In this blog last year I challenged the commercial radio industry to ensure that one of their number was among the list of nominees for the BPG Radio Awards in 2014. I am delighted to say that for the first time in many, many years there is a commercial nominee included among some wonderful nominees from the BBC...
The free flow of ideas is essential to innovation. The UK is more motivated than ever to encourage US tech innovators to break out of traditional silos and create opportunities on both sides of the ocean. In doing this, the UK tech scene has become a recognised facilitator of new technology, economic prosperity and job creation.
As the more foolish among us head up to the Edinburgh Fringe this week, I've been contemplating that age-old question; what is the Spirit of the Fringe? Perhaps a good starting point is to look at the past winners of the Panel Prize (often informally referred to as "the Spirit of the Fringe award").
One thing that intrigued me was that it seemed that 99% of all music videos submitted, seemed to come straight from Jamaica, such is the passion of Ugandans brought up on dancehall music. With full patois accents and dancehall dance moves, it was like judging a Caribbean set of acts, as opposed to African. It reminded me of the early UK urban music scene.
For football fans of a certain age who were brought up believing FA Cup Final day to be the height of human existence, it wasn't just about the game, it was about the 'build-up'... The same can be said for award ceremonies. The Oscars are the epitome of the build-up, and also the build-down. The chat, the TV shows, the red carpet and the event itself.
Lets face it we all know someone who deserves the Queens honours, doing great work, and making a difference, nominate them now, especially if they are from one of the under represented groups.
In an ideal world, men and women would be judged by the same standards and would have equal access to prize, as well as to having their work published, exhibited, performed, etc., and to receiving grants, and so forth. Unfortunately, Polly Courtney seems to have forgotten that we don't live in an ideal world.
Sitting in the launderette reading a copy of last week's TV Guide, I contemplated my upcoming BAFTA attendance. More specifically, I'd just worked out that by the time I'd stuck my smalls in the dryer and lugged them all the way home down Balham High Road I would have just under one hour to prepare.
I think it is true that the current economic climate poses challenges that are very different to those faced by the school and university leavers of previous generations. There might not be a queue of companies waiting to give graduates a job, but there are plenty of young people out there with the drive, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit to help themselves.