Daily Archives: May 18, 2009

Could it be Magic

This is a bit after the event but whatever…

Over the Bank Holiday weekend I attended the Rugby League Magic Weekend. Marvellous time had by all etc etc and the longest I’ve spent in Edinburgh for years, thereby remind myself that it is a great city. In the programme for the 7 games of Rugby League we watched, they had a section about each team, and one of the catageories was “If they were a famous Scot, they would be…”. I thought some of them were funny enough to share. Knowledge of Rugby League teams not necessarily required.

Quins: Mary Queen of Scots – Posh relatives, but choosing to live by a different code.

Bradford Bulls: Former RBS boss Fred Goodwin – A rich and powerful major player recently fallen on hard times.

Wigan Warriors: Wet Wet Wet – By the mid-1990s, people tired of them being number one all the time.

St Helens: Gordon Brown – Top dog now, but for how much longer?

Huddersfield Giants: Colin Montgomerie – Often in the running, but just can’t seem to win a major trophy.

Castleford Tigers: Shrek – Not the most picturesque or glamorous of creatures, but much loved.

Catalan Dragons (my team and possibly my favourite one): JK Rowling – Not originally from round these parts, but now considered one of us.

Warrington Wolves: Rod Stewart – Big in the 1970s and still in the news, but it’s been ages since their last hit.


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Just got round to reading the Mostra Opinion Corner on media coverage of the European parliament elections. It rings my bell on several levels.

Firstly, it’s about the European elections, something which obviously matters a lot to me. At a quite “macro” level, I believe that these are important elections and would hope that as many people as possible understand that and take part. At a “micro” level: the make-up of this Parliament will influence the choice of the next Commission President, which obviously has a very direct effect on me on a daily basis.

Secondly, it looks at what role the media can play, which clearly is of interest to me. I’ve found since I’ve come to London that I’ve got increasingly interested in discussion about the role of the media – the blogs I find most useful on a day-to-day basis are Charlie Beckett and Roy Greenslade, rather than the more obvious EU ones like Mark Mardell and Charlemagne.

But most interesting for me is the format – doesn’t it brilliantly showcase what the web can do? Reduced text, use of audio and video and the reassuring familiarity of “turning a page” rather than scrolling down.

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Bird song

RSPB Northern Ireland today published a piece urging people to vote in the EP elections. They’ve asked all local candidates their views on a number of environmental issues. An interesting piece of advocacy, I think, and one likely to resonate in the current climate – focussing on the “why” not the “who”.


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