Formula 1, Button and the BBC

Picture of 6 wheel Tyrell-Ford P34-6 77 Formula 1 car

Jenson Button’s immaculate Formula 1 victory from pole this weekend against the glamorous backdrop of Monte Carlo prompts me to look at the BBC coverage.

Monte Carlo is the sixth Formula 1 race covered by the BBC since it gained the TV rights from ITV at the end of the last season.

The Corporation already had the UK radio rights, which, along with the inherited live streaming rights and the red button channels showing practice sessions and alternative race coverage, a true multi-platform service has been provided.

The BBC Formula 1 site has provided the hub for all of the coverage, which, now we’re just over a third of the way through the season, has proved to be of a very high standard.

The coverage was always going to improve on ITV, just by the absence of ad breaks, but with BBC Sport obviously expending a lot more time and effort on scene set items and background material, it has produced one of the most polished sports productions in recent years.

Matt and Mike at WordCamp UK 2009

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Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, WordPress founding developers, will be at this year’s WordCamp UK in Cardiff on 18-19 July 2009.

WordCamp UK is the informal annual gathering of WordPress publishers, designers and developers based in the United Kingdom.

For the second year I’m coordinating the event organisation on the WordCamp UK mailing list.

The WordCamp UK 2009 blog, built by Simon Wheatley and Laura Kalbag, will be keeping everyone up to date with developments.

Tickets are now on sale (organised by Joe Quinlan) with an early bird discount price of £25 before 1 June 2009.

We’re currently looking for additional sponsorship, with microsponsorship starting at £70.

I went to BarCamp London 6

BarCamp London 6 in Lego

Spent the weekend of 28-29 March 2009 at the excellent BarCamp London 6 at The Guardian offices in the swish new Kings Place building in London N1.

Here’s some of the sessions I participated in:

Two days of varied and fascinating sessions, millions of Lego pieces, a great bunch of attendees and crashing overnight after beer and pizza resulted in a great weekend.

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It’s Cardiff for WordCamp UK 2009

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WordCamp UK 2009 is going to be held at the Future Inn Cardiff on 18 and 19 July 2009.

The decision was taken by the WordCamp UK mailing list following the venue bidding process for this year’s WordCamp UK.

The winning bid for Cardiff was proposed by Hayley Niuserre.

The other proposals were from David Coveney for Liverpool and Jeff Van Campen for London.

Details of how to obtain tickets are expected to be released shortly – in the meantime register your interest on Upcoming.

I went to the London Twestival 2009

Picture of the London Twestival

Amanda Rose (instigator of Twestival) and myself (with my Twestival designer and developer hat on) at the London Twestival 2009, held at Shoreditch Studios on Thursday 12 February 2009.

Many thanks to Steph Bouchet for the picture.

Snow engulfs London

Picture of snow in West London

The effect of the recent snow can be seen in the West London Scott household back garden on the afternoon of 2 February 2009.

This is the greatest volume of snow I’ve seen in London since I moved down in the 1980’s – although I’ve seen much more in Manchester!

Wanted: venue for WordCamp UK 2009

WordCamp UK logo

Bids are invited to accommodate WordCamp UK 2009.

WordCamp UK is an informal annual gathering of WordPress bloggers, podcasters, designers and developers based in the United Kingdom.

The target date for this year’s event is the weekend of 18 and 19 July 2009.

Bids must include at least two conference rooms (both with wifi, projectors, etc), one to accommodate 150 minimum (the planned total attendance) and the other for a minimum of 75.

This is intended to give flexibly in the format, which has still to be decided, to stream into separate parallel sessions.

Further venue requirements can be found on the WordCamp UK wiki.

Bids should be posted to the WordCamp UK mailing list (registration required) as soon as possible, and in no event later than 0000 (midnight) GMT on Sunday 25 January 2009.

Members of the mailing list will be involved in deciding the successful bid.