25 May 11. This year from the 3 – 9 October, people all over the country will be getting together to organise tea related events to help raise vital funds for SSAFA Forces Help. Whether it’s tea for two or two thousand, a workplace cake bake with tea served by the boss or an evening G&T drinks party it doesn’t matter what you decide to organise. The most important thing is that you decide to do something. Last years Big Brew Up was our best yet, raising over £100,000 and helping us help over 50,000 people in 2010. With your support we’d love to up the ante in 2011 and raise even more. Up for it? We hope so! To register and receive a fundraising pack with posters, invitations, ideas and loads of other stuff to help you get your Big Brew Up event off the ground please email us at or you can call us on 020 7463 9310.
31 May 11. The Editor attended the Eton College CCF Tattoo last night, held on College Filed at Eton. The CCF put on an excellent display of gymnastics, unarmed combat, horsemanship, supported by a military band including Pipes & Drums. The arena was illuminated by the remaining WWII Searchlight as used in London during the Blitz. The finale included a mock attack which included two 25 Pounder WWII Field Gun teams, a White Scout Car, a Jeep, a Scimitar CVR(T) and two Jackals, one supplied by the Coldstream Guards and one by Supacat, whose Nick Ames was himself an Old Etonian.
26 May 11. IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage and Wireless Sensor Networks & RTLS Event in Munich, Germany on June 21-22. The event covers the latest progress with small scale energy harvesters – taking energy from heat, movement, light, vibration, radio waves and other sources to store and power wireless sensors, consumer electronics products, actuators, electric vehicles and much more. Energy harvesters can overcome the need for a battery in many devices, and make devices that can be self sufficient for decades. It is reducing the World’s reliance on grid energy, such as by harvesting energy from human footfall on pavements or vibrations on roads.
Press-dedicated services for you at this event:
– The event features users, case studies and all the state of the art technology progress covered in a two day conference program. Hear from GE, Decathlon, Department of Energy, Siemens, Schneider Electric and 50 others.
– See a BMW engine with an energy harvester built in, walk on energy harvesting floors, see wireless sensors powered by energy in the ambient environment and much more – the exhibition features hands on demonstrations of current and future technology from companies and universities around the world.
– IDTechEx, the analyst company hosting the event, will provide you with one on one briefings if you have any questions so that you can get the most from the event.
26 May 11. DSEi to boost co-operation and integration in global security. DSEi 2011, the international exhibition for land, sea and air applications of defence and security products and technologies, will get underway at ExCeL London in the week following the 10th Anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Those events galvanised international organisations, governments, companies and individuals around the world to re-assess and overhaul their responses to terrorist threats. Bureaucratic barriers within governments, intelligence and security organisations, as well as disconnects with industry and the fractured relations within the scientific community, all undermined the development of truly effective counter-terrorist strategies and technology in many countries. In the 10 years since 9/11 all those involved in counter terrorism and security have learned that they have to co-operate closely to develop truly integrated and effective responses to continuing threats. This theme of cross-organisation and cross-discipline co-operation is at the heart of DSEi’s dedicated secu