A Lesson in Korfball

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Have you ever attended a Korfball match?

This past week LVP worked with England Korfball Inspired to spread the word about the sport Korfball and how to gain accreditation for your local club. We talked to a few Korfball players and representatives from England Korfball Inspired, and found that those playing the sport are extremely passionate about it – you may even meet your future spouse!


What is Korfball?

Similar to netball and basketball, Korfball is a ball sport with two teams of eight. The players on each team can be either all female or split four men and four women. There is a mixed-gender league and a women’s league, but no men’s league. To score a teammate must throw the ball into a bottomless basket mounted to the end of a pole. This makes for a fast-paced game with lots of scoring and defending from each player. Originated in the Netherlands, Korfball is currently played in over 60 different countries, with two alternating national tournaments.

Check out Korfball at: http://www.englandkorfball.co.uk/


Everyone at LVP learned a lot about Korfball this week. In fact, we may even start our own club…


#WorldBookDay… a discussion and short film

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In the world of social media and technology do we still find time to read a book?

A fly on the wall overheard our discussion in the office today about how we hardly ever pick up a physical book these days and lose ourselves in that wonderful place, where dusty pages and penetrating words paint a world of personal images.

Here is a selection of our favourite books and why:


   Ros chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Since my daughter Shayla was born the only books I’ve had time to read are ten pages long…

Shayla and I love this book – it follows the journey of a caterpillar who hatches from an egg and goes about finding food to make himself strong enough to build a cocoon.

At the end he emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

It’s gorgeously illustrated too.


         Yvonne chose The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

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This book has always haunted me…

A beautiful bleak story set on the coast of Newfoundland where the main character Quoyle confronts his demons and the unpredictable forces of nature and society. As the story slowly unfolds he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

The book is hypnotic with each chapter opening with an image and description of a fisherman’s knot. This beautiful introduction to each section acts as a metaphor for the upcoming text. Magical!

                                                    Marcel chose English is Easy, Casaba is Dead by Peter Doktorov

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I guess being brought up in Slovakia, I have an affinity to this book…

The story outlines how the mafia worked in Slovakia and is written almost like a play with an undertone of dark humor.

                                                     Richard chose Down Lambeth Way by Mary Staples

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I love this book because it depicts family life, history and relationships…

It is the first edition to a series of books set in the Lambeth area during the First World War.  There are about ten books in the series and it spans from 1914 up until the Second World War mainly focusing on the Adams Family.

The Adams family of Walworth were poor, cheerful, and above all respectable – even though they sometimes had to seek a little help from the pawnbroker. It was 1914, everyone was going to be affected, things were going to change. But whatever happened, the Adams family – gutsy, tough and cheeky – would come through.

                                              Fatmata chose Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Robert Southey

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I don’t really have a favourite book, but my five year-old daughter absolutely loves this story…

One of the most popular fairy tales in the English language it was first published anonymously in 1837.

The original tale tells of an ugly, old woman who enters the forest home of three bachelor bears whilst they are away.

What was originally a fearsome oral tale became a cosy family story with Goldilocks replacing the old woman and the three bachelor bears transformed into Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear. This later version now only has a hint of menace!

Fine Upstanding Work

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The idea of sitting down at a desk, hunching forward in front of a computer for eight or nine hours doesn’t sound appealing – so why do we do it?
There have been many studies in the previous years about the negative mental and physical affects sitting down can have on someone working at a desk all day. The website for Get Britain Standing (http://www.getbritainstanding.org/) explains it further by saying it can lead to increased blood pressure levels, backache, depression, and various other health risks.
According to the research, standing while working can help employees become more focused, more productive, and less stressed.
So what do we recommend?
With our typical work day, it might be difficult to stand while completing everything that we need to get done. That’s why we have tried to do something active at least every hour. Even something as simple as standing up and stretching – or even having a meeting or taking a call while standing up – can make all the difference. Just getting up out of the chair and onto your feet can help you feel more awake and ready to tackle your next task.




Above is what we have tried at London Video Productions, what would it look like in your office?
Maybe if you’re an editor you can take the advice we heard from famous editor and sound designer, Walter Murch, at a Jam Session with Cinema Jam a couple weeks ago. Through his many years of experience and research, he’s found that he gets the best results and feels the best when he edits while standing.
No matter what type of work you’re doing, how will you find a way to get out of your chair and onto your feet?


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Calling all musicians…

Music Competition

As neighbours to the Independent Label Market, London Video Productions would like to support and celebrate this year’s Christmas ILM by offering a free music video shoot to take place on a Shoreditch roof-top location in January 2016.

See link below for more information on how to enter…