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Having the gift of the gab is rarer than you might suppose:

lifes journey, sometimes refered to as the bumpy road, can be made a lot easier and smoothed-out if you have it and a lot rougher if you don’t!

Although Sir Terry was much liked, the Editor struggled at first to find common ground here: the Eurovision Song Contest and its organizers as headquartered in Vienna which he visited briefly last year – and bumped into on the central station there, managing to crack a joke with the Station Master about golf whilst not personally considering retirement just yet. He thought it was more funny than the Editor did at the time – but we do share a slight sense of dark humour with our Saxon friends, also having a bit more of the Blarney in common. Terry didn’t take things (work, retirement or life) at all too seriously it appeared, including humour itself that is, unlike our foreign German-speaking friends 🙂

The Editor thinks both Terry Wogan and David Bowie read and listened to music and the arts widely (as enthusiastic autodidactic learners rather than structured academically-trained thinkers) and that therefore they were able to experiment more freely with ideas.

Bawler or Boomer?

Terry was certainly a boomer, never a bawler!

Life compared to a Waltz rather than a bumpy road

As he might have said: And now for some some steam music? Why for steam radio of course – to be enjoyed by older boilers like me – and you, and you!

To be followed hastily by; and of course younger boilers like your dear self, Madam!

(In typically self-deprocating manner)

And something for Radio 2 Listeners?

This one’s definitely more for Radio 3 listeners however: –

In some ways, life for Terry could be regarded as a waltz rather than a bumpy road, rather like Johann Strauss’ steam engine where dancers glide and reciprocate in gentle circular motion with each other – rather than clash up against immovable obstacles! Perhaps this is why people liked the elegance of steam engines compared with the rough argy-bargy of engine and carriage-shunting, Diesels, buffers and all the ‘stop-go’ motion involved in marshalling yards!

Round House Turntable – seeing things in the round – good things like music come in round packages

And for a Radio 4 type discussion perhaps..

Waltz piano sheet (and pianola) music from Vienna: the popular music of the time

The Editor claims also to be 1/16th. Irish though, from those Kellys from Cork rather than neighbouring Limerick.

Let us know of your encounters – witticisms, be they informal, remote or otherwise, with Sir Terry!

Terry shared with the Editor a common reluctance for having scripts for what he said live and online, and much of what Terry said was indeed straight from the heart and un-rehearsed, which gave it a spontaneity – and also made him inadvertently a master of understatement.

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Nick

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At cottingham.tv and with Halloween Festivities in mind, we’re having a ‘kindness to carrots’ day!

How to enjoy eating your greens – even if they are orange!

Vegetables needn’t taste awful -with these few basic cooking tips from Cottingham.tv you too can make them taste great!

Vegetables needn’t taste like medicine – as something that has to be endured rather than enjoyed. In fact, the Victorians had a dreadful old maxim: the worse a medicine tasted, the more it did you good. Indeed our puritanical, no-frills approach to food preparation and cooking still persists today out in the regions!

How to avoid murdering your vegetables to death!

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Despite all the TV cooking programs out there, in this northern region and I’m sure in many others, our 1970s school dinner-style fried or boiled mentality persists where children are made to eat their greens and clear their plates!

Even your kids will like them!

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Here at Cottingham.tv we’ve added an autumnal twist so you can enjoy eating your greens! continued ..

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it’s better for you, better for the kids and better for the carrots!

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N.B: If you want separate carrot servings, after grilling your carrots on an oven tray under an open oven red-heat grill for 20 minutes as described, you should leave them in a closed oven covered in cooking foil with some added boiling water on 150 degrees for a further hour to cook them through thoroughly – you can add other vegetables as described. Remove smallerveges when they are browned!

Pumpkins are “squashes” like aubergines and courgettes and they will also respond well to this kind of cooking – but please note they have shorter cooking times – but you need to experiment!

Happy Halloween from Cottingham.tv!

Nick, Mike and Anne

 

Europe 2.0: Great Scott!

There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots!

And so it is sadly with today’s politicians, their pundits, commentators (and lecturers): – going to begin this lecture by making some bold mission statements, debunking some historicism and rehashing some old  declarations – and support our retailers: –

 

But back to the future:

it was assumed that we would have made great strides discovering the ‘governing dynamics’ of the Scientific Universe at least by now – as in “Back To The Future”: –

Finding the 1.21GW required for fictional time travel by DeLorean – but only just in time!!

Time flies like an arrow ..

The DeLorean time machine’s destination date was set to 21st October 2015 Wednesday last week as Back to the Future Day, a time the scriptwriters predicted when we would have discovered and invented gravity-defying hover-boards and time-defying flux capacitors!

In our parallel future however, the 1.21 gigawatts required to power the famous Flux Capacitor is replaced by 14 TeV at CERN today, as the quest for the ‘governing dynamics’ of the universe  (hence providing us with an understanding of Gravity and Time ultimately) a “Theory of Everything” – which still eludes us.

Flux capacitor

.. but fruit flies like a banana!

‘Back to the future’ in the political democratic arena: –

In the political and democratic arena by comparison, there appears to have been be little or no change in managing basic human nature: 21/10/2015 still retains the undemocratic and dystopian economic and political structures that Biff Tannen and his henchmen inevitably created!

Karl Popper echoed this pessimistic view of utopias in his devastating critique of the use of Historicism in the Social and Political Sciences. If you want to have a deeper understanding of politics and economics, you need philosophy too – as well as an understanding of the economics of supply and demand.

So what are the governing dynamics – of government?

Popper asserted we just don’t know and that government by precedent and historical analysis of its constituent social and human sciences is incomplete i.e.  flawed.

One thing is certain however, the future is not inevitable!

Both unpredictable and unexpected things events may take place in government by politics. “Events, dear boy, events”.

In one mechanistic political future; the inventors get the upper hand with discoveries and hover boards make levitation and flux capacitors make time travel possible. In another predicted informatic or technical metaphor future as predicted here; online democracy becomes ubiquitous through online gaming and creates governmental and electoral reform! Technology can and does inevitably change our methods of working and their governance over time.

The quest for a gravity-levitating machine as a device as a mechanistic invention rather than a scientific discovery has not, as far as the editor knows, produced a sustainable lift system; only brief and small changes in an objects weight over short periods. If such a system were to do so, it would have a profound way in which we govern ourselves!

All rise!

The last time the editor researched “gravity drives” along with “perpetual or practicular motion”  was a over decade ago, so things have developed since rotating pairs of gyroscopes on a balance to measure their weight! Perhaps it is also interesting to note that so keen were the Victorians to invent and patent ‘practicular motion’ devices, the Patent Office actually wrote a clause to refuse their submission!

Europe 2.0

  • Europe 2.0 should and could (therefore) be a region and a zone where individuals, groups and Nation States can experiment creatively with participating democracy, constitutional framing, economics and social groupings – not an over-arching bureaucracy where all practices are locked-down and set in stone!
  • Europe should (following on) be thought of as a collection of dynamically-re-configurable systems rather than static immovable bureaucracies
  • In case you were pondering; – “just in time” governance as in manufacturing is not, repeat not the same as dynamic constitutional framing –but  rather, it forms an important sub-set thereof!
  • Back in the days of the early computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, we had punch cards for ‘batch card processed’ production relating to automating weavers looms. Our democracies have however remained set in stone i.e. ‘batch card processed’. This can be referred to as ‘static constitutional framing’. The result is pre-ordained, bureaucratic, exclusive and inflexible
  • Modern computing comprises real-time user interfaces like Windows. ‘Front end’ user-driven screen processes operate  ‘middleware’ business logic to manipulate ‘back end’ data processes to realize their ‘just in time’ governance in production systems – working in ‘real-time’ as “three-tier systems”
  • Take a moment to consider this: a flexible manufacturing system with its distributed economies of production can be compared with a future Europe with its distributed democracies – as a user-friendly computing machine metaphor.
  • A future Europe can therefore be considered to be an aggregate of dynamic economies and dynamic democratic constitutions with dynamic resource allocation!

 

Europe 2.0: Dynamic Constitutional Framing for Economic Growth: what are the   advantages?

  • Interactive government by eDemocracy as proposed engages electorates through real-time user (hence electorate) participation in online gaming
  • A Europe comprising a collection of dynamically-reconfigurable systems is a Constructionist Europe comprising building blocks, rather like ‘smart social LEGO’
  • Used as an antidote to, rather than a replacement for, elective representative democracy within and between bureaucracies
  • Provides pathways to implementing smarter government aka. electoral reform that will be required to match smarter technology on a country-by-country basis
  • A recipe for economic and social growth
  • Leaving the best until the last: a Super State as so described – namely Europe 2.0 – can maximize the choices available for its ‘end-users’ – namely its electorates – on demand and on an individual by individual basis. The parallel is drawn with modern automobile production where no two cars leaving the production line are necessarily identical as each has been chosen from a wide array of choices available to the individual purchaser: for example body color, engine, model, interior trim and optional extras. No two cars rolling in sequence off the production line are alike.
  • One size no longer has to fit all and we each have the right to govern and be governed by consent as self-determining individuals!

 

Nick @NPRFTEDesign

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P.S. Update: for a most recent example, The UK House of Lords exercises ‘dynamic constitutional framing’ to defeat the House of Commons in today’s news!

If you are concerned the reforms will hit you as a carer, we’d like to hear from you!

Sales Pitch Tips for Market Stall-holders

Comedy at Cottingham.tv: in celebration of individuals characters and individuality  we ask:

Q. Are you a Bawler or a Boomer .. or a Mouse?

A. Speak up boy!

Q. How do you attract customers to your stall to make your sales pitch?

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 #bawlerorboomer?

 

Nick

 

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

http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/430301-billy-elliot-the-musical-at-the-victoria-palace-theatre

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?

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Nick

Europe 2.0: Sometimes  re-invention may be the best form of conflict resolution!

Innovation to solve ice-cream seller wars in 1980s Glasgow

Watching “Comfort and Joy“, screened recently on BBC 2, (1984)

Innovation as a way of averting ice cream seller wars in Glasgow from the 1980’s.

Europe 2.0: Hive Mind Financial Ecosystems:

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Poet Ian McMillan performs his Pop-up Poetry Tour in Cottingham Library

 

Performing “The Ghost of Alouiscious” using his fold-up paper-chart and off-the-library-shelf selections of names picked at random from the pages of books and markers, he worked with his audience to make-up the lyrics as we went along!

His style is to pick and mix words with the audience

One could surmise he might have seen “Aloysius and the ghost of uncle Harold” on the bookshelf, but it was meant more in fun in an Edward Lear-like made-up wordsmith sense. Ian’s performance was likeable, funny and engaging, spiced with northern grit and a delivery Morcambe and Wise would have been pleased with!

Coming to a library near you!

Ian is performing in libraries in East Yorkshire including around Hull, Beverley and Bridlington.

 

 

Nick

 

 

Alternative Ways Of Connecting With The Electorate – Cottingham.tv is like Barrie McKenzie also on a ‘cultural mission’!

Barry ‘singing for his supper’ for John Lennon in a VW camper van: ‘strewth, starve the lizards – I’m so thirsty I could drink out of a Japanese wrestler’s jockstrap!

These are just the introductory-level salvos of a barrage of increasingly irreverent jokes comprising colourful metaphors – used with connect with the audience quick-fire – and make them buy lots of tins of Fosters lager to quench their thirst in the process!

Edna Everage plays the ‘straight guy’ as the ‘voice of constraint’ and Tommy Cooper plays Arthur McKenzie  read on ..

 

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 .

 

Nick

Evelyn Waugh SCOOP!

NEWS SCOOP SENSATION!

Read all about it here at Cottingham.tv and Hull Books!

Cottingham.tv’s editor Nicholas Robinson involved in a series of sensational international news and press scoops!

BBC Newsnight and then BBC News have been broadcasting our electronic democracy and politics press scoops here on Cottingham.tv this week also through the night, also with a “life in comedy after politics” becoming “actively considered” by at least one leading politician, further to our “Tribute to comedian Norman Collier”!

In Evelyn Waugh’s novel Scoop! The roving news reporter from a local rag achieves fame and notariety for going out into ‘bongo-bongo land’, to ‘stir things up a bit’ amongst the natives, to then create and report (or scoop) the news reporting internationally back home!

The plot thickens: Licence to Kill!

If you remember James Bond and the evil press baron Elliot Carver filmed in Hamburg, stirring-up trouble in the South China Sea, an arch villain of democracy disguised his identity with a ‘Stealth Boat’ and hid behind digitally-encrypted digital satellite systems. This was also based partly on Evelyn Waugh’s famous novel SCOOP!

Back to the Present

In this case however, the BBC re-invented their own beck end of beyond’, to be not our own lowly UK provinces (that would be too close for comfort), but in several ‘banana republics’  in South America!

In this case, a lowly provincial Brit (this humble editor) got to invent and scoop the news first!

To Ewan Evans, acclaimed promoter of British inventors on Dragon’s Den and latterly of Newsnight & co: “I must have tuned out for a minute there Elliot”!  No: better; let them eat cake! Electronic Democracy – not merely to be seen as an alternative to electronic balloting – was invented as described by this Brit right here! Google agrees!

 

The trouble with democracy is: –

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”

that we invented it here and in Europe; but it’s always someone else’s fault when it goes wrong!

Nick