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Feb 09. 27 February 2009 – February 2010. National War Museum Scotland, Edinburgh Castle. Press View: Thursday 26 February, 11.30am-1pm. A new exhibition at the National War Museum offers a penetrating insight into a modern conflict. Helmand: Faces of Conflict features photographs by Robert Wilson, war artist with Edinburgh’s 52 Infantry Brigade during their time in Helmand province. From faces of weary men returning from three weeks on patrol to the dusty landscape of their surroundings, Wilson captures the lives of soldiers and civilians with an unflinching sense of intimacy. His photographs are strikingly different from classic images of warfare, putting a human face on the servicemen and women risking their lives on a daily basis.
Robert Wilson said: ‘My days in Afganistan were some of the most amazing of my life. It was a rare and fantastic opportunity to capture moments in time which were not only visually stunning but historic. I felt it was important to depict the war through the men who are fighting it, by portraying their world and giving a sense of how they live.’
Stuart Allan, Senior Curator of Military History, National War Museum, said: “Traditionally, museums are more widely seen as reflecting on past conflicts, but here we have an ongoing war, seen with extraordinary clarity through the lens of a single artist.”
03 Feb 09. HAS THE WORLD’S LAST FLYING VULCAN MADE ITS FINAL FLIGHT?
Public pledges needed NOW to save this hero of the Cold War Only the further generosity of aircraft enthusiasts or major private or corporate sponsorship can now save the brave ‘Vulcan to the Sky’ project from 11th hour failure. In 2007 Vulcan XH558 triumphantly took to the skies for the first time in 15 years, following a uniquely complex £7 million restoration. Last year she was the unquestionable star of airshows throughout the UK, wowing over 1.5 million delighted spectators with her unrivalled grace and pace.With sufficient funds to complete a full display programme in 2009, the project could finally attain a secure financial footing, ensuring the delight of millions more enthusiasts for years to come. Without the £1 million now very urgently needed to kickstart that programme, those who so generously helped pay for the restoration and the team that worked tirelessly to achieve it will be denied their just reward. How the urgently needed funds can be pledged The pledges can be made by logging onto www.vulcantothesky.com or calling 0116 2478145. Even the smallest monthly commitment would be of significant help at this crucial time – eg if just 15,000 people were to pledge just £4 per month for a year (with Gift Aid), the target would be met. (NB the pledges will only be called upon when the team is confident the full target will be met.)
Jan 09. Brand new yachting event, The Solwey Challenge, has been launched for 2009. Taking place over 3 days, 2nd – 4th July, the event, has been devised for the Marine Defence and Ocean Technology Industry and will link two of the south coasts most prestigious sailing waters. Starting in the Solent – the worlds most famous sailing region and ending in Weymouth Bay – the sailing venue of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The main event takes place over the first two days with a long distance race on the first day followed by three short races in Weymouth Bay on the second day, then either free sail back to the Solent or stick around Weymouth & Portland for the third day taking in either sailing lessons, sea kayaking, spa treatments or even a heritage talk & tour. Portland based event organisers Creative Solutions Managing Director Roy Griffiths said ‘With the ever increasing focus on Weymouth & Portland as the sailing venue for The Games in 2012, coupled with the areas former connection with the Marine Defence and Ocean Technology Industry, we felt the timing was ri