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How to save a life

26 Jun

Hey Mediadreamzers

I know I have used words from a song for my latest post, but it basically summons up what I have been doing for the past 3-4 days. With work I was offered the chance to go on a First Aid At Work course, and naturally I opted to go on the course. Tip to those wanting to pursue a career in media or for self-learning as it is great to have on your CV and it helps to have as a life skill.

On the first day, there were a mixture of others, people in media, teachers, network rail workers and people who work in construction. In total there were 18 of us. The first day all basic stuff; what is in a first aid box, role of a first aider etc before moving onto videos assessments and basic treatments. The second day was kicking up a gear to slings, dressings, mind-map presentations on various conditions and treatments before spending the afternoon role playing. After being split into groups; first aiders and casualties and acting scenarios and I admit there were moments where. We all ended up laughing as everyone who were casualties were over the top dramatics with screaming and whaling in pain. Final assessment of the day was a car accident with numerous casualties, bystanders and one in the group going into mass hysteria/shock.

Unfortunately the final day of the course that person came in with a lost voice. Apart from summarising everything from the past 2 days it was recovery position and CPR before being split again and demonstrating what treatment used to help an accident and the symptoms of a casualty. One thing that was hard and I mean really hard was learning something called the ‘Roll Technique’; this is something used when a casualty has a suspected back/ spinal injury and you and 5 other people have to turn them to the right or left. The hard part is co-ordinating everyone tasks to help turn the casualty, then it was kicked up a gear, others from the other group started to try to distract us, deliberately but my god we did it.

Out of the 18 of us there only 17 passed; there was a guy from TNT there who did not understand the majority of the tasks both written and practical, so after a word or two the guy left where he chooses to return and do it again, I don’t know. One thing that I have thought about and decided to do is look into getting trained using a de-fibrillation machine too. So I am Fire and First Aid trained, hopefully more to learn soon.

Just going off on topic onto another I maybe involved in an upcoming production, it’s early to say too much at present but will hopefully will officially confirm all in my next post.

Nunquam Deditioneum

Induction Day as a Backstage Runner

3 Mar

Although I had the day off work, I still had to get up early in order to get my train to London. Reason for this was a few weeks ago I applied to a volunteer event on the Vinspired website, as a Backstage Runner for an awards ceremony. I had had a phone interview a few days ago and surprisingly passed it, where I was told that there would be an Induction Day at the Vinspired offices on Saturday 3rd March. So now you know why I was up so early, for getting there on time. I made it to London in plenty of time, and then things took an unexpected turn; the Victoria Line I need to get from St Pancras to get to Pimlico was closed over the weekend, as engineers were working on the line. So after looking at the board I had to get Piccadily line to South Kensington, then to Victoria, get a bus to Pimlico and then walk to Dean House (Vinspired offices). Note to self, and to those of you if this ever happens, never ask a London tour guide where the bus stop you need is, because one guy I got decided to rudely blow me off. Although I wasn’t swearing rude, I did gave him a mouthful over asking him a simple question, and then walked off.

Once at Vinspired, I met the rest of the team who had signed up to be involved in the volunteer awards ceremony we were all part of. I also met another Backstage Runner, Emma, who would be doing the same things I would be, as well as 4 event supporters, 3 photographers and a DJ.

Vinspired doors

After meeting the Vinspired team behind the event, the session began with an interesting ice-breaker game that involved a piece of string. Now you may wonder why string, or are possibly thinking of many inventive things that could be done with said string, and the answer is this each person had to pick a piece and string and whilst wrapping it round your index finger you had to say as many interesting things about yourself to the whole group.

Once that was done we were briefed on what Vinspired stands for, what the organisation does, the awards ceremony and the running order of the day/ night. We were also told where the event would take place, however, I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so I will share the venue with you on the 22nd/ 23rd March as the whole thing doesn’t end till 12am, then we will need to tidy up and sleep. The same rule is going to apply to thelist of celebrities, numerous artists and special guests attending, fear not I will not disappoint. Another thing we all saw was a video of last years event, and we saw people like Keith Lemon, Kevin Spacey and Natasha Beddingfield, and from what we saw it looked pretty awesome when it was held at the O2.

I got to learn a lot more about the people there over lunch and throughout the day, especially when we were given the task of using newspapers and cellotape, to make a Giraffe, and you can imagine the fun we had in the two teams we were in. I can say that the team I was in won the challenge, as you can see below, it was a very funny activity, and the Giraffe dosn’t look that bad either.

Yes thats me, and its not my best shot.

The team and our giraffe!

Finally we were given a quiz on everything we had learned today and said what we wanted to happen on the night, as personal goals, and what fears we have. After getting our packs, finding out what our roles and responsibilities on the night nad that we can have a great time at the after-party with everyone there we all headed out to get home. One thing I have to say before I forget is thank you Aimme, Gary and Craig for letting me interview for my film that I am currently working on, what you guys said was brilliant and I really appreciate it.

Funnily enough, I managed to retrace my steps and get to St Pancras, and after running up escalator steps and down platforms I made it on the train for getting out of London. I don’t know if this is me but I find time goes by so fast in London, I hope that this doesn’t happen on the 22nd March, I actually want to remember the night as much as I can.

One thing that stood out for me during the day was seeing in the Vinspired office that there is a green alien there in a purple t-shirt, something that we all will be wearing that night, with black trousers and any shoes within reason. So all that is left for me to say is, bring on the 22nd March, I can’t wait to start running.

Maybe the alien is related to 'Paul'

Oh, almost forgot, the office has its own green alien and it looks so cool!

One woman show

4 Jul

What I mean by that is because Liz, my radio mentor, had this Sunday off I was in charge of the two hour show we do together, Sunday Sounds. It was exhausting going round two wards and getting back in time for the show. Because we were on auto-pilot I managed to put everything on manual use, all except the presenters mic, so for the first few seconds there was silence. Thankfully I clocked on why and just got on with the requests and other music I’d decided to play. It is hard to talk about anything on the radio when your alone in the studio. So I came away unscaved, and was greeted by comments from messages I got from other presenters saying well done. Lets see what happens next Sunday when Liz comes back.

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