#Norwich please vote for @NorwichHEART’s #SHAPING24 cultural education programme in @europanostra Awards. Please RT.

The following is based (almost verbatim) on a press release from @NorwichHeart – it’s fairly self-explanatory – please read, vote and RT because it will help encourage people to #VisitNorwich and so support jobs and businesses in our vitally important tourism sector.

Norwich HEART’s #SHAPING24 project has just won a prestigious European Award, and we would love you to help us win the Public Choice Award too.

The SHAPING 24 cultural heritage tourism initiative recently won a prestigious EU prize for its work in education and awareness-raising. The pioneering project links the iconic ‘Norwich 12’ buildings with 12 heritage sites in Ghent, Belgium, and was led by the Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) in conjunction with Ghent City Council.

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have already named SHAPING 24 as a winner of the 2014 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. The project was selected from 160 nominated projects across 30 countries, and was a winner in the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category.

Now @NorwichHeart needs your help to win another important prize. At the awards ceremony on 5 May in Vienna, six of the earlier winners will be named as Grand Prix laureates, receiving €10,000 each, and one will be chosen in an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra to receive the Public Choice Award.

So please support your fine city – Norwich – and vote for the SHAPING 24 project at http://vote.europanostra.org before 20th April.

This successful project has made a positive contribution to economic development, regeneration, education and learning, community engagement, and promotion and access in Norwich and Ghent, with initiatives such as the Culture Matters international cultural heritage conference, smartphone apps, games, publications, educational projects and public art installations.

You can find out more here: www.shaping24.eu.

Remember – please vote and share on twitter, G+, facebook and any other social media platforms you use – because it will help support your local community.

Thank you

@HuwSayer

Newton vindicates Homer – the sublime synthesis of science, art and history

If you did not see this marvellous story is 2008, it really is well worth reading (on the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/jun/24/spaceexploration.sciencenews).

Apparently, scientists have used clues from Homer’s Odyssey and the science of Sir Issac Newton to determine when the events described in the Odyssey actually occurred.

According to the article, the events surrounding the Trojan Horse took place in 1188 BC and the bloody massacre of Penelope’s suitors took place during an eclipse on April 16 1178BC (as calculated by some equally clever people back in the 1920s but up to now not proven).

Since the legend of Troy turned out to be based on history, will we now come to see the Odyssey as being more history than in legend?

Thank you to Marcelo Magnasco, head of the Laboratory of Mathematical Physics at Rockefeller University, New York, and Constantino Baikouzis of the Proyecto Observatorio at the Observatorio Astronómico in La Plata, Argentina, for their report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for this news.

#NorwichArtFair now on Twitter and Facebook – #NaNTwiNk please RT

Norwich Art Fair now has a Twitter account and a Facebook group.

Thank you to Rosie Winn for setting up the facebook page for #NorwichArtFair – only been up for two days and already has 80 likes – and the twitter feed @NorwichArtFair has over 150 followers thank you all for your support.