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After much effort (and some 'paypal integration frustration!') for poor Dorian, you can now shop right here for Somewhere's past and present catalogue virtually without leaving the site and certainly without leaving your seat.

I've enjoyed taking the rather barmy set of photos it entailed, utilising friends children and my parents bird-table, I have not enjoyed the visits to my local Hackney post office to enquire about world-wide postage. Until very recently I would have said the staff there deserved an award for the most erratic and unfriendly service inside the M25 if not the UK ... however, I recently took a pledge not to rise to the rage I feel on even approaching the door and to greet each knock back not just with grace but positivity and warmth ... this may have backfired as the owner has now taken an unprecedented (and slightly inappropriate?) interest in the contents of my post ... and has, it seems, a passion for film. I might have to give him a copy of our DVD next time I'm in as it may well flip into reverse his increasing curve of interest and the extra time I am spending at the counter. When he discovers it's not a) about Hackney b) a Hollywood block buster, surely short, sharp, surly, service can resume ...

Sorry I don't know WHAT brought that on ... anyway to come back to the title, if you don't know what you want from Somewhere's shop you can always now search the site to see if we cover your desired theme/little-known home town/art peccadillo.

I'm also experimenting with our profile on Technorati to supplement Dorian's other welcome new feature - comments ... go on you know you want to ... especially if you've been in our post office!

Removing the camera at Nene Valley Railway

End of an era ...

Last weekend Tim and I headed over to Nene Valley Railway for the very last data 'harvest' from our time-lapse camera there - attached to their station awning as part of our Almanac project. You can see Tim up the ladder here disconnecting the external camera as a train comes in. Each of the five cameras are placed at film location sites in East Anglia ... there's a wide choice of both TV series and films shot at NVR, from 'Jim'll fix it' to 'Octopussy' and 'Peter's Friends'.

Many thanks to all the staff at the Railway for their patience with the project - especially to Gary who has had to live with the computer end of the system in his flat for the last year! Originally due to be installed for one calendar year this one was actually in place for 2 years by the time we took it down. In that time half of the station platform area has actually been rebuilt and the 500 images captured each day show every detail of the changes from blooming flower beds, to the 'turntable' for trains (I'm sure that's not the technical term) coming to life.

Somewhere- the shield
Don't ask what those segments mean

Somewhere - the shield of export!

Plans to launch a Czech / English subtitled version of our film Bata-ville next month are taking us down some bizarre alleyways. Last week I sold a bit (more) of my soul for some funding, by attending an 'Export' course to encourage me to see our new 'product' as financially viable.....

For an artist, being on a Department of Trade & Industry course and pumped with business & management speak for two days is actually rather exotic and fascinating. Judging from my blase classmates though, for the average business person it's a bit of a busman's holiday. Nevertheless, we had a laugh arranging the 49 steps of 'market entry' for any new export product (ours was 'golf holidays for European visitors" - incredibly relevant for my projected DVD sales), and I even managed to get a business man to the point of giving up his deskjob by simply describing my average working week attractively. Lunch was pretty lavish considering, so I really couldn't complain.

The most complicated exercise was coming up with a 'shield of export' for your proposed product and company. The pressure was on for me, what with my profile within the group as the 'arty one'. As it was, the only distinguishing factor of my effort was the sight '3D' effect of my drawing. The men that were launching shower enclosures in Dubai and the man that was marketing steam-boat trips (I'm not making this up) did rather well, though a globe in the shields' centres became a shortcut to articulating 'world domination' as ones ultimate ambition in life. I thought 'world domination' was a given in any business scenario, so had downscaled my own ambition (having been coached for 15 hours on realism - not my specialism usually) to getting Bata-ville in to cinemas, TVs and into the media.
I'll leave you to decipher the rest!

A Local Mayor AND Bata-ville star ...
Photo: Tim Olden

Uncle Mike, the Mayor and Me ...

Many thanks to (Uncle) Mike Ostler for organising and introducing the Grays Bata-ville screening on Monday night. Despite the spooky Thurrock jinx screening glitch and unplanned interlude, I had a wonderful time. There was an excellent local turn out, Mike did a great job on the introductions, the cinema is lovely, the Mayor (who's also in the film) came along, the B.R & R.C put on a special display, I sold some DVDs, AND I got given our T.O.S.C.A award ... what more can a girl ask for of a night out in Grays.

Actually I almost forgot the fish & chips I had during the screening was also excellent!

Check out our T.O.S.C.A

Hey Karen take a look at our T.O.S.C.A (AKA Thurrock's Own Special Cinema Award) presented to me by international man of mystery Mike Ostler (Bata-ville passenger and cinema fanatic) on Monday night. I'm going to place it next to our certificate from the four "Worlds Biggest Liars" in the Somewhere trophy cabinet!

Coming soon ... Somewhere the Shop!

Many thanks to Joanna Clark & Ellie Clark for their assistance with the compulsory photo shoot! Seen here modelling the two remaining TV swansong kids T-shirts ...

Wild man of Orford ... & Unknown White Male!

Just wanted to quickly flag up quite an interesting "Long View" programme on Radio 4 this morning & repeated tonight at 9.30 (or of course on listen again) abut the Wild Man of Orford and contemp. docs on "extraordinary people with extraordinary bodies"!

Anyway it's always nice to hear about Orford our favourite Almanac site and Oysterage ... not to mention the link across to the amazing Orfordness ...

Enough links in one posting, I'm also hoping this picture will encourage the arrival of spring.

Actually I have one more and it's not even related! I just missed the opening night of Unknown White Male a doc. I want to see ... having realised I missed the launch I looked at their film site blog and forum. If (like us) you are distributing your own film the highs and lows they are experiencing will be very familiar! Right I better get on with organising our next screening ...