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We’ll Shop-Hop ’til They Drop

So far this month 3 of the UK’s high street giants have bitten the dust – HMV, Jessops and today Blockbuster.  This should come as no surprise as we, The People, have headed out of their stores and moved swiftly … Continue reading

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Les Flâneurs des Smart Cities

There’s currently a lot of hype around Smart Cities and how technology can assist cities to become ‘smarter’, more efficient and ultimately ‘aid’ the citizen.  Sensors which can be attached to nearly anything, the data collected about nearly everything, CCTV … Continue reading

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Spying – A True British Legacy

The total feel good factor that has washed across the country in the last 2 weeks of Olympics has been breathtaking. We all rose to the challenge, the return of British pride (which I touched upon previously) appeared like a … Continue reading

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Sustaining sustainability

The unexpected arrival of a wind turbine blade at the Tate Modern earlier this month made in protest against the Tate’s relationship with BP marked the continuation of the sustainability march against the oligarchs of the energy empires.  The continual streams … Continue reading

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The Return of Made in Britain: Are we now allowed to be proud?

Way back in the 1980’s I worked in the UK textile manufacturing industry. Those were the days when selling british made products and the Made in Great Britain brand was simply what we did and sitting in a tiny showroom … Continue reading

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Looking Forward: Going Backward: Part 2: Commutinies¡ – The Quiet Revolution

It’s not new news that either through choice or simply to make ends meet the number of independent workers is on the rise – two thirds of the US workforce are now not linked to a traditional 9-to-5 job and, … Continue reading

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Looking Forward: Going Backward: Part 1- Man and Machine 1887 – 2012

I admit to being a bit of an old book freak.  Stick me in a corner with a falling apart copy of some 19th century book and I’ll be happy – and occasionally it produces the odd gem.  Recently I … Continue reading

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“Simplicity, control and certainty” – the Future?

“.. the fear of greater connectivity, which will create more volatility and more anxiety, may generate demand for simplicity, control and certainty” Richard Watson, Ernst & Young, Performance Preview

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Digital Nomads – the rise and rise of the location independent worker

The rise of the digital nomad, that is, “someone who uses technology and the internet to work remotely—from home, the coffee shop, internet cafe, or even to collaborate remotely with teams anywhere in the world” has been predicted for many … Continue reading

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The Revolution will not be televised…

The Revolution will not be televised by Gil-Scott Heron in 1974: Cyberwar has been declared and the battle is underway.  Julian Assange is sitting in Wandsworth prison almost living out some thriller while Anonymous pulls the plug on anti-Wikileaks sites … Continue reading

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