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‘Mayor of Cambridge gets soaked opening mini-water park’ – Thoughts on community reporting

Summary Want to see a short video of Cllr Gerri Bird getting soaked? Of course you do! But what is the role of a community reporter that the likes of Shape Your Place are encouraging? And how do you manage … Continue reading

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Grace Sarah leads the musical line in Cambridge

Summary A stunning musical set by one of my favourite musicians – a humbling experience to have watched her grow over the past 18 months I first heard about Grace when she was featured on BBC Look East in late … Continue reading

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Euphoria

Summary Pondering on an emotion that I fear I’ll never feel in the way that I wish I could. You’d struggle to find a scene of such chaotic euphoria and its opposite at a 21st century major football tournament – … Continue reading

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Playing with digital audio

Summary Digital video is only as good as your sound. So getting to grips with what you film means ensuring you have a good sound too I’ve been playing with digital audio ever since I got my last laptop – … Continue reading

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A public accounts committee for every town hall?

Summary Could Ed Miliband’s new policy for local government energise local democracy? The reports are at the end of this page -> summary and full. It was featured in The Guardian here. The report covers a number of things, but … Continue reading

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Uniting East Cambridge – with a lake or three

Summary How a former quarry and current ‘problem area’ could be turned into something for the community in a part of town not brilliantly served with things for people to do  The website for the Cambridge Lakes Project is here. … Continue reading

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Communicating beyond the written/spoken word

Summary A wander through through things that unite people in the context of the World Cup and some recent things I’ve experienced I’m typing this having just watched the Rio in Rio documentary by the former Manchester United and England … Continue reading

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A day digital filming in Cambridge

Summary Living and learning with my introduction to digital filming class For Cambridgeshire-based people, Hills Road are running an Introduction to Digital Film Making on Weds evenings from September – see here. It also sits nicely with An introduction to … Continue reading

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My new Twitter account

Summary A new account for a maturing social media age I’m running with @ACarpenDigital, which will be conversational and very much ‘Me’ – with @Puffles2010 evolving into a news aggregator. This is part of a long term project Ceri Jones and … Continue reading

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Giving Puffles a long rest as new social media projects take off

Summary As Ceri Jones and I prepare to teach a new series of evening classes about social media for social action for Cambridgeshire County Council, it’s time for the next stage of both of our social media journeys. My new … Continue reading

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