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Pancakes and Carnivals | Fools and Dirty Revolutions

Pancake Day falls this coming Tuesday in the UK… thought I’d post a few thoughts about its origins, and how we might use them to think beyond…well, munching loads of pancakes. Like so many traditions over here, Pancake Day has some origins in the Christian calendar… Shrove Tuesday, as it has historically been known, is

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Paula Le DieuA Brief History of Copyright | Do Lectures

  Really nice video here (thanks to Luke Sital Singh for pushing it my way) from the Do Lectures weekend in 2011, at which the Director of Digital content at the British Film Institute, Paula Ledieu, gives a short history of copyright, what’s gone wrong with it, and how it needs to be fixed. This

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Dirty Books: Why You Should Read Mutiny… and Why Many People Won’t

  One of the nicest parts about publishing a book is getting the feedback from people once they’ve read it. Not the reviews – that’s more distant – but actual readers on the ground. With Mutiny! (which is on special 25% discount for the next few days) what’s been interesting is hearing people’s reactions to

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Hacking Mutiny [2] – Design your own Bespoke Paperback

Back in London for a few days after a great break in Italy. It’s been great hearing how much people are enjoying the book and being challenged by it. Keep the reviews coming – as tweets or blog posts or, if you’re able to, on Lulu and Amazon too. As I’ve said before, one of

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Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary – Free Mutiny! Chapter Download

The Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years since their first gig today… a gig at which they moaned ‘We’re a blues band, I hope no one thinks we’re going to play rock and roll…’ Since that time they have sold hundreds of millions of records and made ridiculous amounts of money… all out of ripping off

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Was it Always Thus:Thoughts on Writing and Depression [2]

Good to see the comments on the previous post, in which I was trying to open up a bit about the prevalence of depression among writers. I’ve been mulling on that a bit, and thinking about why teachers (curses – I’m that too) also rank as professionals with some of the highest rates of depression.

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‘Other’ – a Book for a Post 9/11 World

As we come round to 10 years since 9/11 I wanted to do a quick plug of Other, for the simple reason that it meets head on the challenges of living in a world where difference so desperately needs to be understood. Whether it’s personal issues of depression or the alienating effects of technology, or

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Wild Goose Talk – Audio Download

Apologies for dodgy sound quality – just put my phone to record by the PA, but the audio of my talk at Wild Goose is available here: The feedback from Wild Goose has been incredibly positive. Well done to all those who put it together – it deserves to have a really positive impact on

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