Wednesday 10 January 2024

Closing the Gallery - Ready for a New Chapter

This was not an easy decision but as Bob Dylan wrote 'times they are a changing' and so it's time to close the gallery. What some of you know as Ramon Writes has evolved over 15 years, the creation of  a middle aged former journalist wannabe (a qualified I add) going through a rediscovery. So much has changed in that time, some of it documented here, not as much as I planned - difficult to balance two jobs after all. Ramon Writes will be moving to a new platform to undergo a major facelift balanced with high quality content.

Tuesday 9 August 2022

Re-Lighting The Flame - Beating The Dreaded Burnout

I sat up to write this thought piece after reading an article in my copy of the latest edition of 'Writing Magazine' on how to beat the burnout by author Simon Whaley. It caught my attention because that's what has happened to me in my second stab at a fairly fruitful career in writing. I was reading the magazine because whilst working on an assignment (which is a bit late I'm embarrassed to say) I hit the dreaded wall ... with a thump, and so needed a helping hand to get over it. The article cast a very bright spotlight on why the last three years or so I've struggled to get my writing career back into full throttle. 

Sunday 7 August 2022

Banning of Local Democracy Reporters by City Mayor a Threat to Democracy

When Local Democracy Reporter (LDR) Alex Seabrook, during a regular press briefing, questioned Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees about his flying all the way to US to speak at a TED conference on climate change, the response was somewhat unexpected. The clip of his exchange with the Mayor went viral as was the dressing down received from Bristol City Council’s Head of External Communications Saskia Konynenburg. The furore that followed resulted in a ban on LDRs from attending or participating in his briefings to the press.