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The Christmas Post Implementation Review

The Christmas Post Implementation Review

Minutes of a Meeting of the Christmas Gift Delivery Steering Committee Date: 26th December 2009 Location: Santa’s Workshop, North Pole Attendance: Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Lesley the Chief Elf, Rudolf the Reindeer. Agenda: 1. Christmas 2009 Post Implementation Review 2. […]

Still More Empire Strikes Back: Parallel Universe

Still More Empire Strikes Back: Parallel Universe

A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away… there started a saga. It was called Star Wars: Parallel Universe for it was quite like Star Wars but set in a parallel universe located half way between the […]

The Future’s Behind

The Future’s Behind

After all the trouble he caused in Davos, I am keeping my most adventurous clone, MaV-Eric, locked in the attic. Heavens forbid he should get out and cause similar trouble at the Copenhagen Climate Conference. This morning I ventured up […]

Rules Britannia

Rules Britannia

If you ever watch children playing football, the preparation for the game begins with locating a ball and picking the two teams. The kids will put down jumpers for goalposts or otherwise agree what the goals are. Then they kick-off. […]

Searching for Halfthoughts

Searching for Halfthoughts

Miserypuss Rupert Murdoch may have decided that deindexing his news content from Google may be good for business, but it would be terrible for Halfthoughts. Whatever people are searching for in life, or at least on the web, a surprising […]

The New Paradigm of Print: Many and Few, Novel and New

The New Paradigm of Print: Many and Few, Novel and New

Gutenberg and his Bible… The Little Red Book from Mao Zedong… The Guinness Book of Records setting the bestseller record for a copyrighted series of publications… discussing the future of printing using the (gulp) internet. Is the heyday of printing […]

Prejudice With No Name

Prejudice With No Name

After a leisurely lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel, looking out across the pool and beach, I found myself in the peculiar position of being unable to leave. The main entrance to the hotel was roped off, holding back fans […]

Improbable Bond

Improbable Bond

In a swish apartment overlooking London’s Docklands, two scriptwriters, Whale and Purview, sit down to discuss ideas for a new James Bond script. Whale: Okay, the studio wants four exotic locations for this film. Purview: Only four? They must be […]

Spellcheck Serendipity

Spellcheck Serendipity

Time was that if you typed: “I’d like to throttle Bill Gates for his monopolistic business practices” into Microsoft Word and then checked the phrase against its built-in thesaurus, it offer the following phrase in response: “I’ll drink to that”. […]

The Tao of Sporting Punditry

The Tao of Sporting Punditry

When an accident occurred during an F1 Grand Prix, Murray Walker, the motor racing commentator would sometimes tell the audience “we can’t see what’s happened from where we’re sat.” The reason Walker could not tell who came off at turn […]