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HTLGI2014 Breakfast with Jasper Fforde

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 1, 2014  ·  Thinking events

The last day of the festival and I had to grab a quick breakfast.  I thanked my hosts at The Cammarch Hotel for yet another good stay and did a high speed dash down the Wye Valley to make breakfast with Jasper Fforde.   I bought his first book in Sydney simply for the idea of Jurisfiction and I have kept up with everything he had read ever since.  Aside from my love of his imagination there are a few other connections.  A lot of his books are situated in and around North Wiltshire, my son was a contemporary of his son at St John's...

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HTLGI2013 The Devil’s Work

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 28, 2013  ·  Thinking events

Michael Foley again (Lord preserve us) but better this time when he had to interact rather than preach.  We also had Godfrey Barker who has a charming belief in British values that does not match reality but some very interesting things to say about Golden Ages and how we live in them and what happens later (spoiler alert its bad).  The real star here was Frank Field who is a deep thinker and connected to the reality of the constituents he represents.  He makes the valid point that the Labour Party is no longer a mass party, but a...

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HTLGI2013 Extraordinary?

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 28, 2013  ·  Thinking events

I got the wrong Micael Foley when I booked this.  I thought I was getting the historian not a former IT lecturer at a Polytechnic turned University who wants to talk praising the ordinary and made too many jokes about sex with minors for my taste - they were clearly jokes but ...   Either way he is selling some books by not saying anything of substance, but saying it well with a lovely irish accent.  I wonder if he really takes his ideas seriously or if he has just caught onto something that sells.  I do know his references to...

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HTLGI2013 About Time

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 28, 2013  ·  Thinking events

After the quacking of the last session this was a delight.  Alexandra Paulin-Booth a PhD candidate at Oxford talking about the neglect of time in academic history.  Just a lovely idea and really well illustrated.   OK her presentation was driven by an obvious liking for anarchists but it was a refreshing presentation.   I asked her if she had read the anthropological literature on time and ended up giving her some references.  People get stuck in silos so easily when they do PhDs, but here we had someone prepared to explore them.  I...

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HTLGI2013 Quack Policy

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 28, 2013  ·  Thinking events

J B White was billed as a Philosopher turned management consultant (one of several with a book to sell at this event) but his session was more pop science than anything else.  He was making the legitimate point that a lot of what is called evidence in government is nonsense but there are a lot better targets that the unit price of alcohol.  The one good thing he brought out was the substitution issue, but his wider argument of the right to enjoy was based on a primitive concept of exchange and rational decision making which to be...

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