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OLIVER DINSMORE

310-407-9689

oliverdinsmore@gmail.com

In creating over 6000 pieces of multimedia content I've worked across a broad range of industries and with tones ranging from light-hearted and irreverent to sincere and corporate. I've created and managed three websites from scratch and generated over 100m page views. 

 

I've also made many podcasts about health, politics, philosophy and sport and have a profound penchant for creating video content. As an audio engineer I have also made many soundscapes for corporate films and adverts.

 

I'm adaptable, passionate and meticulous. I research my subjects thoroughly and have a true love of authenticity and originality. I only work for organizations with a mission that I believe in.

 

I wrote and directed this RING Security campaign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TECH

What is Blockchain?

The advent of the digital age has brought about some wonderful improvements to our everyday lives ranging from infinite wisdom at the touch of a button to online banking that means we may never again have to  queue interminably at those dreaded high street depositories.

But the speed of change means that many of us technological knuckle draggers can get left behind by new terminology and innovations that ostensibly sprout up with each passing day.

My arguably unenviable job is to keep you abreast of such changes by decanting the jargon into a small and clear receptacle of beautifully accessible information.

In today’s class we start with blockchain. What the sweet baby Jesus is it?

The interwebs will tell you something along the lines of:

'a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly.'

Blockchain is essentially a very fair and efficient way of making online transactions with digital money (cryptocurrency) like Bitcoin. ‘Crypto’ actually means ‘secret’ or ‘hidden’ but while the technology is as secure as Fort Knox, the idea itself is revolutionary precisely because of its transparency.

It’s safe because, once made, the transactions are recorded online in blocks and are effectively indelible. They can’t be deleted so they can’t be disputed or fiddled. Furthermore, they’re transparent and available for public viewing.

Even if the Bitcoin bubble bursts it seems that the charge of cryptocurrency is unstoppable.

And although we have no way of knowing how it’s going to play out long-term, there are obvious advantages to the consumer (hence the crazy Bitcoin shareprice).

 

 

 

TECH

I wrote and narrated this Elon Musk biography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL

A feast for the senses: Barcelona, Spain - Booking.com

 

Barcelona basks in culture and possesses an embarrassment of riches for all tastes and budgets. 

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Why go? 

 

The wonderfully stubborn stronghold of Barcelona is a treasure trove that will sate your senses like few other European destinations. It may be located on the coastal periphery of Catalonia but, to those familiar with the city, it represents the throbbing heart of this autonomous region of northeastern Spain. 

 

Whatever your motivation for travel this spectacular bastion of independence is likely to leave a lasting impression. Because Barcelona is blessed with architecture, art, culture, geography, colours, tastes and smells which seldom cease to excite and invigorate. If Gaudí fails to leave you giddy, the magic fountain of Montjuïc doesn’t have you gushing and FC Barcelona’s sensational stadium is nothing Nou, then Picasso’s art and the tree-lined parks will have you pining for one of the exquisite eateries which abound in this liberal and vibrant community.

 

Barcelona is a loving marriage between the old and the new. Ancient buildings rub grand shoulders with modern hubs and this slightly patchwork design only adds to the ambience and charm of a city whose inhabitants seem genuinely proud to call this home.

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COMEDY

I wrote and published a book about health and travel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Occasional Drunk - Master Alcohol and Transform Your Life

 

At school I played football most lunchtimes and was the Machiavellian captain of my tennis team (oh how I could brood for days over a painful and thoroughly undeserved defeat to some quick and tireless little shit, three years my junior, who would limply pad the ball back from all angles and hope for unforced errors amidst my supreme arsenal of daring, elegant and blistering strokes).

 

Alas, armed as I was with little more than the unchanneled hyperactivity of my mother and my father’s vast mental library of entertaining if poorly-referenced facts and misinformation, I was neither natured or nurtured for greatness on the fields of play, with my puppet legs and physics-confounding dearth of power. Nevertheless, I absolutely loved sport as a youth.

 

And even though such activity had been completely lost to me in my adult years I still had this notion, at once tenuous and bizarre, that I was sporty, based on these dusty, fading memories and my unflinching loyalty to watching football on TV. I was a quite brilliant armchair critic but rarely indulged in any serious physical exertion. In short, I was living in a fucking dream world.

SPORT

I created two soccer websites which generated 100m page views

 

Whatever you think about the tactics of Louis van Gaal, or his ability to take Manchester United back to the top of the European game, it’s difficult not to be endeared to his style as a human being.

 

The tabloids were awash on Sunday with tales about Stoke defender Phil Bardsley’s ‘knockout punch’ on Wayne Rooney, a video of which surfaced at the weekend.

 

It was initially being hailed as the scoop of the century – the England captain playing Russian Roulette with his football career because of a mindless penchant for boxing.

 

But, in truth, this was a storm in a tea cup;  a vastly exaggerated version of what amounted to two mates messing about in private. And Louis van Gaal looked quietly disgusted by questions about the incident. 

 

Thefootballfreak.com

 

I also publish a weekly soccer podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also created Soccersweep.com  

 

 

 

MUSIC

 

Battered from back to back festivals working for a global drinks company, I promised myself I would get away from the mid-tempo mosh pit that was my dance tent, for this specific hour of the Reading Festival. Time is lost and plans invariably go to waste in such a vocation.

 

But no amount of sleep deprivation or fatigue-fuelled folly was going to take this hour away because I really had to see Maximo Park. As line ups go, Reading was pretty good. Any festival that boasts royalty from Leon will do for me, but Maximo Park were the Kings of Reading this time out.

 

I hammered the album, `A Certain Trigger', on a jaunt to Ibiza and loved it, partially because everyone else seemed to scoff. But we all decide at some stage that we like a band so much that we are prepared to do endless hours of free verbal promotion for them. My `voluntary free verbal promotion' selection of 2006 was Maximo Park.

 

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When I met Tom Findlay of Groove Armada at a Café in W1 earlier this week, it was hard to imagine that a man with such a healthy and young appearance could have been caught up in such a cut-throat industry for a decade. He’s the sort of chilled out geezer who would fit seamlessly into your own set of mates, with a relaxed and genuinely friendly demeanour. But somehow it’s true. The interminably likeable Groove Armada is 10 years old. 

 

To celebrate this fairly unusual achievement, Groove Armada are releasing not one, but two albums – another ‘Best Of’ and ‘GA10’ which puts a new flex on old tunes and also includes, as yet, unreleased material. With this news, the more paranoid fans amongst us might be forgiven for thinking that this is the beginning of the end for the band. 

 

Glasswerk

 

 

 

INTERVIEWS

An element of luck is often ascribed to success in business because, however hard you strive, good fortune is also sometimes necessary to put you in the right place at the right time.

 

But there are also rare cases of human beings who completely eradicate the need for lady luck. They eliminate any modicum of doubt about career success through sheer ingenuity in everything they do....

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...David emphatically proved, in this part of his career, that the excellence shown in his early life was no accident. His early publications now have over 400 citations in top academic journals and he was promoted three times in four years at Groupon through a spellbinding blend of hard work and extraordinary achievement. 

 

‘I always define myself as a disrupter or pioneer. Once I set a goal, I will try my best to get it done regardless of how hard it is.’

 

But none of these career decisions were made purely on impulse. David had set life goals for himself from an early age. And these steps followed the framework of a broader plan for his existence in which he wanted to first succeed in a big firm before excelling in a startup environment. The final piece of the jigsaw, his last big mission, is as awe-inspiring as it is challenging:

 

‘I want to balance the global resource and create a virtual global village.’ 

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PRESENTING

I also have over 15 years of experience in voiceover and presenting

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