Creativity

We Went To “Our Gate”

We went to the immersive theatre adventure called Our Gate tonight. I hope to give my knuckle-dragger’s opinion on the matter, but there is a back-story. As part of the local radio, we have been broadcasting the prodigal Jack Sinclair and the Our Gate podcast. I can now spoil the ruse in that the Podcast was the introduction to the theatre performance; the podcast was like watching the Extras in a DVD before you watch…

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Creativity Uncategorised

Mail Shout

Typed this up for the station I volunteer at – it is a Newsletter. Howdy! Hope you’re well? Spring is Springing and I have some exciting Station News for everyone. We have 2 new, amazing series starting this weekend!  On Saturday at 2pm Our Gate starts on Harrogate Community Radio. It is a community show, by the community and Jack Sinclair is your host! Jack cut his chops on Vox Pod and The Present Age, so to find out…

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Procrastination

A New Media

I set myself a challenge last week to try and listen to more radio, specifically Harrogate Community Radio. However, this Blog post references my hero, Don Quixote, the hidalgo from La Mancha. Some would say running an online radio station in a media saturated environment is a bit like Don Quixote’s Quest… but it all loops in to one story. What I have gleaned from the reading Cervantes book, Don Quixote, is that the windmills weren’t…

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Procrastination

I Dunno. Tides, Boat and Stuff…

First: If you come up with an innovation that creates value, that value is multiplied a million-fold because now you can share it outside your village. Second: If you build a community, the network effect creates increasing amounts of value as more people use it. And the pothole: As we race to create value, it’s easy to forget that it’s unevenly distributed. A safety net isn’t perfect, but it’s better than no net at all.…

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Health

“To The Boozer!”

Lock Down 3.0 is really starting to bite. I miss my friends and I miss my family – but the back drop to meeting these groups of people (extended family and others) is the Boozer. I really, really miss the Boozer. Why? Well it is not for the selection of beers – I have the nation’s breweries poised at the click of a mouse, ready to send me a selection of cans. Granted, there is…

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Procrastination

What Is Tolerance?

Tolerance means two things: In high-quality manufacturing, producing to tolerance means that all the parts are as identical as possible. Getting the tolerances precise permits cars to be made more reliably, and for production to run more effectively. In human beings, tolerance creates resilience. Tolerance of different abilities and preferences makes it easy to work with diversity of thought and approach and expertise, enabling better outcomes. Tolerance doesn’t mean permitting behaviour that undermines the community.…

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Procrastination

Forward Motion & Those It Leaves Behind

All forward motion disappoints someone. If you serve one audience, you’ve let another down. One focus means that something else got ignored. If you create something scarce, someone won’t get their hands on it. The very act of creation means that it won’t be the ideal solution for everyone. On the other hand, with certainty, we know that doing nothing disappoints an even larger group of people. The opportunity is to find someone to delight…

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Procrastination

Data Silo Fun!

It has been a trying few days, with my health – so, I firmly buried my head on the sand and fiddled whilst Rome burned. What was the medium for this months drama-reducing fiddling? It was MusicBrainz. MusicBrainz is a music / musician data silo which feeds lots of aggregated apps, such as Plex & the BBC, and it acts like a central database for the information about releases. I made the Andy Backhouse MusicBrainz…

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Procrastination

Working On Things For Record Labels

Today has been spent in front of equipment. A variety of equipment with a variety of lights on it – I have been mastering the remix album for BirdWorld‘s debut, UNDA. There are a couple of choice gems on the album – including tracks by Iain Chambers, Olefonken and Katharina Schmidt – Quasim Naqvi also makes an appearance. The release will see the light of day on Focused Silence – the experimental record label in…

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Social

Check On Your Conspiracy Loving Friend

Please, go and check on your conspiracy loving friend – I guarantee that they are not okay right now. For the sake of History, we are currently trapped in the middle of a Pandemic. Covid-19 is spreading like wildfire and we are approaching flu season in the middle of the second wave. Brexit will hit hard and there are actual wild fires all over the world. The Police are turning in to a paramilitary wing…

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Creativity

I Made My First Instructional Video

I have just uploaded my first YouTube video that is semi-professional. Semi-professional, not in the quality but in that it was not a drunken whim. It took planning and preparation and I stand by it. I am proud of it. There were a few fluffed lines but… It is for Harrogate Community Radio – a community venture I am part of. The video is embedded on the Creao Studio channel and it seems to be…

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Activism

How I Join The Landed Gentry

Putting the ‘mental’ in Environmental, I have signed up to a scheme that enables people to buy shares in an Environmental project. The scheme is called Longlands Common and a good friend, Allan, is involved with it – I believe he sits on the board. It came about that people can now purchase shares in Longlands common for as little as £50 or up to £37,500. I played the part I could afford. If you…

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