Blazing a trail

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Blazing a trailOn 6 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Teambuilding is a dangerous pursuit these days. Not content with sit-downtraining sessions and role playing, staff take to white-water rafting,paintballing and firewalking in an attempt to aid office communication. When City recruitment consultancy Guardian Group recently restructured itssales team, it was looking for a way to develop and enhance the existing teamspirit. The company has no HR department, but John Jones, group sales director,decided to offer staff the firewalk, among other teambuilding exercises, as ameans of bonding and self-development. “We wanted to encourage team work and, having attended a Starfireseminar by Simon Treselyan, I felt this would be the ideal medium to discoverthe potential we all hold and have some real fun,” he says. Walking across hot coals might seem a strange choice for building teamspirit, but it has become a popular means of breaking down barriers in recentyears. Firewalk leader Simon Treselyan of Starfire training explains, “Theidea of firewalking is very emotive, so people have to overcome the illogicalfears they have before they can walk across coals. “The walk provides a controlled environment where people can make adramatic change in their lives by moving from ‘can’t do’ to having achievedsomething they thought was impossible within an incredibly shorttimespan.” Once they’ve done it, they realise they can take that energy and way ofthinking and use it to transform other areas of their life, so they cantranslate the process directly to whatever they want to change. The danger of firewalking was highlighted in 1998 when seven insurancesalesmen from Eagle Star needed hospital treatment, two of them at a specialburns unit, after attempting a firewalk at the end of a motivational trainingday. In that instance, hot coals were put into a metal tray which producedextreme heat, like a barbecue. Wood trays are used most commonly. Wood is apoor conductor of heat and so long as one walks quickly and is not in contactwith the surface for very long, there is not enough time for skin to burn, saysTreselyan. The psyching-up before the walk also helps suppress any pain, according toJohn Humberston, Professor of Physics at University College London, helpingpeople get into a “mind over matter” state when they take that firststep beyond their natural boundaries. But once the firewalk has been done and the feet are being nursed, howuseful is the exercise seen in relation to work life? For the Guardian team, there were mixed reactions. Views ranged from seeingit as a pointless, painful task to a life-changing exercise.Treselyan says the art of positive thinking that firewalkers acquire can beapplied elsewhere. “A firewalk gets people’s whole attention – not just onthe walk, but on every detail of the planning. People’s emotions are engaged;they take charge of their mental state, their energy levels and thegoal-setting techniques around performing a firewalk. “Basically, people are here to learn how to get from one place toanother by moving through difficult circumstances. The skill, once learned, istransferable to other areas of their lives – including work – should theychoose to use it.” Roy Stewart, 24, Sales consultant”I know a lot of people in theteam felt dubious and said they wouldn’t do the firewalk. It was great the waythe trainer got everyone on his side by demonstrating to us the power of themind and explaining that by changing your approach you can do things you didn’tthink you could. After that I was really looking forward to the course.”From the point of stepping off from grass into the fire Ijust thought, ‘Walk across the coals, walk across the coals’. It felt likeputting your foot in hot water and then coming out again. I could feel the heatand I knew that if I stopped walking I would get burnt.”When I realised I was through it the first time, it was abit of an anti-climax – I was excited, but I just wanted to do it again. I feltthe actual walk was a little too short. I thought, ‘Oh right, is that it? HaveI done it now? Is it as simple as that?’ “The point of the course was to show people that there areno boundaries. If you can walk across hot coals, what’s so hard about pickingup the phone and calling somebody? “I don’t think it is going to make me a better salesconsultant, but it’s given me the right energy. It’s been two weeks now andeveryone’s still pumped up and giving each other little neck massages, as theywere taught, to release tension.”It was a fantastic course and I enjoyed every minute ofit.”Tony Massenhove, 28, Seniorconsultant”My outlook has changed sincedoing the firewalk. I was very cynical beforehand and had decided I wasn’tgoing to do it and that I didn’t need to do it to prove myself. “The thing that swayed me was the ‘mind over matter’exercises. They were weird, but I saw them work, and at that point I had toopen my mind up a little bit and start listening. Then I found myself believingand wanting to do the firewalk.”I think it was trusting in the trainer that made mechange my mind.”The walk itself was a very emotional experience and Ihave changed some of my beliefs because of it. Before the training, I stronglybelieved that if you were angry you were more determined. But I’ve learned thatif you are positive and happy you will do so much better.”It’s all about confidence – I am a salesman, and for meit’s all about taking those knocks. Often when you phone someone up, they willsay, ‘Oh it’s just another recruitment consultant’, which can get you down, butI don’t let it now. I look at the space just beyond it.”I feel there is a better bond between people in theoffice. I never used to speak to people in the IT department, but I’msocialising with them now, so in that sense the exercise worked.”Gemma Sheldon, 21, (The onlyperson not to get involved in the exercises)”I knew from the start thatthere was no way on earth I was going to do the firewalk. I couldn’t seeanything I was going to get from it other than pain.”I didn’t feel pressurised into doing it – if I don’t wantto do something then 25 people encouraging me is not going to change my mind. Ijust thought that if other people want to do it, it’s up to them. I don’t cometo work to walk across fire – I come to work to work.”A lot of the other things the trainer said, however, werevery helpful in terms of motivation. If you’re having a bad day, and you’refeeling tired, a lot of the training was about coming into work at those timesand feeling positive. I took all that on board, so a lot of positive things didcome out of the training.”ClaireFrancis, 27, Temp controller “I was hesitant to start withand thought the firewalk might be something I’d choose to opt out of. But whenwe did an exercise where I broke a board with my hand I suddenly felt empoweredto do a lot more.”I didn’t think the firewalk was dangerous at all.Immediately afterwards I felt on a high. It didn’t seem macho to me. I thinkthe whole point of the training was that it doesn’t matter who you are, or whatsex you are, you are capable of doing as much as you want to.”I call on that experience now if I’m in a trickysituation, because if I could achieve something that was seemingly impossible,then I can go on to bigger and better things. “I think the firewalk gives you positive energy and it’s apositive experience to have had. I have definitely benefited from it and wouldrecommend it to anyone else.”It’s not specific to work, but it is specific to frame ofmind and that impacts all of us here – you need to be assertive and reassured,and it helped with that.”last_img read more

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Job recovery sputters, but hospitality & leisure add hiring

first_img Message* “This report suggests that the rate of improvement in the job market is going to be much less consistent than other indicators would suggest,” said Mike Fratantoni, chief economist at the Mortgage Bankers Association.Despite a still-booming housing market and 17,000 new positions for workers in real estate leasing and renting — which accounted for nearly all new financial activities jobs — hiring in construction remained largely unchanged last month.The tepid hiring “doesn’t match the strong growth in housing starts data, which would imply the need for more workers,” said Fratantoni.For other sectors, “supply chain challenges across the economy are likely impeding the pace of activity,” he said.For example, 50,000 positions were eliminated at grocery stores last month, which had boomed as people cooked at home during the pandemic. Outside the grocery sector, retail companies lost a relatively small number of workers.There was some good news for office landlords: The pace of workers returning to their offices grew in April, with 18.3 percent of workers remaining remote due to the pandemic. That’s down from 21 percent in March and 22.7 in February.Contact Orion Jones Email Address* (iStock)A weaker-than-expected month for job gains had one bright spot, and it’s the same sector that has been leading employment for several months now.The leisure and hospitality sector led employment gains for the third straight month, bringing back 330,000 workers in April. Restaurants and bars did more than half the hiring, while recreation centers (such as amusement parks and casinos) hired 73,000 people and lodgings added 50,000 positions. That’s on par with the industry’s performance in February and March.But overall job growth dropped to 266,000 positions, dragged down by losses in manufacturing, temporary employment services, and transportation and warehousing.The weak hiring numbers contradicted the approximately 1 million jobs many economists had predicted, based partly on last month’s hiring data — which was revised down on Friday to 770,000 jobs from 916,000 — and a record low number of unemployment filings since the pandemic began.Read moreNew home sales soar 21% Rents rise across country as economy rebounds No room in the warehouse: Amazon fuels shortage Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateHotel MarketRetail Real Estate Tags Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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NNS Prepares for John Warner Christening

first_img NNS Prepares for John Warner Christening Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: John Warner Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is buzzing with activity of a different sort as teams of shipbuilders put the final touches on preparations for the christening of the Virginia-class submarine John Warner (SSN 785). The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and is open to invited guests, but a live webcast will be available at: www.warnerchristening.com.For about a month, a dozen shipbuilders in Newport News’ sail shop have worked to create the 30-foot bow flag that will be front and center during the event. The bow flag was hoisted into place on Sunday. On Monday, another team of shipbuilders spent about eight hours moving the approximately 7,800-ton submarine to the shipyard’s floating dry dock, where it will be moored for the event.Add to that the seating charts for the projected 9,000 guests, site set-up, the printing of materials and volunteer meetings, and you have a christening event—Newport News Shipbuilding style.“It takes hard work, commitment and attention to detail by hundreds of shipbuilders across the entire company to transform the shipyard into an event site,” said Jennifer Dunn, Newport News’ director of communications. “From the smallest of details, like the ceremony signage, to the biggest and most visible, like a fireworks show, the christening team is doing an outstanding job to create a unique and memorable experience for our shipbuilders and their families, for our Navy customer, and for Senator Warner, his wife Jeanne, and their friends and family.”More than 4,000 Newport News shipbuilders have been working to build John Warner since construction began in 2010. The christening will signal another major milestone toward the submarine’s delivery, which is scheduled for 2015. Back to overview,Home naval-today NNS Prepares for John Warner Christening View post tag: Christening View post tag: americascenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy [mappress]Press Release, September 04, 2014; Image: HHI September 4, 2014 View post tag: NNS View post tag: prepares Authoritieslast_img read more

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Open Rank Faculty Position-Division of Psychiatry Services Research

first_imgThe Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland Schoolof Medicine invites applications for an Assistant / Associate /Full Professor position in the Division of Psychiatric ServicesResearch. This position is for a health services researcher orinterventions researcher with training and experience in the fieldof mental health care including substance abuse treatment services,and is open to any faculty rank. Candidates may be appointed oneither the tenure- or research-faculty track, depending onqualifications and preference. Candidates must have a PhD, MD, orother doctoral degree in health services research, pharmaceuticalscience, economics, computer science, psychology, health policy,epidemiology, or related field. Successful candidates will haveeither a record of external research funding or strong potential toobtain external funding for services research and/or interventionresearch projects. This is a full-time research position funded byboth internal and external sources.The Division of Psychiatric Services Research conducts psychiatricresearch in health care policy, health economics, appliedpsychology, pharmaceutical science, community psychiatry,co-occurring disorders, integrated care, behavioral interventions,and other areas of psychiatric care. The Division generates morethan $5 million annually in external research funding, and hasexisting research partnerships with clinical divisions of theDepartment of Psychiatry, with the U.S. Department of VeteransAffairs, Capitol Healthcare Network (VISN5) Mental Illness Researchand Education Clinical Center, and with the Maryland BehavioralHealth Administration. The Division maintains a comprehensiveresearch infrastructure to support clinical interventions researchas well as several large databases for administrative dataprojects, including data from Medicaid and Medicare claims, theHealth Care Utilization Project, the U.S. Department of VeteransAffairs health care system, and the State of Maryland Public MentalHealth System. For more information, see: http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/psychiatry/Divisions/Division-of-Psychiatric-Services-Research/ The University of Maryland, School of Medicine, is located on theUniversity ofMaryland-Baltimore campus near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor andCamden Yards. The Baltimore Washington International Airport is 5miles away, and Washington D.C. is 40 miles away.The University of Maryland Baltimore is an Equal OpportunityAffirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, individuals withdisabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to applycenter_img Qualifications :The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland Schoolof Medicine invites applications for an Assistant / Associate /Full Professor position in the Division of Psychiatric ServicesResearch. This position is for a health services researcher orinterventions researcher with training and experience in the fieldof mental health care including substance abuse treatment services,and is open to any faculty rank. Candidates may be appointed oneither the tenure- or research-faculty track, depending onqualifications and preference. Candidates must have a PhD, MD, orother doctoral degree in health services research, pharmaceuticalscience, economics, computer science, psychology, health policy,epidemiology, or related field. Successful candidates will haveeither a record of external research funding or strong potential toobtain external funding for services research and/or interventionresearch projects. This is a full-time research position funded byboth internal and external sources.The University of Maryland Baltimore is an Equal OpportunityAffirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, individuals withdisabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to applylast_img read more

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Commentary: Such Is Life In Today’s America

first_imgCommentary: Such Is Life In Today’s America By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – If any one day could encapsulate what a strange and bewildering place America has become, Feb. 4 may have been that day.When results – finally, belatedly – began to trickle out from the disastrous Iowa caucuses and it became clear former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had won an unexpected triumph, the first openly gay major presidential candidate in American history stepped before the cameras.Buttigieg is a disciplined guy, one not given to showing his emotions.But, on this occasion, he spoke with real feeling. He said Iowa was not just a victory for his campaign, but for every kid in America whoever grew up feeling excluded from the community or even from his family.It was a grand moment, a glimpse at the glorious future the American experience always has promised, that here the human spirit would throw off every shackle and step fully and unfettered into the light of liberty.The day’s other moments were less uplifting.President Donald Trump delivered his fourth State of the Union address in the evening.He came to the speech with the shadow of impeachment looming over him. His defenders in the U.S. Senate – fellow Republicans who voted not to hear witnesses and vowed to acquit him even while acknowledging that he had done something wrong, even awful – reassured everyone who would listen that the president had learned his lesson. He would behave better going forward.There was little evidence to support their assurances.Trump’s address was not the speech of a contrite man.It was a snarl of triumphalism, a battle cry to summon his seething, resentful base to greater acts of defiance in the service of largely imaginary victories.There was something surreal about the speech itself. Most of the claims that were not flatly false were either wildly exaggerated or contorted out of context.The facts are that the American economy has been growing slower, not faster, under Donald Trump than under previous presidents. Wage growth has stagnated. And at least part of the reason the job numbers are so good is that many – too many – Americans now must take on two or three jobs just to get by.It mattered not.The speech’s claims and the fact-checking and record-correcting that soon followed were obscured into invisibility by the evening’s petty dramas.The father of a child slain in the mass Parkland shooting was thrown out when he yelled out at the president’s defense of the nation’s lax gun laws. A handful of members of Congress walked out voluntarily as a show of solidarity.Most nights that would have been the headline.Not this one, though.President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, exchanged a series of petty snubs and insults.Trump began by ignoring Pelosi’s offered and customary handshake.Pelosi responded by introducing Trump as “the president of the United States” rather than using the traditional welcome:“Members of Congress, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce the president of the United States.”Then, at the end of the speech, Pelosi tore the text of Trump’s speech in half and set it aside.It was not an exchange that reflected well on either the president or the speaker.Pelosi, though, got the worst of it.She and her supporters may have thought she achieved a kind of tactical victory in the short term. The bitter byplay between the nation’s chief executive and the leader of the people’s house drowned out much of the president’s self-congratulatory messaging in the speech, but it came at a cost.People expect boorishness from Donald Trump because that’s who he is and always has been.Until now, they hadn’t expected it from Nancy Pelosi.In the long run, that will cost her and her party.To be an alternative to Donald Trump, Democrats must demonstrate that they’re better than Donald Trump. They won’t give voters an alternative by being as petty and rude as he is.Even more foolishly, they’ll be taking the fight to where Trump thrives. He’s at his best and most dangerous in the gutter. Democrats won’t beat him there.But that’s where things are now in this nation.Moments of grace. Moments of ugliness.Just another day in America.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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News story: Expert Advisory Group set-up to review paclitaxel drug-coated balloon catheters and drug-eluting stents

first_imgThis page has been withdrawn as we have now updated the guidance.,Following recently published findings by Katsanos et al raising concerns over the use of paclitaxel eluting balloons and stents in the treatment of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and in particular the femoropopliteal artery in the leg.We have formed an independent Expert Advisory Group (EAG). The EAG has begun the process of reviewing the available, but highly complex information on these medical devices. The group is made up of leading UK clinicians from specialist societies, including interventional radiology, vascular surgery and scientists with toxicology, medicines and statistical expertise.The publication suggests a possible increased mortality rate from 2 up to 5 years in PAD patients treated with paclitaxel-coated balloons and paclitaxel-eluting stents. This is compared to patients treated with non-coated balloons or bare metal stents. A causal relationship for this observation has not been identified and may reflect limitations in the way the data were analysed, but this has yet to be determined.Patient safety is our highest priority and we take information questioning the safety of any medical device very seriously. Since the publication we have been collecting and analysing information from a range of sources to try to understand the significance of the findings for future patient treatment options.The devices in question have valid CE certificates and remain on the UK market. The outcome of our investigation will determine if new advice is required or if we need to undertake any other regulatory action.The EAG has been asked to consider whether the publication’s findings and device-specific clinical study results are statistically robust and whether there is any evidence of a causal relationship between the drug, paclitaxel, and increased mortality.There are a number of other publications which put forward different results and opinions taking into account other factors such as the overall health of the patient.To assist them they have been provided with the full spectrum of source material available to MHRA, together with all relevant published information we have gathered. The aim is to provide a greater understanding of the potential benefits and risks to patients and will help to guide any possible future MHRA action.The EAG has agreed to undertake and complete their review, including reporting their findings to MHRA, within the next few months.Additionally, we are collaborating with the major clinical and regulatory stakeholders, including the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR), the UK Basil-3 trial and NICE, as well as other European and global regulatory authorities.If you are worried that you might be affected by this matter, we advise you to contact your GP or specialist.last_img read more

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Exclusive Videos: Steve Kimock, moe., Fishbone & More Highlight Summer Camp Festival

first_imgWelcome to the second half of our video recap of the Summer Camp Music Festival! Our first installment featured moe., Greensky Bluegrass, and more, but the great thing about Summer Camp is the extraordinary amount of talent at any given moment. This second installment of our video series has some truly legendary acts, like Steve Kimock, Fishbone, Ani DeFranco, Summer Camp stalwarts like The Henhouse Prowlers and Family Groove Company and of course, headliners moe.Check out exclusive videos from our videographer Rex Thomson below!Steve Kimock & Friends “Bird Song”Legendary guitarist Steve Kimock brought his “Friends,” including Jeff Chimenti and Dan Lebowitz with him for a set of beautiful tunes, including this stellar version of the Grateful Dead tune “Bird Song.”Fishbone “Bonin’ in the Boneyard”Legendary punk-funk band Fishbone showed they haven’t lost a step raging across the stage and out into the audience just as they did in the beginning nearly four decades ago! Later in the day they blew folks away with their sit in with moe. for a special cover of Prince’s Purple Rain, but they got the party started much earlier with a signature freak out set on the Sunshine Stage earlier in the day. The Henhouse Prowlers “Workin’ Man Blues”Chicago’s own “Suits and Ties” bluegrass band The Henhouse Prowlers took a break from their world travels to pay their respects to Merle Haggard with this cover of “Workin’ Man Blues” from the Summer Camp Music Festival’s Campfire Stage.Family Groove Company “Instrumental – New Speedway Boogie”Illinois and Summer Camp Music Festival favorites Family Groove Company brought their feel good brand of music to the Summer Camp Campfire Stage for a grooving instrumental before segueing perfectly into a high energy rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “New Speedway Boogie” with a few Shakedown Street” teases thrown in for good measure.moe. “Billy Goat>Stressed Out”moe. got their Saturday night Moonshine Stage headlining set going with a band thanks to a rocking “Billy Goat” then slipped into one of their odder covers of the weekend, a fun version of the 21 Pilots song “Stressed Out,” featuring the prodigious rapping skills of percussionist Jim Loughlin.The Main Squeeze “Message To The Lonely”Chicago based rockers The Main Squeeze has seen their brand of feel good funk and soul catch fire and find a well deserved national fan base. They got things going on the Starshine Stage with a righteous “Message To The Lonely.”Ani DeFranco “Careless Words”Feminist icon and beloved singer-songwriter Ani DeFranco took the Summer Camp Music Festival Sunshine Stage for a set of solo acoustic tunes that had her many diehard fan’s rapt attention from start to finish.Fruition “Labor Of Love”Portland, Oregon’s Fruition brought their fiery and heartfelt brand of Americana to the Campfire Stage at the Summer Camp Music Festival for a selection of the best loved tunes including a fun rendition of the title track from their new album, Labor Of Love.moe. “Wind It Up”Since we’ve already seen how moe. closed out the festival with a smokin’ cover of Cream‘s “White Room,” it seemed like a good way to end this video retrospective was with another of moe.’s more classic show enders, the anthemic “Wind It Up.” The song always sends the fans out into the night with a positive vibe!Another amazing year in the books for the Summer Camp Music Festival, and the most successful to boot! Fans from around the nation have helped make Summer Camp the first big salvo of the summer festival season, and if the fun to be had there is any indication, we’re in for a good year!last_img read more

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Sunny Afternoon Star Danny Danny Horn on Diving into His First Musical

first_img View Comments Sunny Afternoon won this year’s Olivier Award for Best Musical, and Danny Horn has stepped into the demanding leading role of Kinks frontman Ray Davies at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The delightful Horn spoke to Broadway.com about why this is the role and the musical for him, and getting acting tips from the great Gambon.What is it like stepping into a part that won an Olivier Award for its creator, John Dagleish—and where you’re playing a real person as well?All of it felt like big boots to fill. I think what helps on this show is that it’s not as if Ray [Davies] never existed: because he is a real person and there are countless interviews and archive images of Ray, so you can take it from there. I’m sure if there were 10 different actors who studied Ray, they would each find something different to bring to the part. What John saw in him is probably very different from what I see.Has Ray seen you in action? If so, did he offer any advice?He has, and I have to say it was very weird pretending to be someone in front of the person that you’re pretending to be—that took some getting used to! He came to a few rehearsals and talked about his life and his past and his relationship with [brother] Dave and his sister who passed away but his remarks were mostly about steering me in the right direction rather than telling me to do it this way or that way.Tell me about coming into a show knowing it’s a proven successThat really was great. What was funny was that I had booked tickets to see the show when it was first on at the Hampstead Theatre, but I got an acting job in Yorkshire so had to sell my ticket. It was only five or six months ago when I finally saw the show on the West End and then just as a punter.You weren’t thinking you’d be in it?I’d never done a musical or thought that I would do a musical. I’d been gigging around with my guitar for years, but never thought I would be considered for this. At first I almost laughed the whole thing off as a waste of everyone’s time.What persuaded you otherwise?First off, the fact that they obviously saw something Ray-ish in me! And then they sent me to [vocal coach] Mark Meylan, who is a genius and through a lot of hard work they managed to get me to a place where I could sing it six times a week. I have an OK voice but no technique at all, so Mark drilled technique into me over many sessions—how to use my larynx and breath control, and all those things I had absolutely no idea about.Why hadn’t musicals been on your radar?I’ve got nothing against them – they’re a great art form and I love them when they’re done well. But I always thought I’d be a straight actor doing theatre and TV and film and most of my career so far had been on screen and I was enjoying that. So I was flabbergasted to land the lead in a West End show.What’s your regimen for getting through six shows a week?Well, I wake up and drink loads of water. Now that I have this posh little steamer, I have become one of these people who steams—which isn’t something I thought I would ever do! It’s all about warming up gradually throughout the day and getting my voice ready and not pushing it.Are you having to adopt a monastic life: no after-show carousing?I wouldn’t say that! We do tend to go for a pint afterwards since the nature of the show is that it’s like a rock concert and so you get an adrenalin rush that always seems to send us straight to the pub. And then Saturday night we tend to go out properly: it’s nice actually to unwind.I gather you made a splash right out of drama school appearing in [celebrated TV series] Doctor Who.Yes, it was a one-off episode: a Christmas special where I played a younger version of Michael Gambon, and I couldn’t have asked for a more dreamlike first job. I remember asking [Gambon] for some tips on the last day and he said, “Danny, when you act, don’t move your eyebrows and if you have to sit down, don’t look at the chair.”Any more musicals you’re eyeing after this?The way I think of Sunny Afternoon is that it’s the only one I could really do! I don’t have a musical theater voice per se. I have a musician’s voice, and I don’t think the way I sing would translate well to Les Miserables, for instance. And you know what? If I don’t do a musical again, I will be very happy to have done the coolest one there is.last_img read more

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Do Something Different with your Weekend – Sign up and Join Warrior Nation!

first_imgWarrior Dash is the obstacle course race that anyone can start and everyone can finish. With over three million participants since 2009, we’ve reinvented the concept of a 5k run and created a revolution: Warrior Nation . Whether you’re an elite athlete or just beginning the challenge, you’ll conquer 12 world-class obstacles like Goliath and Fisherman’s Catch , wade across wooded lakes, and venture through mud-caked back roads as you make your loop to the finish line.This year we’ve brought you four all new obstacles to conquer, upgraded festival activities and 2017 Warrior Dash merchandise so you can show you’re a warrior every day. At the end of your dash you’ll be rewarded with a finisher medal, a sweet t-shirt, fuzzy Warrior helmet, and ice-cold beer (for ages 21+). Then head to the post-race party to relive the course with friends, dance to music, and celebrate your decision to leave your normal weekend in the mud .Sign up as a St. Jude Warriors and conquer obstacles both on and off the Battleground. The dollars fundraised by St. Jude Warriors go directly towards the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center . Not only are you helping the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but you can also earn special perks like Warrior Dash merchandise and even a free registration for the event.For more information on Warrior Dash and to find a 2017 location near you, head over to www.warriordash.com ! See you on the Battleground!last_img read more

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Yields fall across the board during 2002

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