Archive for September, 2004


Choc-a-lot: Have you noticed how some people are now frowning on chocolate eaters, as if they were the same as smokers or people who use mobile phones in crowded places? I blame the new government-induced “obesity panic”. As my own contribution to “healthy living”, I’ve concieved an idea for an artist’s video-documentary. Taking advantage of […]


Apps: I’ve recently been learning NewTek Lightwave & also refreshing my Adobe InDesign skills. A heady mix! Lightwave seems stable & fairly intuitive to use. The rendering is very impressive both in quality & sheer speed; I rendered one of my complex animations as a 80-frame 800×600 .mov in about 20 minutes, and the quality […]

Brum run

Brum run: After two summers of closure and the spending of countless billions, the West Coast main line through Stoke re-opened today. Phew, now I can get down to dear old Brum, or even London, without having to suffer a coach. Watching a coach-driver wrestle a mobile phone & a sandwich as he trundles you […]


Statuemania: A long article at Spiked, on the rise of ‘public art’ in the UK. “By funding this kind of public art, the elite is aiming to build connections with the public. But this strategy actually reinforces its distance from the public. It is really a hands-off strategy, a way of avoiding talking to the […]

Geoffrey Grigson symposium

Geoffrey Grigson: Excellent; there’s to be a centenary symposium to mark the achievement of Geoffrey Grigson (1905-1985), poet, landscape-writer & anthologist, and much else besides. Saint Edmund Hall, Oxford, on Saturday 5th March 2005. Details from:

Iron Age village

Any old iron: How’s this for innovative cultural tourism? An ‘live-in’/re-enactment Iron Age village complex, circa 800BC. It’ll be built and open by next summer, down in the Forest of Dean.

Getty grants

Getty grants: Getty has launched annual grants to photojournalists, worth $100,000 (about £60,000, or £11,000 per photographer)

Open Source Journalism

Beyond the letters page: Open Source Journalism.

Scotland arts report

High road, low road: An interesting new report from Scotland; it claims that each job in the arts supports a further 0.83 jobs elsewhere in Scotland.

Rather stupid

Rather stupid: Memogate inches towards its inevitable conclusion. Seeing the damning evidence inexorably accumulate is like watching one of those “slide penny” machines in an amusement arcade. You know the heap of coins is going to fall, but you don’t know which coin will finally push it over. For those who don’t yet know, this […]

Black Country Rock

Digging for rock: The earth of the Black Country still occasionally trembles, due to historic deposits of dangerously powerful heavy metal. A Real Rock Archive aims to map where these deposits were laid down, for the sake of future generations.

Skills to SME’s

Skills to SME’s: Interesting recent study (PDF, 520kb) from the East Midlands, on how to retain graduates in an area and get them into local small businesses. In the West Midlands we have the Graduate Advantage service, and Staffordshire has both HE Full Circle and Staffordshire Graduate Link.

Elm map

Elm map: Know where there’s a mature elm tree, that survived the blight of the 1970s? The Rambers’ Association Ancient Tree Hunt database would like to know.

Thomas Joshua Cooper

Northern light: The Times profiles photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper (Free registration required).

Home on the range (cycling to Kidsgrove)

Home on the range: Today was spent on cycling Ranger duties. Part of which involved a step-by-step photographing of the Kidsgrove section of the SUSTRANS National Cycle Path.

Creative Norfolk

Big Broads: Hello to Creative Norfolk.

Just the type

Just the type: Now that the lamestream media are calling for resignations; what have I learned from following the fake Bush memo’s scandal so closely? That the US news media is rapidly losing its vaunted “objectivity” and becoming more like the openly-biased UK press, even to the point of sacrificing their reputations for a lost […]

MIA too

MIA too: Media International Australia No. 112, August 2004, is a special issue of the journal, on Creative Networks. Mostly a good deal of ‘re-stating the blummin’ obvious, using obscurantist language’. But there are a few pithy barbs. An interesting conclusion from a study of Northern Ireland…. “The undoubted success of the region’s cultural economy […]

It’s grin up north

It’s grin up north: Interesting new figures on creative industries employment in Manchester; 64,000 jobs, 5.2 percent of total employment. Of dubious accuracy – like all such headline figures – but interesting nonethless.

Creative Spaces 2

Creative spaces 2: Strangely enough, an article in the latest Blueprint magazine echoes my recent musing about the precise nature of spaces that encourage creativity. The recipe, according to the descriptions in the article, is: bespoke lighting, leather sofas, a pool table, a cappuccino machine. Polished wood floors in white cubes with high ceilings. Glowing […]