Dambusters film remake delayed by WW1 project

Image courtesy Charles FosterCharles Foster reports that Peter Jackson’s remake of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, which has now been on the cards for almost 15 years, has been further delayed as the director now concentrates on his current movie project to bring new life to film footage shot during the First World War, held in the Imperial War Museum’s archives.

The film will premiere at the BFI London film festival, where it will be shown in 3D, before being shown on BBC One and sent to all schools for the 2018 autumn term

Charles takes a somewhat dim view of this news: “Everyone would agree that this is a very worthy venture, and that it will also showcase the cinematic techniques for which the Jackson team is justifiably famous. However, anyone with an interest in a certain other project which is supposed to be in his studio’s pipeline will feel more than a little deflated that this would now appear to be his priority. We are, of course, talking about the remake of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, which has now been on the cards for almost 15 (yes 15!) years.”

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George Boole Update: Film premiere at the Collection

By way of an update to my previous posts about the Lincoln born father of  digital technology George Boole, Dave Kenyon writes:

Friends of George Boole,

I thought you might be interested in the UK premiere of the Irish film about George Boole. It’s at 2pm this Sunday 25th Oct at the Collection. It’s part of a longer programme, but the Boole film is 58 mins long. Attendance is free but ticketed.

The film is presented as part of the  current Frequency Festival in Lincoln. Tickets are available here. (Get your free tickets by clicking on the green “register” button.)

George Boole Plaque

I have written before on this blog and elsewhere about the father of digital technology, George Boole, maths genius and son of a Lincoln cobbler, who had his own school near Lincoln Cathedral. Dave Kenyon, co-founder of the Lincoln Boole Foundation has been in touch about another success in his campaign to raise awareness of this great thinker. Dave writes:

The Lincoln Boole Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming installation of a large commemorative plaque in the centre of Lincoln at the junction of High Street and Silver Street, just yards from Boole’s birthplace. This high-profile memorial has been given the blessing of both City and County authorities. Its size and position will make it arguably the highest profile memorial plaque in the city – as befits the inventor of digital logic. Continue reading

Frequency Festival 2015

“Frequency Festival of Digital Culture is a biennial festival hosted in the city of Lincoln, providing a platform to celebrate the pioneering spirit of digital innovation and culture through exhibition, creative collision and debate.” If this takes your fancy, or even if like me you are intrigued by “creative collision”, then do check the programme out on the Frequency website schedule before you go. The festival runs from  October 23 to November 1, with multiple events taking place in various city venues.


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Celebrate George Boole, unsung Lincoln hero

boole_exhib_pd1_150To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth, there’s a timeline exhibition “The Life and Legacy of George Boole,” running in Lincoln. It’s free and open to all at the Great Central Warehouse Library on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus until Friday 11th September, and in October it will move to Lincoln Cathedral.

So who was George Boole? My friend, former colleague and co-director of the Lincoln Boole Foundation, Dave Kenyon, has  written a timely guest post for us, all about Lincolnshire’s Victorian Digital Hero:

George Boole, Lincolnshire’s forgotten genius is 200 years old this year. Unbeknownst to most of us, he’s responsible for the ‘digital DNA’ of everyday life.

Most readers interested in Lincolnshire will probably know that 2015 is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Similarly, most will be aware of Sir Isaac Newton as the county’s most illustrious son. But very few will know of the bicentenary of George Boole, the Lincoln man who has had most recent worldwide impact. He invented “Boolean Logic” which is the binary system at the heart of silicon chips and all things digital. As if that wasn’t enough, he was the youngest and poorest winner of the Royal Society’s Gold Medal for a hundred years. To cap that off, he also laid some of the foundations for ‘Pure Maths’ and gave us many aspects of calculus used daily by scientists and technologists of every type. Continue reading

Jason Bradbury update

Picture courtesy Lincolnshire Chamber of CommerceAs we reported earlier, Gadget Show presenter and son of Woodhall Spa Jason Bradbury was the keynote speaker at this year’s Lincolnshire Digital Conference. He also went on camera for Lincolnshire County Council to get across his view that Lincolnshire is the ideal place for the digital revolution:

Jason Bradbury comes to Lincoln – free event

If you are in business locally, why not join TV presenter and well-known gadget guru Jason Bradbury, who will be sharing his passion for technology, at the annual Lincolnshire Digital Conference.

All businesses are welcome to attend this free event, organised by Lincolnshire County Council to help people get up-to-speed with digital and the progress of the onlincolnshire project so far.  As well as discovering how superfast broadband could benefit your business, you’ll also find out more about the latest digital technology and how to use it.

Location: The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY
Date: 10 Mar 2015
Duration: 9.30am – 4pm

To book your place: Freephone 0300 80 80 120 or email onlincolnshire@lincs-chamber.co.uk  Continue reading