Mukhtaran Bibi

Tom Watson asked me to link to his coverage of the appalling Mukhtaran Bibi story. Tom reckons the UK media is doing a better job of covering this really egregious example of Musharraf’s out-of-control demagoguery than the Americans. That’s encouraging I suppose.

More about work

Bill Morris’ series about work, Workaday World, is really good. Very nicely put together, sort of contemplative, focused on the voices of working people (and I’m pretty sure that’s Brian Eno on the soundtrack). It ought to be a set text for business and sociology students. Part two (MP3). This is a programme that really,… Continue reading More about work

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Podcasting on the Today Programme

Stephen Evans gets the phenomenon about right – and introduces me to at least one podcasting application I hadn’t come across yet: unofficial gallery audio guides. Curry is honoured. Mid-West weirdos too. Worth a listen.

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Monday afternoon listening

Just what you need on a Sunny Monday afternoon: a lovely Russell Davies George Formby doc (MP3) and part one (MP3) of an interesting series about work from Bill Morris, who used to be General Secretary of the T&G. Get your skates on and download Radio 3’s complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies, all recently recorded… Continue reading Monday afternoon listening

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From the storage unit

A marvellous, solid, heavy and slightly mysterious telephone with a big loudspeaker on the front and connections on the back that look like something from a battleship (what is it?). One of my favourite old gadgets (bought, like all the others, from the place old things go to die: Brick Lane market).

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Mouse superstar

Is JK Rowling the only kids’ book gazillionaire? I’d like to think there’s room for more than one kids’ book superstar – someone, maybe, who makes their money (more quietly than JK) from multiple national markets and formats and from a younger, less bankable audience? If there is, it’s probably Lucy Cousins, creator of the… Continue reading Mouse superstar

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Wolves and loss adjusters

Today, to our house, came a loss adjuster. You’ve met loss adjusters – they’re the lone wolves who tell the insurers to settle your claim or not (fingers crossed for that flood damage claim, people). Anyway, the wolf thing is not an excuse for a cheap loss adjuster gag. Our loss adjuster turns out to… Continue reading Wolves and loss adjusters

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Lawyers and tailors

My undeniably sharp-suited lawyer Mark Lloyd is finally blogging properly. He writes nicely and his entries are varied. I only mention his dress sense because he links to this really compelling new blog from Saville Row tailor Thomas Mahon. If Mark is right and Mahon is really winning lots of new business through his blog… Continue reading Lawyers and tailors

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Thinking Ethics: The Book

A couple of months ago I went to Geneva to spend a weekend talking about business ethics with a bunch of thinkers, theologians, business leaders and other brainy types. Beth Krasna, who organised the event, has now turned it into a book, edited by Tim Hindle and published by Profile (the people behind the Economist… Continue reading Thinking Ethics: The Book

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