It's late. This was supposed to be an end of year piece and I guess it's typical of my life recently - there's just never enough time to do everything I want to do - time just passes too quickly.
So, it's 2010. Another year bites the dust. The first decade of the 21st century is over with - gone in a flash and here we all are, shivering with cold and sliding off pavements, sitting in queues of smoke billowing traffic.
When I was growing up, I took it for granted that in the 21st century we'd all be wearing special silver suits that kept you warm in winter with matching all weather boots, we would eat food in tablet form and all transport would be hovering above the road rather than still breaking down on it. So much for my fantasies about holidays in outer space, for the time being, Filey will have to do.
thisisUll.com is now into its 7th year of publication and I can't believe how quickly the time has passed. It was fantastic to win the Fringe Report award for Best Publication back in February, an acknowledgement of our work since 2003.
Over the years the site content has moved in different directions. In 2009 we saw a massive surge in the Poetry section.
thisisUll's involvement with and support of the Write to Speak poetry nights at Hull Truck has encouraged many more previously silent poets to get in touch and have their work published on line.
Congratulations to Joe Hakim and Mike Watts who have masterminded and produced some fabulous nights, bringing several of the nation's best spoken word performers to the city as well as showcasing their own original and entertaining work. I really hope that Write to Speak will continue with another season this year.
Joe was also commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre to produce a multi-media based spoken word show, Guerrilla Poetry which he performed together with Mike Watts at the BAC Burst Festival in May. Later in the summer he appeared at the Latitude Festival for the second year in succession.
Congratulations also to Nick Quantrill, Hull crime writer extraordinaire, whose new book, Broken Dreams is published on 15th March by Caffeine Nights. He's been sending his fiction to thisisull for a long time now and I'm thrilled for him that his genuine talent has at last been spotted. Hopefully more of his writing dreams will come true in the future.
The website has seen one or two developments over the last year. We're now including more video and audio clips with some of the written content, readers can now feedback to authors by leaving comments about their writing which makes the site more interactive.
Sometimes this can be a double edged sword, and I do wish people would use their real names ...
We've continued our support for the Hull music scene by enabling local promoters and venues to post their own events in an updated, user driven Classified section. Please use it - it's easy to create an ad and you can include images and Youtube Videos too.
I'm not sure what's happening in the music scene recently; so many venues and regular nights seem to have disappeared - or disappeared and then re-appeared. We certainly don't get sent the number of music reviews to publish as we used to. I hear that Yo-Yo, after what seems to have been an unsettled couple of years, has decided to bow out of the Hull scene.
Maybe it's a sign that something new is on the horizon, I for one will wait with interest to see what this new decade brings for the city in the way of music and arts in general.
One more thing before I go - in case you hadn't heard yet, thisisUll.com's very own webmaster Mo has, with his mate Jan Tye, developed an app for the iPhone which features poetry from the site, with some video versions too.
There are 2 versions of the app, both available to download from itunes app store. There's a free, 'trial' version, called iPoetryLite which has a taster selection of poetry and video and the 'full' version, called iPoetry which has all available poetry and video and is updated regularly as we add content to the app.
As with thisisUll.com, any poet, anywhere is welcome to submit their work to be included the iPoetry app. Because the iPhone is a global platform, people from all around the world are not only downloading it, but also starting to contribute their poetry.
I would highly recommend, if you have access to an itouch or iphone, that you download the free version, iPoetryLite and see what you think. And then buy the full version, of course! And it would be great to get a review or two!
And now for the roll of honour - as ever, a massive thanks to all of you who've contributed to thisisUll.com during the last 12 months.
I'm looking forward to another year hearing from you all. Whoever you are, and wherever you are, keep on writing!
Ailsa Reid, Amy Owen, Amy Wiles, Andrea Beer, Andrea Longstaff, Andrew Grant, Andrew Wastling, Andy Hampel, Ann Dawber, Axford, Ayjay, The Adelphi
Becky Garrod, Belinda Barchard, Bernard Franklin, Bronwyn Ellis, C A Turbulence, caffzz, Carly Brown, Carol Coiffait, Carolyn, Chris Dawber, Chris Wade, Christine, Christopher Skolik, Clare Tucker, Colin Freeman
Danielle Rhodes, Danny Archer, Dave Watts, Dave Windass, David Pattison, David Sloan, Dayne Coyne, Dean Wilson, Deborah Miskell, Del Abe Jones, Dick Spring, Dino
Eddy Bewsher, Emma Williamson, Frankie Lassut, Gary Clark, Gemma Pitham, Glenn Williams, Grant, Holly Roach, Humber Arts, Ian Ibbetson,
J W Robinson, James Marsters, James Wilson, Jamie McGarry, Jane Foster, Jarrett, Jayne Peach, Jenny Halliday, Jim Higo, Joe Hakim, Joe Malarky, John Codd, John Offord, Julia Flint, Julia Grant, Julian Woodford, Julie Corbett, Julie Hines
Katie Ashworth, Kazia Gianni, Keith Fairburn, KerryGriffin, Laura Fry, Laura Kettle, Laurenceaux, Leah Scarpati, Lee Cassanell, Lee-Ann Williams, Lesley Hedges, Lin Whitehouse, Lisa Cooney, Lucy Jackson
Manuro, Margaret J Shillingford, Mark Walmsley, Martin Clappison, Martin Deane, Martyn Bell Racing, Maurice Fairfield, Meena Budworth, Megan Browne, Mel Foster, Merle Stone, Michelle Dee, Mik Newton, Mik Newton, Mike Kemp, Mike Mitchell, Mike Watts, Mikey Reynolds
Nick Parkinson, Nick Quantrill, Nigel Holmes, Pat, Patrick Henry, Paul England, Paul Northgraves, Peter Lowsley, Phil Prethero, Philip Sanderson, Philip Wincolmlee-Barnes
Rich Blackstar, Richard Jevons, Richard Sutherland, Rivelino, Robert Jaques, Robert Jaques, Rowan, Ruth, Scott Rorrison, Shaun Heesom, Sloan, Stephen Regan, Steve Johnson, Steve Rudd, Steve Walker, Stu Finlayson, Stuart Tideswell, Suraya Begum, Suzy MacDougal
Terry Hood, Terry Ireland, The Welly Club, Thomas Stratton, Tim Roux,
Tom Rooks, Tony Waddington, Volcom, Wendy Adelphi, Yo-Yo
Happy New Year!
Please enjoy the galleries of photos we've featured on the home page over the last year.
Articles - Last of 2008 - The Story of www.thisisUll.com By Cilla Wykes, Editor
Well it's that time of year again; time to look back, forward and then try to get the present into focus. Instead of writing a review of 2008, I'm publishing my personal history of thisisUll.com, telling my story of the 5 years we've been here ...
Throughout my life the kitchen table has been a place of immense significance.
The hub of what's going on in everybody's life. It's where problems are pondered
Articles - National Recognition for thisisUll.com - Fringe Report Awards 2009 By Cilla Photographs by Carl Schofield and Mo.
Monday 9th February 2009 was a landmark date for thisisUll.com and all
its contributors. On your behalf, I had the honour of accepting the
Fringe Report 2009 award for Best Publication.
Fringe Report, under the guidance and leadership of its editor
John Park is based in London. It reviews and supports fringe theatre,
arts, independent and arthouse film, dance, performance,
Going Down - And Finally ... Last Words of 2006 From thisisUll.com
By Cilla (editor)
So we're celebrating - it's been a great year for the site - we've had a wealth of
stunning pieces to publish and a significant increase in the number of people from all
over the globe who regularly visit the site; over 1.3 million in the last 12 months.
This month shows a record number - 120,000 which is incredible because December is usually
Going Down - thisisUll.com 2005 in Pictures.
thisisUll.com wants to thank all the contributors for their work in 2005.
Without their participation this website could not be possible.
Over 100,000 people a month from over 100 countries are seeing Ull at it's very best with over
4,000 pages of superb content.
Check out this 7 page picture gallery of home page pictures
for January to December 2005 for you to enjoy.
Going Down - thisisUll.com 2004 in Pictures.
Both Cilla and I want to thank all the contributors for their work in 2004.
Without their participation this website could not be possible,
Over 100,000 people from over 80 countries are seeing Ull at it's very best with over 2,000 pages of superb
Articles - Apple iPod Touch; The iPhone Without the Phone Reviewed by Mo
Ok so first of all I'm over 50, with a pretty crap social life and like most of my generation, mobile phones reside in a blind spot of my brain. The fiddly keys, address books and ridiculous lose-ablity of the device help to keep it there.
Last time I called my (£15 pay as you go from Woolies) mobile in an attempt to find it, it was answered by a lovely police officer lady at the Reading Station's lost and found.
Articles - Christmas With The Big D By Andrea Longstaff
Well, it's that time of the year again; a time of incongruity that spills over into the blurry edges of surrealism. At no other time but December will you see elves strolling down the street. I fondly recall one past Yuletide playing a game of pool with an elf.
Throughout the rest of the year we tell our children not to talk to strangers, then come December and they're all scared witless
Articles - The Political Show Trial the BBC Just Couldn't Resist By Steve Regan, the King of Hull
Shame on the BBC for giving a platform to people prepared to deny the dignity and worth of fellow human beings.
Yes, the bullying approach adopted by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw, Tory Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Liberal-Democrat MP Chris Huhne and the American writer Bonnie Greer on last night's Question Time was an affront to decency.
And the BBC top brass should not have allowed the show's usual format to be hijacked and used as a nasty and counter-productive show trial of BNP chairman Nick Griffin.
Articles - Memories of Hull Part 2 By Terry Hood
After being away from Hull for 40 years it was great to see my home town again and its friendly people. Some places I can remember and have now probably gone are Gainsborough fish and chip restaurant, the Cecil cinema where I went with my wife and my mum to see Emil Ford and the Checkmates, the Tower and Regent cinemas.
There was Sydney Scarborough's record shop were the trawler men used to go for the latest records when they came home from sea.
Articles - Memories of Hull By Terry Hood
I served my apprenticeship as a ships rigger with Lord Line in 1954. Tom Boyd was an absolute gentleman and the best boss I ever worked for.
I now live in Cheltenham but I visited Hull in April of this year and saw the true reality of St. Andrews Dock, Lord Line and surrounding area. It brought back such a lot of happy memories and sadness to see it as it is today.
Whilst I was in Hull I visited the museum
Articles - Don Wilson 1916 - 2009.
One of Nidderdale's most fascinating characters has died suddenly aged 93.
Donald Wilson moved from Edinburgh to Dacre Banks in February 1950, having been stationed at RAF Linton on Ouse during the war. Don was shot down over Germany early in the conflict and was eventually imprisoned in the infamous Stalag Luft III, setting for the film The Great Escape. He provided invaluable information and advice for the makers of the film, having kept a detailed wartime log during his incarceration.
Articles - Writing about a Hull singer-songwriter using the music of Joe Solo By Tim Roux.
I have just had a fantastic experience - writing a novel,(Just like) El Cid's Bloomers' about a fictional
Hull singer/songwriter around the songs of a real one, Joe Solo.
And it could be a global first - the first musical novel to be designed specifically for an e-book format.
It doesn't really matter whether it is or isn't, but it is always fun to be the first to do something.
For Joe, there were some serious potential downsides to the project.
Articles - Birth and Death in Ten Minutes: A Miracle in Room 11 By Ruth
'Doctor, they have an emergency in Room 11.'
'Ok, I'm coming.'
I put the phone down and exited the oppressive call room, where as the scheduled 'doc-in-the-box' on duty, I was busy frittering away 24 hours of my life.
My 11-year-old-son had state exams the next day, and I hoped my 17-year-old daughter would make sure he studied. I knew they would probably watch TV and eat microwave food on the sofa instead.
Articles - The Cosmic Mayfly By David Sloan
From deep under the oceans, far from any sunlight, to high up in spewing volcanoes, life forms have been found on our planet. Even deep in the arctic ice, life forms have been found to exist.
For life is tenacious, if it can exist it will exist, this is the way of nature. Soon, yes very soon, I'm sure we will find life forms on other planets in our solar system. Indeed I'd be very surprised if the whole universe were not teaming with some form of primeval life or another.
Articles - You Scare Me By Alex
'You scare me'
Having that said to you, just once, is one time too many. Why? Why was this person scared of me? Drunken rage? Membership in the BNP? A predilection for bumming puppies? Nope, none of those (admittedly scary) things.
I had done nothing but acquire a label; 'Psychotic'.
So what do people understand by that? Usually it's some media inspired portrayal of a reality avoiding, maniac
with a large blade. The reality is both fairer and fouler than the common perception.
No, psychotics are not automatically or overwhelmingly prone to violence or abuse.
Articles - Channel 4 Students and Friday Night Stars By Phil Prethero
2007, The One Stop 24 Hour Shop, High Street, Lincoln
It's Saturday, it's 7 in the morning, and I'm at work, hung over, stood here like a trampled on torn up tampon - of use to absolutely nobody.
Why the fuck I agreed to these shifts is beyond me, normal people at the age of 21 and in their last year of uni are in bed at this time, they'll get up at about 11,
Articles - Can You Help? Hull Clubs in the Sixties Keith Fairhurst
I wonder if you can help me. I am searching for the name of a 1965 Hull beat club.
The club was at the end of a passageway between two buildings off a one-way street in the centre of the city. It had a small opening/courtyard in front of the main entrance. The passageway was on the right hand side as you travelled down the street.
I believe it was called The Black Cat Club or Kontiki ClubRead more...
Articles - The Interview: The Four Ps - Plan, Prepare, Participate and Be Positive.By Mike Kemp, CV Satisfaction
As individuals who are looking to find employment the interview proves to be the
most daunting task.
But this doesn't have to be the case using the four P's system:
Plan, Prepare, Participate and Be Positive.
This is a system that was devised by CV Satisfaction which covers all areas
of the interview from the beginning to the end. Let's look at each one individually.