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The Traveller’s Guide to Sacred Scotland

by Richard Elen 4 November 2014
The Traveller’s Guide to Sacred Scotland

We’re pleased to be able to tell you about the new book from our friend Mar­i­an­na Lines. An author­i­ty on ancient sites, espe­cial­ly in Scot­land where she lives, Mar­i­an­na is also a tal­ent­ed artist. Her book is avail­able now from all the usu­al places, includ­ing your local book­store and those online peo­ple who don’t pay […]

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Poetry at Relay for Life

by Richard Elen 1 August 2013
Poetry at Relay for Life

A piece of Shake­speare I record­ed for the Relay for Life of Sec­ond Life Lumi­nar­ia Cer­e­mo­ny cov­er­age for inclu­sion in a series of read­ings with music. I laid one of my two read­ings to music as a sep­a­rate enti­ty, and here it is.

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What is authenticity?

by Richard Elen 1 February 2013
What is authenticity?

What do we mean by “authen­tic” when it comes to record­ed sound? When we make a record­ing, what kind of expe­ri­ence should we be try­ing to give the lis­ten­er? The orig­i­nal sound in the con­cert-hall (if there was one)? Or what was heard in the con­trol room when they played back the mas­ter and signed it off? What is the “clos­est approach to the orig­i­nal sound”? Indeed, what do we mean by “The orig­i­nal sound”?

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Changes at the top of the page

by Richard Elen 19 October 2012
Changes at the top of the page

It was time to revise the look of these pages a lit­tle: instead of the pre­vi­ous ran­dom­ly-select­ed head­er image, I want­ed a slideshow of slow­ly-cross­fad­ing head­er images. But I want­ed a nice sim­ple one with­out too many bells and whis­tles. Here’s what I did.

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A belated movie discovery

by Richard Elen 21 September 2012
A belated movie discovery

I won­der if any read­ers watched the fas­ci­nat­ing BBC series The Secret His­to­ry Of Our Streets a few months ago, which traced 150 years of social his­to­ry of sev­er­al Lon­don loca­tions.

In the intro there was a view of a fas­ci­nat­ing “dark Satan­ic mills” kind of city, pre­sent­ed in a con­text in which you would imag­ine it was rep­re­sent­ing Vic­to­ri­an Lon­don. But if you look for a moment at the image, you’ll see at once that there was nev­er a Lon­don quite like that.

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Pitfalls of Facebook Page Tabs

by Richard Elen 15 June 2012
Pitfalls of Facebook Page Tabs

I recent­ly had occa­sion to cre­ate a cou­ple of Face­book Apps for a client, to be accessed from tabs under the main time­line image on a busi­ness page. There are plen­ty of tuto­ri­als around on how to do this, but I found a cou­ple of pit­falls that don’t seem to be men­tioned in the write­ups I’ve seen — so here’s a dis­cus­sion of what I found out.

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Last Riot at Valle dei Templi

by Richard Elen 20 April 2012
Last Riot at Valle dei Templi

The Valle dei Tem­pli near Agri­gen­to, Sici­ly, is not sim­ply a col­lec­tion of ancient sites: it’s also a loca­tion for mod­ern art which is dis­trib­uted among the ruins and else­where, such as in the Vil­la Aurea. While vis­it­ing there recent­ly, I ran across this amaz­ing sculp­ture.

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Lumiere — A Festival of Light

by Richard Elen 23 November 2011
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Last week­end I was lucky enough to get up to Durham, in the NE of Eng­land, to spend a cou­ple of nights expe­ri­enc­ing the lat­est event from Arti­choke, titled Lumiere. And a mag­nif­i­cent event it was too.

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Christmas(ish) At Beamish

by Richard Elen 23 November 2011
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A vis­it to Beamish — “The Liv­ing Muse­um of the North” — is always an excel­lent expe­ri­ence, but espe­cial­ly so at Christ­mas.

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75 Years of BBC Television

by Richard Elen 5 November 2011
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Wednes­day 2nd Novem­ber saw the 75th anniver­sary of the open­ing of the BBC Tele­vi­sion Ser­vice. To com­mem­o­rate the event, the BBC held a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion at Alexan­dra Palace, where the Ser­vice opened. I was lucky enough to get an invi­ta­tion.

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