Crowdfunding helps fans support new Jamie Anderson production

By Tidy Eye

Gerry Anderson’s son Jamie is set to realise one of his father’s creating and explode his legacy.

Bideford sci fi filmmaker and connoisseur Raymond Goldsmith of Tidy Eye Films popped across news of the latest in the legacy of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Fireball XL5, to name but three. And it not only highlights the enduring appeal of Gerry Anderson’s work, but also how filmmakers and fans can pull together to get projects off the ground.

Jamie & Brains

Jamie & Brains

Having successfully launched the new Gerry Anderson project, Firestorm, on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, Gerry’s son, Jamie Anderson has now raised enough money to exceed the project’s second ‘stretch goal’, providing enough extra money to build – and then destroy in a tremendous explosion – evil Black Orchid’s technology centre on their island base.

Having raised the minimum needed in less than 96 hours, the project is now focusing on reaching its ‘stretch goal’ of £135,000 over the next 9 days left to make a 22 minute pilot episode.
Fans of iconic Gerry Anderson shows like Space: 1999, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Thunderbirds can now back the project to help fund the pilot episode in return for special limited edition rewards from props and collector edition DVDs, to set visits and film credits.

Firestorm is a Gerry Anderson concept that was originally produced and released by a Japanese company as an anime series across Japan and South East Asia in 2003. This new version of the Gerry Anderson concept has been redeveloped from Gerry’s original synopsis and story outline documents.

The funding already raised from the Kickstarter campaign now ensures that a mini pilot episode will be made with a new filming technique called ‘Ultramarionation’, the next stage in evolution from the famous ‘Supermarionation’ technique of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, using a combination of puppetry, practical effects, physical props and sets, and model miniatures.

Jamie told D&CFilm: “Over 1,000 fans from all over the world have rallied round to help get my dad’s project off the ground. Now that we’ve raised the extra money needed, I’m looking forward to destroying my father’s Black Orchid legacy in an almighty and thunderous explosion!”

The campaign has already raised enough to produce a 5-8 minute minisode introducing some of the characters and storyline elements of the series. The next ‘stretch goals’ will allow for further development of characters, storyline, scenes and explosions up to a 22 minute pilot episode if £135,000 is raised and a full 45 minute feature episode if £342,000 is raised.

Jamie said: “The worldwide support for Firestorm from Gerry Anderson fans has been fantastic, and we’re now hoping to raise enough money for a full-length feature episode. With a fair wind and a bit more luck, Firestorm will be on your TV screen in the very near future!”

For further information, pop over the the Firestorm site.

Firestorm heroes.


Daily Telegraph: Our Work – Ray fishers face ruin after European ban

By Tidy Eye


A part of the British fishing industry is facing ruin following a ban on ray fishing.

Fishermen in North Devon could have to sell their boats, and Appledore Fish Dock has closed down, after the unexpected ban left the industry contemplating the loss of almost three quarters of its revenue.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has imposed the ban, which includes the Bristol Channel, after the country as a whole exceeded its quota for the year.

Fishing leaders accused the MMO of “gross mismanagement”, and sellers have complained they are being driven out of business by the move.

Tony Rutherford, a joint owner of Bideford fisheries, said he will have have to close the wet fish side of his business which handled 500 tons a year, resulting in 12 job losses. “If the seas were fished out we would hold our hands up but it is absolutely swarming,” he added.

The closure will last until the Dec 31. Officials blamed the European Commission quotas. An MMO spokesman said: “We recognise that this decision is frustrating to those groups that have not exhausted their quota allocation.”

Harvesting by the Moon

By Tidy Eye, Cycle of the year, Growing tips, Harvest Time, Health

As Blackberry, Elderberry, Hawthorn berry & Sloe season approach here’s a quick harvest guide. I grew all the fruit and veg here.
Harvesting and preserving crops

Just as the moon and zodiac signs affect the planting and growth of your garden treasures they also provide a window in which to harvest your crops. The synchronicity of the sun, moon and stars influences all aspects of plant growth, including the precise instance for gathering up your the bounty.
There are times, in the celestial cycle, when the process of food preservation is said to be more successful. It follows that the best time to preserve your harvest should compliment this pattern established by nature.
The natural rhythm of plant growth

In other words, when harvesting is done in time with the natural rhythm of plant growth, crops will be more likely to store and/or preserve well. These principles of preservation are not new. They have been used for ages by gardeners like you and me. Try them out and see for yourself.

Fruit and vegetables
Harvesting in the dry air (i.e. Libra, Aquarius and Gemini) and fire signs (i.e. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) in the fourth quarter moon phase helps in the preservation of fruit and vegetables.

Fruits picked during a waning moon phase will cause any damage that occurs to dry up and not rot.

Do not harvest fruit, grain, and vegetables in the watery signs (i.e. Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio) or during the new moon. They will either decay or sprout.

Blow ground crops (Root crops)
Gather root crops in the last quarter moon phase which is the third quarter moon. They will store better if they are harvested when the signs are barren (i.e. Libra, Aquarius, Gemini, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius).

Harvesting most crops during the waning moon is best. They will keep better and last longer.

Saving seed and grain – Seed and grain should be harvested during the time of the new moon.

Bark should be taken when the plant is dormant, in fall or early spring. It should be harvested during a waning moon and when the zodiac signs of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius are in the sky.

Leaves, flowers, herbs and seeds
white daisy
Leaves and flowers for fresh use or freezing should be picked in the morning after the dew has dried and the essential oils are at their peak. This is best done when the moon is waxing or the second quarter moon and in one of the zodiac signs of Taurus, Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, or Pisces.

Leaves and flowers used for drying should also be picked in the morning after the dew has evaporated. Do this when the moon is waning and in one of the zodiac signs – Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.

Roots should be harvested during their dormancy in the fall or early spring. Pick them when the moon is waxing and nearly a full moon in either Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.

Seeds should be harvested when they are fully ripe and falling off of the plant. This should be done when the moon is waning and in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.

Wood to be used for heating or lumber should be felled when the moon is waning. Timber will keep longest if it is cut towards the end of the winter. This will prevent its rotting, and it will become hard and durable.
All photos by me