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So, not being content with having my own editing tasks for Cubicle 7 I sent the BBC an email this morning pointing out a ton of mistakes in one of their online articles (a football one about the England Squad announcement). It had loads of errrors in (I think their editors must all be away for the abnk holiday) and even called one of the palyers by the wrong name in the article (Robert Green is apparently now called Paul Green!).

It was a shockingly bad piece to be posted on the BBC News Site. You'd have thought that they would vet their journalists for grammer and spelling competence!

Anyway, I've had a decent bank holiday weekend. I took Saturday off and went and saw 'Angels & Demons' at the cinema and then started on Babylon 5 Season 3 (I'd never seen the show before so started from the 1st Season a couple of weeks ago - much of the 1st Season is pretty badly acted but it gets better by Season 2 and the over-arcing plotline is very good). I was in the office for a few hours yesterday sorting out addresses for all our Starblazer Adventures pre-order customers (which should be arriving here on Wednesday) and am in again today to finish that off, do some more editing and also get a batch of art briefs out.

Been having lots of good ideas for a new setting we're working on and also, from that in some ways, an excellent idea for a new novel (should I ever get the time and talent...).

Anyway, back to work for me. Hope everyone has had a good weekend and holiday!


May. 25th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Out of interest, Mr Angus:
Having a nearly 15yr old g33k son who's only interest is in computer games and a possible career as a designer of games, what d'you reckon is the best direction for him? How easy would it be, for instance, to get a week's work experience in one such company to see it's not all fun etc (I assume)?
May. 25th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
I don't really know the computer game market (my expertise and experience is in the traditional tabletop roleplaying arena and board/card games).

Many companies do take people on work experience and internships. The best thing there is to find out where the comnpanies are located, find the ones nearest to you and write them letters inquiring about the possibility of work experience, etc. Many schools start looking at work experience placements between 15-17 so he would get forms from the school for his work placement to complete.

The only problem I have with work experience/internship is that, often, you won't really get a good idea of how things work. Most of the jobs he'll be given (from past experience, not everywhere might work the same) will be quite simplistic and maybe even a bit boring. Sorting through files, cataloging art, etc. He might be able to 'shadow' someone at the firm to see what they do each day - but the problem is usually that everyone is so busy that someone on work experience can be a little ignored because people just don't have the proper time to show them the ropes and explain things.

I'd start looking round at computer game companies in/near London though and see who is around and whether any are appealing your son.
May. 26th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Aye, thanks for that.

I've been trying to spark some enthusiasm/motivation in him as he's looking at a weeks's placement that the school will drop on him which might not be all that beneficial in the long term. Hey ho. Who'd be a parent...

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