All entries for August 2006

August 25, 2006

Reasons to love YouTube #17

It's a great showcase for experimental local talent. It's great to see your home city being represented in smart little movies. Two examples:

First up '2 Tone Poem – Coventry Calling'. Nice visual treatment. It's rough and ready and out there and here it gets an audience. Many Coventry locations. A guy with the balls to walk the streets reading his work, which is a hymn to the mighty Specials

Dreaming of brewing up pop music as the only bomb worth dropping

Secondly, 'Parkour 06'. I'm fascinated by parkour – free running – having quite recently met an amazingly diverse group of kids performing outstandingly acrobatic moves in Central Birmingham. They are like a bunch of troubadours, an old fashioned, mobile circus act but brought together through internet forums to teach each other their skills on the street.

'Parkour 06' is the first film by Annie D about Parkour runners in Coventry. Simple, stylish, watchable. Nice sound edits. Annie, well done. Keep up the good work.

August 23, 2006 recruits its 10,000th online learner

Writing about web page

At the beginning of August,, the online learning environment which I co–developed and maintain with my colleague and friend Ray Irving and his brother Mark, a Cancer Nurse Specialist, recruited its 10,000th online learner. provides free, professional online cancer care courses that aim to enhance the knowledge and skills of health professionals and anyone concerned with the care of cancer patients.

At present, is an entirely voluntary project for the majority of its contributors and developers. With our sparse financial and technical resources, to have recruited over 10,000 learners (and over 17,000 individual course registrations) from over 100 countries across the globe in three years is a milestone that we're very proud of and which I'm I shouting about today.

We've also received some nice coverage today on a new blog about online learning projects - Edufilter.

The comment below, from a nurse in New Zealand, is indicative of the value of our courses and of the sort of feedback we receive about every single day.

I didn't realise how much I had forgotten until I started doing the Cancer Care for Children and Young People course. It has been a really good refresher. I have thoroughly enjoyed going over the types of childhood cancers, and treatments available, and it has been very thought provoking. I really like being able to complete it online in your own time. With a young family, trying to continue some education is at times hard to do, so thank you.

I wonder how many other UK organisations have recruited over 10,000 international online learners?

August 22, 2006

UK Terror Plot: Be very sceptical?

Writing about web page

Former UK Ambassador to the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has written a remarkable analysis of the 'UK Terror Plot', its policing and its coverage in the media, which has created quite a stir.

In his first blog post on the issue – The UK Terror plot: what's really going on? – Murray picked apart the various details we then knew of the supposed plot and, in an incredible passage, wrote the following about Bush And Blair:

Both in desperate domestic political trouble, they longed for "Another 9/11". The intelligence from Pakistan, however dodgy, gave them a new 9/11 they could sell to the media. The media has bought, wholesale, all the rubbish they have been shovelled.

Murray concluded his piece thus:

In all of this, the one thing of which I am certain is that the timing is deeply political. This is more propaganda than plot. Of the over one thousand British Muslims arrested under anti–terrorist legislation, only twelve per cent are ever charged with anything. That is simply harrassment of Muslims on an appalling scale. Of those charged, 80% are acquitted. Most of the very few – just over two per cent of arrests – who are convicted, are not convicted of anything to do terrorism, but of some minor offence the Police happened upon while trawling through the wreck of the lives they had shattered. Be sceptical. Be very, very sceptical.

His post has since received considerable coverage across the web and in the mainstream press which he has commented on further in a post entitled Hitting a Nerve

His claims about the political nature of the policing have prompted an exchange between Murray and Chief Constable Ken Jones, President of The Association of Chief Police Officers in the letters pages of The Guardian which Murray reproduces on his blog in the following post:

Police, politics and public safety: Letters in the Guardian

Murray continues to address this issue on his blog at

August 17, 2006

Warwick Blogs gives babies good Google Juice

Follow-up to What to do with your blog when you're on leave from Off message

Having followed Steven Johnson's example and blogged about our new baby, Jude, in an effort to give him an early leg–up in life with a strong Page Rank, it seems that Warwick Blogs really cuts the mustard when it comes to delivering Google Juice to newborns.

A Google search for "Jude Sutherland" or Jude Sutherland sees this new entrant storming straight in at No. 1, the little upstart.

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