Wednesday, 22 December 2010


All met in Central Bar. missed train got next one. we chatted happily got politics+religion out the way before Sam bans them

Stephen worked in semiconductors, he once knew someone who met someone who dated someone who heard of Clive Sinclair. Mel was a rebel+a builder at school.
OHNO Tim+Mel left on the train to West Kilbride! got taxi to them and back. crisis averted
I met Harry’s Goddaughter at a friend’s birthday in Aberdeen
we had drink #1 in posh bar Ardrossan Tim+me had a geek rantathon
I might get Day Skipper training this trip Im a guineapig
E3 has a plasticy woody smell

DAY1 Minor disaster water in the diesel engine it needed all 10litres drained Harry said Deisel should be a cheery red colour not a murky unseparated. me+Tim a bit sick near Millport
saw sub!
moored at Millport?. sandwiches for lunch at 2. saw some daftys jumping in water at dock
Stephen likes Top Gear
Harry wots command for crew to move out of helmsmans view? “OOUTA FOCKEN WIY!!”
Harry was saying barracudas hide under the keel of boats so dont go in the water Harry did once and they shiny things so they went for his watch nearly took his hand off
Rothesay harbour cost £12million cos they built dam on an underground river
crew saw porpoise upstairs
Im pickin gup on lweadership habits Sam+Harry do Briefs Debriefs Introductions Rotas Fairness
Bobs been on E3 to Norway + St Kilda
berth = hammock
mince+peas+tatties for tea
tomorow we’re going to Holy Loch

DAY2 up at 8.gas problem toured Rothesay while Skippers fixed it Sam had to get taxi for a spare part I went up Serpentine windy road(like SanFran)

went up to the mouth of Firth Of Clyde between Greenock/Helensburgh passed wreck of Sugar Ship to try tacking/jibing I tried navigating+logging. turned around 5pm arrived at Holy Loch I parked us+didnt crash into the pontoon! got question about Cardinal Buoy right. good times
Bob knows decorative knots
all had a go at helm
Stephen thought we came together as a team
Holy Loch loo=2563 shower=1478
no goose(that thinks its a swan)
Mel+Kim want to runaway and stay on boat
Sam Harry Stephen went to Holy Loch pub Tim Kim Mel played Scabby Queen I emptied camera
banned topics on boat:religion. politics
they liked mechanic joke Sam had DVDs Black Books Bl Bailey Peter Kay
phoned Dan poor guy is bored rigid
wind speed +5/5=to get Force(roughly)
story of man stranded round world 3 months Sharks circled Fishing rod
(apparently we left Tim at port! when was this!?)

DAY3 off by 10 did man overboard past Cloch Point Light I steered on 2nd attempt+plotted course to Tower Point(north Bute). got shown flares. moored off Rothesay for lunch Heading up East Kyles round top of Bute

Bob knows monkeys fist decorative knot
Ive seen The Plank Harry likes :)
Jacobs Ladder Tim Robbins is s a Nam vet seeing demons. Tim Kim Sam hate Inception+Avatar but liked Shutter Island. whaaat?
how are maps made?
Steve told us about Star Trek Ceilidhs
bought fresh prawns off fisherman Bob made Thai curry mmm
saw Thick Of It for the first time. brilliant
Colintraive in morning
me+Tim’s Songs To Make Sam Seethe: Yellow Submarine. We Are Sailing. Baby Youre The Best. Bright Eyes. Wannabe

DAY4 passed Buttock Point round top of Bute. This is a real not made up place.

Burnt Islands were where defeated Vikings burnt their dead
learn the direction-of-travel buoys
Harry has on his laptop pics of jumping porpoises+swan signets aw
saw a baby basking shark camera out of memory bahh
taught crew to do logbook+plot position. I feel Im 1. remembering competent crew 2. learning Day Skipper 3. do filming
Tarbert! castle is polystyrene, Harry sez. I dont believe him. saw boat named Reel Fyne
I got a go in the dinghy again! chased seagulls, bumped beacon
Bob made good ravioli
Sam Harr Bob Steve went to pub

DAY5 I did fryup breakfast scram eggs, mushrooms(too many), toast

we clapped another yacht when he realised he left a fender over the bow
put up cruising chute
SHARK! right up close! baby one. Its dorsal and tail fins were poking out the water so we floated over to it and i saw inside its mouth on the bow

Harry sed I can come on his boat anytime aww

whale watching job 4me?
Sam asked me which of the 3 was my favourite voyage? I sed the 2nd one I met LizL future boss and 1st one surprised me how a load of strangers bonded together (Harry finds by day3 a team bonds. or else itl never bond). I find that sailing is the best of corporate team building+def say it in Fable film/blog
Total distance travelled = 118.6 miles
Columbus mustv been mad. 2000 Leagues Under The Sea. Zelda Wind Waker

words: jib. spinnacker. shanty. hoist

Monday, 1 November 2010

Voyage Of Dreams - Second Minivoyage

A Fablevision Group initiative, part of A Scottish Wave Of Change - a Cultural Olympiad project by Gerry Hassan.

5 Fablevision volunteers achieve their RYA Competent Crew certificates aboard the East End Endeavour sailing in The Firth of Clyde & Kyles of Bute in June 2010.

Video edited by Catherine Walsh (Fablevision Studios, Govan, Glasgow). Music by Barry McCormack (Hag's Head Music, Dublin).

Boat Reflection 2


So Im going again. Im less worried about doing it wrong this time but feel expectation to know everything. So if you graphed my feeling you'd see Im about as excited over-all as last time
Liz and John
Sam and Harry skippers
Pete joining
wind Beaufont Scale
the 2D intersecting triangles hourglass on fishing boats are for collision rules classes and signify a vessel fishing
Pete joined us at Tarbort. Talked to him about comedy
Harry was asking what our skills are. Not sure if any of mine really apply on a boat, except maybe chart reading
Me in mini mood cos we didnt go to Dunoon Discoteque so I watched Hugh Grants homeless experiments 90s film. Instead we went to Holy Loch pub where Catherine was immediately centre of attention and met a couple. Then a game of glow-in-the-dark cards. sleep.
Liz's friend's band had a battle of the bands show where the audience voted for the worst band and they were shown on a big screen a pretend CCTV of the toilet and were shown being dragged in there and battered during the interval.
Sam's band's drummer has no arms
Talked to Catherine about comedy and the Edinburgh Fringe
74 miles in 3 days
Jacketgate - accidental inflation conspiracy that goes right up to the president
hooked the mooring buoy! (eventually)
winched good
whipped in the face by rope
Cherry Tree - good song for easy harmonys, me and Catriona sang in pub. Sam brought his guitar out and we had a good shanty and a shindig
look up easy famous guitar songs
met nice couple in pub, they tapedon VHS a one-off live BBC production of The Ship in 80s with a prop boat launch with all the audiences seats moving backwards and the boat staying still.
Harry suggested a cruiseship comedian pays well. But if you bomb then you're stuck onboard with your audience for the next night
Day 4 Landed on a beach and explored the island. Skimmed stones with John (he won). Then I got stranded by the tide on mussel shells and got soaked wading back to land. Lesson of the day: tides are pretty dangerous and should be respected
Day 5 Bad time for the first time on voyage. Feel sick (but not seasick probably tired sick from last night) coffee didnt work. too hot. couldnt eat lunch on choppy sea. got nagged at the helm for not keeping the exact direction within a degree which is hard and a row for taking out my phone to journal when I was helming for qutie a while. Pete's being unfunny. went to sleep for 2hrs. BUT THEN woke up ate Whispa and helped moor. Me and Catherine hooked buoy and threaded while in a swarm of jellyfish through the murky water. Cheered up a bit.
we all liked the sense of teamwork
I like being up top its like being on a train roof
I like going close to the water on the dinghy
Because of the cold and wet everything is thick and done with gloves like Duplo. Life jacket light switch is twisty
Day 5 night, had a big talk. We all felt we bonded
Visited Chris O'Kane at Saltcoats cinema. He showed us into the projector room and I got to turn on the projector while he spooled the big reel through. Its hidden past an arcade and above a pizza place, the locals like an informal atmosphere putting feet up and eating
Catherine's funny
Catherine had an animated conversation with my comatose body in the night when I sat bolt upright said "the questions" and lay back down. So basically I told her to shut up. Oops.
"zzz Iain. I.A.I.N."
Harry sed the gray propellor wake in the water is a chemical reaction like when the toilet flushes in the dark and you see glowy streaks
mmm lamb + couscous + courgette butternut squash chickpeas apricots (mashed into soup tomorow), wrap with refried beans cheese avocado, RICE PUDDING! just for me 8-)
A pub in port is more important than a marina

Day1 I saw a duckling
Day2 porpoise
Day3 saw porpoises even nearer. submarine.
Day4 goose hissed at me
Day5 2 swans at buoy

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Voyage Of Dreams Future

Dan interviews Gerry

Monday, 28 June 2010

Changing Tack

Changing Tack, an original choral, dance and theatre piece performed in the Pearce Institute in Govan in March 2010. Changing Tack was written, produced and performed by volunteers and young people from FableVision, Cran Theatre and SAT.

Voyage Of Dreams

Sailing East End Endeavour around Bute, Loch Fyne, and Arran. Voyage of Dreams, part of Wave of Change

Voyage One of Voyage of dreams, a Fablevision Project. 5 volunteers 5 days receiving training for RYA Competent Crew. Sailing the Clyde, Arran, Rothesay, Tarbert.

Visiting communities, to listen and swap our stories.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Boat Reflection


East End Endeavour - 13083
we cudnt get to a port because of the wind so we went to another place
moored at buoy and rowed ashore - Towards A Zero Carbon Bute
we did a Nautical Mile in 12.8 mins, we timed it from the aligned white poles on an island that was used to time the Glasgow-built QE2 which exceeded mechanical expectations. Govan FOR GREAT WIN!
I steered through dead wind which is sometimes harder than rough wind, had to keep sails filled and then use it to tack all while rest of crew is shouting conflicting advice
Iain steered through choppy waters
OK ok so I got a bit seasick at the start but Id been at sea for all of 15minutes and I recovered so gimme a break! Ardrossan has a port-within-a-port for the yachts and then outer harbour walls so the waves were pretty wild. Convergent interference 8-)
I have since decided that steering a boat is a bit like riding a horse, its got a mind of its own so the best you can do is nudge it in the right direction and hope it agrees, and the most comfortable position is just knowing you're going to be uncomfortable so try and sway with it, and hold on for dear life.
Harry has encyclopedic knowledge of everything we passed. Or an opinion on something.
Theres water round Bull Of Hole? Scotland so clear you can see your anchor
Its tough being a fisherman, dangerous, thankless and exploited. And current fishing laws have us heading towards empty seas due to overfishing, cos theyre written in Copenhagen since we're in the EU, and noone wants to destroy the traditional fishing communities which holds up tourism (I think)
Sam said he had two Cambridge graduates onboard who asked to see the engine. They took it apart, looked at it and put it back together. They got the navigation quickly. They went to Sams house and one played Chopin on the piano. The other was 21 and said there wasnt a washingmachine or hairdryer he couldnt fix. They worked in Flood Management, planning ways to save coasts from rising sea levels due to Global Warming
Sam teaches African drumming to Easter House kids. Its hitty, loud, nearly unbreakable, simple, cool, famous, solos, and can be complex when team plays simple layers together
I like when dinghy oars stir up sand clouds like milky tea
Bhuddist monastery
reed bed sewage system! one island has it
Glasgow shower = deo spray
Virtual Skipper (real game)
Geronimos on Youtube
when you get skipper certificate you can go nearly anywhere especially if youre white. Sams friend has been an illegal immigrant in America for 24yrs.
Sam can get a bit blethery/ranty, he's probly just used to being in control. I had to interrupt him a bit to tell Buddhist who we were in our words.
I told Buddhist "we are from Fablevision, me+Iain are volunteers, Simon's staff. Fable's a non-profit film company in Govan that makes documentaries to help communities tell their stories in their own words through film, because it's easy, honest and modern (and cheap). This voyage is a preliminary test for the grand plan of a voyage round the coast of Scotland to connect the coastal communities to commemorate the Olympics" and I even mentioned the Cran Tara torch bearer imagery.
I asked Buddhist June:
- Can we talk to youse on camera?
- wots it like being a Buddhist?
- wots it like being a Buddhist here on this island?
- how did you June come here?
- [4 women are going on reclusive pilgrimage for 4years] That's dedicated, blimey? [yes, that's discipline]
- Is Richard Gere here? Nevermind.
Threw rope in Harrys face by accident he dropped it in the water
Saw Ciaran past Central Station, so did Sam lol.

Day1 Wednesday
Arrived at Ardrossan harbour and found the boat. Learned the basics, met each other, assessed the weather and bedded down for the night (too late to sail, night sailing takes advanced techniques)
I went to meet kids off the train for some reason, skippers were at Asda or the bins

Day2 Thurs
Up 8:30

Day3 Fri
Up 5am
saw island shore rocks that were ancient volcanic lava floes from when the island was formed "not last week mind. This was probly a few year ago" (Harrys funny)

Day4 Sat
Up 9:30 long lie.
went to Victorian toilets in Tarbort with marble urinals

Day5 Sun
Up 8:30

Day6 Mon
Up 8

It was brilliant. It was great being part of a team and through working together getting to see great views, it felt like we got us where we are. The engine helped a bit.
We all got a shot at the helm and shouting "ready to tack/jibe" and expecting a shout of "ready!" from the crew. So we could all give orders and take orders. It didn't even feel like orders anyway, it was like suggestions that would be a good idea to follow if we wanted to, for example, stay afloat.

animal sightings: swan came up to boat, nearly ate my phone and pecked a fender. porpoise fins. jellyfish. gannets. cormorants. herons. seal popped up. no minke whales tho

boat names at ports: Booby Trapper, Thistle Do, Call The Cops, Playing FTSE, saucy sue?

cooking: fry fish on one side then cook in oven so it retains the juices, Walid covered pot with poly bag(bag4life recycle green one) when the lid didnt fit so it kept thte steam in. It was good rice.

Cheat card game: Aim to put down all cards. go round circle put down pairs of same value suit doesnt matter. U can put down cards of the same, above or below the last value. U have to play your go so you have to cheat.

boat mechanics i found interesting - springed pulleys. rope grips. anchor hatch shape. tilting oven. seawater cools the engine. windup torch. flag buoy. pull rope to roll up sail. two speed winch turns fast/slow. winch handle release. buckles. foam halftube for lassoing rope onto mooring cleat from your boat on your own.

Thatcher beat the 80s recession by selling Britains steel companies and beat the protesting trade unions by stocking coal and steel in Bute(?) hollowed out hill
We talked to Harry, he sed Sam's doing OK
Steph had 4 Flakes and crisps for breakfast

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Boat Reflection

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


We're both psyched

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Nemo

Short film Dan made. Semi improvised horror

Sunday, 9 May 2010


Outtakes from the end credits of A Lick Of Good

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

DVD Extras

A suggested title and poster for A Lick Of Good
(c) Frank Miller

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Helping Dan make his spoof soap. Teaser advert coming soon

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Fun with editing 2 this time taken from Election Night Armistice 1997 by Armando Iannucci who did In The Thick Of It (he's from Glasgow)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Monday, 19 April 2010

Fable Vlog Part 2

The other two of Gerry's questions.
I cant think what to put for the first one so its just the Olympic values taken from the website

c) Which of the 7 Olympic values do we want to see in a future Scotland?
The 3 Olympic Values:
This value stands for giving your best, on the field of play or in the professional arena. It is not only about winning, but also about participating, making progress against personal goals, striving to be and to do your best in our daily lives and benefiting from the healthy combination of a strong body, mind and will.
This encourages us to consider sport as a tool for mutual understanding among individuals and people from all over the world. The Olympic Games inspire humanity to overcome political, economic, gender, racial or religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences.
This value incorporates respect for yourself, for others, for the rules and regulations, for sport and the environment. Related to sport, respect stands for fair play and for the fight against doping and other unethical behaviour.

And the 4 Paralympic values:

d) My part in change:
What is my part in the future?
Do my best?

What should we start doing?
Resurrecting the community of neighbourhoods? I dont know my neighbours in Bishopbriggs

What should we stop doing?
Trying to be independant? Also its a shame teaching has gone from boom to bust. Before primary teaching was advertised on TV, now with unis crammed with students there's no jobs after the placement year and how will kids benefit with only probationers? And lecturers are valued on their publishing abilities more than lecturing abilities.

What should we continue doing?
Renewable energies advancement. It feels right that we can use our bad weather.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010


WOOO the film is done and screened!
Reviews to come.
In the mean time I was approached after the showings by Liz Docherty the leader of the painters organisation Tomorrows People. She said that not only did she enjoy the film but the boys liked it, and also the next group were asking if they could do something like that as well. Good times!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Fun with editing. Segment on Jimmy Kimmel called Unecessary Censorship
(it says embedding disabled by request)

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


Today I learned that tracking in and zooming out is called a trombone shot

Granted Iain told me but he told me AT FableVision so it probably counts.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

For the new video blogs going up we were asked how we're finding our time on placement. I said something different in the end but this is a plan for what I was going to say in it based on questions emailed to us by our benefactor Gerry Hassan.

Fable Vlog
a) One value Ive taken from my family?
Im a bit of a hybrid, my mums from a line of highlanders and islanders, her dad was a prominant piper and she was raised in Glasgow. My dad is a minister and his dad was an minister and his family are a load of eccentric intellectuals from Edinburgh, so one value I have learned from them is a respect for knowledge and the people who use it (even if they're all posh old bores)
b) 1 View of Past Scotland?
Probably the busker drummers up Buchanan St that wear kilts and look like Jacobites. Actually the part of Scottish history I am most proud of is where we made the Romans feel so unwelcome they lost the will to invade us. The weather helped. Me and my dad visited a science museum in Italy once and it had a huge globe from the 16th century, it was huge but most of Africa and America were blank but Scotland had a label as prominant as all the other superpowers.
2 View of Present Scotland?
I dunno. A diet of Sesame St means Im so unracist Im not even patriotic until Im abroad. Actually I think they should move Scotland to another country to help young people's national pride. I recently heard Al Qu'aeda calls Britain 'Little Evil', it made me proud that Scotland isnt England so they probably dont mean us. Seriously though I was grateful that the government paid my university tuition fees and makes efforts to use alternative energy sources like windfarms. Culturally the Treacherous Orchestra are an interesting talented fusion band using traditional instruments to play world styles, to me that represents modern Scotland.
3 View of Future Scotland?
Again I duno. I come from a small town and studied in a small town and after 3years Im still getting used to Glasgow life, it wasnt untill uni when I learned of the all damage Thatcher did. I can only see the future of my microcosm, so at least I think that that is positive. I see my peers in this generation and my own opportunities and the period in history and feel that the future looks great, but the greatness Im meaning might be different to what our funders and politicians mean as greatness. But anyway, I know what this blogs for so 'We're the children, we're the future" Hope, change, blah blah

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Week1 video blog

My vlog from week 1. My opinion on how the week has gone (slowed down so my head movements are visible to the naked eye)

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Week 1 Video Blog

My video blog from the first week on placement at Fablevision. This was nine weeks ago and I was quite nervous and awkward. Someone interrupted halfway through and I had to start again, as you can probably see in the video...

1st Video Blog

My video blog from the first week spent on placement at Fablevision.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Voyage of Dreams - East End Endeavour

East End Endeavour inspected by Gerry Hassan. Fablevision crew were there to capture the visit.

Inspecting East End Endevour Winter 2010

Currently the Sailing ship East End Endeavour is in dry dock for its boat MOT.