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Machined Media and the Content Crisis

Last week I attended the Brighton SEO conference, which was basically a gathering of people who work in Search Engine Optimisation, online marketing, web content creation and PR (with the odd journalist thrown in for good measure). Amongst the inspiring talks during the day, a particular statistic from Philip Sheldrake’s Future SEO Vistas discussion really … Continue reading

Female Museum and Gallery Directors and How to Find Them

As part of my guest blog for Bitch Magazine online, which is now nearing its close, I decided that it would be topical (and cool) to develop a list of female directors who run museums or galleries. I had read quite a bit about the UK contingent, with the Whitechapel Gallery’s Iwona Blazwick running the … Continue reading

Occupy London – not looking so occupied

On a visit to London this week, I passed by St. Paul’s Cathedral – the site of London’s contribution to the global Occupy protest, which campaigns against the financial abundance of our wealthiest 1%. I agree with the principle that 99% of society should not be facing severe money worries whilst the top earners stand … Continue reading

10 new careers for Fox and Werritty

With the recent news that Dr. Liam Fox has resigned as Defence Secretary due to some 44 occasions where he decided to take a friend (Adam Werritty) to work, it’s clear that the Fox and Werritty double act still has some mileage left in it. Why else would you consistently invite someone on 18 of … Continue reading

The line of innocence and guilt in the media glare

It’s been a particularly trying time for justice in the past few weeks here in Britain, with the Meredith Kercher murder inquiry reaching boiling point in re-trials, as well as the start of the Jo Yeates murder/manslaughter court proceedings in Bristol. What both of these cases have challenged with their various suspects is the notion … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: women can vote in 2015, but don’t let them mix with men or drive

Electoral reform is always a slow and painful process, especially where gender equality is concerned. In Britain we began by giving the over 30s the vote in 1918, with the Representation of the People Act, even though parliament had first been presented with a Women’s Suffrage bill in 1832. Yes, nearly 100 years to achieve … Continue reading

One of Your Own: Carol Ann Lee discusses her book on Myra Hindley

‘That awful mug shot’ was how the famous murderess Myra Hindley described the 1965 image that has sealed her in the public memory for decades. She bemoaned the fact that it was permanently associated with her, arguing in an open letter to the Guardian newspaper that ‘people can change’. Carol Ann Lee grew up knowing … Continue reading

Edinburgh’s Architecture, from the new to the neglected

I’m just back from a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe – a cultural feast of comedy, theatre, music, art and literature, and a yearly pilgrimage that I’ve managed to make for three summers so far (I’m aiming for a consecutive ten). What struck me about 2011’s trip was how diverse the architecture is up here, … Continue reading

Amnesty International: unforgettable poster art

As an active member of Amnesty International, I was pleased to see that the charity’s Facebook page has recently begun to look back over years of tireless campaigns to promote human rights and changes in the law, each accompanied by graphic art to inspire the public. Although some of these posters were not as successful … Continue reading

Get real, WAGs. Your men are not knights in shining armour.

You’ve read the headlines. You’ve seen the photographic evidence (thank you, Ashley Cole, for inducing nausea at the breakfast table with the reports of your white underpant-clad sexting). You’ve watched wedding rings go on and off more times than most of us have had hot dinners. So when will these Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) learn … Continue reading

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