Pan Pan Theatre

Since Pan Pan was established by co-directors Gavin Quinn and Aedín Cosgrove, the company has constantly examined and challenged the nature of its work and has resisted settling into well tried formulas. Developing new performance ideas is at the centre of the company’s raison d’être which is born from a desire to be individual and provide innovation in the development of theatre art. All the works created are original, either through the writing (original plays) or through the totally unique expression of established writings. Pan Pan tries to approach theatre as an open form of expression and has developed an individual aesthetic that has grown from making performances in a host of different situations and conditions.

Pan Pan is committed to presenting performances nationally and internationally and developing links for co-productions and collaborations. The company has toured in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and China.
Gavin Quinn Co-Director

I began making theatre when I was five years old in the back garden of the house, where I grew up in Dublin. My first works involved choreographing my sisters to the relevant pop music of the time. Circa 1974.

I suppose even then I wanted to be a boy/man of my time. To be simply concerned with breathing in and out and attend the task of making theatre performances that I am engaged in, without being lascivious nor affected nor posing for the audience.

For the past fifteen years I have mainly collaborated with the designer, Aedín Cosgrove under the working name of Pan Pan.

The theatre that Pan Pan creates is of a contemporary attitude with a lot of personal feelings attached.

Pan Pan is willing to use any language of the theatre to express an intended meaning. Conventions, attitudes and barriers that are both psychological and physical are always limiting performance. Pan Pan tries to approach theatre as an open form of expression. Pan Pan has developed an individual aesthetic that has simply grown from making performances in a host of different situations and conditions.

We work on the exploration of new forms, new approaches and experiments with time, space, music and performance. Our objective has always been to be idiosyncratic, to find the individual step.

There are primary characteristics to our work: authenticity of the performer, humility of purpose, the world as a place of chaos and disorder full of oppositions, conflicts and complexities of existence.

Selected productions include A Bronze Twist of Your Serpent Muscles by Gavin Quinn (winner of Best Overall Production, Dublin Fringe Festival, 1995), Cartoon (1997), Standoffish by Gavin Quinn (Best Production, Advertiser, Adelaide 2000), Deflowerfucked (2001), Mac-Beth 7 (2004), One: Healing with Theatre (2005), The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge (in both Beijing and Dublin, in Mandarin and with a Chinese cast, 2006), Oedipus Loves You by Gavin Quinn and Simon Doyle (2006), The Crumb Trail by Gina Moxley (2009), The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane (Winner of Best Production and Best Set Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010), All That Fall by Samuel Beckett (Winner of Best Sound Design and Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011).

Outside of his work with Pan Pan, Gavin has directed for opera, including The 4 Note Opera (Tom Johnson, 2000), The Magic Flute and Hamelin for OTC (Ian Wilson, 2003), The Abduction from the Seraglio for ETO (Hackney Empire, London 2007), and Così Fan Tutte for Opera Ireland (2007).

Aedín Cosgrove co-founded Pan Pan in 1991 with Gavin Quinn. Designs for Pan Pan include A Bronze Twist of Your Serpent Muscles (winner of Best Overall Production, Dublin Fringe Festival, 1995), Standoffish, Cartoon, Mac-Beth 7 (nominated for Best Lighting, Irish Times Theatre Awards, 2004), One: Healing with Theatre, Oedipus Loves You, The Idiots, Playboy of the Western World, (Beijing), The Crumb Trail (nominated for Best Lighting, Irish Times Theatre Awards, 2010), The Rehearsal Playing the Dane, at Dublin Theatre Festival 2010 (winner Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Set Design & Best Production 2011), Do Di Zhu for Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and Irish Pavillion at Shanghai Expo and All That Fall by Samuel Beckett , August 2011 (winner Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design).

In 2006, Cosgrove travelled with director Sarah-Jane Scaife to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Athens, Greece, to the Samuel Beckett Centenary Residency program during which time they produced Come and Go, Rough for Theatre I, Act Without Words II, Footfalls, and Nacht und Träume. Later, they travelled to Bei Wei University Beijing to work on translation into Mandrain of Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats, which was published in 2011 and the readings were presented at Shanghai Expo. In 2009 they produced Act Without Words II at ABSOLUT Fringe which was then presented at Dublin Theatre Festival 2010 as part of the Re-viewed programme.

From 1994 to 1996 she aslo worked with Corcadorca designing all aspects of the original productions of Disco Pigs and Misterman by Enda Walsh. At this time Cosgrove has also designed lighting for Abbey Theatre productions including The Mai by Marina Carr. More recently, Aedín had designed for theatre, dance and opera productions including No Worst There Is None (The Stomach Box, 2010, Winner of Best Production, Irish Times Theatre Awards), Five Ways to Drown (junk ensemble, 2010), Don Pasquale (Opera Theatre Company, 2012), and Man of Valour (The Corn Exchange Theatre Company, 2011, Winner Best Overall Design ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 and Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards).

Aoife has worked as the General Manager of Pan Pan Theatre since 1999 and in that time has produced all of their many and varied productions as well as the Dublin International Theatre Symposium in 2001 & 2003, numerous international tours and the ONE…Healing with Theatre project.

In addition to her work with Pan Pan, Aoife works as an independent producer under the title of Lily Productions. Her company has produced Gavin Kostick’s Heart of Darkness (Dublin Fringe Festival 2007, Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in 2008 & Southbank Centre in 2009 – Winner of Spirit of the Fringe Award, DFF), Michelle Read’s Snakelight (Dun Laoghaire Mountain to the Sea Literary Festival) and Diet of Worms’ Strollinstown (Absolut Fringe 2010) & Cult (Absolut Fringe 2011).


Ferrara Pan Candy Company

English: A pile of Red Hots candies, made by F...

English: A pile of Red Hots candies, made by Ferrara Pan Candy Company. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Salvatore Ferrara came to America from Nola, Italy in 1900 and founded Ferrara Pan Candy Company in 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of his immigration from Italy, Mr. Ferrara was skilled in the art of making Italian pastries and sugar coated candy almonds. Sugar coated candy almonds, otherwise known as “confetti”, continues to be a tradition at Italian weddings.

By 1904, Salvatore Ferrara had become proficient in the English language. Since he was fluent in both English and Italian the Santa Fe Railroad hired him as an interpreter between crews and their foreman. He worked at the Santa Fe Railroad for four years. In 1908 he came to Chicago and opened a retail pastry and confection shop. From 1908 to 1919 the sugar coated almond business experienced substantial growth and Mr. Ferrara was shipping to an extensive market in the Midwest.

In 1919, Salvatore Ferrara, Salvatore Buffardi and Anello Pagano, brothers-in-law, formed a partnership to engage in the manufacturing of a wide variety of confections. Upon the formation of the partnership they had constructed a manufacturing facility located at 2200 West Taylor Street in the City of Chicago. This is the same site in which the original Ferrara Bakery is still located. The same families, Ferrara, Buffardi and Pagano, continue to own and manage the Ferrara Pan Candy Company.

The word “pan” in the company name indicates that some of the candy we make is “panned”. This process involves building candy pieces from single units, such as grains of sugar, nuts or candy centers, tossing them in revolving pans while adding the flavor, color and other candy ingredients. This process continues until the pieces become the desired size. Finally, the candy gets a high polish with an edible vegetable wax, which gives it an attractive appearance. You can view this process on our virtual tours of “How Panned Candy Is Made”.

The Ferrara Pan Candy Company is equipped with the latest of automatic manufacturing and packaging equipment. All confections are made from the very finest of pure, wholesome ingredients and a continuous program of research is employed for the development of new products. J. Roald Smeets

Lightship “Frying Pan

Frying Pan Lightship and Light Tower

Frying Pan Lightship and Light Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

J. Roald Smeets – Lightship “Frying Pan” is listed on both the New York State and Federal Registers of Historic Places, as it is one of 13 lightships remaining from more than 100 built.  The US Coast Guard used lightships as floating lighthouses to guard other ships from running aground on shoals, or submerged rocks, that were too far from land to be served by a lighthouse on shore.  Many were also used to mark the entrances to harbors.  New Yorkers may be familiar with the Lightship Ambrose, which marked the entrance of New York Harbor, and it is currently docked at the South Street Seaport Museum.

Built in 1929, Lightship #115 “Frying Pan” guarded its namesake, Frying Pan Shoals, 30 miles off of Cape Fear, NC, from 1930 to 1965.  She is 133 feet and 3 inches in length with a 30 foot beam, and she is 632 gross tons.  The unique shape of lightship hulls were designed to withstand the numerous storms and even hurricanes that would send other ships to safer harbors.  15 men lived aboard ship to keep the light atop the mast burning and the foghorn sounding regardless of the weather, season, or time of day.  The crew were stationed aboard ship for three months, followed by two months of shore leave.  It was said to be a job “filled with months of boredom followed by minutes of pure fear”.

Docked at Southport Maritime Museum in Southport, NCLightship Frying Pan has led a remarkable life.  After being abandoned for 10  years while docked at an old oyster cannery in the Chesapeake Bay, we believe she sank due to a broken pipe.  She was underwater for three years before being raised by salvors.  Instead of going to the scrapyard, the ship was sold to its present owners.  After tons of silt and shells were removed from the hull, the ship was outfitted with a new engine and, in 1989, was sailed to New York City.  Frying Pan is now docked at Pier 66 Maritime which is located on Pier 66a in the Hudson River Park at West 26th Street and 12th Ave. in Manhattan, NY.  While the outside of the ship has been restored to her original appearance, the inside retains the barnacle-encrusted, sunken-ship motif that acknowledges her storied past.

Science with Pan-STARRS

Second Life

Second Life (Photo credit: hawaii)

The design of Pan-STARRS is heavily weighted towards its primary purpose, which is to detect potentially hazardous objects in the Solar System. But the wide-field, repetitive nature of the Pan-STARRS observations makes them ideal for a host of other astronomical purposes, ranging from Solar System astronomy to cosmology.

Some of the science described here can be done as a by-product of the asteroid searches, but some of the studies require more specialized observations, such as color filters, greater integration time, or more frequent exposures.

There are two features that distinguish Pan-STARRS from other astronomical surveys: its ability to map very large areas of sky to great sensitivity and its ability to find moving or variable objects. The projects that are described here all make use of one or other of these characteristics.

Jeff Z. Pan

Department of Computing Science
The University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UE

I welcome applications for doctoral study and post-doctoral visitors in areas relevant to my research interests.

Semantic Web
Ontology Reasoning
Semantic Search
Knowledge Representation
Description Logics
Query Answering
Rule Languages
Software Engineering
Semantic Advertising

Standardisation Efforts

Advisory Committee Representative, W3C
Primary Member Representative, Object Management Group (OMG)
Co-cordinator of the OWL Task Force on Uncertainty
OW 2 (OWL 2 Profile Checker)
OWL 2 Reasoners and their test results
Co-Chair of W3C Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group
Invited expert of W3C Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group
Member of the RuleML steering committee
Co-coordinator, Software Engineering Task Force of the W3C Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment Working Group
Co-coordinator, Multimedia Annotation on the Semantic Web Task Force of the W3C Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment

Working Group
Co-Chair of Fuzzy RuleML Technical Group
W3C Provenance XG
W3C Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web Incubator Group
Co-author of RDFS(FA), OWL-E and OWL-Eu


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PAN – my favorite art gallery in Naples – J. Roald Smeets

Me and my family have lived in Naples for three years and it has been an unforgettable experience so far. Naples has filled me with so many great memories already. Beautiful town, gorgeous Monte Vesuvio, lively people, amazing spaghetti con sugo di pomodoro and the best pizza in Italy.

But where I really enjoy myself are the art galleries and museums in Italy. PAN – Palazzo Arti Napoli is my favourite and I go and see its exhibitions time after time. Sometimes I feel like its paintings and sculptures feeds me more than pizza. This is my favourite pizza place. 😉

It is located just minutes from our apartment in the center of Naples. One day a couple of years ago I was just walking on the streets marvelling at the scenery. It was a bit cool day, so I just stepped into the museum to enjoy a little bit of culture and art. And I fell in love with this three-storey pink palace straight away.

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Pan-African Parliament

Map of African, with African Union member stat...

Map of African, with African Union member states in dark green and states with suspended membership in light green (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pan-African Parliament was established in March 2004, by Article 17 ofThe Constitutive Act of the African Union, as one of the nine Organs providedfor in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja,Nigeria, in 1991.

The establishment of the Pan-African Parliament is informed by a vision toprovide a common platform for African peoples and their grass-rootsorganizations to be more involved in discussions and decision-making on theproblems and challenges facing the continent.

The seat of the Parliament is in Midrand, South Africa.

The Pan-African Parliamentarians represent all the peoples of Africa. Theultimate aim of the Pan-African Parliament is to evolve into an institutionwith full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal adultsuffrage.