Picture perfect

It’s an oft-used saying and one that applies to lots of different situations…

But You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression definitely fits the bill when it comes to online dating!

There’s no doubt that people giving those apps a go usually make up their mind in a split second so it’s important to catch their eye and make sure that first impression really is a good one…

And that’s just one of the things that photographer Gemma Wilks, this week’s guest on Girls Around Town, sets out to do for clients.

Gemma will be in the studio with June in the second hour of the show to explain how she’s on a mission to abolish those bathroom selfies, replacing them with eye-catching photos and dating profiles that stop singles in their scroll.

Online dating isn’t for everyone of course, which is why she also hosts regular Single and Mingle evenings in Nottingham where guests can meet up over a drink and a bite to eat in the old-fashioned way.

And that’s not all – inspired by Channel 4’s First Dates, she’s just launched Table For Two which matches suitable couples over a delicious meal…

The only difference being there’s no TV crew present and of course no Fred Sirieix greeting guests on their arrival at the restaurant!

Make sure you Put On Your Sunday Best on 107.8FM, on the apps or online to hear what Gemma has to say from just after 11am this weekend…

When no doubt she and June will have plenty to share about their own first dates too, both successful and otherwise!!

Bringing artists into view

Their studios may be closed to the public right now but artists across Nottinghamshire will still be welcoming ‘visitors’ throughout May and June, thanks to a special initiative designed to bring Open Studios 2020 to the county ‘virtually’.

“Of course it is no longer possible to run Open Studios in its usual format this year,” said Michael Trueman, co-ordinator of the initiative. “However, the creative community is the best at keeping morale high when times are rough, not only for the wider public but for ourselves too.

“Hence we have decided to use the online and digital opportunities available to continue to fulfil our mission of ‘bringing artists into view’.”

OS Notts will be sharing virtual studio tours and videos of artists’ work in progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and on a dedicated YouTube channel. There will also be opportunities to meet participating artists on social media and a new Meet the Artist section on the OS website.

Linked photographic exhibitions showing artists and makers at work that would normally be held in libraries across the county courtesy of  Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries will also take place online.

Links to the exhibition, which launches on Friday 24 April, will be posted on social media and on the OS website. For the third year running, the photographs have been taken by Neil Pledger and curated by Lucianna Gallucci.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Girls Around Town social media feeds for regular updates about this year’s Open Studios…

Photographs by Neil Pledger

Back together again

Back in November 2017 Tina Bettison and Sue Jackson stepped away from the microphones, leaving June with the unenviable task of finding two new co- presenters to fill their shoes.

Fortunately Rachel, Rosalyn and, most recently, Claire were all more than happy to do just that and, after a brief sabbatical, Girls Around Town returned to the airwaves in March 2018

Although Tina’s been in the studio on the other side of the desk at least twice since then, next weekend will see all three friends re-united for the first time when both she and Sue drop by for a catch up.

And Ros will be joining the party too!

They’ll be reminiscing about the old days – remember all those Chocolate Moments, not to mention that valuable advice on how to choose the right shade of lippy? – before bringing June and Ros up to date on what’s been keeping them busy over the last two years.

From the brand new cookery school Sue’s about to launch to Tina’s return to her love of writing and photography, they’ll have no shortage of news to share.

So it’s probably just as well that virtually the whole of next week’s show has been set aside for them to do so!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday to join the reunion – who knows, chocolate might even make a comeback too…