Project management

This page shows work where I have been involved with Project management:


Writer and editor for Cadburys site 247-grapevine.co.uk for Naked cities (June 2003 to May 2005):
 
247-grapevine.co.uk



Editor and writer for the Cadbury’s owned website 247-grapevine.co.uk. This included writing club and pub guides for eight major UK cities, local facts, city histories and also updating offers and competitions on a weekly basis using a bespoke content-management system.

Tags:  Naked cities  City guides  Nightlife  Writing  Consumer  Websites  Travel  Editing  Project management  Programmes/brochures  Food and drink  Entertainment  History  





An 80-page guide book to Birmingham given away with the Observer newspaper and which appeared on the Naked cities website (June 2003 to May 2005):
 
Naked Cities - Birmingham Guide
Welcome to Birmingham. Now before we start, try to erase all preconceived ideas you may have of Britain’s second city. Think Birmingham, think M6 traffic jams, spaghetti junction, Jasper Carrot, balti curries, Ozzy and a whole populous blighted with one of the daftest accents this side of Suffolk. Well, that may be true for the majority of the country but we Brummies know that there’s far more than meets the eye to this great city of ours. Visit Birmingham and prepare to be surprised!



Tags:  Naked cities  City guides  Travel  Editing  Consumer  Books/Audiobooks  Writing  Project management  Entertainment  Nightlife  Food and drink  History  Websites  





An 80-page guide book to Brighton given away with the Observer newspaper and which appeared on the Naked cities website (June 2003 to May 2005):
 
Naked Cities - Brighton Guide
Brighton is an experience not to be missed, so let Naked make sure that you make the most of Britain’s favourite city.



I co-wrote and edited a city guide to Brighton including sections on eating out (restaurant reviews), nightlife (bar and club reviews), accommodation (hotel, and B&B reviews), travel information, city history, quotes from famous local residents and interesting facts.

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I include the piece I did on Brighton's history below:

Brighton’s known history starts with the recent discovery of a Neolithic encampment dated at about 2700BC. However, the lazy buggers didn’t write anything down so little is known about it.

The area was mentioned much, much later in the Domesday Book in 1085AD as Bristmestune. It was described as a small fishing village owned by a guy called Ralph and valued at 12 pounds. The villagers paid 4,000 herrings a year in rent – which goes to prove that even back then taxes stank.

Later recordings tell of a settlement called Brighthelmstone which was plagued by French invasions due to its nice open beaches. In 1514 the little fishing town was burnt down by and this led the English, commanded by the appropriately named Sir John Wallopp, to sail to Normandy and burn down 21 of their villages – a bit excessive, but then they did start it.

While the English-French wars continued, a fort was built to dissuade further attacks and by 1635 the area still known as The Lanes was becoming established. Under run with tunnels and steeped in legends of foul deed, this is where King Charles II fled through on his way to France after his defeat by Oliver Cromwell in 1651. This is where the Escape Club got its name and why there is an annual Royal Escape yacht race.

As time went on, the fisherman of the area were finding it harder to make a living from the sea due to fierce competition from foreign boats (forget fishing quotas, back then they sank each others ships to get the catch of the day). Then, in 1703, a number of massive storms swept houses and cliffs into the sea. People were leaving the area in droves and the fishing village was almost abandoned.

But the seawater that had almost pounded Brighton out of existence was also what saved it. It was given a reputation as a restorative cure after a Dr Richard Russell advocated its health-giving properties in 1749. People started visiting the area to breathe the air from the sea, bathe in it (in special bathing boxes to hide them from prying eyes), even drink it, and they then told their friends how much better they were feeling. This just goes to show what any faith healer will tell you - people can be cured by anything if they believe in it.

The influx of visitors led Brighton to become an area dedicated to pleasure, with one in every three houses offering rented accommodation (and back then, as now, pleasure meant not only seaside frolics but food, beer and sex). More and more of Brighton was given over to the pursuit of happiness and people arrived in their thousands to promenade their riches and fashion (the early Tara Palmer Tomkinsonites and their parasitic ilk infested the Old Steine area).

Soon royalty was getting involved. Prince George IV bought a residence in 1780 and over the next few decades commissioned The Royal Pavillion with its Indian domes and minarets and its Chinese-style interior. Soon architects were transforming Brighton by building terraces, squares and gardens, not to mention the piers and promenades.

The Prince Regent also could be said to be responsible for Brighton’s reputation for a place to go for a dirty weekend, due to his relationship (and secret marriage) to the already twice-married Mrs Fitzherbert. In fact, his building projects and leisure pursuits almost bankrupted him – but he didn’t care, he was a real royal wild child and used the liberal town of Brighton to escape from his more boring duties and go bull-baiting instead (now that’s what I call real royal scandal).

Of course, in the poorer areas there was poverty and disease too, and more drunks than in the George Best fan club, but it was still quite a forward looking place. In the 1880s the Volks electric railway was built along the beach. The train was connected to the track by stilts 24 feet high so 150 people at a time could ride over the waves with the rails under the sea - it became known locally as the ‘Daddy Long legs’. It was the brainchild of the famous inventor Magnus Volks – he also introduced the telephone to Brighton, designed an electric street-fire alarm and was one of the first people to light his house using electricity.

In the 20th Century, Brighton managed to almost totally escape attack during World War I and injured Indian soldiers from the Western Front (no, not the pub) were housed in the Royal Pavilion, perhaps because it would remind them of home. Once the war ended, gang warfare, crime and poverty also made a home for itself in Brighton throughout the 20s and 30s (as depicted in Graham Greene's novel, Brighton Rock).

World War II saw bits of decking taken out of the piers to prevent the Germans from using them to land on the English coast and this caused an end to the popularity of the West Pier (now sadly a burnt-out shell, but still apparently set for renovation).

Tourism slowly increased and in 1973 three and a half million people visited the Palace Pier alone. A couple of Carry On films in the 1970s kept the naughtiness boiling over nicely, whereas the 1979 film Quadrophenia depicted the gang warfare in Brighton in a similar state.

Brighton, along with Hove, was given city status by the Queen in 2000, and with its liberal attitude and numerous places given over to the pursuit of pleasure, it remains a great place to party. With a range of famous locals from Steve Coogan to Norman Cook and with eight million visitors a year, it’s likely Brighton is going to remain a place to be seen for the foreseeable future. Right lesson over, where’s the nearest bar?

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I co-wrote and edited an 80-page guide book to Liverpool which was given away with the Observer newspaper and which appeared on the Naked cities website (June 2003 to May 2005):
 
Naked Cities - Liverpool Guide
Welcome to Liverpool, synonymous with The Beatles, football, scallies in shellsuits, ferries and the wit and wisdom of the locals. Oh, and it’s also the European City of Culture 2008. Whatever preconceived ideas you may have of this great city there’s no doubting that there’s a buzz running around the place and there’s rarely been a more exciting time to be living and working in Liverpool than right now...



The guide book included sections on eating out (restaurant reviews), nightlife (bar and club reviews), accommodation (hotel, and B&B reviews), travel information, city history, quotes from famous local residents and interesting local facts.

Tags:  Naked cities  City guides  Travel  Editing  Consumer  Books/Audiobooks  Reviews  Writing  Project management  Entertainment  Food and drink  Nightlife  History  Lifestyle  Music  Websites  





An 80-page guide book to Bath given away with the Observer newspaper and which appeared on the Naked cities website (Issue June 2003 - May 2005):
 
Naked Cities - Bath Guide



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Sub editing Lexus magazine, an 80-page book celebrating the launch of the Lexus GS and associated leaflets for Just Customer Communication (January 2005 to March 2005):
 
Lexus
More than meets the eye



I worked on Lexus magazine and an 80-page book celebrating the launch of a new car. The work included designing a process document and style guide for every magazine and leaflet the company produces.

Tags:  Lexus  Advertorials  Cars  Editing  Consumer  Books/Audiobooks  Project management  Magazines  Programmes/brochures  





Production editor for Jaguar magazine for Haymarket Publishing (May 2002 to November 2002):
 
Jaguar magazine
Jaguar Magazine is the official magazine of Jaguar Cars, and is produced in 11 different languages for a global audience


I was responsible for organising the design, writing, editing, and translation of Jaguar magazine in Britain, Australia, USA, France, Spain, Germany and Japan. I liased with writers, the editor and deputy editor, translators and clients to produce all the versions of this quarterly magazine on a tight three monthly schedule. I proofed all the pages before printing and also wrote copy for news and small features.

Tags:  Jaguar magazine  Cars  Editing  Consumer  Magazines  Project management  Lifestyle  Travel  





Writer and later content editor for ONnet , the ONdigital website – the first interactive web portal accessible through a television (from October 2000 to June 2001):
 
ONnet
Interactive internet television from ONDigital


I specialised in television highlights but also worked with video, game, music reviews, celebrity gossip, home and garden advice, health tips, car reviews, music and arts listings.

I also ensured a smooth editorial workflow by tracking the editorial process from chasing copy and pictures to preparing the finished layouts.

Tags:  ONnet  Television  Editing  Consumer  Websites  Lifestyle  Cars  Entertainment  Film  Project management  Art  Music  Writing  





Cardiff City Editor for the Wcities website (February 2000 to December 2000):
 
Wcities


I performed various roles for this city guide website, including writer, photographer, sub-editor and editor. In my capacity as editor I ensured the content was accurate, up to date, lively and informative. The Wcities business reviews (e.g. pubs, clubs and restaurants) helped power Yahoo's entertainment section.

Tags:  Wcities  City guides  Travel  Writing  Consumer  Websites  Editing  Project management  Nightlife  Entertainment