NUS Reclaim Your Voice 22/03/2011

It’s been too long since I’ve been on a good protest march!

I got the chance to change that, and fight against the introduction of tuition fees in Scotland with about 4000 other students from across Scotland today on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, finishing up outside Holyrood and the Scottish Parliament, as part of the Reclaim Your Voice campaign

There were a few speeches, unfortunately my phone messed up (probably an id=10t error on the part of the operator) recording, so I lost the Green Party speech, and the first bit of the Lib Dem speech, and another one too.

Mike Russell (Education Secretary):

Des McNulty (Scottish Labour):

Margaret Smith (Scottish Lib Dems):

I’m annoyed I lost the Green Party speech, as it had a brilliant bit in it where the guy (Patrick Harvie) said “I can’t promise you that I won’t vote to increase tuition fees, but you can promise me something – I want you to promise to sack me if I ever vote for tuition fees!”

The Guardian also has an article about this, and there are quite a few pictures on flickr.

Red Party

Well, a lot has been a hectic few weeks – I’ve not not really had much chance to update this. Now I’m on the train home for Christmas, I’ve got a bit of a chance :D Ah well, I guess as my last post was about the Red Party, I better start there!

Well, after a hellish setup, the Red Party went down pretty well I reckon. I eventually went with four par bars all with red gel, three attached to the back bar of the stage, one on the rig above the house right speaker stack. Some LED PAR36s on the back bar, a couple of Martin RoboScan Pro 518s, and two PR Pilot 150s on the floor completed the set for the main stage.

The general setup of the stage

A cool idea of mine was to put two more LED parcans (64s) underneath the steel deck that the DJ was going to be on at stage right – a bit of diffusion gel on the parcans, and some blind material that I butchered during freshers week draping off the stage gave a pretty cool effect – the light from them merged together on the blind material. You can see the blind material ready to put up on the floor to the right of the steel deck in the picture above.

It was dubious as to whether or not we could go ahead with the event, especially given that the union closed at midday due to the snow, but we managed to convince the president to run the event. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen the president working behind the bar!

I did a little playing around with a UV light we’ve got – it’s LED based and can be configured into a sound-sensitive mode, as well as being DMXable. However, we’ve never DMXed it before, and given how much other work I had, I didn’t want to try and program it into the desk. I set it up lighting up a white christmas tree on top of the bar though – it looked pretty damn cool!

Ah well, it was an awesome night – Gypsy Cream and Twanda were just awesome :D