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2b Acting release their hard-hitting interactive video ‘NO: The Line’, painting a disturbing picture of a virus-controlled future


Yorkshire based digital media and theatre company 2b Acting, has released yet another hard-hitting NO interactive video, ‘The Line’. A disturbing dystopian future where citizens are heavily controlled to maintain self-isolation.

The sudden societal changes introduced in response to controlling the COVID-19 virus, such as social distancing, wearing of masks, lockdowns, virus tracking apps, etc. serve as the backdrop to 2b Acting’s latest episode in the ‘NO series’ of interactive videos.

Their ‘NO series’ raise subjects that have an impact on society and where a question can be asked that should have the answer NO, yet this is not the case. For example, “Is it right that 3 million children die from hunger in this world every year?” NO! But it keeps happening.

In ‘NO: The Line, the question asked is, “Is it right to brainwash a population?” To answer this, the viewer takes the role of a controller, an employee, asked to utilise known control techniques to keep Angela (played by Anastasia Ampatzoglou) from crossing a self-isolation demarcation point – The Line. This is represented as a marked border that Angela has been conditioned never to cross, to stay safe.

Whilst the story presents a future that may never happen it does highlight the possible abuse of control techniques currently being employed and the subsequent trade between our humanity and our safety because of it.

“In this interactive video, the viewer controls the unfolding story. Each decision has consequences for Angela and in this way, the viewer gains a better understanding as to why answering NO to the question is not as straight forward as it first appears”, says 2b Acting. “This is an interesting way to tell this powerful story, which is great for us, as we want our art to lead towards truths that encourage betterment.”

Interactive videos do allow for new ways to tell stories and those who watch will find this medium more engaging and meaningful than other forms of storytelling. The interactive video is available for viewing by Enhanced Mode users on 2b Acting’s InView platform.

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The Cruise Line Launches New App


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Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex (June 18, 2020) – Cruise bookings, and all the excitement that goes with them, just got a whole lot easier and smarter thanks to a brand new App available from The Cruise Line.

Cutting through the confusion of countless deals, discounts and destinations, this eye-catching App is designed to help both existing clients and those new to cruising easily navigate more than 30,000 itineraries from 30-plus ocean, river and expedition cruise lines.

Developed in collaboration with Liverpool-based travel software company, CruiseAppy, the free App offers live pricing, on the go, for well-known cruise brands as well as detailed destination guides that allow users to research the places they want to visit, with information on sight-seeing, dining and shopping for hundreds of ports and cities throughout the world.

There is also a comprehensive Cruise Video section, where new content is added on a regular basis. Here, users can view beautifully detailed videos on a variety of cruise-related subjects, including travel tips, exclusive ship tours and details of new ships and product launches.

Available to download from today on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, other user-friendly features include:

• My Profile: Store loyalty numbers and view upcoming sailings booked through The Cruise Line.
• Smart search: Search itineraries by keyword, date, cruise line or ship.
• Cruise Watch: Monitor cruise fare fluctuations and receive push notifications when discounts or offers are published.
• Cruise Chat: Connect with The Cruise Line’s Voyage Consultants to discuss sailings or make enquiries.
• Special Offers: Browse the latest cruise deals – many of which are exclusive to The Cruise Line.

David Smith, Marketing Director of The Cruise Line said: “With so many holidaymakers now using mobile devices to book their upcoming trips, the introduction of the App represents a logical evolution for The Cruise Line. It will give users the ability to seamlessly find their next voyage and allow us to continue to provide unbeatable, personalised service, which has always been the cornerstone of our company’s ethos.”

Peter Whittle, Co-founder/CEO of CruiseAppy said: “The Cruise Line is one of leading luxury cruise specialists in the country and the latest agency to utilise our innovative App platform for cruise sellers. The partnership has worked really well, with The Cruise Line team inputting new ideas for the App at both design and back-office level. They have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to expanding the platform in the next phase to also incorporate their website to provide a frictionless & unified digital experience for their customers”

About The Cruise Line:

Based in West Sussex, The Cruise Line was founded in 1993 and is regarded as the UK’s original luxury cruise specialist. Offering ocean, river and expedition cruises throughout the world, The Cruise Line is a leading agent for Silversea, Oceania Cruises, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Windstar Cruises and SeaDream Yacht Club.

About CruiseAppy:

CruiseAppy is a trading brand of Digital Travel Marketing Group Ltd, based on the waterfront of the maritime city and global home of passenger shipping, Liverpool. CruiseAppy are a team of developers, designers, content producers and project managers utilising state of the art TV production facilities and a wealth of cruise technology experience to make cruise sellers and customers happy.

Contact:

The Cruise Line: David Smith (Marketing Director) 01273 836601, david@cruiseline.co.uk
CruiseAppy: Peter Whittle (Co-founder/CEO) 07949 042956, peter.whittle@cruiseappy.com

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Announcing a New Board Line Up for 4Networking


“Every BIG opportunity starts with a little conversation.” StefanThomas – Network Director

Each time you attend a 4Networking meeting, the opportunity is massive. Not everyone regards it as such.

Let us share 3 people that did
Stef Thomas, Network Director of 4Networking, Stef joined the network on 22nd October 2007 after walking into the launch of 4N Oxford. If he hadn’t walked in that to the launch, would he have become the author of Business Networking for Dummies? Would he have become an international speaker? Unlikely.  He certainly wouldn’t have become Network Director, which he now is.

Or how about Terry Cooper, who came through the door as a visitor at 4N Gordano on the 29th November 2006, with his 30 years of sales and 15 years of PLC Board level experience.  Terry started as a Group Leader before becoming Development Director and now Chairman of 4N.

And let’s talk about arguably the smiliest person in the network, Jen Hinds, who joined the 4N Runcorn team on the 12th November 2009, at her very first meeting. Jen runs her Always Oarsome training company which serves her and us well, and today, we finally officially announce Jen’s appointment to the 4N Board, as Training and OPS Director of 4N.

And what about Pippa Hodge. Previously Ops Director, Pippa has stepped up to steer 4N through lockdown and, instead of this period being disastrous for the network, Pippa made it fantastic. She has led the team to pull the whole network online and continuing to give our members a place to network and to belong.  Today, Pippa rightfully takes up her new role as the first female managing director of 4N.

Mind-blowing.
Three once visitors, now shareholders on the board of 4Networking. Pippa, Jen and Stef will run the network day to day, with Terry and Brad Burton bringing their experience to bear in the background.
The opportunity, for each of us, is to find our own virtual teams to help grow our prospective businesses, by being a positive networker, a positive 4Ner and building a positive future. Anything is possible.
This really means the war for 4N is over, we have survived & evolved from Covid.

We have come through one of the most difficult times in 4N’s existence, but now we enter into a new chapter, with a kinder, more rounded way of moving forward.

Please join us in congratulating Pippa, Jen and Stef on their new appointments and thank you to everyone who has actively and so positively supported us throughout these testing few months.
We will get through this. Together.

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