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Warming your cockles

Snow joke. It’s cold out there. But there are some very good reasons to shake off your slippers and escape hibernation mode. Tonight, the city warms its cockles with a visit from one of its most well known exports, Sir Paul Smith, to one of its newest institutions, the Nottingham Contemporary.

Then this Thursday, members of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio will gather at Antenna to enjoy live literature and a special performance from singer-songwriter Jay Hannah Thomas. You’re invited too.

If you’re technically talented and the slow snow days have given you time to ponder pastures new, take a look at the fresh job opportunities for technical types out there, courtesy of Second Wednesday (not to mention our own dedicated Jobs page). And make sure you respond to the call from Nott Tuesday to take part in helping to get Nottingham tech on the Guardian map.

When it’s cold, it’s nice to think about hot places. Like Casablanca in Morocco. I’ve never been, but I hear that Nottingham Trent graduate, Calvin Sangster will be going next year to represent the UK at the 15th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (see what I did there?). Congrats to Calvin who will be one of just 13 individual artists and collectives representing Britain.

If it keeps on snowing or it all turns too slushy, you can stay in and keep in touch via Creative Nottingham’s Twitter or Facebook offerings (or share what you’re planning through our Community site). Just think of it as a hot toddy for your head.