Herself

Rosa was a month old yesterday. The summer is here. Normality is returning (can anything be normal with three kids?). I might even get the blog back on track. Watch this space. (click the little pic for a bigger one of Rosa with her Grandad George. Click here for a page of early pics)

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Hydrogen hopes

A good survey of the emerging hydrogen economy from the FT (you’ll need a subscription or a free trial). The carbon establishment is betting on hydrogen because they think it will allow them to carry over their huge economic clout into the new era. They’re probably right. The transition will be so costly that we’re… Continue reading Hydrogen hopes

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Retail’s future

Johnnie Boden is a new age retailer with conservative attitudes: “In its celebration of warmth, contentment and pleasure in what one already has, Boden is the polar opposite of fashion’s cold, restless, youth-obsessed hunger for the new” (The Guardian). You may not like his stuff but you’re going to be buying your clothes the Boden… Continue reading Retail’s future

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Visionary or goofball?

Fortune Magazine breathlessly inducts Bezos into the management hall of fame. And so they should.

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Why I love chamber music more than orchestral music

I don’t think that anything so tender, tragic or complete as Schubert’s String Quintet in C exists in the orchestral repertoire. And nowhere else will you find such passion, love and involvement as among the musicians who play it. An (unidentified) musician from a Radio 4 documentary about the Quintet: “The expression also comes, I… Continue reading Why I love chamber music more than orchestral music

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While I was away…

I blogged a review of William Langewiesche’s American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center a couple of weeks ago and now I’ve actually read the book. It’s outstanding journalism, based on the kind of access to the key actors and locations that any hack would kill for. Gripping stuff.

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In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for a couple of weeks…

Since we reset our clocks to baby time on May 1 we’ve been enjoying the hospitality of Watford General Hospital a little more than we expected. First the nice people in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU, pronounced ‘scooboo’) and then the equally nice folks on the Hornets children’s ward have been entertaining us while… Continue reading In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been for a couple of weeks…

Introducing…

(click the little pics for bigger ones)…Rosa May Bowbrick. Just short of 8 lbs in weight, born at 12.05 pm May 1st at Watford General Hospital under an amazing stormy Spring sky. Juliet and baby are both doing well. I’ve taken about a million pictures – so consider yourself lucky. I’ll put some more up… Continue reading Introducing…