Seniors keep their hands and minds busy

first_imgA club that draws seniors together to knit, crochet and socialise held its first meeting at Lansdowne library last week.About 25 women from Khayelitsha, Grassy Park and Lansdowne worked on the first of several blankets they plan to make for the Lansdowne police station’s trauma centre.The idea behind the Spin a Yarn Club, according to Melanie Lippert from the Friends of the Lansdowne Library, is that the women will meet once a month at the library and have someone read to them while they work. Ms Lippert said she had come up with the idea, while working on Mandela Day projects, as a way to get seniors out and about and give them something to do.“This is an important skill to have which is missing in modern society. This is also an opportunity for them to socialise.”Anyone visiting the library will see a basket of wool as well as the blanket being worked on and they can help to finish it.Ms Lippert hopes the project will also attract the youth and spread to schools.“Anyone is welcome to join in,” she said. Esme Gradwell, 80, of Lansdowne, said the club kept her mind occupied and helped her relax and meet new people.“We can listen to each others stories, and we don’t have to be alone at home. A lot of us realised that there are also people who feel lonely at home and also want some company, and we must just make the effort to connect with others because this loneliness and emptiness is not necessary. “There are many people who will make the effort to make sure that our last days are eventful and exciting. As you knit and crochet, the day goes by so fast, and before you know it the day is over,” she said.“When you look down at what you have made you feel proud of your handiwork, that you can contribute to something at your age. It is important to get involved with community work while you still have the health and strength to do so and that’s why I enjoy walking too as it keeps me healthy and gives me strength,” she said. Dawn Abrahams, 64,of Lansdowne, learnt how to knit in primary school and still enjoys making beanies and scarves for her grandchildren, who she often takes to the library. “I feel very excited to be among all these people. This is a good initiative that many people should be a part of.”Call Ruth Ely at 083 730 9829 for more information about the club. About 20 women gathered at the Lansdowne library to join the Spin a Yarn Club. 1 of 3center_img Esme Gradwell, 80, of Lansdowne, enjoys knitting a blanket.last_img read more

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5 ways Beatles producer George Martin influenced pop culture

first_imgYou may not recognize his name, but you recognize George Martin’s sound. The man who brought the world the Beatles revolutionized modern music in more ways than we realize.As producer Mark Ronson tweeted, “We will never stop living in the world you helped create.”Here are five contributions from Martin’s 90-year life:FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2002, file photo, Beatles producer George Martin touches a statue of John Lennon in a park in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, during his visit to Cuba. George Martin, the producer who guided the Beatles to astounding heights, has died, his manager said on March 9, 2016. He was 90. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera, File)THE BEATLESHis most obvious, lasting accomplishment (though not the only musicians he managed). He signed John, Paul, George and Ringo in the early 1960s and transformed them into the legendary Fab Four. Their albums became art forms, reaching listeners on all continents and exploring new recording techniques. Their relationship, too, broke new ground: The performers gradually took the upper hand over their producer, composing their own material in an era when that was rare, while he translated their vision into top-selling hits.MULTI-TRACK RECORDINGWith the multitude — or cacophony — of musical possibilities today, it’s hard to imagine a time when music was recorded on single tracks. Martin used emerging multiple-track technology to experiment with the Beatles, producing a new kind of music that could only be made in a studio. Different sounds and instruments could be layered, each one adjusted and cleaned up, accelerated or reversed. From the two-track “Please Please Me” in 1963 to the eight-track “Hey Jude,” that expanded what was expected from recorded music.COMEDY RECORDSMartin helped bring smiles to living rooms around the English-speaking world by pioneering the comedy album in the 1950s, working with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and others. He told BBC radio in 1982 that as a young producer at Parlophone, “because we had no American imports, I had to find my own way of making hit records. (Comedy) was my way of getting in between the cracks.”CLASSICAL INFLUENCE ON ROCKA man forever associated with pop music had a classical core — he mastered Chopin by ear as a youth and was trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music. Martin broke down the classical-pop barrier of the time by bringing his background to some Beatles records. The most recognizable example: the string quartet on “Yesterday.” Paul McCartney initially scoffed at the idea and later reveled at the result — and described it Wednesday as one of his fondest Martin memories.JAMES BOND MUSICAction films didn’t enjoy chart-topping theme songs until the 1960s. Martin helped produce Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” in 1964 and later scored McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” in 1971. Superstars from Duran Duran to Adele have since followed in their footsteps.last_img read more

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SAPNG plans to host more world events

first_imgIn a first for PNG, the Men’s and Women’s Longboard World Championship Tour will take place in Madang in March.But President of the SAPNG, Andrew Abel, says this is only the beginning.“This is the beginning…the next one we’re planning for 2018 in Kavieng in New Ireland province and following that, it will probably be staged in Vanimo or even Bougainville.“What we are essentially trying to do here is that, with the support of the national government, through the stewardship of the Tourism Promotion Authority, is to showcase the true spirit and culture of PNG in the rural areas where 85 percent of our population reside,” said Abel.Abel added that the SAPNG will be heading to Bougainville in April of this year to hand over surfboards to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, with the view of rolling out the SAPNG’s plans and policies.“This will be the groundwork to then stage, potentially in 2019 or 2020, the next World Surf League event in Bougainville.”last_img read more

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