Category Archives: Business/Economics

Morrisons full statement & apology about The Angel of the North stunt

“We’re sorry if anybody thought we got carried away by shining a baguette on the Angel of the North and apologise unreservedly to those who were offended.  We were trying something different which was meant to put a smile on … Continue reading

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Mr Selfridge & the book bound in human skin

Selfridge’s window display 1920s (www.shopdisplays.net) Writer Arnold Bennett was a well known celebrity in London by the 1920s and often recorded his encounters with the rich and powerful in his journals. This one has stuck in my mind. Not sure … Continue reading

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A mystery for Sherlock: Why won’t big media organisations pay for online photos?

This photo is copyright Samira Ahmed (@SamiraAhmedUK) I posted some photos on Twitter on Sunday taken on a phone at a family party of a Sherlock Holmes cake, which generated a lot of interest. I’m not a professional photographer, but … Continue reading

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Midnight movies to Kickstarter: John Waters & selling films

Trailer for Pink Flamingos (1972) (Updated December 8th 2014) These are notes for further reading based on my Kingston University film class today about John Waters’ career and its lessons for independent filmmaking. John Waters Trailer for Pink Flamingos – … Continue reading

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People at work: Richard III and The 60s Town Planner

This piece was about Leicester’s repentence for planning atrocities against its medieval past. Thought it worth reposting as the High Court ruled in favour of a “dignified” burial in the city. Full details and judgement here.  Maybe you used to … Continue reading

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An ethically lighter way to enjoy chocolate

  I am not keen on those books by apparently very affluent globetrotting authors with a nice life, that tell us to spend less, slow down and focus on the spiritual. In fact I speed-read Carl Honore’s “In Praise of … Continue reading

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Concorde: How a dead end can be a glorious high point of innovation

1976 Paris-Rio First commercial Concorde flight to Brazil Photo: Jean-Claude Deutsch Paris Match I chose Concorde out of a 100 Great British Innovations for a National Museum project to mark National Science and Engineering Week. You can vote for it … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Typewriter

The last typewriter was made in Britain yesterday at a factory in Wales. But has the stigma of typing for women really been lost? This was originally written earlier this year to look at how far the QWERTY keyboard might … Continue reading

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Mea culpa: But only after making the money

Sir Mervyn King’s recent admisson that he should have been “shouting from the rooftops” about the dangers of the banking system before the 2008 crash seems to add to my theory, written for The Big Issue about the number of … Continue reading

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