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Presenting Silly Sports Day 2013
WHEN? Saturday 13 April, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
WHERE? Sports Hall, Emmanuel Church, Shepherds Lane, Guildford GU2 9SJ

Dust off your trainers, don an appropriately silly running outfit and join in the fun!
(Yes boys that is an invitation to crack out the spandex!)
Prizes will be awarded to the best silly-sports outfits.

As many of you already know on Sunday 21st April I will be running the Virgin London Marathon in aid of the charity Music in Hospitals. On the Saturday before (13th April) I’m going to be holding a Silly Sports Day afternoon and you’re all invited.  Basically it will be an afternoon re-living all the sports and games we used to play as kinds including:  tug-of-War, dodge ball, Dog’s Dinner (the chocolate game) etc etc.  Marathon themed fancy dress is encouraged but not compulsory.

ENTRY: Free. Any donations towards my marathon fundraising target will be gratefully received.

Don’t worry if you don’t want to join in the games, there will also be tasty treats for sale and a raffle!

Booking not required but please let me know in advance if you plan to attend. This will help me ensure that enough silly sports equipment is made available on the day.

Any ideas for games/sports will be considered. If anyone would like to assist me in leading/umpiring any games let me know.

I’ll be at the SSP wall tomorrow with flyers for the event.......see you there.

If you can't come along but feel you have a few £s you can donate to help me reach my fundraising target please visit Many thanks!

Hannah x

Social Events / Friday at the Stoke
« on: May 21, 2012, 10:01:25 PM »

1. Me
2. Matty
3. Tarryn
4. Becka
5. Andre?
6. Julia?
7. Tor
8. Chris K

Becky C
Library Clairy
Evil Chris

Obviously everyone else welcome but will need to book if you want food. 

Looking forward to it x

Hi all

A few us us went to the Boiler Room on Saturday for a 1940s night and the local band "The Fresh Dixie Project" were playing.  They are five very talented guys on the music course at Surrey playing and singing some old school jazz songs with a bit of a modern twist.  They're all great musicians and it was a really fun night with lots of dancing an merriment.

They're playing again at the Stoke on Friday night and me and few others will be going down to watch and eat some Pizza.  Not quite worked out if there is a charge or not, doesn't seem to be anything about having to pay on the Stoke's website. 

Find out about the band here

Hope to see you there.  Come and support some local young talent and get your dancing shoes on.

H x

Social Events / Back to the 40s at the Boiler Room
« on: May 03, 2012, 11:08:36 PM »

Wow my first post on here in ages.  I've broght tickets to go to this night at the Boiler Room on Sat 19th May.  There are a few tickets left. Looks like great fun. Another opportunity for corsets or anyone who went in 40s gear to Julia and Petes can crack out the outfit again

Calling all Dapper Dans and Susie-Q’s, if you missed out on NYE 2011’s Blitz party, now’s your chance to don your stripes and cut loose to the brassy, killer-diller sounds of swing as The Boileroom steps back in time to the roaring forties. Be greeted at the entrance way with a jar o’ hooch by one of our dames in the ritziest gin mill in Guildford. The joint’ll be hopping till sunrise, so grab your best gal and flip your wig on the floor to the sound of the band.



The Fresh Dixie Project
Jazz Quintet The Fresh Dixie Project aim to revive the dixieland swing sound with a 'fresh' modern twist. We aim to deliver a performance that is bursting with an energetic feel that will keep your brain buzzing and ya foot tapping! 

DJ Miss Cherry Red
playing sounds from the 30s to the 50s for your dancing and listening pleasure! Including kicking 40s Swing, hard honking Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll and Bad Ass Rockabilly!

Miss Lena Mae
'Lena really is the epitome of the phrase 'blonde bombshell' with the kind of smile that can melt even the most cynical & jaded of audiences. A true professional to work with backstage, her routines & costumes are inventive, classy & most importantly, fun!' DJ Suave – Promoter & DJ, and London's gentleman of Rock & Roll. 

Hair That Turns Heads
Vintage hairstyling booth from Lucy Hayward: Vintage hair, theatrical and creative hair-up is a speciality with Lucy's work not only being seen in local theatres but also in films too. You can also admire her handiwork in our NYE 2011 Facebook photo album.

BOILEROOM: Whoop! Punk show GU2 Takeover for the last hour of The Boileroom show!! Do it!
Posted on twitter.

The Boileroom, Guildford - Guildford's Premiere Live Music Venue

The Boileroom, 13 Stokefields, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LS +44 (0) 1483 440 022

Please note that there is absolutely NO PUBLIC PARKING at The Boileroom. Click on the VENUE INFO tab for local parking.

Bullshit and Random Banter / Celebratory drinks - I'm coming home!!!!!
« on: November 18, 2011, 11:41:23 AM »
Hello everyone.

Long time no see to many of you - I've been absent from the forum for a long time as I've been living and working in London.

I've got 2 little announcements to make
1.  I've decided to move back to Guildford and am moving in with Nick W and Sean in Fiarlands tomorrow
2.  I just found out that I got the job I applied for in Surrey starting from January.  I'm going to be working for Music in Hospitals in Waltan-on-Thames.  Yippee!!!!

I've kept the first of these two pretty quiet as didn't know what the outcome of the 2nd would be so wasn't sure if I'd be wanting to celebrate or not.  As the news is good I'm going to be heading out somewhere for some celebratory drinks tomorrow night - perhaps via some tasty pizza at Jon's.  It would be lovely to see some of you and I look forward to being involved with the club a lot more again.  Must get my Sportspark membership sorted out.

Also, I'm now going to need to buy a car.  So any recommendations about getting a second hand small car would be much appreciated.

See you all soon!


Other Activities / I'm in a show on Saturday
« on: May 19, 2011, 01:23:27 PM »

I'm in a show with work this Saturday in South London, at the Albany

I can get you in for buy one get one free meaning it would be £6 per ticket.  I'll be playing my violin, and running around like a mad man trying to tour manage as well.  If any of you are free it would be great to see some of you there.  Details below.

Featuring a selection of Britain’s most treasured world and jazz musicians, as well as rising stars from Grand Union's own Youth Orchestra, Can’t Chain Up Me Mind is set to take the audience of the Albany, one of South East London’s favourite venues on a memorable musical journey. 
The atmosphere of Caribbean and South American Carnival fuelled by West African and Cuban rhythms is augmented by South African township beats, touches of Eastern European and Romany Gypsy melody, north Indian Ragas and traditional song from Bangladesh.
Can't Chain Up Me Mind brings together an extraordinary selection of authentic exponents from a wide variety of musical fields including tabla master Yousuf Ali Khan (Bangladesh), exuberant percussionists Lilia Iontcheva (Bulgaria) and Carlos Fuentes (Chile), Gypsy violin virtuoso Marek Czureja and the haunting voice of Gunes Cerit (Turkey) as well as renowned jazz soloists Claude Deppa (trumpet) and Louise Elliott (saxophone). 

The show also features members of the Grand Union Youth Orchestra who will perform alongside their mentors in an explosive and energy filled set as part of the evening’s programme.

Come and meet some of the musicians before the show at a free pre-show talk at 6:45 pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

So just thought I'd let you know.

All the best

Bullshit and Random Banter / Radio show
« on: March 09, 2011, 07:50:08 PM »
Grand Union Orchestra who I manage had a show "Trading Roots" recorded for Radio 3 the other day and i'm hoping some of you may be interested to give it a wee listen on iPlayer

If you like any of the following you'll like this.  Jazz, bigband, world music, classical music.  Give it a try you might find you like it!

Hope to see you all soon. :D :D :D

Hannah xx

Other Activities / In guildford this weekend
« on: October 18, 2010, 08:57:03 AM »
Hi all

I'm coming to Guildford this weekend!

Anyone around Saturday night for drinkies somewhere - perhaps some climbing on Sunday?

I miss Guildford!

Hannah xx

Bullshit and Random Banter / Advice needed - hard drives
« on: August 17, 2010, 04:56:21 PM »
Right all you lovely people who like giving advise on these things.

I need to buy an external hard drive for work for (a) backup and (b) keeping portable large files i.e. videos of the orchestra etc.

I wan't something that is under £100 but is reliable and won't conk out like our old one did and that has LOTS of memory.

Anyone know what's good on the market at the moment?

Thanks for your help


Social Events / Gig in Losely Park
« on: June 15, 2010, 11:57:42 AM »
Hi all,

My Orchestra, the Grand Union Orchestra are performing in Guildford on Friday 25th June 2010 at Losely Park.

The gig is called "GLOBAL SUMMER" and forms part of the Celebrating Surrey Festival 2010.

The event URL is:

The 3 acts are:

Grand Union Orchestra You can  listen to a few Grand Union Tracks on our website or the facebook fan page!/pages/Grand-Union-Orchestra/127736497249742?ref=ts

Seckou Keita & band 

Spaghetti Circus (I think this is a youth circus act)

Tickets are £15 or £10 concessions.  You can buy them in advance or on the door.

Losely Park is a beautiful historic house and gardens just outside guidlford.  (

You can bring along your deck chairs and picnic (I think),  get up and dance or just kick back and relax.

I'll be around doing event managementy type stuff early in the evening, but can then hopelly join you for most of the night.

If there is enough interest perhaps a bus could come down?  Put you name here if your interested.....


Social Events / My leaving guildford doo
« on: May 06, 2010, 11:00:57 PM »

I'm moving to London in a little over a week and want to say adiós to everyone before I go.  I propose leaving drinks/ BBQ if weather is good/ or perhaps meal out depending on numbers on Friday 14th May.  Sorry it's not very much notice, it's only just dawned on me quite how soon this is all happening.

Post here if you're interested in coming to wish me goodbye and goodluck, and I'll come back with a more definite plan for the evening soon.


Social Events / Today - Sun - BBQ?
« on: April 10, 2010, 10:38:20 AM »
t's apparently the nicest day of the year today, so was thinking maybe it's time for a bbq or a few drinks in the garden late afternoon time??

Anyone want to pop over later??  Or anyone got any other plans ??


Other Activities / London Jazz Festival
« on: November 06, 2009, 02:55:28 PM »

Grand Union Orchestra - the band I manage is performing a the London Jazz Festival on Friday 13th November.  I can't actually go to this as I am on a hen weekend, but thought I'd let you all know.....just in case it takes your fancy.  See details below and visit my website

11 Gillett St, Dalston, N16 8JH

Bengal Tiger, Shanghai Dragon
Featuring musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra

Inspired by visits to Bangladesh and China earlier this year, Grand Union's composer/director Tony Haynes has created a programme combining North Indian classical music, folk song from Bangladesh and elements of Chinese music with jazz improvisation, Latin rhythms and some surprising harmonic twists.

The line-up features Grand Union regulars Baluji Shrivastav (sitar, dilruba), Yousuf Ali Khan (tabla, dholak), Paul Jayasinha (trumpet, flugelhorn, cello), Louise Elliott (tenor sax, flute), Andres Lafone (bass guitar), multi-instrumentalist Gerry Hunt and the haunting voice of Lucy Rahman, with one of the UK's most creative percussionists, Dave Adams and the amazing gu zheng (Chinese harp) virtuoso Zhu Xiao Meng.

Tony has been drawing inspiration from the ragas, time-cycles and inflected vocal styles of India and Bangladesh for over 20 years, and several of his shows for the Orchestra have explored Chinese music, from ancient classical show-pieces to the folk music of distant regions. Bengal Tiger, Shanghai Dragon brings these strands together in imaginative new ways, and on a more intense and intimate scale than most Grand Union shows.

Tickets £12. To book tickets go to or call 020 7254 4097.

To find out more about Grand Union Orchestra visit or contact Hannah Turner @ (THATS ME!!!)

Other Activities / Interesting Gig on Campus this Friday
« on: October 27, 2009, 03:40:54 PM »
I might go to this before the Halloween Party.....although it is a tad expensive

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

    Friday 30 October 2009, 20:00

    University Hall

Open to:
    Staff, Students, Public

Admission price:
    £18, £16 senior citizens, £10 concessions

Admission information:
    Please bear with us if you are encountering problems trying to get through to the box office. We are trying to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. If you can't get through, please email All seated (but space to stand and dance if you like)

    Tickets are available from the University Box Office: T: 01483 686876, E:

Following their sell-out performance at the Guildford International Music Festival, we are delighted that Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba will be returning to the University this autumn on their UK tour to promote the release of their new album, I Speak Fula.

Winners of Best African Group and Best Album at the 2008 BBC World Music Awards, Kouyate and his band are acclaimed for their distinctly African style o blues and respected both as champions of the ancient traditional West African lute, the ngoni, and as collaborators with international names such as U2 and Carlos Santana. Expect a fantastic evening, full of energy, great vibes wonderful music originating from Mali.

Both ancient and utterly contemporary…Like some African answer to Hendrix.
The Guardian

A fantastic example of how music can lift your mind and soul at the same time…the perfect proof of how inspirational African music can be, how it can touch so many people on so many levels.
Damon Albarn

Social Events / Friday 6th November - Jazz at the Mandolay Hotel
« on: October 26, 2009, 01:45:03 PM »

As some of you will know I work for a world-music/jazz orchestra in London called Grand Union Orchestra.  One of our musicians - Paul Jayasinha is performing with a group of jazz musicians in Guildford on the 6th November at the Mandolay Hotel.

Most people will be leaving for freshers trip I know, but I thought I would try and spread the word about the gig.

Please see details below and anyone interested in what I/Grand Union does can visit and

Shanti Paul Jayasinha
Forthcoming gigs

6 November: Jazz at the Mandolay 9pm (Meal & Music £35 • Music £10 advance, £13 on the door • Concess. £6 advance, £9 on the door)
Mandolay Hotel
36-40 London Rd
Guildford, GU1 2AE
01483 575158

Shanti Paul is a product of the vibrant multicultural scene in London, and has been especially active in the Brazilian and Salsa bands. In fact he so fell in love with the music he travelled to both Brazil and Cuba to further his musical education.

Whilst in Cuba he got to play with the Buena Vista Social Club musicians, especially befriending the bass player Cachaito Lopez. He says "Cuba is the most open friendly place I have been musically - as soon as someone sees you carrying a trumpet case they want you to come and join in the band. I played in clubs, religious ceremonies, on the beach, in fact anywhere - music is everywhere in Cuba".

In Brazil he hung out with some of the top session musicians in São Paolo. "They have a big band called 'Banda Mantiqueira' where they play their own compositions and arrangements, and try and emphasise the Brazilian aspect, rather than sound like another big band playing American swing music". He made friends with top trumpeter Walmir Gil, from Djavan's band, and got Walmir to play on his CD 'Round Trip', out on Candid Records.

Shanti Paul brings an amazing line up to these two gigs - Paul Booth on Sax, of Steve Winwood fame, John Crawford on Piano, Uruguayan bass player Andres Lafone, and Italian drummer Davide Giovannini. French bass player Nico Gomez will be flying in to replace Andres in Guildford.

see Shanti Paul's website and myspace for more info about him and his music.

Other Activities / Regina Spektor at Hammersmith Apollo - 4th December
« on: September 02, 2009, 05:41:23 PM »
I'm going to be getting tickets to this show when they go on sale on Friday.

Don't know if many of you know/like Regina Spektor - but in my oppinion she's one of the best song writers out there and I've been waiting for her to come back to England since I missed her show in my first year in Oxford.

Find out more about her here

Let me know if you want to come and I'll order more tickets


Bullshit and Random Banter / Tough guy results
« on: August 03, 2009, 06:59:44 PM »
Just noticed they have put up the provisional tough guy results.  You have to look at it by number so cant be bothered to work out everone elses position.

I was position 1600.  Also can't seem to work out how many people there were as it stops counting them at 2343, I think cos there may have been a cut off time.

Well done everyone......not sure what our result as a team was.

Anyone else make sense of the spread sheet.

At work today I got sent the link to an article that was printed in UK Youth's magazine "The Source".  I submitted the article ages ago, but got quite excited to see they published it as written by me and with a photo I took.  Just wanted to share my excitement with you because there is no-one here to share it with.

Go to page 15

So you've probably all heard these before, but today my mum sent me a bunch of engineer jokes, and a couple made me chuckle so here you go:

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have
designed the human body. One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look
at all the joints."
Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has
many thousands of electrical connections."
The last one said, "No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer. Who
else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"

Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features

To the optimist, the glass is half-full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Two engineering students were walking across a university campus when one
said, "Where did you get such a great bike?" The second engineer replied,
"Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a
beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all
her clothes and said, "Take what you want."

The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice; the clothes
probably wouldn't have fitted you anyway."

And this last one was supposed to be an engineering joke but I think its actually a joke on me

The graduate with a science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with an arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"

Although with me its more "have you shopped with screwfix before??

Nick is coming home from his 5 months out on ski-season next week.  Weeman and I thought it would be nice to celebrate this monumental event by organising a big meal out for anyone who has missed him/wants to catch up with him/or just likes good food!!

We are suggesting going to the Shahin Tandoori Restaurant on Woodbridge Hill (by wooden bridge pub) @ 8pm on Friday 8th May.  It would be good to know numbers by Monday 4th at the latest so that we can ensure we get a table big enough.

So who would like to come out and play???

Nick W
Hannah T
Fat Al
Chris K
Novelty Matt
Dave mark 2
Adam W
Becky B
Becky C

Other Activities / lido this week
« on: April 26, 2009, 08:23:58 PM »
Hey,  I have Tuesday and Thursday off this week.  Going to be going swimming at the Lido on one/both of these days.  If other people are around and its sunny, it could be nice to make an afternoon/morning of it.....maybe take a picnic and sit in the sun!!! 

Anyone in??

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