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LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 71 - Shopping and Sipping in the South

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

On Sunday it's goodbye to the Oval, London, and hello to Montpellier, Languedoc, where Michael, my carpet dealer friend and I picked up a rental car and drove to Avignon.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 65 - Silence

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Last Thursday night the drain burst outside the Oval tube station, in the Clapham Road, where I live. That most disturbing partnership of the words 'raw' and 'sewage' came into play as the road and its neighbours were awash to above waist height.

University Students Make History With West-End Debut

Abigail Poulton | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abigail Poulton

London College of Music, final year Musical Theatre students, attempt their biggest feat yet; staging a brand new musical in the heart of the West-End. 'Bel-Ami, by Alex Loveless, opens this evening at the Charing Cross Theatre. I can already sense the growing nerves as the Dress-run ends and the performers begin to prepare for their world premiere.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 63 - A Martini and Masterpiece

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

Allegedly the original Martini was made from Plymouth gin, and the cocktail is basically a way of drinking ice cold neat gin with a dash of something to soften the intensity. But that celebratory post-prohibition alcohol-fest belies the sophistication of a well-mixed Martini.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 62 - Three Lunches and Water Everywere

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

In London work carries on as semi-normal. Certainly the profound and crucial ritual of lunch continues unabated.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 59 - Westward by Road

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Back behind the wheel, with my trusty giant Twix nestling in my glove compartment, ready to grant me the benison of its exquisite chocolate, caramel and biscuit melange when a sugar crisis raises its head. Even now, as I guzzle the chocolate stick I cannot resist pretending I am smoking a cigar, something I have never done in real life!

Is This How To Find The Perfect Wedding Venue?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As Blue Monday rolls around to remind everyone just how miserable we're supposed to feel, perhaps the love story of a Manchester couple will cheer you...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 55 - Christmas Parties

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

It is often said of me that I wear a number of different hats when it comes to earning a living. Though the hat swapping can be sometimes confusing to others, and even to myself, in that I never quite know which one I am wearing at any given moment, it does have some advantages.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 53 - Paris and a Prayer

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday and I am on the train to Paris. Not that the early part of the week was dull in London. In fact, far from it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 52 - The Cycle of Life

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Six cyclists have been killed on the London roads in the last fortnight. He has been cycling in London on a bike with no brakes for eight years. He observes no irony. He gave up skid braking after his knees began to fail, and developed his patent Doc Martin brakes.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 49 - Road trip to Namur

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

You have got to love a road trip. The car, the road, the intense conversations, and people sleeping while you drive. There is a wonderful sense of pastoral care as you drive in darkness and all the other occupants are sound asleep. I don't know why, but I love it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 48 - An Auction House 'After Hours'

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Banksy is all the rage in NY at the moment as he has blazed through the city graffittying hither and thither and stirring up a hornet's nest of opinion about what art is. The outgoing Mayor has ultimately spoken that all graffiti should be removed, but Banksy's celebrity means that people are trying to preserve the work. Complex indeed.

Google Analytics Is on Its Way Out

Melissa Davis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

At present, most of these keywords are made freely available with only a few listed as 'not provided'. However, Google is about to encrypt all keyword search data, which means that the number of 'not provided' keywords appearing in Google Analytics is soon going to be at 100%.

Is Pinterest for Lawyers?

Melissa Davis | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

As the legal sector doesn't have products to pin pictures of, why not use people instead? Images of staff going about their daily lives, internal meetings, or even interactions at the coffee machine can help provide a more accessible public face for a firm.

Are You a Toilet Tweeter?

Melissa Davis | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

If you've ever got to that point with social media where you feel like its hold over your life might be getting a little bit out of control then fear not as it would seem that you're not the only one.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 42 - Wish Tree

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

As you leave Uppark there is a 'wish tree'. We were all sorely tempted to put up a wish for scholarship rather than 'amusing' tea towels and branded chocolate.

How to Prevent Social Media Hacking - And Damage Limitation

Melissa Davis | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

Last night I received a direct message on twitter from a follower. It suggested I might want to know about a photo of me that was circulating the net. As a long time twitter user I have seen this before, and far from me getting excited or worried, I just pressed the delete button and emailed the follower to let them know their account had been hacked.

Do You Really Know How Google Searches for Your Website?

Melissa Davis | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

Perhaps the biggest shift that any organisation needs to make when it comes to getting to grips with the new Google is the shift in attitude. It is no longer a case of trying to 'trick' or 'manipulate' search engines with clever SEO techniques.

How To Use YouTube in Business

Melissa Davis | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

You might have been under the impression that YouTube was solely for the purpose of posting videos of the Harlem Shake... However, it has begun to emerge as an important part of the marketing platform for many businesses.

How Not to Do Social Media

Melissa Davis | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Tech
Melissa Davis

The use of social media in business - and especially in law - is relatively new and, as a result, it remains a fairly unpredictable beast. As its efficacy effectively depends on the reactions of millions of different users it is a difficult thing to get right in terms of predicting how to build a profile, gain a following and even how to achieve that Holy Grail of having something 'go viral.'

Roaming Scribe: A North Cape Adventure

Lynn Houghton | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lynn Houghton

This far North, there will only be two months of summer before the days start to shorten and wind and cold return. In fact, I find it hard to believe the snow only fully melted two weeks ago. In the winter there is three months of total darkness, the Polar Night, when the Northern Lights are most prominent.

Don't Put Me in a Box

Charlie O'Brien | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie O'Brien

I'm completely used to people (usually men) assuming that I am a bimbo because I have blonde hair. Can I not have blonde hair AND a 1st Class Degree? Is it not possible that I may enjoy watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians AND Panorama?

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 30 - From the Rhine to the Danube

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I know don't what comes over me but there is a certain kamikaze spirit that drives one to oblivion. I knew that I had an early flight on Thursday morn...

Caterham F1 Right-Size Their Expectations for 2013

Todd McCandless | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Expectations are always difficult things. Whether it is in your job, at home or on the track. Teams often feel positive about their chances and the results they'd like to see from their hard work and to those ends, they tend to offer positive thoughts regarding their expected results.

In Pursuit of the Perfect Flat-White, in Montreal

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

On my recent visit to Montreal, I decided to try out as many coffee shops as possible within two days (not an easy feat!) to produce a 'starter' guide to coffee in Montreal.