The other day I was wondering what I was up to a year ago. And then it hit me, I have a blog – that’ll tell me!
How can it possibly be a year since this?
I must be getting old.
This morning we had the first London Mornington Crescent on Twitter frenzy. Luckily for the sake of the twitter servers and grateful corporate clients everywhere, Suw took advantage of my luncheoning to take the game, but I’ll be back…
Here’s what I saw of the game – there may have been others playing @febake got a mention but I didn’t follow him… until now :) We may never do this again or perhaps it will be a running joke, but it was fun while it lasted, one of those spontaneous acts of sociability that this web thing facilitates – a flashmob without preparation (apart from several lifetimes listening to ISIHAC)
I very much enjoyed Steve’s valiant attempts at playing street names in W1 and quibbling with James about the rules. I think Trott’s Civility is one of my greatest inventions as well the inspiration for my most popular picture on Flickr.
And credit where credit’s due, the original spark was this from Bobbie Johnson.
LloydDavis omg @bowbrick that gives me an idea - Mornington Crescent on Twitter about 2 hours ago from im
LloydDavis So I'll start with my usual opening local gambit of *Pimlico* about 2 hours ago from im
mbites @LloydDavis "Waterloo" (just arriving actually) about 2 hours ago from txt in reply to LloydDavis
bowbrick @lloyddavis I think you night be on to something. And with GPS you could play with real locations! about 2 hours ago from txt in reply to LloydDavis
bowbrick Duke Street about 2 hours ago from txt
jbond @LloydDavis Tottenham Hale about 2 hours ago from web in reply to LloydDavis
jbond http://www.phespirit.info/m... about 2 hours ago from web
jbond Are we playing the Dreyfus Variation? about 2 hours ago from web
LloydDavis some strikingly pedestrian moves so far. time to stir things up with a couple of blue tokens at *Lancaster Gate* about 2 hours ago from im
LloydDavis @jbond I refer the honourable gentleman to the move I made a few moments ago about 2 hours ago from im in reply to jbond
LloydDavis clearly stunned the fools into silence, building my empire with *Baker Street* about 2 hours ago from im
bowbrick Poland Street about 2 hours ago from txt
jbond My favourite tube stop and rhyming slang for mad. Two stops beyond Barking, yes it's *Beacontree* about 2 hours ago from web
LloydDavis intrigued by @bowbricks W1 strategy, but undeterred *Green Park* about 2 hours ago from im
Suw /thinks that @lloydDavis's Green Park is a predictable follow on to Pimlico and goes *Mundania Street* about 2 hours ago from web
kevinmarks Well, I me be confused by the jubilee extension showing up since I left London, but there are enough podumes for *Victoria* about 2 hours ago from web
LloydDavis clearly @suw has not seen the green podumes in my...curses! @kevinmarks comes out of nowhere about 2 hours ago from im
bowbrick Meard Street. Hah! about 2 hours ago from web
LloydDavis trying to think on my feet and ignoring @bowbricks scatology *White City* about 2 hours ago from im
bowbrick Is it my go? about 2 hours ago from web
LloydDavis @bowbrick - yes for heaven's sake, the clock is ticking about 2 hours ago from im in reply to bowbrick
imajes @lloyddavis: frankly i go for the middle of it all and stick my pin in *Burnt Oak* about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to LloydDavis
Suw Well, i'm going to double-switch podumes and nullify kevinmarks' Victoria with a Mudchute. about 2 hours ago from web
adders @mbites @lloyddavis You don't appear to be playing under Wilkinson's Third Variation, which is generally frowned upon by the Crescentarati. about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to mbites
LloydDavis @adders no, on twitter I feel it's better to use the MacLeod Declaration (with the LeMeur amendments natch) about 2 hours ago from im in reply to adders
imajes there's fantastic podumes to be had with Gloucester Road about 2 hours ago from twitterrific
kevinmarks Well, thanks to the Greenwich Ferry and the Millennium Bridge, that leaves me an escape route to *St Pauls* about 2 hours ago from web
LloydDavis @imajes shhhhh! don't tell the newbies about 2 hours ago from im in reply to imajes
LloydDavis heh! lining up for some monster LV with *Fulham Broadway* about 2 hours ago from im
LloydDavis taking momentum from @kevinmarks Central Line opening to break into *Upton Park* about 2 hours ago from im
imajes @lloyd: Ruislip is unquestionablly next. about 2 hours ago from twitterrific
adriana872 confused by @lloyddavis. What's going on? probably missed the beginning. :) about 2 hours ago from web
noodlepie Shepherd's bush - fnarr... about 2 hours ago from txt
Suw Damn! i was going to go Fulham Broadway, but now you've blocked LV, I'm spenging Fairlop. about 2 hours ago from web
adders @lloyddavis Doesn't the LeMeur ammendments rule out @mbites'earlier move to Waterloo? Or did you use the Sark Ozy variant? about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to LloydDavis
LloydDavis @adriana872 we're playing MC - rules are here http://tinyurl.com/9bxlp about 2 hours ago from im in reply to adriana872
bowbrick Jaunting to Flask Walk! about 2 hours ago from web
imajes @Suw: i think we can divert around the LV and ensconce ourselves in Mansion House about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to Suw
LloydDavis @adders I thought I'd let it pass as it was early in the game (had a quiet word with him on the side tho') about 2 hours ago from im in reply to adders
Suw And a late joiner from @febake! and possibly @chrys, although that could have been a coincidence. Snaresbrook! about 2 hours ago from web
londonfilmgeek @lloyddavis Aurora Gambit, *Poplar* about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to LloydDavis
LloydDavis drat @suw getting sneaky must think fast. *St John's Wood* about 2 hours ago from im
LloydDavis does anyone have any pink tokens? about 2 hours ago from im
imajes @londonfilmgeek: if you're going to visit poplar, clearly next is Elephant & Castle. about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to londonfilmgeek
Suw omg! the Aurora Gambit! I haven't seen that played in 20 years! My hand is forced. Neasden via the long way round. about 2 hours ago from web
LloydDavis erm pink tokens anyone? about 2 hours ago from im
imajes @lloyd: low on the pinks, but i have a few spare reds. might that work? about 2 hours ago from twitterrific
londonfilmgeek @suw luggage spilled at All Saints, walkaround to *Whitechapel* about 2 hours ago from
twitterrific in reply to Suw
LloydDavis @imajes - how many can I have for two greens and a taupe podume? about 2 hours ago from im in reply to imajes
Suw Feels a pincer movement from @Londonfilmgeek and @febake. Collusion! Collusion! I demand a Cockfosters! about 2 hours ago from web
LloydDavis *Holland Park* opening Parks and Recreation about 2 hours ago from im
imajes @lloyd: a dozen, bakers or otherwise. Cab at Whitechapel takes us to Lancaster Gate, which may or may not open. about 2 hours ago from twitterrific
LloydDavis swingin' @imajes it's a deal which makes my *Wembley Park* quite interesting I think you'll agree about 2 hours ago from im
imajes @lloyddavis: i think we can come to an accord, but only at *Sloane Square* about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to LloydDavis
londonfilmgeek @suw is the Amicus shuffle up for grabs, if so *Hanger Lane* for 50 about 2 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to Suw
LloydDavis @suw : I think your Cockfosters is upheld, please people keep to Trott's Civility wherever possible about 2 hours ago from im in reply to Suw
bowbrick I don't like the way you're all playing stations and I'm playing streets. I feel a bit intimidated: Denmark Hill! about 2 hours ago from web
imajes Excellent. Amicus shuffle played. now possible to do the Daisy Maneuver. I'll go all in for *Goldhawk Road* about 2 hours ago from twitterrific
Suw @londonfilmgeek: I take your Amicus Shuffle and swap you a Complexification and agree on Maida Vale. about 1 hour ago from web in reply to londonfilmgeek
LloydDavis meh! Scoble's Retreat - *Warwick Avenue* about 1 hour ago from im
LloydDavis oh @imajes btw nice Daisy :) about 1 hour ago from im
Suw @LloydDavis: thank you for your ruling and a reminder that Trott's Civility is now in force. May I presume upon Boston Manor? about 1 hour ago from web in reply to LloydDavis
LloydDavis i don't think I'm ever going to get any work done ever ever again about 1 hour ago from im
imajes @lloyd: i think you're playing the california variation which was declared unsafe in the 1986 rulebook. go back 4 and start at *Kilburn* about 1 hour ago from twitterrific
LloydDavis @suw you're welcome, be aware though that Metcalfe's Interruption is still a possibility about 1 hour ago from im in reply to Suw
Suw @parkylondon: Invisible sammich exchange at Queen's Park. about 1 hour ago from web
LloydDavis @imajes - this is twitter, man, your 1986 rules hold no sway here! about 1 hour ago from im in reply to imajes
LloydDavis oh if you must - *Leicester Square* about 1 hour ago from im
imajes @lloyd: you must stick to the agreed rule book as per the MC Rules Committee. it's the only way to preserve a level playing field at *Oval* about 1 hour ago from twitterrific
Suw Foul against @febake upheld, no deconstructionism allowed under the '64 rule 237a which clearly states all constructionism illegale. Oval. about 1 hour ago from web
LloydDavis @imajes - duh! haven't you heard of MC2.0 ? it's all pastel shades and round corners here matey *St Pauls* about 1 hour ago from im in reply to imajes
adders I've just been informed that the Wilkinson Variations were ruled invalid for online play 18 months ago. I apologise for any inconvenience. about 1 hour ago from twitterrific
Suw Damn! Gazumped! *panics* Morden! about 1 hour ago from web
LloydDavis *Dollis Hill* .... /sniggers about 1 hour ago from im
londonfilmgeek @suw, @febake has his Longhorn manual out, this isn't fair, therefore Inspector Sands about 1 hour ago from twitterrific in reply to Suw
kevinmarks Aha, twice round gives enough momentum for me to play *San Jose Diridon* about 1 hour ago from web
LloydDavis @londonfilmgeek & @suw Oh, I knew we shouldn't have played on a Friday.. about 1 hour ago from im in reply to londonfilmgeek
imajes @lloyd: no, MC is a strict rules-only game. one must adhere, it's the only way one can play safely. i bid 2 stickles in baron's court about 1 hour ago from web
Suw /calls on the Great Arbiter. In 1924, McCutchley-Spriggins held the Longhorn Manual as a fair move. Suck it up LFG. All Saints. about 1 hour ago from web
imajes @suw: all saints has been played. i suggest Amos Grove. about 1 hour ago from web in reply to Suw
Suw Ah, the Baker at Baker Street - smooth! I play the Butcher at Heron Quays. about 1 hour ago from web
LloydDavis @imajes I'm not against rules, just suggesting we go along with the Winer Addendum which is much more appropriate to twitter about 1 hour ago from im in reply to imajes
bowbrick Mugs. Beak Street. about 1 hour ago from web
imajes @lloyddavis: if needs must... then i have no option but moving to close at Latimer Park about 1 hour ago from web in reply to LloydDavis
Suw Sidesteps both Latimer Park and San Jose Diridon with an Epping Swing. about 1 hour ago from web
LloydDavis time for a quick Semple's Surprise before I go to lunch - *Amersham* about 1 hour ago from im
LloydDavis now while I'm out, *nobody* touch my pieces... about 1 hour ago from im
kevinmarks well, depends on which Winer addendum, I'll take either *Oxford Circus* or *The Great Northern Hotel*, as that bridge is out in Minneapolis about 1 hour ago from web
londonfilmgeek *Finsbury Park* should stop @imajes in his tracks about 1 hour ago from twitterrific
LloydDavis @kevinmarks - ooh nicely done old chap about 1 hour ago from im in reply to kevinmarks
Suw Short and sweet. Kentish Town. about 1 hour ago from web
imajes depositing @lloyddavis in *Mill Hill East* whilst luncheoning myself about 1 hour ago from web
Suw Which sets me up really nicely for, and I'm sorry to say this as it pains my heart, Mornington Crescent. about 1 hour ago from web
imajes @londonfilmgeek the finsbury park play did in fact derail me. alas, @suw played the middle piece - the jigsaw is now complete. about 1 hour ago from twitterrific in reply to londonfilmgeek
plasticbagUK Does anyone know what the hell Suw is doing on Twitter? I'm completely puzzled. about 1 hour ago from web
Suw @plasticbagUK: Sorry, got a bit carried away there. *giggles* shan't do it again, promise. about 1 hour ago from web in reply to plasticbagUK
LloydDavis sneaking back in while nobody's looking with a quick *Mansion House* now lunch, really about 1 hour ago from im
Suw /pats LloydDavis on the head. Poor Lloyd. That's what you get for going to lunch at a crucial moment. about 1 hour ago from web
londonfilmgeek @suw I didn't see the erudite spaniard for the tress. Good Job! about 1 hour ago from twitterrific in reply to Suw
bowbrick Dhhh. Didn't see that coming. Slick play @suw about 1 hour ago from web
Suw thank you, thank you. :) I can only thank my parents and the rest of my family, my MC mentor, my accupuncturist, my chiropractor, my frie... about 1 hour ago from web
rachelclarke I missed the game! @suw, @lloyddavis need to start it later next time ;) although @kevinmarks made it I see, must have never gone to bed about 1 hour ago from web
daveknapik @lloyddavis Mornington Crescent! (Do I win?) about 1 hour ago from web in reply to LloydDavis
jbond LOL while watching SuW dissolve into tears on the podium. Perhaps the lovely Samantha could pass her a tissue? 44 minutes ago from web
londonfilmgeek For the future i insist on the hastily drafted Twitter Compendium following the Clive Sinclair
Manifesto http://tinyurl.com/24lldt 41 minutes ago from twitterrific
LloydDavis gasps. sulks. plots revenge... 19 minutes ago from im
Sorry that we managed to confuse Adriana and Tom and anyone else :) There’s a fairly good explanation here
First let’s have two minutes silence for a long-time reader of this blog, Mr Adrain Phelps of Wetknee, Oxon who was unfortunately eaten by a bear while commenting on a post late last night. Mr Fullups leaves a wife and young daughter relieved that they paid for the additional “bear clause” (clause, claws…geddit?) in his life insurance.
Thankyou, but now to weightier things. Oh, what a link! Because today’s fact is: I weighed myself this morning and I was 15st 3lb – 213lbs for Americans without a calculator. So there Rosie, there’s a fact, a real indisputable fact and it’s about me, is that any better?
I’ve been heavier – indeed at one stage I was more than the 20st that my scales would show, which put simply is “too fat” just in case there was any doubt. My BMI is now 28.9 which is still overweight, but I am not quite “obese” by this awful measure.
The lightest I have been as an adult is about 13st which is the top end of “normal” for my height. I consider myself to have been painfully thin at that stage. If that’s normal, I want to be different. The picture here shows a costume made for me at the time. But I’ve just measured the trousers and they have a 36″ waist. I’m also wearing 36″ jeans today so either the trousers were more comfy than these jeans or else I’m carrying a couple of stone extra somewhere other than my waist. My brain.. it’ll probably be my brain. I’m sad to say that no photos exist in my collection of the pair of apple-green dungarees that I was also fond of wearing at the time. Very Rod, Jane & Freddy. I can’t decide what was sadder, wearing dungarees or the fact that I dyed them apple-green.
My old friends from the Guildford School of Acting got together in the Union Club in Greek Street (thanks Paul!) to compare grey hairs, pot-bellies and war-stories from our marriages, divorces and other relationships. We were also honoured by the appearance of our former principal Michael Gaunt and head of first year Ian Ricketts. We had a fabulous time, which stretched into the evening when we stumbled over the road into the nearest pub.
I shot some bits of video especially for those luvvies who weren’t able to make it – I hope these give a flavour of what it was like and give you even more encouragement to come along next time.
A bunch of folk starting with Ian Tolmie
Another bunch of folk starting with Darren Ruston
Adam Tedder (and me)
A fortnight now since Interesting2007 and blogging time & opportunities have been scarce (at least on my own behalf) as I’ve just started two big projects where I’m making social media for clients (which is nice). I can’t possibly link to all the lovely people I met but most of them have blogged or flickr’d already. Slide sets are starting to appear on slideshare
I did get the feeling that something shifted, nothing world-shattering, but there was a subtle changing, we’d done something differently and as a result it all, y’know, shifted.
Look it was a one-day “conference” but it wasn’t a conference like any I’ve been to and it wasn’t an un-conference in the Bloggercon or PolicyUnplugged mould and it wasn’t a seminar, workshop, showcase, gathering, conflab or conglomeration – it was definitely not a symposium or a trade-show. It was a bit of a happening, an exhibition, a show & tell, a festival of ideas. And it held my attention all through from 11am to 6pm (I did get a bit of a numb-bum towards the end, but that might have been because I was wearing too many pairs of pants.
But it was a group of (mostly) intelligent people in a hall, sitting on chairs in rows listening to other people speak, one at a time. So what made it stand out as something different?
Nothing was ever more than 20 minutes away – actually that was a lie, because my slot was more than 20 minutes away from Rhodri and his saw (thanks Roo), but I guess no-one got bored with having lunch.
No Q&As – people seemed to accept that the majority of people were not going to speak. I have never seen a good Q&A session except at political meetings. We’ve got blogs now to have our say, or not and none of the speakers were up their own arses about talking to people afterwards – that would have been absurd.
Self-service – we all helped ourselves (as Russell said “we’re all grown-ups and you’ve only paid twenty quid”) but we all helped each other too. I arrived too late to help set up, but it was set up and nobody was crying or running around with scissors – and we cleared away quickly and fairly painlessly. There was no feeling (for me anyway) of separation between “organisers” and “punters” though these two did a splendid job of co-ordination. Also Russell was not “in charge” but he was definitely “in charge”.
It was on a Saturday and few people had a surname, let alone a job-title. The few collars I spotted were all open and any ties were undoubtedly ironic or accidental.
It was actually really good for me not to have wifi. I started off in recording mode as it was (I’m realising more and more that it’s one of my coping mechanisms for being thrust into large groups of people – I’ve been doing it with my camera since about 1979) but if I (and other similarly challenged folk) had the excuse to hide behind a laptop screen, we’d have had a much poorer experience.
It was village-hall-y and Festival of Britain-y and a bit arts-and-crafty and, well, just right for people who’s early life was a mix of oil-crises and moon-landings, dreaming about amazing cities in the sky with hovercrafts and no pollution and peace and smiling children and stuff.
It was hopeful.
As an experience, what was it like? Well, a bit like listening to Radio 4 all day, but with no long programmes, it was a bit like a random walk through the best bits of wikipedia, then again it was like live current.tv for people born in the ’60s & ’70s, or peeking at the RSS reader of someone really consistently smart. Does that help?
There were things I could have done with more of. More variety in presentation style, most people plumped for what we know, which is showing pictures or lists on a big screen. More music, preferably with acoustic instruments – the electroplankton quartet was a fun concept but I wish we’d made more of an effort with ukulele’s and kazoo’s. More analog, 3D art and time to really see the Folksy folk. More fun in the goody bag – I still haven’t used the shaving oil, but it was a point of “ooooh!”.
So some quick ideas for “next time” – Multiple locations – eg InterestingLondon, InterestingEdinburgh, InterestingBucharest, InterestingAmsterdam with video-linkups at set-times throughout the day. Bingo (or some other communal game) perhaps also played internationally via the video-link. Some form of backchannel – the twitter feed worked nicely before and after the day – one computer with a net connection projecting the stream might be cool.
And yeah, you *did* have to be there, really.
…is the alternative rendition of this little beauty (660kb 0:42) but here is a one chorus blast of the original.
Not directed at anyone in particular (no, I haven’t been making any girls cry) just the first thing that popped into my head when I picked up my ukulele for a late afternoon recording session and dedicated to anyone whose ever had tears in their eyes.
Cartoon sticker on my computer by Hugh Macleod