Help my family see Mars

Mars is whizzing by, the skies are clear ? and I can’t get my telescope to work! If you have a manual for a Tasco Starguide 80 telescope (or the Nexstar 80, which I understand to be the same beast with a different brand), please send me a PDF, a photocopy or read it out… Continue reading Help my family see Mars

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Healing the health service

Ideology may have created it ? ideology of the purest, most saintly kind ? but it won’t be ideology that saves the NHS. It will be management ? creative, inspirational management that we somehow have to free from burden of decades of ideology, from left and right. Boring really. The FT reports on a really… Continue reading Healing the health service

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Electricity

Flows of electricity are obviously going to be a big deal over the coming decades. According to Wired Magazine, in the kind of euphoric article that wouldn’t be possible since the big East Coast black-out, the whole world will be a single, frictionless electricity grid within a decade and the stuff will flow unimpeded by… Continue reading Electricity

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Arrivederci

Buongiorno is the UK subsidiary of an Italian firm of the same name. On July 9 2003, the company’s Finance Director and Company Secretary, David Kearns (a man with some letters after his name to show that he’s a Chartered Management Accountant) agreed with me to buy the domain name buongiorno.co.uk from another.com for €4,000.… Continue reading Arrivederci

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Piratic instincts

I’ve just levered an 80GB drive out of the near-legendary Kitchen Cube (it’s a Cube and we keep it in the kitchen…) to replace it with a larger one (media inflation runs riot in our house). I’ll put the drive on ebay, I guess – maybe 30 or 40 quid – but the machine is our… Continue reading Piratic instincts

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Holiday diversions, part 2

A beautiful Summer evening spent at Carter’s gorgeous Steam Fair. Original, often steam-powered fairground rides, lovely painted horses, a proper coconut shy, test your strength, ring toss… and not a video game in sight. They’re from Berkshire but they tour the whole South of England in the Summer. Marvelous. (click the small pics for bigger… Continue reading Holiday diversions, part 2

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A lake in West Cork

Loch Hyne (pronounced ‘Loch Ine’) was Europe’s first marine nature reserve, a strange and beautiful square kilometre of partly tidal inland lake about as far South and West as you can go in Ireland – ‘the next parish is Brooklyn’, they say. It’s also about a mile from my parents’ house (over a steep, wooded… Continue reading A lake in West Cork

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Indestructible brands

Donald McRae on the struggle for survival outside the Premiership. Excellent business journalism by a very good sports writer. “Eleven clubs have been through the mill of administration this year, staggering and lurching from one catastrophe to another. Four remain locked in either administration or receivership. Isolated from the Premiership millions, and devastated by the… Continue reading Indestructible brands

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