Monthly Archives: February 2016

Where’s Watson?

  Further to my last post about brainmail issue 100, I’m in Sydney May 16-22 for the Writers’ Festival and I’m sure a drinks can’t be too difficult. Maybe the Lord Nelson in the Rocks? Watch this blog (and brainmail). … Continue reading

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Brainmail issue #100

Just about to make issue 98 of brainmail live. To celebrate issue number 100 I’m thinking about having a few small drinks parties. Maybe London, Sydney and New York. Register your interest (but more importantly your location)below via comments.

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Wine lists on paper vs. screens

  Should wine lists only be allowed to exist on paper? This is priceless. I was at dinner in London last night and asked for the wine list. The list promptly appeared – on an iPad. Great idea in theory, … Continue reading

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Attack of the drones

Another one from Matt…while I get my act together with the next What’s Next.   Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs are not a new invention. In 1849, Austria attacked Venice using unmanned balloons filled with bombs. Since then, UAVs — … Continue reading

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Random ideas & airport security

I have a habit of buying random magazines on the basis that I might learn something new (and to avoid getting trapped in routine). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Anyway, I just bought the March edition of GQ magazine. … Continue reading

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London’s best places (& spaces) for inspirational thinking

Further to my post earlier this month about London’s best thinking spaces I’ve been thinking, appropriately, about some further places to think. But it’s become exceedingly obvious that this subject could be split into two or even three distinct parts. … Continue reading

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Our obsession with ranking and reviewing

                    If you don’t live in Australia you’ll have almost certainly missed this – ABC Radio’s Future Tense programme on rating, reviewing and ranking online. Yours truly is up first. First … Continue reading

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A scenario for the future of insurance

Here’s a true story. A few weeks ago I decided to take one of my old cars for a run. It’s a very old car and if it isn’t run regularly things start to go wrong with it. It was … Continue reading

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The Shock of the Now

A couple of things I noticed while reading some potential material for the next issue of What’s Next. The first is a review of the Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen. The book starts off with a not so gentle … Continue reading

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