Chinese vase makes £460,000 at Exeter auction
Feb08

Chinese vase makes £460,000 at Exeter auction

By James Bateman Lot 519 was always going to be the star at Bearnes Hampton Littlewood Fine Art sale in Exeter on 30th January. So valuable it had to be kept separately in a secure location during the sale preview, I was lucky enough to be given a private view by resident ceramic expert Nic Saintey. It was a beautiful blue and white baluster vase with a six-character Qianlong seal mark to the base. The Qianlong reign was 1736-1795,...

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Digitalk: Need a little help with your resolutions?

While you shouldn’t wait until a certain time of year to start improving yourself, lets face it, most of us put stuff off for the new year. Oh I’ll start that diet next year, or I’ll take up this hobby in the new year. We’re all guilty of it. But good on you if you’ve actually started and are keeping going with it! Most new year’s resolutions fizzle out in the first week. If, like myself, you’ve chosen weight loss or fitness as your...

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From finance to farmhouse – bread for life
Jan26

From finance to farmhouse – bread for life

Bakery owner Steven Thomas is launching a new concept of charity. He plans to launch a ‘philanthropic bond’, an entirely new form of charity donation that aims to give people bread for life. The idea is that donors make a pledge. This pledge goes towards a target sum of £250,000. If the target is reached the capital generated will sustain bread for life for a number of nominated recipients. “It’s a philanthropic promise,” said Steven,...

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Digitalk: Sometimes old school is better
Dec21

Digitalk: Sometimes old school is better

Recently I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with 2D games instead of the flash modern 3D hyper detailed games that get all the attention these days. I don’t mean that I’m playing really old games from 20 years ago, there are thousands of small studios and developers making games in 2D or hand drawn styles. There are multiple reasons to do this, the main reason is that its cheaper. Takes less time, and uses less resources to make,...

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Article 13 – The Death of the Internet
Nov30

Article 13 – The Death of the Internet

Well, more accurately, The European Union Directive on Copyright for the Digital Single Market, but that’s a little wordy to be chanting outside parliament. While we have all been focused on the rapidly approaching Brexit decisions, the EU parliament has unbelievably passed Article 13. What is article 13? Article 13 is the EU parliament’s attempt to update copyright laws to “protect and redirect” revenue back to the original content...

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