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ATL Remembers… On The Radio, During The Conflict Friday 22 January 2016 – Archive link

From the BBC’s blog archive the story of The Bottom Line/Across the Line

One from the Archive

Recently a group on Facebook was started “Friends of Downtown Radio 1976 – 2019”. Many of the people I used to work with have been posting memories and photos. Downtown is where I started in 1979. The 40th anniversary is in November.

What do you want to say? First know your audience

My communications mantra hasn’t changed much over the years. I have found it serves me well.

Total Slovenia News – Meet the people

Link to interview in Total Slovenia News

Shankill Mission

I like big ambitious ideas. And this is one I am involved with. The plan is to open a hotel on Belfast’s Shankill Road.

Pod Lipo Restaurant Ljubljana

Staying in an Air B&B on Rimska cesta Ljubljana took us from our usual patch in the old town and led us to do what I enjoy most, exploring.

Total Slovenia News

A new English language news and current affairs website Total Slovenia News has recently launched.

Seasonal torpidity

  The point of this blog in recent months has been to track my imaginary journey around the Mediterranean. Having “travelled” from Gibraltar to Bosnia and Herzegovina, my odyssey has paused rather longer than expected. It is not the siren’s… Continue Reading →

Digital – Archive, Analogue – Decoration. Is a paperback analogue or is it just a thing?

The convenience: at one time I owned more than 5,000 of those vinyl albums. At one time or another the total, 10,000 would be a close approximation. I own none now. Precisely zero. Gave them all away. They took up so much room. But I have begun to buy books again. Paper books.

The books so far

I started with great enthusiasm and energy finding and reading books to accompany me on the make-believe meander around the Med. When I reached Slovenia, I began to slow down for a brace of reasons. I hit a couple of difficult books that were not the page turners I prefer, and I had less time available.

Back to work 2017

At some point over Christmas I began to write predictions for 2017; questioning algorithms, rise in media literacy and fixing the internet to make it a less horrible place – maybe that is about people rather than internet.

Tržič

I spent about two and a half hours wandering around the old Slovenian town Tržič, which is a short drive on the highway from Bled, but a much longer – and significantly more interesting journey by bus. This post features video audio and photos.

Abavuki: Jazz from South Africa’s Cape

I love Abavuki. They are the most energetic band I have ever seen. The Marimba led multi-instrumentalists change the stage line-up through their performance.

My online plans for 2016

In 2016 I will be changing my approach to social media.

Before Lunch It Was Sunny, Then This … from Davy Sims on Vimeo.

[This article first appeared in Bled Film Festival Diary] I don’t have a car in Slovenia. So to get from my apartment to the upper terrace of Bled Castle takes about an hour to walk. The final gruelling 30 minutes… Continue Reading →

Outstanding lunch in Outstanding lunch in Radovljica. Several types of Salami, Karst ham, sheep’s cheese, olives and cold roast pork with onion bread, three glasses of white wine, followed by snooze on bus on way home in temperatures of 30+,… Continue Reading →

I am in the wrong place. Doing a little survey of the Bars in Bled … (how dare you suggest I’m on a pub crawl. This is for journalistic purposes …honest!). Anyway, having visited a few bars, thought I’d finish off… Continue Reading →

Me Peel Soft machine and the Faces …

Create2014 Conference and KickStarter

I am very proud to have been invited to speak at Create2014 in Derry~Londonderry September 17 as part of CultureTECH week. With in 24 hours of launching their KickStarter, the reached 50% of their goal and are as I write… Continue Reading →

You’ll never go hungry in Holywood – Third Edition

For such a small town, there are an awfully big number of places to eat.

Phone numbers from 1989 for Nelson Mandella and Vaclav Havel

Way back in time, we used to keep numbers on cards in cardboard boxes. I was working in current affairs at a really interesting time; fall of communist governments in Europe and release of Nelson Mandella, When I was packing… Continue Reading →

Paris has changed!

Paris has changed. Not for the better. Not for the worse. Just different. For example, I was standing outside Telegraphe Metro trying to match the Google Map print out to the intersecting roads surrounding me. When the old man started… Continue Reading →

Davy and Dawn’s Big Adventure

A few days ago I told the team I work with at WIMPS (http://www.wimps.tv) that I am leaving Public Achievement. It was neither an easy nor snap decision. I have been with PA since January 2011. Next Monday (31 March),… Continue Reading →

Davy’s on the road again – again

I’m about to get busy, again. Today and tomorrow producing a live webcast from the Confidence in Policing conference at Titanic Belfast for Northern Ireland Policing Board. Then to Paris from Thursday to Sunday for a conference “Using Traditional and… Continue Reading →

Ukraine, Russia, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the First World War

It is coincidence rather than planning that on the centenary of the beginning of the First World War I am reading The Radetzky March. Detective novels and spy stories are my usual page turners. But e-readers give you a cheap… Continue Reading →

Top 12 Moments 2013

I started trying to highlight 10 moments through the year but it was difficult enough to keep it down to 12.

Tulip City Hotel, Istanbul

Review in Trip Advisor  I was on business and attending meetings nearby. One of the reasons I chose Tulip City was that it was recommended by colleagues in Istanbul and the price which was fantastic value for money. I didn’t… Continue Reading →

Belfast Lough Daily Photo – April Compilation

Each day, around the same time 06:45 I photograph Belfast Lough from Seapark Holywood looking toward Belfast.

Get Well Soon, Bobby Ewing

In 1984 Ian Shuttleworth Iain  Walker and Eoin Patterson made this cassette using samples from my radio programme Nothin’ Better on Downtown Radio Get Well Soon Bobby Ewing (mp3) The Shadow (Between the Synapse and the Larynx) (mp3) I’m squeaking (mp3)  

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