UK Creativity

Lessons From SXSW

Caroline Norbury | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Norbury

I have been to many film festivals but this is my first outing to SXSW. I'm here because there are two films supported by Creative England in the festival.

What Happened When a Four-Year Old Coloured a Duck like a Rainbow

Victoria Leith | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK
Victoria Leith

I wonder now, in my early 40's if much has changed in schools. I know that teachers are over-stretched, under-paid and put under enormous pressures. I know that each individual teacher has their own life story to contend with. I know all of this because I am a teacher!

Your Most Precious and Valuable Resource (And How to Preserve It)

Jamie Smart | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Smart

Your attention is quite possibly the most precious commodity in the world, and everybody's after it. The result of all these calls on our attention is often a busy, over-revved mind, resulting in time poverty, strained relationships and fumbled goals.

Inequality: Let's Get Creative

Thomas Kemp | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Kemp

Inequality is everywhere at the moment. Scarcely a day goes by without a new take on an age-old story. Inevitably, much of this has focused around money - the super rich, multinationals, bonuses, the wage gap, housing, Swiss bank accounts, tax - all have been under the media spotlight in articles that generate anger and jealousy in equal measure.

How Not to Be a Victim of Life: The Clink

Jojo Furnival | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

My waiter, the chefs and all the guys at The Clink HMP Brixton appear to be smart, courteous, well trained and as suited to the job as any restaurant staff I've come across. But more than that, they have an air of hope about them.

What Are We Pouring Into Our Children?

Michelle Holmes | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Holmes

When there is such an emphasis on achieving, regular assessments, bigger class sizes at school with lessons led by overworked teachers dealing with classes of children with increased varying educational needs and staff without adequate support or training, these statistics support my experience of children that are stressed and unable to articulate their feelings.

Basingstoke - The Creative Cut

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

When a woman changes her hairstyle, it is often used as a tool by others whom may wish to offer some amateur undisclosed witterings of therapy. Usually something to pinpoint a change in her dynamic; usually some dramatic and emotional change of lifestyle or a midlife crisis.

People Of Note Take on Samsung's Galaxy Note 4

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has got to be one of the most impressive handheld devices we’ve had across the tech desk on The Huffington Post. So to...

Five Ways Being Creative Will Change Your Life

Anthony Epes | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anthony Epes

I laugh at my son when he says that he can't wait to be a grown up because then he can do what he wants. Darling, I say, if endless washing up and doing your taxes is doing what you want then sure, you'll love it.

My Resolution for 2015: To Sleep (and Dream... and Create)

Dr Richard Graham | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Richard Graham

The digital detox, for as long as it can be tolerated (nerves of steel required), always improves the amount and apparent quality of sleep - even for those who do not believe themselves to be addicted.

New Years Resolution: Take a Break!

Vicky Bullen | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

In our efforts to work efficiently, produce more for less, meet the ever increasing demands of our world, serve our clients and our colleagues well and just fit it all in (I am exhausted writing it!) we were in danger of forgetting some fundamentals.

Michael Rundle

Don't Buy Tech In 2015. Make It.

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Tech

The most fun we had with technology in 2014 was when we made something with our gadgets, not when we reviewed them simply because they existed. Her...

How to Solve 'the NHS Problem', Part Four

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

There is still time for all the parties to invest in original thinking and creative advice at a more upstream level. But not much.

Seven Steps to Improve Your Creative Habits

Chris Smith | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Smith

Having worked with writers for many years and researched creative habits, we found there isn't one magic bullet to make you into a creative powerhouse. In fact there are seven - so here they are, seven ideas to tap into your inner muse and start creating on a regular basis.

The Business of Creativity

Caroline Norbury | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Caroline Norbury

Trust the creativity of people - because that doesn't just build new businesses, it builds stronger communities, and will foster yet more of the creativity that is one of the hallmarks of our country.

Rumours of the Death of London's Soho Have Been Exaggerated

Tom Harvey | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harvey

JoJo's is wending it's way into the memories of Soho just as the likes of Blitz, Gossips, Billy's and the Wag Club have done before it... There is not a conspiracy to destroy Soho, there is instead a powerful belief in its endearing greatness and a desire to build on that and keep it exciting, edgy and relevant.

The Fashionable Student: How to Update Your Look Without Buying Anything

Natalie Turco-Williams | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie Turco-Williams

Along with the cold, rain and wind - the halfway mark of first term also brings with it the somber student loan drought we've all come to hate. You might as well say goodbye to the high street, as the closest you'll actually get to shopping is your breath fogging up the window, as you press your nose up against the glass, drooling over garments you could have owned if you had enough money.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem'

Hugh Salmon | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

As a country, the NHS is the biggest issue we face. If we leave it to the politicians - you know, the people who don't know that invoices for £1.7billion are coming through the door - the NHS could bankrupt us...

Michael Rundle

This Man Wants To Create Instagram For The Soul

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Tech

When Apple unveiled its Watch in September, there were thousands of websites and social networks where you could read updates from the event i...

Why a Cap on Immigration Would Damage our Creative Industries

Neely Reyes | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Politics
Neely Reyes

The whole argument for and against immigration is way too complex for any one person to discuss in a single article but there is one area that I haven't heard people talk about in the debate and that's the creative industries.

Strategic Idleness

Tony Crabbe | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK
Tony Crabbe

Life is full of moments which were always considered 'dead time': the walk to the station or the doctor's waiting room. This dead time may have felt irritating, but it created space in our lives for meditative thinking. The next time life creates an opportunity for dead time, seize it with both hands. Leave your phone in your pocket, the radio off, and allow your idle mind to wander, to experiment and to be brilliant.

Looking to Achieve Certainty in Life? Embrace the Unknown Through Imaginative Meditation

Ceri Matthias | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Matthias

For me, breaking old mind patterns has led me to cut my office days, giving me the time to witness the seasons as they pass, to cook from scratch, to practice my Spanish, begin writing, and meet my boyfriend with whom I'm now buying a home.

Seeing the World a Woman's Way

Tracey Follows | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Follows

Time and again, the creative industries have tried to encourage more women to join but nothing sticks because there are, in all honesty, deep-rooted institutional factors repelling them. Charity has three practical steps she suggests can help:

What Would You Do If Asked to Sing in Front of Your Colleagues?

Helen Astrid | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Astrid

If someone asked you to stand up and sing in front of your colleagues, you might want to hide under your desk and stare at your rubbish bin. I know many people fear speaking in public but singing is even scarier. That is, until you have a go!

Creative Leadership - How to Be Elvis

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Chris Barez-Brown

I'm always fascinated by how people approach their daily working lives so we recently undertook some research of our own, with the help of YouGov, to ...