GlosCamp 2010

When this blog was still fresh in 2006 I wrote 6 entries about my time spent at the Gloucester County Camp in 2006. Eventually it merged into the longest entry on this blog and is simply called GlosCamp. Four years and many, many posts later I have attended GlosCamp 2010.

Last time I attended as Service Crew and between meals was able to get upto some mild antics, this time I attended as Staff and had more responsibilities and less freetime so this post will be short. For GlosCamp 2010 I edited and designed the daily camp newsletter called The Gloscamper. The newsletter needed a name since I didn’t want it to have long website address adding an “er” to the end kept it fairly short and still Newlettery.

To produce this fantastical newsletter I was joined by the brilliant and decorous Helen, we were a brilliant team and once we had a full arsenal of equipment we were legendary.

For the first issue there wasn’t much material floating around so the letter was quickly thrown together (I didn’t even justify the text) with content from myself, Matt (one of the organisers) and the Leader of the Danish Contingent.
(The Danes have a long history with the North Cotswold District dating back to 1985 it was their turn I believe to visit us so they were invited to coincide with the grandest event available.)

On the next day Helen appeared so more content could be generated and organised so a folded A4 booklet was made. Unfortunately we were using a very nasty HP printer that stopped every few pages and required a panel be opened and closed to continue! When we finally managed to get enough copies of the second issue out Helen and I literally walked half the site handing out the Paper and as the sun was setting put her tent up. Then completed the distribution in the dark seeing a lot of gateways decorated with twinkling candlelight.

Not wanting another printing fiasco I managed to get Lesley Herbert’s amazing HP 4050 printer going, I tell you it was more than double the effectiveness of the HP 2200 we had been using :P. At this point we were still struggling for excess content so generating articles slowed us down a bit, but rather than distribution at 21:30 the faster printing allowed us to get newsletters out at 8pm.

I think it was Tuesday when the Newsletter was finally getting an audience, we had the record 22 different people come in with cameras to copy over photos and several young Scouts writing articles. Somehow despite their young age their writing sometimes read better than that from Explorers, difference being the Scouts simply wrote what they wanted and the Explorers tried to show off to no avail!

The next few issues had a lot of momentum behind them making them get distributed earlier and earlier which was great as we both got to attend the camp-fire promptly on the Thursday.

Friday was difficult. Helen had absconded to Cardiff and I had the intention of making 2 issues today, one for the closing ceremony and one for the next morning’s departure. However, without Helen and the need to make a Photo montage I didn’t quite make it. The video got made and was shown on loop with its rather awesome Trance soundtrack and the newsletter along with remastered back issues went out in the morning with the departure rush.

Of the 6 issues I think #4 is my favourite but the best frontpage belongs to to the last day (Friday the Thirteenth!) You can see all issues on the gloscamper download page.

Film Review: Hot Fuzz

Another motion picture from the witty talents of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to see Pegg without seeing the Tim Bisley in the character we was portraying, as a great testament to Pegg’s acting skill he manages to create a very distinct persona that holds the film separate from any of his other works.

There is a great deal of depth to this film, subtle pieces of information a sprinkled from the very start and you’re only reminded of them towards the very end; making for great re-watching. For example the Andies mockingly say they should call everyone in the village starting with ‘Aaron A. Aaronson’ whom we actually get to see at the very end.

A lot of the information is quite accurate as well, a copper I met through the European Jamboree told me that Police training scenario’s are portrayed in a fictitious village called Sandford in Gloucester, the place where the film is focused. Brilliant, there must’ve been some real investigation into Police procedures when writing the screenplay hopefully winning some awards over the next year!

A laugh a minute film suitable for all occasions and company, certainly worth my £5 cinema ticket, and I wouldn’t put it past myself to making it an addition to my DVD collection in the future.

Rating: 96%

Equality

Gloucestershire police force could face a “flood” of compensation claims after it admitted illegally rejecting white male job applicants.

By trying to enforce ethnic minority representation to professions are we not infact shifting the focus from the majority which should have the focus to the minority? A reverse racism if you will, removing ‘white’ people because a larger diversity is required, surely this isn’t democratic? A small number of people have a large say because they are a slight minority?. Why can’t it just be the best or most suitable person for the right job?

Surely for race to not be an issue in any way, shape or form it shouldn’t matter, no more of this “to ensure equal opportunities we would like you to answer the following questions on religion, race etc” if it really doesn’t matter then we shouldn’t have to keep statistics on it. Okay it might help in 100 years or give Guinness an easier job of working out things like who was the First woman space tourist but I would be happier with not knowing who was the first/last/next person to do anything and a person’s race not being mentioned and thus the best person for the job getting it.

It is unfortunate that somehow the idea to increase ethnic minorities in Gloucester Police was raised and that the encouragement to be equally representative wasn’t dismissed because of the fear of being labelled racist towards minorities, instead now we are not allocating representative of the majority which in this country is caucasian despite the growing influx of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants.

Perhaps if there weren’t as many scandals with negative results negative actions wouldn’t cascade through procedure and result in similar events?

Full Original Article: Force may face ‘flood’ of claims

GlosCamp

The Gloucester County Camp

Day 0

Admittedly I’m only a few hours into the day but last night was a bit of a giggle, Derek and I had a rendezvous at Mary’s so we could get an early start today (that and the opportunity of hang out for an evening 😉 First order of business; Food. After a tad of coaxing Mary relented and gave in to using the impromptu griddle, its pretty nifty and tripod suspended free hanging griddle over a log fire, awesome.

Dampa Bread, Sausage, Burger (veggie and regular) mostly vegetable kebabs and onions. Seriously the setup is the stuff that dreams are made off, a smouldering fire with camp and deck chairs surrounding it. With no canopy overhead we got to see the evening sky turn a yellow, orange and red and finally a deep regal blue.

We sat talking about whatever crossed our minds ranging from ‘that hot young captain of the Enterprise’ to ‘I think the Clones in Star Wars had families’ with a game of digital yatzee here and there.

Leanne had a spout at making some cocktails, she made 2, haven’t a clue what they were called, the first one was extremely strong causing most to gag and the second a much improved smooth pineapple which I would’ve happily trade in my Snakebite and Black for.

That’s all so far and depending on whether or not there is a net connection at my desk in the media centre I might be able to drop a few more updates.