Some kind of way

In a thicketed boyish hideout
my tin compass spins and spins.

Even before there is a problem,
websites throng with solutions.

Pointless to ask questions,
to stand in the woods and wait.

I should just turn the damn thing
to where I want north to be

and let it come round.

Tom Phillips, December 2011

Exeunt round-up of the year

Including a small two pennyworth of mine:

Holiday Hours and Events

The department, its community centers and its cultural arts and community center at Pine Camp will be closed Friday, December 23; Monday, December 26; and Monday, January 2 for the holidays. All parks will remain open as usual from sunrise to sunset.      The department’s Before and After School program is closed during Richmond Public School’s winter break and will resume when schools re-open on


Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia & Latin America (RASAALA) is an open access e-journal; the current issue covers lifestyle migration and an archive is available. They are currently inviting papers on the subject of Sport Event Legacies (abstract deadline 22/2/120 and the Power of Place: Heritage, Archaeological and Sacred (abstract deadline 16/1/12).

Call for papers

This is a request for submission of full research papers, working papers, and/or posters for the 7th International Coastal & Marine Tourism Congress. It will take place 4-8 June 2012 in the Netherlands with keynote speakers, Dr Sheela Agarwal and Dr Brian Wheeller. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 13th January 2012.
Registration is now open for ENTER2012 - 'eTourism : present and future services & applications' at Helsingbord, Sweden from 24th-27th January 2012. Register here

Journal of Tourism Consumption & Practice

The current issue of this journal is now available online; contents include the following articles: 
  • Tracking tourists: Mobility, experiences and the supply-demand gap in a Swedish mountain resort. Bo Svensson, Robert Pettersson and Ingrid Zakrisson
  • Madrid: Literary Fiction and the Imaginary Urban Destination.Graham Busby, Maximiliano E. Korstanje and Charlie Mansfield
Research Notes:
  • Hispaniola: The future tourism Destination of the Caribbean? Hugues Séraphin
Conference Reports:
  • British and American Studies XXI, Timisoara, 19-21 May 2011
  • Sixth Annual International Conference on Tourism, Athens, 1-4 July 2010
Book Review:
  • Flirting With Space: Journeys and Creativity by David Crouch. Reviewed by Les Roberts 

    I Went To Albania

    My one-man show about Shkodra, Tirana, Gjirokastra, Saranda etc gets a test-drive at Bristol Old Vic in January:
    I Went To Albania
    Tom Phillips
    Wed 11th, 7pm
    Why did Enver Hoxha build 700,000 concrete bunkers across the whole of Albania? Were beards illegal under his communist regime? Can you really buy a secondhand Kalashnikov on the streets of Tirana? And what’s any of that got to do with Lord Byron, Edward Lear and John Constable’s picture framer?
    Part travelogue, part personal history, part practical experiment, I went to Albania is a haphazard journey in search of a failed utopia, a debunking of myths, and a work-in-progress by writer/performer Tom Phillips in collaboration with director Andy Burden.
    Tom’s previous work for theatre includes Hotel Illyria, Man Diving and Arbeit Macht Frei.
    There will be bread and salt. Go here for more info and how to book:


    The Centre for Death in Society (University of Bath), will be hosting a morning seminar tomorrow, 9th December, on Death Education in the UK. If you are unable to make it, Dr Philip Stone will be making his lecture slides available on his website next week.

    Seeking Sport Charity Trustees


    Sport 4 Life is a local charity dedicated to bringing about real improvements to local communities and to the lives of children and young people most in need in Birmingham; they are now looking for 2 new Trustees to join the team - click here  for more details.


    Can culture transform our cities? 
    Can we justify expending precious  resources in an age of austerity? 
    Does art transform communities? 
    Be prepared to be inspired, provoked and challenged by this Talking Cities lecture by Dr Jonathan Vickery, Associate Professor in the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick.

    Date: Thursday 8 December 2011
    Time: 6pm
    Venu: MADE, 7 Newhall Square, Birmingham B3 1RY
    Organiser & Tickets: MADE

    IQS Travel

    I spoke about IQS Travel in a previous post, when they opened earlier this year. Just months later, they are celebrating after winning the Social Enterprise West Midlands (SEWM) 'Choose Social Enterprise' SE Profit Award !  find out more...

    City to Present Free Holiday Performance at the Landmark

    WHO: City and Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Officials WHAT: A performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a one-act opera for the entire family, sung in English, telling the story of a mischievous shepherd boy named Amahl, his mother, the three kings who visit them, and the miracle that changed their lives forever.WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.WHERE: