Plato, Marx and the Paper Doll

So I was sitting in a research skills module yesterday afternoon and we were talking about ideology, as you do. The construction of truth was being picked over and even as Plato and Marx were being flagged up as gurus of the day on the subject, the little paper doll we made on Saturday in Arts and Learning flashed into my mind. Suddenly, I had my Monday lecture; if we…

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Creative Techniques and News Stories

We started the session by looking at today’s news stories and how we could develop them into programme ideas, and had already got stuck on Angela Merkel’s speech on multi-cultural Germany. The majority of students, 18-25, mostly white, mostly born and bred British, just couldn’t see how it could be relevant to them or what themes we could pull out from it. So I tried the exercise. The students lined…

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Arts and Learning

It’s almost 30 years to the day since I set off to Paris as a 17 year old, head filled with romantic notions of reading Zola in the Tuileries after dropping my small charges off at school and heading down to the Sorbonne to see what the local talent was like. With a place to study French and European Studies at Sussex University already secured, it was what girls who…

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What's The Big Idea?

The Big Idea — Capture Ideas “Don’t let ideas escape. Write them down. Every day lots of good ideas are born only to die quickly because they aren’t nailed to paper… Carry a notebook or some small cards with you. When you get an idea, write it down… People with fertile, creative minds know a good idea may sprout any time, any place. Don’t let ideas escape; else you destroy…

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Eating Out, Riverford Styley

It’s a long time since I did a city farm. When I lived in London with just one child to amuse, I would spend most days seeking out a bit of nature. Regent’s Park was just down the road and the need for dog walks meant that picnics on Hampstead Heath were almost part of the daily routine. But when I discovered city farms, all my boxes were ticked – although…

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