once our daughter, Ruby arrived.Lockdown decision“The national lockdown last Summer provided us with the opportunity to accelerate our move forward a number of years.“From a work perspective, London provides the best opportunities to develop a career and gain exceptional experience, and my wife and I have enjoyed our time there immensely.“But with our young daughter, the move up to Yorkshire has given our family considerably more space at home, a better work-life balance and a lot more fresh-air without compromising on our professional careers.“Debs has continued to work for the same law firm but an office at home, and I am thoroughly enjoying my new role with Clarke Munro.”richard towler marsh & parson Clarke Munro estate agent January 15, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » ‘Estate agent staff like me are quitting London for a better lifestyle’ previous nextAgencies & People‘Estate agent staff like me are quitting London for a better lifestyle’Former Marsh & Parsons sales manager Richard Towler says Covid has persuaded him to quit the Big Smoke for Teeside.Nigel Lewis15th January 202101,504 Viewslast_img read more

Canadian Navy Ships en Route for Operation CARIBBE

first_img View post tag: Canadian View post tag: Navy Massachusetts photographer Gene Harriman captured these beautiful shots of HMCS Glace Bay passing through the Cape Cod Canal on Thursday, February 20th.Mr. Harriman explained to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) that each time he shoots a photo of a naval vessel in the Canal, he says a little prayer to himself to bring calm and safe seas to its sailors.For the RCN, this is the second deployment of Kingston-class vessels on Operation CARIBBE this year. HMCS Nanaimo and Whitehorse, from the Pacific Fleet, departed for the Eastern Pacific Ocean on February 10th, 2014.As part of its contribution to Operation CARIBBE, the RCN periodically deploys warships from both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. While deployed on Operation CARIBBE, the warships patrol international waters in an effort to locate, track, approach and potentially intercept suspicious vessels in order to allow United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment personnel to board and conduct law enforcement operations.Last year, the RCN contributed to Operation CARIBBE four Kingston-class vessels (HMC Ships Edmonton, Kingston, Summerside and Yellowknife), two Halifax-class frigates (HMC Ships Ottawa and Ville de Québec), one supply vessel (HMCS Preserver), and one Victoria-class submarine (HMCS Victoria).[mappress]Press Release, February 21, 2014, 2014; Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: operation Back to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy Ships en Route for Operation CARIBBE February 21, 2014 View post tag: Caribbe View post tag: En Canadian Navy Ships en Route for Operation CARIBBE View post tag: Route View post tag: News by topic HMCS GLACE BAY (MM 701)Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and Glace Bay departed Halifax earlier this week for the Caribbean Sea to support Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational criminal organizations in the Americas and Caribbean. View post tag: ships View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

UK to Move Trafalgar Submarines to Clyde

first_img UK to Move Trafalgar Submarines to Clyde View post tag: Maritime Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today UK to Move Trafalgar Submarines to Clyde View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Submarines Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that two Trafalgar Class submarines will move from Devonport to Clyde.Two Trafalgar Class submarines will move from Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde in another step towards HMNB Clyde becoming the Royal Navy’s submarine centre of specialisation.By 2020, HMS Talent and HMS Triumph will have moved to Scotland making HMNB Clyde home to all of the UK’s submarines.The Royal Navy’s other two T-Boats, HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant, are to remain at their current home in Devonport until they are decommissioned in 2017 and 2019 respectively.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:This decision balances the Royal Navy’s operational requirements with giving more clarity to our servicemen and women to plan their family lives.HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant crews and their families now have certainty that Devonport will be their home port until the boats decommission. We expect that local communities will welcome HMS Talent and HMS Triumph and their crews and families when they arrive in Scotland later this decade.Our commitment to Faslane becoming home to all Royal Navy submarines from 2020 will bring hundreds of jobs and investment to the West of Scotland.There is no change to the decision to make HMNB Clyde the single integrated submarine operating base and submarine centre of specialisation by 2020.However, to have HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant remain in Devonport until they decommission represents better value for money than to move them so near to the end of their service lives.[mappress mapid=”14564″]Press Release; Image: UK MoD View post tag: Move November 28, 2014 View post tag: UK View post tag: Trafalgar View post tag: Clyde Share this articlelast_img read more

Belt system manages the cold

first_imgA new plastic conveyor belt has been added to Starfrost’s (York) freezing and chilling equipment range. Sourced from supply partner Ashworth, the belt has an all-plastic contact surface to give good product release and easy hygiene. It is suitable for spiral and straight tunnel freezers. The Advantage belt combines blue plastic (acetal) links and body modules with metal rods for strength – it can handle tension loads of up to 1,500lbs. Available in standard widths from 203mm to 1,524mm, the belt features a patented rod locking system for easy installation and repair. Dave Pearson, director, says Starfrost’s systems concentrated on vertical airflow, as this helps make the freezer 20% more compact than horizontal airflow. The focus, he adds, is on maximising the efficiency of freezing systems and reducing customers’ running costs.last_img read more

Assets of cake company go on sale

first_imgThe ovens and kitchen equipment belonging to Liskeard-based The Small Cake Company have been put up for sale ahead of the liquidation of the firm. The business, which specialised in cakes, quiches and fruit pies, is due to enter into liquidation on 23 December 2009 under the advice of insolvency practitioners, Richard J Smith & Co. An online auction of the firm’s assets is taking place until 14 December on bidspotter.com. Assets include bakers’ ovens, walk-in refrigeration units, mixers and a motor vehicle.For information on the sale, contact Jason Hall at Edward Symmons LLP on 01752 222 233.last_img read more

Celebrate Warren Haynes’ Birthday With These Memorable Guest Sit-Ins [Videos]

first_imgWarren Haynes, a rock guitar legend in his own right, has carved out a niche as a teacher of sorts, educating the masses about their musical heritage with star-studded tributes to iconic artists like Jerry Garcia and The Band. When he’s not leading diverse and talented groups of musicians in special performances or, of course, fronting Gov’t Mule, Warren is frequently known to drop by and lend his searing southern rock sound to artists across the musical spectrum. In honor of his 58th birthday today, we’re taking a look back at a few of our favorite Warren sit-ins.“Forgot About Dre” – The Revivalists ft. Warren Haynes – Brooklyn Bowl – 11/16/12On November 16, 2012, in the “pre-David Shaw afro” days, The Revivalists welcomed Warren Haynes to the stage of NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl. However, instead of playing a southern blues-rock tune like one might expect, they asked the jam-band legend if he would join in for a rendition of Dr. Dre‘s 2001 hit single featuring Eminem, “Forgot About Dre.” The result was truly outstanding and is the perfect example of the unique live music collaborations that we live to see. According to those involved, the Haynes sit-in was so unexpectedly last minute that the song was pitched a mere five minutes before he walked onto the stage for the encore performance. Watch Rob Ingraham rap, Warren slay, and Dave crowd-dive into a sea of screaming people.[Video: The Revivalists]“The Thrill Is Gone” – Soulive ft. Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks – Brooklyn Bowl – 3/8/13It used to be that every March, the Allman Brothers Band would play a string of shows throughout the month at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. This was the same month during which Brooklyn Bowl would host Soulive for their annual “Bowlive” concert series, which always promised an array of special guests that would play deep hours into the night over two weekends. If you were lucky, you got to attend both. One of our favorite moments from when those run collided is when both Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks strolled into the Brooklyn Bowl after their Beacon gig with the Allmans at half past midnight to play a classic B.B. King tune with fellow jammers Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans. Thankfully, we have a video of the performance, so we can relive the magic whenever we want.[Video: Barry2theB]“Misty Mountain Hop” (Led Zeppelin) – Phish ft. Warren Haynes – Shoreline Amphitheatre – 9/16/99As Phish steamrolled through a powerful fall tour in 1999, the band stopped at the famed Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA for an unforgettable performance. The show was highlighted by a number of exciting moments, including a bust out of Allen Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down” for the first recorded time in over one thousand shows! However, the most exciting liner note from this Shoreline throwdown was the encore, as Phish played the Led Zeppelin classic “Misty Mountain Hop” for only the second time ever with help from, you guessed it, Mr. Warren Haynes. The sit-in marked Haynes’ second appearance with Phish and his first since December of 1995. The exchange between Anastasio and Haynes is some true rock energy, as they shred the Led Zeppelin IV track with panache. Fortunately, we can listen to the whole show streaming below (encore starts at 03:01:00).[Audio: fromtheaquarium]“Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain” (Grateful Dead) – Daze Between Band ft. Warren Haynes – One Eyed Jacks – 5/3/17In 2017, the Daze Between Band—led by Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce) and featuring Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Ike Stubblefield, Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), and Deshaun D’Vibes Alexander (Eric Krasno Band, Marcus King Band)—formed for a higher purpose than simply helping give music fans something to do in the lull the two weekends of the massive annual New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. Originally, Krasno had planned for the musical direction to honor the memory of the late Butch Trucks, who died early in the year.However, with the passing of the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton just days prior, the show found its emotional impetus significantly magnified. This brought surprise guests Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band) and Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit) to the show with heavy hearts, but ready for some serious spiritual musical healing. After rumors circulating for much of the night, Haynes surprised the audience, first leading the all-star crew through a monumental 30-minute “Scarlett Begonias” that flowed beautifully into its natural partner in crime, “Fire On The Mountain.” Check it out below.[Video: Live For Live Music]Honorable Mention: “Soulshine” – Hanson ft. Warren HaynesWhen we posted a joke article about Warren Haynes leading a tribute to boy band Hanson for April Fool’s Day in 2017, we had no idea that he had actually played with the Hanson brothers before—ridiculous, we know. But still worth a watch just for kicks. Check out Hanson playing “Soulshine” with Warren Haynes in Jamaica in January of 2013.[Video: steff56822] Happy Birthday, Warren! We can’t wait to see who you hop in with next!If you’ll be in New Orleans For Jazz Fest, don’t miss The Daze Between Band this year featuring Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), and Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), with special guests John Medeski and Tom Hamilton at One Eyed Jacks (5/2) and Marcus King and DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander at The Howlin’ Wolf (5/3). For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here for 5/2 and here for 5/3. For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.last_img read more

Top 12 Most Essential Frank Zappa Albums

first_imgFrank Zappa has been gone for 25 years now, but his timeless music still lives on. Back in 2015, the Zappa Family Trust posthumously released Frank’s 100th official album, Dance Me This, which was the final record completed by the modern-day composer before his death in 1993. With one-hundred albums under his belt and nearly forty years worth of music, Frank Zappa’s career was an astonishingly massive accomplishment of musical greatness. So massive, in fact, that anyone interested in diving into the seemingly endless Zappa catalog might not know where to begin.We could go on and on; from the beautifully complicated arrangements of Uncle Meat and Waka/Jawaka or the powerful live performances from the Mothers of Invention on Fillmore East – June 1971 and Just Another Band From L.A., to the scathing political genius of Broadway The Hard Way and the unrivaled classical brilliance of The Yellow Shark. We could wax poetic for days. With so much music to choose from, getting started on your journey through the world of Frank Zappa can no doubt be a daunting task.Well, have no fear, Live For Live Music is here! We present our Top 12 most essential Frank Zappa albums. A list for beginners… or as Mr. Zappa would say, “strictly from commercial.” Let’s get started!12. Zoot Allures (1976)Zoot Allures was released in 1976 and was Zappa’s 22nd album. It is the only release on the Warner Bros. label, due to a thorny lawsuit between the two. Regardless of this, the record was one of Zappa’s most popular and features one of the strongest gatherings of musicians ever assembled by Frank. When you’ve got the genius Frank Zappa, Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals), Terry Bozzio (drums, vocals), Roy Estrada (bass, vocals), Ruth Underwood (synthesizer, marimba), Ian Underwood (saxophone) and Bruce Fowler (trombone) all together on one record, the results are unsurprisingly unparalleled. Featured on this album are the hits “Wind Up Workin’ In A Gas Station,” “Disco Boy” and the fan favorite and live staple “The Torture Never Stops.”11. Freak Out (1966)“Suzy Creamcheese, what’s got into you?”In 1966, Freak Out started it all. This generation-defining debut is a bizarre twist of rock n’ roll, doo-wop and early psychedelic music. Whilst being incredibly musically diverse, Freak Out is one of the earliest examples of a concept album and demonstrates some of the finest illustrations of irony and social/political satire in American rock music. Here lies the seeds that grew into the summer of love. From the opening track, “Hungry Freaks, Daddy” to the Watts Riot-inspired “Trouble Every Day,” this debut record from Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention is one of the biggest game-changing albums out there.10. You Are What You Is (1981)“You are what you is, and that’s all it is,” sings Frank on this gem of the early eighties. It features Zappa at his most political, railing against Republicans, religion and the overall ridiculousness of American society. The music video of the title track was banned from MTV for depicting President Ronald Reagan strapped into an electric chair. The album touches on everything from religion (“The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing,” “Dumb All Over,” “Heavenly Bank Account”) to infidelity (“Harder Than Your Husband”) and even Deadheads (“Teenage Wind”), as well as the Halloween hit, “Goblin Girl.” This is some of the very best of eighties-era Zappa and exemplifies the lyrical and intellectual prowess of the late creative genius.9. Hot Rats (1969)Hot Rats was Zappa’s second solo effort and proved to be one of his most celebrated musical works. The album is a jazz fusion masterpiece and features one of Zappa’s most well-renowned instrumentals, “Peaches en Regalia.” Hot Rats is jam-packed with horns, reeds, organ, bass, drums, percussion, flutes, saxophones, clarinets, tape speed manipulation, bizarre sound effects and extended guitar jams. Captain Beefheart takes the lead vocal on “Willie The Pimp,” which also features Don “Sugarcane” Harris on violin. Other highlights include the jazz instrumental, “Little Umbrellas” and the colossal thirteen-minute jam, “The Gumbo Variations.” If you don’t own Hot Rats, you don’t have a Zappa collection.8. We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)For a guy who had such a strong disliking of the psychedelic movement, Zappa sure knew how to write top-notch psychedelic music. Better than anyone else could, in fact, and unlike many of the similar bands of that time, Zappa did it completely sober. We’re Only In It For The Money was Frank’s response to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and is known as one of the greatest experimental albums of all time. The album artwork is a parody of the famous Sgt. Pepper album cover, along with the tongue-in-cheek album title which is no doubt yet another saucy jab at the ‘fab four.’During a time when ‘flower power’ was at its most popular, Zappa saw right through these trends and fashioned a creatively contemptuous musical parody of the times. Songs such as “Who Needs The Peace Corps?”, “Concentration Moon”, “Absolutely Free” and “Flower Punk” unmercifully tear into what Frank saw as the shallow absurdities of the hippie counterculture. However he didn’t just point his finger at the youth. Frank takes aim at the parents and authority figures of sixties America on tracks like “Mom & Dad”, “Bow Tie Daddy”, and “What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?”. With brilliantly hilarious satire, expert musicianship, mind-bending arrangements and incredibly advanced recording techniques, We’re Only In It For The Money is by far one of the most important albums of the late sixties.7. Zappa In New York (1977)Zappa In New York was recorded at the Felt Forum and at the Palladium during a chaotic time in New York City, and that chaos echoes loudly throughout this tremendous live record. This was also one of the greatest lineups that Frank has ever pulled together, live on stage, and if you close your eyes while listening, you’ll feel like you’re front and center. The young and extremely charismatic drummer Terry Bozzio delivers some of the albums most memorable moments. Whether it be playing the part of the devil in “Titties & Beer” or glam-rock star Punky Meadows in “Punky’s Whips,” Bozzio delivers lots of laughs. Not to mention the drum masterpieces, “The Black Page Drum Solo” and “The Black Page 1 & 2.”Never to be outdone of course, is Frank’s face-melting guitar work on songs like “Cruisin’ For Burgers” and “Pound For A Brown.” The explicitly hilarious, “Honey Don’t You Want A Man Like Me” was a live staple at the time and is one of the high points on the record as well. Even Saturday Night Live announcer, Don Pardo found his way onto the stage, providing the spoken-word introductions for “I’m The Slime”, “Punky’s Whips” and “The Illinois Enema Bandit.” Zappa In New York is hands-down one of the greatest live records of all time.6. One Size Fits All (1975)Perhaps one of his most successful, One Size Fits All is a grand-slam of a record. This was Zappa in his prime and features the exceedingly intricate fan favorite, “Inca Roads”, as well as the singles “San Ber’dino” and “Sofa No.1 & 2.” The band lineup includes some of the most prominent members of the Zappa alumni: George Duke (keyboards, vocals), Napoleon Murphy Brock (flute, tenor saxophone, vocals), Tim Fowler (bass) and Ruth Underwood (vibraphone, marimba, percussion). “Po-Jama People,” “Florentine Pogen” and “Andy” also are highlights on this phenomenal record, and are among some of the greatest songs of the entire Zappa catalogue.5. apostrophe (’) (1974)apostrophe is as close to commercial as Frank Zappa could get. This highly-renowned rock classic offered up the first charting single of his career, “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow.” The song was in conjunction with the subsequent tracks, “Nanook Rubs It,” “St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast” and “Father O’Blivion,” however the radio edit of “Yellow Snow” was the official single. Also in attendance is the well-known “Cosmik Debris” as well as the standout track, “Uncle Remus,” which sheds light upon racial tensions in America. apostrophe is an essential of the essentials and still stands as the biggest commercial triumph of Zappa’s career.4. Over-Nite Sensation (1973)Recorded during the same sessions as Apostrophe, this progressive masterpiece was the launch of Zappa’s commercial years. With hits like “Camarillo Brillo,” “I’m The Slime,” “Dirty Love,” “Zomby Woof,” “Montana” and the obscenely sexually-charged fan-favorite, “Dinah-Moe-Humm,” this record is brimming with classics of the 1970’s. No doubt a controversial record, the subject matter predominantly focuses on themes of a sexual nature. Pornography, masturbation, bestiality, oral and anal sex are all in attendance. Classy material indeed.Meanwhile, songs like “I’m The Slime” take aim at the addictive nature of television; “a tool of the government and industry” as Frank puts it. The song ironically even made its way onto the popular new late-night television show at the time, Saturday Night Live, where Zappa’s performance of the song was broadcast to television screens all across the country. Quite the incongruous yet ingenious public sensation indeed.3. Roxy & Elsewhere (1974)When it comes to live albums, you can’t get much better than Roxy & Elsewhere. Primarily recorded at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California, it stands as one of the most extraordinarily complex Zappa recordings ever. Some of his most difficult and intense instrumentals are on this album. “Echidna’s Arf (Of You)” and “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing” are arguably two of the most elaborate instrumentals in rock history.“Cheepnis” and “Be-Bop Tango” are also so outrageously multifarious, they are truly out-of-this-world. Percussionist Ruth Underwood’s work on the xylophones, marimbas and vibraphones is some of the best you’ll ever hear, while the vocal stylings of Napoleon Murphy Brock are some of the strongest of his career. Also in the lineup is George Duke (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Tom Fowler ( bass), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Walt Fowler (trumpet), Jeff Simmons (rhythm guitar, vocals), Don Preston (synthesizer), and both Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson on drums. Other notable songs are the kinky “Penguin In Bondage” and the autobiographical anthem “Village Of The Sun.” Roxy & Elsewhere offers up the best of the best.2. Sheik Yerbouti (1979)By 1979, Zappa was at his apex. Recorded both live and in the studio, Sheik Yerbouti is a massive double-album of pure creative genius. Much of the album’s material pokes fun at the popular music and culture of the late 1970’s. From disco and cocaine (“Dancin’ Fool”) to sex and S&M (“Bobby Brown Goes Down”/“Broken Hearts Are For Assholes”), Zappa saw right through the trends of the 70‘s just as he did during the previous decade. Peter Frampton is mocked on the opening track “I Have Been In You” and even Bob Dylan takes a hit on the following song “Flakes.” It seems no one is safe.Whether it be the fiery performance of “Tryin’ To Grow A Chin,“ the politically incorrect hilarity of “Jewish Princess” or the silly and suggestive “Wild Love,” Sheik Yerbouti gives the fans everything you’d want from a Zappa record. To this day, it stands as Frank Zappa’s biggest selling album. “I knew you’d be surprised!”1. Joe’s Garage Acts I, II & III (1979)1979 was a big year for Frank Zappa. It was a tough choice between this album and Sheik Yerbouti, but after some thought, Joe’s Garage won the well-deserved spot at number one on our list.Joe’s Garage is a rock opera with three acts. It’s a concept album, telling the story of an Orwellian universe where music has been made illegal. “If the president (any one of them) went on TV and sat there with the flag in the background (or maybe a rustic scene on a little backdrop, plus the flag) and stated sincerely into the camera and told everybody that all energy problems and all inflationary problems had been traced to and could be solved by the abolition of music,” Zappa explains in the album’s liner notes, “chances are that most people would believe him and think that the illegalization of this obnoxious form of noise pollution would be a small price to pay to buy gas like the good ol’ days.”The title track is one of Zappa’s most famous tunes, along with the popular fan-favorites “Catholic Girls,” “Crew Slut,” “Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt,” “Why Does It Hurt When I Pee” and the guitar instrumental “Watermelon In Easter Hay,” which is famously known as one of Zappa’s greatest solos. The album certainly isn’t without Frank’s usual intricacies. “On The Bus“ is a face-melting guitar opus and “Keep It Greasey” has a mind-boggling 21/16 time signature. All in all, Joe’s Garage is the epitome of a Frank Zappa record. From the musical diversity and density to the satirical humor and masterful guitar wizardry, Joe’s Garage Acts I, II & III showcases the very best of Frank Zappa.So that’s it, folks. That is our list of the top 12 most essential Frank Zappa albums. If you don’t have these records, well, what are you waiting for? Go on, expand your mind and your music collection. Give your ears and your mind a treat, because as Frank famously said, “music is the best.”You can also check out Joseph Conlon’s list of Zappa’s 50 Greatest Songs.last_img read more

Clipper Race Update: Introducing Dell Ambassador Marek Omilian

first_imgWhen we are finally off and at sea, it’s time to focus on sailing and the race, picking the right tactics and evaluating our performance versus the other eleven boats. The “scheds” (position reports) come in every six hours, or four times a day. We track the speed and distance info of other boats in the spreadsheet on the Dell Latitude Rugged laptop in order to compare our track and sail plan.During the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1, we managed to build a lot of good knowledge and experiences useful in adjusting to the boat life quicker. We decided to capture these in the book of ‘Best Practices’, using Dell Latitude Rugged. The beauty of using Dell Rugged is that we can keep editing the file anywhere on the boat, even on deck with waves splashing over the deck from time to time. ‘Best Practices’ includes simple things, such as how to clean the toilet or to how to climb and sleep in the top bunk on high side at 40-degree angle.Immediately after we arrive in new port, we are off to deep cleaning the boat and doing some routine maintenance or repair jobs. This means the Job List is the most used spreadsheet file with all the tasks allocated to various departments and prioritized. The list gets updated frequently on Dell Rugged.Upon arrival, we are required to perform safety and rig checks and turn in the log book. Before then, we scan every page of the logbook into Dell Rugged and share the documents with an onshore teammate who uses the data from the just-completed race to compute and update our boat polars. A polar is a description of how fast a boat should sail at a given wind speed and angle.The Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1 was a grueling 33 days at sea, luckily with enough time to do some of the work highlighted above. I am looking forward to the South Atlantic Leg 2 and more challenges, both sailing and organizational.About Marek Omilian, crew member, Visit SeattleMarek Omilian, 53 from Seattle, USA, is undertaking the full 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation on board Visit Seattle. The father of two grew up sailing centre-board boats in the Sea Scouts in his native Poland, and after immigrating to the USA in his twenties, he began sailing keelboats and has been racing in the Puget Sound since 2015. Being a Dell Ambassador was a natural fit for Omilian, who has a computing and analyst background and runs his own valuation and management consultant firm. Other than the pride of arriving in his home port of Seattle, Omilian is hoping his Clipper Race experience will challenge him both physically and mentally, and create life-long friendships with his teammates. And, of course, result in winning the coveted Clipper Race Trophy. This is the second in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. The first post from Samantha Harper can be found here on Direct2Dell. For more background on Dell’s involvement, read our initial blog about this exciting race here.The Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1: Liverpool, UK, to Punta del Este, Uruguay: 6,400 nautical miles: 34 daysI was very excited at the Crew Allocation Day when I found out I would be sailing on Visit Seattle with Nikki Henderson, who at 24-years old, is the youngest Skipper in the history of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.My excitement must have made impression on Nikki, because a few days later she asked me to be the Team Coordinator (TC), aka Chief of Staff; aka Executive Assistant to the Skipper. I quickly realized the job required a lot of planning and data management, i.e. access to a computer on and off the boat. Off the boat may be easy, as I could transport a laptop in a drybag, but on the boat, with moisture and salt water everywhere, it was going to be a challenge.So, I was very pleased to find out that Dell Rugged was a partner of the race, and was providing rugged laptops for the use on the boat and by media crew. I was thrilled when I was selected one of the Dell Crew Ambassadors for the race. It gave me a chance to use Dell Latitude Rugged for all the tasks that have been showing up on the horizon.TC is responsible for lots of tasks before, during and after each race. Here are some of them:Organize and keep updating the crew list in a giant spreadsheet, which includes everything from what legs they are doing and birthdays, to personality characteristics and which bunk beds they have already slept in.Prep before each leg includes working with the Skipper to allocate crew to the two watches. I then work thru the crew line-up to allocate bunks and create a job rotation. This is tough because we “hot-bunk” (share a bunk), and therefore need to pair people with each other as “bunk buddies”. The same pair will also be cooking buddies. 20 people living in a small area creates all kinds of logistical issues. A spreadsheet is still the best tool to solve these with. By the end of the race, I may come up with a better tool or a macro😉. Then all the Watchlists, rotas, job descriptions, menu, standing orders, etc. need to be printed, laminated, and posted in the saloon.last_img read more

A mosaic of American brands’

first_imgBrothers and Notre Dame alumni Walter and Patrick Hessert are living the dream, traveling the country in an Airstream trailer sharing their passion for American entrepreneurial spirit. “We wanted to go on the ultimate road trip before I started my next job and before Patrick started his,” Walter said. “So I bought an Airstream trailer, but right before we left, I decided that I wanted to do something with it.” Instead of just hitting the open road, Walter, a 2006 Notre Dame graduate, and Patrick, who graduated in 2009, founded the Million Dollar Roadtrip, a dynamic marketing company celebrating young, passionate American entrepreneurs. Their journey began on July 4 in Lebanon, Kan., and they plan to visit 48 states in one year. “As a company, we can cover a full gamut of national events for businesses because we are so mobile,” Walter said. The brothers plan for their 23-foot blue Airstream trailer to be covered in 10,000 advertisements, measuring two square inches each. They hope to sell $1 million in advertisements during their journey to reach this goal. To date, they have sold $50,000 worth of advertising. “We want to create a mosaic of American brands,” Patrick said. Even though their Airstream trailer is at the core of their brand, it is more than just their business — it is their home for the next 11 months. They said they affectionately refer to it as “Alleroy,” in honor of their grandfather. “The Airstream is covered in ads that are products of enterprising and ingenuity of this country,” Walter said. “Seeing the Airstream generates a visceral reaction among young people.” The brothers said they want to create a social and creative network of young visionaries. Million Dollar Road Trip also gives Inspirations Grants every two weeks. They award these grants to businesses that embrace the passionate spirit the Hessert brothers want to spread. Thus far, they have given $500 cash and $200 worth of advertising space to three recipients. At the beginning of the trip, Walter and Patrick said they talked about the people they met and decide who deserved the award. A huge milestone for this dynamic duo came a few weeks into their journey; people began to recognize the Airstream trailer and the Hessert’s message and started to make nominations for the grants. Now that people have heard about their project, they are implementing a voting system through their website so people who are following their journey can vote for winners of the Inspiration Grant. The brothers said the passionate people they meet continue to inspire them. “I love finding people and sharing their stories,” Patrick said. In the past few months, they traveled through big cities and attended events such as the Ironman in Lake Placid, N.Y., The Brendan Borek Surf Competition in Avalon, N.J., and the Notre Dame vs. Michigan football game in South Bend last weekend. “Going to the game is a homecoming for us,” Walter said. They said they are also looking forward to other events, such as a rodeo in Omaha, Neb. “We’re just wannabe cowboys,” Patrick said with a laugh. When their yearlong cross country trip is over, the brothers hope their Airstream will be a design piece. In addition to its exterior advertising, the interior will be covered with pictures of the people they met. The brothers said they hope it could be showcased in art museums across the country. “It will be a mosaic of Americana art celebrating what is at the core of this country,” Walter said.last_img read more

Hot Shot! The Guys of HBO’s The Normal Heart Suit Up

first_img View Comments Mark Ruffalo Jim Parsons You’ve seen all the trailers, set your DVR (twice) and circled “May 25” in red on your calendar—but you’re not really ready for the premiere of HBO’s The Normal Heart until you’ve seen the stars all dressed up on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter! Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo (but sadly, no Jonathan Groff) are looking sexy in dark suits in the newest issue. Directed by Ryan Murphy, the new small screen adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play takes place during the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City. Pick up The Hollywood Reporter to read more about bringing the groundbreaking 1985 drama to the small screen, then catch these four gents in the new HBO film this spring! Star Fileslast_img read more