Archive for December, 2011

Bringing the past to life through a unique traineeship

Written by admin on December 18th, 2011

Media Release
Bringing the past to life through a unique traineeship

If you have a passion for history and relish the idea of bringing the past to life then a career in archives could be the ticket.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives is offering residents the chance to apply for a 12 month paid traineeship in heritage skills as part of a new scheme.

Opening Up Archives is an exciting training programme offered in partnership with The National Archives that’s been specifically designed for people who may never have thought about a career in Britain ’s archive sector.

Trainees will spend a year working on real-life projects whilst learning specialist skills that will equip them for a career in the heritage sector.

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London Somali Week this Year, October 22-30, 2011

Written by admin on December 15th, 2011
Somali Week Festival 2011

Somali Week Festival 2011

by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf

Since its inception five years ago, for the first time, I took part of Somali Week in London, the only annual Somali literary inclined gathering of its kind, where books with their writers, poetry where their poets, musicians with their music and comedy with their comedians have become a custom. In whisper–for we were trying not to disturb the gentle giants—I was informed that the theme chosen this year it was Translation.

In all, the people presented were cadre of talents who demonstrated the power and beauty bestowed on this fortunate, yet unfortunate language of ours (Somali). Fortunate because, unlike its people, Somali language refuses to lose its prowess, potency and beauty; unfortunate because its people have hardly been making use of the fortune that their language possesses. In eight nights this year however, both the attendees and participant were treated to a royal taste of their language’s entertainment, illumination and articulation values. Mouth agape, every minute that one took the podium, you would have thought she/he said it all. The delivery, the tempo and topics were all aligned with the theme, translation. Most important of all, each person augmented or rather complemented the one who had preceded him/her.

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