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Hong Kong in six hours

In Kipp Report, Published journalism, Travel on February 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

A Kipp travel tip to seeing the city from above

Originally published on Kipp Report, August 2009

If you find yourself, as Kipp did recently, with some time to spare in the South East Asian travel hub that is Hong Kong airport, why not get out and see a little of the city? More specifically, why not head up to the Peak (it’s also called Victoria Peak, but everyone drops the first name) and see a lot of the city, from above? Kipp decided to do just that, and here’s what we found: Read the rest of this entry »

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Cairo – a travel article

In Kipp Report, Published journalism, Travel on February 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

From world heritage sites, to some of the region’s most insistent tourist touts… welcome to Cairo.

Originally published on Kipp Report, January 2010

“I don’t know what you are looking for, but I have exactly what you want,” is the cry of tourist-tat touts in Cairo’s Khan Al Khalili bazaar. The spiel has a nice ring to it, but crudely carved scarab paperweights, papyrus scrolls and Pyramid ashtrays are not exactly what I want. What I’m after on this short trip is a snapshot of the bustle and history of Egypt’s capital city. And there are plenty of people waiting to tell me what I want. Read the rest of this entry »

Why the Huffington Post is like a mullet

In Digital, Journalism, Media on February 10, 2011 at 12:26 am

This, below, from The New Yorker,  from 2008. It’s a nice description. I wonder whether AOL will keep the business-up-front-party-behind strategy going now it’s bought HuffPo.

 

The Huffington Post’s editorial processes are based on what Peretti has named the “mullet strategy.” (“Business up front, party in the back” is how his trend-spotting site BuzzFeed glosses it.) “User-generated content is all the rage, but most of it totally sucks,” Peretti says. The mullet strategy invites users to “argue and vent on the secondary pages, but professional editors keep the front page looking sharp. The mullet strategy is here to stay, because the best way for Web companies to increase traffic is to let users have control, but the best way to sell advertising is a slick, pretty front page where corporate sponsors can admire their brands.”

via Arianna Huffington and the death of newspapers : The New Yorker.

Living on the sledge

In Video on February 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

A couple of days before Christmas (2010), I went sledging in the Braid Valley in Edinburgh with my brothers, Joe and Pete. We videoed the trip. Now, using all my Final Cut skills (which are at toddler level still), I’ve edited the video together, complete with a soundtrack. YouTube tells me it’s not available in Germany. Damn you, Harry Connick, Jr.