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Saturday, 6 June 2015

This is a walk though area only

Went to a dance recently held at a school. In the corridor there were A-boards with a curious sign:

A further sign explained that that the corridor wasn't to be used as a social area. Now, I could understand the need for a prohibition like this in a narrow corridor that was getting blocked but this one was about 20 feet wide and hardly anyone was there. I even wondered if the signs were intended for use elsewhere and were misplaced but this wasn't so - this second very poor photo (I only had a very basic camera phone with me) shows a sign that includes an image of the relevant corridor:

It does seem to me to be a bit over the top on social control. Turning to Google, I found an Australian school that has a similar idea in its canteen

Monday, 27 April 2015

Digital Literacy

At the office we recently sent out a load of emails inviting people to a promotional event for a newish charity service. There was a brightly coloured PDF attached with a clickable link leading to an Eventbrite signup page.

About 10% of the successful sign ups came via people emailing me to say they couldn't get the system to work and could I sort if out for them? I just went to Eventbrite and put in their details.

The "audience" for this was people in Local Government, charities and businesses of all sizes. They could all receive and reply to email but for a significant proportion going one step further was a problem.

I'm still not sure where the failure was. Were their systems set up wrong? Or was clicking on an invitation in the place where it said to click too much?

This Internet thing really doesn't work for everyone.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Glass Cellar: Some Data

It's quite easy to find information about the "Glass Ceiling" - the idea that high-paying jobs have very few women in them.

Much less well known is the "Glass Cellar" - where men are disproportionately represented amongst prisoners, unemployed, dangerous jobs, low paid jobs and other undesirable situations. While I was looking for something else, I stumbled on some data about the "cellar"

This shows GDP and earnings for men and women during the recent UK recession and that male earnings declined more and recovered less well than women's.

A possible cause both of the ceiling and the cellar could be that men are on a riskier playing field than women. This still leaves open the question of why men are on the risky (and possibly rewarding) playing field. Does the way they act put them on the "risky" field - or does "society" push them there?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Bridge over the M5 and Maize Fields

Photos taken near Elmstone Hardwick, Glos, UK

Curious signs near the summit
Towards Cleeve Hill


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Cheltenham Odeon dies

The Cheltenham Odeon was born in 1933. Originally, it was a one screen giant but in later years it was split into 7. This week, they are taking it down. There's a photo-history here . For pictures of this Art Deco masterpiece in life see here. Here's my pictures of the half demolished building.

For the proposed, rather bland replacement, see here