I have been selected to be one of the People of Leeds. I think it is an idea that was started in Sweden, where a different person each week takes over a twitter feed and tells the world – or at least the followers of that feed – about their location; their Leeds. Their Leeds? Going away from the city – to a favoured city like Rome – has made me think; how can I get more from MY Leeds? The plan is to tweet my way around parts of Leeds that I’m not necessarily familiar with, whilst highlighting the parts I enjoy the most. There is the obvious risk that it could end up as nothing more than an exercise in free advertising, though
Amy reads the Daily Mail. My dad reads the Daily Mail. You, the reader, may have sent me a link to the Daily Mail’s website. You all do it for different reasons. Amy is that new wave of Daily Mail reader, who only picks out the online content about celebrities, fashion – Femail life stories of interest to female readers. The sort of articles that feature real life issues or reality TV, pop and film stars. What they are up to – why they may seem relevant to “our” lives. My dad reads the Daily Mail in its physical form. He likes the puzzle section. The Sudoku – the word games. Seeing as he works in a racially diverse environment – the fruit trade –
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Quick pop quiz time – where does that line appear in the bible? No checking through google. Come on class. Hurry up. Yes you, Fetherstonhaugh. Come on, boy. Speak up. Yes, that’s right. Matthew 4:19. I don’t expect many to get that. Nor to know that it is from the King James Bible. The reason I’ve put it at the top of this post is to highlight a reason why someone may choose to follow another. To decide that what that person is saying, is worth paying attention to. I must inform the reader that the idea of this post was formulated, as most are, under the influence of alcohol.
I love a debate. The kind of debate I love the most is one born out of a campaign. Where a movement looks to change the way something is perceived and tries to generate interest through an impassioned stance. The latest movement to spark my interest (antagonistic nature?) came in the form of a twitter campaign to get the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen programme to showcase more beer matches with their food; rather than relying solely on wine as the “perfect” partner. The campaign appears to have started with a conversation, produced a complaint to Ofcom, and gathered a pace on twitter with general back slapping and encouragement – before finally taking over a hashtag for people to join in with the movement. And they did.
A guest post written for the football website, In Bed With Maradona, on the growing complexities within the game – and a modern reliance on data to formulate a view on how players perform. Football. Previously a simple game