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Great day at Sutton United but yet another defeat this time to Hayes and Yeading.  Losing one nil.  Though next season should be interesting when we hopefully have a 3G pitch.  A third generation plastic pitch surface.  
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1945 A Savage Peace. “Enjoy the war the peace will be savage.”  This harrowing  programme shows that us Europeans can sink to some of the worst barbarity humans could ever do not just in war but also in its aftermath.  If you missed see it on BBC Iplayer.  
Documentary examining stories of brutal acts of violence in the aftermath of the Second World War. Many citizens of the countries that had previously been occupied by the Nazis sought to take revenge by committing atrocities against German or German-born civilians who had lived peacefully alongside them prior to the war. Featuring contributions from survivors of these incidents and eyewitnesses.
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Good luck with the end of season review in Boston Mr Rodgers.  +Liverpool FC losing 5-0 to Stoke.  Pissing my self laughing.  
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If anything else it brings Europe together for a night in its own kitsch way. The Russian entry stands out. It's got the Eurovision ingredients.

Update:  Serbian entry is not bad either.  They are doing the recap of songs.

#Eurovision2015
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Small cinema, tiny screen and twenty seats is apparently a boutique cinema in London.  I was going to see the original version of Far From the Madding Crowd but found out it was in the +BFI studio I backed out.  This would be no place to see such a film that is designed for a big screen.  Then I noticed the Odeon do a similar confidence trick now branding their small screens as boutique.   Small screen does not however equal small price.  London cinema still want between £12 - £16 for the small screen experience. 
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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence . The question is do we as humans reflect on our existence. Roy Anderrson's film conjures up images that are surreal, funny and very deadpan.  This is perhaps the best approach when you are taking an unsparing look at human life and ultimately our deaths.  

To start the film we get two deaths in the opening scenes.  The film opens in ordinary situations inside the home and on a passenger ship.  But what all three deaths have in common is just how sudden and ordinary they are.  The characters simply drop dead.  The ordinary absurdity of the deaths are darkly funny.  One character dies just before he pays for his dinner and beer on the ship.  The question now is what to do with the dinner.  He did after all pay for it?

One theme of the film for the living is that of  loneliness and need for companionship.  Anderson’s films are mainly set pieces while they all connect in this film.  All we have in terms of plot are two traveling salesmen who peddle novelty items.  As characters they never lose their temper and when they argue its low key.  Its in their faces the despair of life and need to stick together.  The place they live  looks like some form of sheltered cheap flats with each tenant looking like they are returning to a prison cell.  This is the other end of the Swedish state provision.  

The film is not grey but a light brown.  Their is no warm feel only the colours of indifference.  The nearest in terms of look and feel are the films of Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki. On the surface the absurdity of the situations in Andersons film are similar to Monty Python.  For me Anderson’s films are deeper and frankly funnier than Monty Python.  
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Far From the Madding Crown (2015) the dreaded faithful adaptation. Carey Mulligan excels in this film playing Bathsheba Everdene the women at the centre of three mens attentions.  She plays Bathsheba as a formidable women challenging the conventions of the day  with a certain verve.  The director Thomas Vintenberg said he did not want his characters to be restrained by the costume drama but instead to be naturalistic and unrestrained.  Mulligan certainly opens up the part and you have no trouble believing her effect on the men around her.

 Michael Sheen as William Bolderwood the well to do farmer who sees marriage to Bathsheba as a practical offer that will benefit her. He has to play it restrained but in his eyes you sense their is so much more going on.  His character is one that you think will burst out with emotion but never does but played by Sheen he is the most interesting.

The film is let down badly by Matthias Schoenaerts playing Gabriel Oak the farmer that pursues Bathsheba and  together they form the romantic centre of the film.  However played by Schoenaerts he comes across as dull as dishwater with nothing going on behind the eyes.  I could not really believe an independent strong women like Bathsheba would be interested.  

I came out of the film feeling it to be average.  The kind of film that works on Sunday afternoon but even after a week of seeing it nothing really sticks in the memory apart from  Carey Mulligan. Unlike the original version made in 1967 their is no real risks taken, no experimentation instead we get the dreaded faithful adaptation. 
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The end of days:  last day of Premiership football. Watching the Newcastle v West Ham game.  Want Newcastle to go down not Hull even if that means my team Man Utd get beaten.   Though Hull have had two goals disallowed so my feeling is that it is not their day and Newcastle will survive the drop.  The main beneficiary of surviving in the Premiership is Mike Ashley.   
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Apparently shot in both Denmark and Czech Republic.  H/t to Philippa Demonte  @fLip_uk  #1864dr 
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If your looking for drink this weekend get a Proper Job.  Followers in the UK have a great bank holiday weekend.
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Post from  +Dave Briggs     on how Trello is cutting out the pile of documents that performance management generates.  “So, instead of a big document, we now have a Trello board. We have four main areas of performance measures to track, so each has a list on the board. Each commitment is a card on the board, and they are colour coded for easy identification: a simple traffic light style rating in terms of how they are progressing, plus a coloured label to identify which bits of the Councils they relate to.”

I like this kind of macro and single purpose use of Trello.  Have to say I am not overly a fan of how Trello is used for allocating tasks in an organisation.  At its heart Trello favours manager more than workers. Managers get to set the Trello agenda and have that all important meeting that looks at progress against Trello tasks.  

That said Trello is effective think of it as the LinkedIn of tasking, not exciting but it gets the job done. Tracking Trello I have noticed how they are trying to make it more fun encouraging users to get Trello lists for completing tasks like shopping or day to day stuff but for me Trello is work place.   If Trello is used in organisations then what is most important is that etiquette is developed you know like not just dropping people into tasks without ever asking.   Trello is getting more and more use across organisations and it integrates with Slack.

So its not going away anytime soon and may in the end be bought up by the big boys
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Education
  • Aberystwyth University
    International Politics, 1994 - 1997
  • Birkbeck, University of London
    Masters European Politics, 2004 - 2006
  • University of North London
    Post Graduate Research, 2007 - 2008
  • Coleg Harlech
    Diploma European Studies, 1993 - 1994
  • Sheffield Hallam University
    Online Communications, 2010 - 2012
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Interested in technology and social media.   Circles you might want to add me to;  technology, social media, cinema, photography, diplomacy or books.

Tend not to be ideological about social media. I like Google Plus but can be just as comfortable on Twitter follow me on @shane_dillon   

Have always liked films.  For a flavour of what I like here are my top ten films"

Manhattan (Woody Allen)
Stalker (Tarkovsky)
Ran (Kurasawa)
December Bride (Thaddeuss O'Sullivan)
Distant Voices, Still Lives (Terence Davies)
Devils (Ken Russell)
La Maman et Putain (Jean Eustache)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott)
The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson)

What is life without books or in this day and age ebooks.  Here is what I am reading at the moment: Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)   Slaughter House Five (Kurt Vonneught)  We Own The Future (Larnier)  

Like sports mainly football. I am a fan of +Manchester United

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Awarded a Silver Star by Ewan McGregor in recognition of my five years as a volunteer at Medcinema, St Thomas hospital, London.
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UK Government Digital Editor
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Certified Hootsuite Professional, Crisis Management and online communications.
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    Digital Editor, present
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Aberystwyth - Manchester - Dublin
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Learn how to use microcontent in your next marketing campaign to increase leads and drive traffic to landing pages.

A journalist’s job is not to be a fan
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Life after Facebook
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What would an alternative to Facebook look like? Where would it come from?

The Americans
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The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ro

Teenage Cancer Trust
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A charity devoted to improving the lives of young people with cancer.

When Saturday Comes
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The Half Decent Football Magazine

Movenote
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Herman Van Rompuy
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The official +page for Russia's first ever Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.Sochi 2014 Winter Games in Russian:www.facebook.com/Sochi2014.ru Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Sochi2014OC

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The mains reasons for disliking my stay at Pebbles Reach. First, asked to pay up front and second it turned out breakfast was not included. Paying up front and not on departure suggests distrust and not having breakfast included was a let down for somewhere that describes itself as a bed and breakfast. They said it would have been sixty rather than fifty had breakfast been included. The room was small but in fairness it was cosy and had all what you would need crammed into it. Overall staying here felt like staying in a shared house of a mate. Looked like a family was staying at the premises and they were renting out a few rooms. We wanted to be near the seaside and Pebbles does have a good location but we got a room not with a sea view but instead a view of the grimy back streets of Herne Bay. A for sale sign greets you on arrival that should have been a warning.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Decent old skool pub on the up and coming Union Street. Decent choice of ale, good pub food in particular the ale pie which is tasty and good sized. The pub has sports covered with matches from Sky. Plenty to televisions but thankfully it does not have one massive all dominating screen that can overwhelm some pubs. Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Old school Indian restaurant that is popular with locals. The interior is comfortable if uninspiring and it reminded me of similar restaurants in either Manchester and Birmingham. Service is average, when I asked for a Mango Lassai from the menu the waiter told me they did not have any. No Lassai This was a first for an Indian restaurant. Though the menu covers many of the usual Indian dishes with coconut rice being rather nice. I had a Tropical Balti not as exotic as it sounds. It contains a mix of beef, chicken and prawns. Quite nice but nothing special. As the meal went on people came and went with take away's, phone was ring for home delivery and the noise from the kitchen could be heard clearly. On the kitchen, a recent inspection by the council hygiene inspectors only gave this place a one (highest is five) you might worry. However I did not and the bill came to £35 pound for two with drinks.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Not a bad pub if want something of the beaten track from the area around Victoria. The night I visited it was really packed but the bar staff served as quickly considering the crowd. Thinking about it the best feature of this pub is the long, narrow beer garden. Well hardly garden as its mostly stone maybe back yard would be better to describe it. Recommended on a hot day for the backyard. Ale is pretty good as well.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Reasonably average pub but if you go on Saturday night then weather permitting it is better to sit out in the beer garden. This is the best feature the pub has. Once inside if its a Saturday night it will be chock full with people, barely enough room to move and getting a pint will be labour of love.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Little tricky to find but once you discover its charms you will feel relaxed. Cosy and modern venue with a cafe and nice seating. The programme is eclectic and as Time Out reckon 'its a place for rising talent' .
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A quality Irish Pub, you know its not a fake Irish pub because of the service. The bar has got plenty of staff and the service is excellent. Plenty of TV screens with GAA and soccer on most of the time. Even horse racing is catered for. Best thing of all about this pub is the Sunday carvery which is the most generous in terms of portion in London. Great value for money.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago