Recent posts in my The Observer Category

January 14, 2013

To the memory hole with Julie Burchill!

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July 29, 2012

“Keeping the Torch Burning” - editing an Olympics book for the Guardian

With barely 3-and-a-half days to go to the opening ceremony, I finally finished editing a book about protest, terror and dissent at the Olympics Games for the Guardian. It is based on a series of blog posts I wrote in the run-up to Beijing in 2008, supplemented with a generous delve into the Guardian’s archive of over a hundred years of reporting the Olympics. As has become the custom, here is the “DVD extra behind-the-scenes editor’s commentary” on putting the book together.

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February 19, 2012

Bad websites ruin the internet, not “Graphic designers”

I had quite a rude awakening from Twitter on Sunday morning when someone contacted me about John Naughton’s Observer column: “Graphic designers are ruining the web”. The users in the comments have done most of my blogging for me...

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January 18, 2012

“Steam multiplied muscle, but computers multiply thought” - Sinclair digital literacy rallying cry from 1983

A 1983 advert for Sinclair Computers still rings true as a rallying cry for digital literacy in our schools.

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October 12, 2011

Reaction to the Guardian’s Facebook app

It is just over twenty days since we released the Guardian Facebook app. I’ve been engaged with a lot of conversations with people about it on Twitter over the last couple of weeks, and I thought I might put down a few thoughts on the app, and some of the reaction to it.

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February 23, 2010

Reader's comments about The Observer relaunch

"Well you seem to have made a lot of people extremely unhappy" - a look through some of the comments left on Observer editor John Mulholland's blog post about the recent redesign of the Sunday print edition of the paper.

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February 22, 2010

The Observer relaunch - my first impressions

The Observer relaunched at the weekend with a new magazine and 'The New Review'. Here are some of the things that caught my eye in the new format.

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August 27, 2009

"And on the seventh day..." - Sunday newspaper branding highlighted at Summer Sundae

The goodie bag we were given at the Summer Sundae festival, featuring The Observer newspaper but Guardian branded merchandise, reminded me how odd I find the historic commandment that on the seventh day, newspapers shall be known by a different name.

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