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Some of this will be old hat to some of you, but I've just finished running our regular 'What can you learn in 15 minutes' day - this one about Web 2.0.

It's a pretty simple format. Get 10 or so presenters, and ask them to talk about one thing for 10 minutes - it's kind of like the 'Pecha Kucha' concept, only because we're actually trying to teach rather than just perform, we don't make people use PowerPoint, and we don't make them auto forward their slides.

The aim is more to inspire and inform than to teach, but there's a whole heap of penumbra stuff going on as well to do with promoting ourselves as a service.

Anyway, today we were streaming the presentations live, so people who couldn't make it to the hall could watch them. As well as the committee of the conference I gave a paper to last year on running sessions like this, there were several of the people in the Library school here watching too. As one of our presenters was talking about Twitter, I thought that I really should Tweet something about it. So I took a photo, uploaded it, and gave it the #ucl hashtag.

When I searched for the hashtag, I found the tweets that the library school were publishing. So I started talking to them, answering questions, getting feedback from the people on the live feed and passing it to the presenters. It _really_ opened up the day for me - put another layer of value onto what we were doing.

And while I was watching one of the presentations, I was sorting out a meeting with the people from the library school about running a similar sort of day but with much wider participation from academics across the University.

So - twitter - not just for twits!


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A friend works for the Leonard Cheshire charity, and they're running an event, so I said I'd pass on details in case anyone on my friend's list is interested:

A Christmas Sparkler to beat the credit crunch blues!
Tickets are available from as little as £10 for this dazzling gala concert in aid of Leonard Cheshire Disability. A Christmas Sparkler promises an evening of music, carols and celebrity performances at the Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, London on Thursday 11 December. To book tickets click here: Southbank Centre website or call 0871 663 2500.
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So, it's over.

It went well, I think; certainly the people I spoke to last night seemed to be having a great time, and from our perspective, it was a resounding success.

Thank you so much to those of you who braved a very wet and windy November night to come out and support us; I hope you had a good time. It was so lovely to see so many friendly faces there.

I may calm down in a week or so. But possibly not.

There will be other Flay and DeVille events, and I will be inviting you to them, oh yes.
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Metaphorically speaking, at least.

So, tonight's the night - the Flay and DeVille Circus of Marvels opens for its first show.

I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop all weekend; making lists, cutting up programmes, printing feedback cards; trying desperately to remember what it is that I've forgotten to do.

That's normal, though. I don't think I've ever run an event that I've cared about without getting the pre-curtain jitters, and I don't even get up on stage!

But, as I've said elsewhere, if you're not nervous, you're probably not doing it right.

See some of you later, see some of you soon.

Catch you on the flip-side.
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Preparations continue apace for the event that may well redefine Monday as the new Friday (or at least the extra-long Sunday ....)!

We're opening our reserve list today - if you'd like us to hold a ticket or two for you to collect and pay for at the box office, please email info@irrepressible-events.com, giving us your name and the number of tickets you'd like us to hold for you. Please be aware that doors open at 8pm on the 10th November at Madame JoJos, and that reserve tickets must be collected by 8.30pm - after that point, we cannot hold them for you any longer.

Or, of course, you can buy a ticket in advance using PayPal if that's easier - details here

(And if you have no idea what I'm talking about - check out the website and come see!)


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Hi all,

as I've mentioned to some of you, myself and some friends are putting on a cabaret night at Madame JoJo's in Soho on Monday 10th November.

It's £10 for the show, which covers cabaret from 9pm - 11.30 and music before and afterwards until 2am.

I know it's a Monday evening, but it would be lovely to see you there if possible.

There are more details on our website at http://www.irrepressible-events.com/ including a link to Paypal if you want to buy tickets.


John (who is neither Flay nor DeVille.)

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