Entries from August 2011

National Trust branding: instantly recognisable, 50 years later

Posted on 31 August 2011 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

Earlier this year I was in the Lake District, climbing Black Fell. And at the top of the hill was a trig point. Attached to that trig point was a sign. A sign with a logo. The National Trust logo.

A change in Creative Commons license for my photos

Posted on 24 August 2011 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

I recently made a small but significant change over on flickr. I changed my Creative Commons licenses on all my photos.

The growing story of BBC iPlayer on TV

Posted on 22 August 2011 in BBC, Internet (4 comments)

Who wants to watch programmes on their computer when you’ve got a nice big television set instead?

The £31.80 train ticket for a 20 mile journey

Posted on 19 August 2011 in Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

A train ticket I bought this week brought a whole new level to rail fare insanity.

Tooting Bec Lido

Posted on 16 August 2011 in London (No comments yet - be the first!)

Opened in 1906 as Tooting Bathing-Lake, the Lido is one of Britain’s oldest outdoor swimming pools and took on much of its current form in the 1930s when changing rooms and a cafe were added.

The Story of Twitter and the Chinese Whispers

Posted on 10 August 2011 in Internet (2 comments)

Yesterday I sat at home reading through the results of Twitter searches for #collierswood and ‘Colliers Wood’ trying to the gauge reaction from the highly organised looting of our nearby shopping centres. Amongst the many tweets of reaction and photos were statements that it was all kicking off again. They’d struck the Tandem Centre again; people were fleeing Sainsburys in panic; hoodies were hanging round the tube station carrying golf clubs. Staples at South Wimbledon was on fire. Police sirens were going off everywhere as they couldn’t cope.

Colliers Wood looting

Posted on 9 August 2011 in London (3 comments)

Colliers Wood. You’ve probably never heard of it. It’s a small place nestled between Wimbledon, Mitcham, Morden and Tooting. It’s in the borough of Merton and in the historic parish of Merton. It has a pig ugly tower painted black and some out of town style shopping centres. Nothing really happens here. Normally.

It’s either Product Managers or the Invisible Requirements Monkey

Posted on 8 August 2011 in Work (2 comments)

In my early days as a junior product manager in the BBC’s interactive department I once asked a senior manager for a business case for the change he was asking for, and was looked at as I was mad. He just wanted it done. Then he ran away. The Invisible Requirements Monkey had struck!

Finished Fishing

Posted on 6 August 2011 in Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

Stay tuned. Cos I’m back.

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