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Nostalgia is memory without.

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watching radio

April 12, 2013

Some of the most compelling television I have watched in recent years has been radio… And if that’s not scenic enough for you, I don’t know what is.

Stay with me.

Radio visualisation is everywhere now. From Radio 1 to Five Live to the Today programme, cameras in radio studios now mean that we can regularly drop in online and see the faces that go with the voices.

What makes it so compelling to me is that radio is a fantastic communication medium. It is all about storytelling, conversations and music. It’s always acutely aware of it’s audience. Radio talks to you. The cameras merely offer us a glimpse behind the scenes, while radio carries on doing what it does.

Unlike television, radio talks to us while we can get on with other things. Television and video demand our full attention. We can have news or music TV on in the background for the sound, but we have to stop what we are doing to watch it. With radio you can engage in the story or the conversation while driving the car, doing the washing up or browsing the web.

Can this be a pointer towards more effective virtual or digital events?

We replicated some simple, but key elements of radio and used them as an experiment during a virtual event and guess what? It transformed the experience. It was immediately more engaging and focussed. It started speaking to the audience. Watching video on a computer is often a very different experience than sitting down to watch television. There are a lot of distractions. To make virtual events really work we need to look at them differently. Radio may well give us a clue or two.

Een brug is een stukje weg waar de weg weg is.

(Dutch saying, popular with engineers. Translation: “A bridge is a stretch of road where the road is gone”. It loses a bit on the way…)

Alan Partridge interviewing a Formula One racing driver asks: “What’s your favorite motorway?”


As a sort of tribute, I’ll add some of my favorite motorways and other routes as time goes by.

Everything is essentially the same size. Some things are just further away.

what is this?

March 21, 2013

scenic thoughts, observations and journeys for the purpose of sharing a passion and (let’s be honest) shameless self promotion

I am not entirely sure what this is going to become, but we’ll see as we go along. I’ll start with stories from years gone by, recent routes travelled, ideas and new thoughts around work, life and home renovation.

The stuff that keeps me occupied most of the time. I sometimes even call it work.

Hopefully, Scenic Routes will be a growing collections of journey snippets. A scrapbook of my attempts to make sense of life, I guess.

the plunge

March 21, 2013

You have to start somewhere. And to do that, there has to be a first time. So I guess this is it.


Plunge taken.


Swimming is the only option.