An End of an Era : Searching for Signs of Hockey Life in Britain

Through their sorrows, Ice Hockey fans explain how The Manchester Phoenix club have decided to call it a day, closing its doors to the public, after generations of sporting history. 

In March 2011 the club was at the peak of its popularity. Fast forward six years and the team is closing its doors for the final time. The club attempted to save money. They restructured. All imports were dropped. Unfamiliar faces filled the ice.

“Ice Hockey is so much more interesting, its fast and tactical. Its a combination of both brains and brawn “

Having won two league championships, one playoff final and making multiple playoff final appearances, the Phoenix era was riddled with success.

Through it all, the fans stayed loyal. At their last game, 400 people cheered as if they were at the cup final, sending the team off with a farewell celebration.

British Ice Hockey has for decades been a roller-coaster ride. Year after year, leagues fold and teams drop out due the financial burdens that Hockey brings with it. Ice Hockey is no longer a stable investment for both owners and investors in Britain.

“I was unhappy to call it an end,” said Neil Morris, owner of the Manchester Phoenix. “Business is last man standing, if you can’t make a profit, eventually you’ll starve to death.

You can’t trick people and continue to play on when you can’t afford to continue.”

While silverware is the memorabilia of all sports clubs, Phoenix’s foundations were built on charitable hand.

“My original motive was to build a foundation and take care of kids in deprived areas of Manchester,” said Morris. “We had one of the largest foundations which provided help to nearly three and a half thousand people every year.”

“Withdrawing a team from competition is not the end of the world, breaking up a community people who have been together for over a decade is. “

Morris is not the first owner to have suffered from financial difficulties. In 2015, Bracknell Bees struggled to sustain the wages of their players. Telford Tigers were next, facing debts of £500,000. However, fans firmly believe there is still hope for the team.

“Somewhere in my heart, I believe the Phoenix will return,” said Hockey fan, Kate Glover. “We did it before and we can do it again.”

Unfortunately for fans, they receive the backlash. Robb Hitchen and Kate Glover served as long-time volunteers for the Phoenix. Although living 300 miles apart, Hockey bought the two strangers together. Having been so heavily in touch with the sport, the news left them both devastated.

“Its like like the loss of a relative or family,” said Kate. “You don’t know if you will ever get to see one another again”.

Ice Hockey isn’t the same without a brawl.

Closing the club meant that the season was cut short. Children, pensioners and sponsors all lost money. However, fans took the risk having anticipated the closure.

“I bought a season ticket knowing I wouldn’t get anywhere near close my value for it,” said Kate. “We were all looking at our bank accounts asking ourselves if we could help.”

Since 2015 the club have been without a permanent home. Games were instead played at Widnes Ice Arena, following spells at Deeside Ice Arena in North Wales and Flylde Coast Ice Arena, Blackpool.
Playing on the road soon took its toll. Flexibility in the budget became non-existent. The team were running out of money.

“We were hoping to be in our own building which would have eradicated the problems,” said Morris. “I didn’t want to ask fans to put their hands in their pockets to keep the club going.”

The teams attendance was soon under threat. Being so far away, it became impractical for fans to travel. Their previous arena which had homed 2,267 a game, halved.

The Phoenix team huddle following a  triumphant win.

“It became too much for people, especially when we moved to Blackpool,” said Robb Hitchen. “It was in an old factory where steel grinders blocked the view of the ice. Travelling a 2 hour round trip was unviable.”

With so many teams folding, figureheads are beginning to question the sport and demanding change from within.

“Its too difficult to run a team,” said Neil. “The support mechanism is non-existent.”

A lack of ice rinks has rocketed the price of ice time, impacting on junior development schemes. Teams are instead resorting to more imports.

“EPL is too high, competitively and financially,” said Ken Taggart, Chairman of the British Ice Hockey. “Under 18’s are the next generation of athletes and are dictated by the number of facilities”.

Changes are taking place according to Taggart, “The EPL is starting to compromise. The number of imports are being reduced from 5 to 3. This will provide more opportunities for British players.”


The prospect of closure is not new. Closing anything cherished by its supporters, homing years of memories is a familiar pang of heartache to fans.

As one door closes another one opens. Sadly for British Ice Hockey, more doors close than open…

If you’re a Phoenix Ice Hockey fan and have a memory you’d like to share, please feel free to comment below! Thanks. 

Blindfolded Runners Raise Money for Dorset Blind

DORSET BLIND ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL RUN RETURNED TO BOURNEMOUTH THIS WEEK. STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY RACED BETWEEN THE PIERS OF BOURNEMOUTH AND BOSCOMBE TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY.

Instead of your normal everyday race, it came with a slight twist. Runners paired up and took it in turns to be blindfolded, experiencing what it is like to suffer with the condition.

For one half of the race, a member of the pair would be blindfolded and guided by their team-mate. For the second half of the race the roles reversed, the blindfolded runner now became the guide.

A total of 12 people took to the promenade to take on the 5km challenge, raising over £350 for Dorset Blind Association.

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The runners took some time out to capture a quick selfie. 

The event was jointly organised by Dorset Blind Association and Bournemouth’s Student Union society RAG.

Organiser, Emily King, said: “Being blindfolded adds its own unique challenge. It takes away your sense of balance and sense of direction. It will certainly be a challenge for them”.

She added: “We wanted to do a new event that was related to the charity. In order to raise awareness we did a blindfolded run. Dorset Blind have done some of these in the past and they have worked really well.”

Amanda Codrey, fundraiser for the charity, said the run is designed to help visually impaired people.

She said: “We are the only charity that covers the whole of Dorset which helps visually impaired people. Currently, there are only two of us on the fundraising team. We are desperately searching for more volunteers. It’s not a very well know charity or cause in the area.”

She added: “There is a really good turn out today. It’s nice to see so many new faces taking part in the run. It’s really nice to have so many people behind the cause.” 

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Volunteers setting up the race. 

10 volunteers from the University volunteered, scattering themselves along the beachfront. Cheerleaders from the University also came along to boost the spirit amongst the runners and the public.

Sarah Allerton was one of the runners in the race. She spoke about what it was like being blindfolded: “It was really weird. You really begin to notice other things like how the ground feels and the atmosphere around you”.

Seamus O’dare also ran in the race, he said: “It was absolutely terrifying to begin with. I felt like it took up more energy as you tried to figure out how to run, talking and communicating. When I was running without a blindfold it was so much easier.”

Among the winners were Gemma Tregunna and Liam Mason.  The first prize included paint balling tickets for 10 people. The second and third prize was a £5 voucher for Dylans Bar located on Bournemouth University’s campus.

The race runs alongside the famous Bournemouth Bay Run, in association with the British Heart Foundation. The race is set to take place Sunday, 2nd April.

Currently in Dorset over 5,600 people are registered as blind or partially sighted. An estimated total of 30,000 people are living with serious sight loss. That accounts to 4% of the population! To help make a difference, donate here: http://dorsetblind.org.uk.

Read the original article for Nerve Media here: https://nervemedia.org.uk/news/blindfolded-runners-raise-money-dorset-blind/

 

London Attack 22/3/17 – An Attack on Democracy

No words can describe the horrific course of events that unfolded today, bringing part’s of London to a grinding halt. Likewise, no one can justify an attack on innocent members of society for their own fixations. 

Our hearts go out to those who were injured, lost their lives or had to witness the sheer bloodshed that took place today.

Everyone is always aware of the danger’s that can occur. Although, you cannot live in in the constant fear of being attacked.

“More people ran into danger to help those injured than went to cause harm. There are more of us than you. Good will win.” – Louis Dodds

The Attack 

On Wednesday 22nd March, a terrorist attack took place near Parliament building in the centre of London. A total of 5 people were killed in the attack, including the attacker and the policemen and a further 40 people injured.

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Credit: Toby Mellville/Reutors

The driver of the vechile ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before storming parliament. He then crashed into the railing of the Houses of Parliament and exited the car to continue the attack. After being confronted by a police officer, he stabbed the officer, who is reported dead. The attacker was then shot by an armed officer and is also confirmed dead.

Today’s incident also lands on the same day as the one year anniversary of the Brussels airpot attack. A coincidence?

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Credit: Stefan Rousseau

Graphic images sprung up all over the internet. Journalists and citizens took to their phones and cameras to capture shocking scenes of the injured and the chaos that had emerged. The photographs showed victims lying on the Westminster bridge in streams of blood. Circled around them, paramedics fought to save their lives as cops confirmed they were treating the incident as a terror attack. People from all over the world took to social media to express their concerns. Other media Facebook checkplatforms interviewed eyewitnesses, live streamed throughout the day and brought constant updates.

The hashtag #WeAreNotAfraid became trending online. Using the London underground icon, people posted ‘We are not Afraid’ alongside anti-terrorism captions. Others shared posts using the hashtag #PrayForLondon.

Facebook also set up a safety check for family and friends ‘The Attack in Westminster’. It is designed to help loved ones know whether or not they have been effected. Thankfully, although i knew people in and around the area today, no one i knew was hurt.

Timeline of Events:

  • Firstly, a 4×4 car ploughed through a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge shorty after 2.30pm
  • Emergency Services received calls at 2:40 – It was treated as a ‘Terrorist Attack’
  • Then the car continued towards Parliament causing people to flee and jump into The Thames
  • The car then continued towards Parliament before colliding into a gate
  • The attacker attempted to make his way into Parliament before being confronted by a police officer
  • The attacker then stabbed a policemen – Foreign Minister, Tobias Ellwood attempted to safe the officer’s life by performing CPR. However, the police officer died.
  • The attacker was then shot by armed officers

Summary of Events: 

  • 5 people died – a police officer, the attacker, people believed to have been on the bridge
  • At least 40 people were injured in what was being treated as a “Terrorist Incident”
  • Injured – a badly-injured women was rescued from the Thames. A group of French students and students from North West of England were also injured. Two Romanian citizens were also injured
  • Large areas of central London were shut off to the public
  • Houses of Parliament was put on full Lockdown and Theresa May was escorted by Police

“You never realise the pain until it happens to where you feel safe.” RIP to everyone who lost their lives today.

Nerve Entertainment Exclusive: Interview with Big Narstie

UNCLE PAIN DECIDED TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS HALF NAKED AND IN THE SWIMMING POOL.


AFTER PERFORMING WITH CRAIG DAVID ON HIS SELL-OUT ARENA TOUR AT THE BIC LAST SUNDAY, BIG NARSTIE TOOK SOME TIME OUT OF HIS BUSY SCHEDULE TO RELAX AT HIS HOTEL AND SPEAK WITH NERVE ENTERTAINMENT’S ELLIOTT BEDDOE AND JOSH WILDE.

We walked through a changing room of half-naked men towards The Hilton Hotels swimming pool with blue bags on our feet and feeling slightly like we were in an episode of CSI.

The swimming pool was Big Narstie’s second suggestion after the team failed to operate the recording equipment in his steaming hot sauna.

However, now expecting to do a poolside interview, we set up our camera equipment eagerly. Although the crew was on the poolside, Narstie certainly was not.

Instead, the rapper was more than happy to show off his energetic dolphin impression under water, before answering our questions.

The 31-year-old announced his upcoming album will be released at the end of this summer.

He said: “We have a few a good collaborations lined up. I’m really gassed.

“You are what you are. That’s what this whole album’s about.”

It is set to feature the likes of Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and Section Boyz.

Fans should also keep their eyes peeled for his single featuring fellow rapper Tremz.

I like to drink and get f***** up. It’s not a bad thing, it’s my life.

Big Narstie

Having performed at a number of festivals including Glastonbury, Narstie is excited to return to his hometown London this July.

He said: “I’m looking forward to playing at all of them, especially Wireless. We’re hoping for epicness and insane moshpits.

“I have so many gigs coming up, I can’t even remember their names.”

With such a busy schedule, the grime artist made the decision to delay his headline ‘BDL Tour’.

The rapper said: “We’ve pushed back the tour from May to Winter.

“I need to rest, prostitutes get more rest than me.”

Despite this postponement, Narstie continues to fly the flag for the Base Defence League, an organisation which encourages equality.

He added: “It’s a movement connecting all colours and creeds across England.

“The whole regime promotes being nice to people, it’s everyone’s fraternity.”

Alongside his music career, Narstie adopts the alter-ego of ‘Uncle Pain’ to help people through awkward situations.

As well as helping his fans, he also gives advice to platinum-selling artist and close friend Ed Sheeran.

Speaking about his fanbase, Narstie said: “I’ve got two sets of fans: one fanbase loves me for ‘Uncle Pain’ and funny videos and I’ve got other fans who love me just for my music.

“I sometimes worry that people think of me as just a funny person.

“I am a funny person, but also I’m a good musician.”

Near the end of the interview, Narstie revealed his softer side, telling us about his plans for Mother’s Day.

He explained: “The biggest gift I can give my mum is quality time.

“I really just want her to moan at me about tidying up. I need that. It keeps me grounded. There’s nothing like a good telling off.”

As we made our way towards the exit, accompanied by the sound of dolphin noises, we hastily remembered to remove the blue wrapping around our shoes. Thankfully, still fully clothed.

Read the original article for Nerve Media here: https://nervemedia.org.uk/nerve/nerve-entertainment-exclusive-interview-with-big-narstie/

 

 

Gig Review: James Arthur at the O2 Academy Bournemouth

THE PREVIOUS X FACTOR WINNER CONTINUED HIS COMEBACK WITH A PERFORMANCE AT THE O2 ACADEMY BOURNEMOUTH LAST FRIDAY (17/3/17). 

Perth-born, singer/songwriter Matt Gresham joined James Arthur for this leg of the Back from the Edge tour and opened the show. Gresham’s first break came on Australia’s X-Factor, however, in 2013 he decided to quit the show and pursue his own career as an independent artist. The success of his most recent ‘Survive on Love Tour’, bought him to the UK, supporting, X-Factor Winner, James Arthur.

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Matt Gresham warms up the stage 

Stripped back from all percussion, Gresham relied on his acoustic guitar, vocals and subtle electronic production to warm up the audience. His soulful tone and calming nature, appealed to more laid-back listeners. Speaking about the venue, Gresham said: “Thank’s for coming to watch one of my most favourite artists. It’s a pleasure to be in this beautiful building, it feel’s like something out of Shakespeare.” Among the audience’s favourites, Gresham performed a cover of ‘Bodyguard’ by Paul Simon which had the crowd signing and clapping along too.

Fans were screaming and on their feet as the lights dimmed and James Arthur appeared. It created an ear-splitting reaction from enthusiastic fans whose excitement brought the venue alive. Kickstarting the performance, James begun with what seemed inevitable, the title of his album, Back from the Edge. Singing gripping lyrics such as ‘you can take the drugs i have that nobody knows’, it was a powerful and intense opening to the performance. It seemed like the perfect song to start out with in order to captivate the crowd.

Next up, James performed his song ‘Prisoner’. Speaking about the song, James said: “I’d like to dedicate this song to a young girl with brain cancer, called summer, her mum’s here tonight and it’s her favourite song”. At this point, James grabbed hold of a guitar and joined his band, underneath a stream of purple and green strobe lights. Hyping up the audience, James said: “Sing for me Bournemouth!” In this song, James showed off his rapping skills, recollecting back to the days of X-Factor, when we first saw him rap ‘Tulisa-Young’.

James continued to impress the crowd, once again switching up genres, surprising fans with his rock cover of Clean Bandit’s number one single, ‘Rockabye’. He sadly admitted that Rockabye knocked him off the number spot. James also proved to be a dab hand on the electric guitar, seemingly thrashing it throughout the performance. It was a refreshing take on traditionally a dance song, which coming from James Arthur, was a shock.

“I love the energy in this room, I can feel it, let’s keep the energy going”, said James, addressing the predominantly female audience. James seemed to be genuinely overwhelmed by the packed out crowd. And the fans seemed genuinely overwhelmed by James… One enthusiastic fan went as far as taking her bra off and throwing it onto the stage! So James addressed the situation the only way he could. He picked up the lingerie and tried it on and teased the fan. Nicely done James. It was at this point, he took a moment to appreciate his fans: “everybody wrote me off apart from you, my fans. Bournemouth never fails to impress”.

James went on to perform ‘safe inside’, a slow-tempo song, written about his little sister. He also played a mixture of songs from his latest album including ‘Sober’ and ‘Skeletons,’ which he revealed was written in Bournemouth.

At the end of the last song, fans were begging and chanting “we want more, we want more” as James disappeared off the stage. James gave the fans exactly what they wanted, returning back to the stage and performing his X-factor winners single ‘Impossible’.

It was an emotionally driven set and it’s safe to say that James Arthur is back from the edge and this is only the beginning. You could really feel the anger and pain projected through his vocals and it was as if he was telling a story.

James also revealed at the end of the performance that he has “plans to come back later this year”. Think you may have let the cat out of the bag on that one James…

Read the original article for Nerve Media here: https://nervemedia.org.uk/ents/live-review-james-arthur-bournemouth-o2-academy/

Bournemouth residents protest against Donald Trump

MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE ASSEMBLED IN BOURNEMOUTH SQUARE IN A PEACEFUL PROTEST AGAINST THE DIVISIVE POLICIES IMPLEMENTED BY US PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP ON MONDAY NIGHT.

As tensions heighten, Bournemouth residents took to the streets, equipped with posters and placards to voice their concerns against the recent policies which have caused mass controversy, particularly regarding abortion, migrants and the media.

The protest between 6-8pm on Monday 20th February, led by, Elizabeth Dunn-Hallet, took four weeks in the making.

Organiser Elizabeth, 32, said: “I saw the protests taking place in London and realised I wasn’t able to attend. Someone had commented below saying that they’d moved to Bournemouth and nothing like this had ever happened in Bournemouth.”

The protest drew in people far and wide, with a differing range of views, from families to students, to pensioners. One elderly couple was reported to have travelled all the way from Salisbury due to the lack of protests in their area.

A protestor holds a placard urging for “love not hate”

The protest was organised to coincide in line with similar events around the UK, targeting the US president’s executive order, which prevented migrants from seven countries entering America.

Demonstrators around the UK also urged the Prime Minister to withdraw her controversial invitation of a state visit to Mr Trump, denouncing his travel place as “racist”.

The visit led to a petition, signed by an astonishing 1.8 million people in Britain. Despite the government rejecting it, Parliament is set to debate the petition (Monday, February 20).

Chelsea Vallace, 41, commented on the protest: “It might not make an impact, but it will certainly make a noise.

“It’s not about changing things, it’s showing how many people are against what he’s trying to implement. “

She added: “If your passionate, you should be out here, projecting your voice”.

Bryony Bratchell, 24, said: “One protest alone of this size is never going to make a huge difference, so many protests are going on around the UK, it’s gone to show that people in the UK aren’t standing for his views”.

Protesters projected their voice, expressing their concerns against the current presidency deserving it as ‘scary’, ‘racist’ and full of ‘hatred’.

They voiced that individuals should not be judged by race and religion and humanity should be united as one.

An amusing placard with Donald Trump’s hair swaying in the wind as the centrepiece.

Richard Dunn-Hallett, 31, said: “Everyone has a different viewpoint, however, we all share a similar ideology which is ‘love not hate’ – the current climate edges more towards hate. We are all here to stand up against the hate.”

Protesters brandished placards calling on ‘love not hate’, while one protester’s sign referenced the controversial claims of ‘Fake News’: “Fake News? Fake President”. Protesters also featured slogans such as “ “2,4,6,8, we will not succumb to hate”.

Others in spite of the Anti-Trump protest took the opportunity to voice their support for the controversial president.

Bryony Bratchell, 24, anti-Trump, commented: “To begin with, there were a number of people with pro-Trump signs, I’m glad it didn’t become one vs another, it was supposed to be more about people unifying together”.

A pro-Trump supporter said: “America is in a better place because of Donald Trump. Hail Donald Trump!”

Tens of thousands of anti-Trump protests also took place across dozens of cities around the UK, including EdinburghManchesterCambridge and Swansea.

Read the original article here: https://nervemedia.org.uk/news/bournemouth-residents-protest-donald-trump/

Sir David Attenborough Returns for Blue Planet II

THE BBC’S MULTI-AWARD WINNING BLUE PLANET IS SET TO RETURN, FEATURING  NATIONAL TREASURE SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH AS PRESENTER.

Sixteen years on from the original series, the sequel will immerse us deeper below uncharted waters, opening our eyes to a fresh cast of aquatic animals including a new species of hairy-chested crab and snub-fin dolphins.

In announcing Blue Planet II, Sir David Attenborough said:

I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.

The BBC’s Natural History Unit spent four year’s filming the new documentary, exploring every ocean and continent. They’ve also developed new filming techniques such as ‘suction cams’ which enable the viewer to travel on the back of creatures such as whales and sharks.

James Honeyborne, the series’ executive producer, said: “The oceans are the most exciting place to be right now, because new scientific discoveries have given us a new perspective of life beneath the waves.”

Despite criticism which revealed that around 2% of the original series was filmed at aquariums, the series went on to win numerous Emmy and BAFTA TV awards.

It bought together viewers from around the world in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack 15 years ago and went on to sell in more than 50 countries.

More recently, Planet Earth II went on to break all records, snatching position as the most watched natural history documentary of all time. Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries continue to break records and it’s likely that Blue Planet II will continue this trend.

The new series is due to be broadcasted in Autumn.

Read the original article here: https://nervemedia.org.uk/ents/tv/sir-david-attenborough-returns-for-blue-planet-ii/

Doing it With Style- Nando’s Competition to Open Restaurant at BH2

The £50 million BH2 development located in Bournemouth’s town centre is finally becoming a reality with businesses opening their doors from as early as January 2017. Among the variety of restaurant’s, Nando’s is set to be the next. 

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The BH2 complex currently under development.

As part of the opening ceremony, Nando’s has announced that one lucky winner of the competition will formally open the restaurant on Wednesday, February 15th. They’re also inviting three other friends to it’s ‘housewarming party’.

25 years since the first Nando’s opened in the UK, the chain has virtually conquered Britain, catering for all, whether it’s first time dater’s or celebrity black card holders.

The complex will also include a number of inviting restaurants: TGI Fridays, Chiquito, Las Iguanas, Joe’s Kitchen and Handmade Burger Co.

Other restaurants include: Bella Italia, Prezzo, Ask Italian, Coast to Coast and Frankie and Bennies.

Since the closure of Westover Ice Rink, there remain minimal recreational activities for younger generations. The new complex will profoundly benefit the Bournemouth community.

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The new Nandos due to open Wednesday, February 15th.

A 2000 seater Odeon cinema is also due to open this Friday. Tickets are on sale, hosting a number of blockbuster films including; Fifty Shades Darker, The LEGO Batman Movie. It is set to replace the town’s outmoded Odeon and ABC cinema’s, located on Westover Road.

The West Central leisure complex is situated opposite the recent £60 million Terrace Mount Development and minutes from the sea front. It’s estimated the complex will create a further 300 jobs.

To enter the competition, visit www.facebook.com/nandos for a chance to cut the ribbon.

Reviewed: Ed Sheeran Releases Two New Tracks

As early as January, when David Bowie passed away, many of us were sceptical about the path 2016 would take. It unfortunately took the lives of many more famous stars. As we wish our farewell’s to 2016, we can only hope that 2017 will be a better year. Thankfully, there’s hope for 2017, here’s why…

On Friday, beloved UK pop icon Ed Sheeran released two brand new tracks, his first songs since 2015.

In a video titled ‘Hello 2017…’, he promised that new music would soon be delivered to our ears. His promise came with the release of “Shape of You” and “Castle On The Hill”. The singles are a part of his upcoming album, Divide.

In Sheeran’s new track “Shape of You”, co-written with Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac, he sings over the top of a Marimba percussion about a promising romance. It’s an easy listening track with a slow melody which builds up to the chorus. Ed sings tongue in cheek lyrics which are amusing to listen too and it’s hard to comprehend whether it’s a real scenario or not. The track was originally written for Rhianna, among the lyrics include “I’m in love with the shape of you, which give the track a seductive feel. However Ed later decided that it didn’t sound like something she’d end up singing and made it one of his own. You can listen to the song below.

The second, “Castle on the Hill” is far more upbeat and dramatic than the first, with a similar vibe to Coldplay. You could picture this song being played in front of thousands at Wembley Stadium. Sheeran chose to release this track in a contrast to “Shape of You”, reflecting his album image, Divide.  Castle on the Hill begins with the lyrics “when i was six years old i broke my leg” and was  written to reflect his childhood in Suffolk which appeared rather troublesome  “driving 90” and “running from the law”. You can listen to the song below.

In keeping with his previous albums of mathematical symbols ‘X’ and ‘+’, the artwork for “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” combine to create a divide.

Back in December 2015, the singer announced that he’d be taking a break “to travel the world and see everything I missed”. His adventures took him all around the world to see and do things he simply hadn’t had time to experience. His 2011 debut album + gathered sales of of 2,126,781, while his 2014 follow up reached sales of 2,898,433.

Sheeran will release him new album, ‘Divide’ later this year. He’s back and ready to dominate the music industry like never before. So, brace yourself for more content coming your way.

Both tracks are available to listen on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. You can also find both of his lyric videos on Youtube.

Find the original article here: http://lmsukmedia.co.uk/reviewed-ed-sheeran-releases-two-new-tracks

Iconic Photos which Commemorate the Closure of Westover Rink

Main image courtesy of Bournemouth Echo.

Generations of local residents who enjoyed years of happiness at the rink share their memories prior to the upcoming reunion. 

The launch of the Facebook group, Westover Rink Memories, enabled the community to re-unite. It provided a platform for skating enthusiasts to socialise, share memories and form friendships as they did in the days of Westover Rink.

To celebrate the accomplishments of Westover Ice Rink in photography and storytelling, images have been brought together to reflect on Bournemouth’s beloved ice rink. Below is a detailed photo gallery.

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Former members of the junior and senior Bournemouth Ice Hockey team held a training session in Gosport, following the annual reunion at The BIC. Among the crowd were former members of Bournemouth Stags (Luke Chamberlain and Owen Tyson). Credit: John Preest.

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Former Bournemouth Stags player, Daryl Lipsey kitted up in his ice hockey gear. Lipsey played for The Stags during the years 1985-7, before moving to Swindon Wildcats. He was among one of the three allowed imports on the team. Credit: Old Time Hockey UK.

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Alan Dring gives a first speed skating lesson in 1989 at Westover Ice Rink. Credit: Tracie Flint.

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Toby Chamberlain played on the first line for Bournemouth Hounds. At the time the picture was taken, he was 15 years of age. He was described as ‘the Wayne Rooney of ice hockey’ and was highly praised amongst the ice hockey community. Credit John Preest.

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Mavis Linter and Mollie Prescott, Ice Follies 61/2. The ice follies of the 60s and 70s, held between the end of May right through to October. The shows featured glittering stars and costumes which drew in large crowds. Credit: Mave Swainson.