It's the 1st December, time for radio stations to dust off the seasonal tunes and play them on a continuous loop for 29 days. Except, of course, they've actually already been playing them for the past 4 weeks. So here is my honest appraisal of the worst and best Christmas songs of all time. Please, no. … Continue reading It’s Christmas!
I've always liked Yorkshire and its people. Friendly, down to earth, straight-forward. Maybe that's why I decided to support Leeds United when there are probably 20 or so top football teams geographically closer to the place of my birth. But one particular bloke from God's Own Country pisses me off every year. By attempting to … Continue reading Bang
While convalescing from minor surgery I had a day-long Netflix session (without the chill) watching the first series of 'Narcos'. Based on true events, it chronicles - with a fair amount of dramatic licence - the story of Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the continuous attempts of the Drug Enforcement Agency to bring him to … Continue reading Certified
A few years ago I was asked who in the business world I most admired. My reply, to the slight surprise of my questioner, was Ryanair's Michael O'Leary. My reasoning was that he had a built a very successful brand with only one real benefit, that of perceived low cost. Yes, your £25 flight to Venice … Continue reading Onboard
'NIMBY' is an overused acronym. I know that because I use it far too often myself; a knee-jerk reaction when I hear of protests against new housing developments or transport links. We have a severe housing crisis in the UK and one of the only solutions is to develop land close to current amenities and infrastructure. Constructing new … Continue reading Houses
Merriam-Webster (lovely lady, by the way), has produced a fascinating feature which determines when a word was first used in print. Surfing through the years, it's somewhat surprising how long ago some commonly used marketing terms were first used. 'Direct marketing' was first used in 1961, and it follows that 'database' appears a year later. 'Big … Continue reading Words
As Storm Aileen hits the UK, it's interesting to learn that the reason the Met Office started naming weather disturbances was to increase public engagement through social media. Apparently, we are more likely to relate to a christened danger than one without a moniker. If that's so, and social media stats seem to indicate that it is, … Continue reading Storm