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More Bond Bang for Your Buck

Daniel Craig doesn’t make announcements by halves. The confirmation that he will be back as Bond follows hot on the heels of new release Logan Lucky from production company Studiocanal. 

Craig’s 007 revelation bodes well for Logan Lucky which is directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, Traffic) and stars Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, and Brian Gleeson.

The jaunty plot features Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) who’s from a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia which has been plagued with bad luck for nearly 90 years. After being fired from his job, and with his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) threatening to move out with their daughter, Jimmy decides he has to reclaim his family life back on track. Help comes from his brother Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) and his sister Mellie (Riley Keough).

There’s no typecasting here for Daniel Craig who plays an incarcerated explosive expert named Joe Bang who helps out with an audacious plan to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the busiest race day of the year.

LOGAN LUCKY opens nationwide across the UK on 25th August 2017.

Watch the TV spot here... 

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Welcome to Arena Birmingham

The Barclaycard Arena heralds in September with the name  ‘Arena Birmingham’ in a move to reflect the venue's location.

The Nooran Sisters (9 Sept), John Legend (20 Sept) and The Australian Pink Floyd Show (30 Sept) are scheduled to be among the first acts  to perform under the new brand name.

Barclaycard announced in 2016 that as part of a review of their sponsorship strategy across both Barclaycard and the broader Barclays Group, it planned to move away from long-term naming rights with the venue.

Managing director for the NEC Group Arenas, Phil Mead said: “Much of what we have achieved is down to the support of Barclaycard who have been an excellent partner since 2012, but we are now entering another exciting era with Arena Birmingham, as it’s transformed into a destination in its own right within the city.  The construction of the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham is already underway, we are a principle venue of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 bid, and will be hosting a roster of great events throughout the rest of 2017/18.”  

The Arena has become one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe, staging everything from sports events to concerts, entertainment spectaculars, business conferences and exhibitions, benefiting from its position at the heart of the UK.  Alongside its sister venue, Genting Arena, the NEC Group Arenas provide the ultimate arena customer experience, attracting over 1.5 million visitors annually.

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August 4, 2017 Posted by admin in Events

Festival Drugs Amnesty

Safety rather than legal condemnation is the focus of a scheme which allows festival revellers to have their drugs tested to ensure that they don’t contain dangerous additives. Lucy Reid

The call to increase such testing comes from the unlikely quarter of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) which says that the service “will help minimise the risk of serious health harm as a result of recreational drug use.”

The move follows fatalities at several UK festivals with RSPH reporting that ecstasy deaths in England and Wales are up almost six-fold from 10 in 2010 to 57 in 2015. The drug safety testing was piloted in the UK at the Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling festivals last summer, with the support of event organisers, local police and public health authorities. RSPH said that around one in five users decided to ditch their drugs when the true constituents were revealed by on-site testing. Event organisers have also backed reports of drugs being laced with insecticides and other foreign bodies.

The result is that drug users have been offered an amnesty from legal retribution if they present their drugs to The Loop, the on-site service provider that administers lab testing of drugs under the banner, MAST: Multi Agency Safety Testing. Headed by ‘drug scientist’ Professor Fiona Measham MAST claims the full support of the police.

She said:“The Loop has been conducting forensic testing at events for a number of years, but before now, we’ve only tested drugs seized by police, dropped in amnesty bins or provided by paramedics as a result of a medical incident. In the past we have been able to use that testing information to inform on site services and for generalised safety alerts. Here at the Secret Garden Party we took a big step forward because for the first time we’ve been able to offer the testing service to individual users as part of a tailored advice and information package provided by a team of experienced drugs workers.”

The eminent sense of the initiative was applauded by Secret Garden Party’s ‘Head Gardener’ Freddie Fellowes who added: "I am thrilled that we are able to pioneer this service; harm reduction and welfare is a vital part of hosting any event and it's an area that for too long has seen little development or advancement."