Christmas 2013: Shepherds Bush

Picture of Christmas 2013 at Shpherds Bush

Shepherds Bush, at 2230 on 5 December 2013.

I went to ORGcon 2013

Picture of Tim Wu at ORGcon 2013

It was a fascinating and illuminating day at ORGcon 2013 on Saturday 8 June 2013.

The speakers included Tim Wu (pictured above) and John Perry Barlow.

The conference couldn’t have been better timed, with the news of PRISM leaking out the week beforehand.

I saw Public Service Broadcasting – at the British Library!

Picture of Public Service Broadcasting at the British Library

I went to see the estimable Public Service Broadcasting in the fantastic surroundings of the British Library, as a live musical element of their thought provoking Propaganda: Power and Persuasion exhibition, on the evening of Friday 7 June 2013.

Brilliant and slightly surrealistic!

I went to the London WordPress 10th Anniversary Party

Picture of attendees at London WordPress 10th Anniversary Party

I was at the well attended London WordPress 10th Anniversary Party held in the evening of 27 May 2013 at the Penderal’s Oak in Holborn.

A grand time was had by all, fueled by plenty of drinks along with the additional bonus of food courtesy of WPUK.

Tickets now available for WordCamp Lancaster UK 2013

WordCamp Lancaster UK 2013 logo

Tickets are now on sale for WordCamp Lancaster UK 2013.

This is the latest in the series of the UK’s only annual WordPress weekend, and will be held on 13-14 July 2013 at Lancaster University.

The weekend is the follow up to WordCamp Edinburgh UK 2012, and once again features multi-track sessions catering to all levels of WordPress users, designers and developers.

Tickets are at the early bird price of £25 until midday on Saturday 23 June 2013, after which the standard price of £35 will apply.

Sponsorship of the event range from Microsponsor, for individuals and small enterprises, to four levels for companies and organisations.

The event is organised by WPUK (disclosure – I’m the WPUK Co-ordinator).

The WordCamp Lancaster UK 2013 logo is by Jonathan Harris.

I went to MailCamp 2013

Picture of MailCamp 2013

I attended MailCamp 2013 held at the National Audit Office in Victoria on 9 May 2013.

It was once again a fascinating look at the use of email, an often overlooked element in communication strategy.

Reports of proceedings can be found on the event Storify.

This was the third MailCamp, and the last to be run by Steph.

Many thanks for Steph in organising this and the previous MailCamps – let’s hope someone steps forward and organises MailCamp 2014.

Thanks are also due NAO for the use of their basement conference room and the event sponsors.

I went to the Ubuntu 13.04 London Release Party

Picture of buildings under construction in the City of London

The very well attended Ubuntu 13.04 London Release Party on 25 April 2013, at The Old Thameside Inn, gave an excellent view across the river of what appears to be an ongoing competition to build the most ridiculously shaped building in the City.

Researching a short history of the Television Centre Club bar

Picture of Television Centre BBC Club from the 1980s

The Television Centre BBC Club bar closed its doors for the last time on Thursday 28 March 2013.

The next day I thought I’d do a bit of research on the history of the bar.

Amazingly, a quick visit to Google revealed there was no text on the history of the bar (there isn’t even a Wikipedia page!) and only one historical picture I could find (the one above, which is from bbc.co.uk!)

I’m therefore in the process of pulling together a short history of the TC Club bar.

This will not be five volume book set (!), but a (probably fairly long) post on this site.

If anyone has any pictures, facts, stories, memories, etc relating to the history of the TC Club bar, I’d be grateful if you could drop me a line with the subject line ‘A short history of the TC Club bar’.

At the moment there’s also a lively discussion on this subject on Facebook, if you’re that way inclined.