Thekla » Entertainment Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:17:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Creating Your Own Album Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:14:01 +0000 CaptureDigital developments haven’t killed the CD – millions of people still enjoy having a tangible item in their hands rather than just a digital download – but many musicians are learning just how much of a cut the record companies take out of the cover price, and want to cut out the middle man. How exactly do you go about doing so? Here’s a quick guide.


Recording your music without the backing of a record company has never been easier. With an average desktop computer, you can record, mix and edit music surprisingly easy. What’s more, it doesn’t have to cost you anything – click here for a list of recommended free audio editing programs from TechRadar. Writing and playing the music – well, that will be up to you and your band.

Cover Art

Again, this is really easy to produce with the average desktop computer. You can often find local photographers to help you with the imagery, or you can find copyright free pictures online to use. Wikimedia Commons is a great place to find such pictures, just make sure that they’re either public domain or released for commercial use.

Just for fun – there’s a game you can play on Wikipedia to produce an album cover:

  • Go to Wikimedia Commons and click on Random File until you get a picture for your cover.
  • Go to Wikipedia and click on Random Article – use the title as your band’s name.
  • Go to Wikiquote and click on Random Page – take your album title from the last quote.

Back to serious business, you can also use free software to put your album art together- click here to get Paint.NET which is a free, easy to use and yet quite powerful photo editing program.

You should choose your printer before you develop your art, as they will be able to give you specifications such as the resolution you’ll need (usually 300dpi at minimum, but can rise), measurements, and how much space you’ll need to leave for a barcode.

Printing& Replication

If you only want a couple of copies, you can easily burn your CD from your home computer and print off the booklet yourself; but if you want to actually sell copies, you’ll want it done professionally.

Getting a lot of copies of your CD will mean using either a CD duplication service or a CD replication service – click here for Key Production, who offer both these services, and cover printing too. The difference in the two CD services is one of scale; duplication is suitable for runs of less than 500 copies, and replication is used for larger scale production.

You may encounter some jargon at this stage– for example, being asked for a “Red Book” master CD. Back in 1980 a number of standards were set out in different coloured books for CD specifications. Red Book is the standard that is used by almost any commercially available CD-R, CD burner and audio burning software, so it’s not likely to be something you have to worry about!

Once you’ve got your CD and album artwork printed, all that’s left is to sell it to your adoring fans!

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5 Places in San Francisco to Watch a Movie with Your Family Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:52:58 +0000 San Francisco (SF) has some of the best movie theatres in the US where you can go together with your family, and see a nice movie. Below are top five movie places in SF you should consider visiting:

Castro Theatre-
This cinema that was built in the 1922 is among the world’s greatest movie palaces still in operation. You will always feel welcome at Castro theatre, whether you are outside waiting to go in or, within the building. The sweet aroma of coffee from a café nearby will keep you occupied while you’re waiting for a ticket. In addition, its elegant interior design can take your breath away for instance, the stunning ceiling, the wall’s intricate details, as well as the “Mighty Wurlitzer” organ. The interior decoration of this facility will make you want to come back often.

The Balboa Theatre-
This is another historic movie house where you can find good family movies. It has a concession counter and a ticket window, usually manned by locals who are very friendly. In addition, you will find the latest movie releases being displayed in the theatre’s two screens. It’s popular for selling tickets at prices well below other places. This is good news for movie lovers who are operating on a tight budget. With low ticket prices, you can afford to take your family for a movie here, without feeling financially strained. Surrounding the Balboa theatre are some of the best restaurants in San Francisco, where you and your family can eat.

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas-
If you want a classier place to watch a movie, then consider going to Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. It’s a sleek, modern and luxurious movie house that is very popular in SF. There is nothing more relieving than knowing you will get the best seat even when you arrive late. This is because the seats here are assigned to people, so once you pay for a ticket, nobody can take your seat. That is how Kabuki is; the seats are not only properly placed to enable you to enjoy the movie, but they are also extremely comfortable. The seats have drink-holders, and table surfaces for holding food. They serve food too, besides the sandwiches, sausage and popcorn. This classy cinema is worth considering for a family outing.

The Roxie-
The Roxie operates as a non-profit movie house, and is sponsored by Roxie Releasing. Some of the films you can find here include The Night of the Living Dead and Kurt and Courtney. The Roxie has a sister movie house called The Little Roxie that is very close to it. The sister movie house hosts everything from cult classics, local comedy shows, to print releases.

Embarcadero Centre Cinema-
This cinema may not be the classiest movie house in SF, but it’s certainly worth visiting. It’s a great place to watch a movie. The efficient and friendly staff working at the cinema will surely make your movie experience enjoyable. Some of the treats at their concession counter include garlic popcorn and imported chocolates, which your family is likely to enjoy while watching a movie.

If you are planning to travel to the US for summer vacations, consider taking your family to one of these movie theatres in SF; the experience is unforgettable. You don’t have to worry if you have no visa. So long as you’re a citizen of the 37 Visa Waiver Countries, you can make an ESTA application online to be allowed to travel to the US.

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Best Cookery Shows On TV Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:18:09 +0000 There are two things that influence viewership of a television show- entertainment value and relationship. Shows that involve food, everyone can relate to, and whether it is a reality style show, documentary or a regular celebrity slot, if the entertainment value is balanced, the viewing figures soar.

Ask anyone who owns a television and they will be able to mention at least one food show that springs to mind immediately. The reason for this is that with the abundance of shows out there, there is something for everyone in terms of entertainment and usually a lesson in good cooking to boot, for adults and children alike.

The sadists just love to watch Gordon Ramsay intimidate the participants in his show and yet the outcome always turns out fine. The perfectionists observe quietly as those who just don’t make it are slowly eliminated from Masterchef, and community minded individuals take a huge pleasure as Jamie Oliver presents one of numerous shows that have sprung from The Naked Chef.

The classic television viewer quickly turns to pay attention when Keith Floyd appears on screen, with all his shows bearing his name, but usually involving a destination, food or beverage title.

The beauty of the food “genre” is that because there is a show that appeals to everyone, these shows can be found across a wide scope of channels and although there are some on free to view channels, the best of the best can be viewed on pay TV at a very reasonable cost.

One cannot forget to mention Ainslie Harriott of ‘Can’t Cook Won’t Cook’ fame, who has also managed to influence the young upcoming stars of today. I remember with some nostalgia how my children mimicked him in play by pulling mini pillow cases onto their heads and arguing over who was the lead chef. Today my son has made his career in hospitality.

The fabulous diversity of shows involving cooking provides a clear indication of how food permeates every aspect of life, whether its Jamie Oliver pursuing healthy food options for school children in ‘Feed me Better’ or Keith Floyd in his series such as ‘Floyd on Africa’, ‘Floyd on Spain’ and ‘Floyd on Italy’ amongst others, who brought an excellent blend of cuisine and travel to the screen.

Cooking shows are usually listed under lifestyle categories by satellite and cable companies but are so quickly becoming a class of their own that soon they’ll have a category of their own. Just think of ‘Nigella Bites’ and ‘Two fat ladies’.

Perhaps what is so appealing is that there are shows where the viewers are completely passive and there are shows that involve participation such as ‘Come Dine With Me’, which has been syndicated worldwide. Food shows have become the next great British export to the world. And they can be viewed on Travel, History, Lifestyle and real entertainment channels.

To get the best value offering for your taste in food shows call on Sky contact phone and one of their agents will help you to choose the best package for you with all the good food channels.

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Safety measures you should follow before hiring any escort service Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:05:09 +0000 For the uninitiated, hiring an escort for companionship can be loads of fun. But before you come to a decision about the agency you want to go for or the saucy little escort you want to take out, there are several things you’ll have to consider. Remember, especially, when you’re about to spend a significant sum of money on such pleasurable activities, that it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Safety is everything. Once you’ve got your measures in place, let the revelry ensue!


Whether you’ve hired an escort service before or are new to the concept of paid companionship, it’s helpful to keep a few things in mind. No matter how easy the process appears, never put your health, wallet, or freedom (read prison) at risk.

Here are some safety measure you should follow before hiring an escort service –

  • Steer clear of escort agencies with an ill reputation. The prices may be considerably lower than better agencies, but don’t let that tempt you. Many shady agencies are up to all sorts of deplorable activity, and these are things that you don’t want to be associated with. Keep your reputation untarnished. Bottom line, if you don’t have enough dough to dole out for the good agencies, then enjoy your own company until you’ve saved up enough (read self-service).
  • Patronise only those agencies who you know are going to keep things confidential. A rumor spreads faster than the legs of a – well, you get the picture. This is to fend off more than just nagging wives, nosy neighbours, your pastor and the long arm of the local law enforcement personnel.
  • Always ask for updated pictures of the escort before you make your choice and gather as much information about her as you can. You don’t want to be astounded by the wonders of Photoshop when you finally get to see her.
  • While the money you exchange with the agency is for companionship purposes only, it is only natural that the chemistry between you and the escort might lead the both of you between the sheets. If that happens, then it is needless to say that contraception is something you cannot do without. There’s two things you want to avoid here – 1. STDs i.e. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and 2. Unplanned, unwanted pregnancy.
  • Never pay in advance. Some agencies getup to wise guy tricks and ask you for money upfront. Picture yourself having to dish out more money to the escort because she refuses to accompany you in any activity. You can’t force anyone to do anything. This is a very important tip. Unless the agency has impeccable reputation and caters to elite clientele.

Do all this and you should be good to go. Err, come. Err, never mind. Cheshire companions are here to make sure have fun!

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Getting Dressed Up For Christmas Fri, 07 Dec 2012 10:20:54 +0000 Fancy dress parties can happen throughout the year, but if you feel like you need an excuse to get dressed up, why not organise something for Christmas?

Getting an outfit for the kids can be great fun, giving them great memories of more innocent Christmas times. If you get your kids and some of their friends together you can complete the whole nativity scene or get an army of elves to go with your Santa costume if you want!

For the older ones amongst us, you could be getting dressed up for various reasons – having a party for the children or going out on the town. If you are joining in with the kids there is a huge range of fancy dress costume ideas to complement their outfits. Of course, you don’t have to go full tilt into Christmas fancy dress; you could have a general fancy dress night, looking as daft as you dare!

If you are planning on dressing up in fancy dress for a night out on the town, there are a lot of fancy dress outfits which have been adapted for going out to clubs. Sexy and raunchy outfits may not be everyone’s cup of tea – but they can work surprisingly well even though there is less material for your money.

Getting dressed up with others is always great fun and getting a matching costume with a friend can be a great way to have a better outfit than everyone else! You can get dressed up as half of a famous duo fairly easily to great effect. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you could get an outfit for two, such as a pantomime donkey – just make sure you take your destination into consideration, it might not be the easiest way to get around!

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The History Of London Palladium Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:14:11 +0000 This is one of the many resources we have provided to give your time in London at the theatre that extra bit of shine.  Hopefully by absorbing the information here you will get a greater idea of theatre position in the city’s history, making your visit that bit more special by an appreciation of context.


The capital’s famous West End is a treasure trove of historical interest, and the theatres that stand there, like London Palladium, Lyceum Theatre, Apollo Victoria etc. have witnessed many important world events.  The show you are planning on seeing is part of this rich tapestry that has existed for many years, and so it is important to have a bit of understanding about it before you go.

Seating more than two thousand, the London Palladium is one of the most distinguished and prestigious of all of London’s theatres.  It was built in the early years of the 20th century by the architect Frank Matcham, as commissioned by Walter Gibbons.  It’s classical façade, complete with pediment, architrave and ornate Corinthian columns, is a remnant of an older building from the 1800’s, and offers a delightfully archaic touch to London’s busy modern streets.

In it’s early life it was primarily concerned with such thinks as variety performances as pantomimes. It is especially famous for being the home of the Royal Variety Performance, a variety show held yearly around the Christmas period that features some fantastic family entertainment, and is usually attended by the celebrities of the Royal family.

The theatre was re-energised under the management of Val Parnell with the presentation of big American names on the stage.  Such famous stars as Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Ray all appeared at this fantastic theatre.

In the seventies it also showed many live pop acts such as Slade and Marvin Gaye.

More recently it has been bought by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company, and so has focused more on musical theatre as a result.  Since the early nineties the theatre has shown many wonderful musicals such as ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Oliver!’, ‘Saturday Night Fever’, ‘The King and I’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Scrooge – The Musical’, ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Sister Act – The Musical’.

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Do We Need Advertising? Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:21:09 +0000 Advertising is not always considered entertainment, but it is an integral part of the media which we watch every day. If it were not for paid advertisement, we would have a much narrower choice of programs to watch on television, view online and listen to on the radio.

Some can be entertaining in their own right, but maybe not in the same way as how you would choose to watch a television program. Whether it is an advert which makes you wonder what is going on or even what is being sold, to annoying adverts changing their tactic and admitting how annoying they are; it has to be said that advertising works.

Don’t worry, if this sight makes you want to hit the mute button in a split second it just means you are a well rounded human being.

Many large companies put huge amounts of money into their advertising campaigns, often re-branding the entire company in one sweep, but for smaller businesses, this is much harder to do. Firstly, it may not be wise to re-brand if you are not that well known, as it could destroy a reputation you have and leave people confused. When companies like McDonald’s change their advertising and brand image, people still know who they are, but the same might not be said for a shop with one branch in a town. Budget is possibly the main concern for smaller businesses; larger companies can take bad marketing on the chin and power through, but for those who have to spend to make money, it may be harder to get up after a fall. Using agencies, such as a DRTV agency can be the best way to use expertise of those in the know for a relatively small expenditure. With proven results it can be very cost efficient and also put money back into the shows which surround the adverts we inevitably end up watching!

If you like it or not, advertising will have to stay around in various forms, but will inevitably progress as technology and users habits do so. Advertising on Facebook has proven successful after people have started spending almost as much time on it as some do watching television. Whichever services remain free to use in the future, just expect that advertising will be funding it, which is the small price to pay for these free services.

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5 cost effective ideas to entertain children Fri, 05 Oct 2012 05:28:52 +0000

Holidays are fun for all ages whether you are a youngster or a working person because this gives you a chance to spend some good quality time with your family. When you consider a long break like a summer break, you need to keep your children amused with different activities. Some parents think that entertaining children can be very costly and they get anxious about their budget. However, you can find various practical and effective solutions to make them happy just by using some of your creativeness.

In some extreme conditions, at home, you need to pay for your child’s entertainment like any sport training; swimming etc. and this can drain your finances. In such cases you can opt for short term advance loans like payday loans, through which you can get money instantly. These loans can be helpful during emergency conditions and the time of repayment will be less as it is a short term loan. Other options are not so costly; here are 5 of the cheaper and effective ways to amuse your children:

1.      Visit the nearest park

The first and the most effective way of entertaining children is to take them to the park. Almost every society in the world has a park. It would be better if you visit a park that you can walk to, instead of going in the car which can save you money on fuel. There are so many things that you can allow them to do in the park like playing with other kids, playing with balloons. Bird feeding is something you can do in the park which makes a change from the swings and slides.

2.      Play in the garden

If you have a garden in your house then you can play so many games with your children like you can play football, cricket and other activities. Play with water sprinklers, switch on the sprinklers, play music and then dance with them. It can be a great amusement for your child and for you.

3.      Summer camps and sport coaching

If your child is interested in any sport then join them at the coaching centre, where they not only get entertained but also learn and become proficient in that game. Also there are so many camps that are developed especially for children where they teach new things, entertain and organise many activities. These camps are not so expensive; an average person can easily pay the required amount.

4.      Play with pets

Almost every child in this world loves pet animals. Allow them to play with the pets in the garden and also washing pets can be a great fun. Dog washing is a good hobby for kids and it is amusing for them.

5.      Allow them to play video games

Almost all kids love playing with toys and other funny video games. Give them your personal computer and allow them to play games like flash games.

There are many ways you can entertain your child, the only thing you need to do is to use resources around you to save money.

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