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Should web links be free?

I’ve been following the latest  saga regarding paying The Newspaper Licensing Agency for sharing web links. Francis Ingham, Chief Executive of the Public Relations Consultants Association, explains via a video interview why they are appealing to the Court of Appeal against a ruling which decided that media monitoring agencies should pay for using web links. Mr Ingham describes it as a...
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On the 1st Day of Cutmas ….

I have just spent two days in London and, although I missed the rioutous student demo against tuition fees, I did stumble across some festive students yesterday outside Somerset House who were singing their protests with a parody on our favourite carols.  It’s very mild compared to some of the scenes from today, though I feel students have every right to feel angry as they face a future of...
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Abbeyfield’s mission – caring for the whole person

This is a video I produced of Abbeyfield’s launch of its future housing strategy for elderly people, driving forward its mission to combat loneliness. Chief Executive Paul Allen explains that their goal is to care for the whole person – “their body and soul” – and the importance of community links, companionship and their valued volunteers. Other speakers include...
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Monitoring Social Media

I’m sorry to miss this unmissable event in London next Monday as it could provide the elusive answer for PR, marketing and social media professionals about how to measure ROI on the internet. Entitled Monitoring Social Media 2010, it includes some great speakers, and I will be sorry to miss one of my favourite bloggers, Neville Hobson, who is chairing a discussion on Monitoring for Brands....
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Oprah’s visit to Australia, paying bloggers and Trip Advisor’s angry hotelliers

Some people get all the best jobs. I would jump at the chance of visiting Australia for a fraction of the price which local authorities there are paying Oprah Winfrey – a reported $5 million dollars – to give its flagging tourist industry a much needed boost as visitor numbers have considerably declined following its hosting of the Olympics back in 2000.This is obviously why Stephen...
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Women’s addiction to social games

I learnt something new yesterday – that millions of women are huge fans of Facebook’s social games with FarmVille toping the list with 62 million followers. It includes forums where you can report bugs and show off your landscaping, with the most addicted followers getting up in the night to “feed” their animals or “water” their crops. I must admit this is a...
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Congratulations to East Anglia’s Business Hub

I would like to congratulate Mark Peters and Ian McKendrick, presenters of the popular weekly Sunday morning business radio show, for its network launch today throughout East Anglia. The Business Hub only started a few months ago covering Cambridge and Ely, but is now available to listeners throughout the region. Next year it is hoped it will be networked nationwide. There is obviously a huge...
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Blending iPhones and the Business Hub

I’ve become a big fan of the Business Hub, a unique weekly radio show broadcast for businesses in the Cambridge and Ely area which has amassed an impressive following of loyal listeners. From this weekend the show is being extended throughout East Anglia, and the dream of the  two brains behind it – social media strategist Ian McKendrick and veteran radio presenter Mark Peters, is...
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The garden of Plas Brondanw

I have never before visited a beautiful garden in the middle of a summer’s day and had it all to myself. That was what happened when I stumbled across Plas Brondanw, in North Wales, the beautiful garden created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, famed for designing the quirky Portmeirion village, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year. It was only by chance I learned about...
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Have you climbed Snowdon?

I have just returned from a few sunshine days in Wales and my trip included an ascent up Snowdon – the less strenuous way  with Snowdon Mountain Railway as we had my 83-year-old pa-on-law with us. I was impressed by the scores of determined walkers who trekked to the top, the fittest walking both ways, while others chose either to walk up or down, and take the railway for the other trip. I...
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Socia media advertising event of the year

It’s billed on Facebook as the  “Social Media Advertising London Event of the Year”, and I plan to be there. It is being led by online marketing guru Murray Newlands, who has impressed my blogging mentor Geoff Jones, a Cambridge geek who held one of the first social media conferences ever in the UK in September 2005. And that’s good enough for me. This is what Murray has...
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Enjoying our agricultural and environmental heritage

If you didn’t manage to visit one of the 400-plus farms at the weekend which opened their gates to local communities during Open Farm Sunday, then you can find out more by playing this video I recorded for the NFU. It shows families having a wonderful time learning about food production, building scarecrows, riding tractors, and so much more, as Jim Paice, the amiable Minister for the...
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John Bercow outlines his vision to revive the Chamber

These are two videos I made of John Bercow, Speaker of the House, outlining his vision to revive the Chamber in the House of Commons to the Hansard Society on Wednesday. In the top video, he describes how he is keen to get more ministers back into the Chamber, provide more question opportunities for MPs, increase the number of private members’ bills, introduce shorter debates (including...
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What bloggers need to know about defamation

This is a guest post by barrister James Tumbridge following a report by Iain Dale highlighting the difficulties which Labour blogger Alex Hilton faces. It is a cautionary tale for us all: New media in the form of weblogs or ‘Blogs’, are subject to laws on defamation aimed more at the traditional media than the online. As authors and editors, bloggers, face a problem in the inter-active side...
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A Lib Dem vote will only help Gordon Brown

Robert Sturdy MEP and Trevor Ivory, Conservative parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk, explain why a Lib Dem vote is a vote for Gordon Brown. Vote for change, vote Trevor Ivory
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