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Bournemouth University Festival of Learning 3 – 14 June 2013


The unmistakeable voice of Sandy Shaw returns to UK album charts


6th May 2013 saw the release of Sandy Shaw’s ‘The Very Best of’ album featuring all 16 of the songss which made her such a household name in the swinging sixties.


Sandy Shaw was originally spotted by Adam Faith back in 1964 and signed up to Pye Records. Her unmistakeable sound landed her the job of representing the UK in the Eurovision song contest in Vienna in 1967. She then became the first UK artist to win it with Puppet On A String - a fact that some of the latter day UK entrants such as Engelbert Humperdinck, and more recently, Bonnie Tyler can only look at enviously as the UK struggles to lift itself off of the bottom of the Eurovision League table.


The album features all the well known hits such as Always Something There To Remind Me, Long Live Love and my personal favourite Girl Don’t Come as well as some of her lesser known songs such as Nothing Comes Easy and the South American samba rythmn of Samba Di Una Nota Sola.


One common theme which runs through (almost) the entire album is the indulgent and unashamed hark- back to the special era of the sixties... with the exception of the later songs in the album which feature Sandy performing with eighties icons The Smiths - featuring the songs Jeanne and Hand in Glove. Her haunting sounds fitted perfectly with The Smiths unique instrumental arrangements.


I’m not sure why I was surprised to see her singing songs with The Smiths. If I were a die-hard Sandy Shaw fan, I would have known that in 1969 she recorded a song called Heaven Knows I’m Missing Him Now which later became the inspiration 15 years later for The Smiths hit Heaven Knows I’m Missing Her Now released in the eighties to much critical aclaim.


It’s rumoured that Sandy Shaw was personally not a big fan of the song that became her biggest hit: Puppet On A String and interestingly the last song on the album is called Puppet (No Strings) which is a modern interpretation of the original hit. I could almost hear Annie Lennox singing this one, with it’s much slower tempo and moody tones. The album is available on CD or on download at itunes and Amazon amongst others.


Review by Jason Harris


Fancy a free course on Church Archaeology?


...or learning the science behind a perfect sandcastle?


Stuck for something to do with the grandchildren this summer? Be prepared with Fascinating Feats, part of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning, an event that has been designed for grandparents who are keen to do practical science activities with their primary-school- aged children. The experiments are based around the school holidays and investigations are themed around Bournemouth.


For two weeks in June (3 – 14) BU will celebrate the best of what the university has to offer, with over 100 free activities including Fascinating Feats open to anyone and everyone of all ages. Come and hear more about Alfred Russel Wallace, Dorset’s Darwin; learn the science behind a perfect sandcastle or take a course in church archaeology – the range of events available is enormous from across all six schools of Bournemouth University.


Pro Vice-Chancellor Matthew Bennett is excited that the public will be able to engage with the BU on such a huge scale: “BU is really at the heart of Bournemouth and the local and surrounding communities. What makes this Festival so unique is that it gives them a chance to find out about all of the fantastic things that go on here. The university’s influence extends far beyond the walls of our campuses and we’re really looking forward to getting the community involved as much as possible.”


Most of the events and activities are run by BU staff and many are in partnership with members of the public, charities and local businesses, so it will truly be a collaborative event on a huge scale.


You can find out more about (and book a place on) the huge array of events, activities and short courses being run throughout the Festival of Learning at www.bournemouth.ac.uk/fol or by calling 01202 962362 and ask for a brochure to be sent to you.


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