TudoRama

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By: Tudor Rickards

TudoRama explores the nature and practice of creativity in the arts, sciences, politics and above all in everyday life. Tudor Rickards is Emeritus Professor of Creativity and Organizational Change at the University of Manchester. Tudor studied chemistry and radiation chemistry at The University of Wales at Cardiff.  Following post-doctoral research at New York Medical College, he returned to the UK to work in technical management before joining Manchester Business School.  He has published numerous books and articles on creativity, sporting management and leadership, as well as fictional works involving the mythical University of Urmston. He has been influential in the de...

End of season blues. Things can only get better.
Last Monday at 9:00 AM

End of season blues. Things can only get better.

Wednesday 22 May 2024

This is it. The day the chess sets and clocks are packed away. The tables unfolded with care to avoid barked knuckles. Chairs stacked neatly in the storage space by the filing cabinet.
Lights out. The few members who attended the last night of the season trail slowly out of the club room following the instructions to check lights. The outside door closes with a click.
All chess has ended for the summer recess.
Before next season starts, there will be...


Getting started in chess. Revision session No 2 The basic moves
Last Sunday at 3:00 PM

Getting started in chess 
Revision session No 2 The basic moves.

These chess lessons in audio form are provided for parents and would-be chess beginners at the Northern Tennis club, Didsbury.  You will need a chess board and a set chess for the final puzzle. 
It will help if you know how to pause and restart the audio. 

First some advice about thinking before you move:
A blunder is a very bad move which could lose the game.

Most blunders happen because of a simple lack of focus. You might get dist...


Getting started in chess. Revision session No 1
Last Friday at 3:00 PM


Wit and Wisdom. Late May 2024 edition
Last Thursday at 2:00 PM

Wit and Wisdom. Late May  2024 edition.

@karinbeery’s post earlier this month asked for examples of disguised swear words. There was great response including these:

Sadly I can’t trace the first contributor.

Saw this post and loved it: what words do you use when you don't want to swear but want to express yourself? My mom always went with cripe. I'm a big fan of 'cheese and crackers' and 'son of a biscuit.'

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General Election fever. Wet.wet.wet.
05/22/2024

General Election fever. Wet.wet.wet.

Wednesday 22 May 2024
4.30pm

Election fever has been mounting all day. News media report that the PM will announce a date for it in front of No 10, at 5pm.
Polls have remained stubbornly predicting a serious loss for the Government for at least a year. 
The weather remains as bleak as the political climate. 
Inside, we are informed, the PM is completing the briefing to his cabinet, several of whom have cancelled planned duties.
The weather wins the first round, forcing storm protection measures to be...


Strictly come dentistry. The new sensational TV show
05/21/2024

Strictly come dentistry. The new sensational TV show

The format. Contestants show off their dentistry skills before a live audience, and a panel of celebrity dentists.

Votes from the panel and from viewer’s phone-in. 

Each week, the candidates demonstrate their skills in selecting the correct tooth, executing their dentistry skills, with vivid in-mouth shots on giant screens, background music, and lights display. 

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Dogs in Drag, or 101 Pugnations?
05/19/2024

Dogs in Drag

Sunday 19 May.
The BBC breakfast show gave priority to a cringemaking report of an event called The Dogs’ Prom. The show revealed an infantilised treatment of dogs stripped of all dignity, and dressed up in gruesome costumes.

I watched in horror at dogs dressed as cute children’s dolls were paraded to the rapturous approval of owners, and the presenters. My nausea was not shared by other viewers of the program who sent in equally repulsive images...

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The chess championship of the future. The Armageddon wars.
05/16/2024

The chess championship of the future. The Armageddon wars.

If it sounds like science-fiction, it’s probably because it is very much like the plot of a science-fiction blockbuster, set in the remote future, in a galaxy far from ours.
A glimpse of how it may play out was seen in a remarkable competition involving most of the leading Chess grandmasters of the day, which ended this week on Wednesday 24 May 2024. 

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David Beckham’s Body Art investigated
05/16/2024


David Beckham’s body art has been the subject of numerous stories in the celebrity fanzines. It has even warranted a chapter in a serious academic study published in the Cambridge University Press book. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/abs/cambridge-companion-to-football/david-beckham-and-the-celebrity-phenomenon/4888485C73DC8B1F08594875880936E9
The Cambridge Companion to Football. David Beckham and the Celebrity Phenomenon.

In chapter 9, David Beckham and the Celebrity Phenomenon, the author Jed Novick writes

He is the ultimate billboard – from Manchester to Madrid to Milan to LA; he’s even turned his tattooed body into a canv...


The Odd Couple: A case study of gaslighting?
05/15/2024

The Odd Couple: A case study of gaslighting?

This podcast summarises a case study of the working relation of a broadcasting team and in particular of its two lead broadcasters whose names I have described as Kenneth and Barbie. 
Their story reminds me of examples of teams from real life and fiction, including the one made famous in the film The Odd Couple, brilliantly played by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Another humorist and actor Steve Cooghan mocked the morning chat show displays of harmonious teamwork,  in his TV series Mid-Morning Matters. He portrayed hi...