Ashley Partridge


A Lincoln local who's lived around the world, as part of an RAF family. He worked in the Falkland Islands and grew up around Leicester, Scotland and Cyprus. A keen musician and reporter, he's managed to combine both loves by interviewing dozens of bands in his career.

Two members of the Lincoln Rowing Centre have broken a world record by continuously rowing indoors for over three days.

Chris Farrell and Sally Hoonaert spent their Bank Holiday weekend taking turns on a rowing machine outside the Holiday Inn on the Brayford waterfront. On Monday morning, they finished with a time of 72 hours and 2 minutes.

The previous record was 60 hours. The pair passed that at 10.30 on Sunday night but powered on until the following morning. Farrell explained that the original plan to swap every hour and rest periodically didn’t work, as their bodies weren’t able to cope.

He said: “We did that for the first two days but we had to change our shift pattern to 2 hours on, 2 hours off. We were burning more calories than we were taking on and needed the energy. By the end of it, we only had around 4 hours sleep in 4 days.”

In 2011, he completed a solo world record attempt by rowing for 41 hours. However, having Sally as his partner didn’t make the weekend’s three-day challenge any easier.

Farrell said: “It was such a relief when we got to 72 hours. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I hope the record isn’t broken any time soon but if anyone wants to attempt it, feel free.”

Sally Hoonaert, shortly after breaking the 60-hour world record

Photos: Steve Hill/Lincoln Rowing Centre

Medieval Torture Instruments organiser Zbigniew Perzyna (L) stretches Kamila Gierko (R)

The Collection museum is preparing for the final week of its Medieval Torture Instruments exhibition.

Since opening on May 19, over 6,000 visitors have stepped back in time to see how people were treated in the Middle Ages.

In May, The Lincolnite picked out the top 5 devices and one of them became the most popular attraction.

The Virgin of Nuremberg, commonly known as the Iron Maiden has been a macabre hit. Victims were placed inside a case made to look like a woman. Wooden spikes lined the interior and were expertly positioned so that they didn’t pierce any internal organs but caused extreme pain.

Another gruesome favourite has been the Inquisition Chair. It was covered in spikes and anyone who had to sit on it would have endured many stab wounds across their body. They were strapped in and the only way to escape would have been to confess their crimes.

However, some of the alleged crimes included being a witch and causing a storm. The use of torture to question people eventually went out of favour as society realised witchcraft was a myth.

After nearly four months, the Medial Torture Instruments exhibition will close on Sunday, September 2.

Collections Access Assistant Maggie Warren previously noted that Lincoln is the UK premiere of the event, saying: “This is the first time this touring exhibition has been shown in Britain.”

Knock Out Kaine (L-R): Jim Bohemian, Lee Byrne, Danny Krash, Dean Foxx

Lincoln band Knock Out Kaine may not be on the front cover of magazines in Britain, but they’ve stirred up a reputation in Europe.

The hard-rocking four-piece are based in the city and have achieved most of their success overseas. Taking inspiration from classic bands like Guns n Roses, they’ve toured the likes of Italy, Sweden and the USA. In the UK, they’ve played Download Festival and been featured in Kerrang! magazine.

The Lincolnite sat down with frontman Dean Foxx and bassist Lee Byrne to discuss how staying focused and keeping an eye on the audiences overseas can help you chase your dreams.

Tell us about your style and influences.

Dean Foxx (DF): It’s hard rock. There’s a lot of influences on different songs. A lot of reviews we’ve had have picked out different styles. There’s definitely that early 80s to early 90s rock strand, that drives it, without a shadow of a doubt. There’s punk in there, there’s jazz and a lot of country music influences. We love artists like Steve Earle and Johnny Cash.

Hardly any of Lincoln’s bands make it out into the rest of the world, how did you do it?

DF: Perseverance.

Lee Byrne (LB): We’ve been through some hard times. In 2010, we went through bad times; break-ups, band members leaving and big companies promising us the world and not delivering. Then there was this one gig we played in Shoreditch, London. We were approached by someone and I remember thinking he was full of rubbish.

DF: Then all this money appeared. We got taken to meets and wined and dined.

LB: Within a week, everything had been sorted out.

You’ve since toured Europe with members of Guns n Roses. Do you have any road stories?

LB: I punched [Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer] Steven Adler in the groin. I was really drunk and our guitarist, Jim, was trying to put a carrot down my pants. I’d lost my sense of left and right and I got mixed up. I thought Jim was on my left but he wasn’t. I punched Steven three times.

It was the fourth show of a 22-date tour and he did not say one thing about it for the rest of the tour. The next time I saw him was in Amsterdam, at a square and he said he was alright. He gave me a hug.

Knock Out Kaine’s Dean Foxx and Jim Byrne say ‘perseverance is key to success’

What’s next for you?

DF: Our official album release in the United States was at the beginning of August. It’s now on rotation on 60 different radio stations but the record is going out to more people. We’re told that in the next few months, it will be going out on up to 7,500 radio stations. I didn’t even know there was that many. We’ll be going out to the states sooner than we thought.

Could we see an Engine Shed performance?

DF: I think we’d struggle at the moment but I don’t think in a year’s time it would be out of the bounds of reality. We know that the record is going to shift quicker in other provinces than it is in the UK. The UK music industry is a closed shop.

LB: The fact that our record label is German says it all. There’s only a few venues in the UK that have treated us properly. Most venues in Europe gave us free beer and treated us like kings. We played in Ipswich and I went up to the bar and asked for half a coke. The bloke asked me for 2 quid. Dean put his arm round me and said ‘welcome home’.

So what advice would you give to other bands in Lincoln, looking to make it?

DF: A friend of mine, who is a session musician, said to me that perseverance is the common denominator in any success story because everyone bails out just before they get their big break. If you keep moving between different things, the chances are, it’s never going to happen.

Main photo: Marcus Maschwitz

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