first_imgThere is a sense of anticipation in the sleepy, idyllic, Donegal town of Moville as they await the 9th annual BeatlesFest on the Lough this weekend.It’s Ireland’s only annual festival of the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Due to its success in previous years it will take place over four days for the first time rather than three.Coming over again from Devon will be Beatles Road manager, PR guy and talent scout, Tony Bramwell who was a childhood friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Tony is a US Hall of Fame member himself for his work as head of Apple Films and Polydor Records when he had the Bee Gees, The Jam, Roxy Music and Slade in his stable, for his role in charge of the music for Grease and Saturday Night Fever, when he used the Bee Gees and for responsibility for the music in five of the Bond films, including Live and Let Die done by Paul McCartney. Tony ‘s favourite tipple is Guinness and his favourite Comedy, Father Ted and this will be his 5th BeatlesFest on the Lough. A couple of weeks before his first one he was in Nashville with Paul McCartney who asked him to come to Toronto with him as well. “I can’t Paul” said Tony. “I’m doing the BeatlesFest in Moville that weekend”. He said that Moville is the quaintest of the BeatlesFests that he goes to and would like to retire there.Tony knows most people in the industry, both in the Sixties and now. He met Elvis with the Beatles, knows Bob Dylan very well and is a close friend of Bruce Springsteen. He will be giving a talk, taking questions and talking about his time with the Beatles with festival-goers.American, Michael Thomas will open up the festival in Annie’s Bar on Thursday night which is Come Together Night. This will be followed by It’s Getting Better night on Friday, a Hard Day’s Night on Saturday and Hello Goodbye night on Sunday. In between will be Here Comes the Sun afternoon on Saturday and Strawberry Fields afternoon on Sunday.Playing officially for the first time will be Belfast duo, The Plasticine Porters who turned up last year just wanting to play anywhere and anytime. They played the Open Mics and in the breaks in the acts of others and after they finished. After they went down so well they have their own gigs this year. Said BeatlesFest organiser, Gerry McLaughlin “We are expecting this to be the biggest and best BeatlesFest we have had. We are asking people to wear Sixties Gear. If anyone wants to play there are Open Mics. If you missed the Sixties come to Moville this weekend. The BeatlesFest takes place from July 30th to August 2nd.MOVILLE GETS READY FOR BEATLESFEST was last modified: July 29th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beatlesfestdonegalfestivalmovillelast_img read more

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SETI Blurs Line with Hollywood

first_imgDown again, up again; the SETI Institute got a reprieve for its Allen Telescope Array from actress Jodie Foster, star of the Sagan SETI saga Contact.  And just in time; NASA needs contact to protect earth from aliens who might invade to punish us for global warming. Foster is actually only one of 2,557 donors who rose up to keep SETI going, according to PhysOrg.  Bill Anders, Apollo 8 astronaut (one of those who read from Genesis back on Christmas Eve 1968) was another.  Live Science said sci-fi writer Larry Niven also put his money where his hope is.  The SETI Institute only raised enough money so far to man the Allen array through year end – or should that be to “alien the Man array”? The Guardian UK released a photo of one of the aliens punishing humanity for global warming.  Sure enough, (if one can believe the sensationalist British rag), some NASA guys and Penn State eggheads are worried that changes in Earth’s atmosphere might trigger tough love:  “Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.” It’s a “highly speculative scenario,” Ian Sample, “science correspondent” admitted, but what hey – they’re NASA scientists.  Their speculations are only for humanity’s good, provided we take action now: “ ‘Green’ aliens might object to the environmental damage humans have caused on Earth and wipe us out to save the planet,” Sample surmised, drawing authority from the authors of a joint study that considered “plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity ‘prepare for actual contact’.”  Of course that is just one of a number of “plausible scenarios,” good, bad, and neutral.  What makes this scenario appealing is that it has political teeth.  The authors explained, “These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets.”  So Earthlings might just be the real illegal aliens.  Maybe it’s time to consider what Wynne Perry at Live Science suggested: renaming Homo sapiens (wise man) something more realistic. Clever way to sneak global eco-politics into a story, don’t you think?  They will have better luck aiming their telescopes at those described in the 08/17/2011 entry.  Plenty of aliens there.  Some of them are green, too.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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