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Resuming normal service

In Dulwich OnView, new content on August 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

There cannot be anyone in London who hasn’t been affected in some way by the recent riots on the streets. The last few days have been exceptional in the history of London – not for generations have so many people joined in such a massive outpouring of frustration and idiocy.

The media has been dominated by bad news this last week. The pictures and footage we’ve seen on our screens have been quite traumatic and have affected us all. But I was in Peckham yesterday and saw something which really lifted me up. Using one of the boards covering a looted shop window some locals invited people to stop by and write a note about why we love peckham.

The range of people stopping by and the comments they wrote were truly heartwarming and I was grateful that the people from Peckham Shed Theatre Company took time out to organise it.

In fact I was so inspired by their actions that I went home and wrote an article for Dulwich OnView. It’s online here: Why We Love Peckham.

It appears now that the wind has been taken out of the looters’ sails and we all hope that this will be the start of the end of the violence across the capital.

It’s been a while since I updated this blog. You’d be forgiven for thinking that I’ve been off enjoying a summer holiday, but actually I’ve just had my head in the sand, working through the summer. But as I love working hard, that’s actually great news. Anyway, things are quietening down a little now, so I too hope to be resuming a normal service as well.



Windows. No, not Microsoft …

In Dulwich OnView, new content on June 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Hmmm, windows are rather interesting things aren’t they?

Thin pieces of glass – a very fragile substance. They allow us to peer out and they allow us to see in. Stained and decorated they can become works of art. And straight-edged frames allow us to create ever-changing pictures on the walls of our homes.

What of the metaphor of a window?
They have been used in various shapes on TV (by Playschool), as a brand name for Microsoft and as the settings for a variety of works of art.

I’ve started a new series of articles for Dulwich OnView based around the Rembrandt painting in Dulwich Picture Gallery Girl at a Window. I found myself wondering who she was and what she was looking out at. Indeed the enigmatic nature of this painting is part of its appeal why it has been so popular at DPG over the years.

So, my take on this is called Boy at a Window. In each article over the next few months I will be looking out of a different window and musing on why the building in which it is situated is interesting or significant to me. The first two pieces are online already on DOV:

Boy at a Window: Dulwich Picture Gallery
Boy at a Window 2: Brockwell Hall

There’ll be more to follow. If you think of a window in Dulwich you’d like me to look through, then give me a shout.


Interview with Veronica Ward

In Dulwich OnView, new content on August 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Last week I had the chance to interview Veronica Ward, the cabinet member on Southwark Council responsible for culture, leisure, sport and the Olympics. The resulting article is live on Dulwich OnView today.

I asked the councillor about the swtich over from a Tory/Lib Dem council to a Labour administration (the opposite of the national political landscape) and her hopes for the future. It also turns out that she’s also passionate about the preservation of the velodrome at Herne Hill. And there’s news that the debate about what to do with the closed down Livesey Museum is still wide open. Do read the artcile and leave a comment if you feel strongly about either of the those issues.

This is the second political interview I’ve conducted for DOV. Last year I got to interview Ward’s predecessor Lewis Robinson, who is now out of a job in the cabinet after the change of power.

How to stay happy in south London

In Dulwich OnView, happiness, new content on July 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

I interviewed a local south London blogger recently about happiness. Sasha runs the Happiness Project London, writing about things in the capital which can help to keep us sane (and hopefully happy) in a world of madness and chaos. There’s an interview with her on this website as part of my ongoing reserach project about the modern state of happiness.

But while I had her, I also asked a few extra questions about life in our area of London so I could write a piece about her for Dulwich OnView. She’s a really interesting character, so I figured she’d make a great addition to the South London People thread we have running on there. Do check out what she says can keep us happy in south London.

A library of interior design?

In Dulwich OnView, new content on July 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

I love finding out about new museums, collections and libraries on my doorstep in south London. We’ve all heard of the museums at Crystal Palace and the Horniman. You perhaps know about the hidden gem of Kingswood House. And some people have even heard of the Puppet Centre Trust in Clapham. And I must make a visit to the newly developed South London Gallery now it’s open.

It turns out there’s a library of home improvement at a local design studio near me. Homelab is part of the design studio at Begin Design, a studio in Forest Hill. They’re kindly opening up their space for a series of free interior design workshops later this month. There’s a piece all about the library and their events on Dulwich OnView today.

Dulwich OnView is celebrated at EVA conference

In Dulwich OnView, what i'm reading on July 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm

The online magazine Dulwich OnView, for which I write articles sometimes, was showcased (yet again!) at the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) conference in London this week. The Computer Arts Society and the Chartered Institute for IT. They say that since it’s conception in 1992, ‘the EVA conference series has established itself as a natural home from which to explore the richly interdisciplinary and constantly evolving world of digital visualisation.’

The paper presented on our project focussed on the social nature of our magazine, highlighting how we come together as a group to make the blog. And this, I believe, is the key to the success of the magazine – we are friends in real life and we have created an online social network which reflects that.

The paper Dulwich OnView: an art museum-based virtual community generated by the local community is available to read on the EVA proceedings website.

With thanks to the authors Ingrid Beazley, Jonathan P. Bowen, Alison H.Y. Liu and Sarah McDaid, who have done a great job of celebrating our successes.

That reminds me, I must go and post an article on DOV. I’ve got a great one waiting to go live….

Yang-May Ooi interviews Steve Slack

In Dulwich OnView, Museums, new content, what i'm reading on May 21, 2010 at 9:17 am
My friend Yang-May Ooi, the writer and blogging expert who taught me much of what I now about blogging, interviewed me recently for a podcast on her website.
Fusion View is Yang-May’s blog which offers her musings on life in the UK – and especially our little corner of south London – often compared with life in Malaysia where she was born. She describes it as ‘personal reflections with a cross-cultural flavour’. There’s everything on there, from recipes and reviews to videos of local sights and interviews with people from all walks of life.
Her library of podcasts is growing rapidly and one of her most recent entries is an interview with me about my work as a multimedia writer. Taking the British Museum’s current exhibition about Italian Renaissance Drawings as a starting point, we explore the process of creating an audio guide and how we turn the content into the little box visitors borrow from the museum when they arrive on the day.
You can listen to the podcast on Fusion View. Yang-May is also closely involved in the Dulwich OnView project and there’s an article about the interview live on there today.

Breath of fresh air for George Canning

In Dulwich OnView, new content, Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

There’s a bar near where I live named after George Canning – one time prime minister and famous botched dueller – which has been neglected for a long time – passed from landlord to landlord over the years until it was run into the ground. But it’s just come under new ownership and things are looking up.

It’s now under the care of a young couple who have been brought in to turn its fortunes around. After a lick of paint and some fresh ideas, the place is looking great once again. They explained their ideas for the place to me the other day over a drink, and an article about them and their pub has gone live on Dulwich OnView this morning.

They’re a great couple – a real breath of fresh air – and they’ve got some great ideas, so good luck to them!

Shakespeare in the supermarket

In Dulwich OnView, new content on April 20, 2010 at 11:55 am

Last week I met with a group of actors who are about to launch a new show set in a supermarket. It’s not only set there, the performances take place in the supermarket. It’s a piece inspired by Shakespeare’s sonnet 23:

O, learn to read what silent love hath writ:
To hear with eyes belongs to love’s fi ne wit.

Teatro Vivo are a theatre company making site-specific performance pieces. They’ve been putting on shows in branches of Sainsbury’s in south London for a few years and are now returning with a new show.

It sounds rather peculiar – it is – but from sitting in on rehearsals I’ve seen how it works and I’m up for going along and investigating.

The first show of Supermarket Shakespeare is this evening and there’s an article on Dulwich OnView today about where you can find them over the next few weeks.

I think I might pop along to Forest Hill on 1st or 2nd May. Anyone care to join me?

Dulwich OnView wins international award

In Dulwich OnView on April 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

Wow, our little group blog (now an online magazine) has won Best Small Site at the Museums and the Web conference in Colorado. We’re glowing with pride.

Museums and the Web is the biggest museums conference of its kind in the world, attracting 600 professionals from 25 countries.There were 15 international judges who looked at the nominated sites in detail and chose us as the winner! It’s great news for everyone involved and we’re gearing up to celebrate once our delegate is back from the States – she’s presently stuck there because of the volcano ash fandango.

There’s a piece about it on Dulwich OnView, of course.