History tells us the decline of The Left is inevitable (but we shouldn’t stop protesting)
November 9th, 2016

27 years ago Germany was divided into the democratic West Germany and the communist East (ironically called the German Democratic Republic). While the west enjoyed the benefits of democracy in the east there was oppression, repression and poverty.

On My Travels
Catching the train
November 3rd, 2016

The great thing about the Japanese railway system is it runs on time. If a train says it will leave at 17:16 it will leave at that time and not five minutes before or a few minutes after.

Is an iPad a suitable replacement for a writer’s laptop?
November 1st, 2016

Forget MacBooks and laptops. When I need to sit down, focus and get a few thousand words down my iPad becomes the perfect writer's tool.

Is this the end of the gig economy?
October 29th, 2016

In a tribunal in the heart of London Uber

Keep drinking that coffee
October 25th, 2016

“Writers are a peculiar breed who turn caffeine into books.”

Wish I could remember who said it, it was one of those things that popped up somewhere and stuck in my head. I’ve seen it – and variations – a few dozen times over the past few months, so perhaps one of those things that will drift into folklore and 500 hundred years from now some academic will attribute it to Shakespeare.

On My Travels
Behind Chinatown, London
October 23rd, 2016

The streets behind London's Chinatown reveal a rarely explored, yet fascinating view of the city.

On My Travels
Electric deliveries (Japanese style)
October 18th, 2016

Need a delivery? Living in one of the outlying towns of Kobe, Japan? Quick – give 7-Eleven a call and they’ll bring it straight round in a rather funky little EV. I’m guessing this is based on the Renault Twzzy, but whatever it is I feel a need to add it to my car collection.

On My Travels
Getting ready for the day ahead
October 12th, 2016

Cafe staff prepare for another busy day in London.

Preparing an investment pitch for new funding
October 9th, 2016

An investment pitch is more than some PowerPoint slides. This is how I helped a small business create a pitch that worked onscreen, in print and secured the funds they needed for growth

A right to buy and the looming housing crisis
October 5th, 2016

The UK Government has announced an end to the “Help to buy” scheme that was designed to help people own their first home. That it has come to a stop should be a surprise to no one as when it was set up then Chancellor George Osborne was clear it would end in 2016.