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End of the Fringe

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The Edinburgh Fringe 2012 has come to an end. So sad to see it go. It has been such an incredible month working with some of the most amazing people.

We had an extraordinary bunch of people working in the Pleasance Dome with excellent shows.

We started our get out for 10 Dome as soon as The Three Englishmen finished their last show at 18:40. Well after a few photos and a ceremonious turning off of the 10 Dome gobo by fading it out slowly.

10 Dome was out by 23:00 and all that remained of us was a small paint mark left on the wall and some slightly grubbier white walls; at 11pm, 10 Dome was no more all that was left was a Dressing room and an empty room.

We spent the rest of the evening into the early morning assisting Queen Dome until we were broken at 03:00 to get some sleep before needing to be back at 09:00 to carry on with all the get outs. By the end of the day we had all the venues out and almost everything that needed to go to the Courtyard was back there; all the bits that get stored on the container were in the now empty Queen Dome or the Quad ready to be taken out to the container on the final day. The excellent team of Jason and Tess packed the container and we continued to pack the container for the rest of the day bringing steel deck seating, flats, scaff, insulation, blacks, and tools until they finally closed it up with everything neatly packed in and locked it up at which point the heavens opened and rained very heavily for the next half an hour to an hour. The most rain that festival, with hardly any rain over the majority until that downpour and a few lighter ones during the packing.

Going to the Courtyard to collect our pay was very satisfying but also very sad as it meant that it was all over. The next day I would be on the train to my boyfriends and the Fringe would be completed. Not before, however, a staff meal and party starting in King Dome/Ace Dome for the meal and Anthony’s speech. Then heading over to Frankensteins for drinks and dancing until 3am which was great to finish on.

Got up the next day and caught the train to my boyfriends. Leaving Edinburgh, Pleasance, the Dome and everyone I met behind (bar one who was on the same train as me) all will be missed greatly.

Until hopefully next year.

One week left

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There is now just one week of shows left.

Been having an amazing time up here working on these shows, and most of the acts are wonderful to work with.

Seen quite a few amazing shows in other Pleasance venues. One of the best being Translunar Paradise. It’s such a great piece of mimed theatre with sounds and music created live on stage.

Had some great staff parties/get togethers so far and several more to go.

Was so good to have my boyfriend up here for a week and got to spend some time with him and spend lots of his birthday with him too.

The Fringe Festival at Pleasance Dome: 10 Dome

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After a great first week up here at the Festival we are now in full swing. We arrived here on the 27th and had an introduction talk then a drink at the pub in the evening.

Remembering names isn’t my strongest point and have met so many new people. Not sure on all their names still.

The two days after that were for finishing off the venues. We started by removing hundreds of chairs from below Pleasance two’s seating.

When we got to our venue we started doing all the small bits to make the venue ready for the public and the shows.

The Tech rehearsals went very well over the next couple of days and the companies were mostly happy.

We have some great acts in our venue. With shows starting from 12:20 going right through till 00:05. There are nine shows in our venue.

Starting with a musical called “US Beef” about the US meat industry (and the general corporate world).

The next show is As You Like It. It is a good production of it set around the 1960s and has a great group of actors.

We then go into an excellent play called “Peter Panic”. It is very dark and has an excellent story. The script can also be purchased after the show for a reduced price only for the festival. The play also has one of our biggest sets.

This is followed by a one woman play called “Juana in a Million” about immigrants into the UK and their experiences. It’s a very touching story.

We have a great comedy show from The Three Englishmen called “Squares” which we operate and is extremely funny and is defiantly worth a visit to come and see it. The four of them are very funny and their sketches are superb.

Tom Deacon then does a show called “Deaconator” which is all about closure that Tom needs now he is 26 and the trouble he has completing a goal which he was unable to do in 1995.

Danielle Ward follows Tom with one of two shows depending on the day of the week. One is “Speakeasy” which is a very funny standup show. The other is a storytelling show called “Playdead” with some scary stories. Both shows are very good. I prefer “Playdead” over the standup although still find the standup excellent too.

Peacock and Gamble follows Danielle’s show. Their show “Peacock and Gamble Don’t even want to be on TV anyway” it’s all about – you guessed it – how they do not want to be on the TV. It’s a really enjoyable group of sketches to watch.

Our final show is Monkey Toast which is an improvised chat show. They have a few guests on each night with a chat show. Which after they have chatted for a bit there are a cast of about 6 improvisers who then proceed to do some improv based on the chat.

Live Events Company

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Started setting up a Live Events company yesterday which is very good and I will release more details when it has been properly set up and everything. It will mainly be for us to freelance at first but we will do some hiring and sub contracting as well.

New Web Host, New Year, and Last Years Events

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It is now a new year and I have a new Web Host. I have not posted recently because there has been so much going on. I will try to not make this post too long and plan to post things more often from now on (yes I know if you read any of the earlier posts I say that every time, but it is a new years resolution and starting from now).

So much has happened over the last year and I am loving life at the moment. I have a wonderful boyfriend who I have been with for almost a whole year now. Over the summer we went to Paris together and to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and had a great time at both. The time together has been fantastic and despite him not living as close as I would like it is still going very well.

In Paris we did all the tourist attractions: La Tour Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower), The Arc de Triomphe, The Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, Notre Dame, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, La Sainte-Chapelle, Musée du Louvre and others. All of which had hundreds of steps at each. I couldn’t have asked to spend it with a better person than I did.

The Fringe Festival was fantastic too, so much so I plan to hopefully work on it this summer. We saw over 15 shows across the three days we were there and met some wonderful people from America performing a show up there which we then went to see, and we are still in contact with them.

In September I turned 20 and (more…)

On Call Headaches

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Well the next new feature I am working on to add to my system at KMHS/KBMS is to add the On Call part. Basically a person is on call and has three numbers to contact them on in a certain order. The problem that is giving me a headache how to sort at the moment however is that I had it going to work great using the details that are already in my system selecting the first three numbers, but it needs to be able to change them around. That makes this system a lot more load intensive on the server which I was trying to stay away from.

I have started setting up the Admin side but that will require a lot more work to be able to get the contacts updated now that I have to do it a different way.

Supervisors now will also have access to the admin panel where they will be able to edit the oncall contacts once I finish making it available.

New Monitoring and TXT message service

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During the last 2 days I have worked 24 hours on completing a new monitoring system integrated into my system for KMHS and has finally after lots of work been completed.

The system has also been integrated into the texting service we are using, so that our lone workers are now able to text in to login and sets up the alerts.

The new monitoring system is now active and working well, the sms service is active but is not in use yet.

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