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Links round-up: 11-14 December


eBusiness Champions are holding a free Christmas event at Nottingham Playhouse on Thursday 17th December from 7.30pm.

Join the eBusiness Champions team for a discussion on the practical ways of improving web traffic and conversion levels on your website.  A hot food buffet and plenty of informal networking is in store, so sign up today to join this Christmas social. (hat tip: web 2.0 surgery)

Exhibition at Surface Gallery: Last Orders at the Bar: The Demise of the Great British Pub
A photographic exhibition showing the demise of the great British Pub; so many have fallen into disuse all over the country since the start of the recession.

Private view: Friday 15th Jan 6pm-9pm

Open to public: Saturday 16th Jan – 30th Jan, 10am-5pm

Surface Gallery
16 Southwell Road,
Nottingham, NG1 1DL


Left Lion abstract photo competition winner

‘Radford Double Exposure’ by Stephen Wright (above) wins Left Lion’s competition from 130 surreal and colourful entries.

A new design competition for Trinity Square?
Council Leader Jon Collins and Nottingham Trent University wants to work with  Helical Square, the developers of Trinity Square, and call for a design competition to freshen up the neglected civic space, which may include pop-up shops and gallery spaces.  Collins believes: “”Developers, architects and designers all have a responsibility for what we build, It will be there for up to 80 or 100 years, there is no reason for poor design.” Could this mark the start of some creative thinking and design in the architectural and civic realm of the city?

Two project briefs for Nottingham schools
Two schools in Aldecar and Langley Mill are looking for creative practitioners to ignite some ‘Purple Cow’ thinking into junior school projects.

Now You Form A Band Launch at The Chameleon
If you haven’t been to Chameleon Cafe yet, you’re missing a treat.  Formerly called Raffles, and many years before that it was a tea shop, it’s nestled in an alleyway just above Clinton Cards on Angel Row (next to The Bell).  They sell very strange Eastern European ales and it’s a hot bed of experimental music and theatre, all overseen by eccentric landlord Nick. (For an uncomfortably intimate portrait of Nottingham’s answer to Al Murray, check out this interview with him in The Guardian.) The backroom is an intimate space with a great sound system which is proving to be a popular small venue for new promoters to hire for nights featuring everything from blues to R&B to Scandinavian metal nights.  Now You Form A Band is a new promotions outfit who are collaborating to champion Nottingham’s young, emerging talent.

How How To… Aggregate online User Generated Content (UGC) for your website

This e-book commissioned by Arts Council England was written by Nottingham social media consultant Caron Jane Lyon from PCM creative. It’s a guide especially tailored to arts organisations and explains in practical terms how to create web 2.0 services for your website.