An online data journalism webinar

The European Journalism Centre is registering students for a free five-week online course, scheduled for early 2014, in the fundamentals of using data in journalism. The course includes modules on the skills required to do data journalism. how to find data for stories, how to use spreadsheets and statistics to find patterns in data, basic […]

Coal dust and sea spray

My grandfather was a coalminer, but was crippled in an accident when he saved a fellow miner’s life by holding off a coal wagon that would have otherwise crushed him to death. My grandmother worked her fingers to the bone on nightshifts in a factory, raised seven kids, lived well into her 90s. My Dad […]

bigMouth at Christmas

My new six-stringed baby got a live outing last night at the fab and groovy bigMouth-VoxPop Xmas Party earlier this week. For those of you desperate to hear what I played here are the original demos of three songs wot I wrote and performed: This one was also in my music folder, but didn’t get […]

Metallic recipe for disaster

It seems obvious: if we use up our resources, we will have no more resources to use. You can’t have your cake and eat it, as the old saying goes. Nowhere does this truism seem to be truer than in the realm of modern technology where mass production of almost disposable electronic gadgets from smart […]