Indiana Jones at the V&A
The V&A is the sort of place I think Indiana Jones would approve of. It’s full of artefacts from around the world, some liberated from oppressive regimes, some “rescued” from what might otherwise be destruction or neglect. Many have been gifted. It appears Indy agrees with me. During my most recent visit I chanced across […]
Tumblr has banned adult content. Is it a great business decision?
Much is being made of Tumblr’s decision to ban adult content. There are countless articles and posts lamenting the loss of a huge source of images and videos. The impact on niche groups and communities has been highlighted. Many questions are being raised about freedom of speech. Why Tumblr made this decision has been the subject of debate. Concerns […]
To infinity. From Dundee
A view out across the River Tay. Taken beneath the Tay Road Bridge. It was a beautiful view, the supports spanning out to infinity.
If you go looking for a problem you’ll find one
I was listening to “In Our Time”, my favourite go-to Podcast. On the panel with Melvyn Bragg were a trio of experts: two male, one female. As the discussion progressed I started to think one of the male panelists was quite the misogynist. He was interrupting his female peer, paraphrasing her points and countering her […]
My Brexit letter to Richard Harrington, MP
My local MP is the Conservative Richard Harrington. A “vote remain” supporter in the referendum, he currently has the position of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I’ve written the following letter to him to set out my views on the upcoming “EU Withdrawal Agreement”. Dear Mr Harrington, […]
I went a bit abstract for this illustration. Created on Affinity Photo on the iPad Pro
Influencer media kit: an experiment in graphic design
A former colleague was bemoaning the influx of people into his inbox claiming to be “an influencer”. The basic thrust of his grumble was each one wanted him to give them something and in return he’d receive “exposure”. What “exposure” meant to his bottom line was never clear. “I wish they’d start acting like magazines […]
A photo over Athens
A couple pause to capture the beautiful view out across Athens. It might seem like a cliche, but if you get the chance to visit the birthplace of democracy I strongly recommend it. The city is beautiful, there are ruins with so many tales to tell and you can stand in the footsteps of intellectual […]
China’s innovation economy has warnings and lessons for The West
Just a few years ago, the business press had written China off as a “me-too” economy. It was steeped in copycat enterprises, a place where rip-offs were common and Western companies went for low cost manufacturing. How quickly that view has changed. Almost by stealth, China has been transforming itself into a hub of innovation. […]
The bike by the canal
A bicycle is chained by railings at the Grand Union. Who does it belong to?