What makes up a school logo? Matt Edgar dissects his children’s new school badge, at least they didn’t use comic sans is all we can say. Matt Edgar kicked off Secret Arts Bettakultcha at Wharf Chambers.
Lewis King takes us into the deep recesses of his sleeping mind. And it’s quite a mind, all drawn with his own hand. It’s very strange place in Lewis’ dreams. To help you keep up with Lewis, if that’s possible, we’ve added all his slides below.
Lighting a fire is great, there’s nothing like the seeing the flames lick away at an old wardrobe, or those boxes you kept in the shed for ages. Richard loves a good fire, in a safe way of course, as he says he’s not an arsonist.
This had me thinking about the nature of online reviews and that it might make for a fun Bettakultcha talk.
I have done a number of Bettakultcha talks, probably my least successful was when I attempted a mathematical proof in the allotted five minutes and over-stretched myself somewhat. It took a bit of criticism on Facebook with one guy calling it ‘baffling’ and when Ivor interviewed me for the Bettakultcha podcast he described it as ‘a bit dull’. At least it meant I had an opening slide for this talk.
It is true that everyone is a critic now and those opinions are recorded for all to see. And it amazes me how willing people are to leave reviews no matter how pointless. When I wrote the slides ‘Gone Girl’ had 37,066 reviews on amazon.com, today it has 39,913 and it will have undoubtedly have more by the time you read this – http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Gillian-Flynn/dp/0307588378/. The world doesn’t need any more reviews of Gone Girl!
‘The lyrics are trite and the music is awful and wishy washy. Avoid this.’ to quote just one fabulous reviewer.
The internet is full of movie posters ‘improved’ by adding one-star reviews, it was difficult to choose just two for my talk. This webpage alone has loads that are excellent – http://cheezburger.com/243461
Possibly my favourite discovery of my research for the talk was the fact that The Bluebird Hotel, a hotel that has a review of TripAdvisor with the title ‘There was poo in the kettle’, was rated 21st out of 25 in Newcastle B&Bs… imagine how bad those other four must be. Some of the reviews on TripAdvisor are so hilarious that this tumblr site could keep me entertained for hours – http://tripadvisaargh.tumblr.com/
So I leave you with one plea, if you don’t like my talk – please keep it to yourself!