Archive for June, 2016

Bringing the Express & Star photo archives online

There’s a Facebook page for The Express & Star photo archive project, which seems set to make a big bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project seems to have made a start earlier this year, involving volunteers sorting the archives, having secured seed funding to “explore” the archives in late 2015. I can’t immediately […]

About those ‘Euro billions’…

My local newspaper The Sentinel is reporting today that Stoke-on-Trent… “may miss out on £157m of European cash” from the 2014-2020 funding round. That’s a paltry £22m per year. It’ll be easily replaced… “… the West Midlands paid in £3.55 [to the EU] for every pound it gets back [in European grants]” — said by […]

A film for today: “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”

If you want a good film to watch this Sunday, it’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007). I’ve just seen it again, and it’s an utterly perfect fit with this moment in history.

The Leave vote in the West Midlands: an infographic

Here’s my quick re-tabulation of the BBC local results, to show only the West Midlands. It demonstrates the ‘Leave’ vote surging across rural and metropolitan areas alike, in what was the biggest popular vote in British history. Of course, some are already trying to re-frame the narrative on the vote — feebly squeaking about voters […]

“O brave new world…”

“O brave new world, that has such people in it!” — Shakespeare, The Tempest.

We’re leaving the EU

Congratulations to every one of the much-mooted “… people who have not spoken yet”. You’ve spoken at last, and have voted for the generations who are coming. It’s 4.45am and the UK is leaving the EU.

Lunar Society conference

Lunarticks, Linnaeus and Lichfield Conference 2016… “… in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Lunar Society. This two day conference will be held at Erasmus Darwin House … an extensive programme of speakers covering a variety of topics relating to the Lunar Society”

Community Media Conference 2016

10th September 2016.The Community Media Conference 2016, Birmingham city centre.