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the filming in Shakespeare Tower shows up for about two to three seconds if that!

The Tuesday Club’s IT Girls

Technicians setting the scene in the Barbican flat for the Royal Mail advertisement.

A The four Barbican

Tuesday Club IT ladies. Ann Bradley, Lind Wright,

Royal Mail films part of its new parcels advert in Barbican

pparently it took around ten people and a whole day for an advertising production

team to take over a Barbican flat, high up in Shakespeare Tower, all to provide about four seconds of film in the Royal Mail’s new parcels delivery advertisement now being aired on commercial television stations. Blink and you’ll miss it. In case you don’t see the Barbican shots, they were in the 1 minute long launch commercial. Currently being aired is a shorter 30 second version which doesn’t include them, but they are in the full length version. One of the reasons it took so many

people to produce the sequence is that a gantry needed to be constructed overhanging the balcony to achieve the right angle to film a postman wheeling his parcels trolley across the Sculpture Court. This provided about two seconds of the commercial while the other two seconds was a shot of Frobisher Crescent, presumably the supposed destination for the parcel. Apparently this was the first Royal

2014 Barbican

calendar front cover picure


Mail commercial in 6 years and featured postmen and women delivering parcels in several locations across the country as well as the Royal Mail choir. There is a short film about the making of the commercial available on the web for those who may be interested. It, as well as the two commercials,

is at Again

Teaparties arranged by the Greater London Forum/Age UK. This was in conjunction with various London computer whiz-kids. These events offer ‘oldies’ an opportunity to understand the mind bending digital maze. Our intrepid foursome were


instructed to take along their mobile phones and cameras for an intimate one to one training session. The young workforce demonstrated

to them how to manipulate those mysterious I-pads, laptops et al. Such fun!

After the session... reviving cups of

tea all round for our new ‘experts’. They then returned home to the Barbican ready to take up the challenge of an entry into the digital world...Vic Giles

A 2014 Barbican calendar as Christmas gift?

for friends or colleagues, Chris Parkin, Willoughby House resident and photographer, has produced a high quality Barbican calendar again for 2014, as he has done for the past two years. The 2014 calendar is large-size, A3, with space for appointments to be written in. He is selling it for £15. The cover picture from the calendar


is a summer-time photograph of people sitting outside the Barbican Centre. Other pictures include high

or those of us who are scratching around for a late, but fairly inexpensive, Christmas present

our Barbican Tuesday Club enthusiasts recently took up an offer to attend one of the Techy

level views from Shakespeare Tower, and from the top of City Point. Some of the calendar images are included on this page. For

those who prefer

countryside/seaside scenes, Chris has also produced another 2014 calendar - Scenes of North Norfolk - where he has a small cottage. These are mostly landscapes around Brancaster Staithe, Morston and Holkham. This very attractive calendar is also for sale at the same price. Additionally Chris has available a

set of greetings cards suitable for all occasions - with no message inside - complete with white envelope and in a clear glassine sleeve. Each card has an original photograph of the Barbican: the buildings, the estate, and the gardens. Scenes include: Thomas More Gardens, Shakespeare Tower, Defoe House, Lauderdale Tower, Frobisher Crescent, the Water Garden by Andrewes House, Lauderdale Tower, Ben Jonson House, and Gilbert Bridge. The cards are £2.50 each or five for £10. Chris is an accomplished photographer of


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