Saw it last night. Found myself clapping and tapping my foot without even realising it. The movie is already brilliant but this musical really does justice to the idea. Ping pong balls n all. The bus is spectacular but I think the costumes even beat that. Tony Sheldon is exceptional. While some came along for Jason Donovan and got to see him in aussie bums or the equiv in the very first few minutes before he put on a dress, the rest of the cast probably eclipsed him. A huge bunch of talented people and one of the best sets I’ve seen. The website is great too,they get social media.
Des Bishop is working with the ESB to show how to conserve energy. He’s using his own house as an example on what to do. Not being all clinical about him or anything but Des is an interesting character, big into immersing himself in a situation. Be it learning Irish and showing us all we have nothing to moan about or living in various working class areas with the locals.
Explore the science of taste and aroma, with leading food scientist David Jackson, who will take you on a thrilling journey of taste, smell, physiology, psychology and even touch on Molecular Gastronomy
National College of Ireland have launched a part-time entrepreneurship programme for people made redundant from financial services companies.
Looks like a good initiative: The Last Call project – a play and workshop which will open at Siamsa Tire on Sunday 13th September. The project focuses on prevention of teenage suicide and is aimed at 15 to 18 year olds as well as adults who are parents or who are working with that age group or younger teenagers.
Win a tour of Microsoft’s giant data centre in Dublin. You have to be a Bizspark customer to qualify.
Check out the decrease in ad spend in various forms of media. Everyone except cable takes a kicking, some media forms seem to have been destroyed.
Ran an event with WhoseView.ie yesterday evening (more on that later) in the Casting Couch facilities in Fitzwilliam Square. Bord Gais Energy did their blogger thingymajig event there earlier this year. The staff there were beyond helpful and I’ll definitely be doing more events there and that’s not even taking the good value for money it was for renting the place out.
The event involved food and they have no issues bringing your own grub and booze in, handy kitchenette in there and two rooms with wireless, laptop and the likes there. From running other events, hotels can get snooty when you bring in outside food. The Casting Couch is used for event launches, TV/Movie castings (duh) and other bits and bobs. It’s a nice alternative to a hotel situation. Check it out if you’re doing some events.
Last week at the Nokia World Conference the most talked about and most referenced thing was Twitter. Every talk, every conversation mentioned Twitter. Taxi drivers in between giving out about the Taxi Regulator ask me “what is this Twittering thing?”. The Britney Spears of tech and now general business is what Twitter is now. Beaver shots in a way too.
As a result of Twittermania everyone is creating neologisms some of which are entering everyday language like Tweets and Twitterings and others that are plain (not even barbeque flavoured) stupid like Tweople and Twips. One word that is becoming commonly used though is Twestival. The definition of it is:
A Twestival or Twitter-Festival is a global series of events organized by volunteers around the world under short timescales via Twitter, which brings people offline for a great cause.
Twestivals in the past year have raised something like a million quid for charities. Two now are coming up in Ireland. Galway and Dublin. Tickets for Galway and Dublin are just a tenner. You don’t need to be on twitter to attend.
Galway Twestival is in The House Hotel on 10 September 2009 and is in aid of the Galway Society for the Protection of Animals so they can build a cattery. Galway Twestival needs a good bit of help with sponsors for the event and to help spread word about it.
Dublin Twestival is on September 10th in Krystle Nightclub on Harcourt Street, Dublin at 7pm and is in aid of Barnardos, Ireland’s leading children’s charity. Dublin too would like more sponsors and to spread the word.
Support them if you can and go along as it’ll be a fun night I should think.
Yet another fantastic post from Fred Wilson, this one about characteristics of great companies. I think it equally applies to business people, artists and those who make something big out of life. This I like:
7) Great companies have a global mindset. They treat every person in the world as a potential customer/user.
I’ve written a lot on doing your own press/PR on this blog and more recently on the Mulley Comms blog on building relationships with journalists. If you are confident with your press release then as important is a good press list. I’ve built one up over the years and have shared it with a few people but it always needs updating and fixing. There’s always bounces and when the Irish Times recently changed email address it became a right pain to sort (not really as simple as find and replace when the old addy worked for some still). They also build new lists based on requests from customers.
Media Contact (Disclaimer: They hire me to give talks) are famous for their red book that has the contact details for every media publication in the country, a book I’ve been using for years, well before I started working with Jack in there. They also have a digital version of said book with the MediaContact.ie website. It’s also a full blown press release building and management system, allowing you access to thousands of press contacts in Ireland. The gold of the system is that the details are constantly maintained so you can be sure they’re correct but also the lists they have are segmented. You can send a release to just business journalists, to certain feature writers, to sports only, to TV sports only etc. etc. If you send a good few press releases out per year either on behalf of your company/yourself or for clients then this is worth investing in.
However for smaller companies or those that might just send one press release now and then, they’ve created a “Lite” version of the MediaContact.ie service called Media Express. It’s €150 to send out a press release to 1-5 of their lists (costs more for more lists) though if you use the discount code Twitter you’ll get 50% at the moment. The pricing is good value in my view as consider the time it would take you to compile a proper press list? In these days when companies should be upping their sales, marketing and PR to get more custom, a service like this should be one tool in their Pat Mustard toolbox.