Thursday, August 28, 2008

City Sights

It's a bit surprising that the Geoffrey Fletcher article on Wikipedia is just a stub. He wrote and illustrated quite a few books on the unlooked for aspects of London, including shop fronts and squares and street vendors. The best known is probably "The London Nobody Knows", which influenced Saint Etienne's film "Finisterre".

We have two of the books. Perhaps we could have an unknown London wiki feature, including this.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Local History

If someone asks you about the history of Beach Haven wharf, you might use the Opac, or Local History Online, or the Oral History Archive, or Index NZ as ways of looking for information. And that's also how I think of the aspects of Web 2.0/Library 2.0, as ways of looking for comment on an Elam show, or a photograph of Hyde Park, or what's on at the Irish Film Institute tonight, or whatever.

Monday, August 18, 2008

This much is certain

If you search Technorati for posts that contain the phrase George Fraser Gallery, there are three references to a show from May 2008 called "This much is certain". (You only find one of these if you search for tags with that phrase.) It's kind of a quiet show, not giving too much away. There are two metal structures where you can really wonder about the making involved, but where the results look effortless.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Killer of Sheep

One of the tags used on the Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive's delicious page is "film", and one of the bookmarks with that tag is the Irish Film Institute. This evening at 7.05 they're showing "Killer of Sheep", which I'd like to see. You can also search their bookmarks. I guess the value of that would depend on what's there, just as it would with any collection of information. At the moment they have 429 bookmarks.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

(No subject)

I think I'm more likely to add the RSS feed of a website I like than I am to look for a website I'd like on the basis that it has a RSS feed. I may have failed to understand what Technorati does though. And it would be good to have some more practice at searching it. (And Topix etc.) It's advanced search is pretty detailed. You could probably just use it as a way to search blogs, apart from anything else.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Matt Haynes used to run a record label called Sarah Records, which was home to the likes of Talulah Gosh and The Field Mice. Now he publishes a magazine about London called Smoke. He also has a blog,

I subscribed to it's RSS feed through Bloglines, although I'm not sure I'd use that to see what he's written rather than just looking on the blog. I might do when I get used to it. It probably would save time.

Friday, August 1, 2008

George Plemper

In the late 1970's George Plemper made a record of life in south-east London while working as a teacher at a school in Thamesmead. Here's The Guardian's gallery of some of his photographs,

And here's the associated story,

Until now the photographs have been stored away, but the online gallery means you can see some of them even if you couldn't be at the Bexley Business Academy between the 28th and the 30th of May.

A mashup from the Indietracks pop! festival, held last weekend in Butterley, Derbyshire. (It's about a third of the way down that page.)