The blog of Chindu Sreedharan

Diagon Alley

ON a recent Saturday wet with the residue of a late morning mist, I ambled along the George IV Bridge in Edinburgh and found myself at the top of Victoria Street. If you are up-to-date with your reading on J K Rowling, you know this is the street she supposedly used as a model for Diagon Alley, that wonderful cobbled creation familiar to all Harry Potter fans.

Smoke in the Gardens

They are playing with fire and smoke in Bournemouth this week. The fire is courtesy the Carabosse Company, a French performance collective, which has transformed the Lower Gardens into a 'magical fiery landscape'. And the smoke? That's from Fuel, a fantastic group of free-runners and dancers, who are performing in a 360-degree open air theatre by the pier.

That tweeting, blogging, microvideoing MeCCSA media team!

Screenshot 2014-01-14 18.49.19LAST week 10 journalism students got together at the Bournemouth University and blogged the hell out of the 2014 MeCCSA Conference. They really did. Across nine Twitter accounts and a live blog, they posted some 62,488 words: 43,000 words in 2,900 tweets, and another 18,988 by way of the live blog. That’s pretty near the wordage of a PhD thesis.

The return of the natives

Mirko & Edita small'The ability to risk is something that is very attractive. Some people choose to have a safer way, and the safe way guarantees winning. But the safe way will not guarantee the love of the crowd.' Insights into one of the most-watched ballroom partnerships in the world, from an interview with Edita Daniute.

A 1,000 tweets. In 1,360 days. Ugh.

mahabharata new 2 smallOne thousand three hundred and sixty days -- that is, three years, eight months, and 21 days -- to complete 1,000 @epicretold tweets. Ugh. I honestly didn't mean to take this long to get here. A little stocktaking, and an excerpt of the dice game, from an adaptation of the Mahabharata for Twitter.

The whistleblower’s voice

Manning in court1Dissections of what Manning said in court have been plenty, but how he said what he said is equally important. Hearing Manning has the power to transform the image we have of him. If he is a "hysterical" "basket case", there is little to indicate that in his voice.

The many mispellings of Scot Fitzgareld

Fitzgerald smallYou don't need to be a wizard at spelling -- or, for that matter, punctuation -- to be a literary genius. This, I say on the basis of the personal ledger of Scott Fitzgerald. A quick trawl through a transcript now available online shows the man did have an issue with many words, not to mention the possessive apostrophe.

The woman who taunted Gaddafi

Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Image courtesy: Jan-Erik AnderOn the day when Gaddafi was threatening to "take the war to Europe", I happened to be flipping through a Playboy publication. Sadly, this one didn’t have any engaging photographs. What it had, though, was impressions of Gaddafi by someone who provoked -- no, taunted -- him in flesh, and came away unscathed.
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