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Many of us have been to see a 3D movie!

The good news they’re getting better at it – certainly since Jaws IIID!

but we still need 3D spectacles to watch them!

Now imagine a film in which those spectacles were turned into postage stamp-sized viewing displays

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VR on a Shoestring

This product review is subject to revision, but we wanted you to have it ASAP as “VR” is in the news currently

Update: and more recently BBC Click hot on our heels as ever, re-editing our releases the week before!

Does VR need rescuing by a Steve Jobs?


Celebrating Individuals and Characters at

Has become a victim of it’s own success?

Celebrating 12 months of!

We marked the 6-month point with a discussion about the changing role of journalism

We now focus on local people: we think individuals and characters matter just as much as their collected opinions!

There has been a tendency in broadcasting to separate-off opinions from individuals and characters. This makes analysis and statistics more convenient. We at want to be different!

Update: We’ve changed your comments and feedback option to a social network icon which you can click on and sign in with your email or Facebook account (bottom right). This was in response to the overwhelming amount of SPAM (junk mail) received through our comments inbox. 

We also investigate the world of work (and life) and ask: 

have you noticed how repressive and ‘robotic’ work and life have now become?

Are we in danger of losing sight of our individuality as the drive for standards and consistency threaten to dominate our individual sense of worth and work in the form of overwhelming bureaucracy?

Now we are investigating and emphasizing the importance of local people and keeping local people in the loop as procedures and working and living practises become ever-more robotic and online!

Technology comes at a price which appears to be threatening individuality!

Whilst we’re on the subject of ‘robotics’: it has been asked if emulation is the best form of flattery?

We can report that much the editor’s topical content is now being picked-up and re-reported often within days by other broadcasters!

Update: in the interests of fair play, we therefore respectfully request the BBC particularly to at least quote their sources, as we do (BBC “Click” link: see below) Our recent article on hospital diagnosis exemplifying diabetes and its preventative treatment has been given full coverage yesterday seemingly without reference to! 

Our subject lead on Google has however been consolidated, so we’re achieving ‘first past the post’ status increasingly now, reaching “Page 1” for our reporting based on topical originality rather than might or rank.

Further to the editors proposals and representations over in Europe for “Europe 2.0 Dynamic Framing” on LinkedIn over the last 14 months (please google “Europe 2.0”) the work continues abroad in industry and academia: –

the latest issue of “Click” also reports on developments in ‘social or group constructionism’ as a result of the Editors Europe 2.0 initiative – using smart constructors kits, which we are now seeing the development of in the form of smart LEGO. Medical diagnosis is also reported as “Science 2.0” works its way through, opening-up more working practises.

David vs. Goliath: the battle for the individual continues – with you and on!



Cottingham And District Life And Times

Local People relating local life stories

We are delighted to involve you in a new level of local engagement through video conversations with local people relating the life and times of Cottingham and district

We want to help make you part of local history too

You can help make local history more accessible through taking part in story-telling and discovery!

We are recording interviews with local people and we would be delighted if you would like to take part

If you have a local story you would like to tell or know an older relative who could help, please contact Mike Anne or Nick (contacts menu – top)

We would like to thank Dorothy for her kind support

Christ Church Community Coffee on King street a special thank you for the room – more about CC coffee  soon.

The Cottingham Local History Society meets in Hallgate Primary School 7:30 PM Tel: 845734


PS we may change the camera angle for future presentations ..

Here is the problem:  –


(c) registered, Look and Learn

Local Voice: Martin Greene champions culture at the YIBC!

Credit to Martin Greene leader of the Hull City of Culture who is “on a cultural mission” speaking out for the inclusion of Culture in the YIBC local business awards ceremony last week 05.06.2015!

“You can create all the local employment and enterprise you want, but if people don’t want to come and stay to live in the City, it is futile!”

He gave a passionate and impressive address to the conference and it’s wider televised audience and the message was to have empathy for and support people who have and pursue creative and cultural interests.

Putting individuals first rather than the blanket imposition of business models

The editor has met numerous creative local individuals over the years, having come from Hull originally, studied in London and worked abroad and returned to the region. He has met numerous struggling musicians, creative writers, artists, designers, poets and law graduates who have been unable to gain employment relevant to their skills and talents. Scholarships and support for students wishing to study in London that were available in the ’70s are now insufficient, with many potential students opting to not take up places at the London Colleges on financial grounds – fear of getting into debt being foremost.

Supporting art students to study in London colleges

The efforts of creative individuals create networks ‘bottom-up’, not the other way round. Collaboration and culture are generated from having trust, support and empathy for these individuals in their endeavors, not just developing the network ‘top-down’!

The blanket imposition of business rules and networks to cultural development are it is argued inappropriate and stifling of individuals and their creative and cultural initiatives

The Doughnut Effect, cultural dilution of the few by the many and The Noblesse Oblige

Inner City Regeneration

The Doughnut Effect

Although Hull suffers like many other cities from The Doughnut Effect, The Noblesse Oblige  of Hull and its  hinterlands (East Yorkshire and The Humber Region), need to support local cultural initiatives by creative and gifted and talented individuals within the City boundaries, not just through the imposition of business rules and networks where the benefits of the many always always seem to outweigh those of the few, but not the one. Calling Star Trek –  we need your assistance!

Putting the Horse before the Cart – rather than the other way round

Two Cultures: putting one culture before the other counter-culture

We’re not just widgets!

In our inner-city secondary schools, a battle for the hearts and minds of pupils is taking place pupil-by-pupil on a daily basis. In the classroom, the learning culture of the individual pupil is counteracted by the counter-culture of the collective. Often mob rule applies and some pupils are discouraged from studying by the many, where learners may risk becoming labelled as ‘swats’ or worse suffer from bullying out of class. This counter culture often runs in families and spreads through communities and generations as is shown well in the film (and now latterly musical) Billy Elliot: –

Billy Elliot

It has been shown and is now recognized that the best way to tackle disruptive pupil behavior is to treat them as individuals and to give them one-on-one support away the classroom. In the majority of cases the needs of the many are prioritized over the needs of the few (again by the blanket imposition of business methods appropriate to mass production but inappropriate to individual human development) – but when the needs of the few are ignored, they may disrupt the needs of the many!

It is a priority that The Noblesse Oblige should identify and embrace Hull’s cultural arbiters individually!

Cultural activity is also potentially disruptive by its very nature. A well-oiled machine by comparison only produces one thing repetitively. Stifling individual creativity in a post-industrial economy that is traditionally suited to a business culture of mass-production is damaging to the whole – where the whole comprises both the many and the few.

Hull: One City: Two Cultures?

Your thoughts and discussion please to



As the demand for cleaner fuels rises, many of us will be running fossil fuel-free within the next 25 years!

Inevitably this will mean moving over to electric vehicles EVs, deploying solar rooftop energy generation with solar panels and “Home batteries” (see Tesla) and a “Packet Switched Smart Grid”.

I’m enclosing my early concept: –

Patent for a Smart Gridfpat




Crowd funding should be for all business, not just the privileged and established few! The very name implies crowd funding  for and by  the crowd!

In the eyes of financiers; are we just a Nation of Shopkeepers?

Nation of Shopkeepers

Make this an election issue and vote for whichever party promises to support struggling emergent start-ups rather than established SMEs!

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Our seats are slowly killing us!

Vehicle seats

The seat we are familiar with is also being radically improved!

The editor has a further interpretation of the sit or stand to work dilemma: he has been developing as an inventor a patented dynamic posture seating  system that allows us to maintain balance whilst sitting and keep our trunk muscles active.

The statistics are quite worrying: Americans spend over 100 hours commuting to work   every year and when they do get to the office, they spend a further 6 hrs x 5 days x 50 weeks = 1500 hours mostly sitting at screens – and several more hours per day sitting whilst watching tv!

With obesity steadily increasing, we need to seriously reconsider our lifestyles if we are going to out-live our parents in terms of life span!

Our parents led more active lives which required more physical and manual activity – but we have with the advent of automation and computing become too sedentary!




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Real Aid opens in Hallgate!

Real Aid Charity Shop opens in Cottingham

Specialising in childrens charities,

Real Aid makes an interesting new addition to Cottingham’s charity shops, marking the start of product differentiation.

It can be argued that our charities and their shops have become too broad in the range of goods and services they offer. This trend has been echoed by our superstores with some chains like Morrison’s and Tesco’s getting into difficulty over the last few months.

By becoming too widely spread across the retail spectrum offering products and services ranging from the exclusive to the budget ends of  retail, the superstores got into difficulty. Similarly when running a charity and faced with the need ‘to feed many mouths’ and the reluctance to turn some away, this may cause a ripple effect and promote more market specialisation in our local charity shops.

What do you think?

Should care and compassion become more organized, or does one size fit all?





Lou Reed: Walk On The Wild Side

Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” (1972)

The editor was blown away when he first seriously listened to this in ’70s! It’s hard to think he passed on just over a year ago!

Lyrics for performing artists  – and Lou’s support band Velvet Underground

What songs from the ’70s really impressed you? Did you also want to hitchhike across the USA!

Do you listen to the lyrics or is it melody that attracts you?

For me it was always the melody rather than the message!

Changing trends, interests and technology: nothing stands still!

It all got too loud back then as we made the transition from the teenybopper Dansette gramophone player through Marshall valve power amps to today’s  industrial strength miked PA systems which have all but drowned out the lyrics! It is arguable that the lyrics in hard rock were the main issue! However, none of us are getting any younger sadly – or more tolerant!

Then upon learning some piano comping, thanks to the kind support of local musician Paul Rogers as a budding amateur ‘quieter’ jazz musician it tended to be the score I embraced rather the melody.

Let us know your musical interests and recordings and we will be pleased to feature them here!

We are keen supporters of the Cottingham Springboard which promotes live music in the region performed by musicians in Cottingham pubs and clubs .