At noon yesterday I met with two members of the Conservative party in Kingston, Paul Johnston (left) and leader Kevin Davis (3rd from left) both bloggers.
Staffers Kate (2nd from left) and Priyen (right) were also there.
Paul and Kevin are very interested in getting more members of their group blogging as well as podcasting. I've got a meeting next week to follow up with them on this.
Later, Paul and I went out for a delightful lunch where we mainly talked about our recent world travels. I then spent an hour or so walking around the center of Kingston's ancient pedestrian-only marketplace. For more photos, see the album.
Roy is the organizer of this summer’s e2e4e: End to End for Earthquake in which a “team of cyclists from the Royal Borough of Kingston are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats (1,000+ miles in 15 Stages), in aid of Asian earthquake relief.”
Our discussions focused on all the various ways in which blogging and podcasting could be implemented by both councillors and officers after the elections in May. Robin's one of those rare IT guys who not only understands the social implications/benefits of these technologies but who's excited about them as well. I'm looking forward to working with him.
I took the train from Kingston to Blackheath Village on Friday late afternoon and then began the half-hour walk to Councillor Andrew Brown‘s house where I was to have dinner. Halfway there, I see a guy strolling along a side street, engrossed in his PDA. Look who I found! Of course, I had to moblog the event and a gust of wind came along at the right time to give us that perfect fluffed look that we try so hard to achieve. Right: the man in his office at the world headquarters. Click images to enlarge.
I spent the day in Kingston but I don't have time to blog about it, as I'm off to Blackheath Village in Lewisham for dinner with Councillor Andrew Brown. In the meantime, you can peruse the 15 photos I took today and posted in the 2006 UK trip photo album.
After dinner tonight here at Ian and Mary Reid's house, Mary was about to head out the door to do some campaigning when she got a text message from someone alerting her to this piece on the Guardian's website.
(Sharp eyed readers might notice the fakery of this photo. It's from last year's trip. Yes, despite my paparazzi reputation, I often goof and forget to take photos. Like today. Duh.)
Andrew and his Conservative colleagues are interested in podcasting as well as blogging. One of the ideas we discussed was instead of having a group weblog (one blog, multiple authors – rarely successful) for a group of party-affiliated bloggers, that the group instead produce a podcast in which 3 or 4 of them all participate in the same show. It would be similar to what I'm doing with two appointed commissioners in Northfield for a show we call Locally Grown. Hmmm.
Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Minister for Local Government, … announced the new beginning. From April the Government will be funding a virtual Centre of Excellence which will nurture the things produced by the National Project and develop them further. We will also be running two International Symposia in the summer…