Archive for October, 2014

The ultimate selfie

A camera drone

The perfect storm

Pushing the super-accurate period of the UK Met Office weather forecast from 12 to 24 hours is set to save billions of pounds by 2020. The Mail reports savings of “£200bn by 2020”, which seems to be mis-reporting. The BBC seems to more realistically suggest a saving to the nation of £2bn from Sept 2015 […]

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 […]


MontyMarch: A Tribute to Richard Griffiths. Electric Cinema, Birmingham, 28th March 2015. Booking now. It’d be nice if they also showed clips from the Sherlock Holmes film Pursuit to Algiers (1945), in which the villain Gregor (Rex Evans) is an obvious template for Uncle Monty.

International Ocean Film Festival

International Ocean Film Festival, Birmingham UK. 30th October 2014.

Distinctly Black Country

Distinctly Black Country, a landscape history network “for understanding yesterday’s landscape today”.

Wadsworth’s “The Black Country” (1920)

Here’s my partial PDF assembly, from eBay pictures, of the Vorticist artist Edward Wadsworth’s book “The Black Country” (1920). Introduction by Arnold Bennett, 20 black & white plates. Works originally made in 1919. wadsworth_black_country_1920.pdf

Joseph Cornell in London

The first Joseph Cornell show in thirty years, coming to London 4th July – 27th September 2015. Booking now, and probably quite likely to sell out fairly quickly.

Magnum Photos Symposium

Magnum Photos Symposium, Saturday 22nd November 2014 at the Library of Birmingham… “designed to inspire, guide and advise emerging photographers [and is] aimed at photographers who are currently working on a long term, personal photographic project.” Tickets are competitive… “Applicants will be chosen on the strength of submitted proposals and the perceived benefit to the […]

Foggy morning

Black Country Echoes

On now: Black Country Echoes, a multi-venue festival at venues across the Black Country and into Wolverhampton. Includes a Symposium: the Black Country Landscape in Literature. Black Country woodcut by Edward Wadsworth.