World’s oldest company?

I sat down today to write 300 words for a special New Media Age to mark ten years of ‘new media’ in Britain and I thought I’d just get some perspective and see if I could find out how old a business can really get. Anyway, in Japan, I learn, there’s a family-owned building firm that’s 1400 years old. They completed their first job in 598 – or at least they will do as soon as they can get a skip… (of course, this article is a year old so they’ve probably gone bust by now – which would be pretty funny, really, wouldn’t it)

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Reading

Things I’d have read before if I hadn’t been so busy nodding off in front of Hell’s Kitchen. The Economist’s encouraging survey of eCommerce from a couple of weeks ago. Another nice piece from The Economist, this one about the imminent transit of Venus. Freeman Dyson on theoretical science and a fascinating review of a book about City rats, both from the NYRB. Simon Schama was booked to entertain passengers on the QM2’s maiden voyage, from The New Yorker. Another fascinating O’Reilly book, Spidering Hacks.

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Firing myself

My Webmedia P45
This is the kind of thing you find when you’re cleaning out your storage unit: my P45 from Webmedia, given to me (by me) when I finally closed the doors in October 1998. The first time I made myself redundant but not the last…

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