Professor Tim Jackson on the UK Government's 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review cuts

Last week I filmed a talk and Q&A by Professor Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey. Professor Jackson was the after-dinner speaker at a work dinner, so I probably should stress that the views expressed are his, and not those of my employers! It was a very dark room so apologies if, like me, you’re […]

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Why was Sky News’s #chileminers counter crass? Any why didn’t they fix it?

There was a veritable storm on Twitter when a new on screen graphic appeared on Sky News’s coverage of the Chile mine rescue this evening. I have read comments describing it as a “joke” or “spectacularly crass” or “insensitive.” I plumped for “sensationalist.” On the face of it the graphic – a counter of miners rescued – is innocuous. Why […]

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More must-listen music: War Horse

More music sharing. The National Theatre’s War Horse is currently playing in the West End, and greatly deserves each of the five star ratings it has received. Music is in itself a character in the story, and the production includes stirring arrangements of hymns and traditional songs. The soundtrack is well worth buying. I have included track four from the […]

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Some thoughts on where #Eurostar's communications went wrong

There are plenty of people rushing to judge Eurostar this weekend. The headline on TechCrunch is almost comical – “As hundreds of Eurostar passengers languish, Eurostar ignores Twitter.” On the face of it, it’s rather like saying “As shelves run dry of food, Tesco ignores Susan Boyle.” It’s quite random. TechCrunch’s view of the issue is pretty narrow (as this […]

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What #Trafigura can teach political parties and others

It comes round so regularly you could set an incredibly slow clock by it – the question “will the next election be the Internet election?” It’s impossible to answer that question without first defining what an “Internet election” is. Traditionally to my mind there have been two possible definitions: An election where a stasticically significant number of seats, ten or […]

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