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About the Difference Engine

Sharing the slides from the Talk on The Difference Engine given at Reading Geek Night last night:

Applications should be made via the website: by 23 July, 2010

Who funds it?

This times programme is funded and supported by a variety of organisations including One North East, Middlesborough and Sunderland City Councils.

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Shrove Tuesday Shannanigans

Claire Thompson, freelance PR consultant, Waves PR

OK - I know it's clip art, but it fits :-)

I was about to say ‘how could a simple religious tradition cause so many problems?’ Then I thought about it, and realised the error of my ways.

So: who’d have thought a fun pancake race could be such a hotbed of gossip and foul play?

Vocal tweeters queued to reveal the dark side of the annual frivolity:

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News: Reading Twitter festival set to benefit local charity


Local users of social networking website Twitter have come together to organise a ‘Twestival’ in aid of a local charity supporting bereaved children, gaining support from many local businesses in the process.

Reading, Berkshire 3/9/09 — On Thursday 10th September, local Twitter users will gather at MIX bar, Reading, for a charity festival designed to raise money for local charity Daisy’s Dream.

The event, described as “a ‘tweet-up’ with a social conscience” aimed at supporting local charities both by fundraising and increasing local awareness. This is one of many local ‘Twestivals’ – volunteer-run, fundraising events for people who know each other through the social networking website Twitter. This event is one of 155 such events happening around the globe.

The Reading Twestival is supporting local charity Daisy’s Dream, who offer advice and support for children, young people and their families, both facing and following bereavement. The event has received much support from local business, with Reading based web-hosting company DediPower providing gold level sponsorshDedipower_Logoip for the event.

DediPower’s CEO Craig Martin said “I’m delighted that DediPower are sponsoring Reading Twestival and helping Daisy’s Dream with their invaluable work with bereaved children”. Many other local businesses are contributing to the event by providing raffle prizes and support on the night.

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Buses Mean Suffering to be Green

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Claire Thompson, Waves PR

Bank holiday Monday. Maybe not spent working, but have found the time to blog. And, in what’s becoming a bit of a tradition, Mondays are eco.

Unusually, I have three topics front of mind.  If I commit two we’re doing well!

The first is the parlous state of our bus system.

There has never been a better time for bus companies to clean up. As families economise and run single cars, and eco (even the dirty green variety) becomes chic, the buses stand to be the big winners. If I catch a bus into Reading, I save on parking hassles, expense and can even have a drink.

The reality, however, is that there is only one reason that any sane person would use a bus: that they have no choice. At least, that’s assuming that the performance of Reading Buses is standard throughout the UK.

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