In July, Kanye West joined Twitter and promptly followed just one person – a chap from Coventry who then turned all requests for interviews. Until now!
Some people have been wondering which universities and colleges have been in occupation recently. I visited a few last week, and on my travels I heard mentions of at least 34 48 others – a list which I’ve posted randomly below. Disclaimer: I haven’t verified them all, and many of them aren’t in occupation any longer. Do email me if there are any glaring errors or omissions. The Edinburgh occupation has got an updated list of the still ongoing occupations.
3) UWE – ongoing 11/12/10
6) Edinburgh – ongoing 11/12/10
7) SOAS – ongoing 11/12/10
12) Sheffield – ongoing 11/12/10
14) UEL – ongoing 11/12/10
15) London Southbank
16) Royal Holloway
19) Newcastle – ongoing 11/12/10
28) Leeds – ongoing 11/12/10, with Leeds Met
29) Leeds Met – ongoing 11/12/10, with Leeds
30) Manchester Met – ongoing 11/12/10
31) Manchester – ongoing 11/12/10
32) Plymouth – ongoing 11/12/10
35) London Met
36) Camden School for Girls
39) Goldsmiths – ongoing 11/12/10
40) UEA – ongoing 11/12/10
41) Camberwell – ongoing 11/12/10
42) Exeter – ongoing 11/12/10
43) Bristol – ongoing 11/12/10
44) York – ongoing 11/12/10
45) Falmouth – ongoing 11/12/10
46) Bath Spa
Over the weekend I visited three university occupations for a G2 feature.
While visiting student occupations for my g2 feature, I also filed two news stories:
- NUS president apologises for “spineless dithering” (see below)
- NUS president reneges on legal promise (see the post at 9.56am)
Here’s my article about a Margaret Thatcher-themed nightclub.
I attempted to break the hopping world record this week. I failed, utterly, but you can read about my effort – as well as Lucy Mangan and Leo Hickman’s sprout- and doughnut-eating exploits – right here. There was also a nice picture of me on the cover.
The news desk sent me up to Cambridge to do this piece on Cambridge students involved in the Millbank occupation.
I wrote my first Pass Notes last Friday. All very exciting, as PN was what I turned to first when I started reading the paper.
G2 sent me off to open Tower Bridge all by myself.
My feature about an exciting ‘interactive online play’. As I termed it.
My second G2 cover-story – a 3000-word feature about gap year tourism in Thailand.
- Caught off guard in his favourite blue shirt (G2, 2nd Sept)
- The most successful Dragon’s Den pitch ever? (G2, 24th August)
- Return of the cape (G2, 21st August)
- Sport’s latest sensation: a rubbery bracelet (G2, 2nd August)
- Behind you! Meet Paul Yarrow – TV’s ‘news raider’ (G2, 29th July)
- Petanque: a brief guide (G2, 28th July)
- How to sail around the world the wrong way (G2, 26th July)
- Vampire Weekend’s legal face-off (G2, 26th July)
- The ugliest perfume names ever (G2, 22nd July)
My first G2 cover – a 2000-word feature about literature’s answer to the Slow Food movement.
G2 were putting together a camping special – and I was asked to write a feature about the history of the tipi
- Space clouds: a briefing (G2, 19th July)
- What next for Paul the psychic octopus? (G2, 12th July)
- Sports Day: a survival guide (G2, 7th July)
- How to make your CV work (G2, 6th July)
- When can kids cycle on their own? (G2, 5th July)
And some even smaller fry:
- How to identify a large blue butterfly (G2, 18th July)
- Once we were teenagers (G2, 16th July)
- My Week: Bav Shergill, dermatologist (G2, 22th June)
I wrote a double-page feature for G2 last week which attempted to defend the much-hated font Comic Sans.
The print edition looked like this:
I recently designed a CD case for my friends’ group, The Staircase Band. They mainly play busy folk music from Eastern Europe, and so they wanted a busy central figure to adorn the cover. I’m not entirely happy with what I came up with, but it definitely evokes the band.
Here are the front and back covers (the colour of the wooden path turned bizarrely purple during the upload; imagine it’s brownier):
And here are the insides:
The real thing looks a bit like this – except it’s made of card, not plastic:
- Ousted MP goes on the dole (Guardian, 11 June 2010)
- Politicians’ ties: why green is the new purple (G2, 9 June 2010)
- Spiderman saves London – in 4D (G2, 3 June 2010)
- Megan Fox’s mystery tattoo (G2, 2 June 2010)
- Johnny Marr interview (G2, 8 June 2010)
- Which costs more – a Ferrari, or this watch? (G2, 10 June 2010)
“A government with some Lib Dem input is better than one without any at all.”
My new blogpost on Varsity.co.uk. [Update: December 2010: I was wrong.]
How Blur’s drummer became a Labour candidate (Guardian, p.16-17, 27th April)
“The media’s mephedrone coverage has been at best misinformed, and at worst wilfully misleading”: my new blogpost on Varsity.co.uk.
Another couple of pieces in the Guardian:
- The sound of silence (Guardian, p.4, 16th April)
- Lap-dancing clubs may take cases to Strasbourg court (Guardian, p.12, 20th April)
I’ve written / co-written a few pieces for the Guardian this week:
- Local residents given powers to block lap-dancing clubs (Guardian, p.17, 7th April)
- North pole marathon due to begin (Guardian, p.20, 8th April)
- Youth Hostel Association may allow mixed-sex dorms (Guardian, p.17, 12th April)
“Management’s high-handed treatment of student protestors at the University of Sussex has been nothing short of shameful.” Read the original at Varsity blogs.
“Today’s graphic designers are indebted to Bauhaus aesthetics. So why have they eschewed their politics?” Read the original over at Varsity Blogs.