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[7 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Kate Adie’s 4 Golden Rules For Good Journalism

In early February 2016 I was fortunate enough to meet Kate Adie OBE, a well known BBC journalist.
Addressing a room of about 200 people, Kate gave an excellent account of how she progressed from being a relatively ordinary student, to her role in BBC local radio and then BBC regional television, before securing her mainstream position at BBC News. On moving from BBC local radio in the North East to what she thought was another radio job with BBC West, she was astonished to learn (on day one at BBC …

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[7 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]
Hackference Brum

What’s the connection between Geeks and Pharaohs and Lego?
It was the weekend of 2 – 4 Oct 2015 and I was at Hackference in Birmingham. The event is a combination of a conference on the Friday and a hackathon on the Saturday and Sunday, and it’s aimed at software developers and web designers amongst others. I expect that lots has been written by other attendees and so this blogpost focuses on three key things that I gained from Hackference.
I was never any good at History when I was at school, …

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[4 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
LeedsHack 2014

Quite unexpectedly, I was able to get to LeedsHack again this year having missed it for the last two! I say “unexpectedly”, because it was on 2-3 Aug 2014 which was one of my very rare vacant weekends, being sandwiched between working in Switzerland at the end of July and going on holiday to Portugal in the middle of August! I knew LeedsHack was happening, but I had the feeling that a free weekend at home in London was what I needed when my life involves a bit too much …

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[15 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Winnie the Pooh and the Pint of Guinness

There are a number of things which you can learn about public speaking.
In the talk “Winnie the Pooh and the Pint of Guinness” Proactive Paul explained that the message is three fold. Which is quite handy really, as there is always “a rule of three” to help you on your way, as you build your public speaking career. Here’s a quick run down of the presentation which Paul gave at 300 Seconds on 14 Jan 2014.

Paul’s slides are here on SlideShare
Your presentation has three parts, a beginning, a middle …

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[12 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Hack To The Future – The Movie

The event “Hack To The Future” was born out of a deep passion for proper computing. The brainchild of Alan O’Donohue, and with the support of many teachers and a fledgling movement called “Coding for Kids” this inaugural event on 11 Feb 2012 fired the imagination of all who took part.

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The next step is to promote more proper coding, and proper computer science in schools. If this is something you’re interested in follow BBC North as details will soon emerge about the next event on 5 Mar 2012. And it …

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[1 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
A Station in Life

The sky’s the limit, but that doesn’t mean that the sky is where you should be!
In some societies there is a preoccupation with achieving fame and fortune.
In others, there is a desire to achieve your station in life. And that makes me think that there are 3 possibilities

you have already achieved your station in life
your station in life is somewhere below your current position
your station in life is somewhere above your current position

Now, clearly, if you’ve already achieved your station in life, you don’t need to read this article, and …

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[9 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Learning Without Frontiers

Learning Without Frontiers is taking place in London from Sunday 9 to Tuesday 11 Jan 2011 and according to the web site it’s all about “disruption, innovation and learning”.
Originally, entitled “The Handheld Computer Learning Festival” I booked my tickets for this event as far back 19 Jun 2010!
I was really keen to be at the event, and last June I was in the midst of working on a Kanji Learning Game for iPhone. However, things change over time, my experience of SDK has been less than rewarding and my “Sunday …

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[29 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
BarCamp Southampton

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Getting to grips with your business!

Really refreshing, in a brutally honest sort of way! That just about sums up the way that @cminion and @cgutteridge ran BarCamp Southampton. You knew right from the start when the welcome talk included . . .

This is not a proper barcamp, whatever that means!
If you see something that hasn’t been done then you have just volunteered to do it!
The …

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[15 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
Instant gratification

More Profit in Less Time – The Wednesday Tip
Businesses that work along the lines of “instant gratification” are demonstrating that there is a benefit to the customer and a benefit to the business. Things are getting done “now”, the fulfilment process becomes shorter and that means a saving of both time and money.
In the last week or so I have ordered a number of books through the Amazon web site, provided by their Sellers. One of these Sellers amazed me when my book arrived in the post in less than …