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Images from the Bodies Revealed press day

Yesterday was the press day for Bodies Revealed that was very well received from all and sundry. A lot of press photographers had a field day with a lot of the exhibits. Two friends of the company and superlative artists in their field, Karen Strunks and Alex Hughes applied their skills to the exceptional specimens on display. Please enjoy and visit Karen’s and Alex’s websites, they’re two really talented artists.

If you can’t see the slideshows, click for Karen Strunks and Alex Hughes’ images.4053670702_94c27b2058

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Bodies Revealed comes to the Custard Factory

Visit www.bodiesbirmingham.co.uk

After traveling the world and receiving spectacular reviews from New York to Athens, with the help of Big Cat group, Bodies Revealed is here!
Tropicanna Hotel and Casino Resort
The extraordinary anatomical exhibition is coming to the heart of England and can be seen from the 30th October at the Custard Factory, Birmingham. Without a doubt this is one of the most fascinating and bizarre exhibitions ever to grace the venue, but in conjunction with Dr Roy Glover, the Chief Medical Director and his expert team, we look to educate and inform the public in a truly amazing manner.

This exclusive exhibition gives people of all ages a chance to explore the complex inner workings of our own bodies in an exciting and educational way.

Bodies Revealed is an exciting and pioneering exhibition that revolutionises the way in which we look at our bodies. Using polymer preservation techniques Dr Roy Glover, presents a fantastic opportunity to view the complex systems that we all rely on to live.

‘Opening yourself to a greater knowledge of your own body will enable you to make more informed decisions about its care and keeping. If you are successful at doing this, then the countless hours of work that have gone into developing and preparing the exhibition for you to enjoy will have been richly rewarded.’ Dr. Roy Glover, Chief Medical director. Tropicanna Hotel and Casino Resort

The intimate workings of our bodies has fascinated humans since the dawn of the species, from the first recorded medical dissection by the ancient Greeks in 500 B.C, to the beginnings of the Human Genome project in 2003. Bodies Revealed offers a unique opportunity for the public to see what is really happening inside the human body. Using real human specimens and the pioneering technique of polymer preservation, the effects of a bad diet, excessive drinking and smoking, can bee seen in amazing detail.

It really is an opportunity not to be missed. The incredible instrument that is the human body is stripped bare and all of its deepest and previously hidden wonders are on display for all to see.

Visit www.bodiesbirmingham.co.uk for more information. Bodies Revealed Social Media can be found on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Digg and FriendFeed.

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Say Hello to Big Cat Experience

All hail Leila Campbell, our newest recruit and latest blogger. The Big Cat Experience blog is now live and I demand all and sundry read it every day!

Leila will be streaming footage and images of Big Cat’s events from The Custard Factory and other external venues.

She will also be providing valuable insight into the events industry as well as comment features and general musings.

Events, dear boy, events!

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Pride London – a pride of Big Cats

This weekend saw the largest street gathering in Britain in the form of Pride London.

Our world renowned design team, in particular Andy Aitken, designed the Home Office float for the event as well as being offical creative partners for Pride London.

Saturday saw over a million people flock to the streets of London on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in America. Gay pride has become one of the biggest and most colourful dates in the public calender and, by all accounts, 2009 was the best year yet.The Home Office float was done in the theme of Shakespeare bedecked with ivy, a fountain and some rather loudly dressed individuals. The float was adorned with a banner saying

‘This above all: to thine own self be true’

a very apt saying for the occasion.

The festival started at Baker Street and concluded in Soho having passed through Trafalgar Square and Oxford Street. The route was also lined with stalls, bars and live music with a main stage in Trafalgar Square.

Anyway a great weekend was had by all Big Cats and pride goers, take a look at some of our pictures from the event. Pride London


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Festival event management: A few quick tips

Myself and a raft of colleagues have been enjoying the blistering sun at this year’s Download festival in Donington.
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As mentioned in the recent Sharkey and George post, it was the first of many festivals we will be attending this year on behalf of Jagermeister and their pair of massive trucks that double up into a viewing platform and bar.

We rubbed shoulders with rock stars and played Guitar Hero until our eyes bulged, sadly though, the vast majority of our time was spent building and breaking the aforementioned trucks.

Now I enjoy this kind of work; it is a refreshing alternative to office work and it reminds of my days on the farm. What’s more, I learnt some valuable lessons about events that will come in very handy over the coming months.

Here is a brief run down:-

1. Always pack more food than you can eat. There is nothing worse than working round the clock, doing physical labour in sweltering temperatures only to find there are no refreshments. You will always find a way of eating them all, so pack too much.

2. Get as much done on the first day as possible. When you have two days to complete your build, something will inevitably rear its ugly head on the second day just when you thought you had finished. You are likely to have more energy on the first day so make sure of the two days, the first gets the most attention.

3. Always wear a hard hat. Its obvious and its the rules but when it gets hot it is very tempting to take them off but trust me its worth the heat, as I learnt to my cost when a bit of rigging fell on my head.

4. Wear steel toe caps. Same as above really.

5. Go through every part of the operation in detail. It is very easy, particularly in hot temperatures, to lose concentration and skip a stage but it is an error that is very hard to undo and it is worth talking to colleagues to ensure all bases have been covered.

There are tons of other lessons but they are to specific to our project so I shalln’t bore you with them.

If you have learnt of any other event lessons to be heeded, please let me know.

Here is a sneak video diary:

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Eclectricity Review: A hot night with Friendly Fires

Let me make my thoughts clear from the start, I am not a wild party animal or a keen fan of most of the acts at Eclectricity, but last Sunday was one of the best nights I have been to in a long time. It could have had something to do with the ABV of Becks, nonetheless it was a great night with some top performances from Calvin Harris and Friendly Fires. Although Scratch Perverts were slightly disappointing, as was Annie Mac, it could not detract from another memorable Eclectricity at the Custard Factory.
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Sadly I didn’t arrive till late so apologies for the lack of review prior to Calvin Harris’s performance. Anyway, the Scotsman launched into his set with vigour and a surprising amount of charisma. I would struggle to tell you all the hits he played but it wasn’t the songs that made it special. The crowd fed off his exuberance, a fact I learnt to my cost trying to get close enough to the stage to take a good snap, and his stage presence was rather magnetic. I am currently uploading all my pictures of his performance so I’ll keep you posted when they get through.

Without doubt the highlight of the evening was Friendly Fires’s set in the Lake. Everything about them was good; the look, the music, the sound, the performance, the crowd, everything. Again, I’m not a fan of the band; they get played a lot in the Big Cat Office, generally to my displeasure, but Sunday converted me and I have certainly changed my opinions of them, even listening to them volunterily this morning.

Other highlights included Annie Mac’s stage invasion, that prompted organisers to suspend play for a few minutes, as well as Fabio’s live set.

In short summary, next time Eclectricity comes to town (May 24) make damn sure you’re there from start to finish.

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Events placements needed

Calling all events people! We have some very exciting events work going on this summer at music festivals, Custard Factory, etc etc etc and we are appealing for local young people who are looking for a little bit of work experience to come down and get their hands dirty.

You will be working at festivals such as Download, Supersonic and general event management at the Custard Factory.

All people welcome and we are flexible with the amount of hours and days you can work.

Replies to m.sirett@bcguk.com or call 0121 200 0910 and ask for Melanie.

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