This morning I was informed that as of 1st March 2012, The Boathouse no longer exists as a venue for the Arts here in Hull.
This effectively means that Hull has lost the only place left where Artists could be just that, a place where experimentation was actively encouraged, and where like-minded (or not) creatives would come together and celebrate contemporary arts in all its forms, but mostly, experimental sounds and music.
It is particularly distressing to learn that the new owner of The Boathouse did not even bother to consult with the people that care about the place before going ahead with this execution. To not consider and engage with the individuals who have endlessly worked incredibly hard, with no remuneration, to keep the place afloat and alive is just adding insult to injury.
Over the years The Boathouse has been host to hundreds of artists, and thousands of visitors, staging some of the most exciting, and often out-there art this City has ever seen, and I am convinced that when this news reaches them, we will know about it.
I know that my involvement with the place has been somewhat of a love/hate affair, but it is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you all of this.
PLEASE share with anyone who you think cares, and remember:
Hull City Council, would you please, please consider erecting a bus shelter for the public, at the number 28 stop outside the funeral parlour at the Northpoint shopping centre in Bransholme?
The weather here is absolutely treacherous and I dread taking a daily trip to get my shopping essentials.
Opinions - How Many Fingers Have You Got Up? By Dobski
First of all, shame on you if you may be thinking that I'm talking about a woman gauging her 'capacity', you've got a filthy mind. I'm talking about that age old saying 'you can count your friends on one hand'. My suggestion is that you'll have spare fingers too when you really think about it.
The dictionary definition of a friend varies slightly but is basically someone who you know well, likes you, enjoys your company and respects your opinions.
Opinions - Time For A Football Revolution? By James Marsters
It's been a while since I've been tempted to write a whingeing article and it was this week's announcement of the winning world cup bids for 2018 and 2022 which brought me out of hibernation.
Now, as an Englishman, you might scoff and claim that I am a disgruntled fan who is suffering from an acute bout of sour grapes but I'm being honest when I say that I didn't want England to win the bid in the first place.
Opinions - Merry Christmas From Hull City Council Or Hull Not Fair By Dave Fox
I haven't had a whinge for quite a while now but recently something caught my attention and forced me to put pen to paper.
I've never really had a problem with Hull City Council despite them squandering my money on fibre-glass frogs and turning rush hour into a nightmare by putting road-works on most of our main roads all at the same time.
Whilst stuck in traffic yesterday I noticed a poster issued by Hull City Council which on first glance
Opinions - Big and Daft? By Dobski
A case of Natural Selection?
A question I've often asked myself is, and don't take this literally, but generally, are you less likely to be intelligent, the bigger your physical stature? We've all heard the saying, 'The larger the collar, the lower the IQ!', right?
Reasons I have thought this are ... when you look around at the jobs most big people do, they are usually something that demands a big person. Jobs like doorman
Opinions - Doing Drugs With Your Kids (Is It totally Wrong?) By Dobski
This idea may seem abhorrent at first thought and to most concerned, it probably is beyond even question, but let's think about it a bit.
Of course no-one in their right mind would endorse a combination of mother/father-son/ daughter sat in some squalid flat 'jacking' each other up, or passing a crack-pipe back and forth. To indulge in either of these substances at any age or situation is a path to almost inevitable destruction,
Opinions - Who Were You? By Dobski
Rock 'n' Roll, Teddy-boys, Hippies, Mods and Rockers, Punk, Hip-Hop, Rave, just some of the globally recognised scenes popular culture has spawned since the birth of recorded music as we know it. Scenes created, nurtured, often by a few, picked up on by the masses, and willfully adopted worldwide.
Most members of previous generations can instantly identify, when asked, which of these cults/ movements they associated themselves with as a youth.
Opinions - Arrest The Pope! By Christopher Skolik
To purposefully put out mad and dangerous notions; ('No Condoms, Death is Good, Sahame and Guilt that would seem to lead to Institutional Paedophilia'; do I need to go on here?) as FACTUAL - should be certainly criminal.
He can think this utter tosh, but it should be qualified with a psychological health warning, eg. 'No evidence - may lead to AIDS and mass starvation, lead normal male sezuality into twisted paedophilia', maybe.
Look into his eyes - or those of JP2.
Opinions - Jon Venables: Better a Monster than a No Mark? By Christopher Skolik
Thompson and Venables where already 'monsters' when they met James Bulger. That much is clear. Everyone is agreed on that. Circumstances had left the two 10 year olds so numb that self induced trauma was all they had left.
After the events on the railway track the nation was shocked - but we could have started screening for similar kids. We know the signs, but we howled, and baptised
Opinions - East Riding Writers By Jan Mc Geachie
Perhaps you can solve the mystery of why there is little here to help promote writers here in East Riding?
To enter the New Writing North awards you have to live in Tyne and Wear, the Tees Valley, County Durham or Northumberland. Signposts only have Writers Resource Centres in Sheffield Barnsley and Rotherham. NAWG lists nine writers clubs in Yorkshire, the largest county in England - yet the Wolds remains a literary wilderness.
Opinions - An Ordinary Blokes Blog By Gary Clark
Why am I worried at my age in life? I've been quite successful so far, for an Endike lad. I say that because nothing much was expected of us when were turfed out of school at 15 with a limited education under our belts. Although we did not realise it at the time, until it was too late.
You see we were all in the same boat. No-one knew any better, that's what we did; suffered the boringness of a Secondary school education, then followed our older
Opinions - The Green Electrek Power Company By David Sloan
A radical answer to mass unemployment, endemic obesity and the clean energy crisis.Benefits
Full employment. Cheap green electricity. Reduced oil and gas imports. Higher government tax revenues. Income for all people, regardless of educational skills. Healthier people, fitter people, less overweight people. Less social destitution, less heart disease, less mental health problems, less diabetes.
The NHS now spends £3000 a second on people
Opinions - Wacko Jacko RIP By Christopher Skolik
Since the death of Michael Jackson there has been much chatter about how we should forget the more troubling aspects and focus on the music.
To me that seems wrong headed and a waste!
His life may arguably prove the real art of this individual; he had the means and the psychology to change reality, and his physicality.
Like a Batman villain, living in a fun house as though a Scooby Doo phantom, drawing on the collective unconscious and its pop culture references,
Opinions - Hull City Council and the Concrete Jungle
Thought I'd share my thoughts with you over the council putting a car park where LAs is/was.
Glad to see our creative and pro-active council always thinking of exciting new ways to develop the city. Another car park will be great for the city: with more cars coming into the city centre we could employ some more traffic wardens creating more jobs and more revenue for the council.
Please don't pretend that
Opinions - Was Bob Quick 'Blunder' A Deliberate Smokescreen? By Michelle Dee
By now we will all have seen the disturbing images of Ian Tomlinson, the victim of an unprovoked assault by a police officer at the G20 Protest last weekend. Unlucky for the Metropolitan Police Force, news crews were filming at the time and caught the incident on camera.
Watching the Guardian's footage you can clearly see the officer stepping forward and the moment when the unsuspecting Ian Tomlinson