I went to the second Save BBC 6 Music demo

Picture of 6 Music demo

I attended the second demonstration protesting against the proposed closure of BBC 6 Music in the West End on Saturday 22 May 2010.

The day started at midday at the well attended demonstration, outside Broadcasting House, with a range of speakers and performers, expertly compared by Jon Holmes.

Picture of Magic Numbers

Later at 229 Great Portland Street there was a fantastic music gig connected with the demo. Artists included Eliza Carthy, Mirror Kicks, Magic Numbers (pictured) and Doyle & the Four Fathers.

The public consultation, carried out by the BBC Trust, has now closed.

The Trust plans to publish provisional conclusions this summer, and a final strategy in the autumn.

I haven’t seen anyone saying that 6 Music should close, and if the Trust propose to close the station, I’d be very interested to see their arguments.

I went to the BECTU Annual Conference 2010

Picture BECTU Annual Conference 2010

I spent the weekend of 15-16 May 2010 attending this year’s BECTU Annual Conference in Bournemouth.

I prepared the slides for the Conference on Saturday 15 May, along with those for the BBC Divisional Conference the following day, which were expertly projected on the screen behind the stage area by the regular vision and sound team of Neil Denbow and Ross Hammond.

As well as the decisions taken by BECTU Branch delegates at the Annual Conference, the event was also noteworthy from my perspective for three other reasons:

  • This was the final Conference for the organiser, David Cormack, who retires from the union as Administrative Officer after 31 years service at BECTU and it’s predecessor unions. He has ensured there has been an effective administrative core to the union’s activities. Many thanks to David for the advice he’s given me over the years, and good luck in all future enterprises.
  • It was also the final Conference, as BECTU President, for Tony Lennon. He has chosen not to stand for re-election as President this year, following 18 years in the position, in view of his retirement from the BBC. Tony has ensured BECTU’s message has been communicated far and wide using every available medium. Tony and I instigated the BECTU website in 1997, then one of the first union sites. In the subsequent years we developed the site and provided content until early 2009; in the early years sometimes to the bafflement of others who had not understood the long term significance of the web. I await Tony’s next career move with interest.
  • The result of the 2010-2012 BECTU President election was announced at the close of Conference, with Christine Bond emerging as the winner. I predict Christine will prove to be a worthy successor to Tony, and the website I built for the election campaign will provide a further potential channel of communication for the new President.

Picture of The Goat and Tricycle pub
Following the union’s Divisional Conferences on the Sunday morning, a select number of delegates explored the real ale delights of The Goat and Tricycle pub.

Picture of Henry Gibson, Tony Thomas, Nick Carroll and Ken Southern

Pictured by Mark Dimmock above is a rouges gallery of those attending Conference connected with my former Branch ESPG. They are Henry Gibson, Tony Thomas, Nick Carroll and Ken Southern.

At least three of them were last seen in the vicinity of Waterloo Rail Station on or about the afternoon of Monday 17 May 2010.

I went to OggCamp 2010

Picture of Black-E Liverpool

I attended OggCamp at The Black-E (above), in Liverpool, on the weekend of 1 and 2 May 2010.

Picture of OggCamp 2010 panel

During the event, which was part BarCamp and part panel discussions (pictured), I led a session about WordCamp UK on the Saturday afternoon.

On the Saturday evening an enjoyable social was held at Studio 2 at Parr Street, a short distance from Black-E.

Many thanks to the organisers, particularly Dan Lynch, who was involved in the panels, and Alan Pope, who gave a couple of interesting Ubuntu related sessions, and the sponsors for a great weekend.

I went to the Orange Coconut launch party

Picture of Orange Coconut launch party

On 29 April 2010 I attended the launch party for Orange Coconut, a new television post production company, founded by Nick Carroll and Gary Hewson.

For the evening The Bull was frequented by an assorted group of BBC-types and other broadcasting luminaries to celebrate Orange Coconut opening for business.

Picture of Orange Coconut site

To support the company I’ve built a new site on a WordPress platform.

The basis of the site is to let the pictures do the talking – hence the liberal use of YouTube embedding!

The House at night

Picture of the Palace of Westminster at night

The Palace of Westminster from the South Bank 0020 25 April 2010.

I went to Record Store Day 2010

Picture Rough Trade with Magic Numbers playing in front of shop

I attended Record Store Day at Rough Trade West, in Notting Hill W11, yesterday.

Pictured are The Magic Numbers playing a fantastic set outside the shop.

WordCamp UK 2010 logo version 3

WordCamp UK 2010 logo version 3

Version 3 of the WordCamp UK 2010 logo has been produced following feedback from WordPress users.

This follows on from versions 1 and 2.

Jonathan Harris, who also produced the previous versions, has radically rethought the logo in the light of comments made on the WordCamp UK mailing list.

Many thanks to Jonathan for a fantastic design, inspired by Factory Records graphics.

In my view this is the final version that will appear on all WordCamp 2010 related material.

The sun sets over the river

Picture of sun setting over the Thames from Blackfriars Bridge

The view from Blackfriars Bridge 1928 13 April 2010.