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Beginning DITA

In DITA on September 28, 2009 at 10:25 am

In our first DITA session we were introduced to the terms Digital, Information, Technology and Architectures and Web 2.0 through blogs. For my coursework I will be using a blog to record our weekly exercises and to follow my learning. As I am already an experienced blogger I will continue to use my WordPress hosted blog. I have decided to use the Journalist template as I  like its resemblance to a magazine. I  will be using  WordPress as opposed to Blogger because of its simple user interface and especially the fact that it has a template engine. There is RSS Feed and an option of installing widgets. I have chosen to install the twitter widget to make my blog look more dynamic. I also have found that the tagging system for WordPress is much easier to implement than on Blogger. All I have to do is type then all my posts will be listed and I can easily convert this to pdf to submit it.

There are many different definitions for what a blog or a weblog is, but essentially they all say that a blog is a website where posts are arranged in reverse chronological order.  Blogs can contain music, video, pictures, and hyperlinks. Blogs can be on any subject and Bloggers who come together to form blogging communities.

During our first DITA session we were introduced to UNIX/Linux operating system, which we were able to access through the City University server – Telnet Putty. Unix uses a command line interface and having only ever used GUI’s e.g Windows it was slightly intimidating getting to grips with it. However essentially what I have learned is that the UNIX Os is made up of the kernel, the shell and the programs. I found a very interesting tutorial on Unix explaining how it works on the Surrey University website.

By the end of the session I had created a new directory and learned a few simple commands.


Bored continued…

In Events, In London on September 17, 2009 at 11:23 am

Next week:

Placeholder-image_0The London Design festival – 19th September – 27th September
Looking for inspiration? The festival running in its seventh year will be a vast array of creative events exhibitions, and installations taking place across London. “Essentially it is an annual event established to celebrate and promote London as the creative capital of the world”.

For more information visit

 ldwLondon Digital Week – 21st -27th September
“A week of conferences, workshops, meet-ups, presentations, networking, parties and exhibitions bringing together the digital-orientated industries in and around London under one umbrella event”.

For more information visit

Must attend events are:

D&AD Annual Launch Party – 22th September- 7-10pm
A chance to party, take advantage of the free food and drink and see the launch of the best in design, advertising and creative communication 2009.
Tickets are free but space is limited, add your name to the guest list by contacting
For more information visit
Shesays –  23rd September, 7-10pm
Why aren’t there more women working in the digital industry? Shesays are a bunch of industry professionals putting on events to help change this. In this free event they will be discussing ways to get into the industry. It is also a chance to network and ask any questions you have whilst having a bit of a drink and nibble.
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 Regent Street Festival – 27th September 12-8pm

This year’s festival theme is birthdays and will see Regent Street and rgnfestAbsolute Radio celebrate by hosting a joint birthday party.The traffic free event will see the Madness perform an exclusive special gig which will be broadcast live from Absolute Radio at 6pm. The event will be in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Thousands of cupcakes will be served at 3pm to celebrate and outside Hamley’s there will be plenty to keep the kids occupied from face painting to a birthday tea party. For adults there will be a fashion show, street performances and a chance to sample a cocktail or two.
For more information visit


In Events, In London on September 17, 2009 at 11:05 am

This post was inspired by friends of mine who claim to be bored. How can you be bored living in the most cosmopolitan, culturally diverse city in Europe!

After doing a bit of research I have found that there are plenty of things happening in the next week to keep you from twiddling your thumbs.

This Weekend:

events_h1St Pancras – Foodie Fortnight – 16th-25th September
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Gastronaut you will be happy to hear that St Pancras station is turning itself into a food lover’s paradise.The 10 daylong event will see chefs like Richard Corrigan, Giorgio Locatelli rustling up delicious treats, as well as offering expert advice. There will be masterclasses to prepare everything from sausages to sushi and the opportunity to sample different champagnes and whiskies.
You will also be able to see the launch of The Sourced Market giving you the chance to replicate some of the food you have seen prepared using the finest ingredients all locally and seasonally sourced., with 10% off of course.
For more information visit

LondonOpenhouseOpen House London – 19th – 20th September
Love Architecture? This weekend 700 of London’s most revered buildings will be throwing open their doors to the public for free. The vast majority of buildings are on a turn-up-on-the day basis. However, due to limited capacity or the nature of the site, certain buildings require pre-booking. Free copies of the programme will be available from libraries in participating London boroughs.
For more information visit
skyrideMayor of London’s Skyride – 20th September -10am – 4pm
Dust off that old bicycle in the garage and this weekend join the thousands of cyclists who will be taking to the streets to take part in the Mayor of London’s Skyride. This hugely popular event will see many of London’s most famous streets closed to traffic giving you a safe route to see many of London’s famous landmarks.
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Scarlett And Pete Yorn

In Celebrities, Music on September 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm

PeteYornScarlettJohanssonFollowing Scarlett Johansson’s debut album of Tom Waits covers is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Pete Yorn.

‘The Break Up Album’was recorded two years before Johansson released her 2008 album ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’  and was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg’s and Bridget Bardot’s 1960s recordings.

Break Up, is a mixed bag of deceptively chirpy country rock and broken-hearted ballads, like an indie rom-com set to music.” The Times

 Breakup is available to order from Amazon for £8.98 and the new single Relator is on Itunes. See it here.


In Music on September 7, 2009 at 11:01 am

nnekaFollowing the lead of recent Nigerian exports such as Femi Kuti and Psquared is Hip-hop/reggae  artist Nneka Egbuna.

Born to a German Mother and Nigerian father Nneka grew up in Warri State in Nigeria. When she was 19, Nneka immigrated to Hamburg in Germany to pursue a degree in Anthropology. It was here that she met and started working with German Hip Hop producer DJ Farhot, collaborating to release her debut EP ‘The Uncomfortable Truth’ on the Yo Mama Label. This was followed with a tour of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She released her first album in 2005 entitled ‘Victim of Truth’ the album garnered rave reviews with some critics comparing it to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Album.  Nneka’s lyrics cover a range of issues affecting Nigeria  ranging from corruption, poverty and Captalism.  

Nneka_-_No_Longer_At_Ease_[cover]Her second album “No Longer At Ease” released in April is garnering attention in the mainstream with the song “Heartbeat” coming out as a lead single on the album. Heartbeat has entered the UK Pop charts at number 23. Check it out here.

Nneka is definitely an artist to pay attention to especially if you like others artists like Erykah Badu, Neneh Cherry and Floetry.

No longer at Ease is available to download from Amazon for 6.99

Bows Baby!

In Fashion on September 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm

On Saturday I went to the hairdressers resembling something close to cousin it and emerged with a slick new bob. What followed suit was my hunt for hair accessories to complement my new look.

5752409501232_Black_l1Whilst looking on the urban outfitter’s website I found this very chic Helene Berman felt beret. Perfect for when the weather gets colder and when I want to give the straighteners a rest.

I also fell in love with this Coco Chanel inspired Cloche hat. Both hats are 5752428161956_Black_l1available to buy for £32 pounds.


One lady who is pioneering the Bow look right now is Lady Gaga and i found this very cool patent bow head band on asos for only £10 pounds! patent bow clip - asos   lady gaga

For more information on Helene Berman and to view more of her super chic designs check out