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I want to set up a Community Media Network for the East Midlands, that can be used to share information and advice about developing community media in the region. The aim of this project is to develop networking events, host regular podcasts discussions, list and share information about community media groups in the East Midlands, and promote ideas that support community development practices though community media.

I’ve set up a wiki page on the DMU Commons Wiki, and I will be adding content to the new CIVICRM database that we are introducing for the Community Media modules this year.

If anyone wants to help get this going, as an extra-curricula activity, or just because you are interested in the development of stronger voices in Leicester, then we will be meeting on Wednesday’s 5-7pm at the Doc Media Centre which is on Leicester’s Town Hall Square.

This is an open network, and we want to encourage lots of different people to help out and take part. If you want to find out more, then contact me at rwatson@dmu.ac.uk, or via Twitter @robwmedia.

Feb 022013
 
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This weeks podcast has something of an East Midlands flavour to it. I’ve been scouring Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter, to find some music that represents what’s happening in Leicester and the East Midlands. This is just a snapshot of some of the things that I found.

Track-Listing Podcast 005 2nd February 2013
SinSam – Bien (France Part2)
Meatpaker – After All, The Brain is Just a Computer Made of Meat
Daylight Frequencies – Six in the Chamber
I Am In Love – Call Me an Animal
The Sneaks – Underground
Thee Ludds – Great Pretender
Different Fish – Something’s Been Raising) My Anxiety) from the album ‘I Crawled Out Backwards’
The Pale Faces Vs. Subtitles – Who Will It Be
Internet Forever – 3D (Body in the Thames Anaglyph Mix) from the album ‘Sweeping the Nation – Doesn’t Your Balloon Ever Land’
Maybeshewill – Red Paper Lanterns – Better Late Than Never Mix
Heavy Petting  Zoo – Deathproof
Nature Set – Avalanche
Haiku Salut – Vowels as Clear as Church Bells
Just Handshakes (We’re British) – Cut and Run
KZ-ROC – Wars of Funkcromicon
Memory Wire – Eyes Open

Jul 162012
 
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Midland Main Line Electrification To Go Ahead

It’s good to see the Coalition getting behind a major investment in Britain’s Railways, particularly at a time when the economy needs a significant boost. These proposals have, however, been around for some time. In 2009 Network Rail consulted on the proposal to electrify the East Midland Mainline. In October 2009 Network Rail announced plans to electrify the route. The Leicester Mercury quoted Network Rail saying the “work would pay for itself over 60 years in cheaper running costs and maintenance”.

But the plans where put back in favour of the West Coast Mainline improvements.

As a regular traveler on the East Midlands network the improvements will be welcome, however, after spending a few days in the North West last week, and traveling between Wigan and Liverpool, I sometimes feel that things can be much worse. Yes trains between Birmingham and Stanstead Airport are not frequent enough, and they finish far too early in the evening. They are not the ramshackle and rickety trains that pile in to Liverpool Lime Street.

This investment is welcome, but much more is needed, and it’s about time that passengers started to feel the benefit in reduced costs, more flexible ticketing, and more interconnected services.