Slumber in the Serengeti

Expression through black marks and scribbles: being curious leads to observations and thoughts on language, writing, culture, people, music and ideas. A career in writing hopefully beckons.

Britpop - a revelation

Britpop - the revelation

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Every few years, musical journalists (and sometimes the mainstream ones) relive particular movements in popular music. Usually this is because of a particular anniversary.

Sometimes it can be to commemorate the anniversary of when a genre begun. Or other times it’s the anniversary of a notable death – think Kurt Cobain and the nostalgia still being celebrated around grunge every few years.

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The rise of the social newsroom & brands - how bigger brands can look to others for help

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Brands continue to spend money on technology and up skilling staff – their aim to develop technical ‘social newsrooms’. Being part of the conversation happening around them is their goal; they look to develop closer relationships over a longer time using social channels. But do bigger brands translate their positioning into these conversations they’re having with their audience? Or should they…

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Spinning the Titanic on A Penny – A Guardian discussion on what forms the best digital journalism platformStepping into the offices of the Guardianyesterday evening, you know that you’re stepping into a…View Post

Spinning the Titanic on A Penny – A Guardian discussion on what forms the best digital journalism platform

Stepping into the offices of the Guardianyesterday evening, you know that you’re stepping into a…

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The future of literacy, and the only way they’ll let me into the LSEView Post

The future of literacy, and the only way they’ll let me into the LSE

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'The Loss of Her' (another Flash-Fiction entrant)She gently nudged me, as I reached above her for the teapot. The kitchen was only compact; yet…View Post

'The Loss of Her' (another Flash-Fiction entrant)

She gently nudged me, as I reached above her for the teapot. The kitchen was only compact; yet…

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'Niso for life' (English Pen Flash-Fiction competition entry using a made-up word)He heard them. Their steps cut a path towards him. ‘Ogoni Murdered’. They had vengeance as their…View Post

'Niso for life' (English Pen Flash-Fiction competition entry using a made-up word)

He heard them. Their steps cut a path towards him. ‘Ogoni Murdered’. They had vengeance as their…

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Simon Stephen’s ‘Port’ at the National Theatre
I’ve always thought that the North of England is a wondrous place. There’s two reasons which…View Post

Simon Stephen’s ‘Port’ at the National Theatre

I’ve always thought that the North of England is a wondrous place. There’s two reasons which…

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Transcendent Waves (a short story wrote on a recent course at Lumbank through the Arvon foundation)Standing, waiting with baited breath, the waves begin to beat. They begin to pound in rhythmical…View Post

Transcendent Waves (a short story wrote on a recent course at Lumbank through the Arvon foundation)

Standing, waiting with baited breath, the waves begin to beat. They begin to pound in rhythmical…

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