CIIP: Day 1 (Ovi Magazine)

DIME – CIO – Birkbeck International Conference on the Creative Industries and Intellectual Property Day 1

It’s one of those rare sunny days in London (well, not really rare now with global warming and everything) and I’m sitting in the Birkbeck Clore Management Centre – in the heart of Bloomsbury, London – watching the proceedings . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Letter from London 10

January 1st 2007 Sofia’s Letters from London #10

The complications of air travel seem to be never-ending lately and people travelling from British airports are set for a little bit more confusion.

New security checks are coming in play and some airports decided to relax the one-bag rule for hand luggage and allow two for . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Letter from London 9

September 10th 2007 Sofia’s Letters from London #9

Well it’s been some time now since the [tag]smoking ban[/tag] kicked in and [tag]London[/tag] is coping with the withdrawal symptoms. [tag]Tobacco[/tag] sales seem to be going down but [tag]statistics[/tag] as a science seem to be going the way of the dodo. Misrepresented, misremembered, about to be extinct . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Letter from London 8

July 16th, 2007 Sofia’s Letters from London #8

With the publication of [tag]Alastair[/tag] [tag]Campbell[/tag]‘s heavily edited [tag]diaries[/tag], titled “The [tag]Blair[/tag] Years”, the British Press have launched a new assault on the ex-advisor to the ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair – dully dubbed a ‘[tag]spin[/tag] doctor’ and loathed en masse by the [tag]press[/tag]. But is his shortcomings . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Politics in the Digital Age

July 13th, 2007 Politics in the digital age by Sofia Gkiousou

It all started when – as is customary every summer in [tag]Greece[/tag] – half the forests were set alight with devastating results. The enterprising [tag]Greeks[/tag] (nobody knows who exactly) started circulating an [tag]e-mail[/tag] to ministries, political parties and other authorities demanding the complete [tag]reforestation[/tag] . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Letter from London 7

July 10th, 2007 Sofia’s Letters from London #7

It used to be the case that if there was one thing that characterised the English, it was that famous stiff upper lip. Well, after a few years in [tag]London[/tag] it becomes quite clear that Londoners of all nationalities, cultures and [tag]religion[/tag]s refuse to panic and overreact, . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Letter from London 6

Sofia’s Letters from [tag]London[/tag] #6

This week – due to the untimely death of my trusty [tag]moped[/tag] – I ended up taking the [tag]bus[/tag] to work and I remembered exactly why I bought the moped in the first place.

I am not a [tag]motorcycle[/tag] sort of person. When I lived in Greece I used to . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Letter from London 5

Sofia’s Letters from London #5

I have resigned myself to the fact that writing about [tag]pop culture[/tag] will frequently mean writing about things that I do not really approve of or appreciate. I do have my guilty trash culture pleasures but trust me when I say that the British version of [tag]Big Brother[/tag] is not . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Letter from London 4

Sofia’s Letters from London #4

Coming from a Mediterranean country, the first thing you realise about London is that it’s difficult to get accustomed to the [tag]food[/tag]. Even for me, a dedicated cook of Greek cuisine and experimental fusion (which translates to ‘I’ll cook whatever’s in the fridge’), it is difficult not to feel a . . . →

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Ovi Magazine: Letter from London 3

Sofia’s Letters from London #3

[tag]Antisocial[/tag] behaviour is currently a big thing in [tag]Britain[/tag]. So big in fact that in many towns [tag]Big Brother[/tag] is not only watching you but He can also talk to you. George [tag]Orwell[/tag] was more of a seer than we give him credit for.

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