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The Editors Toolkit

A shameless plug for Chris Wadsworth’s new book, available on Amazon.

Chris W cover

THE EDITOR’S TOOLKIT has just been published by Focal Press. Not about software and designed for most abilities and complete with 52 specially shot downloadable exercises, it is now available on Amazon and shortly on i-books. Most members of the BBC Television Recording Dept will recognise the front cover illustration is by Dave Rixon and there are more of his cartoons inside.There is a also companion website: where you can sample the book and download four free exercises. Share and enjoy – I hope.

Christmas is Coming!

Apologies for the absence of updates, but Mrs C J and I have just finished writing a book about the Great War which went to the printers yesterday afternoon. A 2½ year project it has taken up a lot of my time – I’m publishing it – but now I can return to the Oldboys website once more.

Nick Martin has just sent me the details of the Surbiton Christmas Lunch; Thursday December 4th is the date for your diaries, and you will find full details, and, in due course, a Menu at

Additionally, Richard Cox’s photographs of the last Oldboys Lunch at “The Black Horse” will be on the web in a couple of days.

Television Centre Planning Applications

Ian Wimsett has pointed me at the following Planning Applications to redevelop the TVC site which are now available for public viewing on the Hammersmith and Fulham website. There are already more than 400 documents available – the main applications are: 2013/02355/COMB and 2013/02356/LBC.

The ‘Design and Access statements’ are a good place to start and the ‘listed building assessment’ doc and associated photographic survey is interesting – 127 pages of photographs! It is much quicker to download the large docs than try to view them on-line. There are also a few decent historic plans and pictures spread about.

The text has quite a few errors including this about the basement:

The space below the Helios Courtyard was once storage space but, with the addition of a glazed roof structure replacing the grassed surface, the space is now an open plan office.

Thanks Ian – I’m sure many will be interested.