Archive for July, 2016

Postgrad student loans

The government’s new postgrad student loans are here. If you plan to take a Masters course from 1st August 2016, you can apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs. All types of courses are eligible, including media and the arts. Payback only starts when you start […]

Shock news: suggestion algorithms still crap

The Silly Season is here. So here’s an amusing 20 minute pinpointing of just how rubbish Facebook’s “Discover Groups” function is. Facebook’s suggestions for me are:— Friends: “Momentum North Staffordshire” (extreme-left Labour Party members) and similar. Er, no, definitely not. Location: “Shell Island, North Wales”. Probably lovely, but never heard of it and can’t afford […]

Glass making lives on in South Staffordshire – new £5.5m glass museum, studios, maker network website

I’m pleased to see there’s a new £5.5m glass museum in South Staffordshire (*) which is having open days and which is only a few months away from fully opening in 2017. To be more precise the new museum is in Wordsley, which is my ancestral village and also where my ancestors engraved glass in […]

New Audience Multimedia Journalist (trainee)

Excellent job in Birmingham, albeit with the Birmingham Mail: “Trinity Mirror plc is looking for a New Audience Multimedia Journalist (trainee) to generate story ideas, write them with our digital audience in mind, create and curate further multi-media content and put together total content packages that work brilliantly on all of our platforms.” Deadline: 4th […]

The new Brexit cabinet

Well, what a fascinating day in politics. Yesterday I watched closely as May’s magnificently bold re-shuffle unfolded. The result seems almost perfectly pitched — provided they can keep hapless motor-mouths like Boris and Leadsom on a tight brief. And also keep Gove and Osborne quiet on the back-benches, perhaps by subtly holding out the prospect […]

Karen Bradley, new Culture Secretary

Very good news that a local West Midlands MP, Karen Bradley MP (Staffordshire Moorlands), has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. She’s based in the north of the West Midlands, just north-east of Stoke-on-Trent. Here’s my quick 60-minute ‘instant analysis’, for what it’s worth… Bradley grew up seeing […]

Geoffrey Hill

The West Midlands poet Geoffrey Hill has passed away. Hill came of age in the years immediately after the Second World War, in a rural Worcestershire village on the northern outskirts of Bromsgrove. He went away to study at Oxford in 1950, and then taught in the blunt northern city of Leeds from 1954-80. During […]

Nine days after Leave

Nine days on from the vote to Leave, I thought I’d try to sum up what has happened that actually matters: * The Vote. In the largest vote in British history, the people voted to leave the EU. The Leave results were in middle-class as well as working-class areas, deeply rural as well as urban […]