Thursday, July 31, 2008

Eco-lodge for bird-watchers to enhance Cornwall tourism

Plymouth based architects Gilmore Hankey Kirke have submitted a unique planning application to develop an eco lodge hotel with associated cafe and restaurant and visitor centre on a stunning site on the Hayle Estuary in Cornwall.

The 30 bedroom eco-lodge employs the latest thinking in environmentally sustainable design and construction and has been designed sympathetically to respond to the setting of the site and to make the most of the eco-tourism opportunities and the wildlife tourism potential of the area.

Each room will be orientated to take advantage of the stunning views of the estuary with a private balcony and panoramic views, binoculars, telescopes and interpretation charts.

The building design also incorporates a public viewing deck, a visitor centre and a ‘green’ biodiversity roof which will blend the building into the landscape minimizing impact on the views, both from and around the site.

GHK architect Gavin Woodford said: “A priority for the Penwith local economy is to enhance the value of the tourism industry through carefully considered development that is sympathetic to the area’s outstanding natural environment.

The proposed development aims to bring new sustainable high value and year round tourism business to West Cornwall by celebrating and retaining sympathetic to the area’s natural assets. The objective is to attract people to Hayle and St.Ives and encourage visitors to appreciate and enjoy the outstanding wildlife of the Hayle estuary and other sites in Cornwall, in a manner sympathetic to the local environment.

The development will also deliver a unique and stunning landmark building which will greatly add to the tourism marketing potential for the whole region.”
If the planning application is successful, a completion date of around autumn 2009 is anticipated.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

in my head



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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Inventor are you, should I

Are you; "looking for tons of ideas". why are there no google results for that?
Should I; publish my book of ideas, or should i keep them forever until i'm gone.
Are you; someone who feels like sponsoring an inventor.
Well I; designed a new wing the other day, been thinking about this concept for about 2 years now.
Are you; wondering if a place exist where people go to collaborate and there's not someone who says "so what's your idea" thinking that you or they are only capable of generating one idea.
Well I: Have no car, no gf, working av. 12/day, but have shed load of ideas.
Are you; aware of the spirit of Leonardo.

I'm going out for some inspiration.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Free Final Cut Pro courses in London

Final Cut Pro for Beginners
Cost: FREE
Dates: Sat 12, Sun 13, Sat 19, Sun 20th July
Hours: 10am - 6pm
Location: Telford Road, W10

Introduction to Video
Cost: £5
Dates: Thurs 10, Fri 11, Thurs 17, Fri 18, Thurs 24, Fri 25, July 2008
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Location: Telford Road, W10

Anyone who is interested should email the Placements Co-ordinator:

Placements Co-ordinator
The Video College (thevideocollege.co.uk)
1 Thorpe Close
London W10 5XL
Tel: 020 8964 2641


Monday, July 07, 2008

i'm such a geek

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This weekend on Lake Garda, Italy (get ready!) Robbie+Vale wedding

Friday, July 04, 2008

Where's the ROI in social networks!

If asked for financial ROI by some senior manager, you could ask them: Would you rather our employees were connected or disconnected? Would you rather staff did things once and reused that effort or did it multiple times in different geographical locations? Did you measure the ROI of your telephone system or e-mail or were the benefits so blatantly obvious.

Senior managers who are afraid of social software hide behind ROI arguments. Senior managers who get it just make it happen without endless questions.

Some measure ROI in an more abstract way, by monitoring the amount of buzz or conversation in a community and the opinions of the public. What you choose to measure is dependent on your aims, or what you want to receive as a return.

One company has shown that by using an internal social network a company can have a dramatic impact on its operation. Since introducing its corporate social network for its staff, the retail giant "The Best Buy Corporation", which employs 140,000 staff, has seen a dramatic shift in employee engagement. Not only do 18,000 people use the system regularly - that's more than 10% of the workforce each day - the social network appears to have made people like the business more. So much so, that the company's staff retention rate has rocketed. Unlike other retailers, where staff turnover can approach 60%, Best Buy has seen its staff turnover drop to a mere 8%.

In summary:

1. Social Networks Build Better Customer Relationships,
2. Social Networks Improve Knowledge Management,
3. Social Networks Facilitates Recruiting and Retention,
4. Social Networks Increase Business Opportunities,
5. Social Networks Build Community.

The Corporate Social Network plaform recommended is brandstation.tv