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Hamble Lifeboat 2019

2020 January 9
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You may know – you may not, that besides my work as an Event Producer, I’m also the Cox and Training Manager of Hamble Lifeboat. I also – when work is thin of the ground a Yachtmaster Instructor. I teach people to sail.

Hamble Lifeboat is crewed totally by volunteers. Is one of the top 10 – if not the top 5, busiest Lifeboats in the UK&I.

Hamble Lifeboat

Hamble is one of the 89 Independently run Lifeboats still in operation around the Coast. So whilst we work alongside the RNLI boats, we are not part of that illustrious Institution; neither do we have their funding or resources. So’s its a little bit harder for us to make ends meet. For instance… just found out that water has seeped into the three aft most cylinders of one of the engines. The whole thing has to come out and be rebuilt. Its about £15,000.00 or so. OUCH! We’ll all be putting our heads together on how we can raise a few extra pennies to help out. Anyone with any bright ideas PLEASE get in touch – grenville.houser@hamblelifeboat.co.uk.

In the meantime – I put together a little review of the year for the crew… a look back on a busy 2019. Can’t show you the whole thing, as its huge and 21 mins long. However, part of that review was a look back at just one of the fund raising initiatives that we put into practice. We walked around the whole of the Isle of wight and visited all of the Search & Rescue organisations we could… 7 in total. Mileage. 78 miles over 3 days.

The Wight Wobble 2019

McLaren Speedtail

2020 January 9
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Back in October 2018 we were asked by Sprout to Produce the launch of the latest McLaren – the McLaren Speedtail. This was done in a complete hush hush at Bonhams Gallery in the heart of London, to a VERY bespoke audience, primarily those that had already bough the car without seeing it.

Came up with a really simply, but neat, idea to put the Car in the middle (McLaren brief was all about putting the Driver at the heart of everything…) and filling the surrounding walls (which just happened to be a mid grey felt) with projection.

VERY Little time to get-in. At the arrival of the car everyone was extremely jumpy – I think we constructed a tunnel betwixt truck and entrance in the end. Ha! and then the car tipped up SO late that the crew that had been in place had changed shift (24 hour working) and it took an age to find the Rigger with the key to the control to set the rig as car rolled into place.

“For the sake of the Nail, the shoe was lost…”

Funny how things have a habit of cascading… Anyway – all there in the end and the revealed worked just fine. No photos, no video – nada! Because it was all so sensitive…

The Speedtail

Since this happens SO often in our business – you find yourself with nothing to show for months of toil and stress – I am hugely envious of Architects! At least whatever you design/create, it has a shelf-life, for all to see and admire. If you’ve done a decent job it could be in place for years and years.

In the Corporate Events industry, your creation, your baby, disappears in hours and you are left bereft, with absolutely dick-all to show for it…

Looking back I must admit it was really good to meet and work with the design team at McLaren.

I only wish they’d design and build a Lifeboat for us! Ho-Hum…

GamesCom 18/19

2020 January 9
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Once again, apologises for the Radio silence… Sort of been hectically quiet! Never a minute but all the same market seems to flutuate like a Yo-yo… Lets have a quick look at some bits n’bobs…

For the past 2 years I have been commissioned by Envy Create to Produce the Bandai Namco Entertainment stands at GamesCom. Its been a great journey today – although I have to admit ‘Exhibitions’ are not my forte. But I have watch with intrigue the stellar rise of the Gaming Market. I wanted to see how Content had progressed. What amazed me was the passion and dedication of the attendees to Gaming and the lengths they go to in order to meld reality and fiction seamlessly. I was also – and logically I shouldn’t have been – surprised by the number of wheelchair bound players were present; from all across Europe, and I suspect further afield, that came, despite all and any obstacle. So last year (2019) I vowed that we would improve the stands to be even more wheelchair accessible. This year I am keen to really work on localised engagement that should start the moment they join the queues – wider if possible…

2019 largely followed the format of 2018. Bits I enjoyed… Well anything that creates the Game environment. I know everyone wants to ‘play’ the game – but you only get 15 mins or so, having queued lordy knows how long… Gamers come in their CosPlay costumes and they look for a way in which they can better ‘enter’ their World. So I like it when there’s a chance just to push that door a little more. One day maybe I’ll be given the opportunity to put a Battering-Ram to it! We’ll see.

Below is the wee tableaux that we put together for Little Nightmares II. I rather liked this…

Little Nightmares II