20 July 2017

DM17, Manchester’s festival of design and creativity, today announces a “four-track EP of events” on the theme of Fizzing at the Terminals. The four events are a celebratory Buzzcocks gig…

23 June 2017
Today, 23 June, is International Widows Day, the UN’s global day of action to fight discrimination against widows. This annual event was the brainchild of Lord Raj Loomba, whose Loomba Foundation has for 20 years helped poor widows and their children, and brought their plight to the world’s attention.
A young widow and an old widow at a government-supported ashram in Vindravan. Photograph © 2013 Amy Toensing. The beginning

The story of The Loomba Foundation begins on 23 June 1954, when…

16 June 2017

In the wake of Grenfell Tower, Theresa May’s position has become untenable. It has been clear since the election that the Conservative party no longer wants her as leader, except only in…

7 June 2017

To me, the choice was clear when Theresa May saw her chance and called a general election. What kind of country will Britain be? What part will it play in the existential questions faced by the…

25 May 2017
The RIBA North West Regional Awards 2017, Manchester School of Art

In these days immediately following the mindless attack at Manchester Arena, it is impossible to write about anything Mancunian except in that context – not least because everything is coloured by…

27 April 2017
Why Enterprise City UK is important for all of Manchester, not just the creative entrepreneurs who will make it their base.
Roundtable discussion at the launch of Enterprise City UK at Old Granada Studios, Manchester, 26 April

On Monday last week, the Washington Post carried a headline that read: “This guy…

10 April 2017
Stories about the impact of new thinkers, installed on the walls of KTN’s head office in Islington.

Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

“One of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time”

Today’s digital revolution owes much to Michael Faraday’s 1821 development of a motor using…

4 April 2017

Why was Smash Hits such a successful magazine when I worked there, and how has music journalism changed since then? These were the questions I was asked the other day by a student…

20 March 2017
Image: Barbara Brown, Frequency, Heal Fabrics, 1969. Screen-printed furnishing cotton.

Asked about his slogan “I miss my pre-internet brain” in an interview with the FT, the artist Douglas…

19 February 2017

The Bonded Warehouse is a looming presence in the middle of the old Granada Studios complex in Manchester city centre: a cavernous reminder of the industrial revolution, soon to be transformed…

17 February 2017
Malcolm Garrett, Alan Kitching and Peter Girardi in Manchester, October 2016. Photo © Sebastian Matthes for Design Manchester

The sound of Celia Stothard fills the room at 19 Cleaver Street in…

23 November 2016

Playing chamber music in an art gallery is hardly unprecedented, but you know to expect something unusual when the musicians are Manchester Camerata and the gallery is the Whitworth.

Henry…
23 September 2016

Those with an eye for detail may have spotted that 1990 – the year this charity was established – is actually 26, not 25, years ago. However, the trustees in their wisdom have decided that just…

16 September 2016
Nurturing creative projects until they can stand on their own feet is all about relationships, as illustrated by this case study of Design Manchester which I presented at the Complex Webs event…
28 July 2016

Representatives of the creative industries in the North West convened at Manchester Metropolitan University on 28th July to discuss Brexit and ensure the government is fully informed…

7 July 2016

A well-attended mini-conference of the Creative Industries Federation on July 7th 2016 at Kings College, London, called at short notice to inform CIF input and advice to the new…

27 June 2016

Hope against fear, was how Brexiters characterised the battle. Hope in hell versus fear of the inevitable, this is starting to look like in the sober light of day. But no-one knows what…

24 June 2016

My live updates today:

19.16 pm. Media reports all say Scotland’s First Minister is pushing for a second independence referendum, but the canny Ms Sturgeon’s position may be…

16 June 2016
Living Cities, a display of works from the Collection in the George Economou Gallery on level 4 of The Switch House, curated by Ann Coxon. Above: Peter Saville’s logo for the newly…
14 June 2016

June 14, 2016. What will Devo-Manc and the Northern Powerhouse mean for the cultural economy? This question was explored at The Art of Devolution: Culture and the North, a conference of…

10 June 2016

(Even if the price of EU membership was £350m a week – which it’s not – we could only spend it on the NHS if

We cut aid to our farmers We cut regional aid We cut aid to our poorer…
8 June 2016

John Benyon was Professor of Political Studies at the University of Leicester from 1993 until his death on 19 May aged 65. He founded the university’s Criminology Department and played an…

22 March 2016

Workshops with end users and service providers for an Internet of Things pilot took place at Camden Collective in London on March 9, 2016. The pilot, by the VITAL IoT consortium, explores how…

21 March 2016
The Loomba Foundation’s World Widows Report was launched on March 17, 2016 at the United Nations in New York by Lord Loomba, World Widows Report editor Kasper de Graaf and former UK international development minister Baroness Northover.
At the UK Mission to the United Nations, New York. Pictured l-r: Julie Morizet (Foreign Office), Baroness Northover, Lord Loomba, Margaret Owen (Widows for Peace), Kasper de Graaf.

The World…

8 February 2016

[Feb 8, 2016. Introduction to a lecture organised by The Boar as part of a series to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the…

11 November 2015

Introducing 53 Spaces, the IoT-powered prototype app for smarter working

18 October 2015

Made You Look, a Look & Yes documentary by Paul O’Connor and Anthony Peters, offers a fascinating glimpse into the techniques and inspirations of a wide range of contemporary makers: artists,…

16 October 2015

It is the second year we’ve organised a public debate as a highlight of the Design Manchester festival – and once again, our panel underscored Manchester’s place at the heart of the nation’s…

15 October 2015

An entire village of Grade 1 listed buildings in an inaccessible location may seem an unlikely location for a music and arts festival, but for Festival No. 6 (Best New Festival 2012, Best…

11 October 2015
Published in: Smart Cities Applications and Deployments V1 (VITAL Consortium), October 11, 2015

Driven by progress in mobile technology and by structural developments in advanced economies, working patterns are changing rapidly, with self-employed workers, startups and SMEs, but…

13 November 2014

Smarter working in Camden Town. Introduction to the VITAL IoT prototype in London.

31 October 2014

Oct 31, 2014. Organised as part of DesignManchester 14, NORTH: The Great Debate brought together national and regional leaders of the…

19 September 2014

Edinburgh chose to stay in the United Kingdom - but what will that be?

“For how long will English constituencies and English Honourable members tolerate … at least 119 Honourable…

16 August 2014

“Across the globe governments and municipalities are looking at the next generation of communication and information networks and how they can use this infrastructure to help build a smart city,”…

21 July 2014

The London partners of three international…

9 May 2013

This was my introduction to Close & Remote’s Secure Cities discussion at Deptford Lounge on 9 May 2013.

15 September 2012

They sometimes say the English are cold fish. Reserved, unemotional, lacking in passion. But what do they know who say that? They never met my aunt, Heather Whitcombe, who died aged 90 at…

5 September 2012

Lawless preview last night at the Curzon in Soho…

22 June 2012
Photograph by Joakim Blockstrom

This type of clock used to be known as a granddaughter clock. It is a French timepiece in an English cabinet and an engraved plaque on the front reads: “…

22 June 2012
Photograph by Joakim Blockstrom

This is the day book kept by my step-grandmother, Monica Sherston, from January 1923 to March 1927. It was not unusual in 1920s English society to keep such…

17 October 2011

Building on the vision of Kevin Lynch, who…

11 October 2011

In 2005, the proportion of the world’s population living in cities reached 49% (3.2 billion people). By 2030, 60% of the global population – five billion – is expected to live in urban areas.…

6 April 2011
An interesting section about Kas’ relationship with his publishers, De Bezige Bij, in the autobiography of Wim Schouten: Een vak vol boeken. Herinneringen aan veertig jaar leven in en om de uitgeverij, De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam, 1988. The original Dutch text follows below the English translation.

Coming up with consistent promotional ideas wasn’t easy. The main driver was the urgent need to maintain financial stability for De Bezige Bij [‘The Busy Bee’, the Dutch publishing house…

3 March 2011

The lot of a widow is shocking in many parts of the world, the sorrow of losing her husband compounded by cruelty and injustice. Tradition variously dictates that she is unable to work or…

4 January 2011

Born into a British military family, Door de Graaf, who died in Holland on 2 January 2011 aged 90, was a key figure in the wartime Dutch special forces in London, helping to run the Dutch…

21 August 2010


She may not have given Henry VIII the male heir he thought so…

6 August 2010

When conferred by Margaret “every prime minister needs a Willy” Thatcher on William Whitelaw, the title of deputy prime minister was little more than a device to help her neutralise the “wet”…

11 June 2010

The Dutch this weekend are conducting the kind of horsetrading held up by Tory newspapers before Britain’s election last month to scare us off a hung parliament. In the event, the UK quickly…

28 November 2008

On 5 November 2008, Applied Information Group managing…

14 May 2008

Attitudes to the use and availability of publicly owned information have shifted significantly in recent years, partly due to technological advances, and partly to political commitments to…

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