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P&O Joins in the fray...this programme is showing tonight ( MONDAY) Nov 4 and a very popular programme it is too.
Loving the Entente Cordiale (see below for detail)
The Choir: Sing While You Work Returns to BBC Two Monday 9pm
Choirmaster Gareth Malone OBE is returning to BBC Two for a second series of The Choir: Sing While You Work. The eight part show will see five British organisations put through their choral paces in an effort to be named the best workplace choir. And this year, the contest gets tougher with new musical challenges and a brand new line-up of world class judges.
In series two, we welcome Birmingham City Council, P&O Ferries, Sainsbury's, Citi the bank and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to the stage to showcase their vocal abilities.
Birmingham City Council boasts an array of talent; from singing traffic wardens and social workers to park rangers and leisure centre managers. But, in a climate of large-scale redundancies and unprecedented cuts, can a choir bring some joy to the workforce?
P&O Ferries’ choir features ships officers, chefs, stewards, warehouse & HQ staff from both sides of the channel, Gareth is on a mission to unite the business through song. In a first for the series, he challenges the choir to perform in both French and English - a musical entente cordiale!
The Spirit of Britain and the Spirit of France.
Sainsbury's’ choir includes a store manager, lorry driver, lawyer, shelf stackers, cheese and wine buyers and loyalty card manager! We also meet Alex, from head office, who performs for the first time since a house fire damaged her vocal chords. Gareth's goal is to bring harmony between the high flyers and the shop floor.
Citi, a leading global bank, provides Gareth's biggest challenge to date. The banking industry has been vilified for the economic crisis, would Gareth face corporate barriers ? In a bid to achieve his goal, the choirmaster sets to work on creating the series' most diverse choir consisting of 11 nationalities: private wealth bankers, a cleaner, a trader, security and a senior banker from the iconic Canary Wharf tower.
At Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Gareth finds himself scaling training towers and battling smoke filled rooms to meet the firefighters and support staff behind the operation. Although the service is well-versed in life or death scenarios, can they all be heroes when faced with their first vocal performance?
In the first five episodes we follow the choirs through their auditions and rehearsals to their first judged performance in front of hundreds of their work colleagues and bosses. The last three episodes will comprise the quarter-final where the choirs sing classical for the first time, the semi-final, where gospel and soul provide a new challenge for the remaining four choirs’ and the grand final, where the last three choirs will sing for the trophy.
Judging the choirs this year will be the oft time composer to the royal family, Paul Mealor, world class soprano Sarah Fox and awarding winning gospel conductor Ken Burton.
Gareth Malone OBE comments: ''It's been amazing to return to Britain's workplaces for a second series of The Choir: Sing While You Work. I've pushed the choirs even harder this year and the musical standard has been even higher, with some truly outstanding performances.''
Emma Willis, Acting Head of Documentaries adds: “Gareth Malone has proven time and time again that he is the nation’s favourite choir-master. We’re delighted that he’s returning to BBC2 to whip Britain’s business choirs into shape.”
Some heavy waves during the night Howard but the latest bout of tough weather seems to have passed through with just minimal delays. Yes indeed re the tugboats, they were in action again.
Sunday, 3 November 2013 - 07:36
howard mcsweeney, Dover
i can honestly say that i do not envy the tug boat crews, whatever they are paid can never be enough.
hopefully the threatened gales will not materialise,
Saturday, 2 November 2013 - 20:00
As you can imagine things have been very tough for those keeping the harbour running and for those working on the ferries. Even the spell of tranquility mentioned in yesterday's posts didnt last jig time..the sea became very rough again soon after, making conditions very difficult once again...with I believe more to come at the weekend ( See WEATHER WARNING at top of page for Sat Nov 2 ..UPDATE : Now removed. Gales all passed by without too much further upheaval ).
In the latest DHB Press Release now further down the page...the Port thanked the staff and gave a particular mention to the guys manning the tug boats. These guys get the ferries in and out in these woeful conditions, and also do the necessary with the cargo ships and so on. Here are a couple of pictures for and of the tugboat guys...these were taken in the past couple of days.
Tugboats Dauntless and Doughty in the thick of the action. How Dauntless hasnt submerged in the top shot I'll never know. But of course they are tough vessels and ready for everything. Doughty in the second shot guiding the Dover Seaways into position in the fierce wind and the turbulent seas.
Friday, 1 November 2013 - 07:22
Delightful Indeed!!!!! great photos too. Just popping down to the Seafront now, hopefully I will see the lovely Thor Heyerdahl before she departs Thursday, 31 October 2013 - 15:04
Well done with those pictures lads. Yes all is tranquil-ish for the moment but with some collateral damage as we have seen below in the pictures.
The delightful German sailing ship Thor Heyerdahl, which arrived here yesterday, is still in harbour as we speak. It moved into the inner harbour for a time yesterday but moved back out again a relatively short time later for some reason. She is still here and very visible if anyone wants to see it.
A couple of pictures to add to the collection.
The picture above was taken earlier in the day.
The one below is from the afternoon with the changing light. Look at the one below and see the sailors in various locations on the masts. Particularly note the guys top right. A head for heights required, and sturdy sea legs too of course.
I wont give you another rendition of...no I wont..oh well
Twenty men on a dead mans chest
yo ho ho.... "
Thursday, 31 October 2013 - 06:45
John Mavin, Dover
The weather certainly has settled - for the meanwhile at least. Here the Spirit of Britain heads out into the Channel, which looks remarkably serene for the time of year.
However, along the seafront signs of Monday's fun are evident. I'm sure these trees were upright a few days ago.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 20:44
howard mcsweeney, dover
a much loved visitor to dover, taken from the castle earlier.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 18:25
howard mcsweeney, dover
following on from jan's post and the d.h.b. press release it looked this afternoon like the storm never happened.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 18:23
Looking at how calm it is today its hard to believe the weather could be so destructive, pictures below certainly show how dramatically it can all change.
I certainly would not put away them brooms just yet DHB.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 14:38
Port’s response to storm focuses on customers and community....
Mondays storm, the worst to hit the UK in 25 years caused travel chaos across the country, yet only kept the Port of Dover shut for around 2.5 hours. During a tough period of extreme and sustained adverse weather, the Port of Dover team worked tirelessly together with its ferry partners to maintain ferry services, whilst ensuring the safety and security of customers and staff.
Nevertheless, some damage was regrettably caused to the Port as well as to some property belonging to its customers. The storm having passed, it is now time for the Port to assess that damage and look into how best to repair it whilst at the same time giving every possible assistance to affected customers.
The Eastern Docks escaped relatively unscathed with most damage restricted to some sheet cladding. These were either removed completely or re-secured temporarily pending permanent repairs or replacement. Fenders also took a buffeting from ships as they arrived in berth in the challenging conditions but the damage appears to have been restricted to the sacrificial facing pads. The fantastic effort of Port staff, those carrying out rapid repairs and those of the tug crews helping ferries berth safely, together with robust infrastructure that stood the test meant that little disruption to operations was experienced at Europe’s busiest ferry port.
The Western Docks suffered more damage, but this is not surprising given its exposed position and the direction of the wind. There is some damage at the Admiralty Pier, but mainly to ancillary items such as hand-railing, canopies and fencing to the high level fishermans walkway and turret areas. Several cope edge stones have been dislodged to the inner quayside of the pier extension but that appears to be the only structural damage, showing the quality of the infrastructure at the Port in withstanding extreme conditions. For obvious safety reasons, Admiralty Pier is therefore closed for public access until further notice.
Cars parked at the cruise terminal were damaged by the severe seas overtopping breakwaters in the high winds which at times were gusting above 70 miles per hour. The Port of Dover is providing every assistance to its cruise customers in dealing with insurance claims, onward travel arrangements or any other requirement to support them following this very unfortunate turn of events.
Further work to assess the full extent of the impact of the storm on the Western Docks is on-going. Currently a Surveyor is at the Port assessing the damage and a number of insurance companies have already been in contact. Yesterday, Port staff from all disciplines were also mobilised to clear the shingle washed up onto the seafront in order to ensure that this important community asset is restored as quickly as possible.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The Port will continue working tirelessly to ensure that its customers are not disadvantaged by the effects of this natural event. For their benefit and for our community, we are determined to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Report and pictures above from DHB.
Extra Pic below..
and as you can see, its no wonder most of the beach was on the promenade !
Thanks for that info John...will certainly watch for that. Have a picture on file somewhere of her last exit from Dover harbour ..will search for that one in due course. Also as mentioned at top of page, Thor Heyerdahl sailing ship in harbour as i write.Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 06:40
Port of london Authority website that should have said.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 21:07
For anyone interesred, the Pride of Calais will be making one last pass thru the Dover straights tomorrow on her way to Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping! According to the play website she will be departing Tilbury at 11am.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 21:06
Official Latest: The Port of Dover is now re-opened and ferry services have fully resumed from the Eastern Docks. Whilst there has only been some relatively minor superficial damage to the Eastern Docks, the Western Docks bore the brunt of the storm with around 50 Fred Olsen cruise customer cars, parked at the terminal, being damaged by the severe seas overtopping breakwaters in the high winds which at times were gusting above 70 miles per hour.
The Port of Dover confirms it will be providing every assistance to its cruise customers in dealing with insurance claims, onward travel arrangements or any other requirement to support them following this very unfortunate turn of events.
Mike Rodwell, Managing Director at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “Together with the Port of Dover, we will do everything we possibly can to ensure that none of our customers is inconvenienced due to this storm and will be liaising closely with them to prepare for their arrival in Dover next week.”
Further work to assess the full extent of the impact of the storm on the Western Docks will be undertaken urgently just as soon as it is safe to do so. The Port is also clearing the shingle washed up onto the seafront in order to ensure that this important community asset is restored as quickly as possible.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover (pictured), said: “The Port will be working tirelessly to ensure that its customers are not disadvantaged by the effects of this natural event. For their benefit and for our community, we are determined to get back to normal as quickly as possible.”Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 06:51
howard mcsweeney, dover
some breathtaking photos there(love the whale) from yesterday and today, the port was only closed for less than 3 hours in all that time unless i am mistaken.
quite a staggering achievement from all concerned working at the port and of course on the ferries
Monday, 28 October 2013 - 15:03
Yikes 82 knots Mike. I can believe it too. Twas very rocky right here and the sea is still immensely rough even right now at 2.30 in the afternoon.
It is early this morning in the picture above and this great wall of water heads towards the new toilet facility..whoosh it went as it leapt 50/60 feet into the air and then it bashed down onto the roof...it was very rough at that time as you can see, even holding the camera was a challenge.
A little later and here we have below what looks like the Leviathan of the Deep. Yes its the great swishing tail of Moby Dick himself...or nearly !
At this moment in time teams of Port employees are trying to scrape the beach back onto the beach.
A big job as beaches here were stripped bare of pebbles.Monday, 28 October 2013 - 14:36
Mike J., DOVER
Western Entrance at about 0800 when Langdon Coastguard reported an 82kt gust coming thru.
Monday, 28 October 2013 - 10:29
OFFICIAL LATEST : Port re-opens. First ship into Port pictured below...the Spirit of France.
We are pleased to confirm that the Port of Dover is now open (at 09:10 Hours) and the ferry services have resumed. The Port was closed due to adverse weather conditions and concerns over customer and staff safety. The Port and ferry operators will now continue to work together to ensure that the terminal remains open and services are running with minimum disruption. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling and consult our website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information. Please note that there may be initial delays to services as the Port re-opens.
We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of the closure but you will appreciate that the safety and security of everyone is of the utmost importance. Ends.Monday, 28 October 2013 - 09:37
OFFICIAL NOTICE : PORT CLOSURE
Due to adverse weather conditions (strong winds gusting at 65 knots) the Port of Dover is currently closed (as of 6.30hrs). The primary concern of the Port and ferry operators is the safety of our customers and staff. Passengers are advised to check with their ferry operator before travelling and consult our website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information.
We are monitoring the weather situation closely and liaising with the ferry operators with an aim to re-open the Port once it is safe to do so. Please note that there may be delays to services when the Port re-opens.
We apologise for any delays or inconvenience as a result of this closure but you will appreciate that the safety and security of everyone is of the utmost importance. All customers are asked for their full co-operation and support.
See also below...Monday, 28 October 2013 - 08:25
Well you dont need me to tell you what a rough night it has been...and the storm goes on.
Wide disruption. Here is a picture from yesterday taken in the brief afternoon sun. The sea was and is extremely rough.
The harbour wall looms for The Rodin. The entrance to harbour becomes very narrow and difficult on days like this.
My lights are flickering as I write, so better try and upload this soonest in case the power goes.
If anyone gets some decent pictures pop them up using the ADD YOUR COMMENT button. Very welcome.
There are no ships at all in Port.Monday, 28 October 2013 - 06:27
The sky has indeed been behaving strangely lately with bizarre cloud patterns. Perhaps it is just the calm before the storm..which as we all know is very impending. It was rough overnight but by all accounts worse is due.
Most definitely a case now of battening down the hatches while maintaining the stoically stiff upper lip!
Following on from the picture by Alex below, here are some I took on the same evening...
Look at the strange bubble and sweep ( no not bubble and squeek
) Bizarre looking isnt it, if there are any meteorology experts out there then please let us know what it all means..
the wider view with the Port below.
also looking in the opposite direction towards the west
Some of the ferries further west are already disrupted. Brittany Ferries were on the News 24 channels already talking of cancellations...might well happen here too. Yes just heard..cancellations happening here too, weather "extremely poor" in Dover say MFL. Passengers who do not urgently need to travel are advised to rebook for another time.Sunday, 27 October 2013 - 06:26