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Our training centre can house up to 15 students at a time, each properly equipped with computer animation tools and equipment. Our trainers are all CVQ (Caribbean Vocational Qualification) Certified.Being located at the Studio, the students at the Training Centre have the opportunity to see animation production being done in-house and interface with the animators to understand the production pipeline.

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Toba-GO!

If you like your sun hot and your chicken wings hotter then maybe it’s time to visit a part of the Caribbean that often gets overlooked. It may be a small island, but where it lacks in square metres, it makes up for in personality and charm 10 times over. The second I stepped foot off of the plane the tropical vibe hit me like a Rum punch to the face. Everyone smiling and welcoming, the humid air warming up those lungs and the reggae music getting those feet tapping. Tobago is alive with character and it’s infectious. If you want a holiday with a difference this year then here’s the Sian Guide to Tobago, in order of importance.

CHEESECAKE

The food in Tobago is amazing. Big portions, fantastic flavours and more cheesecake than you can shake a steel drumstick at! Oh yes, the Tobagonians love their food! There is always so much choice and it’s easy to get carried away, but be smart, at Café Havana and La Tartaruga the portions are huge.  My advice is to share a starter (the calamari is amazing) so you can save yourself for dessert! A place you must visit is the Blue crab, run by an incredible couple, this is home cooking at its finest. Miss Sardinha will knock your socks and sandals off with her lively personality and sharp wit, I would eat there again just to see her, but wow, her husband is a genius in the kitchen and the traditional food was delicious. Try something new like fried plantain or cassava and wash it all down with her famous rum punch. Guaranteed to leave there giggling this is an experience you’ll never forget!

DIVING

While in Tobago I learnt to dive. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and after a year of learning new things, from skiing to track cycling, this was a great way to end 2014 on a high…and it was a lot bloody warmer than diving in England! I learnt the basics with Oyster Diving in a pool in central London and then had to put my knowledge to the test in the gorgeous blue waters of Tobago. Oh yeah, and do 12 hours of online theory, but we’ll bypass that part, pretend it never happened, get the laptop screen fixed and skip straight to the good bit.

Diving in Tobago was breathtaking. It was like flying underwater when a current picked you up. The visibility was perfectly clear, I was so excited to see all the colourful fish, let alone when I spotted nurse sharks sleeping and moray eels peeking out of the reef! One of our group even saw a leatherback turtle, but I was too busy trying to have a wee underwater and I missed it. By the way I didn’t wee. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I can’t end this bit on that note, so I’ll just say that if whether you’re thinking of learning to dive or a seasoned pro, you’ll love diving in Tobago and if you don’t fancy diving, go to pigeon point and get in a glass bottomed boat. That way you’ll be able to see all the coral and fish with non of that getting wet bit. The other bonus is that you can get off at ‘nylon pool’ and stand in the middle of the sea! It’s totally surreal and local legend claims the salt water is anti ageing, almost like a fountain of youth! I saw a lot of people suddenly dive in when we found that little fact out!

 

(credit Steve Millard)

RAINFOREST TREK

 

Another must-do trip in Tobago is the trek around the rainforest with Hans! I know you haven’t met him yet, but he deserves and exclamation mark. As you explore the wettest part of the island you’ll encounter the driest sense of humour on the island. For every true fact he’ll throw in a few curve balls to keep you on your toes, however sometimes it’s hard to tell when he’s pulling your leg. He told me that termites tasted of carrots and I should try one. Naturally I thought this time he was joking, but when the guilty smile never came, I decided I had to find out for myself. After sticking my finger into the buzzing nest and pulling it out with about 20 of the little buggers wriggling about on it, it was now or never. ‘I’m a celebrity’ without the cameras. Or pay cheque. Yes it was ridiculous, but I ate them. And yes, for the record, they do taste of carrots. If eating bugs isn’t your bag then you’ll love the waterfall lagoon.  Just a short drive from the rainforest and a leisurely walk down a babbling brook and you reach a little piece of paradise. Float around in the clear warm water or if you’re brave enough, jump from the top of the waterfall and get a new profile picture! From swinging on the vines, to watching parrots and snakes go about their day, the rainforest and waterfall trip  is a highlight of your holiday.

I discovered a lot of new things on this incredible trip, the last one to share with you is the real reason why the chicken crossed the road.  It was to get on the first plane to Tobago and get to the other tide.

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Billy Ocean 

Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles; January 21, 1950) is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian British recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s. After scoring his first four UK Top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones. In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit, “Caribbean Queen”, and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.

In 2002, the University of Westminster, London, awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate of music. In 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards. On July 29, 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, presented to him by Sir Paul McCartney. He is a member of the Rastafari movement.

Biography

Early life and stardom

Ocean was born as Leslie Charles in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago to Hainsley Charles, a Grenadian musician and his wife Violet. He moved to Romford, Essex, England, with his family at the age of 8. Ocean’s musical influence came at an early age of his life as his father was a musician, and Ocean realized he was in line to follow those ambitions as he was growing up. During his teenage years, he sang regularly in London clubs while also working as a tailor in London’s Savile Row. He was discovered by his first manager, John Morphew, who recorded a double A side single at Pye Studios in London with a full orchestra, However, the ballad singing style of Les was going out of fashion and Morphew was unable to get any major label to release it. It remains unreleased. Les’s father, who countersigned the management contract as Les was younger than 18 asked Morphew to release him from contract, which he did without penalty. He recorded his first single “Nashville Rain” backed with “Sun In The Morning” in 1971 for Spark Records as Les Charles and for two years fronted a studio band called Scorched Earth with whom he released “On The Run” backed with “Let’s Put Our Emotions in Motion” in 1974.

Ocean took his stage name from the Ocean Estate, Stepney in London’s East End, where he was living at the time. In 1976, he recorded his first album, Billy Ocean, with its first single release, “Love Really Hurts Without You,” charting at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 22 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. He enjoyed club success from the songs “Are You Ready” and “Stay The Night” from the album City Limit – both of which were later covered by La Toya Jackson. More successes ensued, including “L.O.D. (Love on Delivery)”. He also wrote and composed songs for other artists. In 1981, he scored the US R&B chart with “Nights (Feel Like Getting Down).”

The prime of his international success

Ocean’s period of greatest success began with the releases, during 1984, of the album Suddenly and its main single, “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)”. The song’s title and lyrics were changed for different regions, such that the song is also known as “African Queen” or “European Queen”. The song won Ocean the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 1985 Grammy Awards. The album’s title track also became a success, peaking at No. 4 in both the U.S. and the UK and the song “Loverboy”, while also being a No. 2 U.S. success in 1985 was also featured in the first scene of the popular UK BBC One TV series,Casualty, in 1986.

Ocean appeared at Live Aid in 1985, singing “Caribbean Queen” and “Loverboy”, from the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

His 1986 album Love Zone also sold well. It included the successful singles “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going”, the theme from the film The Jewel of the Nile; this was a No. 1 success in the UK and a No. 2 in the United States; and “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” (a U.S. No. 1, and also a major UK success). Also included were the title track and “Love Is Forever”, which were No. 10 and No. 16 U.S. successes for Ocean, respectively.

In February 1986, Ocean’s video of “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” was banned by the BBC, owing to such non-union members as the American actors Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, all three of whom were cast members ofRomancing The Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, miming to the backing vocals. At the 1987 BRIT Awards, Ocean was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.

Ocean’s next album, Tear Down These Walls (1988), featured another No. 1 single, “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car”, while the album was certified platinum.

Later career

His 1993 album Time to Move On failed to produce any major successes, but his 1989 Greatest Hits collection has been a steady seller over the years, and his 1997 compilation Love Is For Ever made No. 7 on the UK album chart. Ocean’s last studio album for Jive Records was Time to Move On, which he recorded in Chicago with R&B star R. Kelly. R. Kelly had been a longtime admirer of the way Ocean was able to mix the more emotive soul style with a crossover popular style.

In 2002, the University of Westminster in London awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate of music. The awards ceremony took place in the Barbican Centre, in London. He continues to tour and record in Europe. He lives in Sunningdale, Berkshire with his wife, Judy; and their three children Cherie, Antony and Rachel. Antony played rugby sevens at the 2014 Commonwealth Games for Barbados. Ocean is now a patron for Tech Music Schools in London, made up of Drumtech, Vocaltech, Guitar-X and Keyboardtech. He regularly visits to hold clinics and seminars for the students.

In 2004, “Caribbean Queen” was re-released as a digital single for its 20th anniversary, shooting up to No. 25 on the Billboard digital singles chart and garnering radio play across the United States and UK. A remix of the single by will.i.am was released in 2005.

In October 2007, Ocean commenced his first UK tour in more than 15 years. In February and March 2008 he toured Australia and the Far East. His album, Because I Love You was released on February 2, 2009. To coincide with this tour and album launch, Ocean worked with Adoseof Design on a revision of Ocean’s website.

In April 2010, an 18-track compilation album was released in the UK by Sony Music titled The Very Best of Billy Ocean to tie in with a 30-date tour of the UK and Ireland. Featuring Ocean’s biggest hits, the album debuted in the UK Albums Chart at No. 17.

On October 20, 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards.

On July 29, 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. His title was presented by Sir Paul McCartney.

In 2012, Ocean made a cameo appearance in the British comedy movie Keith Lemon: The Film as Lemon’s father.

http://wikipedia.thetimetube.com/?q=Billy+Ocean&lang=en

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Happy 65th Birthday to British R&B singer and songwriter Billy Ocean!
Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles; January 21, 1950) is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian British recording artist who had a string of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s. After scoring his first four UK Top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S. number ones. In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit, “Caribbean Queen”, and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.
In 2002, the University of Westminster, London, awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate of music. In 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards. On July 29, 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, presented to him by Sir Paul McCartney. He is a member of the Rastafari movement.

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Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles; January 21, 1950) is a Trinidadian and Tobagonian British recording artist who had a string ofR&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s.[1] After scoring his first four UK Top 20 successes, seven years passed before he accumulated a series of transatlantic successes, including three U.S.number ones.[1] In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit, “Caribbean Queen”, and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male.[2]

In 2002, the University of Westminster, London, awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate of music. In 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards. On July 29, 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, presented to him by Sir Paul McCartney.[3] He is a member of the Rastafari movement.[4]