University of Salford’s Student Union hosts Game of Thrones Premiere

On Monday the University of Salford’s Student Union hosted a premiere for the return of the popular TV show Game of Thrones.

The event was attended by around 50 people with the show being projected onto a large screen live at 9pm in the Atmosphere Cafe.
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Dave Dullage, Head of Communications for Salford Student Union said, “The event had a great response and always has done, that’s why we try and show Game of Thrones whenever we can. In fact the last showing was such a success we’ve decided to show it on a weekly basis so our students can enjoy watching the series together every time.”

University of Salford student and avid Game of Thrones fan Scarlett Kane said, “I went because it was a more of a social situation to watch the show in, and it was great because there was a lot of people there and everyone gets really into it so it was a lot of fun.”

Without giving any spoilers away she talked about the show, “They went over what happened in the last ones, and obviously all the characters came back and lots of different twists happened which is great and so confusing and then everyone freaked.”

 

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The episode aired was the first of the new 6th season which and went out on Sky Atlantic at 9pm UK time.

The show is produced by the US channel HBO and first aired in 2011 and quickly secured its place in modern popular culture with its escapism, sudden twists and violent deaths drawing in millions of viewers across the world.

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A huge factor in the shows huge success is down to the casting with well known stars previously involved in the show such as Sean Bean (Ned Stark) and Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister).

Many of the cast have now become household names with the show helping their careers with the likes of Peter Dinklage (Tyrian Lannister) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) now involved in the X-Men franchise, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) playing a key role in the last Doctor Who series and Emilia Clark (Daenerys Targaryen) playing Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys.

Overnights.tv reported that the premiere for the show overall attracted around 2.16 million viewers, with 1.38 million viewers watching the 2am broadcast and around 816,000 viewers for the 9pm slot.

Another indicator to show how huge the show has become was shortly after the episode aired the trailer was released for episode two and has now gained 2.4 million views since it’s release on Monday.

The second episode will be show at the Salford Student Union live at 9pm.

 

 

 

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Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2016 kicks off in Manchester

This week the charity Parkinson’s UK is commencing in the annual Parkinson’s Awareness Week and are doing numerous activities in order to raise awareness.

On Monday in Manchester the charity were located at the Virgin Money Lounge where they were educating people who dropped in about Parkinson’s and encouraging them to get involved in the charity.

Parkinson’s Awareness Week started on the 18th of April and lasts until the 24th with many fundraisers taking place over the North West such as walks in Leighton Hall in Lancashire and even abseiling at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

Susan Newsham, Volunteer Coordinator in Greater Manchester for Parkinson’s UK said, “Parkinson’s Awareness week is our chance to raise awareness about the condition and how it affects people, and about the services and support that Parkinson’s UK offers.”

Sarah Green, North West Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK described the effects of the condition saying, “Parkinson’s is a neurological degenerative condition where the dopamine producing cells in the brain are gone, so dopamine is the chemical thats involved in movement and muscle control. So with Parkinson’s it means muscle control is affected throughout the body.”

Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity for supporting people with the condition and since it was founded in 1969 their ultimate aim has been to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

In the UK 1 in 500 people have Parkinson’s and the condition is most common in people aged over 50. However 1 in 20 have symptoms of the condition before the age of 40.

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There are also many celebrities who have the condition such as former heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali and Back To The Future star Michael J. Fox who has even established his own foundation for the research of Parkinson’s.

Sarah Green, North West Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK said, “It’s a really fluctuating condition and actually everybody who get’s Parkinson’s their symptoms and their story is very different, there aren’t any patterns about how your Parkinson’s is going to look so a diagnosis is not necessarily an answer.”

“One of the main things we’re talking about this week is that quite often when people get diagnosed we’ve found that nearly forty percent won’t tell their friends and family and employer as they try to hide it as they get embarrassed.”

Parkinson’s UK is currently supporting around 70 groundbreaking research projects worth over £20million across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There is more information on Parkinson’s UK’s website at http://www.parkinsonsuk.org.uk and confidential helpline 0808 800 0303.

The full interviews are below.

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