I’m in the kitchen washing up and watching Twyla Tharp‘s staggeringly beautiful In The Upper Room on BBC4 ??a piece from 1986 with a score by Philip Glass (They’re having a dance season on BBC4). Although I think Tharp is supposed to be a bit uncool these days, even on the little portable in the… Continue reading Dancing
Actually, it’s quite boring. I won’t be buying any shares in Google because I never buy shares in anything. The only businesses I’ve owned shares in are my own. This probably explains why I wasn’t on Concorde’s final flight last week. Anyway, Google is now such a household word that you can barely pick out… Continue reading Why I won’t be buying any Google shares
Tom Standage’s survey ‘Beyond the Bubble‘ from the Economist a couple of weeks ago. You could use these, beautifully written, periodic Economist surveys to plot a pretty accurate graph of sentiment in telecoms and the net business over the last decade. I’ve kept them all, over the years – covering telecoms, the net and ecommerce. In… Continue reading Things I’d have been reading if I’d been reading the right things lately
Danny’s got some exasperated and nicely-phrased Orlowski bait over at Oblomovka. The thing about Orlowski is that he’s not an aberration and he won’t be going away any time soon. He’s what you get when a self-consciously geeky underground phenomenon gets its head above the parapet and attempts to create meaning for a group larger… Continue reading Oblomovka Orlowski palaver
Enigmatic Paul Murphy will draw your dog (or your car, or anything really) from a photograph (or from a photograph of somebody else’s dog if you like). Intriguing rumour has it he’s been asked to draw Demi Moore’s kids Rumer, 15, Scout, 11, and Tallulah, 9, as a wedding gift for the planned Valentine’s Day… Continue reading Nice
When I said that Carltonada shareholders might be happy for Allen and Green to spend a little more time with their families, I definitely didn’t expect it all to kick off quite so soon. A shareholder scorned… The ITV landscape is going to look very different in a few months time. Cue Elstein?
I’m at Demos‘ tenth birthday party and I’m bending the ear of Geoff Mulgan ? founder of Demos and, since 1999, a top man in the Number 10 Policy Unit (the do tank) ? about education (I feel OK doing this because he’s had a child since the last time we met). He tells me… Continue reading Do it yourself… Start your own school…
The 14 year-old in me (so that’s about 1977) really wants one of these instead of one of these (nice cutaway here). I am so suburban (or maybe one of these or one of these).
Europe’s pension ‘pyramid scheme’ is in terminal crisis. In Italy, public pension payments already account for 15% of GDP annually. Everyone knows that pensions are broken (and Britain’s are rather less broken than most other European countries ? public?pensions soak up only 6% of GDP) but no one wants to tackle it ??certainly not the… Continue reading Bismarck’s legacy
Over in Medialand it’s business as usual. The Telegraph has a new editor (yawn!), Carlton and Granada are to be allowed to merge (did you hear Allen and Green’s surprisingly plausible double act on the Today programme?). David Liddiment in The Guardian is worried – implausibly – about ignorant Americans with no understanding of public service… Continue reading Media overthrow still imminent