Stonewall and Julie Bindal Upset Trans Community

I am late with this one, I know.

I met Ruth whilst coming back from Bicester Village, where I was interviewing men about shopping. Ruth is part of the Trans Community,  and was on her way to a demonstration march in London against Stonewalls decision to nominate Julie Bindal for an award.

I certainly learned a lot interviewing Ruth, when it comes to issues and definitions of gender and sexuality,  it is a complicated affair it seems.

I really must find out how the march went and if Julie Bindal, did indeed win.

Ruth Pearce

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Halloween Lantern

Tuttle in Birmingham

Originally from Brum I am pleased to see that my hometown has an up and running Tuttle Club all of its own. I attend the London Tuttle Club every other week, but shall combine a trip home to visit my parents with a visit to the Birmingham lot.

Martin The Money Making Expert Maven

True to form being a few years behind everyone else, I am finally reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. If you too are a few years behind like me, The Tipping Point is an international bestseller that “explains and analyzes the ‘tipping point’, that magical moment when ideas, trends and social behaviours cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire.”

I was struck by the description of a Maven. For a full breakdown of a what a Maven is like I suggest you read the book, but in short a Maven “is a person who has information on a lot of different products or prices or places. This person likes to initiate discussions with consumers and respond to requests”. I thought about Martin Lewis the Money Making Expert. If ever there was a man who fit the description it is him. Having seen him on TV I have often wondered if he is for real and now I know he is.

Stories Not Presentations

“Stories have enormous power in terms of recall. If you look at statistics, or at PowerPoint, or at documents, what you discover from all the research is that there is almost no recall. What will be remembered are a few compelling stories that you share with your organization and with your team. And those will guide them when they are far away from you – which, by the way, is much of the day.”

— Professor Jay Conger

Silver Nitrate

I have been burned with a silver nitrate stick today and in pain.

IV: David Lynch

So I have just realised the limitations of wordpress.com whereby I cannot embed the video only a picture link to it. Anyhow, this is an interview I did for http://www.friction.tv when I worked for them last year. I made a million phone calls before he agreed to see me and staked out the Sanderson Hotel in London for four hours until he finally agreed to an interview. He is one of the quirkiest men I have ever met. Anyhow, here is the man who gave us some of the most disturbing violent images in film making talking about innner peace.