On BBC Radio Leeds talking about Social Media, privacy and policing

Sorry, it’s taken me a while to post this, but, for the sake of trying to keep most of my content in one place, I am posting here the interview I did on the BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show on 9th February. I was asked to go in (at 7am!) to talk about Twitter and privacy issues in the wake of the PPC ruling against Sarah Baskerville (@baskers). Then, while I was waiting to go into the studio, the producer asked me if I would mind answering questions about the issue of whether the police were being outwitted by demonstrators using social media to organise protests. I was happy to oblige.

Grand Central Trains – deserving of support

Last week I took advantage of what I consider to be an amazing offer. Grand Central Trains is offering return tickets from West Yorkshire to London for £25 during the month of February. I am not sure what price the normal Grand Central journeys are, but, using other services, it can cost anything up to £25o, if you travel peak times, to get to London by train from the area where I live. The £25 fares are only available during February, but, they are available on any of the company’s services, at any time, and the tickets can be bought on the train, at no extra charge. This is a fantastic offer, and a real boon for people who have to travel to London on a limited budget.

Table on a Grand Central Train

Grand Central’s services from West Yorkshire call at some unusual stations (including the dreaded Wakefield Kirkgate) and they take a bit longer to get there than some of the more established providers, but their trains are modern, clean, comfortable, and have free wifi throughout.

I think this is a great initiative by a company that deserves to succeed, and I hope they do it again. And, now, they have introduced the “Community Card” offering half price travel to voluntary and community organisations. Now, if you are based in West Yorkshire (or the North-East), work in the voluntary sector, and need to visit #thatlondon, you really have no excuse for not making the trip.