Writing from May 2011

What I read on my holiday

I spent most of my holiday on the Essex coast catching up on some reading. Here are some quotes that grabbed me.


In Periodicals on 3 May 2011. Permalink

More blogging

“More blogging, less tweeting,” I told myself during the recent non-time, holidays donated by Jesus, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the oncoming springtime fertility. Too many ideas have been squeezed into 140 characters when their justifications deserve, and usually end up requiring, more.


In Misc on 3 May 2011. Permalink

Funding niche news services

Talking of links, and more blogging (as I just was if you’re reading this out of sequence), I wanted to expand a bit on something I linked to earlier. Matt Edgar is trying to fund a quality, local, online news service for Leeds by getting at least 36 people to pledge £23.32 per month.


In Misc on 3 May 2011. 2 comments. Permalink

My memories of Chipping Hill School

The infant school I went to, from about age five to seven, Chipping Hill School in Witham, Essex, is moving to a new location, after 109 years on its original site. They are, or were, looking for memories of ex-pupils’ time at the school. I’m not sure if they still want them, but here’s what I think I remember.


In Personal on 4 May 2011. Permalink

Two billion viewers

If you ever get that sneaking suspicion that too much of the authoritative-sounding facts in the news are mindlessly made up, it’s great when you find evidence of this. Everyone from the Daily Mail and the Sun, through the Croydon Advertiser and Shropshire Star, on to CNN, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian blindly reported that “an estimated two billion people” watched the royal wedding.


In Television on 6 May 2011. 6 comments. Permalink

Updated: A Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing

In October 2006 I wrote a lengthy guide to freelancing, summarising things I’d learned. It was getting a bit out of date in places, and I’ve learned more things since then. So I’ve now revised and expanded it.


In Misc on 6 May 2011. Permalink

‘Always Magic in the Air’ by Ken Emerson

I recently read Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era by Ken Emerson (Amazon US, UK) which was very good and very recommended if you’re at all interested in the music churned out by those around New York’s Brill Building in the 1950s and 60s.


In Books, Music on 9 May 2011. 2 comments. Permalink

‘Always Magic in the Air’ Spotify playlist

Yesterday I wrote about Ken Emerson’s book Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era (Amazon US, UK). Today I have a Spotify playlist for those of you who use it. 166 tracks, seven hours of music.


In Music on 10 May 2011. Permalink

Ships, terrorists, red tape, persons

The London Review of Books has a piece by Stephen Sedley, ‘Plimsoll’s Story’ (subscribers only), which I thought was going to be one of those lengthy, dry articles I tend to skip, but it contains some interesting nuggets.


In Periodicals on 12 May 2011. Permalink

Living lightly to cope with disaster

Yet another interesting bit from the London Review of Books. Whatever. Jordan Sand’s Diary in the current issue (subscribers only again) is about Japanese earthquakes, but with a more historical perspective than most of the few things I read about the recent disaster.


In Periodicals on 13 May 2011. Permalink

One of today’s futures

My colleague James Bridle has been continuing to post amazing images over at his Tumblr blog, The New Aesthetic, following his introductory blog post at RIG three weeks ago. It’s all amazing stuff.


In Misc on 26 May 2011. Permalink