Here are my best Trance Podcasts so far of 2011:
#1 Trance Around The World with Above & Beyond
British based Above & Beyond recently celebrated their 350th episode. Their two hour weekly podcast consistently showcases the best in Trance Music. Can be listened to live every Friday at 7 on di.fm.
#2 Tiesto's Club Life
The Dutch Super DJ recently celebrated his 200th episode, again great consistent new Trance.
#3 John O'Callaghan's Subculture Podcast
Irish DJ John O'Callaghan is one of my newest finds but has one of the best selections of tunes.
#4 Sean Tyas Tytanium Sessions
My favourite US based DJ picks out some great remixes in his weekly podcast.
#5 Paul van Dyk's VONYC Sessions
German super DJ Paul van Dyk has a 30min weekly podcast.
#6 A State of Trance Podcast
Armin Van Buuren, the worlds biggest DJ has a weekly podcast but only provides 20mins of desktop raving. Recently celebrating ASOT 500 with a massive night of music live on di.fm.
#7 The Gareth Emery Podcast
Brit Gareth Emery has a weekly podcast full of trance.
#8 Andy Moor's Moor Music
Great consistent podcast from Andy Moor.
Shrewsbury's finest James Vardill's monthly mix is an awesome selection of trance.
After a shaky few months the massive online multi-player game Planetarion is back for round 9 of the game. Many changes have happened within Planetarion, the game is now owned by Jolt who are one of the leading gaming sites in the UK. Jolt employed the previous ?creators? of the game to carry on development along with two others named Prince and Kloopy.
However the much loved Zeus has decided to leave for a new job with the troubled company NTL. The remaining game creators will be able to carry on developing the game without having to worry about the other side of the company such as the financial side, this will be taken care on by Jolt.
Round 9 has already been delayed by almost a month due to unseen complications with servers but it is all now ready to start in the beginning on march. Sign ups are already open and roughly 2000 people have already signed up. Adverts on Jolts main site have been helping to advertise the game but it is uncertain how many new players are expected to join the game.
Round 9 is mainly based on Round 8 with a few tweaks to the ship stats, nothing major has been changed in the game. Spinner one of the creators of the game said that the main concern was to get a round of Planetarion up and running as soon as possible.
The creators then hope to be able to work on the much hyped round 10 which is expected to be completely different from all other rounds of Planetarion before hand. Features have been kept a big secret but people interested will be able to play round 10 first at i15 taking place at Newbury Racecourse soon.
It looks like Planetarion has a good future ahead of it if it can get new players to sign up and play the game, this will be vital for the survival of the game as many ?old? players don't seem tempted back into the game.
Here are some photos from my recent trip to Liverpool.
The Albert dock, restored as a tourist attraction in the 80s.
The albert dock is on the bank of the mersey.
Boat trip around the dock.
Construction work in Liverpool with (what I think) is the Royal Liver building in the background.
Liverpool Cathedral in the distance.
The Liverpool One shopping center.
The address reads: Everton Two, Liverpool One
AAIB, the specialist insurance brokers, has commissioned Shrewsbury web developers The Web Orchard to create the worlds first online travel insurance site specifically for travel to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Designed for people visiting Iraq or Afghanistan for business or personal reasons, the new website enables travellers to get an instant quotation which exactly matches their needs. The variables that can be chosen from include duration of stay, purpose of visit, the amount of personal accident and medical evacuation cover required.
Managed by AAIB Insurance Brokers, the travel policy is 'A' rated and essential baggage cover is included in the price. Varying levels of cover are available as well as the option to add more specialist types of cover if required.
Peter White, Web Architect at The Web Orchard, said: “We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this first ever travel insurance site for travel to Iraq and Afghanistan. From a technical perspective, the main challenges were to create a web-enabled copy of AAIB’s risk calculation database, and then to offer users the chance to go from quote to payment in one seamless transaction.”
Additional refinements in the site are the ability to receive an email quotation with PDF attachment, and for customers to download a PDF copy of their policy whenever required from anywhere in the world.
William Wakeham, AAIB’s CEO Insurance is delighted with the outcome. “The Web Orchard created a very elegant front end for our quotation database. Now travellers only have to answer eight drop down questions in order to receive an instant travel insurance quote, which is linked to a secure card payment screen if they want to pay for immediate cover. Compared to other more complex insurance quotation sites, the single page quotation form that The Web Orchard provided is incredibly simple to use.”
The Web Orchard have a five year track record of creating sophisticated e-commerce web presences. They are based in Shrewsbury, near Birmingham, in the United Kingdom and work for an international client base.