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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is upwards is the equivalent of about 25 floors of a skyscraper. It feels like one Read more about Great view … but no interview[…]
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+, big glass of full milk, two indigestion tablets and lie down to listen to afternoon Read more about Thursday 12 June[…]
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 in Pub Bled on the way home; a place I have been in many times in daytime Read more about Right place – wrong time[…]
Me Peel Soft machine and the Faces …
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 £311 short of their £2,500 target with 25 days left to go. You can Back them Read more about Create2014 Conference and KickStarter[…]
For such a small town, there are an awfully big number of places to eat.
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 up to move house a few weeks ago I found these cards. Home number of Read more about Phone numbers from 1989 for Nelson Mandella and Vaclav Havel[…]
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 talking to me loudly, I immediately thought he was berating me for being a foreigner Read more about Paris has changed![…]
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), they will be in Stormont at the launch of the evaluation report of the project. Read more about Davy and Dawn’s Big Adventure[…]
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 New Media For Campaigns Against Prejudice, Xenophobia and Discrimination“. Then Marino College Dublin until Wednesday Read more about Davy’s on the road again – again[…]
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 option of finding something entirely new; and I like the Strauss – and I heard Read more about Ukraine, Russia, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the First World War[…]
I started trying to highlight 10 moments through the year but it was difficult enough to keep it down to 12.
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 check any reviews before hand but had assumed it was part of the Tulip chain Read more about Tulip City Hotel, Istanbul[…]
Each day, around the same time 06:45 I photograph Belfast Lough from Seapark Holywood looking toward Belfast.
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)
Ljubljana February 14 2013 The priest recites prayerful rhythms I partly recognise. “This must be the ‘Glory Be’… This must be the ‘Our Father’ … ” as we call these prayers at home twelve hundred miles away from this Alpine village where the evergreens are white today. —— Snow is falling in Gatwick as the Read more about Rok’s Funeral[…]
A short report written for a different blog. The coach’s engine was overheating. Outside the sun was beating down – it was 35 degrees. Inside, the coach air conditioning was on full pelt to keep us cool. And we were singing Jingle Bells. “Dashing through the snow?” Hardly. Welcome to mid-December on the Western Cape. Read more about WIMPS at South Africa’s Media Conference for Youth[…]
Although the other gates are not chained, I’m wondering why the gate on Seapark Road into the playing fields is chained? I’m posting this for North Down councillors to see.
While working in South Africa at the beginning of December 2012 at the Media Kidocracy Konference organised by Bush Radio, the organisers held a talent night for the young people at the conference. The winners were these guys. Not the best recording I’ve ever made, but I hope you watch it and enjoy it. Gumboot Read more about Gumboot Dance – the Media Kidocracy Konference talent night winners[…]
WIMPS – Karen reports from the Media Kidocracy Konference in South Africa from wimps.tv on Vimeo.
Notes from a presentation I gave to the Media Kidocracy Konference organised by Bush Radio in South Africa December 2012 to an audience average age 15-16 Your Social Media Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr. That’s what most of us think about when we hear about Social Media. And since I arrived here in South Africa Read more about Social Media for Social Change – Express Yourself[…]
Forget about the Christmas rush. Get mind food and inspiration from some outstanding women at TEDxBelfastWomen in the fantastic new Skainos building in east Belfast, TEDxBelfastWomen is the first invent of its kind. Get more info and more importantly book tickets at TEDxBelfastWomen.com
Mick Fealty (editor founder and driving force behind Slugger O’Toole) organises weekly Digital Lunches on Google Hangout. Mick has kindly invited me to take part in several. This is todays. The synopsis from Slugger O’Toole: “Today’s … is the first in a two lunchtime session which will consider the future of Belfast over a relative medium Read more about Digital Lunch: Belfast2020[…]