Archive for the ‘General’ Category

House nouse

House nouse:A new Common Purpose survey suggests that, as I’ve said here before, the thirtysomething downshifters are being shadowed by stay-put creatives and knowledge-workers who are using their house-values as capital to start new businesses. It may even be that the downshifters are doing something similar – a survey last week found the average downshifter […]

Glass Festival

Glass Festival:I was down in Birmingham yesterday, visiting friends Nigel & Sabine, and picked up an advance brochure for the fab-looking first International Festival of Glass, to be held in the Black Country in September 2004. What I liked most was the prominence given to practical “hands-on” & workshops, and the long duration of the […]

Cycling across England – the blog

Wheelog:He’s riding across England, as slowly as possible. The blog is live now and he’s a week into the journey.

Right on

Right on:Christopher Hitchens dissects Fahrenheit 9/11, while the magnificent Melanie Phillips shreds the ‘no Saddam-link’ media spin.

Staffordshire, the invisible county

The Invisible County:Staffordshire has recently had new road-signs erected at the county borders, grandly declaring us “The Creative County“. A fraction of the money from just one of these signs might better have been spent on getting regular listings for our galleries in AN magazine’s gallery-listings section. Since AN readers during the last three years […]

Conferences on the history of photography

Midcons:Two conferences on the history of photography are being planned, and they’re both to be held here in the Midlands. Mapping the Cultural Periodicals of Photography conference will happen from 4th to 5th September 2004, at dear old BIAD, UCE, Birmingham. One of a trio, What Happened Here? Photography in Britain since 1968 will happen […]

Next Level ‘zine

Next Level:Another new British paper-based photography magazine; Next Level. (Flash only).

Under the hammer

Under the hammer:An interesting (though flawed; it doesn’t mention eBay) analysis of why the middle-market British antiques trade is going through hard times, while car-booters, eBay-ers, and high-class niche dealers thrive:- few US tourists with fat wallets and no sense of taste, high shop rents, fewer British buyers with house-room for naff/tasteless 19th century items; […]

Spray & pay (3M Photo Mount)

Spray & pay:3M Photo Mount spray; potentially nasty stuff (PDF data-sheet, 50kb). Use only with a respirator, goggles and gloves.

Flower-fairy erotica

Only in Britain:Flower-fairy erotica helps launch a new Nokia mobile cam-phone.

Sticky-backed plastic – camera fixed

Sticky-backed plastic:Watching all that Blue Peter obviously had some effect. Since I seem to have fixed my broken Fuji Finepix 601 digicam. The camera would work OK for a short while with a bit of tapping and a firm thumb-press on a particular spot on the case. But keeping the thumb pressed there while taking […]

New photography magazine

New photography mag:We have a new UK-based art photography bi-monthly, AK47. It’s free, it’s online, it’s just published the third issue.


Drool:I’d love one of these beauties (JPG, 42kb); but, sadly, they cost three times the price of a normal kayak, at £1500 + shipping from the USA. Still, a case-study in using innovation (in this case adding pedalling-power to a boat) leading to the ability to charge a healthy premium price for a product. Where […]

Infra-red digital photography

IR:If you want to do infra-red photography with a digital camera , then this site seems a good place to start.

More on bike-boat hybrids

More on bike-boat hybrids:A useful comparison chart of the various commercial options, by an independent user. While you’re there, have a look at the ultra-lightweight Geodesic Boats; modern coracles?

Design of the times

Design of the times:ICON magazine has a full transcript of a recent round-table discussion on design education.

Coracle makers

Coracles:In the Midlands & the Welsh Marches, coracle makers are still making these ancient boats. They’re affordable too, at around £250. Sadly, they’re really only for river-crossing and fishing; and are not suited to travelling down an otherwise un-navigable river (say, Stoke to Derby on the upper River Trent). For something like that you’d need […]

Sense of Place

Sense of Place:Sites of Meaning in the Peak District National Park; and Silicon Fen, seven new-media artworks inspired by the flat landscapes & wide skies of East Anglia.

Rhubarb Rhubarb

Rhubarb Rhubarb:There’s lots of juiciness in the new 2004 Rhubarb Rhubarb festival programme. The Orange Studio (Cannon Street, central Birmingham) now has an all-year gallery space for photographers curated by RR.

Return of the King (Moz in Manchester)

Return of the King:You couldn’t make it up; Morrissey triggers a cultural-tourism boom in Manchester. They crave authenticity, they like the city’s old grubby bits. Coach tours run regularly around the old Moz-chester. Planners with bulldozer tendencies, take note. (The Times; free registration required).