Tugging on the Shoots

It’s a weird old world, the media world. Everything is so rushed, everyone’s working to a deadline and the rules of common decency are crushed in the race to get that front page laid out. Phone a newsroom in a newspaper office or a radio station and you’ll generally get some junior newshound answering the phone with an urgent “News!” as if your call is jeopardising world security. In another…

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On Being a Film Maker; The Sequel

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5LtKowSaPw&hl=en] This is the newly elected West Sussex Youth Cabinet going through their paces at a residential in Pulborough in February 2008. The film is part of the Beacon Youth Support Programme I’m working on which aims to encourage harder to reach young people to get involved in their own communities.

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On being a film maker

My first youtube film! The gorgeous music is by Dirk Campbell. The new Green Baby cafe site is now up and running too at www.greenbabycafe.co.uk [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9_H5Anq5jg&rel=1]

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Last night a guru saved my life

It’s a funny old game, being a writer. Opportunities to do the most extraordinary things are very often dangled under my nose, and I’m left wondering what to do with them. Last week I found myself in a stately home with a viscount and a roomful of sceptical hospital caterers, chewing delicately on the front end of a South Downs lamb. Monday night was spent filming a crimson sun setting…

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The Capacity for Delight

Embarking (again) on the excellent Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a book which steers the blocked creative through 12 weeks of rediscovery, has reminded me that all those Glums who came my way last year, all those people who squashed my enthusiasm and took away the joy from my great moments, are my gift for 2008. Spotting them as blocked creatives, furious at my apparent free wheeling, has not only…

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