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Daniel Coll

Show BioHide BioWebsiteInstagramBritish journalist, media specialist and educator living in Tallinn, Estonia. MCIJ, MRPS

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Lev Manovich: The ‘selfie’ professor

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If you think about it, most people you meet fit their profession relatively well. You can spot a hairdresser, a banker or a journalist a mile off; they assume a character that fits their role, often based on their own subconscious stereotypes. For journalists ... More »

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Is startup culture the new religion?

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In our Western society traditional religion is waning, churches are either near empty on Sundays or — as in the UK — they’re now swanky bars, nightclubs or restaurants. The number of people who consider themselves to be religious has seen a sharp decline in th... More »

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Giles Foden: A career inspired by Africa

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Sat in the late afternoon sun on the terrace of Pushkin Cafe, enjoying a crisp Estonian beer with Giles Foden, acclaimed writer, journalist and author of The Last King of Scotland, among other titles. Giles is here in Tallinn to teach a short course in creativ... More »

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The calm before the storm

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I’m about to become a father again. I say ‘about to’ as we are currently waiting for her, today as I write this we are at the due date (7th July) and she’s not made an appearance so far. The mother in law is here, she speaks only Russian, I don’t speak much Ru... More »

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Panning for Data: The new ‘natural’ resource

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It’s no secret that data is valuable. At present there are ongoing discussions about the integrity of our data, the security of our data and the way in which companies we willingly give it to might be planning to use it. Even so, most of us still post photos o... More »

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A lesson in responsible nationalism

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A man who lived over the road from me in the UK was branded a racist by some, and those who passed his house often remarked on him being a bit of an oddity. Maybe he exuded this trait because of his military background, his lack of higher education, or his wor... More »

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The pitfalls and potholes of driving in Estonia

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After nearly a year in Estonia I decided to buy a car. Of the sensible, family, not in the slightest bit sexy variety. I can’t name the brand, but cast your mind back to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics for a more than accurate clue. Impressed now ma... More »

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The mysterious Spanish soul of struggle

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In 1933 a speech was given in Buenos Aires that changed lives and attitudes, which created excitement and a hunger to know more. I’m not talking about the kind of self help propaganda we see today, promising the world for a few positive thoughts. This was a sp... More »

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Jeremy Clarkson: A victim of the modern disease?

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Throughout history there have always been figures that have caused controversy, they have either challenged the accepted norms or fiercely held on to aging beliefs that defined them and their peers in the face of so called progress. These people have often bec... More »

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Is Tallinn the new food capital of Europe?

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About four years ago I started to have a recurring dream, a dream that intrigued me. It was set in a warren of small streets, peppered with tiny cafes, bars and restaurants; the amber glow shining off the light stone of the quaint facades and glistening cobble... More »

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How to annoy an Estonian

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Before I delve into the curious world of the Estonian psyche, I think it’s probably best to look at that of the British. Well known for our surface politeness and stiff upper lip, we have trait that only becomes apparent when one moves abroad and looks back in... More »