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DECOMMODIFYING ART

DECOMMODIFYING ART

Decommodifying Art For years musicians have been trying to decommodify their music, i.e. trying not to be stereotyped into a specific genre of music. It almost worked with “World Music” though this again has become a “label”. Punk was famously invented to show 2...

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MY 2 PET HATES

MY 2 PET HATES

MY 2 PET HATES I have just discovered a new word, ‘polyvalent’; it translates as “capable of being used for many purposes; a versatile tool.” And after 40 years in the arts, mainly theatre, I would consider myself one of “those”. A jack of all trades and master of...

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PAULE CONSTABLE – WHAT A DIFFERENCE AN ‘E’ MAKES

PAULE CONSTABLE – WHAT A DIFFERENCE AN ‘E’ MAKES

PAULE CONSTABLE - WHAT A DIFFERENCE AN 'E' MAKES In 2019 The National Theatre faced widespread criticism for the lack of women writers and directors in its upcoming season, but award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable says the organisation is at the forefront...

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HMRC TAX DATES – 6TH APRIL V 31ST JANUARY

HMRC TAX DATES – 6TH APRIL V 31ST JANUARY

HMRC TAX DATES - 6TH APRIL V 31ST JANUARY I have never quite figured out why, when the tax year ends on April 5th, people who are self-employed wait until 31st January the following year to undertake their tax return. For all self employed workers, this is the very...

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LIES, MORE LIES AND DIVERSITY

LIES, MORE LIES AND DIVERSITY

LIES, MORE LIES AND DIVERSITY When talking of diversity the topic of “rotas” always raises its head. Diversity should be defined by equal opportunities despite protected characteristics, not so many of these, so many of those etc. The following figures relate to ACE...

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CREATIVITY AS A SAVIOUR….

CREATIVITY AS A SAVIOUR….

CREATIVITY AS A SAVIOUR.... Yours truly has spent a lot of his last 18 month tenure at the Shinners Bridge Garage near Totnes observing the antics going on over the road from the petrol station, namely the academy for children with behavioural problems (I won’t give...

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ASKING FOR FUNDING – WHATS THE RELATIONSHIP?

ASKING FOR FUNDING – WHATS THE RELATIONSHIP?

ASKING FOR FUNDING - WHATS THE RELATIONSHIP? A few years ago I was lucky enough to be one of the three people who came up with the idea of TRAIL, the annual presentation of recycled sculptures placed in the flower beds of Teignmouth and Dawlish. At the time of the...

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BUSINESS ETHICS – AN OXYMORON?

BUSINESS ETHICS – AN OXYMORON?

BUSINESS ETHICS - AN OXYMORON? So, is "business ethics" a contradiction in terms? Is there an inherent, automatic conflict between morality and the pursuit of profit. The implication is that if a company has to choose between profits and doing the right thing, profits...

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EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY

EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY

EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY OK, so yours truly admits to not having a television so is always late catching up with T.V. programmes that have already been seen, talked over, reviewed and put to bed a long time ago. But if the hype is there it could be for a good reason....

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HULL’S TURN AS CITY OF CULTURE – WAS IT WORTH THE MONEY?

HULL’S TURN AS CITY OF CULTURE – WAS IT WORTH THE MONEY?

HULL'S TURN AS CITY OF CULTURE - WAS IT WORTH THE MONEY? Hull’s turn as City of Culture – was it worth the money? “Hull’s 2017 City of Culture programme turbo-charged the local economy and challenged the worst images of the city – but was not enough to establish the...

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THE ONTOLOGICAL INTANGIBILITY OF DIGITAL TEXT

THE ONTOLOGICAL INTANGIBILITY OF DIGITAL TEXT

THE ONTOLOGICAL INTANGIBILITY OF DIGITAL TEXT The Ontological Intangibility of Digital text Is basically a theory all about rubbishing PowerPoint. Strong comment? Perhaps, but one agreed by many teachers. You have to give a lecture / talk / speech. You need something...

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THE GARSTON EMPIRE – THAT WAS

THE GARSTON EMPIRE – THAT WAS

THE GARSTON EMPIRE (THAT WAS) Theatres were, once upon a time, the sort of venue where you would go and see music hall, variety acts, Pantos, dance shows, and basically any other sort of show that would require a pros-arch theatre. As mentioned, this was ONCE upon a...

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PRODUCING HUBS

PRODUCING HUBS

PRODUCING HUBS For a very long time yours truly has been frustrated, and not a little annoyed, that a large amount of theatrical, creative (so basically the arts ) power has lain at the doors of so few organisations, predominantly those who receive funding from either...

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EVERYTHING IS WORTH WHAT ITS PURCHASER WILL PAY FOR IT

EVERYTHING IS WORTH WHAT ITS PURCHASER WILL PAY FOR IT

EVERYTHING IS WORTH WHAT ITS PURCHASER WILL PAY FOR IT What is art worth? A question I would constantly ask my students when teaching my foundation degree. Well, I would say, “Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.” Not a saying from a modern day...

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