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August 17, 2012

Friday Chill Out: a day in the life of the Olympic Park

Go HD, full-screen and ramp up the volume:



August 11, 2011

Riot Wombles in Woolwich

It wasn't just in Clapham that people pulled together in the aftermath of the riots:

[via 853]

August 9, 2011

People ready to help in Clapham

After the London riots: some links

Burned out car

A burned-out car not far from my Lewisham flat, from a photo set by Tom Royal.

A rough night in London, as looters smashed up and burnt high streets all over the capital.

Morning has dawned, with the #riotcleanup hashtag, promoted early on by Dan Thompson, helping people co-ordinate themselves to clean up the damage of the night before. Proof, if you want it, that social media is inherently neutral, and that people can use it for good or ill.

Some links:

Clapham looks shut this morning:

[via @greencourier]

More as I find them.

Update: 10.10am

Eager to get going #clapham #riotcleanup #londonriots on Twitpic

People waiting to join #riotcleanup in Clapham, via Simon Parsons

Update: 10.20am

Update: 10.45am

The Great Harry pub in Woolwich (via @darryl1974)

The Great Harry pub, Woolwich  on Twitpic

Feels like a miracle that no-one's been killed in the riots yet, especially when you see this:

Update: 12:01pm

There's been a definite shift away from recording the damage and arranging positive action, into blame-storming and political posturing, which I'm less interested in chronicling.

Here's a last link for now, channeling the positive vibe of this morning.

August 8, 2011

Trouble in Lewisham Tonight

There's trouble in my long-term home of Lewisham tonight. Joseph Stashko is doing a bang-up job of tracking it on Storify:


July 4, 2009

In Video: Boris Goes Shopping

Oh, OK. Misleading headline. More actually, London's mayor went to Westfield's new Stratford shopping centre to celebrate the topping out of the John Lewis store there. And an EG journalist was there with a Flip Video camera in hand to record Boris Johnson giving a speech at Stratford:


Another way journalists can get more value out of these junkets without much additional effort or cost. Carry the audience with you into the event.

May 11, 2009

What A Free Evening Standard Did For Me

Evening Standard Vendors
The London Evening Standard: free for one day only!

Yes, from lunchtime today onwards, distributors in lurid orange t-shirts were distributing free copies of the new-look Evening Standard to Londoners. 

Well, all it did for me was convince me not to shell out for the Standard ever again. Why? Well, take a look at the lead story - a city "tycoon" in a divorce case has revealed that he was keeping two families. And this is the biggest story in one of the greatest cities in the world?
Continue reading What A Free Evening Standard Did For Me.

May 8, 2009

Media Vacuums Will Be Filled

Time Out's Big Smoke blog makes a valid point about London blogging:

However, if we are looking at north vs south, one thing stands out: when it comes to blogging, the south wins hands down,and the south-east in particular.

As someone who used to be a south-east London blogger (before I got distracted by this whole journalism thing), I couldn't agree more. However, the 853 blog identifies a key reason why this might be:

The main reason is because this corner of the capital has, frankly been ignored by the rest of the media for decades. The Tube network barely touches it, so it may as well not exist to the kind of closed-minded north/west London media type who gets a nosebleed more than a mile off the Underground system. I get as pissed off as anyone with tedious misrepresentation of south-east London in the media, and most of it's down to sheer laziness and ignorance. The South London Press (no coverage east of Deptford) aside, local media's a bit of a joke so it's quite easy to tell a story that, simply, isn't being told.

And for us still in the media, that's something to remember. Because the new breed of publisher - the ones doing it for pure passion, at virtually no cost - will and up wounding us where we're weakest. Because we've neglected parts of our audience, pandered to our own prejudices and missed opportunities.

May 1, 2009

May Day Protest 2009 in Video

Grabbed on my Flip Mino HD, edited in the flip software:

London May Day Protests 2009 from Adam Tinworth on Vimeo.

If I'd had my MacBook with me, I'd still have used iMovie and edited it much more tightly. Trimming clips isn't that easy in the Flip's own software. But in terms of getting good stuff up quickly, the Flip hits the spot...


February 2, 2009

London Snow on Video


Snowy London from Adam Tinworth on Vimeo.

A quick bit of film of London in the snow - and a test of iMovie '09

London Snow & Twittering News

Working From Home
So, snow has hit London and the city has ground to a halt. There's no easy way for me to get my car off the snowy hill it's parked on, and the chances of both the trains I need to get to Sutton being running are next to nothing. I'm working from home. 

But the interesting thing I've noted over the last 18 hours or so is that I've got the vast majority of my news about the snow from Twitter. As Alan noted, it's much like having dozens of reporters all over London (and further afield) reporting in briefly on conditions. I've yet to feel the need to turn to any mainstream news sites for information - because everything I needed to know was pushed to me. It's really cool, but it does make you rather nervous about the future of our industry...

UPDATE: One of the Computer Weekly staff videos his commute and the Farmers Weekly team are compiling a gallery of snow pics

August 22, 2008

Burnt Out London Bus


Burnt out London Bus, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

I passed this burning London bus on West Smithfield on the way from one meeting to another this afternoon. The Fire Brigade had sealed off most of the surrounding streets and were busy dousing the last vestiges of the fire.

London may annoy me much of the time, but at least it's never dull.

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