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The Hobbit: Now You’re Tolkien

If you were Peter Jackson, would you want to stop making Lord of the Rings movies?

I expect not. Which is one reason why the first Hobbit movie took us only to the end of Chapter 6, and the second takes us only to the end of Chapter 13.

In the book – spoilers follow, should you not yet have read it – Continue reading

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School Dinners? Dog’s Breakfast

Argyll and Bute council have formally responded to the stushie over the Never Seconds blog.

Before we move on to their response, let’s consider a thoughtful and informed reaction to the ban on VEG taking photos of her lunch and posting them on her blog, by professional photographer Paul Clarke.

Paul Clarke wrote:

Quite sensibly, many non-public locations carry with them restrictions on photography. I very much imagine that schools fall into this category (let’s do the full public/private/who-paid-for-it space analysis another day, hey?). If I, as a photographer – even one visiting my kids – walked in during a normal school day and started firing off shots, even if they weren’t of children, I’d be very likely to be hauled up for it.

And I think that’s ok. A general presumption that “everywhere is ok for a photo” might satisfy some people’s urges for blanket transparency, but there’s no doubt that it would change the character of some spaces that we’d previously thought of as “reserved” in some way. (School as a “child reserve” – there’s a thought.)

He’s quite right. A primary school should have stringent guidelines about photographs being taken. Continue reading

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