Reborn report

Entertaining write up by James Cridland on The Guardian Radio Reborn 2008 Conference.

This is how a conference report should be written!

James alludes to Jenny Abramsky rejecting calls to privatise Radio 1 and Radio 2 by Peter Bazalgette.

This is not the first time such a call has been made.

Why? The BBC must serve as many Licence payers as possible, and losing two networks would weaken the Corporation in serving its audience.

Selling off BBC Worldwide is even more bonkers – the money generated goes back into programme making.

I, for one, reject such calls.

Coach and bloggers

Picture London Bloggers logo

Braved the inclement weather last night to attend the April London Bloggers gathering.

Another good night at the West End’s glamorous Coach and Horses.

Amongst those I met were Alexandra Mitchell, Mecca Ibrahim, Andy Roberts, Tim Dickinson and event organiser Andy Bargery.

The next meeting is 27 May 2008 – I’ll be there!


Fascinating slides by Andrew Hinton on connections and contexts in information architecture.

“One of the things our grandchildren will find quaintest about us is that we distinguish the digital from the real” – William Gibson in a Rolling Stone interview quoted in the slides.

(Found via BBC Radio Labs)

Social surplus

Excellent post by Clay Shirky.

A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken…

WordCamp UK venue sought

It looks like WordCamp UK is now going to be 19-20 July 2008 in Birmingham.

We’re now looking for a suitable venue.

WordCamp UK show of hands

WordCamp UK logo

At this stage in planning for WordCamp UK it would be extremely useful to get a show of hands indicating the number of people likely to attend.

This will help in making arrangements such as booking a suitable venue.

Following discussion on the WordCamp UK mailing list the following assumptions are currently being made:

Therefore could everyone indicate if they can attend WordCamp UK, making these assumptions, by adding their name to the attendees page on the event wiki.

It would be useful if responses could be made by 1200 (GMT) on Friday 18 April 2008 at the latest.

Hopefully this will give us a good idea of numbers likely to attend.

WordCamp UK proposed date

WordCamp UK logo

A date for the planned WordCamp UK is now being proposed.

Following discussion on the WordCamp UK mailing list the weekend of 19-20 July 2008 is being considered.

Post your responses either here or on the WordCamp UK mailing list (registration required).

New WordCamp UK site

WordCamp UK logo

There’s now a WordCamp UK site to publicise the proposed event.

The content is fairly simple at the moment, given that we are at an early stage in the project.

Eventually the site can carry full details of the event with schedule, location and facilities for booking tickets.

To spread the word it would be extremely helpful if those who’ve expressed an interest blog about the event and include a link to the new site.

Many thanks to Alex Shiels from Automattic for setting up this the site.