From the training session today at Frontline.
And uploaded during class to illustrate the ease of integrating a photosharing account with a blog.
The photographer Marcus Bleasdale emailed me today with a link to a multimedia report based upon the work he did in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo recently. It’s a stunning 12 minute long feature. The photographs are all black and white, the video transports you to the scene and Marcus’ words convey the facts on the ground. There’s a lot of banter these days about multimedia work for newspapers and the like. However, this is head and shoulders above your average Joe-blog-YouTube-Mashup-that’ll do-forthenewspaper journalistic production. Very nice work Marcus, I’m looking forward to a beer and chat on Thursday night in London 😉 Apologies for cross posting at fromthefrontline.co.uk
Some of you may be flitting through here for a mighty five seconds on the back of this. Before you bugger off back to where you came from, can I just point you to a few of my most newest, favouritest blogs culled from a combination of my internets sucking machine, worklife and foreign correspondent stuff. They’re not Typepad-powered, but they’re all interesting-powered,
I walk past this cafe in Toulouse almost every week day on my way to le jardin des plantes, but there’s sommit a bit odd about it. Notice anything?
I’ll be running a social media training session, called ‘Blogging and Beyond’ as part of my work with the Frontline Club in Paddington, London on January 25th. The course is almost full, but if you’re in London, you’re quick and interested drop Lydia a line – lydia.elkhouri at frontlineclub.com to see if there’s a space free. I’ll be running the course once per month. It’s really aimed at traditional print media professionals who want to quickly learn what social media is, why it’s important and how to use it. Click the vid above to find out more about the club.
I was just writing about black pudding earlier today for bbcgoodfood.com when I came across this video about about the making of ‘The Real Lancashire Black Pudding’, then I bumped into the Old Foodie’s blood pie and then Life with Leukaemia’s making of black pudding and lastly a fabulous black pudding video report from the Wolverhampton Express and Star. This internets thing is ace.
Just when you think you’ve forgotten how your toes and teeth curled at restaurant reviews in Vietnamese newspapers and magazines, it all comes screaming back at you and turned up to 11. The Hanoi-based PittStop blog highlights what has to be the most incredible restaurant review I have ever come across. Here are his snippets,
the interior is "Cozy contempo-minimalist", the concierge desk is a "slanted grey marshmallow", the total effect is "short of opulent but thoroughly Oriental in a temporarily satisfying way. It’s like King Herod’s breakfast nook – no leopards, belly dancers or sandalwood smoke, yet its intentions seemingly pay lip service to "decadence", "the street’s audio-spatial cacophony of tchotchkes for sale is suddenly gone, like putting on a pair of velvet earplugs… ", "In its own way (that is, removing fun and Truman Capote from the equation), going to Green Mango is an experience akin to having gone to Studio 54 in New York preternaturally cursed with the foreknowledge of all that would come after: here is a Disneyland ride where one can feel wealthy and with-it while consuming the raw distillate of a certain moment in a city and a nation’s history. Like Studio 54, the last greatest disco, one is on hand as a trend is perfected, transcended, and rendered obsolete in the very same instant. Green Mango merits consideration, as do the processes of history that brought it to an ageless mercantile avenue of Thang Long." link
You can read the whole thing at Vietnam News. You can, but I wouldn’t advise it. Seriously, is this guy having a laugh?
I recently started blogging for the good folks over at BBC Good Food Magazine. This is a regular gig. I’ll be blogging there every Friday. I’ve been chatting and working with the digital and the print side of the magazine on and off for around a year now and the blog just recently ‘soft’ opened. Please go take a look and tell us what you think. Also, look out for the February print edition of the magazine for more detail on the blog. I’ll be covering completely different food topics to those I blog about at The Observer and to a completely different audience.
I now blog professionally in three different places and it does somewhat curtail the time I can spend on this blog. However, I wouldn’t be doing any of them if I wasn’t totally into what they all do. Just a quick recap, here are all the blogs I currently work on, some are paid, most are not,