Do you?

Do you get enough sleep?

Last night after an angst ridden day juggling deliverables and deadlines I had a early night, exhausted after deflecting a panic attack with a few tears and a multitude of magnificent hugs.

Mindfulness... it’s the name of the game right now and I am enjoying the journey. 

I slept! 

I’m using an app called Reflectly. Is where the quotes I post come from. It’s pure mindfulness.

Simple, clean and usable.

Check it out -


Logic Dictates

I reluctantly use Zoom to host audiences. To reach an audience in Facebook or YouTube I favour StreamYard. To run a conference I wrap it in Konf or Hopin. To syndicate a podcast I use Anchor. To directly engage a crowd I go Crowdcast. It’s all about the audience experience.

Zoom has been my reluctant work horse because of It’s transcription service and closed captions application supports the foundations of access so vital for inclusion. 

Eventbrite has been the ticketing platform that I return to. Selling tickets before COVID and integrating an online component had its challenges. Only one confirmation notice. To the physical audience where I often had 2 audiences the ground and the cloud attendees. 

A current project is selling tickets on Eventbrite for events taking place on Zoom. Every show has a separate Zoom link. Every performance of that show has a separate zoom link. Issuing tickets with access for a festival across multiple online spaces. 

Sign up on Eventbrite... register on Zoom, Zapier does that bit. If someone registers on Eventbrite, Zapier triggers Zoom to create a registration to the correct performance. 

The proof it works reliably will come in the day ahead.

Spark Festival 2021 - check it out


TEDx horizons

Over Christmas a LinkedIn message was received on the TEDx events in Nottingham group

Hello. I'm just looking to connect with people involved with TED, having set up TEDxRushcliffesalon in Nottingham. Best wishes, Amy

Amy has been running a TED discussion group in Gamston, Nottingham for the past 3 years. Those taking part recently discussed making it a Nottingham-wide group and the possibility of putting on a TEDx event in the future. 

TEDx events in Nottingham is something I’d like to continue.

Tonight was the first digital TEDxRushcliffesalon of the year. Two TED talks had been proposed and links sent a few weeks ago. The 1 hr zoom tonight was then a conversation informed by the talks.

Try something new for 30 days from Matt Cutts at TED 2011

The second selected talk The best stats you've ever seen from Hans Rosling at TED2006

If you’d like to be in the loop when the next event talked place contact Amy.
Here is the post I responded too.


News - Bursting your bubble

Active mindfulness is a driving aspiration for me in 2021. I’ve had annual concept drives based on a single word to provide an anchor to my year before but this is the first year I have blogged as I carry out its meditation to make my thinking sustainable.

2020 was boundaries2016 was legacy.

I can’t recall 17, 18, or 19!

2021... mindfulness 

In my 12apps for 2021 blog post... one of those apps was GroundNews.




It’s easy to fall foul of the ‘giving you want you want to hear’ algorithm or ‘showing you what you like or what is similar’ algorithm. It’s important to get a balanced view of the world. Not the same as sitting on the fence. You must have an opinion in order to have it challenged or changed. If you have an opinion you should expect it to be challenged and be prepare to concede to change. 

It’s important not to be easily led or easily swayed. Important too is to stand your ground while entertaining the notion you could be wrong. Answer are you? Am I?

Ground News outlines bias and illustrates balance. It rates reports on a scale positioning them on a political spectrum of Far Left, Left Leaning, Centre, Right Leaning, Far Right. Familiar news sources are ranked as discs to represent the breadth of coverage.


This is then presented with a line to show left, centre and right balance in turn revealing bias. 

I’d been using the free version aware that their was a subscription. It seemed to have a very US strong leaning but I expected it was limited choice resulting from the free tier. I did feel I was seeing a wide view of the world that my own back(BBC)yard.

Today I subscribed.

I’ve had the app on my mobile devices and the chrome browser extension. Today I was reading deeper into a story reviewing perspectives of reports leaning left and those to the right. Subscribe popped up as I’d reach a boundary. 

I’ve been impressed by the lack of overt influence to subscribe. £9.99 for the year in the face of my mindfulness journey seemed a good move.

If you want to try it out and want a month free here is a GroundNews Referral Code: 758951
Here is how this code can be redeemed:

After subscribing I received this email...

“Thank you for subscribing to Ground News Pro and welcome to our community as one of our early subscribers :) We have a small team of 7 but we’re dedicated to providing you the best and most informative news experience. So, please feel free to email me with suggestions, problems, or feedback at any time.”
I love the app even more!

Thanks for reading. Please leave me a comment. I’m not writing these posts to be read by a specific target audience just to sharpen my capacity to post regularly. Lunchtime Livestream will be returning for a fourth series in February.