Thanks to everyone who’s read, contributed to or commented on Plain Speaker in 2015

Here’s a report on around 34,000 visits to this website in 2015, the most popular posts and other stuff about Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker readers.

Many thanks to everyone for supporting hyper local news reporting for Upper Calder Valley, by reading, contributing or commenting on it.

I hope 2016 is a good year for all of us and that this news website helps to voice what matters to people when it comes to social and environmental justice, freedom of speech, fully democratic decision making about public issues and general public spiritedness.

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Todmorden News and Hebden Bridge Times merge as Johnston Press strips journalistic resources in pursuit of profits

The Chair and Secretary of the Calderdale branch of the National Union of Journalists have issued the following statement:

Calderdale branch of the National Union of Journalists has condemned the merger of two once-proud local papers, the Todmorden News and the Hebden Bridge Times.  The end of a dedicated local paper for each town breaks a tradition which goes back a century, and is another sign of the way that the local media in Britain is being starved of resources and professional skills. Continue reading

Parts Per Million shortlisted for climate change arts award

At the reopening of Tate Britain, Liberate Tate traced the chronology of the exhibition “BP Walk Through British Art” to mark the increase in carbon in the atmosphere over each decade.

This performance, Parts Per Million, is one of four pieces short-listed in the “Best Artistic Response” category of the Climate Week awards.
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Last week to catch IOU Fulcrum at Dean Clough


IOU: Fulcrum
IOU Studios & Seminar Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX
25 January – 22 February. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 5pm.

This looks like definitely worth a visit and it’s the last week to catch it.

A fascinating and technically challenging installation across two spaces. At IOU Studios, robotically manipulated video cameras continuously pan, tilt and zoom in and out of an array of animated miniature scenes. An electric guitar is quietly plucked, bashed and strummed by spidery machines. The two machine worlds are then revealed as one story – projected in real-time in the Seminar Gallery.

Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.