Twes we can

August 30, 2009 | 2 comments

Oxford Twestival is a night of musical entertainment, comedy and more in aid of Oxfam’s water sanitation project in Mali. We’ve got some great musicians lined up, there will be prizes on the night and the venue is pretty cool – anyone remember the old Point, above the Cape of Good Hope? That’s where we’re holding the event.

Here’s the details you’ll need to remember, complete with handy link to get a discount on your ticket if you buy in advance:

Oxford Twestival: September 13, 2009
The Cape of Good Hope (upstairs)

£5 in advance / £8 on the door

Okay, Twitter skeptics, so it’s got a kind of annoying name, but you don’t need to be a member of Twitter to attend, and the crowd promises to be a great mix of local artistic talent and professionals from around the area.

Every penny goes towards that Oxfam project, so not only will it be lots of fun, but you’ll also project the warm, fuzzy glow of someone who knows they’ve helped make a real difference in someone’s life.

There’s been a bit of bad publicity surrounding Twestival’s San Francisco incarnation, who kind of screwed around the DNA Lounge. Each Twestival is organized independently, and those shenanigans, while irresponsible, were unique; here’s the main Twestival response. I’m pleased to say that the Oxford Twestival’s organization has been very responsibly managed by Sylwia Presley.

Andrew Orlowski vs Paul Carr and Twestival

February 17, 2009 | Leave a comment

A group of unpaid volunteers used social media to create a global event that has already – before anything like the final total has been counted – raised a six figure amount to provide clean water to some of the world’s poorest people. Your response to that was sneering and deliberately skewed to prove your point.

Can you guess what my column’s going to be about this week? Paul Carr rips Andrew Orlowski a deserved new one. Orlowski is an awful journalist, who seems to be prone to temper tantrums; here’s his version.