Enjoyed Interesting North last Saturday in Sheffield, though not without some reservations. At the risk of coming across as too Tony Wilson, I was disappointed with the low number of Northern accents on stage, even less pleased with the London references and anecdotes.
I don’t have a problem with London, or the South, or non-Northern accents, and I don’t want the North populated only by Northeners, but an event called Interesting North that is light on Northern voices and ideas is missing something. Particularly when the idea for event has been nicked from London.
Yes, ideas are universal, but context is local.
But those are minor gripes. There was plenty food for the brain: people’s love of mapping data, the thrilling consequence of rules and no rules, genetically agile product design, poker economics, and the possible impact of bicycle commuters routes on city centre house prices.
Great soup, too. A good day.