Archive for February, 2007


February 23, 2007

Received confirmation today of our stand allocation for the JISC AGM conference, the annual get-together of ICT and technology-related staff from across UK universities and colleges. As the Technical Editor for the JISC TechWatch project I’ll be staffing a stand for the day and talking to people. This year’s event is on 13th March in Birmingham. Traditional fare in these parts, or ‘snap’ as they would say, would probably be faggots and peas, but I suspect that JISC will be laying on a more standard business lunch.

If anyone reading this is going to the conference and would like to say hello, I’ll be on stand 36. We could even review the lunch together.



February 21, 2007

To London and a visit to the Tate Britain for the wonderful William Hogarth exhibition. I can’t rate this highly enough: a lost world of harlots, rakes, gambling aristocrats and corrupt politicians is brought to life. The depth of characterisation in each of his pictures and the many layers of storytelling taking place is breathtaking. Satirist, artist and engraver: who can fault a man who comes up with characters such as Moll Hackabout and the Rape Master General and often sets his scenes in the mythical town of Guzzledown. His work was, in his own words, partly a moral crusade to establish ‘modern’, urban life – including lowlife – as an appropriate subject for art. This left me wondering, where are today’s Hogarths – satirising our modern life through great works of art?