Posts Tagged ‘Boring’

Earlier this year I attended Boring IX, a conference dedicated to the “celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked”. As ever the day was anything but boring, with my personal highlight being the talk from Joyce Smith. Joyce spoke about her love of box certificates, the circular stamps that contain essential shipping […]


If you’ve missed the first three volumes of Speechification then further context can be found elsewhere, specifically here (for Volume #1), here (for Volume #2) and here (for Volume #3). The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths First up is five pieces of radio rather than one (principally because I haven’t had the time to work out how […]


A few years ago there was a corner of the world wide web called Speechification. According to those behind Speechification, it was “A blog of Radio 4. Not about Radio 4 but of it. We point to the bits we like, the bits you might have missed, the bits that someone might have sneakily recorded. And other […]


Prior to Mackenzie Crook’s Detectorists going out on BBC4 the National Council for Metal Detecting (no me neither) came out fighting, with the Council’s general secretary, Trevor Austin, stating that “They approached us but we didn’t want to get involved in a comedy which would belittle detecting and make detectors look anorakish.” He went on, […]


Boring IV

01Jun14

So given that Boring was born as a response to the cancellation of the 2010 Interesting Conference it was good to see it relocate to the lovely Conway Hall, owned and operated by the Conway Hall Ethical Society. I think I must have missed last years event so it was great to be returning to this […]


One of the joys of events like Boring is that it rumbles around your head for an age after and as it does so more and more stuff appears for further consideration and investigation. On the day Leila Johnston talked on the subject of the film About A Boy, on one hand about the fact […]


I missed Interesting earlier in the year because Mrs Weir and I were being alarmed by high sided verges in Devon, so I was inordinately pleased to be able to make it to Boring on Saturday. If you are unaware of the joys of Boring then let me refer you to the words of Mr […]