Friday, 25 June 2010

RIP Michael Jackson

An Indian sand artist created a tribute on a beach at Puri, India. via BBC

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

1st Poet @ new Cardiff Central Library

Philip Gross reading - 17.06.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

'You start off thinking it's about you but it ends up being about everything but you!'
‘It comes through you and you disappear.’
Philip Gross on writing poetry at his Readings on June 17th in the new sustainable Cardiff Central Library. Voted one of the top six libraries in the world!
Amongst daily library life renowned poet Philip Gross gave readings from and spoke of his journey with I Spy Pinhole Eye, his English Language Wales Book of the Year Award 2010 Shortlisted book. Interspersing with readings of The Water Table (TS Eliot Prize Award 2009 winner) and children’s book Off Road to Everywhere. His two other recently published poetry collections.
From the photographic starting point of Simon Denison’s pinhole camera images of pylon footings from which his words were stimulated, Philip detailed the collaboration process. Elegantly flowing between ways the brain see’s, mechanics of pylons to pallets of colors. He allowed the audience a personal glimpse into his process of writing and the very nature of poetry itself.
I particularly enjoyed Listening In, a 3-stanza poem where his father's hearing loss and subtleties of sounds intertwine. One audience member hid her tears as it struck a chord with her own father’s situation. It also resonated with my father’s denial of his hearing decline. Although, he heard enough to be reminded of making his own pinhole camera in the 70’s!
This poem steps outside the 14-line sonnet like structure in which the I Spy Pinhole Eye poems are contained. As Philip said,
'Every poem is dancing with the ghost of a sonnet.'
As silence broke by a child calling down the escalator, Philip finished by giving space for all gathered in Central Library’s light and airy Level 2 foyer to ask questions. He gave insightful and responsive answers to all.
I Spy Pinhole Eye is a fascinating and beautiful book. Philip strips all to its essence. The winner of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2010 is to be announced Wednesday 30th June at The St David's Hotel & Spa, Cardiff at a 'glittering ceremony'!
Philip Gross Readings were held in combination with Incandescent June Meeting. If you would like to continue to share published poetry through reading aloud please come along to Incandescent's subsequent monthly meetings held in Meeting Room 4, Level 4 at Cardiff Central Library All welcome from the poetry novice to expert. There are plenty of poetry books in the library so just pick up a poem and join in! We would love to see you!
We’re hoping that Philip Gross is the first of an eclectic range of established poets to grace the foyer of Cardiff’s new library, making poetry easily accessible to all.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Incandescent June Meeting


Philip Gross Readings
from 'I Spy Pinhole Eye'
Poetry & Photography Collaboration

5.45pm - 6.45pm
Thursday 17th June
doors open 5.30pm

Meeting Room 4 on Level 4
@ Cardiff Central Library

All welcome - free entry!
Come & discuss with local TS Eliot Prize 2009 Award Winner!

Incandescent / Incandescent Facebook Group - please join our facebook group to be kept up to date with Incandescent Meetings, thanks! / Info on Philip Gross: I Spy Pinhole Eye / More info on Wales Book of the Year 2010 Shortlist

Twitter hashtag for the evening: #philipgross

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Cardiff Central Train Station  10.06.10
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Well Connected Hotel Room

Copyright Terry White

I found this blog post on Terry White's Tech Blog helpful. I attended the Adobe CS5 workshops in Bristol last week and a couple of talks given by Terry White, Worldwide Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems Inc. He was humorous and informative

In The Well Connected Hotel Room, Terry talks about the criteria required for a suitable hotel room when you are a travelling IT creative. All that you need to link in to the world wide web and respite in reality for those refreshment breaks!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Atlantic Ocean - Successfully Crossed!

Juliette Llewellyn - 06.06.10.

Delivering Happiness – a path to profits, passion, and purpose

Tony Hsieh CEO, Zappos

The title caught my eye when deciding to review first book by Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos. It had potential to be a book I could relate too.

I gave my details Wednesday; a speedily 2 days later Delivering Happiness arrived on my doorstep from the USA. Immediately I knew customers mattered to Zappos. I was to learn that Customer Service lies at the heart of the company - practice in line with ethics!

Tony Hsieh’s conversational style is easy to read, engaging the reader in following his process. Lessons learnt and valuable business concepts are shared through personal storytelling of author and colleagues / staff.

I particularly enjoyed Section II Passion & Profits, Chapter 5 - Platform for Growth: Brand, Culture, Pipeline. Here Tony Hsieh outlines Zappos core philosophies - WOW customer service, positive vendor relationship, happiness of employers, blended company culture, transparency and sharing. For once I was reading exactly what I believe. Customer experience is paramount and embracing a wider movement for people to belong, based on core values that can truly be lived.

For an entrepreneur currently beginning a new phase in business life, it is an ideal moment to read ‘Delivering Happiness’. It helped me reflect on past ventures and focus new ideas. All entrepreneurial paths differ but fundamentals remain the same...

...being open to ideas and trusting something will develop. Knowing that like-minded individuals exist and can collaborate, making dreams a reality for the better! Tony Hsieh provides valuable insight in to the mind of an entrepreneur. As a UK reader, the American references can sometimes be an obstacle. However, it is worth overcoming for the gems! 

I would definitely recommend Delivering Happiness as an affirmation of positive growth in the wider business and personal vision for all individuals to consider. 

Delivering Happiness is launched this week. For more info please visit:

I have been given a new copy to give away to a reader of my blog. Email me by June 14th: juliettellewellyn@ and I’ll randomly select the fortunate person on that date. If you live out of Cardiff you will need to pay P&P.

Saturday, 5 June 2010


Starbucks St Davids 2 - 03.06.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

Starbucks St Davids 2 - 03.06.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

Came across a guy making papertrainers in Starbucks St Davids 2 last week!