Damian Radcliffe

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31/08/10 Interesting stuff I watched, listened to and read over the Bank Holiday Weekend

In Daily Links on August 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Saved from Pakistan’s endless sea

“The UN estimates that 800,000 people remain trapped in areas accessible only by air. A fifth of the country is under water. As many as 5 million people have no shelter at all. Sind alone has 1,800 makeshift relief camps, housing about 700,000 people. Disease remains a significant threat and the numbers needing food aid are rising daily. To complicate matters further, the Taliban threatened last week to target what it called the “unacceptable horde” of foreigners involved in the relief efforts.”

Cow-Pooling: Buying Beef in Mega-Bulk – TIME magazine article from last year I’ve just got round to reading. Friends and families are banding together to buy cheap, grass-fed meat directly from farmers. Great idea. Is their a UK equivalent?

First person stories caught on camera of those who survived Hurricane Katrina five years ago. My recollections of the event are a little hazy, which suggests either the story didn’t get the coverage it deserved here, or else I missed most of it.

Excellent radio adaptation of You Only Live Twice on BBC7; the book is clearly very different to the movie! Clive Merrison’s Japanese accent is more than a bit dodgy though…I think he should stick to being the archetypal Holmes…

Good article on learning languages: – especially relevant for those of us i.e. me, who struggle with English, nevermind anything else.

You learn something every day: “12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert”.

50 Best Websites 2010 – file under ‘stuff to do on a rainy day’. List c/o Time Magazine.

Best Blogs of 2010 more of the same from Time

The March Of Twitter: Analysis of How And Where Twitter Spread v USA focused but interesting nonetheless:

The internet comes of age: Meet the tweeny bloggers the Indie reports that Children as young as three are firing up their laptops and connecting…

New York’s 10 top boutique bolt holes if only the £ were stronger against the $…

Shetland: the film festival with plenty of latitude – I love the fact that Mark Kermode took his Mum with him. Bless.

27/08/10 – interesting stuff I read today

In Daily Links on August 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

2010 Social Network Analysis Report – Geographic – Demographic and Traffic Data Revealed

Gender, Education, Age and Income analysed for social networks around the world, including many I’d never heard of!

All insight is gathered from Google Ad Planner and Google Insights for Search.

Top 50 Branded Facebook Pages, June 2010: Clear Winners Emerge

A list compiled by the number of ‘Fans’ brand owned sites have e.g. http://www.facebook.com/converse .

“The Top 5 from December 2009 (Facebook, Starbucks, Coca Cola, YouTube and Skittles) remain in the top 5, all in the same order.

It was no easy task to stay in the Top 5, as they grew, on average, 65.05% over the last 6 months to defend their positions. The list overall grew at an average rate of 47.81%.

Each of the Top 5 grew by at least 100,000 fans this past weekend alone.

Newcomers to the top ten include Red Bull, Windows Live Messenger and Victoria’s Secret. They replace Disney, Pringles and Big Prize Giveways, which fell to 11th, 13th and 18th respectively.”

Students Embracing Online TV and Radio 

A YouGov SixthSense survey into students’ TV watching habits revealed more than 52% watch online through the BBC iPlayer. The survey of full-time students found 4oD accounted for 25% of TV watched, with YouTube accounting for a further 13%. The survey also found 15% of students spend more than five hours online every day, with 81% watching TV through this medium. Online radio had less of a take-up, according to the poll, which found 62% don’t listen to the radio online. YouGov SixthSense research director James McCoy said the rapid growth of streaming services such as Spotify and we7 “partly explained” this.

Crowdsourcing at the Grauniad

Paul Lewis, who was due to join the Times, is now staying and will head up a special projects team which will concentrate on ‘using multimedia and crowdsourcing’.

26/08/10: interesting stuff I read today

In Daily Links on August 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Can Africa continue to grow?

Entrepreneurship, urbanisation and the rise of the African consumer.

“Now 80 million households earn at least the equivalent of $5,000 annually, the point where discretionary spending commences—an increase of 80 percent in eight years. Meanwhile, the continent’s GDP has been rising steadily, at around 5 percent a year, for the past decade, reaching $1.6 trillion in 2008. Last year, Africa was one of just two regions (the other was Asia) where GDP rose.”

Keith Moon, the Hells Angels and fundraising at the Oval

It wouldn’t happen now…

“Our view was if the source of the problem is the Internet, then that’s where we need to address it.”

“How digital has transformed Domino’s Pizza’s comms… Every morning Domino’s Pizza CEO, Patrick Doyle, wakes up and, instead of reaching for his daily paper, logs on to social media.”

Jane Miller: ‘I’m not sure I really will die’

“In an extract from her new book Crazy Age, the 77-year-old author takes a stark – and very personal – look at the realities of growing old in the 21st century.”

Tarnished Earth – Exhibition of Photographs

In Daily Links on August 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Tuesday 14 September – 12 October
Time: 24 hours a day
Location: More London Riverside
An exhibition of stunning photographs, brought to More London by the team that brought Earth From the Air.  This exhibition will be on display 24 hours a day from Tuesday 14 September until 12 October.

How Walsall Council uses Flickr

In Daily Links on August 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

“We asked people to add the tag ‘walsallweb’ to each individual picture if they wanted the shot to be considered.

We were staggered to get more than 400 shots tagged for consideration in three days. An amazing response that showed the community support.”

More here: http://danslee.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/big-picture-case-study-how-flickr-can-work-on-a-local-government-website/ including further examples:

bccdiy.com – A website for Birmingham put together by bloggers that uses Flickr images brilliantly.

Lichfield District Council – Some lovely shots of the Staffordshire city of Lichfield using Flickr.

San Fransisco’s District Attorney’s Office – Great blog on how a US office is now using photo sharing.

LGEO Research – Good blog by Liz Azyan on how Lichfield used user generated content.

Coventry – How Coventry City Council use Facebook to showcase official images.

About time too!

In Daily Links on August 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I’m a hoarder. Plain and simple. I hoard everything from books to CDs, tp clothes I honestly believe that I will one day be able to fit into once more.

Above all I like to hoard snippets of information about a whole manner of things which I don’t want to forget.

Until now, I’ve carried around scraps of paper (including many backs of envelopes) , physical notebooks and random pages ripped out of newspapers or magazines. In fact I am looking at a pile of them now.

Deciding that ‘the cloud’ must be a better – more useful, accessible, paperless – way to store this information I’ve finally sat down to create this blog.

Primarily it’s a place for me to store information that I want to come back to at some juncture, be that for work or play.

I’m seldom going to express views on what’s here, but where I do, suffice to say they are my own views and not those of my employer.

Hopefully, in time, this will be a useful resource for others, as well as myself. If so, then I’m happy to have helped!


Seasides and short haul hotels (c/o Guardian)

In Daily Links on August 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Few tidbits from the Guardian travel section over the weekend:

Britain’s glorious seaside kitsch Crabbing and candyfloss, garish graphics and 70s pop, caravan parks and pebbledash and crumbling piers – oh, and fabulous views. Our writers describe what a great British seaside holiday means to them.

The 20 best short-haul hotels.

Ten jewels in Britain’s coastal crown.

Social entrepreneurs in Big Society

In Daily Links on August 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm


Links to:


CHISEL kids – CHISEL is an acronym for Crime prevention. Health & personal safety, Identity awareness, Sports & fitness, Education support, Lifeskills & mentoring and are the key objectives of the programme.

Pinkstinks – a campaign and social enterprise that challenges the culture of pink which invades every aspect of girls’ lives.

Mapping for Change – an innovative social enterprise that exists to support the development of sustainable communities. We specialise in providing participatory mapping services to communities, voluntary sector organisations, local authorities and developers using a suite of innovative tools for communication.

Ganapati, London SE15

In Daily Links on August 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Good review in the Guardian. And local!