“buy coffee. not girls”Read More
You need a thick skin to be an Edinburgh Fringe performer. Not every show will be busy and not all reviews good, some are actually very not good. So I wanted to take a minute to appreciate one of the festivals most under-rated performers. The Reviewers.Read More
Performer, punter or press the Edinburgh festivals is a microcosm all of its own and spending almost a month in a bubble like that is immense fun but can take its tole. Here are the 5 stages of the Edinburgh festivals.Read More
My phone buzzed late on a Friday, my face lit up as I took in the message; “Hi Chris, did you get my email?”. I did get the email but “sorry my laptop’s in Devon” I replied. Their confusion was palpable in the “Eh?” I got thrown back.Read More
It's that week between Christmas and New Year celebrations where DJ's make a joke of reminding you what day it is and it's acceptable to eat chocolate for any or all meals. If you need help with your confectionery consumption i've created the definitive list of sweets in a Celebrations tin. (Well plastic box (mid when they used to be real tins?))
I had a really nice family christmas this year including a lot of wine and the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
One thing I also did was live radio. It something i've done for the last few years and it's a lot of fun. I also think it's incredibly important and it can be easily forgotten how much people connect with the Radio. Its one to one and that connection can be incredibly powerful.
As this proves:
The show I did on Christmas day didn't receive any heartfelt and sad calls but it did include plenty of cheesy music and a report on Santa Clause.
Every December Forth Valleys hospital radio station
pitch up to the band stand in Stirling city center, play some music and shake a few cans. This is all to help raise money for the charity, helping them to continue their good work.
Kat Low a presenter on the station has seen around 20 roadshows thinks the weather makes them special as well as the people; "People are generally happier and there's always a buzz about the city"
Radio Royal was formed in 1976 and commenced broadcasting in May 1977. Staffed entirely by volunteers, Radio Royal now broadcasts via television sets to patients and online via the website and mobile apps.
Radio Royal is the call sign of Forth Valley Broadcasting, a recognised charity SC013447
I don't feel older and I'm certainly not wiser but 2016 so far has been a big year, not withstanding the new and events. I've been more aware of what I don't know and my own inexperience. For me that is half the battle to becoming more (stand by for wan*y blogger lingo) self aware and confident.
Someone said to me today 'It's weird to think of you as just 21 because you're mature" to which I usually reply "Ahh code for 'you look old'"
The very first thing I saw when I woke up today was someone getting shot, a video on twitter that showed the shooter in Dallas. A story that dominated headlines all day.
Horrific, from all viewpoints and a story we will no doubt learn more of in the coming days.
Twitter is great, social media (for the most part) is a good thing that can inform, amuse and entertain.
On days like today, Twitter hinders. It dilutes the pool of information with re-hashed headlines, ‘BREAKING NEWS’ and speculation. Rather than writing about the people, the reason or what those in power might be able to do, some journalist’s time was devoted to tracking down and sharing the picture of a man who was not involved and writing articles about a deleted tweet from a former politician who’s idiocy if measured by numbers would be tenfold his amount of followers.
As news becomes more international and local/ national tragedies are broadcast round the world faster than is healthy, we’ll need to find a better way of working/ reacting online, especially if something is on going. Even though we’re becoming numb, many still attach a lot of trust to the words ‘Breaking News’ and this leads to miss information and misconception. The last thing that this tragedy needs is for an important message to get lost. A message that if it was already held in the palaces that it's not, this might have been avoided. #BlackLivesMatter