Musical Keys

INTRODUCTION

This is an account of a Musical Keys session for autistic people that took place between 4:30 and 6PM on Monday. The photos I shall be sharing include some pictures of myself and the other people at the group. Everyone was aware that these pictures were being taken and that they were going to be made public.

GETTING THERE

I reversed my normal sequence of travel, going out by way of the Walks, which provided a few decent pictures…

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I arrived at the venue, the scout hut on Beaulah Street, a few minutes early, and the youngsters were still finishing their session, so I waited near the front door, and bagged a few more pictures…

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THE EVENT ITSELF

Before we got underway with the music making (don’t worry I was not playing a real instrument – as with the story of Sherlock Holmes and the Giant Rat of Sumatra there are some things for which humanity is not yet ready!) we were required to record introductions giving our name and one other fact about ourselves and select a special effect to go with our words. I decided that the other fact would be my enthusiasm for photography, and in a nod to my love of photographing nature selected the jungle effect so that it sounded like an opening to a wildlife documentary.

Voice recording software displayed in landscape format...
Voice recording software displayed in landscape format…
...and here in portrait format.
…and here in portrait format.

On to the music, and I was doing the strings by way of more software on the i-pad…

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We had a short break in the middle of the session, and then resumed. Near the end we did the…

GROUP PHOTOS

I took the first photograph, and then handed the camera over to another member of the group, provided some basic instruction, and of course did the preparing/ editing of the pictures myself…

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We were in the ground floor room at the scout hut, and my attention was drawn to the maps (three in total with varfious adjuncts) on the walls. Naturally this was not an opportunity to be missed…

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HOMEWARD BOUND

Having thoroughly enjoyed the Musical Keys session, and added to my photo collection, it was time to head home, and by then since the clocks went back the previous day it was full dark – still I did some photos on the way home, and I also include one from yesterday…

Snapped at a quarter of a million miles!
Snapped at a quarter of a million miles!

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Yes - Fawkes in the Walks in back!
Yes – Fawkes in the Walks in back!

Heritage Open Day 5: A Retrospective

The final post in my series on Heritage Open Day.

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the fifth and final post in my series on Heritage Open Day, which was a week ago yesterday. The previous four posts give a personal perspective on  the places that I and my two companions for the day visited. This one is there to tie things together and sum up the whole experience.

KING’S LYNN AND PUBLIC FESTIVITIES

This day provided further proof of how good King’s Lynn is at putting on  a public show. Whether it is water-skiing on the Great Ouse, the Lynn Festival, The Hanseatic Festival or the “Fawkes in the Walks” public firework display (which attracted 15,000 last year)  the event seems to work splendidly.

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THE DAY AS A  WHOLE

By the end of the day I was thoroughly exhausted, but I had greatly enjoyed myself. My cousin Edward and his partner Rachael were excellent company, the weather stayed decent throughout, and it was a joy to see so many people enjoying what King’s Lynn had to offer.

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This is the regular tourist map of Lynn, which can be picked up at the bus station among other places.
This is the regular tourist map of Lynn, which can be picked up at the bus station among other places.
This is what casual visitors can find out about Hampton Court any day of the year.
This is what casual visitors can find out about Hampton Court any day of the year.

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If you are anywhere close to King’s Lynn for Heritage Open Day 2016 don’t miss it – it is a wonderful thing to be part of!