Meeting @nancybaym in Berlin

I first met Nancy Baym on Twitter, and now we’re also friends on Facebook. We’ve talked via email about a couple of things as well. She’s a professor in the US and we have some mutual friends in common, many of whom one or both of us have never...

Don Letts is half right

There’s a piece in the Guardian in which DJ and film-maker Don Letts dispenses a few observations about culture and society. There’s one line in it that some friends of mine on Twitter (professional musicians and DJs, as it happens) have seized upon and...

Open letter to café owners

We’ve recently moved into a new neighbourhood, and I’ve been checking out the local spots. I love the record store here (apparently there’s a better website on the way) – and our local pub is a fantastic venue for all sorts of great live gigs...

My first movie premiere

Jez introduces his film My friend and colleague Jez (of Dubber and Jez fame) produced a documentary film about music heritage in Birmingham. It’s called Made In Birmingham: Reggae, Punk, Bhangra. Today was the private invitation-only premiere of that film at the...