Leicester’s history brought back to life with dramatic guided tour

By Kerri Stevenson

A group of storytellers are bringing myths and legends from the recent and distant past back to Leicester by dressing up as famous historical figures and hosting a guided theatrical tour of the city throughout February.

The tour, which will continue until 26th February, begins at the Magazine Gateway and ends at Cathedral Gardens, at the site of a bronze statue of Richard III.

Tickets cost £10 each and the tour takes place at 8.30pm every day, with extra tours at 6.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Ryan, Craig and Alan in character for the tour.

The event is run by Ryan Byrne, along with his father Alan and his uncle Craig, who all have backgrounds in theatre and decided to set up the group in August last year with the aim of re-enacting real historical events.

Ryan said: “My uncle, my dad and I decided to set up Dead Leicester because we really wanted to create a project that educated people on the history of the city and incorporated as many theatrical devices as possible.”

Other locations visited on the tour include the famous St Mary de Castro church, The Guildhall and Leicester Castle.

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The actors performing next to a statue of Richard III.

Each night there are displays of comedy, puppetry and even sword fighting, and there is a definite focus on the history of Richard III, with the storytellers delving into his journey after death.

Ryan added: “It is highly focused on the history of Richard III and goes into a huge amount of detail about his life, including a re-enactment of the battle of Bosworth and a ten-minute talk about his achievements at the very end of the tour.

“Even though we have only done three and still have 12 more to go, the tours have been very successful so far due to the large amount of people taking part and helping to bring Leicester’s historical figures back to life.”

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The old streets of Leicester are explored in detail during the event.

Ryan will be interviewed by De Montfort University’s Demon FM radio station this Tuesday from 1-2pm and he urges everyone listening to go along to the tours.

To book tickets, please click here and if you require any more information, visit the website at www.deadleicester.co.uk.

 

 

 

Leicestershire properties up to speed

By Jack Gabriel

The completion of providing superfast broadband coverage to more remote areas across Leicestershire is set to be achieved by the end of the year.

65,000 more Leicestershire homes and businesses are now able to connect to fibre broadband, including student accommodation, with a target of developing a further 15,000 properties.

Known as ‘The Leicestershire Project’, the effort to develop broadband capabilities in the county was originally campaigned for by Harborough MP, Sir Edward Garnier, in July 2014.

fibre_broadband_cabinet_gayton_road_heswallSir Edward campaigned for the Broadband Development UK (known as BDUK) scheme to reach his constituency, taking issue with the availability of effective broadband speeds in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston.

Speaking back in 2014, Sir Edward said: “I have been concerned for some time about the inadequacy of broadband speeds in the constituency, especially the more rural areas.”

Consequently, a county-wide project was launched and has since helped homes and businesses achieve speeds of at least 2Mbps quicker.

The project has been allocated over £7.9m of government funding for Phase 1 and 2 of the Superfast Broadband Programme, which has seen a 34% increase in the consumption of superfast broadband in the BDUK Leicestershire Project area.

Areas that have been recently connected to the fibre broadband network include Frolesworth, Mowsley, Sapcote, North and South Kilworth, Thornton, Donisthorpe and Glen Parva.

South Kilworth resident, Sam Sandham, said: “Before the developments my download speeds were incredibly slow and it was almost impossible to play or watch things online.”

He added: “Using the internet on all my devices is so much quicker now, and everyone in the family can be connected without mass-buffering occurring.”

The final phase of the project has now started, with the aim to further develop broadband availability to another 15,000 homes and businesses in the area.

Students encouraged to give blood

By Harry Rogers

Students at De Montfort University were given the opportunity to become blood donors this afternoon at the campus centre.

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Workers at DMU welcoming brand new blood donors

Workers from the NHS spent the day in the newly refurbished building to encourage people to sign up to save lives.

According to hospital usage, 67% of blood given in 2014 was used to treat medical conditions including, cancer and blood disorders.

Conor Lally, a worker at the booth said: “We’ve had ten enrolments in total today which isn’t great but as long as they go on and keep donating, it could turn out to be a fantastic commitment.”

The occasion was set up by Keira Rounsley, the Vice President of Welfare and Community at the student’s union.

She promoted the event on Twitter by tweeting: “Make sure you get down to the Campus Centre and sign up to be a blood donor whilst also finding out what blood type you are!”

A recent study suggests that 50% of people in Britain do not know their own blood type, something that events like this are able to tell you.

Mr Lally added: “We do this all over, anywhere we feel we can boost the local sessions. We’ll attend and work there.”

You can find out more information on how to become a blood donor at www.blood.co.uk

DMU Game Dev Society has successful Global Game Jam

By Mickey Evans

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DMU-GDS together for a group photo

The DMU Game Dev Society have finished seven games in about 48 hours during their Global Game Jam.

The event took place over two days, from the 20th of January to the 22nd, in the Bede Island lecture hall.

The Global Game Jam is a huge event, where people from all over the world meet in large groups to work together and make video games.

Usually, this is a lengthy process which requires, programmers, artists and animators working around the clock.

Although mainly consisting of amateurs, the society and its teams managed to pull together and create the games.

The event also included a visit from Domino’s Pizza, who surprised the overworked developers with towers of pizza.

Fern Kelly, Artist, said: “I thought it’d be more stressful then it was; making a game in 48 hours sort of sounded almost impossible to me, and it really wasn’t because of the little community.”

George Oliver Mcdonagh, programmer, added: “This has been my third game jam with the society now and everyone seems to be getting better and better.

“There were some really cool games both aesthetically speaking and from a programmer’s point of view.”

The society are very impressed with the results of the Jam, and are even planning to host a third event, in which the topic will be voted on by society students.

You can play 6 of the games at http://globalgamejam.org/2017/jam-sites/dmu-global-game-jam/games

Square Mile India helping the lives of Dilat children

By Charlie Bourne

De Montfort University’s Square Mile India celebrated it’s one-year anniversary on 11th February and since its start, has launched a series of projects throughout India to help improve the lives of children.

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The campaign is specifically aimed at aiding Dilat children of Ahmedabad with essentials, including books, access to medicine and resources to help with their education.

With about 70 students from DMU going over to various places around India, volunteers from the university to help out with various projects haven’t been in short supply,

Community partnerships assistant, Sam Wright said: “The aim is to provide support to Dilat children, who are deemed untouchables, to give them places to live, help with medication and education.”

He added: “It helps students to use their courses to help benefit them, for example product design students made an anti-microbial pillow that germs can’t stick to, to give the children.”

He added: “To donate, there is a monthly direct debit scheme you can sign up to from as little as £2, you can email Amy White and we also have a lot of fundraisers to raise money. We had absailing the other day and we’re trying to set up a zip-line event across campus.”

Executive outreach officer for DMU Square Mile, Amy White, said: “We’ve had many different projects like the dance trip Moving Together, free hearing tests for the kids, drama students built toilets, filmed a TV advert out there, designed footwear and much more.”

Be sure to look out for DMU Square Mile events as they happen, for more information on getting involved with volunteering contact awhite@dmu.ac.uk or make donations by contacting squaremile@dmu.ac.uk.