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Ian Jindal
Works at InternetRetailing, Pencil, eSeller Media, Econsultancy, Bazaarvoice, De Bijenkorf, Camelot
Attended Oxford, Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen
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Camden's U13 girls cross-country team at the London Youth Games.

Alice had a great time - massed start and mud gave it a 'braveheart' battle-scene feel, but incredibly well organised and managed by a huge and committed volunteer force. 
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Why would someone put black tape on /my/ number plates?

I noticed something very odd this evening. I walked to the car and was admiring it (it had its annual clean on Sunday since I was too ashamed for the French exchange to see our car as it normally is - a near-biological teeming bucket of child-detritus and lego). Something was odd. The registration number was different.

On closer inspection I saw that someone had changed the appearance of the numbers using carefully-cut and placed black masking tape. We'd gone from AV59xxx to AV58xxx.

Why would anyone bother?

If I had done it (to escape paying the Congestion Charge? Not be traced by speed cameras?) then I'd understand. But why would someone take the time and effort to change someone else's registration?

I spose there's a small evil laugh in waiting until I'm stopped by the Police ANPR cameras and asked why I'm not black Volkswagen Gold 1896cc (that the DVLA computer thinks is linked to the amended registration)? Maybe is an art 'intervention'? 

If anyone has any ideas I'd love to know.
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Gah - that's just depressing :(

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BBC runs a very nice ad for Leica ;)

Despite being a fan and therefore drinker of the cool-aid, it strikes me that many more wonderful images are taken/made on many other cameras. As Tom says in the video, the images are made in the mind, not the device. 

Henri Cartier Bresson appears to have been at heart a minimalist who chose the simplest, most reliable and unobtrusive tool of the time (unobtrusive to both him and the subjects). 

I wonder whether he'd now be shooting with an iPhone instead?

Looking through my G+, flickr and other photo streams I'm struck by the wonderful, creative and stimulating images posted by friends and acquaintances - taken on many and all devices (including the pin-hole cameras). Even amidst the billions of selfies, food pr0n and obligatory holiday snaps, creativity is blossoming and visual literacy has never been higher or more highly appreciated it seems.

Fetishising the device is a glorious distraction - I love the feel of the Leica and given a choice I'd rather take a great image with it than with another camera, but I strive not to care too much. Strive, but don't always succeed ;)

Congrats to Leica on reaching 100 years on a rising level of interest and sales, and let's hope that we have another 100 years of stimulating photography rather than fetishism around male-jewellery and nostalgia...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27516384
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+InternetRetailing 's Awards are coming up on 26 June - a must-attend Party of the best in the multichannel retail and ecommerce industry. In this podcast our editors (+Emma Herrod +Chloe Rigby and +Paul Skeldon ) chat over who they have in mind for the Innovation Award.

Don't let our own views limit us though - shy/modest people should head over to http://internetretailingawards.net/#winners and NOMINATE themselves for an Award or two. Our Research Team will then do the rest.

Don't miss out: 1) nominate; 2) vote; 3) party!
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Berwick upon Tweed. Wonderful but empty shops, the rather lovely Richard Freeman showing the kids what barbecuing is like open-brazier-stylee, and Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in a break in the weather. 
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Ah so nice there! I love it just south at Low Newton by the Sea too.

Lovely photos, albeit sad so much is empty!
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Fuzzy-felt Merc.

Not quite sure what to make of this, spotted on Regent Street this evening. It's definitely a step up from your 'normal' vinyl cover and the reaction was "ooh, take a photo, let's feel it, ooh it's like velvet'. Yes, I had to feel it and yes it's like velvet.

It's certainly one way to make a statement (the other being "this merc is just a joke to me"), but I realise I'm getting old since my next thought was how it would wash, what about bird droppings and how you'd get squashed insects off it...

Then again, if you can velvetify your merc you probably aren't that concerned about such things ;)
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hmmmm.....since when do cars grow velour...and a Merc to boot
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London-Welsh-Indian view on Scotland's vote


As a half-Welsh, half-Indian, London-born, Welsh-speaker, with Scottish grandparents, married in Melrose, social democrat, the Scottish independence debate is a cause for questioning and concern.

Do I want the Scottish voters to opt for indepenance? No I don’t.

Do I believe in their right to self-determination? Yes, I do.

I work in London and run a business here, benefitting from the mix of peoples, cultures and skills. Our businesses is pan-European and I believe in the benefits of Europe’s open markets, regulatory and human rights framework, freedom of movement and social priorities. I believe in these philosophically and also commercially.

As a Londonder, however, I also want greater, local powers for London, even as I see the imbalance in the London:’rest UK’ economic activity. The Westminster Lens prejudices London in different ways to the North East, the South West, Wales or Northern Ireland, but it’s a flawed lens nonetheless.

Regional democracy has not ignited the voters as the Scottish poll has done. That’s a pity. An engaged population is a population ready to vote for appropriate representatives and then to hold them to account by living their ideals day in, day out. I remember as a Welsh-speaking young nationalist in 1979 the Welsh devolution referendum and feeling strongly that Wales’ voice, culture and language needed greater autonomy and self-determination, but not full separation. 

Scotland’s history is a union rather than a conquest (ouch) and the nation has retained greater autonomy, and also been given more autonomy, and the desire for a more relevant socially-democratic government is a long-held one (and one reflected in the make-up of the current Scottish parliament).

The current powers are by no means “enough”. Indeed, the local accountabilities in the UK are by no means sufficient either. The UK could logically be broken into a number of 7-million-person regions that have coherence (Wales, London, South West, South East, East, North West, Midlands, North East… surprisingly like a rehash of Anglo-Saxon times). A ‘federal UK’ would not necessarily be a bad idea, provided that the regional parliaments could harness the sense of coherence, common endeavour and strategic view that the Scots envision. However, I don’t believe that a separation will benefit either part in the medium term.

Most of the arguments on either side are bogus. Countries are rent apart by war, amplified by hatred and ill-will, and yet survive. There are solutions to all deal points. Currency? A solution will be found. Europe? there’s no provision to exile currently-European citizens and deprive them of rights… there’s a solution. Financial sector? Jobs? Oil? All red herrings and solvable.

The debate so far has been about trying to persuade Scots in advance of what they’ll lose by leaving, rather than what they’ll gain. On the other side we have an emotional “let’s do it because we can!” campaign. Neither is creditable, even as each is powerful. As couples going through a friendly-ish divorce know, sometimes “not being in love anymore” is a good enough reason to part, even as both eye a world that’s a bit sadder, less affluent and with perhaps fewer opportunities than there were before.

I don’t want Scotland to leave. But I don't have a say in the decision.  I’ll feel the UK is diminished. I’ll feel that energy, pride, ability and diversity will have been lost. The balance of proud nations, working together with teasing, overlapping histories of enmity and common endeavour, a global beacon of tolerance, civilisation and higher human aims will have been  torn apart  with nothing in its place. The UK is an aspiration to nations, regions and groups around the world. If we have the energy to break it up, surely we have the energy to improve it? Surely too we need Scotland's voters to help keep the UK engaged within Europe.

Even as I type this I realise that I don’t have the vote on ‘whether I’m being left or not’ and that my non-Scots sadness is not germane. 

I hope that there are sufficient people in Scotland who like the “U” in UK and have pride in the social democratic, caring and entrepreneurial country we’ve built - by design, by accident and by people of good faith rubbing along together. 

A “no” vote can’t be the end, though. If we’re lucky enough to remain an Island Nation on Friday morning then we are honour-bound to deliver the functional autonomy to Scotland - and also rapidly to the other regions of the UK. European law has enshrined the values for which Britons have fought over centuries - those fights being on the fields of battle, in law courts, in political persuasion, economic endeavour and social justice. Britain can afford and benefit from a more federal makeup, a closer democracy and a visionary, enlightened approach to political service.

I hope that this vote galvanises voters, makes us more engaged politically, helps us value our shared heritage and future… More than this, however, is my hope that the vote delivers this for a /United/ Kingdom, and not a late-awakening rUK whose pauline conversion to the value of the Union, of shared and inclusive social futures, has come a dollar short and a day late.
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Peter Pan virus spam 

Just in case you awoke, like me, to a set of tickets from BHLive for Peter Pan you can rest assured that this is a never-aging attempt to dump a virus on you:

http://blog.dynamoo.com/2014/09/bh-live-tickets-peter-pan-spam.html

Looked very realistic (mine had no attachment) and I was just wondering which granny had "thoughtfully" booked more children than I have into a matinee in Bournmouth on 23 Dec (er - thanks!) when my morning caffeine kicked in.

Seems it's not being well-detected by spam-blockers hence the repost. Had this been on my gmail account I'd probably never have seen it...
I have seen a very large quantity of these spam emails, purporting to be from From:     bhlivetickets@bhlive.co.uk Date:     8 September 2014 08:43 Subject:     Confirmation of Order Number 484914 ORDER CONFIRMATIONOrder N...
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Congratulations to @ASOS- now back 'on screen' after what must have been a very testing weekend.

They've worked all weekend to recover the position and at 0700 this morning we had an analyst's brief setting out the fact that they were back in business, assessing the stock impact (c£23m at cost), and noting that the Police believe that the fire was started deliberately. Thankfully no staff were injured and indeed the Fire Brigade praised the orderly evacuation.

This is a blow for +ASOS on the one hand - disruption to business, an arson attack to follow the recent market attacks as investors bridle at the profit warnings (despite the ongoing, profitable growth - it's an irrational world both on the hyped "up" and the demonised "down"!). It is also, however, a positive for the brand. Not only have they had a major publicity boost, but the fear that they'd be off-air has perhaps made customers remember why they love ASOS so much! All publicity is good publicity, allegedly.

Beyond the fire, however, there are other thoughts for multichannel professionals. ASOS has shown just how much more mature and capable it is as a business - to weather such an event and be back trading in 72hours is a tribute to the team, their planning and their business resilience. 

It does though illustrate the weakness of a pure-play with 70% of their stock in one location: when that location is compromised your business is dark.

ASOS' success has not gone unnoticed by the multichannel retailers who are seeking to emulate the impressive capabilities of the pureplays (ASOS, Amazon) while also working their store estates ever-harder.

We may come to see this fire as another important milestone in multichannel's history. ASOS' first showed the challenges of growth, cashflow, resilience and single-location. This shows maturing capability and greater resilience... however it could also be a moment in which multichannel retailers pause to give a moment's thanks for their store estate!

Welcome back ASOS - best wishes from me and all at +InternetRetailing 
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I am a big fan of ASOS, and I rather feel for them myself. Retail is a hell of a game at the best of times, let alone when someone torches one of your warehouses!
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Stoer, north of Lochinver. Wet, windy, off the grid other than pockets of broad-ish band, but what views when the sun shines, and walks that're blowing out the cobwebs...
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Two approaches to a 'photo walk'.

I like to take the kids out for a 'photo walk' since it's a fun way (for me) to spend an afternoon indulging my hobby, and the girls in particular are taking an interest in photography (especially around our old manor, along the Regents Canal, Shoreditch and Bethnal Green).

Manon was really getting into photographing the evening light glancing onto the rubbish pile under the railway tunnels, considering contrast, composition, framing and focus options. Nye, however, was utterly bored by now and decided that Manon needed to hurry up.

There's no 'next' photo from me since I was breaking up the ensuing fracas...
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The "next" would have been fun to see too but can imagine.
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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nomo/photo-film-screenprint-series

Just funded this - lovely idea and will give a film-romantic a sudder of joy each time I look at the wall in my office.

FWIW I'm going to go for the three Ilfords - HP3 (which I've never used), HP5 (my favourite B&W film) and SFX (can't wait to see the intense black of the screenprint).
A series of screen prints celebrating vintage and analog film photography.
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Quite an institution that manages to bridge the 1950s-riveria-glamour feel with a modern level of discrete service. The place is buzzing and filled with guests, entourages, hangers-on, confused tourists, business folk and event people... I was there for the Cannes Lions festival and couldn't believe how the staff kept everything moving. Unless someone else is paying for you then this isn't a destination that will feature of the lists of normal people, but as a venue to go for a meeting, a meal or even a lucky break, this is a place you should experience at least once.
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Recently renovated, large and modern hotel with some nice touches, but fails in terms of character and service. A solid 3* but not quite 4*. Located some way from the centre, it's a fine enough conference venue and a very passable business hotel. A trendy, luxury destination, however, it is not. I suspect that with some effort the low staffing levels and overwhelmed nature of the staff will improve, but for now it was distinctly a work in progress.
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Friendly small venue with limited menu with some highlights This is a slightly hipster venue, recently fully redone to look old and authentic ;) The design of the menu is a riff on the limited-things-arranged-by-meat-type implying that the food is limited by market conditions and then cooked simply and spontaneously... Nah. I tried to have the roast chicken - they'd run out. I had a veggie burger instead. Plate was too large, too many chips and a quantity of slaw that was a form of eating challenge. Burger patty was indifferent and the bun too large. Service was very friendly indeed and my fellow diner is a regular so well known. The owner was visible and friendly and that gave a good vibe. Wine list is varietal and middling. If I lived in hove I could get to like this place. The people are friendly, I'm sure that one would get to know a couple of favourite staples, just like in a good Parisian bistro. However as a one-off or destination it's less of a dead cert. If you are after an informal small venue instead of the many format/chain options in Brighton then give Market a try, just have a look at the menu first to check your expectations. A strong 3* but not quite a 4* on the basis of my visit.
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4-star food with 2-star service. Food is a lovely combination of Japanese and South American - think sushi rolls with guacamole and Peruvian salad. There's a veggie/prs atavism slant to the menu with the majority of options having luscious vegetarian options. Ever so slightly overpriced, but the trendy fashionable night-club vibe goes with the price point. Set in a trendy area of Berlin it's more Kensington than Hoxton. Service was amateur. I was bashed all night by waiters squeezing past my seat. I asked to move and the manager said I'd get no service elsewhere... Great. Being kind I'd say that large tables overwhelmed the staff. Being more harsh I'd say that they were up to burger joint standard but no more. Ouch. Presentation is high on lighting and low on authenticity. If you want a Japanese meal don't come here. If you'd like a break from normal/traditional menus with friends, lots of time and some spare cash? This is your place!! Overall, glad I came but not a destination place for me.
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Tasty varied plates in relaxed modern format It's difficult in a new-build development for restaurants not to look like a marketing wheeze, just 'appearing' with fully-formed fake authenticity. Caravan, however, looks like it grew in place. Deceptively large space broken into snug tables and large benches for groups, you get embraced and swallowed into the restaurant. The finish is a mix of urban chic and packing crate polish. Food is the fashionable 'small sharing plates' format, but the plates are actually not that small. Indeed, two plates per person is a good light meal, with three each being a feast. Good quality is excellent - fresh, flavourful and lovely ingredients. Photos attached. You could spend a couple of hours here on a laptop alone or a quick lunch for friends right to a group dinner. Prices are reasonable and you could eat for £20pp or so if you don't go for much alcohol. Flexible, tasty and fun - a new favourite.
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I love this place! No choice, just steak. A lovely, fatless filet, in the secret sauce (green) with chips. Why so good? Beef is wonderful, chips are thin and French. Then, you get a second helping! The only choice you're given is how you like your beef cooked. The plate is small, and filled twice. Very theatrical, very enjoyable. One plateful is a humble but adequate meal. Two leaves you replete-to-stuffed. All meals come with the signature lettuce and walnut dressed salad. The dressing is creamy and tastes oil/mustard/vinegar. Classic. Wine list is small but well formed. Desserts are not for the faint of heart, yet delicate in a French way. This place is always packed. No reservations and no 'keeping tables' - they only seat you when the whole group is there. I love this place for its authentic simplicity and consistency. For years it's been the same and is reasonable value too.
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Light and airy dining room with a well-formed and regularly-changing menu of modern British fare. The ingredients have good Provence and are mainly uk sourced and credited. Portions are generous. Staff are numerous and attentive. Wine list is interesting with the notable inclusion of some excellent British wines. There's a real buzz about the place at lunch and dinner. The tables are set close so it feels intimate. It's not cheap but you don't feel fleeced, given the location, service and quality of the food.
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