We Love Amsterdam :Post from Tees Made

Following on from last year’s epic trip to Italy, the delights of Milan and visits to Ferrari and Lamborghini, Product Design students recently returned from this year’s International Study Trip to Amsterdam!


I thought it would be difficult to top Italy, but what a fantastic city to visit.

The highlight for me was our visit to the Philips Museum in Eindhoven where we had a private escorted tour and learned about the history of this, most iconic of companies, from its early beginnings as a manufacturer of light bulbs to today’s global force in design innovation.

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Our hotel was in the heart of the Museums Quarter and we, of course, visited the world-class Van Gogh, Stedelijk and Ryjks museums.   Well… it would have been rude not to!   Nothing quite compares to seeing the great works of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Kandinsky, Monet, I could go on “up close and personal”.   You get a real sense of “feeling” and how the artists worked in a way you can never quite appreciate from a screen or book.

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The Stedelijk Museum has a stunning permanent exhibition of 20th Century Design Classics that is a must see!IMG_0156

There was also plenty of free time for the students to take in some culture, including cutting gem stones in the diamond quarter, “designer” shopping, the flower markets and Amsterdam’s vibrant night life to name a few.

And…, we are already thinking about next year’s trip.   High on the list is a return visit to Berlin in 2017, the VW Autostadt and Bauhaus.   We’ll have more information at the start of term in October.

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Team GB captain sets up new ball hockey team


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HEART OF THE TEAM: Kasner leads the warm-up as the Stanley Stingers prepare to face-off

BECKY  Kasner, captain of the Team GB Women’s Ball Hockey team, has recently set up her own team in Durham called the Stanley Stingers, as she aims to grow the sport in the area.

Despite being a teacher from Monday to Friday, Kasner has managed to maintain her impressive ball hockey career, twice representing her country at world championships.

Ball Hockey is still in its infancy in the UK, but could it be the next big sport to capture the nation? Tside reporter JACK FRANKS spoke to Becky to find out more.


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Teesside University Students Donate to Middlesbrough FoodBank.



Teesside Students with Staff of the Middlesbrough Foodbank.

Teesside University Students have donated to the Middlesbrough Foodbank after a successful FeedTheFoodbank Campaign.

Donations to the food bank saw quite a surge after their campaign on the University Campus.


Students during the campaign

The campaign was ran by four Teesside University Students, Michelle,Winnie,Elaine and Autumn and was was aimed at raising awareness of how many people rely on food banks and encourage students to help with donations.






Nursing Student, Lauren Andy, 21, she said: ” I am impressed with the FeedtheFoodBank Campaign and it will put the University in  a good light after the donations are received.”

Student Mukhtar Ayourb, 24, said : ”I just had to donate straight away and I urge other students to  as well”.

The donations from the campaign brought a recieved weight of 48.25kg of items for the Middlesbrough FoodBank.

Jarnal Barker, a member of the Middlesbrough Foodbank Staff,  said: ‘‘ My colleagues and I are excited and grateful about this unexpected items from the students”

Almost a third of the UK population experienced income poverty in at least one year , official data shows.

The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  shows that approximately 19.3 million people had a disposable income of below 60% of the national medium at some point during the four-year period 201-14. Around 19.3 million people are said to be living in poverty.

Jazz,  anotehr member of the Middlesbrough Foodbank Staff, said: ‘‘ People are two steps away from poverty in the UK and it is important to create awareness and also get people on board for donations ”.

One of the students who ran the campaign, Elaine Chang, 24, said: ‘‘ Apart from the fact it is a campaign, I am happy to contribute to the community”.



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Review – Captain America: Civil War

Steve Rogers has to choose between old friends and new alliances. Photo: Hypable

Steve Rogers has to choose between old friends and new alliances. Photo: Hypable

MARVEL has created another masterpiece with the latest installment in their cinematic universe.

Captain America: Civil War launched at midnight and has raised the standards expected of superhero films.

The film, starring Chris Evans as the titular hero, sees the Captain taking on Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.

Middlesbrough Cineworld launched Civil War with back to back screenings of Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier before it.

This shows the full journey of Steve Rogers, and his struggle to bring his friend Bucky Barnes back to the light.

At two hours and 26 minutes, it is the longest Marvel film to date, and managed to pack lots of action into this time.

The film introduces new superheroes, including Tom Holland's Spider-Man.

The film introduces new superheroes, including Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

The film starts by looking at Bucky’s past, and builds through to the climatic fight scenes featuring superheroes like Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and new Avengers Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

Much like The Winter Soldier, the film is enjoyable for how it makes you think, as well as the action sequences.

The film looks deeper into the Avengers, with the team questioning their morals as the Sokovia Accords are published.

While the film as a whole was excellent, highlights include the fight scenes featuring newcomers Boseman and Holland, and the chemistry between Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as the battle to be Rogers’ best friend.

As expected with Marvel films, there is enough comic relief, mainly brought through Rudd, Stan and Mackie, to lighten the mood in what could have been a darker story.

The film sets up Black Panther's stand-alone film, due for release next year.

The film sets up Black Panther’s stand-alone film, due for release next year.

This film was highly rated by critics and doesn’t disappoint the fans either.

Not only was this an excellent film, but it sets the rest of Marvel’s Phase III projects up nicely.

The introduction of Black Panther’s Wakanda, a new roster of Avengers and the return of Spider-Man point towards an even brighter future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film is out in cinemas now, watch the latest trailer here.

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Junior doctors strike in Hartlepool

A GROUP of junior doctors have staged a protest against controversial new reforms.

Hannah Bienias feels that the new reforms are unfair, and that they put the public at risk.

Hannah Bienias feels that the new reforms are unfair, and that they put the public at risk.

Over NUMBER junior doctors have walked out nationwide, with some choosing to use the time teaching the public something new.

One of those, Hannah Bienias, 35, is part of a group who are teaching life-saving skills while on strike.

They were holding the sessions outside North Tees Hospital and in Hartlepool’s town centre.

Hannah works at North Tees Hospital in the Accident and Emergency Department.

She said: “We feel the reforms are unfair to the public and to staff.

“It certainly isn’t going to be safe for patients, they’re spreading us too thinly.”

The new reforms have been criticised, with many saying that it will cause more mistakes in hospitals, as well as causing stress for doctors.

Click on the link below to hear what else Hannah had to say.

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MIMA: Basil Beattie, When Now Becomes Then: Three Decades

The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is currently holding an exhibition by one of the North-East’s most influential artists.

The work of local artist Basil Beattie is currently on show and gives a retrospective look at his career.

Th exhibition is called “Basil Beattie, When Now Becomes Then: Three Decades”, and has been described as “nonrepresentational, but has a distinct existential character.”

Beattie is an artist well known for his work in the art of oil and wax on canvas.

You can take a look at the exhibition for yourself below.


Basil Beattie is a painter and printmaker who studied at West Hartlepool College of Art (1950-55) having been born and raised in the area.

During his studies, he was influenced by artists from New York who are known for their Abstract Expressionism.

LOCAL TALENT: Basil was born and bred on Teesside

LOCAL TALENT: Basil was born and bred on Teesside

Basil’s exhibition is one of many that has been on display since MIMA opened almost 10 years ago. Here’s a reminder of a couple of MIMA’s exhibitions from down the years.


"UP THE BORO" - Exhibition inspired by football.

“UP THE BORO” – Exhibition inspired by football.

100 YEARS: In 2011 MIMA showcased images of the Transporter Bridge to honour its centenary.

100 YEARS: In 2011 MIMA showcased images of the Transporter Bridge to honour its centenary.

Having already being visited by hundreds of people, Beattie’s art work will continue to be on display at MIMA until Sunday  June 12


For more information about the exhibition visit here.

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James bassist Jim Glennie speaks to TSide


JIM GLENNIE – James’ bassist

SINCE forming over 30 years ago, James have released 14 albums and toured all over the world.

Their latest album, Girl At The End Of The World, was released March 18th and to promote it the Manchester band are playing a 15 date UK tour including a show at Newcastle City Hall.

Tside chatted to bassist Jim Glennie to find out more.

The North Wast date is at Newcastle City Hall – can you recall ever playing there?

“I’m not sure if we have. We have played the Academy the last few times we have been to Newcastle. The rock n roll mayhem will have to be held back, but I don’t think it will have a massive effect on the north east audience. They are always very vocal and come for a good time. It [City Hall] looks lovely, I seen some pictures on the internet.”

Do you have any fond memories of the north east?

“I haven’t been to the north east since Christmas – my wife lives there. It is a part of the world I am familiar with because of the family gatherings. I wasn’t familiar with the countryside there but it is an incredible part of the world.”

The tour is titled “Girl at the End of the World tour” – will you still be playing the ‘classics?’

“It is all about getting the balance right. When we play our own shows we get about two hours so there will be a lot of the new album, simply because we want to play it. We will be doing a few off the last record but then we will shove some more obscure tracks in there. Maybe some B-sides or album tracks we haven’t played in a long time that people won’t expect. Obviously we have to play the bigger, anthemic tracks that people have come to love us for. The idea is for people to go away feeling positive.”

Is playing the obscure tracks a way to keep things fresh while on tour?

“Absolutely. With this tour we’re taking out a new record with songs we haven’t played before. We like the fear and uncertainly of having to make a song work. You look down at the setlist and think uh-oh and making sure it works – it is the same with the oldies that we haven’t played in years. We have to keep it fresh for us so we have to be selfish for ourselves or we would get bored. Playing the same songs every night would be soul destroying.”

Brian Eno influenced Girl At The End Of The World – explain more.

“It wasn’t massive, but we had a few problem songs in the studio. Brian is brilliant with weird and wonderful ways to fix this. We have worked with him on five albums so we took him them songs. We went to him with Nothing But Love which is the big single of the album and he helped sort it out. Eno is wonderful for that, he is a great guy to work with all round, but when a song gets stuck he smashes them up and comes up with new ways for things to develop.”

James released Greenpeace Palace Concert for Record Store Day which sold out straight awauy – how did this go down?

“It was mental. I love Record Store Day, I think it is a great idea. We recorded the album and only one song went on the Greenpeace compilation album so it is nice that it is finally out there. The rest of it was sat there untouched which was a shame really. Obviously, everyone charges down and it will probably be stuck in someone’s collection unplayed, but it will eventually make its way out to the big wide world so it will be shared and exchanged. It is quite painful for people because there are a whole bunch of James fans who aren’t getting it but that is just the nature of Record Store Day.”

What are the plans for after the tour?

“A few UK festivals, a few foreign festival then we are going to the southern hemisphere. 2016 is full of exciting things really – always a big year really when a record comes out so it is nice to always be busy.”

James play Newcastle City Hall on May 17th – tickets are available from See Tickets.

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Teesside baby fights back from serious heart condition


GEORGIA-ROSE: With her first baby Hope, who is expecting a new brother or sister

GEORGIA-ROSE: With her first baby Hope, who is expecting a new brother or sister


A TEESSIDE baby has defied the odds by surviving multiple heart operations and going on to live a normal life.

Hope Fletcher, one, has been in hospital several times undergoing heart surgery, all so she could live a normal life in the future.

Georgia-Rose Fletcher, 20 and her partner James are Hope’s parents and the ones who looked after her throughout her time in hospital.

Hope, quickly after birth was found to have a condition named, transposition of the great arteries, and a muscular ventricle septal defect and an arterial septal defect.

Georgia said: “We realised quite early something wasn’t right as her heart rate was constantly dropping, then a few hours later they couldn’t find hopes heart rate and they rushed me straight into theatre for a C-section.”

“Within seconds of her being born they pressed the emergency red button and about 10 midwifes came running in took one look at her and took her out on a trolley whilst giving her CPR.

I didn’t know what was going on. I was worried for my baby’s life.”

Once treatment had taken place and Hope was stabilised, Doctors began to run tests, which is when they found out Hope had this illness.

Hope was transported to Freeman Hospital’s children’s unit, where she was given a procedure called a Balloon Septostomy due to the fact her old medication wasn’t working correctly to keep her heart valve open.

As a new mother as well as a teenager, this Ordeal was massive on Georgia, as she was left feeling understandably worried for her baby.

I honestly thought she wouldn’t make it, I had never heard of her heart conditions before and I genuinely thought little babies couldn’t survive such a massive ordeal,” Georgia added.

But she is doing really well in spite of everything, she has other conditions like, Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and Hemihyperplasia but we all have faith for her.”

LITTLE BABY HOPE: Enjoying herself despite being on hospital bed

LITTLE BABY HOPE: Enjoying herself despite being on hospital bed

Because of all her conditions Hope will be in and out of Hospital for the foreseeable future, so how will this affect her ability to live a normal life and childhood?

“We won’t really know until we are at that stage, she does get a little tired now and she’s still so small and she will have a constant struggle at putting on weight, so we can’t really say for certain,” Georgia added.

“We’re really hopeful for the future and that’s why she’s called Hope. She’s our little miracle.”



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Thornaby mother fundraises after losing her boyfriend to a freak accident


REBUILDING HER LIFE: Emma lives with her son, Henry

REBUILDING HER LIFE: Emma lives with her son, Henry – sourced from Evening Gazette

A THORNABY mother-of-two has dedicated her life to helping others after losing her boyfriend suddenly just three days after Christmas.

Emma Dowey, 40, lost Brian Martin to a head trauma after he fell and hit his head just in 2013. The 37-year-old dad couldn’t be resuscitated by paramedics, leaving his wife and step son Henry heartbroken.

Emma said: “The hardest part was when the police wouldn’t let me see him. I kept thinking that he was with strangers, he should’ve been with me in his last moments.

“Brian always knew that if he went into cardiac arrest, he couldn’t be saved. Due to an enlarged heart, he was on the organ transplant list for the majority of his life.”

This year Brian would have celebrated his 40th birthday and Emma has made it her mission to help others. So far she has donated more than £1,500 to the acute cardiology ward at Stockton’s North Tees Hospital and is hoping to raise more in the future.

North Tees is a special place for me, it’s where Bri was treated and they’ve supported me through this heartbreak,” she added.

“I’ve already been contacted by Sainsbury’s who want to sponsor my next fundraiser, so it just gets bigger and better from here. I know Bri would be proud of all that I’ve achieved. Everything I do, it’s with him in mind.”

Emma shares her full story with Tside reporter EMILY CONYARD

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