“Quarter of a mile from dull” isn’t a witty description of a banal conversation, but a snapshot from Dominic Greyer’s quirky and down right funny, series of cards – Far From Dull - based on the ludicrous names of some of the UK’s towns and villages.
Stop off for some meat and two veg at Cows Roast, then head to Land of Nod to catch a few Zzz’s. The cards originate from Dom’s book of the same title, and is testimony to the fact that there really is no name too silly to grace the UK’s A to Z.
So if your daily travels take you past a Paperchase, pop in and grab yourself some roadside relief. You never know where you’ll end up – Dancing Dicks, or a quick stop off at Ogle. I could go on, but I really must say Farewell.
If the latest slew of Xmas themed ads are to go by, Christmas is around the corner. And even though I’m a little too big to believe in Santa, I’ve added the first item to my list.
1) The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless
In short, it’s a book of visual data porn. Data has never looked so sexy. David McCandless is on a mission to teach the world that ‘information’ can be beautiful too. For some reason the book has two titles, in the UK the book will be called Information is Beautiful. So, if there are any Secret Santa’s out there, I live at 24……
We’d like to thank God, our parents, Iris, my favourite dinner lady at school.
Ok, maybe we’re going a little bit far. But we’re chuffed to have been honoured with Striding Out’s – Future 100 young entrepreneur award. We have been nominated amongst 99 others as ‘entrepreneurs that are changing the face of everyday business’.
The award coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week, but to learn more about Future 100, just head over here.
I’ve never been really sure if Channel 4 know their a**e from their elbow (Misfits anyone?), but with PhoneShop – the new satirical comedy that piloted last night – there’s somebody there that at least knows where their funny bone is.
Set in the ‘retail battlefield’ that is the UK High Street, PhoneShop combines superb writing by Phil Bowker with a spot on cast. I feel a watershed moment coming on, or perhaps it’s just my tears of laughter.
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Unfortunately the pilot can’t be seen anymore, but the good news is that a full series is coming soon. Boy are we happy about that. Information is thin on the ground at present, but what news there is can be found here.
At twenty%extra, we tick a few of the ‘green’ boxes. We reduce, reuse and recycle (which includes a home made wormery). We cycle, and generally try and preach the green word to the ungreen heathens. Hands up though, I do like to take holidays where the sun shines. Which means jumping on a plane. Doh! But seriously, thinking consciously about the environment can feel like a full time job in itself. I suppose that’s the effort required to make up for those who really just don’t, well, care.
December 7th is a big day for international environmental political consciousness. The UN meets up for the annual Climate Summit 2009 in Copenhagen. Will it be another opportunity for nations to drag their proverbial feet with type of yeah but, no, but, yeah, but, responses that would make Vicky Pollard feel she just met her long lost relatives? Hmmm… We’ll have to wait and see.
There are a few organisations however, that are ensuring the issue stays high on the agenda while helping us all to contribute to the debate. Seal the Deal, has an online petition that you can sign to show support for a fair and comprehensive agreement. The Wave is a Stop the Climate Chaos Coalition event taking place in central London on the 5th December, and they want you to make a gigantic Mexican wave. Whichever one floats your boat, try and do something while boats can still float, if you get my drift.
If you’ve taken the time to read some of the blurb on our website, you’ll know that we at twenty%extra believe in the principle of sharing good ideas.
And to put our money where our mouth is, we’ll be doing just that, this week at shiny City Hall. On November 5th, the mayor’s office will be hosting the Good Practice and Innovation event, to facilitate and encourage good practice between organisations and youth commissioners providing youth services.
We look forward to giving a short presentation on our Let’s Be Brief programme and learning from others in the sector. And if we happen to bump into Boris, we’ll pass on your regards ;-)