Ta Ta to Tetley Tea?

Just saw the side of my box of Tetley Tea – now sporting the new label “Tata Global Beverages”. What’s that all about? Someone messing with my tea? Something’s stirring in the markets, and somehow I think it’s more than just my cuppa…

Brawn, Byrne, Schumacher and Stepney to form new F1 Team?

At the end of this year, the “Dream Team” of the last dozen years or so – and all of Schumacher’s successful years – will be free of contractual obligations to the Ferrari race team. Ross Brawn, the phenomenally successful Technical Director of first Jaguar, then Benetton and latterly Ferrari¬†is on a “sabbatical” this year. […]

Bush: Hoist by his own petard

Second Bush Inaugural Speech, January 2005 So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and […]

Why aren’t MacBooks Blue?

You’ve probably noticed you can get iPod Nanos in many different neon-like colours. Now you can even get iPod shuffles in brilliant colours. Heck, even the Microsoft Zune comes in bright, err, brown. Looking at cars, most women I know haven’t got a clue what make of car their friends drive, but they do know […]

Improving Democracy

What is democracy? What a question. I mean, c’mon, it’s obvious, isn’t it? Back in the days of the Greek empire, long before Rome became the dominant world player, the various Greek city states invented many different ways with which to exercise power. One of these was practiced in Athens when all the city’s male […]

Why do laptops still have such small keyboards?

Back in the old days when laptops were B I G and H E A V Y, the fashion was to make the keyboard with fewer keys than a desktop, and what keys there were were often cut down versions of their big brothers. A kind of de facto “laptop keyboard” standard arose. But then […]

What is wrong with Income Tax?

Most obvious of course is that it still exists almost 200 years after it was introduced to fund the Napoleonic Wars – which we won ages ago anyway. One big problem with Income Tax is that it is normally collected by people who live a long way away from where we do. What’s worse is […]

Reforming the NHS and it’s National Insurance funding system

Charles Clarke, MP, former UK Home Secretary, made a speech at the London School of Economics (LSE) today (Thursday, 8th Feb) in which he queried the way the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) works. That’s very brave for a politician; it’s the sort of thing they usually lose their jobs over, but he’s already lost […]