YOU’RE ‘AVIN’ A LARF?
BlackpoolCIC was approached by a charitable organisation looking to make a rapid impact on a rather peculiar target market in order to highlight and raise funds for the 10th Anniversary of Iraq. Even stranger is the central feature of their requirement - the capture and claim on ownership of Saddam’s Arse.
The Story Unfolds
A former SAS hero has failed to sell his unique souvenir from his time in Iraq; Saddam Hussein's bronze buttock. Billed as a unique war art relic, the chunk of metal was brought back to Britain from Iraq by Nigel "Spud" Ely after US Marines pulled down the statue of Saddam in April 2003. Mr Ely, who was working with a TV crew covering the fall of Baghdad, used a hammer and a crowbar to remove the buttock and paid a £385 excess baggage charge to fly the memento back to London. It was expected to raise thousands of pounds when auctioned off this afternoon, but despite a top bid of £21,000, Mr Ely wants to hold out for more - and has put a reserve estimate on the artefact of a quarter of a million pounds!
obtv: on-blackpool.tv (Mediacore)
Our brand new look
Technology brings new ways to learn, work & play
This is on-blackpool.tv, a new venture johnarudkin.net is a founding partner in. Under the newly formed Blackpool CIC (Community Interest Company), we are exploring the medium of web-based TV to bring new and, we hope, relevant content to the Fylde Coast, and shared with anyone who wants to experience it.
This is just one of the many ways johnarudkin.net is serving it’s customers.
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Removing the limitations - ask the right questions
……• If you are a public sector ICT organisation, WHY should you place limitations of what can be delivered?
……• Education provider? WHY are you using yesterday’s tools?
……• WHY are others pointing out your limitations?
……• WHY struggle with antiquated incompatibility and inefficiency?
……• WHY can’t you remove the limitations?
……• Change is knocking on the door, WHY continue to bury your heads?
……• WHY is there such polarisation about ICT today?
……• WHY, if modern ICT COST LESS to implement, run, support, maintain…and are more flexible, mobile, easy to use, are you stalling?
……• WHY you continue to pour money into yesterday’s thinking………..?
……• WHY NOT - contact johnarudkin.net and find out more?
Ask “Why?” but this must be about delightful working, learning...
Occasionally, if we are lucky we hear how we might have changed someone’s life for the better. It might be a fellow employee, one of the staff you manage, a student, it might be a friend, it might just be someone we met. As educators, as mentors, as leaders, that must be the ultimate goal. Removing the limitations is vital
changing for the better,
increasing life opportunities,
providing space for creative growth,
cracking the codified,
opening up vision,
pushing aside the limitations,
This is the true delight of teaching, but equally the aims for individual personal development.
We hope you agree with us?
At johnarudkin.net we believe this should not be a matter luck, but that in searching for secrets of inspirational, self-motivated learning we need to utilise people, ideas, skills, tools and accelerants to catalyse both the confidence to be independent and the capacity to work as part of a team. Individuals naturally start life without a limitation or preconception of their learning capacity (accepting that physical and mental challenges are naturally tested). Social issues, and the impact of our educational systems have sometimes proven too effective at closing down perceptions of worth and ability, impacting attitudes toward capability or self-worth, and hence limiting future potential choices.
Early exposure to technology poses no threats or hinderance for most young learners; indeed, as with all exploration learners will naturally be draw to exciting, interactive, interesting, responsive “things”. There is no doubting that today Primary School children are born into a very different world than their teachers; a world rich in media stimuli that can be read and processed in multiple streams. This is a very different environment indeed to many older people in the community, so they need a different approach. This will never change. Technology will always advance, and yesterdays school child will be tomorrows bemused pensioner - unless we think differently and are willing to accept that relearning and adapting are just the world’s way to exercise the brain!
In discovering the best and most open technologies; those that can be used to open up options and directions of greatest opportunity without confusing the users; those that can offer the most flexibility to encompass creativity for those who want to encompass it; these are the ones we should pay most attention to. At johnarudkin.net we are about delight in intellectual play - in learning - and we will grow in the right direction - and take you with us if you want to come for the ride.
We want to leave you with that picture.
“This is why we exist today - to challenge and to change learning by revolution or reinvention, utilising ideas and intervention by the application of the very best Educational Thinking and Technology”
John A Rudkin B.Ed (Hons) Design Education (Director) Member :Apple Distinguished Educator, Member of NAACE, Member of SOCITM Member of FSB
We hope you will join us soon.