Archive for December, 2014

The Art of Smallfilms

Had a book token for Xmas? The Art of Smallfilms is a beautiful oversize art book of the props and cut-outs used in the era of classic children’s TV, on shows such as The Clangers, Noggin the Nog, Pogles’ Wood and Ivor the Engine. Which, of course, now live again on YouTube and DVD. A […]

Jobs per sector, after the recession

An interactive New York Times infographic of who benefited and who lost (per sector) as the USA came out of the great recession…

People’s Archive of Rural India

People’s Archive of Rural India, a major new venture from the former Rural Affairs Editor at The Hindu newspaper…

Kitty Cafe

The first cat cafe in the Midlands, Kitty Cafe is opening in Nottingham in February 2015.

The Wrekin Giant

The direct express train service from London to Shrewsbury has been reinstated — and it’s not a piffling two-carriage trundler, either. It’s now pulled by a Virgin Super Voyager named ‘The Wrekin Giant’, no less.


New research report from Nesta and Bloomberg Philanthropies, i-teams: the teams and funds making innovation happen in governments around the world, from nudgers to nerds… This report tells the stories of 20 teams, units and funds established by governments and charged with making innovation happen. They work across the spectrum of innovation – from focusing […]

Impact Hub Birmingham

Impact Hub Birmingham…


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

Autumn Statement: creative industries round-up

Here’s my round-up of the new measures I spotted announced today in the Autumn Statement, of relevance to the creative industries… * A full student loan will be available for a Masters postgraduate degree, and across all subjects and disciplines from 2016-17. It seems there will be no payback until you’re earning a set amount […]