Archive for the ‘Stoke-on-Trent’ Category

The insect hotel of Uttoxeter

A super new ‘insect hotel’ is due to open very soon at Uttoxeter in North Staffordshire. A very nice bit of garden/architectural/eco design.

Endon Wildlife

Endon Wildlife is a blog in the Staffordshire Moorlands of North Staffordshire, which is doing outstanding local on-the-ground research work on subtle eco-degredation and mis-management of the landscape.

Budget speech

Highlights of this afternoon’s Budget speech in Parliament, the measures likely to affect smaller creative businesses and the self-employed: * “across England, [we are] launching a new round of Enterprise Zones for smaller towns” * “The new National Living Wage will be compulsory. Working people aged 25 and over will receive it. It will start […]

Lost in the LEP?

North East Staffordshire no longer part of the Greater Birmingham LEP, it seems. The LEP now begins somewhere around Cannock Chase, at least according to their Chairman today… “First, we need to define exactly what we will say about the Greater Birmingham region – a diverse area that stretches from southern Staffordshire to northern Worcestershire.”

Camila Prada

Camila Prada, a young Stoke-on-Trent ceramics designer, has a new Kickstarter.

Litter and fly-tipping in England

New Parliamentary report on Litter and fly-tipping in England. PDF version.

New service: archaeological illustration

Your favourite view, sent back in time! I’m pleased to use this view of Bradwell Wood in North Staffordshire to launch a new paid service, offering affordable archaeological illustration. I’m now able to use data maps to recreate a historical bird’s eye view of any landscape in the UK, seen from any direction or elevation. […]

Tech Nation report

Tech Nation is a new report which claims to have surveyed the 21 UK digital production clusters outside London. Of such companies formed since 2008, 74 percent were found to be located outside London. Of companies formed since 2010… Birmingham is deemed by the report to be an “early stage” cluster, but has apparently seen […]

Details on the UK’s postgraduate loans

The fine details have emerged on the UK’s forthcoming postgraduate loans funding for Masters degrees: Update: this old post has now been superseded by a new post.

Penkhull Wassail

A quick little 2-minute video I made of last night’s Penkhull Wassail, a successful revival in urban Stoke-on-Trent of the ancient New Year wassail folk tradition. The Penkhull Wassail joins Barlaston, in the south of the city, in having an annual New Year wassail. The local morris dancers were Penkhull’s own Domesday Morris, and the […]


The full feature-length documentary movie on North Staffordshire oatcakes and their fans, now online for free…

Creating Creative Cities

A City Growth Commissioner is on the RSA blog today musing on “Creating Creative Cities: How the City Growth Commission report can unlock innovation and entrepreneurship across the UK”. It comes on top of a small avalanche of reports from the Commission, and thus the article’s key suggestions on creativity seem a little underwhelming when […]

L Fest lands in North Staffordshire

L Fest… “is the UK’s award winning lesbian music, arts & comedy festival, returning in 2014 from 18th-21st July in Staffordshire. L Fest is a weekend celebration of live music, lesbian authors, workshops, lesbian cinema, comediennes, games, river cruises, speed dating, camping and more held at a new location this year at Uttoxeter Racecourse in […]

Peaky Snappers

The nearby Peak District National Park is getting the Google Street View treatment, via a new Google Trekker backpack camera system… “we are the first UK national park to get the Trekker backpack. … From the backpack protrudes the Martian-like head with its 15 lenses.”

Labour wasn’t working

A new short report and data from the ONS, GVA for Local Enterprise Partnerships, 1997-2012 gives, “for the first time” they say, robustly calculated data on economic output for what are now the LEP areas of the English regions. They measure ‘Gross Value Added’ in the UK investment regions, or to put it in simple […]

Peak fitness

Free vintage cycle and lifestyle festival up in the Peak District on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, this summer. Plus an “up hill, down dale” cycle race. I know some of that area, and wowzer it is going to be strenous!

Six-inch to the mile OS maps, free

Six-inch to the mile Ordnance Survey maps, 1842-1952, now free and synced onto Google Maps.

March 2014 budget digest

A quick look at today’s Budget [full video], from the point of view of the creative industries: * Basic rate tax threshold is put up to £10,500, meaning many artists and bootstrapping startup business owners will pay no income tax. It also seems that the first “£5,000 of savings income” will attract a zero tax […]

Mind the Watford Gap

Cameron Neylon has rustled up a useful map of the public libraries in the UK which are set to offer free access to 8,000 commercial paywalled academic ejournals… Very nice if you’re in the leafy Home Counties around London, not so useful for those in the industrial Midlands or the North. Although the use terms […]

DIY Google StreetView

Disappointed that Google StreetView doesn’t cover your favorite bit of the Midlands? Google has just launched a new tool that enables anyone to make a set of StreetView photos, and upload them to Google Maps. You can also use it create a virtual tour inside a building, for your visitors. I imagine there’s going to […]