Thumbprints for Charity

October 25, 2009


I wanted to write about a charity wall I saw at Bestival. At the time I thought it was great – very simply adding your support by a thumb of finger print in blue or red. I say wanted to, I can’t remember the company which I suppose takes away quite a lot of the point, but it was a really nice idea and section of the festival. Adding to the wall gave a nice sense of community and group. Without the aid of alcohol.



Wendy’s Real Time

October 12, 2009

Just seen this: Wendy’s site is aggregating conversations about cooking, bacon, eating and hunger, in text, photos and videos in real time on its main site. I like it. It holds my attention for a bit, though it probably won’t make me go back. I think it was more that I don’t have much respect for Wendy’s, and whilst it’s not staggering it’s a nice move by the brand it and surprised me in an “oh gosh” sort of way.

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Sting may not inspire me to the end of the earth, but apparently you can’t beat 80s music and a nicely made video. Sting with the Prince’s Rainforests Project have made a funky little video in a push for pre-Copenhagen support.

I may be a sap for traditional Comic Relief style videos, but this one today grabs at my secret love of 80s music. Although you can’t win me over solely by sticking a Madonna or Sting soundtrack over any old junk – I’m a charity video snob, sorry – I’m a big fan of how this video’s been put together (it cuts in time and has celebs saying their names very seriously in a big list).

For such an serious cause, I do feel a bit too inclined to sign up and then dance around the 80s musical nonsense – though I’m fairly sure that’s the point. (Can we have obnoxious sing-alongs in Trafalgar Square to follow?) But now! To the trashy music vault that is my mp3 player!

Give 10 seconds, or 30 depending on your bandwidth. Sign up here.

Business people of the world, do you want to learn things to your advantage? Now is the time because glory be, Prince Obi’s on Twitter! Harnessing the beautiful power of social media, he offers to teach us ‘things to our advantage’. He is looking for a wealthy business associates to send $1,000 to him – but it’s all legit you see. He says: “To prove I am genuine, I have established facebook profile”

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That said, the Facebook’s gone walkabout and doesn’t seem to exist. Never fear though, his YouTube channel is host to an excellent video (see above).

Importantly, I hope he’s taken on board this piece of useful feedback:

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I love this. Definitely worth a follow: @Prince_Obi

Frisbee Campaign

May 27, 2009


Sussex University is big on campaigns to save the world.  These occur approximately every two months and seem to be run by a small but eager minority.  Recently they’ve helpfully had the BNP banned from talking on campus which is a great move for freedom of speech and educated debate and now, not limited to simply throwing pamphlets at people and showing graphic photos about campus, it appears we’re pretty good at sitting in tents too.  February was a bit cold so the sit-in to stop war in Gaza was inside a lecture theatre, but this week sees us branch outside.

On the sly Sussex has made clever pans to removed its Linguistics department, which perhaps wasn’t the smartest move.  There’s been some fun (and hopefully productive) uproar from students about this, which was nice because it involved people not just in this slightly rowdy minority.  Excitingly, The Argus and some MPs also got  involved.

This week’s new form of attack sees  a camp-out of pop-up tents against the decision.  It’s very civilised.  Interestingly, it seems to be operating under the possibly effective save linguistics campaign but hairy campaigners from a myriad of education-related issues have jumped on the er.. tenting band-wagon which makes working out what all the groups want a bit like this year’s G20 really.

Essentially, it seems to pan out like this:

1. Save linguistics!
2. Sussex Anarchists: Free Education For all
3. A free platform for speech
4. More people to join frisbee-playing campaign

Photos taken yesterday.  Today it is raining.