Monthly Archives: February 2014

Accordion Pin Badges

We have worked with accordion teacher, Craig Bradley, to design and commission a set of three metallic accordion pin badges in copper, nickel and gold.

Accordion badges

New accordion pin badges – click for bigger image

These hand-finished button accordion pin badges are made in England and are an ideal gift for accordion players, performers, and enthusiasts.

Says Craig Bradley: “Musicians are often very proud of the instrument they play and until now there haven’t been metallic button accordion badges available to buy, whereas there are plenty of violin, guitar and even piano accordion badges available. I’m very glad to say there are now!”

The design is based on a real button accordion – know as a bayan accordion – used by one of Craig’s students, so these accordion badges are unique and are not available anywhere else.

“As far as I know these are the only button accordion pin badges available in the UK and are ideal gifts for accordion teachers to give to students. The three different metallic finishes on the badges can even make them suitable as a three tier award system.”

Made of base metal plated with copper, nickel or gold, these accordion pin badges were made in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter by a family firm and are each hand polished to give them their distinct look and finish.

These badges are being produced at a time when the button accordion is enjoying something of a revival, even amongst classical musicians, due to the versatility of the instrument and its rich sound. According to Craig, many people think of the accordion as a folk instrument, mainly used to play traditional folk music (and it is used extremely effectively for this purpose) but, thanks to its range, the instrument is equally suited to classical pieces.

The badges cost £5 each, or a set of all three colours costs £12 (the prices below include postage and packaging in the UK). Accordion teachers and music shops looking for larger quantities should contact us for prices.

Click here to purchase online from the Ethos public relations shop

They can also be purchased by calling us and sending a cheque. Please call 07970 875907 for further details.




 

 

Laser clinic welcomes new rules for cosmetic procedures

Laserase Bolton, 227167_194866970560144_2319809_nthe region’s leading laser and skin health centre, has welcomed news that the Government is looking to make it illegal for people without appropriate training to perform non-surgical procedures, but is disappointed that the Government is not planning to go further and make dermal fillers prescription only.

Despite a review into cosmetic procedures by the Medical Director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, recommending that there should be new legislation to classify fillers as prescription only medicines, it is reported that the Government is not planning to take action on this.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “It is good to hear that new rules will make it illegal for people without training to perform non-surgical procedures. However, we are disappointed that the Government has decided not to go further and make it a requirement for medical professionals to prescribe dermal fillers.

“Although we welcome the measures the Government is taking to make cosmetic procedures safer, including proposals to review training for dermal fillers and Botox injections, we would have liked them to have done more and to have reclassified fillers as medicines, to help better protect patients.”

At Laserase Bolton, all practitioners are qualified doctors and nurses who have over 10 years’ experience.

What’s on – Easter Sea Shanty Festival

What: Easter Sea Shanty Festival
Where: National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
When: 18 – 20 April 2014
Web: http://www.shanty.org.uk/our_festival

The fourth national Sea Shanty Festival takes place at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port over the Easter weekend (18-20 April 2014).

Canal boats at Ellesmere Port - Sea Shanty FestivalCoinciding with the Annual Boat Gathering at the museum, the Shanty UK festival brings together nearly 100 performers in seven different venues within the museum for three exciting days of singing, concerts, boat trips, museum tours, nautical poetry, puppet-making and face painting.

According to Julia Batters of Shanty UK, the festival is designed as a fun event for the whole family. Julia said: “The UK has a long tradition of sea shanties and maritime singing and our annual festival is helping to keep this tradition alive for future generations.”

The highlight of the festival is two concerts taking place within the museum on Friday and Saturday nights, which feature a number of acts from across the UK and Europe.

Entrance to the National Waterways Museum for the Sea Shanty Festival and Annual Boat Gathering costs £6.50 for all three days (10am – 5pm). Tickets for the evening concerts are £10 each night and can be reserved online at http://www.shanty.org.uk/our_festival

Easter Sea Shanty Festival

Singing at the Easter Sea Shanty FestivalThe fourth national Sea Shanty Festival takes place at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port over the Easter weekend (18-20 April 2014).

Coinciding with the Annual Boat Gathering at the Museum, Shanty UK, the organisers of the Festival are hoping that many of the boaters will come and join in throughout the weekend.

Canal boats at Ellesmere Port - Sea Shanty FestivalThe Festival brings together nearly 100 performers in seven different venues within the Museum for three exciting days of singing, concerts, boat trips, museum tours, nautical poetry, puppet-making and face painting. Most of the music and events during the Easter weekend are free to boaters once moored within the Museum’s grounds.

According to Julia Batters of Shanty UK, the Sea Shanty Festival is designed as a fun event for the whole family. She said: “The UK has a long tradition of sea shanties and maritime singing and our Festival helps keep this tradition alive for future generations.”

The highlight of the Festival are two concerts taking place within the Museum on Friday and Saturday nights, which feature a number of acts from across the UK and Europe. Tickets for the evening concerts are £10 and can be reserved online at www.shanty.org.uk.