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[31 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,070 views]
Gregory David Roberts “Shantaram”

Within two pages Shantaram had become my new favourite book. This epic novel is brilliantly written; the pace, the detail, the characters, the drama are compelling, if you are not sucked in you are reading a bogus version.

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[26 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,459 views]
Skyfall

He’s got dudes to catch, points to prove and muscle to flex, welcome back Mr Bond.

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[11 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 1,293 views]
Much Ado About Nothing

In case you’ve been wondering, I can confirm that the RSC really do know how to put on a production of Shakespeare. I’d never read or seen Much Ado About Nothing before (cos I decided to ‘do’ the histories at university) but it’s one of Big Will’s easier to follow stories and this production is clever, engaging and funny. The adaptation is based in India, it’s nicely colourful, musical & playful; Bollywood yes, but not unnecessarily so.

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[28 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 1,875 views]
Rewire London

Rewire London brought together around 200 bright sparks from the digital industry for a day of very lively and intelligent chat. It was over at the Google Campus which is a shared working space with a warehouse feel and a good coffee bar.

This was an unconference so the agenda came together on the day by people who had either planned to speak or who made a last minute decision to get involved.

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[22 Sep 2012 | No Comment | 3,221 views]
David McCandless, “Information is Beautiful”

Alright, so maybe this shouldn’t be classified ‘reading’…

McCandless decided to provide a service to society by visually presenting bits of stats, data & info. The book is brilliant. It totally achieves what it sets out to do which is make plain old numbers interesting and relevant.

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[27 Jun 2012 | One Comment | 2,476 views]
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is something special. It’s a beautiful space: right in the park, rustling trees, fairy lights, a well-stocked bar, there’s enough to keep you busy without the performance. But the performance also makes the absolute most of its original setting, playing with the light, the acoustics, the space and the opportunity to throw large objects around (a caravan for example…). I’m no expert on theatre but I thought this was a marvellous production of Shakespeare’s best loved comedy, it was engaging and amusing, the interpretation enhanced rather than distracted. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is playing until September 5 and I highly recommend you go see.

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[26 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 1,484 views]
iMedia Digital Summit UK

The first iMedia Digital Summit took place last week on a very sunny Tuesday and Wednesday in Eastbourne. 180 major digital players got together to talk about what’s shaping the industry, where the trends are heading, who’s doing what best, and how we can all make lots more lovely monies online.

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[19 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 20,512 views]
Claire Tomalin, “Charles Dickens, A Life”

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2012 is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens and there have been several efforts at commemorating this: BBC shows, Google Doodle, and Claire Tomalin’s biography which as published late 2011. I wasn’t an avid Dickens fan, and I’ve not always ‘got on’ with biographies but this book has reversed both of those perspectives.
Dickens’s life was rich, active and intriguing. He pursued much with high energy and skill. In his 58 years Dickens fathered ten (possibly eleven) children, wrote twenty novels plus short stories and plays, …

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[9 Mar 2012 | No Comment | 2,061 views]
TED Talk: “The Creative Spark; Master Storytellers”

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Andrew Stanton speaks with emotion and brilliant humour in this Talk, which is what you’d expect from one of Pixar’s writers right. Early on Andrew makes some comments about the power of non-dialogue storytelling and how it’s important to provide two-plus-two, not four, to the reader, watcher or listener because they want to be involved in the storytelling process. This week I’ve seen both The Artist and Slava’s Snow Show, both non-dialogue pieces, and I can attest that he’s definitely right on that. His other points are …

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[24 Feb 2012 | No Comment | 2,441 views]
Vaughan Town

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If you live in Spain and want to learn/ have learned to speak English then it’s likely you’re familiar with Richard Vaughan. Vaughan Systems includes intensive & long term courses, residential courses, radio & TV channels and the usual social media facilities.
I don’t really know how effective the education is, but recently I participated on the residential part of the system – Vaughan Town. The model is that a group of Spanish students spend one week with equal or higher numbers of native English speakers. The entire …