‘Sink Me the Ship, Master Gunner!’

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Sir Richard Grenville

‘Sink Me the Ship, Master Gunner!’
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This day 422 years ago Sir Richard Grenville in the galleon Revenge, and separated from the rest of the English fleet off the Azores, began one of the most epic ‘last stands’ in naval history.

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Explore ‘Britain’s Great Masonic Secret’ and ‘Rip Van Winkle’s Church’ This September

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A church regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest Masonic secret’ and another described as ‘Rip Van Winkle’s church’ are amongst the fascinating buildings which The Churches Conservation Trust will invite visitors to explore, as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days between 12th – 15th September.

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CREATIVE ENGLAND AND THE BFI APPOINT TWO SENIOR FILM EXECUTIVES

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Passion Pictures’ Head of Development, Céline Haddad and BBC Writers’ Room Development Producer,

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Paul Ashton to lead new Talent Centres in Sheffield and Brighton.

 

Tuesday 27 August

 

CREATIVE ENGLAND and the BFI today announce two key appointments to enhance support for England-based emerging filmmaking talent.

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NASA Ames – Inspiring Creative Thinking About Space Settlements

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Part of the rim of a toroidal space colony, including nearby space vehicles.
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The Elysium film has reignited interest in the concept of human settlers living off the surface of our planet inside enormous space stations and extensive colonies. Film director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium colony was artistically portrayed as a gigantic toroidal structure, one of the most common design concepts depicted in imaginative illustrations produced over many decades. Space theorists predict that the first space settlements will be designed to orbit Earth, preceding those that will spread out across the solar system to take advantage of water discovered on other planetary bodies and resource materials available on sizable asteroids. Regardless of their placement, each space-based settlement will need to be engineered, constructed and operated as an independent biosphere in which all water, oxygen and waste material must be infinitely recycled. Over the last 26 years, NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Calif., has organized a global Space Settlement Design Contest to encourage students around the world to tackle the many challenging issues critical to designing habitable space colony environments and transportation systems.

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