Women Climb – Beginner Rock Climbing Event

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my first ever climbing session by Women Climb, at Manchester Climb Centre, as part of the BMC Women Outdoors week.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my first ever climbing session by Women Climb, at Manchester Climb Centre, as part of the BMC Women Outdoors week.

I did some rock climbing when I was about 12, but I was terrible at coming back down (I have vertigo and abseiling makes me cry), and since then, I’ve become a lot less active, flexible and generally much more clumsy. I was pretty sure I was going to be the worst climber there, but I was happy to go along, give it a go, and see what I could do.

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EMF Camp 2016

EMF Camp is a non-profit UK camping festival for those with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things, occurring every two years

Last weekend I attended my first ever EMF Camp. I’d heard of the event before, but with it being far away, and costing for a ticket, I’d not been in a position to go. Thankfully, this year I work for an awesome company who covered the cost of my ticket, so I was really excited to be a part of this amazing event.

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Gamechangers – Women in Tech

When it comes to business there are inspirational figures, there are leaders, & then there are gamechangers. One gamechanger is Jenny Griffiths….

a guest post by Innovate UK

When it comes to business there are inspirational figures, there are leaders, and then there are gamechangers. These gamechangers are those who alter the way that things are seen or done in their chosen industry, providing a positive, lasting effect for a number of years. One gamechanger who is really making a name for herself within the fashion industry is Jenny Griffiths, who found a unique way to use the benefits of technology to revolutionise the way we shop for new products.

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Breakout Manchester – Reclassified

Reclassified is the latest offering from Breakout Manchester. With two identical rooms which can be played side by side, it’s the ultimate team challenge!

Breakout Manchester

It’s been awhile since we ventured to Breakout Manchester, which is a shame considering it’s the first company we ever played an escape game with, but this weekend we had the opportunity to pop back and check out their latest site on High Street and play the new Reclassified game.

Breakout-Manchester-458x458The High Street site is technically the third Breakout site in Manchester, although their second site in the Great Northern has since closed down, they’re now operating in the original Town Hall and new High Street sites only. The Town Hall site is home to some of our old favourites, such as Virus & Sabotage, and the High Street site is home to several new games, bringing Breakout Manchester to a total of nine different escape rooms, more than any other Manchester company!

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My First High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Launch

Last week I experienced my first High Altitude Balloon (HAB) launch, by helping Wigan Council launch a Pi into (near) space & chasing it across the country.

Last week I had the privilege of being involved in my first high altitude balloon, or HAB launch into (near) space. I’m hoping that this will become the first of many!

Paul Banks, a Digital Inclusion Officer for Wigan Council, headed up the launch. He was assisted by Rob Jones and Pete Bell, who also do ballooning in the North West. The project also engaged two Wigan Borough Primary School classes, who were following our progress from the classroom throughout the day.

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Starburst International Film Festival Announced

Starburst International Film Festival comes to Manchester for August Bank Holiday weekend 2016, and is a celebration of genre and the magazine itself.

Wuhoo! Manchester has another awesome looking film festival on it’s way! This time, it’s the Starburst International Film Festival…..

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst Magazine has announced the Starburst International Film Festival, which is a celebration of genre and of the magazine itself. It takes place in Manchester over the August bank holiday weekend, which is from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of August 2016. Starburst will be celebrating everything the magazine has done since 1977, so the festival will be including sci-fi, fantasy, horror and cult. The festival will also be featuring films from the biggest blockbuster to the most niche indies, and all via the very best of the small screen.

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Game picks from the 2016 UK Games Expo

A few weeks ago we visited the 2016 UK Games Expo. Here’s our top picks of all the games we played and looked at on the day.

2016 UK Games Expo

It’s been a few weeks since we left the 2016 UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. My only regret is that we couldn’t stay for the full weekend, a mistake we will surely rectify next year!

I’m not convinced that we got to see every game, but out of those that we did, here are our favourites!

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Working at MadLab – one year on

Here’s a look back at my first year working at MadLab, the amazing things I have been given the chance to do, and all the opportunities it has brought me.

I almost can’t believe that I’ve now been working at MadLab for over a year. So much has happened, and I have had so many opportunities to develop. I’d hate to think what I would be doing right now had I not taken the plunge.

I started with MadLab in June 2015 as their Bookings Manager, but now, I have become so much more. I was originally in charge of looking after venue hires, courses, desk hires, and general day to day management of the building, but this has now evolved into;

  • Venue hire management
  • Courses management
  • Desk-hire management for two venues
  • Day to day management of two venues
  • Workshop development
  • Workshop delivery
  • Event organising
  • Project management
  • Training
  • Community management
  • Staff management
  • Staff development
  • Bid writing (although I’m still crap at it)
  • Marketing (also not my strongest point)

Despite the comprehensive list, I’m still not convinced that entirely covers everything I do. The thing about working at MadLab is that no two days are the same, and I can be doing completely different things from week to week.

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Pandemic Legacy: January – March

Pandemic Legacy is a one time only play board game, with a story arc taking you through 12 -24 games, & permanent consequences making each campaign unique!

Pandemic Legacy

We have finally got around to playing Pandemic Legacy. With our team assembled and plans to meet up and play once a month, we’re excited to see what the latest instalment that the Pandemic world has to offer.

The world is on the brink of disaster. In Pandemic Legacy, your disease- fighting team must keep four deadly diseases at bay for a whole year. Each month will bring new surprises, and your actions in each game will have repercussions on the next. Will you let cities fall to the diseases? Will your team be enough to keep the viruses at bay for a whole year? Craft your own unique Pandemic experience with Pandemic Legacy.

Pandemic Legacy brings us a whole new way of playing board games. Gone are the days where you can bring out your favourite game time after time, you become familiar with the rules and unsuccessful campaigns can be put aside and redone at a later date.

Pandemic Legacy is a one time deal. An overall story arc takes you through 12 – 24 games. The result of each game has permanent effects on future games are played, and each group’s overall experience will be unique. There are no do-overs, mistakes can cost you dearly, and you cannot plan for what is to come. Rules change, objectives change, cards are ripped up and written on, and events in each game have consequences for games to come.

Pandemic Legacy has turned the world of board gaming as we know it upside down, and I love it!

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Supernova 2016 Review

May Bank Holiday 2016 was Supernova, Manchester’s first sci-fi film festival. For two days at Odeon Printworks, we saw sci-fi cult classics to UK premieres!

May Bank Holiday saw the first ever sci-fi film festival come to Manchester. Supernova is brought to us from the creators of Grimmfest, and again held at Odeon Printworks, which seems to have now become my home for three weekends of the year, (Grimmfest, Manchester International Film Festival and now Supernova) and from past experience, we know that this is a great partnership.

The festival ran over two days, and brought us nine feature length films and six shorts. The line-up ranged from a UK premieres, classics from the sixties and eighties, and recent releases, and even threw in some intro talks from the film crew

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