Thursday, 30 September 2010

A book a week in 2010: 'The Dirt' by Motley Crue

Oh Lordy.

I was warned about this book. It was a title I selected at the Skillset Book Swap.

"You're not, er, squeamish are you?" my colleague asked with trepidation.

Now I understand why.

If, like me, you aren't into mega-permed, tattooed rockers in black leather, eye-liner and high heels (can you *feel* my derision there?) then you too will only know Motley Crue as the band that Tommy-Lee-who-married-Pamela-Anderson is in. This is their collaborative group biography, and then some. It's a roller coaster ride: covering their dysfunctional childhoods, crazy teenage years, and totally bonkers adult lives.

Hold on to your hats. And your trousers. And pants. Oh, and keep an eye on any booze or pharmaceuticals you've got lying around the place. And for God's sake, don't invite your sister and her friends around.

Hilarious. Entertaining. Offensive. Most definitely NOT for the squeamish.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Roll up, roll up... last chance to play your part in shaping the skills agenda for publishing

This post is lifted from the Skillset blog. But it's OK, 'cos I wrote it, so it's not plagiarising or anything...

You may have heard that Skillset is running a skills and training needs survey for people working in the creative media industries.

Common knowledge for many of you I know. What you might not realise is that this is the first time Publishing has been included in Skillset’s formal research programme.

As the Publishing Sector Manager (and being a bit of a swot) I’m keen we get a good response. So I’m asking a favour.

If you are employed or work as a freelancer in any publishing sector,* at any level, will you:
  1. complete the online survey yourself (if you haven’t already) and

  2. forward the link on to at least 5 of your publishing friends and colleagues to ask them (nicely) to do the same?

Aside from the warm glow you’ll get from satisfying my schoolgirl swottishness, all the information provided will help us to make sure publishing people can access the right training in the future.

It takes about 15 minutes to complete and runs to the end of Thursday so hurry and do it while you can! The link is here:

The legal bit: responses are anonymous and non-attributable, so conform to data protection legislation.

The technical bit: some people have had problems using Internet Explorer 6 so help can be found here:

Thanks a million. I owe you a drink. Or two. Depending on how many people you get to complete the survey.

(*books, business media, databases, directories, journals, magazines, news agencies, newspapers, in print, online, mobile… you get the picture)