The Shadow of the State … and the Ability to Escape it

This post is a little overdue as it was sparked by a special report in The Economist two weeks ago, “Taming Leviathan”.  The report explores the challenges facing governments worldwide as they face the need to address unsustainable levels of expenditure. The report, along with a separate article on the BBC website,serves to highlight the […]

The Shadow of the State … and the Ability to Escape it

This post is a little overdue as it was sparked by a special report in The Economist two weeks ago, “Taming Leviathan”.  The report explores the challenges facing governments worldwide as they face the need to address unsustainable levels of expenditure. The report, along with a separate article on the BBC website,serves to highlight the […]

Springy Sounds Abound

I’m delighted to be able to talk about this, now.  Around this time last year, I wrote the introduction for this book. Iain Black – with enormous dedication, persistence and, surely, the patience of a saint – has compiled what is probably the first book dedicated to the Tokai Guitar Company’s sought-after replicas of early […]

Money for Nothing?

Researching a paper for a customer at the moment, I am reading a lot about our country’s “straightened economic circumstances”.  It’s a phrase which has cropped up more than once in different articles and documents.  I’m interested enough in this apparent bout of moral rectitude but I can’t help but wonder if it shouldn’t be […]

Fresh Ideas

I am indebted to Bruce Lynn for a unique interpretation of the Burning Pine concept and logo.  Bruce is General Manager for Red Bee Piero who lead the field in “3D analysis technology for televised sporting events”; very cool software.  We know each other from when we worked together at Microsoft but between those roles, […]

The World’s Most Ethical Companies–Ethisphere

Ethisphere has published its 2011 list of the world’s most ethical companies.  It is an interesting read with some entries which clearly align to public perception or marketing intention (Timberland, Johnson Controls) and others which are more of a surprise.  First impression is that there is a disproportionate amount of US companies and I wonder […]

The World’s Most Ethical Companies–Ethisphere

Ethisphere has published its 2011 list of the world’s most ethical companies.  It is an interesting read with some entries which clearly align to public perception or marketing intention (Timberland, Johnson Controls) and others which are more of a surprise.  First impression is that there is a disproportionate amount of US companies and I wonder […]

TotallyTangibleTruths 101–Nicholas Bate

Some more ponder-food from Nicholas Bate.  I particularly liked: “9.  Reading Is An Incredibly High Value Investment In Your Brain; 10. grab that investment: some invest more in their car than they do in their mind. …                  39.  Music Changes State And Makes You Feel Unstoppable Just When You Feel Like Stopping;” Worth musing over. […]

TotallyTangibleTruths 101–Nicholas Bate

Some more ponder-food from Nicholas Bate.  I particularly liked: “9.  Reading Is An Incredibly High Value Investment In Your Brain; 10. grab that investment: some invest more in their car than they do in their mind. …                  39.  Music Changes State And Makes You Feel Unstoppable Just When You Feel Like Stopping;” Worth musing over. […]

Different shades of green – Babbage Blog (The Economist)

Interesting insight from the Economist’s Babbage blog: “OIL tycoons, mining giants and airlines make for such perfect villains in the global-warming debate that it is easy to forget the environmental impact of a humble household. But a report published this week by the OECD, a rich-country think tank, notes that households use up to 30% […]

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